Palutena: Given his size, he also moves quite quickly. Combine that speed and power with his long reach, and you've got an opponent who's good at almost everything!A variant of Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal where the only "clothing" they wear is some kind of cosmetic accessory — a hat, gloves, a bow, tie (or bowtie), a necklace, a collar, etc., or socks and/or shoes — beyond this, the character is still, well, technically naked (in, um, stark contrast to the full shirt or pants typically worn by half-dressed animals). Sometimes, underwear or a diaper (and nothing else) can count as this trope, though it does border on shirtless Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal territory. Similarly, they may choose the equivalent of a fig-leaf or loincloth (which borders on a shirtless Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal), the bare minimum necessary to preserve their modesty to the audience if they are Petting Zoo People (which is a popular visual motif for depicting characters as 'exotic' or 'native' in origin.) Like the Half Dressed Cartoon Animal, the creature's natural pelt (fur/feathers or what have they) is considered an acceptable analogue for clothing, thus the subject of them being technically "naked" is seldom mentioned, unless a sudden gag (like a Non Fatal Explosion) leaves them stripped of their coverings. Most characters of this trope are of the Civilized Animal tier or are otherwise normal animals, but Funny Animal and even Petting Zoo People variants exist as well. Ring Around the Collar and White Gloves examples can overlap, if it is the only article of clothing the character wears. See also Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal and Tertiary Sexual Characteristics. Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire.
Pit: Yeah... except for dressing himself. That necktie really doesn't leave much to the imagination.
Pit: Yeah... except for dressing himself. That necktie really doesn't leave much to the imagination.
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- The goats from Arashino Yoru Ni, who mostly wear scarves and bandannas.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Iceland's pet bird, Mr. Puffin, wears a red bow tie.
- The cat versions of Germany and Austria wear ribbons around their necks.
- Mephisto's dog form from Blue Exorcist wears a pink dotted scarf.
- Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura frequently wears a ribbon or some sort of collar that matches Sakura's outfit during the card capture sequences.
- Many Digimon are like this, for example, Gabumon wears a Garurumon pelt coat, Biyomon has a ring around her leg (which carries over to her canon Mega form, Phoenixmon), Renamon has detached sleeves, Togemon and Gaomon have Red Boxing Gloves, Gaogamon has a scarf, etc.
- Happy in Fairy Tail has a makeshift bag with him at all times.
- Some of the hamsters from Hamtaro.
- All Jewelpets wear accessories, usually necklaces with their respective minerals attached, though some are simple cloth ribbons. Some additionally have Hair Decorations.
- Kamichama Karin — Karin's pet cat, Shii-chan, has a red ribbon around her neck at the start of the series. After she comes Back from the Dead as Karin's Mentor Mascot, she gets an olive with two leaves instead, to match Karin's hair decs.
- Sakamoto from Nichijou wears a red scarf that turns him into a Talking Animal. Hilarity Ensues when the Professor decides to give it to a crow for a while.
- In Pokémon, sometimes a Pokémon is shown wearing these, serving either as Tertiary Sexual Characteristics or to differentiate it from others who look exactly like them.
- In the XY series, Pokémon capable of using Mega Evolution need the Mega Stone somewhere on their body, so require an accessory to equip it. The most common variants are necklaces, but other accessories have popped up. (tail brace, scarf, etc.)
- In Pokémon Special, Chuchu wears a pink flower to differentiate her from Pika, while Gigi wears a striped bow to differentiate her from Tep.
- In Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy, Lulla wears a blue ribbon around her neck. She's the only one who wears any clothing piece.
- Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog has Sally Acorn, which was eventually deconstructed for maximum Fanservice.
- Fone from Bone usually wears boots or nothing at all.
- The Crow from The Fox and the Crow only wears a bowler hat.
- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wear color-coded (or red) bandanna-masks, belts, knee-pads, elbow pads, and wrist and ankle bands. Leonardo and Donatello wear bandoleers for their swords and bo. They also wear trenchcoats and hats or other such disguises when venturing to the surface. Lampshaded in the Usagi Yojimbo story "Shades of Green" (when the Turtles are overwhelmed by the sheer number and variety of Petting Zoo People):
Michelangelo: Hey, guys, this place is fantastic! It's just like Seventeenth Century Japan — except with animals instead of people!
Gen: Who're you calling an "animal?"
Michelangelo: How did they evolve? Why is a horse a horse but a rabbit a person?
Usagi: "Evolve?" I don't understand. [...]
Michelangelo: There are so many questions! Like, do you guys have tails?
Gen: Hey, don't get personal! At least we wear clothes!
- Opus the penguin of Bloom County has a red bowtie.
- Gaylord Buzzard from Broom Hilda wears thick, horn-rimmed glasses, spats and (sometimes) a fez for reading.
- Shoe, from the self-titled comic strip, is a purple martin that wears sneakers and socks.
- Mainly Snoopy from Peanuts:
- Normally, just a collar.
- As "World War I Flying Ace": an aviator's helmet and scarf, perhaps a riding crop.
- As "Joe Cool": sweater with his name on it and sunglasses.
- As 'The Masked Marvel': a domino mask. Other items optional, depending.
- As an athlete: enough gear to function but little else; hat and glove for baseball, helmet for (American) football, missing teeth for hockey, et cetera.
- Additionally, Spike and Woodstock would occasionally don accessories for special functions; a helmet and rifle for Spike's infantry enlistments in World War I, Woodstock's headphones as a cameraman in 'It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'.
- In Snoopy's first appearance he's got a flower tucked into his dog collar, but is otherwise a normal dog.
- Krazy Kat's "collar", which is really more like a necktie, bow, or scarf. Regardless, the Kat feels "nude" without it.
- Walt Kelley's "Pogo" had examples of all types (Pogo himself is half dressed.) One comic, though, is notable in that a minor character loses her one article of clothing and the others react as if she is naked, even the animals that never wear clothing at all.
Films — Animation
- While the main character in Badly Drawn Roy is not an animal, the rest of the trope applies as the only clothing he is ever seen wearing is diapers (when he's a baby) and a bow tie (at his best friend's wedding).
- From Balto, Jenna wears a red bandana around her neck in place of a collar. This bandana actuality becomes a plot point in the first movie when she gives it to Balto to keep him warm in the frozen Alaskan wilderness. In the fight with Steel, Steel grabs the bandana and it falls with him off of the cliff. When Steel presents it to Jenna, she whiffs the scents on it, telling her that Steel's story is false.
- The fish and the turtle in Cats Don't Dance.
- Disney Animated Canon:
- The alligators, ostriches, and elephants from Fantasia.
- Dumbo starts out naked, but about halfway through the film, he actually starts to wear a hat and a collar, both of which he has actually worn ever since.
- Cyril Proudbottom from The Wind in the Willows segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
- The birds from Cinderella wear only hats, scarves, and shoes.
- Dinah from Alice in Wonderland wears a pink bow around her neck.
- The Gabble Sisters (Abigail and Amelia) and almost all the of the cats from The Aristocats wore some sort accessory (hats, bowties, etc.). O'Malley is an exception to the rule, but does get fitted with a collar and bowtie during the picture-taking scene at the end of the movie.
- Also Uncle Waldo. When he gets chased out of the restaurant during his introductory scene, he actually immediately had to put his hat on otherwise he'll be naked!
- Sir Hiss from Robin Hood wears a hat and a cape that's made to look a bit like a jacket; since he's a snake, this is pretty much the closest thing to clothing they could give him.
- Miss Bianca from The Rescuers is either an example of this trope or a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal, depending on what she wears.
- Played straight with Orville (from the original movie) and Wilbur (from the sequel) the albatrosses.
- Also played straight with Rufus the cat, who only wore a scarf and glasses.
- Dodger from Oliver & Company wears only a red bandana (which mysteriously vanishes when he wraps the string of hot dogs around his neck) and, in one scene, sunglasses. Also, Tito the Chihuahua is inexplicably drawn with an earring in the show House of Mouse (in the movie, he never wore earrings). The earring was on the plush as well; maybe it was part of the original character design and was removed from the film due to fears that parents would complain?
- Djali the goat from The Hunchback of Notre Dame wears only an earring.
- Llama-Kuzco on the DVD cover for The Emperor's New Groove wears his crown.
- The cows from Home on the Range all wear cowbells, while Mrs. Calloway wears a hat. Also, Lucky Jack wears a bandanna and a peg leg.
- Fish Out of Water from Chicken Little has his upside-down fishbowl helmet.
- Don Bluth movies:
- Mrs. Brisby from The Secret Of NIMH wears a long enough shawl/cape thing that she would border on Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.
- The evil owl from Rock-A-Doodle, who wears only an opera cape and a monocle, and his psychotic nephew Hunch, who wears only aviator goggles.
- Jacquimo from Thumbelina wears only a hat, a scarf, and boots.
- The penguins from The Pebble and the Penguin.
- DreamWorks Animation movies:
- All the chickens in Chicken Run wore scarves, necklaces, or any other kind of neckgear. This is actually because their heads for their models are all detachable from their bodies, and that they are given such to prevent their heads from falling off.
- Puss in Boots from Shrek 2.
- King Julien the ring tailed lemur from Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar only wears a crown.
- Like his cartoon counterpart, Mr. Peabody wears a red bowtie and glasses.
- Rattlesnake Jake in Rango wears a sombrero, some bandoleers, and a gatling gun for a rattle (most of the animals are fully clothed, but as a snake, this is really the best he can do).
- The armadillo is less anthropomorphized than the other characters, and wears a hat and a small band of cloth.
- The hawk is even less anthropomorphized and wears sharpened metal on its beak and claws.
- The armadillo is less anthropomorphized than the other characters, and wears a hat and a small band of cloth.
- In Shinbone Alley Archy, Mehitabel and Big Bill all wore at least one accessory.
- At the end of Monsters, Inc. Sulley, after becoming the new CEO of the company, wears just a necktie.
- All the furry characters in Roadside Romeo.
Films — Live-Action
- Paddington starts out as one of these, wearing a hat and nothing else. Later he works his way up a couple of rungs on the Appropriate Animal Attire ladder when Mrs. Bird gives him his trademark duffle coat.
- Aunt Lucy wears a necklace and a pair of glasses and carries a cane.
- Uncle Pastuzo with his hat that later becomes Paddington's.
- The Wookies and Ewoks from the Star Wars series films.
- Not exactly animal, but in The Chronicles of Narnia, we have a Faun that is completely naked, except for a scarf.
- The Cat in the Hat: Titular cat only wears a hat and a bowtie.
- When the rats of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents deconstruct Mr Bunnsy Has an Adventure, they briefly refer to Olly the Snake, who wears a collar and tie. "It would just slide off."
- Some of the rats, most notably Darktan, are examples themselves, though. While actually wearing clothes proves impractical, Darktan finds having lots of belts with pouches on them to be very handy in the Trap Disposal Squad. Meanwhile, Sardines the dancing rat wears a little straw boater hat with holes for his ears, and believes "You've gotta have a hat to get ahead."
- Beatrix Potter's Jemima Puddleduck, who wears a bonnet and sometimes a shawl.
- Peter Rabbit's sisters only wear shawls.
- Some of the mice from the Angelina Ballerina series books and first cartoon series.
- Moominpappa and Moominmamma wear only a top hat and an apron, respectively.
- In the later Earth's Children books, Ayla's horses Whinney & Racer are given special blankets to wear tied around their necks in order to alert people that "these horses are special. Don't hunt them for food." It doesn't always work.
- Also, when Ayla takes them over a glacier during her Journey she ties leather bags over their feet in order to protect them from the cold. This is also done to the feet of Wolf, her pet wolf.
- The Muppet Show:
- Kermit the Frog considers his collar clothing; one time when he was without it, he acted as if he were naked (hiding his neck-nudity from Miss Piggy, for one thing).
- Fozzie Bear.
Kermit: Good grief, the comedian's a bear!
Fozzie: No he's-a not, he's-a wearing a necktie!
- The male cat in the music video to "I'm Not Yours" by Angus And Julia Stone just wears a tie while the females wear dresses and bows on top of their head.
- The modern interpretation of Donkey Kong has the big ape wearing only a red tie with his initials on it. However, all the other Kongs are either Half-Dressed or in the case of Tiny Kong and Swanky Kong, fully clothed.
- All but two of the male characters of the Sonic the Hedgehog series wear shoes and gloves and nothing else, including Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, and Shadow.
- Yoshi from Super Mario World and later games wears only shoes and a saddle, like most other members of his species.
- Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII wears various hairclips, decorative combs and other "headdresses".
- In Pokémon:
- Subverted with the Pokemon Sylveon, which appears to be wearing several bows with trailing ribbons, but these "accessories" are actually part of its body; the trailing ribbons are feelers.
- In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, the Pokémon belonging to the Rescue Teams all wear bandanas, but usually nothing else. It doesn't show up in their in-game sprites, though.
- Popka from the Klonoa series wears nothing but a red scarf that his friend Lolo gave to him when they were younger.
- The sheep-men from the Nightmare levels in Catherine have a few features which identify them (Sheep with Sunglasses, Sheep with Regent Hair, Sheep with Police Hat, etc.) and can help you recognize them as humans in the real world.
- The Battletoads all wear spiked black kneepads, as well as individual accessories: sunglasses for Rash, gauntlets and a belt for Zitz, and spiked armbands for Pimple. Notably, they all used to be human.
- When Daxter is changed into a ottsel in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, he goes from fully clothed to only wearing gloves and a pilot hat with goggles. Later moves to Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal after he gains pants.
- All the 8 canine warriors from Ōkami have scarves.
- A black cat wearing a red scarf shows up in an early chapter of Ghost Trick. He turns out to be important, as he's Sissel's true form.
- Many of the non-villager characters in Animal Crossing, along with the sheep villagers. Most of the other villagers are half-dressed, though.
- The Sea Zoras, a race of fish people, in most The Legend of Zelda games are usually naked, but it wasn't until later games where they would wear accessories like armlets, anklets, and thin decorative belts. Prince Sidon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes it another step further by wearing a Classy Cravat, a feather on his head, and a chest belt, but doesn't wear any form of clothing like the rest of his people.
- Some characters from Happy Tree Friends: Handy (helmet), Petunia (air freshener)...
- Some of the "Cheat Commandos" from Homestar Runner.
- Sealy from The Damn Few. He's just a seal in a sailor hat.
- In a rare food example, Stinky from The Grossery Gang webseries wears a pair of half-moon glasses to emphasize his age. He lacks them in younger flashbacks.
- Conroy and Doggy in The Cartoon Chronicles Of Conroy Cat, and sometimes whatever other other toon is the guest for the day.
- The pets in Housepets! are considered naked without their collars.
- Exterminatus Now (based on the Sonic the Hedgehog style) has characters that are fully clothed, while others only wear hats, belts, etc. Lampshaded here.
- In Commander Kitty, Mittens wears only a collar, and Fluffy wears only a collar and skirt. Socks, by contrast, wears nothing but a goofy smile.
- Clothes aren't particularly common in Crossed Claws, but some characters can be seen wearing accessories. Ria and Sandy being the most notable, each donning a green and red ribbon respectively during their second meeting.
- Yogi Bear wears only a collar and tie and a hat, and Boo Boo wears only a bowtie. The reason was so that the join wouldn't be so obvious in the limited animation, which is why so many cartoon characters wore ties or other neck adornments back then.
- There are many Hanna-Barbera characters beside Yogi Bear and Boo Boo who wear only accessories, including:
- Mr. Jinks and Pixie wear only bowties on Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks
- Doggy Daddy wears only a blue collar on Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy
- Muttley from Wacky Races wears a red collar. On Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines, he wears a red collar and an orange pilot helmet with goggles.
- Snagglepuss wears only cuffs and a bowtie.
- Quick Draw McGraw wears only a hat, spurs, a bandana and a gun holder while Baba Looey wears a sombrero and a bandana.
- Huckleberry Hound usually wears only bowtie, but can sometimes be seen with a hat.
- Loopy De Loop wears only a wool hat and scarf.
- Droop-a-long Coyote on ''Ricochet Rabbit and Droop-a-Long Coyote wore a hat, scarf and gun holster.
- Wally Gator wears only cuffs, a hat and a collar
- Hokey Wolf wears a hat, collar, and bowtie.
- Spook and Fancy-Fancy of Top Cat's gang wear only scarves.
- In the 1970s Hanna-Barbera adaptation of Tom and Jerry, Jerry was fitted with a bow-tie.
- Speaking on the MGM side of the family, Screwy Squirrel from the MGM Tex Avery shorts wore only White Gloves.
- Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb wears only a hat, as do the other animal agents of O.W.C.A.
- Same with Slappy Squirrel from Animaniacs, although she usually is seen with her Hyperspace Arsenal... er, I mean purse.
- Pluto and Clara Cluck from the Classic Disney Shorts only wear a dog collar and a hat and shawl respectively.
- In the really old cartoons and in Epic Mickey, Horace Horsecollar is wearing only a horsecollar, a bowler hat and White Gloves.
- In the Classic Disney Short, "Pluto's Sweater," Minnie Mouse forces Pluto to wear a sweater. At the end of said cartoon, she forces Figaro to wear it.
- In the Figaro cartoon Bath Day, Minnie ties a red bow around Figaro's neck. He thinks he looks like a sissy wearing a bow, so he tries (and fails) to take it off.
- In the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode "Minnie's Bowtique," Figaro wears a pink bowtie.
- Dr. Jacques von Hämsterviel from Lilo & Stitch: The Series, who wears a cape.
- Looney Tunes:
- Calamity Coyote, Gogo Dodo and Lil Beeper from Tiny Toon Adventures wear only shoes.
- Fifi and Sweetie wear only ribbons on their heads, Bookworm wears only glasses, Furrball wears only a bandage on his tail, and Dizzy wears only a beanie on his head.
- Pablo the Penguin from The Backyardigans wears only a bowtie and a cap.
- Rex The Runt: Bad Bob wears only an eyepatch, Wendy wears a bow.
- Most of the furry characters from Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, including:
- Cleo, who only wears leg warmers.
- Sonja, who only wears a bow around her neck and a bow on her head.
- Baloo actually became one of these in the TaleSpin episode "Vowel Play." (He's usually a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal in the series.) Fortunately, he was wearing only a hat when Rebecca Cunningham saw him naked.
- Scooby-Doo wears only his collar with his initials on his dog tag.
- In The Amazing World of Gumball, the title character and his family don't wear shoes but are otherwise fully clothed. However, Darwin (essentially Gumball's brother) wears only shoes. Several other characters, like Darwin, wear only shoes, including Penny (peanut), Tobias (multi-colored blot with limbs), and Anton (piece of toast). Other examples with different accessories include Principal Brown (a slug with brown hair and glasses) and Carrie (a ghost with hair clips)
- Another rare non-animal example: Salty from Thomas the Tank Engine for some reason appears to have a visor above his face. Also, Whiff wears glasses over his face.
- Mama Mirabelle and her mom from Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies only wear hats.
- Brian from Family Guy only wears a collar (except at Christmas, and when Lois dresses him up in raingear when they go on the ferry—-and those times weren't by choice), but he does have a fancy Italian collar in addition to his everyday wear that, despite only being worn in one or two episodes, has become rather popular with the introduction of Vinny—-who also is naked except for his collar.
- Futurama's Nibbler wears a cape and a diaper.
- Rare plant example: Junior Asparagus from VeggieTales with his baseball cap.
- All of the ponies in the original My Little Pony cartoons wore ribbons on their tails, and some had hats or eyewear. The Big Brother ponies from the My Little Pony 'n Friends episode "Somnambula" wore neckerchiefs instead of ribbons.
- My Little Pony Tales featured far more anthropomorphic designs, including more common use of this trope.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has many examples:
- Applejack has a cowboy hat and red scrunchies at the ends of her mane and tail, while her brother Big Macintosh wears a horse collar and her little sister Apple Bloom wears a ribbon in her hair.
- "Call of the Cutie" shows a picture of Cheerilee as a teenager, which takes this to somewhat ridiculous levels for a show where most of the present-day characters normally don't wear anything (possibly a poke at My Little Pony Tales mentioned above).
- A handful of minor or background characters also wear some accessories and/or clothing related to their jobs or hobbies, such as Vinyl Scratch/DJ P0N-3 (the unicorn disc jockey wearing purple sunglasses in "Suited for Success") or Princess Celestia, who rarely wears anything other than her jewelry.
- Woody Woodpecker wore only White Gloves.
- Uncle Gabby from The Drinky Crow Show. His only clothing is a Nice Hat.
- Squiddy from Team Umizoomi
- In Rocky and Bullwinkle, Rocky wore only flight googles, while Bullwinkle only wore gloves, and Mr. Peabody's outfit was Opaque Nerd Glasses and a bow tie.
- The entire cast of The Mr. Men Show, although not exactly animals.
- All of the youngsters and some adults in Ewoks wear only hoods or hats. Some of the species they encounter are fully-clothed. They're not technically animals by the real world's standards, but they look like bears.
- The Lizard King from 3-2-1 Penguins! wears nothing more than a hat, gloves, and a belt.
- The only articles of clothing the Bandicoot King wears are a crown and a cape.
- The babies from Word Party wears diapers. Also, Lulu wears a bow on her head.
- In Boo Boom! The Long Way Home, Jack the bulldog wears a pair of pilot goggles and a parachute harness. Boldsteed the horse wears a cap.
- Mr. Cat from Kaeloo wears a pair of Fingerless Gloves.
- The Raccoons: Ralph Raccoon wears only a scarf. The aardvarks Cedric and Cyril only wear bowties (and in Cedric's case, glasses). Texan tycoon crocodile Mr. Knox only uses a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and jewelry.