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->''"You know what's weird? DonaldDuck never wore pants. But whenever he's getting out of the shower, he always puts a towel around his waist. I mean, what is that about?"''
-->-- '''Chandler''', ''Series/{{Friends}}'' [[note]][[FridgeBrilliance To keep the floor from getting wet!]][[/note]]

While characters having [[RingAroundTheCollar inexplicable collars]] is an animation cheat, one might think a character who wears a full outfit might be easier to draw.

But if your characters are {{Funny Animal}}s, you are bound to run the gamut of animals until you hit unfamiliar ones. A [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal full outfit]] has a high chance of obscuring what species a character is, so you're bound to find just enough clothing to make it quirky to that character without covering up the most basic cues, with the major exception of WhiteGloves. Characters with distinctive tails might not get pants, and ducks are rarely given shoes. Some half-dressed cartoon animals wear shoes, but others do not. Also, shirtless ones are more likely to wear shoes than pantless ones.

Half-dressed cartoon animals often, but not exclusively, come in two variants,

* Pantless or Bare-bottomed: wears a shirt, coat, vest, or some other kind of top, but no pants, shorts, or overalls, or a skirt and very rarely with any underwear on.[[note]]A shirt or any other kind of top without pants, shorts, overalls, or a skirt but with underwear would border on fully dressed if the underwear looks enough like shorts.[[/note]] This also refers to characters wearing dresses or skirts (even long ones) with shirts but without underwear. This variant is [[AlwaysMale more common in male animals than in female animals]].
* Shirtless or Bare-chested: wears pants, shorts, overalls (which often border on fully dressed), or a skirt, but without a shirt or any other kind of top. Some characters wearing skirts without shirts are not wearing any underwear. This variant is a lot more common for female characters than the pantless variant. Overlaps with WalkingShirtlessScene.

Very importantly, this does ''not'' mean a character without an outfit is automatically regarded as "naked". Most animal characters from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation wore no clothes whatsoever, but acted denuded only when random comic violence rendered them featherless or furless, with their underlying bare skin (and occasional GoofyPrintUnderwear) revealed. Hence, feathers and fur have long been grandfathered in as an acceptable [[FurIsClothing animal analogue for clothing]]. Strangely, if a half-dressed character loses their shirt they will suddenly realize their crotch is exposed.

In general, they [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment generally]] won't wear any footwear as it has the issue of not communicating the "animal" part of their name/species and also being something more limited to the more human PettingZooPeople type of cartoon animal.

Female characters are likely to be depicted wearing a skirt, but that's mostly a [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics gender clue.]] [[NonhumansLackAttributes So it's a good thing that most of them lack primary and secondary sexual characteristics anyway]].

A form of LampshadeHanging involves having the character wrap [[ModestyTowel a towel]] around themselves (which kinda makes sense, as wet fur/hair is as form-fitting as a wet T-shirt). Sometimes further Lampshaded by having the towel fall off.

The majority of half dressed cartoon animals are on the CivilizedAnimal[=\=]FunnyAnimal tier, but half dressed cartoon animals can range from NearlyNormalAnimal to PettingZooPeople on the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism.

See also PantslessMalesFullyDressedFemales. Related to BarefootCartoonAnimal. Subtrope of AppropriateAnimalAttire.

Oddly enough, this is something of a TruthInTelevision: people who dress their pets in costumes, or just to protect them from extreme cold, tend to leave off pants so the animal can relieve itself without making a mess.

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!!Example subpages:

[[index]]
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/{{Advertising}}
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/ComicBooks
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/{{Literature}}
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/{{Live-Action TV}}
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/NewspaperComics
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/VideoGames
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/{{Webcomics}}
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/WesternAnimation
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Tony Tony Chopper from ''Manga/OnePiece'', although he does wear full outfits in a few arcs. Is 100% full-clothed after [[spoiler:the time skip]]
* Excalibur of ''Manga/SoulEater'' only wears a shirt and top-hat, though he's not an animal. This is lampshaded in his first appearance when Black Star immediately asks what he is and why the hell he's not wearing any pants.
* Played with in AliceInSexland. Cheshire is a catgirl covered in fur who only wears a collar, which would usually qualify for this trope. However, due to the [[{{hentai}} type]] of story this is, you can see ''everything.''
* Toyed with in ''Manga/ServantXService''. Kenzo works from home and uses a stuffed bunny rabbit fitted with a camera as his proxy at the office, and Megumi ends up pointing out that since the rabbit has no clothes, it technically constitutes sexual harassment on Kenzo's part.
* Panther Lily and Lecter in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanwork/ZanyToTheMax'':
** Zak (when [[ConjoinedTwins separated from Ko]]), Pakko, and Makko all wear shirts but no pants.
** Takko and Jakko Zarner also wear shirts but no pants.
** Averted with Jot, Zot, Sikko, Coach Nurse, Sekoila, and the Yarner twins. They are all {{Barefoot Cartoon Animal}}s.
** Subverted with Dot, who is revealed to wear a black shirt in the first episode ("The Blue Dot" segment), making her a BarefootCartoonAnimal as well.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Early cinema's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y2tP9s8y2Ic Le Cochon Danseur]], a 1907 short film based on a popular French vaudeville act. The pig even uses a ModestyTowel when his waist coat is pulled off.
* Back when ''StarWars: ANewHope'' was in production, there were executives worried about Chewbacca not wearing pants.
** This was rather hilariously lampshaded in the third ''Robot Chicken Star Wars Special'' when Han Solo met Chewbacca's family for the first time, and they were all fully clothed. "You mean you've been naked all this time?!"
** ''ThePhantomMenace'' suggests droids view their outer coverings as clothing with C-3PO embarrassed about being "naked".
* Halfway through ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', the chipmunks start to wear just sweaters/sweatshirts, though Simon wears glasses.
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[[folder:Internet Puppet Shows]]
* Referenced in the FundayPawpetShow ThemeSong - "Pawpets, Pawpets/We will sing and dance/Pawpets, Pawpets/We're not wearing pants"
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner does not seem to wear any pants, but he does wear a shirt, shoes ([[LongPants that look exactly like his feet, but with blue soles stuck to them]])[[labelnote:Proof]]A certain shot in ''In Search of the Yello Dello''.[[/labelnote]] and a propellor cap (he calls it his "buzzer"). Also, Marzipan's ancestor, Old-Timey Marzipan, seems to wear a skirt... but it's actually her ''body''. Strong Bad lampshaded this on one occasion.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' You've gotta be kiddin' me! I'm the only one that wears any pants!?
** In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail127.html one Strong Bad E-Mail]], Homestar claims that he always wears long white pants. Strong Bad also lampshades the apparent "soles stuck to the bottom of his feet".
*** Whenever Homestar is shown shirtless, his entire torso is censored via {{pixellation}}. (Except for one bit of fan fiction drawn by Strong Bad, where Homestar is just wearing a fig leaf.)
** It gets even weirder when Strong Sad, who doesn't seem to wear any pants (or anything for that matter), is somewhat concerned about buying his favorite underwear back from an online auction.
** Coach Z seems to be naked, but on a few occasions it's implied that he's actually wearing a green jumpsuit. That he never removes or washes.
* The Annoying Thing/Crazy Frog is often depicted with only a leather jacket, helmet, and goggles. This is a bit of a subversion in that unlike almost all others the Crazy Frog has visible naughty bits.
** Eventually the Crazy Frog commercials had a black censor bar.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In 1959, there was actually a group called the ''Society for Indecency to Naked Animals'' or SINA, a hoax perpetrated by comedian Alan Abel until 1962. Buck Henry played its president, G. Clifford Prout, while Abel played the vice president, and its goal was to clothe all animals. One of its mottos was "A nude horse is a rude horse." Apparently, lots of people fell for it and tried to donate money for the cause.
* Many college mascots are animals clad only in a sweater bearing the school's initials.
** Likewise, a good chunk of {{fur|ryFandom}}suiters either wear a shirt or shorts/pants. Sometimes the article of clothing ''is'' part of the costume, as in the costumer never bothered to make legs or a complete torso for it (both to keep costs down and make it less hot to wear), letting the clothing hide this fact.
* As with the Trope page quote, Dutch comedian Harry Jekkers mentioned the fact that WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck wears no trousers during one of his shows in the early nineties. In fact, he points out that a '''Duck''', while walking as a normal human being, wears no pants. What follows is his outrage when he points out that when this same '''Duck''' is in his natural element -- swimming in water -- he suddenly starts wearing ''swimming trunks.'' Cue laughter from audience.
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