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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 [[Franchise/StarTrek Tribble]] with a face. This trope is about the way hair standing on end when dried is taken UpToEleven [[RuleOfFunny 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 Animal}}s are usually rather annoyed by the entire process, and often [[TimmyInAWell non-speaking animals]] as well.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in a story of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' 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 IndyEscape on the streets of Nerima.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Happens to [[ComicBook/TheFabulousFurryFreakBrothers 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.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Sometimes happens to ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}.
* Happens to Hobbes from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' 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 RunningGag in ''ComicStrip/RoseIsRose'' was about Peekaboo being "all fur" (not completely to the extent of IntangibleMan, but almost). There're several scene where Peekaboo becomes a clawed poofball when startled or angered.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The above picture is from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': Oliver gets drenched by a fire hydrant -- courtesy of Dodger -- then walks over a subway air vent.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'' exhibits this trope during the "Hakuna Matata" number.
* Happens to Archimedes the Owl in ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' 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:
-->'''Archimedes:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPdhvYFD1Oc Pinfeathers and gollyfluff!]]
* Puss-in-Boots after their ship crashed on shore in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} Shrek the Third]]''
* Happens to WesternAnimation/TheLorax after being sprayed with a garden hose in a mini-movie.
* Not a cat, but the AnimatedAdaptation of ''[[Literature/TheJungleBook 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'' film has Muk and Luk, two polar bears, who practically explode into gigantic balls of fluff when they dry themselves off after [[BigDamnHeroes rescuing Balto from the lake.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Toyed with in ''[[Film/AustinPowers 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 ''Film/StuartLittle''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'': Bubsy does this after riding a waterslide and drying off.
* The Fuzzballs in ''VideoGame/LuigisMansionDarkMoon'''s Secret Mine do this when sucked up and ejected from the Poltergust 5000.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Happens a few times to The Cheat on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. Especially after he's thrown in the dryer -- he turns into a big lump of fluff.
* ''WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsSummertimeShorts'': 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.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
%%* This happens to the semi-feline robot [[VideoGame/MegaManV Pluto]] in ''[[http://stardroids.net/wordpress/?p=444 Stardroids]]'' after he is [[http://stardroids.net/wordpress/?p=442 unceremoniously dumped into the drum of a washer-dryer]]. [[http://stardroids.net/wordpress/?p=440 He ends up as fluffy as cat-android-ly possible]]. Static electricity must be quite a thing in the Stardroids universe.
* Tracy Butler of ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' gave a young Freckle [[http://lackadaisy.foxprints.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=341 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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Salem in ''WesternAnimation/SabrinaTheAnimatedSeries'' exhibits this trope once.
%%* Happens to WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther too.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** 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 ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', 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.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** 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).
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E3CastleSweetCastle 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 [[Blog/AskFlufflePuff Fluffle Puff]] and other [[FluffyPony Fluffy Ponies]] are perpetually this.
* In the Creator/WaltDisney short cartoon ''Rugged Bear'', WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck does such a thing with a ''bear'' who pretends to be a carpet in Donald's cabin.
* [[TeamPet Momo]] gets a moment of this after being dried out by Aang's airbending in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* [[WeaselMascot Pabu]] follows suit after his [[TeamPet Small Team Pet]] predecessor in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
* This happens to ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' in the third act of the episode [[Recap/MrBogusS3E2BTV "B-TV"]], after getting [[UpToEleven blow dried by Mole]].
* Happens to Dukey in ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', after he fails to thwart an evil pair of paints who have taken over the title character's mind.
* One Characters/PinkPanther 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''.