Created By: DragonQuestZ on April 30, 2012 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on November 1, 2012
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Live Mink Coat

Animals agree to hang on a person like a fur garment.

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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.
-- "Warmhearted" by Shel Silverstein

Basically when someone is wearing one or more fur-bearing animals like a fur.

This is usually done to show a close relationship between an owner and pet that the pet would do this, or as a joke where The Reveal is that the garment is of living animals.

This also nicely averts Fur and Loathing (unless the animals are enslaved to do this).

A Sub-Trope of Pretty in Mink.

A Sister Trope to It's Fake Fur, It's Fine (in averting the implications of real fur), Feather Boa Constrictor (wearing a snake similarly).

Constrast Cruella to Animals.

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Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • April 30, 2012
    SharleeD
    This image doesn't always require the animals' willing participation. IIRC, there's a gag in Ghostbusters in which a woman's fur coat animates, snarls at her with its several furry faces, then goes scampering away.
  • April 30, 2012
    LobsterMagnus
    • In Dinosaurs, Charlene acquires such a garment - which then manipulates her into buying even more highly expensive clothes.

    Also, I vaguely remember having actually seen this as part of an animal taming act in a circus.
  • April 30, 2012
    Lumpenprole
  • April 30, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^^ That was a real fur that was reanimated. That's at best Fur And Loathing. The animals have to be alive from the beginning.

    Plus if you read the whole description, you would note that I included unwilling instances.

    ^ That seems like a Super Trope, and is even wordier than the working title.
  • April 30, 2012
    Prfnoff
    • "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.
  • April 30, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Shel Silverstein can be linked.
  • April 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^^There's a ykttw Wearing Actual Animal Accessory already.
  • April 30, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I did. The quote is a blue link.

    ^ Then it would be another Super Trope for this.
  • May 1, 2012
    Surenity
    In the Looney Tunes short "The Unbearable Bear", a bear cop presents his wife with a live fox (who'd been trying to rob their house) around her neck, in order to cheer her up after he'd woken her up trying to catch the robber. When the fox starts to come to, the cop hits him on the head to knock him out again.
  • May 4, 2012
    TBeholder
    • Lolth as an avatar sometimes wears clothes made of living spiders. On the hilarious side, in one of Forgotten Realms short stories young Drizzt failed to recognize her in that appearance (good thing they chose not to train him as a wizard).
  • May 4, 2012
    RobinZimm
  • May 4, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ and ^ Those belong on the other ykttw linked a couple posts above.
  • May 4, 2012
    RobinZimm
    Thank you!
  • May 5, 2012
    TBeholder
    ^^ it's not accessory, it's continuous covering. Besides, do you think those spiders aren't hairy? :]
  • May 5, 2012
    SAMAS
    Also, in the early strips for Kevin And Kell, the sheepskin worn by Rudy's best friend was a real live sheep he made the "mistake" of talking to before he ate her. IIRC, they're currently dating.
  • May 5, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Is it being worn like a fur garment? If not, then it's not this trope.
  • May 6, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Do we even need two tropes for "live animal as garment/accessory" ? They sound Ridiculously Similar to me, and this one has the better name.
  • May 6, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ Even if they are, this would not be a better name, since it's narrower than the other trope.
  • November 1, 2012
    AgProv
    Webcartoons: David Reddick's Legendof Bill, in which the inept barbarian hero comes up with this arrangement while stuck in the high mountains without a blanket. Unfortunately the animals mutiny as they are offended by the smell....
  • November 1, 2012
    Quatic
    This is what I intended by Wearing Actual Animal Accessory, and most of the examples there are for the same prospective trope. But I like this name better. Whether or not we need two tropes, right now we've got none, and obviously at least need one.
  • November 1, 2012
    StarSword
    Literature
    • In Survivor's Quest the Geroons come aboard the Chaf Envoy wearing furs. When they reveal themselves as the planet-looting Vagaari, they remove stasis devices from the furs, which come to life as vicious animals that the Vagaari promptly sic on the Chiss delegation.
  • November 1, 2012
    dvorak
    The Yilanè in Harry Harrison's West Of Eden use a fur-bearing animal as a cloak. One spin-off, set during a particularly bad cold snap, has one lament "We can't breed our cloaks fast enough!"
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