Many cartoon animals have coloration that's consistent across works, even by different animators, but which is not typical of them in RealLife. This has the effect of making identifying the animal as belonging to to a particular species easier for the audience, for instance if a farmyard bird with webbed feet is white or grey, it's a goose; but if it's yellow, it's a duck.

This trope also can also be the result of TheCoconutEffect in action where realistic markings or colorings seem [[RealityIsUnrealistic off to the viewer]], but more often it's a case of ColorCodedForYourConvenience.

'''See Analysis.TypicalCartoonAnimalColors for more information.''' Compare and contrast AmazingTechnicolorWildlife, where animals are colored freely. WhiteBunny is a subtrope. StockObjectColors is a SuperTrope.


[[folder:General examples]]
* Sebastian from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is the type of bright red crab that is standard to cartoons.

* The picture book ''Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?'' features [[CaptainObvious a brown bear]], a red bird, a yellow duck, a green frog, a white dog, a black sheep, and a goldfish.

* [[ Sheldon Comics]] features a standard cartoon yellow duck.

* ''WesternAnimation/JungleJunction'' features a red crab (Taxicrab), a green toad (Toadhog), a pink pig (Zooter), and a green crocodile (Crocker).
* Tweety from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' is yellow like a typical cartoon canary.
* ''WesternAnimation/WordWorld'' has a brown dog, a yellow duck, a pink pig, a green frog, a white sheep, and a brown bear.

[[folder:Examples specific to certain works]]
* All the mice in Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' are either tan or light-brown furred all over and have brick red noses, pink ears, and black, threadlike tails.
* All the weasels in [[Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad Disney adaptation of]] ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' and Disney's ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper'' are brown furred with tan colored muzzles, either with or without tan colored chins. Some of them have tan fur on the undersides of their necks, some of them don't.
* The rats in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'' all have pink noses, ears, tails, and paws, bluish, grayish, grayish green, brownish, or reddish brown fur, and lighter colored bellies.
* The weasels in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' have more variation in fur color, but they all have base colored fur (usually brown) with lighter colored muzzles with lighter colored chins (except Smartass, whose chin is left the base color of his fur), undersides of necks, chests, bellies, and soles of feet.
* Frank in ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' is green, unlike real frilled lizards which are brown.
* All the elephants in ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' are red.
* All the pigs in ''Disney/HomeOnTheRange'' are pink with black ears and darker pink backs.

* ''Literature/GeronimoStilton'': Most of the mice are grey, light grey, reddish brown, brown, light brown, or orange with white foot soles, muzzles, front sides of their necks, chests, and bellies. Some of them have human-style head hair.

* Most rabbits in ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' and ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' have base color (be it grey, cream, blue, pink, e.t.c.) fur with white cheeks and muzzle, front sides of their necks, chests, bellies, undersides of their tails, and slipper-like hindfoot markings.
** Also, most skunks have base color (often black) fur with a white facial "mask", front sides of their necks, chest, and belly as well as the characteristic white stripe on their back and tail (with or without a base colored stripe in the middle).
** The mice in the WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales cartoons are all tan or light brown with black noses, black, tan, or light brown, threadlike tails, and black head hair. Some of them have light tan faces.
* Most of the ducks in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse, WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987, and WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck are all-white feathered with yellow-orange bills and feet. Two notable exceptionsto the all-white duck rule is [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck Gosalyn]], who is light-yellow feathered all over and [[WesternAnimation/Ducktales2017 Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera]], who has light brown feathers all over.
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, ComicBook/MickeyMouseComicUniverse, and WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse
** Nearly all the [[RodentsOfUnusualSize domestic cat sized and human sized]] mice are all-black furred with peach-colored facial "masks" and black noses.
** However, mice in the Disney cartoons of the 1920s and early 1930s, whether normal sized, [[RodentsOfUnusualSize domestic cat sized, or human sized]], are all-black furred with white facial "masks" or muzzles and black noses.
* WesternAnimation/TopCat is yellow with a white muzzle and Benny the Ball is [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife blue]] with a peach colored facial "mask", but most cats in Top Cat have unpatterned (that is, not tabby), base color (except black) fur with peach colored muzzles and nearly all of them have black noses.
* Squirrels in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' are usually base colored (except black) with white or lighter colored white cheeks and muzzle, front sides of their necks, chest, belly, and undersides of their tails. Some of them have white or lighter colored areas around their eyes as well.
* Most mice in ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' are all-white furred with red noses and pink feet and tails.
* Salty and all the other seals in the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts are all-black with a flesh colored facial "mask" marking (like MickeyMouse).
* Platypodes in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' are generally all [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife teal-furred with orange bills, feet, and tail]], not just Perry.
* The ponies (earth pony, unicorn, and pegesi) in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are AmazingTechnicolorWildlife with any one color for the base color, any (usually) one color for the mane and tail, and cutie marks that they earn. Oddly enough, the two donkeys (and one mule) we see are both brown with black manes and lack cutie marks.

[[folder:Exceptions, subversions, and aversions]]
* The horses in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' series are of a wider variety than usual, and almost all colourations seen correspond to real colours. Jolly Jumper (white with yellow legs and mane) would be ''perlino'', and the occasional black, white-maned individuals ''silver dapple blacks'' for instance.
* Tekno from ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' is a canary but she's not yellow. She's green, which is an actual canary color (though it looks more like yellow-green in real life).

* Averted with the chimps in ''WesternAnimation/SpaceChimps'' because they have black fur like RealLife chimps.
* Subverted with the geese, pigs, and rabbits in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' in that they come in at least a few colors other than white, or pink in the pigs' case.
* The lobster in the song "Under the Sea" from ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is colored blue.
** [[TruthInTelevision Blue lobsters exist]], though they're a darker blue than that cartoon lobster. It's a rare mutation.
* The crows in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' have black beaks and legs.
* Almost averted in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' with the cubs. Early concept art shows them with rosettes but in the final product they lack them
* Most of the pigs in the animated adaptation of ''Film/AnimalFarm'' are pink, but Napoleon is black with a lighter "saddle". In the book, he's a Berkshire (which are usually black with pink facial markings) and specifically stated to be the only pig of that breed on the farm.
* Pua the pig ''Disney/{{Moana}}'' is white with grey spots.

* Notably averted with the crows in ''VideoGame/BillyHatcherAndTheGiantEgg'' because they have a beak and feet color that matches the color of their all-black plumage as crows have in RealLife.

* Hanna-Barbera's character ''Huckleberry Hound'' is blue. According to Joe Barbera, the idea originated from an old folk song, "Ol' Blue, you good dog, you."
* Another Hanna-Barbera character WesternAnimation/TheGreatGrapeApe is [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife purple]] instead of brown like many cartoon gorillas.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' canary, Sweetie, subverts this by being [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife pink feathered all over]].
** Which was also [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Tweetie's]] color in very early cartoons.
* The goose in one episode of WesternAnimation/SuperWhy is gray feathered all over instead of having the all-white plumage that most cartoon geese have.
* In ''Staflik a Spagetka'', there's a crow with a yellow beak, but this is subverted in that the crow is blue instead of black.
* Partially averted with the two crows, Jose and Miguel, from the two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons, "The Crows From Tacos" and "Crows' Feat" have black feet and yellow beaks.
* Magpies, save for the [[ yellow billed magpie]], usually have black beaks. WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle have yellow beaks.
* Santa's Little Helper from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' is a light brown rather than grey that's usually given to Greyhounds. In RealLife brown Greyhounds are exceedingly rare and almost always have white on them, though other non-grey Greyhound colors are quite common.
* Kion from ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' has rosettes, which lion cubs in fiction usually lack. He's [[NonstandardCharacterDesign the only cub]] in the franchise to have these thus far.
* Boss Beaver from ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa'' has yellow teeth like a real-life beaver.
* ''WesternAnimation/PawPatrol'' has the standard-colored pups.