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[[caption-width-right:285:[[MeaningfulName Guess why they call her "Blue".]]]]
->''"Ooh, they look like Skittles!"''
-->-- '''Homer Simpson''' commenting on painted rats in Rio de Janeiro, ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

Sometimes, humans in animation and video games have [[AmazingTechnicolorPopulation decidedly non-standard skin colors.]] Instead of being tan and brown, they'll be green, gray, and purple. But they're not the only ones--sometimes, animators have a bit of fun when designing ''animals'' as well. And thus, the world is filled with Amazing Technicolor Wildlife.

Animals are a bit different from humans--a lot of them ''do'' come in wilder, more flamboyant colors, especially in tropical areas. Animals use bright colors as a way of saying "Don't eat me! I'm poisonous!" or "Look at me! Aren't I a ''sexy beast?''," or even for reasons we're not quite sure of. However, not ''all'' animals come in strange colors--a lot of mammals tend to be the same grayish and yellowish and brownish and reddish colors we humans are, with the brightest colors reserved for birds, insects, and fish. (A few reptiles here and there, too.) And while no one would bat their eye at a blue peacock with green tailfeathers, a ''red'' peacock with bright purple tail feathers would be [[SomewhereAnOrnithologistIsCrying distinctly more unusual]]. For instance, there is no green in mammals (unless you count fur tinted green because of algae) and blue is only found in a few mammal species (unless you count greyish-blue or a blue sheen). It just doesn't exist naturally. {{Funny Animal}}s in particular seem to be prone to this through TypicalCartoonAnimalColors but turned UpToEleven.

Sometimes animators exaggerate the range of colors, patterns, and markings found on each species of animal in RealLife. Several species of penguin, like the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Fairy_penguin.jpg Fairy Penguin]], have a naturally blue sheen to their feathers, but many animated penguins tend to be bright blue. There are other [[AcceptableBreaksFromReality accepted variants]] from the range of colors, markings, and patterns each species of animal can have in RealLife, like solid-colored, non-tabby red cats.

Other times, they're outright strange. [[WesternAnimation/BluesClues Blue]] [[PreciousPuppy dogs]], [[WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures p]][[WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}} i]][[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball n]][[WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} k]] [[BunniesForCuteness rabbits]], [[ComicStrip/MyCage orange]] [[ThreateningShark sharks]], and [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb teal-colored]] [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypodes]] abound.

Little songbirds which are dull-colored in RealLife may be depicted as brightly colored; in a more subtle version, crows and ravens are often shown [[TypicalCartoonAnimalColors with yellow beaks and feet, though retaining their all-black plumage]].

YouGottaHaveBlueHair as it pertains to humans and sometimes PettingZooPeople.

Overlaps with TypicalCartoonAnimalColors, can be subject to HairColorDissonance where the non-natural colour is adjusted to something more natural by the viewer's mind. Completely unrelated to PinkElephants, although this trope may cause people to ''think'' that that trope or MushroomSamba is in play.


!!Subtle and Minor AcceptableBreaksFromReality Examples Found in Animated Works in General:

* '''Crows and Ravens'''
** Yellow beaks and feet (Examples go under TypicalCartoonAnimalColors)

* '''Domestic Cats'''
** Actual solid-colored/self-colored Red and Cream furred cats (with or without white spotting)
** Non black-furred (with or without white spotting) or all-white cats with black noses
** Grey or black-furred cats with pink/red noses (with no white spotting on the muzzle or nose)
** Stripes only on the back or at least a lack of stripes on the legs if there are any
** White belly and/or chest (on the whole chest, not just a locket on the chest) without white paws
** Black stripes on a Red Tabby (with or without white spotting)

* '''Domestic Dogs'''
** A black nose on a liver-colored dog

* '''Giant Pandas'''
** An all-black torso with or without a white belly
** Black tails
** Black all the way around the pelvic/hip area

* '''Crustaceans'''
** Bright red. Lobsters[[note]]It is possible for a lobster to be naturally red or blue, or even different colors split down the middle, due to genetic defects. This is somewhat rare, though.[[/note]] and most crabs are only red if they're cooked. The Christmas Island red crabs are an exception.

* '''Penguins'''
** Bright blue feathers (as opposed to just a naturally blue sheen to their feathers)

* '''Rats and Mice'''
** Black, brown, or dark brown noses

* '''Wolves'''
** Red noses or any nose color except black
** Solid brown or gray fur, with or without white spotting. Only black and white wolves have solid coloring, with others being agouti mixes of gray, brown, white, tan, and/or rust.



!!Distinct and Outright Strange Examples:

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/ShimaShimaToraNoShimajiro'' : Ramurin Makiba and Nyakkii Momoyama are both pink.
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has [[PunnyName Ali]], a baby pink alligator.
* For such a whimsically cute franchise about tiny, talking, magical animals, ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' has surprisingly few impossibly colored titular pets. Out of over 40 pets, only a little over 10 are of strange colors. ''Anime/JewelpetSunshine'' has a non-Jewelpet animal called Iruka, a pink dolphin. When he turns gray, it's a sign that he's dying.
* The majority of the animal characters in ''Manga/HappyHappyClover'' from brown to pink colored rabbits to sky blue colored squirrels. It's more notable in the anime adaptation though.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/MonicasGang''. Played straight with blue dogs, green dogs, green elephants, etc. Yellow dogs, even bright yellow ones, not so much.
* Changeling aka Beast Boy from the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' is always green when he shapeshifts, which obviously stands out when he turns into any non-reptilian or -amphibian animal.
* Comicbook/DouweDabbert is accompanied by a [[DumbDodoBird dodo]] on two of his adventures. While no one is completely sure what dodos looked like, they are generally described as brown or gray, so there's really no excuse for the dodo to be bright pink.
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic''. Yes, Sonic is blue, however he was LockedIntoStrangeness. He was born brown furred. One issue implied that the pink furred Amy was born brown too, however it is dubiously canon due to its numerous {{Series Continuity Error}}s. Most other characters are realistically coloured or are based on actual colours.
* In UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, Fawcett Comics had a FunnyAnimal version of [[Comicbook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] called Hoppy the Marvel Bunny. All the bunnies in Hoppy's world were bright pink.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Arlene from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' is a cat with pink fur.
* ''ComicStrip/MarkTrail'', a supposedly serious serial strip supposedly about nature and wildlife, nonetheless frequently features miscolored animals, such as ducks with green bodies and brown heads (instead of the other way around) and baby-blue chicks. Who often grow to the size of Buicks and talk out of their butts, but that's another issue.
* The main character of ''ComicStrip/MyCage'', Norm, is a bright blue platypus. One of his friends is also an orange shark.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The protagonist of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' TrollFic ''FanFic/StarkitsProphecy'', [=StarGleam=], has a purple pelt.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Granted, as mentioned in the {{Literature}} section above, we don't know what colour dinosaurs actually were, but nonetheless the characters from ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' are oddly brightly coloured. Cera (a triceratops) is bright yellow, Littlefoot (apatosaurus) is purple, Petrie (pteranodon) is red, and Spike and Ducky (a stegosaurus and parasaurolophus respectively) are different shades of green. Chomper (tyrannosaurus) from ''The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure'' and ''V: The Mysterious Island'' is purple.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' featured ''literal'' PinkElephants. WordOfGod says that the creators were inspired when they observed jungle elephants covering themselves in red dirt.
* "Kevin" from ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' is a 13-foot flightless bird with bright, iridescent plumage that, while not unusual for tropical birds, is nearly nonexistent among large flightless birds.
* The Cheshire Cat from the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' is magenta.
* In ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', the animals Merlin and Madam Mim transform into are blue and pink respectively, same color as their clothing. The animals Wart becomes are tan, which is somewhat less conspicuous.
* Annabellle from ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' is bright pink. She's an angel so it's likely that mortal colors don't apply to her. Her evil cousin (who's implied to be a FallenAngel) Belladonna is a dark blue.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', offering many viewers their first glimpse of ''actual'' Technicolor, featured a "horse of a different color", which gradually changed from one color to another.
* Most of the sea life in ''Film/TheLifeAquaticWithSteveZissou'' is like this.
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'': Nearly all of the animals living in the dark green forests of Pandora are a brilliant shade of cobalt. This is HandWaved through them blending in when the plants start to glow at night, but it still doesn't explain why they keep this color during the day (one would expect them to either change colors or for only the nocturnal species to be blue, but nope).

* Myth/PaulBunyan has Babe the Blue Ox.
* The reason coyotes are brown and not brilliant blue? Because [[Myth/NativeAmericanMythology Coyote]] fell in a mud puddle.

* ''Literature/WhosAfraidOfBoomer'' has every shark as this.
* ''Literature/CliffordTheBigRedDog:''
** Clifford is a bright red Labrador Retriever.
** There's also Cleo, a pink Poodle; T-Bone, a yellow Bulldog; and Machiavelli, a blue Greyhound.
* Creator/ErinCarle:
** The picture book ''Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See'' features a blue horse and a purple cat.
** Another Eric Carle book, ''Hello, Red Fox'', featured a green fox, a blue cat, a purple bird, a red snake, an orange fish, and a yellow butterfly.
** Eric Carle {{Lampshaded}} this in his book ''The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse''.
* ''Elmer the Patchwork Elephant''
* Accidentally applied to a village full of FunnyAnimal wading birds in ''[[Literature/{{Spellsinger}} Chorus Skating]]'', when Jon-Tom magically re-grows their lost feathers by revising the lyrics of songs about custom paint jobs on cars. Luckily, the altered birds get a real kick out of their new makeovers.
* We don't know much about the coloring of prehistoric dinosaurs, admittedly, and as bird-reptiles they might not have been limited to the same colors as mammals. Still, in ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' basically all dinosaurs are brightly colored and individual - ankylosaurs come in oranges and browns; tyrannosaurs are gray and blue, or emerald and rust, green and gray and purple and yellow, or deep green; leptoceratopses are yellow and red, or blue and gray again, or emerald, or purple and gold, or green and blue and emerald; quetzalcoatli are dark crimson and Day-Glo blue, gold with streaks of gray, blue, and scarlet, or yellow with streaks of crimson and midnight blue. Nothing at all is camouflaged. Our viewpoint characters, all from the modern day, find these colors unremarkable.
* ''Literature/PatTheBeastie'' has a blue dog and a green bird that show up in the book to warn Paul and Judy about them mistreating their pet Beastie.
* Evidently, not even zebras are exempt from this as shown in ''Literature/RainbowDashAndTheDaringDoDoubleDare''. Braze is described as having flame-like red, orange, and yellow stripes as opposed to white and black.
* ''Literature/KobitosZukan'' almost all of the small dwarf like creatures the Scribd are colorful, and colours from all over the rainbow to boot!
* Most dragons in ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' have naturalistic or dark scale colours such as red, gold, brown, blue, and silver. [=Rainwings=] are specified as being brightly coloured like birds of paradise.
* The Middle Kingdom dragon owls from ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'' are always either blue or green.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Blue Goldfish", the titular fish in the aquarium in Mr. Boynton's lab. Miss Brooks initially mistakes it for a tropical fish. The reason it's blue? [[FridgeLogic The fish is cold, because Principal Conklin won't heat the school to a proper temperature.]]
* Spanish show ''El Perro Verde'' was a interview program that featured, indeed, a green dog.
* Some of the characters on ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. Sure, you had a green frog (Kermit) and a pink pig (Piggy). Rowlf was a brown dog - not too far-fetched there. But how does one explain Gonzo the Great as... uh... some kind of... turkey-anteater with a cornflower-blue... uh... covering?
** Gonzo is a whatever/an alien. This trope still applies to other Muppets though. Fozzy Bear has a bright pink nose. Sam the Eagle is blue.
* In ''Series/CaptainBluebear'', the eponymous blue bear has three grandkids, who are pink, yellow and green respectively.
* ''Series/ThePajanimals'' features a green dog, an orange horse, a blue duck, and a purple cow.
* The animated red-white-and-blue CGI eagle mascot of ''Series/TheColbertReport''.
* The ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' once tested if elephants are really afraid of mice while visiting a preserve in South Africa, and found to their great surprise that the idea seemed to have some merit, as the elephant they used backed away when a hidden mouse was uncovered. Unfortunately, the mouse they used was white, a color bred in pets and not likely to be found in the wild, especially a jungle. They later admitted this was a mistake, as they chose the mouse for its ability to show up on camera and didn't expect any real results from the test.

* Creator/JerseyJackPinball's ''Pinball/TheWizardOfOz'' has the Horse of a Different Color, which changes colors as you play. It's also possible to get a Rainbow Horse.
* ''VideoGame/JinniZeala'' has a neon pink camel prominent on the playfield.
* ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'' has several pink critters, including elephants, octopi, and an enormous pink whale.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Just open a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Monster Manual or similar setting supplement. Even if you entirely ignore the various "magical" monsters borrowed from mythology (such as the couatl, a feathered serpent based on depictions of Quetzalcoatl, an Aztec god) and the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience color-coded dragons]] you will find e.g. an amazing technicolor dream-coated wolf with feathered wings instead of front legs ([[http://www.headinjurytheater.com/images/d&d%20beasts%20%20senmurv%20gay%20pride.jpg the Senmurv]]), and Tribex, horned beasts of burden that resemble African antelopes but with a bright blue stripe along its flank instead of a brown stripe (in the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting).

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Zigzagged with the animals in ''Ride/ItsASmallWorld'' at the Ride/DisneyThemeParks. Some of the animals in the ride look completely normal, while others have a completely outrageous coloring; examples including a pink camel and an orange zebra.

* Toys/BeanieBabies range from realistically designs and colors to more cartoonish designs with bright or pastel colors.
* Franchise/CareBears also come in pastel colors. This works because they are not ordinary bears, but also have tummy symbols (belly badges), heart-shaped noses, and so on. The bears are ColorCodedCharacters, though there are so many bears that some have similar shades. Some of the Care Bear Cousins also exhibit this trope; Bright Heart is a purple raccoon, Gentle Heart is a green lamb, and so on.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' almost never has completely normal colored ponies. G1 also had a pink lion, pink and green zebra, purple and yellow elephant, and various other oddly-colored animals.
* Artwork by Lisa Frank has featured pink and purple dolphins, purple pandas, and rainbow leopards.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Many of the animal townsfolk in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' are peculiarly colored, in almost every color imaginable. The quickest example? A bear called Bluebear. Guess what color she is.
* A lot of ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' characters fall under this category:
** Sonic in particular is famous for being a "blue hedgehog" ("The Blue Blur" being his nickname), but there are also pink, black and silver hedgehogs, purple cats, red echidnas, yellow polar bears, green tufted ducks, black armadillos with red shells, green hawks, the list goes on and on. Originally, Naoto Ooshima drew Sonic with ''black'' fur, but quickly changed it to blue so it would match the Sega logo.
** The small animals found in the [[MechaMooks badniks]] of certain games are also oddly colored, such as purple peacocks with red tails, [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure pink]] and [[VideoGame/SonicAdvanceSeries purple]] elephants, pink seals, purple penguins, and blue gorillas.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Moosh from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' is a blue bear. He has wings that allow him to fly, but still.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', there are golden dolphins and rabbits with fur blending in with ''any'' environment (including the green of the Forest Realm, red of the Fire Realm, and blue [[MisplacedWildlife of the Ocean Realm]]).
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the various dogs, horses, wolves, bears, etc., can be found in shades of blue and green.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'':
** Krystal certainly fits under this trope (in both her original ''Dinosaur Planet'' design and her ''Star Fox'' version) because she's blue.
** Marcus [=McCloud=], Fox and Krystal's future son, who appears in one of ''Command'''s possible endings inherits his mother's blue fur color.
** Katt Monroe is pink. Her character design was changed for ''Command''. She's now dark grey - triggering mostly TheyChangedItNowItSucks reactions.
** ''Command'' has Amanda, Slippy's love interest (pink). One of the endings shows their kids, each having a different color.
** Unlike Falco Lombardi, real falcons don't have blue feathers. But WordOfGod has it he's actually a ''pheasant''.
* ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper''. Not only is Katy Kat [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]], but her head is [[AlienGeometries semicircular]]!
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** There's the Yoshi species, which comes in a rainbow variety of colors.
** Come to think of it, the Koopas [turtles] tend to be multicoloured as well, starting in the first game with the red ones.
* There are some pretty funky ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' examples. True, they're technically not animals, but most are [[IntelligentGerbil based on animals]]. A yellow mouse[[note]]the Pikachu line[[/note]], a blue turtle[[note]]the Squirtle line[[/note]], a yellow and a blue duck/platypus[[note]]the Psyduck line[[/note]]. And that's just the first generation of mons! Yeah, those critters cover the spectrum and back. Most Pokemon tend to be colored based on what sort of [[ElementalPowers type]] they're supposed to represent, and even that isn't a hard rule. It also applied to the fictional critters themselves with the shiny Pokémon.
* The orca that ferries you around in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' is a pastel color.
* ''VideoGame/FeedingFrenzy'' features exceedingly vivid marine creatures such as fuschia wrasses with bright orange and red marks, purple and blue dories, cyan cods, etc.
* ''VideoGame/FarmVille'', the Website/{{Facebook}} game, has this in spades. The colors also [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority determine the relative value]] of each of your farm critters.
* The bunny kids (WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit's children) from ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'' are bright cyan.
* The dream eaters in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' are based on real and mythological creatures, and always unusually colored. The nightmare versions fought as enemies tend to use dark color schemes, while the friendly spirit versions are downright fluorescent. The latter can also be recolored to a limited degree by the player.
* In ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'', the [=GGs=]' dog Potts is blue in the first game, and green in [=JSRF=].
* ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' has sheep, which appear in the wild with colors that include white (of course), black, grey, brown (all plausible), and pink (plainly impossible in Real Life). Gets even more bizarre when colored dyes are added to the mix: Not only does a dyed sheep regrow its wool in the dyed color after being sheared, but if it's one of a breeding pair, [[LamarckWasRight it has a chance of passing on that color to its offspring]].
* ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'' stars the blue and pink ducks Bin and Pin.
* The pigs in ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' are lime green. That's what you get when you're creating a game and everyone panics about swine flu.
* In ''Videogame/{{Trog}}'', you play one of four dinosaurs in different colors. Rex is red, Bloop is blue, Spike is yellow and Gwen is purple.
* The neon snakes and eponymous dragons from ''VideoGame/FarCry3BloodDragon'' have glowing neon coloration, while nearly every animal on the island has glowing eyes as well.
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has many creatures who look like multicoloured regular animals.
* ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin'':
** You can choose all sorts of colors for your penguin, most of them being impossible in real life. The available colors for penguins are: red, yellow, green, lime, purple, pink, peach, light blue, aqua, brown, orange white, dark blue and black. Most, if not all mascots fall under this trope, with the closest to natural coloured being Gary and G Billy, who are dark blue.
** Puffles, the furry, limbless {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s that penguins own as pets are similarly brightly coloured. Unlike penguins, different-coloured puffles have different personalities. Red puffles are {{Surfer Dude}}s and adventurous, orange puffles are {{Big Eater}}s, yellow puffles are artistic etc.
* Even before dying, Jibanyan from ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch'' was a red cat, hence his name used to be [[MeaningfulName Akamaru]] ([[DubNameChange Rudy in the English dub]]).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Audience}}'' is overloaded with strangely colored canines. Although most of the more fantastic ones are supernatural in nature. The Darkkies are a set of characters based on a single individual, Darkky. In order to stand apart from one another, they all have outlandish and eye-catching designs. There are also a few zombies, some eldritch abominations, and even a living Piñata. To be fair many of the characters, including the protagonist, have reasonably naturalist fur tones.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': [[ADogNamedDog Bee]] has green legs and a purple stinger and antennae.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* All animals and [[RaisedByWolves Lusi]] are white in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', but the latter have an outline corresponding to [[ColorCodedCharacters their protegee]].
* Vaarsuvius of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' retains the same purple-and-red-robed color palette, [[MorphicResonance even when transformed into animal shapes]].
* Ditto Marena from ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'', who retains her hair's red and white coloring in her animal forms.
* Almost every single pet on the main cast of ''Webcomic/VirtualPetPlanet'' is an example.
* The wolves from ''Webcomic/TheBlackBloodAlliance'' go from a coat of bright red to neon blue and green markings.
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has CK himself, who has purple fur in a galaxy full of more naturally colored FunnyAnimal characters. There's also [[BigBad Zenith]] and her [[MixAndMatchCritters Tagged army]], who sport a blue color scheme.
* The tendency of British sheep farmers to mark their stock with brightly coloured dyes is used in [[http://satwcomic.com/brightest-sheep-in-the-field this episode]] of ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld''
* Pretty much every single character in ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'' is a weird color.
* Kat in ''Webcomic/TheFuzzyPrincess'' is a purple cat.
* ''Webcomic/PicpakDog'' features a pink dog; his wife and son are blue cats.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/AnAdventureOfSheepAndChicken: The main characters are a blue chicken and a red sheep.
* ''Blog/ChickenMaker'' features unnaturally colored chickens sporadically. Like purple or blue.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has things such as yellow rabbits, pink chipmunks and purple beavers.
* ''Website/{{Neopets}}'':
** When you create a pet it can be red, green, yellow, or blue, but with magical paint brushes you get even more unusual colors. Paint brush colors include simple pink, [[RealIsBrown brown]], and purple... but they also include things like [[BodyHorror mutant]], [[ObviouslyEvil Darigan]], robot, ghost, [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything pirate]], starry, cloud, fire, strawberry, and Christmas.
** Petpet paint brushes let you do the same thing to your petpet only with fewer options. Petpets start out with a color/pattern that all members of that species are (such as a brown owl-like petpet) but can be changed to things such as rainbow and custard by using petpet paint brushes.
* WebAnimation/ReverseJurassicPark features lime green and hot pink ''Velociraptor''s.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' had Buster (blue) and Babs (pink) Bunny (no relation), Furball (blue cat), Dizzy Devil (a purple Tasmanian Devil), and Fifi (purple skunk), among other animals with strange colors.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' Charlie and Anne Marie meet up with Flo to deliver pizza to her litter of orphaned puppies. Some of the said puppies are blue, pink, yellow, and bright green. The alligator they meet in the sewers is also bright green.
* ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', of course: Many of the animals are unusually-colored, and tend to be named after their color. Examples: Blue, Magenta, and Green (all dogs), and Periwinkle (a cat).
* Some of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' have abnormal skin/fur color, such as Heffer, a steer, being colored yellow.
* The yellow hippo, Tasha, and the purple kangaroo, Austin, from ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy's cat has pink fur.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Cosmo and Wanda retain their hair color for some of the animals into which they can transform. Their hair colors are green and pink, respectively.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears Gummi Bears]]'' were actually small, mystical creatures, and not actual bears, but they were still as brightly colored as their namesake candy.
* And on the subject of cartoon bears, both the ''Franchise/CareBears'' and the Care Bear Cousins were bright, often pastel, colors. See entry under Toys.
* All the Nessies in ''WesternAnimation/HappyNessTheSecretOfTheLoch'' come in varying colors.
* Even the dragons in ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'' are in all different colors as well.
* Cyrill and Cedric Sneer from ''TheRaccoons'' are pink aardvarks. The show's creator did this so that kids wouldn't think real aardvarks were mean and miserly.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': The titular dog has pink fur.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** The pet [[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypus platypus]], Perry, is teal-colored with an orange bill. In a recent episode, it seems like ''all'' platypodes (in Danville, at least?) are the same color as theirs. According to WordOfGod, most viewers don't know much about the platypus, so they can take artistic license with the species.
** Subverted in "Primal Perry", which showed a brown platypus.
** The cave salamander from "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" has brownish-yellow skin with spots. Real cave salamanders have a pale pink coloring.
** Harry the Hyena from "The O.W.C.A Files" has purple fur, which is odd given the hyenas that appeared previously are realistically portrayed with brown-yellow fur. On the other hand, he has a darker shading on his muzzle, paws, and tail just like a real spotted hyena.
* The titular equines of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' and later generations come in all the colors of the rainbow and then some. ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is pretty reasonable with wild animals and some sentient non-pony species... but ponies come in all sorts of crazy colors, as do the griffons and [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]].
* Semi-justified on ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'', given that each character was a crossbreed of two different species (although, oddly, each seemed to be the only one of its kind). Some of the color schemes were fairly reasonable for a "zoologically accurate" animated fantasy: "Bumblelion," for instance, was a half-lion, half-bumblebee creature, and had tan lion fur (correct) and brown and yellow bee stripes across his torso (close enough). But then again you had his pal "Rhinokey," who was a rhinoceros-nosed monkey with carnation-pink fur.
* The cast and background characters of ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'' who are animals have this: The cats; Oggy is blue, Jack is green. The cockroaches; Dee Dee has a blue body and orange head, Marky has a grey body and green head and Joey has a pink body and purple head. Characters such as Olivia and Bob, on the other hand, avert this.
* In ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'', the titular character has purple fur, his girlfriend Annabelle is pink, and Sharky the Sharkdog is gray. Also, The Incredible Elmo is brown, and Mittens is blue colored.
* ''WesternAnimation/RudeDogAndTheDweebs''. Cool dogs come in every color.
* Beast Boy of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is green, which is [[MorphicResonance translated over into his animal forms]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'', Meat the dog is blue.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz'', Bad Cat has rainbow stripes and his henchmen are blue. Professor Sugar Fish is a giant rainbow fish.
* The Drainlanders in ''WesternAnimation/StainesDownDrains''. Being mutant life forms living in a drain system, they tend to come in a lot of shapes, sizes and colors.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' has blue cats and pink rabbits in the main character's family. Among [[FurryConfusion actual wildlife]], few things can be recognized as real life animals, but there are pink squirrels.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Flavio is a light blue hippo, and Marita is a purple hippo.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' has a yellow kiwi and orange platypus.
* In ''Animation/TingaTingaTales'', almost none of the animals are their natural colour: Lion is blue, Elephant is purple, the monkeys are red, orange and yellow, Hippo is black, Giraffe is black with white spots, Warthog is green, etc.
* The titular protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has a [[AllAnimalsAreDomesticated pet pink lion]]. [[spoiler:Justified because Lion is magical, and is implied to have been an ordinary lion who was resurrected by Rose Quartz and given these powers by her healing.]]
* None of the horses in ''WesternAnimation/RainbowBrite'' have realistic colors. The closest is Starlite, who has white fur but a rainbow colored mane. Starlite was originally completely white but was LockedIntoStrangeness.
* Num Nums from ''WesternAnimation/TheZhuZhus'' is a purple hamster, and Chunk is a light blue hamster, while Pipsqueak and Mr. Squiggles have exceptional colors.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' gives us Pretty and Eugly, two rabbits with pink fur. Averted with the main four however since they are normally colored.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' and her friends' pets in the 80's were several different hues. Custard the cat is pink, Pupcake is a brown dog, but his ears are white with green stripes, Rhubarb the monkey is magenta, there's a panda who is white and purple, etc.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Reef wildlife typically consists of any of the (and often times, multiple) colours of the visible light spectrum.
* Parrots and other tropical birds come in many bright colours. For example, [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2015/06/13/parrot-profile/ Green Macaws]], [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/blue-and-yellow-macaw/ Blue and Yellow Macaws]], and [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/red-lored-amazon-parrot/ Red-Lored Amazon Parrots]].
* Averted: Most depictions of dinosaurs tend to color them in various shades of brown--and until fossilized samples of dinosaur skin were unearthed, their skin tended to have no texture to them.
** Played straight in real life. They have actually managed to figure out a way to tell what color dinosaurs were. (or at least the feathered ones.) They have tested two so far; the first one, ''Sinosauropteryx'', was orange with white stripes, the [[http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/01/100127-dinosaurs-color-feathers-science/o/ second]], ''Anchiornis'', was black, with mottled white and a rufous mohawk. ''Confuciusornis'', a primitive bird, had varying shades of gray, white and orange. ''Sinornithosaurus'' was most likely orange and black. The most brigthly coloured so far, ''Caihong'', was black, blue, green and purple. In any case, ''every'' species of dinosaur was very likely flamboyantly-colored. They, like all other reptiles, had great vision and likely relied on visual signals and bright colors to communicate.
** There were some exceptions, including a weird subversion/inversion combo in the form of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microraptor Microraptor]]''. It was once thought that ''Microraptor'' would be a brightly colored species, like it's avian relatives. Later studies revealed, however, that ''Microraptor'' was actually an iridescent black color, like a starling.
* The animals that lived alongside the dinosaurs, like [[GiantFlyer pterosaurs]] and [[SeaMonster marine reptiles]], also play with this trope in the media (and likely did so in real life). Pterosaurs often play this trope straight in media, especially the famous ''[[UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Pteranodon]]'', with its large headcrest which may have been used as a brightly-colored mating display in real life. Marine reptiles often avert this in the media, and there is some evidence that they did so in real life as well; Ichthyosaurs (dolphin-like sea reptiles) were likely all black with variations depending on the species. Mosasaurs (large predatory marine lizards) were probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Countershading countershaded]] (dark on top and light below).
* [[http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/01/images/090105-pink-iguana-photo_big.jpg Iguanas]] [[http://iguanapets.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/231811524963aa1bf60chy6.jpg come]] [[http://cozumelmexico.net/Cozumel_pictures/iguana.jpg in]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d5/Conolophus_subcristatus_(North_Seymour_5).jpg/800px-Conolophus_subcristatus_(North_Seymour_5).jpg all]] [[http://www.naturfoto-cz.de/photos/sevcik/green-iguana--iguana-iguana-1.jpg colors]] [[http://www.talontunes.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/blue-iguana-jbinns.jpg of]] [[http://iguanaaspet.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/iguana-eating.jpg the]] [[http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/ArtSpaces/Tours/WRLAST/wrl07/034-iguana-.jpg rain]][[http://www.westcoastiguana.com/images/acanthuracloseup.jpg bow]].
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Bradypodion_damaranum1.jpg Chameleons]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/41/Bradypodion_melanocephalum02.jpg naturally]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a5/Cape_Dwarf_Baby_005.jpg fall]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0b/Veiled_chameleon%2C_Boston.jpg under]] [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d9/Chameleon02.jpg this]].
** It's subverted as well. Although chameleons are famous for their ability to change colors, and use a pretty wide range of colors for camouflage and to communicate with one another, they ''cannot'' instantly change into ''every'' color in existence despite what movies/cartoons would like you to believe.
*** And, no, they cannot turn "pink with purple polka dots" or whatnot either.
* Several kinds of snakes have bright colors; most of them are venomous snakes or mimics of venomous snakes. However, there are brightly-colored nonvenomous snakes such as blood pythons and rainbow boas, and Amazing Technicolor morphs of ball pythons and corn snakes are becoming increasingly popular in the pet trade.
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/Rhynchocyon_petersi_from_side.jpg The Black and Rufous Elephant Shrew]]
* [[http://www.oceanleadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/mantis-shrimp.jpg Mantis]] [[http://lossprevention.agilenceinc.com/Portals/61596/images/493267_ea8b175a83.jpg shrimp]]
* This trope plays a variant with mammals. Nearly all mammal fur come in varying shades of browns, grays, oranges, blacks and white, while bright shades of pinks, purples, blues or greens is almost unheard of (sloths appear green [[ThePigPen due to the algae in their fur]]). This is due to most mammals having poor color vision and having only 2 kinds of pigments (birds and arthropods have more). That being said, lots of mammals have evolved distinctive and complex patterns, such as spots, stripes and other markings. Primates have better color vision, and a few species have more colorful patterns then most mammals (but not as complex as birds).
* Reptiles vary a lot. Some can be especially colorful, while others are drab in comparison. It really depends on the behavior of the animal and if they use colors for communication.
* Played straight with ''many'' species of fish, but averted with sharks, except for some notable exceptions like the wobbegong and carpet shark.
* Blue, White and Golden lobsters and crabs. Often caught and and kept for pets or tourist attractions. They don't survive long in the wild, due to to the oddity of their coloration.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandrill Mandrills]]
* Pink Elephants. [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7951331.stm No, seriously.]]
* Sea Slugs are like the Franchise/{{My Little Pony}}s of the water. There were also [[http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/10/new-hot-pink-slug-found-in-australia/ giant hot pink]] ''land'' slugs discovered in Australia.
* Most frogs and toads are dark green or brown, but dart frogs are amazing technicolor wildlife; most are a combination of black and a bright color, but the golden mantella frog is named after its color.
* [[https://polymathically.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/weekly-photo-challenge-white-spotted-jellyfish/ White-Spotted Jellyfish.]]
* [[http://www.wallpaperscharlie.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/lilac-breasted-roller-hd-wallpapers-1.jpg Lilac-Breasted Roller]]
* Puppies can be born with green fur if they've been exposed to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biliverdin biliverdin]] in utero.


!!Subtle and Minor AcceptableBreaksFromReality Examples Found in Specific Animated Works

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* While the lionesses in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' are more or less offset from realistic lion colors, the males are either bright gold with cherry red manes or extremely dark with completely black manes. This is played straight during the musical number "I Just Can't Wait to be King", though; it wouldn't be a DisneyAcidSequence otherwise!
* Jenna from ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' is a bright red Husky, as are most of her and Balto's children in the sequels. "Red" is an actual Husky colour however it's more of a brownish or burnt orange colour than the deep red Jenna is.

* Bluestar from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is one of the very few cats in the series to be described as "blueish-grey" looking. Her children and other cats are "grey". It's possible that Bluestar has some Russian Blue in her. They're a cat breed often described as blue-looking.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Fozzie from ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' is a ''bright orange'' bear (although he referred to himself as "light brown" in one episode).

* Most productions of ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' portray Bombalurina as a bright red cat. As in scarlet.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Spitz the cat from ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' has [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpson]]-yellow fur.
* Color options with the pet system for ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX'' introduced in 2017 have included blue, pink, green and gold. They are said to be spirits and thus aren't real animals.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' features an orange moose named Tyrone and a blue penguin named Pablo.
* The five major animal characters in ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop1995'' include a blue dog, a purple cat, a pink rabbit and a yellow horse. Only the brown monkey has a normal fur color.
* All of the frogs from ''WesternAnimation/KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs'' look pretty similar in chose of color to frogs in real life--even the Kulipari, who are all dart frogs. The only exception is that the Kulipari tend to glow when they use their superpowers.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Applejack from is orange with a yellow mane and tail. She is probably the closest to the color of a real horse out of the [[FanNickname Mane Six]], resembling a palomino.
** A few of the background ponies do come in more natural colors (for example, Pipsqueak); but there are fewer naturally-colored mares than there are stallions.
* Bullwinkle J. Moose from ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'' is brown all over, but in recent renderings of him over the last few decades, he's given orange antlers.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
** Larry the Lobster from . Yes, lobsters can be bright red, but not live lobsters... only cooked ones. May be a case of TheCoconutEffect.
** Squidward Tentacles is a blue-green octopus, but octopi only ''look'' that color because of the sea tint. "Reef Blower" shows him to be purple above water as a justification. However he remains green in his other out-of-water appearances, such as in "Pressure" and ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongebobMovieSpongeOutOfWater''.
* Plucky Duck from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' is green, but a green duck is not that strange. Not counting the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallard male Mallard]], which is only green on its head, there's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cayuga_Duck Cayuga]].
* Although the main characters from ''WesternAnimation/FlavioTheGoat'' have regular colors for their respective species, the background characters come in a wide variety of hues.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow'': Huckleberry Hound is light blue.
* Rigby from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' is entirely brown, but actual raccoons have gray fur with occasional brown hairs. However, some are more noticeably brown than others.
* ''WesternAnimation/OggyAndTheCockroaches'': The cast and background characters who are animals have this: The cats; Oggy is blue, Jack is green. The cockroaches; Dee Dee has a blue body and orange head, Marky has a grey body and green head and Joey has a pink body and purple head. Characters such as Olivia and Bob, on the other hand, avert this.
* On ''WesternAnimation/WildAnimalBabyExplorers'', Izzy is a blue owl while his fellow explorers are all normal colors for their types of animals.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheWildPuffalumps'' have a group of multicolored jungle animals consisting of a pink toucan, a sky blue elephant, a dark blue walrus, a yellow monkey, a maroon tiger, a magenta rhino, and a white and cerulean panda.
* ''WesternAnimation/KateAndMimMim'' takes place inside a [[MrImagination little girl's imagination]], so it's not surprising that there's a rainbow of different characters. Mim-Mim is purple because that's the color of her stuffed bunny to begin with. Other main characters are pink, blue, brown and orange.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has a blue emperor penguin named Olaf.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Some breeds of dogs, cats, and horses come in a color referred to as "blue." It is actually a shade of gray with a very faint bluish tint.
* Poodles will sometimes, just for yuks, be dyed in vibrant colors for special occasions (green for a Saint Patrick's Day parade, for instance). The dyeing agent is usually unmixed Kool-Aid powder.
* Some chinchillas are described as blue or purple, although their actual fur color is closer to gray with a bluish or purplish tinge.
* In 2014 a stray cat in Bulgaria was found walking the streets with [[http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/27577972/stray-cat-mistakenly-turns-itself-green bright green fur]]. While it was originally thought to be the result of vandalism it turns out the the cat had slept on discarded synthetic paint in someone's garage.
* Sheep farmers in Britain are now [[http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/8d/78/9c/8d789c0a3c91bee5ed24c433df09882e.jpg dyeing their sheep in vivid shades of neon yellow, pink, electric blue and bright green]] to make them easier to trace if lost or stolen.
* Owners of pet rodents sometimes use pet-safe dyes to mark the fur of individual animals that would otherwise be difficult to tell apart, such as albino mice.
* Wildlife rescuers have experimented with dyeing the pelts of deer bright orange before releasing them, in hope that hunters will mistake the color for a fellow-hunter's safety jacket and hesitate before shooting the animals. Naturally they don't do this in regions where wild predators still pose a greater threat to deer than humans, as it spoils the animal's stealth until the dye wears off.