History Main / AnthropomorphicShift

24th Apr '17 7:11:35 PM nombretomado
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* Rare non-animal example: Originally, all of the mechanical characters from ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' (such as [[CoolTrain locomotives)]] cannot move at all unless if there is a driver to operate them, but later depictions of said characters were actually all portrayed in a way that they can occasionally move all by themselves without the use of a driver.

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* Rare non-animal example: Originally, all of the mechanical characters from ''ThomasTheTankEngine'' ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' (such as [[CoolTrain locomotives)]] cannot move at all unless if there is a driver to operate them, but later depictions of said characters were actually all portrayed in a way that they can occasionally move all by themselves without the use of a driver.
5th Apr '17 11:37:07 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Inverted with ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'''s Rito. In ''The Wind Waker'' they were essentially [[LittleBitBeastly humans with bird beaks and wings]], while in ''Breath of the Wild'' they're more genuine BirdPeople. Compare [[https://zeldawiki.org/images/d/d5/Medli.png Medli]] from the former with [[https://zeldawiki.org/images/3/31/BotW_Revali_Artwork.png Revali]] from the latter.

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* Inverted with ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'''s Rito. In ''The ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker The Wind Waker'' Waker]]'' they were essentially [[LittleBitBeastly humans with bird beaks and wings]], while in ''Breath ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild'' Wild]]'' they're more genuine BirdPeople. Compare [[https://zeldawiki.org/images/d/d5/Medli.png Medli]] from the former with [[https://zeldawiki.org/images/3/31/BotW_Revali_Artwork.png Revali]] from the latter.
18th Mar '17 6:28:29 PM nombretomado
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* The Franchise/{{Neopets}} website ''started out'' as a Virtual-Pet game where those Neopets acted just like domesticated pets and human owners ''were'' involved... Fast forward and current portrayals of characters now depict most Neopets [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter standing bipedal and fully clothed]]- creatures [[FurryConfusion acting just like humans but with fur]]- and nary a mention of Owners (or requiring any) in sight... Except that ''unlike'' those humans, they all can go ''forever'' [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly without food and drink]].

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* The Franchise/{{Neopets}} Website/{{Neopets}} website ''started out'' as a Virtual-Pet game where those Neopets acted just like domesticated pets and human owners ''were'' involved... Fast forward and current portrayals of characters now depict most Neopets [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter standing bipedal and fully clothed]]- creatures [[FurryConfusion acting just like humans but with fur]]- and nary a mention of Owners (or requiring any) in sight... Except that ''unlike'' those humans, they all can go ''forever'' [[WizardNeedsFoodBadly without food and drink]].
21st Feb '17 12:25:27 PM Reign
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* Inverted with ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'''s Rito. In ''The Wind Waker'' they were essentially [[LittleBitBeastly humans with bird beaks and wings]], while in ''Breath of the Wild'' they're more genuine BirdPeople. Compare [[https://zeldawiki.org/images/d/d5/Medli.png Medli]] from the former with [[https://zeldawiki.org/images/3/31/BotW_Revali_Artwork.png Revali]] from the latter.
27th Jan '17 1:37:46 PM StFan
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* The ponies in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' were originally NearlyNormalAnimals who slept in stables. By the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends animated adaptation]] they had moved into sleeping in beds and had more human-like personalities and interests. This continued throughout G1 until ponies had multiple sets of clothes and had a human-like society. G2 pushed back on the anthropomorphism however G3 embraced it fully, with the ponies frequently using their hooves as hands and overall seeming more like human shaped horses than actual horses. The current generation, G4, is far less anthropomorphic and has frequent {{Furry Reminder}}s. It is more on-par with mid-to-lateG1.

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* The ponies in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' were originally NearlyNormalAnimals who slept in stables. By the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends animated adaptation]] they had moved into sleeping in beds and had more human-like personalities and interests. This continued throughout G1 until ponies had multiple sets of clothes and had a human-like society. G2 pushed back on the anthropomorphism however G3 embraced it fully, Played straight, then inverted with the ponies frequently using ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''. On their hooves as hands and overall seeming first several albums, they looked more (or in the case of the very first album, almost entirely) like real chipmunks, then when the Alvin Show first premiered, they were redesigned to look more like human shaped horses than actual horses. The current generation, G4, is far kids, but still retained a few rodent-like features. Then when Alvin and the Chipmunks aired in the 80's they gradually began to look more like regular kids and less anthropomorphic and has frequent {{Furry Reminder}}s. It is more on-par with mid-to-lateG1.like rodents. Then when the movies came out, they went back to looking like real chipmunks, although not as much as on the old albums.



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* In ''Theatre/ShrekTheMusical'', Donkey is portrayed by a live actor in costume. Understandably, he went from the quadruped TalkingAnimal he was in the films to an [[FunnyAnimal upright biped wearing a vest]], at least in early productions. Inverted in later incarnations as the clothes were removed and he began walking in a torso-first fashion with his forelegs held up -- a stance more like that of a real quadrupedal animal on its hind legs.
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* Some Disney characters that can be found in the Ride/DisneyThemeParks such as [[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Pluto]], [[Disney/TheAristocats Marie]] and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Bullseye]] all walk on two legs.
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* The ponies in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' were originally NearlyNormalAnimals who slept in stables. By the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends animated adaptation]] they had moved into sleeping in beds and had more human-like personalities and interests. This continued throughout G1 until ponies had multiple sets of clothes and had a human-like society. G2 pushed back on the anthropomorphism however G3 embraced it fully, with the ponies frequently using their hooves as hands and overall seeming more like human shaped horses than actual horses. The current generation, G4, is far less anthropomorphic and has frequent {{Furry Reminder}}s. It is more on-par with mid-to-lateG1.
* Many of the early ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' toys were designed as piloted mecha from Japanese toylines like Diaclone. When they were imported to the US, the robots were [[MechanicalLifeforms sentient]], and accompanying media and later toys redesigned them to be more humanlike. [[PaletteSwap Ratchet and Ironhide]] are probably the [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Ratchet-charactermodel.jpg most dramatic example]], as a result of having originated as MiniMecha that lacked distinct heads.
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** Inverted: Pluto and {{Figaro}} (CanonImmigrant from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'') were already "non-anthro" to begin with, but in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse'', they act almost like normal animals. Before that, they were a little more likely to stand [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter bipedally]] and use their paws like human hands.

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** Inverted: Pluto and {{Figaro}} WesternAnimation/{{Figaro}} (CanonImmigrant from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'') were already "non-anthro" to begin with, but in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse'', they act almost like normal animals. Before that, they were a little more likely to stand [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter bipedally]] and use their paws like human hands.




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* Many of the early ''{{Transformers}}'' toys were designed as piloted mecha from Japanese toylines like Diaclone. When they were imported to the US, the robots were [[MechanicalLifeforms sentient]], and accompanying media and later toys redesigned them to be more humanlike. [[PaletteSwap Ratchet and Ironhide]] are probably the [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Image:Ratchet-charactermodel.jpg most dramatic example]], as a result of having originated as MiniMecha that lacked distinct heads.
* Played straight, then inverted with ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''. On their first several albums, they looked more (or in the case of the very first album, almost entirely) like real chipmunks, then when the Alvin Show first premiered, they were redesigned to look more like kids, but still retained a few rodent-like features. Then when Alvin and the Chipmunks aired in the 80's they gradually began to look more like regular kids and less like rodents. Then when the movies came out, they went back to looking like real chipmunks, although not as much as on the old albums.
* In Theatre/ShrekTheMusical, Donkey is portrayed by a live actor in costume. Understandably, he went from the quadruped TalkingAnimal he was in the films to an [[FunnyAnimal upright biped wearing a vest]], at least in early productions. Inverted in later incarnations as the clothes were removed and he began walking in a torso-first fashion with his forelegs held up - a stance more like that of a real quadrupedal animal on its hind legs.
* Some Disney characters that can be found in the Ride/DisneyThemeParks such as [[PlutoThePup Pluto]], [[TheAristocats Marie]] and [[ToyStory Bullseye]] all walk on two legs.
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26th Jan '17 1:02:53 PM ElSquibbonator
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* Salem from ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' was introduced as a normal cat {{Familiar}} to Sabrina. In the 1990s they {{ReTool}}ed his character to make him a human who had turned into a cat, giving Salem the [[TalkingAnimal ability to talk]] and act more like a human than before.

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* Salem from ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' was introduced as a normal cat {{Familiar}} to Sabrina. In the 1990s they {{ReTool}}ed his character to make him a human wizard who had turned into a cat, giving Salem the [[TalkingAnimal ability to talk]] and act more like a human than before.



* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'': The first movie involved animals who could [[AnimalTalk talk to each other but were otherwise not human-like at all]], and they rescued a baby human. Flash-forward a few years and the same animal characters now star in a short where one of them takes a group of animal youngsters ''camping''. The hell? It's a little strange that a series about prehistoric animals has ''a Christmas special where they meet freaking Santa Claus''. ''Ice Age Village'' takes this UpToEleven, where even the dinosaurs and Mesozoic reptiles have become {{Civilized Animal}}s.

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* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'': The first movie involved animals who could [[AnimalTalk talk to each other but were otherwise not human-like at all]], and they rescued a baby human. Flash-forward a few years and the same animal characters now star in a short where one of them takes a group of animal youngsters ''camping''. The hell? It's a little strange that a series about prehistoric animals has ''a Christmas special where they meet freaking Santa Claus''. ''Ice Age Village'' takes this UpToEleven, where even the dinosaurs and Mesozoic reptiles (who weren't anthropomorphized earlier) have become {{Civilized Animal}}s.



* Another children's book-and-TV series: ''Literature/{{Franklin}}''. The titular turtle, in his earliest books written in the mid-80's, was much more to-scale in comparison with his friends Bear, Fox, and Otter. By the time the TV series aired, all animals were the same size and Franklin lost his more distinctly reptilian features such as his claws. In the early books, many of the characters (including Franklin's parents) walked on all fours. Rabbit and Fox still sometimes walked on all fours in the first season of the TV series, although in later seasons they walked on two legs.

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* Another children's book-and-TV series: ''Literature/{{Franklin}}''. The titular turtle, in his earliest books written in the mid-80's, was much more to-scale in comparison with his friends Bear, Fox, and Otter. By the time the TV series aired, all animals were the same size and Franklin lost his more distinctly reptilian features such as his claws. At the very least, he's still recognizable as a turtle, unlike the above example. In the early books, many of the characters (including Franklin's parents) walked on all fours. Rabbit and Fox still sometimes walked on all fours in the first season of the TV series, although in later seasons they walked on two legs.
26th Jan '17 12:57:35 PM ElSquibbonator
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* It's very minor compared to other examples but Meowth from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has gotten less Pokemon-ish with time. In Kanto he had a more cat-like way of walking, instead of standing perfectly straight, and had more {{Furry Reminder}}s.

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* It's very minor compared to other examples but Meowth from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' has gotten less Pokemon-ish with time. In Kanto he had a more cat-like way of walking, instead of standing perfectly straight, and had more {{Furry Reminder}}s. As for the franchise as a whole, the later generations (especially Generation 3 onwards) introduced more obviously humanoid Pokemon than those preceding. Even SeriesMascot Pikachu has gained a slighter more humanoid appearance over time, instead of the more chunky, rodent-like appearance it had early on.
26th Dec '16 5:11:22 PM NotOnAnyFlatbread
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Be careful with this trope; while it can be used to make the characters more relatable, some genres like {{Mons}} or [[RaisingSim pet raising simulators]] derive appeal from the creatures being [[CoolPet Cool Pets]] and turning them into what is essentially small children, which might result in a BrokenBase. If it is done as part of a [[ReTool retool]] it may also run into the same problems as the trope [[YoungerAndHipper Younger and Hipper]], especially if older audience members catch on.

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Be careful with this trope; while it can be used to make the characters more relatable, some genres like {{Mons}} or [[RaisingSim pet raising simulators]] derive appeal from the creatures being [[CoolPet Cool Pets]] and turning them into what is essentially small children, which children might result in a BrokenBase. If it is done as part of a [[ReTool retool]] it may also run into the same problems as the trope [[YoungerAndHipper Younger and Hipper]], especially if older audience members catch on.



* Honeycomb Cereal's Crazy Cravings are usually {{Cephalothorax}}es. However, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2QLm_7MHZk one commercial]], when a male Crazy Craving discovers bears surrounding an RV holding the cereal, he becomes Goldilocks, complete with a torso to show off "her" dress.



* As stated elsewhere, ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' author/illustrator James Guerney never met an animal-related trope he liked. He strongly dislikes it when animal characters act too human and has [[http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2008/02/animal-characters-4-animal-morphism.html written in his blog]] about how he himself has has struggled to avoid this. It's worth noting that a few of the spinoff novels and the films have featured animal characters that are indeed anthropomorphic or nearly so. CanonDiscontinuity? You betcha.
* While mild compared to many examples, in the ''Literature/DunctonWood'' books, the shift in mole behavior between the first book and its extension to a trilogy, and especially between the first and second trilogies, is quite noticeable.

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* As stated elsewhere, ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' author/illustrator James Guerney never met an animal-related trope he liked. He strongly dislikes it when animal characters act too human and has [[http://gurneyjourney.blogspot.com/2008/02/animal-characters-4-animal-morphism.html written in his blog]] about how he himself has has struggled to avoid this. It's worth noting that a few of the spinoff novels and the films have featured animal characters that are indeed anthropomorphic or nearly so. CanonDiscontinuity? You betcha.
* While mild compared to many examples, in the ''Literature/DunctonWood'' books, the shift in mole behavior between the first book and its extension to a trilogy, and especially between the first and second trilogies, is quite noticeable.
23rd Dec '16 1:00:09 AM AgProv
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* ''Literature/DunctonWood'' is about moles. But after a while they somehow cease to be, in the reader's mond, examples of the burrowing mammalian creature ''Talpa Europaea'', and become hobbits in moleskin trousers. It might be to do with the evolved talpan society, organised religion, the power to write and create, and the pitiless religious wars.

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* ''Literature/DunctonWood'' is about moles. But after a while they somehow cease to be, in the reader's mond, mind, examples of the burrowing mammalian creature ''Talpa Europaea'', and become hobbits in moleskin trousers. It might be to do with the evolved talpan society, organised religion, the power to write and create, and the pitiless religious wars.
23rd Dec '16 12:58:37 AM AgProv
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* ''Literature/DunctonWood'' is about moles. But after a while they somehow cease to be, in the reader's mond, examples of the burrowing mammalian creature ''Talpa Europaea'', and become hobbits in moleskin trousers. It might be to do with the evolved talpan society, organised religion, the power to write and create, and the pitiless religious wars.
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