This is about the various personality, wealth, gender, ethnic, and moral and societal standing stereotypes connected to the fur, feather, scale, or skin color or colors—white, black, or otherwise—of animals. Note this trope covers natural colors, as well as somewhat exaggerated colors (e.g., the bright yellow body and orange legs of Looney Tunes' Tweety Bird), but is different from Typical Cartoon Animal Colors, which is the unrealistic stock coloring of a given species of animal in a cartoon or other fictional work (i.e., pink pigs, yellow-beaked crows and ravens)." For example, white-furred cats, rabbits, and mice and white feathered doves and geese tend to have stereotypes such as innocence, elegance, purity, and being wealthy and high class attached to them. They are often portrayed as female. White-furred dogs, unless they have powderpuff-looking fur, seem to be an exception to this general kind of portrayal of white-colored animals for the most part. Many animal colour conventions follow human Hair Colors neatly. Male animals also tend to be darker than female animals in fiction. Also, Dark Is Evil and Light is Good can generally be applied to most species; a dark-coloured individual will be mean, the light-coloured will be nice. Polar bears are often an exception to the Light is Good tendency, as they are often dangerous. Different countries and cultures have different stereotypes for a particular color of a given species of animal. Supertrope to the fur color side of Cat Stereotype, White Bunny, and Pale Females, Dark Males. Compare Color-Coded for Your Convenience. Can run into Unforfunate Implications when black or dark-colored animals are portrayed as bad and white or light-colored animals are portrayed as good. Not to be confused with Typical Cartoon Animal Colors. Subtrope of Animal Stereotypes.
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White Fur, Feathers, Scales, or SkinIndicates innocence, elegance, purity, being peaceful, and being wealthy and high class. Can also represent an ethnically white character.
Dark or Black Fur, Feathers, Scales or SkinIndicates evil or a villainous character. Also indicates an aggressive or predatory character.
Rabbits and Hares
White, Albino, or Light Grey FurIndicates innocence, gentleness, and purity. Can be evil or vicious as a deliberate subversion. White is mostly a domestic rabbit fur color, though the winter fur color of the Snowshoe hare is also white. See White Bunny for examples.
Grey or Brown FurIndicates a Rascally Rabbit. This is the typical color of wild rabbits and hares.
CatsSee Cat Stereotype for examples, breed stereotype descriptions, and detailed color and pattern stereotype descriptions.
White or Silver Chinchilla-Colored FurIndicates wealth, prestige, elegance, and purity. Often good. Often longhaired Angora or Persian cats. Usually female, especially when paired with an orange cat.
Orange FurIndicates a humble and/or heroic cat, or alternately a fat and lazy one. Often male, and usually male when paired with a white cat.
Black FurIndicates bad luck in the US and Catholic Europe. Indicates good luck in the UK, Australia, and Asia. Often magical, mysterious, or a witch's familiar.
Black and White FurIndicates a brave or hopeful but unsuccessful cat. Can play black cat stereotypes if a tuxedo or mitted cat.
Tabby-Patterned FurTabby cats have much the same kind of significance as orange ones, heroic and/or humble. However, the cat can be either male or female.
Rats and Mice
White and Albino FurIndicates an experimental lab animal (but not The Lab Rat, that's for humans who work in labs). The albino and white colors are pretty much confined to domestic mice and rats.
Bears (Except Polar Bears and Giant Pandas)
Dark Grey, Dark Brown, or Black FurIndicates a mean or dangerous bear.
Brown, Light Brown, Grey, or Light Grey FurIndicates a Beary Friendly and/or Beary Funny one.
White FeathersSymbolizes peace. Often a carrier pigeon. Tends to be on the side of good because of the peace symbolism.
Wild-Type FeathersPlumage usually has a grey or blue-grey base color, but can occasionally has a light brown base color. Indicates a feral or street pigeon.
Crows and Ravens
Black FeathersSymbolize death, evil, discord, or a bad omen and indicates Creepy Crows.
Blue FeathersSymbolize happiness or are happy. See Bluebird of Happiness for examples.
Birds in General
Yellow FeathersIndicates a cute and childlike bird. Chicks in fiction will almost always be yellow and fluffy, regardless of species.
Black, Dark Brown, or Black and Tan FurIndicates an Angry Guard Dog. Justified, as Dobermans and Rottweilers are normally black and tan.
All-White or Mostly White FurIndicates an intelligent, on the side of good, or protagonist dog. Most often Male. If mostly white, the dog usually has black ears or less commonly a black patch on its back, but is otherwise all-white.
All-White, Powderpuff-Looking FurIndicates a showy, cute, feminine-looking, or powderpuff-looking Poodle, Bichon Frise, or other dog of similar appearance. Often Female, but can be male. Can be on the side of good like the aforementioned white dog stereotype.
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