Main Petting Zoo People Discussion

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09:11:13 PM May 8th 2017
I'm curious: What IS required for a character to be considering a "Petting Zoo Person"?
05:54:27 AM Dec 21st 2016
There are lots of examples here that fit better under Funny Animal. For example, in Zootopia and Robin Hood, the animals still have a body shape appropriate to their species apart from being bipedal and having Four-Fingered Hands. The distinction doesn't appear to be clear for most editors.
12:34:16 PM Sep 1st 2012
Thanks to some awesome folks on giantitp I've managed to show where the animal people in Dungeons and Dragons show up.
05:07:06 PM Mar 18th 2012
edited by NateSpidgewood
How did you coin the name "Petting Zoo People" to refer to heavily anthropomorphic animals? "Petting zoo," "humanoid animals," really.

No, I'm not asking for a rename of this trope, but I'm just wondering why it was called "Petting Zoo People." It seems like a well-fitting name.
02:08:03 AM Dec 2nd 2011
Shouldn't sonic the Hedgehog be one of the examples?
05:56:36 PM Dec 2nd 2011
No. Sonic is a Funny Animal, not a Petting Zoo Person. A Funny Animal is an animal who walks upright and talks but retains the same body shape as their actual species, while a Petting Zoo Person is an animal who looks very humanoid in appearance but their only animal-like features are the head and the tail. Please get it right.
12:33:48 AM Jan 30th 2017
Um, I don't think Sonic is even remotely shaped like a hedgehog. He looks like a borderline PZP, to me.
11:16:04 PM Oct 14th 2011
edited by EdnaWalker
Can I please change the term "Borderline Petting Zoo People" to "Demi Petting Zoo People" because it's easier to say and since the new term better describes how it's halfway between a Funny Animal and a Petting Zoo Person?
07:32:58 PM Oct 12th 2010
I'm pretty sure that if you apply the given correction and leave out Skaven as not being an example since the comment mentioning them says they don't fit this can be replaced with a one-liner on Ungors.

  • Warhammer 40,000 used to have Beastmen, a mutation of humanity that had pronounced animal features - the models that they released were wolf-people, although the fluff mentioned they could have been any animal. Later on, Games-Workshop realized that they didn't really fit with the theme of the game, and were canonically removed - the Imperium didn't tolerate them anymore, so they were all killed off or driven to Chaos armies.
    • Correction, the majority of miniatures for Beastmen in Warhammer 40,000 (and Fantasy, for that matter) were GOAT men. Later Warhammer Fantasy supplements would divide the already divided Beastmen ('ordinary' Beastmen versus the much larger Minotaurs) into Gors (beast head and legs, slightly larger than human - the most powerful were called Bestigors) and Ungors (closer to this trope, where they are mostly human except for hairy legs, and somewhat distorted faces, as well as small horns).
    • Why not include the Warhammer Fantasy Skaven? Cute little rat people. I'm not sure that either them or the Beastmen are really Petting Zoo material though.
04:18:28 PM Jan 5th 2011
Hey, I'd appreciate it if you could add my webcomic to the list of webcomics mentioned in this topic. The webcomic is CHIVALRY AND KNAVERY, located at Two of the main characters (and a few minor characters) might qualify as Petting Zoo People.

By the way, one of those characters, Sir Toby, is mentioned on a separate TV Trope page, one dealing with "knights in shining armor." However, the page doesn't contain a link to the strip.

07:22:09 PM Oct 12th 2010
I'm thinking these are non-examples: the trope isn't people wearing costumes, it's highly anthomorphised animals.

  • Rabi~en~Rose, a rabbit girl from Di Gi Charat.
    • In fact, Rabi~en~Rose is a teen idol named Usada Hikaru (obvious joke on Utada Hikaru), and is only wearing a fancy costume. Furthermore, everytime Dejiko mentions her real name (usually to humiliate or infuriate her on purpose, because both are incredibly vain and compete to be the most popular salesgirl at Gamers, a bookshop in Akihabara), she throws a tantrum.

  • Every single playable character class from the MMORPG Trickster has this in some form.
    • Mildly subverted in that the ears and tails are just costumes; they can be unequipped at level 20, if the player desires.
06:52:04 PM Oct 12th 2010
edited by Camacan
Given she has no animal features I think this is not an example. The trope is when there is a clear, if minimal, physical sign.

  • Touhou also has snake and Goddess Kanako. Possibly because of her Goddess status, however, unlike almost any other Touhoe she has no real physical sign of her animalistic nature.
    • Kanako actually doesn't naturally have a snake motif. She just picked it up after beating the frog themed Suwako on the logic that snakes beat frogs.
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