When a supposed clothing item on a character is actually an attached appendage.
In works of fiction that feature Funny Animals, Petting Zoo People, Humanoid Aliens, or other similar non-humans species, characters in these groups can run the gamut from Exposed Extraterrestrials to Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals to Barefoot Cartoon Animals to Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals. Among some of the species that do wear clothes, however, you may notice upon closer inspection that a character's "clothes" actually seem to grow from their bodies as appendages or other parts of their bodies. If the character is a Plant Person, the "clothes" may be extra long leaves or flowers. If the characters are Fish People, the "clothes" may be fins. If the characters are Bird People, the "clothes" may be feathers or even an extra set of wings. Insectoid Aliens and other arthropoid creatures may feature "clothes" that are extensions of their exoskeletons. In rare cases, this can even occur with otherwise mundane humans. Contrast with Fur Is Clothing, when seemingly unclothed animals remove their fur/feathers/scales/etc. as articles of clothing. Supertrope to Organic Bra. See also Technically Naked Shapeshifter.
Examples:Anime & Manga
- The eponymous Squid Girl in Squid Girl has these blue rings around her wrists and ankles. The ones around her ankles just seem to be attached to her shoes and are clothing. The ones around her wrist are apparently actually part of her body and she can use them to make herself super heavy or lighter than air.
- Captain Gutt from Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is an ape that seems to be Dressed to Plunder, wearing a tricorner hat and a cape - but it's actually just his long hair.
- In Shark Tale, jellyfish are anthropomorphized in a way that their bell looks like a hat, and their tentacles look like long hair.
- In Willy the Sparrow, Cipur, the elderly male sparrow seems to be wearing a bow tie, but it's actually his black throat patch that has an unusual shape.
- In Keys to the Kingdom, the more humanoid Nithlings will occasionally form with body parts that resemble clothes.
- The Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" features a virus created as a result of an extraterrestrial medical probe that landed in the middle of World War II mistaking a dead gas mask-wearing child for a healthy specimen of his species. The virus causes its victims to, among other transformations, grow their own gas masks over their heads.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- The Deku Scrubs from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask have clothing-like features along these lines. For example, the Deku King has a big round crown made of huge leaves, while the Deku Princess has an elaborate dress made of leaves and flowers as well as earrings that seem to be seed pods.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Queen Rutela of the Zora has a long and elaborate skirt that seems to be made up of leg fins.
- The Zora in general from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (for example, Mipha) have skirts and epaulets that are actually fins located on their hips and shoulder respectively. The chief giveaway is that the skirts and epaulets have the same blue-and-yellow highlights as their forearm fins, which are more obviously fins.
- Certain Pokémon appear to wear accessories that are actually natural parts of them.
- Murkrow's head looks like a witch's hat, but it's actually just the plumage of feathers.
- Bellossom's grass hula skirt are actually natural leaves attached to its body.
- Gardevoir's 'dress' is naturally a part of it.
- The Trader of Stories: The treemen's "clothes" are actually leaves that grow in the manner of a dress or bikini.
- Paul Bunyan disease from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja causes people to sprout clothes as they grow into giants according to the alt text.
- Done as The Reveal of the Spongebob Squarepants episode where Spongebob tries to join a jellyfishing club. He idolizes a smug sea cucumber named Kevin who is the leader of the club. In the end, the other jellyfishers, tired of their leader's staunch refusal to let Spongebob join, remove the hat from Kevin's head and place it on Spongebob's to signal their acknowledgement of him as their new leader, prompting Spongebob to note that he was unaware the hat was a removable article of clothing. Cue a cut to a very pained-looking Kevin with a visible tear on top of his head stating that it wasn't.
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