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18th May '17 1:14:24 PM StFan
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*** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glidance]]" has some particularly extreme examples of this, even by the show's normal use of this trope, with pegasi using their feathers for everything from plugging their ears to counting out points.

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*** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glidance]]" has some particularly extreme examples of this, even by the show's normal use of this trope, with pegasi using their feathers for everything from plugging their ears to counting out points.points, as well as "shaking wings" or doing a "[[FacePalm face-wing]]".
7th May '17 12:39:55 PM Theriocephalus
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*** In the early episodes, ponies often used their mouths (or, for unicorns, their magic powers) for most things we use our hands for. In later episodes however, this is usually forgotten, as the animators often give up and just manipulate or even inexplicably grasp things with their hooves. Pegasi have also sometimes used their wings in a way that is closer to the trope name than it is to what wings could actually do. The general rule seems to be that the unexplained hoof-grasping is avoided unless it becomes too inconvenient to do so, with a preference for more creative solutions that at least work physically if not physiologically, like a PrehensileTail.
*** A pegasus's wings, when not used for flying, function similar to a thumbless hand, in that they can manipulate objects (like opening a saddlebag) or support body weight (the rather odd "wing push-ups" some pegasi were seen doing in "Hurricane Fluttershy"), but can't seem to actually grasp things, unless they wrap nearly an entire wing around it. The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]" (where pegasi manipulate things with their wings even more often than usual) actually comes up with a very clever justification: at one point, Rainbow Dash is zapped by a thundercloud with XRaySparks in effect, showing a good view of her (presumably pegasus-normal) skeleton -- which clearly shows her wings' skeleton not as a birdlike modified arm, but as four separate, jointed finger-like structures stretching from her spine to her wingtips, which is as good an explanation as any for why this trope is in effect.

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*** In the early episodes, ponies often used their mouths (or, for unicorns, their magic powers) for most things we use our hands for. In later episodes episodes, however, this is usually forgotten, as the animators often give up and just manipulate or even inexplicably grasp things with their hooves. Pegasi have also sometimes used their wings in a way that is closer to the trope name than it is to what wings could actually do. The general rule seems to be that the unexplained hoof-grasping is avoided unless it becomes too inconvenient to do so, with a preference for more creative solutions that at least work physically if not physiologically, like a PrehensileTail.
*** A pegasus's wings, when not used for flying, function similar to a thumbless hand, in that they can manipulate objects (like opening a saddlebag) or support body weight (the rather odd "wing push-ups" some pegasi were seen doing in "Hurricane Fluttershy"), but can't seem to actually grasp things, unless they wrap nearly an entire wing around it. it.
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The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]" (where pegasi manipulate things with their wings even more often than usual) actually comes up with a very clever justification: at one point, Rainbow Dash is zapped by a thundercloud with XRaySparks in effect, showing a good view of her (presumably pegasus-normal) skeleton -- which clearly shows her wings' skeleton not as a birdlike modified arm, but as four separate, jointed finger-like structures stretching from her spine to her wingtips, which is as good an explanation as any for why this trope is in effect.effect.
*** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E7ParentalGlideance Parental Glidance]]" has some particularly extreme examples of this, even by the show's normal use of this trope, with pegasi using their feathers for everything from plugging their ears to counting out points.
11th Apr '17 8:31:35 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* Quack Quack the duck from ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has arms which also work as wings.
15th Mar '17 8:52:59 PM Abodos
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** The Rito that appear in the trailer for ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' play it straight. It depicts Kass clearly playing an accordion with his feathered fingers.

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** The Rito that appear in the trailer for ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' play it straight. It depicts Kass clearly playing an accordion with his feathered fingers. Meanwhile, Revali and Teba are shown to be proficient archers, and the latter even gives a feathery thumbs-up in the middle of flight no less.
11th Mar '17 6:52:41 AM DarkStorm
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** Averted with the Road Runner: he carries things with his feet instead of his wings.
** An interesting variant with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and fellow Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn (a rooster) -- both of them have "wings" that are basically just hands, but are also capable of flying with them, something both of them have demonstrated on occasions (Daffy even migrated a couple times).
* Justified with Scratch from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', a robotic Rooster created by Dr. Robotnik as one of his henchbots..

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** Averted Mostly averted with the Road Runner: he carries things with his feet instead of his wings.
wings, but he holds signs in his wing as if it was a hand.
** An interesting A variant with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and fellow Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn (a rooster) -- both of them have "wings" that are basically just human arms and hands, but are also sometimes capable of flying with them, something both of them have demonstrated on occasions (Daffy even migrated a couple times).
times). Their ability to fly is very much dependent on the story demands of whatever they're doing at the time. (In the more recent ''[[WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow Looney Tunes Show]]'', for example, Daffy is unable to swim ''or'' fly, making Porky question whether he's really a duck at all)
* Justified with Scratch from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', a robotic Rooster created by Dr. Robotnik as one of his henchbots..henchbots.
14th Feb '17 4:17:38 PM DarkStorm
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** Probably the strangest example would be ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. The Ponies are not normally anthropomorphic or human-like in the least; aside from the fact that they talk, they are quadrupedal equines with hooves. And yet, in this series, they live in a human-like 1980s suburbia, and can carry and use objects that have obviously been designed for humans -- sometimes with their teeth (which wouldn't be ''so'' weird except for the fact that there don't seem to be any humans around), but most frequently just by just using their front hooves as if they were hands, and the objects either somehow sticking to them (like pencils or mugs) or just working without any apparent explanation (like guitars or keyboards), without even any attempt at a {{handwave}}. (The original MyLittlePony cartoons kept a couple of humans around for such things, so Hoof Fingers weren't necessary) [[BellisariosMaxim Just breathe, just breathe...]]

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** Probably the strangest example would be ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales''. The Ponies are not normally anthropomorphic or human-like in the least; aside from the fact that they talk, they are quadrupedal equines with hooves. And yet, in this series, they live in a human-like 1980s suburbia, and can carry and use objects that have obviously been designed for humans -- sometimes with their teeth (which wouldn't be ''so'' weird except for the fact that there don't seem to be any humans around), around) -- sometimes with their teeth, but most frequently just by just using their front hooves as if they were hands, and the objects either somehow sticking to them (like pencils or mugs) or just working without any apparent explanation (like guitars or keyboards), without even any attempt at a {{handwave}}. (The The original MyLittlePony cartoons kept a couple of humans around for such things, so Hoof Fingers weren't necessary) necessary. [[BellisariosMaxim Just breathe, just breathe...]]
6th Feb '17 4:13:21 PM WaveSwallow
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* Averted with the Rito in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', which have humanoid arms, hands and fingers that they use for holding things. They fly by magically transforming their arms into wings, and it's outright stated Rito are not born with wings, instead they're a gift from the local dragon.
** The Rito that appear in the trailer for ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' play it straight. It depicts Kass clearly playing an accordion with his feathered fingers.
26th Jan '17 3:24:29 AM StFan
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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has mixed uses of this trope. Ducks and geese are able to use their feathers like fingers, but Crane (the, [[CaptainObvious well]], crane) has realistic wings and uses his feet and beak to move objects. [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] is a combination of the two, using both his wings and his feet at times.

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* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has mixed uses of this trope. Ducks and geese are able to use their feathers like fingers, but Crane (the, [[CaptainObvious well]], crane) has realistic wings and uses his feet and beak to move objects. [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Lord Shen]] (a peacock) is a combination of the two, using both his wings and his feet at times.



** In the early ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes, ponies often used their mouths (or, for unicorns, their magic powers) for most things we use our hands for. in later episodes however, this is usually forgotten, as the animators often give up and just manipulate or even inexplicably grasp things with their hooves. Pegasi have also sometimes used their wings in a way that is closer to the trope name than it is to what wings could actually do. The general rule seems to be that the unexplained hoof-grasping is avoided unless it becomes too inconvenient to do so, with a preference for more creative solutions that at least work physically if not physiologically, like a PrehensileTail.\\\
A pegasus's wings, when not used for flying, function similar to a thumbless hand, in that they can manipulate objects (like opening a saddlebag) or support body weight (the rather odd "wing push-ups" some pegasi were seen doing in "Hurricane Fluttershy"), but can't seem to actually grasp things, unless they wrap nearly an entire wing around it. The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]" (where pegasi manipulate things with their wings even more often than usual) actually comes up with a very clever justification: at one point, Rainbow Dash is zapped by a thundercloud with XRaySparks in effect, showing a good view of her (presumably pegasus-normal) skeleton -- which clearly shows her wings' skeleton not as a birdlike modified arm, but as four separate, jointed finger-like structures stretching from her spine to her wingtips, which is as good an explanation as any for why this trope is in effect.

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** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
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In the early ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episodes, ponies often used their mouths (or, for unicorns, their magic powers) for most things we use our hands for. in In later episodes however, this is usually forgotten, as the animators often give up and just manipulate or even inexplicably grasp things with their hooves. Pegasi have also sometimes used their wings in a way that is closer to the trope name than it is to what wings could actually do. The general rule seems to be that the unexplained hoof-grasping is avoided unless it becomes too inconvenient to do so, with a preference for more creative solutions that at least work physically if not physiologically, like a PrehensileTail.\\\
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A pegasus's wings, when not used for flying, function similar to a thumbless hand, in that they can manipulate objects (like opening a saddlebag) or support body weight (the rather odd "wing push-ups" some pegasi were seen doing in "Hurricane Fluttershy"), but can't seem to actually grasp things, unless they wrap nearly an entire wing around it. The episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E7NewbieDash Newbie Dash]]" (where pegasi manipulate things with their wings even more often than usual) actually comes up with a very clever justification: at one point, Rainbow Dash is zapped by a thundercloud with XRaySparks in effect, showing a good view of her (presumably pegasus-normal) skeleton -- which clearly shows her wings' skeleton not as a birdlike modified arm, but as four separate, jointed finger-like structures stretching from her spine to her wingtips, which is as good an explanation as any for why this trope is in effect.



* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' where the character George (a moose) was actually drawn with human hands instead of hooves.

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* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' where the character George (a moose) was is actually drawn with human hands instead of hooves.



* Averted with Road Runner from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. He carries things with his feet instead of his wings.
** An interesting variant with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and fellow Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn (a rooster)--both of them have "wings" that are basically just hands, but are also capable of flying with them, something both of them have demonstrated on occasions (Daffy even migrated a couple times).

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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
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Averted with the Road Runner from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''. He Runner: he carries things with his feet instead of his wings.
** An interesting variant with WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and fellow Looney Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn (a rooster)--both rooster) -- both of them have "wings" that are basically just hands, but are also capable of flying with them, something both of them have demonstrated on occasions (Daffy even migrated a couple times).



* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', where Beatrice (a talking bluebird) frequently gestured with her wings as if they were arms [[spoiler:(probably out of habit, since she used to be human)]], but never tried to use them as hands.

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* Downplayed in ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'', where Beatrice (a talking bluebird) frequently gestured gestures with her wings as if they were arms [[spoiler:(probably out of habit, since she used to be human)]], but never tried tries to use them as hands.



** Similarly, ''Yi qi'', a small dinosaur from Jurassic China, is probably the closest thing to a real avian example of this trope, its wings being batlike in configuration.
* Pterosaurs downplayed this trope--their wings were made up of elongated pinky fingers, with the rest of their fingers being free and fully functional. The exception was ''Nyctosaurus'', which only had the single wing finger and had no other fingers at all.
* Inverted with Koalas. They have eight opposable thumbs (two on each paw).

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** * Similarly, ''Yi qi'', a small dinosaur from Jurassic China, is probably the closest thing to a real avian example of this trope, its wings being batlike in configuration.
* Pterosaurs downplayed this trope--their trope -- their wings were made up of elongated pinky fingers, with the rest of their fingers being free and fully functional. The exception was ''Nyctosaurus'', which only had the single wing finger and had no other fingers at all.
* Inverted with Koalas. They have eight opposable thumbs (two on each paw).
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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' sometimes did this, especially in the earliest cartoons. He would normally walk around on all fours, with very dog-like paws, but when a zany scheme was involved, he'd stand up on his hind legs with no difficulty, and thumbs would mysteriously appear on his front paws.

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' sometimes did this, especially in the earliest cartoons. He would normally walk walks around on all fours, with very dog-like paws, but when a zany scheme was is involved, he'd stand he stands up on his hind legs with no difficulty, and thumbs would mysteriously appear appears on his front paws.



* Rita from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has hands with thumbs when she's on two legs or using them like human hands (I.e., to gesture, grab, or grasp something), but these turn to normal front paws without thumbs when she's on four legs.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'':
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Rita from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has hands with thumbs when she's on two legs or using them like human hands (I.(i.e., to gesture, grab, or grasp something), but these turn to normal front paws without thumbs when she's on four legs.



* Thumbs sometimes appear on the paws of WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup, {{Figaro}}, and other "[[NearlyNormalAnimal non-anthro]]" WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts dogs and cats when they grasp something or gesture, but sometimes they don't.
* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Perry the Platypus]] has stylized paws with no visible fingers while in his mindless pet guise, but human-like hands while on secret agent duty.

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* Thumbs sometimes appear on the paws of WesternAnimation/PlutoThePup, {{Figaro}}, WesternAnimation/{{Figaro}}, and other "[[NearlyNormalAnimal non-anthro]]" WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts dogs and cats when they grasp something or gesture, but sometimes they don't.
* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Perry the Platypus]] Platypus has stylized paws with no visible fingers while in his mindless pet guise, but human-like hands while on secret agent duty.


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* Inverted with Koalas. They have eight opposable thumbs (two on each paw).
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23rd Jan '17 1:17:57 PM HarpieSiren
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* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and Daisy Duck not only have awfully handlike wing feathers, they develop ''Tail'' FeatherFingers from time to time in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts.

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* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and Daisy Duck not only used to have awfully handlike wing feathers, they develop feather fingers, but as his design evolved, he ended up with what were simply feather covered, human-like hands and arms. Of course, this doesn't preclude him from developing ''Tail'' FeatherFingers from time to time in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts.time.
1st Jan '17 6:57:44 PM CJCroen1393
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** Similarly, ''Yi qi'', a small dinosaur from Jurassic China, is probably the closest thing to a real avian example of this trope, its wings being batlike in configuration.
* Pterosaurs downplayed this trope--their wings were made up of elongated pinky fingers, with the rest of their fingers being free and fully functional. The exception was ''Nyctosaurus'', which only had the single wing finger and had no other fingers at all.
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