!!Half Dressed Cartoon Animals, Gender, and Level of Anthropomorphism:

In some cases, which part (top or bottom) to leave out of an anthropomorphic animal character's [[LimitedWardrobe iconic costume]] depends on the character's sex or [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism level of anthropomorphism]].

* '''Pantsless male {{Funny Animal}}s:''' Much of character recognition in animation is based on silhouette. In twentieth century western culture, it was customary for men and boys to wear trousers. The legs of a bipedal critter, except the legs of many bird characters, already have a silhouette not unlike trousers; compare LongPants. Adding an untucked shirt to the silhouette results in pantsless appearance once the backlight is turned off. Examples include DonaldDuck, [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Wakko Warner]], Franchise/WinnieThePooh, and [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Porky Pig]].
* '''Shirtless male {{Funny Animal}}s:''' Sometimes, an male animal character will wear pants, shorts, or overalls, but adding a shirt would push the character too close to the PettingZooPeople tier, so they go shirtless. Sometimes done for {{Fanservice}}, compare WalkingShirtlessScene. Examples include MickeyMouse, MagillaGorilla, [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Yakko Warner]], and OswaldTheLuckyRabbit.
* '''Shirtless female {{Funny Animal}}s:''' In twentieth century western culture, a skirt, whether with underwear or not, was a [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics tertiary sexual characteristic]] that was used as an easily silhouettable shorthand way to say that a character will fill some approximation of a feminine gender role. They can go shirtless because they lack a certain [[NonMammalMammaries secondary]] sexual characteristic. Like with shirtless male animal characters, adding a shirt would push the character too close to the PettingZooPeople tier. Rarely do half-dressed female animals wear pants, shorts, or overalls without a shirt. Examples include [[EpicMickey Ortensia]], [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} Dot Warner]], [[WesternAnimation/YogiBear Cindy Bear]], and sometimes MinnieMouse, as well as the 1999 version of [[WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker Winnie Woodpecker]].
* '''Rarity of bare-bottomed female Funny Animals:''' Again, a skirt is used as a tertiary sexual characteristic. Otherwise, you may need to add a [[HairDecorations hair]] [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal dec]]. Notice [[ClassicDisneyShorts Daisy Duck's]] huge bow. The most common examples bare-bottomed or pantless female animals are birds, but a few are mammals. [[Franchise/DonkeyKong Dixie Kong]] and [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Gosalyn]] are two other such examples.
* '''Rarity of pantless or bare-bottomed, shoe-wearing Funny Animals:''' Shoe-wearing pantsless or bare-bottomed cartoon animals as there are shoe-wearing shirtless cartoon animals because being shirtless with shoes on is more accepted than being pantsless with shoes on in the case of humans and most half dressed cartoon animals are barefoot anyway. Daisy Duck and [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Gosalyn]] are two female examples and [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay Conker]], [[WesternAnimation/DanielTigersNeighborhood Daniel Tiger]], and [[Characters/TinyToonAdventures Fowlmouth]] are three male examples. One exception in both real life and cartoons occurs when the shirt is at least calf-length, like that worn by pre-CGI [[Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin Seville]].
* '''Shirtless, shoe-wearing Funny Animals:''' Again, they are more common than pantsless characters wearing shoes because being shirtless and wearing shoes is accepted than the pantsless variant. MickeyMouse and MinnieMouse are two such examples.
* '''Rarity among PettingZooPeople:''' Few Petting Zoo People appear half dressed, whether shirtless (like [[WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}} were-form Wilford B. Wolf]] and Amy) or pantless (like [[WesternAnimation/SonicSatAM Sally]] [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Acorn]] and [[WebComic/SabrinaOnline Sabrina]]). Half-dressed Petting Zoo People are less common than half-dressed {{Civilized Animal}}s and Funny Animals because Petting Zoo People are generally taller (in heads) and look more anthropomorphic than Funny Animals. That means they have room for more clothing. Furthermore, Petting Zoo People ''dress'' [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal like humans]] as a shorthand way to say that Petting Zoo People ''think and act'' like humans. Shirtless female Petting Zoo People are rare because they are anthropomorphic enough for NippleAndDimed to take effect. Shirtless male Petting Zoo People are more common than the shirtless female and pantsless variants because shirtless men aren't taboo like the other two variants.
* '''Rarity of shirtless normal and {{Talking Animal}}s:''' Few {{Nearly Normal Animal}}s, {{Talking Animal}}s, and {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s are shirtless with pants on, let alone fully dressed for that matter, because their body shape is basically as non-anthropomorphic as that of normal animals. Normal animals are almost never given pants to wear because they can't take off clothes easily and they'll likely soil themselves otherwise. Furthermore, animals in RealLife are nearly always naked. Therefore, their cousins on the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism wear little or no clothing as a shorthand that they "think and act" like animals.
* '''Pantless normal and {{Talking Animal}}s:''' More common than shirtless or fully dressed normal animals, {{Nearly Normal Animal}}s, {{Talking Animal}}s, and {{Partially Civilized Animal}}s as shirts, jackets, and sweaters without pants allow animals to "do their business" without soiling themselves. One example is Abu the monkey from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.