Everything's Better with Plushies
When The Merch
goes Fun Size
. It seems anyone and everything you can think of has a plushie toy based on it, especially in Japan when it comes to Anime
and Video Game
characters (minor or major). These can be official or fan made.
Although they are mostly toys, they are still featured on shows, especially fan made works.
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Anime and Manga
- One of the more popular plush brands in Japan is Gift, with something close to 330 releases. Good luck finding any after their initial batch, though; they run in very limited quantities.
- InuYasha plushies
- These were available at Hot Topic for a short time.
- A plushie hand puppet of Haruhi Suzumiya was featured in the Omake videos of the DVD release.
- There are Death Note plushies. For, say, L or Ryuk or Misa, that works. For Light...
- Plus Near had finger puppets of them all in-universe...
- Ever wanted your own personal mole-pig? Presenting Boota from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann!
- There is a Yoko plushie, but sadly it isn't plush in... certain areas.
- There are also plushies of Simon and Kamina.
- YuYu Hakusho plushies exist.
- Tenjho Tenge plushes exist.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has a few plushies.
- There are Ouran High School Host Club plushies out there. In the series we have Honey's bunny plushie Usa-chan and Tamaki's teddy bear Kuma-chan.
- Bleach: Byakuya plushies.
- Alucard plushie◊!
- K-On!! plushies exist, and they are utterly adorable.
- Thanks to the release of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The Movie 1st and its related merchandising, Nanoha and Fate now come in cute plushie form.
- One chapter of Keroro Gunsou has Keroro turning himself into a plush toy as part of his latest evil scheme.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn! plushies have been spotted in Sweet Kitty at least.
- In Cardcaptor Sakura, there is a plushie in Sakura's room that looks exactly like her. It was made by her best friend Tomoyo, and had one of those cosplay-like dresses even before Sakura became a Magical Girl.
- A plushie of Beatrice has been made.
- Kyubey plushies. They exist.◊
- Tachikoma plushies, or as they're commonly refered to- Plushikomas.◊ Ironically, the blue one◊ is the rarest one to find.
- There are FOUR different official plushie styles that have been released over the years for Axis Powers Hetalia. One set◊ modeled after the "Axis Powers" and "World Series" as the characters appear normally, one set◊ modeled after the Nekotalia characters in a keychain form, and two more recent styles: one◊ based on the "Desktop Mascots" and another◊ based on the anime style of "Beautiful World". Add some popular Hetalia "pet" plushies...and that's not even touching the◊ huge◊ amount◊ of◊ fan-made◊ plushies◊ out◊ there!◊
- There's a line of Godzilla plush dolls made by a company called Toy Vault. Not only do they make plushies of well-known Kaiju such as Godzilla, Mothra, and Rodan, but they also produce plushies of more obscure monsters such as Gabara, King Seesar, and the completely evil Destoroyah.
- When Gremlins first came out, plushies of Gizmo were very popular (and still common at toy shows and antique shops). There was also a Furby-compatible interactive Gizmo. There was even a plushie of Stripe (the main Gremlin from the first movie). Said Stripe plushie is now extremely rare and considered highly collectable among Gremlins fans.
- There's a line of plush toys that are based upon the Alien franchise. These include the Chestburster, Dog-Alien Chestburster, the Queen Chestburster, and a Facehugger. While they are adorable versions of a monstrous fetus that emerges violently from one's chest, they're probably NOT the best thing to give your children as a gift.
- Spencer's Gifts once sold Dr. Frank N Furter dolls that played a sample of the Time Warp when squeezed. They're now very hard to find and are considered highly collectible by Rocky Horror fans.
- There is a fan-made plush doll of Agent Smith and Elrond (Elrohir supports this); no Mitzi though. They were quite possibly from here several years ago.
- There are commercially available plushie versions of the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog and the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch. As well as the Black Knight, with Velcro limbs.
- Kevin Smith is proud to sell you Mooby The Golden Calf from The View Askewniverse.
- You can buy a plushie Iorek Byrnison and golden monkey based on the movie The Golden Compass. You know, because that monkey was so lovable and cuddly.
- About ten-odd years ago, there was a line of Universal Monsters plushies which featured Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, and others. These were "generic" amalgamations of the Monsters, lacking any specific actor's features.
- There are now Ghostbusters plushies in claw machines around the USA; these depict Slimer, Stay-Puft, and the four heroes in "chibi" form.
- Phear Plushie Cthulhu. They also come in such variants as Elvis Cthulhu, Miskatonic graduate Cthulhu, vacation Cthulhu, and Christmas Cthulhu (with a little Santa hat and jingle bells on its tentacles).
- The Call of Cthulhu RPG supplement Secrets of Japan deliberately invoked this trope with Cthulhu, suggesting that a plushie doll made by cultists of Cthulhu could become possessed with the malevolent spirit of its malevolent namesake.
- The Laundry Series has the protagonist making an offhand reference to the panic caused among his organisation when they first came out.
- And now it's time for Calls for Cthulhu
- In the age before the films, Harry Potter had plushies out of the Golden Trio and their pets, though in the case of owls, there were about five different kinds and they had scrolls attached to their feet. Each scroll had a different message.
- There is now a Phantom of the Opera plushie created by Chérie Shulter and El Gibbs. They are true to the original book by Gaston Leroux and are adorable to true "phans" and slightly strange to others.
- An earlier Phantom plushie was one of the monsters in the Universal Monsters line of "beanies." His mask was separate from his face, but its nose was "stuffed," and he lacked a "real" nose underneath!
Live Action TV
- Older than Television. Since 1925, Alfred the penguin is the pet of French young globetrotters Zig et Puce. In early 1927, a plushy Alfred toy was merchandised: it launched a huge Alfred craze all over France. When aviator Charles Lindbergh achieved his historical transatlantic flight to Paris that year, he was given an Alfred plushy and brought it with him as a mascot in his flight from Paris to Brussels. Since Everything's Better with Plushies and Everything's Better with Penguins, you just can't go wrong with a plushy penguin.
- Famously averted with Calvin and Hobbes. For obvious reasons, merchandisers were very interested in making Hobbes plushies. Since Hobbes is or often at least appears to be a plushie in-universe, this would have counted as Defictionalization. However, Bill Waterson was deadset against any merchandising of his strip and went to great lengths to prevent the syndicate from doing so.
- VOCALOID has a lineup of plushies based on the Crypton-produced Vocaloids. Especially of note is Tako Luka, who has seven different versions, each varying in facial expressions (smile, calm, drooling, etc.)
- The Matoran exist. There used to be plushie avatars of them on BZPower. Don't know if the plushies still exist though, that was a long time ago.
- Some Kingdom Hearts characters are available in Super-Deformed plushie form, including the series' resident Eldritch Abomination, the Shadow Heartless. Even Xemnas has his own plushie.
- Mass Effect: Fan-made Garrus plushies!
- After many unofficial plushie companion cubes from Portal (proving the notion of the Companion Cube trope), Valve finally released official ones.
- Also from Valve, Headcrab plushies.
- And for Team Fortress 2, Valve presented the sticky bomb plushie.
- LittleBigPlanet is a little bit different about its plushies. See, you play as a Sackboy/girl, who is a living, customizable, and completely adorable plushie. Defictionalization ahoy!
- Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon comes with a plushie of Raiho, the adorable (and very popular) fourth-wall-breaking Bonus Boss of the first game, as a preorder bonus. Fans are so excited about this plushie that many people have joked that it's "a plushie that comes with a free game" rather than the other way around.
- Plushie Raiho is also limited to the first print of the game. The deluxe packages are numbered, and Atlus won't reveal how many there are (though enthusiastic buyers have confirmed that there are over 40 thousand in circulation). It also won't be sold separately.
- There are plushies of Teddie from Persona 4.
- Are they made from 100% natural Teddie fur?
- There have been plushies of Izanagi and Jiraiya as well. They're cute! ...in a weird way.
- Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete came with a Ghaleon punching puppet as a preorder bonus.
- In Final Fantasy X, Lulu attacks with plushies. Most certainly a Shout-Out to the plushies of the characters.
- Aww plush Sephiroth, you're so cute! You're gonna grow up big and strong and handsome!
- Guild Wars fans can now purchase a limited edition Charr plushie in anticipation for Guild Wars 2!
- Li'l Pyramid Head.
- You will kneel before the might of Vana'deil's baby Chocobos!
- Everyone from Samurai Shodown 2 has the ability to turn into immobile small plushie versions of themselves, complete with a keychain.
- In some Pokémon games, you can buy plushies in-game to decorate your character's bedroom/secret base. They have plushies for some of the most unlikely of Pokémon, such as Duskull.
- This has extended to in-website purchases (using berries) and monthly giveaways on the Dream World website.
- They actually combined◊ the regular cuteness of plushies with the Pokémon being Super-Deformed. So much squee.
- As a quick search on Amazon.com can show, Japan keeps all the good ones (usually from Pokémon Center).
- America has received some of these hopelessly cute plushies under the name "Pokédolls".
- Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness DS came with a plush chicken if you preordered it from Amazon.
- That's a common pre-order gift for the series.
- In-game in The World Ends with You, Mr. Mew is both an infinity plus one plushie and an improbable weapon.
- Some fan of Starcraft made a Reaver plushie.
- There are numerous Yogg-Saron plushies made by fans who took a liking to him. Yogg-Saron does seem to have an odd kind of popularity among World of Warcraft players.
- The Cacodemon from Doom has had two notable plushies made in its honour, namely Hissy and Pixel.
- A worrying trend, and a popular fan-project (likely due to the simple design of the character), among fans of Yume Nikki is to make plushies of Uboa. Nothing quite like cuddling with an eldritch terror.
- Super Mario Bros. plushies. Also Peach, Bowser, Yoshi, Koopas, Shy Guys, Goombas, Boos... Just run a search on Amazon for them.
- What's cuter than Kirby? Kirby Plusies! ◊ ◊. Also Meta Knight◊, King Dedede◊, Waddle Dee◊, even Zero Two get treatment as well.
- There are possibly hundreds of Sonic the Hedgehog plushies out there. Most notable are the plushies of characters such as Bean and Bark, who haven't been seen in over a decade, plushies of non-animal characters, like Metal Sonic and Gamma, plushes of non-game characters, plush Chao, and life size plushies of Sonic. There are even one or two of Dr. Eggman. Disappointingly there isn't an official defictionalization of the in game plushie of the Tails Doll from Sonic R.
- There are a vast amount of Touhou plushies out there. Here's a few of them.
- There are also Angry Birds plushies as well, of every bird and pig in the game! 
- Inverted with Die Anstalt - the Flash game is the more recognizable aspect, but the game was created to go with its corresponding plushies, not vice versa.
- Animal Crossing - there is basically a plush of most, if not all, of the characters in the game, including your neighbors and even your avatar. There's even a jumbo Isabelle plush being made- Japan only unless you're willing to go the import route, of course.
- Dewy's Adventure came with a plushie of the main character for those who preordered the game. Said main character was already sickeningly adorable, but the plushie just made it more so.
- The Special Limited Collectors Edition of Ni no Kuni for the PS3 came with a plushie of Drippy. Appropriately enough, because he was trapped in the form of a plush doll in the beginning of the game (though the plushie itself resembles his "real" form).
- These are known as "norndolls" in the Creatures fandom. Certain editions of Creatures 2 came with variously colored plush norndolls, but many fans have also made their own, and it was a popular craze within the fandom for a while.
- Both Five Nights at Freddy's games have this In-Universe: on the first game's Android version, you can buy plushie versions of Bonnie, Chica, and Freddy to sit on your desk. The second game has those same plushies at the Prize Counter, and if you beat one of the custom nights, you can unlock not only those plushies, but toys/plushies of some of the new animatronics as well.
- On Neopets there were plushie versions of the paint brushes. There is even a paint brush that turns neopets into plushies. It is very expensive. Also just about everything and everyone in Neopets, from the Real Life founders, to various kinds of food both in the real world and on the site.
- Potter Puppet Pals
- LittleKuriboh of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series likes to have a Yami plushie pretend to be Dan Green, and play him as a grown up 10-year-old, including thinking Girls Have Cooties.
- The War of the Abridged Series Creators features loads of plushies for the respective shows.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender Youtube Spoof: Avatar The Last Puppetbender
- Even Zero Punctuation has gotten in on this, with plush versions of the black imps.
- And finally, for all you New Media creators out there who want to get in on the game, CustomPlush.com is here to serve all your squeezable Merch needs! They require a minimum run of 500 units, so this is definitely for creators, not fans.
- You can collect plushies of just about anything in Subeta. Pets, pies, poop (no seriously), potions...
- AlternateHistory.com once started the Sealion World Tour (still going on in 2010). The members send a plush sealion named Sealion from one member to another, who'll take pictures and post them on the forum. At the moment, Sealion has already visited three continents (North America, Europe, Asia) and about a dozen different countries. And South America is where he is now.
- B Group is currently collecting donations to fund the creation of a talking plush version of the demonic main character of their Reincarnation series.
- There have been numerous Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers plushies, but plushie-sized figurines of Monterey Jack and Gadget have only ever been made once. These figurines made by Applause aren't even true plushies with their vinyl heads and paws, and Gadget doesn't contain a square inch of plush at all. But since these figurines have ceased to be manufactured long ago, and since there isn't any alternative, it is her who is the most expensive by far. Chip and Dale as Rescue Rangers can still be acquired as true plushies at every Disney theme park, though.
- In-universe, we see a binome with a Guardian Bob plushie in one of the later seasons of ReBoot.
- Another in-universe example: Heloise on Jimmy Two-Shoes has several Jimmy plushies as part of her Stalker Shrine.
- My Little Pony G3 has some, mostly made by companies sub-licensed by Hasbro themselves, then sold under Hasbro's own name.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has a number of plushies, and before there were very many, there were already many fans capable of making plushies of their own. While the fans' plushies are of course a whole lot more show accurate, and while they're based on several variations of characters ranging from the Mane Six to background ponies and even Lauren Faust's pony avatar herself, they're also handmade one-of-a-kind pieces, and if they're sold, it's for very high prices. One fan is famous for making high-quality plushies of the main characters in their Gala dresses which include embroidered eyes and cutie marks and which sell for four-digit prices.
- Typical from merchandising overload, there's no less than 4 companies making officially licensed FiM plushes (Funrise, Nici, Build-A-Bear Workshop and Aurora). There may be more. The first wave of plushes were also made by companies sub-licensed through Hasbro and sold under Hasbro's own name.
- Plushies of the main six from Recess were made back in 1998-2001 with two sets. One was made by Mattel in 1998, and were sold at Toys "R" Us, K.B. Toys, Target, and Walmart, among others. Another set was made by Disney Consumer Products in 1999 and were only sold at The Disney Store (and some stores in the Disney Parks). The differences between the two were that the Mattel ones had vinyl heads, which the Disney ones didn't and were all plush, and that The Disney Store ones were much more expensive.
- Like Recess above, the Disney version of Doug also had two sets of plushies; one by Mattel and one by Disney Consumer Products. The only characters made were Doug, Patti, Skeeter, and Porkchop. Herman from Doug's 1st Movie was also sold at Walmart for a little while.
- The Real Ghostbusters included a hand-puppet of Slimer and a large plushie of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man (inevitable, really) among its figurines, vehicles, and role-play props.
- Zombie plushies
- The list of most geeky plushies ever.
- Pretty much anything on Toy Vault could qualify but some worth mentioning include monsters, swear bears, Egyptian gods, and nightmares.
- Build-a-Bear shops allow you to choose a toy and help to stuff it yourself. Several other, smaller companies do this as well.
- Squishables are plush toys with a distinct round-bodied design. Animals available range from very common (such as kittens and unicorns) to creatures that can be hard to find in plush form (like jellyfish and sparrows), and fans can vote for which designs will be produced next.
- Food in felt plush form. Japan has also made plushies of the ideal shape of poo.
- Subeta have heavily parodied both situations as items. When you get a taco beanbag, and a ham plushie, it's just because they love this trope.
- Airbus A380s exist. You can buy plushies of Singapore Airlines A380s aboard Singapore Airlines flights.
- Anybody want plush Giant Microbes? You can get them here! They even have plush sperm and egg cells wearing blue and pink bows, respectively.
- Or how about these lovely d20s for your mirror? Careful about this one, folks; he'll bite your ankles off! And be even more careful of this one... looks pretty vicious, doesn't it? If only they made a plush Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch... oh wait... THEY DO!!
- The Philosopher's Guild presents.. Little Thinkers. Who wouldn't want a Nietszche doll?
- Gamestop has now released a plushie of their bunny mascot. It even has a voice chip in it.
- Any animal or popular fictional creature can have a plushie. They don’t have to be soft and fluffy in real life, like a mammal.
- Plushies of marine animals also exist, including octopuses, orcas, and sharks. Just do a google search to see for yourself.
- There are even plushies of reptiles. Go Figure. The same goes for amphibians and bugs.
- There are plushies based on the monsters from Lovecraft. Evil has never looked so cute.
- Way back in the '80s and 90s, most of the major stores that had mascots usually sold plushies. For example, a (long-defunct) hardware store called "Handy Andy" once sold 12"-tall dolls of Andy himself.