Animal Coloration Profiling is the use of an animal's coloration to indicate a character's personality, socio-economic status, gender, or moral alignment. Sometimes, an animal of a given coloration can indicate the animal's race, ethnicity, or nationality. A white animal is normally good. If an animal is needed to be marked as special or valuable, white is the most common color used to indicate this. White animals tend to be heroic, often in a majestic or magical way. They tend to be either very powerful, high-class and wealthy, weak and innocent, or a laboratory animal, depending on species. White can indicate a classy or sexy female animal. If the male animal in a duo is orange, brown, tan, or grey, the female one is white. White can also be used to indicate an animal that stands out from the brown, tan, beige, and grey majority is some way or another. In works that use an animal's color to represent race and ethnicity, the literal color white represents a racially white animal. Black is often used to indicate that the animal is evil or mean. It may indicate that the animal is simply fierce in a Good Is Not Nice or Dark Is Not Evil way because the color black looks fierce. Often the antagonist to a white protagonist animal. In works that use an animal's color to represent race and ethnicity, the literal color black represents a racially black animal. Dark brown and dark grey often indicates a mean, bad, antagonistic, or even evil animal. Often the antagonist to a medium grey, medium brown, tan, light brown, beige, red, or orange protagonist animal. Dark brown animals can sometimes be portrayed as ordinary. Brown, tan, and grey are often used to indicate an ordinary animal or one of a humble background. Animals of these colors can also be wiseacre tricksters. A more vibrant shade of brown, tan, or grey on one animal can indicate one that stands out from the other similar-colored animals while keeping the same basic color as the others. A lighter shade or brown, tan, or grey can indicate the female animals among the brown, tan, and grey animals. Light brown or tan colors can sometimes indicate a Hispanic or Latino animal, invoking Latino Is Brown. Brown and light brown colorations often indicate an animal with a warm and/or motherly personality. Grey, light grey, and silver animals are often wise mentors or sages. Grey, light grey, and silver can also indicate age in an animal. Like white, light grey and silver can indicate a female animal, often a classy or sexy one. When paired with a black or dark grey antagonist, villain, or villain associate animal, the light grey or silver animal is a hero or hero associate animal. Orange and red animals are often heroic, but usually in a humble, down-to-earth way, invoking the Red Is Heroic. Red and orange can also suggest fierceness in an animal, invoking Fiery Redhead. Orange and red may simply indicate that the animal is humble or has a humble background. Red and orange can also indicate an animal that stands out from the brown, tan, beige, and grey animals in some way or another. If the red or orange animal has green eyes, he or she is often a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead in animal form. Yellow is often used to indicate an innocent, youthful, or baby bird, based on the fact that chicken chicks and ducklings have yellow feathers. Yellow and light yellow also indicate a joyful, friendly, optimistic, childlike, upbeat character. Usually a good, protagonistic, or heroic animal. This color can invoke Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, especially if the animal has blue eyes. Beige, cream, and light yellow can indicate a female animal and often indicates the pale female in Pale Females, Dark Males. If the male animal is orange, the female animal is cream if she is not white. The female animal is often beige if the male animal is brown or tan. Beige can also indicate an ordinary animal or one of a humble background. Auburn and reddish brown animals can play brown/tan/grey, brown/light brown, and/or red/orange stereotypes. Yellow orange and orange yellow animals can play either red/orange or yellow animal stereotypes or both. Blue-grey and grey-blue animals can play brown/tan/grey stereotypes, light blue grey and light grey-blue animals can play light grey/silver stereotypes, and dark blue-grey and dark grey-blue animals can play dark brown/dark grey stereotypes. In some works, the ordinary or good animals have the normal coloration of their species to represent their normalcy or their good or neutral moral alignment, whereas the evil animals of the same species have a coloration that is darker than normal to highlight their evil moral alignment. Sub-Trope of Colour-Coded for Your Convenience. Remember, this is a list of animals sorted by the color and pattern stereotype they fit. Super trope to Cat Stereotype, White Stallion, Pale Females, Dark Males, and White Bunny. See National Animal Stereotypes for the nationality equivalent. See also Typical Cartoon Animal Colors.
Anime and Manga
- The titular protagonist of Kimba the White Lion is a heroic, majestic, and high-class white lion.
- Blacksad: White furred and feathered animals represent white people. The Arctic Nation is a group in the vein of the KKK made up of rasict, white supremacist white furred and feathered animals, which averts the usual "white coloration, good moral alignment" portrayal of white animals.
- The Great Mouse Detective: Miss Kitty Mouse and two other female dancer/showgirl mice are classy, sexy, curvaceous white mice that stand out from the general mouse populace (whether male or female, whether heroic, good, ordinary, rough around the edges, or on the side of Ratigan) who have beige, tan, and light brown fur.
- The Rescuers: The main female mouse, Bianca, has white fur and is classy. The main male mouse, Bernard, is light grey and humble, and the ordinary background mice are shades of brown, tan, and beige.
- Flushed Away: Whitey the rat, who, although he is a bad guy, is white because he is a lab rat; Roddy, Rita, and the other rats, major, supporting, and background, are tan or beige.
- Pinky and the Brain: The titular lab mouse duo, as well as other lab mice are white because they are laboratory animals. Subverted with Billie, who is a light grey lab mouse, and Mousy Galore, who is a light yellow lab mouse. Mice in the show other than the lab mice are beige, grey, brown, or light brown.
- Blacksad: Black furred and feathered animals represent black people. The Black Claws is a "black power" group in the vein of the Black Panthers that is made up of black furred and feathered animals.
- The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The villain, Frollo's horse, Snowball, is all-black and terrifying.
- Brave: The terrifying demon bear Mor'du, has black fur. Subverted with Ellinor as a bear as although she also has black fur, she is on the side of good and defeats Mor'du.
- The Lion King: Scar, the villain an Big Bad, has a black mane and tail tuft to signify his evil moral alignment and to contrast from has Big Good brother, Mufasa.
- Tarzan: The morally good, but fierce and stern father gorilla, Kerchak has black fur. The vast majority of the gorillas have grey or bluish grey fur and Kala has brown fur.
Dark Brown and Dark Grey Animals
Film - Animation
- Fun and Fancy Free: Lumpjaw is a mean dark-brown male bear and the main antagonist to medium brown protagonist male bear Bongo and light brown Love Interest female bear Lullubelle. The majority of the bears are medium brown.
- Lady and the Tramp: The nasty, terrifying rat that Lady and Tramp protect and save the baby from has a dark-brown body and a black head.
- The Great Mouse Detective: Ratigan, the main villain and his bat sidekick Fidget are dark grey and wear dark clothes. Ratigan has black hair to go along with the dark grey fur.
Brown, Tan, and Grey Animals
Film - Animation
- Throughout the Disney Animated Canon, from Dumbo, to Cinderella, The Aristocats, to TheRescuers, to The Great Mouse Detective, most ordinary and humble-background mice are depicted with brown, tan, grey, light brown, or beige fur.
- 'The Jungle Book'': Baloo is a blue-grey, heroic male sloth bear.
- Looney Tunes
- As in The Jungle Book, Baloo is a blue-grey, heroic male bear.
- Kit Cloudkicker is a medium brown, young, heroic bear of humble background.
Brown and Light Brown Animals
Film - Animation
- Tarzan: Kala the brown gorilla has a warm and motherly personality.
Grey, Light Grey, and Silver Animals
Film - Animation
- Phoebes, one of the good characters in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, has an affable light grey horse named Achilles.
Orange and Red Animals
Film - Animation
- Simba and Mufasa in The Lion King are heroic lions who have red manes and tail tufts. Subverted in that they are royal instead of from a humble background.
- Kion in The Lion Guard is a fierce, heroic lion and member of the Lion Guard who has a red mane and tail tuft. Subverted in that he is royal instead of from a humble background.
Yellow and Light Yellow Animals
- Winnie the Pooh is a lovable, friendly, joyful, honey-loving, childlike orange-yellow bear, if a little absent-minded.
- Subverted with the light-yellow furred Rabbit. He is nervous, strict, serious, grouchy, and obsessed with keeping things peaceful and in order.
- Sesame Street: Big Bird is a friendly, childlike yellow bird.
- SpongeBob SquarePants: The titular sea sponge is yellow in color and joyful, upbeat, and childlike.
- Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Sunni Gummi has yellow fur. She's a cheerful, bright female bear cub.
- WordWorld: Duck is a childlike yellow adult duck.
- Family Guy: Averted with Ernie the Giant Chicken; he is yellow, but he is the most commonly recurring antagonist in the series and has a long history of violence with Peter Griffin.
- TaleSpin: Molly Cunningham is a yellow, cheerful, childish female bear cub.
Beige, Cream, and Light Yellow Animals
Normal Coloration and Darker Than Normal Animals
Film - Animation
- The good and ordinary lions in the The Lion King franchise are light colored or the normal overall color for lions. Scar, the main villain in the first movie, has a black mane and has a darker than normal overall body color. Subverted in ''The Lion King II: Simba's Pride with Kovu, the good Outlander lion who has Scar's darker than normal colors, and with Zira, who has the normal lion color, but is evil and the main villainess in the movie.
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