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Fluffy Dry Cat
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When a wet cat (or any animal with fur) gets dried off, their fur sticks up. This can give the effect of making them look kind of like Tribbles with faces. This trope is about the way hair standing on end when dried is taken Up to Eleven for comedy. This isn't just "cat is slightly fluffier when freshly washed and dried"; this is "short haired cat is now one big puff of long, fluffy fur".


  • Oliver & Company
  • The Lion King exhibits this trope during the Hakuna Matata number.
  • Toyed with in Austin Powers: Goldmember. During the infiltration of an enemy submarine, Foxxy Cleopatra shakes out her damp hair and it springs into a huge 'fro, accompanied by a humorous umbrella-opening-esque sound effect.
  • Salem in Sabrina the Animated Series exhibits this trope once.
  • A variation of this trope occurs in the scene in Up where young Ellie takes off her helmet and static electricity makes her hair pop up like porcupine quills.
  • Happened to The Pink Panther.
  • And Pepe LePew from Looney Tunes.
  • And I think Snowbell from the Stuart Little Animated Series.
  • Bubsy did this after riding a waterslide and drying off.
  • Happens on Tom and Jerry, too. Tom gets stuck in a washing machine (and survives, of course). It cycles through the usual: Wash...Dry...Fluff...and out pops Tom, now a round, grey ball of fluff, who has somehow been fluffed so much that he now floats through the air sans legs.
  • This happens to a few of the My Little Pony characters (Gusty, Licketysplit and Heart Throb, I think) after the enemies capture them for their hair and force them through a cleaning process similar to a car wash. After they're dried, they come out looking poofy for a few seconds. In this case it's one of the few times it's obvious that the ponies have fur all over their bodies and not just on their manes and tails (like real horses do).
  • This happens a few times to The Cheat on Homestar Runner. Especially after he's thrown in the dryer--he turns into a big lump of fluff.
  • A Looney Tunes cartoon had sylvester put in a washing machine: The final step of the washing cycle was "fluff dry".
  • Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes has this happen to him after he gets thrown in the dryer by Calvin's mom.
  • Pretty sure it's been done in the comic strip Rose Is Rose.
    • One of Rose Is Rose's running gags was about Peekaboo being "all fur" (not completely to the extent of Intangible Man, but almost). I can't bring to mind any examples where Peekaboo "poofed" after being dried off, but I do remember several where Peekaboo becomes a clawed poofball when startled or angered.
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