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->''"That's human nature for you. Even if you're a penguin."''
-->-- '''The Narrator''', ''Disney/TheThreeCaballeros''

Ever hear a FunnyAnimal say, "I'm only human."?

[[FridgeLogic Weird, ain't it?]] This may indicate that a FunnyAnimal is unaware that he is an animal. This may also apply to actions, such as a dog eating ice cream or chocolate without getting sick, or a [[WestrnAnimation/IAmWeasel weasel]] [[InterspeciesRomance having a romantic relationship with a human]] with no comment whatsoever. Most likely, it implies that the creator views the character's appearance as simply cosmetic; as far as the setting is concerned, they're just as human as you, no matter what they might look like. Ever wonder why WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse was never shown with cheese in the theatrical cartoons? Creator/WaltDisney himself forbade it!

-> ''"[[StockAnimalDiet Cheese]] makes Mickey seem like a mouse. He's really not a mouse, you know, he's really more a human."''

Sometimes, of course, this simply happens because MostWritersAreHuman. Can be combined with FurryReminder for comedic effect. Related to FurryConfusion and AnthropomorphicShift. Not to be confused with denying you are part of the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. If a non-human is knowingly and ironically referring to himself as human, it's InTheOriginalKlingon.

SubTrope of IWouldSayIfICouldSay. Contrast FurryReminder. Compare and Contrast FurryLens.



* One ad for Charmin toilet paper features some of their signature bear characters talking about how strong their toilet paper is, so strong in fact, that "it keeps your underwear cleaner!" and "you could wear them a second day". It seems odd that these statements would be gathered from a conversation being had by a bunch of FunnyAnimal bears that aren't even wearing anything except [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal hats and glasses]], if that.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Kitty of Franchise/HelloKitty fame isn't supposed to be an actual cat, but a little girl... Who is shaped like a cat. It makes as much sense as Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck being human for all intents and purposes.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Tony Tony Chopper is a reindeer that ate a Devil Fruit called the "Human Human Fruit" ("Hito Hito no Mi" in Japan), which gave him human awareness and intelligence, as well as the ability to transform into a human (although he looks like a BeastMan in that form) and a [[PartialTransformation hybrid form]] that's a cross between the human form and his original reindeer form. This trope is mostly averted, as Chopper is fully aware that he's still a reindeer, but on at least one occasion during the [[spoiler:Fishman Island]] arc, [[spoiler:Jinbe]] exclaimed that Luffy and the Straw Hats shouldn't fight [[spoiler:the New Fishman Pirates]]. Chopper (along with Franky, a {{Cyborg}}) wonder why and ask "Is it because... we're humans?", to which Sanji replies:
--> '''Sanji:''' Don't you two say it!! That just makes things more confusing!!
** There's also Pappug the starfish. When he was young, he thought he was a human, because he confused the word "hitode" (which is Japanese for "starfish") for the word "hito" (Japanese for "human"). Averted as he grew older and realized he was a starfish all this time. Now, he's a full-fledged FunnyAnimal.
* This often happens to Meowth in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''.
** A particularly funny example was in the episode where Meowth, Team Rocket, Ash and Misty have a Pokémon tournament to decide who gets to keep Togepi. When it's Meowth's turn to duel, he realizes he has no Pokémon. After failing to get Team Rocket to lend him one of theirs, it suddenly dawns on him that ''he's'' a Pokémon... and thus can bark commands at ''himself''. HilarityEnsues.

[[folder:Comic Book]]
* ''ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse'':
** In the Creator/CarlBarks comic "[[http://disneycomics.free.fr/Ducks/Barks/show.php?s=date&loc=1950/W_OS_263-03 The Trail of the Unicorn]]", Scrooge [=McDuck=] sends for Donald to help capture the one animal he is missing from his zoo, but the nephews take this the wrong way and interrupt his exposition with the following protest:
---> '''Huey:''' You can't lock Unca' Donald in your old zoo!\\
'''Dewey and Louie:''' And, besides, he isn't an animal!
** Both Creator/DonRosa and Carl Barks famously claimed that Donald is rather a man that happens to look like a duck.
* ''{{ComicBook/Maus}}'', a comic book about Holocaust by Creator/ArtSpiegelman. The Jews are mice, Germans are cats, Poles are pigs, but generally, this is only their appearance.
* Volume II of ''ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' had this demonstrated by H-9, a hybrid creation of [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Dr. Moreau]] who happens to be a more ferocious version of the title character of ''ComicStrip/RupertBear''. He scolds H-14 (Tiger Tim) for crawling on all fours and lapping up water and angrily insists that he and the other hybrids are "not beasts" when Mina insists on referring to them as such.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Inverted in ''Fanfic/ATwilightLanding'', after being [[HumanityEnsues turned into a human herself]], [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] tends to use ponyisms when talking about other humans, such as calling men and women "stallions" and "mares" respectively and using words like "everypony" when talking about people.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Creator/RalphBakshi's reasoning for why the anthropomorphic characters in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Coonskin}}'' never act like animals is that it would ruin what he was trying to create, which was a more realistic and mature form of animation. This is specifically the reason why a scene in ''Fritz the Cat'' where Duke the Crow saves Fritz was changed from [[ComicBook/FritzTheCat R. Crumb's comic]]; Crumb had Duke flying Fritz away from a car crash, whereas he grabs a railing in the film. Bakshi admits that he wasn't entirely satisfied with the solution, but it kept him from using any "animal" behavior to further the plot.
* In ''Disney/MickeysChristmasCarol'', Scrooge [=McDuck=], who's playing Ebenezer Scrooge from ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is referred to as an "Englishman", despite being a ''duck'', let alone a Scottish one.
--> '''Willie The Giant (as The Ghost of Christmas Present):''' Fe! Fi! Fo! Fum!\\
I smell. I mean, I smell.\\
A stingy little Englishman!\\
I think I do.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Played with in the SpecialEdition of ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Jabba, you're a wonderful human being." When the scene was originally shot, Jabba ''was'' a human being. Lucas decided not to use the scene until the SpecialEdition where he could replace the human actor with a CGI Jabba. It wound up being somewhat serendipitous since the line comes off as slightly sarcastic and quite fitting for Han Solo's character.
* PlayedForDrama and deconstructed in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' and its sequels. Rocket Raccoon is an [[UpliftedAnimal uplifted raccoon]], but ''hates'' being reminded of that fact and reacts with with extreme fury when people press the topic. This is because he believes that everyone sees him as just a dumb animal pumped full of mutagens and cybernetics, rather than as a real person. Not to mention his uplifting was a horrific and traumatic experience that he'd really prefer to not be reminded of.
* ''Film/StuartLittle'': {{Lampshaded}} in the second film, in a conversation between Stuart (a mouse living in a human family) and the family cat:
-->'''Stuart''': I mean, what am I, a man or a... mouse...\\
'''Snowbell''': Is that a trick question?

* A sort of third-person variant. In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, the other wizards, and most of Ankh-Morpork, have gotten so used to the Librarian's form (he was turned into an Orangutan early in the series), that it's mentioned if an outsider had told the Wizards they saw an orangutan in the library, they'd probably go and ask the Librarian if he'd seen it.
* The ''Series/SesameStreet'' tie-in Picture Book ''Literature/TheMonsterAtTheEndOfThisBook'' is probably this for [[spoiler:Grover]]. [[spoiler:Grover]] spends the entire book trying to stop readers from encountering a monster at the end of the book, only to [[spoiler:find that he is that monster.]]
* In-universe example in the ''Literature/XWingSeries''. Apparently "We're only human" is a phrase there, too, and a non human character pointedly states that while the ''speaker'' is human, ''he'' is not.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In one episode of ''Series/BarneyAndFriends'', BJ (one of the dinosaur characters) refers to himself as a "human cannonball".

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]

* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', while hiking, Calvin scares Hobbes by shouting, "LOOK! A TIGER!"
* Given that [[ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes Bill Watterson]] cites ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' as a major influence, perhaps it was based on a similar joke in a ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' strip, between Howland Owl and Albert Alligator:
-->'''Howland''': Do you know what ''el legarto'' means?
-->'''Albert''': (''indifferently'') A cigar?
-->'''Howland''': 'An alligator'!
-->'''Albert''': WHERE?!
* The Dog from ''ComicStrip/FootrotFlats'' has also once said this. [[ADogNamedDog As his name implies - he is a dog.]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' once forgot he was a cat and shaved off his facial hair.
* In a ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip from 1991, Snoopy was about to drink from a water fountain at Charlie Brown's school when a girl saw him and said, "Hey! There's a dog in the hall!" Snoopy looked around and replied, [[WhereWhere "Where?"]]
** In an earlier story, Sally is doing a report on animals. Snoopy is initially reluctant to help her because he claims that "I don't know any animals" (this evidently means that he doesn't consider birds to be animals, either).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' at the end of the "Out To Dry" quest, Fidget states she would like to "maul [Gianni's] face off" to which Dust replies "Manners Fidget, it's what separates us from the animals." This is perhaps intended to be doubly funny as Dust and Fidget occupy different positions in the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism.
* In the "Black Velvetopia" level of ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', one of the artist dogs mentioned that he's forced to hide in the alley "Like a lowdown dog". One of the lines you have the option of replying with is "Okay, promise you won't take this the wrong way, but you ARE a dog".
* The ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' episode "The Penal Zone" has Max, an anthropomorphic rabbit, telling Sam, an anthropomorphic dog, that his psychic powers make him the next stage in "our" evolution. Whose evolution, exactly?
** The comics give us this intentional example:
-->'''Sam''': Who knows what effect it had on civilisation?
-->'''Max''': Maybe it's a planet of talking animals ambling about on their hind legs like humans!
-->'''Sam''': Oh, that's just silly.
** Played with in ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'', where they buy a coloring book. Sam can ask Max if he wants to do any coloring, and Max points out that [[FurryReminder he's colorblind]]. Sam then realises, "Me, too." [[NegativeContinuity The coloring book can still be used with what are explicitly Max's crayons, and there's several puzzles in the game which rely on colour codes.]]


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/AGirlAndHerFed'' includes in its cast Speedy, an intelligence-enhanced koala.
-->'''Speedy:''' [[http://www.agirlandherfed.com/1.96.html I didn't fall out of the eucalyptus tree yesterday, kitten.]] If I want to be jerked around, I'll find myself a zoo. So shut your yap and mind your manners and we can pretend that we're both real human beings.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Femmegasm}}'', Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog does this.
* Very prevalent in ''Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt'', as seen above. In fact, it's explicitly stated that animals took the name "man" for themselves.
* The furry enthusiasts in ''Untitled'' [[http://untitled.comicgenesis.com/d/20000921.html were told by a Furry to get a life]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* PlayedForLaughs in [[http://youtu.be/2yUxsfaIOL4 this]] memorable bit from ''WebOriginal/MattNDusty''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' frequently [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade on instances of this]], like Gumball pointing out that it's pointless for Tina (a T. rex) to get piano lessons because she only has 4 fingers, or Gumball trying to throttle Darwin but failing because Darwin doesn't have a neck. One instance that is never commented on is Teri's obsession with washing hands despite being made of paper.
** "The Mustache" features Miss Simian talking about the human body...even though none of her students are human.
** In "The Loophole", Robert concludes that humanity is the biggest threat to life on earth based on what he examines other people doing, even though none of his references are human.
* The cast of WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}} (and the book series it's based on) are basically a bunch of average kids, their families and teachers....who just happen to be different anthropomorphic critters. This is rarely mentioned.
* ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' has the Count run afoul of a couple of Egyptian cultists, who believe that as soon as the god Ra has had his fill of HumanSacrifice, he will raise their pharaoh from the dead. Duckula lives in a world of anthropomorphic birds.
-->'''Count Duckula:''' Ah, ''[[ExactWords human]]'' sacrifice.
-->'''Yubi:''' Well, more or less human, give or take a feather.
* In the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck short "Early to Bed", he quips "Maybe I'm just a duck, but I'm human."
* The Creator/CartoonNetwork series ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'' uses this trope frequently. A rather hilarious example may be when Weasel said something along the lines of, "They may only be baboons, but they're still human!"
* Brian the dog from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' [[ZigZaggedTrope Zig-Zags]] with this.
-->'''Peter:''' Holy crap! You can talk!
** In one episode, Brian campaigned for equal rights for dogs, only for all the humans around to treat him like an idiot. This was presumably because, other than Brian and rare, one-off characters like his gay cousin Jasper, every other dog in the show's universe is an ordinary animal. Most of the time, though, the characters treat Brian as human (including the women he sleeps with), but then occasionally jarring the viewer with some reminder that he has at least some canine qualities.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' had a rather funny example of this:
-->'''Bender:''' C'mon, Fry, I really wanna see [Past-O-Rama]. You know how I yearn for a simpler time. A time of barn dances and buggy rides, before life was cheapened by heartless hi-tech machines.\\
'''Leela:''' But, Bender, you are--\\
''(Bender holds his hands to his ear units and shakes his head.)''\\
** Also, we have this:
-->'''Bender:''' You're my best friend, Fry, I'm sorry I treated you so badly.\\
'''Fry:''' Apology accepted. After all, you're only human.\\
''(They pat each other on the backs)''\\
'''Leela:''' Wait a minute! You did it all backwards.\\
''(Fry and Bender stop and look towards Leela)''\\
'''Leela:''' Fry's the one who should be-- Oh, never mind!
* This happens quite often on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. In one episode, a bystander said that [[FatCat PJ]] "can't be human". They also make frequent references to things being "humanly possible". Everyone in-universe seems to be some sort of cat (Pete and P.J.) or dog (every other "anthro" character) except for occasional cameos (which aren't human either).
* MickeyMouse, besides the ears and tail, is barely a mouse himself. Walt Disney wouldn't let him be shown [[StockAnimalDiet eating cheese]]. However, cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', created long after Walt's death, actually ''do'' show him having an affinity to cheese.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** In one cartoon, Sylvester (a TalkingAnimal) is trying to catch and eat a bluebird, much to the dismay of his son (a FunnyAnimal). The following exchange occurs:
--->'''Sylvester Jr.:''' Oh, father. You're just ''not human''.\\
'''Sylvester Sr.:''' Of course I'm not human - I'm a ''cat''!
** One of Elmer Fudd's few solo cartoons had him watching his boss's dog, Rover, for a few days. His boss informed him that Rover believed himself to be human and expected Elmer to treat him that way. Throughout the cartoon, Elmer would slip up (feeding Rover dog food, or have him watch a Series/{{Lassie}} expy, etc), causing Rover to be offended.
** In the 1941 cartoon, "The Cat's Tale", a mouse gets chased by a cat, and tired of it, tries to give himself the courage stand up to him. He looks at himself in the mirror and says, "What am I? A man or a mouse? I'm a man!" and proceeds to go out and talk to the cat. By the end of the cartoon, after all of his plans backfired and the cat is chasing him again. He gives himself another peptalk to try and go back out there, once again asking himself "What am I? A man or a mouse." He then shrugs and says, "I'm a mouse," and leaves it at that.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'':
** The episode "That's My Baby" Tina Russo's sister's baby, Zachary, is never referred to as a duckling even though he is one. He is instead always referred to as a baby as if he were a human baby. Also, he's drinking milk, which human and other mammal babies drink, not ducklings or any other baby bird for that matter.
** In "Daffy - The Commando," WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck wears a shirt labeled "Human Cannon Ball" when he flies into Berlin, Germany. Though knowing Daffy it isn't too off to think he'd wear one even if he is a duck.
* ''WesternAnimation/MutantLeague'': When primary hero Bones Justice (a living skeleton-like mutant) suffers a loss of confidence in his abilities and becomes a dick about it, his scaly friend Razor Kid works to bring him out of it. After recovering by the episode's end, a now confident Bones quotes Razor's own words back at him. "Hey, I'm only human. Sort of."
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland'', Scooby was chasing cats when their owner told Shaggy to stop his dog. Scooby's response? [[WhereWhere "Rog, Rhere?"]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Cartman's attempt to prank Butters by disgusing himself as a robot goes out of hand, and he ends up captured by government officials who believe he's a robot with memories and consciousness and has this trope in effect, a belief which lasts up until his UnroboticReveal.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Brainiac attributes (the Kryptonian) Jor-El's doomsday predictions to "human error".
* In one ''WesternAnimation/TopCat'' episode, TC leaves one of his gang as collateral for a loan. The lender is perplexed: "A human collateral?" Then again, the only time in the entire series when the gang actually behave like cats is when they spend the winter at Dibble's, and they all jump into the only bed, crowding Dibble out and pushing him onto the floor: anyone with a cat knows what THAT's like.
** The episode 'The Million Dollar Derby' has this line.
-->'''Benny:''' I like animals. Some of my best friends are animals.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' has Lion-O speak of someone losing their humanity, even though there are no humans ever featured in the series.