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[[caption-width-right:300:We're [[WMG/{{Cheburashka}} guessing]]... Koala Monkey? ]]

->''"No! What ARE you kidses? Look at you! With those ears and those tails... That's not normal! I mean what ARE you?"''
-->-- '''Dr. Scratchensniff''', ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', "What We Are"

->''"Wow, it's a kitty-dog!"''
-->-- '''Tyrell''', upon meeting [[LittleBitBeastly Sveta]], ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn''

Nonhuman drawn or animated characters of ambiguous species.

There are several cartoon characters who are certainly not human. However, they are also clearly not any species of readily identifiable animal either. Some of them appear to be MixAndMatchCritters. They don't really have a species, they're just... [[RuleOfCute cute]].

Not to be confused with InformedSpecies, where the character ''is'' supposed to be a specific animal, but doesn't look like that animal.

Many are either {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s or UglyCute Critters. Compare the WaddlingHead and {{Cephalothorax}}. See also certain HumanoidAnimals and LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy.

You may be able to [[PowerupMount ride them]] [[Webcomic/ProblemSleuth like a mechanical bull]].

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* One of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvNyqU5DArw&feature=player_detailpage#t=17s the Sci-fi Channel's ads]] features a woman playing with her [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter pet]]. Said pet—presumably extraterrestrial—has a vaguely Chihuahua-like overall appearance, large batlike ears, huge expressive eyes, an extremely long striped tufted tail, and a long forked tongue that it uses to daintily touch the tongue of its owner.
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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}} ]]
* Plue from ''Anime/RaveMaster''[=/=]''Groove Adventure Rave''. He's something like a snowman crossed with a dog. The theme song identifies him as a "carrot-nosed" dog. You ''know'' it was [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs thought up when the creators were high]] if even ''they'' don't know what he is.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', from the same writer of ''Rave Master'', Plue is the [[GratuitousLatin Canis Minor]] [[WesternZodiac Zodiac]] summon. What this means is debatable, since ''nobody'' but himself and the summon system believes he's a dog, and he doesn't even trigger the caniphobia of Happy. Happy himself falls into this trope, being a blue-furred, tuft-tailed, flat-toothed, oft-bipedal winged cat.
* Chiyo's dad in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', who looks like an elongated, vaguely anthropomorphic cat, most likely pulled from an in-show plush toy by Sakaki's cuteness-obsessed mind.
* Played with in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'', Chu-Chu the monkey resembles a cartoon mouse but seems otherwise like a regular monkey, so fans assume he's some kind of marmoset/tariser/lemur thing, despite not looking quite like that either. Utena rightly points out Chu-Chu as a name makes him sound too much like a mouse, due to that being the Japanese onomatopoeia for a mouse's squeaks.
* Viral the beastman in ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. While the Beastmen generals have much more recognisable AnimalMotifs (gorilla, scorpion, peacock/owl, armadillo), he looks like a human with shark teeth and paws, or as WordOfGod describes him, "a shark with cat genetics" which may make him some sort of MixAndMatchCritter.
* Many ''{{Franchise/Digimon}}'' are cleary examples of this trope in action. There's some who look like [[http://jbchost.com.br/henshin/imgmat/2009/08/10_digimon_5.jpg animals or plants]], there's some who look like [[http://i38.tinypic.com/2lia79z.jpg humans]], some who look like [[http://www.majhost.com/gallery/IppoDigimon/image/imperiomaquinas.jpg objects or machines]] and we have stuff like [[http://lh6.ggpht.com/_zVgnlumM0qM/S70WMlRuiII/AAAAAAAABIY/fVK1pFso2gI/korosuno.jpg these.]]
* Kyubey from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has a tail like a ferret or fox, but a head more like that of a cat, only with an extra pair of ears. According to WordOfGod, he was designed without any real animal in mind. [[spoiler:He's actually an alien, so it's probably a moot point anyway.]]
* Yusuke's spirit beast in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', [[http://images.wikia.com/yuyuhakusho/images/2/2d/Puu.jpg Puu]].
* Q-chan from ''PetShopOfHorrors'' is some sort of rabbit-devil creature with a cream-coloured pear-shaped body and rabbit ears, little white horns, black bat wings, a black devil tail, and black duck feet. [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight No-one ever really asks what he is.]]
* Ryo-Ohki from ''TenchiMuyo'', when it's not a spaceship, looks like what some fans refer to as a "cabbit".
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[[folder:{{Comic Books}}]]
* The Bone creatures from ''{{Bone}}''. Big-nosed, [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal half-dressed]] cartoon humanoids in [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy a setting that has both normal humans, talking animals, normal animals, and everything in between]].
* Max of ''SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' is rabbit-like in shape, but with sharp, carnivorous-looking teeth and a highly aggressive attitude. He's referred to as a "rabbity-thing" by other characters, but prefers the term "lagomorph" himself (which is Greek for "rabbit-shaped"). [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] refers to Sam and Max as "Rabbit-dog and Bunnyman".
** Furthermore, ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Moai Better Blues]]'' reveals that he's amphibian, and a workplace sexual harassment chart seen in ''What's up, Beelzebub?'' has a question mark placed over Max's body.
* Erica of ''{{Hepcats}}''. While the other principal characters are clearly identifiable by species, Erica is just... "[[WordOfGod an Erica]]."
* ''Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}'', featuring the eponymous yellow-spotted creatures among other jungle critters.
* The main character of ''ComicBook/{{Frank}}''.
* ''SonicTheComic'' often had some sort of generic psuedo-DogFace animal that looked strange compared to other characters, that would appear to populate city areas. Grimer is..Something. He looks like a Goblin, or at least something non-animal; how he came to be on Mobius is never explained.
** Well, Grimer started out as an expy of Grí­ma Wormtongue from "Lord of the Rings", so...magically corrupted human?
* ComicBook/TheSmurfs are close to being an UrExample.
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[[folder: {{Eastern Animation}} ]]
* {{Cheburashka}} from Russian cartoons, pictured above. He appears to be part teddy bear, part koala, and part monkey. Cheburashka is the name of his species they agreed on. Originally his name was translated into English as "Topple". Cheburashka, according to the book, is "a funny little creature, unknown to science, who lives in the tropical forest". Some people say that he is reminiscent of lorids.
** His true origin is that he's a flawed toy, hence the unconventional appearence.
* Hugo from the Danish film series ''JungledyretHugo''. He is often described by fans to be a bear/koala-like thing like Cheburashka.
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[[folder: Film]]
* The big-eared, fuzzy Mogwai from the ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' movies most closely resemble a small prosimian primate, like a bushbaby or tarsier, minus the tail. In the second film, Gizmo is tentatively identified as some sort of rodent by a pair of scientists.
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[[folder: {{Literature}} ]]
* Many, if not most, Creator/DrSeuss characters.
* Many of TheMoomins characters.
* Mercer Mayer's ''Literature/LittleCritter''. He looks a bit like a hedgehog or a hamster, but is technically just a "little critter".
* The "All-Purpose Pet" in the ''Norby the Robot'' series by Creator/IsaacAsimov. She is described as [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm normally looking like a cat]], but as her name suggests she is able to [[EmpathicShapeshifter transform and adapt to any need]], and she is said to be bioengineered with Smilodon genes.
* The main character of JungledyretHugo (which was originally a children's book, and then a movie)
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[[folder: {{Live Action TV}} ]]
* Several [[Series/TheMuppetShow Muppets]], most notably the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Anything" and "Whatnot" Muppets]]. There are also specific characters, like Scooter, Beauregard, and Gonzo the Great, who was revealed to be an [[spoiler:alien]] in ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace''. Gonzo was defined as a "Weirdo" in ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'', and a ".... whatever" in most of his other appearances. In ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', Kermit described him as [[{{Dissimile}} "sort of like a turkey, but not much."]]
** In Creator/JimHenson's early 1950s shows, ''all'' the puppets were fairly abstract. Even Kermit (one of his earliest characters) was only declared to be a frog in the mid-60s, and only consistently one following his role as TheNarrator of ''Literature/TheFrogPrince'' in 1971.
** ''Series/SesameStreet''[='=]s Anythings are kind of like cartoon humans. ''Series/TheMuppetShow'''s Whatnots tended to look like [[Series/FraggleRock Fraggles]].
** Fraggles themselves, as well as Doozers and Gorgs. And all the other weird stuff that lives down there.
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[[folder: {{Mythology and religion}}]]
* The god Set in ancient Egyptian religion has the head of a unknown and mysterious creature that resembles a composite of an aardvark, a donkey, and a jackal. Modern Egyptologists usually refer to it as the "Set animal", "Typhonic beast", or "sha".
** A few theorize that the head isn't an aardvark, but rather some species of gar or other pointy-faced carnivorous fish; whatever they are, they were the ones that ate Osiris' willie when Set cut him up and threw him in the Nile. It can't just be a fish, though, since statues show it as some sort of emaciated hyena-looking thing. However, according to one account he is apparently supposed to have head of a hippo and others say he has the head of a giraffe, though the latter was ruled out on the grounds that the Egyptians made the distinction between a giraffe and a donkey.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_the_Jeep Eugene the Jeep]] from ''{{Popeye}}'' comics looks like a dog sized, yellow, spotted, ambiguous looking cat-thing with a big, lightbulb-looking nose. Meanwhile, the animated cartoons define him as some sort of dog.
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[[folder: VideoGames]]
* There are a few of these in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''. Most of the characters are recognizably some kind of established Mushroom Kingdom creature, but some, such as the Glitz Pit security guards, just look like bizarre anthropomorpic ''things''.
* The Chao in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog''. Small blue creatures with teardrop shaped heads, a connection to an ancient deity, and the ability to evolve based on what animals are around them.
* {{Kirby}} is essentially a sentient pink orb with a face, arms, feet, [[ExtremeOmnivore and a bottomless abyss for a stomach]]. May or may not be an EldritchAbomination.
* Gen An from ''SamuraiShodown''.
* Several of the potential students in ''MagiciansQuestMysteriousTimes[=/=]Enchanted Folk and the School of Wizardry'' don't have any readily identifiable species. While many of them are based on [[FunnyAnimal animals]] (or plants, or [[AnimateInanimateObject inanimate objects]]), some of them are just... ''things.'' Good examples include the "cupcake girls" (human-ish yet not all that human girls with cupcakes/ice cream/''something'' on their heads), Matthew the cat/dog/bear critter, and Matt the... the... err, alien? It's not very clear.
* Many characters from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' are either [[HumanoidAnimals people with various animal parts or anthro-animalesque creatures]].
** [[Franchise/FinalFantasy Moogles]] in general. Yeah, you [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI look after my place]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI help save the world]], but seriously, what the hell are you guys? [[note]]A Japanese pun -- ''mogura'' (mole) + ''koumori'' (bat) = moguri.[[/note]]
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' are viewed as this, but a lot can be traced back to at least one real life species. Nevertheless, it has the king of this trope, Eevee. Thanks to an UnstableGeneticCode, it has ''seven'' evolutions, and all of them are as indeterminate as it is. WordOfGod says the original Eevee is inspired by a fox; probably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennec_fox a Fennec]] -- compare: [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1195139/Gotta-catch-The-Pok-mon-cubs-receive-public-showing-Tokyo-Zoo.html Fennec pups]] and [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_t3RDd4xvt5Q/SpbuPwFdBqI/AAAAAAAAE_I/tycl5Ot67W0/s320/pikachu.jpg Pikachu]].
* Some people say ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' is a cat. Others say he's a rabbit. Some people even call him a "cabbit". The only thing anyone can agree on is that he's [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable]].
* The Unndergrounders in ''MrDriller'', they're some kind of round, blue creatures with small arms and feet, and huge eyes; there's no way to tell what the hell are those things.
* The hero of the SegaSaturn game ''VideoGame/{{Bug}}!''. Besides being a FourLeggedInsect, he doesn't seem to be based off any real-life bug- he's a green bug with the head of a praying mantis, the body of a grasshopper, and the stinger of a bee.
* What are the "[[FanNickname ghosts]]" in ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''? Are they living creatures made of flesh or ghosts?
* Many ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' characters fit the bill. Many are based off plants, inanimate objects, mythological creatures, and animals (albeit rather loosely with most examples).
* Nobody can figure out what kind of animal ''ArdyLightfoot'' is supposed to be, although "fox cat" is the best guess.
* The player characters and the babies in ''VideoGame/OffspringFling'' are only ever called 'forest creatures'.
* Yacopu from ''Trip World''. His species is "Shabubu," whatever that is.
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[[folder: WebComics]]
* Angela from ''PunchAnPie'' owns a cat...dog...''thing'' that acts like a cat but looks like a {{Mix and Match Critter|s}}.
* Keith, and Basitins in general, from ''TwoKinds'' is a good example.
* Molly and Snookums from ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''
* 3/4 of ''Webcomic/{{Matchu}}'''s cast consists of these, including the title character, who is described as a "Sulking Yellow Cat Thing".
* The demons from ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' are all made up of different animal types.
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[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* Most of the characters in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''.
-->'''STRONG BAD:''' I was ''this close'' to finding out whether or not you were part elephant or part hippo or something.
** Most often lampshaded with "The Cheat", who resembles a cross between a Pikachu, an anvil, and a block of cheese. Apparently he is a "The Cheat". Yes, "The" is part of his species name.
* Most characters from ''RiceBoy'' and ''OrderOfTales''.
* The Mows of ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''.
** Not quite- they're actually based on Mab, a {{cat|Girl}}.
* Vatsy the catlike character of VatsyAndBruno is a borderline case.
* [=JubJubs=], Kikos, Chias, Kacheeks, and Acaras in ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}''.
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[[folder: {{Western Animation}}]]
* The Warners in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. Although often referred to as "puppy-children," they insist that they aren't puppies. They even have a song about it. The page quote is what starts the Warners singing about what they are. In case you're wondering, they're [[spoiler:cute!]] ''Animaniacs'' [[WordOfGod creator Tom Ruegger confirmed in an interview that their species is]] ''[[CanisLatinicus Cartoonus characterus]]''.
** During the production process, they started out as ducks. But everyone thought they looked too much like three miniature versions of Plucky Duck from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''. So they added red noses, doggy ears, and kitty cat tails.
* Bosko and Honey from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', who were antecedents to the Warners of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''. He's a living blot of ink as shown in his premier "Bosko, the Talk-Ink Kid", and was vague enough that the creators were asked, at least once, what he was supposed to be. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/11.jpg They look like either dogs, cats, or rabbits.]]
** The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' redesign came about because the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/Hold_Anything.jpg original design]] of Bosko and Honey owed a great deal to [[UncleTomfoolery blackface caricature]] -- when the characters' creators transferred to MGM, they were [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_cywg7wzfIBs/R78HknVsDiI/AAAAAAAADgI/UmqN90c9e_g/s1600-h/boskohoneycolor.jpg redesigned]] to look unmistakably like caricatured black children. Redesigning the characters to resemble the Warners was a less problematic option.
* Standard portrayal of WesternAnimation/{{Pete}}, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pjfb8.gif Junior, and PJ]] from WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts and ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' is that of a cat. In ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Gooy Movie'', WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} and PJ seem to be portrayed as {{Dogfaces}}, but are considered cats even in that show and those movies.
** Originally (before he was pitted against Mickey Mouse in 1928), Pete was depicted as a nondescript [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear American black bear]]. In the early days when he was pitted against Mickey, he was a black cat with a white face, a modest looking chin, and a tail. Now he is depicted as an ambiguous looking cat without a tail, a flesh colored muzzle, and a ''really'' big chin.
** The ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse'' version of Pete looks reasonably like the cat, but the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' "present day" version of Pete, though still a cat, looks more like a French Bulldog.
** In ''VideoGame/EpicMickey'', Small Pete says of Big Bad Pete, "My cousin over on Mean Street makes me seem like a cuddly little kitten."
* The main character in ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'' is, according to WordOfGod, part cat, part rabbit, and part bear. Most of the other characters count too. Panini looks like a rabbit with [[CuteLittleFangs some cat bits]]. They are apparently the same species.
** The show lampshades this trope from time to time, such as Chowder making a scene as a distraction, demanding that people "label him" as the appropriate animal.
* Uniqua from ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''. Nobody knows ''what'' she's supposed to be. WordOfGod says that Uniqua is "her own unique species".
* Everyone except Wubbzy itself and Widget in ''[[WesternAnimation/WowWowWubbzy Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!]]'', but it's easy to guess which species each one is based upon.
* Many of the characters from ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'' don't have an established species. Sonic's still vaguely hedgehog-y and therefore so are his immediate family, Robotnik's still vaguely human-y... but what any of the sibling's foster-parents are meant to be is an open question.[[note: Okay, Sonic's uncle Chuck is a hedgehog, but it still goes for the other two. Especially Manic's foster dad Farrell.]]
* Tico, "[[ExpositoryThemeTune the mascot]]", from ''WesternAnimation/AroundTheWorldWithWillyFog''. Is he a hamster? A mouse? A... rabbit?
** [[AvertedTrope The comic adaptation said he was a hamster]], but this didn't show up in the TV series.
* Wooldoor Sockbat from ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' is described by the narrator in the first episode as a "[[SmallAnnoyingCreature highly annoying]] underwater whatsit". He's more of a parody of this type of character in general and WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants specifically.
* Kuma, the TeamPet on ''WesternAnimation/PolePosition.'' He's eventually revealed to have been [[MixAndMatchCritters bioengineered]].
* WesternAnimation/{{Humf}}, the titular character from the cartoon series of the same name. Looks like a purple carnivorous lamb, but really, what exactly is he? The creators call him a furry purple thing, which is what he's referred as being in the show. One of his friends, Wallace, is equally ambiguous in design (resembling a WaddlingHead). At least his other friend, Loon, looks like a pink peacock.
* Rare non-animal example: Percy of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''. While most other characters are based on real locomotive classes, Percy is a heavily hybridized mix of several other steam engine designs.
** Another non-animal example would be ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}''' Lightning [=McQueen=]. According to his toy bio, he is actually "a 2006 all-new, one-of-a-kind race car."
* Ralph in ''WesternAnimation/TwiceUponATime'' is an "[[VoluntaryShapeshifting All Purpose Animal]]". His ShapeshifterDefaultForm is a generically cute little animal of... some sort. With nerd glasses.
* Gideon from Disney's ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'' is clearly a cat, but what type of cat (domestic or lynx) is uncertain. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Image_Resize_Medium.jpg He has a long tail and lack of prominent ear tufts like a housecat, but he has cheek tufts like a lynx.]]
** Bobcats (which have similar cheek tufts) had bred with housecats, so Gideon might be a Lynx/Housecat mix.
* The Snarfs from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' are a species of intelligent cat-like creatures that are native to the planet Thundera.
* WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'s jurisdiction, the planet New Texas, is inhabited by little things called Prairie People...basically Snarfs with cowboy clothes.
* Fuzzy Snuggums from ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}'' as his name suggests exists purely to be cute and the resident ChewToy. However, what he is on an island of MixAndMatchCritters isn't ever explained.
** Peri's species is never revealed either.
*** He has some caterpillar DNA though (one episode had him going into a cocoon and coming out with butterfly wings.
* The people of Miseryville in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''. They have [[MultiArmedAndDangerous every]] [[MultipleHeadCase strange]] [[ExtraEyes body]] trope you can imagine, and they're all different. Considering [[{{Hell}} the setting]], it's likely that they're supposed to be demons, in keeping with the portrayal of angels as totally unrecognizable in Literature/TheBible.
* The characters in ''WesternAnimation/OutThere'' are pretty inhuman what with their clawed handstubs, round black noses and oddly coloured skin/fur but it's unclear what they are exactly as they never actually address this and refer to themselves as human. Even Chad's family are a different indeterminate species to the rest of the cast and resemble rodents of some kind but again, this isn't questioned and is more a source of FurryConfusion for the audience than anything.
* Keswick from ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'' is of a species that even the other members of T.U.F.F. can't name.
* Alfe from ''WesternAnimation/TheProblemSolverz''. He's supposed to be part man, part dog, and part anteater, but he's basically a giant brown thing with a long nose.
* ''WesternAnimation/DenverTheLastDinosaur'' is fairly ambiguous, he does have some dinosaur in him and of course some typical FunnyAnimal elements as you might expect but a whole bunch of [[DinosaursAreDragons dragon-like]] elements to his design make him a very odd looking dino (at least to our knowledge).
* The titular Wander of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder''.
* Mr Sunshine from ''CatDog''. He's a green, humanoid looking man with a tail in a world where FunnyAnimal's and CivilizedAnimal's are the norm. Fans often believe him to be a shell-less turtle, sloth, or monkey.
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