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A common way to give an individual an "identity" is to give them overarching motifs - and one of them is Animal Motifs. But what if this time, these individuals are a team?
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Each of the members have their own animal motif that distincts them from their other teammates. Majority of the examples tend to wear animal clothing to qualify, though some examples may be accomplished with Animal Theme Naming, making them Little Bit Beastly, or Animorphism.

Compare Mixed Animal Species Team, where the team members are actual animals rather than merely having Animal Motifs.

For stand-alone examples, see Animal Motifs and Animal-Themed Superbeing.

Indexes: The Index Team, Motif, Animal Tropes


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Hunter × Hunter:
    • The Phantom Troupe have a spider as their main animal motif, even having spider tattoos in their body with each of their tattoo representing a number they have been given. The group is even called "Spider" with each of the members being known as "Spiders"
    • The Zodiacs are a group of twelve Hunters chosen by Chairman Isaac Netero to be his counselors. Each of them represent an animal of the Japanese version of the Chinese Zodiac and respect their chairman so much that all of them alter their appearance, personality, and name to resemble the animal they represent with the exception of Ging and Pariston. The members are Pariston Hill (Rat), Cheadle Yorkshire (Dog), Ging Freecss (Boar), Mizaistom Nana (Ox), Kanzai (Tiger), Piyon (Rabbit), Cluck (Rooster), Botobai Gigante (Dragon), Ginta (Sheep), Geru (Snake), Saccho Kobayakawa (Horse), and Saiyu (Monkey). Since the Dark Continent arc, Ging and Pariston quit the Zodiacs to join the Dark Continent Expedition with Leorio Paladiknight and Kurapika replacing them as The Boar and The Rat.
  • Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers features the Serpent Society as a group of recurring villains. It consists of three snake-themed villains; King Cobra, Diamondback, and Cottonmouth.
  • My Hero Academia has the Wild Wild Pussycats superhero team, who all have a cat-themed motif. Three of them (Pixie-bob, Ragdoll and Mandalay) are named after domestic cat breeds, and one of them is named Tiger. They all wear costumes reminiscent of cats.
  • Naruto: Each of the three original genin of Team 7 have been paired with the animal summon that the Sannin have been associated with. Naruto signed a contract with the toads under Jiraiya's tutelage and learned sage jutsu from the toads later in the series. Sasuke learned to summon and use several diverse jutsus involving snakes from Orochimaru in early Part II. After learning the truth of Itachi, Sasuke began using hawk summons, but retained the snake contract as well. Sakura is able to use slug summons being Tsunade's student.
  • In Kirakira Pre Cure A La Mode, each of the Cures is associated with an animal as well as a dessert item: Cure Whip (rabbits and shortcake), Cure Custard (squirrels and pudding), Cure Gelato (lions and ice cream), Cure Macaron (cats and macarons), Cure Chocolat (dogs and chocolate), and Cure Parfait (pegasi and parfaits). In Cure form, they fit the Little Bit Beastly trope by having ears and tails of their respective animals, plus a superpower associated with that animal as well (for example, Cure Chocolat has a powerful sense of smell like a dog).
  • One Piece:
    • Oda himself gives the Straw Hat Pirates an animal motif for each, based on one SBS post: Luffy is a monkey, Zoro is a shark, Nami is a cat, Usopp is an armadillo, Sanji is a duck, Robin is a crane, Chopper is a reindeer, Franky is a bull and Brook is a horse.
    • Each of the members of Cipher Pol 9 has different Animal Motifs - Lucci is leopard, Kaku is giraffe (and previously a monkey), Blueno is bull, Jabra is wolf, Fukurou is owl, Kumadori is lion, Kalifa is sheep, and their leader Spandam is panda. Lucci, Kaku and Jabra even has Devil Fruit powers that let them transform into their respective animals.
    • The original members of the Shichibukai are all themed after an animal. Dracule Mihawk is a hawk, Crocodile is a crocodile, Bartholomew Kuma is a bear, Donquixote Doflamingo is a flamingo, Gecko Moriah is a Gecko, Boa Hancock is a boa and Jinbe is a whale shark.
  • In Sword Art Online: Alternative Gun Gale Online, Team LPFM has three out of four members possessing Animal Motifs.
    • LLENN invokes a rabbit with her small size, Super Speed of bounding round the battlefield, and her Nice Hat that has two ears that resemble a rabbit. Not to mention she is constantly called a rabbit In-Universe as an In-Series Nickname of sorts.
    • Pitohui names herself after a species of toxic bird, but she's also given a lot of snake motifs with her design appearing snake-like and she once gets represented by a actual snake in official artwork.
    • M is themed after a turtle, being a Mighty Glacier who carries an indestructium bulletproof shield on his back that he can unfold and hide behind to snipe his enemies, where really resembles a turtle withdrawn into its shell. This is especially prominent when put alongside LLENN with the two of them invoking The Tortoise and the Hare.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew
    • The series is about five teenage girls who, while transforming into magical girls, have the powers and appearance (only on ears and with tails) of the animals they were fused with in their DNA structure, thanks to the Mew Project. The members were Mew Ichigo (cat), Mew Mint (bird), Mew Lettuce (dolphin/porpoise), Mew Pudding (monkey), and Mew Zakuro (wolf).
    • Its sequel, Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode, made Zoey powerless, causing the girls to gain a new member, Mew Berry (bunny).

    Comic Books 

  • Marvel Comics:
    • In Spiderverse, Peter Parker and other Spider-Men in the multiverse decided to become a team in order to defeat the main villain, Morlun, who has been killing a lot of the Spider-Men across the multiverse
    • A villainous example is the Serpent Society; a team of snake-themed supervillains. Like many superhero and -villain teams, it has a shifting roster of members, but notable (former) members include Anaconda, King Cobra, Black Mamba, Cottonmouth, Death Adder, Princess Python, Asp and Diamondback.
    • The current incarnation of the Savage Six is made up of Vulture, Rhino, Tarantula, King Cobra, Stegron and Scorpion.
  • DC Comics:
    • The Batman Family are all either themed after bats (Batman, Batgirl, Batwoman) or birds (Robin, Nightwing).
    • The Terrible Trio, obscure Batman rogues, are a villainous example. The animals they are themed and named after are Fox, Shark, and Vulture.
    • During Forever Evil, Cheetah got her own crew of animal themed villains named the Menagerie, among them Lion-Mane, Elephant Man, Hellhound, Zebra-Man and a partially brainwashed Sam Simeon.

    Literature 
  • In Zoe Chant's Shifter Kingdom series, every member of the Royal Guard of Valtyra, a nation of werebeasts, is feline.
  • Whateley Universe: The group of students known as the Wild Pack, who all have animal-themed codenames, Mindbird, Stormwolf, Firecat, Thunderfox, and Stonebear.
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    Live Action - Television 
  • Animorphs: The team fights aliens by turning into Earth animals, with each having a preferred battle morph: Jake (The Leader) uses a tiger, Rachel (The Big Girl) uses a grizzly bear (or an African elephant), Cassie (The Chick) uses a wolf, Marco (The Lancer) uses a gorilla, Tobias suffered Mode Lock as a red-tailed hawk (though he regained his morphing ability, he tends to stay in his hawk body during battles), and Ax uses his own Andalite body. These animals are so iconic that Visser Three tries to defeat a staged attack using captured animals during his trial, only to look stupid when the real deal shows up.
  • Super Sentai and it's American adaptation Power Rangers have a lot of these, and we do mean a lot. Hell if there's a Power Rangers parody, almost always expect them to have an Animal Motif:
    • Dengeki Sentai Changeman: Has a team with mythological animals as motif, consisting of Dragon (Hiryū Tsurugi/Red), Griffin (Shō Hayate/Black), Pegasus (Yūma Ōzora/Blue), Mermaid (Sayaka Nagisa/White), and Phoenix (Mai Tsubasa/Pink).
    • Choujin Sentai Jetman: has a team with various birds as their motive, consisting of: Hawk (Ryū Tendō / Red), Condor (Gai Yūki / Black), Owl (Raita Ōishi / Yellow), Swan ( Kaori Rokumeikan /White) and Swallow (Ako Hayasaka /Blue).
    • Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger / Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Both shows have a team with dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals as their motive, namely tyranosaurus, mammoth, triceratops, pteranodon, sabertooth tiger, and a Godzilla-expy, refered to as a Dragon:
      • Zyuranger: Tyranosaurus (Geki / Red), Mammoth (Goushi/Black), Triceratops (Dan / Blue), Pteranodon (Mei/Pink), Sabertooth Tiger (Boi / Yellow), and Dragon (Burai / Green).
      • Power Rangers: Tyranosaurus (Red Ranger: Jason Lee Scott, later replaced by Rocky DeSantos), Mammoth (Black Ranger: Zack Taylor, later replaced by Adam Park), Triceratops (Blue Ranger: Billy Cranston), Pteranodon (Pink Ranger: Kimberly Ann Hart, later replaced by Kat Hillard), Sabertooth Tiger ( Yellow Ranger: Trini Kwan, later replaced by Alisha Campbell) and Dragon (Green Ranger: Tommy Oliver).
    • Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger / Power Rangers Wild Force: Has a team with various animals, with the six rangers being themed after a Lion, Tiger, Bizon, Shark, Eagle, and Wolf. But their mecha/zords contain many more animals:
      • Gaoranger: Lion (Gao Red: Kakeru Shishi ), Tiger (Gao White: Sae Taiga), Bizon (Gao Black: Sōtarō Ushigome), Shark (Gao Blue: Kai Samezu), Eagle (Gao Yellow: Gaku Washio) and wolf (Gao Silver: Tsukumaro Oogami)
      • Wild Force: Lion (Red Lion Ranger: Cole Evans), Tiger (White Tiger Ranger: Alyssa Enrilé), Bizon (Black Bison Ranger: Danny Delgado), Shark (Blue Shark Ranger: Max Cooper), Eagle (Yellow Eagle Ranger: Taylor Earhardt), and Wolf (Lunar Wolf Ranger: Merrick Baliton).
    • While Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger/Power Rangers Ninja Storm has elemental powers as their main motif. Animals aren't far behind, especially with their respective Sixth Rangers. Red Ranger Shane has Noble Bird of Prey, Yellow Ranger Dustin has King of Beasts, Blue Ranger Tori has a Heroic Dolphin, then Navy Thunder Blake and Crimson Thunder Hunter both share Japanese Beetle Brothers / Thunder Beetle. The only odd one out again like in MMPR is Green Samurai Cam.
    • In Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger/ Power Rangers Dino Thunder, the members of this team have motifs of dinosaurs, consisting of the tyrannosaurus, triceratops, pteradon, brachiosaurus, and one unspecified. With many more dinosaurs making up their mecha/zords:
      • Abaranger: tyrannosaurus (AbaRed: Ryōga Hakua), Triceratops (AbareBlue: Yukito Sanjō), pteradon (AbareYellow: Ranru Itsuki), brachiosaurus AbareBlack: Asuka ), unspecified (AbareKiller: Mikoto Nakadai).
      • Dino Thunder: Tyranosaurus (The Red Ranger: Connor McKnight), triceratops (The Blue Ranger: Ethan James), pteradon (The Yellow Ranger: Kira Ford), brachiosaurus (The Black Ranger: Dr. Tommy Oliver) and The White Ranger, Trent Fernandez-Mercer, whose dino motif was not given.
    • In Juken Sentai Gekiranger/ Power Rangers Jungle Fury, this time, they have motifs of wild animals, consisting of the tiger, cheetah, jaguar, wolf and rhino on both teams, plus bat, elephant and shark as exclusive members for Power Rangers:
      • Gekiranger: Tiger (GekiRed: Jan Kandou), Cheetha (GekiYellow: Ran Uzaki), Jaguar (GekiBlue: Retsu Fukami), Wolf (GekiViolet: Gou Fukami) and Rhino (GekiChopper: Ken Hisatsu).
      • Jungle Fury: Tiger spirit (The Red Ranger: Casey Rhodes), the cheetah spirit (The Yellow Ranger: Lily Chilman), the jaguar spirit (The Blue Ranger: Theo Martin), the wolf spirit (The Purple Ranger: Robert "R.J." James), and the rhino spirit (The White Ranger: Dominic "Dom" Hargan). There are also three Spirit Rangers themed after an Elephant, Shark and Bat, who only appear in costume and have no human identities.

    Video Games 
  • Nose Junior High from Inazuma Eleven is a soccer team whose members are based on animals, both in appearance and often behaviour. They have an Animal Theme Naming to boot. The animals include: a boar (Charlie Boardfield), a chicken (Hugo Tallgeese, who is the team captain), a fish (Wilson Fishman), a frog (Peter Johnson), a lion (Leonard O'Shea), a chameleon (Cham Lion), an eagle (Steve Eagle), a monkey (Bruce Monkey), a gorilla (Gary Lancaster), a snake (Harry Snake), a cheetah (Adrian Speed), a cattle (Chad Bullford), a koala (Alan Coe), a panda bear (Philip Anders), a racoon (Rocky Rackham), and a mouse (Matt Mouseman).

    Visual Novels 
  • Villainous Nights:
    • The members of the Syndicate each have an animal alias and wear a mask with the corresponding motif: Wolf, Cat, Badger, Falcon, and Bat. Their elemental powers also correspond to their animal to some extent, aside from Cat. Once the heroine joins them, she acquires the alias "Monarch," as in butterfly. Later seasons add Cobra, whose power gives him the ability to Flash Step.
    • Dahlia joins the Syndicate in Andi's fifth season, and, although she joins so close to the fall of Optimus that she never gets a proper suit and codename, hers would have been otter-themed, because of her control over water.

    Web Comics 
  • In Panthera, a serum made the protagonists capable of shifting into different types of big cat- lion, tiger, leopard, and jaguar. Later a rogue snow leopard shows up, in accordance with Real Life symbolism: snow leopards were initially not considered panthera because they can't roar, but after genetic analysis scientists now count it as part of the genus.

    Web Video 
  • Joked about in one of Phelous's "Bootleg Zones" videos on "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Tubtles". The "Tubtles" all inexplicably had sea-creatures on their chests, which he assumed meant each of the "Tubtles" had sea-animal themed powers, like they were Power Rangers.

    Western Animation 
  • In Combo Niños, the titular characters have the ability to transform into animal superheroes. The members are Serio (Tigrillo), Pablo (Bull), Azul (Eagle), and Pilar (Iguana).
  • Gargoyles: The Pack is a team of martial artists recruited by David Xanatos, who have a canine motif, complete with animal nicknames: Fox, Coyote, Dingo, Wolf, Jackal and Hyena (although hyenas aren't technically canids).
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, the duo superheroes of Paris are Ladybug and Chat Noir, whose true identities are Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste. In later seasons, they gave three people the other miraculouses to temporarily fight crime with them if the need arises, who are Rena Rouge (Alya Cesaire), Queen Bee (Chloe Bourgeois), and Carapace (Nino Lahiffe).
  • PJ Masks has the main trio of Connor/Catboy (cat), Amaya/Owlette (owl) and Greg/Gekko (lizard), with occasional fourth member Armadylan (armadillo).
  • The ThunderCats (1985) are a Praetorian Guard composed of anthropomorphic big cats. For example, their leader is a lion, and their scout a cheetah.

    Real Life 
  • Yanks With Tanks are famous for this, but many militaries give units names like "Falcons", "Bulldogs", or "Cobras". This is due to the unit insignia, unit history or simply Rule of Cool.
 
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The duo superheroes of Paris are Ladybug and Chat Noir, whose true identities are Marinette Dupain-Cheng and Adrien Agreste. In later seasons, they gave three people the other miraculouses to temporarily fight crime with them if the need arises, who are Rena Rouge (Alya Cesaire), Queen Bee (Chloe Bourgeois), and Carapace (Nino Lahiffe).

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