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"And for comic relief he should go right through some sort of village, with a fiesta or something happening, with llamas. He knocks a llama over."
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Here's a llama. There's a llama. And another little llama. Fuzzy llama. Funny llama. Llama, llama, duck.

If Everything's Better with Penguins, the same is true for llamas. Maybe it's the extra silent "l", or the whole spitting thing, or the resemblence to the word lamer. Whatever the case, llamas are funny.

Other llama-like camelids like alpacas, guanacos, and vicuñas are fair game too. (Actual camels aren't; when they show up in fiction they're almost always Horsing Around but worse.)


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Witch Craft Works, a trio of luckless Tower Witches go around with a llama, even complaining when a restaurant refuses to seat it. It also tends to get tied up when they're captured.

    Comic Books 
  • Llamas at home, from The Far Side: "Llook out, Llarry! It's the llandllord!" (So llamas are Welsh?)
  • In the Tintin book Prisoners of the Sun, Captain Haddock is repeatedly spit in the face by llamas. At the end, he spits one back just to get even.
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    Fan Works 
  • As with a lot of tropes in Those Lacking Spines, this gets deconstructed. In Vacillating Heights, our three heroes bemoan how many Crack Fic writers think that just inserting llamas into their stories automatically makes them funny. Even comes with the llama song at the end of that particular Author Filibuster.
  • Just after escaping with a spaceship in If They Haven't Learned Your Name, Barnes touches down in Peru, near where a few llamas are grazing. His narration describes them as a cross between a deer, a sheep, and a pile of dirt, and 50% overbite. After a moment of deep consideration, a llama spits on him, so Barnes, feeling utterly done with this day, lays back down on the ground and goes to sleep. He's woken up the next morning by a pair of llama farmers, bringing a llama with them that also spits on Barnes.

    Films — Animation 
  • There's a passing line and blink-and-you'll miss it sighting of 65 elephants balancing on three llamas on a ball at the end of the "Prince Ali" number in Aladdin.
  • The Emperor's New Groove obviously, with the main character Kuzco transformed into a (mostly) comedic llama for a majority of the film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The 2009 girl's film An American Girl Chrissa Stands Strong, in which Chrissa's grandmother gave her a baby llama named Starburst, which naturally received its own toy.
  • The 1967 Doctor Dolittle film had the Pushmepullyou. Llama at both ends. (In the book illustrations it had horns, so it was more like "gazelle at both ends".)
  • In Evan Almighty, a llama delivers a well-deserved facial to John Goodman's character.
  • The titles for Monty Python and the Holy Grail mention llamas as a Credits Gag, said to be done at the last minute and at great expanse. Every single card after that point will mention llamas at some point, including as names for people.

    Literature 
  • A spelling error in the Sherlock Holmes story The Empty House:
    "I traveled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhassa [sic], and spending some days with the head Llama [sic]."
  • This poem by Ogden Nash:
    The one-l lama,
    He's a priest.
    The two-l llama,
    He's a beast.
    And I will bet
    A silk pajama
    There isn't any
    Three-l lllama.*
    *(The author's attention has been called to a type of conflagration known as a three-alarmer. Pooh.)
  • In Animorphs #12, Marco acquires a llama morph. The kids are infiltrating a Regis and Kelly-style talk show, and one of the guests is an animal tamer; Marco morphs the llama so he doesn't have to hide anywhere, and gleefully talks about how cute he is and how he's going to be on TV, but he never uses his llama morph again.
  • Anna Dewdney has written some books for preschool children about a young llama, originally known as "Baby Llama" in the actual text of the original book, but later known as simply "Llama Llama." The books were originally about Llama Llama and his mama, but as the audience of the series grew, Llama was eventually aged up to a schoolchild. Titles include Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Home with Mama, Llama Holiday Drama, Llama Llama Time to Share and Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa. There are also a number of board book titles with shorter stories and simpler language, as well as a one-off book featuring one of Llama's friends, Nelly Gnu. Netflix has announced an animated Llama Llama series for 2018.
  • In the mystery novel A Small Target, a group of hikers ventures deep into the Rockies with a pack train of llamas. When a deranged young woman shoots one of the group and then flees into the woods, the party's cook lures her out with food, and the soothing presence of a fluffy white llama at her campsite helps calm the anxious girl's nerves.
  • In The Saga of the Borderlands of the Argentine writer Liliana Bodoc, the inhabitants of the Fertile Lands are Fantasy Counterpart Culture for the pre-Columbian peoples of America, so we should not be surprised that one of them, the Desert Shepherds, is dedicate themselves to the breeding of llamellos (a combination of the word camello -camel- and llama), basically llamas big enough to be ridden by grown men.

    Live-Action TV 
  • "Would you like to pet the llama?" is a common riff in Mystery Science Theater 3000. At one point, Crow becomes a llama.
  • Howie Mandel was on an episode of The Tonight Show and did a "llama call" as part of his shtick with Jay. Several minutes later, an animal trainer led a llama out from backstage (as if it was answering Howie's call). Howie looked concerned and said, "That's not the llama I hired for this bit."
  • The classic "Me And My Llama" sketch from Sesame Street is how a whole generation of North American kids ever learned what a llama is. A little girl takes her llama to the dentist, set to music.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has the Llama Sketch. "¡Cuidado! ¡Hay llamas!"
  • Matlock: In the episode "The Fortune," Cliff poses as a zoo worker to uncover evidence. When a llama is shipped to the zoo, he sneaks the animal off to a veterinarian, convinced the criminals have smuggled contraband inside the critter. He leads the llama through the city streets to the amusement of passers by while doing so. It turns out the evidence was actually concealed in the llama's shipping crate.

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    Theme Parks 
  • The ending of the former Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast ride at Universal Studios Florida takes Carl's obsession with llamas to a whole new level when he uses Cosmo's magic wand to continuously poof llamas into Jimmy's lab, to the point that there's an entire army of them.

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  • In Shining Song Starnova, Natsuki’s parents raise alpacas on their farm. She talks about them at length on a TV segment during her route, and at the end of her route they send her one to keep as a pet in the city. Hilarity Ensues. They do it again in Sasami’s route, and this time the alpaca somehow becomes a successful Idol Singer under the name Alpaca-kun.

    Web Animation 
  • Llamas with Hats, and its many sequels, chronicling the mishaps of a... problematic llama and his more sane friend/partner.

    Web Comics 
  • User Friendly: Stef's obsession with Llama Porn is a running joke. Including that time where listening to 'The Llama Song' on an iPod transforms him into a (black silhouette of) a Llama.

    Web Original 
  • The SCP Foundation has SCP-1296, "Dial-A-Llama", which is a llama delivery service. Another, not so "Better" entry is SCP-1545, a two-person llama suit wearing galoshes... that brainwashes its wearers, who forget to take care of themselves unless forcibly removed from the costume.

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    Real Life 
  • Among US presidential candidate Obama's many fundraising efforts was rural Butler County, Ohio's "Kiss a Llama for Obama!" Quote: "And yes, the llama did kiss a few preferred people."
  • This statue, found in Plaza San Martin in Lima, Peru. A statue of a woman with a flame on her head was ordered; the Spanish word for "flame" is "llama." Turns out the order was not specific enough for the artist.
  • Some llamas and alpacas can be trained as therapy animals for visiting places such as hospitals and nursing homes, as seen here.
  • The trope is rampant in Israeli humor, as "llama" happens to be pronounced exactly like the Hebrew word for the question "why?" (an amusing side effect of this is that in Israeli humor, llamas are characterized as being either curious, skeptical or stupid, constantly questioning things).
  • Densa, a special interest group of Mensa dedicated to celebrating stupidity, has a llama as one of its two mascots, and an informational webpage on llamas.
  • On February 2015, two llamas were on the loose in Arizona. Twitter went mad, following their run while also making the obligatory SimCity, Monty Python, The Emperor's New Groove, Carl Wheezer, and Lorenzo Lamas jokes.

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