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Animal Character Developmental Process Anthropomorphic Shifts

With some animal characters, an Anthropomorphic Shift occurs as they grow and develop. Often, they grow more anthropomorphic, but sometimes the inverse can occur. If the animal character is not that humanoid to begin with, then they become more distinctly anthropomorphic as they grow and develop.

With female characters that become more anthropomorphic as they grow, they often develop Non-Mammal Mammaries.

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Examples:

Fanart

  • Many animal characters in Furry Fandom fanart are either Funny Animals or less obviously humanoid as babies or prepubescent children.

Film

Western Animation

  • Inverted with the Tyrannosaurus rex and Daspletosaurus in Dinosaur Train; adult ones stand more like their real counterparts, but juvenile ones stand more upright and have plantigrade feet.
  • In Baby Looney Tunes the cast are a bunch of Funny Animals, but adult Lola is more humanoid than baby Lola.
  • A Flashback in the Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats episode, "Debutante Ball" shows Cleo and her friend Muffy as non-anthro kittens... with Cleo still sporting her full head of blonde hair.
  • Kitty Katswell in T.U.F.F. Puppy is a Funny Animal like most of the male animal characters, but her adult self is more humanoid in shape.
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