Sometimes in a Bugs Bunny cartoon or the like, a woman will be shown wearing a lavish stoal; at some point the stoal will pop it's head up and shrug, "eh, it's a living," the joke being that she's wearing a live animal as an accessory. Where the animal is a fox or other predatory creature, it might growl at somebody touching it. Until this happens, it appears to the viewer as typical not-living accessory.
- Cruella to Animals notes that the character The High Horse, in Graham Masterton's Night Wars wears a cape of live animals sewn together.
- In one Pink Panther cartoon the Panther, having blow-dried his fur fluffy, crashes a banquet by letting himself be worn as a stoal.
- In an episode of Dinosaurs , the teenage girl Charlene gets a stoal which is a real mink-like creature. The stoal is very snooty and starts telling her which friends are not high-class enough to be friends of "theirs." In the end Charlene decides some fashions just aren't worth it.
- Variation: in one episode of "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" Itchy (the mouse) skins Scratchy (the cat) alive and sells Scratchy's fur-covered skin to a Grande Dame. Scratchy, sans skin, accosts the Dame and takes his skin back, wrapping it around his neck. He leaves the store and is immediately pelted with red paint by a PETA-type group holding signs like "Fur is Murder."
Examples from "Live Mink Coat" YKTTW
- In Kevin & Kell, Kell's mother, Elanor, tries day trading, and makes enough to actually pay minks to be a coat for her. She later makes a bad stock and trades it for a Bankruptcy Barrel.
- Nanny Ogg takes her cat to the opera in Maskerade, and wears him around her neck. Someone later comments that her fur stoal is eating someone's food in another seat.
- In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Run Run Away", Candace imagines herself being a model, and we see a shot of her in Fashion Magazines, including one where she is wearing a white cat around her neck.
- When the Carrington sisters are shipwrecked in Elite Beat Agents, one of the things they get the animals to do are wrap around their shoulders to keep them warm.
- Marie Miwa of the Ace Attorney games wears a coat of her pet foxes, who then come loose and help her in some tasks. The silver fox on her neck even acts as an Expressive Accessory.
- In Catwoman's first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series, she is carrying her cat, Isis, around her neck, to help in one of her theft's.
- "Warmhearted" by Shel Silverstein:
Beatrice Bright is for animal rights—She's waiting for Animal Day to arrive.And though you see herIn her new fox fur,The fox that she wears is still alive.
Hello, Unknown Troper. You'll need to get known to lend a hand here.