Playing With: Petting Zoo People
Basic Trope: Sapient humanoid race with animal attributes.
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- Exaggerated: Everyone in the setting is Petting Zoo People. Anthropomorphized animals of several different species, including predator and prey species, mingle and treat each other like humans.
- Downplayed: Cat Girl
- Sufficiently Advanced Aliens were fans of furries and spent a lot of time creating Half-Human Hybrids.
- Or it's set in another universe, and the biology of the creatures is internally consistent, so why not have other species evolve to sapience?
- The bodies are supported by magic, but the changes were made so each person has an animal reflect their personality while still remaining functional.
- Subverted: Bob looks like a Petting Zoo Person when the viewer first sees him, but no, it turns out to be just a Latex Perfection Halloween costume.
- Double Subverted: For Halloween, I Am Going as Myself.
- Parodied: Petting Zoo People enjoy a Show Within a Show about talking hairless apes, but mock its lack of realism.
- Zig Zagged: Bob is a cat-man created by an Evilutionary Biologist. Alice is a Serkis Folk ratlike alien native to another planet. Charlie is a Wolf Man. Bob and Charlie get along like cats and dogs, but neither of them treats Alice like cats and dogs treat rats. They are all good friends and meet Dave, a snake-man, but no, Dave is just a guy in a costume, and the idea of snake-people is ridiculous. Or is it?
- Averted: All animals in this setting are animal-shaped and no more intelligent than real animals, and all aliens are Starfish Aliens.
- Enforced: "You know what's really popular these days? Furries. Our next series should have some."
- Lampshaded: "Aw, come on! You know you can't stay mad at me for long! I'm part kitten!"
- Invoked: In-universe, Bob is a member of the Furry Fandom. He seeks out Alice, the mad scientist, who is willing to turn him into a Petting Zoo Person For Science!!
- Alice wants animal-related superpowers, but she's Genre Savvy enough to know that Monstrosity Equals Weakness, so she has to take a form that is pleasing to the eyes in order to gain powers without significant drawbacks.
- Bob is Genre Savvy enough to know he's in a Furry Webcomic, so he gets turned into a petting zoo person for the Exotic Equipment because Bigger Is Better in Bed.
- Defied: The cats are actual cats, the characters in the work are just plain human.
"So...you're, like a furry, right?"
"What kind of question is that? I'm obviously 'furry!'"
- Conversed: "Was that a, talking cat standing on two legs?"
- Deconstructed: Alice meets Bob, a six-foot-tall bipedal cat made by an Evilutionary Biologist For Science!. However, Bob's back is always killing him because a cat's legs and back aren't meant to move like a human's. Bob can't integrate into human society because he is treated like a freak. He'd really like to wear shoes and pants to blend into human society a little better, but he can't find any that fit, so he gets arrested for indecent exposure. He has a very hard time quelling his pounce instinct when he sees small dogs or human children running around.
- Reconstructed: Bob is a cat-person, but the biologist or alien who made him knows what he was doing so a humanlike posture doesn't make him uncomfortable even if it looks weird, and the form comes with tradeoffs that are worth having, such as Super Senses. He's an oddity, but he lives in a Fantasy Kitchen Sink so it's not all that bad.
- Played For Drama: Someone gets turned into a Petting Zoo Person, and exhibits much angst (or wangst, depending on your perspective, as he has been Cursed with Awesome for the most part) about how he Was Once a Man.
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