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Furry Confusion: Western Animation
  • Regular ducks and rabbits were occasionally shown alongside Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny in the Looney Tunes shorts. It should be noted that the Looney Tunes characters act a great deal more like normal animals than Disney characters do (Daffy lives in a lake, Bugs lives in a burrow, neither ordinarily wears clothing). Still, Daffy has acknowledged that he still "Kinda stands out in the crowd" of other ducks.
    • It should be noted that Daffy started out looking like this and slowly became more and more anthromorphic.
    • In The Looney Tunes Show, most Looney Tunes characters have become almost complete Funny Animals, except occasional animal traits and incomplete clothes, usually played for humor. However, there are occasional moments of confusion such as Lola Bunny (herself a rabbit) and Daffy Duck bringing a pet gopher as a substitute for one of the Funny Animal gophers who was presumed missing.
    • In one episode of Tiny Toon Adventures, Babs Bunny was magically turned into a non-anthropomorphic rabbit by a witch who wanted to eat her. In the episode "Thirteensomething", she quits Tiny Toons and Buster winds up interviewing a mundane rabbit as a potential new co-host. In yet another episode of this series, Plucky wants to fly south for the winter with a flock of non-anthropomorphic ducks.
    • The "Thirteensomething" episode is particularly odd, as Babs is able to pass for human simply by covering her ears. The fact that her face is covered in fur doesn't quite go unnoticed: "You really should get a wax, dear. You have a lot of facial hair!"
    • In the beginning of Hyde and Hare, Bugs poses as a normal, timid rabbit to encourage a kindly gentleman to feed him carrots in the park, eventually dropping the ruse when the man (who unfortunately turns out to be Dr. Jekyll) invites him home.
    • An episode of Duck Dodgers Lampshaded this by having Daffy gain access to a Green Lantern Ring. As he hovers in the air and proclaims his pride at being the first of his species gifted with flight, several ducks fly by behind him.
    • Porky Pig, in contrast, is fully a Funny Animal. He's frequently depicted living in a regular house, wearing (some) clothing, keeping pets or farm animals, and even stocking his fridge with ham and sausages — despite being a pig himself. His The Looney Tunes Show incarnation gets a horrifying revelation upon finding out exactly what Pepperoni (his favourite pizza topping) is made of. Ouch. Even scarier, he eats when he's upset, and upon finding out what Pepperoni he gets is into a massive depression and eats... more pepperoni.
    • In the Tiny Toons movie, Hamton and his (all pig) family unknowingly pick up an escaped maniac hitchhiker. While they are all in the car, the radio announces that the madman is driven berserk by exposure to any sort of "pork product". The pigs sniff the air and actually seem to find their smell quite appetizing.
    • In the short Hare Splitter, Bugs and his rival Casbah are both shown to live in burrows, yet their love interest Daisy lives in a normal house.
    • In Season 1, Episode 3 of "Baby Looney Tunes," in the song parody "Mary had a Baby Duck," Granny won't allow a pet duck inside her school room...a school entirely filled with animal students. Oddly, the pet duck is Daffy, who had human intelligence and was a normal member of the cast!
  • At least two Huckleberry Hound shorts, "Postman Panic" and "Tricky Trapper", featured him with "real" dogs.
  • In Rocko's Modern Life all the characters are anthropomorphic animals. But both Rocko and his neighbors, the Bigheads, have pet dogs.
    • In one episode, Rocko (an anthro wallaby) ends up getting mistaken for a dog by a dog catcher while searching for his lost pet Spunky.
    • To add to the confusion, there's even a pair of sentient parasites named Bloaty and Squirmy who live a sitcom-like existence on the non-sentient Spunky.
    • Things get especially weird when you consider that there are also sapient, speech-capable non-anthropomorphic animals, yet they're still treated as wild animals in-series.
      • "I'm a wild pig!"
  • Duckman was the patriarch of a family of anthropomorphic ducks whose best friend and partner was a pig and whose nemesis was a chicken. The series also featured anthropomorphic dogs as supporting characters... yet Duckman owned a pet dog, Gecko, that acted like a pet dog, and various other animals appeared in the background.
    "What ? It's not like it's someone you knew..."
  • On Wild West COW Boys Of Moo Mesa, the series is set in the Old West and focuses on animals who became very human-like due to radiation from a meteor crash. Some animals, such as horses, were not affected. Of course, the horses can thus serve as the C.O.W.-boys mode of transportation, and once you see a Minotaur riding a horse, you don't forget it. The series also featured the eponymous characters herding non-anthropomorphic cattle, and some episodes featured humanoid versions of horses and sheep, animals usually portrayed as non-anthro "herd animals" within the show. (Also see the World of Warcraft example below.)
  • The Raccoons featured two English sheepdogs, Schaeffer and Broo. While Schaeffer walked on two legs and talked, Broo acted like a regular dog. It could be because Broo is a puppy, but...
    • Made even more awkward as Bentley is entrusted to take care of Broo as a way to show he's capable of handling a dog. He's even stated to have to walk Broo.
  • The Get Along Gang was populated entirely with anthros of the most humanoid sort. One episode concerned a search for a missing baby elephant. Fair enough... except for the fact that it turned out that said elephant was missing from the zoo. Whisky Tango Foxtrot?
  • Road Rovers concerned a superhero team made up of very anthro dogs — who were "mutated" normal dogs. In one episode, they help an injured wolf. You gotta wonder what the wolf was thinking when he met them...
    • Then there was the time one of the main characters became a werewolf. Um...
  • Family Guy features both regular, mundane dogs and anthropomorphic, talking ones who stand upright, are sexually attracted to humans, and may or may not wear clothing. Sometimes within the same family! For instance, Brian's mother, Biscuit was non-anthropomorphic, while his cousin Jasper is anthropomorphic like he is.
    • Brian from Family Guy plays up the trope mostly by being far more erudite than the human members of the Griffin family, driving a recognizable Toyota Prius while Peter and Lois have generic cartoon cars, and often holding a martini (complete with olive) while walking around the house on his hind legs, all of which makes it MUCH funnier when he does engage in realistic canine behavior.
    • Lampshaded on one occasion when Peter suddenly says "Holy crap! You can talk!"
    • "The Former Life of Brian" reveals that Brian had a completely human son with a human woman. He's thirteen... even though Brian is only six. Brian says it's "dog years".
    • As if this all wasn't confusing enough, Brian and Stewie once visited an Alternate Universe where all the dogs are the talking anthropomorphic type, and humans are their doglike pets. Oddly enough, the humans still wear clothes. The human version of Brian is anthropomorphic, but unlike his dog counterpart, isn't treated like the opposite species in his universe.
  • Lampshaded on Chowder — an anthropomorphic bear plays a ring toss game run by a humanoid elephant, and wins a prize: a human. Cut to a humanoid dog ordering food from a human, who hands him a perfectly ordinary frog on an ice cream cone. The dog starts licking the frog, much to the horror of its mother, a humanoid frog in hair curlers. In Chowder, everything is anthropomorphic, including vegetables, ice cream, souffles, mold, roasts, and soda cans.
  • Cow and Chicken takes this to extreme. The title characters are a brother and sister who have human parents and live as humans, but neither wear clothes and otherwise totally belong to their own species. In one episode they are visited by the ghosts of their Great-Grandparents who are a normal human and a non-anthropomorphic chicken. As with the Stuart Little example cited above, we suggest, dear reader, that you not think about that one too hard.
    • In fact, the series pilot reveals at the end that their parents are only the lower half of a human, and nothing from the waist up.
    • In various episodes we see the rest of their family, which includes Boneless (a chicken), Sow (a pig!), Black Sheep (oh you know). One of the weirder episodes revolves around their cousin Snail Boy, whose mother was human and father was a non-anthropomorphic snail.
    • Hell, it's even in the opening song:
      Chicken: Momma had a chicken.
      Cow: Momma had a cow.
      Both: Dad was proud! He didn't care how!
  • When SpongeBob SquarePants needs a non-anthropomorphic animal, the usual choice is to use jellyfish as bees, and there's never been an anthropomorphic jellyfish. Equally consistent, and equally arbitrary, scallops take the place of birds, snails like Gary behave like cats, and deep-sea worms act like dogs.
    • There may also be elements of Carnivore Confusion as to what the "krabby patties" are made of. Crab? This seems unlikely, as the store is owned by a talking crab. A (supposedly) false recipe once claimed it was plankton — which many sea creatures actually eat— as an orchestrated scare for the villainous Plankton. And then they imply in one episode that the patties are in fact made of crab. Mr. Krabs takes a bite of one and says, "So that's what I taste like." Ew.
      • Actually, Krabs was comparing himself to the patty, with an extra reference to it as old and wrinkly, "like that man over there." Still, it's a strange comment.
      • Needless to say however, Robot Chicken did their version on what the secret ingredient is and parodied it a-la Soylent Green.
    • The episode Nature Pants has starfish in the background that act like real starfish rather than surface animals or having human-like minds like Patrick.
    • There's also the fact that SpongeBob, a sea sponge, is very anthropomorphic, while other stationary animals like coral and anemones are treated like plants. Could have sworn there were some non-anthropomorphic sponges, too...
    • "Squilliam Returns" features a realistic cartoon squid among Squilliam's friends (large oblong head-body with eyes on each side, long tentacles, no humanlike torso), making one wonder what species Squidward and Squilliam are supposed to be.
      • To confuse things more, the movie apparently have several octopi attacking the cyclops; life sized, purple and eight legged.
    • The episode One Coarse Meal causes this. Pearl is an anthropomorphic whale and Plankton is an anthro, well, plankton. The episode revolves around Pearl eating plankton.
  • If you don't mind us extending this to talking plants, there are a few odd instances in VeggieTales:
    • In "The Lord Of The Beans" story, an anthropomorphic asparagus is given a powerful non-anthropomorphic bean.
    • Apple pie is eaten in "Madame Blueberry."
    • "Duke and the Great Pie War" also includes regular apples along side the anthropomorphic blueberry. And pies. Lots of pies. This was addressed in the DVD commentary for this episode. When asked by fans whether or not the consumption of apples and other plants was cannibalism, the replied that it "didn't count" if the vegetable could not talk. Oh, okay.
    • The silly song "Pizza Angel" from the "Minnesota Cuke" video includes a reference to how much Larry the Cucumber likes tomato sauce — while ignoring the fact that his best friend is a tomato. One wonders if Mr. Lunt likes pickle on "His Cheeseburger"... And then one wonders where the crust came from. There's probably flour in it. Flour comes from wheat. Wheat is a grain. Grains are seeds. Seeds are embryonic plants. So the pizza is cheese on top of the mashed innards of Bob's uncle, on top of hundreds of abortions.)
    • And there are animals in the VeggieTales world as well. Just don't ask how.
    • Larry Boy and the Rumor Weed has Mr. Nezzer grilling what is clearly a steak.
    • VeggieTales likes to play with this all the same. Peas refer to being smashed into soup, but a non-anthro pumpkin is acceptable for pounding into slurry. In a book adapting the Egyptian plagues, grape juice is substituted for blood in the Nile. And the Pharaoh laughs and sips it from a glass.
    • In the episode (made later, I believe) that deals with the plagues of Egypt, the Nile turns to tomato juice. There's a short scene of Bob the Tomato seeing this and fainting.
    • There are now VeggieTales branded tomato, cucumber, and so on seeds. Yes kids, now you can grow and eat half the cast!
  • This trope is parodied and taken to its only logical extreme in an episode of Futurama. At a veterinarian's office, there is a man stroking a purring cat. The camera pans, showing a Cat Girl (presumed to be alien) petting a cat-sized human, also purring. In a later episode, we see that same Cat Girl and her pet human as contestants in a pet show.
  • Most kid's series that feature anthropomorphic animals confront the 'time to get a pet' Life Lesson at some point. Usually with interesting results, as in an episode of Franklin that had our young turtle hero (who is already bestest buddies with a bear and a fox) contemplating getting a kitten.
    • Franklin owns a pet goldfish, and a puppy he finds in one episode belongs to a marmot. Even more confusing is that they've shown both anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic animals of the same species - a normal squirrel and normal possums appear in "Franklin is Lost", while an anthropomorphic squirrel appears in "Big Brother Franklin", and anthropomorphic possums appear in "Franklin Goes to Day Camp" and "Franklin's Rival".
  • Kipper the Dog is made of this trope: There seems to be no dividing line between animals that are and aren't sapient. The main characters are basically anthropomorphic. The main character has a mouse in his house that can talk and play with him, but otherwise lives as a normal mouse. Another character's Aunt has a parrot that can talk fluently, but obviously isn't sapient. And at various points characters have interactions with pet birds, hamsters, and wild hedgehogs that are essentially normal animals. Naming is also weird in this show, with a Kipper (a dog), Arnold (a pig), Pig (a pig), and Tiger (a dog).
  • Camp Lazlo has several instances of this too
    • In one episode, Clam attempts to insult the Squirrel Scouts by calling them "animals." This results in awkward silence, because after all, they are animals.
    • At the end of an episode with all the Bean Scouts partaking in meat hot dogs, Raj actually brings up the question of what the hot dogs are made of, to the revulsion of all.
    • Interestingly, no one bats an eye at Lumpus (a moose) and his love of meat, except when he attempted to eat a bird that was still alive. Hmmmm.
    • Everyone freaks when Lazlo brings a bear into camp, despite the fact that one of the campers is a bear. This is never addressed. Granted, the wild bear had the size and look of an actual grizzly, and the camper looked more like a teddy bear, but still...
    • In the parade episode, the announcer (a water buffalo) comments on Miss Prickly Pine's beautiful yak skin dress, made from real yak skin.
  • Word World is just weird overall (technically, all the characters are talking words) but it's worth a mention here because all of the major animal characters, down to the Ant, can speak — except for one. If you guessed that the one animal who never talks and who acts like a normal animal is the dog, you've paid excellent attention to this page. There are also a few minor characters including non-talking sea creatures and a cow who is basically a Living Prop.
  • In Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, the entire cast is made up of anthropomorphic farm animals. However, the sheep act like normal sheep. Except when they are alone, in which case they can talk to one another. Huh?
    • Also, Fernando had a pet fish at one point.
  • We here at TV Tropes challenge our dear readers to find a current series that has more Furry Confusion than Arthur. To wit:
    • Everyone in Arthur's world is an anthropomorphic animal. Whenever a guest voice appears on the show, they are drawn as an (often rather eerie looking) anthropomorphic animal character. This would seem to imply that everyone in Arthur's world is a Furry animal-person... until the spin-off "Postcards From Buster" came along. The premise is that Buster is traveling the world interviewing the different people he meets along the way. The thing is, the people he meets are all live-action human children. Either everyone outside Arthur's town is human or they aren't; make up your mind!
    • And in the original Arthur book series, the Tibble twins were humans! They had to be the only humans in Elwood city, with the possible exception of their grandmother. Nobody aside from Marc Brown knows why; literally everyone else is a Funny Animal.
    • Furthermore, normal animals still exist in Arthur's town (for example Arthur has a dog named Pal, but his friends Binky and Fern are anthropomorphic dogs, while Francine has a non-anthropormophic cat named Nemo living in the same world the anthropormorphic cats Sue Ellen & Jenna). To be fair, we've seen this before; but then it turns out that Pal can speak to other non-anthropomorphic animals. And if that doesn't break your brain, there is at least one episode where Pal and Arthur's baby sister can communicate with each other. Imagine a first-grader trying to rationalize all of this.
      • If your brain isn't already broken - in one episode where Pal and Kate (Arthur the aardvark's baby sister mentioned above) are looking for D.W.'s Imaginary Friend, Pal is confused by something Kate does and comments "I'll never understand humans."
      • Buster's initially believes Mr. Ratburn to not be a "human being". Yeah, that was obvious.
    • And one episode shows that toys are alive and can talk to one another, a la Toy Story. To make things even more bizarre, said dog and baby can talk to the toys. No, really, what?
    • In the episode "Jenna's Bedtime Blues", while trying to figure out why Jenna won't come to Muffy's slumber party, Prunella (who's a rat, BTW), says her sister told her that she used to strangle cats. Jenna herself is a cat (albeit a rather weird looking one) which blows ones mind.
    • This is even parodied in the series itself. In one episode Arthur and D.W. are sent to their grandma's house because it's raining too hard to play outside. When Grandma opens the door she hurries the two inside, noting that this is "only good weather for ducks." Cue a family of anthropomorphic ducks riding bikes across the street and commenting, "Beautiful weather, huh?" prompting a "Huh?" from D.W.
    • On an unpleasant note, one episode featured a campaign of genocide against head lice. Only the lice were aware of their own sentience.
    • Also, one episode involves a wedding, in this case between two bunnies. One episode shows a future where Arthur, an Aardvark, is married to Francine, a Monkey, and as seen in "the Good, the Bad, & the Binky", D.W's friend Emily is a rabbit, who's parents are a female rabbit and a male monkey. You heard me.
      • Although families in this series are generally all the same species.
    • Another episode had Arthur and several of his friends watching a parody of their own show, featuring an anthro called "Andy." They snark at it, asking questions like, "If all the characters are animals, does their school cafeteria serve bugs and garbage?" and "If Andy is a mouse and has a pet dog, why doesn't it eat him?" Arthur: "He's not a mouse. He's a... I forget." (Arthur himself is supposedly an aardvark, but looks as much like a mouse as anything else.) Obviously, the producers love Lampshading.
    • In "Draw!", Francine insults Arthur by telling him to "go eat an ant sandwich."
    • What's even more confusing is that in the opening, Brain obviously sees Mr.Ratburn's face as being the shape of a shark fin. A human with that face shape?
      • Not to mention the same joke in The Shore Thing and Buster's threat to Mr. Ratburn that his mother feeds rats to lizards in Bitzi's Beau.
    • There was also an episode where they go on a field trip to a zoo.
    • Even more confusing, is that in the "New York" special episode, a human artist drew Buster in rabbit form. In a newer episode, the gang made a cake for George, and he looked like his normal moose self, antlers and all.
    • In a newer episode, we see a drawing of a silhouette of a human. Not an ape like Francine or Muffy.
    • A newer episode showed a human. It was in a Show Within a Show though. Also the current season seems to keep on leaning on the "They're human but only look like animals to us" theory much more then before. For example a bear (or possibly aardvark) character had a rabbit mother, and a rabbit character drew a regular rabbit; also, the gang has been shown to cover their "ears" by touching the sides of the heads every once in a while, even when their ears are on top of their head.
      • On the flip side, to confirm that they are animals, you have Buster's ears, George's antlers, and the biggest one of all - Bionic Bunny.
    • This would be fine, if it was a Muppet-type world in which humans live among the confusing anthropomorphized "animals", but there are no humans in Elwood City, and no animals anywhere else. One must assume that they live in a segregated society.
    • In one episode (Buster's Dino Dilemma, I believe), Ratburn mentions that dinosaurs were around before upright mammals, which brings up a whole 'nother mess of issues.
    • And in the season 16 episode "Sue Ellen Vegges Out", Sue Ellen says something that is so confusing it might make your head explode.
      Sue Ellen: Neither one of you really cares about being a vegetarian. You're just usng it as an excuse to fight with each other. You want to know why I gave up eating meat? Because there are some animals whom I consider friends, so I lost my taste for eating them. Frankly, they are a lot better friends than some of the people I know.
  • Little Bear features a world in which everything from bears and cats to chickens, ducks, and a snake are capable of speaking and behaving like human beings. Yet Tutu, the pet dog of Emily (one of only two human characters on the show) is a regular, non-anthropomorphic dog.
    • In one episode, it's mentioned as an aside that the reason we can't understand Tutu isn't that she can't talk, it's just that she speaks French! Of course, that doesn't actually explain why "French" sounds more like the noises a dog would make, or why she behaves largely like a pet dog...
  • In Jim Henson's animated/Muppet show Dog City, only two species, cats and dogs, are shown to be anthropomorphic, possibly justifying the rare appearances of other non-intelligent animals (mostly small birds and such).
  • A probably unintentional example: in Cats Don't Dance, it appears that all animals are in fact sentient, and just treated demeaningly by humans. So... does that mink stole behind Darla imply murder? Probably intentional, as she is pretty darn evil.
    • It's more like Fantastic Racism in this universe, which apparently takes place in the 30's or 40's, anthros are treated with prejudice like so many humans were treated back then.
  • If you don't mind us extending this to robots, in Transformers, the living vehicle-robots and real vehicles sometimes fall into this trope. Side Burn's love for little red (non-living) sports cars is best not thought about too long or too hard.
    • Transformers Animated has even more Furry Confusion. To Wit, there seems to be no dividing line between robots that are and aren't sentient. The Cybertronians are sentient. The Dinobots were originally non-sentient theme park attractions. Soundwave was originally non sentient as well, as were the Constructicons and Wreck-Gar. And let's not forget Tutor bot and Sparkplug.
    • Let us totally forget the whole lesbian tiger thing in Beast Wars.
  • Long-forgotten prime-time animated series Calvin And The Colonel (1961-1962) did this. In one episode, where the duo gets a job running a cloakroom (where they store coats from guests at a nightclub), one man requests a silver fox coat, which the Colonel (a fox himself) retrieves, not caring that he's holding a lifeless skin of someone his own species.
  • Wonder Pets avoided this up until the newest episodes. In one, the three pets decided to take a vacation and get summer jobs at the circus. Now the Pets are regular animals that talk and wear little superhero suits when humans aren't around. Any other animals in the show are fairly normal aside from talking. However, at the circus, the ringmaster was a penguin, the animals were riding a normal sized train in front of a school (like humans wouldn't notice that). Even more confusing is that the audience members were all wild animals, but dressed in clothing. You may think that this indicates that all the "humans" in the show (who are never actually seen) are actually animals that treat smaller animals as pets — but it was explicitly said in early episodes that the humans were humans.
    • This actually brings to mind another show about an Unusually Uninteresting circus run by animals, the early Disney Channel puppet show Dumbos Circus All the members of the Circus were Humanoid Animals, except for Dumbo himself (who went on all fours but at least got to talk and wear clothing). All the towns the Circus visited were populated by humans. All the animals outside the Circus acted more or less normal aside from talking.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Applejack has Winona, a sheepdog who behaves just like a regular (albeit well-trained) animal. In a later episode, we are introduce to the Diamond Dogs, anthropomorphic creatures that speak, walk on two legs, and wear clothing. To be fair, the Diamond Dogs are essentially canine-looking trolls with a Punny Name.
    • If horse-drawn carriages get brought up, expect a good dose of Lampshade Hanging, such as in "Over a Barrel" ("Okay, your turn to pull.""Aw, but we just switched!") and "The Best Night Ever" (Twilight enchants a few mice to turn into full-grown horses to pull their carriage, said mice run off...and Rarity solves the problem by simply asking her neighbors to pull)
      • Basically, horse-drawn carriages are sown as the pony equivalent of rickshaws, even acting as a taxi service.
    • The animals Applejack and family herd hit this fairly often. Early on, we see her herding stampeding cows... who turn out to actually be a panicked mob she was running crowd control on (with a lasso and sheepdog). Later, we see her herding sheep into a pen... who then comment that she could have just asked.
    • As a standard rule, practically every animal appears to be sentient and sapient, although only a subset is shown to be capable of speech (ponies, donkeys, zebras, cows, buffalo and sheep). Angel Bunny is intelligent, bad-mannered and capable of bossing around Fluttershy (admittedly not a difficult feat), Owloysious is a capable assistant librarian, and every animal in "May The Best Pet Win" are sufficiently self-aware to ignore their natural behavior and try for the pet job. Given that the ponies are apparently exclusively vegetarian, many traditional farm animal jobs would not be applicable (Sweet Apple Acres have pigs, but not for their meat) but others would - the sheep are likely putting up with routine shearing in exchange for a carefree living. Winona may be as smart as any pony, but she just likes her job.
    • When Pinkie describes the horrors of the Everfree forest, she lists off such horrible things as the weather changing on it's own, animals taking care of themselves and so on. The creators are painfully aware of the implications, and takes every chance at lampshading the hell out of it.
    • It would appear that as a general rule, the animals capable of speech either have hooves (ponies, donkeys, buffalo, etc.) or are mythological creatures (dragons, griffons, Ahuizotl, etc.).
  • G1 My Little Pony had this to varying degrees depending on your canon. The cartoons had the Dream Valley ponies live far from humans however where the humans lived everything was 'normal'; Megan's family even had a non-talking, Miniature Horse named TJ. The My Little Pony comics and various books throughout G1 had the ponies living in stables and otherwise behaving like horses, while the cartoon had them behaving more anthro (outside of the first specials) and sleeping in beds. Mr. Moochick had an anthropomorphic rabbit friend who couldn't seem to talk. Peaches, a talking pony, seems to have a pet cat.
  • Averted in Help! I'm a Fish. The only fish that have anthropomorphic traits are either fish that have been exposed to the "Anti-Fish" potion, or humans who have been exposed to the "Fish" potion. Of course, there are only three humans that are exposed to the "Fish" potion — and it seems that the "sentient" fish have no problem with enslaving their own kind, and in the case of Shark, eating any fish, "anthropomorphized" or not. So...uhhhhh?
  • In Strawberry Shortcake, Strawberry's cat, Custard, is able to talk, but her dog, Pupcake, is not.
  • Played with in D Myna Leagues, where after losing a high stakes arcade game to an anthropormoprhic Raccoon, they have a rematch playing a Davy Crocket-themed game. The Raccoon scoffs at the childish game, and agrees to play, but suffers a nervous breakdown when he see the Raccoon-skin hats the player characters wear.
  • The classic BRB International animated adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days, Around the World with Willy Fog, avoids this in some interesting ways. For starting, all animals are either sapient and anthropomorphic or neither. All the animals that are sapient are mammals and most (with very few exceptions) are rodents, carnivores, pigs and primates, which are never non sapient (and so there are no pet dogs or cats or any known equivalent). Horses, camels and elephants are never sapient and are used for transport.
  • In Thomas the Tank Engine, the depiction of any non-rail vehicles vary widely. Some of them are sentient, while others are not.
  • In the show Zula Patrol, every single celestial body (stars, planets, dwarf planets, moons, asteroids, comets, nebulae, galaxies, black holes, etc.) can talk to the main characters, but for some reason their homeworld doesn't. Gee, I wonder if it did...
  • The Amazing World of Gumball apparantly takes place in a world where Everything Talks, even down to the rocks and trees in their world. However there are non-anthropomorphic objects coexisting with some of the characters (who are occasionally otherwise inanimate objects), such as the policeman (an anthropomorphic donut) and non-anthro donuts.
  • As a primarily educational cartoon, The Mysteries Of Alfred Hedgehog often features a real animal in each episode along with its anthropomorphic cast. For example, one episode's mystery involved a non-anthro mockingbird imitating the anthropomorphic Cynthia. Alfred then explains that mockingbirds can imitate other types of birds.
    • Alfred Hedgehog is especially confusing with this since they have 3 types of animals. -Anthros; -Animals that can speak and are human minded but don't wear clothes, walk on four legs and may be predators, preferring to live in the forests than modern civilization; -And normal animals.
    • Furthermore, one regular cast member is a non-anthro moose that speaks.
  • The cats from Slacker Cats walk on their back legs and talk but the tiger who escaped from the zoo doesn't. They say it's because he's more in touch with nature than they are.
  • Quick Draw McGraw, who is a talking bipedal clothes wearing horse/cowboy encounters normal 4 legged horses pulling stage coaches and being ridden by other characters.
  • One episode of The Angry Beavers "Kreature Komforts" had the brothers received a visit from their wild cousin, who happens to be a photo-realistic beaver that acts like a non-sentient animal. Impressed by his simplistic life, the beavers give up their possessions, stop bathing, and remake their home to look like an actual beaver dam. However, they end up using their modern possessions without one knowing the other until they decide to live as they did before. Subverted in the end where it's revealed that their cousin may not be as he seems, as his photo-realistic dam grows robotic legs and marches off to the distance.
  • Adventure Time goes all over the place with this trope, starring a human boy (who may or may not be the Last of His Kind) and his adoptive brother, a talking dog, in a world where everything from candy to mountains can be anthropomorphic, but sometimes isn't. (For example, Marceline has a zombie dog who seems completely canine, while Finn had to ask if Lumpy Space Princess was living with talking or non-talking wolves.) Justified because the series is supposed to take place a millennium After the End, when a combination of magic and nuclear radiation has completely transformed the rebuilt world.
  • Catdog is a humongous offender of this, with both anthropomorthic and realistic animals (as well as one strange looking animal human hybrid ironically named Sunshine) living together without complaint. One episode had Cat try to make Dog behave with a dog leash, lying that there was a new leash law and that he would be taken to the dog pound if he didn't act like a good dog. He then takes him to a Dog Park where he tries to blend in with the other dog walking residents, including an ordinary human, a bat, and ANOTHER TWO LEGGED, FULLY CLOTHED DOG!. In another episode, Cat fails to resist temptation and eats Dog's pet goldfish, Veronica, that he won at a fair. When he goes inside Dog's mouth to retrieve Veronica without Dog's notice, he finds it has grown enough to tower over him (their stomach is shown to be Bigger on the Inside), has learned to speak, and is a male (although cat always knew it was a boy).
  • Rupert: Similar to Little Bear, Rubert is a humanistic white bear who wears clothes and lives in a house with his parents. He lives in a world populated by animal people, ordinary (yet still sentient and talking) animals, and humans, making this Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! This is in addition to sentient objects such as a scarecrow (whom only Rubert knows is alive) and a cuckoo bird from a clock in one episode. And let's not talk about the mythical beings like unicorns, deities, and monsters.
  • An early episode of the 1983 Alvin and the Chipmunks series featured Alvin switching places with a wild chipmunk, even dressing it in his clothes; since 1961 and The Alvin Show, the Chipmunks had been stylized into their anthropomorphic state, however, this wild chipmunk resembled Alvin in both appearance and size (roughly four feet, according to franchise co-owner Ross Bagdasarian, Jr.). Alvin is captured by a woodsman who doesn't seem to find it odd that a chipmunk can talk, while Dave, Simon, and Theodore are curious over Alvin's sudden animalistic behavior.
    • Even though The Chipettes are chipmunks as well, they are a lot more anatomically correct compared Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, possessing human-like hair on their heads, and smooth human-like skin; they are even depicted with these features (as well as breasts) during imagine spots where they are matured as adults. It should also be noted that these characters do not have tails... Alvin, Simon, and Theodore's biological mother on the other hand, Vinny, not only has human-like hair on her had, but also body fur, breasts AND a taid.
    • In a few episodes of The Alvin Show, Theodore had a pet parakeet named George. Also in another episode, Dave and the boys go on a camping trip, where Alvin encounters a non-anthropomorphic bear.
    • In some cases, some animal characters appearing within the 80s Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoon are depicted as both anthropomorphic such as "Uncle" Harry, and non-anthropomorphic; in the latter case, The Chipmunks later adopted a puppy named Lily (this after a stray kitten they found and named Cookie Chomper III was hit by a car).
      • In one episode, Simon and Theodore get back at Alvin for playing pranks on them by having him believe Theodore is transforming into a weredog (after Alvin tricked Theodore into a dog biscuit); Theodore even goes so far as to crawl on his hands and knees. Later in the same episode, Simon has Alvin dress as a dog and recite an incantation to break the spell, only to be caught by the dog catcher, who is surprised, but somehow convinced that a dog can talk.
      • On that same token, in Alvin and The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman, Theodore is bitten by their new neighbor, Mr. Talbot, who becomes a werewolf by night, causing Theodore to turn into a weremunk, but at any given moment; when consulting with a television psychic, she explains that being a chipmunk, Theodore is already naturally closer to animalistic behavior, to which Alvin asks Simon, "Do we resent that?"
    • It has also never been confirmed or denied that The Chipmunks are vegetarians. On The Alvin Show, Theodore orders hamburgers from hotel room service, but is later reminded by Dave that he doesn't eat meat in Alvin and The Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman. Throughout the 80s cartoon, Theodore has been seen at least once making a huge sandwich that appears to have lunch meat on it. However, Alvin has been seen eating a salad for lunch once.
    • The live-action movies seem to give nods to all this, with The Chipmunks being portrayed as normal (CGI) chipmunks that can somehow talk, sing, dance, and generally act like humans. However, they still retain chipmunk behavior, such as running on all fours when in a hurry or storing away food, a habit they eventually broke. Also, every time someone mentions another member of the rodent family in their presence, they grow a bit hostile. For example, when Dave tried to explain that leaving food out would attract rodents, he tapered off under their withering glares and covered himself by clarifying "bad, non-talking rodents."
  • In the MGM short "Barney's Hungry Cousin", Barney Bear (a talking bear who wears clothes) tries to protect his picnic from a forest bear (a silent bear who is naked). Both are bipedal, however.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Raphael has a pet tortoise called Spike. It's not quite as bad as the other examples though, due to Raphael and his brothers originally being regular turtles until they were accidentally mutated, but it's still a tad strange.
  • In Alfred J. Kwak, there's several occurrences of regular animals appearing alongside the anthropomorphic ones; noticeably, the circus has trained horses, as well as an anthropomorphic horse who's the resident human trainer.
  • Eek! The Cat is a pet to a human family, but he's bipedal, can talk, and most other humans treat him like he's a person. It's not quite made clear whether his girlfriend Annabelle is a pet herself. To further confuse matters, Annabelle has a pet of her own; Sharky the Sharkdog.
  • An inverted example may be Scrappy. While Scooby-Doo normally walks in four paws and doesn't seems to really speak clearly (just makes dog sounds that resemble human words) Scrappy walks in two, speaks perfectly, acts, thinks and interacts like a human.
    • In a later series we find out that talking, intelligent animals are a known and accepted part of society, but still seem to be considered animals, legally. Scooby actually strikes up a relationship with a normal dog.
  • Piggsburg Pigs! shows a city inhabited by anthropomorphic pigs (and two wolves). The city is located behind “the world’s largest pigs farm” (which is itself creepy if you think about it, almost like having Tel Aviv behind Auschwitz) and the Monsters of the Week come from the Forbidden Zone and are mostly humanoids or evil humans. In this case, at least, all pet animals seem to be always chickens or some other farm bird that normally acts like dogs.

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