Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
: So the first Little Pig went to the store. He asked the merchant, 'I'd like to buy some straw please.' And what do you think the man said? Student
: He said, 'Holy shit, a talking pig!'
— Story from an old Email Meme
are handy. Because they're animals that act human without looking
human, they can add a sense of whimsy or comedy to a piece; seeing a group of animals
go about ordinary human lives can help to accentuate just how absurd we are sometimes. If they're played with "realistic" animal traits
(or as realistic as circumstances allow
), they can allow for a unique brand of comedy. If they're being used seriously, they can help give the impression of a different world. Heck, they might just be easier to draw
. However, in many works that use them, they are a "human substitute." It might get a little too weird to consider
what it would be like having both humanoid "animals" and "ordinary" humans running around in the same world—especially if there are regular
animals running around as well,
and even more so if some of them talk!
Some writers don't care, however. And thus you get worlds where pointy-hatted young women buy their groceries from six-foot-tall raccoons
, little girls go on play dates with grizzly bears
, preteen kids go to school with monkeys
, and plenty of other assorted hijinks
go down between humans and what most people consider "furries
." To make things even more
baffling, some of these worlds have ordinary Talking Animals
as well, generally making everyone's heads hurt. And... don't bother asking what everyone eats. Seriously... just don't.
If the cast is mostly human, expect the talking animals and anthros to be an Unusually Uninteresting Sight
. If the cast of a work is mostly composed of animals, a human may be thrown in as the furry equivalent of a Token Minority
. And if the Funny Animals
in question are very small and typically go unnoticed by humans, it's a Mouse World
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Anime & Manga
- Dragon Ball has many Funny Animals and Talking Animals in it, who often live among humans. Major ones are Oolong, a pig who walks upright, talks, and wears clothing (including a Zhongshan/Mao suit), and Korin, an immortal cat, but there are many others. There's Shu for instance, an anthropomorphic ninja dog who serves Emperor Pilaf. In the first episode of the anime, he and his woman partner Mai are chased by pack of wolves who are fully zoomorphic (don't stand upright and don't talk). Also, the few times he appeared, the President of the World was an anthropomorphic fox as well. Some of the animals are zoomorphic in body form, but are capable of human speech, such as Turtle, who is the turtle companion of Master Roshi, so this is also a case of Furry Confusion. Dragon Ball Z also featured funny animals on a smaller scale, but they became less and less present.
- Upon being asked about this later, author Akira Toriyama admitted that he simply forgot that such characters existed after the Namek arc.
- Princess Tutu. Most of the main cast is human—except for Ahiru, who is a duck that can magically turn into a girl—but many of the secondary characters are anthropomorphic animals, including Neko Sensei (the ballet teacher). Ahiru seems to be the only one who thinks it's strange. The animals and the other villagers' lack of reaction to it is a result of Drosselmeyer's hold on the town; at the end of the series, after he has been defeated, the town slowly starts to go back to normal and the animal characters return to their human forms.
- Ai to Yuuki no Pig Girl Tonde Buurin features vaguely anthropomorphic pigs which are actually Alien Animals - Ton-chan, the three pun piglets, and then there is Buurin herself who is usually human but becomes a pig when she activates her super powers.
- Porco Rosso is about a World War I fighter pilot who apparently turned into a pig due to a curse. Everyone else is human. Nobody questions this.
- Kind of inverted with Shinigami Captain Komamura Sajin of Bleach, who is an anthropomorphic wolf living in an afterlife where everyone else is human. While he appears to be some kind of supernatural creature or a mutant and clearly not an animal, he's fairly self-conscious about it, and initially wears a mask, because he thinks people would see him as a talking animals and not a person who looks similar to one.
- Shirokuma Cafe is a cafe that is run by a polar bear and is frequented by both the animals who work at the nearby zoo and regular humans. The humans and animals get along perfectly well and the zoo even has a special fare price for animals who visit the zoo.
- Hyper Police has humans (now an endangered species) living alongside and even interbreeding with catgirls, kitsune, werewolves, pig-men, and minor gods.
- For the most part, Night on the Galactic Railroad uses cat-people as stands-in for people... but then about 75 minutes in, three humans get on the train.
- There was a Donald Duck comic book story (a spy spoof), and three Mickey Mouse stories (G-rated James Bond style, accompanied by Goofy, not a spoof), where all the other characters were human (and no pig or dog noses).
- Disney Mouse And Duck Comics in general. The exact proportions vary Depending on the Writer. In some stories, the background citizens of Duckburg or Mouseton are approximately equal amounts humans (usually Dogfaces), birds of various species, pigs etc. while in others, apart from the main characters, there's not a single non-human in sight.
- Cerebus the Aardvark was basically the only Talking Animal in a world of humans (there were a couple of other aardvarks, but they only made small, if significant, appearances). Nobody ever seemed to comment on this or think that it was odd. He even had a completely human-looking child with another human.
- Howard the Duck was essentially in the same boat as Cerebus, except that the human world he inhabited happened to be the Mainstream Marvel Comics universe.
- Sam & Max are a dog and a rabbit, but in the comics almost everyone they run into is a human, as well the occasional talking rat or cockroach. Some ordinary, non-anthropomorphised dogs can also be seen in the background of some panels. By the end of the Sam & Max Season Three game, characters across the franchise included a talking fish on a fake body, a non-talking but still sapient fish, some aliens, a race of molemen, a talking chicken, a sentient colony of spacefaring bacteria (Also technically an alien, but he deserves to mentioned separately), sentient computers, giant stone heads, Yog Soggoth, and all sorts of mythological creatures. And yet Sam and Max are still the only Funny Animals in the cast, except for their rarely seen relatives, the anthropomorphic cockroach Sal, and maybe the molemen. And the giant rats and roaches on the moon, but they're aliens.
- Lampshaded in The Devil's Playhouse: They Stole Max's Brain! in which Sam discovers a canine-ish skull in a museum with a caption saying it belonged to 'one of a hideous and brutish evolutionary dead-end of man-dog hybrids' (obviously implying that Sam's species is separate to normal dogs and considered extinct). Sam complains about the racism and says the skull reminds him of his great uncle. The same museum has a statue of Anubis in the Ancient Egypt exhibit, which is slimmer and darker and has pointed ears but otherwise looks exactly the same as Sam, which Sam is quite happy about.
- Most characters in the French comic De cape et de crocs are human, but the leads are a fox and a wolf (with a rabbit sidekick trailing behind). They are acknowledged as such (for example, when they fall into the sea : "One cannon and two canines overboard!"), but definitely fit into the category of Unusually Uninteresting Sight. They each have a human love interest, although we eventually learn Don Lope, the wolf, used to be in love with another wolf ; there are a few other background characters who are various species of animals, and none of this is ever commented upon. However, Carnivore Confusion is actually addressed, in a hilarious way.
- Fable — both the anthropomorphic and realistic animals are capable of speech and human intelligence. It kind of makes you wonder how the Three Little Pigs react to eating their real-world counterparts.
- In Bone, you have talking opossums, bugs and a dragon, as well as the stupid, stupid rat creatures... then you have—um, whatever the heck the Bones are supposed to be... and then you have humans as well.
- Gold Digger in the alternate world of Jade anyway has all sorts of human hybrid creatures, most of them from the "were-" category (werewolf, were-ceetah, wererats etc) along with a bunch of other races (elves, dwarves, dragons, amazons, humans. Seriously this series is a regular Fantasy Kitchen Sink). There are a few of these characters that reside on Earth too, but mostly work under a Masquerade.
- In Castle Waiting, based on European fairy tales, the main cast includes an anthropomorphic horse (who flirts with human girls) and a stork, plus cameos by anthro dogs, rabbits, and cats - and normal dogs, horses, and cats appear as well (although it's revealed one cat, at least, has human intelligence).
- Usagi Yojimbo had an inversion in that there was one, lone human in the series filled with talking animals. One of the reasons why this only happened once is because Stan Sakai later hated the idea.
- The Shazam comics feature Talky Tawny, an erudite, well-spoken tiger who walks on his hind legs and wears leisure suits.
- In Grandville, humans are a despised minority, derogatorily referred to as doughfaces. (In Grandville: Noel, which features both the rise of a Nazi-like movement and the origins of this world's Christianity, doughfaces are clearly parallel to Jews.)
Films — Animated
- Disney's Pinocchio has a cast of mostly humans, but also Foulfellow the Fox, Gideon the Cat, and of course Jiminy Cricket.
- The Filmation movie Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night has obvious Expies of each of these characters. Then again, this is all in line with the novel.
- In Ratatouille Rémy the rat interacts with a human who works in the kitchen (despite not being able to talk to him) in order to realize his chefly dreams. The human saw Rémy's gestures and realized he was the one who made the food and agrees to make his recipes for him. He takes credit for the dishes so no one knows about the rat in the kitchen. Considering that Rémy can also control a human's arms with precision by pulling on his hair, this is far from the strangest thing in the movie.
- Cinderella has anthropomorphic mice that talk to the human Cinderella, and are transformed into non-morphic horses.
Films — Live-Action
- The Muppet movies. Human characters such as Doc Hopper (The Muppet Movie) and Bernard Crawford (The Muppets Take Manhattan) at least seemed to be vaguely aware there was something odd about a talking frog and his friends breaking into showbiz. Nobody in The Great Muppet Caper gave it a second thought.
- In The Muppets Take Manhattan, Rizzo hits on a human girl, who expresses some reticence about dating a rat. The scene is fodder for a whole treatise about speciesism in the Muppet world.
- In Muppet Treasure Island this is commented on very briefly by the innkeeper woman, who announces that tomorrow she will be serving roast suckling... (pausing as two pigs walk out the door) potatoes. It's not clear if there's some distinction between muppet animals and regular edible animals.
- Played with in The Muppets, especially with the Oscar-winning musical number "Man or Muppet". There is at least some awareness the Muppets are a different sort of creature from humans, but no explanation is forthcoming for why Gary has a Muppet brother in Walter and no one ever seems to find it strange.
- G Force: The guinea pigs are capable of walking on twos, data hacking skills, display of human emotions, and can even speak provided they are given english translators. While the film tries to explain that they were genetically enhanced by the government, it doesn't add up as to why the animals they meet at the pet store are capable of the same human-like feats as they do. Of course, then there's the spoiler at the end of the movie.
- In the 2005 film adaption of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe They see a beaver and at first treat it like a normal beaver.
Mr.Beaver: Well, I ain't gonna smell it if that's what you want! But don't accept a talking beaver too easily.
Susan: He's a beaver...he shouldn't be saying anything!
- Little Red Riding Hood. While talking animals who live in houses are fairly common in Central European fairy tales, a wolf being able to disguise himself as an old human woman by wearing her clothes makes this one stand out.
- The Chronicles of Narnia, especially the chronologically later books (anything after Prince Caspian).
- Subverted because in The Magician's Nephew, we find out that humans are not native to Narnia, and all Narnian humans are descended from King Frank.
- It's nothing too bizarre. In the last couple pages of Magician's Nephew, it says King Frank's children married the local magical creatures — naiads and wood-spirits and such. By the time of the Pevensies, there are just some magicals with a touch of human blood. The human population post-Caspian, and all the kings through the rest of the series, are all Telmarine stock (descended from pirates that accidentally slid into the Narnian world). Although Caspian's marrying a star's daughter means that they are at least partly non-human after him.
- Plus the Archenlanders (whose monarchs, at least, are descended from King Frank and Queen Helen, and are still around and human as of The Horse and His Boy)— and the Calormenes, who are likewise contemporary with the Pevensies (so pre-Telmarine). The latter must either be descendants of Frank and Helen or the result of an incursion similar to the one that brought the Telmarines in. (But the Calormenes deal with the problem of coexisting with Talking Animals by enslaving them and not acknowledging them as sapient.)
- In addition, the distinction between Talking Animals and "dumb beasts" is treated as a rather important one.
- Winnie-The-Pooh, of course, has Christopher Robin, though the Gang of Critters is understood to be composed of his stuffed animals.
- According to the Word of God, Owl and Rabbit were real forest animals while the rest were toys. (This is reasonably clear in the original illustrations.)
- Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger novels have Funny Animals and humans co-existing, although there's some Fantastic Racism with humans who somehow sense that this isn't the way it works in other worlds. It's also noted that humans are shorter than they are in our world, although whether this is an actual genetic difference or just due to the diet in a Medieval Stasis world isn't revealed. Also Interspecies Romance between Humans and the Anthropomorphic animals is not frowned upon in this fantasy world, except for the main character Jon-Tom, who being from our world is the only character to find that concept a turnoff. Despite Flor is also from our world, though unlike Jon-Tom not only does she have no culture shock, but she ends up dating an anthropomorphic rabbit (mentioned in passing)
- The land of Vision in Brave Story is populated by both humans and several types of animal people. One of the main characters, Meena, is a Cat Girl.
- Animal Farm has talking, literate animals serving as characterizations of real Soviets. It also ends with the pigs and the humans interacting on seemingly equal footing.
- The Tale of Despereaux, in both the books and movie.
- In The Wind in the Willows, most of the animals live in burrows (albeit in very human-like comfort) and have little or no interaction with humans. Mr. Toad, on the other hand, lives in an actual house, drives cars, is put on trial in a human court, held in a human prison, and escapes by disguising himself as a human washerwoman. During his escape no one suspects that he's Mr. Toad until he actually announces it when he rides off with a barge woman's horse. And he also interacts on a more-or-less equal basis with all the other animals.
- Though in the sequel, Mr. Toad accidentally blows himself up, playing with his Nephew's experimental fireworks. Despite his Genre Savvy Nephew told him multiple times not to touch it. He bonks his head, temporarily becomes a genius and becomes a Professor for Cambridge University. Which no-one thinks he's a toad, but instead just an ugly human. Once it's revealed he's a toad he is kicked out
- Alice in Wonderland has a variety of Talking Animals, Civilized Animals, and Funny Animals interacting with Alice and human(ish) individuals like the Queen of Hearts and her court.
- Used for plot in The Master and Margarita, when Behemoth, a demon who takes the form of a giant tomcat, buys tram tickets; everyone feels like something is really wrong but nobody can put their finger on it.
- Dave Barry tells an unusual version of the story of the grasshopper and the ant. The grasshopper has asked the ant for food, but before he can get a reply both are killed by mischievous Boy Scouts. Too bad; for they could've made a fortune with a pair of talking insects.
- In Babar, we have intelligent elephants who can communicate with humans and rule a kingdom of anthromorphic crocodiles and monkeys.
- Wicked, featuring Dr. Dillamond, the Cowardly Lion, and the important distinctions between Animals and animals.
- Paddington Bear is a lone bear in a world of humans. No wonder he's always in trouble.
- Fox Tayle was created in a secret government labratory, but the project was cancelled. Shep and Wolf were killed, but Fox escaped and now the FBI is chasing him. He's left as the only anthropomorphic animal on the planet.
- Bill Hand's series The Redaemian Chronicles take place in a medieval-style world where humans and Funny Animal rodents exist side by side.
- The Magic Pudding has Funny Animals interacting with humans in an Australian setting (the hero is a Koala).
- Gaspard And Lisa, a series of picture books and an Animated Adaptation, has the titular characters and their family members as anthropomorphic dogs in the otherwise human society of France.
- Dinotopia is all about shipwrecked humans coexisting with intelligent dinosaurs on an undiscovered island.
- In the original Arthur books, the Tibble twins and their grandma were humans. They were re-done as furries for the animated series, though newer Arthur books (except the "Step into Reading" series) still depict the Tibbles as humans.
- The Hobbit has a lot of talking animals, including giant wolves, birds and even wallets. There is also some anthropomorphism, for example Beorn's pets includes dogs that walk on their hind legs and carry trays and dishes on their forepaws. However, the more adult sequel, The Lord of the Rings, has no anthropomorphic animals, and only a few characters can actually speak to animals. But it does have anthropomorphic tree-like creatures.
- Animals in the Discworld can range from the normal mundane sort to the fantastic. In between you get things like the creatures in the Patrician's Menagerie. Here the meerkat colony have a suspicious resemblance to prisoners of war in Colditz, and see zoo life as an exercise in outwitting their guards and making often elaborate escape attempts. On the Disc, camels spend those long desert treks and down-time sheltering from sandstorms in devising their own higher mathematics. Then there are magically-enhanced sentient creatures like Gaspode The Wonder Dog and the rats of Bad Blinz. Some fanfictions have taken this aspect of Discworld life a step further.
Live Action TV
- On Barney & Friends, no one finds talking, walking-upright dinosaurs the least bit unusual.
- Kermit the Frog and co. from The Muppets interact with humans on a daily basis, and Pepe the King Prawn dates human women (although the Swedish Chef still sees all animals as food). In a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, Seth Meyers accidentally calls Kermit a "puppet" and is corrected: a puppet, Kermit says, is manipulated by a human by way of strings or some other apparatus, whereas he, Kermit, as a Muppet, is a talking frog.
- Wishbone has the title dog imagine himself as the main character in classic works of literature. The other character in the book don't question one of the people in their world being a dog.
- Sesame Street where Kermit got his start and of course there's Big Bird.
- Subverted in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood where the Land Of Make Believe has talking animals but it is made clear that it doesn't really exist.
- The animated band Studio Killers is made up of a human Big Beautiful Woman and an anthropomorphic fox and mink.
- Bloom County started out with an all-human cast, but gradually introduced funny animals (most notably Opus the Penguin).
- Prickly City has a female human and a cast of desert-related funny animals.
- Snoopy from Peanuts plays baseball, decorates his dog house, but still is treated as if he was a regular dog for the most part.
- The cats in the Garfield comics, movies, specials, and the two TV shows Garfield and Friends and The Garfield Show.
- Played with in Calvin and Hobbes. Calvin doesn't think there's anything weird about hanging out with a upright-walking talking tiger, but most people think that's absurd; which may be why everyone except Calvin sees Hobbes as an ordinary stuffed animal.
- The Savage Coast boxed set fully incorporates such furry races as lupins (dogs), rakasta (cats), and tortles (three guesses) into its Hispanic-flavored D&D setting. Then again, it's all but traditional for D&D settings to have loads and loads of races to begin with.
- Animal Crossing. You and your fellow Player Characters are the only humans in a village full of Half Dressed Cartoon Animals. To be fair, the other species you meet seem to come in short supply too, so you're all kind of Token Minorities.
- The original Banjo-Kazooie was basically an all Funny Animal/Talking Animal world (no telling what Gruntilda or Mumbo are supposed to be), but Banjo-Tooie brought in several humans; most notably, the shamaness Humba Wumba. (Who, by the way, was huge in comparison to Banjo and Kazooie. Banjo must be a really tiny bear. And, to complete Terrydactyland, you have to enlarge her...)
- Banjo might not be a small bear, Humba Wumba could be a shamanistic pixie.
- This would also explain how her head went from tall and skinny in Tooie to round and cute in Nuts & Bolts.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog series moved to this kind of world starting with Sonic Adventure. Before then, there was no telling where Robotnik came from.
- The Breath of Fire series features a plethora of Petting Zoo People tribes alongside humans.
- Kingdom Hearts. Come on, you've got Sora fighting alongside Donald and Goofy.
- Mind you, that Donald and Goofy are from a completely different world than Sora's.
- Lampshaded in Kingdom Hearts II, when you travel to the Pride Lands. All three of you are transformed into animals/slightly less anthropomorphic animals in order to blend in. Sora becomes a lion cub, Goofy becomes a tortoise, and Donald becomes a... bird. But with wings that function!
- Simba also comments on the fact that Sora looks different than he remembered, as he was a summon from the original game who fought alongside a human Sora, and suddenly he's a lion cub!
- For great justice, Mario makes the cut. In addition to humanoids (the vast majority, and perhaps all, of them are part mushroom too), there appears a dragon-turtle hybrid with 8 offspring, bipedal dinosaurs with magical eating powers, walking flowers, several monkeys and gorillas, and to cap it all off, a bunch of slightly digital-looking nutcases.
- Beyond Good & Evil features both humans and several species of Funny Animals (the most common seem to be goats). Pey'j, one of the heroes, is even a pig!
- In The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, there's an entire village full of nothing but animals. Justified as the whole thing is a dream of the Wind Fish. Even the dreams of space whales don't have to make sense.
- The world of Rocky Rodent is inhabited by normal humans and various humanized mammals such as rats, moles, armadillos... Rocky himself is some sort of bipedal creature, though he looks nothing like a rodent, but more like a punk version of the Tazmanian Devil.
- The Shining Series games have a lot of anthropomorphic characters that you can include on your force, though the majority of the characters are human (or centaur). This descends into Furry Confusion at one point in Shining Force II, where a boss is a photo-realistic rat and one member of your team is an anthropomorphic one.
- Napple Tale revolves around a Quirky Town that's home to a number of anthropomorphic animals...and plants...and twice as many standard humans that are plenty quirky in their own right.
- Magician's Quest: Mysterious Times has human main characters, but when it comes to the supporting cast? Some of them are Ambiguously Human (like Daisy, and a few of the students, such as Grace), some of them are Animate Inanimate Object-people or even Funny Plants, and, of course, some of them are animals.
- Many of the animals in The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness, to the point where it would be easier to list the ones that can't talk or act human. Seeing that this universe is also home to robots, Gods, demons, mythical creatures, and the like, it's not very surprising.
- The people of Metamor Keep are a mixture of Funny Animals and humans. This is justified as the titular keep was originally all humans, but a curse from an enemy kingdom turned 1/3 into half-animals. The remaining 2/3 were kept human but had permanent changes to their Gender and Age.
- In the Paradise setting humans and anthros co-exist in modern day Earth. Much like Metamor Keep, this is justified as it deals with an alternate universe in which people have started changing into anthropomorphic animals called "Changed" and no one is rightfully sure as to why.
- The Free RID Ers setting is primarily composed of humans turned into nekos by machines called RID Es. Not everyone has a RIDE, but those who spend too much time in one has a chance of ending up as a petting zoo person.
- Homestar Runner mainly features odd stylized characters that are variously not-quite-human and obviously-not-human, but also features human characters, usually shown in live-action, although a couple have been animated 'in-person' (Crack Stuntman, his fellow voice actors and his boss A. Chimendez - the Recycled IN SPACE! versions of Limozeen don't count because they're in a Show Within a Show). The SBCG 4 AP episode Baddest of the Bands touches upon the concept of humans co-existing with the odd denizens of Free Country USA, with a human named Wade leaving a message on Marzipan's answering machine in which he calls her a 'baseball-bat dude', and calls Strong Mad and The Cheat 'creatures', saying that they freak people out.
- Arfenhouse, definitely.
- Darwin's Soldiers, anthros appear in the world and are treated much like humans are.
- Sequential Art has a main character sharing his living space with an anthropomorphic cat and a less furry but still anthro penguin. In fact, it soon begins to seem like normal animals are the minority in the comic (and most women are furries, but that's a different matter).
- This is lampshaded in one strip, in which the main character's attempts to gain police assistance are disregarded as the ramblings of a harmless lunatic when he mentions the species of his roomates. Though it might also have something to do with his previous calls concerning a boogyman.
- In Las Lindas, there's actually even pretty good back-story for this. Admittedly there aren't that many humans around, but...
- Gene Catlow is a furry comic that features humans, and has had lengthy plots utilizing the potential for Fantastic Racism.
- Funny Farm. Only main characters are furry - pretty much if they've lived in the boarding house, or are related to somebody who lived in the house (and not even then all the time.) they are going to be an animal. Anybody who's only role is part of the massive corporate conspiracy Concordant will be human, which the exception of Mr. Seinbeck.
- According to Word of God, all the characters are supposed to be technically human. The anthropomorphic ones are just drawn that way for the benefit of the readers. Doesn't quite excuse some elements (for example, the constant gag about Ront's large nose).
- At one point in the past of the setting for Jack, thousands of years before the present storyline, the humans created the furries For Science. Then Jack, the very first creation, got genocidal and led his ilk into driving the humans into extinction. That's why he's Wrath.
- Kaspall takes place in a world that's mostly populated by anthropomorphic characters, but humans (and other species) frequently get transported there by accident and have to try to integrate into its society.
- The webcomic Fur Will Fly also features an human Trapped in Another World of furries. The sequel features a new human.
- Tales of the Questor starts off focusing on the Rac Cona Daimh, effectively two foot tall talking raccoons, but adds in humans as time goes on. After the Wham Arc, Quentyn ends up effectively stuck in human lands, with other furries such as the bat-like goblins, bulldog-like orcs, and the far more equine than normal centaurs.
- Achewood does this in an abstract and weird sense: while the main cast consists of funny animals and a few robots, it's stated occasionally that they actually live in an underground world that exists alongside the human world (note this strip). This means that every once in a while they'll run into a human character, such as Mark Twain or the preserved head of Keith Moon.
- In Newshounds, most animals are all but Petting Zoo People, to the point where domesticated species wear clothes (and white gloves, in a tribute to Bugs Bunny and his ilk); however, human ownership of animals still exists, and is treated as not too different from the real world.
- The World of Vicki Fox has humans in it, but they appear very seldom (usually only in crowd scenes) and have little impact on the stories.
- Although Sluggy Freelance is largely human-centric, there are two talking animal regulars (Bun-Bun and Kiki), and other talking animals occasionally show up as well.
- In Reynard Noir, humans freely intermingle with animals and no one finds this strange (offensive, in some cases, but not strange).
- Digger has a human village not too far from a pack of (sapient) hyenas. And of course, the main character is a wombat.
- In Yuck Heads Most of the characters are Funny Animals but there are also a few human characters. Word of God says that most of the people in Yuckufo are animals because the town is like an animal ghetto.
- The Webcomic Freefall has Florence Ambrose and Sam Starfall (okay, an alien octopusoid in a suit), the first being a sort of science experiment, and the second being a former accidental stowaway. To a certain extent, subverted with Sam, who seems like the Alien In The Living Room, but is revealed to have been of a bit more interest before news spread around and First Contact with his species was written off as a wash. Florence is quick probably the only one of her species on the planet, and other than the greeting of "Doggy!" doesn't get much species-related attention.
- Housepets! milks this for all its worth. It's a setting where police dogs can give Miranda warnings, a regular wolf might drop in for tea and have his own house for all practical definitions. Then we get into the magical animorphism and you get some really awkward questions.
- In the world of Concession, Word of God is that furry/human segregation has only been stopped in the past decade, and they still don't interact much, but they show up sometimes. A human customer at the movie theater claimed to be there to "pick up some fine, fine pussy", and then revealed his girlfriend to be a guinea pig. ("You were expecting-" "A cat, yes, would have completed the joke ...") Joel's mother Lorelei is annoyed that her boss, the mayor, is human, and says she half-expects him to "chain me up in the backyard".
- Played with in this Awkward Zombie comic.
- Frog Raccoon Strawberry takes place in such a world.
- The Whiteboard: Originally the regular cast members were Funny Animals in a world where many of the people were featureless "bubblehead" humans, due to furries being easier to draw, but starting in 2012 the artist started using funny animals exclusively for all characters, regulars or otherwise. Fan-favorite recurring "bubbleheads" Larry and Daryl became squirrels, from suggestions on the forum.
- Stubble Trouble has a world where over half the population is anthropomorphic animals and no one seems to care. Human/furry relationships aren't a taboo, either.
- Carson the talking muskrat of Dork Tower is, well, a muskrat. As in, a literal muskrat. Apart from a couple of people commenting on his fursuit, nobody seems to care, and he's even shown going to a hospital rather than a vet at least once.