Fur Is Skin

In some animated films, shows, and video games, the anthropomorphic animals, be they Petting Zoo People or Funny Animals have fur, feathers, scales, skin, etc. that is either solid colored or look like human skintone colored and with hardly any markings but the non-anthropomorphic/less anthropomorphic animals are bicolor, tricolor, or have other various markings and patterns.

One variant is to have anthros have fur, feathers, or scales that look like human skin or actually just have human-like skin, as well as a normal head of hair atop it (sometimes, facial and body hair is added), in contrast to non-anthro/less anthro animals, which do not. In this variant, the non-anthro or less anthro animals can either have makings or be solid-colored without seeming human-skintoned. This variant is a popular choice when designing Petting Zoo People in juxtaposition with "normal" animals.

Another variant is for anthropomorphic animals to be solid colored, but without it looking like a human skintone. The non-anthro/less anthro animals in this variant tend to have various markings on their fur, feathers, scales, skin, etc. This variant is a sometimes used when designing Funny Animals in juxtaposition with "normal" animals.

Yet another variant is to have the more anthropomorphic version of one character to have fur, feathers, or scales that look like human skin or actually just have human-like skin, and the less anthropomorphic version to either have makings or be solid-colored without looking like a human skin tone.

This trope is part of a tendency for animal characters to be drawn with more colors and/or more complex markings and patterns the less anthropomorphic they are.

Sometimes, the anthro animals have a head of hair, either regardless of gender or depending on gender (or if they are not mammals), but non-anthro or less anthro animals lack one. Sometimes, the anthro animals lack a head of hair just as much as the non-anthro/less anthro animals.

It gets really funky when Petting Zoo People (or any animal regardless of anthropomorphism level for that matter) wear makeup or get tattooed.

Subtrope of Funny Animal Anatomy. Related to Through a Face Full of Fur.


Examples:

Comics

Film
  • The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad:
    • Badger from tge Disney adaptation of The Wind in the Willows is furless with a light human-like skintone and a white beard, but still has the facial markings of a badger. Badger in the original story and and in other adaptations, on the other hand, looks slightly less anthropomorphic, had a tail, and was furred like a normal badger.
    • Also, Mr. Toad's skin looks sort of human skintone except the back of his head.
  • Similar to The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad example, Friar Tuck the from the World of Funny Animals Disney adaptation of Robin Hood is furless with a light human-like skintone and a white beard, but still has the facial markings of a badger.
  • An American Tail:
    • Any Native American mice will have reddish fur that echo the typical skin color of their human counterparts. The rest of the mice have brownish fur for the most part.
    • Occasional characters, such as Bridget in the first movie and Nellie Brie in the 4th, have Caucasian skintones and don't look like they have any fur at all (or very little fur anyway).
  • The animal looking characters in Treasure Planet do not have fur. It could be justified in that they're aliens.
  • The rats from Flushed Away are all depicted with fur that is colored like human flesh. Exceptions would be two of the evil Toad's henchrats, Whitey, who has white fur due to him being an albino rat; and Thimblenose Ted, a zombie-like rat with a thimble on his nose, who has gray fur.

Video Games
  • Many characters from the Sonic the Hedgehog series play with this trope to some degree or another. Many of the characters have apricot human-skintone looking muzzles, bellies, and arms and Rouge the Bat has apricot human-skintone body and muzzle and a white head. It's left vague if Sonic has peach colored fur or if that's his skin, though certain models imply the latter.
  • The Caninu and Felineko of Solatorobo have both body fur and a full head of hair. Notably, females tend to have peach fur and shorter muzzles, while males tend to stick to one or two colors (though from a larger palette containing greys, whites, oranges, and other colors that wouldn't make much sense for a human skin).
  • Poodles Galore from Spy Fox: Operation Ozone has caucasian fur, save for her ears.
  • Starting with Crash of the Titans the titular protagonist of Crash Bandicoot has had tattoos on his fur.

Webcomics
  • In an early Ozy and Millie strip, Millie implies that tanning is basically the sun making ones fur a slightly darker shade of whatever color it is.

Western Animation
  • Arthur:
    • Sue Ellen the Petting Zoo Person cat has red hair and solid peach fur over the rest of her body, but Nemo the normal pet cat is black and white with a bicolor pattern.
    • Basically all the anthro animals are human skintone colored or otherwise solid colored, whether or not they have a head of hair, facial hair, or human-like body hair. It's left vague if fur color signifies what color their skin would be as humans.
    • Subverted with Arthur's pet dog, Pal, who is solid colored.
  • The Funny Animal bears in The Berenstain Bears are all light brown furred, but the normal animals tend to have various markings.
  • The Funny Animal pigs in Olivia are pink or have various human-like skintones, but no head of hair, but the normal animals (except Edwin the black furred pet cat of Olivia) tend to have various markings.
  • Gadget Hackwrench of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers is peach-colored and has no real hints of fur on her body at all, whereas Chip 'n Dale and Monterey Jack have markings on their fur. But she does have a full head of strawberry-blond '80s Hair.
  • At the end of one episode of Rocko's Modern Life, the eponymous wallaby ends up getting a sunburn after an afternoon at the beach, which makes it bizarre considering the fact that he's from Australia.
  • In the first two Alvin and the Chipmunks cartoons, the Chipmunks and the Chipettes are both peach colored, but the Chipettes look like they just have peach colored skin and have human-like head hair. The Chipmunks still look like they have fur, however. Contrast that to the two live action movies where they are less anthropomorphic and have fur and markings more like that of normal chipmunks. ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks mixes the two designs. They look even more anthropomorphic than before but aren't human sized, have tails, and have stripe markings on their faces that make it more obvious that they have light colored fur.
  • Inverted in The Simpsons where Bart, Lisa, and Maggie's hair are all colored like their skin.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Periphery Demographic had this as one of their biggest questions. The ponies do indeed have manes, though they're treated as human hair, but it's generally unmentioned as to whether they have purple, blue, orange, etc. body hair/fur or they have no body hair and it's actually their skin. It gets a little weirder when talking about one of the most well-known elements of the show: the "cutie mark", a symbol of some sort that appears on a pony's hindquarters when they discover their greatest talent or purpose in life. Whether it's just a pattern of differently-colored fur or the mark appears on the pony's skin remained unclear for some time. It was, however, addressed in the episode "Ponyville Confidential", after Snips and Snails get themselves stuck together with bubble gum. Later we see their fur was shaven off in places to get them apart, and indeed, the part with their cutie marks was shaven off as well.
    • Cheese Sandwich is pretty much "Weird Al" Yankovic in pony form, and as such they gave him peach-colored fur and curly brown hair to better match his actor (since there's only so much one can do to make a My Little Pony character into an Ink Suit).
    • Similarly, Sunset Shimmer and Flash Sentry, who were both created for Equestria Girls and get far more screen time as humans than ponies, have peach colored skin/coats.
    • Saffron and Coriander in "Spice Up Your Life" are Indian inspired ponies. They have orange and brownish fur respectively, and dark colored manes
  • All of the Thunderians from ThunderCats (1985) and Thundercats 2011 have this trait. The Continuity Reboot takes more care to show "tufts" of fur at places like shoulders and elbows, and occasionally shows facial or bodily fur bristling with anger or surprise, though Through a Face Full of Fur still occurs.
  • Inverted with the Whos in the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; their hair is the same color as their skin.
  • Averted in Peppa Pig. Two of the main pony characters clearly have spots while the zebras stripes are clearly displayed on their faces.
  • In the Tom and Jerry short "Little Quacker", Quacker's dad Henry has a tattoo on his upper arm/wing.
  • Brandy from Brandy & Mr. Whiskers got a tan in at least one episode despite being a dog.
  • Harvey Beaks applies lotion to himself as if he doesn't have feathers. He has a tuft on his head that makes it clear he doesn't have blue skin.
  • While the characters in Max and Ruby clearly have fur, most characters are solid toned. At least one character has been shown to have patches but almost everyone else has completely white or brown fur.

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