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Basic Trope: Animals often thought of as "cute" are good guys, while those that are considered scary or "ugly" are evil.

  • Straight: Alice the Cute Bunny and her friends, Bob the Robin and Charlie the Turtle are in a competition with the Jerk Jock Billy Possum and his weasel and snake cohorts.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Billy Possum gets a few Pet the Dog moments; for example, he visits the heroes before an event to sincerely wish his opponents good luck or treats his cronies like close friends. Although that doesn't change the fact he's a jerk, he's a more three-dimensional jerk.
  • Justified: Billy Possum and his friends have always faced discrimination and hatred from others based on their appearance alone, so in return they act like Jerkasses.
  • Inverted: Alice the Bunny is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, while Billy Possum is The Paragon who selflessly helps others simply because it’s the right thing to do
  • Subverted: In the midst of the competition, it turns out that deep down Billy Possum is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who just wants to use the money to raise funds for ostracized “ugly” animals trapped in the slums.
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  • Double Subverted: ...But it turns out that he’s still an asshole to Alice Bunny when he kicks down and laughs at one of her baby sisters after calling out on him out for cheating.
  • Parodied: Billy Possum breaks out into songs about his pride in “ugliness” while Alice is the The Ditz who bases her judgment on cuteness alone, often making mistakes in the process.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Billy Possum and Alice Bunny are no better or worse than each other, and see themselves as equals.
  • Enforced: The series is Merchandise-Driven, so cute characters get more screen time because they're more viable as merch.
  • Lampshaded: "It’s not a very nice feeling to be discriminated against for appearance alone, Alice. So now do you know why I'm angry all the time?"
  • Invoked: Evil animals are cursed to be ugly.
  • Exploited: ???
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  • Defied: Alice and Billy both agree that Fantastic Racism based on appearance alone is an abhorrent thing to do.
  • Discussed: Why are all of Alice’s friends cute and friendly, whereas Billy’s gangs are nothing more than thugs who like to bully others for fun?
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Because Billy Possum and his friends are such jerkasses towards everyone, it inspires the villagers to engage in Fantastic Racism towards those who are “different”, committing genocide and ostracizing all the animals who aren’t “cute enough” by their standards.
  • Reconstructed: It turns out later, that the animals need the “ugly” animals in their society or else things will go out of whack.

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