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  • Age of Empires III features Guanaco, Giant Salamanders, Saiga, Ibex, Nilgai, Serow, Tapir, Capybara, Musk deer, and Rhea as huntable animals in some of its Maps.
  • The Amazon Trail is filled to the brim of obscure animals native to the Amazon such as ocelots, kinkajous, Brazilian tapirs, botos, tucuxis (absent in the sequels), night monkeys, red-rumped agoutis, pacas, bush dogs, fishing bats, pacu, tambaqui, piraracu (or arapaima), tucunare (or peacock bass), potoos, hoatzins, mealy amazons, collared trogons, crested oropendolas, jabirus, green honeycreepers, fork-tailed woodnymphs, rufous-throated sapphires, crested caracaras, tegu lizards, basilisks, spectacled caimans, fer-de-lance snakes, bushmasters, Gulf Fritillary butterflies, giant Agrippa moths, goliath bird-eating spiders, etc.
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  • Most of the characters in the Animal Crossing games are fairly commonly-seen animals, but Dr. Shrunk is an axolotl and New Leaf introduces Luna, a tapir. Also in that game, the player can dig up fossils of the brontothere Megacerops, and most of the collectible fish and arthropods fall into this trope.
  • ARK: Survival Evolved has plenty of Stock Dinosaurs, but also tons of obscure creatures including Argentavis, Beelzebufo, Dimorphodon, Daeodon, Carbonemys, Pelagornis, Phiomia, Megalania, Therizinosaurus, Hyaenodon, Yutyrannus, Tapejara, Pachyrhinosaurus, Titanomyrma, Chalicotherium, Icthyornis, Procoptodon, Kaprosuchus, Pulmonoscorpius, Hesperornis, Thylacoleo, Moschops, Oncorhynchus, Kentrosaurus, Leedsichthys, Diplocaulus, Mesopithecus, Pegomastax, Achatina, Purlovia, Kairuku, Megapiranha, and Tusoteuthis. Not all of these are portrayed accurately.
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  • Armory & Machine: The very first Boss Battle of the game is an aggressive dingo that fell into the crater around your Machine.
  • Assassin's Creed:
  • Bubsy the bobcat.
  • Carisu Hime, the female main character in Cambrian QTs, is an anthropomorphic Anomalocaris.
  • The Carnivores series featured Moschops, Dimorphodon, Chasmosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Megacerops (referred to as Brontotherium, which is misspelled as "Brontoteriy"), Gastornis (referred to as Diatryma), Megaloceros, Coelophysis, Oviraptor, Nanotyrannus, Suchomimus, Giganotosaurus, Alphadon, Tupandactylus (referred to as Tapejara), Tylosaurus, Amargasaurus, Utahraptor, Troodon, Carnotaurus, Gigantoraptor, Paraceratherium (referred to as Indricotherium), Doedicurus, Hyaenodon, Andrewsarchus, Titanis, and Pelecanimimus.
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  • Chimera Beast features two giant monsters inspired by lamprey, and related species, as its first boss.
  • Club Penguin featured an African wild dog, a saiga antelope, an Andean cat, a snow leopard, a cotton-top tamarin, a rockhopper penguin, a black-footed penguin, a Magellanic penguin, and a Brazilian tapir during their 2012 Earth Day event. As well as a common lion.
  • Crash Bandicoot: Aside from the title character's species, the series also includes a potoroo (Pinstripe), a thylacine (Tiny), two Komodo dragons (Joe and Moe), and a Tasmanian Devil (The Viscount), along with the usual stock Australian critters that may apply, such as kangaroos and koalas.
  • The Darius series has a whole slew of them, in the form of Humongous Mecha sea creatures. Absolute Defender- pinecone fish, Tripod Sardine- tripod fish,Folding Fan- fanfish, The Embryon- sea angel,Brightly Stare-Barrel Eye fish, and more.
  • The Dino Crisis series feature Therizinosaurus, Oviraptor, Mosasaurus, Inostrancevia, and Giganotosaurus.
  • Dino Run's visible dinosaurs all belong to the typical stock clades, but the bonus eggs you can pick up include such specific and seldom-heard-of genera as Olorotitan, Rinchenia and Magnosaurus.
  • The Japanese Xbox game Dinosaur Hunting features Albertosaurus, Amargasaurus, Ampelosaurus, Baryonyx, Carnotaurus, Cave lion, Deinosuchus (referred to as Phobosuchus), Dromaeosaurus, Euoplocephalus, Gastonia, Gastornis (referred to as Diatryma), Geosternbergia (referred to as Pteranodon), Hypsilophodon, Kentrosaurus, Maiasaura, Moa, Ouranosaurus, Pelecanimimus, Shunosaurus, Stygimoloch, Supersaurus, Therizinosaurus, Torosaurus, and Wuerhosaurus.
  • Dino System: Although the game started off containing Stock Dinosaurs like Triceratops, T. rex and Ankylosaurus, later updates added creatures such as Alphadon and Deinosuchus.
  • Dinosaur Safari: Name one other dinosaur game that has, Dimorphodon, Eudimorphodon, Tanystropheus, Saltopus, Shonisaurus, I could go on, but you get the idea, right?
  • Dota 2 features the Pangolier, a Humanoid Alien from an entire species of pangolins.
  • Dwarf Fortress has a pretty diverse array of ecosystems, each with some unusual fauna to be had, from macaques to olms to sponges. All of them can kill your dwarfs. At one point, players who donated more than a certain amount could pick a new creature to include in the next release.
  • Ecco the Dolphin includes orthocones, trilobites, and Dunkleosteus in the prehistoric levels. Defender of the Future features short-beaked common dolphins alongside the standard bottlenose dolphins.
  • Electroplankton stars exclusively planctonic creatures, which as quite notable as itself, but it might be the only game specifically featuring sun animalcules.
  • The vast majority of animals seen in the Endless Ocean games are likely to be little known by anyone who's interest is outside Marine Biology, and even then it includes some really obscure animals, such as the aforementioned sea angels, Turritopsis nutricula, the Venus Flower Basket and Praya dubia.
  • E.V.O.: Search for Eden featured sea cucumbers, sea slugs, conodonts, Thelodus, Dinichthys, Cephalaspis, Orthoceras, Cladoselache, coelacanths, Ichthyostega, Diplocaulus, Protophasma, Meganeura, Edaphosaurus, Moschops, basal archosaurs (referred to as "thecodonts"), Stegoceras (referred to as Troodon), Deltatheridium, Peramus, Hyaenodon, Paraceratherium (referred to as Baluchitherium), Eohippus, condors, Gastornis (referred to as Diatryma), Sivapithecus (referred to as Ramapithecus), and Australopithecus.
  • Fallout 4 has mutated scorpionflies called Stingwings- a rather obscure insect.
  • From the Far Cry series:
    • Far Cry 3 has Komodo dragons, cassowaries, tapirs, bull sharks, macaques, birds of paradise, and thylacines.
    • Far Cry 4 adds in snow leopards, clouded leopards, tigerfish, Indian rhinos, Malayan tapirs, black eagles, mugger crocodiles, ratels (honey badgers), white-rumped vultures, pit vipers, dholes, Asian black bears, Himalayan brown bears, Assam macaques, Himalayan monals, sambar deer, bharals (Himalayan blue sheep), red-crowned turtles, Japalura lizards, and Nepalese crows.
    • Far Cry Primal features Megaloceros (Irish elks), cave lions, Eurasian eagle owls, European jaguars, Crocodylus bugtiensis (Pakistan crocodiles), Megacerops (brontotheres), European dholes, gray langurs, European adders, vivaparous lizards, and Chukar partridges. Snow leopards, tigerfish, and tapirs also return in the game.
  • Feeding Frenzy and its sequel feature a wide array of sealife, including john dories, humphead wrasses, queen triggerfishes, parrotfishes, surgeonfishes, leopard sharks, pompanos, boxfishes, barracudas, etc.
  • Fossil Fighters features a large number of dinosaurs as the basis for its viviosaurs, as well as unusual prehistoric lifeforms. In addition to more obscure dinosaurs like Therizinosaurus and Bradycneme, the game actually features three distinct subspecies of ammonite, the giant hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium, and the "armored fish" Dunkleosteus.
  • The Freddi Fish series prominently features purple sea urchins. There's also a manta ray named Ray in the first two games, the coconut crab from the "Crab Invaders" mini-game in The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse, Nadine the narwhal and Pierre the needlefish from The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell, and a jawfish and a mudskipper in The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove.
  • The Halo Infinite E3 teaser featured a species of the genus Megacerops, resembling Brontotherium. Considering the world is a Halo world, it's unknown if it's a parallel species or one transplanted from Earth.
  • Hatoful Boyfriend introduced many Japanese and American audiences to birds like the Luzon bleeding-heart dove and the Chukar partridge. The downside of that is that we're all going to think of Chukars as sinister violent Mad Scientists and bleeding-heart doves as drug-addled lunatics from now on.
  • Hollow Knight has a minor character who's a giraffe weevil.
  • Impossible Creatures, a game about combining animals, has poison dart frogs, archerfish, and muskoxen, among others.
  • Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis features Acrocanthosaurus, Albertosaurus, Camarasaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Corythosaurus, Dryosaurus, Homalocephale, Kentrosaurus, Ouranosaurus, and Torosaurus. Genera cut from the game include Alioramus, Baryonyx, Maiasaura, Panoplosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Wuerhosaurus, and Yangchuanosaurus.
  • The spiritual successor Jurassic World: Evolution has Acrocanthosaurus, Albertosaurus, Archaeornithomimus, Baryonyx, Camarasaurus, Carcharodontosaurus, Ceratosaurus, Chungkingosaurus, Corythosaurus, Crichtonsaurus, Dracorex, Dreadnoughtus, Euoplocephalus, Gigantspinosaurus, Herrerasaurus, Huayangosaurus, Kentrosaurus, Majungasaurus, Mamenchisaurus, Metriacanthosaurus, Muttaburrasaurus, Nodosaurus, Olorotitan, Ouranosaurus, Pentaceratops, Polacanthus, Proceratosaurus, Sauropelta, Sinoceratops, Stygimoloch, Suchomimus, Torosaurus, and Tsintaosaurus.
  • Not actually seen, but in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild you can hear the sound of a whippoorwill at night.
  • Mega Man:
  • Minecraft:
    • The ocelots. It's become a Running Gag on Imgur to either reference Minecraft or Archer whenever photos of baby ocelots are posted, since those are the two most well-known franchises to feature the cute, tufted-eared little bastards.
    • The third-part mod Mo' Creatures includes Songhua River mammoths, which hardly ever show up outside of scientific literature, as an elephant variant, in addition to a number of obscure horse and big cat hybrids such as zorses and leogers. It also features winged lions, a kind of mythological creature that hardly ever shows up outside of Renassiance-age Venetian artwork.
  • Monster Racers has quite a diverse range of creatures from Australia. It features monsters based on the Tasmanian devil, frilled lizard, emu, and bandicoot, which aren't entirely unusual for works that reach for more unusual Australian wildlife. However, it also has a monster based on the fairy penguin, correctly native to Australia instead of anywhere else. The "legendary beast" of Australia is also based on the mythological rainbow serpent. Outside of Australia, it has monsters based on the springbok (Africa) and the mythical Polevik (Eurasia).
  • Nintendogs was affected by a cross-cultural version of this. Shiba Inu are well-known in Japan but were obscure internationally until the 2010s (several years after the original DS games came out). As a result, Shiba Inu and Friends was translated as Golden Retriever and Friends outside of Japan. The same applies to the 3DS games. The Shiba Inu still appears, but it's not the mascot dog anymore.
  • Hello, Odell Down Under.
  • Ōkami: Chu is a Kai Ken, a very rare Japanese breed of dog.
  • Pitfall: The Lost Expedition features Venezuelan red howlers and tuco-tucos.
  • Pokémon:
    • MANY Pokémon are actually based on obscure animal species. We have Pangolins,note  Hermit Crabs,note  Tapirs,note  Dugongs,note  Mongooses,note  Weedy Sea Dragons,note  Crown-of-thorns Starfish,note  Angler Fish,note  Porcupine Fish,note  Coconut Crabs,note  Mudskippers,note  Cicadas,note  Bagworms,note  Sea Slugs,note  Sea Slaters,note  Giant Isopods,note  Meerkats,note  Leaf Insects,note  Filefish,note  Chinchillas,note  Barnacles,note  Lampreys,note  Diving Bell Spiders,note  Sea Angels,note  Hawaiian Honeycreepers,note  Yeti Crabs,note  Bee Flies,note , Axolotls,note  etc. And that's not including the fossil Pokemon or plants!
    • It's safe to say that Game Freak has Shown Their Work concerning many species and other biological life. Even the ones that aren't based directly on specific animals are instead based on old myths.note  You'd be hard-pressed to find one type of creature in real life that hasn't been made into a Pokémon yet. Aside from normal dolphins, oddly enough (although Kyogre is a killer whale, which is a member of the dolphin family).
  • Primal Carnage has Carnotaurus as a playable dinosaur and Oviraptor, Cryolophosaurus, and Tupandactlyus as alternate skins. There are also plans for Acrocanthosaurus and Kaprosuchus to be added in the game.
  • Putt-Putt Enters the Race has an activity where you can read about obscure species, from aardvark to zorilla.
  • The opossums (namely Sparkster) that appear in the Rocket Knight Adventures series.
  • Confirmed creatures in Saurian include Dakotaraptor, Acheroraptor, Champsosaurus, Chamops, Habrosaurus, Borealosuchus, Thoracosaurus, Basilemys, Didelphodon, Denversaurus, Avisaurus, Thescelosaurus, Palaeosaniwa, Cimolopteryx, Pectinodonnote , Brodavis, Toxochelys, Axestemys, Meniscoessus, Brachychampsa, Anzu, Casterolimulus, Lonchidion, Opisthotriton, Scapherpeton, Palaeobatrachusnote , and Lepisosteus. Creatures cut from the game are Alamosaurus, Leptoceratops, Obamadon, and an unnamed alvarezsaurid ("O." minutus).
  • The arcade game Savage Quest has Oviraptor, Pentaceratops, Deinosuchus, Baryonyx, Polacanthus, Utahraptor, Kentrosaurus, Mamenchisaurus, Suchomimus, and Giganotosaurus.
  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero features blobfish.
  • Show by Rock!!'s characters run the gamut from pedestrian to obscure to mythical; some of the characters of more esoteric species include Hakkun, a civet; Gengen, a springhare; and Fujiraid, an okapi.
  • The protagonist and player character of Snake Pass is a coral snake named Noodle.
  • Among the creatures found in Snapimals are dik-diks, lovebirds, and plover birds.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Knuckles the Echidna. Sonic Adventure introduced Tikal and several other echidnas from the past.
    • While well-known in Japan and Europe, hedgehogs themselves were this in many parts of the world, especially the New World,note  until Sonic made his species famous.
    • Fang the Sniper is half-wolf and half-jerboa.
  • Splatoon: The creatures inhabiting the world are humanoid versions of sea creatures (plus a cat). While many of them are commonly-depicted animals like squids, octopi, and jellyfish, there are plenty of more obscure species as well:
    • In the first game, the shy store clerk Annie is a humanoid sea anemone, complete with a (rude) clownfish living in her anemone afro, while the weapons salesman Sheldon is a horseshoe crab.
    • Splatoon 2 introduces new shopkeepers Bisk and Flow, a spider crab and a sea slug respectively. Like Annie, Flow has a small non-anthropomorphic animal living in her hair, this time a crayfish.
    • Splatoon 2's "Octo Expansion" DLC introduces C.Q. Cumber and Iso Padre, a Scotoplanes and giant isopod, respectively. On top of that, all of the various passengers on the subway are little-known abyssal species, including a blobfish, a ping-pong tree sponge, dwarf lanternsharks, a sea angel, a Marrus orthocanna (a species of siphonophore), predatory tunicates, gulper eels, and flashlight fish.
    • The in-universe bands include all sorts of sea life not commonly depicted as humanoid, like Bottom Feeders's betta fish violinist and Ink Theory's nautilus pianist.
  • In Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!, kangaroo rats are the main inhabitants of Glimmer and a snow leopard appears in Crystal Glacier.
  • In Super Mario Odyssey, blue jays and Northern palm squirrels can be seen in the Wooded Kingdom, and a steppe eagle appears in the Sand Kingdom. Also, Glydon appears to based on the Draco or gliding lizard. The game also has a Shiba Inu, a Japanese breed of dog.
  • Terraria features Arapaimas as Hardmode enemies in the Jungle.
  • While most of the characters in Them's Fightin' Herds are familiar hoofed animals such as a deer (Velvet) and a unicorn (Oleander), Tianhuo stands out for being a Longma, a horse/dragon hybrid that's pretty much never seen in popular culture.
  • Turok: Evolution features catalina macaws, Doedicurus, hornbills, Palaeotherium, phorusrhacids (referred to as "axe-beaks"), ring-tailed lemurs, Tenontosaurus, toco toucans, and Uintatherium. Species cut from the game include Komodo dragons and Kronosaurus.
  • TY the Tasmanian Tiger
    • Besides thylacines, there's also a cassowary as the Big Bad, a Tasmanian devil, a green tree frog, a thorny devil, wallabies, goannas, bilbies, weedy sea dragons, giant groupers, wombats, blue-tongued skinks, a lyrebird, Sydney funnel-web spiders, a ghost bat, an echidna, cane toads, Muttaburrasaurus, and marsupial lions.
    • Similarly, the third game features an obscure mythical creature: the Quinkan.
  • Quite a few of Wadanohara's characters are based off of relatively obscure sea creatures. These include an oarfish (Tatsumiya), a venus comb murex (Helica), a sea snake (Seguro), a flapjack octopus (Minero), a salmon shark (Sal), a yeti crab (Creamil), and a vampire squid (Rimorimo).
  • Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures has Poodgie-Woo and Tinkie-Wee, a pair of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.
  • Zoo Tycoon contains too many examples to list.


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