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  • Evolved over the course of Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. Early on, most characters wore partial clothing ranging from nearly fully dressed (Antoine only lacks pants) to nothing but shoes (Sonic, of course). Over time, more characters were added and often featured with more complete outfits. Following the 2013 continuity reboot, many characters are starting to shift towards the current Sega look with females donning full sets of clothing and males with gloves and shoes with a few extra pieces to set them apart.
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  • Male youths and some of the ground-dwelling animals in The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw eschew shirts.
  • Swedish children's comic Bamse has an interesting case of this, as the older the character's design is the more "nude" they tend to be. Most characters wear some form of clothing, but the amount varies from a simply bow-tie to full clothes. One exception, Wolf, remains completely naked but that's probably due to the Grandfather Clause. Skalman walks around naked half the time too, since his only article of clothing is a hat, and he generally only wears it outdoors.
  • This trope is mocked in The Beano Annual 2009 when the Nibblers (an old 1970s strip about a group of mice) meet the Ratz (a 2000s strip about a group of rats).
  • Two of the main Bone characters in Bone are usually half dressed: Phoney wears a t-shirt with a star, and Smiley wears a vest (yet is embarrassed to be seen naked). It is unclear on what exactly the Bones are, but they have been referred to as "small mammals" several times by the rat people.
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  • The Fox and The Crow: Fauntleroy Fox wears a white collar, a blue bowtie, blue trousers and yellow gloves. He also has a matching straw hat when on the town.
  • Fritz the Cat only wears a red turtleneck.
  • In the original comic books, Howard the Duck was a Donald lookalike, lack of trousers and all. However, the George Lucas film version wore pants.
    • At some point, Disney actually threatened legal action against the likeness of Howard the Duck; Marvel comics responded by having all future depictions of Howard appear wearing pants.
      • A story in the HTD black and white magazine contained a Lampshade Hanging with a twist of Take That!, as a failed animator turned haberdasher forces Howard to start wearing pants. The guy let him keep his human girlfriend, though.
      • Lampshaded by Howard at least once. "My lawyers tell me I have always been wearing these pants."
    • There was an earlier story where Howard's enemy Doctor Bong transformed Howard into a human. The funniest part was seeing Howard brooding while sitting on a bed, his bare human butt clearly visible and his coat coming down to mid-rib level.
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    • Interestingly, in Marvel Zombies Vs. Evil Dead, if you didn't know better you'd swear someone took the pupils out of Donald Duck's eyes. The Zombie Howard has white feathers (as opposed to yellow) and wasn't wearing pants.
      • Speaking of Marvel Zombies, it appears "My lawyers tell me I've always worn pants" is a Running Gag these days - he gives the line to Jackie when she questions his existence in Marvel Zombies 5.
  • In comics and picture books based on The Sooty Show, Sooty usually wears red shorts with braces. (He doesn't in the show itself.)
  • Olivier Bommel in Tom Poes wears nothing but a coat, no pants.
  • Alopex, a mutant arctic fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW) has thick enough fur to cover everything, but still wears a sarashi as a top.


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