Girls Love Stuffed Animals
If you want to give a female character an air of youthful femininity, give her some stuffed animals that she keeps in her room or carries around. Dolls simply won't do, it has to be stuffed animals. Anything from Teddy Bears to Plushies
will help make it clear that even if this character is a woman, she's young at heart.
Although that also means immature in a lot of cases. In fiction, it's often the most girlie or bratty female that still has them. In Real Life
Japan, some women carry them around to try to remain Kawaiiko
for fear of becoming a Christmas Cake
Often the animals are carried around constantly, even to the point of being a Security Blanket
. Other times the stuffed toy will get dropped in an Empathy Doll Shot
. A girl who's still young enough to be in the Princess Phase
will have a court full of them.
Note that this trope is Always Female. Guys having stuffed animals past a certain age would fall under other tropes, such as Real Men Wear Pink.
Women wanting to act mature, of course, will not have any, unless she's Not so Above It All
and has some hidden away.
Not an infrequent feature of works relying on Mars and Venus Gender Contrast
A Creepy Child
will, of course, have a creepy animal
or a dangerous one
Compare All Girls Like Ponies
, All Women Love Shoes
, Pink Means Feminine
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Anime and Manga
- The main character of any Magical Girl show is quite likely to have some in her room more than the other characters. If she has a Mentor Mascot, that character will often be disguised as one.
- Rebecca of Yu-Gi-Oh! has a bear. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has it become evil.
- Note that from her second appearance onward, she's ditched her "cutesy little girl" image, so Teddy is nowhere to be seen. Téa even lampshades the change in the dub.
- Mayu Miyuki's dad bought into this idea in Ai Yori Aoshi... she didn't (except for the one).
- Before the Time Skip, Darry from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is never seen without her stuffed rabbit.
- Sakaki of Azumanga Daioh fits this, given her love of everything cute.
- Despite being a serious Dark Action Girl who nearly kills the protagonists, Lorelei of the Pokémon Special manga has a room full of cute Pokémon plushies.
- Nodoka from Saki keeps a stuffed penguin around as a Security Blanket.
- Kaede Sakura from Kämpfer fits this trope, even if the stuffed animals she collects appear to have committed suicide. Her dedication to the brand goes well beyond just the stuffed animals, as she also has pajamas and other assorted goodies that bear the disturbing creatures.
- As one of many break-the-ice gestures, Vita of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha received a bunny plushie from her master Hayate that she treasures quite a bit and whose likeness is emblazoned on her Nice Hat. Vivio, meanwhile, is rarely seen without a bunny plushie (save for her stint as a Distressed Damsel), especially now that one of them serves as her Transformation Trinket.
- Hayate the Combat Butler Izumi has lots of stuffed animals kept around her room. Though it's not put in a prominent position, the stuffed animal that Hayate saved from a dog ten years ago is still kept around in its ragged condition. It's hinted that this is what reminds Izumi about her childhood promise.
- Chiharu is also shown to have a varied collection before her house is set ablaze◊ by her parents' attempt at their next job.
- In Gunslinger Girl, Triela collects stuffed bears. Plays with the trope because Triela is the most grown-up of the child cyborg assassins (into her teens). At first she is dismissive of them (since they show that her handler really doesn't understand that she's growing up). Later they become something of a touchstone for her.
- Ouran High School Host Club's Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka is a rare male example. He never goes anywhere without his precious stuffed rabbit Usa-chan, despite the fact he's a high school senior. It adds to his Token Mini-Moe gimmick in the Host Club, but he does genuinely love the plushie. And don't you dare mock Honey or try to hurt his Usa-chan, or he will kick your ass. In the manga, Hani's cousin and companion Mori has to fight and defeat him to make the guy promise he won't carry Usa-chan around when in university.
- Another male example is Dr. Ni Jianyi of Saiyuki, who carries around a stuffed rabbit doll at all times which is later revealed to be a Chekhov's Gun.
- Grell Sutcliff of the Black Butler series could also qualify, as he is often depicted in Splash Pages◊ holding a Creepy Doll version of Sebastian. This is taken further in the second season of the anime, wherein Grell is shown holding a Sebastian plush which he kisses before placing among doll versions of Ciel and Alois. He then proceeds to viciously destroy the latter dolls with his chainsaw "scythe."
- Kamichama Karin's Karasuma Himeka has a stuffed rabbit toy she usually carries around with her. Karin herself has some rather unnerving stuffed.... things lurking at the back of her closet....
- In the early-chapters of Mahou Sensei Negima!, Negi ventures to the lair of Evangeline, an ancient Vampire and infamous 1000 year old mass-murderer (with the appearance of a 10 year old little girl) at the request of her servant Chachamaru, to look after her after she caught the flu. To his surprise, instead of a cobweb covered catacomb littered with skulls, he finds a brightly beatiful room filled with adorable toy animals and glowring with warm innocence. This is a glimpse into the psyche of Evangeline (who was turned into an immortal at ten), hinting that she still wants to be an innocent and happy little girl again in spite of living ten centuries of blood, violence, cynicism and hate.
- Luna aka Shiori carried a plush rabbit as a little girl. Seen during the flashback where Fate, her master, recruits her comrade Homura.
- Nodoka also has a stuffed rabbit thing that serves as her backpack.
- Kagome in Strawberry Panic!! has Percival.
- In Yotsuba&!, Ena has not only her teddy bears but a couple other plushies in her room, and Fuka has a Chiyo-chichi as well. Since acquiring her first teddy bear, Yotsuba has been carrying Duralumin everywhere.
- Usagi from Junjou Romantica is a rare adult male example. He collects stuffed bears, and is sometimes shown carrying a large bear called Suzuki around his house. Later we see he has a whole room dedicated to them.
- Asuka from Otomen is another male example, mainly because despite his being a caricature of the ideal young man to all but his closest friends ("all" would include his mom, and for good reason), he's secretly an "Otomen," a guy who adores cute things.
- In a few episodes of Sailor Moon, we see Minako's room, and it's covered with stuffed animals.
- In Freezing, Satellizer may have issues, but she keeps a few plushies in her room.
- In Hidamari Sketch Yuno has a (realistic) teddy bear which she squeezes at one point.
- Anju from Karin adorns her whole room with various stuffed dolls running the gambit of many various forms- stuffed animals among them. All of them have some demonic spirit inhabiting them. She never goes anywhere without Boogie, who acts as her familiar. Boogie himself contains the spirit of a psycho serial killer, and separating either one from each other is NOT a good idea.
- Minnie May Hopkins from Gunsmith Cats has a lot of stuffed animals and sometimes carries them around in public. She's 17 at the start of the manga, but looks and sometimes acts as if she was eight or nine.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kaname Madoka's room is filled with stuffed animals.
- Gender-Inverted Trope (we think) with China.
- At the end of Gundam Wing, Heero gives Relena a teddy bear for her birthday. Rather than being an expression of girliness, however, there's a deeper symbolic meaning behind it: as shown in flashbacks, Heero accidentally blew up a building on a botched mission, including a young girl who befriended him earlier that same day, leaving behind nothing but a teddy bear. Thus, the bear he gives Relena can be seen as his attempting to redeem his mistake by protecting her the way he couldn't the little girl.
- Chihiro from Tamayura ~hitotose~ has a bedroom filled with self-made plushies, and in one particularly heartwarming moment she gives a whole set to Fuu as a parting gift.
- Chihiro also gives some small plushies to use as phone straps to Fuu's friends when she visits Fuu in Takehara.
- Never is Aoi from WORKING!! happier then when she gets a stuffed bear from Satou, calling it "Daisy" and taking it with her everywhere.
- THE iDOLM@STER - Iori is always with her Stuffed Rabbit and Makoto is specially prone to this trope.
- Itsuki from HeartCatch Pretty Cure! has a good-sized collection of stuffed animals; being the Heir to the Dojo, she hides them away because it would conflict with the cool, boyish image she wants to project.
- The Fresh Pretty Cure! movie revealed that Love had an old stuffed rabbit plushie named Usapyon. And it turned out to be alive. And it was instrumental to saving the day.
- Kodomo no Jikan's Rin owns a giant, yellow bear. That looks like pedobear, and has a pair of panties with her bear on them.
- Karin in Shangri-La is a genius programmer and monetary manipulator. She's also a little girl who is rarely separated from her teddy bear. She often talks to it, or pretends her voice is the bear's while serving as a financial consultant at global summits.
- In CLANNAD, Kotomi asked for a teddy bear as a birthday present when she was a kid, entirely because she thought girls were supposed to like them. By high-school age, it seems she really does like them; she randomly hugs a teddy-bear-costumed Tomoyo. And when she finally receives the bear she asked for, it's a massive Tear Jerker. Nagisa also seems to like stuffed animals...if they're the Big Dango Family.
- Juvia from Fairy Tail, though she also has a stuffed Gray doll, which reflects her slightly less innocent Stalker with a Crush tendencies. Lucy and Wendy are also regularly featured with stuffed animals on the splash pages.
- Tatewaki Kunou from Ranma ˝ seems to believe this, as he at one point tries to win favor with "the pigtailed girl" by having his classmate Nabiki deliver an oversized stuffed toy. Given that the pigtailed girl is the alter ego of the title character, who subscribes to a very masculine mindset, it's unlikely that this would have achieved anything positive.
- Adélie in Space Dandy carries a stuffed six-eyed space penguin. She can trap people's minds in it for short periods, with Dandy being the only person not too disoriented to move in it.
- Monica of Monica's Gang is always carrying her plush bunny (which is her Weapon of Choice against
villains anyone). And many other female characters from the same author have plush collections.
- In Hate, Buddy goes on a Blind Date with a lonely career woman who micromanages every aspect of their date and insists on having her way in all things. When they go back to her apartment, one of the first things Buddy notices is her large stuffed animal collection.
- Empowered, despite being a superheroine, has Mellow Mr. Monkey, which keeps her bad dreams away. She thinks, but it doesn't really work.
- Rick Sheridan's girlfriend Alyssa Conover has a number of dolls and stuffed animals in her apartment. Sleepwalker is confused by them, and wonders if they're religious objects that she worships.
- Susie of Calvin and Hobbes loathes Calvin (for good reason), but adores Hobbes. And Hobbes has been known to side with Suzie sometimes, at least to his and Calvin's point of view (in one series of strips, when Calvin and Susie were having a squirtgun fight, Susie took a water balloon that Calvin had given Hobbes, and when Calvin accused him of giving it to her, he admitted it, saying that it was because she had complimented him on his jams).
- Accordingly, Susie also has her own companion, a stuffed rabbit called Mr. Bun.
- Sarah of Labyrinth has lots of them, but later realizes It's All Junk.
- One of the D.E.B.S. has a teddy bear to serve as a gun stand. She is often portrayed as The Ditz.
- Mandy in Animal House, including one choked and punched by her boyfriend Greg.
- Gru blew up a carnival game to get one for his adopted daughter in Despicable Me.
- Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors has a stuffed puppy dog.
- When Selina Kyle snaps and becomes Catwoman, one of the things she does is putting her collection of childish plush toys down her garbage disposal.
- The director of Mean Girls declared it a low point of his career, asking the actress playing Regina's nine-year-old sister to move closer to her teddy bear before flashing.
- An abandoned story arc in UHF had George buying Terri a stuffed animal whenever he screwed up.
- Subverted in Ted in that it is John who is very close to his magic teddy bear after so many years, while Lori, who does like Ted up to a point, wishes that the bear would move out and live his own life.
- In Good Omens, Madam Tracy kept teddy bears in her bedroom because she believed they "created an intimate, coquettish air."
- Glenda in the Discworld book Unseen Academicals has a teddy bear named Mr. Wobbles which, due to an early attempt at sewing, has three eyes.
- Also Agnes Nitt, who, according to Perdita, has two full shelves of these.
- The protagonist of Mike Resnick's Soothsayer trilogy carries a stuffed animal as a tragic reminder of the only person who ever loved her and the one act of human kindness she ever received.
- In the children's book Corduroy, Lisa brings all the money from her piggy bank so she can take Corduroy home. She makes him his own bed next to hers to sleep in, too.
Live Action TV
- In NCIS, Lab Rat Abby Sciuto owns a stuffed hippopotamus named Bert...that wears a bondage collar and farts when squeezed.
(Abby hugs Bert)
- In That '70s Show, Jackie has a collection of stuffed animals. Her favorite is an unicorn that she calls "Fluffycakes".
- Laverne and Shirley had Shirley's Boo Boo Kitty.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a stuffed pig named Mr. Gordo.
- When Kendra gave Buffy her favorite stake, Mr. Pointy, Buffy replied, "When this is over, we're getting you a stuffed animal."
- Angel has Winifred 'Fred' Burkle and her stuffed bunny, Feigenbaum, the "Master of Chaos".
- GilmoreGirls has Colonel Clucker, the stuffed chicken belonging to Rory Gilmore.
- A thirty-something-year-old school teacher in Hoarders appears to have an obsession with stuffed animals; I'm not talking about a few shelves of Beanie Babies, I'm talking about every plush toy she's ever owned on top of shelves of Beanie Babies, in addition to her and her mother's half-dozen cats.
- Diane Chambers had a whole bedroom full of them in Cheers. Sam Malone is completely nonplussed by this when he discovers them. At the end of the episode (due to a hilarious and frustrating series of events), he chucks them all out the window.
- Luna in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is a stuffed cat when inactive.
- Syd from Power Rangers S.P.D. owns a stuffed elephant named "Peanut" that she's had since she was five and still sleeps with him.
- Liz Powell from The Twilight Zone episode "Room 22" has a rag doll and a leopard plushie that she uses as comfort objects.
- Parker from Leverage features this in her first flashback where she first becomes a thief when her stepfather takes away her stuffed bunny. It ends with his house blowing up as she hugs her bunny.
- Claire Bennet from Heroes collects teddy bears and her collection is visibly displayed in her room. Her father brings her new ones from his various "business trips" (actually missions tracking down specials) that she believes he goes on. When she goes off to college, she brings a teddy bear with her.
- In keeping with her status as the youngest (both in age and maturity) of the women in the show, Annie Edison in Community appears to have quite the healthy collection of stuffed animals going on.
- In an unfilmed script for a Firefly episode, Jayne wins a giant stuffed turtle at a town fair. Later in the episode, he sees a morose Kaylee wondering about and considers giving her the turtle, but decides to keep it.
- Champions Organization Book 3, The Blood and Dr. McQuark. One of the NPCs is a young woman who has a large collection of stuffed animals.
- Ashley gets herself a teddy bear at the end of Another Code and has the most adorable picture of her hugging it during the end credits. She still has it in the sequel.
- Prairie of Mega Man ZX has a stuffed kitty that she keeps in her room. Seems odd for the leader of a task force, but it makes sense given the very likely theory that she's Alouette from the Mega Man Zero series and the kitty is her original gift from Ciel.
- Iris of Sakura Taisen has a bear named "Jean-Pierre".
- The World Ends with You has Shiki Misaki constantly carrying around Mr. Mew. Justified because it also functions as her weapon. TWEWY is full of Improbable Weapon Users.
- Further, when she debarks for the RG (or so she thinks), she tells Neku that she'll have Mr. Mew with her, because she was borrowing her best friend Eri's image for the Game, and he wouldn't be able to identify her otherwise.
- Lorelei in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. After you beat her and the rest of the Elite Four, you can access the island where she lives. Her house is full of Pokemon dolls. She will buy new dolls after beating the Elite Four many times.
- There's also Copycat Girl, who appears in many Pokémon games, living in Saffron City. (She inspired the anime character Duplica.) Her room is always full of stuffed Pokémon toys (although one of them proves to be a real Pokémon if the player looks at it closely; either a Doduo, Dudrio, or Banette, depending on the game. (In the original games and in Fire Red and Leaf Green she gives the player the TM Mimic if you give her a Clefairy doll. In Pokémon Gold and Silver and the remake, she asks the player to find her Clefairy doll in Vermillion City (presumably the same one) and if he does, she gives him a ticket to ride the Magnet Train that travels between Kanto and Johto.
- Young Deimos Bededora in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits carries around a stuffed rabbit which also serves as her attack weapon. It obviously does little damage since her real battle method is that of a Marionette Master.
- In Dead Rising 2 Chuck can bring back giant stuffed animals for his daughter.
- Lulu carries one in Final Fantasy X, but she uses it to focus her magic attacks.
- Not even badass Dark Action Girls who make a business in gunning down the scum of society are immune. As revealed in the Anaksha Female Assassin Mini-Adventures, Anaksha absolutely adores stuffed chimps, and you can find one in every Mini-Adventure. It isn't necessary to finish the game, but it's sure nice for that 100% Completion.
- League of Legends champion Annie is never without her teddy bear Tibbers. Of course Tibbers isn't actually a teddy bear, but a demon bear she polymorphed to be her bodyguard. He's also on fire.
- Dr Dala from Fallout: New Vegas (specifically, Old World Blues) obsesses about teddy bears. Of course, by the time you meet her, she uses teddy bears as a euphemism for the lobotomites.
- There's a rather serious example in American McGee's Alice. A stuffed rabbit was Alice's favorite toy as a child, and after the fire that killed her family, she kept holding onto it, even after being committed to Rutledge Asylum. The doll seemed to be keeping her stable and there were a few instances that proved it: When a kind nurse tried to replace its lost eye, Alice started to sob hysterically and began to speak in cryptic rhyme, not stopping until the eye was removed. Later, when two sadistic orderlies tried to destroy it, she freaked out and attacked them with a spoon, and almost cut her own wrists with it. Later, Dr. Wilson tried a "shock treatment" by taking it away, but it only caused her to scream uncontrollably until the nurse gave it back (which actually helped her recover a little, causing her to draw a picture of the White Rabbit for the nurse.) Still, exactly what role the doll had in her actual quest to gain her sanity back (which was initiated by the White Rabbit) is a matter of conjecture.
- Played for laughs (in a Black Humor way) in two Challenge Tower matches in Mortal Kombat 9, where Mileena tries to give a teddy bear to Scorpion (who claims he "hates teddies".) Naturally, his refusal leads to brutal and bloody battle to the death (Mileena still trying to convince him to accept it even as she fights him), and if she wins, she throws it at his corpse, shouting, "Just take it!" (Of course, if he wins, he cruelly destroys it before he kills her.)
- Saber from the Fate/stay night visual novel gets a stuffed lion from Fujimura-sensei early on in the Fate path. Later, during day fourteen, Shirou takes Saber on a date, where they go visit "the biggest stuffed animal store in town", a place where "no men are allowed" (or at least, that's an unspoken rule according to Shirou).
- Maria Ushiromiya in Umineko no Naku Koro ni is a dark take on this. If you're wondering why you haven't seen anything like this, it's because her mother Rosa tore up the stuffed lion she loved and constantly talked to, Sakutaro. With the loss of said lion, poor Maria started to get both angrier and creepier, as can be seen from the progressively-darker entries in her journal. This did not end well.
- However, in the same series there's a more light-hearted take on the trope: while Sakutaro does not appear as a stuffed animal to the Seven Sisters of Purgatory (rather, he has the appearance of a cute little boy with lion ears wearing an oversized shirt), they still adore him and always glomp him every chance they get.
- In Yumina The Ethereal, Yumina's room aboard the Zelerm is full of them.
Web Comics / Web Originals
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Molly, who is younger than she looks, has a teddy bear named Callisto (named for a Greek nymph who got changed into a bear).
- Kotone of Tsunami Channel fame is quite the addict to collecting plushies, and her favorite is a fox-shaped one. Alex, who is a boy but love stuffed animals just the same.
- Misty (codename Superchick - she picked it herself) of the Whateley Universe. She's fourteen and away from home for the first time, and she has a collection of unicorns. Tennyo (Billie Wilson) has a stuffed cabbit, but it's weaponized.
- In Survival of the Fittest v3, Alice Jones for most of the game carries around a plush rabbit, and is mentioned as having a collection of stuffed animals back home. Later on, she starts to hallucinate said rabbit talking to her, and eventually replaces it with Guy Rapide's head.
- Grace gets a nice-sized squirrel plush in an El Goonish Shive filler panel; it shows up in her arms in the main comic, too. She later gets a stuffed hedgehog, guinea pig and bat (representing her siblings Hedge, Guineas, and Vladia) for her birthday courtesy of her boyfriend Tedd.
- Terezi of Homestuck has many dragon plashes (Scalemates) of various colors scattered around her treehive. In her introduction, she is shown pretending to be an Amoral Attorney prosecuting one of her plushies in a Kangaroo Court, and hanging it from her tree. The camera zooms out to reveal at least a dozen other stuffed dragons who shared the same fate.
- Several others form the backbone of her legal and forensic support team. Which doesn't rule out the suspicion that they squeazled their way onto said team to subvert the investigation from the inside.
- Meenah finds the main one, Pyralspite, and declares that she will never stop hugging it ever and tags it as highly desirable merchandise.
- Jade also has a sizable collection of Squiddles, soft octopus/squid plushies with magnets in them that make them tangle up when put together.
- Jodie from Loserz still loves her teddy bear. See here.
- In Freefall, Helix is generally referred to as male, but still loves those stuffed animals, which Florence has borrowed from time to time for herself.
- Kharla'ggen of Drowtales has loved plushies for years, and they helped calm her down when she was at her most crazy. Unfortunately then things got worse and along with the other plushies, Kharla started making dolls out of living people.
- The Nostalgia Chick has a shedload of cuddly toys. She's not quite girly, but it shows she's not trying too hard to be adult.
- What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? viewers are well acquainted with Tara's vast collection of hippo plushies, which she calls the Hippo Lantern Corps. Standouts include Disembodied Orgasm Hippo, Humperdink, her first hippo, and an official copy of Bert The Farting Bondage Hippo, mentioned above. And that's just scratching the surface!
- Furry Experience: Cat has a bunch of stuffed animals that she builds a nest with to curl up in when she's feeling down.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh Three collects Rainbow Monkey dolls. She is obsessed with them.
- As does Numbuh Eighty-Six.
- Kim Possible herself has been mentioned to collect Cuddle Buddies.
- In Jane and the Dragon, Jane always works very hard to prove she's just as tough as any of the guys, even refusing to wear a dress at a royal function. The opening credits have her singing in a dignified youthful contralto about how she wants to "prove that a girl could be knight, though my friends all laughed at me," as the camera pans around her room at all the evidence of this... and then passes by a child's worn and well-loved tiny stuffed dragon on the bed. The effect is adorable.
- In Danny Phantom, Jazz has a few stuffed animals in her room. The most significant is Bearbert which plays a plot point in one episode as one of the few ties she has left of her childhood. Because she viewed herself as an adult-stuck-in-a-teen's-body, her younger brother Danny had to childishly destroy the bear in order for her to throw a temper tantrum so she can see the Youngblood, a ghost kid only seen by children.
- Subverted on Jimmy Two-Shoes. Jimmy and Beezy find out that Heloise has an entire collection of dolls, causing everyone to laugh at her. Turns out they're Hollywood Voodoo dolls.
- In Batman: The Animated Series, when Commissioner Gordon picked up his daughter Barbara from the airport, he brought Barbara's teddy bear "Woobie" with him. When Bruce Wayne happened to run into the Commissioner and saw him holding the bear, Gordon sheepishly "explained" that Woobie knew the way better than he did.
- In the second season of Code Lyoko, Aelita finds a stuffed toy elf that she recognizes as "Mr. Puck" which resembles an elf that keeps appearing in her nightmares. She and her friends find a bus locker key on it that opens a locker containing Franz Hopper's journal. Although she doesn't remember where it came from at that time, sleeping with it somehow makes the nightmares stop. The doll was actually a gift from Hopper - her father - and probably served as an emphatic connection to him.
- In this video, released on January 14, 2014, a man gives his fiancé a friend she thought she lost forever. Watch here.