Created By: Quatic on April 6, 2012 Last Edited By: Quatic on November 23, 2013
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Wearing Actual Animal Accessory

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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


  • "Warmhearted" by Shel Silverstein:
    Beatrice Bright is for animal rights—
    She's waiting for Animal Day to arrive.
    And though you see her
    In her new fox fur,
    The fox that she wears is still alive.
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • April 7, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Needs A Better Title and Needs A Better Description. Don't center your description around a single example.

    Related to Feather Boa Constrictor; could be another Missing Supertrope.
  • April 7, 2012
    errorladen
    Does it have to be alive?

    One Far Side cartoon had a caveman advertising "the amazing new KNIFE" so that people would only have to wear the skins of dead animals
  • April 8, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In one Pink Panther cartoon the Panther, having blow-dried his fur fluffy, crashes a banquet by letting himself be worn as a stole.

  • April 8, 2012
    Quatic
    Stratadrake: Yes, this would definitely be the supertrope of Feather Boa Constrictor.

    errorladen: I think the joke is generally that the accessory turns out to be a living animal -- but yeah I can see how the joke would be the wearing of a whole animal instead of simply the skin.

  • April 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Variation: in one episode of "The Itchy And 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."
  • April 8, 2012
    Met
    In an episode of Dinosaurs , the teenage girl Charlene gets a stole which is a real mink-like creature. The stole 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.
  • April 9, 2012
    lebrel
    I was going to suggest Live Animal Accessory but if it's going to include whole dead animals that's not gonna fit.

    Also, I don't think the Itchy And Scratchy example is actually related. It's more of a joke on Fur And Loathing.
  • April 9, 2012
    IsaacSapphire
    There are lots of photo shoots with celebrity + very large live snake and nothing else. I think there are some album covers featuring that setup too.

    In the Barayar books, there's a live genetically engineered fur blanket that "feeds" on light, so it doesn't even have a head, and appears nonliving until it's touched. Knowing that it's alive ends up being a plot point.
  • April 9, 2012
    chicagomel
    CSI NY had an episode called 'A Daze of Wine and Roaches' with jewel-decorated cockroaches used as brooches.

    didn't The Flintstones do this a few times?
  • May 4, 2012
    RobinZimm
  • May 5, 2012
    EdnaWalker
    There is a similarly named YKTTW called Accessory Wearing Actual Animal.
  • May 5, 2012
    Stratadrake
    A good reason why one (or both?) of them need a better title.
  • November 1, 2012
    Quatic
    Live Mink Coat is a duplicate of this trope, albeit likely with a better name.
  • November 23, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • Tiny Toon Adventures:
      • In the episode, "Prom-ise Her Anything", Elmyra wore Furrball as a sash as part of her prom outfit.
      • In the short, "Fur-Gone Conclusion" from the episode, "Rainy Daze", Babs, as Buffy Vanderbunny, wears a Baby Seal as a sash in order to save him from being skinned alive by Gotcha Grabmore. She even tells her that wearing live animals is the latest fashion.
  • November 23, 2013
    Prfnoff
    Live Mink Coat was launched long ago.
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