Animal Species Accent

Animal characters who are able to talk (either in their own language or actually talking in human languages towards humans) sometimes have a special way of talking.

This often involves a Verbal Tic or accent based on an onomatopoeia of how they speak. For the Verbal Tic examples, a cat character saying "meow" (or whatever the language's version is) often. For the accent examples, sheep and goats will have their "ba-a-a-a" noise as their species accent, dogs have their "ruff" or "woof" sound as their species accent, the owls' accent consists of the "hoooos" they make, and snakes have a whole trope in how they overdo the "sssss" sound.

Sometimes, animals are given a vocal pitch that reflects that of the pitch level of the noises they make. For example, chipmunks are often given high-pitched squeaking voices to reflect the fact that they are small rodents that squeak. Mice, also being small rodents that squeak, are also given this vocal treatment, but to a lesser extent.

The Unintelligible and Speech-Impaired Animal examples can count as long as they are still speaking a human language or the audience can still make out some of what they are saying.

If the animal, instead, has a human accent based on its country of origin (such as kangaroos talking with Australian accents or pandas with Chinese accents), that goes under National Animal Stereotypes.

Supertrope to Sssnake Talk.


  • Tony the Tiger, mascot of the cereal brand "Frosted Flakes", voiced by Thurl Ravenscroft, claims that his cereal is "grrrrreat", sounding like a tiger's growl.
  • Invoked in one televised ad for the canned beverage Mountain Dew, which had a Gen X goofball decide to butt heads with a mountain sheep. After three goes at the ram, the fool returns to his cohorts. They ask him if he's feeling okay. His response: "Not ba-a-a-a-ad."

Anime & Manga

Animated Film
  • The mice in Cinderella have high-pitched mouse voices.
  • Aladdin: Iago the macaw has a grating parrot sound to his voice due to being voiced by Gilbert Gottfried.
  • Pumbaa the warthog in The Lion King has a raspy voice that resembles porcine grunting and squealing.

Live Action Film
  • The animated farm animals in the "It's a Jolly Holiday," scene in Mary Poppins have their distinct species accents. For example, the horse's voice sounds like a whinny, the cow's voice sounds like a moo, the lambs' and ram's voice sounds like a bleet, and the pig's voice sounds like an oink.

  • Redwall: Mostly averted, where different species have accents that represent different British social classes (hares talk like Stiff Upper Lip army officers, searats Talk Like A Pirate, moles talk like farmers, etc.). However, one book features bats who repeat the last word of their sentences, presumably because of their echolocation.

Live-Action TV
  • On Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Henrietta Pussycat spoke with a frequent "meow meow meow" in the middle of sentences, often after a verb.


Video Games
  • BlazBlue: Taokaka, a Cat Girl, ends her sentences with "meow" and sometimes put meowing puns into her words (such as "Molester Academeow" when she tried to say Military Academy). In the Japanese version she uses "nyasu" in place of "desu".

Western Animation

Real Life
  • Parrots have cartoonish squawking voices when they speak in human languages.
  • Ravens have cartoonish falsetto voices when they speak in human languages.