When a wet cat (or any animal with fur) gets dried off, its fur sticks up, often with a "poof"ing sound similar to an umbrella unfolding. This can give the effect of making it look kind of like a Tribble
with a face. This trope is about the way hair standing on end when dried is taken Up to Eleven for comedy
. This isn't just "cat is slightly fluffier when freshly washed and dried"; this is "short-haired cat is now one big puff of long, fluffy fur". Talking Animals
are usually rather annoyed by the entire process, and often non-speaking animals
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- Sometimes happens to Garfield.
- Happens to Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes after Calvin's mom throws him into the dryer.
- A Running Gag in Rose Is Rose was about Peekaboo being "all fur" (not completely to the extent of Intangible Man, but almost). There're several scene where Peekaboo becomes a clawed poofball when startled or angered.
Films — Animation
- The above picture is from Oliver & Company: Oliver gets drenched by a fire hydrant - courtesy of Dodger - then walks over a subway air vent.
- The Lion King exhibits this trope during the "Hakuna Matata" number.
- Happened to Archimedes the Owl in The Sword in the Stone when completely drying himself after "saving" Arthur as a fish when almost been eaten by a big moat fish. Complete with umbrella sound and Archie yelling;
- Puss-in-Boots after their ship crashed on shore in Shrek the Third
- Happens to The Lorax after being sprayed with a garden hose in a mini-movie.
- Not a cat, but the Animated Adaptation of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi features the eponymous mongoose getting this treatment after falling in his young master's bath.
- Another non-feline example in the first Balto film has Muk and Luk, two polar bears, who practically explode into gigantic balls of fluff when they dry themselves off after rescuing Balto from the lake.
Films — Live-Action
- Toyed with in Austin Powers: Goldmember. During the infiltration of an enemy submarine, Foxxy Cleopatra shakes out her damp hair and it springs into a huge Afro, accompanied by a humorous sound effect like an umbrella opening.
- Snowbell from Stuart Little.
- Bubsy does this after riding a waterslide and drying off.
- Happens a few times to The Cheat on Homestar Runner. Especially after he's thrown in the dryer—he turns into a big lump of fluff.
- Salem in Sabrina: The Animated Series exhibits this trope once.
- Happens to The Pink Panther too.
- Looney Tunes
- Pepe LePew. It often has the added benefit of neutralizing temporarily his smell.
- Another cartoon has Sylvester put in a washing machine: The final step of the washing cycle is "fluff dry".
- Happens on Tom and Jerry, too. Tom gets stuck in a washing machine (and survives, of course). It cycles through the usual: Wash... Dry... Fluff... and out pops Tom, now a round, grey ball of fluff, who has somehow been fluffed so much that he now floats through the air sans legs.
- This happens to a few of the My Little Pony characters (Gusty, Licketysplit and Heart Throb) after the enemies capture them for their hair and force them through a cleaning process similar to a car wash. After they're dried, they come out looking poofy for a few seconds. In this case, it's one of the few times it's obvious that the ponies have fur all over their bodies and not just on their manes and tails (as real horses do).
- In the Walt Disney short cartoon Rugged Bear, Donald Duck does such a thing with a bear who pretends to be a carpet in Donald's cabin.
- Momo gets a moment of this after being dried out by Aang's airbending in one episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender.
- Pabu follows suit after his Small Team Pet predecessor in an episode of The Legend of Korra.
- This happens to Mr. Bogus in the third act of the episode "B-TV", after getting blow dried by Mole.
- Happens to Dukey in Johnny Test After he fails to thwart an evil pair of paints who have taken over the titular character's mind.