It could be a mythological or extinct creature, as well. Also give reasons. Mine is the dragon - cos it breathes fire, obvious. And it has a thick skin, I've seen so much death and evil in my young life, I sometimes wonder how I pull thru and survive. And like the dragon, I'm probably everyones worst foe, but when you befriend me, I could be your greatest protector. So there it is - fierycj's a dragon.
CJ not to "copy" you but I too am like a dragon but I would say I'm more in the lines of a water or nature affinity dragon since my personality is farm more docile but bold none the less and I have seen and been through much at the age of 22 as well.
I am stand-offish until I feel comfortable. I usually am the first to approach people. I am fine spending time by myself. I can sit quietly in my room for hours, reading or watching TV. I am not physically demonstrative with just anyone. Sometimes I seem snobbish, but I am just waiting for something to add to the conversation.
Colebabie, maybe a Lioness would suit you. You seem to be able to wait for your food, yet come on very strong when it is needed. Even male lions know that although she is placid you need to respect the lioness, or be missing some bits in no time!
Denzel Washington's character in Training Day readily comes to mind - i'm not crooked though, but the swagger, the sense of humour, the devilish personality, and the street smarts are all very familiar to me. How about...