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The animal kingdom: living proof that The World Is Just Awesome.

You know, animals! Those living, moving, eating, breathing, biting, clawing, stinging things that are clearly not human (and are often darn proud of it).

These are tropes that somehow relate to animals, to characters who are animals and to their dealings with humans.

Only list tropes on this index if they do not already have an appropriate sub-index.

Also note that some tropes may qualify for more than one sub-index.

For tropes about the muppet named Animal, see here (or, if you can bear an all-capital Self-Demonstrating Article, then here).

Compare and contrast Plant Tropes.


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General categories
Specific animals
  • Aquatic Animal Tropes: Tropes for all kinds of water-dwelling animals (which has some considerable overlap with multiple different categories below).
    • These Tropes Are Fishy: Tropes about all sorts of cold-blooded, water-breathing vertebrates (including bony fish and cartilaginous fish).
  • Avian Tropes: Tropes about birds, warm-blooded vertebrates with beaks, feathers, and wings.
    • Corvid Tropes: Tropes about birds in the Corvidae family (crows, ravens, magpies, etc).
    • This Index Quacks: Tropes about waterfowl birds (ducks, geese, swans, etc).
  • Invertebrate Index: Tropes for all the (literally) spineless animals lacking vertebrae (backbones); including arthropods, mollusks, worms, etc.
    • Arachnid Tropes: Tropes about spiders, scorpions, and other related eight-legged arthropods.
    • Insect Index: Tropes about all six-legged arthropods with pairs of antennae and compound eyes.
    • Mollusk Tropes: Tropes about mollusks, including gastropods (snails and slugs) and bivalves (clams and oysters).
      • Cephalopod Index: Tropes about squids, octopi, and other tentacled marine mollusks.
  • Mammal Tropes: Tropes about mammals, warm-blooded vertebrates with fur/hair that were raised on their mother's milk.
  • Reptile and Amphibian Tropes: Tropes about all sorts of cold-blooded, air-breathing vertebrates (from the Reptilia and Amphibia classes).
  • Tropesaurus Index: Tropes about various extinct and prehistoric animals, including (but not limited to) the dinosaurs.

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