Funny Animal
aka: Funny Animals

"I am not an animal! Well... okay, I'm kind of an animal. My features are animal-like, I don't wear clothes, and I smell a bit outdoorsy most of the time. But I have a job, and I talk and stuff too, so when I say I'm not an animal I think technically I'm on solid ground."

They're animals who think, talk and act mostly like human beings. Unlike the Speech-Impaired Animal, Talking Animal, or Civilized Animal (whose priorities and motivations are still that of an animal despite their ability to speak), the Funny Animal has almost all the mannerisms of a human being. Sometimes, only his appearance distinguishes him from the hairless primates who draw him. Indeed, one of the main incentives in using such characters are that they are more distinctive, and hence easier to draw as recognizable individuals, than ordinary humans. Or maybe it's just because Furries Are Easier to Draw.

A good comparison, from the Scooby-Doo cartoons: Scooby-Doo is a Speech-Impaired Animal. Scrappy-Doo, who might as well be a midget in a dog suit, is a Funny Animal. The main distinguishing trait of many Funny Animals is that in most situations, they can be replaced by a human and the plot would be mostly identical. Unlike Petting Zoo People, which have animal heads and tails on humanoid bodies, Funny Animals have a body that is generally shaped like that of their respective species (or no species in particular). Funny Animals are bipedal even if their species is not naturally so, and most Funny Animal birds have Feather Fingers, whether their wings look completely like wings or look (to varying degrees) like arms. Some Funny Animals can shift between using two legs and four.

Practically any cartoon series from The Golden Age of Animation, or video games aimed at children younger than 13 have at least one such character.

Funny Animal is the technical term used by cartoonists to refer to the genre and characters. Also note that the "funny" in the title isn't literal: Funny Animals can be serious characters too.

Frequently overlaps with Animal Superheroes and Intelligent Gerbil. May live in a World of Funny Animals. May suffer from Carnivore Confusion and Furry Confusion. See Petting Zoo People for characters who are even more anthropomorphized, and Civilized Animal and Talking Animal for those who are less anthropomorphized.

For characters who are somewhat between Funny Animal and Petting Zoo People there is the subtrope, Borderline Petting Zoo People:
  • Borderline PZP have a body that does not look simply like an animal-accented human body, nor does it keep the basic shape of the animal entirely like a Funny Animal. They look partly humanoid and partly like their species, often they have either humanoid legs and non-humanoid torso, humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs, or look semi-humanoid all over. Many top heavy bipedal animal characters are of the humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs variety. Females are depicted with human-like breasts fairly often.

For further tropes pertaining to funny animals, furries and the tropes that appear frequently in their genres, see Funny Animal Tropes. Compare Intellectual Animal.

Closely related to Beast Fable, which is the ancient form of the genre.

On the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism, these fall somewhere between the Civilized Animal (Which has some anthropomorphic traits, but still has the lifestyle and priorities of a wild animal) and the Petting Zoo Person (who might as well be human).


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  • Alexandr and Sergei from Compare the Meerkat.
  • Several Orangina! ads feature anthropomorphs having a dance party. In their underclothes. For some reason.
  • One British lottery has a fox-man as a mascot.
  • The Symbicort commercials mainly have wolves in the animated segments. Could be a factor that they are all anthropomorphic wolfified versions of the elderly man and his friends and family in the commercials.

  • Older Than Radio: Dogs Playing Poker, sixteen paintings done over the course of 17 years (1893 to 1910) by by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge. The dogs don't play poker in some of them, but all of them feature Funny Animal dogs. These works have been parodies many times in modern fiction.

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  • The title character from Black Cat Detective. If Samuel L. Jackson were a cat, then he would also apparently be a Chinese police officer.
  • Tama from Hayate the Combat Butler. He speaks perfect Japanese, can walk on two legs, has a degree in economics and is a qualified boiler room operator. Hayate is the only person who knows he can do it, however; to the rest of the cast he is just a lovable, oafish and above-average intelligent tiger (or 'big cat'). He's also spoken in front of Wataru. When confronted about speaking in front of others he says something about not wanting to shatter the girls' (Maria and Nagi) dreams.
  • Cat Soup: The cats have human characteristics but you have to stop and wonder if at least one of them really is processing the world around them.
  • In Studio Ghibli's Porco Rosso (The Crimson Pig) the main protagonist is a pig, or more exactly a "pig-headed" human as he has the complete anatomy of a stout person except for the head. He is the only one of his type and lives among a human society who, while aware of his difference, don't find it bizarre and sometimes openly point it out. It's stated that he somehow became a Baleful Polymorph, given that there are pictures (and a flashback) showing him in human form.
  • Pokémon
    • Meowth of the Team Rocket trio taught himself "human talk" and how to stand on his hind legs, all for the love of a female Meowth named Meowzie who said that a human could do more for her than anything he could (as in, the food, housing and adoration), only to be rejected as now she considers him a freak.
    • In one manga adaptation, a story arc centers around the kitten of the very same Meowzie; she's found in a Poké Ball the gang purchases (unable to get captured herself, the mother pops her kitten into an unsold ball to ensure that whoever finds her will give her a good home). When Team Rocket, and thus Meowth, come around making trouble, Meowth meets this kitten and instantly sees her mother in her face and shining coin. Then she tells him it's creepy how he acts like he's a human. Oh heartbreak.
    • Mewtwo seems quite human-like, but his psychic powers make that easy. In Pokémon Special, he actually has Blaine's DNA and is thus a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Princess Tutu's Mr. Cat looks exactly as his name implies, and occasionally meows and cleans himself with his paws, but is otherwise a marriage-obsessed ballet instructor. While he is the most prominent one and has the most screen time, there are other guest characters that also fall under this trope.
  • Chamo in Mahou Sensei Negima!, an ermine with a suspicious attraction for human girls. Most definitely a human mage that was slapped with the Academy's very specific punishment for breaking The Masquerade. The punishment is explained by Negi himself.
  • There's a couple examples in Dragon Ball Z, which stick out like sore thumbs among the overwhelmingly human/space alien cast. Notable characters include Oolong, an anthropomorphic pig, Karin, a cat, and Puar, a shapeshifting cabbit (cat/rabbit mashup). Also, at one time it was shown the president of Earth was a dog. They only stick out if you never saw or read the original Dragon Ball, which was a much more light-hearted series and almost overflowing with Funny Animals as secondary and tertiary characters. Dragon Ball was originally based on Journey to the West, which had Zhu Bajie (known as "Cho Hakkai" in Japan and "Pig" or "Pigsy" in most English translations) and Sun Wukong (better known by his Japanese name "Son Goku") as two of the main characters-Oolong and Goku, only in their original forms.
  • Damekko Doubutsu takes this to it's logical extreme with the characters looking like humans in costumes. It never actually comes up in the series.
  • Fairy Tail's Exceed race (including Happy, Carla, and Panther Lily) are creatures that look like cats but behave like people. They can even inherently use magic, making them wizards like any other human.
  • One Piece
    • Tony Tony Chopper, a gullible reindeer doctor. Justified in that he ate the Hito Hito no Mi (Human-Human fruit), which gave him human intelligence; before that, he was an ordinary (albeit blue-nosed) reindeer.
    • Bepo, an apologetic, self-conscious polar bear. Whenever he's aware of people who are surprised at the fact that he can speak, he'll get depressed, hold his head down in shame, and apologize to them.
    • When Pappagu the starfish was young, he mixed up the word hitode (the Japanese word for "starfish") with hito (a Japanese word for "human"), so he thought he was human. By the time he realized he was a starfish, he had already learned how to speak like a human. He has also created the successful "Criminal" clothing line.
    • Pekoms, one of Big Mam's subordinates is a lion, with little eyes (which he counsel behind sunglasses) a formal attire and excellent fighting skills. One might expect that Pekoms was a human who ate a lion Zoan fruit and stays in the hybrid form, but no. He's a human-like lion who ate a turtle Zoan fruit.
  • Shirokuma Cafe is pretty much about this, as well as their interactions with humans.
    • Inverted with Mr. Shoebill from Episode 8. He does not talk or act anthropomorphosized, but he is still sentient as the Funny Animal characters and is the editor in chief of a local food magazine.
    • Is lampshaded in one episode where a nameless human (Nicknamed Mr. Necktie) visits from out of town. And is bewildered that animals can walk and talk and tries to study them. (Despite it's been shown that Funny Animals are everywhere in that universe)
  • Kero the Guardian Beast from Cardcaptor Sakura.
  • Gorilla from Cromartie High School.
  • All of the animals that appear in Maple Town.
  • Many of the other characters in Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy.

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  • DC Comics' Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, which contained several Continuity Nods to the other Funny Animal comics DC published.
  • In Amulet, the population of Kanalis. Unusually, it's due to a curse, and we actually see people in the process of turning into them.
  • Tawky Tawny is a very civilized version of this in the original Captain Marvel.
  • The titular duo of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, with Sam leaning slightly further towards being a Petting Zoo Person than Max but still having enough animal coding to be this trope. Some characters, like Sal from the video games, also qualify.
  • Carson the Muskrat from Dork Tower. He doesn't wear clothes note , but otherwise uses computers, gets jobs, drives cars, and functions socially like everyone else.
  • Very common in British Comics examples include Biffo the Bear and Big Eggo from The Beano, Korky the Cat from The Dandy, Mickey the Monkey from The Topper and Rupert Bear.
  • Superlópez: The Poet Ant, a humanoid radioactive ant from El castillo de arena (The Sand Castle).
  • In the Doctor Who comics, the Sixth Doctor's companion Frobisher is drawn to look like this kind of character, though he's technically a shapeshifter who chooses to take the form of a funny anthropomorphic penguin most of the time.
  • In Circles, species is purely aesthetic.
  • One of the earliest known funny animal characters would have to be Mr.Jack created by Jimmy Swinnerton which ran from 1903 - 1935.
  • A little bit later comes Krazy Kat, running from 1913 to 1944.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Guardians of the Galaxy:
    • Deconstructed by Rocket Raccoon. He's a walking, talking raccoon that can stand on two legs and hold heavy weaponry because he had multiple painful experiments performed on him.
    • Also Howard the Duck at the stinger.
  • The penguins in Happy Feet are an odd case; at times they uncomfortably straddle the line between penguins who can talk and penguin-people.
  • The chickens in Chicken Run are difficult to categorise—the humans treat them just like any other chickens, but most of them wear at least one article of clothing and the stupidest one is capable of knitting.
  • The cast of The Great Mouse Detective could be replaced by humans and it wouldn't make any difference at all. Well, except for Toby who is a dog.
  • Disney's Robin Hood is the story of Robin Hood but with anthropomorphic animal characters.
  • The cast of Kung Fu Panda. In particular, the characters use their animal attributes in their fighting styles, like Crane's wings or Po's body fat. Tigress and Tai Lung come the closest to crossing over into Petting Zoo People, but they are still distinctly feline.
  • In Zootopia the basic premise is that human beings never existed and mammals evolved to develop sapience, bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, and the ability to speak, ending up as civilized animals with very human-like lifestyles and society but still drawing much more heavily on their animalistic traits than is usually seen with this trope.

  • The works of Richard Scarry, particularly the Busytown books.
  • All of the non-human sentient creatures in the world of Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger novels.
  • All the characters in the Geronimo Stilton series.
  • Wicked makes an important distinction between animals, who are your average unintelligent beings, and Animals, who are this.
  • Black Dogs has Funny Dogs, Ferrets, Wolverines, Badgers, Polar Bears, Hyenas, Giant Ground Sloths, and it is implied that humans are just another breed of Funny Animal that resemble monkeys.
  • Later parts in the story The Wind in the Willows like Toad's car and Toad Hall
  • The animals from Animal Farm especially the pigs.
  • Koziolek Matolek. Oddly enough, in the first few illustrations he is apparently an ordinary goat like the others, and suddenly becomes anthropomorphic once he goes on his quest.
  • Findus the cat in Pettson and Findus is this, he's basically a small child in a cat's body.
  • Brave Story has quite a large population of these. Of course, they're looked down upon by some.
  • Spectral Shadows has a bunch of these in Serial 11. Going off the Synopsis Page on the Live Journal site, they're also slated to appear in other serials.
  • All of the animals characters (With the exception of the Mcduff books) that appear in books made by Rosemary Wells.
  • The Wild Ones features an entire city filled with animals who can talk, wear clothes, run shops, and even be part of a gang. Yet said city takes place within a much larger human city, and the animals frequently have to worry about traps the humans put out and getting captured by animal catchers.

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  • Zoobilee Zoo
  • Adventures in Wonderland 's White Rabbit counted as this. Oddly enough, the March Hare in the same show was more like a Petting Zoo Person.
  • Kermit (and other frogs), Piggy (and other pigs), Fozzie, Rowlf, and assorted other characters on The Muppet Show. (Scooter, Bunsen, the band and the Whatnots are probably meant to be humanish, Statler, Waldorf and the Swedish Chef are definitely Muppet humans, and Gonzo is ... whatever.)
  • All three of the main characters from Studio 100's "Wizzy & Woppy".
  • Another Studio100 example is the Live-Action series "Bobo" which features anthropomorphic bunnies.
  • In the spin-off to Kabouter Plop called "Plop & de Peppers" all three of the animal friends that is with Plop appear this way.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Dirt: The Ancient Egyptians apparently liked funny animals. The story of The Mouse As Vizier features talking animals who have a very human political system, and several papyri depict animals such as mice, cats, hyenas, antelope, crocodiles, donkeys, monkeys, and lions playing board games, using weapons, drinking out of goblets, and playing musical instruments. Except for standing on their hind legs, they aren't anthropomorphic at all. And they completely ignore natural predator-prey relationships. They even herd livestock and ride chariots pulled by normal animals.
  • A fancy Sumerian lyre, dated to c. 2600 BCE, features inlay scenes that depict funny animals. A bear, jackal, and donkey play music, while a lion and an antelope serve beverages. Except for standing on their hind legs and having hands, they look like normal animals.

  • In Police Force, almost everyone is a Funny Animal, wearing little to no clothing and exhibiting natural body proportions. The only exceptions are the police officers, who are Petting Zoo People.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • Topo Gigio is an Italian franchise very popular in the Latin World about a funny mouse who uses different kind of clothes (including pajamas and a sleeping hat), lives in a house with proportionally made furniture and even has a miniature pet cat.


    Video Games 
  • It'd be easier to list the few human characters in Animal Crossing as the sheer number of examples of funny animals in each entry in the series (including Japan-only villagers) put together could possibly fill up half of this page alone (let's just say the game's title is well deserved). The only human(s) in the games are the Player Character(s) and presumably their parents.
  • Beyond Good & Evil has these for most of the NPC's: Pig-men, shark-men, walrus-men, etc. Taking pictures of them with the camera names their species in the form of "[Species] Sapien."
  • Brutal: Paws of Fury, a game that came out during the 16-bit fighting game boom, has a cast entirely made up of funny animals (most of them Half Dressed Cartoon Animals)
  • Bug!. Most of the arthropod enemies in the game aren't, though.
  • The Mimigas from Cave Story are rabbit-people. Other than subsisting on flowers (and not wearing pants) they don't act any different than their human neighbors. (And at least two of them are humans who were magically transformed.)
  • Crash Bandicoot, well, to an extent, with Ripper Roo and Tiny Tiger who averts this somewhat.
  • Dark Chronicle. Dr. Dell.
  • The Banjo-Kazooie series are full of these, especially Captain Blubber & Boggy.
  • Several NPCs in Shovel Knight are anthropomorphized versions of such animals like horses, deers, peacocks, goats, roosters, frogs, hedgehogs and rams.
  • The majority of monsters in Undertale are anthropomorphized animals like goats, dogs, cats, fish, etc. Some of them play the trope fully straight while others are basically semi intelligent but still act mostly animal.
  • Morgana from Persona 5 is a Talking Cat that sits in chairs, picks locks, shows you how to make thief tools like smoke bombs, and learns to be an auto mechanic in his spare time. In the Mental World of the Palace, he also turns into an anthropomorphized form that walks on two legs, fights with swords and slingshots, and wears a bandana and a Utility Belt.
  • In Creepy Castle, a good part of the cast are bugs like the hero, Moth.
  • Crusader Kings II: Any number of Good Bad Bugs involving Glitterhoof and Horse M.D., a pair of horses added as randomly generated characters in the Conclave and Reaper's Due DLCs. By abusing a couple of loopholes in the rulesnote , you can generate entire dynasties of horses that are as playable as any other, leading to such utter lunacy as Empress Rainbow Dash of the (restored) Roman Empire.

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    Western Animation 
  • The entire cast of The Angry Beavers. Even the humans in the show are treated as such.
  • Most of the "core" stars of the Classic Disney Shorts - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and so on. Pluto would be an exception, however; as Mickey's pet dog, he's a Nearly Normal Animal.
  • Count Duckula. Lampshaded in the Who's on First? episode:
    DUCKULA: You mean human sacrifice?
    YUBI: Well, almost human sacrifice, give or take a feather.
  • The cast of TaleSpin. Baloo started as a Talking Animal living in the jungles of India and wound up an Anthro flying a plane and living in a city.
  • Looney Tunes:
  • Hamton J. Pig from Tiny Toon Adventures, being based on Porky, is the only animal member of the cast who lives in a completely human house, even though it's next to the mud piles of other pigs. Otherwise, the cast tend more toward Funny Animals than the original Looney Tunes, as they attend school (albeit for an education on being a cartoon character), frequently use urban facilities like stores, and are shown socializing with each other in a non-hostile context.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog. While everyone acknowledges that Courage is a dog and usually treat him as such, other Funny Animal characters get by with no reference at all to their species. Courage's own characterization as a dog slips sometimes. Often the alien/evil entity/villain of the day (who is sometimes also a talking animal) will treat Courage on the same level as the humans. Often by trying to kill them.
  • The Get Along Gang
  • Brian Griffin of Family Guy usually falls squarely into this category, albeit with occasional Talking Animal moments (particularly in the first run of the series, where they were more frequent).
  • The cast of the Franco-German animated series Turtle Island.
  • All of the cast of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!!
  • All members of the London Clan in Gargoyles resemble humanoid animals with feathered wings. The Mutates are a genetically-engineered, chimeric version.
  • I Am Not an Animal. The animals were genetically engineered to talk and were raised with celebrity magazines photoshopped so half the people had animal heads. They escaped and didn't realise that animals aren't supposed to talk.
  • The Schnookums and Meat Funny Cartoon Show: Schnookums and Meat themselves, plus many of the characters on the Pith Possum segments.
  • Chu-Chu from The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan is responsible for a lot of the show's funniest moments.
  • Regular Show:
    • This is both played this straight and averted with the main characters. Mordecai the bluejay might as well be a human, seeing as he doesn't eat like a bird, fly, or do anything else bird-like. Rigby the raccoon, on the other hand, is shown to dig through trash and run on all fours, but otherwise acts almost as human-like. Lampshaded in this conversation:
      Mordecai: Dude, don't dig in the trash. It's not natural.
      Rigby: You're not natural!
    • Of note is that in the Regular Show universe, everybody who can talk is considered human, and nobody really seems to question it.
  • While 90% of the Jimmy Two-Shoes cast are monsters and demons, this trope is surprisingly common. The two most prominent being the Weavils and the Schwartzentiger. We've also seen pandas, a goat, a rhino, a crab, and an ape.
  • My Little Pony:
    • One-off antagonist Zeb (a zebra) from My Little Pony 'n Friends. Rather jarring given that most of the cast are also equines, but are not anthropomorphized to the extent Zeb is.
    • My Little Pony Tales: The characters may look like My Little Pony ponies, but their behaviors and concerns are human. You know you're dealing with a Slice of Life show about human-like characters when the kids stand around discussing their problems with their parents as they wash the dinner dishes.
  • Every character in Alfred J. Kwak, barring a rather beastlike human.
  • Popeye:
    • Popeye encountered one of these in "The Hungry Goat". The short overall felt like more of a Tex Avery cartoon than a Popeye cartoon.
    • Funny animals are featured prominently in "Popeye The Sailor" and "I Eats My Spinach". Fleischer Studios was known to use these in the Betty Boop cartoons, where the Popeye series branched out of.
  • Although some of them dip near-ish the Talking Animal end of the spectrum sometimes, the cast of Tuff Puppy is essentially this. Although they retain some animal like mannerisms (Dudley, a dog, has a superhuman sense of smell and an unfortunate habit of chewing his own butt, and his partner Kitty loses all self-control and star whenever she sees a mouse or a ball of string
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers straddles the line between this and Talking Animal, with a healthy dose of Furry Confusion for good measure. The main cast usually falls squarely into Funny Animal territory, though at times might slip into Talking Animal (Chip and Dale more than the others, as they will sometimes run on all fours like actual chipmunks. Monterey and Gadget almost never behave like actual mice). Most other rodents in the series are also portrayed fairly consistently as Funny Animal. Cats generally tread both sides, while dogs and almost everything else tend to be Talking Animal exclusively. Furry Confusion occurs with pretty much everything, particularly fish and incidental or background characters.
  • The cast of SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • All the characters of Almost Naked Animals.
  • Many of the characters of Rocko's Modern Life. A few non-animal (nor human) characters show up from time to time.
  • Everyone in Camp Lazlo.
  • The Goof Nutz Pizza band from the first epidsode of Napoleon Dynamite.
  • Rex the cockroach from Gawayn seems to be somewhere between this and Civilised Animal
  • The cast of The Backyardigans.
  • Most of the cast (sans Fee and Foo) of Harvey Beaks.
  • Brian Griffin of Family Guy usually falls squarely into this category, albeit with occasional Talking Animal moments (particularly in the first RUN of the series, where they were more frequent).
  • All of the characters in Pig Goat Banana Cricket except for Banana.
  • All citizens of Elmore in The Amazing World of Gumball are Funny Animals/Food/Objects/Whatevers. Species is reflected in their behavior to various degrees, but all of them live in houses, have jobs, and send their children to school like humans.
  • Many characters in Bojack Horseman including the eponymous equine. Plenty of humans too though.
  • Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat, although instead of making ordinary monkeys act like people, they make black people anthro monkeys.
  • Like Around the World with Willy Fog, Around the World in 80 Days (Burbank Animation) takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals. Unlike Willy Fog, however, Passepartout is a monkey and Phileas Fogg is a fox.
  • The main characters of We Bare Bears, They look like bears, they walk on four legs sometimes, and they live in a cave, but they otherwise act human. Most actual humans in the show don't see anything odd about this. Notable that they are, in fact, recognized as bears since they befriend Chloe after she studies them for her college project on bears. They've also been known to act like wild bears under times of stress, such as when Grizz decides they need to become more primal.
  • On Wild Animal Baby Explorers, the cast members are basically this, given their speech, use of technology and their general concerns of exploring and learning. They're Wild Animal Baby Explorers because it's wild animals that they're exploring, not they themselves that are wild animals.
  • All the characters on Kaeloo.
  • Los Trotamúsicos are a band of domestic animal musicians. What's more funny than that?

Alternative Title(s): Funny Animals