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- Batman villainess Poison Ivy is sometimes a barefooter, Depending on the Artist and the adaptation.
- Subverted with Jack Hawksmoor in Stormwatch and The Authority. He needs to go barefoot because his powers depend on contact with his environment, but his powers come from urban environments rather than nature.
- Minor DC villainess Jinx has multiple elemental magic powers (not just Earth-based ones), but still loses all of them if she doesn't have skin contact with the ground, so never wears anything on her feet.
Films — Animation
- Tangled: Rapunzel. Makes sense considering her down-to-earth attitude, her way with animals, and her healing powers.
- Disney's Melody Time, "The Legend of Johnny Appleseed" segment. When we first see Johnny he's dressed in normal clothes, including shoes. After starting on his mission to plant apple trees throughout the U.S. his shoes wear out and he's barefoot from then on.
- Sleeping Beauty: Briar Rose, who is barefoot and a Friend to All Living Things.
- Pocahontas is yet another Disney example.
- The mountain pandas in Kung Fu Panda 3, unlike Po himself.
Films — Live-Action
- In Avatar, once Jake gets his avatar body he runs out into a field and sinks his toes into the earth, symbolic of his coming connection to Pandora. Crosses over with Limb-Sensation Fascination, as his human body was paraplegic and he hadn't been able to run in years.
- In Legend (1985), wild nature boy Jack walks around without shoes. Or pants.
- Kira, the female gelfling from The Dark Crystal. It's hard to tell in the film, but The Merch reveals this to be the case.
- Flute, the Mysterious Waif in The Elenium, is known for eschewing footwear always having grass-stains on her feet, even if there is no grass anywhere around.
- Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings don't wear shoes, as part of their Closer to Earth rustic character. They have tough, hairy feet to make up for it.
- In Zilpha Keatley Snyder's The Changeling, Ivy Carson is definitely this.
- Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce has Rosethorn and Briar. They even have their first bonding moment about this.
- Ellen in News from Nowhere.
- Caine from Kung Fu is usually barefoot and is very close to nature.
- Cody Lundeen from Dual Survival, who hasn't worn shoes for decades because he feels being barefoot brings him closer to nature. However, he's willing to don footwear in situations that warrant it, such as thermal socks when traversing snowfields, or improvised sandals when walking over sharp rocks.
- Tash in Jam And Jerusalem only thinks she is this.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Earth genasi are nearly always depicted barefoot (which may signify their connection to the element, or just result from the fact that they tend towards thick skin and unusual foot size).
- Enforced for the Fist of the Forest Prestige Class — they grow claws when tapping into their primal powers, which rips through any boots they might be wearing.
- Warhammer wizards who draw on Ghyran, the green wind of magic, are connected to water and through it to plant life. As such, they usually go barefoot. Those spells they use that do not involve Making a Splash or their Green Thumb involve Dishing Out Dirt.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess: Ilia is introduced feet first and is the only villager, besides Talo, to not wear shoes. According to the supplemental material, she spends more time at the Ordon Spring and the surrounding forest, than the village itself. Or occasionally pitching in at the ranch. Bonus points for essentially being an expy of both Saria and Malon, who were friends with nature as well.
- Elika from Prince of Persia (2008) is a perpetual barefooter, able to restore corrupted ruins into gardens brimming with life.
- Nuri from Chains of Satinav is kind to everyone, always barefooted, and treats all animals as though they were sapient. Given how this is in the grim setting of The Dark Eye, her general niceness stands out all the more.
- Milla Basset from Freedom Planet is the the only character to be a Barefoot Cartoon Animal; her description in this art of her notes "she has a strong connection to the earth" alongside her distaste for shoes, implying this trope is why. 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.
- Dragon Age:
- Dragon Age II: Merrill and Fenris, the elf party members. Merrill is from one of the Forest Ranger-style Dalish clans, while Fenris presumably just Does Not Like Shoes. As most of the game is spent in a grimy city, they'll occasionally complain about stepping in something unpleasant.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has Solas, an elven apostate companion, go shoeless. He outright notes that being outside for so much of his life means he doesn't even mind when he's in snow or a desert.
- Averted in Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. The peaceful and often agricultural Clavats wear ankle high shoes or boots. The gypsy like Selkies always wear sandals.
- Often the case with druids in World of Warcraft, who combine this with Barefoot Sage. In their case, of course, it emphasizes their connection to nature. Their starting equipment comes without shoes, as do many of their iconic armor sets.
- Blindsprings: Tamaura lives in a fairy forest, wears flowers in her hair and is always barefoot ... at least at the beginning.
- Gunnerkrigg Court:
- Antimony, while less pronounced than most other characters on this page, prefers to go barefoot when alone and remove shoes while at rest outside. Which realistically affects her soles. It is a matter of choice, since she's still barefoot even after learning how to make perfectly fitting boots.
- Annie ran barefoot in the Court when she "could imagine she was at home". Later on one of trips to Gillitie Wood she kicks off her shoes as soon as she steps off the bridge, delighted to forget them and dart into the forest barefooted. This emphasises her connection with the forest (partially because the creatures hate signs of the Court) and, along with her casual clothing, how she feels at home there now; she didn't take her shoes off on earlier visits. This habit then grows even further to the point she's shoeless everywhere.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Toph goes barefoot all the time, even destroying the soles of shoes so she can still feel the earth easily. The reason she isn't wearing shoes isn't some symbolic connection between her and the earth, it's the literal connection between her feet and the ground. Toph is blind, and can "see" by sensing the vibrations in earth, so she needs to be barefoot for this to work. It still works to some extent if she's wearing shoes, but this amounts to a fuzzy connection. There are a couple of episodes where the soles of her feet are shown as realistically grubby. In a case where she needed to wear a pair to disguise her nature as an earthbender, Toph improvised a set of bare-bottomed shoes. Other earthbenders who can see don't need to take their shoes off. Of course, that doesn't stop most of them from going barefoot anyway. Earthbending might be possible in shoes, but is most likely much easier barefoot.
- Played with Toph's daughter Lin in The Legend of Korra. Lin wears sturdy and reliable metal armor to aid her metalbending, with boots included. However, the portions of the boots covering her feet can be retracted so she can make direct contact against the ground with the sole of her foot and use her seismic sense. This is the same for the rest of the Republic City Police who can metalbend.
- Justified with Aiwei. He can detect when people lie by feeling their heartbeats stutter through seismic sense, so he sports no shoes. And he does so much to the advantage of travelling around Zaofu and tacitly gaining intel about people, much to their unsuspecting eyes.
- Tupu, from the French/Canadian cartoon of the same name. Due to having been raised in the wild, she almost never wears any kind of footwear.
- The titular heroine of Jana of the Jungle, a Jungle Princess who has lived in the Amazon since childhood.
- From Wakfu, princess Amalia Sheran Sharm. She does wear sandals when she is in her princess attire, however she will eagerly ditch them as soon as she can. As with all Sadidas, she is bordering on a Plant Person with powers over vegetation, so it's certainly justified by a greater connection with the earth.