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->''"Gadget was in many ways the perfect character for me in this pre-sexual phase. The clear social expectation that Id eventually have to date and find a wife (a process that, in 4th grade, I treated as an upcoming errand, not entirely dissimilar to emptying the dishwasher) was made easier by the knowledge that there were people in the world like Gadget -- [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative hyper-intelligent female mice]] -- that I could marry."''\\
--'''[[http://projectnes.blogspot.com/2010/09/pierre-menard-author-of-nintendo.html Phil Sandifer]]''' on ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''

A ''furry'' is, at the base, a fan of anthropomorphic animal characters (frequently and somewhat ironically abbreviated as simply ''anthro''). Exactly where on the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism these characters are doesn't matter, but most of them fall under PettingZooPeople and {{Funny Animal}}s, and they're not on either extreme end. The characters may in some instances also be shapeshifters, transforming from fully human form to some kind of animal.

The majority of the fandom consists of people who enjoy fiction and art centered around anthropomorphic animal characters whether it be something as simple as text stories, art or comic books, or enjoying something as elaborate as furrydom's perhaps most significant de facto artistic and financial mainstream media success, the internationally popular ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' film franchise by Creator/DreamworksAnimation. They may simply take part in what others create, or they may be creators themselves. Many, but not all, also have a ''fursona'' [[note]]short for "Furry Persona"[[/note]], which is a furry character representing the individual.

On the deeper end of the fandom, which is a minority, there are people with anthropomorphic animal fetishes, and a minority of ''them'' are erotic cosplayers. [[LawOfFanJackassery Despite the small size of this group, they have gathered the most attention in the fandom, much thanks to]] ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''{{MTV}}'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', ''VanityFair'', ''Maxim'', ''Website/SomethingAwful'', ''Series/CheckItOutWithDrSteveBrule'', and numerous other programs. As such, furries are understandably distrustful of the media, and believe it necessary to refuse Convention access to known members of the press.

Another subculture of the fandom is UsefulNotes/{{Otherkin}}. These are people who believe they are, in real life, not actually fully human. It may be that they claim to have an animal spirit, which may or may not be a real animal (Therians limit themselves to real animals). Some go so far as to disown the human race entirely, and claim they've been born as the wrong species. Even Otherkin, who're mocked by other furries, mock these people, to give some context to where they are on the social ladder.

There is a significant stigma to identifying yourself as a furry,[[note]][[ValuesDissonance At least in the U.S. and other countries]][[/note]] mainly because on TheInternet, they are often the butt of many jokes. For this reason, there are a lot of people who have the same interests, but don't identify as furries. On the other hand, if someone does like works with furry characters, some people are inclined to label them a furry. They may like the works for the furry characters, but they may also like them for simply being great stories. Who exactly is a furry is up for debate, but the only people you can be certain of are the ones who identify themselves as such.

Also, meet [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Kathy_Gerbasi Dr. Kathy Gerbasi]], social psychologist to the furs.
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!!This fandom contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Inevitable; since everyone's fursona isn't part of the same storyline, and there isn't even a real consensus on why furries would come to exist, there certainly won't be a consensus on what their names should sound like. At a furry con, you might see four furs standing right next to each other named Joe, [=PierogiWolf=], Jalloway the Alchemist, and [[OverlyLongName Redpiranhawolfdragonyellowbelliedsapsuckertalontoenailblade Darkreavercrownslayersmashmunchstompdicepureeblendreapersong the Eructative]]. It's compounded by the fact that most furs that have been in the fandom since the 80s don't have a fursona and go by their mundane names all the time, which really sticks out these days.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Blue markings are particularly popular]]. Tattoos that are somehow visible ''on top'' of the fur are also popular.
* AnimalStereotypes: Interestingly, the stereotype for a particular species in the furry fandom often will be different from what it traditionally is.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Inverted. Given the fandom's reputation, a lot of people refuse to believe that there's anything in it that ''isn't'' weird-ass fetish porn.
* AnthropomorphicShift
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Often used to point out common anatomical failures (rabbits with paw pads, male kangaroos with pouches) or more "human" traits, like NonMammalMammaries, or humanoid feet (see below). Most people often justify it by saying [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality "It's fiction" or "It's a toon" and pointing out that most anthros wouldn't exist in real life anyways]].
** Some reptiles tend to have smooth hair-less skin instead of scales, often justified by scales being too time-consuming to draw.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantigrade Plantigrade]] vs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitigrade digitigrade]] feet is a popular flame topic. While some expect anthropomorphic canines, felines and ungulates to walk on their toes, others point out that those feet wouldn't hold the weight of a human-sized biped or would have problems with balance. Some artists just give everybody humanoid feet.
* BestialityIsDepraved: People who hate the fandom for its [[{{Yiff}} sexual side]] tend to cite this as their reason more often than not. Of course, the vast majority of the fandom prefers anthropomorphism to feral (four-legged, non-anthro) creatures, and generally considers bestiality to be depraved as well. Furries do [[BerserkButton NOT]] like it when animals are abused or victimized.
* ButtMonkey: The fandom is pretty much the punching-bag of the Internet, which was lampshaded and commented on in [[http://xkcd.com/471/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.
* CatGirl: The war-torn border of furrydom and often a very big target for haters, depending on the amount of cat features on the person (or the other way around).
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Almost every mention/article about furries in the media will suffer from this to some degree, even if the article is written by a furry (since not all furries are in agreement as to what the fandom is about). Making things more difficult is that furries have become very hesitant to appear on the news. Several entries on this very page are often made up or unreliable, so everything here should be taken with a grain of salt, as well.
* DarkerAndEdgier, HotterAndSexier: The fandom as we know it basically kicked off with a bunch of independent writers and artists and their fans giving the finger to the AnimationAgeGhetto.
* DayDreamBeliever: Otherkin and Therians fall into this category, sometimes even refusing to be called by their human names.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The fiction ''[[http://www.sofurry.com/page/16447 I Wish I Was Furry]]'' (link is text-NSFW) and the ''The Problems With Cross-Breeding'' comics.
* DeadHorseTrope: "All furries are wolves, foxes and cats". There's a lot of furry art featuring other species out there, even the "{{squick}}y" ones like spiders, sharks, and snakes.
* EvenNerdsHaveStandards: Furries tend to be a punchline for most non-furries, even ones that are indifferent or friendly to them. Among furries, things start getting weird.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: There are guys who admit they're straight and have no interest in human males, but find themselves fascinated with male furries, and even enjoy watching furry {{yaoi}}.
* EveryoneIsBi: A common conception. In fact, there is [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a saying]]: "By and large, most furries are bi, and large." [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Sexual_Orientation A number of surveys]] have been done and tend to indicate that anywhere from 35 to 54% of the fandom are bi.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Present in some fiction and roleplaying. More common in some parts of the fandom than others.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The SPARKLEDOGS! It is impossible to tell just how seriously they take those things.
* ExoticEquipment: Present in some erotic and/or particularly detailed art. Usually justified in that the characters are not humans. [[DoubleStandard Far more common with males]].
* FandomRivalry: Putting furries and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic bronies]] in the same room is a bad idea, despite (sometimes ''because'') of the overlap between the two fandoms. Many furries see bronies as being "in the closet" (as claimed by the flamewar-inducing Website/FurAffinity banner ''My Little Furry: Denial Is Magic''), or get angry at furry image sites being flooded with pony pictures. Meanwhile, bronies tend to subscribe to the furry stereotypes[[note]]The fact that bronies originated from 4chan -- who bash furries out of tradition rather than genuine malice -- back in 2011 just made things all the uglier...[[/note]] and want to disassociate their own fandom with them.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Some roleplays tend to be like this.
* FollowTheLeader: Since many fursonas seem to start as glorified fan characters (very few will admit this), it may be possible to predict the trends of the fandom by the latest anthro-animal related media coming out.
** Early sources for the modern fandom include RobertCrumb's ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat'' and {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/RobinHood'', both of which emerged in the early 1970s.
** The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series (especially the co-genital [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog comic book]] and [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Saturday morning cartoon]]) may be single-handedly responsible for a ''very'' large portion of the furry fandom. ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and ''VideoGame/StarFox'' are also cited as major influences. The fact that all three were roughly coincidental to the popular rise of TheInternet certainly didn't hurt.
** That includes webcomics. An awful lot of [[HornyDevils succubi and incubi]] came out after ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. Which in turn was inspired by Morrigan from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''.
** The mock essay "How to Be a Furry" had a lot of fun with this, pointing out who allegedly set the stage for various character-design trends.
** ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is a pretty big influence now as well. Because why settle for being an anthro when you can be an anthro that knows kung fu?
** Ever since the debut and popularity surge of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', a high number of furries have created alternate pony characters for themselves.
* FreakyIsCool: Obviously quite common in the fandom.
* {{Funny Animal}}s and {{Civilized Animal}}s: They [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter walk on two legs]] and often wear clothes, but unlike PettingZooPeople, they keep the basic shape and proportions of their respective species.
* FurriesAreEasierToDraw: Or maybe just more fun. Many an artist has straight-up admitted one or the other.
* FurryComic: [[TropeMaker Well, duh]].
* FurryConfusion: [[SeriousBusiness Often mocked]]. Some people run with this, their fursona is "feral" (as opposed to centauroid or anthropomorph), a normal-looking animal, just able to talk, and sometimes sports a hairstyle.
* GatewaySeries: The fandom has a number of gateway shows/books. A list on the linked page has a good start.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: In the fandom, furry {{yaoi}} is much more popular than furry {{yuri}}. [[http://u18chan.com/ This site]] shows that gay-themed furry comics are twice the number of hetero- and lesbian-themed furry comics combined.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Duh.
** MixAndMatchCritters, HeinzHybrid & InterspeciesRomance: Furry "species" seem to be more analogous to human races than actual biological species, seeing as they're able to mate, interbreed, and even have viable children. One has to wonder why the whole "furry" race isn't composed entirely of hybrids.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Present in almost every single furry fiction that has humans as a major race. There are aversions where the one human character was a [[Webcomic/FurWillFly visitor from another dimension]] or the [[LastOfHisKind last of]] [[Webcomic/FurthiaHigh his species]].
* HumansAreUgly: Stated by a huge number of furs with varying degrees of seriousness [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm which other furs inevitably fail to notice]]. By definition, though, you have to at least think there's some appeal to the idea of not being completely human.
* HypocriticalFandom: Most trolling done to the Furry Fandom is done by other furries. Also, as this is the ''Internet'', [[{{GIFT}} perfectly nice people are turned into perpetually angry sociopaths because they don't suffer consequences]].
* IAmNotShazam: If you get into technical aspects, "furries" refer to characters with fur (''e.g''., mammals). For reptilian characters, those are "scalies", as for the birds, "avians". The list goes on. However, a commonly accepted blanket term for a member of the fandom is "furry".
* ImageBoards: Fchan, Ychan, "The Goddamned Furry Board", Paws and many more not listed here. Some of these boards, not being monitored closely, host truly frightening and squicky art, so Google at your own risk.
** A lot of the Furry Fandom hate can be traced back to a favorite "[[DeadHorseTrope pastime]]" of [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement a certain imageboard whose name is best not uttered in such a sensitive article]].
* InkSuitActor: Most furry artists depict "themselves" as furry characters, known as "fursonas", either due to the awkwardness of inserting human characters into a furry universe or [[RuleOfCool just because they want to]]. Some are deliberately drawn to strongly resemble their creators.
* InternetBacklash: Openly identifying as a furry is ''loaded''. Although acceptance seems to be (very slowly) spreading, and even Website/SomethingAwful tolerates open furries if they're civil, i.e. not an AttentionWhore or complete nutcase, those are banned once they stop being entertaining. However, a good deal of the more civil sites seem to accept or ignore furries these days. It seems it's fairly safe to be a furry nowadays so long as you don't [[IncrediblyLamePun walk into the lion's den]].
** In other words, think of the internet as a workplace. Unless you're on a website devoted to that sort of thing, people don't want to hear about your fetishes or unconventional lifestyle.
* InterspeciesRomance: Very common due to the wide variety of species used as "fursonas" or in furry media.
* MaleToFemaleUniversalAdaptor: Sometimes played straight in [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction porn with animals that should work differently]]. Yes, this can and does proceed to its [il]logical conclusions, in the form of {{Interspecies Romance}}s and MixAndMatchCritters. It seems that "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord species]]" of furries are more like human racial groups than actual biological species. This leads to [[FridgeLogic the question]] of why there even ''are'' still distinct species in this fictitious 'verse.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Some furries just can't make up their damn minds. Convoluted family trees and HotSkittyOnWailordAction are usually used as a HandWave.
* MoneyDearBoy: Even if you don't really identify with the fandom, there's a pretty good amount of money to be made if you're a remotely talented artist willing to draw other people's fursonas. The more you're willing and able to contribute to draw [[{{Filth}} naughty stuff]], the more money to be made.
* MostWritersAreHuman: Probably how the whole Furry Fandom got created was because of this fact.
* MrFanservice and MsFanservice: A godly large number of characters, including numerous artists' own fursonas.
* NonMammalMammaries: Usually played to the ground, often a bit of a BaseBreaker given how people point out that anatomically, it would be ''especially'' painful on avians (and by extension, gryphons) considering what mammaries are ''actually'' for.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The ''modern'' form of the fandom as we know it today was first established in the early 80s, but there were people who could easily be called "furry" in the 60s. However, if you consider the mere liking of something not human "furry", then you can go as far back as ancient times. The animal-headed Egyptians gods are the usual reference.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Often generalized as "taurs" to differentiate between the traditional exclusively-equine version. Usually have the lower body of a normal animal and the upper body of a human or more conventional furry.[[note]]This may have been inspired by the QuestForGlory series.[[/note]] An example: "Equitaurs" have the lower body of a non-anthro horse, and the upper body of an anthro horse, differentiating them from the half-human Centaurs.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragons are often associated with [[SmallNameBigEgo inflated egos]] and/or uncreativity. Not everyone falls in that category, but don't be surprised that even within its own little fandom there's [[BrokenBase severe conflict]].
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Some furries will claim this.
* PantomimeAnimal: An actor playing an animal character in live-action media.
* PettingZooPeople: The TropeCodifier. It has become the de facto standard form for characters created by the fandom's artists.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Many animals have sexual traits, anatomy, and abilities that humans don't have. Some furries like to make anthropomorphic animals have sex. You do the math. Or don't.
* ReclusiveArtist: There are a few artists in the fandom who're sometimes ''notoriously'' hard to get a hold of because of all the drama that they've gotten into. These particular artists may be hesitant to interact with others.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Assumed for some species (Aquatics, Avians, Dragons, etc), depending on where on the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic a particular character or world is.
* RuleOfCute
* RuleOfPersonificationConservation: Generally, a character or a cast of characters should only be animals if the plot requires it to (unless the author happens to be a furry, of course).
* RuleThirtyFour: Although the fandom has shifted heavily away from being an actual fandom of existing works and towards being a community of creators who are also fans of each other, this is still plenty common.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: People are known to pick these as their fursonas just to dodge the many AnimalStereotypes, or to stand out in a sea of foxes/wolves/etc.
* SilentMajority: It's rather telling that the ''less'' salacious media articles come from writers who had to go undercover in accordance with conventions' anti-press policies.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Most furries are PettingZooPeople, simply augmenting a normal human frame with fur, ears, paws, muzzle, and other animal characteristics. Other roleplayers are "[[TalkingAnimal non-anthro]]", or simply animals with human personalities.
* SnakePeople: Nagas are [[SnakesAreSexy surprisingly popular]], though they're most popular in the deeper end of the fandom.
* SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome: Once the fandom took off, it seems like everyone's fursona has to stand out in some way--wings, [[CombatTentacles tentacles]], [[DanAndMabsFurryAdventures more wings]], obscure species, cross-breeds, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife bright colours]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent beautiful Blue Jay-patterned Angel wings]], etc. Lately, having your character be a mundane, common species is what stands out.
* SpeciesSurname: Many furries will use a screen name that includes the species of their fursona, like "[=JohnnyCat=]" or "[=MartyMouse=]" or the like.
* StockDinosaurs: Mostly because they're the most well-known ones. You'll see some lesser known ones every now and then but most commonly people pick {{Raptor| Attack}}s because they're naturally bipedal.
* StopBeingStereotypical: For every furry acting outrageously and/or inappropriately, you can be sure that there are perhaps a dozen that FacePalm (Face Paw?) to the extent that a number of furries keep their 'furriness' a complete secret, for fear of comparison. What one furry does affects all the others. See VocalMinority below.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Frequently, though far from universally. Sometimes {{justified|Trope}} though that some designs wouldn't allow for some clothing anyway. And after all, most furries would have to shave their bodies to actually show "skin". But hey, there's a fetish for that too.
* TabletopGames: ''[[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Ironclaw Ironclaw]]'', ''[[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Furry_Pirates Furry Pirates]]'', ''Lands Of Luste'', and ''[[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Albedo:_The_Role-Playing_Game Albedo]]''. Not to mention that houseruled furry races are fairly common in ''[[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]''.
* {{Talking Animal}}s, {{Speech Impaired Animal}}s, {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s, and {{Nearly Normal Animal}}s: They are called "ferals" or "quads" by the fandom.
* TransformationComic: You see some that get rather adult; but there are plenty of G-rated ones. You just [[VocalMinority never hear about them]].
* {{Troll}}: To levels WAY past extreme. The trolling of the furry fandom on common web-sites has gone ''well'' beyond AcceptableTargets into rather horrific MemeticMutation. Look at ''any'' video in Website/YouTube featuring furries in any way, positive or not--the amount of trolling you get is simply baffling. Some of them are rather tame (by trolling standards), the others are rather extreme.
* UncannyValley: This can happen to some people, although a lot of the more "toony" or stylized art doesn't tend to be that Uncanny. Realistic Art can be rather uncanny, but the ''most'' Uncanny art are photomorphs, especially because most people don't seem to realize that you can't just slap random animal features on humans to make 'em look like a furry and hope it looks decent.
* UnusualEuphemism: All over the place, in both the traditional "awkward topics" sense and in more innocent things. Hands will be referred to as paws, feet will be footpaws, spouses will be mates, and some furries even prefer sillier euphemisms like "headfur" for hair. Usually done in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
* ValuesDissonance: The perception of the FurryFandom worldwide is different between countries: While in the English-speaking world and some few others the perception is more negative, in other countries, especially Japan, Korea, and Latin America, at worst you can be considered a furry and being treated as childish or an idiot, but rarely as a [[BestialityIsDepraved nature deviant]]. The fact the mythologies of those countries has LOTS of animal motiffs does help.[[note]]Per example, many types of {{Youkai}} like the {{Kitsune}}, {{Tanuki}}, and others in Japan, The ''Gumiho'' in Korea and the many animal gods in many Latin American cultures, including also the North American Native cultures.[[/note]]
* VocalMinority: ''The'' reason as to why the Furry Fandom has a bad image in the first place. "Normal" people aren't noticed as easily.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: The reason why there's so many foxes, wolves and cats in the first place. They're cute! It's also why birds, insects, spiders, FishPeople, and whole lot of reptiles are rare in the first place.
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: Usually cited word for word whenever the VocalMinority speaks up.
** Generically, some artists have actually left the fandom because their work started popping up on sites without their permission. There were several cases of people even ''selling prints'' of artists' work without their consent.
*** Some artists also leave the fandom because of the attitude of other furs, from mass idiocy to crass rudeness as reasons, dropping out of public and no longer showing up anywhere furry related. They will still keep furry friends, they just won't interact with the larger part of the fandom anymore. Other reasons could include not wanting to be associated with the fandom, for fear of being ridiculed or ostracized by people outside the fandom. The validity of this reasoning varies from situation to situation.
** There's also quite a few artists (especially in the realm of webcomics) that clearly do furry work but deny it and and refer to themselves and simply cartoonists and fantasy artists to avoid being associated with the fandom.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://en.wikifur.com/ WikiFur]] is basically ''the'' resource for information about furry cons and gatherings, although it usually trails off into stubs and vanity pages about anything else. Still, it's one of the few sites to start out hosted on Wikia and gain enough support[[note]]read: Wikia drove them off with their advertisement barrage and domain takeovers[[/note]] to get its own server.
* YouSexyBeast: Furries have done this with anthropomorphic wolves and Werewolves, usually ones on the more sane-when-transformed side of OurWerewolvesAreDifferent.
* {{Yiff}}: The TropeNamer. Basically a furry-specific word that refers to sex, either as a verb ("Yiffing") or as an adjective ("yiffy").
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->''"Gadget was in many ways the perfect character for me in this pre-sexual phase. The clear social expectation that Id eventually have to date and find a wife (a process that, in 4th grade, I treated as an upcoming errand, not entirely dissimilar to emptying the dishwasher) was made easier by the knowledge that there were people in the world like Gadget -- [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative hyper-intelligent female mice]] -- that I could marry."''\\
--'''[[http://projectnes.blogspot.com/2010/09/pierre-menard-author-of-nintendo.html Phil Sandifer]]''' on ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''

A ''furry'' is, at the base, a fan of anthropomorphic animal characters (frequently and somewhat ironically abbreviated as simply ''anthro''). Exactly where on the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism these characters are doesn't matter, but most of them fall under PettingZooPeople and {{Funny Animal}}s, and they're not on either extreme end. The characters may in some instances also be shapeshifters, transforming from fully human form to some kind of animal.

The majority of the fandom consists of people who enjoy fiction and art centered around anthropomorphic animal characters whether it be something as simple as text stories, art or comic books, or enjoying something as elaborate as furrydom's perhaps most significant de facto artistic and financial mainstream media success, the internationally popular ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' film franchise by Creator/DreamworksAnimation. They may simply take part in what others create, or they may be creators themselves. Many, but not all, also have a ''fursona'' [[note]]short for "Furry Persona"[[/note]], which is a furry character representing the individual.

On the deeper end of the fandom, which is a minority, there are people with anthropomorphic animal fetishes, and a minority of ''them'' are erotic cosplayers. [[LawOfFanJackassery Despite the small size of this group, they have gathered the most attention in the fandom, much thanks to]] ''Series/{{CSI}}'', ''Series/{{ER}}'', ''{{MTV}}'', ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'', ''VanityFair'', ''Maxim'', ''Website/SomethingAwful'', ''Series/CheckItOutWithDrSteveBrule'', and numerous other programs. As such, furries are understandably distrustful of the media, and believe it necessary to refuse Convention access to known members of the press.

Another subculture of the fandom is UsefulNotes/{{Otherkin}}. These are people who believe they are, in real life, not actually fully human. It may be that they claim to have an animal spirit, which may or may not be a real animal (Therians limit themselves to real animals). Some go so far as to disown the human race entirely, and claim they've been born as the wrong species. Even Otherkin, who're mocked by other furries, mock these people, to give some context to where they are on the social ladder.

There is a significant stigma to identifying yourself as a furry,[[note]][[ValuesDissonance At least in the U.S. and other countries]][[/note]] mainly because on TheInternet, they are often the butt of many jokes. For this reason, there are a lot of people who have the same interests, but don't identify as furries. On the other hand, if someone does like works with furry characters, some people are inclined to label them a furry. They may like the works for the furry characters, but they may also like them for simply being great stories. Who exactly is a furry is up for debate, but the only people you can be certain of are the ones who identify themselves as such.

Also, meet [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Kathy_Gerbasi Dr. Kathy Gerbasi]], social psychologist to the furs.
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!!This fandom contains examples of:

* AerithAndBob: Inevitable; since everyone's fursona isn't part of the same storyline, and there isn't even a real consensus on why furries would come to exist, there certainly won't be a consensus on what their names should sound like. At a furry con, you might see four furs standing right next to each other named Joe, [=PierogiWolf=], Jalloway the Alchemist, and [[OverlyLongName Redpiranhawolfdragonyellowbelliedsapsuckertalontoenailblade Darkreavercrownslayersmashmunchstompdicepureeblendreapersong the Eructative]]. It's compounded by the fact that most furs that have been in the fandom since the 80s don't have a fursona and go by their mundane names all the time, which really sticks out these days.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Blue markings are particularly popular]]. Tattoos that are somehow visible ''on top'' of the fur are also popular.
* AnimalStereotypes: Interestingly, the stereotype for a particular species in the furry fandom often will be different from what it traditionally is.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Inverted. Given the fandom's reputation, a lot of people refuse to believe that there's anything in it that ''isn't'' weird-ass fetish porn.
* AnthropomorphicShift
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Often used to point out common anatomical failures (rabbits with paw pads, male kangaroos with pouches) or more "human" traits, like NonMammalMammaries, or humanoid feet (see below). Most people often justify it by saying [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality "It's fiction" or "It's a toon" and pointing out that most anthros wouldn't exist in real life anyways]].
** Some reptiles tend to have smooth hair-less skin instead of scales, often justified by scales being too time-consuming to draw.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantigrade Plantigrade]] vs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitigrade digitigrade]] feet is a popular flame topic. While some expect anthropomorphic canines, felines and ungulates to walk on their toes, others point out that those feet wouldn't hold the weight of a human-sized biped or would have problems with balance. Some artists just give everybody humanoid feet.
* BestialityIsDepraved: People who hate the fandom for its [[{{Yiff}} sexual side]] tend to cite this as their reason more often than not. Of course, the vast majority of the fandom prefers anthropomorphism to feral (four-legged, non-anthro) creatures, and generally considers bestiality to be depraved as well. Furries do [[BerserkButton NOT]] like it when animals are abused or victimized.
* ButtMonkey: The fandom is pretty much the punching-bag of the Internet, which was lampshaded and commented on in [[http://xkcd.com/471/ this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}''.
* CatGirl: The war-torn border of furrydom and often a very big target for haters, depending on the amount of cat features on the person (or the other way around).
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Almost every mention/article about furries in the media will suffer from this to some degree, even if the article is written by a furry (since not all furries are in agreement as to what the fandom is about). Making things more difficult is that furries have become very hesitant to appear on the news. Several entries on this very page are often made up or unreliable, so everything here should be taken with a grain of salt, as well.
* DarkerAndEdgier, HotterAndSexier: The fandom as we know it basically kicked off with a bunch of independent writers and artists and their fans giving the finger to the AnimationAgeGhetto.
* DayDreamBeliever: Otherkin and Therians fall into this category, sometimes even refusing to be called by their human names.
* {{Deconstruction}}: The fiction ''[[http://www.sofurry.com/page/16447 I Wish I Was Furry]]'' (link is text-NSFW) and the ''The Problems With Cross-Breeding'' comics.
* DeadHorseTrope: "All furries are wolves, foxes and cats". There's a lot of furry art featuring other species out there, even the "{{squick}}y" ones like spiders, sharks, and snakes.
* EvenNerdsHaveStandards: Furries tend to be a punchline for most non-furries, even ones that are indifferent or friendly to them. Among furries, things start getting weird.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: There are guys who admit they're straight and have no interest in human males, but find themselves fascinated with male furries, and even enjoy watching furry {{yaoi}}.
* EveryoneIsBi: A common conception. In fact, there is [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a saying]]: "By and large, most furries are bi, and large." [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Sexual_Orientation A number of surveys]] have been done and tend to indicate that anywhere from 35 to 54% of the fandom are bi.
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: Present in some fiction and roleplaying. More common in some parts of the fandom than others.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The SPARKLEDOGS! It is impossible to tell just how seriously they take those things.
* ExoticEquipment: Present in some erotic and/or particularly detailed art. Usually justified in that the characters are not humans. [[DoubleStandard Far more common with males]].
* FandomRivalry: Putting furries and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic bronies]] in the same room is a bad idea, despite (sometimes ''because'') of the overlap between the two fandoms. Many furries see bronies as being "in the closet" (as claimed by the flamewar-inducing Website/FurAffinity banner ''My Little Furry: Denial Is Magic''), or get angry at furry image sites being flooded with pony pictures. Meanwhile, bronies tend to subscribe to the furry stereotypes[[note]]The fact that bronies originated from 4chan -- who bash furries out of tradition rather than genuine malice -- back in 2011 just made things all the uglier...[[/note]] and want to disassociate their own fandom with them.
* FantasyKitchenSink: Some roleplays tend to be like this.
* FollowTheLeader: Since many fursonas seem to start as glorified fan characters (very few will admit this), it may be possible to predict the trends of the fandom by the latest anthro-animal related media coming out.
** Early sources for the modern fandom include RobertCrumb's ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat'' and {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/RobinHood'', both of which emerged in the early 1970s.
** The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series (especially the co-genital [[ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog comic book]] and [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Saturday morning cartoon]]) may be single-handedly responsible for a ''very'' large portion of the furry fandom. ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and ''VideoGame/StarFox'' are also cited as major influences. The fact that all three were roughly coincidental to the popular rise of TheInternet certainly didn't hurt.
** That includes webcomics. An awful lot of [[HornyDevils succubi and incubi]] came out after ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. Which in turn was inspired by Morrigan from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}''.
** The mock essay "How to Be a Furry" had a lot of fun with this, pointing out who allegedly set the stage for various character-design trends.
** ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' is a pretty big influence now as well. Because why settle for being an anthro when you can be an anthro that knows kung fu?
** Ever since the debut and popularity surge of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', a high number of furries have created alternate pony characters for themselves.
* FreakyIsCool: Obviously quite common in the fandom.
* {{Funny Animal}}s and {{Civilized Animal}}s: They [[FourLegsGoodTwoLegsBetter walk on two legs]] and often wear clothes, but unlike PettingZooPeople, they keep the basic shape and proportions of their respective species.
* FurriesAreEasierToDraw: Or maybe just more fun. Many an artist has straight-up admitted one or the other.
* FurryComic: [[TropeMaker Well, duh]].
* FurryConfusion: [[SeriousBusiness Often mocked]]. Some people run with this, their fursona is "feral" (as opposed to centauroid or anthropomorph), a normal-looking animal, just able to talk, and sometimes sports a hairstyle.
* GatewaySeries: The fandom has a number of gateway shows/books. A list on the linked page has a good start.
* GuyOnGuyIsHot: In the fandom, furry {{yaoi}} is much more popular than furry {{yuri}}. [[http://u18chan.com/ This site]] shows that gay-themed furry comics are twice the number of hetero- and lesbian-themed furry comics combined.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Duh.
** MixAndMatchCritters, HeinzHybrid & InterspeciesRomance: Furry "species" seem to be more analogous to human races than actual biological species, seeing as they're able to mate, interbreed, and even have viable children. One has to wonder why the whole "furry" race isn't composed entirely of hybrids.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Present in almost every single furry fiction that has humans as a major race. There are aversions where the one human character was a [[Webcomic/FurWillFly visitor from another dimension]] or the [[LastOfHisKind last of]] [[Webcomic/FurthiaHigh his species]].
* HumansAreUgly: Stated by a huge number of furs with varying degrees of seriousness [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm which other furs inevitably fail to notice]]. By definition, though, you have to at least think there's some appeal to the idea of not being completely human.
* HypocriticalFandom: Most trolling done to the Furry Fandom is done by other furries. Also, as this is the ''Internet'', [[{{GIFT}} perfectly nice people are turned into perpetually angry sociopaths because they don't suffer consequences]].
* IAmNotShazam: If you get into technical aspects, "furries" refer to characters with fur (''e.g''., mammals). For reptilian characters, those are "scalies", as for the birds, "avians". The list goes on. However, a commonly accepted blanket term for a member of the fandom is "furry".
* ImageBoards: Fchan, Ychan, "The Goddamned Furry Board", Paws and many more not listed here. Some of these boards, not being monitored closely, host truly frightening and squicky art, so Google at your own risk.
** A lot of the Furry Fandom hate can be traced back to a favorite "[[DeadHorseTrope pastime]]" of [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement a certain imageboard whose name is best not uttered in such a sensitive article]].
* InkSuitActor: Most furry artists depict "themselves" as furry characters, known as "fursonas", either due to the awkwardness of inserting human characters into a furry universe or [[RuleOfCool just because they want to]]. Some are deliberately drawn to strongly resemble their creators.
* InternetBacklash: Openly identifying as a furry is ''loaded''. Although acceptance seems to be (very slowly) spreading, and even Website/SomethingAwful tolerates open furries if they're civil, i.e. not an AttentionWhore or complete nutcase, those are banned once they stop being entertaining. However, a good deal of the more civil sites seem to accept or ignore furries these days. It seems it's fairly safe to be a furry nowadays so long as you don't [[IncrediblyLamePun walk into the lion's den]].
** In other words, think of the internet as a workplace. Unless you're on a website devoted to that sort of thing, people don't want to hear about your fetishes or unconventional lifestyle.
* InterspeciesRomance: Very common due to the wide variety of species used as "fursonas" or in furry media.
* MaleToFemaleUniversalAdaptor: Sometimes played straight in [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction porn with animals that should work differently]]. Yes, this can and does proceed to its [il]logical conclusions, in the form of {{Interspecies Romance}}s and MixAndMatchCritters. It seems that "[[YouKeepUsingThatWord species]]" of furries are more like human racial groups than actual biological species. This leads to [[FridgeLogic the question]] of why there even ''are'' still distinct species in this fictitious 'verse.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Some furries just can't make up their damn minds. Convoluted family trees and HotSkittyOnWailordAction are usually used as a HandWave.
* MoneyDearBoy: Even if you don't really identify with the fandom, there's a pretty good amount of money to be made if you're a remotely talented artist willing to draw other people's fursonas. The more you're willing and able to contribute to draw [[{{Filth}} naughty stuff]], the more money to be made.
* MostWritersAreHuman: Probably how the whole Furry Fandom got created was because of this fact.
* MrFanservice and MsFanservice: A godly large number of characters, including numerous artists' own fursonas.
* NonMammalMammaries: Usually played to the ground, often a bit of a BaseBreaker given how people point out that anatomically, it would be ''especially'' painful on avians (and by extension, gryphons) considering what mammaries are ''actually'' for.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The ''modern'' form of the fandom as we know it today was first established in the early 80s, but there were people who could easily be called "furry" in the 60s. However, if you consider the mere liking of something not human "furry", then you can go as far back as ancient times. The animal-headed Egyptians gods are the usual reference.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Often generalized as "taurs" to differentiate between the traditional exclusively-equine version. Usually have the lower body of a normal animal and the upper body of a human or more conventional furry.[[note]]This may have been inspired by the QuestForGlory series.[[/note]] An example: "Equitaurs" have the lower body of a non-anthro horse, and the upper body of an anthro horse, differentiating them from the half-human Centaurs.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragons are often associated with [[SmallNameBigEgo inflated egos]] and/or uncreativity. Not everyone falls in that category, but don't be surprised that even within its own little fandom there's [[BrokenBase severe conflict]].
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Some furries will claim this.
* PantomimeAnimal: An actor playing an animal character in live-action media.
* PettingZooPeople: The TropeCodifier. It has become the de facto standard form for characters created by the fandom's artists.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Many animals have sexual traits, anatomy, and abilities that humans don't have. Some furries like to make anthropomorphic animals have sex. You do the math. Or don't.
* ReclusiveArtist: There are a few artists in the fandom who're sometimes ''notoriously'' hard to get a hold of because of all the drama that they've gotten into. These particular artists may be hesitant to interact with others.
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Assumed for some species (Aquatics, Avians, Dragons, etc), depending on where on the SlidingScaleOfRealisticVersusFantastic a particular character or world is.
* RuleOfCute
* RuleOfPersonificationConservation: Generally, a character or a cast of characters should only be animals if the plot requires it to (unless the author happens to be a furry, of course).
* RuleThirtyFour: Although the fandom has shifted heavily away from being an actual fandom of existing works and towards being a community of creators who are also fans of each other, this is still plenty common.
* SeldomSeenSpecies: People are known to pick these as their fursonas just to dodge the many AnimalStereotypes, or to stand out in a sea of foxes/wolves/etc.
* SilentMajority: It's rather telling that the ''less'' salacious media articles come from writers who had to go undercover in accordance with conventions' anti-press policies.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Most furries are PettingZooPeople, simply augmenting a normal human frame with fur, ears, paws, muzzle, and other animal characteristics. Other roleplayers are "[[TalkingAnimal non-anthro]]", or simply animals with human personalities.
* SnakePeople: Nagas are [[SnakesAreSexy surprisingly popular]], though they're most popular in the deeper end of the fandom.
* SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome: Once the fandom took off, it seems like everyone's fursona has to stand out in some way--wings, [[CombatTentacles tentacles]], [[DanAndMabsFurryAdventures more wings]], obscure species, cross-breeds, [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife bright colours]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent beautiful Blue Jay-patterned Angel wings]], etc. Lately, having your character be a mundane, common species is what stands out.
* SpeciesSurname: Many furries will use a screen name that includes the species of their fursona, like "[=JohnnyCat=]" or "[=MartyMouse=]" or the like.
* StockDinosaurs: Mostly because they're the most well-known ones. You'll see some lesser known ones every now and then but most commonly people pick {{Raptor| Attack}}s because they're naturally bipedal.
* StopBeingStereotypical: For every furry acting outrageously and/or inappropriately, you can be sure that there are perhaps a dozen that FacePalm (Face Paw?) to the extent that a number of furries keep their 'furriness' a complete secret, for fear of comparison. What one furry does affects all the others. See VocalMinority below.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Frequently, though far from universally. Sometimes {{justified|Trope}} though that some designs wouldn't allow for some clothing anyway. And after all, most furries would have to shave their bodies to actually show "skin". But hey, there's a fetish for that too.
* TabletopGames: ''[[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Ironclaw Ironclaw]]'', ''[[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Furry_Pirates Furry Pirates]]'', ''Lands Of Luste'', and ''[[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Albedo:_The_Role-Playing_Game Albedo]]''. Not to mention that houseruled furry races are fairly common in ''[[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]''.
* {{Talking Animal}}s, {{Speech Impaired Animal}}s, {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s, and {{Nearly Normal Animal}}s: They are called "ferals" or "quads" by the fandom.
* TransformationComic: You see some that get rather adult; but there are plenty of G-rated ones. You just [[VocalMinority never hear about them]].
* {{Troll}}: To levels WAY past extreme. The trolling of the furry fandom on common web-sites has gone ''well'' beyond AcceptableTargets into rather horrific MemeticMutation. Look at ''any'' video in Website/YouTube featuring furries in any way, positive or not--the amount of trolling you get is simply baffling. Some of them are rather tame (by trolling standards), the others are rather extreme.
* UncannyValley: This can happen to some people, although a lot of the more "toony" or stylized art doesn't tend to be that Uncanny. Realistic Art can be rather uncanny, but the ''most'' Uncanny art are photomorphs, especially because most people don't seem to realize that you can't just slap random animal features on humans to make 'em look like a furry and hope it looks decent.
* UnusualEuphemism: All over the place, in both the traditional "awkward topics" sense and in more innocent things. Hands will be referred to as paws, feet will be footpaws, spouses will be mates, and some furries even prefer sillier euphemisms like "headfur" for hair. Usually done in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
* ValuesDissonance: The perception of the FurryFandom worldwide is different between countries: While in the English-speaking world and some few others the perception is more negative, in other countries, especially Japan, Korea, and Latin America, at worst you can be considered a furry and being treated as childish or an idiot, but rarely as a [[BestialityIsDepraved nature deviant]]. The fact the mythologies of those countries has LOTS of animal motiffs does help.[[note]]Per example, many types of {{Youkai}} like the {{Kitsune}}, {{Tanuki}}, and others in Japan, The ''Gumiho'' in Korea and the many animal gods in many Latin American cultures, including also the North American Native cultures.[[/note]]
* VocalMinority: ''The'' reason as to why the Furry Fandom has a bad image in the first place. "Normal" people aren't noticed as easily.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: The reason why there's so many foxes, wolves and cats in the first place. They're cute! It's also why birds, insects, spiders, FishPeople, and whole lot of reptiles are rare in the first place.
* WhyFandomCantHaveNiceThings: Usually cited word for word whenever the VocalMinority speaks up.
** Generically, some artists have actually left the fandom because their work started popping up on sites without their permission. There were several cases of people even ''selling prints'' of artists' work without their consent.
*** Some artists also leave the fandom because of the attitude of other furs, from mass idiocy to crass rudeness as reasons, dropping out of public and no longer showing up anywhere furry related. They will still keep furry friends, they just won't interact with the larger part of the fandom anymore. Other reasons could include not wanting to be associated with the fandom, for fear of being ridiculed or ostracized by people outside the fandom. The validity of this reasoning varies from situation to situation.
** There's also quite a few artists (especially in the realm of webcomics) that clearly do furry work but deny it and and refer to themselves and simply cartoonists and fantasy artists to avoid being associated with the fandom.
* TheWikiRule: [[http://en.wikifur.com/ WikiFur]] is basically ''the'' resource for information about furry cons and gatherings, although it usually trails off into stubs and vanity pages about anything else. Still, it's one of the few sites to start out hosted on Wikia and gain enough support[[note]]read: Wikia drove them off with their advertisement barrage and domain takeovers[[/note]] to get its own server.
* YouSexyBeast: Furries have done this with anthropomorphic wolves and Werewolves, usually ones on the more sane-when-transformed side of OurWerewolvesAreDifferent.
* {{Yiff}}: The TropeNamer. Basically a furry-specific word that refers to sex, either as a verb ("Yiffing") or as an adjective ("yiffy").
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10th Jul '14 10:24:54 AM johnnyfog
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->''"Gadget was in many ways the perfect character for me in this pre-sexual phase. The clear social expectation that Id eventually have to date and find a wife (a process that, in 4th grade, I treated as an upcoming errand, not entirely dissimilar to emptying the dishwasher) was made easier by the knowledge that there were people in the world like Gadget -- [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative hyper-intelligent female mice]] -- that I could marry."''\\
--'''[[http://projectnes.blogspot.com/2010/09/pierre-menard-author-of-nintendo.html Phil Sandifer]]''' on ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''
4th Jul '14 8:42:29 AM zarpaulus
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* EveryoneIsBi: A common conception. In fact, there is [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a saying]]: "By and large, most furries are bi, and large."

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* EveryoneIsBi: A common conception. In fact, there is [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a saying]]: "By and large, most furries are bi, and large."" [[http://en.wikifur.com/wiki/Sexual_Orientation A number of surveys]] have been done and tend to indicate that anywhere from 35 to 54% of the fandom are bi.
4th Jul '14 8:08:50 AM Shieldage
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* EveryoneIsBi: A common conception. In fact, there is a saying: "By and large, most furries are bi, and large."

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* EveryoneIsBi: A common conception. In fact, there is [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs a saying: saying]]: "By and large, most furries are bi, and large."
8th Jun '14 12:51:53 PM MarkLungo
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Often used to point out common anatomical failures (rabbits with paw pads, male kangaroos with pouches) or more "human" traits, like NonMammalMammaries, or human feet (see below). Most people often justify it by saying [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality "It's fiction" or "It's a toon" and pointing out that most anthros wouldn't exist in real life anyways]].

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Often used to point out common anatomical failures (rabbits with paw pads, male kangaroos with pouches) or more "human" traits, like NonMammalMammaries, or human humanoid feet (see below). Most people often justify it by saying [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality "It's fiction" or "It's a toon" and pointing out that most anthros wouldn't exist in real life anyways]].



** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantigrade Plantigrade]] vs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitigrade digitigrade]] feet is a popular flame topic. While some expect anthropomorphic canines, felines and ungulates to walk on their toes, others point out that those feet wouldn't hold the weight of a human-sized biped or would have problems with balance. Some artists just give everybody human feet.

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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantigrade Plantigrade]] vs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitigrade digitigrade]] feet is a popular flame topic. While some expect anthropomorphic canines, felines and ungulates to walk on their toes, others point out that those feet wouldn't hold the weight of a human-sized biped or would have problems with balance. Some artists just give everybody human humanoid feet.
8th Jun '14 6:10:07 AM tkzv
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Often used to point out common anatomical failures (rabbits with paw pads, male kangaroos with pouches) or more "human" traits (NonMammalMammaries, feet on unugulates). Most people often justify it by saying [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality "It's fiction" or "It's a toon" and pointing out that most anthros wouldn't exist in real life anyways]].

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Often used to point out common anatomical failures (rabbits with paw pads, male kangaroos with pouches) or more "human" traits (NonMammalMammaries, traits, like NonMammalMammaries, or human feet on unugulates).(see below). Most people often justify it by saying [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality "It's fiction" or "It's a toon" and pointing out that most anthros wouldn't exist in real life anyways]].


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** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantigrade Plantigrade]] vs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digitigrade digitigrade]] feet is a popular flame topic. While some expect anthropomorphic canines, felines and ungulates to walk on their toes, others point out that those feet wouldn't hold the weight of a human-sized biped or would have problems with balance. Some artists just give everybody human feet.
8th Jun '14 4:48:26 AM Iva
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* PettingZooPeople: The TropeCodifier. It has be come the de facto standard form for characters created by the fandom's artists.

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* PettingZooPeople: The TropeCodifier. It has be come become the de facto standard form for characters created by the fandom's artists.
7th Jun '14 3:36:09 PM Cleaningcaptain
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* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Often generalized as "taurs" to differentiate between the traditional exclusively-equine version. Usually have the lower body of a normal animal and the upper body of a human or more conventional furry.[NOTE]This may have been inspired by the QuestForGlory series.[/NOTE] An example: "Equitaurs" have the lower body of a non-anthro horse, and the upper body of an anthro horse, differentiating them from the half-human Centaurs.

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* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Often generalized as "taurs" to differentiate between the traditional exclusively-equine version. Usually have the lower body of a normal animal and the upper body of a human or more conventional furry.[NOTE]This [[note]]This may have been inspired by the QuestForGlory series.[/NOTE] [[/note]] An example: "Equitaurs" have the lower body of a non-anthro horse, and the upper body of an anthro horse, differentiating them from the half-human Centaurs.
7th Jun '14 3:34:35 PM Cleaningcaptain
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* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Often generalized as "taurs" to differentiate between the traditional exclusively-equine version. Usually have the lower body of a normal animal and the upper body of a human or more conventional furry. An example: "Equitaurs" have the lower body of a non-anthro horse, and the upper body of an anthro horse, differentiating them from the half-human Centaurs.

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* OurCentaursAreDifferent: Often generalized as "taurs" to differentiate between the traditional exclusively-equine version. Usually have the lower body of a normal animal and the upper body of a human or more conventional furry. [NOTE]This may have been inspired by the QuestForGlory series.[/NOTE] An example: "Equitaurs" have the lower body of a non-anthro horse, and the upper body of an anthro horse, differentiating them from the half-human Centaurs.
3rd May '14 5:12:20 PM Funkasaurus
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