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->''"What are you?"''
->''"I'm an otter."''
->''"And what do you do?"''
->''"I swim around on my back and do cute little human things with my hands."''
->''"You're free to go."''

Otters are rather funny-looking animals, what with their long, slender bodies, cute faces, and the way they crack clamshells on their bellies. But what makes them even more adorable, is their playful demeanor. Otters often wrestle, slide and play with their food -- actually, they mostly use those fun activities as a way to improve their survival tactics. But still, it's a fun way to do it!

When used in fiction, otter characters are usually FunPersonified. They are usually depicted as playful, energetic, kind-hearted, optimistic and laid-back, sometimes even mischievous. Otters spend a lot of time in water, so expect them to be good swimmers, who love to have fun in water. Sometimes this overlaps with SurferDude (but otters are usually much more clever, rarely TheDitz).

To recap, if an otter is portrayed in fiction with a joyous, playful or mischievous personality, it's this trope.

[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFqeWTfVi3I Also, they sound like squeaky toys.]]

Compare SweetSeal, WarmHeartedWalrus and WeaselMascot.

!!Examples of this trope:


[[folder: Anime ]]

* Episode 2 of the [[Anime/KemonoFriends Kemono Friends anime]] gives us Small-clawed Otter, who employs this trope in full. She's an otter, she plays with everything she can get her hands on, tries to find the fun in everything they're doing, among other things that make her a full-blown otter.


[[folder: Film ]]

* The 1969 film ''Ring of Bright Water'' features an executive (Bill Travers, of ''Born Free'' fame) whose life is transformed when he acquires a pet otter, Mij. This otter is rather mischievous and adventurous, which leads to many adventures.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* When Mercer Mayer created the ''Literature/LittleCritter'' SpinOff ''LC and the Critter Kids'', one of the critter kids was a SurferDude otter named Slick Rick (no, not ''[[Music/RickAstley that]]'' [[{{Rickroll}} Rick]]).
* Every book in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series features several otters. Usually led by one named Skipper, they tend to dress and talk like local Seafaring People, and have a penchant for using ambushes and javelins. The Redwall wiki describes them as playful. The most playful one would probably be Cheek from ''Mattimeo''.
* Literature/TheWindInTheWillows: Otter is probably the TropeCodifier, always willing to lend a hand and always friendly except if you screw over his friends as a rabbit found out when he was braving the wildwood, the only other character to brave the wildwood is Badger.
* In the ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' book ''Return to the Hundred Acre Wood'', the only new character is an otter named Lottie, who was described in a preview article as "feisty".
* ''The Treasure Tree'' is the name of a book showing the four personality distinctions of (roughly) Leader, Scientist, People Person, and Fun Guy. These are shown with the animals of, respectively, Lion, Beaver, Golden Retriever, and Otter.
* ''Ring of Bright Water'' again; the original autobiographical book by Gavin Maxwell, who also wrote a children's version called ''The Otter's Story''. Incidentally, Mijbil turned out to be a previously unknown subspecies, now known as Maxwell's Smooth-Coated Otter, or ''Lutrogale perspicillata maxwelli''.
* Mudge, the LoveableRogue in the ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' novels, and (in later books) his family. In one book it's mentioned that one otter can focus on something serious for a while, but two or more otters is a permanent party.
* In Hector Hugh Munroe (aka "Creator/{{Saki}}")'s short story, "Laura," the merry-hell-raising heroine is reincarnated as an otter, and continues to raise merry hell.
* The Mad House of Otter in ''Literature/TheBookOfTheDunCow'' are careless, sloppy enemies of the fierce but courageous weasels.
* Otter of the ''Literature/{{Franklin}}'' books and Animated Adaptation is shown as being this.
* In the Norwegian children's book series ''Samson & Roberto,'' in which the cast is comprised of {{Funny Animal}}s, one of the main characters is a female otter named Olli, who works as the resident repairwoman -- at least when she's not fooling around and acting hyper and silly just for the hell of it. [[GeniusDitz She is a supreme repairwoman, though.]]
* The absolutely adorable (and mischievous) fenlings of ''Literature/TheBelgariad''.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' Hermione learns her patronus takes this form when she manages to produce a corporeal one and it happily bounds around the room.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Pip and Pop, the rather playful otter duo from ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse''.
* The uncut version of the ''Series/MythBusters'' episode "Ping Pong Ball Flotation" featured a scene where the progression of the attempt to raise the sunken boat was slowed further when a nearby otter swam up into the boat and [[StickyFingers stole one of the ping pong balls]].


[[folder: Radio ]]

* ''Linda Smith's A Brief History of Timewasting'' has urban otters colonizing London. Their natural cheekiness has developed into criminal behavior such as pickpocketing and blagging money by claiming to be a neighbor who was locked out of the house.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' has Daxter who was turned into an Ottsel (half otter, half weasel). He's a funny, but somewhat annoying bumbling sidekick.
* Oshawott, the water starter in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' and the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 sequels]]. Although it does fight if attacked, it still has a playful side as well. Its evolutions, Dewott and Saumurott, avert it, because they're tougher and stronger and not playful.
** From the fourth generation, Buizel and Floatzel are also based on otters.
* Digital Media had a line of games starring an excitable young cartoon sea otter named Ozzie and a gang of other international critters. Their games were mainly used to teach children about foreign culture (the ''Ozzie's Travels'' line, but there were other games in the field as well, including a science one and an environment one.
* In ''[[VideoGame/SpyroTheDragon Spyro: A Hero's Tail]]'' Spyro meets an otter SurferDude who needs his help to refill a drained pond with water so he can surf again.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* Matt, the DoggedNiceGuy of Webcomic/HodgesPond.
* Bayshore from Webcomic/DogsDaysOfSummer


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animalympics}}'' features among its athletes a SurferDude otter named Dean Wilson. [[http://otterfershyuure.ytmnd.com/ Fer shyuuuure!]]
* The animated series version of ''WesternAnimation/LittleBear'' has a group of playful otters that shows up occasionally.
* Marlene from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''), the spin-off TV series of the Creator/DreamWorksAnimation ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' is TheChick to the four male penguins.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Go God Go", various future timelines include hyperintelligent otters as one faction.
* The titular characters of ''WesternAnimation/PBAndJOtter''.


[[folder: Otter ... er, Other]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epUk3T2Kfno Otters holding hands.]]
* The editors at Slate think that [[http://www.slate.com/blogs/wild_things/2013/10/28/sea_otter_dolphin_and_penguin_behavior_your_favorite_animals_are_jerks.html otters are jerks.]]
* In Japanese folklore, otters are capable of shapeshifting and performing other tricks to play pranks on humans, much like {{Kitsune}} and {{Tanuki}}.