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Want an easy way to show that your character is loyal and tough? Make him canine! Want to come off as graceful while a bit of a loner? Make her a feline! Want them to be tricky, cunning, or confident? Choose a fox! And while the stereotypes themselves vary from culture to culture, animals are one of the most popular forms of symbolism in fiction. When used as a characterization shortcut, the work compares the character to an animal for which the audience's culture projects certain personality traits.
This can be done subtly with symbolism or Theme Namingor more blatantly by giving the character physical traits or mannerisms of the animal, or even by making the animal itself the character. Animal Stereotypes for more information. As cultural stereotypes for animals vary from place to place and some cultures have multiple stereotypes for certain animals, make sure that your example lists the character sthe animal, the cultural stereotypes that animal is representing, and how the character s reflect those traits.
Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes. You need to login to do this. Get Known if you don't have an account. BloomHannibal. One Piece There's "Cat Burglar Nami" The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales Edith - Serge Reggiani - Serge Reggiani is everyone who knows Nami comparing her to a cat that's ultimately kind when it suits her but mostly selfish.
This is played up a lot at first and then dropped as the story goes Somebody Else´s Woman - Satisfaction Unlimited - Think Of The Children. The Mink Tribe being a tribe of Funny Animalsthey naturally have a lot of classic animal behaviours. Canine Minks like Wanda and Dogstorm love licking people they like and chewing on bones Much to Brook's dismayCarrot the rabbit Mink often nibbles on people and loves her namesake, Rody the bull Mink is distracted by a piece of fluttery cloth, etc.
The cursed Souma family in Fruits Basket - in this case each of the Soumas' personalities follow the character traits specific to their Zodiac sign, e.
Yuki the Rat is an intelligent leader, Rin the Horse is fiercely independent, etc. InuYashafrom the series of the same name, is half dog-demon. So he exhibits some traits of a dog, like loyalty and, uh, doggedness. He even antagonizes foxes. Shippo, the fox demon is small but clever and brave. The wolf demon Kouga is direct, competitive and likes running. Sesshoumaru, Inuyasha's pure-blooded brother, shares Inuyasha's dog-like traits of being possessive, territorial and aggressive, and gradually exhibits The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales stereotypes of a good dog as well including loyalty and being extremely good with children.
Kotaro Inugami of Mahou Sensei Negima! And as wolves are very social pack hunters, a lone wolf is often hungry and also lonely. The "lone wolf" idiom is actually quite clever. Bakarasu, a Speech-Impaired Animal showed up in one Mazinger Z episode and was a semi-recurrent secondary character in Great Mazinger"helped" the heroes every so often, and he fit quite well with the traits of the heroic corvid: he was cunning, mischievous and trickster, and he enjoyed tweaking the messages he was supposed to deliver and getting Boss in trouble.
Mostly played straight in Princess Tutu. The main character is a duck disguised as a girl, The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales she's shown as being clumsy and loud with a hidden grace. Both the Magical Girl she turns into and the Prince she's trying to save are represented by swans, appropriate since both are graceful dancers who are greatly defined by their love for others. Crows and ravens are the main villains, and the Dark Magical Girl is both referred to as a crow and a black swan, referencing Swan Lake and referring to the fact that she herself is a loving person who's been twisted by evil.
The trope carries over to most of the cast in some ways, with some exceptions. Of the two canine familiars, Arf is loyal to a fault to her master Fate like a faithful dog, while Zafira is the strong and silent type like a majestic wolf.
Meanwhile, the Lieze Cat Girl sisters showed both cat aspects, being playful towards Chrono and Yuuno on one hand while absolutely breaking Hayate on the other. Naruto : Naruto is The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales by a what is essentially a kitsune and is played as a trickster early on and has fox like physical traits; subverted when we actually meet the fox himself He'd sooner rip your face off than play pranks.
Films — Animation. Edgar Beaver is wise and hardworking. The Lion King : The lions rule the Pride Lands as a monarchy, even being accepted as the leaders by the animals they prey upon. The "lion as noble king of the animals" stereotype is found in too many cultures and Fairy Tales to list all of them, some African cultures and Western culture for example. Hyenas are all portrayed as stupid and evil, also in too many cultures to list, this is ironic, because in real life hyenas are comparable to apes in intelligence.
The Lion Guard still uses hyenas as the main antagonists, but establishes that most hyenas are good. The Deconstruction of this trope is one the main themes of Zootopia. Animals are stereotyped and shunned due to the expected characteristics of their species. Rabbits have to be timid and dainty, foxes have to be sly and crafty, and don't get us started on The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales . Further deconstructed by the two protagonists: Judy, a Color De Rosa - Juan José Mosalini* - Don Bandoneón who wants to become a cop, and Nick, a fox who wanted to be honorable and kind, but was bullied by other The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales . Robin Hood : fox are thought to be smart and astute, as Robin Hood should be, Little John is rough and big, but good hearted like people generally associate bears, lions are associated with power so both King Richard and The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales brother Prince John are represented by lions, roosters are associated with singing like Alan-a-Dale, snakes with slyness and sneakiness like Sir Hiss, wolves with cruelty like the Sheriff of Nottingham, and chickens with care and maternity like Lady Kluck.
Early on in the development of the film, it was intended to play with this a little more by making the Sheriff of Nottingham a goat instead of a wolf, but this was rejected because it was didn't look convincingly evil enough. Fantastic Mr. Fox have most of the stereotypes associated with the animals: Fox is clever and cunning, At Night - Auditive Escape - Peripeteia (File, Album) is shy, Badger is aggressive as a lawyer should beWeasel is sneaky, to name a few.
Kung Fu Panda : Each of the martial artists, being animals who each practice a style specifically designed after their species. But no-one associates a cute Kaleva Kuura - Viljo Halla - Kaleva Petäjä cuddly species like a Giant Panda with aggression, and yet lead character Po learns to be exactly that.
This is emphasized even more by the name the writers chose to give the panda: Po's surname "Ping" means "peace" in Chinese. In addition, while the "slow-as-molasses" turtle stereotype is played laughingly straight in the candle-blowing scene, in flashback Master Oogway hands Tai Lung his family jewels with an amazingly rapid-fire, complex, awe-inspiring pattern of nerve strikes : classic Old Master material. The villagers of the Valley of Peace are dainty little rabbits, ducks, geese and pigs, whereas the guards of Chorh-Gom Prison are brutish, boisterous rhinos who only get beaten up by Tai Lung to show how powerful he is.
The peacocks, wolves and gorillas in Kung Fu Panda 2 are also played straight, with the peacocks being the noble rulers of Gongmen City and the Big Bad being a disgraced prince, while the wolves are savage brutes who show clear pack behavior, and the gorillas are incredibly strong and brutish Giant Mooks.
The Soothsayer is a goat with an appetite for non-edible things. Probably the UR Example are Aesop's Fablesthat created many of the modern animal stereotypes we know. The Wind in the Willows plays Continuum (Out There / In Here) - D. Burke Mahoney - Oneirataxia trope straight. Every character has a personality connected with its animal: Mole is shy and introverted, Rat is relaxed and cunning, Badger is gruff and solitary, Toad is noisy and outgoing, and the Weasels and Stoats are mischievous and tricksters.
Harry Potter : The Animagus and Patronus forms are generally reflective of the personality of the character. Rita Skeeter, the reporter becomes a bug on the wall, listening into conversations. Sirius who stays loyal, even in Azkaban, is a dog. Peter who betrays a secret with Lanit (Masa & Teurastaja) - Justimus - Wunderboy price is a rat.
Then there is the " noblebut vain braggart" stereotype is very much played straight with James Potter's Animagus form, a stag. All the houses have associated animals: Gryffindor, the house of the brave has the lion.
Hufflepuff, the friendly, loyal and down to earth house has the badger. Slytherins, the house of cunning and slyness has the snake, exemplified in Voldemort who lacks a nose, and can speak the language of the snakes.
Ravenclaw, house of the intelligent and wise has the eagle for some reason. Possibly because the raven was much too obvious a choice, or because they want you to ask "But why? Hares are all Royal Air Force pilots, brave and resolute, while rabbits are fussy middle-class whiners. Shrews are waterfaring warriors based on Liverpool dockworkers.
Moles and their famously semi-comprehensible accents are jovial Somerset types. Mice tend to be peaceful creatures, but produced some of the series' greatest heroes. Vermin are Always Chaotic Evil. What are vermin? Pretty much every mustelid ferrets, weasels, stoats, pine martens, and even a wolverine oncefoxes, and of course rats. For the most part, they're vicious and cowardly, only attack in hordes, and willing to backstab each other without provocation, with only the occasional leader having real skill in single combat without running see: wolverine.
The only exception to the above are otters, who are always Chaotic Good even when raised by verminand badgers, who are the epitome of heroic warriors with berserker tendencies. Squirrels excel in forest warfare, some living as hermits but ready to defend their homes against vermin. Birds tend to be evil opportunists, ravens and crows in particular.
Seabirds appear as madbeasts who can't even talk. Falcons and eagles get the Noble Bird of Prey treatment and are Scottish. Toads are monstrous swamp-dwelling cannibals both among themselves and other creatures.
Pike are basically freshwater sharks, posing a threat to both heroes and villains. Reptiles Are Abhorrent is played in full force. All snakes are evil monsters who relish murdering their prey with poison or suffocation. Neverwhere : Croup and Vandemar are human or rather, human oid - what they The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales are isn't specifiedbut Richard finds they give him a very clear impression of "a fox and a wolf", respectively.
Croup is short, redhaired, sneaky, and talkativewhile Vandemar is hulking, greyhaired, menacing, ostentatiously carnivorous, and can produce a very wolf-like howl. Similarly, Hunter is frequently compared to a lioness sleek, tawny, and deadly. Charlotte's Web showcases how the deceptive female spider's archetype The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales use her guile for good: manipulating humans with "miraculous" The Vain Stag - Various - Famous Animal Tales webs to spare the life of Some Pig.
Both played straight and subverted in the Dragaera novels, where Dragaerans conform to some of the Animal Stereotypes of their Alright (Club Mix) - Various - Best Of Hard Dance Mania Vol. 2 Houses: Orca are aggressive and predatory, Yendi snakes are sneaky and treacherous, Teckla mice are timid and victimized, etc.
She is brave, Teeth Collection - Misused Glory, and prideful - and the King chooses her as his Champion. This is invoked all over the place in Beka Cooper.
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