Created By: Surenity on March 29, 2011 Last Edited By: thewriter on July 12, 2015

Skin Pocket

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He probably has about 20 more carrots in that pocket of his.

In animation, a Funny Animal character might be shown reaching into their pockets to pull out any number of things. But if said character is a pants-less Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal, or doesn't wear clothes at all, they might suddenly have pockets in their fur (or feathers, or scales) that they reach into. Humans or furless characters don't usually have this in animation, probably because it would be Nightmare Fuel for the viewer.

In Real Life, marsupials would have this (though only around the stomach, of course). In cartoons, however, both males and females will have them and keep things in them.

Related to Hammerspace and Fur Is Clothing.

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Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • March 29, 2011
    Rolf
    Wow if no trope exists already, how did we miss it? :P
  • March 29, 2011
    Speedball
    The Tick once discovered he had pockets. This disturbed him.
  • March 29, 2011
    Kaoy
    Real Life: Marsupials.
  • March 30, 2011
    Surenity
    ^^^ I looked but I couldn't find anything on this trope.
  • March 31, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • March 31, 2011
    LimeTH
    Courage the Cowardly Dog had a Hammer Space Skin Pocket, and could this pull out stuff several times his size.
  • April 1, 2011
    sgamer82
    • One of the Whitebeard Pirates in One Piece has a zipper on his body that he can unzip and pull objects out of.
  • April 1, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    In World Of Darkness, the vissisitude power (fleshsculpting - great for creating Body Horror and upgrading mooks) has this as Mundane Utility.
  • April 1, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Actually, a marsupial's "pocket" would be closer to, um, between the legs, and only females would have them. Yeah... you're not going to see that in a cartoon.
  • April 1, 2011
    Kaoy
    ^Doesn't matter. It's a Real Life example of a Skin Pocket. That's what a Real Life example is all about; similar occurrences in the real world.
  • April 2, 2011
    Surenity
    I made note of marsupials in the description anyway.
  • April 2, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • April 8, 2011
    Surenity
    Still needs more examples. I swear I've Seen It A Million Times but I can't come up with any more specific instances.
  • April 8, 2011
    ChimbleySweep
    Don't superheroes have the same thing? The ones that don't have utility belts tend just have tiny never before seen pouches and pockets sewn into their tights perfect for holding the tiny gadget until its needed.
  • April 9, 2011
    Rolf
    I think nearly all pantless cartoon animals have em, but yeah need to be more specific.
  • April 10, 2011
    RickGriffin
    Actually if the cartoon character is a kangaroo, they'll tend to use their pouch. Male or female.
  • April 21, 2011
    Rolf
    Real Life
    • Kangroos have pouch which basically is this.
  • April 21, 2011
    Gringodingo
    In the Ren & Stimpy episode "Sven Hoek," Ren unzips his fur to pull out... er, to urinate.
  • April 30, 2011
    Surenity
    I've been thinking of maybe just integrating this trope with Fur Is Clothing. Anyone else like that idea?
  • April 30, 2011
    Rolf
    Hmm its large enough to be a subtrope I think
  • May 2, 2011
    thewriter
    Skin Pocket sounds dirty, If You Know What I Mean.
  • May 2, 2011
    thewriter
    Ladies,
    Put a lock on your pocket
    If there's no sock on his rocket.
  • May 11, 2011
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • May 11, 2011
    billybobfred
    In Kingdom Of Loathing, Word Of God is that this is how you pickpocket from bats and other enemies that can't be reasonably expected to wear clothing. Skin = "Nature's pocket". No word yet on how you steal skins themselves.

    Though that may not be an example, considering the nature of the joke.
  • July 12, 2015
    eroock
  • July 12, 2015
    Koveras
    Is this limited to furries? How about science fiction where cyborgs and such have actual pockets for storing hidden stuff surgically inserted into their bodies? For instance:

    • In Genome, several of the genetically engineered characters have hidden cavities in their bodies where they safely store their personal stuff. These "pockets" are pretty small and kept close by their own muscles, so to most searches, they appear as regular skin folds or old scars.

    Compare also Treasure Chest Cavity for a more metaphysical variation.
  • July 12, 2015
    Snicka
  • July 12, 2015
    Psi001
    • Lampshaded in Family Guy episode, "Back To The Pilot" when Brian stuffs money in his fur pockets:
      Stewie: Do you-do you have pockets? Are you putting that in pockets? That's so cute.
  • July 12, 2015
    Snicka
    • In After Man, the Chuckaboo is a monkey-like marsupial that has two pouches on each side of its body instead of one in the middle, resembling pockets on a coat. The book's illustrations show a female Chuckaboo with one baby looking out from each pouch.
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