Created By: EdnaWalker on June 11, 2011 Last Edited By: EdnaWalker on November 21, 2011

Token Petting Zoo Person

A Token Petting Zoo Person character.

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Rolling Updates. Needs a Better Title. Needs a Better Description.

In a cast made either of Funny Animals, Partially Civilized Animals and/or Civilized Animals with humans and/or Demi Humans or just humans and/or Demi Humans, the Token Humanoid Animals are characters with either an animal's full head and tail on an animal-accented human-shaped body, and animal-accented human-shaped faces and tails on lightly animal-accented human bodies, or look basically like a human with the animal's ears and tail. In the Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! varaint, they are distinguished from the other animal characters by having essentially human-shaped bodies. Often the Token Humanoid Animals are female as a result of the Humanoid Female Animal trope, but there are male Token Humanoid Animals.

There are two variants:

Super Trope of Humanoid Female Animal. Sub-Trope of Token Non-Human. See World of Funny Animals, Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!, Partially Civilized Animal, Civilized Animal, Funny Animal, Petting Zoo Person, and Little Bit Beastly.


Token Humanoid Animal With Humans/Demi Humans Examples:

Film

Video Games

Webcomics:

Western Animation


Token Humanoid Animal Meets Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! Examples:

Comics

Literature
  • Stuart Little is far more anthropomorphic than the other animals in all his book and movie appearances and in the TV series.

Video Games

Western Animation


Community Feedback Replies: 50
  • June 12, 2011
    hevendor717
    I once thought of this title. It would refer to the one anthro in a group/team of humans, who is kind of there just because.

    Yours is very vague and would need a better name.
  • June 12, 2011
    Arivne
    Western Animation
  • June 13, 2011
    jaytee
    Chewbacca?
  • June 13, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Needs A Better Description, Needs A Better Title. I get the sense from the current title and description that it is trying to imply that inclusion of characters with fur is some how some sort of sop to the "furry" community. While I suppose this might be true for some works, I suspect it is rarely the case, especially in older works like Star Wars.
  • June 13, 2011
    peccantis
    Chewbacca's not this. He's more like "token alien" if anything, the fact he happens to look like a hirsutistic gorillaperson has little to do with his role.
  • June 20, 2011
    Rolf
    This may be Too Rare To Trope
  • June 27, 2011
    Arivne
    Edna Walker: If you haven't already done so, you might want to go through the Petting Zoo People page and look for examples that fit this trope.
  • June 28, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Arivne: I have.
  • June 28, 2011
    TippyToeZombie
    The Cowardly Lion is probably the Trope Codifier.
  • June 28, 2011
    Ryusui
    Why do you have so many examples from series that already have furry characters? I'm not understanding your trope here at all.
  • June 30, 2011
    jcdietz03
    I'm not getting it either.

    On another note, Blaze Union's Baifuu / Byff. Check the Blaze Union character page for his pic.
  • June 30, 2011
    Hadashi
    "there may be one or a few token Borderline Petting Zoo Person(s) or Petting Zoo Person(s)."

    I think this needs to read something like:

    "there may be one or a few token Borderline (or actual) Petting Zoo Person(s)."

    It took me several goes to work out what you meant!

  • June 30, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV

    Mostly Demi Human cast

    Webcomics:
  • July 13, 2011
    Koveras
    Token Cat Girl Merle for the good guys in Vision Of Escaflowne.
  • July 28, 2011
    EmbracingShadows
  • August 6, 2011
    Andygal
    I would prefer Token Anthro for the name, the current name could refer to members of the furry fandom.
  • August 17, 2011
    Stratadrake
    EdnaWalker is a devout splitter of anthropomorphism tropes, which is going to be an issue here. To avoid confusion with other tropes this should be strictly limited to settings where the majority of cast members are, unquestionably, mostly human.

    Like the Token Minority and Token Alien, it's understood that the Token Anthro is a member of a species, but other members of their species are virtually never seen (which is what makes them the 'token').

    Anima and manga

    • Bleach has Sajin Komamura, the captain of the 7th Shinigami squad who is a large anthropomorphic canine (having what resembles a fox's head).
  • August 19, 2011
    EddieValiantJr
    I don't like the title. Token Anthro? Yes, it comes from "anthropomorphic", but it's pretty unintuitive. Maybe we should lose the "token" angle and focus on the fact that a humanoid animal (or whatever) somehow lives and interacts with ordinary humans.
  • August 20, 2011
    Stratadrake
    "Anthropomorph" could probably work as well -- "anthro" as a noun is a term mostly coined by the Furry Fandom (and relatively unknown outside of it), but we would also like to avoid the negative associations of the term "furry" here.
  • August 30, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    If people are debating that Anthropomorphic and its derivatives are Loaded Trope Words, it's often better to stay away from them so similar concepts don't become muddied in subtle distinctions.

    I agree that this should start with Token, given that this is a Tropable Snowclone of several good "Token" tropes. maybe the right answer is X Meets Y, Token Petting Zoo Person. It's descriptive to the point of Exactly What It Says On The Tin (though a little long), avoids the Anthro term, and makes sense in context.

    The biggest possible downside is that the distinction between Token Petting Zoo Person and Petting Zoo Person may become less distinct. Thoughts?
  • September 1, 2011
    Stratadrake
    "Anthropomorphic" is about the least loaded word we can use here. "Anthro" is an abbreviation specific to the Furry Fandom, and "Furry" is definitely too loaded.

    BTW, Edna, since you're constantly editing the draft, can you give a comment from time to time? (Not every time, just sometimes.)
  • September 2, 2011
    RickGriffin
    Erm, the current title brings to mind a story like Tellos, where you have mostly human characters, but one of them is an anthropomorphic animal, to add a bit of fantastic diversity. As it is now, it seems to mostly be restating Humanoid Female Animal but being more vague about the definition.
  • September 2, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Edna was the sponsor for Humanoid Female Animal as well, but that one had a fairly solid definition from the start.

    Again, I suggest that this trope should be limited exclusively to series where the cast members are predominantly, clearly human/demihuman. If the cast is already anthropomorphic (Petting Zoo People or whatever), you can't have a Token Anthropomorph almost by definition.
  • September 3, 2011
    Bishop22
    Teddie from Persona 4
  • September 3, 2011
    Stratadrake
    That's just a suit, actually.
  • September 4, 2011
    hevendor717
    Super Why! has Alphapig, part of an otherwise human quartet of heroes.
  • September 5, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    @hevendor717: Alpha Pig is a Funny Animal, not a Petting Zoo Person.
  • September 5, 2011
    TheBlankMage
    Aisha from Outlaw Star.
  • September 5, 2011
    Stratadrake
    @Edna: Does that really make a difference if both are anthropomorphic?
  • September 7, 2011
    EdnaWalker
  • September 8, 2011
    Stratadrake
    You have some unanswered replies (concerning more than just the title) waiting for attention, Edna.
  • September 8, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    How is Maid Marian from Robin Hood and example of a token? All the characters in that work are Petting Zoo People.
  • September 8, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Indeed. You cannot have a Token Anthropomorph in a World Of Funny Animals ... by definition.
  • September 12, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Rango is not an example. When all characters are anthropomorphized to comparable degrees, there is no token (contradiction in terms), and trying to pick just one cast member to call the "token" is hairsplitting in the extreme.
  • September 12, 2011
    TBeholder
    So it's a subtrope of Token Nonhuman? But with Token Enemy Nonhuman chipped off it's not big enough to split further.
  • September 13, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Thanks for mentioning that, actually. But looking at the on-page examples, I don't see much potential for splitting.
  • September 15, 2011
    hevendor717
    Well, Alphapig is just as "funny" as the cartoonishly deformed kids he travels with.
  • September 21, 2011
    miru
  • September 26, 2011
    KingZeal
  • October 14, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    I have five hats for this YKTTW. Can I please launch this trope if you don't have any objections?
  • October 14, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Me, I still have a core objection to allowing "token in primarily anthropomorphic cast" to be part of the definition.
  • October 15, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Since I removed Variant 3 (token in primarily anthropomorphic cast), now is it ready?
  • October 15, 2011
    Stratadrake
    I must apologize for not fully reading through the draft in some time.
  • October 15, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    So was Variant 3 (Token Petting Zoo Person Among Funny Animals/Civilized Animals) fine or was removing it still a good idea?
  • October 15, 2011
    Stratadrake
    I think removing it was a good idea. You're ... I don't like criticizing, but you tend to split anthropomorphism into finer divisions than an average person might even care about.
  • October 15, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Now can I please launch it?
  • October 15, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Skimming the draft as it looks now, I think there's a little overlinking and overexplaining the various levels of the scale. But that can be fixed later. *readies sledgehammer*
  • October 15, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    You can fix it, Stratadrake.

    Edit: I fixed it.
  • October 31, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Do you think that Token Petting Zoo Person would work as a title?
  • November 21, 2011
    Stratadrake
    No.
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