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This trope is not applied with equal frequency and intensity to all reptiles. [[SnakesAreSinister Snakes]] and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodilians]] tend to be the reptiles most associated with villains (although pythons, garter snakes, and alligators tend to lean on the good side). Meanwhile, [[TurtlePower turtles]] and certain small lizards like geckos, chameleons, frilled lizards and the like are seen as cute and harmless, and are less likely to be associated with villainy. Stereotypically reptilian features such as {{fangs|AreEvil}}, claws, tails, visible scales, and slit pupils may distinguish villainous reptiles from friendly ones, as does the use of [[PoisonIsEvil venom]]. Also, while this trope primarily applies to real-life reptiles or characters based on them, it can also factor into how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent your dragons are different]]. Indeed, the classic European dragon : the grotesque, poisonous, fire-spewing, maiden-abducting beast of Medieval lore might well be the ''ultimate'' incarnation of this trope.

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This trope is not applied with equal frequency and intensity to all reptiles. [[SnakesAreSinister Snakes]] and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodilians]] tend to be the reptiles most associated with villains (although pythons, garter snakes, and alligators tend to lean be on the good side).side more often). Meanwhile, [[TurtlePower turtles]] and certain small lizards like geckos, chameleons, frilled lizards and the like are seen as cute and harmless, and are less likely to be associated with villainy. Stereotypically reptilian features such as {{fangs|AreEvil}}, claws, tails, visible scales, and slit pupils may distinguish villainous reptiles from friendly ones, as does the use of [[PoisonIsEvil venom]]. Also, while this trope primarily applies to real-life reptiles or characters based on them, it can also factor into how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent your dragons are different]]. Indeed, the classic European dragon : the grotesque, poisonous, fire-spewing, maiden-abducting beast of Medieval lore might well be the ''ultimate'' incarnation of this trope.


* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', you can expect which reptiles will be aligned with the Lion Guard depending on their stereotype. And thus turtles, tortoises, chameleons, geckos, pythons, and [[SeldomSeenSpecies agamas]] are good while cobras, skinks, and monitor lizards are bad. When it comes to crocodiles, however, this trope is zig-zagged and even deconstructed.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', you can expect which reptiles will be aligned with the Lion Guard depending on their stereotype. And thus turtles, tortoises, chameleons, geckos, pythons, and [[SeldomSeenSpecies agamas]] are good while cobras, reptilian villains have been a cobra, skinks, and a monitor lizards are bad.lizard. When it comes to crocodiles, however, this trope is zig-zagged and even deconstructed.


This trope is not applied with equal frequency and intensity to all reptiles. [[SnakesAreSinister Snakes]], [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles, and alligators]] tend to be the reptiles most associated with villains (although pythons, garter snakes, and alligators tend to lean on the good side). Meanwhile, [[TurtlePower turtles]] and certain small lizards like geckos, chameleons, frilled lizards and the like are seen as cute and harmless, and are less likely to be associated with villainy. Stereotypically reptilian features such as {{fangs|AreEvil}}, claws, tails, visible scales, and slit pupils may distinguish villainous reptiles from friendly ones, as does the use of [[PoisonIsEvil venom]]. Also, while this trope primarily applies to real-life reptiles or characters based on them, it can also factor into how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent your dragons are different]]. Indeed, the classic European dragon : the grotesque, poisonous, fire-spewing, maiden-abducting beast of Medieval lore might well be the ''ultimate'' incarnation of this trope.

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This trope is not applied with equal frequency and intensity to all reptiles. [[SnakesAreSinister Snakes]], Snakes]] and [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles, and alligators]] crocodilians]] tend to be the reptiles most associated with villains (although pythons, garter snakes, and alligators tend to lean on the good side). Meanwhile, [[TurtlePower turtles]] and certain small lizards like geckos, chameleons, frilled lizards and the like are seen as cute and harmless, and are less likely to be associated with villainy. Stereotypically reptilian features such as {{fangs|AreEvil}}, claws, tails, visible scales, and slit pupils may distinguish villainous reptiles from friendly ones, as does the use of [[PoisonIsEvil venom]]. Also, while this trope primarily applies to real-life reptiles or characters based on them, it can also factor into how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent your dragons are different]]. Indeed, the classic European dragon : the grotesque, poisonous, fire-spewing, maiden-abducting beast of Medieval lore might well be the ''ultimate'' incarnation of this trope.


This trope is not applied with equal frequency and intensity to all reptiles. [[SnakesAreSinister Snakes]], [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles, and alligators]] tend to be the reptiles most associated with villains. Meanwhile, [[TurtlePower turtles]] and certain small lizards like geckos, chameleons, frilled lizards and the like are seen as cute and harmless, and are less likely to be associated with villainy. Stereotypically reptilian features such as {{fangs|AreEvil}}, claws, tails, visible scales, and slit pupils may distinguish villainous reptiles from friendly ones, as does the use of [[PoisonIsEvil venom]]. Also, while this trope primarily applies to real-life reptiles or characters based on them, it can also factor into how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent your dragons are different]]. Indeed, the classic European dragon : the grotesque, poisonous, fire-spewing, maiden-abducting beast of Medieval lore might well be the ''ultimate'' incarnation of this trope.

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This trope is not applied with equal frequency and intensity to all reptiles. [[SnakesAreSinister Snakes]], [[NeverSmileAtACrocodile crocodiles, and alligators]] tend to be the reptiles most associated with villains.villains (although pythons, garter snakes, and alligators tend to lean on the good side). Meanwhile, [[TurtlePower turtles]] and certain small lizards like geckos, chameleons, frilled lizards and the like are seen as cute and harmless, and are less likely to be associated with villainy. Stereotypically reptilian features such as {{fangs|AreEvil}}, claws, tails, visible scales, and slit pupils may distinguish villainous reptiles from friendly ones, as does the use of [[PoisonIsEvil venom]]. Also, while this trope primarily applies to real-life reptiles or characters based on them, it can also factor into how [[OurDragonsAreDifferent your dragons are different]]. Indeed, the classic European dragon : the grotesque, poisonous, fire-spewing, maiden-abducting beast of Medieval lore might well be the ''ultimate'' incarnation of this trope.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'', you can expect which reptiles will be aligned with the Lion Guard depending on their stereotype. And thus turtles, tortoises, chameleons, geckos, pythons, and [[SeldomSeenSpecies agamas]] are good while cobras, skinks, and monitor lizards are bad. When it comes to crocodiles, however, this trope is zig-zagged and even deconstructed.


* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' zigzags this trope. The most prominent is the Ekans (later [[EvolutionaryLevels Arbok]]) owned by IneffectualSympatheticVillain Jessie of Team Rocket. And later she comes into ownership of a Seviper, yet another snake Pokémon. Generally, all the [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute fierce and threatening-looking reptile Pokémon]] take an antagonistic portrayal, whereas the cute ones tend to be on the good side, and if they have vicious-looking evolutions, [[NeverGrewUp they don't evolve]]. During the Unova arc,the main character had an adorable charming Snivy, but his rival has a mean-looking Serperior (its evolution). Also strangely averted at the same time as the anime establishes very early on that Ekans is actually a AffablyEvil PunchClockVillain who is perfectly willing to be friendly, it's just his trainer that's a villain. Still counts since they're still technically villains but an interesting twist.

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zigzags this trope. The most prominent is the Ekans (later [[EvolutionaryLevels Arbok]]) owned by IneffectualSympatheticVillain Jessie of Team Rocket. And later she comes into ownership of a Seviper, yet another snake Pokémon. Generally, all the [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute fierce and threatening-looking reptile Pokémon]] take an antagonistic portrayal, whereas the cute ones tend to be on the good side, and if they have vicious-looking evolutions, [[NeverGrewUp they don't evolve]]. During the Unova arc,the main character had an adorable charming Snivy, but his rival has a mean-looking Serperior (its evolution). Also strangely averted at the same time as the anime establishes very early on that Ekans is actually a AffablyEvil PunchClockVillain who is perfectly willing to be friendly, it's just his trainer that's a villain. Still counts since they're still technically villains but an interesting twist.

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* No reptilian Brute in ''Manga/KillingBites'' has ever been portrayed as having anything close to redeeming qualities. Cobra is a pervert whose only motivation is raping as many pretty girls as he can get his hands on. Gecko is a {{Sadist}} who enjoys watching others suffer before she kills them. The Horned Dragon sisters are {{Creepy Child}}ren who have no idea what morals are, and [[spoiler:the Chameleons are Sumitomo's [[{{Mooks}} personal hit squad]] called in to do unsavory things on his behalf]].

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* Played straight in-universe in Kent Starrett's Picture Book, ''Literature/TheStarPixieAndTheSerpentQueen.'' Subverted in that the Serpent Queen is actually pretty nice and friendly to the other protagonist.


* In [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/SleepingBeauty "Sleeping Beauty,"]] the evil mother-in-law includes these in the pit to throw Sleeping Beauty and her children in.

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* In [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/SleepingBeauty [[Literature/SleepingBeauty "Sleeping Beauty,"]] the evil mother-in-law includes these in the pit to throw Sleeping Beauty and her children in.


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* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfCaterpillarJones'', E. Phil Snake tries to eat C.J. and Cat, and is the only evil character in the book.

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* The ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' actually subverts this: Lizardman race are mysterious, quite defensive, and may seem harsh from time to time, but they are nice guys in general and are trying hard to protect the world from Chaos. The REALLY abhorrent ones are actually their rival mammalian race called Skaven, degenerate [[http://warhammerfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Horned_Rat satanist]] rats that are irredeemably evil and disgusting.


* The early ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' manga plays this trope almost as straight as ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGetAlongGang that show]]''. In a school of who knows how many students, all of the students are good, aside from the school bullies: Anton the Lizard and his cohort (Mad/Matt, his pet/brother, no-one's actually sure).

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* The early ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' manga ''Manga/SonicTheHedgehog'' plays this trope almost as straight as ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGetAlongGang that show]]''. In a school of who knows how many students, all of the students are good, aside from the school bullies: Anton the Lizard and his cohort (Mad/Matt, his pet/brother, no-one's actually sure).



* Lyric in ''VideoGame/{{SonicBoom}}'' is an evil snake who seeks to rule the world with Robots. Lyric gets bonus points as "reptile" is treated as an insult by the heroes (despite turtles being island citizens), something not possible in the other noted branches due to the prominent non-snake aversions that exist in each.

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* Lyric in ''VideoGame/{{SonicBoom}}'' ''VideoGame/SonicBoom'' is an evil snake who seeks to rule the world with Robots. Lyric gets bonus points as "reptile" is treated as an insult by the heroes (despite turtles being island citizens), something not possible in the other noted branches due to the prominent non-snake aversions that exist in each.


* In ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'', the villain is a dictator-esque gecko named Gaspar Le Gecko.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'', the villain is a dictator-esque gecko named Gaspar Le Gecko.Gecko (defying the "geckos are good" stereotype). By contrast, Lola Boa is one of the more likable characters.


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* In Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series, a pair of WWII destroyers slip sideways into a [[AlternateHistory timeline]] where dinosaurs were never wiped out and humans never evolved. Instead two other intelligent races did, one mammalian, one reptilian. Guess who the bad guys are?

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* In Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series, a pair of WWII destroyers slip sideways into a [[AlternateHistory timeline]] where dinosaurs were never wiped out and humans never evolved. Instead two other intelligent races did, one mammalian, one reptilian. Guess who the bad guys are?are? It should be noted, however, that the Grik (as they're called) are actually more [[FeatheredFiend bird-like]] than reptile-like, complete with feathers.


* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Jafar uses snake motifs throughout the movie, and when he wants to amp up the evil, he [[ScaledUp turns into a giant snake]].
* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' has "Dance of the Hours", in which the ballet-dancing hippopotami, pachyderms and ostriches are interrupted by caped alligators. The alligators' leader is a romantic swashbuckler type, but the rest of them seem to be lechers.

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* In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', Jafar uses snake motifs throughout the movie, and when he wants to amp up the evil, he [[ScaledUp turns into a giant snake]].
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* ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' has "Dance of the Hours", in which the ballet-dancing hippopotami, pachyderms elephants and ostriches are interrupted by caped alligators. The alligators' leader is a romantic swashbuckler type, but the rest of them seem to be lechers.

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