Fluffy Dry Cat


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 as well.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Exaggerated in a story of the Ranma manga: Genma Saotome has found a magic hairgrowth lotion that gives him long, spiky straight hair (worthy of a Dragon Ball Z character), but only when he gets angry. Then he fells into the koi pond, turning into a panda, and this translate into one gigantic ball of black-and-white fur, round and big enough to just roll around, forcing Ranma into an Indy Escape on the streets of Nerima.

    Comic Books 
  • Happens to Fat Freddy's Cat when the titular moggie becomes so revolting of smell that Freddy forcibly washes him. Out on the street again, other tomcats make unwise snarky comments about FFC's gender preferences. FFC is prety much in the mood for serious violence by then. Mayhem ensues.

    Comic Strips 
  • Sometimes happens to Garfield.
  • Happens to Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes after Calvin's mom throws him into the dryer.
    Calvin: Goodness, you're a fright.
    Hobbes: Tell your mom to put some conditioner in the wash next time.
  • 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.
  • Happens 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.

    Video Games 
  • Bubsy: Bubsy does this after riding a waterslide and drying off.
  • The Fuzzballs in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon's Secret Mine do this when sucked up and ejected from the Poltergust 5000.

    Web Animation 
  • 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.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Summertime Shorts: In the short "Pet Project", Winona becomes suddenly fluffy after Fluttershy dries her off. The dog is a bit surprised, but it doesn't alter her mood much.

     Web Comics 
  • Tracy Butler of Lackadaisy gave a young Freckle this treatment. Noting that the hair dryer was invented in the 1920s (well after Freckle's kittenhood), she posits that he was just left out in the sun.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • My Little Pony:
    • This happens to a few of the characters (Gusty, Licketysplit and Heart Throb) in the episode "The Glass Princess" 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).
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "Castle, Sweet Castle", Twilight vigorously dries off Angel Bunny with a towel after giving him another bath, resulting in his fur puffing up seconds after the towel is removed.
    • And in fandom circles, the OC Fluffle Puff and other Fluffy Ponies are perpetually this.
  • 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 title character's mind.
  • One Pink Panther cartoon is "Tickled Pink" in which Pink gets a pair of magic roller skates that send him careening into a car wash. After the heat lamps dry him, Pink emerges as a large pink ball of fluff on skates.
    • This also happens to him in the title sequence for The All-New Pink Panther Show.