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 Bats

I find them cute - blackflower


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

2 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.

Their a lot better than people think they are, no thanks to the lion king

I love hyenas! They are one of the prettiest animals on earth, in my opinion, and I'm not just saying that because I pity them! They are actually stunning creatures.

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.

3 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.

I love sharks

That's if you enter a sharks territory then you'll get attacked by one.

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.

Great White Sharks are evil! They kill humans!

4 Black Cats

Black Cats DO NOT give any bad lucks at all. They are just ordinary humans that are humans pets.

Black cats are just your regular and average non evil cats.

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

I love them! - Luckys

5 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

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6 African Golden Wolf

Not a jackal. A wolf

It's long believed to be a jackal until recent research suggests that it's closer related to a wolf than a jackal. Which is going to be confusing for some.

7 Spiders

Just watch Lucas the Spider - RoseWeasley

We would all die without spiders. - GeneralJP

He was a pretty terrible spider-man 4/10

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.

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8 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 love vultress

9 Amur Leopard Amur Leopard

They are critically endangered as there are only like 100 left. - DarkBoi-X

They are currently listed as Critically Endangered. SAVE THE AMUR LEOPARDS! - PhoenixAura81

They're an endangered species. Hopefully, they will be saved.

I think that amur leopards are misunderstud because there are so low in population they are the best animals in they world by far

10 Bee Bee

They help the environment - DarkBoi-X

They’re creepy. - Miauzer

The Contenders

11 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.

I've blamed the obscenely popular werewolf for also ruining the highly bright and usually shy animal's reputation. - Sprightly - Sprightly

They're beautiful! - Misfire

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 are the best animals in the world they are just misunderstood by a whole lot of people.

12 Pigs


People think of pigs as dirty, dumb, greedy creatures when in reality they are very clean, rather smart and won't eat as much as people think.

13 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.

People bully them, kill them, abuse them, torture them, hate them, hurt them. They are one of the most horribly mistreated animals ever. They suffer so much abuse and hate. They suffer too much pain and horror. People need to see this. They may be widepread, but they are still abused and hurt all the time. People treat them horribly. All because of their fleas! It's not their fault! Micro-dogs are one of the best pets you can get! Their tails are just tails, get over it! Dear (almost) every rat lover:

You will have an amazing life, and deserve everything good. You have a heart, you have a soul. You understand.
Thank you.

-Talon the rat Alpha

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.

I have 3 rats and I have NEVER had a single rat hurt a friend. these are some of the most lazy animals. but they groom themselfes more than the avrage house cat

14 Cobra
15 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.

16 Dogs

My aunt's yorkie is loud and annoying

They may look small and harmless, but in fact, are very aggressive dogs who bite constantly.

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 Dolphins

Dolphins save humans from shark attacks.

18 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.

This probably should be number one. Many people think of them as the most dangerous and aggressive dog breed, but they’re bad dogs if they have bad owners. It also doesn't help that pit bulls are the most common breed in dog fights, which are illegal in most countries and considered one of the most serious forms of animal abuse. - PhoenixAura81

It’s the way you treat them that matters. If you are mean to the dog, you are going to have a mean dog. But if you treat the dog kindly then you will have the sweetest dog that you will ever have.

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

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19 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

20 Skunks

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

21 Magpies

One species of magpie: the Australian magpie, is considered the most aggressive bird in the world. - PhoenixAura81

These microraptors are very intelligent

Magpies have a bad rap for being pests and stealing shiny things, but actually they're nice.

Why are corvids seen as evil? Corvids (magpies, Ravens, jackdaws, crows etc) are just like the small songbirds everyone loves. They're so misunderstood.

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22 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.

They’re cool animals, but you do NOT want to mess with them! - PhoenixAura81

23 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.

Why is the picture of a Football team? - OnlyInDreams

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

24 White Tiger White Tiger

The attack happened in 2003, not 2006.

Sigfried and Roy used them in their show at the Mirage in Vegas in the 90s and they NEVER had a problem with them until Roy got attacked by one of them in 2006, permanently ending the show.

25 Rabbits


26 White Lion White Lion

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

These exist? Whoa… - Miauzer

27 Hawk Hawk Hawks are a group of medium-sized diurnal birds of prey of the family Accipitridae which are widely distributed and varying greatly in size.

True. Hyenas, Hawks, lizards, snakes, jackals, vultures... Gee, lion guard hates animals!

Hawks are such awesome birds. I cannot believe that The Lion Guard's second season made one a villain. (Mpishi) I swear, The Lion King franchise is starting to get worse and worse with how it portrays wildlife.

28 Akita Akita

They're often used for dog-fighting which is a very bad, illegal activity that should be banned by now. Otherwise, the Akita is pretty much Japan's equivalent to the Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd's roles in the United States. There are also two different versions in case nobody knows; the Japanese Akita and the American Akita. The former is smaller and resembles a large Shiba Inu while the latter is larger, resembles a Norwegian Elkhound and has a dark-colored face. They're often dangerous dogs so only an experienced dog owner or trainer can handle them.

Watch hachiko and you will never think Akitas are aggressive again.

29 Bull

People think they agresive but there not
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30 Dingo Dingo The dingo is a wild dog found in Australia. Its exact ancestry is debated, but dingoes are generally believed to be descended from semi-domesticated dogs from East or South Asia, which returned to a wild lifestyle when introduced by Aborigines into Australia.

People always think they eat babies.

31 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.

I really hate these things to be honest... they're just creepy. - OnlyInDreams

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.

32 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.

33 Coyotes

Unfairly demonized when the fact is that they're not much different from that of wolves or foxes. I personally blame the irresponsible people who let their kids or pets enter an unsafe place more than anything else. If it weren't for coyotes, then most farmers would have a pest problem with rodents.

34 Jackals Jackals The jackal is a small omnivorous mammal of the genus Canis, which also includes the wolf and dog. While the word "jackal" has historically been used for many small canids, in modern use it most commonly refers to three species: the closely related black-backed jackal and side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan more.

Mistaken as cowardly scavengers when they actually are brave when hunting their prey or feeding on a carcass.

They can rip an animal to shreds! Also they will attack prey much larger than them! Not so cowardly now huh! - MichaelAftonUTTP

There’s something about jackals: they have that mischievous and adventurous look to them, but yet I can’t take them seriously when looking at them! - Miauzer

35 Leopards Leopards The leopard is one of the five "big cats" in the genus Panthera. It is one of the most adaptable and the most widespread big cat; it's secrets being:well camouflaged fur; its opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength to move heavy carcasses into trees; its ability to adapt to various more.
36 Skink

They seem to be harmless lizards, so why would you see them as "evil"? Also, they're not skunks, so don't let the word fool you.

37 Honey Badger Honey Badger The honey badger, also known as the ratel, is widely distributed in Africa, Southwest Asia, and in the Indian subcontinent.

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.

38 Velociraptor Velociraptor Velociraptor is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 75 to 71 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period.

People think they are nothing but brutal murderers but actually they're just hunters. While I'll admit they can be cruel in hunts but I admire that.

39 Monitor Lizard Monitor Lizard
40 Corvid
41 Raptor

Often thought of as cruel murderers. While I'll admit they can be cruel in hunts but apart from that they're pretty nice

42 Lions Lions The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.
43 Lemmings
44 Geese
45 Striped Hyena Striped Hyena

They are (duh) members of the hyena family. They are white with black stripes and a large mane they can raise when threatened. Some people say they're creepy, but look up a picture and you'll see they are very beautiful. They help scavenge and clean up Africa and Asia.

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