Humanoid Female Animal

Well, this is... jarring...
In many cartoon TV shows, films, and video games, the female animal characters may be drawn more obviously anthropomorphic than the male animals.

The males will look like cute cartoony critters or real animals, while the females will have curvaceous, more humanoid body shapes. They may come complete with Hartman Hips and/or Non-Mammal Mammaries. Frequently, females will be the only ones to have human-like hair, often long and flowing.

There may be a reasonable purpose for this: Humans are much more visually oriented than many other animals (except most birds), and these features are the most obvious visual cues for humans in telling female humans from males. Other species may have different visual cues, but what's the use in expecting the audience to recognize them? And what else could you do to distinguish that your animal character is female? Just give them human-like lady features and call it a day.

It is worth noting, perhaps, that facial hair is probably the one mostly male-exclusive attribute used for such characters, this being one clue of masculinity that is not hidden by clothing.

(Then again, this might be done for some other reasons, though it is hard to imagine what they might be...)

In other words, the female animals tend to be at least a half-notch closer to the "human" end of the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism than the male animals. A few of them may even be very anthro compared to their male equivalents.

This trope applies only to characters based on actual known species. Aliens, monsters and mythical beings can have Bizarre Alien Biology, after all.

See also Men Are Generic, Women Are Special; Cute Monster Girl; Humanoid Animals, and — of course — Cat Girl. Subtrope of Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism. Furry Female Mane is a subtrope of this.

Sometimes results in Furry Confusion.

Examples

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    Advertising 
  • The female hamster in the Kia electric car commercial looks humanoid to the point of being a petting zoo person. Contrast that with the male hamsters in the same commercial and any hamster in all other Kia car commercials, who are also giant, but are still just Funny Animals.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Little Bit Beastly tends to happen on female versions of otherwise Petting Zoo People characters in most anime and manga works.
  • Every character in the world of Montana Jones (an Indiana Jones Expy) is an anthropomorphic feline. While their bodies are like those of humans, they have fur, and their heads resemble the ones of big cats, like for example tigers - with the notable exception of Melissa Sone, who basically looks like a human female with cat ears and cat nose. No fur (or fur that just happens to have the colour of Caucasian skin?), and no protruding animal-like muzzle.
  • Subverted with the Ctarl-Ctarl of Outlaw Star: The few males of the species we see (Aisha's subordinates and ranking officer) have fewer feline features than Ctarl-Ctarl women.

    Asian Animation 
  • Rebecca of Dreamkix is noticeably more human-like (and taller) than her teammates. She also is the only one of the regular female cast to have a Furry Female Mane.

    Comic Books 

    Film 
  • The female mice in An American Tail look a little more human-like than the male mice, more so in the sequels.
    • In the first film, Bridget has Caucasian flesh-colored hands which look much more human than those of any of the other mice, male or female.
  • Sawyer from Cats Don't Dance looks more human-like than Danny. While Danny's really, really skinny, Sawyer has Hartman Hips and a leg-to-body ratio closer to human.
  • Subverted: Abby Mallard in Chicken Little is portrayed as a Petting Zoo Person in the Movie Within A Movie, but so is Chicken Little and Runt.
  • Inverted in Kung Fu Panda in that Tai Lung (a male snow leopard) has a body that looks more human-like than that of Master Tigress [a female tiger]. His body is muscular and looks more human-like so as to contrast with her sleeker, leaner body.
  • Inverted in the Madagascar franchise. For example, Moto Moto the male hippo has a somewhat humanoid chest, but Gloria the female hippo doesn't. Also, Vitaly the male tiger looks a little more humanoid in the chest than the other cats in the franchise, male or female.
  • Inverted in Open Season, where Eliot the Mule Deer is almost always bipedal, while Giselle, his love interest, is a full-on quadrupedal Talking Animal.
  • Beans looks considerably more human-like than Rango. Also, Angelique the vixen looks considerably more human-like than the other characters, whether male or female.
  • Maid Marian from Disney's Robin Hood. What makes this even more obvious is the fact that all of her dance moves are based on those of Snow White!
  • Goldie from Rock-A-Doodle.
  • Inverted in Rover Dangerfield, where the character of Rover is humanized quite a bit (he can even stand on his hind legs while doing comedic bits), while the canine love interest looks like a real dog.
  • Justified in The Cat Returns, as Haru began the film as a human, and was gradually turning into a cat as she remained in the Cat Kingdom.
  • Kitty Mouse in The Great Mouse Detective.
  • In The Pebble and the Penguin, the female penguins are given scary human hips way up where their wishbones should be and look more human-like in general.
  • Frog!Tiana from The Princess and the Frog has a somewhat more humanoid body than that of Frog!Naveen.

    Pinball 
  • A minor case appears in Devil's Dare; the male green demons have visibly wrinkled wings, bald heads, and three-toed talon feet, while the female demons (on the original backglass art) resemble green-skinned demonic babes with smooth wings.

    Video Games 
  • Tawna, Coco and the trophy girls from the Crash Bandicoot series are more humanoid compared to Crash himself and other animal characters.
  • Candy Kong (see picture) is far more human than any of the other Kongs in the original Donkey Kong Country. Dixie and Wrinkly, who were both introduced in Donkey Kong Country 2, aren't nearly as humanoid.
    • Candy was the only female Kong with this distinction, until Nintendo redesigned Tiny Kong in Diddy Kong Racing DS and onward.
    • DK Barrel Blast adds to the mix Kalypso, a female Kremling with an afro and a more human-like body than other Kremlings (though some of them do have a rather human-like muscular build).
  • Inverted with Ramone (who really turns out to be Nermal in disguise) and Arlene in Garfields Fun Fest. Arlene is a typical Funny Animal, but Ramone is a full-on Petting Zoo Person.
  • When Tess is turned into an ottsel at the end of Jak 3: Wastelander, her proportions remain quite human, much more human than any of the males shown.
  • Pokémon:
    • Jynx is essentially this trope, although it looks more like a full-on human than an animal. This is also true with Gothitelle.
    • Gardevoir and Lopunny both would be a more straight example. Subverted however, by the fact that these Pokemon can be both genders.
    • In an inversion, many Fighting-types such as Hitmonchan, Machoke, Throh, Sawk, and Hariyama have a stereotypical human male build, though in many cases there's a slight chance they can be female.
  • Ratchet & Clank, sister series to the above, also plays with this trope. Sasha, Girl of the Week from game three, has a decidedly human face shape and hair. Both Ratchet and Sasha's own father have more feline facial features (and, in her father's case, a lion-like mane for hair).
    • See also Angela from game two, who's actually a female Lombax (Ratchet's species).
  • Inverted in Shining Force. Kris and Alf in Shining Force feature very canine features, Sarah and May do so in Shining Force the Sword of Hajya, and so does Grace in Shining Force 3.
  • With the notable exception of The Contessa (who is a spider-centaur-thing with no humanoid legs), the female characters in the Sly Cooper video games tend to have more human-like bodies than the male characters.
    • With the exception of the inspector, there's not much difference, especially in the Holland hotel in Sly 3.
  • The females of Solatorobo tend to have peach fur and very short muzzles, while the males have longer, more animal-like noses and fur colors from a wider palette like white, grey, or orange. Males may also have bicolor fur (such as Red's tan-and-white face) or distinctly animal-like patterns (Québec is tiger-striped), while all females ever get is a single stripe on each cheek (though that's all some males have, too).
    • The exception to the "short-muzzle girls" rule is Merveille, who has a longer nose with her peach fur. Notably, this tendency toward short muzzles tends to make people mistake Red's sister Chocolat for a Felineko when she is in fact just a short-faced Caninu.
  • Rouge the Bat from Sonic the Hedgehog, even compared to the other females. Aside from her ears, wings, and tail, she has the most human-like body proportions in the series.
  • Krystal from Star Fox Adventures is noticeably more "human"-like than everyone else. The most blatant feature, aside from the Wrong-Type-of-Mammal Mammaries, is her human-like head hair.
  • Enough people think that Tera follows this, with the all-male cute critter style Popori and the much more human-ish Elin.
  • The Stripperific gator girls and fish ladies that appear in The First Funky Fighter, complete with Gag Boobs. Getting them to appear takes a bit of guesswork, though.
  • Tauren and especially worgen females in World of Warcraft are more human in body shape than their male counterparts. Furbolgs, quillboars, and wolvars subvert this, however, as females of those species look no different from the males.

    Webcomics 
  • A few female animals in Zoophobia are this, specifically Kayla. Compare her and Zill in the last panel of this page.

    Web Original 
  • Zig-zagged with Furry work. Often, a particular artist's characters have about the same level of anthropomorphism regardless of gender, while others fall into this.
  • In Adventures of the Puffincat, the image of a female puffincat is essentially a woman with cat ears and a beak (as opposed to the male puffincat, which is more or less what you expect when you imagine something with that name). Amusingly enough, the only difference the narrator recognises is the presence of a bow in her head.

    Western Animation 
  • Common in Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the early 1960s with animal protagonists. One notable aversion is Cindy Bear.
    • Actually, the female animals were generally sleeker and daintier, but most stuck pretty much to the body conventions of their male companions (thus were merely female, and not sexualised from the viewer's perspective). The only real examples of this trope are Floral Rugg from The Hillbilly Bears and a few female cats that appeared in Top Cat.
  • In the second cartoon series, but not in the three live-action movies, Alvin and the Chipmunks are either borderline Petting Zoo People or straight-up Petting Zoo People, but the Chipettes are Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Rita is a Civilized Animal cat who often walks on two legs, but her friend, Runt, is a four-legged Talking Animal dog.
    • Newt the dog is a Civilized Animal and Wilford B. Wolf is a Funny Animal, but Minerva Mink is a Petting Zoo Person. Averted when Wilford become a werewolf, which in that case, he is just as anthropomorphic as Minerva.
    • Played with regarding Slappy in the "Buttermilk Slappy" short. She's shown as being more human-like during when she looks to be in roughly mid-20s or so. Then she "regresses" to the more squirrel-like form we know and love.
    • Also played with regarding Dot Warner in "Roll Over Beethoven". When she dresses in a red dress and shoes, she looks inexplicably more human-like than usual.
  • Many of the female characters from Arthur.
  • The two adult female leads in Birdz, Betty Storkowitz and Miss Finch, qualify. Both have Non-Mammal Mammaries and the latter has Hartman Hips.
  • Gadget Hackwrench, the female mouse from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, looks more human like than the male mouse Monterey Jack.
  • In Disney's Springtime for Pluto, a male caterpillar with a long green body and multiple arms and legs transforms into a completely humanoid dancing female butterfly.
    • Clarice the chipmunk is more anthropomorphic than Chip 'n Dale, to the point that she is a Petting Zoo Person.
  • In Dreamkix, one of the players, Rebecca, is the most human-like in the show. She's the tallest, has blond hair, and doesn't run on her four legs like other characters.
  • Bernice, Grandma-Ma, and Agnes Delrooney from Duckman look more humanoid than Eric Duckman and the other male ducks.
  • The female Dogfaces in Goof Troop and A Goofy Movie look a little more human-like than the male ones, to the point where their noses, muzzles, and ears can often be their only non-human feature.
    • This has been lampshaded by both Don Rosa and Carl Barks, who draw "real" historical characters with this generic doglike feature because Walt Disney informed both artists that it would be less jarring to see them around Funny Animals.
      • Walt Disney was no longer alive when Don Rosa began to draw Duck-comics. In any case, Barks made exceptions quite often, especially with many 'ethnic' characters. Rosa, on the other hand, made only one exception, in Quest for Kalevala, where the Finnish god-heroes were drawn with human noses and five fingers.
  • In Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, Cleo looks distinctly more anthropomorphic than Riff Raff and Heathcliff. Then again, the rest of the Catillac Cats (Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo) are also more anthopomorphic than Heathcliff and Riff Raff, as are most of the dogs and other adversaries. On the other hand, Heathcliff's girlfriend Sonja (who is from the original comics, unlike Cleo), has the same round body type that he does.
  • Played straight in Kaeloo, where the female animals shown in men's magazines are bordering on Little Bit Beastly. Even Kaeloo herself, who lacks most forms of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics has some serious junk in the trunk and has a light curve to her hips which is often accentuated in the way she stands. She is also significantly less prone to dropping a Furry Reminder than her male friends.
  • Looney Tunes
  • Mousey Galore is more anthropomorphic than the other mice in Pinky and the Brain, even more so than the other female mice.
  • Magaret the cardinal from Regular Show is a Petting Zoo Person whereas Mordicai the bluejay is somewhere between a Funny Animal and a Borderline PZP.
    • Margaret's friend Eileen is a humanoid mole, but apart from her tail and feet she looks completely human.
  • In SWAT Kats, the female cats look more anthropomorphic than the male cats (and only males have distinctly cat-like striped coats and whiskers). This is mostly in the heads/faces and hands/feet; Male body builds are fairly humanoid with a few exceptions.
  • Rebecca Cunningham from TaleSpin has a slimmer, more anthropomorphic body than Baloo.
  • The Adventures of Puss in Boots
    • Played straight with Dulcinea (female), who has a humanlike figure, in contrast to Puss (male), who has a build more like a cat with a two-legged stance.
    • Inverted with Sphinx (female), who stands on all fours, whereas Puss usually stands on two legs.
  • Generally averted in The Amazing World of Gumball: if we see male and female characters of the same species, either the difference in body shape is minor with neither being more humanlike (after season one, Penny's body is more curved than her father's) or doesn't exist (body-wise Gumball is identical to his mother at his age, but shorter, even having the same large hips). However, there are a few straight examples:
    • The Wilson family: The father and son are almost naked cephalothoraxes covered in fur/hair. The mother and daughter are still quite cartoonish, but have heads distinct from their bodies, are fully clothed, and only have visible hair on their heads and faces. Nothing but their rainbow-colored hair even indicates it not being Gender Equals Breed.
    • The Robinsons: The husband and his son have pill-shaped bodies and no necks. The wife, again, is still not very humanlike, but has Hartman Hips and a clear division between her head and body.
  • Early example: The titular character of the 1932 Van Beuren cartoon "The Farmerette."
  • Inverted with the two cats from The Simpsons; the Simpson family's pet cat, Snowball II (a female cat) and Scratchy (a male Funny Animal cat) from The Itchy & Scratchy Show. This is likely because, in universe, Snowball II is a "real" cat and Scratchy is a "cartoon" cat.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures, Binky Bunny, Bimbette, and Margot Mallard are more anthropomorphic than Buster Bunny, Johnny Pew, and Plucky Duck respectively. Averted with Fifi La Fume and Shirley The Loon, and mostly averted with Babs Bunny.
  • The female cats in Tom and Jerry look more humanoid than Tom does, except those in Chuck Jones directed ones.
  • Kitty Katswell of T.U.F.F. Puppy looks more humanoid than Dudley Puppy.