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"Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo"
— The opening to A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man by James Joyce

Who knows why people love cows? They stand around and moo. They make milk whenever we want them too (in fiction at least). And yet, people love 'em. Some people love 'em enough to put 'em into their works regardless of appropriateness, just because they think cows are awesome.

This trope is about female bovines inserted into a work of fiction without any actual purpose or logical explanation, except for the Rule of Cool or Rule of Funny.

Note: This trope is not a list of your favorite works featuring cows. Nor is it a list of all cow jokes in fiction. It's about gratuitous cows.

Compare Garnishing the Story. Sometimes overlaps with Drop the Cow. See also Aliens Steal Cattle and Cow Tipping. If you were looking for minotaur-esque critters (Man-Cows), check out A Load of Bull. Contrast Brutish Bulls, for much more negative portrayals of fictional cattle. Not really related to You Fight Like a Cow (but it's a fun mental image, isn't it?)



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  • Dancing cows sell chocolate.
  • Gateway computers played up their being founded in Iowa by delivering their product in boxes patterned after a Holstein cow. The cowbox became part of their logo in 1998.
  • Chick-fil-A frequently uses intelligent cows in its ads that urge customers to "Eat Mor Chikin" instead of beef. They even used to sell comedic calendars that were loaded with cow puns.
  • Subversion: Mass Effect 3 had a "Space Edition", where some special packages of the game were shot to the upper atmosphere in balloons, and then fans tried to track them down. One in England led to this amusing update.
  • In the 90's there was a TV-add for a German travel agency, that consisted of several pictures with voiceovers of family members telling what they want to do and see during their holidays. It got quite some infamy for the line by a little girl "I want cows!". Most germans of age 20 and older will instantly recognize that line.
  • The chocolate milk Toddy uses cows in their ads and on cans.
  • Krówki-ciągutki. A Polish milk toffee candy with crumbly outside and gooey interior, sold in every possible place where a lot of people are milling about with their children. Individually wrapped in paper that proudly bears a picture of a cow. Hence the name that means, more or less, "little cows that can be pulled" (pulled like cheese on pizza, not like a cow on a chain).
  • Back in The '90s, there was a computer hardware company called Gateway, and they would ship their products in boxes printed with the pattern of a Holstein cow, because the company was started on a farm, of all places.
  • A particular inner balcony room on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas had the misfortune (due to being located directly above a Ben & Jerry's) of having the scenic view of Holstein cow posteriors rather than the internal promenade. The cruise ship designers decided to have fun with this and thus created the Ben & Jerry's Sweet, a cruise cabin with an udder ludicrosity of cow theming (and suite privileges and free ice cream for the cruise duration) to make up for the view of cow butts.
    • This has subsequently proved to be so popular that all ships of the Freedom class now have a "Ben & Jerry's Sweet". However, the versions on the Liberty of the Seas and Independence of the Seas do not have the mooing mirror (yes, the cow theming on Freedom extended to a motion sensitive mirror that mooed when you walked in front of it) because that was the one bit of bovine theming people thought a bit annoying.

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Princess Tutu, the one-shot character Femio believes himself to be So Beautiful, It's A Sin. As punishment, he has a bull that comes to trample him when called. At one point—when he believes the Magical Girl and her dark counterpart are fighting over him—he decides he's so sinful that an entire herd is called to trample him. There's enough bulls that they fill up a square of the town, leaving the residents to stare at them in confusion.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena had one episode where Nanami started turning into a cow. The highlight was the Dream Sequence: Nanami dreams that her beloved brother Touga is taking her on a wagon to market, and there's a butterfly overhead...just in time for the chorus to start in on a 1940s Yiddish song "Dona Dona," which is apparently popular in Japan.
  • The first thing you see in the Chobits anime is a cow that has nothing to do with the plot. That is because Hideki lives on a farm until he moves to Tokyo.
  • A random cow on the railroad tracks is what allows Ed to catch "Mushroom Samba"'s bounty of the week in Cowboy Bebop. It was not mentioned beforehand and simply appears without warning on the train tracks. And the only thing that even acknowledges it is the team pet, nobody ever mentions it again.
  • Subverted by the Demon Guard Minotauros in One Piece. He looks like a Holstein cow minotaur, and looks pretty harmless and cute.... until he starts smashing people around with his trusty spiked club.
  • In Hetalia, Spain's pet bull helps him to knock out the carriage where Romano was being kidnapped by Turkey, and much later aids in France's defeat. Such a reliable animal.
  • Hiromu Arakawa, author of Fullmetal Alchemist, even uses a cow as her avatar, although it is easily explained by the fact that she grew up on a dairy farm.

    Asian Animation 

  • Jerry Seinfeld joked about the impulse so-called "mature adults" have to stick their heads out of car windows and say "Moo" when they see cows, as if the cows could be fooled.
    Jerry: Hey, there's a cow driving that car! How can he afford that!?

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics:
  • In Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, the titular heroine spends one whole night dragging a herd of missing cows back to their pen. As a result of her nightly heroics, she falls sleep in class and gets punished.
    Supergirl: Stupid cows. Keeping me up all night with their problems. Making me sleepy.
  • In Tintin - Tintin in Tibet, Captain Haddock tries to step over a sacred cow. The cow gives him an unasked-for ride.
  • DC Comics has the Battlin' Bovine: Bat-Cow! Starting as a one-off gag in Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated (and subsequently a background gag in the Batcave), she later got her own story in the Batman Incorporated one-shot, written by Dan DiDio. A version of Bat-Cow also appears in Tiny Titans, who is a member of the League of Just Us Cows, which includes Aqua-Cow, Flaming Head Cow, and Bat-Cow Beyond.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures would give us Cudley, the trans dimensional cowlick, a giant cow head that carries people to different worlds in his mouth. He would later appear in the Mirage comics.

    Comic Strips 
  • In an early Knights of the Dinner Table story, B.A. offhandedly mentioned that the party was walking past a cow in a field. Dave decided to investigate the cow. B.A.'s attempts to nudge him back on track only made him more determined. Finally, in exasperation, B.A. declared that the cow was magical.
  • Cows (and to a much lesser extent, ducks and chickens) gradually became a bit of a signature of The Far Side, with many, many strips - including the Trope Namer for Cow Tools - focusing on the animals. Gary Larson wrote in The PreHistory of The Far Side, "I should have just called this thing The Cow Side and forgot about it." He believes cows are among the funniest animals on the planet, and even thinks the name "Cow" is hilarious. Most Far Side collection books - one of which was titled Cows Of Our Planet - feature a cow or two on the cover, and when the complete run was printed as a boxed set, the covers - and the box itself - were printed with a Holstein pattern.
  • Cow And Boy by Mark Leiknes is a strip about a young farm boy and his friend, a cow. The cow is the reasonable, sensible one of the two.

    Fan Works 
  • In Strike Witches Quest, you encounter a hissing Martian robot cow, which quickly becomes a regular at Castle Barin.
  • Star Trek: Voyager J/7 Slash Fic Oh My God, They Killed Chakotay! by Sazzy1972. Captain Janeway believes that killing her boring first officer is the only way to break a "Groundhog Day" Loop, and so tries to bump Chakotay off with increasingly hilarious methods, including dropping a cow on his head in the holodeck.
  • The Naruto fanfic Yet again, with a little extra help has exploding cows, used to help train the Konoha Twelve. Needless to say, they're all scarred for life.

    Films — Animation 
  • Cars featured farm equipment that acted like cattle, and one of the activities involving said farm equipment is called "tractor tipping".
  • El Materdor also featured cattle, but this time, they are all portrayed as bulldozers instead of farm equipment.
  • At the climax of The Emperor's New Groove, a squad of palace guards get accidentally dosed with shape-shifting potions, leading to:
    Yzma: Get them!
    Transformed guard: Um, I've been turned into a cow. Can I go home?
    Yzma: You're excused. Anyone else?
    Other transformed guards: No, no, we're good.
    Yzma: GET THEM!
  • Home on the Range is a notable failure of the trope given the lackluster film had cows as the main protagonists. It's odd when you consider Disney usually excels in talking animal stories like The Lion King or Zootopia.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Where's My Cow?, an in-universe children's book. Screaming the words to it provide the Madness Mantra of Sam Vimes while he's possessed by a demonic entity.
    That. Is. Not. MY. COW!
    • Later it was defictionalized as an actual picture book, where the cow isn't gratuitous anymore.
    • In Pyramids, Pteppic, pharoah of Djelibeybi, has a suspiciously biblical dream concerning seven cows playing the trombone.
  • Wayside School Is Falling Down: The school doesn't fall down, but it does get taken over by cows.
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude has a herd of cows that reproduce too quickly. Only Melquiades' words of wisdom can calm them. Later, Aureliano Segundo would yell "Cease, cows! Life is short!" in the middle of his parties.
  • Bored of the Rings:
    • Bromosel recounts a strange prophetic dream involving cows:
      "I had a dream one night in Minas Troney in which seven cows ate seven bushels of wheat, and when they were finished they climbed a red tower and threw up three times, chanting, 'Say it now and say it loud, I'm a cow and I'm proud.'"
    • Lavalier's parting lament ends with the repeated line, "Honi soit la vache qui rit." The text supplies this loose translation: "See, even now the cows laugh, Alas, alas."
  • In one of Shel Silverstein's illustrated poems, a girl is picking up a cow and shaking it, Comically Missing the Point of how to make a milkshake.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Gene the cow on Fringe. Part of Walter's lab and generally present once per episode, Gene was brought in as fresh-from-the-cow milk was required for the "fringe science" for one incident in the series premiere, and has been there ever since. She's often discussed offhand in Walter's discussions with Astrid - for example, Walter postulating if he could make milk from Gene that would never spoil using a life-extending fluid that was part of the main plot, or wondering if he could make Gene produce chocolate milk by feeding it the right ingredients.
  • On The X-Files, Mulder has a close encounter with a very unfortunate cow that crashes through the ceiling of his motel room in "Rain King".
  • The Brass Eye "Animals" episode features cows heavily. There's Carla Lane crying over the grave of a hypothetical cow, there's a crazy caravan man engaging in a surreal harassment campaign against a cow that's inherited his land and there's a cow being fired out of a cannon in a fictional Libyan folk custom and left for the dogs and jackals. And maybe scorpions if they eat meat, I dunno.
  • Star Trek: Voyager. Tom Paris pulls a practical joke on Harry Kim while he's in the Fair Haven holodeck program, transforming a pretty Irish lass into a cow just as Harry's about to kiss her.
  • The Doctor Who Expanded Universe likes this one.
    • The Doctor Who Magazine comic strip "The Lunar Strangers" features two humanoid alien cows.
    • One of the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels reveals that the TARDIS has a cow, which is implied to provide their supply of milk.
    • Another one takes place on an alien planet where the local fauna is much like that of Earth, except the cows are disconcertingly enormous:
    What I Learned in Outer Space by Anji Kapoor – impressive pause – They have bigger cows.
  • Among the weird bumps MTV Brasil used to air were some starring space cow Vacalática.
  • The Julie Andrews episode of The Muppet Show involved the discovery of a (non-muppet) cow backstage. They eventually get rid of it, but just before the credits, it's revealed that the cow is allegedly Julie's.
  • One of the sketches in the Bavarian TV special Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus was The Merchant of Venice acted by a herd of cows, in mooing with German subtitles.
  • Cows tend to turn up in a lot of Rose's stories of her hometown of St. Olaf, Minnesota, in The Golden Girls, due to the town being a rural farming community. For example, every hotel room is required by law to have one.
    Rose: I remember my first love...
    Sophia: Let me guess... it was a cow.
    Rose: Why, yes! How did you know?
  • On Sesame Street back in The '80s, there was a New Wave Music band called How Now Brown and the Moo Wave. The lead singer wore a stereotypical Viking hat, and the keyboardist had horns on his headband. There were also cows as backup singers.
  • On That's So Raven, Raven and Chelsea cast a magical wishing spell that starts turning them into cows in the Halloween Episode. Their body continually becomes more cow-like as they also begin eating straw and mooing, which culminates in them completely transforming into the animal and deciding to "milk it." However, the transformation was all in Raven's vision.

  • The Arrogant Worms song "I Am Cow."
    • They also used a cow's moo in the background of a song about hunters shooting anything that moves.
  • The Foo Fighters song "For All The Cows", from their debut.
  • The Hipgnosis cover for Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother album features cows—and deliberately has nothing to do the music.
  • The video for "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" by Eurythmics, which also features the same cow from the Pink Floyd album mentioned above.
  • "Cows With Guns" by Dana Lyons.
  • "Mooo!" by Doja Cat is a humorous, tongue-in-cheek take on this trope.
  • "Angus Dei" (not "Agnus Dei") from the "Missa Hilarious" by P.D.Q. Bach.
  • "Little Tiny Song" by Barenaked Ladies which is actually about an angry cow.
  • Independent piano-rock musician Matthew Ebel has a song called "Trees" which has this as its "punchline":
    All I wanted was to milk / A metaphor about the trees / And write some crap that really wows. / But now instead of / Writing 'bout the trees, / Somehow or another, I've ended up / Writing about...cows?
    • Immediately followed by the sound of a cow mooing. This has become a Running Gag among his fans; when he plays "Trees" during his live shows, and gets to this part, the ones who are familiar with the joke all go "Mooooooooo!"
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Smells Like Nirvana" has a cow mooing right after the line "A Garage Band from Seattle, well it sure beats raising cattle!".
  • A cow is pictured on the cover of Frank Zappa's album Läther.
  • The Blue Öyster Cult's early number She's As Beautiful As A Foot runs out of pedal-extremity metaphors and likens the lady, in a bewilderingly surreal switch of compliments, to a Guernsey cow.
  • In Tom Lehrer's "The Hunting Song", from Songs by Tom Lehrer, the only non-human animal bagged by the singer is a cow, revealed in the song's last line to be a pure-bred Guernsey. Unfortunately, it was shot out of season.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Cows (and bulls) tend to show up fairly frequently in Greek Mythology, occasionally seemingly at random. Most notably, they are identified with Hera, whose traditional epithet used by Greek poets was "Boopis" (cow-eyed). This sounds like an Embarrassing Nickname, but it was actually considered a compliment - the Ancient Greeks considered cows to have very beautiful eyes.
  • Genesis 41 tells the story in The Bible of the Pharoah's dream, famously interpreted by the Hebrew Joseph, concerning seven fat and seven thin cows:
    Two years later the king[a] of Egypt dreamed he was standing beside the Nile River. 2 Suddenly, seven fat, healthy cows came up from the river and started eating grass along the bank. 3 Then seven ugly, skinny cows came up out of the river and 4 ate the fat, healthy cows. When this happened, the king woke up.
  • Egyptian Mythology features a (mostly) benevolent goddess named Hathor, who sometimes took the form of a cow.
  • According to the origin story of the Eastern Zodiac, the Ox only became the second year because the Rat tricked the Ox by asking for a ride on his back and then rushing to the finish line himself.
  • Hinduism teaches that cows are symbols of innocence and should not be eaten, and once-domestic cows can be seen freely roaming around India. On the holiday Gopastami they honor cows although this may be more a celebration of cowherding than of the cows themselves.
  • Cows were a measure of wealth for many Iron Age and late Bronze Age cultures, including the ancient Celts, many East African tribes, the Homeric Greeks, and the ancient Romans. ("Pecuniary" comes from the Latin _pecus_, "cattle".) Modern expressions like the Texan "all hat and no cattle" reflect this to an extent.

  • There's a longstanding tradition of hiding cows as Easter Eggs in Physical Pinball Tables. Some players even use the term "Hidden Cows" to refer to Easter Eggs.
    • The tradition started in The Machine: Bride of Pin*Bot (1991) because programer Brian Eddy likes cows. When a ball starts, leave it in the plunger. Hold the right flipper for at least 45 seconds, then hold the left flipper for at least 45 seconds, then hold both flippers for at least 45 seconds. The game will beep; tap out "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" with the flipper buttons (right flipper first) and the game will display the lyrics in time with the song.
      Brian Eddy: "Why breathe? Why eat? Why live without cows in pinball machines?"
  • The pinball Ur-Example might be Williams' Fire! When a game is started, the moo of a cow can be heard, presumably a reference to Mrs. O'Leary's cow.
  • Attack from Mars has a playfield decal and an animation of aliens beaming up a cow, and the "Saucer Attack" mode can randomly be replaced with "Cow Attack".
  • In Revenge from Mars:
    • One of the items taken during the "Alien Abduction" mode is a cow.
    • The big martian on the backglass is holding a cow.
    • One of the animals that you shrink in the "Big-O-Beam" mode is a cow.
  • In Metroid Prime Pinball, a winged cow will randomly appear in the middle of a swarm of Shriekbats.
  • The playfield for Taxi has a cow sitting in a motorcycle sidecar.
  • In Tales of the Arabian Nights, press both flipper buttons quickly when entering the Bazaar. On the fourth visit, the merchant will give you a cow worth 1 million points.
  • One of the souvenirs in Red & Ted's Road Show is a picture plate with a cow on it.
  • Medieval Madness has a cow as one of the things that can be launched from the catapult. Also, if you launch three cows, the Video Mode will be "Save the Calves" (instead of children).
    • Another appears in one of the peasant quotes ("They took our cows!").
  • WhizBang Pinball's Whoa Nellie! Big Juicy Melons has a wry cow in the lower-right corner of the playfield.
    "Complete and udder nonsense."
  • White Water has no less than four of these:
    • Pressing the left button 3 times, the start button once, the right button 15 times, the start button once, the left button 23 times, and the start button once during Attract Mode reveals a cow.
    • The fifth item in Bigfoot's Hotfoot is a cow.
    • When the cow in Bigfoot´s Cave has been collected, getting the Mystery Canyon as a Whirlpool Award will show a picture of the Spirit pulling a string on the legless cow. A loud "moo" is heard.
    • The animation after shooting Disaster Drop has a cow show up as a Freeze-Frame Bonus.
  • In Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure, the display for "Shoot Again" includes a cow in the hieroglyphs.
  • Hitting a certain shot in Doctor Who sometimes displays a cow in Doctor attire, mooing.
  • Scared Stiff:
    • One of the Deadheads is called Meat Head, and has a picture of a cow.
    • If you enter the initials "M-O-O" on the high score, the display shows two frightened cows.
    • One of the videotapes on the backglass is "Curse of the Zombie Cows".
  • Cirqus Voltaire:
    • One of the obstacles Roonie the Kangaroo jumps over is a cow.
    • The history of the Cirqus (played during the Attract Mode) mentions fire-eating cows.
    • One of the "Fun With Bonus" judges is a cow named "Heffer".
  • Safe Cracker:
    • One of the "?" awards is a cow head.
    • One of the Candy 2000 awards is "MOO", which gives you a Vault letter.
    • Entering "MOO" as your high score initials prompts a cow sound effect to play.
  • In Jack*Bot, a cow can be awarded during Casino Run, adding a Special.
    • Cheating during Casino Run prompts a soundclip of a moo to play.
  • Black Rose:
    • The jet bumper display can show cows fencing instead of men.
    • Starting the Unlimited Millions Round can also show many small cows.
    • Getting a Combo Shot can prompt cows to walk across the screen, mooing.
    • The last sound clip in the Sound Test is a moo.
  • If you enter your initials as "MOO" in No Fear: Dangerous Sports, Skull will say "Mooo!" after awarding your free game.
  • An Easter Egg in Sega Pinball's GoldenEye has Bond get chased by a cow.
  • Two examples of this from The Champion Pub:
    • The 14th jackpot level is "Cow of a jackpot".
    • Sometimes, when the Barfly is swatted, it will instead be a Cowfly (complete with moo).
  • Monster Bash:
    • One of the venues for the band is the "Cow Palace".🐄 
    • A skeleton of a cow can be seen in the animation for the Mosh Pit Multiball.
  • 3D Ultra Pinball: The Lost Continent has a table where you use a ray to turn the dinosaurs back to their original forms. The Tyrannousaurus Rex is a cow!
    • Likewise, 3D Ultra Pinball: Thrillride contains two cheat codes, one enables the Hershey Cow to be featured in Hide and Seek mode, the other turns the waterfall leading to the Fun Zone to turn into chocolate milk, complete with a mooing sound.
  • The Video Mode for Data East's Lethal Weapon 3 is a shooting gallery game, where players must shoot enemies and avoid bystanders. On occasion, one of the criminals will be replaced with a cow, and shooting it is worth one million points.
  • Indianapolis 500 has several:
    • A farmer with a cow appears in the first animation of "Wrong Turn".
    • The "Pit Stop" animation sometimes shows the player passing a cow being milked in the Pit.
    • The final Raceway Souvenir is a Race Cow, worth 50 million points.
    • The last Spanner word is COWS.
  • In Jersey Jack Pinball's The Wizard of Oz, the Horse of a Different Color is sometimes replaced with a cow. It's worth more than any of the other horses.
  • Corvette:
    • One of the Challenge race tracks is the "Holisten Track", which is shaped like a cow's head.
    • Occasionally, instead of being challenged by a sexy model racer, the player will be challenged by a cow. Even the closed-caption text reads "Moo".
  • In Demolition Man, the eighth AcMag award is an exploding cow.
  • America's Most Haunted:
    • The silhouette of a ghost cow can be seen in the center background of the backglass.
    • On initial settings, the second high-score entry has the initials COW.
  • During "Satellite Transfer" in Congo, the eighth image transmitted (in a series of images featuring gorillas and diamonds) is a cow.
  • It's possible for a cow to appear on the display during NBA Fastbreak's hidden Midnight Madness mode.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • ARSION had Bullfight Sora, because what better to fight bulls than a cow? Well ARSION went under and Sora trotted out to the wider wrestling world.
  • CHIKARA had MosCow the Communist Bovine. At Here Come the International Invaders 1st Stage- Attack of the Phantom Sith, August 17, 2007, he was defeated by USApe. In what must have been a case of Defeat Means Friendship, at Bruised on October 26, they teamed with Dragon Dragon in a losing effort against the Order of the Neo-Solar Temple (Crossbones, Hydra and UltraMantis Black).


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    Theme Parks 
  • The flying cow from the movie was used again in the former Twister...Ride it Out attraction at Universal Studios Florida. Along with that, the attraction's gift shop was filled to the brim with cow-related items, including a park-exclusive line of merchandise called "The Flying Cow Squadron".


    Video Games 
  • Little King's Story also heavily features cows. One of your units is a Cow Knight (a knight on a cow), and one of the enemy monsters will be the dreaded vampire cow.
  • Lon Lon Ranch in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, milk cows can be found in a lot of places and one is even moved into your treehouse.note 
  • Baldur's Gate franchise:
  • Destroy All Humans! has radioactive, exploding zombie cows. And for the full Pox quote: "Brains? ...Healthy green glow? ...THOSE HUMAN FOOLS! Clearly, they've genetically altered these pathetic gasbags and turned them into RADIOACTIVE EXPLODING ZOMBIE COWS! Show them the folly of their mad science!"
  • Grunties from .hack are Cow Expies and are generally funny — especially milky grunties.
  • Wii Play has a minigame where you ride a cow down a racetrack and run down scarecrows for points.
  • Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters includes the Mootator, which morphs enemies into cows. It can be upgraded into the Armoogeddon, which morphs them into exploding bulls instead.
  • In The World Ends with You, one item's description says it's made of faux-leather "('cause cows are cute!)".
  • Earthworm Jim has a large emphasis on Cows. From using them as catapult fodder in the first, which is actually later seen in the background of Down The Tubes, even though the level is underwater and ends up landing on the Princess you been playing hours to rescue when you're three feet away from her, to rescuing them in the second in Udderly Abducted to use their milk to fill buckets to open gates. Talking cows also congratulate the player at the ends of levels.
    • Not to mention the complete Mind Screw that was the ending of the second game. Suffice to say, said ending attempts to take this trope further than perhaps any other source.
  • Everything's Better With... the Turf Herders!
  • Many Raiden first stages have cows on the ground below you.
  • The two-headed "brahmin" cattle have appeared all over the Fallout series and are often associated with Easter eggs or mini-quests.
    "Moo! Moo, I say!"
    • Also worth mention: T-1000 cow, cow-tipping, cows playing cards and mistaking the player's team for the Feds, Brahmin Armor.
  • The sequel to Crystal Quest reveals your Flying Saucer — depicted in gameplay as a 16-pixel-wide circle — to be piloted by a six-legged Space Cow.
  • Pokémon Gold and Silver introduced Miltank, a bovine Pokemon.
  • For no reason at all, one early boss in Death Smiles is "Giant Cow - Mary". Well, see for yourself.
  • Cows are used as a defense mechanism in Rock of Ages. They push boulders away, power fans, and can even be launched from your castle's catapult to deal heavy damage to the opposing boulder.
  • The Tauren of World of Warcraft are three meter tall Badass Pacifist upright walking bovines (rather than men with bulls' heads.) They don't have udders, aren't herbivorous and certainly are never eaten by other sentient humanoid species. Regardless, they are notorious for being the butt of notoriously many bad cow related jokes among the player community, and vast majority of their players gives them names referring to beef or milk products or puns on the word 'bull'.
    • In the expansion Cataclysm, Tauren were allowed to take on the Paladin class. Lest ye think otherwise, the flood of "Holy Cow" related punny names came in a torrent— which was oddly not so much the case with the previously (and still) available priest class.
    • Given that many of the /silly and /flirt lines of the tauren also use bovine-related humor, it seems Blizzard expected this. They are also the only species that actually play a sound effect when the /moo command is used.
  • A rumor surrounding the first Diablo game involved a "secret cow level". It was an Ascended Meme in Diablo II; the Secret Cow Level (aka The Moo Moo Farm) featured hordes of high-level bipedal bovines swarming toward your character wielding poleaxes, mooing all the while.
  • In Black & White, you can choose a cow for a companion critter. While the Creatures technically start as True Neutral, the cow leans more to benevolent actions like eating grain instead of worshippers.
  • In the Day of the Tentacle intro the protagonists' car runs into a barn. Then they are followed by an upright-walking cow. Then the cow waves her foreleg at them and gives up the chase as hopeless. Later the evil Purple tentacle does some cow-tipping.
  • In Fighters Destiny, one of the unlockable characters is Ushi, a fighting cow from Hokkaido.
  • Cthulhu Saves the World has "The Bovinators" as enemies on the Ultharian spaceship. The Ultharians steal cattle and turn them into genetically-engineered super soldiers with big guns.
  • The "Whizz Words" on Addicting Games moos whenever you play the words cow, moo, bull, beef, farm or mad.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon had Space Cows in the speedway levels. They were an inversion of Aliens Steal Cattle; the aliens were cattle and were stealing other beings!
  • Sacrifice has the "Bovine Intervention" spell that summons a cow and lunches it into the sky, where upon it somersaults and then dives into the ground and explodes. It has to be seen.
  • In The Horde, cows are the most valuable improvement in the game and the only kind of animal, and the hero was even raised by cows.
  • Them's Fightin' Herds has Arizona, a rootin' tootin', lasso-slinging, take no guff, ready-to-rodeo, hiney whoopin', country cow girl.
  • A cheat code in Raptor: Call of the Shadows activates a Silliness Switch which adds extra enemies to levels, including the Battle Cow, a giant cow with missile launchers on its back and a laser cannon in its tail.
  • In West of Loathing, ever since The Cows Came Home, demonic cattle have been one of the major factions of evil in the world. This being a game in the Kingdom of Loathing universe, it's played for laughs whenever possible.
  • In The Adventures Of Square, Most levels inexplicably have cows, even in places like space station, the bottom of valley, or underground tombs. They are completely invincible, so you can never harm them.
  • In Afterlife (1996), the ultimate Contentment reward is "Bovine Bliss Ranch", where the SOUL becomes a cow, "the single most blissed-out creatures in all of creation". (on the other hand, subverted with the Gluttony punishment "Ecoli Hut", whose description is simply "Two words: Cow sushi".)

    Web Animation 
  • TomServo3 has cows as one of her many Running Gags (specifically Thomas and Alfred, the two cow-hating farmers, and Nazi Cows).


    Web Original 
  • How to Hero: In this entry, the guide's author claims that his Instagram is 80% cow puns and that he has one for every day of the "cowlendar."
  • The help screen for apt-get (Debian Linux's package manager) mentions that it has "Super cow powers". Typing "apt-get moo" at the command line gives you an ASCII Art rendering of a cow.
  • Cowsaynote  is a joke application to render input text as a speech bubble or a thought bubble of an ASCII Art cow.
  • Both Cowsay and apt-get Easter Egg have been inspired by a collection of ASCII cows that has circulated Internet from times immemorial.
  • "E-Cow-Nomics", a poster that explains various economics models with cows. For example, traditional capitalism is explained as: "You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income." ... whereas Nazism consists of: "You have two cows. The State takes them both and shoots you."
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, Shu transports their supplies in robot cows.
  • On a Reddit forum for Cisco study, someone asked for a simple summary of the differences between various Cisco operating systems for routers and switches. Hilarity ensued as all of these were descrbed in terms of cows in a remarkably accurate fashion. The original has since significantly expanded the bovine comparison with Cisco products (at this point covering almost every OS for every product Cisco sells for networks note ). At least among Cisco network engineers, the Bovine Comparisons have become a bit of a trope in and of themselves...
  • An animation by Cyriak.

    Western Animation 
  • Cow and Chicken combines this trope with Clucking Funny.
  • Earthworm Jim would drop a cow on people's heads at the end of an episode. The evil cow was awesome. "You fools, I shall destroy you all, starting with lactose intolerant! Moo Moo... moo"
  • Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa was created because of this trope.
  • Robin Hoof, a Robin Hood knock-off from the Animated Anthology series Raw Toonage.
  • One Drawn Together episode featured a Live Action Cow, which Wooldoor quickly got attached to after visiting the forbidden Live Action Forest. He eventually had to put her down after it contracted rabies.
  • Jane and the Dragon Jane Turnkey's big green fire-breathing pal is quite taken with cows. Jane doesn't quite get why.
  • The Tick once met a man-eating cow. She even got her own spin-off comic, and a cameo in the cartoon (although she didn't actually eat anyone there).
  • Arthur has the Mary Moo-Cow show that D.W. watches, as well as a Bionic Bunny videogame where the player fights "moomies".
  • Back at the Barnyard featured male cows. Udders and all.
  • Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures had The Cow, an archvillain whose voice and physique suggests another "male cow".
  • In an episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes, Heloise throws a cow that's on fire during one of her tantrums. Later, the cow (still on fire) shows up to apply for Heloise's job during a Terrible Interviewees Montage.
  • A stampede of cattle appear out of nowhere in an early episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, bearing very little impact on the plot, though they did provide an awesome scene. Turns out they are actually sapient (and speak with thick midwestern American Accents), and simply easily panic and stampede (one of them had seen a snake).
  • On Family Guy McBurgertown suffered a publicity setback due to the testimony of a very brave cow voiced by Ricardo Montalbán.
  • The boys' school mascot in South Park is the cow, presumably to lampshade what a tiny hick town they're in. Makes it doubly funny when their football team (the Cows) is in a game against a neighboring town whose team name is the Cowboys.
  • Most of the entire cast of The Moo Family Holiday Hoedown is comprised of anthropomorphic cows, with a chicken thrown in the cast as well.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender has Kaltenecker, all of whose appearances have been Played for Laughs. She first shows up around the middle of Season 2, where Pidge and Lance get her as a free bonus from an alien shop in the space mall, the paladins escape from the mall cop while riding on her back, and Shiro sort-of lampshades how out of place she is when he gets back to the castle. Then, she suddenly reappears much later in Season 4 for a few gags involving milkshakes. She appears a third time at the end of season 6 when everyone is taking as much as they can from the Castle before it is destroyed in a Heroic Sacrifice, Lance is seen struggling to drag her along, and, after a failed attempt at getting her into the Blue Lion, manages to get her into the Red Lion.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, 'The Wrath of the Spider Queen,' Billy drinks expired milk from the cafeteria and hallucinates the cow mascots on each carton of milk. One of them, full udder and all, was called from another dimension to help Billy, apparently.

    Real Life 
  • The 2013 PSAT had an infamous question that said that some people had never seen a cow. It led to the makers of the test getting in on the joke and sending stickers with cow pictures to every school that had students take the test.
  • University of California, Davis is well known for cows, rumored to smell like cows, the rock climbing competition is the Cow Crank, and used to trot out a fistulated cow (don't ask) at a school event every year. Oddly enough, the school mascot is not a cow. (not that they haven't tried...)
  • Cow Parade is an art exhibit where artists in a city all get a cow to decorate. This has branched out into all kinds of merchandise tie-ins.
  • The College of Wooster has adopted the cow as a second (or third, depending on how you count) mascot, to the point where there are MOOvers to help students on move-in day and shirts featuring the "Wooster Cow-Tipping Team." Three guesses as to why the cow has become so popular.

Alternative Title(s): Udderly Hilarious


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