Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal


With animal characters in video games and animated movies, shorts, and TV shows, you are bound to find animals with just enough clothing or accessories to make it quirky to that character without covering up the most basic cues like accessory wearing and half-dressed cartoon animals. With Barefoot Cartoon Animals, keeping the feet exposed emphasizes their animal qualities and prevents them from appearing too human. But there are also animal characters who dress in a full outfit and wear shoes.

This animal clothing trope is often averted because a full outfit with shoes, especially full-length pants and a long sleeve shirt with shoes, has a high chance of obscuring what species a particular animal character is. But there are a lot of animal characters who are fully clothed by human standards. There are three main situations that would provoke the use of this trope:

  1. The author wants to hide the character's species.
  2. The animals are meant to be totally humanized, mostly in a Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! world.
  3. The setting and time period are portrayed using the outfits.

There are three variants of this trope, characters who are always or almost always fully-dressed, those who are often fully dressed or fully dressed most of the time, and those who are fully dressed only in certain appearances or scenes.

Contrast with the Barefoot Cartoon Animal, who does not wear shoes but is otherwise fully dressed, and half-dressed and accessory-wearing, but otherwise naked cartoon animals, who only wear partial clothing or accessories.

Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire. Often, but not always overlaps with The One Who Wears Shoes.


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  • The Car Fox from CARFAX wears a white & black T-Shirt, light brown trousers and a pair of white sneakers.
  • Peter Panda from the classic Child World toy store in the mid 1980s.
  • Jack, spokesdog for Latin America's Chocolisto chocolate milk products, sports a typical adolescent wardrobe that includes a backpack, a backwards cap and headphones.
  • Chuck E. Cheese, the spokesmouse for Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza, had several costumes from the '90s onward that applied to this trope, in both live action and animated form as seen here. His current wardrobe consists of a purple & green t-shirt, blue jeans and red & white sneakers.
  • The Coco Gang from Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies cereal in overseas markets. Consisted of Coco the Monkey (who was initially the one without shoes), Heftie the Hippo, Shortie the Giraffe and Osmelda the Ostrich, their current attire is that of an urban city style (in contrast to their island/pacific wardrobe from the '90s and 2000s).
  • Bongo the Monkey from Dannon's Danimals, also the Danimals XL Wildcat.
  • Deconstructed in a FedEx commercial
  • In his current incarnation, Gansito (the teenage goose mascot for Marinela's Gansito snack cakes) has a typical wardrobe that fits into this trope.
  • Dig 'Em the Frog from Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal.
  • Kid Cuisine's The Chef, who was a fully dressed polar bear in a white chef's costume and hat.
  • Syd the Koala Yummies Koala mascot, who dressed in a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, sandals and shades.
  • McGruff the Crime Dog and his nephew Scruff. McGruff is best known for his trademark trenchcoat and the immortal slogan "Take a bite out of crime!"
  • The Nesquik Bunny had a costume upgrade in the 2000s, complete with a shirt with the letter N on the front side, a pair of sneakers and a backward cap. This has been seen mostly in European and Central American advertising.
  • Cotton the white rabbit from Paas Easter Eggs wears blue overalls and red sneakers.
  • Chris Mouse, the Swiss Colony mouse in the Santa Claus suit.
  • Tyco RC's Racin' Rat mascot from the late '90s.

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  • The cast of Albedo: Erma Felna EDF. Bird species outside of penguins are the exception, they usually just wear a dickey with their badge/rank designations and other just appear with their plumage.
  • John Blacksad, Weekly and the rest of the cast from the French-Spanish comic book series Blacksad.
  • The furry cast of Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars, in the original comic as well as the Animated Adaptation and Video Game.
  • Fix und Foxi and their friends, from the self-titled comic series.
  • All the animal characters in Grandville.
  • The adolescent critters from the '50s comic book series Hi-Jinx.

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  • Banks the Dog from Barkeater Lake.
  • The cast of characters from Pluggers.
  • Most of the supporting characters from Shoe. Shoe himself wears just that.
  • Several characters from The Sunshine Club.

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  • Brown Bear and White Bear from the self-titled series of books.
  • Doctor DeSoto, a mouse dentist, from the self-titled book.
  • The anthropomorphic bear and mouse characters from the Ernest et CÚlestine book series.
  • Most of the main characters from Mercer Mayer's LC and the Critter Kids.
  • The Leap Frog Kids: Leap, Lily and Tad.
  • The title character of Little Bear averts this trope by usually being completely unclothed, yet his parents and grandparents play this trope straight by being fully-dressed including shoe-wearing.
  • The cast of the Miss Bindergarten series.
  • Lowly Worm from the Richard Scarry books. Ironic, given the fact that he doesn't have limbs.
  • Deconstructed and parodied in Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith, part of the Toon Book comic picture book series and a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. In the book, Little Mouse's mother tells him to "go and get ready" for a visit to the barn with his brothers and sisters. So he does, putting on his clothes and making sure to slip his tail through the specially designed hole in his underpants and pants. After buttoning up his red shirt, he's ready, only for his mother to tell him "Why, Little Mouse! WHAT are you doing? ... Mice don't wear clothes." He tosses them all off and calls himself a "silly little mouse."

  • The protagonist in the Daft Punk music video Da Funk was Charles, an anthropomorphic bloodhound dressed in urban clothing with a leg cast and a crutch.
  • MC Skat Kat from Paula Abdul's music video Opposites Attract.

  • Data East's Playboy 35th Anniversary pinball features a human-sized white rabbit wearing a black suit and slacks, interacting with the playmates at the Mansion pool.

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  • Bananas in Pajamas' friends The Teddy Bears (Amy, Lulu and Morgan) and Rat in a Hat.
  • Theo Lion's musical alter ego, B.B. the King of Beasts, on Between the Lions.
    • Also, Lionel's friend, Gus Rabbit.
  • Dirty Dragon from The B.J. and Dirty Dragon Show and Gigglesnort Hotel.
  • Hip Hop Harry
  • Miss Piggy from The Muppets.
  • Roland Rat and his animal friends, from the self-titled British series.

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