Walruses don't seem to have a clear-cut stereotype of their own. While it's usually agreed that walrus characters should be big, fat, and lazy, their moral standing tends to vary. While some works portray walruses as villains, this page is for walruses who are depicted more positively.
There are quite a few reasons why they are portrayed this way. Most notably, their big, blubbery appearance with their sleepy eyes seem to indicate Big Fun, in the same vein as hippos and bears. It helps that Real Life walruses are far less dangerous to humans than those other animals are, preferring to slip away rather than attack when threatened.note
Another factor in their portrayal as heroes may have something to do with the fact that they are related to seals, which are almost universally loved due to their cuteness and playfulness. Walruses may be seen in a similar way, albeit more placid and less energetic.
In works that do not aim for realism, Warm-Hearted Walruses tend to differ in physical appearance from real ones. For one thing, they may be portrayed as smaller and softer-looking, with much smoother skin. Their most notable features, the tusks, are much smaller and rounded than they would be in real life. Instead of a walrus' dull pinkish-brown skin, a friendly walrus is given a brighter, more lively color like blue or purple.
- A GEICO commercial depicts an Ice Hockey game where one team has a walrus as its goalie. The point is that saving with GEICO is "walrus in a goal" easy, since there's no way for a puck to get by the walrus. (Well, the commercial ends with the walrus, named Duncan, falling asleep and the coach telling him "No sleepies."
- This commercial for Heinz Baked Beans (animated by Eric Goldberg) features an absolutely adorable family of walruses, with a young walrus named Walter and his mother visiting Walter's grandpa in his lighthouse. Interestingly, only the grandpa walrus has tusks, with Walter and the mother lacking them. This is accurate for Walter, as walruses are born without tusks, but not for the mother, because adult female walruses have tusks too.
- In The Warcrafter the protagonist can assume any druid form, including the aquatic walrus form. On a whim, he decides to tie a beach towel around said forms neck, paint a white "W" on its chest, and go into battle against thugs using nothing more than the fact that he weighs upwards of a ton. The public promptly dubs him Wonder Walrus.
- Dash, the walrus from The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea is a kind-hearted simpleton, pretty much the sea mammal version of Pumbaa.
- Grandpa Walrus from Mother For A Little Mammoth is a kind Cool Old Guy who tells the orphaned baby mammoth that he has heard of animals who look like mammoths living in Africa, and offers to send the baby mammoth there on an ice floe. Upon arriving in Africa, the mammoth gets Happily Adopted by a she-elephant.
- In The Sword in the Stone, it is the good Merlin, not the evil Madam Mim, who turns into a walrus during the wizard duel.
- In Elf, a walrus is among the cutesy animated North Pole animals. He cries when Buddy leaves the North Pole, and has to be comforted by Arctic Puffin.
- In Tusk, the villain is a lunatic who believes deeply in this trope due to a walrus saving his life once, which coupled with a horrifically traumatic past leads him to believe that walruses are inherently better than humans. This leads him to attempt to surgically transform various unlucky individuals into walruses with very questionable results.
- The children's book Walpole tells the story of the titular walrus, who is very warm-hearted, even turning down the position of leader (initially) because he wants to take care of orphaned walrus pups.
- The walrus in The White Seal from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book is a respected elder across the ocean. While regarded as ugly, though not as much as the Steller's Sea Cow, his wisdom is widely sought and the protagonist seeks his advice to find said reclusive sea cow.
- Animal Crossing's Wendell is a friendly walrus who loves art, and travels far and wide selling his artwork. When he comes to the player's town, he is so worn out and hungry that he will gladly give you patterns (used to decorate clothes, walls, and other objects) in exchange for some food!
- Banjo-Kazooie: In the first game, a walrus is among the things that Banjo can transform into. This transformation is necessary to interact with another walrus named Wozza, who is terrified of bears, and will panic and retreat if Banjo meets him as a bear. But Wozza is lonely, and only wants to be friends with another walrus, so if you meet him in walrus form, he'll invite you into his cave and give you items.
- Downplayed in the DLC expansion for A Hat in Time "Seal the Deal", which introduces the walrus captain of the cruise ship Hat Kid gets on. Gruff and grumpy at times, often complaining about the his seal staff's incompetence, he's nonetheless helpful in helping Hat Kid collect Time Pieces (provide she help out with carrying out tasks on the ship). Played straight in his Rift storybook, where he started off as a friendly and optimistic up-and-coming captain, but fell in a deep depression after his mentor died at sea.
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild introduces the Sand Seals, desert-based fruit-eating walruses that the Gerudo use to pull them across the sands of the Gerudo Desert. The most notable among them is Patricia, a pet Sand Seal belonging to the Gerudo leader Riju who is also a Pungeon Master if translations of her walrus-speak are any indication.
- Downplayed in Rocket: Robot on Wheels. Although Whoopie the walrus is the mascot of an Amusement Park, and the game's Dude In Distress, he's more neutral than good. He doesn't really do anything helpful besides flop on top of the villain, Jojo, trapping him, which he didn't even mean to do. He's also shocked when Rocket becomes the new mascot, but to his credit, he seems more sad about it than angry or jealous.
- A Short Hike has Bill, a walrus NPC who loves fishing. He acts like a mild-mannered old man, and will gladly teach the player how to fish.
- Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves has the walrus McSweeney, former Big Guy of Mr. Cooper (Sly's father)'s gang of Lovable Rogues. He puts on a tough appearance, but once he realizes who Sly is, he turns into a big old softy.
- Zig-zagged with Lolrus, whose personality and appearance vary Depending on the Writer. In the original picture, he was portrayed as a lovable elephant seal obsessed with his favorite bucket (or as he calls it, "bukkit"). Whether or not a Lolrus picture is of an actual walrus, the character is still usually portrayed as a benevolent creature looking for bukkits. However, there are some pictures that portray him as being more violent, averting this trope.
- In Vinesauce Tomodachi Life, Walrus the walrus is portrayed as an easygoing buddy who loves everyone. While Vinny himself disliked him at first, he warmed up to Walrus later on.
- FilmCow's "The Walrus Song" features a cute little walrus wearing a bow. The poor thing is traumatized when her owner suddenly reveals that he's been feeding her walrus meat.
- The Mr. Magoo cartoon "Fuddy Duddy Buddy" has Magoo mistake a walrus from the zoo for his old friend Bottomley and take him out for a game of tennis. When a detective takes the walrus back, Magoo is at first disheartened at the revelation, but then decides that "I don't care if he is a walrus. I like him!" At the end, Magoo is having dinner with the walrus, while Bottomley has somehow taken the walrus' place in the zoo.
- Noah's Island: The Problem Walrus is wise and serves as the Island's counsellor.
- Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
- In Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, the president of Mobius is a well-respected walrus.
- In Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM), Rotor the Walrus is a friendly Gadgeteer Genius and a huge help to the heroic Freedom Fighters.
- Zig-zagged with Lady Walrus from Sonic Boom. Most of the time, she is a bit of a snob, but is otherwise a good person, concerned for her baby's safety. She has done some morally ambiguous acts, but never on her own. When she acts more obnoxious than usual, it's mainly because all the townspeople are.
- Chumley the Walrus from Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales is the stalwart sidekick to the motivated penguin Tennessee. Though he speaks with a Simpleton Voice, he's remarkably competent once he's told what to do, and despite being among the largest characters in the series, he's very much a Gentle Giant.
- In We Wish You A Merry Walrus, an animated Christmas special based on Club Penguin, the Merry Walrus is kind and generous, and is essentially the Funny Animal version of Santa Claus.
- In DuckTales (2017), the mascot of Funso's Fun Zone, a playhouse/restaurant is a big, friendly walrus. Subverted when the Beagle Boys steal the mascot costume and wear it when they kidnap the triplets and Webby. Then subverted again when it's revealed that the mascot is actually the Phantom Blot, a master criminal working for F.O.W.L., an international terrorist organization.
- PAW Patrol has Wally the Walrus, Captain Turbot's Loyal Animal Companion.
- Walruses have relatively complicated (and from human perspective, adorable) courtship rituals, including making doe eyes at each other and clapping their flippers. Walruses in captivity have been known to court their human handlers and visitors.
- While still powerful animals and should be given space, walruses are probably the Gentle Giant amongst Carnivorans. The only Carnivorans who are larger are elephant seals who can be far more aggressive and the next smaller of the family are leopard seals and large sea lions which can be even worse. Wild walrus are usually ambivelant towards humans or move away if they get close.
- Walrus mothers form intensely close bonds with their babies, to the point that they will often stay close long after reaching adulthood.