Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal
Smarter-dressed than the average bear.
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
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.
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
Anime and Manga
- Tony the Tiger from Frosted Flakes cereal sports only a neckerchief. His son, Tony Jr., had a neckerchief and ball cap.
- Mr. Peanut wears only accessories: top hat, monocle, White Gloves, shoes, and spats.
- Chester Cheetah from Cheetos only wears sunglasses and shoes.
- In the Pokémon anime, 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 Pokémon Special, Chuchu wears a pink flower to differentiate her from Pika, while Gigi wears a striped bow to differentiate her from Tep.
- Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura frequently wears a ribbon or some sort of collar that matches Sakura's outfit during the card capture sequences.
- 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.
- Some of the hamsters from Hamtaro.
- 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.
- The goats from Arashino Yoru Ni, who mostly wear scarves and bandannas.
- 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.
- Mephisto's dog form from Blue Exorcist wears a pink dotted scarf.
- Happy in Fairy Tail has a makeshift bag with him at all times.
- 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!
Live Action Films
- 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.
- 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.
- Mrs. Brisby from The Secret of NIMH wears a long enough shawl/cape thing that she would border on Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.
- Fish Out of Water from Chicken Little has his upside-down fishbowl helmet.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Gabble Sisters (Abigail and Amelia) and almost all the of the cats from The Aristocats wore some sort accessory (hats, bowties, etc.).
- 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.
- Thomas O'Malley doesn't have any accessories, but he gets fitted with a collar and bowtie at the end of the movie.
- The fish and the turtle in Cats Don't Dance
- Puss in Boots from Shrek 2 .
- 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.
- 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.
- Dinah from Alice in Wonderland wears a pink bow around her neck.
- The birds from Cinderella wear only hats, scarves, and shoes.
- Like his cartoon counterpart, Mr. Peabody wears a red bowtie and glasses.
- The penguins from The Pebble and the Penguin.
- Djali the goat from The Hunchback of Notre Dame wears only an earring.
- 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 (to this editor's memory) 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?
- King Julien the ring tailed lemur from Western Animation/ Madagascar and The Penguins of Madagascar only wears a crown.
- Some of the monsters from Monsters, Inc. wear only either hats, ties, and/or glasses.
- Rare non-animal example: All of the trucks from Cars for some reason have large sails on their roofs that resemble trucker caps.
- 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.
- Llama-Kuzco on the DVD cover for The Emperor's New Groove.
- Atta and P.T. Flea from A Bug's Life.
- Jacquimo from Thumbelina wears only a hat, a scarf, and boots.
- The alligators, ostriches, and elephants from Fantasia.
- Cyril Proudbottom from The Windinthe Willows segment of The Adventuresof Ichabod And Mr Toad.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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 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.
- Both Baby Bop and BJ from Barney & Friends, as with Riff the Pachycephalosaurus-looking thing.
- 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).
- Also from The Muppet Show, Fozzie Bear.
Kermit: Good grief, the comedian's a bear!
Fozzie: No he's-a not, he's-a wearing a necktie!
- 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 One 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, Charlit e 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.
- 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 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.
- The little Yo'ster from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door wears a diaper (because he is a newborn) yet lacks a saddle.
- Also Bowser, who only wears a spiked collar and wristbands, as well as some of the enemies in the games.
- Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII wears various hairclips, decorative combs and other "headdresses".
- 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.
- The unnamed fox from Persona4 wears a red scarf.
- 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, and the sheep villagers. Most of the other villagers are half-dressed, though.
- 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.
- Doggy Daddy wears only a blue collar.
- 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.
- Baba Looey wears only a sombrero.
- Huckleberry Hound wears only a hat and bowtie.
- Loopy De Loop wears only a wool hat and scarf.
- Wally Gator wears only cuffs, a hat and a collar
- Hokey Wolf wears only a 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.
- In The Hair Bear Bunch, Hair Bear wears a scarf, vest and belt; Bubi wears a hat and tank top; Square Bear wears a hat and sleeveless sweater.
- 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.
- Jacques von Hamsterveil from Lilo & Stitch: The Series, who wears a cape.
- Bugs Bunny and Yoyo Dodo from Looney Tunes wore only White Gloves and shoes, respectively.
- Cool Cat wears only a beret and necktie.
- Screwy Squirrel from the MGM Tex Avery shorts wore only White Gloves.
- Calamity Coyote, Gogo Dodo and Lil Beeper from Tiny Toon Adventures wear only shoes.
- Fifi La Fume wears only a bow in her hair (usually), Sweetie wears only a bow on her head, 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 only wears leg warmers.
- Sonja 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 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 that isn't by choice), but he does have a fancy collar in addition to his everyday wear.
- 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 And 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").
- 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.