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All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.
~ Napoleon's motto.

Animals are common in many settings, whether they be true Animals (e.g. Cujo) or Anthropomorphic Characters (e.g. Shadow the Hedgehog): a True Animal is not really evil but rather guided by instincts or hunger (e.g. Jaws) while some who display human features may be cleverer (e.g. Dr. Blowhole). Animals can also be Predators such as tigers, foxes, bears, sharks, birds-of-prey and snakes.

Aside from modern-day animals, ancient prehistoric-era creatures (dinosaurs, flying reptiles, etc.) can also be Animals in fiction.

However, Anthropomorphic Animals are usually the direct opposite and guided by human emotions and ideals (e.g. Jenner's love of power, Hopper's hatred of opposition, etc.). These villains, unlike most other Animals, can be Pure Evil if they lack anything redeeming and meet all the criteria as they feel human emotions. However, unless the narrative makes it clear that they do have moral agency, Animal villains cannot count.

Some of these animals may be pets or guard/attack dogs of characters, including other evildoers.

Do not add Animal Cruelty to characters who are somehow Animals unless exceptions are found; they can often qualify for Misanthropes.

Variations

  • Amphibians: Villains who are or possess traits of frogs, toads, salamanders, and/or newts.
  • Arachnids: Villains who are or possess traits of spiders and/or scorpions.
  • Artiodactyls: Villains who are or possess traits of pigs, peccaries, hippopotamuses, antelopes, mice, deer, deer, giraffes, camels, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, and cattle.
  • Avians: Villains who are or possess traits of birds such as eagles, hawks, vultures, owls, chickens, penguins, peacocks, flamingos and others.
  • Canines: Villains who are or possess traits of dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals and/or others.
  • Chiropterans: Villains who are or possess traits of bats.
  • Cnidarians: Villains who are or possess traits of jellyfish.
  • Crustaceans: Villains who are or possess traits of crabs, lobsters and shrimp.
  • Echinoderms: Villains who are or possess traits of starfish, sea urchins and others.
  • Felines: Villains who are or possess traits of cats such as housecats, lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs and others.
  • Fish: Villains who are or possess traits of sharks, piranhas and others.
  • Insects: Villains who are or possess traits of bugs such as beetles, ants, grasshoppers, moths, centipedes and others.
  • Lagomorphs: Villains who are or possess traits of rabbits and hares.
  • Marsupials: Villains who are or possess traits of kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, phalangeriformes, opossums, wombats, and Tasmanian devils.
  • Mollusks: Villains who are or possess traits of snails, slugs, mussels, and octopuses.
  • Perissodactyls: Villains who are or possess traits of horses, donkeys, zebras, rhinos and tapir.
  • Proboscideans: Villains who are or possess traits of elephants and mammoths.
  • Primates: Villains who are or possess traits of monkeys, chimpanzees, gorillas, baboons, lemurs and others.
  • Reptiles: Villains who are or possess traits of lizards, snakes, alligators, crocodiles, turtles and dinosaurs.
  • Rodents: Villains who are or possess traits of mice, rats, squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, chinchillas, porcupines, beavers, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils and capybaras.
  • Ursines: Villains who are or possess traits of bears.

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