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"Having outgrown the crude portrayal of African-Americans as black crows, in 1967 Disney decides to portray them as monkeys. All animals in the jungle speak in proper British accents. Except, of course, for the jive-talking, gibberish-spouting monkeys. Did we mention they desperately want to become 'real people'?"
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In media, especially those with talking animals of any kind, certain animal species are often associated with a real-life human national/ethnic/racial group, and will be portrayed as National Stereotypes. Sometimes they will just have the accent, sometimes they will play up the positive and/or negative stereotypes associated with that nation (the latter often overlapping with Space Jews, and occasionally leading to Unfortunate Implications).

Occasionally, the animal is portrayed as the pet of a human being, who is a walking National Stereotype themselves (in this case, the animal doesn't need to be anthropomorphized). The animals could be wild animals actually native to the country, or domestic animals that are primarily bred there, or chosen by the government to be an official mascot (thus appearing on the national flag and/or coat-of-arms). Cat and Dog Stereotypes can come into play, if particular breeds of various national origins are depicted.

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Alternatively, the same Animal Stereotypes associated with a particular species may simply be similar to the National Stereotypes associated with a particular country. Two warring nations can be portrayed as two animal species, whose Animal Jingoism reflects the real-life jingoism between the countries. Political Cartoons and Propaganda Pieces (like the one pictured above, which references the Boxer Rebellion), especially love using this trope, using anthropomorphic animals as the Anthropomorphic Personifications of various countries.

Obviously, this is a sub-trope of both National Stereotypes and Animal Stereotypes. And this is a super-trope to Kangaroos Represent Australia and Wild West Armadillo. Closely related to Anthropomorphic Personifications; compare and contrast this trope with Nations as People, when humans are used to symbolize an entire country. And also see Wikipedia's list of national animals.

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See Analysis.National Animal Stereotypes for a detailed list of cultural and regional animal stereotypes around the world.


Examples in media:

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    Advertising 
  • The Argentinian advertising series La llama que llama ("The llama that calls'') uses llama puppets as mascots of a phone company. One of the llamas wears an Andean chullo.
  • Churchill, the British bulldog in the car insurance adverts, named after Winston Churchill.
  • The mascot of the brandy produced by the Spanish company Osborne. The large road ads that the company began to built in the 1950s trascended the company itself and became such a cultural icon that, when road ads were banned in Spain outside city limits in 1994, the signs were "indulted" due to popular acclaim and only required to have the "Osborne" letters blackened. Nowadays, the Osborne bull is often depicted in flags, bandanas, hats and tourist souvenirs. The association is so ironed that the signs have been subjected to vandalism from separatist groups and there have been attempts to replace it in some regions with other "national" animals like the Catalan donkey and the Galician dairy cow.
  • Swedish moose are sometimes used for IKEA ads or products.
  • Kylie the Kangaroo in the UK Coco Pops adverts is Australian, and the only character to have a non-English accent (even though the others are all African animals).

    Anime & Manga 
  • Cat Shit One:
    • In an aversion of the stereotype, Americans are portrayed as, out of all species, rabbits. It's a pun on the Japanese word for rabbit, "usagi" (USA GI, get it?).
    • In an aversion of the stereotype, the French are portrayed as pigs.
    • Germans are portrayed as foxes.
    • Soviet Russians are portrayed as bears.
    • The Chinese are portrayed as pandas.
    • The Japanese are portrayed as monkeys.
    • Koreans are portrayed as dogs.
    • The Vietnamese are portrayed as cats - hence the title, as the story takes place during The Vietnam War and its protagonists are American soldiers.
    • Middle Eastern nations are represented by camels, sheep and goats.
    • Australians are unsurprisingly kangaroos.
  • Matador Gundam (Toro Gundam in the English dub) is... well just look at it.
  • In Hetalia: Axis Powers, Australia has a pet koala, New Zealand has a pet sheep, and Iceland has a pet puffin.
  • In Pokonyan, the titular character is a mix of raccoon dog and a cat.

    Comic Books 
  • Maus:
    • All Jewish people are portrayed as mice, to play up the Jewish mouse - Nazi cat association.
    • All non-Jewish Germans are portrayed as cats, regardless of whether they are supporters of the Nazi Party or not.
    • Polish people are portrayed as pigs (due to the "schwein" slur).
    • One Romani woman is portrayed as a gypsy moth.
    • French people (most prominently, a prisoner in a death camp) are portrayed as frogs. This is both Discussed and Defied in a scene with the author's wife. He chooses frogs to represent the French because he wants a neutral animal, whether something like rabbits would make them seem too positive when the French have done both good and bad. He then asks her if she should be portrayed as a frog since she's French, but she insists she should be portrayed as a mouse like her husband (even though she wasn't born Jewish). They both appear as mice during this conversation.
    • The British are portrayed as fish - presumably due to coming from a country surrounded by the sea and which derived its power from its navy, but also reflecting stereotypes of British stoicism and reserve (cf: "cold fish").
    • All non-Jewish Americans are portrayed as dogs — Caucasians as white dogs, African-Americans as black dogs. This is most likely due to Animal Jingoism, as the comic takes place during World War II and Germans are portrayed as cats, but it also suits some stereotypes about Americans: a little dim, but loyal, and with big personalities and drawn to big deeds (for good or ill).
    • The Swedish are portrayed as reindeer.
  • Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!:
    • The American Eagle in the relaunch is a bald eagle and Captain Patriotic.
    • An early villain was "Kongarilla", a kangaroo turned into a giant by a secret organization. Kongaroo hailed from "Aukstralia" (Earth-C's version of Australia).
  • Blacksad: In an in-universe B-Movie about giant ants menacing the States, the American President is portrayed as a bald eagle.
  • The Chilean anthropomorphic condor Condorito was created by Chilean cartoonist Pepo because he was disappointed about Chile being represented by a mail plane in Disney's Saludos Amigos.
  • In The Muppet Show Comic Book, when Fozzie goes to another theatre with a Similar Squad, the counterpart to Sam the Eagle (see below) is a British bulldog.
  • One of the British superheroes in Knight and Squire is a guy in a bulldog costume.
  • Asterix:
    • In Asterix In Spain, Astérix is captured by the Romans and thrown in the arena. He defiantly tells the Roman governor to release his lions, but he smugly replies that they don't have lions there, they have aurochs. The aurochs looks and acts like a stereotypical Spanish bull, and Astérix literally invents bullfighting while dealing with it.
    • One short story featured a Gaulish rooster called Chanticleerix who outwitted a Roman Eagle.
  • In a play on the rooster, Grandville portrays Marianne, the personification of France, as a hen.
  • Ursa Major, a member of the Russian Avengers from Marvel Comics.
  • Blacksad: In the album Red Soul, a Russian émigré artist is depicted as an old brown bear.
  • Serafettin the Bad Cat is a Turkish comic book taking place in Istanbul, starring a foul-mouthed cat.
  • In Black Panther, the royal family of the fictional African kingdom Wakanda has black panthers as their Animal Motifsnote . Among his enemies, Madame Slay has a spotted leopard motif and M'Baku a.k.a. the Man-Ape has a Killer Gorilla motif.
  • In Kamandi, some of the Uplifted Animal states are based on this: Britain is home to the Bulldog Britanneks, Italy to the Wolf Garibaldeks, Russia to the Commu-Bears, Australia to the Kanga-Rat Murder Society, China to the Mao-Tse-Tigers and Indonesia to the Orang-Utan Surfing Civilization.

    Comic Strips 
  • Hot off the heels of the Pepe le Pew cartoons, Pogo introduced Miz Mam'selle Hephzibah as the object of Porky Pine's affections... and, almost immediately afterward, almost every other male character's desire as well.
  • The Swedish comic strip Hälge stars an anthropomorphic moose.

    Eastern Animation 
  • In Johnny Corncob, Tatars (a Turkic ethnicity affiliated with the Mongol Empire) are depicted as dog-people, due to the term "dog-headed Tatar" used in the original poem, referring to the Tatar invaders of Hungary in the 1200s. The cartoon takes the expression very literal, as the Hungarian Hussars can distract the Tatars by throwing them chicken bones.
  • Masha and The Bear, a Russian cartoon, has bears as the main characters as well as the lead bear having a Siberian tiger friend.
  • Squirrel and Hedgehog: Russians are represented as bears, and are the unreliable allies of the heroic North Korean squirrels and hedgehogs against the villainous South Korean rats and weasels and American wolves and foxes.

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    Films — Animation 
  • Zootopia:
    • The strict police chief Bogo is a Cape buffalo with an African-sounding name (coming from the Swahili word m'bogo, meaning Cape buffalo) who fits the Scary Black Man stereotype. Bogo is played by Afro-British actor Idris Elba, who is of Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean descent.
    • Renato Manchas, the black jaguar limousine driver, has a Hispanic name and is voiced by Venezuelan-American actor Jesse Corti.
    • One of the child cats in the school play at the beginning is a jaguar named Jaguar (pronounced 'Hog-u-are', i.e. Jaguar in Spanish).
    • There's a polar bear character with the Russian-sounding name Koslov. He was originally intended to be a more prominent character, head of a Russian-type mafia, complete with the accent, but in the final film he's a non-speaking henchman of the Italian-accented shrew mafioso Mr. Big. Other polar bear mobsters wear attire stereotypical of Russian mobsters, like tracksuits and golden chains.
    • There is an Asian Elephant yoga teacher with the Indian-sounding name Nangi. She's nude because she is part of a "naturalist" hippie club, but she is covered in henna tattoos, also often associated with India.
    • The male newsreader of ZNN news is a different species of animal in varioius international releases of the movie.
      • In the American and Canadian version he is a Canadian-accented moose named Peter Moosebridge (an Ink-Suit Actor version of real-life newscaster Peter Mansbridge, longtime anchor (1988-2017) of the CBC's flagship evening News Broadcast The National). Most international dubs also keep the moose, though he often loses the accent.
      • In the Australian version (also shown in New Zealand) he is a koala.
      • In the Chinese version he is a panda.
      • In the Japanese version he is a tanuki.
      • In the Brazilian version he is a jaguar.
      • When it was revealed that the newsreader was going to change species in some countries, there was a persistent internet rumor that he was going to be a Corgi in the United Kingdom, and many British fans were disappointed when they found that the newsreader in their country was a moose like in the American version. In truth, the movie's crew never intended to include any dog breeds in the movie, and the only canines present are wolves and two species of foxes.
  • Brother Bear: The comedic moose duo, Rutt and Tuke, talk with a Canadian accent.
  • The Wild has Canadian geese with Canadian accents. More bizarrely, it also features Indian (with a touch of Arabic) stereotype pigeons and Italian-American flamingos and alligators.
  • Rango:
    • The Magical Native American is a crow.
    • The killer outlaw who serves as the film's villain is a rattlesnake, the most feared animal in the western USA.
    • There's also a mariachi band of sombrero-wearing, Mexican-accented owls as well as an elderly, poncho-wearing armadillo.
  • The Princess and the Frog features a jazz-loving alligator from Louisiana.
  • In The Rescuers Down Under, most Australian animals speak with an Aussie accent, but Jake the Kangaroo Mouse nails the stereotype by wearing a khaki shirt, a slouch hat and carrying a boomerang while being an Awesome Aussie.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven has a pit bull terrier gangster as its main antagonist. A music-loving Sewer Gator from New Orleans also (quite unexpectedly and strangely) appears in the story.
  • Madagascar:
    • The four main characters are all African animal species, but all of them are voiced by American actors and behave as such. Marty the zebra and Gloria the hippo are voiced by black actors, but fit African-American stereotypes (the former being a Jive Turkey and the latter being a Sassy Black Woman). In the second movie, however, African lions apply tribal war paint before a ritual brawl, and giraffes have dance moves based on Masai warriors and appoint Melman as their Witch Doctor.
    • King Julien, leader of the lemurs in a Madagascar jungle, is portrayed as being something like a tribal chieftain wearing a spectacular leaf-crown, although his accent is less of an authentic Malagasy accent and more of Sacha Baron Cohen doing an As Long as It Sounds Foreign accent.
    • In Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, the American businessman who buys the circus has a pet bald eagle. Vitaly, the Russian-accented Siberian Tiger is The Leader of the circus gang. The minor character Sonya, while a non-anthropomorphic bear, also has a Russian-sounding name.
    • In Penguins of Madagascar, Corporal the polar bear is Norwegian (although he's voiced by the Swedish actor Peter Stormare).
  • Oliver & Company has a Mexican-accented Chihuahua, Tito, in the gang of dogs.
  • In Cat City, vampire bats are portrayed as Mexican banditos.
  • Panchito Pistoles, the Mexican caballero of The Three Caballeros is a loud, sombrero-wearing, pistol-packing rooster.
  • Coco: Dante is Miguel’s Xoloitzcuintle who started out as a stray dog and becomes a spirit guide alebrije. Pepita is Imelda’s winged jaguar spirit guide alebrije. Ernesto de la Cruz has Chihuahua alebrijes.
  • In The Road to El Dorado, the main characters are followed by an armadillo after they arrive in Central America, and the villainous Tzekel-Kan uses his Blood Magic to animate a giant stone jaguar.
  • The Little Mermaid brings us Sebastian, the Jamaican-accented crab.
  • During World War II, Disney tried to cover its loses on the European and Asian markets that were then unavailable by reaching out to Latin America. The result was Saludos Amigos, an animated film divided in four segments set in Latin America. The first segment ("Lake Titicaca") has Donald Duck getting in trouble with an obstinate llama in Bolivia. The fourth, "Aquarela do Brasil", introduces the Brazilian parrot José "Zé" Carioca as he shows his country to Donald ("Carioca" is the demonym for people from the city of Rio de Janeironote .
  • José Carioca returned two years later as one of The Three Caballeros, and remains a popular Disney character in Brazil. The Three Caballeros also features birds of Antarctica and South America.
    • The beginning of the Argentine/Uruguayan gaucho segment of that movie features a rufus hornero.
  • In Rio, Brazilian birds such as parrots and toucans all share a love for samba music, Carnival and football (soccer).
  • Lady and the Tramp:
    • Jock is a Scottish Terrier. The film also has a bulldog with a Cockney accent as a side character.
    • There's a Dachshund named Fritz with a German accent.
    • Boris the Russian Wolfhound, who is fond of quoting Fyodor Dostoevsky.
    • A duo of slit-eyed, buck-toothed, and mean Siamese cats named Si and Am antagonize Lady.
  • In The Aristocats, a Siamese cat named Shung Gon (with a similar character design to Si and Am from Lady and the Tramp), who plays the piano with chopsticks and sings with a thick Chinese accent, is a member of the Scat Cat's music band.
  • King Richard and Prince John in Robin Hood are portrayed as lions. Robin and Marian are, of course, foxes.
  • The Scottish King Fergus in Brave is accompanied by Scottish Deerhounds.
  • The Colonel in 101 Dalmatians is an English Sheepdog who acts like a typical British officer. A Collie with a Noël Coward-like voice also appears.
  • Angus in Ferdinand is a Highland bull that is voiced by David Tennant with a very heavy Scottish accent.
  • Valiant is set during World War II and associates various animal species with specific nationalities:
    • The English are represented by pigeons, which is not the usual stereotype, but the English actually used messenger pigeons in World War II.
    • The Nazis are portrayed as falcons (not quite eagles, but another type of bird of prey). This is Truth in Television, since Nazi Germany did actually train falcons to kill enemy homing pigeons.
    • In another aversion of the stereotype, the film also features French mice as La Résistance, literally hiding underground from the Nazi falcons.
  • The Spanish animated film Donkey Xote stars a Spanish donkey - who is Sancho Panza's donkey mount from Don Quixote (and the Expy of a more famous CGI donkey).
  • In The Road to El Dorado, one of the animals that accompanies the main characters is Altivo (Spanish for Arrogant), the horse of Hernán Cortés.
  • Freddie as F.R.O.7 is a movie about a medieval French prince turned into a frog that then proceeded to become a special agent, and an immortal one at that. Many a gag in the movie is had at his superiors mistaking people affirming that yes, he is a frog as some kind of racist statement. Said superiors are also British, so...
  • Le Frog and his henchmen from Flushed Away are French frogs who work as assassins. One of them is a mime. Le Frog himself is voiced by an actual French actor, Jean Reno.
  • Downplayed in The Princess and the Frog: the frog-turned prince Naveen is from the fictional Ambiguously Brown kingdom of Maldonia, but his accent sounds vaguely French. He attempts to charm Tiana with Everything Sounds Sexier in French. The movie takes place in Louisiana, which has a heavy French-descended population, and French-sounding accents are common.
  • Jean-Bob in The Swan Princess is a straight example of a French frog. He believes that he's a Bewitched Amphibian, but in fact he's just a delusional frog.
  • Georgette the poodle in Oliver & Company is a rich French Jerk, though she is actually a Fauxreigner but her French name is clearly a nod to the stereotype.
  • In Frozen, the Sami ice miner Kristoff owns a pet reindeer named Sven.
  • An American Tail shows Jewish mice being hunted by cats in a Russian village, as a metaphor for the antisemitic persecution that was rampant in the Russian Empire.
  • In Sing:
  • Disney's Aladdin takes place in the fictional Middle Eastern kingdom Agrabah, which seems to be a mix between Arabian and Indian culture. The latter is reinforced by Princess Jasmine owning a pet tiger, Aladdin getting an elephant (actually his shapeshifted monkey sidekick Abu) as a mount, and the villain Jafar having cobras as his Animal Motifs. note 
  • Kung Fu Panda takes place in a World of Funny Animals version of ancient China. Most (although not all) characters are based on animals native to China, but the main character, Po, is a panda. His title as "Dragon Warrior" makes him a double example. Two of the major supporting characters are Master Tigress, a female tiger, and Master Monkey (guess), voiced by Jackie Chan, who fights with a staff in a similar manner to Sun Wukong.
  • Mulan:
    • One of the titular heroine's sidekicks is a small Chinese dragon named Mushu (who, for some reason, is voiced by Eddie Murphy and thus talks with an African-American accent rather than a Chinese one).
    • The Hun/Xiongnu leader Shan Yu has a pet falcon named Hayabusa.
  • In Big Hero 6, the Hamada family owns a calico Japanese bobtail cat named Mochi. The Hamadas live in the fictional city San Fransokyo, which is partly inspired by Tokyo, and the Hamadas have a Japanese family name.
  • In Fantasia, Bacchus is accompanied by two female centaurs whose top half is an African woman and bottom part is a zebra.
  • The characters in The Lion King (1994) have Swahili names and occasionally use Swahili phrases (Timon and Pumbaa's motto "Hakuna Matata", for one). However, only four of the main characters are voiced by African-Americans, and only one, the shaman baboon Rafiki, has an African accent.
  • In Moana, the protagonist's animal sidekick that accompanies her to her journey is a comically stupid chicken named Hei Hei. In the first few scenes of the movie, she also has a piglet sidekick named Pua. A baby sea turtle also appears briefly in the movie's opening scene, where Moana, still a toddler, helps it return to the sea.
  • In Finding Nemo, Crush and his fellow sea turtles are Hawaiian Surfer Dude stereotypes.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Chihuahuas are portrayed as proud of their Mexican ancestry. Also, there is a literal coyote helping dogs cross the USA Mexico border.
  • The 1968 version of The Charge of the Light Brigade depicts Britain as a lion in its animated segments, one of which has him sic Bulldogs on the Russian Bear.
  • Mary Poppins features an Irish fox which Bert saves from typical British fox hunters.
  • In 102 Dalmatians Cruella notices some poodles while driving in France, which apparently inspire her to create a new dog-fur coat.
  • On the animated segments of The Charge of the Light Brigade, France is represented by a cockerel.
  • The main character in Pirates is a French boy who can swim better than anyone. His nickname is, of course, The Frog.
  • Cats & Dogs: The German representative of the World Dog Council is a German Shepherd. The Chinese representative is a Shar Pei.
  • Zaschitniki ("The Guardians", or "The Defenders") the Russian version of The Avengers, includes a half-man, half-bear superhero.

    Literature 
  • Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy World:
    • Native Americans are portrayed either as either bison or raccoons.
    • One story stars a Canadian raccoon ranger who needs to defeat two bullies, a grizzly bear and a timber wolf.
    • South Americans are portrayed as various wildlife native to the continent, including jaguars, toucans, armadillos, anteaters and constrictor snakes.
    • The Queen of England is portrayed as a lioness; anthropomorphic ravens appear as the guards at the Tower of London in the same story. Also, Scottish Terriers are shown wearing kilt and playing the bagpipe in another story.
    • The Swiss are portrayed as mountain goats.
    • The Sami are portrayed as reindeer-herding Arctic foxes.
    • One story stars a bear dentist from Russia.
    • A tiger is the main character in a story that takes place in India. Cobras and elephants appear as background characters.
    • The story taking place in China stars pandas.
    • Zebras are portrayed as spear-wielding African natives.
  • Franklin was created in Canada and the main cast includes a beaver, a bear, a raccoon, and a Canadian goose. A moose appears as a one-shot character.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the boa constrictor is portrayed as Brazilian, using the word "amigo" when talking to Harry. (The film adaptation changed the snake to a Burmese python and removed the word "amigo".)
  • The Lion's Cavalcade by Alan Aldridge and Harry Wilcock:
    • A jaguar is queen of "Lost El Dorado". (This is partly because the joke of the scene is that the City of Gold is exclusively home to golden-coloured animals, but it fits this trope as well - as does the armadillo in her entourage).
    • The acts in the Cavalcade include an elephant fakir and "the pyrotechnic Tiger of Royal Bengal".
  • The Lion and the Unicorn from Through the Looking-Glass are the animals from the United Kingdom's coat of arms, representing England and Scotland.
  • The children's book The Story of Ferdinand takes place in Spain, and stars a reluctant bull who would rather sit and smell the flowers than fight the matador.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, the loose Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Muslim Spain, Dorne, is noted for its fast local breed of horse, which is based on Andalusian and Arabic horses.
  • The French main character in Perfume is named Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. Grenouille is French for "Frog".
  • In His Dark Materials the Panserbjørne, a race of intelligent, armor-wearing polar bears, is associated with the island of Svalbard.
  • In The Neverending Story, there's a centaur whose human part is an African man, while his horse part is a zebra.
  • Discussed in Polar Star, one of the sequels to Gorky Park; the protagonist notes that while foreigners often picture Russians as lumbering bears, Russian men often think of themselves as wolves.

    Live-Action TV 

    Video Games 
  • Bear Hugger from the Punch-Out!! series, especially in the Wii game, where he has an actual grizzly bear for a sparring partner.
  • Pokémon: Braviary (introduced in Pokémon Black and White) is an eagle-like Pokèmon with colours that resemble the USA flag and feathers that resemble a Native American headdress.
  • Animal Crossing:
    • The villager Apollo is a bald eagle whose birthday is on July 4th. He is also one of the few characters who hasn't had his name changed in international versions of the game.
    • Several of the kangaroo and koala villagers are named after Australian locations or concepts. Alice, Canberra, and Sydney are all named after cities in Australia; Melba is named after Melba toast; Ozzie’s name is a pun on the word "Aussie"; and Walt and Mathilda are named after the popular Australian song "Waltzing Matilda". In addition, Gonzo's initial catchphrase is "mate", which is a common way for an Australian to refer to a friend.
    • Deli, a monkey named after New Delhi (the capital of India), whose coloration resembles that of a gray langur, a species of monkey native to India. Additionally, in Happy Home Designer, he asks for a curry-themed home (curry being a well-known Indian dish).
    • The villager Vladimir is a bear cub with a stereotypically Russian name whose catchphrase, "nyet", is the Russian word for "no".
    • Pekoe is a bear cub villager who resembles a panda, looks like an Anime Chinese Girl, has a very Asian-looking home in all the games she has appeared in, and is even on the cover of Imperial K.K. (a Chinese-style song by K.K. Slider).
  • World of Warcraft:
  • Street Fighter II: In the original Japanese, Balrog the American boxer and transparent expy of Mike Tyson, is named M. Bison.
  • Age of Empires II:
    • The first expansion changes the wolves and golden eagles in Mesoamerican maps to jaguars and macaws, even though wolves and eagles were historically present in Mexico (in fact, the golden eagle was sacred to the Aztecs and that's why it's on Mexico's flag). As a result, jaguars will attack your human units despite being notorious for being the only big cat with no known cases of maneaters in real life. The Aztec unique unit is the Jaguar Warrior, a clubman wearing a jaguar skin.
    • The African expansion replaces wolves with lions and crocodiles, boars with elephants, deer with ostriches and zebras, sheep with goats, and eagles with vultures and storks (even though it's mostly set in the Sahel, where similar African golden wolves, warthogs, and eagles are present, and zebras are not).
    • The southeast Asian expansion adds tigers, Komodo dragons, rhinos, and water buffaloes (even though, again, boars and wolf-like dholes are present).
    • The Central Asian expansion adds snow leopards, mountain goats, and Bactrian camels.
    • The two Spanish unique units are the Conquistador and the Missionary. The former rides a horse that is thinner and darker haired than other cavalry units, clearly meant to be an Andalusian. The latter rides a donkey (the only unit that does). The Spanish also have access to all cavalry technologies and as a result their cavalry is among the strongest in the game.
    • Though camels are available to half the civilizations, the strongest are trained by the Saracens (Arabs). Before The African Kingdoms, the Saracens were also the only civilization with two camel units: the usual Camel (a Muslim-looking rider on top of a dromedary) and the mid-ranged Mameluke, who rides a Bactrian camel.
    • The North African Berbers introduced in said expansion have the common Camel rider and the long ranged Camel Archer.
    • The more Muslim/Central Asian of the civs introduced in The Last Khans, the Tatars, have the common Camel and a unique explosive Bactrian Camel, along with more profitable herding animals.
    • The Indian unique unit is an archer riding, of course, an Asian elephant. However, the other civilization with an elephant unique unit, the Persians, has African elephants, despite the Persians historically getting theirs from India.
    • The only South American civilization, the Incas, begin every game with a llama.
  • Jean in Breath of Fire II is a humanoid frog who peppers his speech with Gratuitous French and has a reputation for preparing excellent cuisine (as long as you don't mind eating insects).
  • The Gen VI of Pokémon introduced several new Mons based on France, as Kalos is clearly inspired on this country:
    • The water starter of this region is a frog named Froakie. It could have been a coincidence if its evolution were not called Frogadier and Greninja (which are portmanteau names respectively containing the French words ''brigadier" and "grenouille"). For bonus point, Greninja uses its tongue as a scarf, an accessory stereotypically associated with French clothing style.
    • Furfrou is poodle based on the French word "froufrou" (puff) and is In-Universe one of the favorite Pokémon of this region. Its fur is also customizable which is reminiscing of the real-life poodles being sometime made "fashionable" by their masters.
  • Sly 2: Band of Thieves has frogs as some of the guards in the Paris episode, and the Big Bad of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, Cyrille Le Paradox, is a French Jerk skunk.
  • Super Mario Odyssey has the locals of Bubbalaine look like snails, fitting the area's French Riviera aesthetic.
  • Mega Man X5. Grizzly Slash the bear Reploid is shown to have a base in Russia for his Arms Dealer business.
  • Red Alert 3 allows the Soviets to train armored "war bears".
  • Sly 2: Band of Thieves has Rajan, a tiger, as the antagonist of the India episodes, and some of his guards are monkeys.
  • Freedom Planet is set in world whose Fantasy Counterpart Culture is primarily China and is inhabited by Funny Animals. As a result, all of the native characters are of species that can be found in modern-day China, including several giant pandas. Mayor Zhao also highly resembles a red panda. The protagonist, Lilac, is an Eastern Dragon, though with so many liberties taken that she doesn't really look like one at all.
  • Team Fortress 2's Engineer Update introduced us to Australium, an element that has a man boxing a kangaroo engraved onto its ingots, and its nucleus features two kangaroos boxing. It's also apparently how Australians choose their king.
  • Sheila from Spyro: Year of the Dragon is an Action Girl kangaroo with an Australian accent.
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped: Dingodile is a mix of a dingo and a crocodile, and talks with an Australian accent. Many of the other characters, including Crash himself, are also based on Australian animals, but Dingodile is the only one who really plays up the stereotype.
  • The New Zealand Story is set in a fantastical depiction of New Zealand where the player controls Tiki the kiwi, who has to rescue his friends from a leopard seal.
  • The Canine Companions for the Nazi Troops in Pathway happen to be the German Shepherds.

    Webcomics 
  • Scandinavia and the World:
    • In one strip, all Nordic countries' heraldic lions are mocked. Finland's lion gets it worst: it's holding a sword, but it is unfortunately drawn in perspective to make it appear as if it has stabbed itself in the head. The comic with the "Retarded Lion", or, as the comic's author Humon prefers to call it, "Special Lion", is one of her personal favourites , and fans of the webcomic also love the poor unfortunate creature.
    • Another strip has a National Animal Show, with England, Norway and Netherlands all glaring at each other in front of identical lions. Brother France and his rooster watch from the sidelines.
    • New Zealand is the only country that is not a human but a Talking Animal, specifically a sheep. She has an unhealthy relationship with Wales (and even produce a child, New South Wales, who is a lamb).
  • In Girl Genius, when Queen Albia of England is holding formal court, there are three lions (well, two and a lioness) at the foot of her throne.
  • Kevin & Kell:

    Web Original 
  • Britsune Garden:
    • The Reiwa-Windsors (the fictional British Royal Family in the series) are corgi gijinka, though they also happen to be part fox as well.
    • The titular Britsunes are based on foxes, which are stereotypical animals representing both Britain and Japan, and are said to be related to the Kitsune.
    • Even the kitsune itself replaces the real-world lion in its version of the UK's coat of arms. It is said to be white with red markings, four tails, and is crowned.
    • Sylvaninus resemble corgis with horse-like features such as hooves that replace what would be their hind paws.

    Western Animation 
  • In DuckTales (1987) (a world of anthropomorphic birds), the Inuit people are represented by Penguins.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • Santa Claus, the North Pole's most famous resident, is a polar bear.
    • One of the villains is a Japanese Mad Scientist named Dr. Akita. He's an Akita dog.
    • In the episode "The Town Where Everyone Was Nice!", the citizens of a Brazilian town or so they seem are portrayed as birds that are found in South America, such as parrots, toucans, flamingos, and quetzals.
    • Some of the staff of the Chinese-style casino "House of Lucky Fortune" are anthropomorphic pandas.
    • Egyptians serving the pharaoh Toth-Ra (himself a gigantic falcon-man) are depicted as anthropomorphic falcons and jackals.
  • TaleSpin:
    • Russians are represented by boars in the USSR-parody country of Thembria. Boars are normally not the animal used for Russians or Soviets, but they are a native species of Russia and one of their species is known as the Eurasian Wildboar.
    • The two-part episode "For Whom the Bell Klangs" is located in some Indian-looking country with a King Cobra villain and the rest of the natives as gray wolves.
    • Baloo and Kit travel to the Artic in one episode, meeting polar bears with Inuit attire who speak broken English.
    • The episode "Last Horizons" features the lost kingdom Panda-La, inhabited by pandas portrayed as stereotypical Chinese - in fact so stereotypical that the episode was banned due to being considered racist.
    • In "Double or Nothing", Baloo and Kit visit what seem to be a Northern African desert country populated by hippos (hippos are natives of North Africa).
  • Probably one of Canada's most iconic animated series is The Raccoons helping the association.
  • The Bojack Horseman character Mr. Peanutbutter (an anthropomorphic Labrador Retriever dog) grew up in Canada's Labrador Peninsula (in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador). Not only that, but everyone in Peanutbutter's hometown are also Labrador Retrievers.
  • Kid vs. Kat: Averted with Mr. Kat. Although Kid Vs Kat is a Canadian produced TV series and Mr Kat appears to be a Sphynx cat, he is not portrayed as a Canadian Sphynx. In fact, he is an evil alien mastermind who only looks like a Sphynx cat.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Bison are portrayed as teepee-dwelling, feathered headdress-wearing Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Native Americans.
    • Yakyakistan is a country to the North from Equestria, inhabited by sapient yaks that wear Mongol-style hats, have a heavily violence-based culture, and communicate in Hulk Speak.
    • Zecora the Zebra is portrayed as an African Witch Doctor, in contrast to the American- or British-accented horse cast.
  • Road Rovers: Hunter is a Golden Retriever from America, Colleen is a Rough Collie from United Kingdom, Blitz is a Doberman from Germany, Shag is a Sheepdog from Switzerland, and Exile is a Husky from Russia.
  • Around the World with Willy Fog:
    • The Quintessential British Gentleman Willy Fog is a lion, while his opponents, the Clueless Detectives Dix and Bully, are a beagle and a bulldog, respectively.
    • Bison have a poignant scene in the American stage (though as non-sapient animals), the native Sioux are portrayed as coyotes and Transfer disguises as a coyote more than once, posing both as a Native and as an Euro-American. San Francisco is home to an old prospector raccoon, a cougar sheriff and golden retriever gunslingers. The Union Pacific president is an American Black Bear.
    • Elephants are non-sentient, so most funny animals in the show's version of India are cats and many of them are tigers. Princess Romy is a black panther, likely to make her stand out from the rest.
    • Ship captains tend to be bears for some reason, the one Chinese captain is a panda.
    • The Yokohama police chief that angrily reminds Dix and Bully that Japan is not a British colony and that their arrest order against Fog is worthless there is a fox. Meanwhile, Rigodon and Tico are guests in the humble home of two Japanese macaques.
    • In Willy Fog 2, based on Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, the Canadian harpooner Ned Land is a polar bear. Furry Confusion ensues when Ned fights a non-sentient polar bear... in Antarctica.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Native Americans are presented as bald eagles.
  • Danger Mouse:
  • Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick Baba Looey is a sombrero-wearing Mexican burro.
  • Gargoyles:
    • One of the four surviving Mayan gargoyles has a large snake-like tail instead of legs and a face more reptilian looking than any other gargoyle in the series, being clearly inspired by the serpent-god Quetzalcoatl (he also has feathered wings).
    • In contrast to the more human-looking Scottish ones, the London clan gargoyles strongly resemble heraldic animals. The clan leader is a female winged humanoid unicorn and her mate is a winged humanoid lion.
    • The Australian member of The Pack is named Dingo.
  • The Chihuahua dog in Foofur is named Pepe.
  • In one House of Mouse skit, a group of parrots called "Parrots of the Caribbean" perform a song; they are clearly a reference to the Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • The 1943 Pluto short Pluto and the Armadillo has Pluto encountering a female armadillo while in Brazil.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013):
    • In the short "One Man Band", the Queen of England is a Corgi.
    • In the short Mumbai Madness, the passenger is an anthropomorphic Asian Elephant (implied to be Ganesh himself).
  • The extremely Welsh Ivor the Engine has a red dragon called Idris.
  • In The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Pajuna is a Highland cow with a strong Scottish accent and a tartan-trimmed skirt.
  • In Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, Ferny's father Don Toro is a Spanish bull living in Ireland. (Ferny is short for Fernando. Interestingly, while Don Toro is the standard black bull, Ferny - who has an Irish accent - has a Fresien coat, emphasising the connection between his dad's accent and appearance.)
  • In the Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers episode "When Mice Were Men", the Rangers visit the fictional Spanish town Tramplonia. The main antagonist is a Spanish bull named "El Emenopio".
  • Hurricanes:
    • The Spanish player is named Toro (Spanish for "Bull") Contrais. Though human, he has stereotypical bull-like attributes, being large, bulky, broad-chested, raven-haired and overconfident in the field, and he hails from Pamplona.
    • The one African player is named Zambia Zebras. He is from Zambia.
  • In one "Treehouse of Horror" episode of The Simpsons, the French launch a nuclear attack on Springfield after Mayor Quimby insults them by calling them frogs. As the president approves the strike, he says "We'll see who is like the frog!", and all his cabinet members laugh in a Maurice Chevalier Accent that makes it sound like croaking, their throats inflating as they do.
  • In this animated short, titled à la Française, people at the French royal court are depicted as chickens.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • In the short Herr Meets Hare, a Herman Goering caricature has a Dachshund as a hunting dog and an eagle as a hunting bird.
    • In another short, Daffy - The Commando, the main antagonist is a Nazi commander named Von Vultur, a dark brown anthropomorphic vulture.
  • Fritz in Foofur is a German Schnauzer (with Otto von Bismarck-like mustache).
  • Madagascar:
    • In the Christmas Special short film The Madagascar Penguins in a Christmas Caper, the camels are celebrating Hanukkah, implying that they are Israeli.
    • The Penguins of Madagascar: Hans the puffin is Danish. Savio the boa constrictor has a Latin American accent. Joey the kangaroo and Leonard the koala both speak with Australian accents.
  • Vladimir Goudenov Grizzlikof, the Russian S.H.U.S.H. Agent in Darkwing Duck, is a bear.
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012):
    • Sunil Nevla speaks with a rather thick, stereotypical Indian accent, as do all other mongooses in the series. His name is also Hindi for "cyan mongoose." Another mongoose, Shahrukh, is a Bollywood star and engages in a musical number very much like what you'd expect to find in a Bollywood movie.
    • Penny Ling is a panda, and her immediate family lives in Shanghai. That being said, Penny herself does not embody any Chinese stereotypes, instead fully embracing the North American setting where she lives, and when she meets said family in "Shanghai Hi-Jinks," Penny is unable to find any common ground with them.
  • Fu Dog from American Dragon: Jake Long is a Shar-pei who is peers with the Chinese-American dragon.
  • In a Spanish cartoon series based on Sandokan, the main character, known as "the Tiger of Malaysia", is portrayed as literally an anthropomorphic tiger.
  • The Japanese investors that visit Megacat City in SWAT Kats always alongside the mayor are Siamese cats. They are presented always as polite and friendly and not the Yellow Peril steteotype though.
  • The antagonist Mirage from Aladdin: The Series is an evil goddess with the appearance of a cat-headed woman, designed after the Egyptian goddess Bastet, and carrying an Ancient Egypt aesthetic.
  • Alfred J. Kwak:
    • The show depicts racist white geese oppresing native black ducks, as a metaphor for Apartheid South Africa.
    • The villain Dolf is essentially an anthropomorphic bird version of Adolf Hitler. While he is referred to as a crow, his character design with a crooked beak definitely recalls the German Imperial Eagle.
    • The Egyptians are mainly represented by cats, due to the association between Ancient Egypt and cats.
  • In Tinga Tinga Tales, all African animals speak with an African accent and use some Gratuitious Swahili. Hippo, in particular, is portrayed as a Sassy Black Woman.
  • Puppy in My Pocket: Adventures in Pocketville includes Koty, a koala who speaks with an Australian accent.
  • An episode of the old Rankin/Bass animated series Tales of the Wizard of Oz had one named Boomer Rang (complete with boxing gloves and a heavy Australian accent when he speaks), whom the scarecrow (named Socrates in this series) is a big fan of, but when he accidentally knocks out the champion marsupial, he is forced to fight Boomer Rang in the ring. Needless to say, things don't go well.
  • The main character of Rocko's Modern Life is a wallaby with an Aussie accent.
  • The Tasmanian government tried to use the Tasmanian Devil character from Looney Tunes in publicity to encourage tourism, but was never able to settle a deal with Warner Bros.. On the other hand, WB and the Tasmanian government did collaborate in a campaign using Taz stuffed toys in order to fund the preservation of the Tasmanian devil, as it is an endangered species.
  • In the Pixar Short Lava, which takes place in Hawaii, there is a pair of green sea turtles cuddling romantically at the volcano protagonist's coastline (among other animal couples).

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