Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females
In some cartoons and video games with funny animals
and other non-humans, the male characters are often either pantless
or naked save for accessories
, but the female characters are more or less fully dressed, whether barefoot
or not. In a few instances, the male characters are shirtless.
Some societies of anthropomorphized animals have their own gender-based double standard dictating who is allowed to wear what clothes. The most common result is the females being held to a higher standard of dress than the males, which makes less sense when you realize males have a bit more to hide from the waist down (though Non-Humans Lack Attributes
is or at least should be in effect here). (In the shirtless male version of this trope, however, it does
make more sense for the males to be able to be shirtless, while females are required to cover up, for obvious reasons
.) One possible answer could be that once one is a funny animal, it's less about modesty and more about accessorizing. If you overthink it, this does mean females are essentially wearing a redundant layer of clothes if you assume Fur Is Clothing
At the base of this, it's down to social conditioning in most Western societies: a "naked" female character is seen as much more sexual/lewd than "naked" male character even though nothing which counts as actual nudity is on show in either case. Also, to certain extent our reactions are codified by expectations of a female character wearing something that covers at the very least her bottom half where breasts aren't a concern due to silent
age animation setting that bar through a certain pair of mice.
Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire
. See also Tertiary Sexual Characteristics
, Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal
, and Humanoid Female Animal
- In a variant, the males of Fish Police are pantsless, while the females wear swimsuits or bikinis.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW): averted by Alopex, a mutant arctic fox, who wears just a few rags on her upper half. Granted she's so fluffy that you can't make out any fine details.
- Tom Poes: Olivier B. Bommel only wears a coat, but no pants. His love interest, Doddeltje, wears a 19th century style dress and bonnet.
- In the vast majority of peplum (Italian-made sword and sandal flicks like Hercules and the Captive Women) the heroes run around basically dressed in nothing but leather diapers, while the women are generally dressed in togas that cover them from neck to ankle.
- In the film of Prince Caspian, the male centaurs all go shirtless, but the female centaurs wear tank tops.
- In Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter just wears a blue jacket (and loses even that). His mother wears a dress and an apron. His sisters, however, avert the trope by just wearing shawls.
- Averted by The Moomins - two of the three female main characters (Moominmamma and the Snork Maiden, the third being the human-like Little My) are routinely naked.
- Inverted by the magically engineered genets in The Blood Ladders Trilogy, which are all female because "male parts would break up their outlines", and they don't need clothes do they? When Kelu is turned into a male he comments that he needs pants.
- In the Sly Cooper games, most of the male characters are routinely pantsless, but almost all the female characters are fully dressed. The exception is The Contessa from Sly 2: Band of Thieves, but she's a spider-centaur-thing with no humanoid legs.
- In a behind-the-scenes unlockable in Sly 2, one developer comments that Sly is "a universe in pantsless-ness".
- In the Sonic the Hedgehog game series, all but two (Charmy and Ix) male non-human characters wear nothing but shoes and gloves, and all females are fully clothed.
- But in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons and comics, a sort of flip-flop in dressing code happens between the genders. With little exception, young male characters are mostly naked and young female characters are almost always fully dressed, but as they mature, the males start wearing more clothing, while the females start wearing much less. Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit, for example, are not yet into their teens, and wear full dresses and panties, while their much older counterpart Sally Acorn wears only boots and a vest; similarly, Knuckles is almost completely nude in his teenage years, while his much older family members (and eventually himself, as revealed in the latest "25 Years Later" Story Arc) all wear some form of full bodysuit or cloak.
- It should be noted that there have been a few female characters without pants, such as Sally Acorn, Sasha Cat, and Liza the Chameleon, but these are the exception rather than the rule.
- In the third Spyro the Dragon game, Spyro: Year of The Dragon, Hunter wears nothing at all, whereas Bianca wears a robe.
- Crash Bandicoot is always shirtless but does wear pants, as most male animal characters: Tiny, Dingodile, Crunch... Coco, a female character, on the other hand, wears full clothing.
- Seen in the Donkey Kong games, at least with Donkey and Candy Kong. Candy wears a normal amount of clothes (well, "normal" might be pushing it a little, but she's covering the essentials), DK wears nothing but a tie.
- Subverted with Dixie Kong, who wears as much clothes as Diddy does: a hat and shirt, but no pants.
- While Pokémon don't actually wear clothing, and the ones mentioned can be either gender, both of the Fire-type starters introduced in the 3DS Pokémon generations seem to be a play on this. Gen 6's Delphox is a feminine-looking Pokémon and the fur of most of its body is red and designed like a robe, giving it a Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal look. Meanwhile, Gen 7's Incineroar is a masculine-looking Pokémon and its torso is colored gray and resembles a wrestler tank top, while its head is black on top and red on bottom, resembling a wrestler's mask. The rest of its body is red with some black stripes, making it look like a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal.
- Homestar Runner. Lampshaded multiple times as he goes berserk when it's pointed out he's not wearing any pants and that whenever he loses whatever one might call the red-starred article of clothing he wears, he's covered in a censorship mosaic.
- Also lampshaded in a Strong Bad E-mail where SB creates a mass pants-removing device and plans to use it to disrupt a dance. After he presses the button, he realizes that he's the only one in the room wearing pants.
- The Blockbuster Buster notes that Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Averts this trope with the Chipettes, which he finds this disturbing. He censors them until they put clothes on.
- Bugs Bunny from the classic Looney Tunes (who was created in the 1930s) is clothed in his fur coat and White Gloves, but Lola Bunny of the modern Looney Tunes (who was created in the 1990s) wears at least shorts and a tank top over her fur.
- In an classic cartoon, Hare Splitter, Bugs and his romantic rival only wear gloves, while Daisy, their love interest, is in sweater and skirt. What's more, she lives in an above-ground bungalow, and they live in holes in the ground. Perhaps she just has more style.
- Porky Pig is pantless, but Petunia Pig is fully dressed.
- Tina Russo from The Looney Tunes Show is fully dressed (except for being a Barefoot Cartoon Animal) while Daffy Duck is naked.
- Tiny Toon Adventures:
- Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation) wear a shirt and a blouse and skirt, respectively. But, Babs sometimes wears panties and sometimes she doesn't.
- This is for the most part averted with many of the main animal characters anyway. Shirley McLoon is another female character who doesn't wear pants (or even a skirt for that matter). Fifi la Fume is an even more noted example; other than her accessories, she's completely nude.
- In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, all the male rangers wear shirts but no pants (actually, Chip doesn't even have a shirt, just a coat). Gadget wears a full jumpsuit. While this is partly justified normally since she's a mechanic, even when the Rangers wear something other than their usual outfits, Gadget is always fully clothed.
- In The Backyardigans, all the male characters except Austin are wearing less clothing (Tyrone is pantless and Pablo is almost completely naked) than the female characters (Tasha and Uniqua), who are more or less fully dressed.
- Rebecca and Molly Cunningham from TaleSpin are fully dressed (except for being Barefoot Cartoon Animals), but Kit Cloudkicker and Baloo are pantsless. Averted in that most male characters in the show are fully dressed.
- Mickey and Minnie Mouse follow this trope in more modern appearances like in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, where Mickey remains shirtless but Minnie is wearing a full dress. Also averted in most of the Classic Disney Shorts, where Minnie was every bit as shirtless as Mickey. She reverted to this look for most of the shorts produced for Mickey Mouse Works, and generally anything that apes the Inkblot style of the black-and-white shorts. This is only in regards to their "classic" looks, They're fully dressed in every other costume.
- On T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kitty Katswell is fully clothed, but Dudley Puppy wears only a shirt.
- In Spongebob Squarepants, Squidward seems to be the only one that doesn't wear pants, and this is often lampshaded.
- Sandy, the only female main character, normally is dressed in a scuba suit since she's a land squirrel, but when she's in her treedome, she seems to always wear a bikini.
- In Regular Show, Mordecai and Rigby are naked, while Margaret and Eileen are fully clothed.
- Although it's actually Mordecai and Rigby who are the weird ones. Apparently most animal...people (?) do wear clothes, but Rigby started a naked trend as a child and all his friends followed suit.
- Minor reversal in Darkwing Duck; while most of the women follow suit with this (Morgana, Binky, Sarah Bellum all full; Darkwing, Honker without), Gosalyn herself is as dressed as her father (plus shoes), while Launchpad is fully dressed including boots.
- Zigzagged in Ducktales:
- Webby Vanderquack the female duckling is as half-dressed without pants as Scrooge McDuck's nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie are.
- Mrs. Beakley dresses in a full outfit with shoes while Scrooge dresses only in a half outfit with spats and without pants.
- Launchpad McQuack and Gyro Gearloose dress in full outfits with shoes however.
- Cindy Bear is a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal, whereas both Yogi Bear and Boo Boo are Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animals (though you could make a case for Cindy's tutu being too insubstantial to be considered anything but an accessory).
- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger and his dad wear sweaters and shoes without pants, but his mom wears pants along with her shirt and shoes. Margaret, his baby sister, wears a full onesie.
- Not a complete example, because whether any given Imaginary Friend wears clothing or not is an idiosyncratic choice that has little to do with gender, but lampshaded in an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Mr. Herriman, who normally only wears something like a tuxedo jacket, vest, shirt, monocle, and top hat, is called out at one point by Mac to distract him: "Guess you're right ... Pantsless Joe." Herriman is shocked and profoundly embarrassed by this, and rushes off to find pants (they turn out to be plaid and much too large, but he wears them for most of the rest of the episode anyway).
- The Adventures of Puss in Boots features Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal male cat Puss in Boots, who only wears a hat and his trademark boots and Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal female cat Dulcinea, who wears a long dress with sleeves and boots.
- Inverted in the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode, "Heads of Beef." The male pig, Jean Bon, wears a full outfit with pants, while his wife wears a dress without any panties.
- Gumby: When Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffed the episode "Robot Rumpus" the fact that Gumby and his father appear nude, while Gumby's mother appears fully dressed, is pointed out.
- Like their main game counterparts, the male main characters in Sonic Boom usually wear only a shirt at best while the girls wear full outfits. This is lampshaded in one episode when Amy makes a bet that the loser must do the winner's laundry for a month and Sonic points out that it's unfair since he and Knuckles almost never wear clothes. Most male characters tend to follow the same pattern, though full outfits do show up on special occasions.