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In a show that has Talking Animals or Funny Animals, with the animal characters mainly being mice, birds, lizards, moles, etc., sometimes you can expect there to be a body of water like rivers, lakes or ponds as the setting. The best way for these animals to have transportation is to use a leaf as a boat in order to travel from place to place.

Put bluntly, this is a trope in which an animal character will use a leaf which acts like a boat. It can also be used in fairy tales as well as being a common motif in any tale or art to do with little people like the fey/fairies.

See also: Lily Pad Platform. Often seen in Mouse World settings.

Examples of Leaf Boat include:

Animated Films

Comic Books

  • In Mouse Guard, Sadie uses one to travel to Calogero.

Fairy Tales


  • The elven boats in The Lord of the Rings, while not literally made of leaves, use this as a visual motif.
  • In Tad Williams' Otherland series, the heroes' boat turns into a leaf when they travel into a simulation in which they're smaller than the local insects.

Video Games

Real Life

  • Some types of Ants use leaves to cross streams.
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