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This trope is about animal species that are supposed to have tails, but are drawn without them for some reason.

'''Type 1: Supposed to be Tailless:''' The character is supposed to be drawn without a tail, despite the fact that his or her species is supposed to have a tail. In some cases, the character originally had a tail, but is nowadays tailless. In other cases, the character is always tailless. Yet in other cases, some cartoons or some scenes within cartoons show the otherwise tailless character with a tail. Sometimes, they alternate between being tailless and having a tail within a cartoon. Sometimes, animal characters that don't have tails in their original work are portrayed with them in some adaptations. Some characters that are supposed to be tailless themselves in the {{Canon}} are often or usually drawn with a tail in fanart.

'''Type 2: Supposed to Have a Tail:''' The character is supposed to be drawn with a tail, but in some cartoons or episodes or in some scenes within cartoons or episodes, is drawn tailless. Sometimes, an otherwise tailed character is drawn tailless [[OffModel out of animation error or out of budget]]. Sometimes, they alternate between being tailless and having a tail within a cartoon. Sometimes animal characters that have tails in their original work are portrayed without them in some adaptations.

'''Type 3: Either/Or:''' The character could either be tailless or have a tail, depending on the work, film, series or [[DependingOnTheArtist artist]].

'''Inversions and Parodies:''' The character belongs to a species of animal that is not supposed to have a tail, but is drawn with one anyway.

'''Aversions:''' The character belongs to a species that are supposed to have tails, but the character is tailless. Unlike Type 1 examples, the tailless character's lack of a tail is explained. For domestic animals, like dogs and cats, one explanation can be that the character belongs to a breed that is supposed to be tailless.

Subtrope of ArtisticLicense and FunnyAnimalAnatomy. See also OffModel.

!!Type 1 Examples:

* An interesting example in ''Anime/EtoRangers''; most of the Eto Rangers don't have tails (except for Drago, Nyorori, Monk and Tart). To make up for this, the tailless Rangers usually have ponytails and rattails shaped like the tails of the animals they represent; in Bakumaru and Pakaracchi's cases, they have a literal rattail and a literal ponytail respectively.

* The anthro characters from ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' don't have tails. The author feels that it would be too animalish.
** During a team-up with the Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}, one of the turtles asked about tails. Gen responded, "Hey! [[TheUnreveal Don't get personal]]!"

* Pooh and Piglet from ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' (both original books and Creator/{{Disney}} adaptation) are tailless, unlike the other animal and stuffed animal characters.
* CuriousGeorge, although a monkey, is drawn tailless, leading some readers to speculate that he is actually a juvenile chimpanzee.

* Everyone in ''ComicStrip/{{Pluggers}}''.

* Nei and Rika of ''PhantasyStar'' are based on cats, but lack tails. Nei was originally designed with a tail, but it was dropped because they thought it'd be too hard to animate, and Rika didn't have a tail because it was by then established by Nei that they don't.
* Some Franchise/{{Pokemon}} that are based on tailed animals, such as Numel, for some reason are tailless.
* King K. Rool, a crocodile, had a tail in the ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' trilogy and ''[[VideoGame/DonkeyKong64 DK64]]''. It disappeared from ''VideoGame/DKKingOfSwing'' onwards. It was also inexplicably MIA for the ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'' tv series, even while his minions had theirs.
* Berri from ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'', likely done [[MaleGaze on purpose]].
** Similarly, none of the bandicoot characters within the Franchise/CrashBandicoot have tails, bar Tawna, and even then hers bears more resemblance to a bunny bob tail than a bandicoot's rat like one. Crash's early concept art was drawn with a long string-like tail with a puff on the end.
* [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Worgen]] in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' are often draws by fanartists with tails because, well, wolves. Really, Worgen have never at any point had tails, it's one of the slight "offs" about the Worgen, who are failed druidic shapeshifts.

* Giggles, the chipmunk from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', doesn't have a tail.
** Considering the series she's in, though, there may be a very valid reason for that.

* Goofy, Pete, Clarabelle Cow, and Horace Horsecollar from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts originally had tails, but are nowadays always drawn tailless.
** But Clarabelle Cow has a tail in the ''Minnie n Me'' line of merchandise.
** Goofy's son, Max was tailless even in TheFifties WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} cartoons when he was just Goofy, jr.
** Pete's sons, Junior (from "Bellboy Donald") and PJ (from ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'') never had tails.
** The {{Dogfaces}} of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', and ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' don't have tails at all either.
* Stimpy of ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is always tailless and Ren, despite being designed with one, is rarely animated with it outside of the pilot, only reappearing for the sake of RuleOfFunny.
** Supposedly, according to John K., the ratlike tail was a pain in the ass (no pun intended) to animate, so it was dropped after two or three episodes. George Liquor/George American personally docked it--with a rubber band, no less--in "Dog Show".
* Most of the female cats in ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' and ''TomAndJerryTales'' are tailless, unlike Tom himself.
* Pig from ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy'' is tailless.
* WesternAnimation/YogiBear, Boo Boo, and Cindy Bear are tailless.
* All the anthropomorphic characters in ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' (not counting the ape ones (like Francine and Muffy) as apes are supposed to be tailless) don't have tails except D.W.'s imaginary friend, Nadine.
* Even most of the anthropomorphic characters (including the main cast) in ''WesternAnimation/TheMysteryOfProvidence'' have no tails at all.
* Fermin Flaxseed from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "The Big Candy Store," is completely tailless.
* The pigs in ''{{Olivia}}'' do not have tails.
* The pigs in ''WesternAnimation/TheRaccoons'' have no tails, neither do the female aardvarks (e.g. Sophia Tutu) or some characters (notably Lady Baden-Baden).
* Dr. Delbert Doppler and Captain Amelia from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', despite being an anthropomorphic dog and cat, respectively, actually do not have tails. Justified, however, by the fact that they are actually both aliens.
* WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}, a.k.a. Shoeshine, and Sweet Polly Purebred are completely tailless. However they both have tails in [[Film/{{Underdog}} the Disney adaptation]].
** Shoeshine Boy ''does'' have a tail in the cartoon. He just doesn't show it when he's Underdog.
* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''.
* Many of the girl mice WesternAnimation/MightyMouse has rescued have no tails. Pearl Pureheart, the series' token damsel in distress, is seen at the start of "The Perils Of Pearl Pureheart" [[UnwillingSuspension being hung upside down]] over a den of lions, and her tipped-over dress and petticoats show ankle-length pantaloons. Her back is to the camera and no tail is seen protruding through. In the Bakshi series, she is normally seen wearing slacks, and again no tail is seen.
* The Creator/TexAvery wolf had a tail in the WartimeCartoon that he debuted in and played as UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, but he is completely tailless in subsequent appearances.
* Ortensia is tailless in both the old WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit cartoons (Except in her first and other really early appearances) and VideoGame/EpicMickey, but she is usually drawn with a tail in fanart.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WildWestCowboysOfMooMesa'', none of the Bovine characters have tails though other species from Scorpions to Armadillos do have tails.
* ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'' has a large variety of anthropomorphic characters, but none have tails. Reportedly, this was to humanize them a bit more as well as reducing headaches for the artists, deftly avoiding the whole 'how do you put on clothing over a tail' issue altogether.

!!Type 2 Examples:

* Played straight with everyone in ''Anime/SherlockHound'', and then again with Montana Jones. So that's two series with completely tailless dogs and cats respectively.
* There's a flashback filler scene in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' where Vegeta is drawn without a tail. The animators apparently forgot that he hadn't lost it yet at the time the scene was supposed to take place.
* For some odd reason, [=WereGarurumon=] in his ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' appearances lack a tail, despite having a tail in the Bandai official art of the virtual pets. Even his later non-anime appearances have a tail.

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* Foxy Loxy from ''Disney/ChickenLittle'' is supposed to have a tail. When her brainwaves got scrambled and she is wearing a dress, she is rendered without a tail.
* ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' shows Rat, Mole, Badger, and the Weasels as being tailless.

* The Warners in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' have tails, but are occasionally drawn tailless as an animation error.
* Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse have tails, but are tailless in some of the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts cartoons and in ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''. In general, the rule seems to be this: When they're in their "classic" outfits, they have visible tails, when fully dressed, the tail disappears. ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' is a notable exception to the fully dressed = tailess rule.
* Otis, Bessie, Abby, Peck, Freddie, Pig, and Pip from ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' have tails, but when wearing disguises, they do not have tails.
* Tom and Butch from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' have tails, but a few scenes in a few cartoons show them without a tail.
** In the animation ''WesternAnimation/TheCatConcerto'', Tom (who normally has a tail) is always portrayed as being tailless, but for some reason, he gains a tail about halfway through the short when Jerry flips Tom's piano bench over, only to lose said tail when he gets back up and continues to play the piano.
** Whenever Tom, Jerry, or Nibbles/Tuffy are wearing pants, shorts, swim trunks, or full outfits, their tails don't show.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' Sandy was tail-less, her tail only being visible when she wasn't wearing her space suit. From season two onwards her suit was designed with a hole for it.
* Both Prince John and Maid Marian from Disney's ''Disney/RobinHood''. The former, due to the fact that he is wearing a royal robe, occasionally gains and loses a tail whenever he is flipped over; while the latter actually loses her tail when she is dancing.
** Incidentally, this is because the movie used lots of LimitedAnimation, and the dance scene is traced over the one from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''.
* Wile E. Coyote from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' is supposed to have a tail, but whenever he puts on costumes in his AllCGICartoon segments of ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', he doesn't have a tail at all.
* The Eager Young Space Cadet (Porky Pig) from ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'' doesn't have a tail in every outfit he wears, unless he gets a wedgie in a few episodes or when he's showering in one episode.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'', the dinosaur's tails are sometimes not rendered in at all when they are sitting on the seats in the train cars. This is jarring as dinosaurs' tails are long, thick, and in many species stiff.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'':
** Gumball and Nicole are both cats with visible tails that are occasionally omitted by animations errors.
** Richard and Anais are rabbits with very short tails only visible from certain angles, but sometimes two shots from the same angle will show them with and without their tail. However, their tails are short enough that they could just be wearing them under their clothing sometimes.


!!Type 3 Examples:

* Not an animal, but Creator/MarvelComics character Nocturne sometimes has a tail and sometimes doesn't. She's the daughter of Nightcrawler (who has a tail - which artists have forgotten to draw on more than one occasion, but he's definitely supposed to have it) from an alternate reality. Nocturne herself [[WordOfGod canonically]] revealed on-panel that unlike her father, her own tail is ''retractable''. Kudos to the writer-artist of that particular issue, Jim Calafiore, (who was the original creator of the character for a Marvel [[ForWantOfANail What-If]] special) for that AuthorsSavingThrow.

* ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' are drawn with tails on the original album illustrations and in the two live action movies, but are tailless in the cartoons.
** Also, The Chippettes are tailless in the cartoons, but have tails in ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel]]''
* [[Disney/TheJungleBook Baloo]] from ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', unlike his ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' counterpart.
* In Ralph Bakshi's take on WesternAnimation/MightyMouse, the hero has a tail up to the episode "This Island Mouseville." From then on, he is drawn with no tail.
* The feline cast of ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'', Wilykit and Wilykat have tails. The presence or lack of tails is actually an indicator of [[FantasticCasteSystem social class]] in Thundera, with those with tails marked as lowerclass. Interestingly, Panthro is shown with a tail in flashbacks, but has no tail in the present, suggesting that he may have had it docked. The original [[http://thundercats.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Original_Series ThunderCats]] didn't have tails.


!!Inversions and Parodies:

* In ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'', Diddy Kong is a chimpanzee with a tail.

* Parodied: in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', [[Tropers/{{Dmmaus}} David Morgan Mar]] refuses to cut the tails off his Franchise/{{LEGO}} chimps.

* The constellations Ursa Major and Ursa Minor- better known to some as the Big Dipper and Little Dipper -are drawn with very long tails despite being representations of bears, which are known for having very ''short'' tails. Some versions of the myth explain that when Zeus threw the bears into the sky to become constellations, he grabbed them by their stumpy little tails, and the tails were stretched when they were thrown.
** Unless, as is sometimes and more sensibly the case, the furthest tip of the big dipper's handle (Alkaid) is drawn as the bear's nose: as it is [[http://www.google.com/imgres?hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=tsp&sa=X&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&biw=1280&bih=881&tbm=isch&prmd=imvns&tbnid=ZStZ-nuMD35JIM:&imgrefurl=http://mail.colonial.net/~hkaiter/starweb0809/SECTION5/izzyweb5/izzyweb5.html&docid=xgs1IJi96iaAsM&imgurl=http://mail.colonial.net/~hkaiter/starweb0809/SECTION5/izzyweb5/izzyweb5_images/Ursa_Major.gif&w=480&h=480&ei=xn7dT9y_M4GS9gSu5ZTaCg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=609&vpy=307&dur=22134&hovh=225&hovw=225&tx=157&ty=74&sig=108655604567509363600&page=2&tbnh=156&tbnw=165&start=20&ndsp=25&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:20,i:213 here]].
* Occasionally, people. Because why not? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandre_Oram Chandre Oram]] is probably the most well-known instance, but is actually a {{Subversion}} because his tail is actually a case of ''Spina Bifida'', or split spine, unlike other instances of human tails.
* In the media, the famous pterosaur ''Pteranodon'' is a frequent victim of an inversion. While the real ''Pteranodon'' ''did'' have a tail, it was stumpy and short with no obvious purpose to it. But many media depictions give it a long tail anyway for no real reason.


* Mr. Fox in the second half of ''WesternAnimation/FantasticMrFox''. His losing his tail is actually a plot point inherited from the [[Literature/FantasticMrFox original novel]].

* Boot the sheepdog in ''ComicStrip/ThePerishers'' was originally drawn with a tail (which he named "Fred" after mishearing the phrase "bob-tailed sheepdog"). Later on the writer discovered that old English sheepdogs (at the time) always had their tails docked, so he instructed the artist to make the tail smaller over a long period until it disappeared completely. (Modern docking laws mean Old English Sheepdogs with undocked tails are now much more common than they used to be.)