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25th Jul '16 7:39:02 PM Drope
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* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this trope depending on the work. In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and his guest appearance in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (Wii), he appears to be just a gorilla. In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games (both the original trilogy and ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturn Returns]]''[=/=]''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze Tropical Freeze]]''), he displays more human-like intelligence, but still walks around in all fours like a typical gorilla. In the cartoon and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', he is now bipedal and displays far more human-like mannerisms. In general, it appears that he becomes more beast-like whenever he is cast in an antagonistic role.

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* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this trope depending on the work. In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and his guest appearance in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (Wii), he appears to be just a gorilla. In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games (both the original trilogy and ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturn ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturns Returns]]''[=/=]''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze Tropical Freeze]]''), he displays more human-like intelligence, but still walks around in all fours like a typical gorilla. In the cartoon and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', he is now bipedal and displays far more human-like mannerisms. In general, it appears that he becomes more beast-like whenever he is cast in an antagonistic role.
17th Jun '16 5:37:52 AM erforce
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* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this trope depending on the work. In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and his guest appearance in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (Wii), he appears to be just a gorilla. In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games (both the original trilogy and Returns[=/=]Tropical Freeze), he displays more human-like intelligence, but still walks around in all fours like a typical gorilla. In the cartoon and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', he is now bipedal and displays far more human-like mannerisms. In general, it appears that he becomes more beast-like whenever he is cast in an antagonistic role.

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* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this trope depending on the work. In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and his guest appearance in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (Wii), he appears to be just a gorilla. In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games (both the original trilogy and Returns[=/=]Tropical Freeze), ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryReturn Returns]]''[=/=]''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountryTropicalFreeze Tropical Freeze]]''), he displays more human-like intelligence, but still walks around in all fours like a typical gorilla. In the cartoon and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', he is now bipedal and displays far more human-like mannerisms. In general, it appears that he becomes more beast-like whenever he is cast in an antagonistic role.
1st Jun '16 11:06:14 AM Pichu-kun
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* [[MickeyMouse Mickey]] and MinnieMouse were originally smaller and had more rodent-like features, but began a gradual shift to a more [[FunnyAnimal human-like]] appearance starting in the late 1930s.
** Similarly, {{Goofy}} was more dog-like in his original design, and his original name was "Dippy Dawg". Though the character's species was clearly stated in the beginning, his "humanization" has resulted in much FurryConfusion over what exactly Goofy is supposed to be.
*** Goofy, for a short time, was known as "George Geef" and was completely, unambiguously human except for his head. Other characters in the comics and some other things particularly in Goofy's corner of the Disney universe (mainly WesternAnimation/GoofTroop, AGoofyMovie, and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'') have been designed like this too, except so human that at a minimum, the ''only'' canine features may be the nose, muzzle, and ears: see {{Dogfaces}}.

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* [[MickeyMouse ''Creator/{{Disney}}}'':
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Mickey]] and MinnieMouse WesternAnimation/MinnieMouse were originally smaller and had more rodent-like features, but began a gradual shift to a more [[FunnyAnimal human-like]] appearance starting in the late 1930s.
** Similarly, {{Goofy}} WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} was more dog-like in his original design, and his original name was "Dippy Dawg". Though the character's species was clearly stated in the beginning, his "humanization" has resulted in much FurryConfusion over what exactly Goofy is supposed to be.
*** Goofy, for a short time, was known as "George Geef" and was completely, unambiguously human except for his head. Other characters in the comics and some other things particularly in Goofy's corner of the Disney universe (mainly WesternAnimation/GoofTroop, AGoofyMovie, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'') have been designed like this too, except so human that at a minimum, the ''only'' canine features may be the nose, muzzle, and ears: see {{Dogfaces}}.



*** Non-anthro is subjective on that too. [[PlutoThePup Pluto]] can talk (about as clearly as Franchise/ScoobyDoo), has on rare occasion taken a few steps on two legs, is able to use tools, and during one recent short when he got a pair of magic gloves that gave him fingers, he even was playing video games and using the phone.

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*** Non-anthro is subjective on that too. [[PlutoThePup [[WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup Pluto]] can talk (about as clearly as Franchise/ScoobyDoo), has on rare occasion taken a few steps on two legs, is able to use tools, and during one recent short when he got a pair of magic gloves that gave him fingers, he even was playing video games and using the phone.



** Inverted: Pluto and {{Figaro}} (CanonImmigrant from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'') were already "non-anthro" to begin with, but in ''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.
** The only time that Mickey and Minnie ever appeared as full-on rodents, right down to being smaller than their domestic surroundings, was in a cartoon that curiously came ''after'' having been anthropomorphic animals in a few other shorts (''Plane Crazy,'' ''Steamboat Willie,'' etc.). This cartoon is ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66AYGjkN4vE When the Cat's Away]]'' (1929). For all the most obvious reasons, this interpretation was never seen again.

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** Inverted: Pluto and {{Figaro}} (CanonImmigrant from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'') were already "non-anthro" to begin with, but in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse'', ''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.
** The only time that Mickey and Minnie ever appeared as full-on rodents, right down to being smaller than their domestic surroundings, was in a cartoon that curiously came ''after'' having been anthropomorphic animals in a few other shorts (''Plane Crazy,'' ''Steamboat Willie,'' (''WesternAnimation/PlaneCrazy,'' ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie,'' etc.). This cartoon is ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66AYGjkN4vE When the Cat's Away]]'' (1929). For all the most obvious reasons, this interpretation was never seen again.



** {{Pete}} was originally a bear and since ''SteamboatWillie'', is supposed to be a cat, thus why he has a [[AnimalStereotypes rivalry with Mickey Mouse]]. However, you can only really tell in the first few shorts he's in, including ''SteamboatWillie''. In more contemporary cartoons like WesternAnimation/GoofTroop, his design is such that many assumed him to be a dog or {{Dogface}}. HouseOfMouse actually had to take the time to remind us that Pete is, in fact, a feline through some FurryReminder jokes.
** Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar of the [[ClassicDisneyShorts old Disney cartoon shorts]] and comics started out as actual four-legged non-anthropomorphic barnyard animals and alternated between anthro and non-anthro roles before becoming full-fledged FunnyAnimal characters alongside Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the others.
** WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale started out as {{Talking Animal}}s in their debut, but became {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s later on in the ClassicDisneyShorts. They then became straight-up {{Civilized Animal}}s in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' and stayed that way ever since.

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** {{Pete}} WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} was originally a bear and since ''SteamboatWillie'', ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'', is supposed to be a cat, thus why he has a [[AnimalStereotypes rivalry with Mickey Mouse]]. However, you can only really tell in the first few shorts he's in, including ''SteamboatWillie''. ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie''. In more contemporary cartoons like WesternAnimation/GoofTroop, ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', his design is such that many assumed him to be a dog or {{Dogface}}. HouseOfMouse ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' actually had to take the time to remind us that Pete is, in fact, a feline through some FurryReminder jokes.
** Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar of the [[ClassicDisneyShorts [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts old Disney cartoon shorts]] and comics started out as actual four-legged non-anthropomorphic barnyard animals and alternated between anthro and non-anthro roles before becoming full-fledged FunnyAnimal characters alongside Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the others.
** WesternAnimation/ChipAndDale started out as {{Talking Animal}}s in their debut, but became {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s later on in the ClassicDisneyShorts.WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts. They then became straight-up {{Civilized Animal}}s in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' and stayed that way ever since.



* Interesting example, BettyBoop was originally a poodle. Seriously. Soon after her first cartoon, her ears were remade into earrings and curly fur became flapper girl hair.

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* Interesting example, BettyBoop WesternAnimation/BettyBoop was originally a poodle. Seriously. Soon after her first cartoon, her ears were remade into earrings and curly fur became flapper girl hair.



* Heck, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny! Though never really acting consistently rabbit-ish (beyond the carrot addiction, which is actually just a myth that Bugs popularized--real rabbits can't even digest carrots), there's a striking difference between the way he's drawn and behaves in the black and white and in color. The early form has a rabbit shaped head whereas the current one's is more of an anime take on a Persian cat with Buck teeth and long ears. Early Bugs had a big behind and would hop around on all fours from time to time. That never happened once he made the jump to color.
** Colored Bugs ''has'' hopped around a few times, though only to fool some idiot into thinking he was an innocent bunny.
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, too. In his earliest appearances he was a regular-looking duck with some cartoony features. It wasn't until his third or fourth appearance that he began to act more human-like, and his wings gradually evolved into [[FeatherFingers hands]].

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* Heck, WesternAnimation/BugsBunny! Though never really acting consistently rabbit-ish (beyond the carrot addiction, which is actually just a myth that Bugs popularized--real rabbits can't even digest carrots), there's a striking difference between the way he's drawn and behaves in the black and white and in color. The early form has a rabbit shaped head whereas the current one's is more of an anime take on a Persian cat with Buck teeth and long ears. Early Bugs had a big behind and would hop around on all fours from time to time. That never happened once he made the jump to color.
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Colored Bugs ''has'' hopped around a few times, though only to fool some idiot into thinking he was an innocent bunny.
** WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck, too. * In his WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck's earliest appearances he was a regular-looking duck with some cartoony features. It wasn't until his third or fourth appearance that he began to act more human-like, and his wings gradually evolved into [[FeatherFingers hands]].



* FelixTheCat is shown, in his very earliest incarnation (as "Master Tom," in 1919's "Feline Follies") as being a regular housecat. By the 1920s, he walks upright and talks, even though he's still the pet of humans. In the handful of Felix cartoons made in the 1930s, he's shown living in a society of anthropomorphic animals, and actually keeps pets.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVos-3b4p6w&feature=player_detailpage#t=173s This sequence]] from the {{MGM}} short "Sheep Wrecked" demonstrates this trope in short bursts. The lamb starts out as a normal animal (not unlike the sheep that came before or since), but when the plunger the wolf fires catches it and starts dragging it away, it turns into a FunnyAnimal and wraps its arms around the fence. We cut to a shot of the wolf as he pulls off some of the lamb's wool, and when we cut back to the lamb, it has been anthropomorphized even further into a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]]. "Now there's a right purdy leg of lamb."

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* FelixTheCat WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is shown, in his very earliest incarnation (as "Master Tom," in 1919's "Feline Follies") as being a regular housecat. By the 1920s, he walks upright and talks, even though he's still the pet of humans. In the handful of Felix cartoons made in the 1930s, he's shown living in a society of anthropomorphic animals, and actually keeps pets.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVos-3b4p6w&feature=player_detailpage#t=173s com/watch?v=zVos-3b4p6w This sequence]] from the {{MGM}} short "Sheep Wrecked" demonstrates this trope in short bursts. The lamb starts out as a normal animal (not unlike the sheep that came before or since), but when the plunger the wolf fires catches it and starts dragging it away, it turns into a FunnyAnimal and wraps its arms around the fence. We cut to a shot of the wolf as he pulls off some of the lamb's wool, and when we cut back to the lamb, it has been anthropomorphized even further into a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]]. "Now there's a right purdy leg of lamb."
28th May '16 3:49:39 PM Drope
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* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this trope depending on the work. In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and his guest appearance in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (Wii), he appears to be just a gorilla. In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games (both the original and Returns/TropicalFreeze), he displays more human-like intelligence, but still walks around in all fours like a typical gorilla. In the cartoon and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', he is now bipedal and displays far more human-like mannerisms. In general, it appears that he becomes more beast-like whenever he is cast in an antagonistic role.

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* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this trope depending on the work. In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and his guest appearance in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (Wii), he appears to be just a gorilla. In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games (both the original trilogy and Returns/TropicalFreeze), Returns[=/=]Tropical Freeze), he displays more human-like intelligence, but still walks around in all fours like a typical gorilla. In the cartoon and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', he is now bipedal and displays far more human-like mannerisms. In general, it appears that he becomes more beast-like whenever he is cast in an antagonistic role.
28th May '16 3:45:47 PM Drope
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* ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this trope depending on the work. In the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' and his guest appearance in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'' (Wii), he appears to be just a gorilla. In the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' games (both the original and Returns/TropicalFreeze), he displays more human-like intelligence, but still walks around in all fours like a typical gorilla. In the cartoon and ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'', he is now bipedal and displays far more human-like mannerisms. In general, it appears that he becomes more beast-like whenever he is cast in an antagonistic role.
7th May '16 10:33:40 PM Theriocephalus
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A few years later, you're wandering through the bookstore, and spot book 20 in the series. Except... Now everyone's wearing clothing, cranky old Mr. Rabbit runs a general-store, Mr Wolf [[CarnivoreConfusion lives right next-door to him]] and Miss Mouse and Mrs. Cougar both wear the same dress size. What happened?

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A few years later, you're wandering through the bookstore, and spot book 20 in the series. Except... Now now everyone's wearing clothing, cranky old Mr. Rabbit runs a general-store, Mr Mr. Wolf [[CarnivoreConfusion lives right next-door to him]] and Miss Mouse and Mrs. Cougar both wear the same dress size. What happened?
6th May '16 9:39:39 PM Pichu-kun
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* The GEICO Gecko. In his early appearances, he was very gecko-like in movement, gripping onto the (full-size) microphone with all four feet to talk into it, walking on all fours, and doing the eyeball-lick maneuver geckos are famous for. By now, his mannerisms are a hundred percent human, despite legs that are too short for it, and the result [[UncannyValley really isn't that cute]].
** This shift coincided with the change from complaining about the name similarity to straight shilling the company, as well as changing to a completely different accent. We can probably safely conclude that the anthro and non-anthro Geckos are actually different characters.

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* The GEICO Gecko. In his early appearances, he was very gecko-like in movement, gripping onto the (full-size) microphone with all four feet to talk into it, walking on all fours, and doing the eyeball-lick maneuver geckos are famous for. By now, his mannerisms are a hundred percent human, despite legs that are too short for it, and the result [[UncannyValley really isn't that cute]].
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cute]]. This shift coincided with the change from complaining about the name similarity to straight shilling the company, as well as changing to a completely different accent. We can probably safely conclude that the anthro and non-anthro Geckos are actually different characters.



* The Belgian comic ''ComicBook/{{Chlorophylle}}'' began with two adventuring mice, who spent several adventures before wandering into a ''[[MouseWorld miniature rodent society]]'' where they became AmateurSleuth {{Intrepid Reporter}}s.
** The comic later got a TV show from it (and a pretty good one too), but it instead goes straight into FurryConfusion... As it combines mostly anthropomorphic puppets with live animals. And there's no particular difference in intelligence either.

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* The Belgian comic ''ComicBook/{{Chlorophylle}}'' began with two adventuring mice, who spent several adventures before wandering into a ''[[MouseWorld miniature rodent society]]'' where they became AmateurSleuth {{Intrepid Reporter}}s.
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Reporter}}s. The comic later got a TV show from it (and a pretty good one too), but it instead goes straight into FurryConfusion... As it combines mostly anthropomorphic puppets with live animals. And there's no particular difference in intelligence either.



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



* Amazingly enough, Franchise/{{Godzilla}} falls under this as well. During the 1960s-1970s he became less [[UnstoppableRage nuclear dinosaur hell-bent on destroying Japan]] and more kid-friendly dinosaur hero with a sense of humor. This is evident when you notice that Godzilla used pseudo-wrestling moves to defeat his enemies rather than his claws and teeth in later films.
** Heck, even Godzilla's LOOK became more anthropomorphic during the 1960s-1970s. Just compare how he [[http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk210/xolta_99/1810602_780cf736b9_m.jpg looked in the original 1954 film]] to how [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Y38IW_SOQIw/TM3Fuj2zxLI/AAAAAAAAGNM/wLv06y6srls/s1600/vlcsnap-2010-10-31-12h22m27s8.png he looked in 1974]]

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* Amazingly enough, Franchise/{{Godzilla}} falls under this as well. During the 1960s-1970s he became less [[UnstoppableRage nuclear dinosaur hell-bent on destroying Japan]] and more kid-friendly dinosaur hero with a sense of humor. This is evident when you notice that Godzilla used pseudo-wrestling moves to defeat his enemies rather than his claws and teeth in later films.
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films. Heck, even Godzilla's LOOK became more anthropomorphic during the 1960s-1970s. Just compare how he [[http://i281.photobucket.com/albums/kk210/xolta_99/1810602_780cf736b9_m.jpg looked in the original 1954 film]] to how [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Y38IW_SOQIw/TM3Fuj2zxLI/AAAAAAAAGNM/wLv06y6srls/s1600/vlcsnap-2010-10-31-12h22m27s8.png he looked in 1974]]



* The first book in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series involves elements such as a horse pulling a hay cart that's obviously proportioned for humans and describes a church with mice living in it as "abandoned"; the implication being it was abandoned by its builders [humans]. This coupled with one anomalous reference to "Portugal" makes it seem as though the mice and vermin characters are simply [[MouseWorld animals living at the margins of the real world]]. Later books {{Retcon}} these elements away to present a world populated solely by the animal characters.
** This is also due to PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, as author Brian Jacques wanted to remove any traces of religion, including changing the aforementioned St. Ninian's Church (which [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Ninian happens to be real]]) to a house with a sign that had read, "This ain't Ninian's" (and then burning it down in ''Outcast of Redwall''. But Jacques never quite succeeded in explaining why there was a human-sized farm, or why Ninian's house had pews and a lectern. And it's hard to remove all traces of religion when the main characters live in an abbey, the leader is an abbot or abbess, and a dozen characters in any given book are called Brother or Sister.

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* The first book in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series involves elements such as a horse pulling a hay cart that's obviously proportioned for humans and describes a church with mice living in it as "abandoned"; the implication being it was abandoned by its builders [humans]. This coupled with one anomalous reference to "Portugal" makes it seem as though the mice and vermin characters are simply [[MouseWorld animals living at the margins of the real world]]. Later books {{Retcon}} these elements away to present a world populated solely by the animal characters.
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characters. This is also due to PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, as author Brian Jacques wanted to remove any traces of religion, including changing the aforementioned St. Ninian's Church (which [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Ninian happens to be real]]) to a house with a sign that had read, "This ain't Ninian's" (and then burning it down in ''Outcast of Redwall''. But Jacques never quite succeeded in explaining why there was a human-sized farm, or why Ninian's house had pews and a lectern. And it's hard to remove all traces of religion when the main characters live in an abbey, the leader is an abbot or abbess, and a dozen characters in any given book are called Brother or Sister.



* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the overtly catlike aspects of The Cat's personality became progressively less prominent (to the point of being vestigial) as the series progressed, essentially making him a regular character who happens to be selfish and obsessed with his appearance.
** A scrapped episode, acted out through storyboard drawings and narrated by Chris Barrie as a special feature on the Season 7 DVD, would have addressed this change in Cat's character. Essentially, spending so much time among humans/humanoids was revealed to have "domesticated" him, causing him to lose his catlike traits and instincts.

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* In ''Series/RedDwarf'', the overtly catlike aspects of The Cat's personality became progressively less prominent (to the point of being vestigial) as the series progressed, essentially making him a regular character who happens to be selfish and obsessed with his appearance.
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appearance. A scrapped episode, acted out through storyboard drawings and narrated by Chris Barrie as a special feature on the Season 7 DVD, would have addressed this change in Cat's character. Essentially, spending so much time among humans/humanoids was revealed to have "domesticated" him, causing him to lose his catlike traits and instincts.



* While ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' in general are still very animal-like and non-anthropomorphic they've become ''somewhat'' more anthropomorphic over the generations. In general it's more-so the mindset and how they interact with people then the way they look; they act less like animals. Probably the biggest example of this trope is the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' games. The Pokémon all ''look'' nonhuman, but they act so much like humans (what with true civilization, folk tales, and an economy with currency) that the protagonist being able to almost instantly adjust to life as another species sounds very plausible in context.

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* While ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' in general are still very animal-like and non-anthropomorphic they've become ''somewhat'' more anthropomorphic over the generations. In general it's more-so For the mindset and how most part they interact with people then were originally treated as {{Intellectual Animal}}s or {{Nearly Normal Animal}}s. As the way series progressed they look; they act less became more like animals.{{Partially Civilized Animal}}s and have more anthropomorphic behaviors. Some even have royalty. Probably the biggest example of this trope is the ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon Mystery Dungeon]]'' games. The Pokémon all ''look'' nonhuman, but they act so much like humans (what with true civilization, folk tales, and an economy with currency) that the protagonist being able to almost instantly adjust to life as another species sounds very plausible in context.



* ''Inverted'' in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}''. TailConcerto featured character designs that were more or less animal heads and tails on slightly SuperDeformed human bodies. Solatorobo tends to diversify the body types quite a bit more, with cats getting incredibly slender, borderline digitigrade legs and dogs coming in a wider verity of breeds.

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* ''Inverted'' in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}''. TailConcerto featured character designs that were more or less animal heads and tails on slightly SuperDeformed human bodies. Solatorobo tends to diversify the body types quite a bit more, with cats getting incredibly slender, borderline digitigrade legs and dogs coming in a wider verity variety of breeds.
1st May '16 8:19:09 PM jormis29
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* For the upcoming movie adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/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.

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* For the upcoming movie adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/SlyCooper,'' ''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.
11th Apr '16 10:31:23 AM Pichu-kun
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* The children's book and television series ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. He's an [[Literature/{{Arthur}} aardvark]]. Early books, written in the late 70's, had Arthur look ''very'' much like an aardvark, right down to the foot-long nose. As a matter of fact, his long nose was a major plot point. In later books, and on his PBS series, he looks... like a teddy bear? A mouse? A guinea pig? At any rate, it looks ''nothing'' like a real aardvark. And at this point, as far as some of the other characters, you'll just have to take Marc Brown's word for it what species they are (such as whether Prunella is a rat or a poodle).

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* The children's book and television series ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''. He's an [[Literature/{{Arthur}} aardvark]].aardvark. Early books, written in the late 70's, had Arthur look ''very'' much like an aardvark, right down to the foot-long nose. As a matter of fact, his long nose was a major plot point. In later books, and on his PBS series, he looks... like a teddy bear? A mouse? A guinea pig? At any rate, it looks ''nothing'' like a real aardvark. And at this point, as far as some of the other characters, you'll just have to take Marc Brown's word for it what species they are (such as whether Prunella is a rat or a poodle).



* In the ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' books the characters look like regular animals. The manga and anime made them more anthro but they're still very natural. The 2012 cartoon based off the books gave them more human-like expressions. [[http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/5679/1334424288293.jpg For comparisons sake]].

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* In the ''Literature/ArashiNoYoruNi'' books the characters look like regular animals. The manga and anime made them slightly more anthro anthropomorphic but they're still very natural.natural looking. The 2012 cartoon based off the books gave them more human-like expressions. [[http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/5679/1334424288293.jpg For comparisons sake]].



* The ponies in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' were originally NearlyNormalAnimals who slept in stables. By the 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 seeming more like human shaped horses. The current generation, G4, is far less anthropomorphic and has frequent FurryReminder's and is more on-par with mid-G1.

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* The ponies in ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' were originally NearlyNormalAnimals who slept in stables. By the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends animated adaptation 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 FurryReminder's and {{Furry Reminder}}s. It is more on-par with mid-G1.mid-to-lateG1.



* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' and ''Brawl'', Bowser is given a bestial design and [[PrimalStance stance]]. However, ''4'' brings his design in line with that of his home series and has him stand tall, transitioning from MightyGlacier to LightningBruiser in the process. His [[OneWingedAngel Giga Bowser]] form retains the bestial stance and moves of the previous games, however, making for [[DivergentCharacterEvolution a much starker contrast between the forms]].

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* In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'' and ''Brawl'', Bowser is given a bestial design and [[PrimalStance stance]]. However, ''4'' brings his design in line with that of his home series and has him stand tall, transitioning from MightyGlacier to LightningBruiser in the process. His [[OneWingedAngel Giga Bowser]] form retains the bestial stance and moves of the previous games, however, making for [[DivergentCharacterEvolution a much starker contrast between the forms]]. Yoshi also received a more upright stance in the fourth game.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' has more anthropomorphic behaving animals than the previous ''Disney/TheLionKing'' movie. The lions previously seemed to behave more like lions and the ruler of the Pridelands was mostly respected more than anything. In ''The Lion Guard'' we see Simba doing things and his son Kion is a KidHero who has to keep the Pridelanders safe and content.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'':
** ''The Lion Guard''
has more anthropomorphic behaving animals than the previous ''Disney/TheLionKing'' movie. The lions previously seemed to behave more like lions and the ruler of the Pridelands was mostly respected more than anything. In ''The Lion Guard'' we see Simba doing things and his son Kion is a KidHero who has to keep the Pridelanders safe and content.content.
** In stark contrast to the realistic crocodiles in ''Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride'', the crocodiles are cartoonish and can speak. This may have been a CallBack to their portrayal in "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" from the original film.
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** Played straight more so in ''TazMania''. While Taz was originally anthropomorphic in the original shorts, he was something of a wild predator. In the TV show, he has a fully anthro family, and, while still TheUnintelligible, he seems to have much more prominent uses of coherent English.

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** Played straight more so in ''TazMania''.''WesternAnimation/TazMania''. While Taz was originally anthropomorphic in the original shorts, he was something of a wild predator. In the TV show, he has a fully anthro family, and, while still TheUnintelligible, he seems to have much more prominent uses of coherent English.
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