Top Ten Most Stereotyped and Misunderstood Animals

Some animals get a better reputation than others by either their appearance or because of how they're portrayed in fiction. These are some of the most stereotyped and misunderstood animals in the planet.

The Top Ten

1 Hyenas Hyenas Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.

It is safe to say that The Lion King is responsible for making this species' reputation much worse than it was when all the myths and stories had it bad enough. In reality, hyenas are helpful to the environment, and contrary to popular belief, hyenas hunt their prey more than scavenge and it's usually the lions who steal kills from hyenas more than the other way around. It's easy to say that the hyena does not deserve such a bad reputation and is the most misunderstood of all animals.

To the person who hates hyenas because they are "ugly", how shallow can you get? Have you read Wonder? And while you were reading that, you were hating the kids who abused August, right? Well, right now, you're doing the exact same thing. Only now it's not to a single kid, but to an entire species.

While I do share a love for the Lion King, I must say that the movie is the reason for the hyenas bad reputation. I do not think that hyenas are bad, in fact, they are part of the "circle of life". If people do their research, they will find that hyenas are not bad animals

Both The Lion King and The Lion Guard are to blame for the spotted hyena's bad rap. I know TLG has a good hyena in the form of Jasiri, but Jasiri is a striped hyena, unlike the evil hyenas in the show who are spotted, so unfortunately, she's not enough to save the whole hyena species from having a bad reputation.

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2 Sharks Sharks Sharks are a group of fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Sharks have been around before the earth's first dinosaurs and even the earth's first trees.

People see them as cruel, dangerous killers who would eat anything when the fact that sharks are only interested in eating fish or squid, and if it does bite a human it only does it because sharks have poor eyesight so it might mistaken a human for a fish, and the bite only results in heavy bleeding. Sharks are not even the most dangerous animal or thing in the planet. Believe it or not, you are more likely to be killed by a toilet than a shark.

We kill thousands to millions of sharks every year, for their fins or just trophy hunting in general. Yet only tens of humans are ATTACKED by sharks, only a few of those die, but most attacks/bites only result in heavy bleeding. Jaws and a lot of shark flicks give these misunderstood predators a reputation that is absurdly exaggerated, and probably half of the human population despises these creatures. Getting killed by toilets, dogs, cows, vending machines or maybe even getting struck by lightning are more likely to happen than being killed by a shark!

People see sharks as dangerous, vicious creatures. Sure, they are a bit vicious, but sharks kill less people a year, than people kill sharks - kaitlynrad11

And all of it is because of that movie jaws. and did you know the author of the book actually joined a federation to protect shark.

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3 Snakes Snakes Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears.

Not sure why reptiles are always seen as evil when not all of them are evil, just dangerous. Snakes can help control rodent populations, and you're more likely to get bitten by a dog than a snake.

I was bit by a cottonmouth snake before and yet I still have a huge respect for these reptiles. I know that if bothered, they will bite, but only to protect themselves. Snakes can do much more good than bad if people just come to realize that.

Though a majority of the population absolutely DESPISES these creatures, I adore these noodles with faces.

Snakes r cute as heck

4 Black Cats

Often associated with 'bad luck' or 'evil spirits' when the fact it can be as good and cared for as any other cat.

Sad but true, I've heard of people killing black cats because they are considered bad luck.

Black cats aren't bad luck or evil spirits. They are beautiful animals who have a bad myth surrounding them. Own black cats!

How does a fur color make the animal “bad luck”? That’s like saying people with black (or dark brown) skin are bad luck. It’s a ridiculous superstition and I really hope people stop treating these cats like witches. - Miauzer

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5 Wolves Wolves Often in/from packs, Wolves are carnivorous Canines that come in various colours and breeds, and have evolved to Dogs. Some breeds of Wolves are, like Dogs, domesticated, to become a Working Dog.

Wolves are cool, they really shouldn't be stereotyped as big and bad just because they are always the "bad guy" in fairy tales! If you don't bother them, they won't bother you. Even if they eat livestock that is the farmer/livestock raiser's fault for not getting better fences, security, and building ranches/farms where wolves' natural habitats are. They need to eat, too, and no animal deserves to be stereotyped as bad.

Wolves mostly leave people alone. Farmers have killed wolves because coyotes kill their farm animals and the wolf comes and eats, than the farmer thinks the wolf killed the animal.So much people kill wolves just because they see them or get scared. Wolves in Northwestern America or just North America usually leave people alone. And if you don't bother them they won't attack you.

Ugh, I hate it when people gush over wolves and say that they're the best animals ever. I don't hate wolves, I just hate their rabid fans (they do have sane fans though).

Wolves are amazing, beautiful, gentle creatures. Just because they have to defend themselves, their families, and their territories doesn’t make them “bullies.” People think that wolves are heartless killers, but no one ever feels bad for the predators because they’re too busy going, “Poor little bunny! Innocent cutie was killed by that heartless hound! ” I do feel bad for the prey, but I feel equally bad for, if not even more, for the predators; they have to kill to stay alive. Think about that for a bit… - Miauzer

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6 Bats

They're seen as evil monsters when they're actually not and they mostly eat fruit and bugs, so therefore they're actually helpful.

Bats are so cool and cute and I love them they are my favorite animals and a very misunderstood I hope people learn to love them in my lifetime

People think that all bats will attack you and drink your blood, or turn into vampires and stuff. Firstly, the vampire stuff is crap, secondly, only VAMPIRE BATS will drink blood from CATTLE, and they don't even threaten the lives of the cattle. And other bats eat fruit and bugs and I personally love fruit bats and little brown bats, yes a real speices with an 'original' name.

If u don't like bats I don't get you they eat bugs fruut and vamps saliva is life saving

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7 Rats Rats Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.

Rats and humans are the only animals known to laugh (for the right reasons. Not like monkeys who do something that sounds like laughing but for an entirely different reason.) And yet, there is no law against performing experiments on rats, no matter how painful. Say you wanted to cut off a rat's head and see how long it took them to die. And performed that same experiment hundreds of times, killing hundreds of living animals. No law against it.

They're often seen as the 'evil' counterpart to mice, but is actually an intelligent mammal that has been used in laboratories and might be one of the few species capable of empathy.

Rats are extremely misunderstood. They aren't gross, they don't carry diseases, and they make amazing pets. They're actually very intelligent animals.

Also, it was the fleas' fault that the Black Plague happened, not the rats'.

8 Spiders

They're often seen as creepy or freaky, when, like bats, they're good at eating harmful insects and not all of them are dangerous.

9 Pit Bulls

Well, just like all animals, can be unpredictable. Not all pit bulls are ruthless, mindless, savage killing machines, but some are aggressive and violent.

Many people think that Pit bulls are feirce, ruthless animals.That is not true because they behave the way they are brought up!

Pit bulls are trained by people to be vicious, and with those jaws, it’s not a crime to be overly cautious: - Miauzer

10 Deer Deer Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. The two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the fallow deer and the chital, and the Capreolinae, including the elk, reindeer, the Western roe deer, and the Eurasian elk.

Often seen as 'cute' but can be quite dangerous, especially if they become aggressive during battles for dominance.

The Newcomers

? Honey Badger

They seem to be getting a positive or heroic portrayal in fiction nowadays thanks to that god awful abomination of a fictional character in the form of Bunga from Disney's The Lion Guard (A character I hate so much), yet in reality, honey badgers are ferocious, fearless, attack other animals for no reason and may have been referred to as "the meanest animal in the world". While I have no dislike of the animal itself, you seriously don't want to mess with them.

The Contenders

11 Hippopotami

Hippos are often portrayed as friendly or dim-witted animals in fiction, but in reality they're the most dangerous land animal. They kill more people in Africa than any other animal, and can run faster than you think, so you have no hope for escape if one decides to turn on you.

Yes, thank you for putting hippos on here, hippos are actually very unpredictable and aggressive.

12 Foxes

The "furry" fandom ruined the reputation of these good animals. :(

I love foxes! Screw farmers that kill them! I hope fox hunters die a horrible death! - MichaelAftonUTTP

13 Skunks

They don't smell horribly and they are very cute unless you attack them, although they don't make good pets - Martinglez

14 Vultures

They help clean the ecosystem by scavenging dead prey and serve as the animal kingdom's janitors yet they're mistaken as mean animals by most people.

I'm the only one that understands what they really are at school. - GriffinDoge

I love vultress

15 Ravens Ravens The Baltimore Ravens are a professional American football team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference North division.

People always see crows, ravens and other corvids as "pure evil" just because of their appearance, when the fact that they are very intelligent birds.

I love ravens

I love ravens. I don’t see why people think they’re “evil.” - Miauzer

16 Dogs

People never know how dangerous they can be. A dog went loose in school, a dog can be a way to kidnap, dogs can spread rabies when people let them screw in the woods, etc.

Doggy woggy

17 White Lion White Lion

I didn't know this existed. But its regal! - KayleeKicklighter

These exist? Whoa… - Miauzer

18 Mice Mice A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet.

Often seen as the 'good' counterpart to rats (and to some extent, cats) in fiction, but in reality they're vermin who may be a threat to the household. Enough that people either set traps or get a domestic cat to rid these pests.

19 Cats Cats The "House Cat", also known as the Domestic Cat or the Feral Cat, is a small feline, a good hunter, and comes in a variety of colours and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated.

V below, well some people have had bad experiences with cats, usually being attacked or bitten by a cat can leave someone disliking cat. Not everyone has had a good experience with cats, but I do agree with you, some cats are wonderful pets.

Kitties are so CUTE! I have two cats and I think Smurfs is partly to blame for this animal's reputation as a bad guy! - MichaelAftonUTTP

How do people not like cats

20 Cattle

Often seen as nice, harmless creatures who provide milk or turned into beef and hamburgers, but what you don't know is the fact that cows can be dangerous to people. A person is more likely to get killed by a cow than by a shark.

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