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Some heroes, such as Franchise/{{Batman}}, Franchise/SpiderMan and ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}, [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing name themselves after, or have powers based on, a member of the animal kingdom.]] Others actually ''are'' members of the animal kingdom, or at least the FunnyAnimal kingdom.

The result of bringing together the most popular action-cartoon genre with the most popular comedy-cartoon genre. Usually come in one of three flavors. One is a FunnyAnimal comic that is a direct parody of superheroes, and likely to consist of bad animal {{pun}}s. Usually considered non-canon in most comic "universes." Another type often features [[NonHumanSidekick Animal Sidekicks]] and even superhero's pets, and this often ''is'' canon, though unlikely to play a very important role.

And the last type, possibly the best known, are straight-up superheroes who just happen to be animals, often [[PettingZooPeople of the very anthropomorphic type]]. You can thank the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' for this type being so ubiquitous. Compare with TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats, although Samurai Wombats aren't necessarily animals.

Will often have {{Alliterative Name}}s. Not to be confused with an AnimalThemedSuperbeing.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin'' is a MagicalGirlWarrior show about a girl who transforms into a superpowered pig
* ''Manga/HyperPolice''
* ''Anime/SamuraiPizzaCats''
* ''Anime/SweetValerian'' likewise is a one where the three protagonists turn into superpowered bunnies.


[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* ''GG Bond'', a Chinese animated show, stars a pig with superpowers.
* ''Animation/{{Miniforce}}'' is a South Korean-made show that has the unusual combination of this trope and the {{Sentai}} genre.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''BorisTheBear'', an ultraviolent ursine AntiHero who's made it his life's mission to destroy every ''other'' anthropomorphic animal superhero in existence, starting with the TMNT, [[spoiler: except for Droopy.]]
** Not really. That was [[NeverLiveItDown only in his first issue.]] Still, the fact that this exists shows you how popular, almost tediously so, this trope was in the wake of the Turtles.
* DC Comics' ''ComicBook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'', from "Earth-C" (for "cartoon") in Franchise/TheDCU: Rubberduck, Alley Kat Abra, Pig-Iron, Fastback (a turtle), Yankee Poodle, Little Cheese, and Cap himself.
** From "Earth-C-Minus," the Zoo Crew's sister team, the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justa Lotta Animals]]: Franchise/{{Super|man}}squirrel, Franchise/{{Batm|an}}ouse, Franchise/{{Wonder W|oman}}abbit, Franchise/{{Green La|ntern}}mbkin, [[Franchise/TheFlash the Crash]] (a turtle), and ComicBook/{{Aqua|man}}duck.
** Also historical Earth-C Golden Age hero (and Fastback's uncle), the Terrific Whatzit (DC's first funny-animal superhero).
** ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'' sees the return of Captain Carrot, who last appeared in ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis''.
* The DC version of this (in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, at least) was the Legion of Super-Pets, set up in the 30th century (even though most of the members came from the ''20th'' century!) as an adjunct to the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}. The LSP consisted of Krypto the super-dog, Streaky the (sometimes) super-cat, Comet the super-horse, Beppo the super-monkey, and Proty, a shape-shifting blob of protoplasm that the similarly-powered Chameleon Boy had as a pet. Proty (and his successor Proty II) was the only Super-Pet native to the 30th century; just as well all those super-animals could travel through time, wasn't it?
** And then there was the Space Canine Patrol Agency, an LSH-like team of super-powered dogs that Krypto encountered on one of his romps through space and joined, sharing a few adventures. We will mercifully pass over the Space ''Cat'' Patrol Agency, who also appeared in one panel of the first SCPA story...
** As [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] flavour slowly [[{{Reconstruction}} creeps back into comics]], Krypto has returned as Superman's loyal if unpredictable pet.
** ''Comicbok/SuperSons'' has even seen the return of the Legion of Super-Pets, now comprising Krypto, Streaky, Damien Wayne's pets Titus and Bat-Cow, and the previously unmentioned Flexi the [[Comicbook/PlasticMan Plastic Bird]] and Clay Critter.
* And we have a new animal SociopathicHero to boot, [[Franchise/GreenLantern Red Lantern]] [[CatsAreMean Dex-Starr]]!
* There's also Detective Chimp, a genius (by human standards) chimpanzee who can [[SpeaksFluentAnimal communicate with animals]].
* DC also has at least two gorilla supervillains, Gorilla Grodd, an EvilGenius [[MindControl mind controlling]] gorilla who gained his powers from a [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum crashed alien ship]] [[RetCon or]] a [[GreenRocks meteor]], and Monsieur Mallah, who gained his superhuman intelligence from a MadScientist's experiements.
** Then there's Grodd's heroic nephew, Sam Simian of ''ComicBook/AngelAndTheApe.''
** Grodd is connected (exactly how varies pretty much every time his origin story gets retold) to Gorilla City, an entire city of genius gorillas. They're not superheroes (though their former leader, Solovar, wore a cape and had psychic powers similar to Grodd's), but on the other hand, they ''are'' gorillas, so even an ordinary citizen of Gorilla City is far stronger than a human.
* DC also has Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, a lapine version of the original Captain Marvel. Hoppy's "hero" name is Captain Marvel Bunny.
** While Hoppy lived in an AlternateUniverse full of talking animals, Captain Marvel's best friend in his own world was Mr. Tawky Tawny, an anthropomorphic tiger. Tawny was originally an ''aversion'' of this trope, since despite being a tiger, he was consistently treated as a more-or-less ordinary civilian. Modern stories have usually let him be more of an active hero, using his tiger abilities to help the Marvel Family fight evil.
* Ace the Bat-Hound in Silver Age ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics. Who wore a cowl to hide a distinctive patch on his fur. And now there's Bat-Cow, who started as a one-off joke in ''ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsBatman'', but has since had a brief solo story in a ''Batman Incorporated'' one-shot and sort of teamed up with the [[ComicBook/NewGods Forever People]].
* ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' had Justice Legion Z (for Zoomorphs), which was descended from the Legion of Executive Familiars, which in turn was the even-futher-future counterpart to the Legion of Superpets. The JLZ membership included Proty One Million, a version of Comet the Super-Horse and Mastermind, presumably a heroic descendant of Mr Mind, the World's Wickedest Worm. The Executive Familiars were Krypto-9, Wormhole, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent the Sun Dragons]], and [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods Octo the Eight-Dimensional Cephalopod]].
* Disney's WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} each have superhero alter egos.
** At least in Italy (but probably, elsewhere), it's easier to list characters that have ''not'' a super identity. Donald Duck and Goofy are the most prominent, but even Goofy's nephew, Daisy, José Carioca (actually, a parody of superheroes), Gyro, and many others. It's good to know that at least once the Beagle Boys have been supervillains (with the X-Men powers).
** Some of these stories were published for the English-language market by [[Creator/KaboomComics Boom! Kids]] as ''Disney Hero Squad: ComicBook/{{Ultraheroes}}''.
* ''ComicBook/{{Extinctioners}}'' - an indy comic featuring an entire planet of super-powered, human created "humanimals".
* ComicBook/HowardTheDuck, who is an accomplished martial artist[[note]]Quack Fu[[/note]] and even knows limited sorcery; although Howard would probably take offense at being labeled a "super hero," since he considers super heroes to be just one more ridiculous element of the world he's stuck in.
* Creator/MarvelComics' ''[[ComicBook/SpiderHam Peter Porker, Spider-Ham]]'', and many others appearing in his universe ([[ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} Deerdevil]], [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Captain Americat]], [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk Hulk Bunny]], [[ComicBook/FantasticFour the Fantastic Fur]], Ducktor Doom.... the list goes on and on).
** Comic book people sure love animal puns, don't they?
** There's also the puntastic ''Marvel Apes'' series along with the Prime Eight spin-off. Just a small sampling: Spider-Monkey, Iron Mandrill, Nick Furry (same name as the funny animal in the ''Spider-Ham'' stories, oddly), Silverback Surfer, Doc Ook...
** ''ComicBook/UltimateFF'' has Miles Morhames, the Ultimate Spider-Ham, who is a humanoid pig from a decidedly less cartoony version of the ''Spider-Ham'' universe.
** Does Black Panther turning into a ''literal'' anthropomorphic black panther in ''ComicBook/EarthX'' count?
* Marvel's "[[http://ape-law.com/GAF/images/powerpach01.jpg Power Pachyderms]]", an AffectionateParody of their own ''Franchise/XMen''.
* ''[[ComicBook/TheInhumans Lockjaw]] and the ComicBook/PetAvengers'', in which {{Team Pet}}s from across the Franchise/MarvelUniverse band together without their humans getting in the way.
* Rex, The Wonder Dog. He killed dinosaurs with atom bombs. And he wasn't even anthropomorphic!!
* Rocket Raccoon, and for that matter, a good number of his friends from his original mini-series.
* Back in the GoldenAge, Sheldon Mayer drew one ComicBook/RedTornado strip with Ma Hunkell as a mother hen, Scribbly the Boy Cartoonist as a horse, and the Cyclone Kids (Scribbly's kid brother and Ma Hunkell's daughter) as a colt and a chick. According to a somewhat [[SelfDeprecation Self-Deprecating]] announcement at the start of the story, this was just to keep things interesting.
* The aforementioned ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' of course.
* Nedor Comics' Black Terror (now a PublicDomainCharacter seen in ''ComicBook/TomStrong: Terra Obscura'' and ''ComicBook/ProjectSuperpowers'') spawned a FunnyAnimal counterpart called the Black Terrier. Since the Terror's real identity was either Mark Benton or Bob Benton, the Terrier was Bark Benton.
* Independent and Underground comix have them too, naturally: QT Bunny and Wonder Warthog, to name just one for each. (Although calling Wonder Warthog a superhero is somewhat stretching the term...)
* The Man-Eating Cow from ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' comics. Who is actually a cow. Who eats people.
* A few stories had ComicBook/TomStrong meet his FunnyAnimal counterpart, a rabbit named Warren Strong along with his wife Patience, daughters Topsy, Turvy and Fluffytail (a ShoutOut to ''[[Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit Peter Rabbit]]'') and archenemy Basil Saveen (a fox version of Paul Saveen, possibly named after [[Series/TheBasilBrushShow Basil Brush]]).
* Mildly {{Deconstructed}} in ''Combook/{{PS238}}''--years ago they bio-engineered Argo the Wonder Dog for [[SupermanSubstitute Atlas]], but his SuperSenses combined with a dog's already sensitive hearing resulted in SensoryOverload, so he was sent to live in a special doghouse on the moon. [[SuperTeam The Earth Defense League]] has a base nearby, so presumably they help watch over him a bit.

* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', which is in fact, a subversion in {{s|howWithinAShow}}everal [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame ways]].
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' features superspy felines and canines, including Siamese "ninja", the Russian Blue (a cat assassin with a Russian accent), and [[Film/JamesBond Tab Lazenby]] [[spoiler:Voiced by George Lazenby himself]].
* The 1979 movie ''C.H.O.M.P.S.'' is about a super-powered robot that looks like a fuzzy little dog.

* ''Literature/HowToBeASuperhero'' devotes an entire Appendix to the topic, including what commands to teach (and not teach) your superpet.
* In the world of ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'', it's stated that the thousand or so superpowered beings include three dogs, four cats, and a bird, as well as more unspecified aquatic superbeings, which may or may not be human.

* Max the Bionic Dog from ''Series/TheBionicWoman'' was a German shepherd who had served as the prototype for the bionic implants later used on [[Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan Steve]] and [[Series/TheBionicWoman Jaimie.]]
* K9 from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is a heroic robot dog.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' episode guest starring Creator/LyndaCarter had a sketch with Miss Piggy as Wonder Pig, and another with Super Sheep.
* There was a Creator/{{CBBC}} series called ''Ratman'' starring Roland Rat as a Batman parody.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The ''Worlds of Freedom'' sourcebook for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' features a FunnyAnimal version of the TabletopGame/FreedomCity setting called Furrydom City. The Furrydom League includes Captain Thunderkat, Bunny Liberty, Miss Corbie (a raven version of the Raven) Duck Daedalus, Sea Otter, Johnny Rabbit, Bowmoose, and Dr Metropomouse.
* The "Supertoon" setting for the ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}}'' role-playing game.
* Palladium Games' ''Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles and Other Strangeness'', a system for creating mutated or otherwise genetically-altered animal superheroes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The VideoGame/AngryBirds got superhero makeovers in ''Angry Birds Space''.
** There's also ''VideoGame/AngryBirdsTransformers'', though that would be a stretch.
* VideoGame/EarthwormJim.
* Almost every character in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' franchise is this, even without superhero costumes.
* The Super Sheep weapon from ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}''. It's a sheep which flies around wearing a red cape. And then ''[[BaaBomb explodes]]''.

* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' brings us Sparklelord, a unicorn taking the form of [[spoiler: A motorcycle the Doctor found]], who is one of the few things the King Radical fears, [[spoiler: because Sparklelord is an OmnicidalManiac who nearly destroyed the Radical Land.]]
* Isla Grace from ''Webcomic/ProfessorAmazingAndTheIncredibleGoldenFox'': receives a fox-shaped engagement ring from her husband-to-be, Parker, which gifts her with the ability to transform into a fox (both anthropomorphic and full fox versions). She then feels it's only appropriate to put her new powers to use in the service of her community.
* ''{{Webcomic/Supermegatopia}}'' is an AffectionateParody of superhero comics that takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals.
* In ''WebComic/MonstersGarden'', Kilo is part of a reptilian race called the Zi'Dral. He's pretty heroic.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Bad Horse from ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' is a rare example of an Animal Supervillain. He's also one of the few to be played ''by a real animal'', albeit only in one short scene. Naturally this has turned him into something of an EnsembleDarkHorse, pun ''very much'' intended.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'': FlyingBrick Splendid, though he's [[IdiotHero not very good]] at it.
* In the ''Roleplay/LeagueOfIntergalacticCosmicChampions'' there was The Insector, an insect superhero.


[[folder:Western Animation]]
* An obscure and very low-quality animated film called ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTheAmericanRabbit'' stars a rabbit who fights forest crime by painting himself as the American flag and putting on roller skates to fly around and give speeches of {{Eagleland}} grade-A quality.
* Cubbi Gummi impersonates the hero Crimson Avenger with great success in three episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' and he's a bear.
* One ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' segment had Buttons as one.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAtomAntShow Atom Ant]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Batfink}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/CaptainSimianAndTheSpaceMonkeys'' with primates InSpace.
* Examples from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'': Flash the Wonder Dog and his sidekick Conrad Cockatoo, the Red Badger of Courage (all of whom are [[ShowWithinAShow fictional]]), and Dale himself as [[RubberMan Rubber Bando]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageousCatAndMinuteMouse''
* As shown above, Super Cow from ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', in a variation, was an animal super-spy.
* As was ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel''.
* ''And'' Perry the Platypus in '' WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', along with the other animal agents of the OWCA.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/DCNation'' shorts ''Farm League'', in which a League comprising Supermanatee, Wonder Wombat, Cybug, Aquamandrill, Batmongoose, Robin's Egg, The Flish, Ambush Slug and Shazham battle Sinestropotamus, Cat Cat, Moo-Face, Croaker, Captain Cod, Lex Liger, and Duckseid from the Barn of Justice.
* Monkey from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DynomuttDogWonder''.
* Gizmoduck from ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987''
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim''.
* In the Creator/HannaBarbera ''El Kabong'' shorts, WesternAnimation/QuickDrawMcGraw became a Franchise/{{Zorro}}-esque character who bashed people with a guitar instead of slashing at them with a saber.
* [[WesternAnimation/GeorgeOfTheJungle Super Chicken]] was a millionaire playboy/superhero chicken, living among humans in Pittsburgh with Fred, his dim lion sidekick (who knew the job was dangerous when he took it).
* ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', #1 super-guy. Phooey is really an incompetent clumsy oaf with good press; most of the actual heroism is done by Spot, his cat. Not an anthropomorphic cat, an actual pet cat, whose only real power is that he's smarter than Phooey (and pretty much everyone else in the show... it's not exactly a high bar).
* WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog later got his own AnimatedSeries, where his partners included Streaky the cat (Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'s pet cat), the Dog Stars and Ace the Bat-Hound ([[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne's]] dog) -- all of whom were based on actual Silver Age comic-book characters.
** The Krypto series also featured examples of "Animal Supervillains", such as Ignatius, an iguana pet of ComicBook/LexLuthor; Isis, one of many [[RightHandCat felines]] owned by [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Catwoman]]; Bud and Lou, a pair of hyenas belonging to ComicBook/TheJoker; the Penguin's trained birds, and the Darth Vader-esque Mechanikat.
* Ace The Bat-hound was a recurring character on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', but he is portrayed as DarkerAndEdgier, being Bruce Wayne's AngryGuardDog and only companion in his twilight years. He still sees his share of action fighting monsters and supervillains though, occasionally saving the new Batman from certain demise.
* ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'', which cast descendants of the classic WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes characters [[InSPACE as futuristic super heroes]].
* Two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts featured Bugs as "Super Rabbit" and Daffy as "Stupor Duck".
** A UsefulNotes/McDonalds Happy Meal toyline also played with the concept: Bugs was "Super Rabbit", Daffy was "Bat Duck", the Tazmanian Devil was "Taz-Flash", and Petunia Pig was "Wonder Pig".
** On ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', Bugs is apparently Batman in the show's universe.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' (from the Disney animated series)
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMouse''
** Ralph Bashi's ''NewAdventuresOfMightyMouse'' introduced another: Bat-Bat (with his sidekick, Tick, the Bug Wonder).
** One episode of ''New Adventures'' also featured the Legion of Super-Rodents. Some of whom were actually insectivores or small mammals rather than rodents. And one of whom was The Golden Sloth.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' had Rainbow Dash being upstaged in saving Ponyvillers from danger by "the Mysterious Mare Do Well".
** The mane characters could count, as the Elements of Harmony they use the [[ThePowerOfFriendship the magic of friendship]] to SaveTheWorld on occasion.
** One episode in Season 4 had them all go into a comic book and become the "Power Ponies."
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has Mojo Jojo, although he's a villain.
** There was also the episode where Mojo Jojo turned the girls into dogs, not taking into consideration the fact that super-powered girls turned into dogs are still super-powered.
** And an episode where Bubbles gave an injured squirrel some Chemical X, and ended up giving it superpowers.
* ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers''
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''
* And ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'', of course.
* The Caped Koala in ''WesternAnimation/{{SheZow}}'' is a badass defender of the peace between wombats and koalas.
* Plucky Duck of ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' took on a few superhero alter-egos, most notably as The Toxic Revenger and as Franchise/{{Batman}} parody Batduck, with Hamton as sidekick Decoy. The latter set-up spun off a segment where all the major animal characters appear as Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}} members. Babs also parodied ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} once.
** Plucky and Hampton also once tried to join an in-universe Animal Superhero team. The [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Radioactive Immature Samurai Slugs]]. They named themselves after painters as, well, Earl Schieb and Sherwin Williams.
** Plucky appeared as "Particle Man" in the short featuring [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants the song of the same name]]. He was also Person Man (Particle Man minus the costume).
* And also ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}''
* Ace the Bat-Hound also appears in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', complete with cowl.