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Little Bit Beastly
We know what you're thinking, but no, those ears don't come off.

"Unleash the bunny squadron!"

Known in Japan as "kemonomimi" (roughly translating as "animal ears", but not so easy to spell), these are the most dramatically anthropomorphized characters, who appear virtually human, but feature the added characteristics of an animal's ears and tail. A Little Bit Beastly is not furry, and should still have human skin, a human face, a completely human nose, and a human skull and torso structure. Additional features like claws, horns, Animal Eyes, Cute Little Fangs, or the special abilities and/or instincts of that animal, may also be present. In-universe, they display the same mannerisms (including the need to wear clothes) as humans, but are generally considered a distinct species in their own right (demons being common), due to the general Squick of the alternative.

A similar term is "gijinka", similarly anthropomorphized creatures, animals or Mons who are regarded as actual creatures later transformed into humans, retaining only their most prominent features (again, mostly their original ears and tail) and/or special abilities (Mons especially).

This can overlap with Rubber-Forehead Aliens, depending on the setting; one of the most common (some would argue overused) ways to invent a fictional race or alien species is to take a non-hominid animal and anthropomorphize it to an extreme, resulting in a virtually human character with a few animal traits, or alternatively, an animal head on a human frame, complete with other human features like a pair of Non-Mammal Mammaries. This is often Hand Waved as an ("Alternate Evolutionary Path").

Sometimes referred to as the "ten percent" variety of anthropomorphism, usually to differentiate fans of this type of character from Furry Fandom. See also Cute Monster Girl or Beast Man. Compare Half-Human Hybrid for an actual hybrid between a human and another species.

See Petting Zoo People and especially Funny Animal and Civilized Animal for animal characters who retain larger shares of animal features, on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism. See Beast Folk for human characters who retain larger shares of animal features.

Examples do not have to be Little Bit Beastly by nature. They can be normal humans who have been turned into Little Bit Beastly. See also: Kitsune, Our Monsters Are Different, Winged Humanoid, Unusual Ears. For costume ears, see Animal-Eared Headband.

A Super Trope to:

Not to be confused with tropes like Bee People (which about eusocial societies, not actual insectoids), or the Dying Like Animals tropes (which are about behavior, not anatomy).

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
More than one type
  • Log Horizon has a few, although the one with the most screentime by far is Nyanta (who ends most his sentences by meowing as a form of Role Play).
  • The entire cast of Damekko Doubutsu.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew:
    • Aizawa Minto/Mew Mint, who is part Lorikeet.
    • Fujiwara Zakuro/Mew Zakuro, who is part wolf.
    • Hwang Bu-ling/Mew Pudding, a golden lion tamarin.
    • Midorikawa Retasu/Mew Lettuce is a rare example of a porpoise-girl. Her cetecean features are limited to ribbonlike antennae coming out of her head, although she later turns into a mermaid. Like Ichigo (wildcat likened to domestic cats) and Zakuro (wolf given a few dog qualities), Retasu and her powers are mostly porpoise-related but sometimes reflect just plain fish, like how she can breathe underwater.
    • Shirayuki Berii/Mew Berry of Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode is part cat girl, part bunny girl, and all Canon Sue.
  • According to Studio Gainax, Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is "a shark with feline genetics. If you pull out his teeth they grow back." He looks mostly human, except for catlike eyes and paws and shark's teeth.
    • Boota in his human form in the Multi-Dimensional Labryinth is a Bishōnen with whiskers. His Evil Counterpart, Guame, however, has the humanoid form of a Lizard Man.
    • Cytomander is a peacock.
    • Adiane has a scorpion tail.
  • Ryo-okhi has three forms, ones as cat-rabbit, one as humanoid with cabbit-like feature, and the third is a starship
  • The characters of Strike Witches take on the ears and tails of various animals when they use their magic. Most of them are various cats or dogs.
  • Utawarerumono has almost the entire cast of them.
  • In one episode of Keroro Gunsou, Keroro turns the animals in a zoo into Petting Zoo People with one of Kululu's crazy transformation guns, the platoon hoping that they can then convince them to join forces with them.
  • Lady Bat, the Villainous Crossdresser of Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch. Guess what he is.
    • The Black Beauty Sisters are anglerfish girls. In fact, they actually are anglerfish, transformed into kemonomimi.
    • Lanhua/Ranfa is a butterfly woman. Alala may be a dragonfly, but it's more likely that she's a fairy.
  • One of the many "human" species in Centaur no Nayami are the "Long Hear" people, who are essentially this trope. Cat people seems to be the most common variation, but there are others as well.
  • Everyone in Dog Days is a kemonomimi, save for the three humans. It goes to mention that everyone refers to themselves as humans.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL - Cathy a.k.a. Cat-chan shows kemonomimi traits with cat ears, tail, and apparently can talk to cats and Dog-chan is able to talk to dogs and has cute floppy ear-like hair.
  • The Vision of Escaflowne includes the requisite Cat Girls, wolf-men, a dog-man, and a race of Winged Humanoids. More exotic variants, such as a walrus-man, are sometimes seen in crowd shots.
  • Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they? has a number of different types, including the rabbit main character Kurousagi.

Cats
  • In Fruits Basket, Kyo will once in a while have cat ears to show his mood. Occasionally, this happens when he's put out about something, but usually it's just because he's mad. Like usual. It's not commented on or noticed by any of the characters, so it's purely an artistic and comedic effect.

Birds
  • A minor character from the Urusei Yatsura anime and manga series is Kurama, an Ancient Astronauts version of a Tengu (bird-goblin). Apparently, her species is divided into two 'halves'; one of them are humanoid crows the size of goblins, the other are, well, see the trope name. Also, she's the last one of the second type, and her duty (as she sees it) is to find a worthy guy to help her rebuild the population. Unfortunately for her, the only options in the series are Ataru Moroboshi, Shuutaro Mendo, and Ryuunosuke. She's also technically a Half-Human Hybrid; one of her female ancestors (who was, herself, an example of this trope) married a famous samurai from Japan.
  • The Mahou Sensei Negima! manga reveals that Setsuna is half-tengu Bird Clan, a variety of humanoid bird demon. This is implied in the last episode of the first anime (and downgraded to mere pactio transformation in the second), but never said outright in either anime. She sports an impressive set of white wings, which she can hide or shrink when not in use. Unfortunately, the Bird Clan considers white wings to be bad luck, and her half human lineage resulted in some self-depreciation.
    • It's further revealed in the manga that she's an albino who dyes her hair and wears colored contacts to hide the fact, explaining the issues with her family. (Happens in real-world cultures.)
  • The residents of Mt. Phoenix in Ranma ½ who, along with the requisite wings, also have talon-like hands and feet.

Foxes

Wolves and Dogs
  • Holo, a wolf spirit in Spice and Wolf.
  • Liru, a werewolf in Magical Pokaan.
  • Certain Familiars and Guardian Beasts from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, such as Alph and Zafila.
  • The titular half dog-demon of InuYasha looks like a human with dog-ears and fangs. His brother Sesshomaru (dog-demon) and The Rival Koga and his clan (wolf-demons) are full demons, but they look pretty human except for the tail and pointy ears. It is implied that this is only their disguise form; at least Sesshomaru is able to convert into his true form, a giant demon dog.

    Several other examples appear throughout the series, like Shippo (fox-demon), Myoga (flea-demon), the bat-demon clan and Jinenji (half ginormous bug-eyed horse thing horse-demon).
  • Kotaro Inugami in Mahou Sensei Negima!, same as InuYasha, and he likes to call himself a wolf.
  • The Inukami in, well, Inukami! Most of them hide their dog-like traits pretty well, though Tomohane's tail is quite clearly visible in human form.
  • Ouka in .hack//Legend of the Twilight; her character class is "Werewolf".
  • Nozomu from Kanokon
  • Elga, Luna and Rino, the dog-girls from Inumimi.
  • Dog hybrid chimera Dorochet from Fullmetal Alchemist. Although the only canine trait we really get to see from him is an extreme sense of loyalty. That, and a fellow chimera jokes he lifts his leg to pee.
  • In Dog Days, with the exception of Shinku (a regular human), Yuki (a fox), and Brioche (a wolf), everyone on the Biscotti side has dog features.
  • Princess Sophie, Prince Auler, and Queen Elana of the Windy Kingdom in Fushigiboshi no Futago Hime. The king, meanwhile, is a Petting Zoo Person Dog.
  • Inugami from Nurarihyon No Mago is a Dog Boy and is naturally loyal to the death. While he constantly has his tongue out, he doesn't have dog ears, although his hair is spiky enough.

Primates

Rabbits, Rodents, and other small mammals

Bovines
  • Milk Party — A most disturbing h-manga oneshot. In this setting cows are Petting Zoo People with cow ears and tails. They are still treated like Real Life cows and are used to produce milk. When the main character inevitably does the (offscreen) deed with the new cow his mother bought he considers it bestiality but cannot bring himself to stop. The cow ends up giving birth to the main character's child, an adorable baby boy who greatly resembles him and has bull ears and a tail. The main character has to talk his mother out of taking the calf to a butcher shop! Fridge Horror sets in when you realize that people get beef in this setting by butchering "cows" that are visually indistinguishable from humans with added ears and tails.

Reptiles & Dragons
  • Bido and Martel from Fullmetal Alchemist. The first is a human and lizard hybrid chimera that looks like an ugly, weird little guy with a tail that can climb up walls. The second is a human and snake chimera, and that mostly translates as an extremely flexible hot girl.
  • "Tamaki" from Mahou Sensei Negima! is a dragonfolk who is capable of transforming into an actual dragon. In humanoid form, she has thick horns and a thick tail, which according to Word of God means she can't wear panties.
  • Mink from Dragon Half has horns, a tail, and breaths fire.

Sea Creatures
  • Hoshigaki Kisame from Naruto is a sharkman. Suigetsu and Chojuro have elements of sharks as well. Fuguki, Samehada's owner before Kisame, is a puffer fish man. Though they and the other members (or aspiring members) of the 7 Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist might file their teeth intentionally, it seems they're not monsters but just weird looking people.

Insects & Arachnids

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    Comic Books 
  • The Shi'ar, in X-Men comics, are supposed to be descended from birds. The only real sign of this is that they have feathers instead of hair and (sometimes) on their forearms. Although there are some "throwbacks" who are Winged Humanoids, with long feathers on their forearms.
  • The DC Universe has the winged Thanagarians, exemplified by Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
  • The Demon Mages takes place in a world where magic is still alive. As such, there are still basilisk-people and harpy-people walking around. Protagonist Ziggy is a fine example: she's essentially a woman with a large horn coming out of her forehead, and a scaly tail. Other examples exist, such as Saffron and her wing-like arms and bird-like legs.
  • DC also has Beast Boy as mentioned in the cartoon examples below. However, his first appearance was actually as a member of the Doom Patrol, which never got it's own cartoon, nor was Beast Boy ever an active member of them in any of their cartoon appearances.
  • Kingdom is about groups of dogs, genetically engineered to have a humanoid shape, fighting Big Creepy-Crawlies. With the exception of Gene the Hackman, all the males are quite clearly dog-men; the females, on the other hand, just look like well-built human women with slight caninesque features.
  • Marvel Comics' Squirrel Girl is exactly what she sounds like. And she's also a Killer Rabbit par excellence.
  • Hepzibah of the Starjammers. She was originally portrayed with definite skunk coloration but has since become a generic felinoid. Not so surprising, considering who she was based on. Aaaand now she's an elf. At least, that's how she's drawn now.
  • Beta Ray Bill (an equine-headed alien) from The Mighty Thor. It is worth noting that his In Name Only appearance in the 90's Silver Surfer cartoon had him and his people looking even more horse-like, whereas his species in the comics have no horse features and are instead somewhat human, but with no noses or ears. Bill himself is genetically engineered to be a fearsome guardian for his people.
  • Beast of the X-Men, after he gained his blue fur, initially looked just a bit simian. He later took on cat-like features starting in Grant Morrison's New X-Men.

    Fan Fiction 
  • There's a whole subgenre in Harry Potter fanart, that concentrates mainly around Remus/Sirius pairing. Those fanartists depict both Remus and Sirius with dog/wolf ears, no matter the context.

    Film — Animation 
  • Everyone in Mr Toad's Wild Ride.
  • Even though he is a puppet in the shape of a normal boy throughout most of the movie, Disney's Pinocchio looks like a puppet Little Bit Beastly when he gains donkey ears and a donkey tail while visiting Pleasure Island. He loses the donkey ears and donkey tail when he turns into a real boy.

    Film — Live Action 
  • Barf the Mog (half-man, half-dog) from Spaceballs. "I'm my own best friend!"
  • Animala from the B-Movie spoof The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2004) and its sequel, The Lost Skeleton Returns Again. Part woman, part four different forest animals. And she can dance hypnotically. Rowr.

    Literature 
  • The Flock from the Maximum Ride books.
  • Kitsune make an appearance in Mercedes Lackey's SERRAted Edge series. They help build magical racecars.
  • The Draka create a species known as the Ghouloon which is effectively a human-baboon hybrid with bits of other species thrown in.
  • The Grik from Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series whom Word of God says are evolved from raptors. Also, the Lemurians, who are described as "monkeycats".
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs came up with two for his Pellucidar series, the Snake people Horibs and the Mahar who are telepathic, parthenogenic Pterodactyls. No, I'm not kidding.
  • The picture book Imogene's Antlers.
  • Jack Chalker's The Moreau Factor showcases a vast array of Petting Zoo People, all created through genetic experimentation
  • The picture book I Wish That I Had Duck Feet.
  • Mary Gentle's Katayans in Rats and Gargoyles, who are essentially humans with long furry tufted tails.
  • The kemos of the web-novel Domina vary on the scale, with some being full anthros. Not to mention kemo is probably short for kemonomimi.
  • Available via human augmentation in John Patrick Lowrie's sci-fi novel Dancing With Eternity. Protagonist Mohandas has lizard scales, sexy sky captain Steel has catlike fur, Steel's assistant is a gorilla (unclear whether he's a human augmented into a gorilla, or a plain old gorilla, though), and one woman they meet is a Peacock Girl with peacock tattoos that fan into an actual peacock tail.

    Live Action TV 
  • Believe it or not, The Backyardigans (made of an all-Funny Animal cast) had Uniqua as a kemonomimi-ish werewolf on a Halloween special, which only compounded the controversy over her species.
  • Wolf from from the ABC mini series 10th Kingdom falls under this. While he attempts to hide his traits to blend in, he is shown to have a tail, fangs, claws, and yellow eyes. He also displays canine behaviors when he feels any emotion very strongly.
  • Loquasto, from Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire is a Grobble, a race with pig ears and tail. He's the only example we've met so far it's unknown whether they are that universe's equivalent of Orcs or not.
  • Jim Breuer's Goat Boy character from Saturday Night Live.
  • The Groosalugg in Angel is an inversion. He hails from a demonic-looking people but his ancestors crossed with "cows" which is their term for their human slaves. For all intents and purposes, he looks 100% human, and one that Cordelia, who had been worrying for the entirety of the episode that she will have to have sex with a horrifying demon, finds incredibly attractive. However, he feels he is a monster for looking like one of the "cows", which of course does not matter to Cordelia who proclaims, "Hey, I'm all cow!"

    Mythology 

    Newspaper Comics 
  • The cast of Rocky has animal heads, but are basically human otherwise.
  • The winged Hawkmen and hairy Lion Men in Flash Gordon.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer Fantasy included Ungors: mostly human except for hairy legs, somewhat distorted faces, and small horns. Of course there are larger and less human version such as gors and minotaurs
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a plethora of reptilian humanoids, a few of which qualify as this:
    • The snakelike Yuan-ti are just downright demonic. They are (in some versions) the descendants of humans who crossed their genes with those of snakes, and some of them still look almost exactly like humans and infiltrate human society accordingly.
    • There's the Half-dragon template for applying to almost anything corporeal and living, as well as the Draconic template, which is similar but less powerful.
  • In Shadowrun, people possesed by insect spirits can end up looking like this.
  • Mortasheen, as usual, does an odd version of this with one of its player races, the Sectilians, fusions of human and arthropod that end up looking like humans with insect parts glued on. There's also creatures called Arthropoids which are made via an evolution of the same process, but their human/arthropod fusion looks more... harmonious. Word of God says that they were meant to be based on the difference between the design of the creature from the original The Fly and the Cronenberg remake.
  • Maid RPG, naturally, your maid can be one of them. In fact, you can easily have embellishments coming from more than one animal.
  • ''Golden Sky Stories, you play as a magical animal that can take various levels of human form, some falling into this category.

    Theater 
  • Rafiki in the theatrical version of The Lion King.
  • The animals in the theatrical version of The Little Mermaid.
  • Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna has the tailed Amazon women (although they remove their tails and corsets for the gymnastics act), the anthropomorphic peacocks (not so much the show's actual Peacock Goddess), the mermaids/water fairies, and Miranda's pet lizardman Cali.

    Video Games 
  • Touhou has several examples of this, thanks to the nature of how many youkai are former animals turned into part monster, and mostly anthropromorphised girls.
    • Mystia Lorelei is a night sparrow youkai, and consequently sports a pair of stubby little wings and long claws. Oddly enough, she also has a pair of small furry ears, which sparrows aren't known to have.
    • It is just fanon, but Tokiko may be a crested ibis youkai.
    • Nine-tailed fox/kitsune Ran Yakumo. Even though her having nine tails (the highest number of tails a youkai fox can have, symbolizing their power) would make her one of the most powerful creatures in Gensokyo, she is little more than Yukari Yakumo's pet and favorite whipping girl. Poor Ran.
    • Momiji Inubashiri from Mountain of Faith, a white wolf tengu, is depicted with animal features in official doujins even though her official sprite is too small to tell whether or not she has them. Also, while not a dog girl per se, Sakuya Izayoi is sometimes shown with dog ears and a tail, keeping in line with her nickname "The Scarlet Devil's Dog".
    • Keine Kamishirasawa is a were-hakutaku; most of the time she appears as an ordinary human, but when the moon is full her hair turns green and she sports a pair of horns and a tail.
    • Reisen Udongein Inaba is a lunar rabbit, and Tewi Inaba a youkai rabbit.
    • The Tiny, Tiny, Clever Commander of Undefined Fantastic Object, Nazrin, is a mouse youkai. Her superior, Shou Toramaru the tiger youkai, averts this since she has no tiger traits aside from her tiger-patterned clothes and hair, but that hasn't stopped fanartists from often giving her Little Bit Beastly features anyway.
    • And then there's Wriggle Nightbug from Touhou: Imperishable Night, who is a (very tomboyish) firefly-girl. She doesn't glow in the dark, though...
    • Kyouko Kasodani is a Yamabiko, a youkai that is the cause and reason of echoes. What kind of animal it's supposed to be is another matter, though most assume it's supposed to be a dog.
    • Mamizou Futatsuiwa, the tanuki.
    • Kagerou Imaizumi, a werewolf, has a wolf's ears and long claws.
  • Breath of Fire has them in every game of the franchise.
    • The entire Wydian/Windian tribe from the Breath of Fire series, which sport wings in the first, second, and fourth games.
    • In Breath of Fire IV, there's a bit of Lineage Decay as well (it's implied the Wyndians could once do extended powered flight). Then again, in IV the Wyndians (and every other race on the planet) were specifically adopted by Endless and mutated based on the aspect of the god in question.
    • Breath of Fire IV has an entire sub-race of the Grassrunner clan (which also includes wolf/dog people) as kitsune. Ursula and Yuna are the only two you run into to a great extent.
    • Momo from Breath of Fire III. Her ears resemble a rabbit, but according to Capcom, she's a small part Grassrunner Clan (the same clan as Bow from Breath of Fire 2, in which he's an anthropomorphic dog).
    • Scias from Breath of Fire IV is also part of this. The Grassrunner clan is best known for their healing abilities (Bow is arguably the best healer in the second game, and Momo and Scias are both good auxiliary healers. In fact, most players of Breath of Fire III use Momo as their healer, despite the fact that main character Ryu has far better healing magics, usually because they prefer to save his AP for his dragon transformations).

      Per Capcom, Scias is actually from the same clan Ursula is from (no matter that Ursula is a Fox Person; perhaps it's a sub-race, or the result of a lot of intermarriage with humans).
    • One of the few examples from Dragon Quarter is Cupid (a dog-person).
    • Hortensia from Dragon Quarter.
    • Breath of Fire has monkeys, too. Most notable in II with the Highlander Clan, and per Capcom also in IV.
    • Bleu/Deis in I-III resembles a nagini (female naga) and in III is revealed to be a Physical God.
    • In IV, Fou-lu and Deis (who are both summoned dragon-gods, and have horns and pointed ears as a sign of their status). There are also variants of this with the older Dragon Gods' avatars which get very bizarre very quickly...
    • In Dragon Quarter, technically Elyon would count as a version of this due to merging with Odjn then breaking the link when he refused to open the way to the sky because he worried about endangering the underground enclave all of humanity was living in; he is left with stigmata of circuit-like lines on his face and horns, appearing very much like an Expy of Fou-lu in fact.
    • Breath of Fire has a tribe of fish men in the first game and frog men in the second.
    • II and III infamously had an example of a plant Petting Zoo Person (Spar and Peco when he attacks).
  • The Final Fantasy series has a few:
  • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (and Radiant Dawn).
    • Tons of bird Laguz in Lessee... there's Tibarn, Naesala, Nealuchi, Reyson, Leanne, Rafiel, Ulki, Janaff, and Vika.
    • Nailah and Volug from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn are canine.
  • Medli, Komali, and the rest of the Rito of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Their wings are unique in that they protrude from their forearms instead of their backs (a little more anatomically believable), and have an appearance similar to the sleeves of a cloak when the Rito is not in flight. They also have beak-like noses and bird-like feet.
  • Merco from Mischief Makers is clearly based on some kind of bird.
  • The Shining Series has various types.
  • Two playable varieties in the later Wizardry games-the brutish Lizardmen, who are Exactly What It Says on the Tin, and the acid-breathing Dracons, stated to be dragon-human hybrids.
  • The Rattkin of the later Wizardry games started as a loose kingdom of thieves and spies run by mobsters, but managed to escape their birth planet when other races arrived and apparently have gone on to establish themselves as the local interstellar Mafia, complete with matching accents.
  • Muramasa The Demon Blade has two inari named Kongiku and Yuzuruha. They're actually foxes in human form and have fox ears, as well as pale white skin.
  • Caster, from Fate/EXTRA, due to her being a Kitsune. Lancer from Fate/Extra CCC has a dragon's horns and tail.
  • Ahri the Nine-Tailed Fox, from League of Legends, is a Kumiho (a Korean varient of the Kitsune).
  • Rufus, also from Jeanne D Arc, is an anthropomorphic dog who speaks like Scooby-Doo. His high physical stats and propensity to steamroll over enemies have led fans to nickname him "Thunder Dog Rufus."
  • Princess Fuse from Ōkami sports a pair of black dog ears, likely due to her connection with the Satome Canine Warriors.
  • Konoha of Arcana Heart is a dog-girl ninja. Akane and Nazuna Inukawa are also dog-girls.
  • Lunar from Mischief Makers is a wolf man. And he is craaaaaaaazy.
    • Tarus from Mischief Makers is based on a gorilla, although the resemblance is subtler than it is for the other Beastector members.
  • Fenrich from Disgaea 4 combines the Pointy Ears and Cute Little Fangs most demons have with a tail and a mane of Wild Hair, thus giving him a more lupine appearance.
  • The Pooka from Odin Sphere, who get that way due to being cursed.
  • Arina from Waku Waku 7 has rabbit ears. Her friends, seen in her intro, all have animal ears of various kinds for some reason.
  • Q-Bee in Vampire Saviour (the third entry in the Darkstalkers franchise) is a bee-woman.
  • Bunny of Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils happened to be your everyday bunny girl until she happened just a bit too close to a catular explosion, which gave her a pair of cat ears. Yes, she's both bunny and cat, much to her chagrin. Cat deaths of any kind in that world have a similar effect on their killers, but it doesn't work on those already affected.
    Nuko du Maron a.k.a. Kitty: I curse you!
    Bunny: I am already cursed!
  • Almost the entire cast of Legend of Mana falls into this in some way or other. There are anthropomorphic snakes, birds, cats, monkeys, and teapots.
  • Makoto of BlazBlue is a squirrel girl. No, not that one. Though she's almost just as big a thorn in the side of evil as that one.
  • The Star Ocean games are filled with animalistic humanoids of the "alternate evolutionary path" school. These tend to vary from Petting Zoo People (a few background NPCs, including frog and fish people) right up through this trope (menodixes like Roger S. Huxley are raccoon-people, and featherfolk and felinefolk have their own tropes). These will generally all be expounded upon at length by the game's dictionary.
  • The draenei in World of Warcraft have a few vaguely goat/antelope-like traits; their feet are cloven hooves, and the females (and some of the males) have horns. However, although they have tails, those look (if anything) vaguely reptilian; and they also have a few more outright alien traits such as blue skin, catfish-whisker-like facial tendrils, and—on the males, anyway—Klingon foreheads.
  • Sveta from Golden Sun: Dark Dawn. Most beastfolk can be identified immediately as cats, dogs, pigs, squirrels, wolves, etc., but Sveta is just... furry. She's actually pretty human-looking compared to other beastfolk. Tyrell calls her a "kitty-dog" at first sight, and her beast form is generally wolfish. It's possible that she's meant to be at least part deer, though, since she's nicknamed "The White Deer".
    • Her brother King Volechek Czamaral also has unidentifiable animal features, albeit with more obvious fur and a pronounced muzzle.
    • One theory that's been suggested is that their parents were beastfolk of different animal types and produced mongrel offspring.
  • Wild Star has the Aurin, an alien race who have a wide variety of ears—from bunny, to cat, to deer—but all share the same long, fluffy tails.
  • Dandelion revolves around a girl finding two cats and three rabbits in a basket who later transform into attractive men with cat or rabbit ears respectively.
  • The Ohmes-Raht Khajiit from The Elder Scrolls, featured in-game only in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall have tails and fur, but otherwise look human.
  • Nearly everyone in Wadanohara fits this trope. From shark boys to bunny girls, almost every character looks like a human with animal features like ears and a tail.

    Webcomics 
  • Kit from Fey Winds was once a fox and turned human by a crazy witch. At least until it's revealed she was actually transformed by Sylphe when Kit ate her after mistaking her for an egg. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • In Alone in a Crowd the main character, Faith, is revealed to have been born with cat ears.
  • The Demi from The Overture are an entire race of this. They generally resembling humans with minor modification to there ears, eyes, and sometimes tails.
    • Sophie has the ears and spines of a porcupine as well as yellow eyes.
  • Marena from Keychain of Creation has a fox ears & tail. This isn't due to her being of a different race from humans, however, but is what is referred to in the world of Exalted as a Tell, due to her being a Lunar Exalted with an fox Spirit Form.
  • Kitsunefoxy in Gai-Gin. Nobody seems to notice.
  • Cat girls Blue and Kate from Yosh!, as well as Fox girl Rieko who is also - through a series of events - made into a Robot Girl. A Wizard Did It. By accident.
  • Strays: Both main characters are werewolves that can also turn into full wolves.
  • WiredWolf of Enjuhneer was established as a variant werewolf early on, but she permanently acquired a wolf's ears and tail after her Plot-Relevant Age-Up.
  • Homestuck: When Jade Harley ascends to the God Tiers after being killed by Courtyard Droll, she merges with Jadesprite, her once-deceased dreamself which was a sprite that had previously been prototyped with Jade's dog Becquerel, and as such was itself already pretty much a furry. As a result, after ascending, Jade gained dog ears while otherwise looking completely normal. She has however taken on several canine quirks, such as hating the cat-borne Jaspersprite. This causes a lot of problems later since the Condesce copied Tarvos' ability to mind control animals.
    • After Aradia prototyped herself but before she entered a robot body, she was briefly a frog girl with little head bumps, webbed hands, and a habit of saying 'ribbit'.
  • In El Goonish Shive (who didn't see that coming?), one of Grace's four parents was a squirrel, and her default form is a squirrel-human hybrid (save for the antennae).
    • Then again, her default form is more like Petting Zoo People with a human-like face. She can morph at will to have only the ears, tails, etc. of a true kemonomimi through a Partial Transformation.
    • Sarah may be getting a watch to transform her into a proper Cat Girl because clothes over fur feels weird when she was in the Petting Zoo People cat girl form.
  • The Urrt from the webcomic The Challenges of Zona.
  • The gard are a race of deermen from Winters In Lavelle.
  • In Vanadys: Tales Of A Fallen Goddess, wights are basically humanoid with Pointy Ears, Cute Little Fangs, claws and furry tails. Their animalistic traits are fairly generic with little hint as to what kind of animal they are based on — though the claws and fangs do suggest some kind of carnivore.
  • In Endstone, the "higher animals" are Little Bit Beastly and interfertile with humans but still referred to as animal species and treated as such by humans; Kyri is a deer, and everyone recognizes her as such from her ears.
  • In Dubious Company, there is Walter (Bird), Tiren (Cat), and Raque'falicoona (Raccoon) for named characters. Dalmatian, bunny, and bear people have also been shown as background characters in the Elven Royal Court.
  • The Numinous in Bedlam Genesis.
  • Kat of Sequential Art who is... well... part cat. Scarlett and her sisters are obviously half squirrel.
  • The Phantasmagorians of End Of Infinity all have varying levels of animal traits. Jasz, the protagonist, has droopy puppy ears, a fluffy tail, and sharp teeth and claws, while his pseudo-mentor Silver merely has a set of black wings.
  • Sette from Unsounded who has pointy teeth and a "mule's tale," which she insists looks more like a lion's.
  • In APT Comic, this is essentially a requirement to be an Author. A few get away with just Unusual Ears though.
  • Karin-dou 4koma has several animal youkai with have human forms like this. For instance, Shizuki (kitsune) has fox ears/tail, while Catherine (bird/dog hybrid) has dog ears and wings.
  • This Is the Worst Idea You've Ever Had! has several characters of the "Beastman" race, who are nearly always cute.

    Web Original 
  • Moezilla, unofficial mascot of the Firefox web browser.
  • Seems to be a defining characteristic of Faunus in the RWBY universe. Characters from this race include Velvet Scarlatina (rabbit), Sun Wukong (monkey) and Blake Belladonna (cat). However, they seem to only have either animal ears or a tail, not both at the same time, and those with animal ears also have human ears. The civil rights of these kind of characters plays a significant part within the setting, including a militant activist group named the White Fang.
  • Sooni, the Alpha Bitch/Rich Bitch of Tales Of Mu.
  • SCP-953. It's of great importance to her that she's Korean, and therefore technically a Kumiho; she has killed people who have called her a kitsune.
  • All "werewolves" (who came about from the crossing of the Scientific world with the Magical world) in the 1 + 1/2 Nekutai doujinshiverse— but only after their first transformation—get assorted wolf parts; anywhere from just the ears/tail/teeth combo (most common) to that plus Uh-Oh Eyes, stronger wolfish personality tendencies, and whatever else Tohai wants to throw in there (only if something weird happened; such as they became a werewolf unnaturally or something interrupted their transformation to/from werewolf, etc).
  • Global Guardians PBEM Universe
    • White Owl, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, is a winged "owl woman" with heightened senses, wings, and claws.
    • The appropriately named superhero Fox
    • Winter Wolf, a superhero.
    • Rottweiler, a street-level crimefighter.
    • Macaco-Aranha is a Brazilian superhero with "spider monkey" powers and a prehensile tail.
    • March Hare, White Rabbit, and Silver Marten.
    • Dragon, from the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, can turn into a man-shaped firebreathing dragon. Lord Dragon, on the other hand, is a fire-breathing dragon who turns into a man. Taipan and Asp both have snake powers. Sebek has crocodile powers. Both the Serpent Squad and the Serpent Syndicate are entire teams of snake-powered villains.
    • Hate is an unspecific bestial supervillain.
    • Harrier has the same sort of vague animal look as well, as does Wild Spirit and Salvaje ("Feral" in Spanish). Render is animalistic, but leans toward the bear-like.
  • As a joke, The Nostalgia Critic got himself a tail as a result of time travel at the end of his review of The Room and only seems mildly shocked by it. The Furry Fandom, who up until this point disliked him because of an earlier slam against them, suddenly changed their minds and were very pleased.
  • Thuban, in the Whateley Universe, who's part dragon.
  • Starfish is an Australian strong-man with "starfish powers" of water-breathing, regeneration, and incredible strength.

    Western Animation 
  • Omar, the hero of Rock and Rule, looks quite a bit like a dog-man, though his actual species and those of his bandmates is somewhat questionable. Some thing Angel is a mousegirl, judging by her very rounded ears. But she also has those trademark ginormous Cat Girl eyes. Some think Omar is a rat. No-one knows what the drummer is.
  • The crew of the Primate Avengers in Captain Simian and the Space Monkeys, as well as Rhesus-2 in part.
  • Teen Titans - Beast Boy deserves a mention here, between his Unusual Ears and Cute Little Fangs — and the fact that he is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Though there isn't anything that ties him to any one definite animal, except for the fact that he gained his powers from being bitten by a green monkey.
  • Young Justice also features Beast Boy, but gives him a more simian appearance. It's implied that this is just his personal preference, though, since at one point we see him shift back to a green version of his pre-empowered appearance.
  • The Humane Six in My Little Pony Equestria Girls have pony ears (and wings, in the case of Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and Twilight Sparkle) in promo artwork, and during their Magical Girl transformation at the climax of the movie.
  • Several villains in Codename: Kids Next Door have animal body parts; for example, Mr. Wink and Mr. Fibb have buffalo horns and walrus tusks, respectively. The show's creator, Mr. Warburton, later revealed that they were part of an Aborted Arc.


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