"Heaven take it away! Hippopotami should not have human hands and carry torches... men should not have the heads of crocodiles..."
A Petting Zoo Person is a type of character who is so anthropomorphized that they resemble an animal's skin, head and tail placed on an otherwise human body frame (think of one of those costumed, silent "mascots" at a sports event, or the costumed characters at Disney theme parks). This is a higher degree of anthropomorphism
than the Funny Animal
(who retain the general shape and proportions of the animal
), but a step below those that are a Little Bit Beastly
animal features are their ears
and tail, possibly claws); in Japan, this level of anthropomorphism is referred to as "kemono
" (which is shortened term of kemono-obito
or beast-man, and is also what Japanese furries
Petting Zoo People typically feature the following:
- They possess the animal's full head and face, and (where applicable) the animal's tail.
- Where Little Bit Beastly folks have human skin, Petting Zoo People possess fur-, feather-, or scale-covered bodies. Sometimes they have a mix of skin accented with heavy concentrations of fur (et al), a built-in Pretty in Mink as it were. Mammalian species with little to no fur by default (elephants, cetaceans, etc.) get a pass.
- They may feature animal-like claws or pads on their hands, or may stand on digitigrade feet resembling the animal's hind legs.
- Their body frame can often be measured by human proportions, e.g: six to eight "heads" tall, legs comprising half their body height, etc.
- They may possess humanlike breasts, which Funny Animals typically lack.
- They display all the mannerisms of a human individual, such as speaking human language (unless they're The Speechless) and wearing clothes on their body. The type of clothes varies with each setting; Petting Zoo People in 'modern' or science fiction settings will wear modern-day attire, while individuals in fantasy or "native" settings might wear only a loincloth and jewellery. Petting Zoo People are much more likely to be Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals.
- They will often wear some form of footwear, which is not very common for Funny Animals, particularly the clothing-adverse type. Footwear is less likely if they have animal feet.
- A female will typically have humanlike, styleable hair on her head. Male hair is less common but they may still have an identifiable style. Animals with manes are the "mane" exception.
- While a Beast Man may have Animal Eyes, Funny Animals will usually have human eyes (with perhaps a wider variety than Common Eye Colors).
- While Funny Animals and Civilized Animals are sometimes or often treated like "normal" animals in their world, Petting Zoo People are almost never treated like normal animals in their world.
In-universe, Petting Zoo People are generally a distinct species from both humans and animals (as opposed to a Half-Human Hybrid
), assuming the subject is addressed rather than simply glossed over
, and may inhabit a World of Funny Animals
There are two variants of PZP beside the standard variant, "Borderline Petting Zoo People", and "Borderline Little Bit Beastly
- Borderline PZP have a body that does not look simply like an animal-accented human body, nor does it keep the basic shape of the animal entirely like a Funny Animal. They look partly humanoid and partly like their species, often they have either humanoid legs and non-humanoid torso, humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs, or look semi-humanoid all over. Many top heavy bipedal animal characters are of the humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs variety. Females are depicted with human-like breasts fairly often.
- Borderline LBB have a animal-accented human face and body frame with the animal's ears, nose, tail (where applicable), markings, and sometimes fur, feathers, or scales. They have a mostly or nearly human-shaped head and little or no semblance of their species' muzzle. If they are a bird, they have the beak or bill respective to their species that is small regardless of their species on an otherwise human-shaped head. These are not to be confused with a Beast Man, which although he/she looks like this variant, he/she is a human with several animalistic physical and even behavorial traits.
One proliferous source of Petting Zoo People in artwork (possibly even the Trope Codifier
) is the Furry Fandom
; sometimes characters who are Funny Animals
in their Canon
will be made Petting Zoo People in fanart, particularly if the artists want to eroticize them
. Petting Zoo People are also commonly referred to as "Furries". Fans of these are also commonly known
A midpoint between the Funny Animal
and Little Bit Beastly
on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism
. Supertrope of Intelligent Gerbil
. See also Humanoid Female Animal
, where different genders
of the same species possess differing levels of anthropomorphism. See also the subtrope Barefoot Cartoon Animal
, for when characters with this design are overwhelmingly drawn barefoot, despite being normally clothed otherwise.
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Anime & Manga
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a whole race of them, the Beastmen.note
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, the Magical World seems mostly composed of Kemonomimis, but there are quite a few Petting Zoo People too. Most notable is "Bear Mama", the bear woman who took care of three of the Mahora girls for a while and REALLY didn't like it when anyone even looked at them the wrong way.
- Tony Tony Chopper from One Piece fits this trope while in his hybrid form. However, his normal form is a Funny Animal (he is a reindeer) while his human form is a Beast Man.
- There's also Bepo, a polar bear wearing a jumpsuit in the Heart Pirates (led by Trafalgar Law). Additionally, a sharply dressed lion in shades named Pekoms is under one of the most powerful pirates in the world: "Big Mom" Charlotte Linlin of the Four Emperors.
- Foxy also had three rat Petting Zoo People in his crew who helped him prepare for the grand match of Davy Back Fight.
- In Bleach, Sajin Komamura appears to be a giant wolf man.
- Fukuro in Fairy Tail.
- Chicken George from Fourteen is a chicken variety of this.
- They are a common sight in the Dragon Ball series, even moreso in the earlier arcs. Major characters that fit this trope included Puar, Oolong, and Korin. Other examples of this trope are Captain Yellow (a tiger), a high-ranking officer of the Red Ribbon Army and King Furry (a dog), the King of Earth.
- Captain Yellow's design in particular was likewise a reference to the Flying Tigers from World War II. The fact that he also happens to be a plane pilot also cements this.
- At least three of Doraemon's Non Serial Movies have settings around anthropomorphic animals' societies, one having mixed up species, one having birds, and one having dogs and cats. They act and speak so similarly to the Earthlings that the heroes are always able to disguise themselves simply with animal outfits and use the language translation gum.
- Well-made chimeras from Fullmetal Alchemist look human most of the time but can turn into Petting Zoo People at will.
- Many Digimon at the Mega level are this, such as Wargreymon, Victorygreymon, Shinegreymon, Imperialdramon, Ulforcevdramon, Omegashoutmon, Miragegaogamon, and Magnagarurumon. Some exist below this level as well.
- Several beings in the world of Gaea from The Vision of Escaflowne, most notably Merle, a Cat Girl; there are also dog people, wolf people, dolphin people, hawk people, Lizard Folk, etc.
- Every animal that appears in the 1985 anime Maple Town resembles a human despite non-ever showing up at all.
- When Kurt Connors from the Spider-Man comics becomes the Lizard he falls under this trope.
- Sally Acorn, Lupe, and Bunnie Rabbot from the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog started off as Funny Animals in the SatAM cartoon and early issues, but eventually became this trope due to Steven Butler. This has been toned down in more recent issues, with the artists proportioning the cast more according to the games series' Funny Animals designs.
- Arguably the design shift was codified with Patrick Spaziante's work, who did art for the comic rather early in its run (his earliest art for Issue 25 already uses a rather humanoid Sally for example); however, the designs only became consistent around the time artists such as Butler and Jay Axer began doing pencils for the series. This is true for Sally Acorn at least. Bunnie's more humanoid redesign was due to a canonical upgrade for her robotic limbs while Lupe was noticably more humanoid than the others, even in the cartoon.
- Strangely, despite her human-like proportions, Sally is one of the only female Sonic characters in the franchise's history not to wear clothes, the others mostly found in the comics as well.
- Maus, a story about the Holocaust, with different species standing in for different nationalities/races.
- The cast of Usagi Yojimbo, with two exceptions, both villainous.
- Blacksad is one of the currently most famous examples in the European comic book world, starring mostly animals of all kinds with very human-like bodies, ranging from straight-up PZP to Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
- De cape et de crocs: The main leads are an anthropomorphic fox and wolf. They also are noblemen; and both have human Love Interests. Their sidekick is a rabbit (and former Guard of the Cardinal!)
- The dognoses of Carl Barks's Disney Ducks Comic Universe comics, the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe comics, DuckTales, Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie look like people, except with dog noses and muzzles, and (usually) dog ears. The Beagle Boys◊ are an example.
- Many of them are even more humanoid than Goofy or Max, who are also supposed to be dognoses.
- A lot of dognoses have a coloring that indicates a lack of fur and some of them (like Roxanne from A Goofy Movie) even border on Little Bit Beastly.
- Almost everyone except for the titular protagonist in Jack Kirby's '70s comic, Kamandi: Last Boy on Earth.
- Katarina Kodorofsky the Russian spy cat and Mickey's ally from the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe.
- The X-Men's Beast has a secondary mutation that has him turn into this.
- Rosinha Rocha from the Ze Carioca comics is a borderline Little Bit Beastly.
- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as mentioned below.
- Cerebus the Aardvark is a humanoid aardvark.
- Most of the supporting cast of Sonic the Comic gradually turned into this. At first they were just animals standing on two legs, usually keeping their animalistic proportions (so, for instance, pig Porker Lewis had a large belly, and rabbit Johnny Lightfoot had notably longer hind legs), but after Robotnik took over Mobius most characters started wearing clothes and assumed more humanoid proportions. Porker's the most obvious example, as his pig trotters were replaced with five-fingered hands (presumably due to his status as the team's tech expert).
- The Great Catsby: World filled to the brim with anthropomorphic dogs, cats, and one token human here and there, but hey, no big deal.
- The more animalistic beings from Swordquest: Earthworld fall under this, such as King Leo, a humanoid lion who stands upright, has five-fingered hands tipped with claws, and a large orange mane and tail.
Eastern European Animation
- Disney characters Maid Marian, Gadget Hackwrench, and Rebecca Cunningham are borderline Petting Zoo People in their Canon, but are usually full-on Petting Zoo People in fanart. This is because furries need something that caters to their personal tastes.
- Babs Bunny, Fifi La Fume, Rhubella Rat, and Shirly The Loon from Tiny Toon Adventures are Funny Animals, but are often drawn as Petting Zoo People in fanart. Like said example above, this is because furries need something that appeals and interests them.
- Fanart of Cleo from Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats usually shows her with Wrong-Type-of-Mammal Mammaries, which she does not have in the show's Canon.
- Most Sonic the Hedgehog characters are actually Funny Animals, but most of them are usually drawn as Petting Zoo People in fanart, especially the female characters.
- Sawyer from Cats Don't Dance is a Funny Animal on the verge of looking like a borderline PZP in the movie, but is a Petting Zoo Person in most fanart.
- Penelope Pussycat from Looney Tunes is a Civilized Animal in the Canon, but she is often drawn as a Petting Zoo Person in fanart.
- The Deus Ex: Human Revolution+Mass Effect Fanfic A city upon a hill Has humanity advance so much to allow it to hybridise animal and human DNA.
- The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic stories written by Avenging-Hobbits — To Boldly Go and the Harmony's Warriors universe — anthropomorphize the characters, due to the author's belief that the action sequences of the films being adapted (Star Trek (2009) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, respectfully) would require bipedal body structures.
- However, since the latter was done as a Retcon after the series began, it caused a large Broken Base, eventually leading it to being undone, so it's not an example of this trope anymore.
- Stuart Little has a humanoid body in the three movies and TV show he has starred in and in the original book◊.
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "The Tower of the Elephant", a prisoner in the tower has the head of an elephant and the body of a man.
- In Robert E. Howard's Kull story "The Shadow Kingdom" the Snakemen have human bodies and reptilian heads.
- In C. J. Cherryh's Chanur Saga the viewpoint characters are all Hani, a species which are anthropomorphic lions. The Hani's society is based on Earth lions, with clans of adult females which are each theoretically ruled by an adult male, but in reality the male is merely a pampered figurehead who rubber-stamps the decisions made by the females.
- This is a popular design for androids in Rick Griffin's Argo.
- Arol in the Norwegian fantasy series Phenomena, who is an icebear commonly called "winter bear" in-story, but sometimes typoed(?) as icebear. He and his tribe wears clothes and armors and talks like everyone else and walks on two a lot. Though he runs on four.
- Some of the kemos in the web-novel Domina fall into this. Most, however, only have a few bits here and there.
- The Fithp in Niven and Pournelle's Footfall have a lot of similar characteristics, both physically and with their "herd" culture, to elephants. This is lampshaded somewhat when they observe elephants in Africa and wonder why they haven't become the dominant Earth species.
- Seen from time to time among the wide assortment of alien species in Perry Rhodan. A particularly conspicuous example, however, would be the mostly-benevolent Duchy of Krandhor introduced in the post-issue #1000 story arc, whose various member species practically ran this trope into the ground — anthropomorphic lizards, squirrels, (air-breathing) squids and whatnot united under the mostly-benevolent leadership of anthropomorphic "wolf-lions"... The subplot set there didn't exactly prove popular with the established fanbase, and while Petting Zoo People of various stripes have shown up both before and since they never did so again in such a concentrated form.
- Almost everyone in Of Fear and Faith is this, including the eight main characters, unless they're a Talking Animal instead.
- The feas, the main race of the Destined to Lead series, are this.
- The moreaus of S.A. Swann's Moreau Series are mostly this, although some early types border on Civilized Animal. Moreaus are typicall bipedal, possessing functional hands and full speech capacity. Other human-like traits vary, although they're usually animalistic in appearance, and females lack visible breasts. Some strains have enhanced capacity for facial expression, and a few can even cry.
- The animals of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu picture books.
- Journey To Chaos: These sort of creatures exist in Tariatla and are returned to as "demons" or "beast folk".
- Oito looks exactly like a lizard, except he's over five feet tall, walks on his hind legs, and can use his claws like human hands.
- Anuzat is a kangaroo but completely human in behavior. She wears clothing, engages in commerce, and hires bodyguards like the Dragon's Lair mercenaries.
- In The Pride Of Parahumans parahumans are transgenic hybrids created for asteroid mining. Most have this sort of look such as main character Argentum (bipedal humanoid fox), but there's other types such as uplifts that look almost entirely animal such as Cole (giant raven with wing-claws), and taurs like Aniya.
Mythology and Religion
- Some deities from Egyptian Mythology are portrayed this way. Not because the Egyptians thought their gods actually looked like this, but because those animals symbolized many characteristics and certain aspects of their respective deity (or were sacred to them) as the bird Ibis was to the god Thoth. (The Gods looked human and the 'Petting-Zoo People' were their fursonas.)
- Some creatures in Classical Mythology, like Centaurs, Minotaur and Satyrs.
- Thornton the polar bear from Sherman's Lagoon.
- Mother Goose from Mother Goose and Grimm.
- The characters in My Cage are half-petting Zoo People/half-Funny animal. Taking place in a world where all the humans mysteriously disappeared off the face of the earth leaving the animals to take over and evolve into humanoid forms.
- Joe Camel is this.
- Sports mascots are often this with animal heads on athletic bodies, and almost universally so when a physical outfit is used, since it's harder for a human inside to operate a non-human character and putting most of the effort into the head is more economical.
- Data East's Playboy 35th Anniversary pinball features a human-sized white rabbit wearing a black suit and slacks, interacting with the playmates at the Mansion pool.
- In Police Force, the police officers are Petting Zoo People, sporting human-like proportions and wearing clothes that almost completely cover their bodies.
- The Magic Shoppe proprietor in Magic Girl is a humanoid hare with five-fingered hands, wearing an earring and an armored vest.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Aarakocra - bird people. Races of Faerun
- Abeils - bee people. MMII
- Asabis - lizard people. Serpent kingdoms
- Bullywugs - frog people. Monsters of Faerun
- Catfolk - cat people ROTW
- Crabmen - crab people. Fiend Folio, renamed to Yurian
- Desmodus - bat people. MMII
- Dragonborn - dragon people. Dragon magic
- Equicephs - horse people. Miniatures handbook
- Firenewts - lizard people again. Serpent kingdoms
- Formians - ant people. Monster manual
- Giff - hippopotamus people. Dragon 339
- Gnolls - hyena people. Monster manual
- Goatfolk (Ibixians) - goat people. MMIII
- Gripplis - frog people again, but this time tree frog. Dragon 324
- Hadozees - ape people. Stormwrack
- Hurgeons - hedgehog people. I don't think this is anywhere in 3.5
- Kercpa - squirrel people. Again, not updated.
- Kenku - another bird people, with looks of a hawk and attitude of a magpie. MMIII
- Lizardfolk - lizard people again. Monster manual
- Locathah - fish people. Monster manual
- Loxos - elephant people. Shining South
- Minotaurs - bull people. Monster manual
- Nycters - bat people again. MMIII
- Psurlons - earthworm people. MMII
- Pterafolk - pteranodon people. Serpent Kingdoms
- Rakshasas - tiger people. Monster manual
- Sahuagin - shark people. Monster manual
- Saurials - dinosaur people. Serpent Kingdoms
- Sivs - frog people again. Races of Faeun
- Tabaxis - leopard people. Not in 3.5
- Thri-kreen - praying mantis people. Shining South or XPH
- Urskans - bear people. Frostburn
- Wemics - lion people. Races of Faerun
- Yak Folk - yak people. MMII
- ...and Mystara has an extra collection of its own on top of all this.
- Exalted: Not only there are all kinds of Petting Zoo People (called 'Beastmen') in the Threshold, but if you're a Lunar, you can breed your own people. Nothing stops you from breeding the more outlandish kind.
- Magic: The Gathering has quite a few of these. In addition to common fantasy races that fall into this trope (such as minotaurs), you have Homarids (crab people), Viashino (lizard people), Cephalids (squid people), Nantuko (insect people), Aven (bird people), Leonin (cat people), Nacatl (different cat people), Loxodon (elephant people), Kitsune (fox people), Nezumi (rat people), Orochi (snake people), Amphin (salamander people), Wolfir (wolf people), and, in a parody set, Assfolk (donkey people). Sometimes merfolk are also depicted not as half-human, half-fish, but as full-on fish people and, on Lorwyn, faeries are basically insect people.
- Just about everyone in Ironclaw is like this.
- In Hc Svnt Dracones human-animal hybrids called "Vectors" make up the majority of the population. Most of them are like this but there's variations such as Hemivectors (Little Bit Beastly), Laterals (Talking Animal), and Taurs.
- Thunderscape has Rapacians (Lizard Folk) and Ferrans — Uplifted Animals originally created as slaves. There are 3 branches of them: mammals (the most common), avians (nearly wiped out in their war for freedom) and reptiles (scarce due to low reproduction rate). They can only crossbreed with ferrans of the same branch. Oh, and they aren't necessarily half-human, they can be based on any humanoid race.
- The Gajuma in Tales of Rebirth. They consist mostly of various anthropomorphic mammals, with a few avians, as well.
- Freya Crescent from Final Fantasy IX is Burmecian, which is a race of anthropomorphic rats. Also, a good percentage of the NPC population is made up of anthropomorphic hippos and whatnot.
- Characters in Star Fox. All of them.
- Except Prince (well, King now) Tricky and the other dinosaurs.
- Female animal characters in the Sly Cooper games.
- Sly Cooper, a male animal character, is a Borderline PZP.
- The Rawulf race of the later Wizardry games are described as descended from dogs. Their statline emphasizes vitality and piety, making them excellent priests and especially valkyries for the females.
- The Rabbits and Pigs from S.W.I.N.E..
- The Argonians from The Elder Scrolls are anthropomorphic lizards, yet the females have mammaries and the males have bulging loincloths. Morrowind dropped this, however, with the females in that game having no mammaries and the males having no visible... equipment. Also, in addition are the Khajiit, another beast race which are basically anthropomorphic cats.
- Oblivion picked it back up though, to the point where the two beast races have human-like bodies, but are covered in fur/scales and have a tail.
- Felica from Darkstalkers is a borderline case between this trope and Little Bit Beastly.
- The majority of female characters in Crash Bandicoot, though Tawna and the Crash Team Racing trophy girls are standout examples. Coco Bandicoot and Pasadena Opossum border as such Depending on the Artist.
- One of the most immediately apparent distinguishing characteristics of the Breath of Fire series.
- They and one or two Little Bit Beastly characters comprise a decreasingly large portion of the playable characters as the series goes on, culminating in the most recent game lacking playable PZP s entirely.
- Some Pokémon, such as Lucario, resemble animals with human bodies.
- Unwritten Legends, like most MUDS has a couple of races that qualify. Namely, cat and dog people.
- In Inherit the Earth, the entire cast is like this, more or less, due to humans being extinct.
- Avernum has the Slithzerikai and Nephilim / Nepharim, which are lizard and cat people respectively.
- Solatorobo is populated by Caninu and Felineko.
- Several Reploids in the Mega Man X series are themed after animals, namely the bosses. Some of them aren't so strange (as the animals they're based on have been Petting Zoo People before), such as Tunnel Rhino, Slash Beast (a lion), and Bamboo Pandamonium, and then, there are the strange choices, such as Jet Stingray, Shield Sheldon (a scallop), and then, based on one of the most obscure creatures in fiction, the water flea◊ Reploid known as Infinity Mijinion◊. It's likely you'll never see a Petting Zoo water flea android ever again.
- Morenatsu is a Visual Novel about your character meeting up with nine male anthropomorphic beasts and romancing them.
- * Dungeon Maker II: The Hidden War has several enemies like this, including the nekomatas, war tigers, and the boar-like orcs.
- New Worlds Ateraan has felines, lykos (wolf-like), and nykos (jackal-like) as playable races. Comparing members of the race to their animal counterparts is seen as an insult.
- Thunderscape has Lizard Folk rapacians, and magically created humanoid-animal hybrids ferrans. The game has feline, canine, reptile, eagle PCs (who only differ with character portraits) and a rhino NPC; the novels mention much more species.
- CHEVALIER: The animal characters in this romantic fantasy adventure are a prime example. Here.
- The cast of The Cyantian Chronicles are mostly human-animal hybrids created by an ancient alien race, largely divided into digitigrade Ricael (wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals...), and plantigrade Talin (rabbits, mice, sheep, mounties aka felines...). But there's also quite a few aliens of this form and some new hybrids (most notably fruit-scented skunks and psychic raccoons) created by the fox.
- Lackadaisy takes place in an American 1920's where all humans are cats. Other animals such as dogs and pigs exist as we know them; so even though the reader perceives the characters as cats, they are truly and essentially human.
- The heroine of the webcomic Freefall is a genetically engineered wolflike humanoid who carries with her a ton of instincts, most of which she can control by concentrating. Her running commentary of how she fits into human society is one of the highlights of the series.
- Just to give you a taste: Florence had to practice ventriloquism to be able to talk right, because she can't use her lips to say P, M, or B. She has to hold herself back from chasing small moving things (she has at least once leapt from a moving vehicle when someone threw a ball). She can hear sounds in a range humans can't, so some places that are quiet to humans are very loud to her, and she had to learn not to shout over sounds nobody but she hears.
- And she really must remember not to bare her fangs when imitating a human smile. Although, her horrific grin allows her to get her own way a lot.
- She also can't see all colours, so she carries a device that names objects' colours for her, in case it's important (probably good, considering that her occupation is nuclear engineer). She mentions once having dyed her fur blue because her friends said she looked good in blue - the result didn't exactly work out.
- In TwoKinds, the Wolf-tribe of Keidrans are the most militaristic beastmen faction. One of their princes was supposed to marry a high-ranking politician from the Tiger tribe to legally join forces and take revenge on humanity. There are also dog-keidrans and fox-keidrans.
- Basitins, which are a feline-like species separate from the Keidrans, also count.
- Kira (fox) and Toby (lion) from Chivalry And Knavery. They describe themselves as humans who have animals among their ancestors, but the details are never elaborated beyond "A Wizard Did It."
- Every character in Closed Gate.
- There are Tiger People visible in the background of several Exiern strips, probably due to its Fantasy Kitchen Sink premise.
- In Everyday Heroes, Uma Quipleure and her father resemble cows. Pity the poor guy who accidentally called Uma a stupid cow (which would be like calling a human girl a "big ape"). Uma can also make good use of Hammerspace.
- In El Goonish Shive, the Shape Shifter Default Forms of Guineas and Hedge fall under this as do some Seyunolu's (Chimera's) seen in Ellen's Second Life.
- The Ambis in Jix bear a slight resemblance to foxes. This was later explained by the fact that a different race of aliens abducted a group of proto-Ambis and planted them on Earth as an experiment and they evolved into foxes. Humans frequently mistake Ambis for "oddly colored dogs".
- GELF in RankAmateur are usuallly this. The Virtual Intelligence programs are almost always given this form by their host AIs, as it is supposed to be user-friendly.
- Zodiac applies this trope to the Superhero genre.
- Bittersweet Candy Bowl has a cast of cats and dogs. Oddly, there are also non-anthropormophic birds, hedgehogs, and lizards which have humanlike intelligence.
- Sacred Grounds has several PZP in its cast.
- Ozy and Millie takes place in a world completely of PZP, although it's supposed to be an alternate version of our world (the setting is Seattle). Still, real world people have been mentioned but never seen such as John Lennon, Oscar Wilde and George W. Bush. So whether they're talking about animal versions of said celebrities or humans exist but are just never shown is unknown.
- Terinu has the Vulpine, which are anthro foxes, and the Galapados (anthro lizards) which exist beside races like the Galen, who are a Little Bit Beastly and the Ferin, who are... god only knows.
- Outworld is a sci-fi webcomic that features Petting Zoo People as its main cast.
- Tower of God has Rak, a giant, humanoid Blood Knight alligator and Gyetang, a walking bird with a giant shuriken on his back.
- All the people in Nexus Gate are Petting Zoo People of some sort. Most species of animal can be found though a few, such as various fish, are restricted by the game's rules.
- Green County in Hidden Agenda is populated by them.
- In Addergoole, a significant portion of fae have a "true form" that falls under borderline PZP, or else Little Bit Beastly
- Every character in Trinton Chronicles are animals evolved partly to human-form.
- Everyone from Tasakeru is this.
- Orion's Arm has Splices and Rianths, who are Petting Zoo People created out of humans and animals via LEGO Genetics. The difference between a Splice and a Rianth is based on their clade's origins (Rianths are usually descended from humans who made themselves more bestial, while splices tend to be descendants of genetically modified slaves), and is pretty muddled in general.
- AJCO has a few - mostly canine in appearance, and quite a few of them are dead now.
- Blue is a winged-wolf creature from the Aether.
- Mei is an undead, near-immortal wolf woman - oddly enough, slightly more humanoid than Blue.
- Holar looks like a dog person, but Word of God is that he's a werewolf that got stuck.
- Minor character Ed is the only feline example until he kicked the bucket at the hands of A_J.
- Minerva Mink and werewolf form Wilford B. Wolf from Animaniacs.
- Julie Bruin, Margot Mallard, Binky Bunny, and Bimbette the skunk from Tiny Toon Adventures.
- Arnold the Pit Bull is a borderline PZP.
- The cast of Moi Renart, with furries who have almost photo-realistic bodies in modern-day Paris.
- Mousey Galore from Pinky and the Brain.
- Lola Bunny, Melissa Duck, and Hatta Mari (a pigeon from "Plane Daffy") from Looney Tunes.
- The majority of humanlike animal characters in Arthur are Petting Zoo People but some of them are an edge case of Little Bit Beastly.
- For example, Buster Baxter is a Petting Zoo Person because his head looks reasonably rabbitlike, but his mother and father border on Little Bit Beastly because their heads look like human heads with rabbit ears and noses on them.
- Cleo from Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, although falling most into Humanoid Female Animal territory.
- Kitty Katswell from T.U.F.F. Puppy is a straight example of PZP and Dudley Puppy is a borderline example.
- The main cast of Loonatics Unleashed.
- The main cast of Road Rovers are normal dogs who get turned into Petting Zoo People by a mysterious scientist known as "The Master".
- The SWAT Kats cast, though some of the characters are Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
- Goofy, Max, Gyro Gearloose, and Launchpad McQuack are different from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, fitting Borderline PZP or PZP more than they do Funny Animal. While they do have obviously dishuman features they are still far more humanoid than most of Disney's creations in the animal zoo world they live in.
- But Goofy's prototype, Dippy Dawg, was halfdressed and more or less a Funny Animal.
- In a similar vein to the above, the three Nephews and Daisy were shifted into a borderline PZP style during Quack Pack. Donald, however, retained his standard design (although his body stands up a little straighter than normal, but not by enough to change where he falls).
- Fenton Crackshell's girlfriend Gandree Dee in DuckTales is very much a PZP.
- Ren's parents from Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon.
- The mice in the more recent CG Angelina Ballerina OVA are either Petting Zoo People or Borderline PZP, unlike the mice in the original version of the series.
- Mirage from the Aladdin series. In the words of The Nostalgia Chick, "Why does she have a cat head... who cares?"
- Many of the female cats in Tom and Jerry including Toodles Galore are either PZP or borderline PZP.
- Mordecai on Regular Show is a naked humanoid blue jay, somewhere between a Funny Animal and a Borderline PZP. His crush, Margaret (a cardinal), is even closer to this trope, as is Rigby's older brother Don (despite also being nude). Mordecai's somewhat humanoid design contrasts quite a lot with Rigby's raccoon appearance, which isn't humanized that much.
- Despite being about the same size as Rigby, Eileen probably counts. She's a mole with a Furry Female Mane, human-like breasts, and "fur" the color of a human skintone. Only her tail makes it obvious she's not human.
- Fox from Skunk Fu! is a Borderline PZP.
- About half the cast of Animalympics.
- In the second cartoon series, but not in the two live-action movies, Alvin and the Chipmunks are either Borderline Petting Zoo People or straight-up Petting Zoo People and the Chipettes are Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
- Lieutenant M'Ress in Star Trek: The Animated Series.
- Terrytoons' Mighty Mouse is an example of Top-Heavy Guy as well as this trope.
- In Thundercats 2011 the main cast of Thundercats are Beast Folk Cats, but other Animals, like Dogs Lizards and Fishmen are designed as this type.
- A painting of King Julien that Maurice was painting in one episode of The Penguins of Madagascar depicts him with this appearance.
- In Muzzy In Gondoland most inhabitants of Gondoland look like dogs. Goblinoid Corvax was supposed to be a bat. Extraplanetary Muzzy is a green bear. The king looks like a lion.
- The characters of the French-Canadian Animesque show The Mysteries Of Alfred Hedgehog fit this trope, and with some characters, it's closer to Borderline LBB. Humanlike hair on male characters, some characters pretty much lacking a muzzle and just having a fur-covered human face with an animal-like nose, and (most surprisingly) humanlike ears are featured.
- Fully half the cast of BoJack Horseman.