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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'': The waldo arms which pop out of Gadget's hat prominently wear yellow cartoon gloves.

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** Not always white however, as his gloves are blue in Season 1 and in the commercial break shorts.

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* ''Film/EightBallClown'': The titular clown wears a pair of white gloves.


As culture and technology have marched on, it's stuck around simply as animation tradition. Though they still help emphasize that a TalkingAnimal actually has ''hands'' and makes it much easier to display hand gestures and movement. Oddly enough, characters based on birds don't wear white gloves and are often depicted with FeatherFingers instead (with WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, [[WesternAnimation/SaludosAmigos José Carioca]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheThreeCaballeros Panchito Pistoles]] being notable exceptions).

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As culture and technology have marched on, it's stuck around simply as animation tradition. Though they still help emphasize that a TalkingAnimal actually has ''hands'' and makes it much easier to display hand gestures and movement. Oddly enough, characters based on birds don't wear white gloves and are often depicted with FeatherFingers instead (with WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker and [[WesternAnimation/SaludosAmigos José Carioca]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheThreeCaballeros Panchito Pistoles]] being notable exceptions).


As culture and technology have marched on, it's stuck around simply as animation tradition. Though they still help emphasize that a TalkingAnimal actually has ''hands'' and makes it much easier to display hand gestures and movement. Oddly enough, characters based on birds don't wear white gloves and are often depicted with FeatherFingers instead (with WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker being one notable exception).

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As culture and technology have marched on, it's stuck around simply as animation tradition. Though they still help emphasize that a TalkingAnimal actually has ''hands'' and makes it much easier to display hand gestures and movement. Oddly enough, characters based on birds don't wear white gloves and are often depicted with FeatherFingers instead (with WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, [[WesternAnimation/SaludosAmigos José Carioca]] and [[WesternAnimation/TheThreeCaballeros Panchito Pistoles]] being one notable exception).
exceptions).


They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume, though the main reason was most likely that it had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' [[AvertedTrope wearing White Gloves]] and demonstrates the problem this trope addresses.

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They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume, though the The main reason for their use was most likely probably that it had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' [[AvertedTrope wearing White Gloves]] and demonstrates the problem this trope addresses.


--> Mouse 1: "... And our sleek forepaws, mutated into swollen, freakish, HANDS!"

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--> Mouse 1: Vladimir: "... And our sleek forepaws, mutated into swollen, freakish, HANDS!"

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* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' episode "Pest Control", with the appearance of the lab mice:
--> Mouse 1: "... And our sleek forepaws, mutated into swollen, freakish, HANDS!"


Additionally, the gloves don't necessarily have to be white; that's just the most common color for this trope, as any bright color that creates a contrast should qualify.

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Additionally, the gloves don't necessarily have to be white; that's just the most common color for this trope, as any bright any color that creates a contrast should qualify.
qualify (i.e. [[VideoGame/PacMan Pac-Man's]] orange or brown gloves contrasting against his yellow body).


Note this entry is for ''inexplicable'' white gloves on cartoon characters, not realistic humans that wear gloves as part of a normal outfit.

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Note Note: this entry is for ''inexplicable'' white gloves on cartoon characters, not realistic humans that wear gloves as part of a normal outfit.
outfit.

Additionally, the gloves don't necessarily have to be white; that's just the most common color for this trope, as any bright color that creates a contrast should qualify.


They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume, though the main reason was most likely that it had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''not'' wearing White Gloves and demonstrates why this is a problem.

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They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume, though the main reason was most likely that it had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''not'' ''[[AvertedTrope not]]'' [[AvertedTrope wearing White Gloves Gloves]] and demonstrates why the problem this is a problem.
trope addresses.


They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume, though it main reason was most likely that it had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''not'' wearing White Gloves and demonstrates why this is a problem.

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They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume, though it the main reason was most likely that it had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''not'' wearing White Gloves and demonstrates why this is a problem.


They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume. It also had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''not'' wearing White Gloves and demonstrates why this is a problem.

As culture and technology have marched on, it's stuck around simply as animation tradition. Though they still help emphasize that a TalkingAnimal actually has ''hands'' and makes it much easier to display hand gestures and movement. Oddly enough, characters based on birds don't wear white gloves and are often depicted with FeatherFingers instead.

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They may have been partially inspired by vaudeville and {{Blackface}} performances of that era where minstrels would often wear big gloves as part of their costume. It also costume, though it main reason was most likely that it had the practical effect in an era of black and white cartoons where a mostly dark colored character could hold his hands against his chest and still have the hands be visible; WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat is notable for ''not'' wearing White Gloves and demonstrates why this is a problem.

As culture and technology have marched on, it's stuck around simply as animation tradition. Though they still help emphasize that a TalkingAnimal actually has ''hands'' and makes it much easier to display hand gestures and movement. Oddly enough, characters based on birds don't wear white gloves and are often depicted with FeatherFingers instead.
instead (with WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker being one notable exception).



* '''Franchise/{{Shrek}}:
** Pinocchio has white gloves that are white color painted on his hands.

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* '''Franchise/{{Shrek}}:
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'''Franchise/{{Shrek}}'': Pinocchio has white gloves that are white color painted on his hands.



* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article "Hey, Sorry, But 5 Of Your Favorite Things Are Racist" discusses how the white gloves worn by cartoon and video game characters are modeled after minstrel shows.

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* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article "Hey, "[[https://www.cracked.com/article_23708_5-iconic-parts-pop-culture-that-are-secretly-racist.html Hey, Sorry, But 5 Of Your Favorite Things Are Racist" Racist]]" discusses how the white gloves worn by cartoon and video game characters are modeled after minstrel shows.shows. This was criticized by many commenters, who argued that while some characters like WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid ''were'' clearly intended as minstrel show archetypes, the [[OccamsRazor simpler explanation]] is merely to make their hands more visible in a time when cartoons were in black and white.


** Nearly all characters, animal and human, in the games wear white gloves. This is due to the fact that the characters are designed after Western animated characters like Felix the Cat and white gloves are an expected trope. For the majority of the male characters, their wardrobe is limited to shoes, socks and gloves. Even echidnas born thousands of years before any of the events of any game wear gloves! Ironically, the American cartoon adaptations didn't bother giving gloves to any of their original characters, [[NonStandardCharacterDesign making Sonic and Tails stand out like a sore thumb]].

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** Nearly all characters, All animal and human, characters (and Dr. Eggman) in the games wear white gloves. This is due to the fact that the characters are designed after Western animated characters like Felix the Cat and white gloves are an expected trope. For the majority of the male characters, their wardrobe is limited to shoes, socks and gloves. Even echidnas born thousands of years before any of the events of any game wear gloves! Ironically, the American cartoon adaptations didn't bother giving gloves to any of their original characters, [[NonStandardCharacterDesign making Sonic and Tails stand out like a sore thumb]].


** In one episode (coincidentally enough, titled "White Gloves"), Wakko's gloves (and apparently all other gloves in the show's world) are actual living beings.

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** In one episode (coincidentally enough, titled "White Gloves"), Wakko's gloves (and apparently all other gloves in the show's world) are actual living beings. His hands are colored black like the rest of his arm in that short.



** The Warner's gloves are straight up white while the white areas on their bodies are slightly yellowish. The white fur on characters (including Pinky and the Brain, but excluding the Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera characters that show up in the voting rights for cartoon characters episode) is slightly yellowish whereas the white clothing, sclerae, and teeth are straight white, so the white gloves and white hands are easier to tell apart.

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** The Warner's gloves are straight up white while the white areas on their bodies are slightly yellowish. The white fur on characters (including Pinky and the Brain, but excluding the Looney Tunes Tunes, Tiny Toons, and Hanna Barbera characters that show up in the voting rights for cartoon characters episode) is slightly yellowish whereas the white clothing, sclerae, and teeth are straight white, so the white gloves and white hands are easier to tell apart.

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