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How this trope affects popular perceptions

Oftentimes, animals in fiction have palettes that look realistic or natural but aren't actually. While the colours aren't too abnormal (such as a pink gorilla or purple giraffe), for the species or breed it's actually impossible if not very unrealistic. For example, genetically solid orange and cream cats in real life show at least a few tabby markings or stripes, but cartoon ones appear one solid color. This rarely if ever appears in live action for obvious reasons. Several of these are due to Typical Cartoon Animal Colors. Over time the trope becomes so commonplace that people are surprised that animals aren't like they are in fiction, such as how real gorillas aren't brown (they're black with dark grey faces, chests, bellies, hands, and feet) and how real alligators aren't green (they're blue-black or dark grey with off-white underside and belly scales).

Assumption that all birds have yellow beaks

One example of pop culture and fictional media infusing people's knowledge of he real world is the fact that most fictional and cartoon birds' beaks are yellow or orange. This has led to the assumption that all birds' bills are yellow. This assumption gets so commonplace that people are surprised to find out that some birds' beaks aren't like they are in fiction, like how real crows' and ravens' beaks aren't yellow (they're black or dark grey) and neither real cardinals' beaks (they're red).

General list of animal color stereotypes


  • Badgers: Black, gray, and white like a European badger, regardless of where the cartoon takes place.
  • Bears: (except polar bears and pandas): Brown with a lighter brown or tan colored muzzle and/or belly. In Japanese media bears often have a white "crescent moon" mark on their chest. Bears in Golden Age Cartoons can have a lighter brown or tan facial "mask."
  • Beavers: Mostly brown fur. Their teeth are usually colored white, despite real beavers having orange or yellow teeth. Their tails will always be either gray or brown.
  • Cats: (domestic): They often have white tail tips in animation even though white tail tips are rather uncommon on Real Life cats. Black and other solid colored cats, especially those with white paws, bellies, and/or muzzles or facial "masks," and all-white female cats are quite prevalent. Seal and chocolate point Siamese cats, especially female ones, are prevalent as well. Unpatterned ticked tabbies, especially black-based and cinnamon-based, are prevalent as well. Tabbies often have stripes on their heads, back, and tail while omitting the leg stripes that real life tabbies usually have. Tabbies can also have tiger-like colorations.
  • Cattle: Cows are usually either white with black or brown blotches or all-brown; bulls are usually all-black in cartoons.
  • Dogs: Solid colored dogs are quite common in animation (brown, yellow, black, and white are the main colors), as are white or yellow dogs with black or brown ears, tails, and/or "saddle" markings. Bulldogs in Golden Age Cartoons are gray or brown.
  • Donkeys: Usually brownish or grayish with a lighter colored muzzle, chest, belly, and lighter colored areas around both eyes.
  • Elephants: Are mostly grey.
  • Foxes: Always red foxes, with their coats frequently leaning more towards pure red-orange/red in Western works and nearly yellow in Japanese media.
  • Giraffes: Yellow or orange with brown spots. Their tongues will always be pink, even though real giraffes have black or purple tongues. Older works have orange giraffes with black spots.
  • Goats: Usually tan, grey, white or brown.
  • Gorillas and Chimpanzees: Usually black or brown furred with lighter skin on their hands, feet and faces. In real life their fur is more likely to be black, and unless when chimpanzees are very young, the bare skin will be black or dark grey.
  • Hippopotamuses: Usually all grey or brown, sometimes with a lighter colored stomach. Real-life hippos have orange-pink undersides and areas around the eyes and ears.
  • Horses: They tend to be solid or pinto. Solid brown, solid black, grey, and pure white are the most common. A pinto will be white and brown.
  • Kangaroos and Wallabies: They are mostly brown or grey.
  • Koalas: Are grey or grey and white.
  • Leopards and Jaguars: Normal colored ones are yellow with black rosettes (spots) as they are in real life. However black colored ones are usually solid black instead of having a lighter color with black rosettes present as they do in real life. They can also be solid blue or purple.
  • Lions: Manes on males will almost always be brown. Tufts on the end of their tails will almost always be the same color as the manes. In real life, the tufts are black. Cubs are almost always yellow, with no sign of the rosettes (spots) present on real life lion cubs.
  • Mice and Rats: Brown, grey, or white fur with pink ears and noses and bare tails. Mice in cartoons often sport a white or lighter colored belly, a slightly furred tail, and a black or dark colored nose.
  • Monkeys: Like apes, almost always brown-furred with tan hands, feet, and faces.
  • Pigs: Usually pink, although in cartoons of the late 1920s and early 1930s, they may also be black with white facial "masks" and hooves. Light-colored pigs with large dark spots or blotches are also common, although "secondary" to the classic pink palette.
  • Rabbits: Often all-white, brown, or grey, although media targeted at younger audiences may also have rabbits in pink- especially when said rabbit character is female. Anthropomorphised rabbits tend to have a white oval belly patch and slipper marked feet. Rabbits will also have pink or black skin on their noses, despite real rabbits having their noses mostly covered with fur. In Japanese media, many rabbits tend to have black tipped ears.
  • Raccoons: Usually gray or brown, with black facial "masks" and black rings around their tails.
  • Rhinoceroses: Mostly gray.
  • Sheep: Usually all have black, white, or tan faces and feet and white wool all over their bodies. A sheep that is black stands out from the rest of the crowd or is otherwise special.
  • Skunks: Tend to have white bellies and/or muzzles or facial "masks," as well as the characteristic white stripe(s) on their back.
  • Tigers: Black stripes on mostly orange or yellow fur. In western media, they often have orange fur while in Japanese media, they often have yellow fur. They can also have red-orange/red fur. Their muzzles, cheeks, paws, and undersides will be either be white or cream-colored like in real life or simply the same color as the rest of their bodies. White tigers are the most common exception. Don't expect to see golden tabby, black, or maltesenote  tigers though.
  • Whales and Dolphins: Are usually blue or grey all over (with or without white bellies) in cartoons.
  • Wolves: Black with white or cream-colored slipper-like marked hindfeet, white or cream-colored facial "masks," and sometimes a white or cream-colored tail tip was common in The Golden Age of Animation. In more recent works, they are often grey with lighter grey chests, bellies, and muzzles or facial "masks" which is more realistic.
  • Zebras: Are black and white. Their muzzles may be black like in real life, but will also be gray or beige or white.

  • Canaries: Yellow feathers all over their bodies.
  • Chickens: Often yellow, red, brown, brownish red, reddish brown, white, or white with a red or brown head, neck, and tail feathers. Usually sport a yellow-orange bill and feet and red comb. Roosters can have orange necks and heads and dark green bodies and tail feathers. Chicks are yellow and the eggs hens lay are usually pure-white, even though real chicken eggs come in a pretty crazy variety of colors.
  • Crows and Ravens: Shiny black feathers with yellow or orange beaks and feet. Real crows and ravens have beaks and feet that are black. The all-black feathered corvid that has a yellow beak in Real Life is a chough.
  • Ducks: All-yellow or all-white feathers, or wild-type mallard coloration if they're wild ducks. Usually sport a yellow or orange bill even if female — female mallards, in real life, have darker gray or orange-brown bills.
  • Eagles: Either golden eagles with uniformly brown or golden-brown bodies or bald eagles with black, dark brown, or gray bodies and white heads and tails.
  • Flamingos: Pink feathers with a black bill tip. Truth in Television, though flamingos start off with white plumage which turn pink due to the carotene they obtain from their food.
  • Geese: Yellow or orange bills and feet and all-grey or all-white feathers if greylag or domestic geese. Canada Geese have their black head and neck, brown body, and white underside accurate to their real life counterpart.
  • Hawks: Brown feathers all over.
  • Ostriches: Always black and white. Including the females, despite being brown or gray in real life. Their necks and legs would either be pink or gray.
  • Parrots: Most often green in cartoons — partially Truth in Television, as a great number of real life parrot species are green. Scarlet macaws are also fairly common.
  • Swans: White. When a swan in black, it will be to indicate something special about the animal.

    Reptiles and Amphibians 
  • Overall: Most reptiles and amphibians will be shown as being green, even though in real-life they can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.
  • Alligators and Crocodiles: Bright or dull green scales all over their bodies in cartoons. In Real Life, most species are brownish, grayish, blackish, dark-grayish, or brown- or grey-green. For example, real life American alligators are grey black or dark grey with off-white undersides. Only the Siamese crocodile is decidedly yellow green.
  • Snakes: Usually bright green in color, unless intended to be a particular real-life species note . Cobras tend to very dark colors, sometimes outright black.
  • Turtles and Tortoises: Green, with a patternless brown or darker green carapace, and a light brown or yellowish plastron. In Real Life you're more likely to find an orange turtle than a green one, and most species are at least somewhat patterned.
  • Frogs and Toads: Generally always green in cartoons, especially frogs even though real frogs and toads can have any kind of color, markings, or pattern depending on the species. The exception is if it's intended to be poisonous, in which case it will be a garish poison dart frog.

  • Electric Eels: Usually green, brown, blue, teal, gray, or black. Real electric eels are dark-brown with an orange underside.
  • Goldfish: Usually just either golden yellow, yellow orange, or orange in cartoons (hence the name).
  • Moray Eels: Usually blue, teal, gray, or black. Real ones come in many different colors and patterns, including black and white striped patterns.
  • Piranhas: Mostly green, pink, red, blue, or gray. Red-bellied piranhas are quite common.
  • Sharks: Usually gray, blue, or brown, with or without, often with, a white underside.

  • Bees and Wasps: The bright black and yellow bands of honeybees, yellowjackets and numerous types of bumblebees and hornets. Real life species can be considerably more varied in color — red is particularly common in a number of bee and wasp species, and all-black or black-and-white colorations are far from rare — but these rarely, if ever, show up in fiction.
  • Crabs and Lobsters: Usually red. In real life, there are only a couple of species, mostly crab species, that are red when they're alive. Most only turn red when they're cooked.

Animal coloration profiling

Animal Coloration Profiling is the use of an animal's coloration to indicate a character's personality, socio-economic status, gender, or moral alignment. Sometimes, an animal of a given coloration can indicate the animal's race, ethnicity, or nationality.

A white animal is normally good. If an animal is needed to be marked as special or valuable, white is the most common color used to indicate this. White animals tend to be heroic, often in a majestic or magical way. They tend to be either very powerful, high-class and wealthy, weak and innocent, or a laboratory animal, depending on species. White can indicate a classy or sexy female animal. If the male animal in a duo is orange, brown, tan, or grey, the female one is white. White can also be used to indicate an animal that stands out from the brown, tan, beige, and grey majority is some way or another. Sometimes with white animal, black animal pairings, the white one is the male one, possibly due to reading as more masculine in this case or to allude to Yang of the Daoist Yin and Yang. In works that use an animal's color to represent race and ethnicity, the literal color white represents a racially white animal.

Black is often used to indicate that the animal is evil or mean. It may indicate that the animal is simply fierce in a Good Is Not Nice or Dark Is Not Evil way because the color black looks fierce. Often the antagonist to a white protagonist animal. Sometimes with white animal, black animal pairings, the black one is the female one, possibly due to reading as the more feminine of the two colors in general, or to allude to Yin of the Daoist Yin and Yang. In works that use an animal's color to represent race and ethnicity, the literal color black represents a racially black animal.

Dark brown and dark grey often indicates a mean, bad, antagonistic, or even evil animal. Often the antagonist to a medium grey, medium brown, tan, light brown, beige, red, or orange protagonist animal. Dark brown animals can sometimes be portrayed as ordinary.

Brown, tan, and grey are often used to indicate an ordinary animal or one of a humble background. note  Animals of these colors can also be wiseacre tricksters, or have a laid-back personality, or both. A more vibrant shade of brown, tan, or grey on one animal can indicate one that stands out from the other similar-colored animals while keeping the same basic color as the others. A lighter shade or brown, tan, or grey can indicate the female animals among the brown, tan, and grey animals. Medium brown, tan, and medium grey animals are often protagonists pitted against dark brown and dark grey antagonists. Light brown or tan colors, with or without black or dark brown hair on the head, can sometimes indicate a Hispanic or Latino animal, invoking Latino Is Brown.

Cool and blue grey as well as grey blue colorations often indicate an unlucky, sad, or Butt-Monkey animal. Blue, as well as blueish grey, can indicate Blue Is Heroic. These colors can also denote a laid-back animal.

Brown, warm brown, and light brown colorations often indicate an animal with a warm and/or motherly personality.

Grey, light grey, and silver animals are often wise mentors or sages. Grey, light grey, and silver can also indicate age in an animal. Like white, light grey and silver can indicate a female animal, often a classy or sexy one. When paired with a black or dark grey antagonist, villain, or villain associate animal, the light grey or silver animal is a hero or hero associate animal.

Orange and red animals are often heroic, but usually in a humble, down-to-earth way, invoking the Red Is Heroic. Red and orange can also suggest fierceness in an animal, invoking Fiery Redhead. Orange and red may simply indicate that the animal is humble or has a humble background. Red and orange can also indicate an animal that stands out from the brown, tan, beige, and grey animals in some way or another. If the red or orange animal has green eyes, he or she is often a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead in animal form.

Yellow is often used to indicate an innocent, youthful, or baby bird, based on the fact that chicken chicks and ducklings have yellow feathers. Yellow and light yellow also indicate a joyful, friendly, optimistic, childlike, upbeat character. Usually a good, protagonistic, or heroic animal. This color can invoke Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold, especially if the animal has blue eyes.

Beige, cream, and light yellow can indicate a female animal and often indicates the pale female in Pale Females, Dark Males. If the male animal is orange, the female animal is cream if she is not white. The female animal is often beige if the male animal is brown or tan. Beige can also indicate an ordinary animal or one of a humble background. note  Beige animals can be protagonists pitted against dark brown and/or dark grey antagonists.

Green, yellow green, olive, and light green can indicate a mean, sleazy, or unpleasant animal. Can also be a greedy or money-obsessed animal, even if not evil. Can invoke Green and Mean. Can invoke a sickly or sallow look. If the green or yellow green color on the animal is a skin color, the animal in question is often portrayed as hideous. Outright green colorations on mammals, be it fur or skin, tend to be portrayed as hideous as such colorations are not natural ones on mammals. note 

Auburn and reddish brown animals can play brown/tan/grey, brown/light brown, and/or red/orange stereotypes. Yellow orange and orange yellow animals can play either red/orange or yellow animal stereotypes or both. Blue-grey and grey-blue animals can play brown/tan/grey stereotypes, light blue grey and light grey-blue animals can play light grey/silver stereotypes, and dark blue-grey and dark grey-blue animals can play dark brown/dark grey stereotypes.

Animals of a given species with the normal, wild-type coloration, plumage, or pelage are used to indicate an ordinary animal, one of a humble background, or the general populace. Brown, tan, and grey are used this way for animals that are normally those colors. A more vibrant shade of the wild-type normal coloration on one animal can indicate one that stands out from the other similar-colored animals while keeping the same basic color as the others. A lighter shade of the wild-type coloration can indicate the female animals among the normal coloration animals.

In some works, the ordinary or good animals have the normal coloration of their species to represent their normalcy or their good or neutral moral alignment, whereas the evil animals of the same species have a coloration that is darker than normal to highlight their evil moral alignment.

Sometimes, there may be a pink or purple animal and a blue animal pairing, even with a species that that isn't naturally pink, purple, or blue. If there is a pink or purple animal and a blue animal, the blue one is usually male and the pink or purple one is usually female.

Sub-Trope of Animal Stereotypes, Colour-Coded for Your Convenience, and of course Typical Cartoon Animal Colors. Remember, this is a list of animals sorted by the color and pattern stereotype they fit. Super-trope to Cat Stereotype, Dog Stereotype, White Stallion, Pale Females, Dark Males, White Wolves Are Special, and White Bunny. See National Animal Stereotypes for the nationality equivalent. Can overlap with Space Jews.

Examples by species



  • Brown Fur: Indicates a good bat.
  • Black or Dark Fur: Indicates an evil bat or the bat form of a vampire.

Bears (except Pandas and Polar Bears)

  • Brown, Tan, Yellow, or Grey Fur: Indicates a Beary Friendly or Beary Funny one. Also, medium and light brown is the color of the majority of actual American black bears in the Western United States of America.
  • Dark Brown, Dark Grey, or Black Fur: Indicates a mean or dangerous bear. Black is the normal wild-type color of real life American and Asian black bears though note .


  • Wild-Type Orange with Black Stripes: When contrasted with a white tiger, the orange one is the average or mundane one.
  • White with Black Stripes: Indicates a special or valuable tiger or one in a magic show.

Housecats and Wildcats

  • See Cat Stereotype for details on domestic cats.
  • White or Silver-Tipped Fur: Indicates wealth, prestige, elegance, and purity. Often good. Often longhaired Angora or Persian cats. White ones usually have blue eyes and silver-tipped ones usually have green eyes. Usually female, especially when paired with an orange cat.
  • Orange Fur: Indicates a humble and/or heroic cat, or alternately a fat and lazy one. Often male, and usually male when paired with a white cat.
  • Black Fur: Indicates bad luck in the US and Catholic Europe. This begets either an evil black cat or an unlucky one. Indicates good luck in the UK, Australia, and Asia. Often magical, mysterious, or a witch's familiar. In classic cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, the cat is often black furred when paired with a dog.
  • Black and White Fur: Indicates either a brave or hopeful but unsuccessful cat or a snarky cat. Can also be an average Joe cat or a nondescript kitten. Can play black cat stereotypes if a tuxedo or mitted cat. In classic cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, the cat is often black furred with a mitted or tuxedo pattern when paired with a dog.
  • Tabby-Patterned Fur: Tabby cats have much the same kind of significance as orange ones, heroic and/or humble. However, the cat can be either male or female. Can also be average or mundane. This is justified as brown/black mackerel tabby is the wild-type for domestic cats and wildcats.

Domestic Dogs

  • Light Brown, Brown, or Yellow Fur: Often indicates a mutt, especially if yellow.
  • All-White or Mostly White Fur: Indicates an intelligent, on the side of good, or protagonist dog. Most often Male. If mostly white, the dog usually has black or brown ears and/or patch on its back, but is otherwise all-white. In classic cartoons of the 1920s and 1930s, the dog is often white or mostly white (piebald or extreme piebald) furred when paired with a cat.
  • All-White with Curly Fur: Indicates a showy, cute, feminine-looking, or powderpuff-looking Poodle, Bichon Frise, or other dog of similar appearance. Often Female, but can be male. Can be on the side of good like the aforementioned white dog stereotype.
  • Dark, Black, or Black and Tan Fur: Indicates an Angry Guard Dog or a Hell Hound. Justified, as Dobermans and Rottweilers are normally black and tan.


  • White and Light Grey Fur: White wolves are often more badass or higher ranking than the other wolves when the work has more than one wolf. Wolf gods that are shown are normally white with minimal markings due to white being associated with divinity. Often Noble Wolves. Arctic wolves are typically this color though. See White Wolves Are Special for examples.
  • Black and Dark Fur: Are more likely to be evil or antagonistic. note 
  • Grey and Brown Fur: Indicates an average or mundane wolf. These wolves are more likely to be brown in anime and more likely to be grey in video games and western animation. Main character grey and brown wolves tend to have more detailed markings than other brown and grey wolves.


  • White (called grey), White with Points (called grey), Mostly White, and Light Grey (called Grey) Fur: Ridden by the good guy. Similar to the true white horse stereotype, but the horse and/or rider can be of a humble, ordinary, or common background. In works that have a large group of characters who routinely ride horseback, only one of them will be riding a white or mostly white horse. Like with the true white horse, the rider of a white horse can be The Leader, the Knight in Shining Armor, nobility, or royalty. However, due this being often the humbler take on the true white horse portrayal, the rider in question can be in a more common or ordinary leader or authority figure position. Also otherwise indicates a good or heroic horse. Often, but not always, male. See White Stallion for examples.
  • True White Fur (and Pink Skin): Ridden by the good guy. This hair coat serves to emphasize one character who is in a higher standing than the rest. Indicates a type of Cool Horse that serves as a ride for a character in position of leadership and/or seniority. In works that have a large group of characters who routinely ride horseback, only one of them will be riding a true white horse. Usually the rider of a white horse is The Leader, the Knight in Shining Armor, nobility, or royalty. Sometimes it has similar implications as white haired people. note  Also otherwise indicates a good or heroic horse. See White Stallion for examples.
  • Bay, Chestnut, or Brown Fur: Indicates a mundane, ordinary horse. Can also be a good or obstensibly horse.
  • Palomino: Can be the Moody Mount. Thanks to Roy Rogers and his horse of this yellowish color, Trigger, these horses are ones most commonly portrayed as being ridden by cowboys. Can be good or obstensibly good horses.
  • Black Fur:Ridden by the bad guy. Alternately, often the Moody Mount.


  • Black Fur: Often the nice or good leopards.
  • Spotted Fur: Often the meanie evil leopards. If not a mean one, then a mundane one.

Mice and rats

  • White, Light Grey, and Albino Fur: Are laboratory mice and rats; are classy and/or sexy female mice; or are "fancy" or pet mice and rats
  • Brown, Tan, Agouti, Beige, and Grey Fur: Are ordinary or pest mice and rats as medium and light brown or grey fur is the typical color of wild mice and rats. Also indicates a friendly, nice, or otherwise not evil mouse or rat. When contrasted with a white mouse or rat, the brown, tan, or grey mouse or rat is shown as the wild or "pest" one.
  • Grey or Light Grey with Pale Beige Face/Muzzle and/or Tummy: Are young, youthful, or children mice; Are often paired with warmer, brown or tan older, more mature, and/or adult mice.
  • Dark Brown, Dark Grey, and Black Fur: Are shady, treacherous, villainous, or otherwise bad or mean rats. Dark-colored and black mice are, more often than not, not portrayed as any more morally bad as medium-colored mice.

Pigs and Boars

  • Pink Skin: Indicates a cute or good pig.

Rabbits and Hares

  • White, Albino, Light Grey, or Light Yellow Fur: Indicates innocence, gentleness, and purity. Can be evil or vicious as a deliberate subversion. White is mostly a domestic rabbit fur color, though the winter fur color of the snowshoe hare is also white. See White Bunny for examples.
  • Grey, Brown, Beige, or Agouti Fur: Indicates a Rascally Rabbit. Brown, orange-brown, or grey-brown is the typical color of wild rabbits and hares and the summer fur color of snowshoe hares.

Domestic Sheep

  • White Wool: Whether they have a white, tan, beige, black, or grey faces, they're portrayed as the ordinary sheep, the majority of the sheep, or part of the herd. note 
  • Black Wool: The sheep that stand out from the rest of the crowd or are otherwise special. They are sometimes portrayed as ethnically black in Golden Age cartoons.



Crows and Ravens

  • Black Plumage, Beak, and Feet: Indicates Creepy Crows and ravens and symbolizes death, evil, discord, or a bad omen.
  • Black Feathers and Yellow Beak and Feet: Indicates Clever Crows and are depicted more positively. Sometimes portrayed as ethnically black.


  • White Plumage: Indicates a domestic duck.
  • Yellow or Light Yellow Plumage: Indicates a childlike duck.
  • Wild-Type Plumage: Indicates a wild duck. For example, wild mallards in cartoons are depicted as warm brown, brown, or brown with green heads. This leads to Animal Gender-Bender when a mother mallard or other female mallard is depicted with a green head as green heads are a trait of male mallard in real life.

Pigeons and Doves

  • White Plumage: Symbolize peace; may be carrier pigeons. They tend to be on the side of good because of the peace symbolism.
  • Wild-Type Plumage: In rock pigeons, the plumage usually has a grey or blue-grey base color, but can occasionally have a light brown base color. Indicates ordinary, mundane, or street pigeons.


Examples by color scheme

    White Animals 

Anime & Manga

Comic Books

  • Blacksad: White-furred and -feathered animals represent white people. The Arctic Nation is a group in the vein of the KKK made up of racist, white supremacist white-furred and feathered animals, which averts the usual "white coloration, good moral alignment" portrayal of white animals.

Films — Animation

  • The Great Mouse Detective: Miss Kitty Mouse and two other female dancer/showgirl mice are classy, sexy, curvaceous white mice that stand out from the general mouse populace (whether male or female, whether heroic, good, ordinary, rough around the edges, or on the side of Ratigan) who have beige, tan, and light brown fur.
  • The Rescuers: The main female mouse, Bianca, has white fur and is classy. The main male mouse, Bernard, is light grey and humble, and the ordinary background mice are shades of brown, tan, and beige.
  • Flushed Away: Whitey the rat, who, although he is a bad guy, is white because he is a lab rat; Roddy, Rita, and the other rats, major, supporting, and background, are tan or beige.

Western Animation

  • Pinky and the Brain: The titular lab mouse duo, as well as other lab mice are white because they are laboratory animals. Subverted with Billie, who is a light grey lab mouse, and Mousy Galore, who is a light yellow lab mouse. Mice in the show other than the lab mice are beige, grey, brown, or light brown.

    Black Animals 

Comic Books

  • Blacksad: Black-furred and -feathered animals represent black people. The Black Claws is a "black power" group in the vein of the Black Panthers that is made up of black-furred and -feathered animals.

Films — Animation

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: The villain, Frollo's horse, Snowball, is all-black and terrifying.
  • Brave: The terrifying demon bear Mor'du, has black fur. Subverted with Ellinor as a bear as although she also has black fur, she is on the side of good and defeats Mor'du.
  • The Lion King: Scar, the villain an Big Bad, has a black mane and tail tuft to signify his evil moral alignment and to contrast from has Big Good brother, Mufasa.
  • Tarzan: The morally good, but fierce and stern father gorilla, Kerchak has black fur. The vast majority of the gorillas have grey or bluish grey fur and Kala has brown fur.
  • Coco: Subverted. Dante the goofy, morally good Xolo dog has black/dark skin in normal non-alebrije form.
  • Dumbo: Subverted with the crows . They have black feathers, as per usual for crows, but they are friendly Jerks With Hearts Of Gold At first they appear to be jerks but still very cheerful and fun-loving. And after they befriend Dumbo, they also become very helpful, unlike many other unpleasant characters in the movie. The only thing played straight is that they have black feathers and are portrayed as ethnically black.

    Dark Brown and Dark Grey Animals 

Films — Animation

  • Fun and Fancy Free: Lumpjaw is a mean dark-brown male bear and the main antagonist to medium brown protagonist male bear Bongo and light brown Love Interest female bear Lullubelle. The majority of the bears are medium brown, though some are dark brown.
  • Song of the South: Brer Bear, who is Brer Fox's associate, is a funny, but antagonistic dark-brown furred bear.
  • Cinderella: Lucifer the cat is dark brown with a black head, chases the protagonistic light brown mice, and is morally on the side of evil.
  • Lady and the Tramp: The nasty, terrifying rat that Lady and Tramp protect and save the baby from has a dark-brown body and a black head.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Ratigan, the main villain and his bat sidekick Fidget are dark grey and wear dark clothes. Ratigan has black hair to go along with the dark grey fur.

    Brown, Tan, and Grey Animals 

Films — Animation

Western Animation

  • Looney Tunes:
    • Speedy Gonzales and the other Mexican mice in Speedy cartoons have tan or light brown fur and black hair, invoking Latino Is Brown.
    • With the exception of El Supremo from “Daffy’s Diner,” who has yellow fur on his muzzle, black eyebrows, and tan fur elsewhere, the Mexican cats in the Speedy cartoons don't follow the "Latino Is Brown-invoking tan or light brown fur and black hair" character design convention so much.
    • Bugs Bunny is a wiseacre, trickster grey rabbit.
  • TaleSpin
    • As in The Jungle Book, Baloo is a blue-grey, heroic male bear.
    • Kit Cloudkicker is a medium brown, young, heroic bear of humble background.
  • Ducktales 2017: Fenton Crackshell Cabrera has light brown feathers to invoke Latino Is Brown as part of his Race Lift to being Latino. In the original DuckTales (1987), he was white in both feather color and race/ethnicity like the Duck family.

    Cool Grey, Blue Grey, and Grey Blue Animals 


  • Winnie-the-Pooh: Eeyore is a sad, pessimistic grayish blue or bluish grey plush donkey who keeps losing his tail.

    Brown and Light Brown Animals 

Films — Animation

  • Tarzan: Kala the brown gorilla has a warm and motherly personality.

Western Animation

  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Grammi Gummi has light brown fur, in line with her warm, motherly personality.
  • TaleSpin: Rebecca Cunningham is a light brown, heroic, motherly female bear.

    Grey, Light Grey, and Silver Animals 

Films — Animation

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Phoebus, one of the good characters, has an affable light grey horse named Achilles.
  • Cinderella: The horse Major, is light grey and morally on the side of good.

Western Animation

  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Zummi Gummi has grey fur, to indicate he's an elderly sorcerer
  • Animaniacs: Slappy Squirrel is an old, violent, trickster, grey-furred squirrel. Partially subverted in that her fur was grey in her youth as well.

    Orange, Auburn, and Red Animals 

Films — Animation

  • The Lion King: Simba and Mufasa are heroic lions who have red manes and tail tufts. Subverted in that they are royal instead of average animals.

Western Animation

  • The Lion Guard: Kion is a fierce, heroic lion and member of the Lion Guard who has a red mane and tail tuft. Subverted in that he is royal instead of from a humble background.

    Yellow, Blonde, Gold, and Light Yellow Animals 


  • Winnie-the-Pooh:
    • Winnie the Pooh is a lovable, friendly, joyful, honey-loving, childlike orange-yellow bear, if a little absent-minded.
    • Subverted with the light-yellow (or greenish-yellow) furred Rabbit. He is nervous, strict, serious, grouchy, and obsessed with keeping things peaceful and in order.

Puppet Shows

Western Animation

  • SpongeBob SquarePants: The titular sea sponge is yellow (veering a tad towards a greenish shade) in color and joyful, upbeat, and childlike.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Sunni Gummi has yellow fur. She's a cheerful, bright female bear cub.
  • WordWorld: Duck is a childlike yellow adult duck.
  • Family Guy: Averted with Ernie the Giant Chicken; he is yellow, but he is the most commonly recurring antagonist in the series and has a long history of violence with Peter Griffin.
  • TaleSpin: Molly Cunningham is a yellow, cheerful, childish female bear cub.
  • Looney Tunes: Invoked and Played With with Tweety, who is a blue-eyed, yellow adult canary and appears innocent and childlike.
  • Pinky and the Brain: Averted with Snowball the Syrian hamster (in species, not nationality); he is gold in color with a white belly, but he is an evil megalomaniac with none of the morals, good intent, or ultimately warm heart that the Brain has.

    Beige, Cream, and Light Yellow Animals 

Films — Animation

  • Disney Animated Canon: One of the colors that humble, humble-background, good, ordinary, and general populace mice can be is beige.

    Green, Yellow Green, and Light Green Animals 

Western Animation

    Normal Coloration and Darker Than Normal Animals 

Films — Animation

  • The Lion King: The good and ordinary lions franchise are light-colored or the normal overall color for lions. Scar, the main villain in the first movie, has a black mane and has a darker than normal overall body color. Subverted in ''The Lion King II: Simba's Pride with Kovu, the good Outlander lion who has Scar's darker than normal colors, and with Zira, who has the normal lion color, but is evil and the main villainess in the movie.


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