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9th Jan '18 6:00:00 AM RacattackForce
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* An in-universe example for the ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' series. The race of the player character, Inklings, [[AfterTheEnd evolved from squid]] and are cephalopod monsters for the first few years of their life. Once they reach adolescence, their skin tone turns fleshy and they become LittleBitBeastly, with their humanoid forms having AlienHair made up of their tentacles (among other small details). They also gain the ability to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting morph]] into non-anthropomorphic squid forms. The same goes for female members of their sister species, Octarians.
10th Dec '17 4:28:16 PM nombretomado
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* In his early cartoons, {{Droopy}} was a CivilizedAnimal who would switch between two-legged and four-legged stances, but in the later cartoons, he is a definite FunnyAnimal who would stay on two legs all or most of the time depending on the cartoon.
* ''TheRaccoons'' originally had the animal heroes and humans co-exist in the same world and even though the animals had furniture in their homes, they still lived in trees etc and in general tried to give an illusion of living as a part of nature. In later seasons the humans completely disappeared, the amount of animal characters increased from a small group to a large community with stores and other services like broadcasting and rail transportation systems, the animals started to live in houses, the pet dog the humans had became the owner of a local pub and it became quite clear that the whole world was inhabited by animals who had a significant amount of technology and culture in their hands (paws).

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* In his early cartoons, {{Droopy}} WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} was a CivilizedAnimal who would switch between two-legged and four-legged stances, but in the later cartoons, he is a definite FunnyAnimal who would stay on two legs all or most of the time depending on the cartoon.
* ''TheRaccoons'' ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' originally had the animal heroes and humans co-exist in the same world and even though the animals had furniture in their homes, they still lived in trees etc and in general tried to give an illusion of living as a part of nature. In later seasons the humans completely disappeared, the amount of animal characters increased from a small group to a large community with stores and other services like broadcasting and rail transportation systems, the animals started to live in houses, the pet dog the humans had became the owner of a local pub and it became quite clear that the whole world was inhabited by animals who had a significant amount of technology and culture in their hands (paws).
22nd Nov '17 11:51:03 AM Pichu-kun
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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.

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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. He often [[FurryDenial forgets that he isn't human]].
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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.



* In the UK's ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book series, aptly titled ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', Sonic's allies Porker Lewis and Jonny Lightfoot start off as cute little animal critters like those busted out of Badniks in the games. They talk, but they're small, animal proportioned, without clothes and tend to go on all fours. Their shift, however, is anything but gradual: in issue #21 of the series, they are totally bipedal, human-proportioned and fully clothed (in biker jackets and jeans, to be precise). Within a few more issues, Porker's hooves became ordinary human hands.

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* In the UK's ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic book series, aptly titled ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'', Sonic's allies Porker Lewis and Jonny Lightfoot start off as cute little animal critters like those busted out of Badniks in the games. They talk, but they're small, animal proportioned, without clothes and tend to go on all fours. Their shift, however, is anything but gradual: in issue #21 of the series, they are totally bipedal, human-proportioned and fully clothed (in biker jackets and jeans, to be precise). Within a few more issues, Porker's hooves became ordinary human hands. This also occurred to minor characters like Sandy, who cameoed as a humanoid news reporter issues after being seen as a small squirrel.



* Behavior-wise, some of this occurs in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. In early books, males are noted as not being present in their children's lives. In later arcs, that would be deemed ParentalalNeglect or ParentalAbandonment and is looked down upon.

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* Behavior-wise, some of this occurs in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. In early books, males are noted as not being present in their children's lives. In later arcs, that would be deemed ParentalalNeglect ParentalNeglect or ParentalAbandonment and is looked down upon.
11th Oct '17 2:43:21 PM DaibhidC
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* The original live-action ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'' was entirely non-anthropomorphic, since it was live action - Skippy has TimmyInAWell levels of intelligence but is mostly an actual kangaroo, the pet of the park ranger's son. TheNineties AnimatedAdaptation ''WesternAnimation/SkippyAdventureInBushtown'' Skippy is the park ranger in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals.

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* The original live-action ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'' was entirely non-anthropomorphic, since it was live action - Skippy has TimmyInAWell levels of intelligence but is mostly an actual kangaroo, the pet of the park ranger's son. TheNineties AnimatedAdaptation ''WesternAnimation/SkippyAdventureInBushtown'' ''WesternAnimation/SkippyAdventuresInBushtown'' Skippy is ''is'' the park ranger in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals.
11th Oct '17 2:37:35 PM DaibhidC
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* The original live-action ''Series/SkippyTheBushKangaroo'' was entirely non-anthropomorphic, since it was live action - Skippy has TimmyInAWell levels of intelligence but is mostly an actual kangaroo, the pet of the park ranger's son. TheNineties AnimatedAdaptation ''WesternAnimation/SkippyAdventureInBushtown'' Skippy is the park ranger in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals.
28th Sep '17 1:22:11 PM DaibhidC
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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 {{Nearly Normal Animal}}s 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 horse-shaped humans 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.
14th Sep '17 9:45:36 PM thecarolinabull01
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*** Yoshi and Koopa/Bowser also have begun to stand more and more upright as time goes on.

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*** Yoshi and Koopa/Bowser also have begun to stand more and more upright as time goes on. Yoshi was also given larger, more human-like arms and a cuter face. The saddle on his back also became a shell.
5th Sep '17 1:59:00 PM Pichu-kun
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* For the movie adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/SlyCooper2016,'' most characters are now fully clothed, as opposed to the games which prominently featured [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal half-dressed cartoon animals]]. Sly himself now wears pants, and has slightly more human proportions.

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* For the cancelled movie adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/SlyCooper2016,'' ''Franchie/SlyCooper,'' most characters are now fully clothed, as opposed to the games which prominently featured [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal half-dressed cartoon animals]]. Sly himself now wears pants, and has slightly more human proportions.
5th Sep '17 10:44:04 AM Pichu-kun
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* Behavior-wise, some of this occurs in ''Literature/WarriorCats''. In early books, males are noted as not being present in their children's lives. In later arcs, that would be deemed ParentalalNeglect or ParentalAbandonment and is looked down upon.
12th Jun '17 9:04:55 AM PDL
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* ''Franchise/Pokemon'' in general are depicted as [[IntellectualAnimal intellectual]] or [[NearlyNormalAnimal nearly normal]] but some may act more [[CivilizedAnimal civiilized]]. It greatly depends on what they're based on (One based on a cat would generally behave like a cat while one based on a clown might behave more like a person), and which medium: For example, the main series games have them act like nearly normal, but the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' series has them all act civilized as humans are not physically present.

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* ''Franchise/Pokemon'' ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' in general are depicted as [[IntellectualAnimal intellectual]] or [[NearlyNormalAnimal nearly normal]] but some may act more [[CivilizedAnimal civiilized]]. It greatly depends on what they're based on (One based on a cat would generally behave like a cat while one based on a clown might behave more like a person), and which medium: For example, the main series games have them act like nearly normal, but the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' series has them all act civilized as humans are not physically present.
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