Barefoot Cartoon Animal

"I hate bullfights! I never eat beef! I'm a vegetarian! I don't even wear shoes!"
Roger Rabbit, "Rollercoaster Rabbit"

Funny Animals have differing levels of clothing, sometimes even between different characters in the same work. You've got your Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals, who are basically naked except for one or two token items. There are also Half Dressed Cartoon Animals, who wear a shirt or pants, but not both. There are even Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals who have complete outfits. And then there's the subject of this article—cartoon animals who are almost fully clothed by human standards, but who, for whatever reason, go barefoot.note 

As the number of examples demonstrates, this is a common trope in works featuring Funny Animals. Here are some possible reasons:

  • The trope may be Justified by the characters having hooves, large claws, or oddly-shaped hind paws which it would be difficult for shoes to accommodate.
  • The trope may also be Justified by the characters being from a culture where shoes aren't seen as a social requirement, such as with J. R. R. Tolkien's hobbits, or are from a civilization that Does Not Like Shoes.
  • There's another possible explanation for this, more or less based in Rule of Perception: Generally, anthropomorphic animals (especially of the Petting Zoo People variety) have essentially human anatomy except for their heads, tails, and (in most cases) feet, so keeping all three of those elements exposed emphasizes their animal qualities and prevents them from appearing too human. (It's not unreasonable to think, for example, that long pants made for anthropomorphic animals would have long sleeves to accommodate their tails as well, but strangely, almost nobody ever depicts such a thing.)

Spats without shoes or socks count as this trope because they do not cover the soles of the feet.

The One Who Wears Shoes is about inversions of this trope, especially Civilized Animals and Funny Animals who use footwear when going barefoot is normal for the setting.

A lot of Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals and Half Dressed Cartoon Animals also happen to be barefoot; to keep things cleaner, this page only covers barefoot characters who are otherwise properly-dressed.

Most of these characters have Humanlike Foot Anatomy.

Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire.


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     Advertising and Consumer Products 
  • Max and Molly, the Female Feline, Male Mutt mascots of 1-800-PET-MEDS, who wear only Labcoats of Science and Medicine.
  • Elsie the Borden Cow.
  • The Boubin Bear for Boubin Automotive Service. His wardrobe includes a hat, vest, and jeans, but no shoes (or shirt). He holds his jeans up and tips his hat while saying "It's the bear facts, folks!"
  • The live-action chimp office workers from the mid 2000s commercial package were dressed in business wear with the absence of shoes.
  • Peter Panda from the classic Child World toy store.
  • Coco the Monkey from Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies cereal sports a t-shirt, blue jeans and a blue baseball cap.
  • Chip the Wolf from Cookie Crisp cereal initially had a red jacket and blue slacks.
  • Dannon's Danimals yogurt featured Anook, a snowboarding polar bear, and Hollywood, a surfer alligator. Although Scratch, the Danimals XL wildcat was the one who wore shoes, at least one commercial featured him barefoot in board shorts. Bongo the monkey would later alternate between this and fully clothed in his solo appearances.
  • During a short time in the mid-to-late '80s, Purina Fit & Trim dog food featured a cartoon basset hound in exercise clothes, jogging in place.
  • Fruit Brute the werewolf from the self-titled cereal line had a t-shirt to go with his striped overalls at one time.
  • Birdie the Early Bird, one of the McDonald's characters, wears only overalls and goggles.
  • Mo the Bovine from MooTown Snacks.
  • Unilever's Heartbrand line of assorted ice cream bars features as one of its mascots a barefoot toon lion named Max (aka The Paddle Pop Lion), who initially wore a safari shirt and khaki shorts. Max has made appearances on the Miko Motta Max brand ice cream in France as well as the Streets Paddle Pop brand in Australia and New Zealand.
  • The original Racin' Rat from the self-titled Tyco RC toy car line.
  • Ozzie, an anthro feline mascot and disc jockey, from the network Radio AAHS. He wore typical '90s clothes, complete with a backwards cap and baggy pants.
  • Although he usually didn't have a costume, Sambo's Restaurant mascot The Tiger was featured in a sports coat and light color trousers on some of their Tiger Club spots.
  • Classic 7Up talking bird mascot Fresh Up Freddie had several costumes that applied to this trope.
  • Sometimes, the Trix Rabbit's disguise will include a full set of clothes, but no shoes.
  • Der Wienerdog, a former dachshund mascot for Wienerschnitzel, had a splashy red-and-yellow outfit with striped pants and a cape.
  • Local Cleveland radio station WMMS-FM had a vulture mascot that wore a t-shirt and blue jeans. He was known only as The Buzzard.

     Anime and Manga 

     Comic Books 

  • This becomes a Discussed Trope in the Crossover fanfic Basil's American Tail, which brings together The Great Mouse Detective and An American Tail. Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal Basil of Baker Street reviews one of the cultural differences between British and American mice with his new friend, Nellie Brie:
    Basil: I don't know what it is with you Americans and your aversion to shoes.
    Nellie: Oh don't be such a snob. Besides, shoes are for humans.
    Basil: I'll have you know that every good detective needs a nice pair of shoes if they want to make their footprints less identifiable.
    • Later, Basil finds himself forced to admit to Nellie that "being in our natural barefoot state does have its advantages when you're climbing about."
    "[Olivia] had trouble walking down the road barefoot, being pained by little pebbles. She didn't know how Fievel did it."
  • Played with in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Becoming Ponies by Pinkie's counterpart. He identifies the rubber circlets around his forehooves as spats, but it's pretty clear he's being sarcastic.
  • In the Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers fan comic Of Mice And Mayhem, Foxglove the bat (who doesn't wear clothes in canon) now wears a tank top and cargo pants.

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     Live Action TV 


     Newspaper Comics 
  • Sgt. Snorkel's identically dressed pet dog Otto from Beetle Bailey.
  • Doc Rat and most of the supporting anthro characters in this self-titled Australian comic series.
  • Fritz the Dog from Ink Pen. Fritz is so uptight that he wears a dress shirt and tie with black pants every single day. This was a problem when he worked as a stunt double for other cartoon dogs like Marmaduke or Scooby-Doo where he would wear a furry dog suit because he refused to do "nude scenes".
  • P.T. Bridgeport, the fast talking show-bear of the classic Pogo series, eventually became this during the latter half of his tenure. He started out with a partial barker's outfit consisted of a hat, a coat, necktie, white gloves and spats. A wardrobe upgrade in later years included a shirt, a splashy vest and some trousers. He still wore his spats barefoot in the comics and other published works. Also applicable to this trope are feline hillbillies Wiley Catt and Simple J. Malarkey. Barnstable Bear (who usually just wears pants and a checkered cap) had a few seasonal outfits that fit this trope as well.
  • Most characters from Slylock Fox.

  • The policemen of Police Force are almost fully clothed, save for their lack of shoes.
  • As per their designs, all of the Looney Tunes characters in Space Jam go without shoes.


     Video Games 
  • Pestor the frog and some additional characters from Adrenalin Misfits, though most of them do not wear t-shirts. A few other characters such as Sabre (a timber wolf) and Blaizer (a salamander) wear open-toed boots.
  • Many characters from the Animal Crossing series are this.
  • Garr from Breath of Fire III. This is both because the Guardian's (species of which Garr is a member) anatomy includes massive feet and because they wanted to show off said anatomy.
  • The Mimigas, a race of rabbit/dog Cartoon Creatures from Cave Story.
  • Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. mostly stars humans, but has one Funny Animal with Lion; while he's wearing some sort of metal anklets, he doesn't wear shoes, presumably because his feet are digitigrade (his heels don't lie on the ground).
  • Boki, the player character from Copy Kitty, doesn't wear shoes. Crystal-encased feet are almost shoes, but that's just natural Kitera anatomy.
  • A couple of mutant animals from the Crash Bandicoot series also has this such as Koala Kong and the Komodo Brothers. The rest tend to be fully clothed or naked.
  • Practically every NPC from Dust: An Elysian Tail goes barefoot. Dust himself has boots, while Fidget, leaning more toward Funny Animal in a world of Petting Zoo People, doesn't really wear clothes to begin with.
  • The beast races in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the Khajiit and the Argonians, are unable to wear shoes because their feet are bigger and differently shaped. This also extends to helmets; they can't wear anything that covers their whole face. It then got subverted in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, where they are able to do just that.
    • The reason is that Bethesda, wanting the beast races to be more exotic, gave them digitigrade feet (along with turning the Khajiit from the Ohmes found in Arena-Daggerfall to the Suthay-raht in Morrowind) as opposed to the plantigrade feet they would later receive in Oblivion and Skyrim.
  • Milla Basset from Freedom Planet is the the only (known) cast member to go barefoot; her description in this art of her notes "she has a strong connection to the earth" alongside her distaste for shoes, implying her to be an Earthy Barefoot Character. Considering this is from a cast full of Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals, this would also make her an inversion of The One Who Wears Shoes.
  • The anthro version of Frogger had a near-full set of traveling clothes that fits this trope throughout the 2000s in subsequent sequels such as Frogger: The Great Quest and Frogger Beyond.
  • The cast of Fur Fighters.
  • Sveta from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is this, even though she can still equip boots like any other character.
  • Pretty much the entire cast from High Seas Havoc, including the main protagonist.
  • The "morphs" from Inherit the Earth.
  • Tess from Jak and Daxter when she becomes an Ottsel.
  • Lori Jackrabbit from Jazz Jackrabbit, plus Jazz himself when his outfit includes pants.
  • C.J. Frog from the JumpStart series of CD-ROMs. His usual outfit is a safari vest, khaki shorts and a fedora.
  • Rocket Raccoon's outfit in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 covers everything on his body except his head, his tail, and his hind paws.
  • Several incidental funny animal characters from the online game Pirate 101.
  • Shema and Shameen from Quest for Glory.
  • Ratchet from Ratchet & Clank is this in the first game, as well as a Walking Shirtless Scene. All of his armor in the next few games featured boots, but in Size Matters he appeared in his original outfit again. When he next appeared in casual clothes (in Tools of Destruction), he was wearing boots again (as well as overalls).
  • Several versions of Reader Rabbit.
  • The cast of Rework the Dead: Evil.
  • Inverted with the Sonic the Hedgehog games, since most of the characters wear nothing but shoes and gloves. (Some of the characters, such as Ix, Charmy, and most females do wear actual clothes, but also have shoes and gloves.)
    • Played straight with every single player character in Sonic's Schoolhouse, although due to the first-person viewpoint, you have to play two-player to realize this.
  • TY from Ty the Tasmanian Tiger is one of the few main characters in the series who doesn't wear shoes. He's also somehow capable of grinding on rails.
  • Several characters from Undertale, including Toriel, Dr. Alphys, Toriel's husband King Asgore, Asriel, many of the minor monsters, and some minibosses. Lampshaded with Toriel where you can go into her bedroom and discover a sock drawer, despite the fact that she never wears them.

  • The cast of 21st Century Fox, although the protagonist is still offered a Shoe Phone at one point.
  • Katie's Khajiit character in Awkward Zombie strips based on Oblivion and Skyrim is always barefoot. Presumably personal preference, since both Oblivion and Skyrim Khajiit are perfectly capable of wearing shoes (as opposed to, say, those in Morrowind).
  • Most characters from Boomer Express.
  • Several characters from Broken Plot Device.
  • The cast of Carry On.
  • Most characters from Catena. Their feet tend to be drawn in much greater detail than most examples of this trope.
  • Kira and Toby from Chivalry And Knavery.
  • Pretty much the norm for anyone who wore clothes in Commander Kitty, before the Continuity Reboot. After it, the characters tend to be either fully dressed or mostly naked, with some exceptions like Grootly and Zenith.
  • Clothes in general are a rare site in Crossed Claws, but of the only characters who do wear clothes, Jered and Claudia, their outfits don't include shoes.
  • A lot of characters from Concession.
  • Most of the cast of Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures , but especially Mab who hates shoes.
  • The cast of Darastrix.
  • Touya and Ishimaru from Demon Blade, who are a fox and a raccoon respectively.
  • Some characters from Dreamkeepers.
  • Gustine Greene (a humanoid talking rhino), Wally Wallechinsky (a cat) plus some additional incidental characters from Endtown.
  • Everyone in Fite!
  • Almost every single character in Fur Will Fly and its Spin-Off Coming Up Violet who isn't a firefighter, soldier, or human.
  • The cast of Good Cheese.
  • June Blue Delias from Haru-Sari.
  • Some characters from Horndog.
  • The Da'Kor from Inverloch.
  • Some characters in Jack. The series is rather inconsistent on whether or not shoes are the norm.
  • The cast of Kevin & Kell, except for the human baby Francis. Lampshaded on occasion: they hang up Christmas stockings, but don't know what they're for beyond putting presents in.
  • Last Res0rt saves this for the truly weird-footed species — mostly Anyr and Vidians so far.
    • Averted with the Zillans, who DO wear shoes, despite being depicted with some rather gnarly claw-feet otherwise.
  • Though occasionally shown wearing shoes, the characters of Las Lindas generally fit the trope.
  • The Laugh-Out-Loud Cats. Lampshaded in this strip.
    "I'd make a peach cobblr, but we don't evn wear shoes."
  • Krunch Bloodrage from Looking for Group.
  • The cast of Murry Purry Fresh And Furry.
  • Most Ozy and Millie characters (as in the pic above), with some prominent exceptions. Ozy, Avery, and Ms. Sorkowitz are Half Dressed Cartoon Animals. Meanwhile, Isolde is both a Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal and The One Who Wears Shoes, as was Ms. Mudd in some early strips. Also, Locke is never shown without his pirate boots.
  • The Eldlorian goblins and the Orcs from Planes Of Eldlor.
  • Most of the cast from Poppy O'Possum, including the comic's namesake character. Her bio mentions she has an interest in collecting socks, despite not wearing shoes.
  • The cast of Precocious.
  • Katia Managan from Prequel. Zig-Zagged and combined with Barefoot Poverty, however; she isn't particularly averse to boots, even expressing a desire to purchase some, but she's prone to Perpetual Poverty, so she can't really afford them. She is given a pair fairly early on, but they quickly go missing (along with the entire outfit they came with) after a drunken threesome with a necromancer. After spending most of the comic barefoot in a mage's robe, she loses that, too, but gains a new outfit by entering in a dance contest, gaining a new pair of boots with them; no telling when they'll go missing again and she'll be right back to this trope.
    • Rajirra in Kvatch is a straighter example of the trope: it being summer in the south of Cyrodiil, she consciously chooses to go around town barefoot. Presumably, this helps with her acrobatics, as she's stated to be fairly adept at those. (Unfortunately for her, an earlier conversation between Katia and Aggy led to a layer of snow covering the ground...)
  • The title character of Raine Dog in some early artwork. In the comic proper, the most she ever wears is a Badass Longcoat.
  • The cast of Sabrina Online, although Sabrina herself is a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal—or at least looks like one, since the Word of God from creator Eric Schwartz is that she's actually wearing the furry equivalent of Nude Colored Pants. This trope also holds true for Schwartz's other characters.
  • The cast of The Secret Lives Of Flowers.
  • Some of the furry characters from Sequential Art, mainly Pip and the Squirrel Girls.
  • The cast of SERGOM.
  • The cast of S.S.D.D.
  • The characters from The Suburban Jungle.
    Conrad: I was on tour with a production of Barefoot in the Park.
    Leona: What's so significant about being barefoot in the park?
    Conrad: I have no idea, really. It's a pretty whacked-out play.
  • The Vulpine from Terinu, who have a plantigrade stance.
  • All characters but one in Those Destined.
  • In tinyraygun, this is common among the Levik species. They come from an icy planet and evolved feet tough enough to never really need shoes.
  • The furry characters in TwoKinds.
  • The cast of Vinci and Arty.
  • All of the main cast of The Whiteboard. Swampy even Lampshaded it in this strip:
    Swamp Fox: ". . . why do I even own socks?"
  • The cast of Work Sucks, except for Socks, who's named after the socks he always wears.
  • Several furry characters in The World of Vicki Fox, including Vicki herself and Meredith Skunk.
    Aussie: You'll drag me in every shoe shop in the mall... to buy shoes you don't even wear!
  • Several of the dragons from X Dragoon.
  • The cast of You Say It First and Namir Deiter.

    Web Original 
  • A great deal of anthro/furry artists on the web always draw their characters barefoot, even if they're otherwise dressed perfectly normally, and even in situations where going barefoot is inadvisable (like, say, in snow). Listing specific artists would likely quadruple the length of the list, however.
    • The trope is very rarely lampshaded, and often times not even noted; that is, it's not uncommon for a character's reference sheet to depict the character barefoot, even in multiple different costumes, but even if it goes into great detail about the character's wardrobe preferences, their preferred footwear (or preference to go barefoot) is never brought up.
  • '90s cult icon Elmo Aardvark usually appeared fully dressed with a red vest and necktie. He ditched the shoes for his appearance on the self-titled web series Elmo Aardvark: Outer Space Detective! in 2004.
  • Bethany and Bob from Game Dogs. This gets outright surreal in episode 8 when Jennifer mentions Bethany's shoes—after we just saw Bethany walk through the door barefoot. And the punchline is that they're out of style. Judging from Bethany's reaction to the remark ("Oh... I see what you did there"), Jennifer may have intended it as some sort of Stealth Insult.
  • Very common in fanworks based on Ruby Quest, which was a borderline Stick Figure Comic. A one-off reference to Ruby's "UNATTRACTIVELY LONG FOOT" would imply this may be canon.
  • Majority of the rabbit repertory company from Starz's 30-Second Bunnies parodies of movies.
  • The cast of True Tail.
  • Some characters from The Wuffers.

     Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s):

Barefoot Funny Animal, Barefoot Petting Zoo People, Barefoot Funny Animals, Barefoot Cartoon Animals