Created By: EdnaWalker on October 3, 2013 Last Edited By: Ednawalker on December 7, 2014
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Animal Color Stereotype

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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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Species:

General

White Fur, Feathers, Scales, or Skin

Indicates innocence, elegance, purity, being peaceful, and being wealthy and high class. Can also represent an ethnically white character.

    Examples 
  • Mostly averted in Blacksad, where fur color is based on the animal's Real Life location. White furred/feathered/scaled/skinned animals represent white people and black furred/feathered/scaled/skinned animals represent black people. Hence there is the "Arctic Nation", a Neo Nazi/KKK Expy group which only recruits white-furred/feathered/scaled/skinned animals. They are only pure in the sense of Pure Is Not Good and being an obvious allegory of racial purity.
  • In The Last Unicorn, the unicorns are white and represent good, nature, fantasy and wonder.

Dark or Black Fur, Feathers, Scales or Skin

Indicates evil or a villainous character. Also indicates an aggressive or predatory character.

    Examples 
  • Scar the villainous lion in The Lion King was significantly darker than the other lions and has a black mane. The hyenas who side with Scar are also dark in color. Subverted with Kovu, he is dark in color like Scar, but he is on the side of good. note 
  • Blacksad also features "The Black Claws," an Expy of the real life black nationalist group, The Black Panthers. "The Black Claws" likewise only recruited black furred/feathered/scaled/skinned animals. Subverted with the titular black cat with a white muzzle though.

Rabbits and Hares

White, Albino, or Light Grey Fur

Indicates 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 Fur

Indicates a Rascally Rabbit. Brown, orange-brown, or grey-brown is the typical color of wild rabbits and hares and the summer fur color of snowshoe hares.

    Examples 

Cats

See Cat Stereotype for examples, breed stereotype descriptions, and detailed color and pattern stereotype descriptions.

White or Silver Chinchilla-Colored Fur

Indicates wealth, prestige, elegance, and purity. Often good. Often longhaired Angora or Persian cats. Usually female, especially when paired with an orange cat.

Orange Fur

Indicates 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 Fur

Indicates bad luck in the US and Catholic Europe. This begets either an evil black cat or an unlucky one. Indicates good luck in the UK, Australia, and Asia. Often magical, mysterious, or a witch's familiar.

Black and White Fur

Indicates either a brave or hopeful but unsuccessful cat or a snarky cat. Can play black cat stereotypes if a tuxedo or mitted cat.

Tabby-Patterned Fur

Tabby 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, Very Light Grey, Very Light Yellow, and Albino Fur

Indicates an experimental lab animal (but not The Lab Rat, that's for humans who work in labs) or at least a domestic or "fancy" brown rat or house mouse. The albino and white colors are pretty much confined to domestic mice and rats. Can also be good. In a work populated by mice or rats, there is a tendency for a few white, very light grey or yellow, and albino ones to show up among the brown and/or grey furred majority.

    Examples 
  • Pinky and the Brain are white, as are most of the other lab mice that ever show up in the show.
  • Muggle, a former lab rat from Capitol Critters is white.
  • The Rescuers: Bianca and Bernard are a heroic white mouse and very light grey mouse respectively.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: In a movie with mostly brown mice in it, there is white-furred Miss Kitty Mouse and two other white-furred female mice performing with her.

Brown, Light Brown, Tan, Grey, or Light Grey Fur

Indicates an average or mundane mouse or rat, as medium and light brown or grey fur is the typical color of wild mice and rats. Also indicates a friendly, nice, or otherwise not evil mouse or rat. When contrasted with a white mouse or rat, the brown, tan, or grey mouse or rat is shown as the wild or "pest" one.

    Examples 
  • The Rescuers: The other mice in the movie are varying shades of brown and tan.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Most of the heroic, good, and Nice Mice in the movie are varying shades of brown. The mouse lackeys to Ratigan and the thug mice in the bar are also varying shades of brown, so the brown coloring is symbolizing mundaneness rather than goodness.
  • The An American Tail movies have brown mice that are portrayed as good, nice, or at least mundane.

Dark Brown, Dark Grey, or Black Fur

As far as rats are concerned, this indicates evil, treachery, or propensity to violence. Mice with the same color fur are often as friendly, nice, or otherwise nonevil as those with light or medium brown or grey fur, however.

    Examples 

Bears (Except Polar Bears and Giant Pandas)

Dark Grey, Dark Brown, or Black Fur

Indicates a mean or dangerous bear.

    Examples 
  • Mor'du the dangerous bear from Brave is pitch black. Subverted with Elinor and Merida's triplet brothers as bears as although they are also pitch black, they are friendlier.
  • The dangerous bear in The Fox and the Hound is dark grey, almost black.
  • Br'er Bear from Song of the South is a dark-brown, mean but stupid bear. He may be Beary Funny, but he isn't Beary Friendly.
  • The evil bear in Fun and Fancy Free, Lumpjaw is dark brown.
  • Subverted with Lotso the evil stuffed bear in Toy Story 3, he has strawberry pink colored fur instead of dark fur.
  • Disney's Pete was originally (before Steamboat Willie) an antagonistic black bear with a white muzzle known as Bootleg Pete.

Brown, Light Brown, Grey, or Light Grey Fur

Indicates a Beary Friendly and/or Beary Funny one.

    Examples 
  • Yogi Bear and Boo Boo, who steal pic-a-nic baskets but are friendly, are brown and light brown respectively. Cindy Bear, Love Interest of Yogi, is also a light brown, friendly bear.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh the friendly bear is honey yellow in keeping with his Trademark Favorite Food.
  • Nacho Bear from Cartoon Network's "Wedgies" series is yellow-orange, like nacho cheese. He's Beary Funny and usually simply in support of eating nachos, but is heroic when circumstances warrant.
  • Fozzie Bear the funny and friendly bear from The Muppet Show is light brown with a shade of orange.
  • Baloo the friendly and funny sloth bear from The Jungle Bookand TaleSpin is medium to light grey.
    • Rebecca Cunningham and Kit Cloudkicker the light brown bears and Molly Cunningham the yellow bear are also generally Beary Friendly.
  • In Fun and Fancy Free, Bongo, the nice bear is brown, his girlfriend Lulubelle, who is also nice, is light brown.
  • WordWorld has a friendly, medium-brown bear named Bear.

Pigeons/Doves

White Feathers

Symbolizes peace. Often a carrier pigeon. Tends to be on the side of good because of the peace symbolism.

    Examples 

Wild-Type Feathers

Plumage 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 Feathers, Beak, and Feet

Symbolize death, evil, discord, or a bad omen and indicates Creepy Crows and ravens.

Black Feathers with Yellow Beak and Feet

Indicates Clever Crows in cartoons and are depicted more positively.

Bluebirds

Blue Feathers

Symbolize happiness or are happy. See Bluebird of Happiness for examples.

Birds in General

Yellow Feathers

Indicates a cute and childlike bird. Chicks in fiction will almost always be yellow and fluffy, regardless of species.

    Examples 
  • Tweety Bird from Looney Tunes is cute and childlike.
    • Henery Hawk, also of Looney Tunes fame, is an aversion to the small yellow bird. He's brown in colour and is definitely not innocent and childlike, despite his size.
  • In Sesame Street, Big Bird is, well, big, but his yellow colouring and childlike personality fits with the yellow bird stereotype.

Dogs

Black, Dark Brown, or Black and Tan Fur

Indicates an Angry Guard Dog or a Hell Hound. Justified, as Dobermans and Rottweilers are normally black and tan.

    Examples 
  • Alpha the Dobermann and Beta the Rottweiler from Up are antagonistic.
  • Cerberus, the three-headed Hell Hound is portrayed as black in Hercules
  • Fluffy the three-headed dog in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (inspired by Cerberus) is very dark brown. The Black Dog is considered a portent of bad luck and evil, but the one that shows up is not evil at all. Fang the Boarhound (played by a Neapolitan Mastiff) from the same movie is a subversion, as he is large and scary-looking, but he's actually a Big Friendly Dog.
  • Black and tan Angry Guard Dogs are the origin of the well known Discworld saying "Never trust a dog with orange eyebrows".
  • The Doberman Pinschers in Oliver & Company, Rosco and Desoto, are Sykes' Right Hand Attack Dogs.
  • Subverted with Nugent the Rottweiler in Over the Hedge as he is just enthusiastically playful.
  • Subverted with Gaspard, the black dog in Gaspard and Lisa as he is a good natured protagonist. The other black dogs in his family are also generally good natured.

Light Brown, Brown, or Yellow Fur

All-White or Mostly White Fur

Indicates 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 as well, but is otherwise all-white.

    Examples 
  • Mr. Peabody, protagonist of the Mr. Peabody and Sherman segments of Rocky and Bullwinkle is a very smart, all-white dog.
  • Brian Griffin of Family Guy is a smart, snarky, all-white Labrador retriever.
  • Krypto The Super Dog is a heroic all-white Labrador retriver from the planet Krypton.
  • The titular dog of Bolt is a naive, but heroic white German Shepard.
  • Hemlock Holmes the white bulldog, one of the five main characters in The Dick Tracy Show, is heroic and an aversion of Bully Bulldog.
  • Lisa the white dog in Gaspard and Lisa is a good natured protagonist and her family is also pretty nice and kindly.
  • Snoopy the smart beagle in Peanuts is white with black ears and a black patch on his back. He is often a protagonist in the Peanuts franchise.
  • Dudley Puppy of T.U.F.F. Puppy is white with black ears. He isn't that smart, but he is on the side of good and fights evil.
  • Ahnuld the dog from Tiny Toon Adventures was arrogant and egotistical, but technically good as his job was "security guard".

All-White, Powderpuff-Looking Fur

Indicates 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.

    Examples 
  • Snowy from Tintin is the titular character's pet dog and sidekick.
  • Big Fido from Men at Arms is a subversion/parody: he's a small white poodle with Killer Rabbit tendencies.

Pigs

Pink Skin

Indicates a cute or good pig.

    Examples 
  • Gravity Falls Waddles the pig is cute, good, and afraid of evil character Gideon Gleeful.
  • Charlotte's Web Wilbur the pig is good.
  • Looney Tunes Porky Pig is mild mannered as compared to arrogant and obnoxious Daffy (Black) and mischievous, playful Bugs (Grey).

Bats

Brown Fur

Indicates a good bat.

    Examples 
  • Ferngully: Batty Koda is a brown fruit bat and is good, if a little screwloose due to having been experimented on.

Black or Dark Fur

Indicates an evil bat.


Examples That Are Specific To A Work

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon usually follows Color-Coded Elements, but there are plenty of exceptions.
    • Ninetails' fur is a pale gold (white when shiny), possibly to symbolize elegance and beauty.
    • While Houndoom is probably just black because it's a dark-type, it's also noteworthy that it's based off of a Hell Hound and has howls so eerie that they send shivers to all surrounding Pokemon.
    • Skitty, Jigglypuff, and Clefairy are basically the poster Pokemon for Ridiculously Cute Critter, and have baby-pink fur to match.
    • Furfrou is a white, powderpuff-looking dog Pokemon and their most unique trait is your ability to trim their fur into different fashions.

    Western Animation 
  • The red bull in The Last Unicorn is... red, representing egoism, madness, obsession, selfishness and evil.

Community Feedback Replies: 47
  • October 3, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    White mice & rats are usually experimental lab animals (but not The Lab Rat, that's for humans who work in labs).
  • October 6, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    Are there any other examples of this trope into play?

  • October 7, 2013
    Snicka
    Bears: A dangerous bear will often be dark grey, dark brown or black, a Beary Friendly one will be of brigher colour, such as light brown or light grey.

    Examples:
  • October 7, 2013
    Snicka
  • October 7, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    Are there any color stereotypes for dogs?

    Are there any other color stereotypes pertaining to species?
  • October 7, 2013
    Snicka
    I think 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. Also compare Color Coded For Your Convenience.
  • October 8, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    Are there any more animal color stereotypes?
  • October 17, 2013
    Snicka
    For rabbits, you can add that a Rascally Rabbit will usually be grey or brown (typical colour for wild rabbits and hares).

    For dogs: an Angry Guard Dog will often be black. Justified, as dobermanns and rottweilers are normally black.
  • October 17, 2013
    Snicka
    A blue bird might symbolize happiness.
  • October 25, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    ^ Are there any examples of happy bluebirds?

    What is the stereotypes for dogs with mostly or all-white fur?

    Are there any more animal color stereotypes?
  • October 25, 2013
    Snicka
    For examples of happy bluebirds, look at the Bluebird Of Happiness trope.

    All-white dogs are often cute and feminine. The most common white dogs in media are poodles.

  • October 25, 2013
    EdnaWalker
    There are also a lot of all-white and mostly white (often with black ears, but otherwise all-white) dogs in animated works who are male, intelligent, on the side of good, and don't seem too feminine.

    All-White or Mostly White Fur

    Indicates an intelligent, on the side of good, or protagonist dog. Often Male. If mostly white, the dog has black ears, but is otherwise all-white.

    All-White or Mostly White Fur:

    All-White, Powderpuff-Looking Fur

    Indicates a showy or powderpuff-looking Poodle, Bichon Frise, or other dog of similar appearance. Often Female.

    All-White, Powderpuff-Looking Fur:

  • October 26, 2013
    Snicka
    Further bird stereotypes.

    Yellow indicates a cute and childish bird. Chicks will almost always be yellow and fluffy, regardless of species.

    Red head with grey or blue body indicates a "cool" and/or mischevious bird.
  • October 26, 2013
    Snicka
    Black or black and tan Angry Guard Dog examples:
    • Alpha the Dobermann and Beta the Rottweiler from Film/Up
    • Cerberus, the three-headed Hell Hound is portrayed as black in Disney/Hercules
    • Fluffy the three-headed dog in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (inspired by Cerberus) is very dark brown. Fang the Boarhound (played by a Neapolitan Mastiff) from the same movie is a subversion, as he is large and scary-looking, but he's actually a Big Friendly Dog.
  • October 26, 2013
    Snicka
    Polar bears are an exception to the Light Is Good tendency, as they are often dangerous.

    An example of a dark brown evil bear:
  • November 13, 2013
    DaibhidC
    Tabby cats have much the same significance as orange ones but might be male or female.

    Black and tan Angry Guard Dogs are the origin of the well known Discworld saying "Never trust a dog with orange eyebrows".
  • November 19, 2013
    Snicka
    The above Discworld example regarding Angry Guard Dogs should be moved from the description to the examples.
  • December 1, 2013
    Snicka
    In Fun And Fancy Free Bongo, the nice bear is brown, his girlfriend Lulubelle is light brown, while the evil bear Lumpjaw is black.
  • December 9, 2013
    Chabal2
    Averted in Blacksad, where fur color is based on the animal's Real Life location. Hence the "Arctic Nation" Neo-Nazi/KKK group which only recruits white-furred/feathered/scaled/skinned animals.
  • December 28, 2013
    peccantis
    Many animal colour conventions follow neatly human Hair Colors : for instance, Hair Of Gold Heart Of Gold while Blond Guys Are Evil, everything to do with bright red and copper, black, stark white, grey...
  • January 1, 2014
    Dawnwing
    I think just a link to the Cat Stereotype page would be sufficient for cats, since I don't really see a need to list them in two spots and we don't need duplicate examples for the same thing on both pages.
  • February 25, 2014
    axelsonfire
    • Henery Hawk of Looney Tunes fame is an aversion to the small yellow bird. He's brown in colour and is definitely not innocent and childlike, despite his size.
    • In Sesame Street, Big Bird is, well, big, but his yellow colouring fits with the yellow bird stereotype.
  • February 25, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Yes, Big Bird is a good example, because he has a childlike personality which fits the yellow bird stereotype.
  • March 14, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    In Cats Dont Dance, the hero, a sparky dreamer named Danny, is orange.
  • March 14, 2014
    FGHIK
    If I recall, Scar in The Lion King was significantly darker.
  • March 16, 2014
    SciFiMs
    For the bird stereotypes: black birds such as Creepy Crows often symbolize death or evil.

    Please note that I changed the now defunct Ravens and Crows to the one of its several replacements that's most appropriate for this context. —Sci Fi Ms
  • March 17, 2014
    AgProv
    Robins are always described as having a red breast, despite the fact it's more of an orange - russety brown. This is said to denote vitality, hardiness and cheerfulness - it is a native British bird that does not migrate and appears to thrive in winter, hence its association with Christmas cheer. (a season in which red is a dominant colour used as a visual metaphor for cheer, generosity, warmth and heartiness).

    The reason why an orange-plumed bird is described as "red" - as is the fox, another orange-brown creature seemingly assigned the wrong colour adjective, and all "red-haired" people - is that the English language simply did not have a word for "orange" until comparatively recently. Anything of roughly the right hue was described as "red" as this was the only word English had. Our word "orange" is imported from Spanish along with the fruit. Una naranja became in English a norrange. The "n" shifted to the indefinite article in accordance with grammar, becoming an orange. Anything of that particular colour stopped being "red" and became orange, instead. But older uses persisted.
  • March 23, 2014
    trueruby
  • May 2, 2014
    SciFiMs
    Interesting idea. Two comments:

    —Although some of the examples are from the full color spectrum, the current trope description, except for the next-to-last paragraph, is limited to black/dark versus white/light. If this trope is to address the full color spectrum, then red, green, yellow, etc, need to get decent coverage in the trope description. However, if this trope will be black/dark versus white/light, it needs to be renamed.

    —This is minor, but the "colour" or "color" spelling should be used consistently; it shouldn't switch from one to the other.
  • May 2, 2014
    EdnaWalker
    ^This trope will cover the full color spectrum.
  • May 5, 2014
    SciFiMs
    ^ Thanks, Edna. I'll have more thoughts on this as soon as I have some free time.
  • May 7, 2014
    SciFiMs
    Here's a suggestion for the first paragraph (note this incorporates what's now the sixth paragraph of the trope description):

    "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 me, it immediately answers some basic questions about this trope. Of course, if you have a better way to convey these ideas early on, feel free to further revise.

    Also, right before the examples, the sentence "Not to be confused with Typical Cartoon Animal Colors" is redundant. And in your examples, Ravens and Crows (black feathers) has been split into several tropes, so one of those, e.g., Creepy Crows, would be a better trope to mention there.

    Finally, you may find this article interesting: http://www.catster.com/the-scoop/cats-judged-by-coat-color
  • May 7, 2014
    SciFiMs
    @ "For rabbits, you can add that a Rascally Rabbit will usually be grey or brown (typical colour for wild rabbits and hares)."

    How do we know the brown or grey color of a "Rascally Rabbit" isn't simply coincidental?
  • May 7, 2014
    SciFiMs
    @ "Different countries and cultures have different stereotypes for a particular color of a given species of animal."

    This is true of butterflies. More later...
  • May 31, 2014
    partner555
    Did anyone mention Animal Stereotypes yet? If not, this YKTTW can be a sub trope of that.
  • July 14, 2014
    Chernoskill
    In The Last Unicorn, the unicorns are white and represent good, nature, fantasy and wonder, while the red bull is... red, representing egoism, madness, obsession, selfishness and evil.
  • August 26, 2014
    bejjinks
    ^^^^ The truth is many animals, including rabbits, change their color seasonally. Unless they've specifically had the color change bred out of them through natural selection or by human intervention, rabbits are white in the winter snow and brown in the summer.
  • September 7, 2014
    videogameboymichael
    • Pokemon usually follows Color Coded Elements, but there are plenty of exceptions.
      • Ninetails' fur is a pale gold (white when shiny), possibly to symbolize elegance and beauty.
      • While houndoom is probably just black because it's a dark-type, it's also noteworthy that it's based off of a Hell Hound and has howls so eerie that they send shivers to all surrounding pokĂ©mon.
      • Skitty is basically the poster pokĂ©mon for Ridiculously Cute Critter, and has baby-pink fur to match.
      • Furfrou is a white, powderpuff-looking dog and their most unique trait is your ability to trim their fur into different fashions.

    That's all I got for now, but I know there's more.
  • September 20, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ Jigglypuff and Clefairy can be lumped there with Skitty, both being baby-pink and cute (although they are more Cartoon Creature than any specific animal).
  • September 23, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    • Salem from Sabrina The Teenage Witch is traditionally an orange cat (though the original oneshot had him as a black cat) but in the 90s was made into a black cat.

    I'm pretty sure there's a stereotype for light brown or yellowish dogs. I know dark rats, dark browns and blacks, are depicted as being evil or violent... Brian is a lab?
  • November 1, 2014
    Skylite
    editing problems. see next reply.
  • November 1, 2014
    Skylite

    White Cats

    White furred Snowbell from Stuart Little is the pet of the wealthy Little family. He isn't precisely good, though. James Bond Dr. No had a white persian cat. The cat's morality was not an issue, but it was definitely representative of the vilain's wealth. ''The Aristocats" has examples of several colored cats. The Duchess is white because she belongs to a wealthy Parisienne. Her kittens are different colors. The girl is white like her mother. The boys are grey and orange and more scrappy than their mother and sister. Thomas O'Malley is solid orange rather than striped, and is a freewheeling sort. The Siamese are two-toned, light and dark, but due to racial attitudes at the time, are portrayed as evil.

    Orange Cats

    Western Animation/Heathcliff: Orange and fat but not lazy as such. Riff Raff, the leader of the Cadillac Cats, is also orange and sort of stout. ''Western Animation/Garfield": is Orange striped and fat and lazy. ''Harry Potter": Crookshanks is a subversion. He's orange and fat, but not lazy. He's heroic and rather active because he's a mystical feline. Harry Dresden: Harry's cat Mister is orange. He's fat and lazy when at home, but he's a street brawler when he's out and about. Hong Kong Phooey: Spot, the hero's cat, was more yellow than orange, and fat, but was emphatically not lazy.

    Grey Cats

    Inspector Gadget Mad Cat: Grey with black and white stripes. Definitely evil.

    Black Cats

    Bedknobs And Broomsticks: Cosmic Creepers is a black cat who is a Witch's familiar. Hocus Pocus: Binx is a heroic black cat, but that's because he was cursed by the Sandersons. Comic Book/Archie: Sabrina's cat Salem is a black cat who tends toward laziness and mischief. He may qualify as a witch's familiar. He is a warlock cursed into cat form. This may only apply for the TV versions of Sabrina rather than the comics.

    White Dogs

    • Ahnuld the dog from Tiny Toon Adventures was arrogant and egotistical, but technically good as his job was "security guard".
    • The titular Tuffy Puppy is a white dog who fights evil.
    • Film/Bolt is a white dog who is notably heroic in his Show Within A Show and in what he discovers is regular life.

    Black Dogs

    • Harry Potter: The Black Dog is considered a portent of bad luck and evil, but the one that shows up is not evil at all.
      • Remus, who is good while human and just savage as a wolf is a lighter shade of grey than Fenrir Greyback who is evil in both forms.

    Brown Dogs

    Brown and Black Bats

    Brown bats are usually good. Black bats are usually evil.
    • Ferngully: Batty Koda is a brown fruit bat and is good, if a little screwloose due to having been experimented on.

    Unnatural Colors

    • Courage The Cowardly Dog is indisputably good and heroic. He's sort of pinkish-purple.
    • Nacho Bear from Cartoon Network's "wedgies" series is yellow-orange, like nacho cheese. He's usually simply in support of eating nachos, but is heroic when circumstances warrant.
    • Winnie The Pooh is honey-colored, in keeping with his love for the stuff.
    • The Bear from the "Grim and Evil" sections of The Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy is pink. He's actually a vehicle for the brain of an evil scientist though.

    Pink Animals

    Pink animals are usually cute or good.
    • Gravity Falls Waddles the pig is good and afraid of evil character Gideon Gleeful.
    • Charlottes Web Wilbur the pig is good.
    • Looney Tunes Porky Pig is mild mannered as compared to arrogant and obnoxious Daffy (Black) and mischievous, playful Bugs (Grey).

    White Mice

    • The Rescuers: Bianca and Bernard are both heroic white mice, though the other mice in the movie are varying shades of brown.
    • The Great Mouse Detective: All the heroic mice in the movie are shades of brown. Evil Ratigan is a grey rat.
    • The Fievel movies have brown mice.

  • November 25, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    ^ Evil Con Carne has its own page
  • November 26, 2014
    Snicka
    Pigs:

    • In Animal Farm, the wise Old Major and the smart, if somewhat egoistical Snowball are white pigs, the evil and corrupt Napoleon is a black Berkshire pig.
  • November 28, 2014
    EdnaWalker
    Are there any wolf color stereotypes?
  • December 7, 2014
    EdnaWalker
    Are there any pig color stereotypes besides pink?
  • December 7, 2014
    shimaspawn
    <Mod Hat>

    No. This is exactly the same type of appearance mess we are trying to remove from the wiki, only longer and with animals. This is not a trope. We do not need a list of every animal in fiction and what colour they are.
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