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Furry Confusion: Comic Books
  • Usagi Yojimbo is set in an alternative feudal Japan populated by all kinds of anthropomorphic animals. The only major exceptions apart from birds, fish, and insects are horses (which are just the same as our Earth horses) and a species of long-necked lizard called "Tokage" ("reptile" in Japanese). On the other hand, the main villain, Lord Hikiji, is an altogether different kind of animal — he is the only human in Usagi's world.
    • Early in the series, humans appeared the background, and there have been cameo appearances by human guests from other comics a few times. It's possible that Stan Sakai regrets having any human characters established, but a retcon isn't happening... but then again Hikiji's face hasn't been shown since that one time in volume 1, and the latest Usagi RPG lists his species as "unknown."
    • Lampshaded in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover "Shades of Death": "Why a horse is a horse, but a rabbit is a person?"
  • This Beaver and Steve comic shows the anthropomorphic Steve seeing his mother... a regular lizard. In a zoo. Hrm.
  • In the French comic De cape et de crocs, everyone is human except for several characters who are anthropomorphic animals for no explained reason — most notably, the main characters who are a wolf and a fox. The writer is aware of the "chicken-man eating fried chicken" wrongness and plays with it a few times, but the more memorable one happens when the heroes almost get cooked by an indigenous tribe. They manage to free themselves and run into the chief, who realizes that they're not really animals, apologizes and invites them to dinner. He later explains that the villagers "misjudged them", at which point the wolf notices a man with a big knife leading a regular dog away from a crying child... then the dog cries out offscreen and the wolf looks down at his food with a horrified look on his face. The fact that he knew an anthropomorphic dog in canon only makes it more twisted.
    • Would that be the basset he killed in a duel?
      • That basset lacked respect.
  • Bamse has this to some degree. There are anthro animals and non-anthro animals. To further confuse the issue many of the non-anthro animals are Non-Morphic Talking Animals (although mostly among themselves) oddly enough someone obviously thought about the Inter Species Romance aspects: Fox-girl and badger-boy mention that it would be nice if they were of the same species and then kiss despite this.
    • (Then they get an apartment together, though both insist that they're still Just Friends. Draw whatever conclusion you like.)
  • Variously in Sam & Max: Freelance Police:
    • Borderline Lampshade Hanging in the comics, where an ordinary, non-anthropomorphic dog in the background of a panel has a head identical to Sam's, complete with hat.
    • In The Devil's Playhouse (Season 3 of the Telltale game series), we're introduced to Sal, a cockroach. But Sam's dialogue reveals that cockroaches are actually used in the recipes of the place where he used to work as a fry cook.
    • An episode of the cartoon shows Sam and Max having an emotional break-up, and Sam leaving to go to Alaska and participate in the Iditariod as the head dog on the favourite sled team, flanked by lots of non-anthropormorphic huskies. Even more weirdly, his human driver was apparently non-sapient.
  • Red Shetland brought up the topic in a conversation between the eponymous character (a Red Sonja parody) and her Sidekick Du Jour Eeon, who was a normal pony transformed by evil druids into...well, an anthro war-pony. Crazy druids, go figure. Red has no problems riding a horse, which she's on at the moment, and asks why Eeon doesn't ride, to which he responds "on my oppressed brethren?!".
  • Sometimes lampshaded in The Spiffy Adventures of McConey by the French comic artist Lewis Trondheim, where all characters are anthropomorphic animals. In one episode our heroes go on a search of a missing pet dog (a real dog, not an anthropomorphic one!) for whom a reward has been offered. When they watch a picture (which is not shown on the panel) of the missing dog and his owner, one of them asks: "So, who is the dog?" and another one answers: "The more short and less hairy one."
  • Lampshaded in Art Spiegelman's Maus, where Jewish characters are depicted as anthropomorphic mice, while Germans are cats. At one point the main character is at the home of someone who keeps several dogs. For those panels, the characters are depicted as people in mouse masks and the author leaves a little note basically acknowledging that the metaphor falls apart for a moment there.
    • At one point inside the story, Vladek and Anja are residing in a basement when Anja freaks out over finding a legitimate rat.
  • Done disturbingly in the Looney Tunes comics. One story has Bugs and Elmer wanting to make money and being told that selling animals fur is a good idea. Bugs goes off and immediately traps a huge cage full of non-anthropomorphic minks. A second later, he notices a carrot dangling from a tree and ends up falling into one of Elmer's rabbit traps. Elmer's been hunting too and has a cageful of ordinary, non-anthropomorphic rabbits. If this isn't strange enough, Elmer decides to capture Bugs as well, despite them being more or less friends (in the comics, at least), and then decides to throw Bugs into his OWN cage full of angry minks that proceed to attack the rabbit while Fudd happily watches. A police officer ends up arresting Elmer. No, not because he endangered someone's life and had basically kidnapped a sentient rabbit; Elmer is actually arrested because rabbits aren't in season. Wow.
  • Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog has Sonic's pet dog Muttski, one of the very few non-anthropomorphic animals seen in the comic (which also contains Funny Animal dogs). Tasmanian Devils are explicitly described in one issue as "One of the few Mobian races that never fully evolved", but Muttski doesn't appear to be one.
    • Which is later thrown out the window in a later story arc in which we DO have an anthropomorphic Tasmanian Devil fighting alongside Sonic and co. (It's hinted in-story that he may be an "experiment").
    • Following the reboot, Muttski is now a full-fledged Mobian, and his full name is now Ben Muttski. Sonic and Tails were shocked to discover that to say the least.
  • In the furry comic, Rhudiprrt Prince of Fur, the title character, a human whose spirit was place in the body of a humanoid cat body in a world that is the realm where the spirits of deceased cats go after death in our world. At one point, he receives a pet animal that resembles a dog and Rhudi wonders with some amusement about where the spirit of that animal will go after its death.
  • Cracked's 6 Insane Disney Comics You Won't Believe Are Real shows panels from an educational comic in an issue of Look magazine showing Dr. Mickey Mouse testing sulfa drugs on common mice.

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