Created By: Abodos on October 13, 2017 Last Edited By: Abodos on October 24, 2017
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Clothing Appendage

When a supposed clothing item on a character is actually an attached appendage.

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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.

Film
  • 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.

Literature
  • In Keys to the Kingdom, the more humanoid Nithlings will occasionally form with body parts that resemble clothes.

Live Action Television
  • 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.

Video Games
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • 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.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • 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.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • October 13, 2017
    darkemyst
    I'm not sure why this is limited to non-human characters, if it wasn't characters like those inflicted with Paul Bunyan disease from The Adventures Of Dr Mc Ninja could fit since according to the alt text they sprout clothes as they grow into giants.
  • October 13, 2017
    Jokubas
    The titular 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.
  • October 15, 2017
    Chabal2
    The Trader Of Stories: The treemen's "clothes" are actually leaves that grow in the manner of a dress or bikini.

  • October 15, 2017
    Arivne
    Would this include creatures with Voluntary Shapeshifting who can create "clothing" that's actually part of their body?

    For example, the T-1000 in Terminator 2 Judgment Day, who can create a police officer's uniform out of his liquid metal body?
  • October 15, 2017
    Prime32
    ^^^ Were Squid Girl's wristbands actually irremovable though? Her hat appears to be fused to her body, but the unusual way it's referred to (she claims if you take it off she'll die) has lead to Wild Mass Guessing that it's actually some kind of Symbiote or Puppeteer Parasite.
  • October 15, 2017
    zarpaulus
    • In Dan And Mabs Furry Adventures Cubi can use their shapeshifting ability to produce "clothes", though mostly as a last resort as they can bleed if they get torn and can't cover up their clan marks that way.
  • October 15, 2017
    Snicka
    Organic Bra is a subtrope.
  • October 16, 2017
    Snicka
    • Mystique in the live-action X Men movies can produce clothes on herself when shapeshifting into various people. Her "base" form is a naked woman covered in blue scales.
    • 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.
  • October 16, 2017
    malias
    Not to be confused with Technically Naked Shapeshifter
  • October 17, 2017
    Snicka
    ^ Mystique is actually a Technically Naked Shapeshifter, and there are other examples beside her here that are shapeshifters that materialize clothes on themselves. Maybe these examples should be removed then?
  • October 16, 2017
    Snicka
    • In Shark Tale, jellyfish are anthropomorphized in a way that their bell looks like a hat, and their tentacles look like long hair.
  • October 17, 2017
    Limelite
    There was a superhero whose name escapes me (Image? I think) who was a Captain Marvel Expy who was a young boy who could transform into a big Flying Brick superhero. He did this by excreting an organic shell which made up the body of his alter ego, costume included.
  • October 17, 2017
    longWriter
  • October 22, 2017
    Snowy66
    • Certain Pokemon 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 is actually natural leaves coming from its body.
  • October 22, 2017
    Jokubas
    ^^^^^^^^^^ As far as I know her wristbands were irremovable. There was a single episode about how they were part of an innate power of hers. I always thought it was weird considering the matching ones on her ankles always came off with her shoes, but then again, the wristband power was never mentioned again, at least in the anime, so maybe the writers realized it was inconsistent and weird even for such a silly series. The hat is a good point as well, I forgot about that. While it's comically ambiguous, I'm pretty sure there was a time someone tried to take it off and it made her bleed, so I think it counts as well (unless there's something else I'm forgetting).
  • October 23, 2017
    Snicka
    • 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.
  • October 23, 2017
    NightShade96
    • In Keys To The Kingdom, the more humanoid Nithlings will occasionally form with body parts that resemble clothes.
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