Created By: EdnaWalkerJuly 3, 2010 Last Edited By: EdnaWalkerJuly 5, 2010
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Cartoony Tail

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Some cartoon, video game, and Furry Fandom animals are drawn with a tail unlike what it would have in real life. Either its tail is shaped differently from what its real counterpart would have, or its tail moves around differently from how it should in real life. Sometimes its tail is shaped the way it would be shaped in real life, but the shape is more exaggerated than it would really appear. Most animals with bushy tails have them portrayed as tapering to a point, when in real life, bushy tails are more likely to have a blunt or rounded tip.

One example is that some cartoon dogs are drawn with tails that look like that of a cat. Dogs may have the widest variety of tail shapes of all animals, but most dogs in real life do not have tails that look completely like a typical cat's tail - long with a round or blunt end. A variant of this trope is for a dog with a tail close to the look of a cat's tail but still typical of the breed to have its tail move like that of a cat at least sometimes. In real life, a dog's tail should not curl, twitch, or wave like a cat's tail, even if its tail does look like a cat's tail.

Another example is all those wolves with overly bushy tails. In real life, wolves have somewhat bushy tails, but they are not bushy like those of foxes.

Yet another example is all those theropod dinosaurs with flexible, bendy tails. Theropod dinosaurs are supposed to have stiff tails that are used for balance.

Please only list examples that are clearly based on actual species. Funny Animals clearly based on actual species are allowed too. Aliens, monsters, and mythical beings can have Bizarre Alien Biology, so please do not list them.


Examples:

Film

Western Animation

  • Spike from Rugrats has a tail that looks catlike.
  • Scooby Doo is a Great Dane and has a tail like one , but it often curls and waves like that of a cat.
  • The Classic Disney Shorts have some examples of characters with tails unlike what their species wold have in real life.
    • Daisy Duck, a female duck from the has curled tail feathers.
    • Mice have thin, naked tails, but Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer Mouse have tails that are unusually thin even for mice.
    • Pluto is a dog with a tail more like that of his owner, Mickey, than that of any real dog.
      • His tail is just as flexible as Mickey's tail as well.
  • Itchy from the "Itchy and Sractchy Show" on The Simpsons, like Mickey Mouse, has a tail that is unusually thin for a mouse.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • June 23, 2010
    TJ
    Scooby Doo -and his tail- just looks like Great Dane to me. It definitely shouldn't curl and wave the way it does, though.
  • June 23, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    doesn't Scooby Doo also have retractable claws sometimes, or is that a different trope?
  • June 23, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    That's a different trope, one that I tried to create, but wound up only putting one bullet of information about it within the Funny Animal Anatomy trope.

    It says:

    • A lot of dogs and other animals with non-retractable claws tend to be drawn without their claws showing in cartoons. Only cats (except cheetahs, which have semi-retractile claws), fossas, and many civet species have fully retractable claws. If the animal has non-retractable or semi-retractable claws, they should be showing at least a little bit. But in cartoonland, most animals with claws are drawn without them, even those with non-retractable claws.
      • In the case of birds, ducks, geese, and other web-footed birds are the most likely to be drawn without claws showing.

    Do you want to develop a full-blown trope out of it?

  • June 24, 2010
    Wacky Meets Practical
    The reason why the retractable claw trope never panned out is because we don't need all of these overly specific cartoon animal inaccuracy tropes. In fact, we really don't need this one. All we really need is one trope that says "Animators may decide to draw animals differently than their real world counterparts, whether it is giving them different feet or different tails, etc." We don't really need to split it up into a dozen small tropes with only a few examples each.
  • June 25, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    I've read the Funny Animal Anatomy page and usually I go for "what are we going to run out of paper" but I think not. Good luck next time EdnaWalker
  • June 25, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Can this trope, Furry Tail Dissonance be a subtrope of Funny Animal Anatomy if people find more examples?
  • June 25, 2010
    Unknown Troper
  • June 27, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Wow you've really turned this trope around. Good work.
  • June 28, 2010
    macroscopic
    This... really has nothing to do with dissonance.
  • June 28, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Do you think that the name, Unusual Tail Shape, would be a better name for this trope than Furry Tail Dissonance.
  • July 1, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • July 1, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    The word works for me after all dissonance pops up on google as
    disagreement: a conflict of people's opinions or actions or characters

    However, if the trope must be renamed however may I humbly suggest Cartoony Tail?
  • July 3, 2010
    HappyDuck
    Most animals with bushy tails have them portrayed as tapering to a point, when IRL tails are usually blunt-tipped.
  • July 3, 2010
    TJ
    In response to the Pcahontas example: raccoon tails are not always blunt.
  • July 5, 2010
    EdnaWalker
    Bump?
  • July 5, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    No need to bump I think the trope is ready to launch.

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