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Largely Normal Animal:
Anime & Manga
- Hot Dog of Archie Comics would act like this in his own title, where he was revealed to have a high-tech super-structure underneath his common dog house. The series didn't last long.
- Bom-Bom the tawal in The Great Power of Chninkel. Though he can't speak, he picks up language easily and by the end of the book he's able to communicate the story of J'on to his descendants through simple sounds and hand gestures.
- Snowy in Tintin. He's clever enough to trick human beings, hide when his master's attacked and either sneak in to free him or run off to fetch help as needed, and occasionally understand rather specific instructions. He also has a fondness for booze, and occasionally thinks to himself in intelligible sentences.
Films — Animation
- The animals in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- Figaro and Cleo from Pinocchio.
- The baby Pegasi and unicorns from the "Pastoral Symphony" segment of Fantasia. (The parents are closer to Mostly Normal.) Also, the fish in "Nutcracker Suite".
- The animals in Dumbo except Timothy Q. Mouse, the crows, and the stork the Civilized Animals.
- The animals in Bambi.
- Lucifer the cat, Bruno the dog, and Major the horse in Cinderella.
- The flamingos and hedgehogs, the broom-headed dog, and the Tulgy Wood critters in Alice in Wonderland.
- Nana the dog, Tick Tock the crocodile, and other animals from Peter Pan, Fairies, and Jake And The Neverland Pirates.
- The dogs and most of the other animals in Lady and the Tramp except the songbirds and pigeons, which are completely normal animals.
- The animals in Sleeping Beauty are this, especially Diablo the raven.
- The dogs and other animals in 101 Dalmatians.
- The animals in The Jungle Book, though Louie the orangutan and the monkeys are Partially Civilized Animals.
- The cats, dogs, horse, and geese in The Aristocats are this, though the geese and the cats (especially the cats in Scat Cat's gang) are Partially Civilized Animals and Roquefort the mouse falls squarely into the Civilized Animal trope.
- Rufus the cat from The Rescuers.
- The animals in The Small One.
- The animals in The Fox and the Hound.
- The animals in Oliver & Company.
- Sebastian, Flounder, Flotsam, Jetsam, and many of the other marine animals The Little Mermaid
- Most of the Australian wildlife from The Rescuers Down Under.
- Abu the monkey from Aladdin straddles the line between this trope and Speech-Impaired Animal.
- The animals in the three Lion King movies are this, though Timon and Rafiki stand on two legsnote .
- Many of the animals in Tarzan, especially the gorillas and elephants.
- The whales in the "Pines of Rome" segment of Fantasia 2000. Also all the animals going into Noahs' Ark in "Pomp and Circumstance", except for Donald and Daisy Duck.
- The dinosaurs and lemurs from Dinosaur. Yes, even the Carnotaurus.
- Bucky the squirrel from The Emperor's New Groove.
- The animals in Brother Bear.
- The animals in Home on the Range except Lucky Jack, who is a Civilized Animal.
- The animals in The Wild.
- The animals in Bolt.
- Mushu in Mulan.
- Stella the dog and Marcel the cat from The Princess and the Frog.
- Pascal the chameleon and Maximus the horse from Tangled.
- The fish and all other animals in Finding Nemo except the anglerfish.
- The dogs in Up.
- The wolves and other animals in Alpha and Omega.
- Pooka, Anya's dog in Anastasia.
- The animals in Balto.
- The animals in Happy Feet, though the penguins are Partially Civilized Animals
- The animals in all of the Ice Age films.
- Every dinosaur in The Land Before Time.
- The animals in Open Season, though some of them lean a little into Civilized Animal territory.
- The animals in Over the Hedge.
- The birds and other animals in Rio.
- Spike is usually a completely realistic animal, but in Rugrats Go Wild!, he falls in this level and is shown to speak Animal Talk.
- The animals in Vuk the Little Fox.
- Shaun in Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave is Largely Normal. The rest of the flock would be Mostly Normal if it wasn't for the Ovine Ladder scene. They go through a major Anthropomorphic Shift by the time they get their own series.
- All the animals in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, albeit Darwin's butler Chimp is close to be Civilized Animal as he is able of Talking with Signs.
- Azrael in Smurfs: The Lost Village, who is also clearly smarter than his owner Gargamel.
Films — Live-Action
- The dogs, pack rat, and iguana in Beverly Hills Chihuahua
- The cast of Watership Down, both books, film, and TV series.
- Mabari war hounds of the Dragon Age series are said to be smart enough to talk, wise enough not to. They're certainly able to understand what people say and Hawke's mabari was able to learn to play cards. Dwarven enchanter Sandal even seems to have figured out how to speak "mabari speak."
- The Duck Hunt Dog in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U / 3DS. He seems to be smart enough to use the same items as the rest of the cast can and stands up in his hind legs to use them, but aside from some attacks and taunts, he spends most of the fight in four legs and only does dog sounds, and when not in use, he carries the items in his mouth. It's not clear to what degree he can communicate with his duck partner, but they seem to work in good synchrony.
- Koromaru from Persona 3. He usually acts like a normal dog, but he's a playable character with the ability to summon a Persona and fights by holding a knife in his mouth. It's clear that he understands a lot of what the humans are saying, and Aigis often "translates" his barking.
- Buttons the dog from Animaniacs
- Also, Newt as Schnappsi the dog in "Puttin on The Blitz"
- Sykes the crow, Scout the dog, and Squeakers the rat, Pharfignewton the horse, and Gobbles the turkey fall here too.
- Most of the non-anthro animals in Arthur including Pal and Nemo.
- The monkey in Chuggington
- The animals in the Curious George movies and TV series are this, though Curious George is a non-talking Civilized Animal himself.
- The animals in Krypto the Superdog except Mechanicat, who is a cyborg Funny Animal cat. The animal characters sometimes lean toward the Civilized Animal trope at times.
- Marc Anthony the dog from Looney Tunes. Also, Wile E. Coyote.
- The animals in Martha Speaks except Martha, who is a Talking Animal.
- Opalescence the white Persian cat and the other animals and pets from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- All animals in Phineas and Ferb except the agent animals, who are Civilized Animals. Subverted with a dog in "What'd I miss?", who is an Almost Normal Animal.
- The cats in Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat.
- Azrael from The Smurfs
- Gary the snail in SpongeBob SquarePants, though in his dream, he's a Funny Animal like SpongeBob.
- Tom and Jerry are usually shown as this, though sometimes they are shown as Civilized Animals.
- Octocat of Spliced.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), Splinter was this prior to his mutation. In the original cartoon, Splinter was human before mutating.
- The Roadrunner in Looney Tunes.
- Tom and Jerry walk like toddlers and have the vocabulary of an infant.
- The dragons in Dragons: Riders of Berk, they act mostly as normal animals and can't talk at all, but their body language and facial expressions clearly show their thoughts and emotions, and they also understand their human masters (actually you can argue that in the case of Barf and Belch they're smarter than their masters the twins, but that's not saying much).
Mostly Normal Animal:
Anime & Manga
- The cats in Chi's Sweet Home.
Films — Animation
- The tiger from Aladdin.
- Dinah the kitten from Alice in Wonderland is between this and a LNA.
- The elk in the "Firebird Suite" segment of Fantasia 2000.
- Toby and Felicia from The Great Mouse Detective.
- Fluffy Louise Lopart, Mr. Lopart's cat, and a few of the other animals from Handy Manny.
- Djali the goat and Achilles the horse from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Max the dog from The Little Mermaid.
- The animals in Pocahontas
- The cricket from Mulan
- Brutus and Nero the crocodiles from The Rescuers
- Sabor, the baboons, and some of the other animals in Tarzan
- The cockroach from WALL•E.
- Sven from Frozen.
- The hawk from Rango.
- Dragon the cat from The Secret of NIMH, as in the book.
- The equine cast in Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron have some slightly doglike behavior and expressions. They have human eyebrows and visible, white sclera. The narrator is a horse, and the horses have a sense of humour, can plan ahead, and are implied to have their own language. At least some individuals also have romantic love, although Spirit's home herd seems to follow the normal stallion/harem order.
- While most of the animals in the Ice Age sequels are Partially Civilized Animals, the dinosaurs and other Mesozoic reptiles that appear are basically this trope. At least this was true until the fifth movie, which introduced talking dinosaurs.
Films — Live-Action
- Dragon the cat from Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.
- A Dog's Purpose: Dogs cannot talk to each other beyond normal dog body language and barking. The protagonist can understand humans to a degree. He understands the words they say but not the meaning of most words, and thus his brain drowns out anything he doesn't get and tries to pick up what he wants to hear (such as his name or the word "biscuit"). The protagonist acts, and is treated like, a completely like a normal dog. He's also shown to be more scent-oriented than visually-oriented.
- In A Dog's Life, dogs do not talk to other dogs, however it's implied that dogs can talk to each. Squirrel acts like a dog and doesn't completely understand how humans think.
Almost Normal Animal:
Anime & Manga
- The other animals in Chi's Sweet Home.
- Hashie the blue shoebill from Classicaloid is a realistic representation of the species, save for his unlikely colour. His stoic behaviour combined with his naturally bizarre appearance and the absurd situations he gets in makes for a rather amusing sight. The only times when he exhibits human-like reactions is for occasional throwaway gags.
- Erika's dog Zach from Ginga e Kickoff!! is a mean soccer player.
- In Violine, Klaas, Violine's pet mouse.
Films — Animation
- The dinosaurs in the "Rite of Spring" segment of Fantasia.
- The rat from Lady and the Tramp
- Marahute from The Rescuers Down Under
- Philipe the horse, the wolves, and most of the other animals in Beauty and the Beast.
- The horse and the hawk in Mulan
- The coelacanths from Atlantis: The Lost Empire.
- Sonya the bear in Madagascar: Europe's Most Wanted, contrasted with the rest of the cast, which are all Civilized Animals. This makes her romance with King Julien all the funnier.
Films — Live-Action
- The otherwise completely normal moth that Gargamel saw in The Smurfs is able to carry out his order to send a swarm of moths. His order backfires and the moth sent a swarm of flies instead, but still.
- In the book Indian Paint, the horses were almost normal, and completely unable to talk. This is particularly interesting because part of the book was told from the point of view of one of them.
- Semi and Miranda in Dr. Franklin's Island are unusual examples, since they started off human and became a fish and a bird, respectively. But The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body, and they have animal-selves which are intelligent but disinterested in human things, and which threaten to take over.
- In Our Miss Brooks Mrs. Davis' cat Minerva and Mr. Boynton's frog McDougall were much smarter than your average cat or frog.
- The goats and sheep in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. This is revealed when one of the sheep is shown to be a Talking Animal. Despite their capacity to understand English, Applejack and Apple Bloom chase them instead of asking them politely. They don't seem to mind being rudely chased into their pen.
- The mule in "One Bad Apple".
- The animals beside the monkey in Chuggington.
- Laddie from The Simpsons episode "The Canine Mutiny".
- In SpongeBob SquarePants, Gary is revealed to be this in "Sleepy Time". After the episode SpongeBob always interprets Gary's noises as effeminate babbles.
- On Little Princess, Little Princess's cat looks like a cat, pretty much behaves like a cat and can't talk or anything. However, he sometimes reacts as if he understands stuff that the humans are saying or doing.
- Greg's Frog in Over the Garden Wall act like a normal frog but seem to be capable of understand him and understand to some extend what's going on. Of course until The Reveal that he's the narrator.
- Appa and Momo in Avatar: The Last Airbender albeit fantasy animals, they act like animals. Of them both Appa is more intelligent than Momo as he does understand human language whilst Momo can't understand the meaning of the word water.
- The sandpipers and hermit crabs from Piper look, sound and behave mostly like their Real Life counterparts, although their face is slightly more expressive and are apparently capable of between-species communication.