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[[caption-width-right:300:Well, at least there's a complete outfit between them.]]

->''"You know what's weird? DonaldDuck never wore pants. But whenever he's getting out of the shower, he always puts a towel around his waist. I mean, what is that about?"''
-->-- '''Chandler''', ''Series/{{Friends}}'' [[note]][[FridgeBrilliance To keep the floor from getting wet!]][[/note]]

While characters having [[RingAroundTheCollar inexplicable collars]] is an animation cheat, one might think a character who wears a full outfit might be easier to draw.

But if your characters are {{Funny Animal}}s, you are bound to run the gamut of animals until you hit unfamiliar ones. A [[FullyDressedCartoonAnimal full outfit]] has a high chance of obscuring what species a character is, so you're bound to find just enough clothing to make it quirky to that character without covering up the most basic cues, with the major exception of WhiteGloves. Characters with distinctive tails might not get pants, and ducks are rarely given shoes. Some half-dressed cartoon animals wear shoes, but others do not. Also, shirtless ones are more likely to wear shoes than pantless ones.

Half-dressed cartoon animals often, but not exclusively, come in two variants,

* Pantless or Bare-bottomed: wears a shirt, coat, vest, or some other kind of top, but no pants, shorts, or overalls, or a skirt and very rarely with any underwear on.[[note]]A shirt or any other kind of top without pants, shorts, overalls, or a skirt but with underwear would border on fully dressed if the underwear looks enough like shorts.[[/note]] This also refers to characters wearing dresses or skirts (even long ones) with shirts but without underwear. This variant is [[PantslessMalesFullyDressedFemales more common in male animals than in female animals]].
* Shirtless or Bare-chested: wears pants, shorts, overalls (which often border on fully dressed), or a skirt, but without a shirt or any other kind of top. Some characters wearing skirts without shirts are not wearing any underwear. Some characters of this type wear vests in such a way that the chest isn't covered, which can border on fully dressed. This variant is a lot more common for female characters than the pantless variant. Overlaps with WalkingShirtlessScene.

Very importantly, this does ''not'' mean a character without an outfit is automatically regarded as "naked". Most animal characters from UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation wore no clothes whatsoever, but acted denuded only when random comic violence rendered them featherless or furless, with their underlying bare skin (and occasional GoofyPrintUnderwear) revealed. Hence, feathers and fur have long been grandfathered in as an acceptable [[FurIsClothing animal analogue for clothing]]. Strangely, if a half-dressed character loses their shirt they will suddenly realize their crotch is exposed.

In general, they [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment generally]] won't wear any footwear as it has the issue of not communicating the "animal" part of their name/species and also being something more limited to the more human PettingZooPeople type of cartoon animal.

Female characters are likely to be depicted wearing a skirt, but that's mostly a [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics gender clue.]] [[NonhumansLackAttributes So it's a good thing that most of them lack primary and secondary sexual characteristics anyway]].

A form of LampshadeHanging involves having the character wrap [[ModestyTowel a towel]] around themselves (which kinda makes sense, as wet fur/hair is as form-fitting as a wet T-shirt). Sometimes further Lampshaded by having the towel fall off.

The majority of half dressed cartoon animals are on the CivilizedAnimal[=\=]FunnyAnimal tier, but half dressed cartoon animals can range from NearlyNormalAnimal to PettingZooPeople on the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism. However, as PettingZooPeople have more humanoid bodies than the lower tiers, they can look [[UncannyValley very unnerving]] to some (Especially if they are nearing Borderline LittleBitBeastly tier). As a result, pantsless and shirtless PZP aren't very common.

See also PantslessMalesFullyDressedFemales. Related to BarefootCartoonAnimal. Subtrope of AppropriateAnimalAttire.

Oddly enough, this is something of a TruthInTelevision: people who dress their pets in costumes, or just to protect them from extreme cold, tend to leave off pants so the animal can relieve itself without making a mess.

!!Example subpages:

* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/{{Advertising}}
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/ComicBooks
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/ComicStrips
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/{{Literature}}
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/LiveActionTV
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/VideoGames
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/{{Webcomics}}
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal/WesternAnimation



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Tony Tony Chopper from ''Manga/OnePiece'', although he does wear full outfits in a few arcs. Is 100% full-clothed after [[spoiler:the time skip]]
* Excalibur of ''Manga/SoulEater'' only wears a shirt and top-hat, though he's not an animal. This is lampshaded in his first appearance when Black Star immediately asks what he is and why the hell he's not wearing any pants.
* Panther Lily and Lector in ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* Luna from ''Manga/HappyHappyClover'' is the only character who is seen wearing clothing, at least in the original manga. In the anime, Clover & Friends are seen wearing red hoods during the winter which wasn't present in the original manga.

* As with the Trope page quote, Dutch comedian Harry Jekkers mentioned the fact that WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck wears no trousers during one of his shows in the early nineties. In fact, he points out that a '''Duck''', while walking as a normal human being, wears no pants. What follows is his outrage when he points out that when this same '''Duck''' is in his natural element -- swimming in water -- he suddenly starts wearing ''swimming trunks.'' Cue laughter from audience.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZanyToTheMax'':
** Zak (when [[ConjoinedTwins separated from Ko]]), Pakko, and Makko all wear shirts but no pants.
** Takko and Jakko Zarner also wear shirts but no pants.
** Averted with Jot, Zot, Sikko, Coach Nurse, Sekoila, and the Yarner twins. They are all {{Barefoot Cartoon Animal}}s.
** Subverted with Dot, who is revealed to wear a black shirt in the first episode ("The Blue Dot" segment), making her a BarefootCartoonAnimal as well.
* In ''Fanfic/HailToTheKing'', the unnamed protagonist is a human who wakes up in Equestria in King Sombra's body. He comments on how he has an awesome armor and cape, but no pants.
* In ''A Sly Encounter'', a ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' and ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' crossover comic [[http://gameboysage.deviantart.com/art/A-Sly-Encounter-Part-9-409025116 plays]] with it, when Sally is confused why people would need privacy when dressing, with Sly insisting on her wearing pants and a shirt. He squicks himself out when thinking about Murray without pants, and (as he is a hippo) without fur.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Halfway through ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', the chipmunks start to wear just sweaters/sweatshirts, though Simon wears glasses.
* ''Film/BedknobsandBroomsticks'' In this Disney live action animated movie. Miss Price, Professor Emilius Browne, and the 3 children accidentally go visit, underwater in the ocean by the isle of Naboombu. There they see half dressed fish underwater, when their bed gets pulled up by a fishing hook, they arrive on the Isle of Naboombu and they meet a sailor bear who wears a shirt but no pants or shoes on. They go visit the Lion King Leonidas who has a soccer match. Most of the animals at the game wears both a shirt and shorts but only one doesn't wear shorts such as the alligator. Also the Cheetahs shorts fall down before he pulls them right back up. Some of the Animals sitting in the Bleachers only wears a shirt but no pants.
* Early cinema's ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y2tP9s8y2Ic Le Cochon Danseur]]'', a 1907 short film based on a popular French vaudeville act. The pig even uses a ModestyTowel when his waist coat is pulled off.
* ''Film/KangarooJack'' Charlie and Louis run into a kangaroo with their truck. Louis then puts his red lucky jacket with the $50,000 in the jacket on the kangaroo and take their pictures. The Kangaroo then wakes up and takes off with Louis red jacket and they go on a wild chase after the Kangaroo wearing only the red jacket with money in it.
* The 2018 film adaptation of ''Film/PeterRabbit'' features the main character in his iconic blue jacket. Contrary to the books, this trope is also applied to most of the supporting talking animal characters, wearing only a shirt, blouse and/or jacket.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': In a variant, ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' suggests droids view their outer coverings as clothing with C-3PO embarrassed about being "naked".
* Roger Rabbit from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' wears red overalls, and a blue and yellow bowtie. Only one of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad weasels]] wears pants, and for some reason he hikes them right up to his chest. (Possibly because weasels have low waistlines and short limbs, so this is the only way he can reach the pockets.)

* In ''Pinball/PoliceForce,'' the villains and civilians are FunnyAnimals who wear little to no clothing.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Referenced in ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'' ThemeSong - "Pawpets, Pawpets/We will sing and dance/Pawpets, Pawpets/We're not wearing pants"

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/HomestarRunner does not seem to wear any pants, but he does wear a shirt, shoes ([[LongPants that look exactly like his feet, but with blue soles stuck to them]])[[labelnote:Proof]]A certain shot in ''In Search of the Yello Dello''.[[/labelnote]] and a propellor cap (he calls it his "buzzer"). Also, Marzipan's ancestor, Old-Timey Marzipan, seems to wear a skirt... but it's actually her ''body''. Strong Bad lampshaded this on one occasion.
-->'''Strong Bad:''' You've gotta be kiddin' me! I'm the only one that wears any pants!?
** In [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail127.html one Strong Bad E-Mail]], Homestar claims that he always wears long white pants. Strong Bad also lampshades the apparent "soles stuck to the bottom of his feet".
*** Whenever Homestar is shown shirtless, his entire torso is censored via {{pixellation}}, with two exceptions: In Strong Bad's fan fiction in the WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail "fan club", Homestar is just wearing a fig leaf, and in the 2014 Halloween cartoon "I Killed Pom Pom!" Homestar dresses up as [[Series/ArrestedDevelopment Tobias Funkë]], wearing nothing but cut-off shorts and blue skin paint.
** It gets even weirder when Strong Sad, who doesn't seem to wear any pants (or anything for that matter), is rather concerned about buying his favorite underwear back from an online auction in "Bug and Mouth Disease".
** Coach Z seems to be naked, but on a few occasions it's implied that he's actually wearing a green jumpsuit. That he never removes [[ThePigpen or washes]].
-->'''Strong Bad:''' Hey, I always wondered, is your skin green or are you wearing a green body suit? Y'know with footies and sockies.\\
'''Coach Z:''' Oh, I got footies alright... [[TheUnreveal athletes' footies]].
* [[Music/CrazyFrog The Annoying Thing/Crazy Frog]] is often depicted with only a leather jacket, helmet, and goggles. This is a bit of a subversion in that unlike almost all others the Crazy Frog has visible naughty bits.[[note]]Eventually, though, the Crazy Frog commercials had a black censor bar.[[/note]]

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In 1959, there was actually a group called the ''Society for Indecency to Naked Animals'' or SINA, a hoax perpetrated by comedian Alan Abel until 1962. Buck Henry played its president, G. Clifford Prout, while Abel played the vice president, and its goal was to clothe all animals. One of its mottos was "A nude horse is a rude horse." Apparently, lots of people fell for it and tried to donate money for the cause.
* Many college mascots are animals clad only in a sweater bearing the school's initials. Likewise, a good chunk of UsefulNotes/{{fur|ryFandom}}suiters either wear a shirt or shorts/pants. Sometimes the article of clothing ''is'' part of the costume, as in the costumer never bothered to make legs or a complete torso for it (both to keep costs down and make it less hot to wear), letting the clothing hide this fact.
* In at least one case, Winnie the Pooh's half-clothed nature was considered SeriousBusiness when a conservative Polish council [[http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/winnie-the-pooh-banned-from-polish-playground-for-being-an-inappropriate-hermaphrodite-9872278.html opted to exclude him from a playground on that basis]].