Created By: EdnaWalkerApril 26, 2010
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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".

Examples:

  • Oliver And 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • February 28, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    The Lion King during the Hakuna Matata number.
  • February 28, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Lots of other creatures besides cats do this in the movies, for humor or otherwise.

    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.
  • March 1, 2010
    Alucard
    Salem in Sabrina the Animated Series once.
  • March 1, 2010
    LeeM
    Related to the scene in Up where young Ellie takes off her helmet and static electricity makes her hair pop up like porcupine quills.
  • March 1, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi
  • April 20, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    BUMP
  • April 20, 2010
    TBTabby
    Bubsy did this after riding a waterslide and drying off.
  • April 20, 2010
    caravaggio
    I'd like something like Animal Afro since it's almost ALWAYS the animal hair sticking up crazy.
  • April 20, 2010
    Ghilz
    Heh, this is a trope how exactly? I mean, hair (and some fur) do indeed do that IRL... Seems like People Sit On Chairs.
  • April 20, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    Ghilz: this 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".

    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.
  • April 20, 2010
    caravaggio
    If you'd like to see the Lion King Example it's around 3:40-43 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejEVczA8PLU
  • April 21, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • April 21, 2010
    Rainbow
    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).
  • April 21, 2010
    FreezairForALimitedTime
    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.
  • April 22, 2010
    Medinoc
    A Looney Tunes cartoon had sylvester put in a washing machine: The final step of the washing cycle was "fluff dry".
  • April 23, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    BUMP?
  • April 23, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Can we launch this trope now?
  • April 23, 2010
    DannyVElAcme
    Hobbes from Calvin And Hobbes has this happen to him after he gets thrown in the dryer by Calvin's mom.
  • April 24, 2010
    Kilyle
    Pretty sure it's been done in the comic strip Rose Is Rose.
  • April 25, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • April 25, 2010
    Stratadrake
    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.
  • May 2, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Can this trope be launched?
  • May 5, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • May 9, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • May 9, 2010
    WackyMeetsPractical
    Three Rules Of Three state that if it's been three days, you have more than three examples, and at least three people approve of the title, than it is fit for launch. It has been way more than three days. You have much more than three examples, and no one has disputed the title. It is fit for launch.

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