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Who would win in a fight between a blue mongoose and a red snake?
"Ah, the Animal Kingdom offers many useful ideas!"
Dr. Otto Octavius, The Spectacular Spider-Man, "The Invisible Hand"
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Humans have always been fascinated by animals. Love them or hate them, they usually provoke a strong reaction in people, from the Jerkass who turns to mush when confronted by a playful puppy to the tough guy who freaks out when he encounters something slithery. Most mythologies feature animals in starring roles; some belief systems feature animals as guides, oracles, or totems representing certain qualities or certain people. So of course animals are going to turn up as symbols in popular media.

This animal isn't around to be petted or kicked, or to assist in taking over the world... well, it might be, but only as a side job. The real purpose of these animals is that of most motifs: they're there to underline a theme, or make a statement about a certain character. They might not even be physically present at all. The "animal" might be the name of a football team, a charm on a bracelet, or an ornament on the mantelpiece.

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Animals are used to depict characters more often than they describe themes. Even in the real world, describing a person by comparing them to an animal is a good way to convey your opinion of them: phrases such as "lion-hearted", "eagle-eyed", or "doity rat" are popular to the point of cliché. Therefore, many Animal Motifs are also Characterization Tropes. The wimp who spends his time watching the tigers at the zoo will most likely be stronger than you think. As for the girl doodling big black spiders with suspicious red hourglasses on their underbellies... think twice before accepting her invitation to "coffee".

Animals, like flowers, are a motif that tends to be gendered. Men are usually compared to animals that are clearly predatory: wolves, lions, and bears, for example. Women generally get the cute and fluffy animals as motifs, such as bunnies. However, women have historically had a strong association with the cat which, while cuddly and furry, is also a predator. Cats are therefore a common motif for female characters, but one aspect of the feline mystique will most likely be emphasized over the others — the woman will either be a predator, a seductress, or a sweet little kitten. (Lionesses are especially popular for Action Girls: they look very different from male lions, and most people know it's lionesses who do the hunting, so a lioness motif conveniently emphasizes both femininity and ferocity.) Women are also frequently associated with foxes, also a predatory animal, although it is the fox's attractive nature or reputation as a trickster that is being invoked.

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Some animals can be used as a motif for either sex but the sex of that character can affect the image of the invoked animal: For example, horses are usually associated with women or little girls as a reflection of their innocent and supportive side. For men and the elderly, the horse is a symbol of their virility, work ethic, and determination. Bears are another example: If they are a man, then they either physically resemble a bear, or they are as strong and brutal as one. If the motif is given to a woman: then they are characterised as sweet and innocent until someone harms or upsets their children whereupon they will bring hell on Earth to protect them.

The important thing is that motif should correlate with the character and be displayed appropriately; for example, a shark motif would indicate the character is either; a villain, a greedy moneylender, or a combative, sociopathic antihero. Therefore, a shark motif wouldn't apply to an altruistic, cheerful paragon who favors clemency over brutality. The motif must make sense to the character and allow the audience to understand the story you want to tell, if you use the wrong motif for the character then the audience won't know who to root for in the story.

In the world of fiction, someone who doesn't like animals at all is either a nasty piece of work or obsessively clean and germ-phobic. "Animal hater" is the word for them and so to dilute the "hard-heartedness" of this character, expect to see one particular animal that they just can't resist.note 

Subtropes include:

Usually overlaps with Animal Stereotypes and National Animal Stereotypes. Wildlife Commentary Spoof is this trope lampshaded and played for laughs.


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    Art 
  • The Weimaraner is the trademark of William Wegman's works.

    Asian Animation 

    Comic Books 
  • Arawn: Arawn and Engus resemble wolves; Math and Kern resemble lions.
  • Batman decided to take up bat-themed crimefighting after a bat crashed through his window, which he interpreted as an omen. He strikes from the shadows, wears a costume that makes him look like a giant bat, and has a variety of occasionally-used gadgets that can simulate things like sonar. The similarities pretty much end there, since bats don't punch things very often.
    • Selina Kyle is a Classy Cat-Burglar, and dresses the part too. She's clever, elusive, pulls of heists wearing a mask that resembles cat ears, and is associated with black cats in particular. She also literally keeps cats around her apartment like a old lady.
    • Dick Grayson and every other character whose taken up the mantle of Robin is generally associated with birds.
    • The Scott Snyder run on the comics attempted to give the Joker a motif of his own; Flies.
  • Cottontail from Burlap wears a bunny mask that covers his whole head.
  • Psychic operatives in Matt Fraction's Casanova all seem to have differing animal totems that manifest when they use their powers. The protagonist had spiders then upgraded to crows and his villainous sister had snakes.
  • Judge Dredd: Judges' uniforms have a distinctive eagle motif to them, in keeping with the Big Meg's Eagleland origins. Other cities have this too, usually referencing the locale. For example, Brit Cit has a lion motif to its judge uniforms, and the judges in Africa has a lion and a gazelle. Some of the Dark Judges have extinct pterodactyls on their right shoulders as a hint to what their job is. Averted by East Meg judges, who wear shoulder pads decorated with red stars.
  • Loki developed certain associations with magpies in some stories, maybe not surprisingly for someone who is generally trouble and bad news, not to mention a thief and conman.
  • The Punisher: In one story, Frank partners with a High-Class Call Girl to infiltrate a criminal's party (well, not so much partners as blackmail her into it by taking the notebook where she writes down her connections). The story is told from her perspective, and she recalls her youth raising dogs from which she learned to fit people into two categories: dogs and wolves. At the end of the story, she puts Frank in the "lions" category.
  • Mr. Dig in Sink wears a fox mask.
  • Spider-Man is arguably the Trope Codifier since many of his villains are distinctly patterned on animals:
    • Spiders appear as a motif in Marvel 1602, usually around Peter Parquagh. Given who his modern counterpart is, spiders seem to be a symbol for destiny (perhaps a reference to the web of Fate).
    • Many Spider-Man foes also have animal motifs. J. Michael Straczynski's run posited that Spidey is being assaulted by envious pretenders who subconsciously realize that he is a true totemic champion. Spider-Man: The Darkest Hours, a book by Jim Butcher based on this run, introduces the siblings of Morlun, an Implacable Man and Energy Vampire who feeds on this type, and it turns out that every Animal-Themed Superbeing has this connection even if it's not obvious. Black Cat is a Badass Normal; she wasn't bitten by a radioactive cat and given feline powers. Yet, if she wasn't cat enough to be delicious and nutritious to the likes of Morlun, she'd never have chosen the name. That's why Spidey, Cat, and even the Rhino must team up when Mortia, Thanis, and Malos come to town.
    • Hunted, the first story event from Nick Spencer's Spider-Man Lampshades this when Spider-Man points out that it's "not hard to see the theme here" among the many animal-themed rogues being rounded for Kraven the Hunter's latest evil scheme. Two of the bad guys doing the rounding up, Taskmaster and Black Ant actually discuss in a dark comedic way whether Hammerhead, the mob-boss with a metal plate in his skull fits given the shark name but they decide that he hadn't committed, i.e. actually dress up and use gadgets which fit his animal gimmick. When all the rounding up is done, Taskmaster gloats to Black Ant, when he betrays him, that hey an ant is also an animal.
  • Wolverine, a short, stocky, violent, foul-smelling Canadian with a talent for surviving tough conditions.
  • Wonder Woman: The Greek pantheon keeps some of their ties to their sacred animals, usually whittled down to one animal to correlate to each deity, and some gods with no sacred animals in the original mythology gain animal motifs in the comics:
    • Aphrodite wears an oversized shirt with a dove on it in Wonder Woman (Rebirth), and is accompanied by other dove related imagery when she wants to make a big entrance.
    • Apollo's ravens show up with less frequency than many of the other god's related animals but they are there.
    • Ares maintains his tie to both serpents and dogs, mostly visible through his sons Phobos and Deimos who accompany him on the battlefield in the guise of monstrous dogs, and Phobos sometimes manifesting his head as writhing cobras.
    • Artemis will occasionally manifest with slender deer antlers.
    • Athea is almost always seen with her owl, except for that time she was an anthropomorphic owl herself.
    • Dionysus is tied to foxes in The New 52, unusual as his sacred animals in mythology were panthers, bulls and serpents.
    • Hades remains fond of dogs, and is often accompanied by Cerberus.
    • Hera has multiple articles of clothing heavily decorated with peacock feathers, and her diadem has a very simplified peacock centerpiece.
    • Heracles is usually wearing the Nemean Lion skin, and even when he's not his girdle and greaves are engraved with lions.
    • Hermes is still connected to hawks, and even takes on hawk like attributes like talons in some manifestations.
    • Zeus is tied to eagles, best seen in The New 52 with his feathered cape.
    • In the Elseworld Wonder Woman: Warbringer Phobos's helmet is adorned with a relief of Medusa's head with the serpents arched and ready to strike, his chariot also has a snake motif and his teeth are like many thin curved viper fangs. His twin Deimos has a helmet adorned with a relief of a roaring lion, chariot with a lion motif and lion-like teeth and lips.
    • Wonder Woman has an eagle motif. Her "W" insignia resembles and eagle, she uses a golden eagle-shaped armor, and she's known to be brave and inspirational like the animal.
    • Wonder Woman (1942): During the Golden and Silver Ages Diana herself had an eagle motif, with an eagle embroidered in gold across her chest in her superhero costume and an eagle even showing up to help her fight Artemis.

    Comic Strips 
  • Played for Laughs in this strip by Quino.
  • Besides having a tiger for a best friend, Calvin frequently visualizes himself as animals. His favorites are dinosaurs, with him usually as an Allosaurus or a T. rex, and those around him as herbivores.

    Game Books 
  • Lone Wolf: Lone Wolf has a wolf motif, unsurprisingly.

    Manhua 
  • Ravages of Time leans on the same Shu = Dragon and Wu = Tiger motifs that they usually get in popular lore, while Sima Yi is the titular phoenix in the series' Chinese title[[note]]Fiery Phoenix Scorches the Plains, the rest being the translated/reordered name of Liaoyuan Huo, although at least twice the infamous "wolf neck" comes into play.
  • School Shock has Super Soldier Cyborgs named Vanguards. They are themed on bees, praying mantises, ants, moths and spiders.

    Music 
  • Babymetal has taken to using foxes as their motif coming from when their manager, Koba-metal, tried to teach the girls the metal horns, but they came up with the fox sign instead. In the band's backstory, they're chosen by the Fox God to unite the world through music. It's also become a Catchphrase for the group, "Only the Fox God Knows."
  • Ariana Grande originally held cats as her motif, likely stemming from her work as Cat Valentine, but has adopted rabbits in her work, especially as of the music video of "Dangerous Woman". The bunny-ears mask is particularly associated with her.
  • Clazziquai Project has pigs in all of its artwork, and they are also seen extensively in the video for "Sweety"; additionally, their debut album was named Instant Pig.
  • Singer Christopher Cross has a flamingo featured in the artwork for all of his albums in some form. His logo also depicts a flamingo indented in the "O" in "Cross".
  • Cormorant (unsurprisingly) have a lot of bird imagery, although serpents occasionally pop into their lyrics. The album Metazoa also mentions at least one animal in each song, but this was unintentional on their end.
  • Swedish group Katatonia has a lot of bird imagery in their album artwork and music videos.
  • Each of the twelve LOONA members is assigned a representative animal that appears in her own solo music video. A map appears in the Girl Front music video decorated with animal stickers to represent the members and foreshadow unrevealed members. Yves plays with a claw machine in New that is filled with animal plushies, with the most focus on her own swan and YeoJin's frog. Go Won's animal is a butterfly, which reappears in the group's 2019 single, Butterfly, in various forms.
  • The music video of Gangnam Style has horses in it, most likely because it's funny.
  • Suede had quite a bit of animal imagery in their lyrics and music videos, with songs like "Animal Lover", "Animal Nitrate", "We are the Pigs", "Where the Pigs Don't Fly", etc.
  • As of her reputation album, Taylor Swift seems to have adopted snakes as her animal of choice.
  • Blue Butterfly by Violet UK uses The Butterfly Of Life And Death as its symbolism. An insect motif, but as there's no separate trope for insects yet...
    • Speaking of insect motifs, Papa Roach was known for its use of cockroaches in the cover for Infest, as well as their music videos, most notably "Between Angels and Insects", in which cockroaches come out of Jacoby Shaddix's mouth.
  • YUP's 1994 story album Toppatakkeja ja Toledon Terästä has a main character detective Henri Blavatsky with a mole motif, presenting the character as an one-man underground army on the second song of the album, Minä olen myyrä (I am a mole).
  • Radiohead came to adopt a stylized "Modified Bear" character as their mascot with the promotion for and release of Kid A in 2000; the character would reappear throughout the rest of the band's lifetime and act as a constant visual motif for them.
  • Lovebites has a wolf that appears on all their album covers as their Metal Band Mascot.

    Mythology 
  • Norse Mythology:
    • Loki is associated with fish. In the Faroese ballad Loka Táttur, he transforms a boy into a grain in the middle of a flounder's roe to hide him from a jötunn who wanted to murder the child, and Loki uses fishing as part of his ruse against the giant.note  He's also the inventor of the fishing net, and he once shape-shifted into a salmon to evade the Æsir.
    • Odin is associated with ravens. He has two ravens called Huginn and Muninn. note  He's also titled "Raven-God" by The Prose Edda. He's also associated with wolves, he has two wolves by his side called Geri and Freki. note  In The Prose Edda he's destined to be killed by Fenrir, a colossal wolf. Odin is also the one who set the wolves Hati and Skoll on the sun and moon when they refused to move. note 
    • Heimdall is associated with sheep, specifically rams. His hearing is said to be so acute that he could hear the wool on sheep growing. His horn is depicted as a large ram horn and he is often depicted wearing a helmet with ram horns note .
  • Greek Mythology
    • Heracles (popularly known by the Roman name Hercules) is associated with lions. His most famous act was slaying The Nemean Lion by strangulation and then wearing its hide as a cloak. He's also famous for his divine strength and courage. Heracles is also responsible for the creation of the Leo constellation as Zeus commemorated this labor by placing the Lion in the sky. In the mythology of Theseus, Heracles and Theseus met and befriended each other after a young Theseus mistook his cloak for an actual lion and bravely attacked it, earning Heracles's respect.
    • The Greek pantheon is filled with these.
      • Zeus, the king of the heavens, is heavily associated with eagles, as well as bulls to represent his virility.
      • Hera's sacred animal was the peacock, though she was also given the epithet "cow-eyed", giving her an association with cows as well—both complimenting her husband's eagle and bull motifs
      • Poseidon, the god of the sea, was heavily associated with horses and even fathered the winged horse Pegasus with Medusa.
      • Hades, lord of the Underworld and ruler of the dead was associated with dogs, tawny owls, and serpents.
      • Demeter, the goddess of the harvest, was strongly associated with lizards and snakes.
      • Hestia, goddess of the hearth, home, and family was associated with pigs.
      • Aphrodite, the goddess of love, sex, and beauty, was associated with doves and swans.
      • Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war strategy, had an obvious owl motif that, unlike most of the others listed here, has persisted even now.
      • Ares, the god of war, was associated with vultures, dragons, and much more sinister owls.
      • Hephaestus, the god of the forge, was associated with donkeys.
      • Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, had deer while her brother Apollo, god of music and art, had swans.
      • Hermes, the god of trickery and messenger to the Olympians, had many animal motifs, but his most notable were hawks, hares, and tortoises.
      • Dionysus, the god of hedonistic madness, had bulls (sometimes to the point of being depicted with horns), leopards and dolphins.
    • ‘’The Thebaid’’: Prophecy tells the Argives that their princes will come in the guise of a lion and a boar. It is no coincidence that Polynices and Tydeus are fighting while wearing the skins of those two beasts. Even when they ditch the skins for armor, the two are still consistently compared to a carnivorous lion and a wild boar and sometimes the comparisons are swapped to show the new brothers influence on each other.
  • In Celtic Mythology, the Morrigan has crows, which is her preferred animal form. Badb, a goddess whose name means "crow," is either one of her titles, her sister, or an aspect of her, depending on the source.

    Podcasts 
  • In the Cool Kids Table game Small Magic, the royal family is connected to birds. They tend to listen to them and those assisting the family.
  • The main cast of The Adventure Zone: Balance all have animal associations, laid out explicitly with their disguises in Petals to the Metal and elaborated later on.
    • Magnus is associated with bears; it's later revealed that a bear taught him the meaning of bravery. He's also associated with dogs, as he repeatedly asks for a dog as a pet, his first heroic act was rescuing a dog from bullies, and after the world is saved he opens a dog training school.
    • Merle is associated with owls; later, when he loses an eye, he gets an eyepatch with an owl on it.
    • Taako is associated with mongooses; it's later revealed that a family of mongooses taught him how to speak "animal".
  • Brian Davis of True Geordie has a liking towards to lions. He has a massive lion tattoo on his upper right bicep and there is a lion poster in his studio. In the interview with Logan Paul, there is a lion figure in the background. He also wore a t-shirt of a lion.

    Sports 
  • 1960s Portuguese soccer player Eusebio was also known as "The Black Panther" because of his speed, his powerful strike, and the fact that he was black.
    • Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin was "The Black Spider" for its impressive saves and an all-black uniform.
  • Quite a few national soccer teams have animals on the logo (France has a rooster, England has three lions), or as a nickname (Brazil are the "Little Canary team", Nigeria the "Super Eagles", Cameroon "The Indomitable Lions").
    • Common for domestic clubs as well. The Premier League currently includes The Tigers (Hull), The Black Cats (Sunderland), The Eagles (Crystal Palace), The Foxes (Leicester), The Magpies (Newcastle), The Swans (Swansea) and The Throstles (West Bromwich Albion, though largely out of use).
  • Many American sports teams—too many to count, really. A decent estimate is that about a quarter to half the sports teams in the US and Canada are named for animals, and all of those will exploit this in their advertising.
  • Kobe Bryant is known as "The Black Mumba".

    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech: The Clans are all are named after various animals, many of which are extraterrestrial or genetically engineered (i.e. the sea fox was an aquatic predator native to Strana Mechty, while the diamond shark was engineered by Clan Snow Raven to wipe out sea foxes after a dispute with Clan Sea Fox, who later changed their name to Clan Diamond Shark in defiance). Except for Clan Blood Spirit. They had an animal named after them. Reinforced by Clan warriors sometimes wearing full-head masks patterned after their Clan's respective animal for ceremonial purposes. While this is seen most frequently in the fiction when the Khans assemble for council, it's not actually limited to them; similar occasions involving lower-ranking warriors are simply not shown as often.
  • Dungeons & Dragons: In 3rd and 4th Edition, the familiars of wizards, sorcerers, and adepts bestow minor skill bonuses to their masters, which vary with the familiar's animal type. While some grant bonuses derived from their genuine aptitudes (e.g. Move Silently for a cat), other bonuses reflect the animal's anthropomorphized reputation (Bluff for snakes, Appraise for ravens).
  • Exalted: Many Exalts take an animal for their character motifs. Lunars take it one step further, in that they can turn into any animals, provided they ritually hunt the animal first. Infernals on the other hand, takes some characteristics of their Coadjutors, which tends to be demonic version of certain animals. (Erymanthoi are demon-gorilla, Theodozjia are demon-cats, etc.)
  • Legend of the Five Rings: The various clans are each named for an animal, and each draws on the symbolism of that animal as inspiration for their clan's nature.
  • Warhammer:
    • The Chaos Gods are each associated with a type of animal, and in the background lore it's said that Chaos cults often disguise themselves as unassuming animal totemists.
      • Khorne is associated with Savage Wolves and hounds. He is referred to by epithets such as the Bloodwolf or the Hound, and his daemons include the savage, doglike Flesh Hounds.
      • Tzeentch is strongly tied with birds, especially corvids. He is often referred to as the Raven or the Crow, and his daemons include the Lords of Change, who resemble giant humanoid birds, and Pink Horrors, who often sport avian beaks.
      • Nurgle is typically associated with insects, especially ones attracted to carrion and disease, and especially flies and maggots. His followers are always accompanied by swarming clouds of droning insects, and his more bestial daemons resembles immense flies and their giant, bloated larvae.
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • The Imperium of Man is symbolized by a double-headed eagle, in homage of various great empires through human history.
      • Many Space Marine chapters have animals they closely associate with and often use in their heraldry, usually ones with some thematic link to their outlook and traditions or which have an important presence on their homeworld.
      • The Space Wolves have wolves, referencing the Savage Wolves that roam their homeworld of Fenris and the themes of ferocious Germanic barbarism the chapter evokes.
      • The Raven Guard uses ravens and other corvid birds. Many of their successor chapters continue this trend and sometimes expand it to other birds, such as the Iron Ravens, the Knights of the Raven, the Necropolis Hawks and the Raptors.
      • The Iron Snakes have serpents, especially the Sea Serpents that swim in their seas of their homeworld and which they revere as holy.
      • The Hawk Lords and the Solar Hawks, chapters heavily focused on piloting and aerial warfare, use hawks and general birds of prey in their heraldry.
      • The Sons of the Phoenix use phoenix symbology to represent their willingness to throw themselves into the fiercest flames of battle.
      • The Mantis Warriors make heavy use of insect imagery and naming themes.
      • The Celestial Lions, as part of their subsaharan African Fantasy Counterpart Culture, use a lot of lion imagery.
      • The Alpha Legion's use of the hydra, the many-headed serpent of Greek Mythology, alludes to their command structure and immunity to Decapitated Army: cut off one head, and two more will sprout out from its place.
    • Warhammer Fantasy: The Blood Dragon vampires make heavy use of dragon imagery in their heraldry and armor, in order to remind themselves of their founder's slaying of a dragon and of their own ultimate goal to do the same.
  • Clue: Mrs. Peacock, as her name implies, is associated with peacocks. Though this is likely intended more as a Color Motif, since all of the Clue characters are named after colors, the motif fits Mrs. Peacock being frequently portrayed as a vain and ditzy aristocrat. Some releases of the game reinforce the motif by adorning her attire with peacock feathers, while the film adaptation gave her a pin in the shape of a peacock.

    Theater 
  • Most of the Cirque du Soleil shows directed by Franco Dragone from Saltimbanco through La Nouba invoke bird imagery, usually through one or more characters and their costume(s).
    • Saltimbanco: The Songbird (the lead singer).
    • Mystere: The Red Bird, the Birds of Prey, and the bungee trapeze artists.
    • Alegria: The evil nobles are known as the Nostalgic Old Birds, and wear masks that appear a cross between human and bird faces.
    • Quidam: Zoe has a pet bird in a cage in the opening scene.
    • La Nouba: The Green Bird.
  • A Little Night Music:
    Carl-Magnus: Watch him, Charlotte. Watch them both like a...
    Charlotte: Hawk, I know, dear. You're a tiger, I'm a hawk. We're our own zoo.
  • Birds are strongly associated with Lizzie. Lizzie is fascinated by the pigeons in her family's barn, even talking to them sometimes, and is distraught when they are killed. She's described early on as "not the brightest bird," and the song "The Soul of the White Bird" is used as a metaphor for her mental state. She also makes lots of references to "flying away," and the last sound of the show is a flock of birds taking off — symbolizing Lizzie's freedom.
  • In Trifles, Minnie is represented by birds and this is given more details in the book A Jury of Her Peers, where, it's mentioned that, before her marriage, Minnie was a free spirit, who loved to sing and wore pretty clothes. Before and during her marriage, she kept a canary to which John killed, said canary representing herself from years ago and the the Minnie that was "killed" by her marriage. Likewise, the caged bird is meant to represent a woman's place in 19th/early 20th century society.

    Toys 
  • LEGO:
    • Numerous LEGO Castle and Aquazone factions.
    • The animal tribes of Legends of Chima utilize motifs based, of course, on themselves.
    • BIONICLE:
      • Vastus has a snake motif, with snake ornaments on his shoulders, a helmet based off a snake, and a snake-like staff with the fangs forming a blade that injects venom.
      • Although the '08 Makuta and Shadow Matoran respectively shapeshifted or were mutated into bat or insect-looking forms, it seems the masks that some wore had been vaguely animal-like to begin with.
    • Hero Factory's Jungle Planet line had the Heroes adopting various animal motifs for their new armor.
  • Mermaid High: Mari sports an octopus motif in her outfit.
  • Transformers: Bumblebee has a bug/insect motif that varies in strength between incarnations. Obviously, there's his name and yellow coloration evoking a bee, but his original vehicle mode is a Volkswagen Beetle. Some incarnations give him "wings" and/or "stingers" to play up the bee aspect.


 
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She commonly manifests her hydrokinesis as snakes made of water (which are so life-like that they can be controlled by Sam as though they were real), her silhouette when she takes the form of a typhoon makes her look vaguely reptilian, she has yellow eyes with a head shape similar to a snake's, her hood looks like the hood of a cobra, etc.

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