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17th Aug '16 3:50:38 AM MCanter89
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Just because humans are uncomfortable with the subject of nudity, doesn't mean we're the only species to [[BarbieDollAnatomy get our nudity censored]] in fiction -- it is just as common for regular everyday animals to get this treatment as well.

This is usually a [[LawOfConservationOfDetail concession of realism for the sake of the artist]], as most artists would prefer to avoid drawing an animal's genitals or anus themselves, taboo or no taboo. It can also be a product of stylization, to which animals are especially prone, and which tends to remove unappealing or unimportant features, oftentimes to make them cuter (for example, stylized dogs tend to lack claws and lips). Othertimes (by which we mean most of the time), whether or not Fido has gonads is way beside the point so it's simpler to leave them out unless you mean to draw attention for a narrative purpose or a cheap gag. That's not a form of censorship, it's just LawOfConservationOfDetail (just like how NobodyPoops).

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Just because humans are uncomfortable with the subject of nudity, doesn't mean we're the only species to [[BarbieDollAnatomy get our nudity censored]] in fiction -- it fiction--it is just as common for regular everyday animals to get this treatment as well.

This is usually a [[LawOfConservationOfDetail concession of realism for the sake of the artist]], as most artists would prefer to avoid drawing an animal's genitals or anus themselves, taboo or no taboo. It can also be a product of stylization, to which animals are especially prone, and which tends to remove unappealing or unimportant features, oftentimes to make them cuter (for example, stylized dogs tend to lack claws and lips). Othertimes (by which we mean most of the time), whether or not Fido has gonads is way beside the point point, so it's simpler to leave them out unless you mean to draw attention for a narrative purpose or a cheap gag. That's not a form of censorship, censorship; it's just LawOfConservationOfDetail (just like how NobodyPoops).



On the other hand, when depicting mammals (aside from monotremes - platypuses[[note]][[PerplexingPlurals Platypi? Platypeese?]][[/note]] and echidnas), there's a common assumption that an animal's natural fur will adequately preserve the creature's modesty. However, observation of most real mammals will show that their fur is actually thinner in those places (so it doesn't get soiled when [[PottyEmergency nature calls]], and is easier to clean if it does). Also, many species' coats of fur are just too short to adequately conceal the features of their genital or anal area in the first place. Anyone who has seen a male pig or non-neutered male dog, for example, will have no doubt noticed the prominent pair of features between its rear legs. However, fur mostly concealing the animals genitalia is actually the case in some animals as a rule of thumb, mammals that live further North will have thicker and longer fur and are more likely to justify this as the longer fur protects their naughty bits from the cold.

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On the other hand, when depicting mammals (aside from monotremes - platypuses[[note]][[PerplexingPlurals monotremes--platypuses[[note]][[PerplexingPlurals Platypi? Platypeese?]][[/note]] and echidnas), there's a common assumption that an animal's natural fur will adequately preserve the creature's modesty. However, observation of most real mammals will show that their fur is actually thinner in those places (so it doesn't get soiled when [[PottyEmergency nature calls]], and is easier to clean if it does). Also, many species' coats of fur are just too short to adequately conceal the features of their genital or anal area in the first place. Anyone who has seen a male pig or non-neutered male dog, for example, will have no doubt noticed the prominent pair of features between its rear legs. However, fur mostly concealing the animals genitalia is actually the case in some animals as a rule of thumb, mammals that live further North will have thicker and longer fur and are more likely to justify this as the longer fur protects their naughty bits from the cold.



* Averted in ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild:'' The [[spoiler:weasel's nipples]] are shown in all versions of the film, though it's not for a perverted reason. It appears to be there to [[spoiler: cement the fact that she is the mother of the baby weasels.]]

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* Averted in ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild:'' The [[spoiler:weasel's nipples]] are shown in all versions of the film, though it's not for a perverted reason. It appears to be there to [[spoiler: cement [[spoiler:cement the fact that she is the mother of the baby weasels.]]



* In ''Series/{{Helix}},'' this is {{justified| Trope}} in-universe. ResearchInc Arctic Biosystems has lab rats that have been [[DesignerBabies genetically engineered]] to have no sex organs, which perplexes veterinary pathologist Doreen when she examines one and can't tell if it's male or female.

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* In ''Series/{{Helix}},'' this is {{justified| Trope}} {{justified|Trope}} in-universe. ResearchInc Arctic Biosystems has lab rats that have been [[DesignerBabies genetically engineered]] to have no sex organs, which perplexes veterinary pathologist Doreen when she examines one and can't tell if it's male or female.









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* Some dog lover found the Dog's lack of attributes so annoying in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' that he made a mod that put a modest sheath between his legs... and was promptly accused of interest for bestiality by the community members. This trope is ''strong'' in people's minds.
* The fact that Franchise/{{Pokemon}} lack visible attributes (with exception for Miltank's cow udders, of course) is likely a culmination of its simple visual art style and kid-friendly target audience (and GRatedSex). The actual {{Mons}} can probably be assumed to still possess their attributes...after all, that Berry fertilizer (made in part from their "[[NobodyPoops well, you know...]]") has to come from ''somewhere''....

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* Some dog lover found the Dog's lack of attributes so annoying in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' that he made a mod that put a modest sheath between his legs... legs… and was promptly accused of interest for bestiality by the community members. This trope is ''strong'' in people's minds.
* The fact that Franchise/{{Pokemon}} lack visible attributes (with exception for Miltank's cow udders, of course) is likely a culmination of its simple visual art style and kid-friendly target audience (and GRatedSex). The actual {{Mons}} can probably be assumed to still possess their attributes...attributes… after all, that Berry fertilizer (made in part from their "[[NobodyPoops well, you know...]]") know…]]") has to come from ''somewhere''....''somewhere''…



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--> '''Millie''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar You can tell his religion by looking at him.]]
--> '''Isolde''': Um...
--> '''Millie''': You know, 'cause he has no hair, like a Buddha statue. [[InnocentInnuendo Why, what did you think I meant]]?

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--> '''Millie''': -->'''Millie''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar You can tell his religion by looking at him.]]
--> '''Isolde''': -->'''Isolde''': Um...
--> '''Millie''': -->'''Millie''': You know, 'cause he has no hair, like a Buddha statue. [[InnocentInnuendo Why, what did you think I meant]]?



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7th Aug '16 8:06:29 PM Unicorndance
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On the other hand, when depicting mammals (aside from monotremes - platypuses[[note]][[PerplexingPlurals Platypi? Platypeese?]][[/note]] and echidnas), there's a common assumption that an animal's natural fur will adequately preserve the creature's modesty. However, observation of most real mammals will show that their fur is actually thinner in those places (so it doesn't get soiled when nature calls, and is easier to clean if it does). Also, many species' coats of fur are just too short to adequately conceal the features of their genital or anal area in the first place. Anyone who has seen a male pig or non-neutered male dog, for example, will have no doubt noticed the prominent pair of features between its rear legs. However, fur mostly concealing the animals genitalia is actually the case in some animals as a rule of thumb, mammals that live further North will have thicker and longer fur and are more likely to justify this as the longer fur protects their naughty bits from the cold.

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On the other hand, when depicting mammals (aside from monotremes - platypuses[[note]][[PerplexingPlurals Platypi? Platypeese?]][[/note]] and echidnas), there's a common assumption that an animal's natural fur will adequately preserve the creature's modesty. However, observation of most real mammals will show that their fur is actually thinner in those places (so it doesn't get soiled when [[PottyEmergency nature calls, calls]], and is easier to clean if it does). Also, many species' coats of fur are just too short to adequately conceal the features of their genital or anal area in the first place. Anyone who has seen a male pig or non-neutered male dog, for example, will have no doubt noticed the prominent pair of features between its rear legs. However, fur mostly concealing the animals genitalia is actually the case in some animals as a rule of thumb, mammals that live further North will have thicker and longer fur and are more likely to justify this as the longer fur protects their naughty bits from the cold.
3rd Aug '16 6:45:57 AM Sharlee
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* Implied in ''Literature/RatmansNotebooks'', as the narrator claims he can't tell male rats from females despite male rats having ''very'' obvious testicles in reality.
30th Jul '16 6:24:15 PM Sharlee
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This is technically TruthInTelevision for animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates, whose genitalia are typically visible only as a small underside 'vent' between the rear limbs (and easy to miss even without feathers or scales to obscure them).

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This is technically TruthInTelevision for animals such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, bony fish, and invertebrates, whose genitalia are typically visible only as a small underside 'vent' between the rear limbs (and easy to miss even without feathers or scales to obscure them).
20th Jul '16 9:26:47 AM Dravencour
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' averts this quite horribly with a demon-possessed horse that tries to rape Farnese. Thankfully, it doesn't get to carry out its horrific intentions before [[spoiler:being messily decapitated by Guts]].

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' averts this quite horribly with a demon-possessed horse that tries to rape Farnese. Thankfully, it doesn't get to carry out its horrific intentions before [[spoiler:being messily decapitated by a pissed off Guts]].
20th Jul '16 9:24:55 AM Dravencour
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' averts this quite horribly with a demon-possessed horse that tries to rape Farnese. Thankfully, it doesn't get to carry out its horrific intentions before [[spoiler:being messily decapitated]].

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' averts this quite horribly with a demon-possessed horse that tries to rape Farnese. Thankfully, it doesn't get to carry out its horrific intentions before [[spoiler:being messily decapitated]].decapitated by Guts]].
20th Jul '16 9:24:27 AM Dravencour
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' averts this quite horribly with a demon-possessed horse that tries to rape Farnese. Thankfully, it doesn't get to carry out its horrific intentions before [[spoiler:being messily decapitated by a supremely pissed-off Guts]].

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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' averts this quite horribly with a demon-possessed horse that tries to rape Farnese. Thankfully, it doesn't get to carry out its horrific intentions before [[spoiler:being messily decapitated by a supremely pissed-off Guts]].decapitated]].
20th Jul '16 9:22:50 AM Dravencour
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* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' averts this quite horribly with a demon-possessed horse that tries to rape Farnese. Thankfully, it doesn't get to carry out its horrific intentions before [[spoiler:being messily decapitated by a supremely pissed-off Guts]].
3rd Jul '16 6:13:03 PM Averagemoe
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-> '''Millie''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar You can tell his religion by looking at him.]]
-> '''Isolde''': Um...
-> '''Millie''': You know, 'cause he has no hair, like a Buddha statue. [[InnocentInnuendo Why, what did you think I meant]]?

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-> --> '''Millie''': [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar You can tell his religion by looking at him.]]
-> --> '''Isolde''': Um...
-> --> '''Millie''': You know, 'cause he has no hair, like a Buddha statue. [[InnocentInnuendo Why, what did you think I meant]]?
3rd Jul '16 8:44:55 AM Sharlee
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SubTrope of NonhumansLackAttributes, and related to BarbieDollAnatomy (the human version). Compare FunnyAnimalAnatomy. See also AppropriateAnimalAttire for a broader discussion of modesty and clothing as it applies to animals. Contrast NonMammalMammaries, when animals have breasts and / or nipples when they shouldn't have.

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SubTrope of NonhumansLackAttributes, and related to BarbieDollAnatomy (the human version). Compare FunnyAnimalAnatomy. See also AppropriateAnimalAttire for a broader discussion of modesty and clothing as it applies to animals. Contrast NonMammalMammaries, when animals have breasts and / or nipples when they shouldn't have.
have. The desire to avert this trope is why AnimalsFearNeutering.
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