[[quoteright:175:[[WesternAnimation/YogiBear http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/yogi.jpg]]]]
[[caption-width-right:175:He's [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal not wearing pants]], either.]]

Low-budget cartoon characters always wear neckties (if male) or necklaces (if female). Or collars, even if they don't have shirts (see illustration). Or have some outlandish costume that obscures part of their neck. The AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal often wears a neck article and perhaps a hat as their only clothing, and gendered neckwear gives such cartoon animals more TertiarySexualCharacteristics to identify them to the audience.

This trope owes its existence to a LimitedAnimation trick from traditional (i.e. hand-drawn) animation. At any time when a character is standing still and talking instead of moving with their whole body, it's cheaper to animate just the head with a sequence of drawings while using only one drawing for the body. A collar makes for a helpful dividing line that the animators can use and helps keep the head and body together. Creator/HannaBarbera famously used this shortcut to help keep their TV cartoons under budget and on schedule, while {{Anime}} employed it with devices like the AllEncompassingMantle.

The advent of digital animation has rendered this a largely DiscreditedTrope, used mostly as a tribute to the classics - although, the equivalent is still utilised in 3D animation for digital games - characters are built out of multiple, non-connected models, with things like collars, watches, and the like being used to hide the seams, akin to traditional 2D.
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[[folder: Music]]
* The strange outfit Music/BritneySpears wears in her video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clwLKJ294u4 "Me Against the Music."]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* They don't hide the entire neck, but this is apparently the reason for most or all of the female characters in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' having some kind of neckwear. Almost all of the female leather armors go with dog collars for some reason (which isn't super surprising given Fereldon's obsession with dogs). Men too, will always have necklaces even when otherwise naked. In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', the majority of party members wear some sort of high collar or fancy scarf around their necks for the same reasons.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' characters, for the most part, have a neck cover to hide the fact that the background NPC's are just head-swaps with an occasional change in skin color. The characters that avert this are rare but when it does happen there's a noticeable change in texture quality where their neck meets the torso.
* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'''s original design had him wearing one in the place of a shirt, big enough to fit around his ''shoulders''.
** He gets a more reasonably sized one in the webcomic.
* As many modders can attest, the heads and the bodies for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' characters are animated separatedly, so in order to make the separation between the neck and the torso smooth for armor that doesn't end at the neck, all the official textures have some kind of neckwear. Some modders have created custom skins and models without them, to various degrees of success.
* ''VideoGame/MountAndBlade'' tends to take advantage of this; several forms of armor have neck cover of some kind, in theory because it's a good idea to protect a location as vulnerable as the throat, but mostly because everyone in the game is a HeadSwap or PaletteSwap of each other and this additional detail hides the swap. It's especially noticeable in the practice arena MiniGame, where you are unarmored and functionally naked--heads and bodies are clearly two separate models, rendered simultaneously to give the impression of a whole person. This fact is why the fan-made [[OffWithHisHead decapitation mod]] even works at all.
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* Webcomics/QuestionableContent Marten gets [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1528 shanghaied]] into cosplaying a [[YaoiGenre yaoi]] character wearing [[http://qcjeph.livejournal.com/107252.html#cutid1 collar, tie, cuffs and no shirt.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Most of Ed Benedict's character designs for early Hanna-Barbera's shows.
** ''WesternAnimation/YogiBear''. Also, his pal Boo Boo wears just a bowtie.
** All the men in ''TheFlintstones'' wear collars. The women tend to wear necklaces.
*** Also, for formal occasions, the men wear cuffs despite their clothing being sleeveless.
* Models constructed for stop-motion animation (example: ''WesternAnimation/ChickenRun'') often have this or some other similar method used to disguise where the head was joined to the body.
* In the 1970's Hanna-Barbera adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', Jerry was fitted with a bow-tie.
* ''TheSimpsons'' family are all designed like this. ''Pearls on a little girl?'' [[https://frinkiac.com/img/S08E01/209708.jpg That's why.]] In an episode where Lisa loses them, she breaks down in tears and admits that without them she's nothing but [[OnlySixFaces a big Maggie]].
* Cool Cat, the last new starring character of the original ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts, wore a necktie, which was bound to make people mistake him for a Creator/HannaBarbera character.
** Speaking of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'', this is averted with Daffy Duck, whose distinctive white collar is based on the ring stripe found on many actual ducks (though given the white ring on black feathers, it ''does'' resemble the collar found on most clergymen, particularly deacons and reverends).
* In ''WesternAnimation/DragonTales'', all of the dragon characters (of both genders) wear a ribbon with a pendant around their neck, known as a dragon badge. This is less of a cost-cutting thing and more a plot device, as their dragon badges glow after they overcome a difficult obstacle (physical or otherwise), though throughout the series' run, only the main four dragons ever had their badges shine. This glowing was front-and-center in a second season episode in which Zack and Wheezie had to track down their badges that they had left on the back of a tortoise (ironically named Speedy).
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Mabel Pines always wears some colorful turtleneck sweater, whose oversized collar obscures most of her neck. Dipper's vest has its collar turned up, which serves a similar effect, even though more of his neck is visible.
* Due to ''WesternAnimation/BuddyThunderstruck'' being a stop motion cartoon featuring felt puppets, nearly every character has some part of their wardrobe (generally turtleneck sweaters) or appearance hide the seam on the puppet's neck that allows for their head articulation, which is sometimes still visible anyway in certain shots.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Playboy Bunny costume ''(when they're actually wearing something, that is)'' has a collar like this with a bowtie rather than a necktie.
* Similarly, the Chippendales costume has a collar like this with a bowtie (and cuffs).
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