Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal

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Ain't nothing like a sharp dressed Goof.

With animal characters in video games and animated movies, shorts, and TV shows, you are bound to find animals with just enough clothing or accessories to make it quirky to that character without covering up the most basic cues like accessory wearing and half-dressed cartoon animals. With Barefoot Cartoon Animals, keeping the feet exposed emphasizes their animal qualities and prevents them from appearing too human. But there are also animal characters who dress in a full outfit and wear shoes.

This animal clothing trope is often averted because a full outfit with shoes, especially full-length pants and a long sleeve shirt with shoes, has a high chance of obscuring what species a particular animal character is. But there are a lot of animal characters who are fully clothed by human standards. There are three main situations that would provoke the use of this trope:

  1. The author wants to hide the character's species.
  1. The animals are meant to be totally humanized, mostly in a Lions and Tigers and Humans, Oh My! world.
  1. The setting and time period are portrayed using the outfits.

There are three variants of this trope, characters who are always or almost always fully-dressed, those who are often fully dressed or fully dressed most of the time, and those who are fully dressed only in certain appearances or scenes.

Contrast with Barefoot Cartoon Animals, who do not wear shoes but are otherwise fully dressed, and half-dressed and accessory-wearing, but otherwise naked cartoon animals, who only wear partial clothing or accessories.

Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire. Often, but not always overlaps with The One Who Wears Shoes.


Examples of Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal include:


Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

Comics[edit | hide]

  • The cast of Albedo: Erma Felna EDF. Bird species outside of penguins are the exception, they usually just wear a dickey with their badge/rank designations and other just appear with their plumage.
  • John Blacksad, Weekly and the rest of the cast from the French-Spanish comic book series Blacksad.
  • Fix und Foxi and their friends, from the self-titled comic series.
  • The adolescent critters from the '50s comic book series Hi-Jinx.
  • The furry cast of Bucky O Hare and The Toad Wars, in the original comic as well as the Animated Adaptation and Video Game.
  • All the animal characters in Grandville.

Film[edit | hide]

Literature[edit | hide]

  • The title character of Little Bear averts this trope by usually being completely unclothed, yet his parents and grandparents play this trope straight by being fully-dressed including shoe-wearing.
  • Most of the main characters from Mercer Mayer's LC and the Critter Kids.
  • The LeapFrog Kids: Leap, Lily and Tad.
  • Lowly Worm from the Richard Scarry books. Ironic, given the fact that he doesn't have limbs.
  • Brown Bear and White Bear from the self-titled series of books.

Newspaper Comics[edit | hide]

  • Banks the Dog from Barkeater Lake.
  • The cast of characters from Pluggers.
  • Several characters from The Sunshine Club.

Puppet Shows[edit | hide]

  • Bananas in Pajamas' friends The Teddy Bears (Amy, Lulu and Morgan) and Rat in a Hat.
  • Theo Lion's musical alter ego, B.B. the King of Beasts, on Between the Lions.
    • Also, Lionel's friend, Gus Rabbit.
  • Dirty Dragon from The B.J. and Dirty Dragon Show and Gigglesnort Hotel.
  • Hip Hop Harry
  • Miss Piggy from The Muppets.
  • Roland Rat and his animal friends, from the self-titled British series.

Television Commercials[edit | hide]

  • The Car Fox from CARFAX wears a black & white T-Shirt, light brown trousers and a pair of white sneakers.
  • Peter Panda from the classic Child World toy store in the mid 1980s.
  • Chuck E. Cheese, the spokesmouse for Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza, had several costumes from the '90s onward that applied to this trope, in both live action and animated form as seen here. His current wardrobe consists of an extreme sports get-up.
  • Bongo the Monkey from Dannon's Danimals, also the Danimals XL Wildcat.
  • In his current incarnation, Gansito (the teenage goose mascot for Marinela's Gansito snack cakes) has a typical wardrobe that fits into this trope.
  • Dig 'Em the Frog from Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.
  • Kid Cuisine's The Chef, who was a fully dressed polar bear in a white chef's costume and hat.
  • The Koala Yummies Koala mascot, who dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, sandals and shades.
  • McGruff the Crime Dog and his nephew Scruff. McGruff is best known for his trademark trenchcoat and the immortal slogan "Take a bite out of crime!"
  • The Nesquik Bunny had a costume upgrade in the 2000s, complete with a shirt with the letter N on the front side, a pair of sneakers and a backward cap. This has been seen mostly in European and Central American advertising.
  • Cotton the white rabbit from Paas Easter Eggs wears blue overalls and red sneakers.
  • The Swiss Colony Mouse in the Santa Claus suit.
  • Tyco RC's Racin' Rat mascot from the late '90s.

Video Games[edit | hide]

Webcomics[edit | hide]

Western Animation[edit | hide]

  1. Though technically she's only wearing socks, not shoes.