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  • Fountain of Expies: Many folklorists consider characters like Pecos Bill, Old Stormalong, Joe Magerac, and others to be imitations of Paul Bunyan. Not all of them are giants, but all of them are blue collar workers with superhuman abilities.
  • Newer Than They Think: While there were a few tales of a legendary logger named Paul Bunyan, much of the Bunyan myth was created in the 20th century as part of an advertising campaign for a lumber company. Paul Bunyan has been cited as an example of "fakelore", or a modern story being passed off as myth.
  • Tear Jerker: In the Disney version, we have Paul finally deciding to leave his hometown behind after helping it grow to prosperity. One morning, the town wakes to find a giant letter in the town square explaining that he'd headed out west to find more room and heed his call as a lumberjack, which is read by Cale Mcnab, the person who first laid eyes on Paul, and was his surrogate father as much as anyone was.
    Cale: "...I'll write soon* *sighs* We're gonna miss that boy...
    • Even sadder if you realize that Paul never returned, after his work was finished and he realized he'd become outdated, he exiled himself in Alaska, and his adoptive town never saw him again.
  • Ugly Cute: Many of the Fearsome Critters, most notably the Squonk.
  • Values Dissonance: In these modern, environmentally friendly times, a man who commits mass deforestation (such as a cutting down every single tree in North Dakota and Kansas, which were previously covered in old growth forest) and driving any animals who get in his way to extinction, Paul doesn't seem quite as heroic. And in some of the earlier stories the loggers seem pretty unconcerned when some black loggers go missing, reasoning that since it was the Year of the Black Snow, finding them would be impossible.
    • It's even brought up in the Rankin-Bass version, where Panhandle Pete is the giant who's obessed with felling every damn tree in the country, and Paul points out that not only can you NOT cut down every tree, you have to actually replant the ones you do cut down or "you'll wind up in a whole heap of trouble".


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