History Analysis / TypicalCartoonAnimalColors

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* '''Crows and Ravens:''' Shiny black feathers with yellow beaks and feet. Real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]]
* '''Alligators and Crocodiles:''' Bright or dull green scales all over their bodies in cartoons. In RealLife, most species are brownish, grayish, blackish, dark-grayish, or brown- or grey-green.
* '''Wolves:''' Black with white or cream-colored slipper-like marked hindfeet, white or cream-colored facial "masks," and sometimes a white or cream-colored tail tip was common in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. In more recent works, they are often grey with lighter grey chests, bellies, and muzzles or facial "masks" which is more realistic.
* '''Frogs and Toads:''' Generally always green in cartoons (especially frogs) even though real frogs and toads can have any kind of color, markings, or pattern depending on the species.
* '''Whales and Dolphins:''' Are usually blue or grey all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.
* '''Canaries:''' Yellow feathers all over their bodies.
* '''Goldfish:''' Usually just either golden yellow, yellow orange, or orange in cartoons (hence the name).
* '''Reptiles:''' Most are green, even though real reptiles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
* '''Parrots:''' Most often green in cartoons- partially TruthInTelevision, as a great number of real life parrot species are green. Scarlet macaws are also fairly common.
* '''Crabs and Lobsters:''' Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.
* '''Pigs:''' Usually pink, although in cartoons of the late 1920s and early 1930s, they may also be [[InkblotCartoonStyle black with white facial "masks" and hooves]].
* '''Sheep:''' Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd or is otherwise special.
* '''Goats:''' Usually tan, grey, white or brown.
* '''Gorillas and Chimpanzees:''' Usually brown furred with lighter skin on their hands, feet and faces. In real life the fur may just as well be black as brown and more likely to be black, and unless it's very young, the bare skin will be black or dark grey.
* '''Monkeys:''' Like apes, almost always brown-furred with tan hands, feet, and faces.
* '''Domestic Geese:''' Yellow-orange bills and feet and all-grey or all-white feathers

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* '''Crows '''Bears:''' (except polar bears and Ravens:''' Shiny black feathers pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."
* '''Beavers:''' Mostly brown fur. Their teeth are usually colored white, despite real beavers having orange or
yellow beaks and feet. Real crows and ravens teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
* '''Cats:''' (domestic): They often
have beaks and feet that white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in rather uncommon on RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]]
* '''Alligators and Crocodiles:''' Bright or dull green scales all over their bodies in cartoons. In RealLife, most species are brownish, grayish, blackish, dark-grayish, or brown- or grey-green.
* '''Wolves:'''
cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or cream-colored slipper-like marked hindfeet, white or cream-colored facial "masks," and sometimes a white or cream-colored tail tip was common in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. In more recent works, they all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Tabbies often grey with lighter grey chests, bellies, and muzzles or facial "masks" which is more realistic.
* '''Frogs and Toads:''' Generally always green in cartoons (especially frogs) even though real frogs and toads can
have any kind of color, markings, or pattern depending stripes on the species.
* '''Whales and Dolphins:''' Are usually blue or grey all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.
* '''Canaries:''' Yellow feathers all over
their bodies.
* '''Goldfish:''' Usually just either golden yellow, yellow orange, or orange in cartoons (hence
heads, back, and tail while omitting the name).
* '''Reptiles:''' Most are green, even though real reptiles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
* '''Parrots:''' Most often green in cartoons- partially TruthInTelevision, as a great number of
leg stripes that real life parrot species are green. Scarlet macaws are also fairly common.
* '''Crabs and Lobsters:''' Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.
* '''Pigs:''' Usually pink, although in cartoons of the late 1920s and early 1930s, they may also be [[InkblotCartoonStyle black with white facial "masks" and hooves]].
* '''Sheep:''' Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd or is otherwise special.
* '''Goats:''' Usually tan, grey, white or brown.
* '''Gorillas and Chimpanzees:''' Usually brown furred with lighter skin on their hands, feet and faces. In real life the fur may just as well be black as brown and more likely to be black, and unless it's very young, the bare skin will be black or dark grey.
* '''Monkeys:''' Like apes, almost always brown-furred with tan hands, feet, and faces.
* '''Domestic Geese:''' Yellow-orange bills and feet and all-grey or all-white feathers
tabbies usually have.



* '''Rabbits:''' Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch and slipper marked feet. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.
* '''Ducks:''' All-yellow or all-white feathers, or mallard coloration if they're wild ducks. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill even if male.
* '''Horses:''' They tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.

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* '''Rabbits:''' Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch and slipper marked feet. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.
* '''Ducks:''' All-yellow or all-white feathers, or mallard coloration if they're wild ducks. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill even if male.
* '''Horses:''' They tend to be solid or pinto.
'''Dogs:''' Solid brown, solid colored dogs are quite common in animation (brown, yellow, black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be main colors), as are white and brown. or yellow dogs with black ears, tails, and/or "saddle" markings.



* '''Mice and rats:''' Brown, grey, or white fur with pink ears and noses and bare tails. Mice in cartoons often sport a white or lighter colored belly, a slightly furred tail, and a black or dark colored nose.
* '''Swans:''' White. When a swan in black, it will be to indicate something special about the animal.
* '''Skunks:''' Tend to have white bellies and/or muzzles or facial "masks," as well as the characteristic white stripe(s) on their back.
* '''Cats:''' (domestic): They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on RealLife cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Tabbies often have stripes on their heads, back, and tail while omitting the leg stripes that real life tabbies usually have.
* '''Dogs:''' Solid colored dogs are quite common in animation (brown, yellow, black, and white are the main colors), as are white or yellow dogs with black ears, tails, and/or "saddle" markings.
* '''Bears:''' (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."

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* '''Mice and rats:''' Brown, grey, or white fur with pink ears and noses and bare tails. Mice in cartoons often sport a white or lighter colored belly, a slightly furred tail, and a black or dark colored nose.
* '''Swans:''' White. When a swan in black, it will be to indicate something special about the animal.
* '''Skunks:''' Tend to have white bellies and/or muzzles or facial "masks," as well as the characteristic white stripe(s) on their back.
* '''Cats:''' (domestic): They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on RealLife cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Tabbies often have stripes on their heads, back, and tail while omitting the leg stripes that real life tabbies usually have.
* '''Dogs:''' Solid colored dogs are quite common in animation (brown, yellow, black, and white are the main colors), as are white or yellow dogs with black ears, tails, and/or "saddle" markings.
* '''Bears:''' (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."
'''Elephants:''' Are mostly grey.



* '''Giraffes:''' Yellow or orange with brown spots. Their tongues will always be pink, even though real giraffes have black or purple tongues. Older works have orange giraffes with black spots.
* '''Goats:''' Usually tan, grey, white or brown.
* '''Gorillas and Chimpanzees:''' Usually brown furred with lighter skin on their hands, feet and faces. In real life the fur may just as well be black as brown and more likely to be black, and unless it's very young, the bare skin will be black or dark grey.
* '''Horses:''' They tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.
* '''Kangaroos and Wallabies:''' They are mostly brown or grey.
* '''Koalas:''' Are grey or grey and white.



* '''Elephants, Rhinos, and Hippos:''' Are mostly grey.

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* '''Elephants, Rhinos, '''Mice and Hippos:''' Are mostly grey.Rats:''' Brown, grey, or white fur with pink ears and noses and bare tails. Mice in cartoons often sport a white or lighter colored belly, a slightly furred tail, and a black or dark colored nose.
* '''Monkeys:''' Like apes, almost always brown-furred with tan hands, feet, and faces.
* '''Pigs:''' Usually pink, although in cartoons of the late 1920s and early 1930s, they may also be [[InkblotCartoonStyle black with white facial "masks" and hooves]].
* '''Rabbits:''' Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch and slipper marked feet. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.
* '''Raccoons:''' Usually gray or brown, with black facial "masks" and black rings around their tails.
* '''Sheep:''' Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd or is otherwise special.
* '''Skunks:''' Tend to have white bellies and/or muzzles or facial "masks," as well as the characteristic white stripe(s) on their back.



* '''Kangaroos and Wallabees:''' They are mostly brown or grey.
* '''Koalas:''' Are grey or grey and white.
* '''Ostriches:''' Always black and white. [[AnimalGenderBender Including the females, despite being brown or gray in real life.]] Their necks and legs would either be pink or gray.
* '''Beavers:''' Mostly brown fur. Their teeth are usually colored white, despite real beavers having orange or yellow teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
* '''Raccoons:''' Usually gray or brown, with black facial "masks" and black rings around their tails.

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* '''Kangaroos '''Whales and Wallabees:''' They are mostly brown or grey.
* '''Koalas:'''
Dolphins:''' Are grey usually blue or grey and white.
* '''Ostriches:''' Always black and white. [[AnimalGenderBender Including the females, despite being brown
all over (with or gray without white bellies) in real life.]] Their necks and legs would either be pink or gray.
cartoons.
* '''Beavers:''' Mostly brown fur. Their teeth are usually colored white, despite real beavers having orange or yellow teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
* '''Raccoons:''' Usually gray or brown,
'''Wolves:''' Black with black white or cream-colored slipper-like marked hindfeet, white or cream-colored facial "masks," and sometimes a white or cream-colored tail tip was common in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. In more recent works, they are often grey with lighter grey chests, bellies, and muzzles or facial "masks" and black rings around their tails.which is more realistic.



* '''Giraffes:''' Yellow or orange with brown spots. Their tongues will always be pink, even though real giraffes have black or purple tongues. Older works have orange giraffes with black spots.
* '''Piranhas:''' Mostly green, pink, red, blue, or gray. Red-bellied piranhas are quite common.
* '''Chickens:''' Often yellow, red, brown, brownish red, reddish brown, white, or white with a red or brown head, neck, and tail feathers. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill and feet and red comb. Roosters can have orange necks and heads and dark green bodies and tail feathers. Chicks are yellow.
* '''Hawks:''' Brown feathers all over.
* '''Electric Eels:''' Usually green, brown, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are dark-brown with an orange underside.



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* '''Canaries:''' Yellow feathers all over their bodies.
* '''Chickens:''' Often yellow, red, brown, brownish red, reddish brown, white, or white with a red or brown head, neck, and tail feathers. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill and feet and red comb. Roosters can have orange necks and heads and dark green bodies and tail feathers. Chicks are yellow.
* '''Crows and Ravens:''' Shiny black feathers with yellow beaks and feet. Real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]]
* '''Ducks:''' All-yellow or all-white feathers, or mallard coloration if they're wild ducks. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill even if male.
* '''Geese:''' Yellow-orange bills and feet and all-grey or all-white feathers
* '''Hawks:''' Brown feathers all over.
* '''Ostriches:''' Always black and white. [[AnimalGenderBender Including the females, despite being brown or gray in real life.]] Their necks and legs would either be pink or gray.
* '''Parrots:''' Most often green in cartoons- partially TruthInTelevision, as a great number of real life parrot species are green. Scarlet macaws are also fairly common.
* '''Swans:''' White. When a swan in black, it will be to indicate something special about the animal.
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* '''Overall:''' Most reptiles (and amphibians) will be shown as being green, even though in real-life they can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
* '''Alligators and Crocodiles:''' Bright or dull green scales all over their bodies in cartoons. In RealLife, most species are brownish, grayish, blackish, dark-grayish, or brown- or grey-green.
* '''Frogs and Toads:''' Generally always green in cartoons (especially frogs) even though real frogs and toads can have any kind of color, markings, or pattern depending on the species.
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* '''Electric Eels:''' Usually green, brown, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are dark-brown with an orange underside.
* '''Goldfish:''' Usually just either golden yellow, yellow orange, or orange in cartoons (hence the name).
* '''Piranhas:''' Mostly green, pink, red, blue, or gray. Red-bellied piranhas are quite common.
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* '''Crabs and Lobsters:''' Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.
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[[Analysis/TypicalCartoonAnimalColors Animal Coloration Profiling]] is the use of an animal's coloration to indicate a character's personality, socio-economic status, gender, or moral alignment. Sometimes, an animal of a given coloration can indicate the animal's race, ethnicity, or nationality.

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[[Analysis/TypicalCartoonAnimalColors Animal Coloration Profiling]] is the use of an animal's coloration to indicate a character's personality, socio-economic status, gender, {{gender|EqualsBreed}}, or [[GoodAnimalsEvilAnimals moral alignment. alignment]]. Sometimes, an animal of a given coloration can indicate the animal's [[NationalAnimalStereotypes race, ethnicity, or nationality.
nationality]].



SubTrope of AnimalStereotypes and ColourCodedForYourConvenience. Remember, this is a list of animals sorted by the color and pattern stereotype they fit. Super-trope to CatStereotype, DogStereotype, WhiteStallion, PaleFemalesDarkMales, WhiteWolvesAreSpecial, and WhiteBunny. See NationalAnimalStereotypes for the nationality equivalent. Can overlap with SpaceJews. See also TypicalCartoonAnimalColors.

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SubTrope of AnimalStereotypes AnimalStereotypes, ColourCodedForYourConvenience, and ColourCodedForYourConvenience.of course TypicalCartoonAnimalColors. Remember, this is a list of animals sorted by the color and pattern stereotype they fit. Super-trope to CatStereotype, DogStereotype, WhiteStallion, PaleFemalesDarkMales, WhiteWolvesAreSpecial, and WhiteBunny. See NationalAnimalStereotypes for the nationality equivalent. Can overlap with SpaceJews. See also TypicalCartoonAnimalColors.
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!!How Typical Cartoon Animal Colors Affects Perceptions of Animal Colorations

Often times animals in fiction have palettes that look realistic or natural but aren't actually. While the colours aren't too abnormal (such as a pink gorilla or purple giraffe), for the species or breed it's actually impossible if not very unrealistic. For example, genetically solid orange and cream cats in real life show at least a few tabby markings or stripes, but cartoon ones appear one solid color. This rarely if ever appears in live action for obvious reasons. Several of these are due to TypicalCartoonAnimalColors. Over time the trope becomes so commonplace that people are surprised that animals aren't like they are in fiction, such as how real gorillas aren't brown (they're black with dark grey faces, chests, bellies, hands, and feet) and how real alligators aren't green (they're blue-black or dark grey with off-white underside and belly scales).

!!All Birds' Beaks Are Yellow Assumption

One example of pop culture and fictional media infusing people's knowledge of he real world is the fact that most fictional and cartoon birds' beaks are yellow or yellow-orange. This has led to the assumption that all birds' bills are yellow. This assumption gets so commonplace that people are surprised to find out that some birds' beaks aren't like they are in fiction, like how real crows' and ravens' beaks aren't yellow (they're black or dark grey) and neither real cardinals' beaks (they're red).

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!!How Typical Cartoon Animal Colors Affects Perceptions of Animal Colorations

Often times
this trope affects popular perceptions
Oftentimes,
animals in fiction have palettes that look realistic or natural but aren't actually. While the colours aren't too abnormal (such as a pink gorilla or purple giraffe), for the species or breed it's actually impossible if not very unrealistic. For example, genetically solid orange and cream cats in real life show at least a few tabby markings or stripes, but cartoon ones appear one solid color. This rarely if ever appears in live action for obvious reasons. Several of these are due to TypicalCartoonAnimalColors. Over time the trope becomes so commonplace that people are surprised that animals aren't like they are in fiction, such as how real gorillas aren't brown (they're black with dark grey faces, chests, bellies, hands, and feet) and how real alligators aren't green (they're blue-black or dark grey with off-white underside and belly scales).

!!All Birds' Beaks Are Yellow Assumption

!!Assumption that all birds have yellow beaks
One example of pop culture and fictional media infusing people's knowledge of he real world is the fact that most fictional and cartoon birds' beaks are yellow or yellow-orange. This has led to the assumption that all birds' bills are yellow. This assumption gets so commonplace that people are surprised to find out that some birds' beaks aren't like they are in fiction, like how real crows' and ravens' beaks aren't yellow (they're black or dark grey) and neither real cardinals' beaks (they're red).red).
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!General list of animal color stereotypes

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* '''Crows and Ravens:''' Shiny black feathers with yellow beaks and feet. Real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in RealLife is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chough chough.]]
* '''Alligators and Crocodiles:''' Bright or dull green scales all over their bodies in cartoons. In RealLife, most species are brownish, grayish, blackish, dark-grayish, or brown- or grey-green.
* '''Wolves:''' Black with white or cream-colored slipper-like marked hindfeet, white or cream-colored facial "masks," and sometimes a white or cream-colored tail tip was common in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation. In more recent works, they are often grey with lighter grey chests, bellies, and muzzles or facial "masks" which is more realistic.
* '''Frogs and Toads:''' Generally always green in cartoons (especially frogs) even though real frogs and toads can have any kind of color, markings, or pattern depending on the species.
* '''Whales and Dolphins:''' Are usually blue or grey all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.
* '''Canaries:''' Yellow feathers all over their bodies.
* '''Goldfish:''' Usually just either golden yellow, yellow orange, or orange in cartoons (hence the name).
* '''Reptiles:''' Most are green, even though real reptiles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
* '''Parrots:''' Most often green in cartoons- partially TruthInTelevision, as a great number of real life parrot species are green. Scarlet macaws are also fairly common.
* '''Crabs and Lobsters:''' Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.
* '''Pigs:''' Usually pink, although in cartoons of the late 1920s and early 1930s, they may also be [[InkblotCartoonStyle black with white facial "masks" and hooves]].
* '''Sheep:''' Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd or is otherwise special.
* '''Goats:''' Usually tan, grey, white or brown.
* '''Gorillas and Chimpanzees:''' Usually brown furred with lighter skin on their hands, feet and faces. In real life the fur may just as well be black as brown and more likely to be black, and unless it's very young, the bare skin will be black or dark grey.
* '''Monkeys:''' Like apes, almost always brown-furred with tan hands, feet, and faces.
* '''Domestic Geese:''' Yellow-orange bills and feet and all-grey or all-white feathers
* '''Cattle:''' Cows are usually either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holstein_cattle white with black]] or brown blotches or all-brown and bulls are usually all-black in cartoons.
* '''Rabbits:''' Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch and slipper marked feet. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.
* '''Ducks:''' All-yellow or all-white feathers, or mallard coloration if they're wild ducks. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill even if male.
* '''Horses:''' They tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.
* '''Donkeys:''' Usually brownish or grayish with a lighter colored muzzle, chest, belly, and lighter colored areas around both eyes.
* '''Mice and rats:''' Brown, grey, or white fur with pink ears and noses and bare tails. Mice in cartoons often sport a white or lighter colored belly, a slightly furred tail, and a black or dark colored nose.
* '''Swans:''' White. When a swan in black, it will be to indicate something special about the animal.
* '''Skunks:''' Tend to have white bellies and/or muzzles or facial "masks," as well as the characteristic white stripe(s) on their back.
* '''Cats:''' (domestic): They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on RealLife cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Tabbies often have stripes on their heads, back, and tail while omitting the leg stripes that real life tabbies usually have.
* '''Dogs:''' Solid colored dogs are quite common in animation (brown, yellow, black, and white are the main colors), as are white or yellow dogs with black ears, tails, and/or "saddle" markings.
* '''Bears:''' (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."
* '''Foxes:''' ''Always'' red foxes, with their coats frequently leaning more towards pure red/reddish orange in Western works and nearly yellow in Japanese media.
* '''Lions:''' Manes on males will almost always be brown. Cubs are almost always yellow, with no sign of the rosettes (spots) present on real life lion cubs.
* '''Elephants, Rhinos, and Hippos:''' Are mostly grey.
* '''Tigers:''' Black stripes on orange or yellow fur. Their muzzles, cheeks, paws, and undersides will be either be white like in real life or simply the same color as the rest of their bodies. White tigers are also fairly common. Don't expect to see golden tabby, black, or maltese tigers though.
* '''Kangaroos and Wallabees:''' They are mostly brown or grey.
* '''Koalas:''' Are grey or grey and white.
* '''Ostriches:''' Always black and white. [[AnimalGenderBender Including the females, despite being brown or gray in real life.]] Their necks and legs would either be pink or gray.
* '''Beavers:''' Mostly brown fur. Their teeth are usually colored white, despite real beavers having orange or yellow teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
* '''Raccoons:''' Usually gray or brown, with black facial "masks" and black rings around their tails.
* '''Zebras:''' Are black and white. Their muzzles may be black like in real life, but will also be gray or beige or white.
* '''Giraffes:''' Yellow or orange with brown spots. Their tongues will always be pink, even though real giraffes have black or purple tongues. Older works have orange giraffes with black spots.
* '''Piranhas:''' Mostly green, pink, red, blue, or gray. Red-bellied piranhas are quite common.
* '''Chickens:''' Often yellow, red, brown, brownish red, reddish brown, white, or white with a red or brown head, neck, and tail feathers. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill and feet and red comb. Roosters can have orange necks and heads and dark green bodies and tail feathers. Chicks are yellow.
* '''Hawks:''' Brown feathers all over.
* '''Electric Eels:''' Usually green, brown, blue, gray, or black. Real electric eels are dark-brown with an orange underside.
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!Animal coloration profiling

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[[Analysis/TypicalCartoonAnimalColors Animal Coloration Profiling]] is the use of an animal's coloration to indicate a character's personality, socio-economic status, gender, or moral alignment. Sometimes, an animal of a given coloration can indicate the animal's race, ethnicity, or nationality.

A white animal is normally good. If an animal is needed to be marked as special or valuable, white is the most common color used to indicate this. White animals tend to be heroic, often in a majestic or magical way. They tend to be either very powerful, high-class and wealthy, weak and innocent, or a laboratory animal, depending on species. White can indicate a classy or sexy female animal. If the male animal in a duo is orange, brown, tan, or grey, the female one is white. White can also be used to indicate an animal that stands out from the brown, tan, beige, and grey majority is some way or another. In works that use an animal's color to represent race and ethnicity, the literal color white represents a racially white animal.

Black is often used to indicate that the animal is evil or mean. It may indicate that the animal is simply fierce in a GoodIsNotNice or DarkIsNotEvil way because the color black looks fierce. Often the antagonist to a white protagonist animal. In works that use an animal's color to represent race and ethnicity, the literal color black represents a racially black animal.

Dark brown and dark grey often indicates a mean, bad, antagonistic, or even evil animal. Often the antagonist to a medium grey, medium brown, tan, light brown, beige, red, or orange protagonist animal. Dark brown animals can sometimes be portrayed as ordinary.

Brown, tan, and grey are often used to indicate an ordinary animal or one of a humble background. [[note]]Browns, tans, and greys on mammal characters, are used to portray the banded hair agouti colorations present as a wild-type coloration on many different species of mammal.[[/note]] Animals of these colors can also be wiseacre tricksters. A more vibrant shade of brown, tan, or grey on one animal can indicate one that stands out from the other similar-colored animals while keeping the same basic color as the others. A lighter shade or brown, tan, or grey can indicate the female animals among the brown, tan, and grey animals. Medium brown, tan, and medium grey animals are often protagonists pitted against dark brown and dark grey antagonists. Light brown or tan colors, with or without black or dark brown hair on the head, can sometimes indicate a Hispanic or Latino animal, invoking LatinoIsBrown.

Cool and blue grey as well as grey blue colorations often indicate an unlucky, sad, or ButtMonkey animal.

Brown, warm brown, and light brown colorations often indicate an animal with a warm and/or motherly personality.

Grey, light grey, and silver animals are often wise mentors or sages. Grey, light grey, and silver can also indicate age in an animal. Like white, light grey and silver can indicate a female animal, often a classy or sexy one. When paired with a black or dark grey antagonist, villain, or villain associate animal, the light grey or silver animal is a hero or hero associate animal.

Orange and red animals are often heroic, but usually in a humble, down-to-earth way, invoking the RedIsHeroic. Red and orange can also suggest fierceness in an animal, invoking FieryRedhead. Orange and red may simply indicate that the animal is humble or has a humble background. Red and orange can also indicate an animal that stands out from the brown, tan, beige, and grey animals in some way or another. If the red or orange animal has green eyes, he or she is often a SignificantGreenEyedRedhead in animal form.

Yellow is often used to indicate an innocent, youthful, or baby bird, based on the fact that chicken chicks and ducklings have yellow feathers. Yellow and light yellow also indicate a joyful, friendly, optimistic, childlike, upbeat character. Usually a good, protagonistic, or heroic animal. This color can invoke HairOfGoldHeartOfGold, especially if the animal has blue eyes.

Beige, cream, and light yellow can indicate a female animal and often indicates the pale female in PaleFemalesDarkMales. If the male animal is orange, the female animal is cream if she is not white. The female animal is often beige if the male animal is brown or tan. Beige can also indicate an ordinary animal or one of a humble background. [[note]]Beiges, like browns, tans, and greys, often indicate the agouti colorations so common on real world mammals.[[/note]] Beige animals can be protagonists pitted against dark brown and/or dark grey antagonists.

Auburn and reddish brown animals can play brown/tan/grey, brown/light brown, and/or red/orange stereotypes. Yellow orange and orange yellow animals can play either red/orange or yellow animal stereotypes or both. Blue-grey and grey-blue animals can play brown/tan/grey stereotypes, light blue grey and light grey-blue animals can play light grey/silver stereotypes, and dark blue-grey and dark grey-blue animals can play dark brown/dark grey stereotypes.

Animals of a given species with the normal, wild-type coloration, plumage, or pelage are used to indicate an ordinary animal, one of a humble background, or the general populace. Brown, tan, and grey are used this way for animals that are normally those colors. A more vibrant shade of the wild-type normal coloration on one animal can indicate one that stands out from the other similar-colored animals while keeping the same basic color as the others. A lighter shade of the wild-type coloration can indicate the female animals among the normal coloration animals.

In some works, the ordinary or good animals have the normal coloration of their species to represent their normalcy or their good or neutral moral alignment, whereas the evil animals of the same species have a coloration that is darker than normal to highlight their evil moral alignment.

Sometimes, there may be a pink or purple animal and a blue animal pairing, even with a species that that isn't naturally pink, purple, or blue. If there is a pink or purple animal and a blue animal, [[PinkGirlBlueBoy the blue one is usually male and the pink or purple one is usually female]].

SubTrope of AnimalStereotypes and ColourCodedForYourConvenience. Remember, this is a list of animals sorted by the color and pattern stereotype they fit. Super-trope to CatStereotype, DogStereotype, WhiteStallion, PaleFemalesDarkMales, WhiteWolvesAreSpecial, and WhiteBunny. See NationalAnimalStereotypes for the nationality equivalent. Can overlap with SpaceJews. See also TypicalCartoonAnimalColors.
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!!Examples by species

[[folder:Mammals]]

[[AC:Bats]]
* '''Brown Fur:''' Indicates a good bat.
* '''Black or Dark Fur:''' Indicates an evil bat or the bat form of a vampire.

[[AC:Bears (except Pandas and Polar Bears)]]
* '''Brown, Tan, Yellow, or Grey Fur:''' Indicates a BearyFriendly or BearyFunny one.
* '''Dark Brown, Dark Grey, or Black Fur:''' Indicates a mean or dangerous bear. Black is the normal wild-type color of real life American and Asian black bears though.

[[AC:Tigers]]
* '''Wild-Type Orange with Black Stripes:''' When contrasted with a white tiger, the orange one is the average or mundane one.
* '''White with Black Stripes:''' Indicates a special or valuable tiger or one in a magic show.

[[AC:Housecats and Wildcats]]
See CatStereotype for details on domestic cats.
* '''White or Silver-Tipped Fur:''' Indicates wealth, prestige, elegance, and purity. Often good. Often longhaired Angora or Persian cats. White ones usually have blue eyes and silver-tipped ones usually have green eyes. Usually female, especially when paired with an orange cat.
* '''Orange Fur:''' Indicates a humble and/or heroic cat, or alternately a fat and lazy one. Often male, and usually male when paired with a white cat.
* '''Black Fur:''' Indicates bad luck in the US and Catholic Europe. This begets either an evil black cat or an unlucky one. Indicates good luck in the UK, Australia, and Asia. Often magical, mysterious, or a witch's familiar. In classic cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, the cat is often black furred when paired with a dog.
* '''Black and White Fur:''' Indicates either a brave or hopeful but unsuccessful cat or a snarky cat. Can also be an average Joe cat or a nondescript kitten. Can play black cat stereotypes if a tuxedo or mitted cat. In classic cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, the cat is often black furred with a mitted or tuxedo pattern when paired with a dog.
* '''Tabby-Patterned Fur:''' Tabby cats have much the same kind of significance as orange ones, heroic and/or humble. However, the cat can be either male or female. Can also be average or mundane. This is justified as brown/black mackerel tabby is the wild-type for domestic cats and wildcats.

[[AC:Domestic Dogs]]
* '''Light Brown, Brown, or Yellow Fur:''' Often indicates a mutt, especially if yellow.
* '''All-White or Mostly White Fur:''' Indicates an intelligent, on the side of good, or protagonist dog. Most often Male. If mostly white, the dog usually has black or brown ears and/or patch on its back, but is otherwise all-white. In classic cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, the dog is often white or mostly white furred when paired with a cat.
* '''All-White with Curly Fur:''' Indicates a showy, cute, feminine-looking, or powderpuff-looking Poodle, Bichon Frise, or other dog of similar appearance. Often Female, but can be male. Can be on the side of good like the aforementioned white dog stereotype.
* '''Dark, Black, or Black and Tan Fur:''' Indicates an AngryGuardDog or a HellHound. Justified, as Dobermans and Rottweilers are normally black and tan.

[[AC:Wolves]]
* '''White and Light Grey Fur:''' White wolves are often more badass or higher ranking than the other wolves when the work has more than one wolf. Wolf gods that are shown are normally white with minimal markings due to white being associated with divinity. Are often NobleWolves. See WhiteWolvesAreSpecial for examples.
* '''Black and Dark Fur:''' Are more likely to be evil or antagonistic.
* '''Grey and Brown Fur:''' Indicates an average or mundane wolf. These wolves are more likely to be brown in anime and more likely to be grey in video games. Main character grey and brown wolves tend to have more detailed markings than other brown and grey wolves.

[[AC:Horses]]
* '''White and Light Grey (called Grey Horses) Fur:'''Ridden by the good guy. Otherwise a good or heroic horse. See WhiteStallion for examples.
* '''Bay, Chestnut, or Brown Fur:''' Indicates a mundane, ordinary horse. Can also be a good horse.
* '''Black Fur:'''Ridden by the bad guy.

[[AC:Mice and rats]]
* '''White, Light Grey, and Albino Fur:''' Are laboratory mice and rats; are classy and/or sexy female mice; or are "fancy" or pet mice and rats
* '''Brown, Tan, Agouti, Beige, and Grey Fur:''' Are ordinary or pest mice and rats as medium and light brown or grey fur is the typical color of wild mice and rats. Also indicates a friendly, nice, or otherwise not evil mouse or rat. When contrasted with a white mouse or rat, the brown, tan, or grey mouse or rat is shown as the wild or "pest" one.
* '''Dark Brown, Dark Grey, and Black Fur:''' Are shady, treacherous, villainous, or otherwise bad or mean rats; dark-colored and black mice are, more often than not, not portrayed as any more morally bad as medium-colored mice.

[[AC:Pigs and Boars]]
* '''Pink Skin:''' Indicates a cute or good pig.

[[AC:Rabbits and Hares]]
* '''White, Albino, Light Grey, or Light Yellow Fur:''' Indicates innocence, gentleness, and purity. Can be evil or vicious as a deliberate subversion. White is mostly a domestic rabbit fur color, though the winter fur color of the snowshoe hare is also white. See WhiteBunny for examples.
* '''Grey, Brown, Beige, or Agouti Fur:''' Indicates a RascallyRabbit. Brown, orange-brown, or grey-brown is the typical color of wild rabbits and hares and the summer fur color of snowshoe hares.

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[[folder:Birds]]

[[AC:Bluebirds]]
* '''Wild-Type Blue Plumage:'''Symbolize happiness or are happy. See BluebirdOfHappiness for examples.

[[AC:Crows and Ravens]]
* '''Black Plumage, Beak, and Feet:'''Indicates CreepyCrows and ravens and symbolizes death, evil, discord, or a bad omen.
* '''Black Feathers and Yellow Beak and Feet:'''Indicates CleverCrows and are depicted more positively.

[[AC:Ducks]]
* '''White Plumage:''' Indicates a domestic duck.
* '''Yellow or Light Yellow Plumage:''' Indicates a childlike duck.
* '''Wild-Type Plumage:'''Indicates a wild duck. For example, wild mallards in cartoons are depicted as warm brown, brown, or brown with green heads. This leads to AnimalGenderBender when a mother mallard or other female mallard is depicted with a green head as green heads are a trait of male mallard in real life.

[[AC:Pigeons and Doves]]
* '''White Plumage:''' Symbolize peace and are carrier pigeons. They tend to be on the side of good because of the peace symbolism.
* '''Wild-Type Plumage:''' In rock pigeons, the plumage usually has a grey or blue-grey base color, but can occasionally have a light brown base color. Indicates ordinary, mundane, or street pigeons.
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!!Examples by color scheme

[[folder:White Animals]]

[[AC: Anime & Manga]]
* The titular protagonist of Anime/KimbaTheWhiteLion is a heroic, majestic, and high-class white lion.

[[AC: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'': White-furred and -feathered animals represent white people. The Arctic Nation is a group in the vein of the KKK [[FantasticRacism made up of racist, white supremacist]] white-furred and feathered animals, which averts the usual "white coloration, good moral alignment" portrayal of white animals.

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Miss Kitty Mouse and two other female dancer/showgirl mice are classy, sexy, curvaceous white mice that stand out from the general mouse populace (whether male or female, whether heroic, good, ordinary, rough around the edges, or on the side of Ratigan) who have beige, tan, and light brown fur.
* ''Disney/TheRescuers'': The main female mouse, Bianca, has white fur and is classy. The main male mouse, Bernard, is light grey and humble, and the ordinary background mice are shades of brown, tan, and beige.
* ''WesternAnimation/FlushedAway'': Whitey the rat, who, although he is a bad guy, is white because he is a lab rat; Roddy, Rita, and the other rats, major, supporting, and background, are tan or beige.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'': The titular lab mouse duo, as well as other lab mice are white because they are laboratory animals. Subverted with Billie, who is a light grey lab mouse, and Mousy Galore, who is a light yellow lab mouse. Mice in the show other than the lab mice are beige, grey, brown, or light brown.
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[[folder:Black Animals]]

[[AC: Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'': Black-furred and -feathered animals represent black people. The Black Claws is a "black power" group in the vein of the Black Panthers that is made up of black-furred and -feathered animals.

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': The villain, Frollo's horse, Snowball, is all-black and terrifying.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': The terrifying demon bear Mor'du, has black fur. Subverted with Ellinor as a bear as although she also has black fur, she is on the side of good and defeats Mor'du.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Scar, the villain an BigBad, has a black mane and tail tuft to signify his evil moral alignment and to contrast from has BigGood brother, Mufasa.
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': The [[DarkIsNotEvil morally good, but fierce and stern]] father gorilla, Kerchak has black fur. The vast majority of the gorillas have grey or bluish grey fur and Kala has brown fur.
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[[folder:Dark Brown and Dark Grey Animals]]

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'': Lumpjaw is a mean dark-brown male bear and the main antagonist to medium brown protagonist male bear Bongo and light brown LoveInterest female bear Lullubelle. The majority of the bears are medium brown, though some are dark brown.
* ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'': Brer Bear, who is Brer Fox's associate, is a [[BearyFunny funny]], but [[BearsAreBadNews antagonistic dark-brown furred bear]].
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': Lucifer the cat is dark brown with a black head, chases the protagonistic light brown mice, and is morally on the side of evil.
* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'': The nasty, terrifying rat that Lady and Tramp protect and save the baby from has a dark-brown body and a black head.
* ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'': Ratigan, the main villain and his bat sidekick Fidget are dark grey and wear dark clothes. Ratigan has black hair to go along with the dark grey fur.
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[[folder:Brown, Tan, and Grey Animals]]

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* Throughout the ''Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon'', from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', to ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', ''Disney/TheAristocats'', to ''Disney/{{TheRescuers}}'', to ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', most ordinary and humble-background mice are depicted with brown, tan, grey, light brown, or beige fur.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': like the mice, Bruno the dog is light brown, morally on the side of good, and pitted against the mean Lucifer.
* ''Disney/TheJungleBook'': Baloo is a blue-grey, heroic male sloth bear.
* ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'': The heroic protagonist, Bongo, is medium brown, and his LoveInterest, Lulubelle, is light brown. Most of the general bear populace is medium brown.
* ''Disney/SongOfTheSouth'': The protagonist, Brer Rabbit is a rascally trickster brown rabbit who outwits his fox and bear enemies.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales and the other Mexican mice in Speedy cartoons have tan or light brown fur and black hair, invoking LatinoIsBrown.
** With the exception of El Supremo from “Daffy’s Diner,” who has yellow fur on his muzzle, black eyebrows, and tan fur elsewhere, the Mexican cats in the Speedy cartoons don't follow the "LatinoIsBrown-invoking tan or light brown fur and black hair" character design convention so much.
** WesternAnimation/BugsBunny is a wiseacre, trickster grey rabbit.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''
** As in ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', Baloo is a blue-grey, heroic male bear.
** Kit Cloudkicker is a medium brown, young, heroic bear of humble background.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017'': Fenton Crackshell Cabrera [[AdaptationalDyeJob has light-brown feathers]] to invoke LatinoIsBrown as part of his RaceLift to being Latino. In the original ''WesternAnimation/{{Ducktales}}'', he was white in both feather color and race/ethnicity like the Duck family.
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[[folder:Cool Grey, Blue Grey, and Grey Blue Animals]]

[[AC: Franchises]]
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh''
** Eeyore is a sad, pessimistic grayish blue or bluish grey plush donkey who keeps losing his tail.
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[[folder:Brown and Light Brown Animals]]

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': Kala the brown gorilla has a warm and motherly personality.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': Grammi Gummi has light brown fur, in line with her warm, motherly personality.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'': Rebecca Cunningham is a light brown, heroic, motherly female bear.
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[[folder:Grey, Light Grey, and Silver Animals]]

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* Phoebes, one of the good characters in ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', has an affable light grey horse named Achilles.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': The horse Major, is light grey and morally on the side of good.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': Zummi Gummi has grey fur, to indicate he's an elderly sorcerer
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': Slappy Squirrel is an old, violent, trickster, grey-furred squirrel. Partially subverted in that her fur was grey in her youth as well.
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[[folder:Orange and Red Animals]]

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* Simba and Mufasa in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' are heroic lions who have red manes and tail tufts. Subverted in that they are royal instead of from a humble background.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* Kion in ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' is a fierce, heroic lion and member of the Lion Guard who has a red mane and tail tuft. Subverted in that he is royal instead of from a humble background.
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[[folder:Yellow and Light Yellow Animals]]

[[AC: Franchises]]
* ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh''
** Winnie the Pooh is a lovable, friendly, joyful, honey-loving, childlike orange-yellow bear, if a little absent-minded.
** Subverted with the light-yellow furred Rabbit. He is nervous, strict, serious, grouchy, and obsessed with keeping things peaceful and in order.

[[AC: Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet'': Big Bird is a friendly, childlike yellow bird.

[[AC: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': The titular sea sponge is yellow in color and joyful, upbeat, and childlike.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'': Sunni Gummi has yellow fur. She's a cheerful, bright female bear cub.
* ''WesternAnimation/WordWorld'': Duck is a childlike yellow adult duck.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Averted with Ernie the Giant Chicken; he is yellow, but he is the most commonly recurring antagonist in the series and has a long history of violence with Peter Griffin.
* ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'': Molly Cunningham is a yellow, cheerful, childish female bear cub.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Tweety is a yellow adult canary and appears innocent and childlike.
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[[folder:Beige, Cream, and Light Yellow Animals]]

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* One of the colors that humble, humble-background, good, ordinary, and general populace ''Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon'' mice can be is beige.
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[[folder:Normal Coloration and Darker Than Normal Animals]]

[[AC: Films -- Animation]]
* The good and ordinary lions in the ''Disney/TheLionKing'' franchise are light colored or the normal overall color for lions. Scar, the main villain in the first movie, has a black mane and has a darker than normal overall body color. Subverted in ''The Lion King II: Simba's Pride with Kovu, the good Outlander lion who has Scar's darker than normal colors, and with Zira, who has the normal lion color, but is evil and the main villainess in the movie.
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!!!All Birds' Beaks Are Yellow

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!!!All !!All Birds' Beaks Are Yellow
Yellow Assumption
22nd Jan '17 2:04:14 PM EdnaWalker
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One example of pop culture and fictional media infusing people's knowledge of he real world is the fact that most fictional and cartoon birds' beaks are yellow or yellow-orange.

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One example of pop culture and fictional media infusing people's knowledge of he real world is the fact that most fictional and cartoon birds' beaks are yellow or yellow-orange. This has led to the assumption that all birds' bills are yellow. This assumption gets so commonplace that people are surprised to find out that some birds' beaks aren't like they are in fiction, like how real crows' and ravens' beaks aren't yellow (they're black or dark grey) and neither real cardinals' beaks (they're red).
22nd Jan '17 1:54:34 PM EdnaWalker
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Often times animals in fiction have palettes that look realistic or natural but aren't actually. While the colours aren't too abnormal (such as a pink gorilla or purple giraffe), for the species or breed it's actually impossible if not very unrealistic. For example, genetically solid orange and cream cats in real life show at least a few tabby markings or stripes, but cartoon ones appear one solid color. This rarely if ever appears in live action for obvious reasons. Several of these are due to TypicalCartoonAnimalColors. Over time the trope becomes so commonplace that people are surprised that animals aren't like they are in fiction, such as how real gorillas aren't brown (they're black with dark grey faces, chests, bellies, hands, and feet) and how real alligators aren't green (they're blue-black or dark grey with off-white underside and belly scales).

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Often times animals in fiction have palettes that look realistic or natural but aren't actually. While the colours aren't too abnormal (such as a pink gorilla or purple giraffe), for the species or breed it's actually impossible if not very unrealistic. For example, genetically solid orange and cream cats in real life show at least a few tabby markings or stripes, but cartoon ones appear one solid color. This rarely if ever appears in live action for obvious reasons. Several of these are due to TypicalCartoonAnimalColors. Over time the trope becomes so commonplace that people are surprised that animals aren't like they are in fiction, such as how real gorillas aren't brown (they're black with dark grey faces, chests, bellies, hands, and feet) and how real alligators aren't green (they're blue-black or dark grey with off-white underside and belly scales).scales).

!!!All Birds' Beaks Are Yellow

One example of pop culture and fictional media infusing people's knowledge of he real world is the fact that most fictional and cartoon birds' beaks are yellow or yellow-orange.
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!!How Typical Cartoon Animal Colors Affects Perceptions of Animal Colorations

Often times animals in fiction have palettes that look realistic or natural but aren't actually. While the colours aren't too abnormal (such as a pink gorilla or purple giraffe), for the species or breed it's actually impossible if not very unrealistic. For example, genetically solid orange and cream cats in real life show at least a few tabby markings or stripes, but cartoon ones appear one solid color. This rarely if ever appears in live action for obvious reasons. Several of these are due to TypicalCartoonAnimalColors. Over time the trope becomes so commonplace that people are surprised that animals aren't like they are in fiction, such as how real gorillas aren't brown (they're black with dark grey faces, chests, bellies, hands, and feet) and how real alligators aren't green (they're blue-black or dark grey with off-white underside and belly scales).
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