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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 dogs]], [[TinyToonAdventures pink]] [[WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball rabbits]], [[PinkGirlBlueBoy pink alligators]], [[MyCage orange sharks]], and [[PhineasAndFerb teal-colored 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]].

Compare PinkElephants -- if the colored wildlife is actually odd in the setting, expect a character to regard it as that trope. 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.

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!!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

* '''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

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!!Distinct and Outright Strange Examples:

[[folder:Anime]]
* ''KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has [[PunnyName Ali]], a baby pink alligator.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''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.
* 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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''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 ''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).
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* PaulBunyan has Babe the Blue Ox.
* The reason coyotes are brown and not brilliant blue? Because Coyote fell in a mud puddle.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/WhosAfraidOfBoomer'' has every shark as this.
* ''CliffordTheBigRedDog.''
** There's also Cleo, a pink poodle; T-Bone, a yellow bulldog; and Machiavelli, a blue greyhound.
* 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.
* ''Elmer the Patchwork Elephant''
* Accidentally applied to a village full of FunnyAnimal wading birds in ''[[{{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.
* ''{{Pat the Beastie}}'' 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.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* 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.
* Series/CaptainBluebear, who is a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin blue bear]], and his 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''.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Arlene from ''{{Garfield}}'' is a cat with pink fur.
* ''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 ''MyCage'', Norm, is a bright blue platypus. One of his friends is also an orange shark.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* 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.
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[[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 ''{{Eberron}}'' setting).
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[[folder:Toys]]
* 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.
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[[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, purple weasels, green hawks, the list goes on and on.
** A piece of information present in several Sonic continuities explain that Sonic's blue colour was the result of him breaking the sound barrier for the first time, turning him blue. This may make sense if blue is an unusual colour for an animal in the Sonic universe (if animals in red, yellow, orange and green are considered "normal").
*** The real, less-fun explanation is that Naoto Ooshima initially drew him 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.
* 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]]).
* Krystal from ''VideoGame/StarFox'' certainly fits under this trope because she's blue, as well as Katt Monroe, who's pink. Marcus [=McCloud=], Fox and Krytal's future son, who appears in one of ''Command'''s possible endings inherits his mother's blue fur color.
** Katt's 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]]!
* In the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros.'' games, 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]], a white kangaroo[[note]]Kangaskhan and her joey[[/note]]. And that's just the first generation of mons! Yeah, those critters cover the spectrum and back.
** 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.
* ''FarmVille'', the {{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.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/{{Audience}}'' is overloaded with strangely collored 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 Pińata. To be fair many of the characters, including the protagonist, have reasonably naturalist fur tones.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Varsuvius of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' retains the same purple-and-red-robed color palette, even when transformed into animal shapes.
** Ditto Marena from ''KeychainOfCreation'', who retains her hair's red and white coloring in her animal forms.
* Almost every single pet on the main cast of VirtualPetPlanet is an example.
* The wolves from 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.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Blog/ChickenMaker'' features unnaturally colored chickens sporadically. Like purple or blue.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has things such as yellow rabbits, pink chipmunks and purple beavers.
* ''Neopets'' is an interesting example. 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.
** There's also petpet paint brushes, which 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.
* ReverseJurassicPark features lime green and hot pink ''Velociraptor''s.
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[[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.
* ''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).
* The yellow hippo, Tasha, and the purple kangaroo, Austin, from ''TheBackyardigans''
* "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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy's cat has pink fur.
* The Cheshire Cat from the DisneyAnimatedCanon version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'' is magenta.
* 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 ''GummiBears'' 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 ''CareBears'' and the Care Bear Cousins were bright, often pastel, colors. See entry under Toys.
* 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.
* Similar to ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' example above, the animals Merlin and Madame Mim become in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' are blue and pink respectively, same color as their clothing. The animals Wart becomes are tan, which is somewhat less conspicuous. Mim's [[NoPurpleDragons purple dragon]] is something else entirely.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s 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, [[ViewersAreMorons most viewers don't know much about the platypus, so they can take artistic license with the species]].
* The titular equines of ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' and later generations come in all the colors of the rainbow and then some.
** [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-gU8dY5JYK6M/UvWDanj-trI/AAAAAAABsYA/GwKWMUe1d7o/s1600/1604498_612738698775216_1605492141_n.png And even the non-ponies]].
* Semi-justified on ''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.
* In 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.
* ''RudeDogAndTheDweebs''. Cool dogs come in every color.
* Beast Boy of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is green, which is [[MorphicResonance translated over into his animal forms]].
* Averted for the most part in ''Disney/TheLionKing''---they're not technicolor, they're just VERY bright. Downplayed with the lions. While the lionesses 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!
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' featured ''literal'' PinkElephants. WordOfGod says that the creators were inspired when they observed jungle elephants covering themselves in red dirt.
* In ''TheSchnookumsAndMeatFunnyCartoonShow'', Meat the dog is blue.
* In ''TheProblemSolverz'', Bad Cat has rainbow stripes and his henchmen are blue. Professor Sugar Fish is a giant rainbow fish.
* The Drainlanders in ''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 ''{{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}'', Flavio is a light blue hippo, and Marita is a purple hippo.
* ''WesternAnimation/TazMania'' has a yellow kiwi and orange platypus.
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[[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.
* 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 white with orange 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. 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.
* [[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 ablitity 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]]
* Averted with most mammals, which usually come in blacks, grays, oranges, whites and browns, with the occasional bluish, reddish or yellowish tint. Played straight with tigers.
* Played straight with most reptiles, except for tortoises.
* 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 {{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 FrogsAndToads 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, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a gold frog.]]
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!!Subtle and Minor AcceptableBreaksFromReality Examples Found in Specific Animated Works

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Fozzie from ''TheMuppets'' is a ''bright orange'' bear (although he referred to himself as "light brown" in one episode)
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Most productions of Cats portray Bombalurina as a bright red cat. As in scarlet.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Spitz the cat from ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' has [[TheSimpsons Simpson]]-yellow fur.
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[[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.
* Applejack from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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; 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.
* Larry the Lobster from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. Yes, lobsters can be red, but not live lobsters...only cooked ones. May be a case of TheCoconutEffect.
* 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.
* [[TheHuckleberryHoundShow Huckleberry Hound]] is light blue.
* Rigby from RegularShow is entirely brown, but actual raccoons have gray fur with occasional brown hairs.
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* At ''least'' some breeds of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerry_Blue_Terrier dogs]] and cats come in unusual colors. And both already have a long list of colors documented.
* 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.
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