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In some cartoons and video games with {{funny animal}}s and other non-humans, the male characters are often either [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal pantless]] or [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal naked save for accessories]], but the female characters are more or less fully dressed, whether {{barefoot| cartoon animal}} or not. In a few instances, the male characters are shirtless.

Some societies of anthropomorphized animals have their own gender-based double standard dictating who is allowed to wear what clothes. The most common result is the females being held to a higher standard of dress than the males; which makes less sense when you realize males have a bit more to hide from the waist down (though NonHumansLackAttributes is or at least should be in effect here). (In the shirtless male version of this trope, however, it ''does'' make more sense for the males to be able to be shirtless, while females are required to cover up, for obvious reasons.) One possible answer could be that once one is a funny animal, it's less about modesty and more about accessorizing. If you overthink it, this does mean females are essentially wearing a redundant layer of clothes if you assume FurIsClothing.

At the base of this, it's down to social conditioning in most Western societies and to have a top half or entirely "naked" female character is incredibly more lewd than a lower half "naked" character of either gender even though nothing which counts as actual nudity is on show in either case. What does this? Due to expectations both biological and societal, a certain pair of SecondarySexualCharacteristics set off warnings in our brains and mess with our perceptions whereas a lack of attributes can smooth over this, pun somewhat intended. Also, to certain extent our reactions are codified by expectations of a female character wearing something that covers at the very least her bottom half where breasts aren't a concern due to [[SilentAgeofAnimation silent]] through [[GoldenAgeofAnimation golden]] age animation setting that bar through a certain pair of mice.

Subtrope of AppropriateAnimalAttire. See also TertiarySexualCharacteristics, HalfDressedCartoonAnimal, and HumanoidFemaleAnimal.
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[[folder: Comics ]]

* In a variant, the males of ''ComicBook/FishPolice'' are pantsless, while the females wear swimsuits or bikinis.
* ''ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIDW'': averted by Alopex, a mutant arctic fox, who wears just a few rags on her upper half. Granted she's so fluffy that you can't make out any fine details.
* ''ComicBook/TomPoes'': Olivier B. Bommel only wears a coat, but no pants. His love interest, Doddeltje, wears a 19th century style dress and bonnet.

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[[folder: Film, Animated ]]

* Most of the female ''Disney/RobinHood'' characters are fully dressed and most of the male characters are pantsless.
* The talking mice in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' fit this trope, but the cat, the dog, and the horse wear no clothes. The birds are a bit more ambiguous.
* The male aliens in ''WesternAnimation/{{Planet 51}}'' are pantsless but the female ones are fully dressed (except for being [[BarefootCartoonAnimal Barefoot Cartoon Aliens]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponAForest'' does this, Russell the hedgehog being the only male character who wears pants but no shirt. Abigail wears tomboyish overalls while Michelle wears a little dress.
* Inverted in ''Disney/TheRescuers'' where Miss Bianca actually wears less clothing than Bernard.
* Inverted in the first segment of ''FunAndFancyFree'': Bongo wears [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal a shirt, bowtie, and hat, but without pants]], and Lulubelle wears [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal nothing but a flower on her head]].

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[[folder: Film, Live-Action ]]

* In the vast majority of peplum (Italian-made sword and sandal flicks like ''Hercules and the Captive Women'') the heroes run around basically dressed in nothing but leather diapers, while the women are generally dressed in togas that cover them from neck to ankle.
** [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 "Joel, I hate movies where the men wear shorter skirts than the women!"]]
* In the film of ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', the male centaurs all go shirtless, but the female centaurs wear tank tops.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Creator/BeatrixPotter's ''Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit'', Peter just wears a blue jacket (and loses even that). His mother wears a dress and an apron. His sisters, however, avert the trope by just wearing shawls.
* Averted by ''Literature/TheMoomins'' - two of the three female main characters (Moominmamma and the Snork Maiden, the third being the human-like Little My) are routinely naked.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' games, most of the male characters are routinely pantsless, but almost all the female characters are fully dressed. The exception is The Contessa from ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'', but she's a spider-centaur-thing with no humanoid legs.
** In a behind-the-scenes unlockable in ''Sly 2'', one developer comments that Sly is "a universe in pantsless-ness".
* In the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' game series, all but two ([[TokenWholesome Charmy and Ix]]) male non-human characters [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal wear nothing but shoes and gloves]], and all females are fully clothed.
** But in the ''Sonic the Hedgehog'' cartoons and comics, a sort of flip-flop in dressing code happens between the genders. With little exception, young male characters are mostly naked and young female characters are almost always fully dressed, but as they mature, the ''males'' start wearing more clothing, while the females start wearing much ''less''. Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit, for example, are not yet into their teens, and wear full dresses and panties, while their much older counterpart Sally Acorn wears only boots and a vest; similarly, Knuckles is almost completely nude in his teenage years, while his much older family members (and eventually himself, as revealed in the latest "25 Years Later" StoryArc) all wear some form of full bodysuit or cloak.
** It should be noted that there ''have'' been a few female characters without pants, such as Sally Acorn, Sasha Cat, and Liza the Chameleon, but these are the exception rather than the rule.
* In the third ''SpyroTheDragon'' game, ''Spyro: Year of The Dragon'', Hunter wears nothing at all, whereas Bianca wears a robe.
* Franchise/CrashBandicoot is always shirtless, as most male animal characters: Tiny, Dingodile, Crunch... Coco, a female character, on the other hand, wears full clothing.
** And Tawna from [[Videogame/CrashBandicoot1996 the first game]] wears a blouse and a miniskirt.
* Seen in the ''Franchise/DonkeyKong'' games, at least with Donkey and Candy Kong. Candy wears a normal amount of clothes (well, [[{{Stripperiffic}} "normal" might be pushing it a little]], but she's covering the essentials), DK wears nothing but a tie.
** Subverted with Dixie Kong, who wears as much clothes as Diddy does: a hat and shirt, but no pants.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Ozy wears a top hat and vest as his default outfit, while Millie's is overalls (albeit without a shirt). Averted with the secondary and minor characters, where there's little to no correlation between amount of clothing and gender.
** Though whenever Ozy is shaved he has to wear pants, was actually the subject of one mini-arc. And there are numerous occasions where Millie dances naked in the rain.
* Invoked in [[http://www.dorktower.com/2011/11/16/ this]] ''DorkTower'' comic.
* Inverted in [[http://www.drunkduck.com/dragon_city/ Dragon City]] where male dragons usually wear a loincloth or shorts, but females are almost always stark naked. Partially justified as their genitals are differently arrayed (and NonMammalMammaries is completely averted).
* Mocked by ''Webcomic/NerfNow'' -- "[[http://www.nerfnow.com/comic/797 You know a character is female in Sonic if they use clothing. Males have nothing to hide, literally.]]"

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. Lampshaded multiple times as he goes berserk when it's pointed out he's not wearing any pants and that whenever he loses whatever one might call the red-starred article of clothing he wears, he's covered in a censorship mosaic.
** Also lampshaded in a Strong Bad E-mail where SB creates a mass pants-removing device and plans to use it to disrupt a dance. After he presses the button, he realizes that he's the only one in the room wearing pants.
* TheBlockbusterBuster notes that ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks: The Squeakquel'' [[AvertedTrope Averts]] this trope with [[DistaffCounterpart the Chipettes]], which he finds this disturbing. He censors them until they put clothes on.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* BugsBunny from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' is completely naked save for WhiteGloves, but Lola Bunny (a BarefootCartoonAnimal) is more or less fully dressed.
** In an older cartoon, ''Hare Splitter'', Bugs and his romantic rival only wear gloves, while Daisy, their love interest, is in sweater and skirt. What's more, she lives in an above-ground bungalow, and they live in holes in the ground. Perhaps she just has more style.
** Porky Pig is pantless, but Petunia Pig is fully dressed.
** Tina Russo from ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' is fully dressed (except for being a BarefootCartoonAnimal) while DaffyDuck is naked.
* Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation) from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' wear a shirt and a blouse and skirt, respectively. But, Babs sometimes wears panties and sometimes she doesn't.
** This is for the most part averted with many of the main animal characters anyway. Shirley McLoon is also another female character who doesn't wear pants (or even a skirt for that matter). Fifi la Fume is an even more noted example, that other than her [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal accessories]] is completely nude.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'', all the male rangers wear shirts but no pants (actually, Chip doesn't even have a shirt, just a coat). Gadget wears a full jumpsuit. While this is partly justified normally since she's a mechanic, even when the rangers wear something other than their usual outfits, Gadget is always fully clothed.
** There was a bit of LampshadeHanging in one episode: When Dale and Gadget [[BodySwap swap bodies]], she says, "Is it drafty in here?" and quickly makes a skirt out of a paper cup.
** ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' lampshades the hell out of this in one skit, in which Gadget decides to simply walk around with just her jumpsuit top, pointing out the DoubleStandard. [[ADateWithRosiePalms All of her male friends feel a sudden urge to quickly leave the room.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', all the male characters except Austin are wearing less clothing (Tyrone is [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal pantless]] and Pablo is [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal almost completely naked]]) than the female characters (Tasha and Uniqua), who are more or less fully dressed.
* Rebecca and Molly Cunningham from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' are fully dressed (except for being BarefootCartoonAnimals), but Kit Cloudkicker and Baloo are pantsless. {{Averted}} in that most male characters in the show are fully dressed.
* [[ClassicDisneyShorts Mickey and Minnie]] follow this trope in more modern appearances like in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse'', where {{Mickey| Mouse}} remains shirtless but Minnie is wearing a full dress.
** In ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' and in ''KingdomHearts'' this is averted for MickeyMouse having him wear full clothing. Donald still wear no pants though.
** Also averted in the early ClassicDisneyShorts, where Minnie was every bit as [[HalfDressedCartoonAnimal shirtless]] as Mickey.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'', Kitty Katswell is fully clothed, but Dudley Puppy wears only a shirt.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Squidward seems to be the only one that doesn't wear pants, and this is often lampshaded.
** Sandy, the only female main character, normally is dressed in a scuba suit since she's a land squirrel, but when she's in her treedome, she seems to always wear a bikini.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai and Rigby are naked, while Margaret and Eileen are fully clothed.
** Although it's actually Mordecai and Rigby who are the weird ones. Apparently most animal...people (?) do wear clothes, but Rigby started a naked trend as a child and all his friends followed suit.
* Minor reversal in ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''; while most of the women follow suit with this (Morgana, Binky, Sarah Bellum all full; Darkwing, Honker without), Gosalyn herself is as dressed as her father (plus shoes), while Launchpad is fully dressed including boots.
* Cindy Bear is a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal, whereas both YogiBear and Boo Boo are AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal[=s=] (though you could make a case for Cindy's tutu being too insubstantial to be considered anything but an accessory).
* ''DanielTigersNeighborhood''. Daniel Tiger and his dad wear sweaters and shoes without pants, but his mom wears pants along with her shirt and shoes.
* Not a complete example, because whether any given Imaginary Friend wears clothing or not is an idiosyncratic choice that has little to do with gender, but lampshaded in an episode of FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends: Mr. Herriman, who normally only wears something like a tuxedo jacket, vest, shirt, monocle, and top hat, is called out at one point by Mac to distract him: "Guess you're right ... Pantsless Joe." Herriman is shocked and profoundly embarrassed by this, and rushes off to find pants (they turn out to be plaid and ''much'' too large, but he wears them for most of the rest of the episode anyway).
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