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 (i.e. Scar, Napoleon, Koba, Steele, Shere Khan (2016), General Mandible, Infinite, Andross, Dag, Budzo, Harry, Hokuu, Taurus Bulba, Jenner, Katz, Scourge, Sgorr, Lynx Wylde, Magellan, One-Eye, Sharptooth, Slagar the Cruel, Botticelli Remorso, Chief McBrusque, Mr. Grasping, Toplofty and O'Bloat, and Surtr). 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, newts, and/or caecilians.
  • Annelids: Villains who are or possess traits of earthworms, leeches, and/or ragworms.
  • Arachnids: Villains who are or possess traits of spiders, scorpions, ticks, and/or mites.
  • Artiodactyls: Villains who are or possess traits of pigs, peccaries, hippopotamuses, antelopes, mouse deer, deer, giraffes, camels, llamas, alpacas, sheep, goats, and/or cattle.
  • Birds: Villains who are or possess traits of eagles, hawks, vultures, owls, chickens, penguins, peacocks, flamingos, ostriches, falcons, toucans, canaries, parrots, kookaburras, dodos, crows, ravens, magpies, gulls, pelicans, storks, ducks, geese, swans, quails, cuckoos, loons, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, pigeons, roadrunners, sparrows, songbirds, buzzards, condors, pheasants, hornbills, oxpeckers, kiwi birds, ibis, spoonbills, herons, guineafowl, frigatebirds, skuas, emus, cuckoos, doves, cranes, albatross, and/or other birds.
  • Bivalves: Villains who are or possess traits of clams, oysters, cockles, mussels, and/or scallops.
  • Canids: Villains who are or possess traits of dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals, coyotes, and/or tanukis.
  • Cephalopods: Villains who are or posses traits of octopuses and/or squids.
  • Cetaceans: Villains who are or possess traits of dolphins, whales, and/or porpoises.
  • Chiropterans: Villains who are or possess traits of bats.
  • Coelenterates: Villains who are or possess traits of jellyfish, coral, sea anemones, and/or comb jellies.
  • Colugos: Villains who are or possess traits of flying lemurs.
  • Crocodilians: Villains who are or possess traits of alligators and/or crocodiles.
  • Crustaceans: Villains who are or possess traits of crabs, lobsters, shrimp, crayfish, krill, copepods, isopods, and/or barnacles.
  • Dinosaurians: Villains who are or possess traits of dinosaurs.
  • Echinoderms: Villains who are or possess traits of starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, crinoids, brittle stars, and/or blastoids.
  • Eulipotyphlans: Villains who are or possess traits of hedgehogs, moles, shrews, desmans, solenodons, moonrats, and/or gymnures.
  • Felids: Villains who are or possess traits of housecats, ocelots, bobcats, lynxes, cheetahs, cougars, jaguars, leopards, lions, and/or tigers.
  • Fish: Villains who are or possess traits of sharks, mantas, stringrays, skates, sawfish, chimaeras, goldfish, eels, salmon, seahorses, pufferfish, piranhas, clownfish, catfish, trouts, anglerfish, barracudas, pikes, carps, coelacanths, Siamese fighting fish, swordfish, tangs, and/or other fish.
  • Gastropods: Villains who are or possess traits of snails and/or slugs.
  • Herpestids: Villains who are or possess traits of mongooses.
  • Hyaenids: Villains who are or possess traits of hyenas and/or aardwolves.
  • Ichthyopterygians: Villains who are or possess traits of ichthyosaurs.
  • Insects: Villains who are or possess traits of beetles, termites, cockroaches, mantises, flies, mayflies, butterflies, moths, bees, wasps, ants, sawflies, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, katydids, weta, and/or stick-bugs.
  • Lagomorphs: Villains who are or possess traits of rabbits, hares, and/or pikas.
  • Marsupials: Villains who are or possess traits of kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, koalas, bandicoots, bilbies, marsupial moles, phalangeriformes, opossums, wombats, and/or Tasmanian devils.
  • Monotremes: Villains who are or possess traits of platypuses and/or echidnas.
  • Musteloids: Villains who are or possess traits of weasels, skunks, wolverines, otters, badgers, mink, ferrets, martens, raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, olingos, olinguitos, ringtails, cacomistles, and/or red pandas.
  • Myriapods: Villains who are or possess traits of centipedes and/or millipedes.
  • Nematodes: Villains who are or possess traits of roundworms.
  • Orycteropodids: Villains who are or possess traits of aardvarks.
  • Perissodactyls: Villains who are or possess traits of horses, donkeys, zebras, rhinos, and/or tapir.
  • Pholidotes: Villains who are or possess traits of pangolins.
  • Pinnipeds: Villains who are or possess traits of seals, sea lions, and/or walruses.
  • Platyhelminthes: Villains who are or possess traits of flatworms.
  • Poriferans: Villains who are or possess traits of sponges.
  • Primates: Villains who are or possess traits of chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, bonobos, gibbons, monkeys, lemurs, lorises, mandrills, bush babies, and/or tarsiers.
  • Proboscideans: Villains who are or possess traits of elephants and/or mammoths.
  • Pterosaurians: Villains who are or possess traits of pterosaurs.
  • Rodents: Villains who are or possess traits of mice, rats, squirrels, prairie dogs, chipmunks, chinchillas, porcupines, pacas, beavers, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, voles, gophers, lemmings, jerboa, coypu, and/or capybaras.
  • Sauropterygians: Villains who are or possess traits of plesiosaurs, placodontians, nothosaurs, pachypleurosaurs, and/or pistosaurids.
  • Sirenians: Villains who are or possess traits of manatees, dugongs, and/or Steller's sea cows.
  • Squamates: Villains who are or possess traits of snakes and/or lizards.
  • Tardigrades: Villains who are or possess traits of water bears.
  • Tenrecids: Villains who are or possess traits of tenrecs.
  • Testudines: Villains who are or possess traits of turtles, terrapins, and/or tortoises.
  • Theraspids: Villains who are or possess traits of hyraxes.
  • Ursids: Villains who are or possess traits of bears.
  • Viverrids: Villains who are or possess traits of binturong, civets, fossas, genets, and/or linsangs.
  • Xenarthrans: Villains who are or possess traits of anteaters, armadillos, sloths, and/or glyptodonts.

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