'''Basic Trope''': Sapient humanoid race with animal attributes.
* '''Straight''':
** As AliceAndBob [[WalkingTheEarth walk the Earth]] AfterTheEnd, they find a hidden valley populated by CatFolk and befriend them.
** In a UsefulNotes/FurryFandom work, the protagonists are PettingZooPeople, and live in a universe where there's [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy nothing unusual about that]].
* '''Exaggerated''': [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals Everyone in the setting]] is PettingZooPeople. Anthropomorphized animals of several different species, including predator and prey species, mingle and treat each other like humans.
* '''Downplayed''':
** The characters are still humanoid in appearance, but they still retain a lot of their animalistic features.
** LittleBitBeastly
* '''Justified''':
** SufficientlyAdvancedAliens were [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom fans of furries]] and spent a lot of time creating HalfHumanHybrids.
** Or it's set in another universe, and the biology of the creatures is [[MagicAIsMagicA internally consistent]], so [[BellisariosMaxim 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.
* '''Inverted''':
** Bob gets hit by BalefulPolymorph. Bob WasOnceAMan.
** Alternately, a BeastMan looks physically human, but has the posture and intelligence of an animal.
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob looks like a PettingZooPerson when the viewer first sees him, but no, it turns out to be just a LatexPerfection Halloween costume.
** They have a human body frame, but they have the posture and the intelligence of their normal counterparts.
* '''Double Subverted''': ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself.
* '''Parodied''': Some PettingZooPeople are enjoying a ShowWithinAShow about talking hairless apes, while mocking its lack of realism.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Bob is a cat-man created by an EvilutionaryBiologist. Alice is a SerkisFolk ratlike alien native to another planet. Charlie is a WolfMan. 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 [[ThisIsReality ridiculous]]. Or is it?
* '''Averted''': All animals in this setting are animal-shaped and no more intelligent than real animals, and all aliens are StarfishAliens.
* '''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!"
** "Part man, part cat? Eh. I've seen a part man, part couch once."
* '''Invoked''': In-universe, Bob is a member of the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom. He seeks out Alice, the mad scientist, who is willing to turn him into a Petting Zoo Person ForScience!
* '''Exploited''':
** Alice wants animal-related superpowers, but she's GenreSavvy enough to know that MonstrosityEqualsWeakness, so she has to take a form that is pleasing to the eyes in order to gain powers without significant drawbacks.
** Bob is GenreSavvy enough to know he's in a FurryWebcomic, so he gets turned into a petting zoo person for the ExoticEquipment because BiggerIsBetterInBed.
* '''Defied''': The cats are actual cats, the characters in the work are just plain human.
* '''Discussed''':
-->"So...you're, like a [[UsefulNotes/FurryFandom furry]], right?"\\
"[[ComicallyMissingThePoint 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 EvilutionaryBiologist ForScience. 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 [[AllTheOtherReindeer 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 [[UncannyValley looks weird]], and the form comes with tradeoffs that are worth having, such as SuperSenses. He's an oddity, but he lives in a FantasyKitchenSink so it's not all that bad.
* '''Played For Drama''': Bob gets turned into a PettingZooPerson, and exhibits much {{angst}} (or {{wangst}}, depending on your perspective, as he has been CursedWithAwesome for the most part) about how he WasOnceAMan.
* '''Played For Laughs''': MyInstinctsAreShowing
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