Anthropomorphism is a term that refers to giving human or humanoid characteristics to non-human things, either in a metaphorical or literal sense. This trait largely refers to the fact that humans have evolved to interact and seek interaction with other humans.
Examples of Anthropomorphism
- National Personifications (Marianne for France, Uncle Sam for the United States)
- Androids and Gynoids
- Various depictions of animals in fiction have degrees of anthropomorphization, from thinking in a human manner, to speaking, to having more human traits (bipedalism, hands, etc). Examples include numerous examples of talking animals from mythology and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
- Gods as anthropomorphic representations of objects, concepts or phenomenon (Thor giving a Human face to storms and lightning, Neptune of the sea, Cai Shen representing wealth and prosperity)