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  • The peanut cop from 12 OZ Mouse looks more like a water creature than a peanut.
  • 3-2-1 Penguins!:
    • The Bandicoot King looks less like a bandicoot and more like a cross between a dog and a kangaroo.
    • Downplayed with Zidgel. He is said to be a rockhopper penguin, but he doesn't have the same hair color as Fidgel, another crested penguin.
  • Adventures from the Book of Virtues:
    • Plato, a bison, has a face that looks a bit more like a bear's than an actual bison's.
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    • Socrates is supposed to be a bobcat, but his orange fur, black stripes and white patterns make him look more like a tiger.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes in the animated TV shows and movies look nothing like chipmunks (to say nothing of their size). Averted in the three live-action movies and earliest official art though.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Word of God stated Larry is a rock-man, but looks more like he's made of origami.
    • Ocho doesn't look much like a spider: he only has two human-like eyes, a single body segment, and four legs. Justified as he's originally a video game character in-universe.
    • Darwin's rounded face and tailfin make him resemble an orange blobfish more than a goldfish.
    • Penny is a shelled peanut with antlers, but her first season design only has one chamber, making her look more like a coconut or walnut. Her design from the second season on has two chambers.
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    • Miss Simian is supposed to some kind of primate, but her specific combination of features don't match any real species. She most closely resembles a chimpanzee with a tail. In "The Compilation", she identifies herself as "the missing link".
    • Molly is supposed to be a sauropod, but she looks more like some sort of Cartoon Creature.
  • The Angry Beavers
    • Daggett and Norbert don't look an awful lot like beavers, even though they do have flat tails and buckteeth (if anything, they look more like some sort of porcupine/hedgehog hybrid due to their fur being somewhat spiky-looking and pointy long snouts). This is constantly pointed out in the show, as most people assume that they are weasels.
    • "Bug-A-Boo" had a cricket that looks nothing like a cricket and looks more like a beetle with a proboscis.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Who Who the ring tailed lemur from the episode, "Back In Style" hardly looks like a real ring tailed lemur and looks more like either a red panda or a maskless coatimundi instead.
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    • Calhoun Capybara from the same episode actually looks more like a bear than an actual capybara.
    • Howie Tern, a Funny Animal No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Howard Stern, looks more like a stork, if anything, than a tern.
    • The Minnie Mouse parody in "One Flew Over a Cuckoo Clock," with her fur on her ears, really short snout, and nose shape, looks more like a koala than a mouse.
    • The "turkey on a roll" that Yakko briefly takes out of the basket in "Broadcast Nuisance" doesn't look much like a turkey, since it has white feathers, big feet and an upper beak that curves a little bit upwards.
    • Minerva Mink looks less like a mink and she looks more like a wolf or a squirrel with white fur and blond hair. This is especially bizarre here, because one of the characters who wants to date with her, Wilford Wolf, is an actual wolf.
  • The titular Aardvark from The Ant and the Aardvark doesn't look very much like an aardvark, having blue fur, a long snout more like that of an anteater's than an actual aardvark's, and long angular bent ears. Even more so in Pink Panther and Pals. This time the Aardvark's snout is curved upwards like an elephant's and his tail is shortened. Interestingly enough, in the Latin American Spanish dub, he is outright named an anteater instead.
  • The titular dinosaur from The Arctic Giant is labeled as a Tyrannosaurus, but it looks more like Godzillanote  than anything else.
  • Arthur:
    • Arthur Read and his relatives are aardvarks, but aren't readily identifiable as such. Real aardvarks have giant noses that stick out and long ears. Arthur, D.W., and other Reads have virtually no nose and small ears. Because of this, they have mostly been mistaken to be gerbils, hamsters or bears of some kind. In the first book, Arthur's nose was longer but he still looked more like a brown tapir than an aardvark.
      • Notably, there was an old CBBC puppet mascot called Otis The Aardvark, who looked more like an aardvark than Arthur ever did. The original Arthur's nose points downward, whereas Otis' nose sticks straight out like that of a real aardvark. Otis himself even commented on this, opining that Arthur looked more like a hamster.
    • Brain and the Tibble Twins are supposed to be bear cubs, but Brain looks more like a gopher or a mouse than an actual bear and the Tibble Twins look like grey-skinned humanoids with bear ears. This is because in the books, they were humans, and were changed to bears for the cartoon.
    • George doesn’t really look like a moose, more like a reindeer or a goat with antlers.
    • While Sue Ellen, a cat, has an appropriate little button nose, Jenna, who's also a cat, has a weird human-like nose.
    • Prunella is supposed to be a rat (like Mr. Ratburn), but her ears and hair make her look more like a poodle. Due to Flip-Flop of God it's unclear though. She may actually be a poodle, since Marc Brown Studios' Facebook page says she is. Oddly enough, she looks more like a rat in Brown's books, sporting a pair of sharp teeth that disappeared when she made the transition to television. The official Arthur website says she's a rat. It seems all we can say for sure is that Prunella looks confusing.
    • Muffy and Francine are monkeys/apes but they look like humans with large muzzles. In the early books they had lighter-colored muzzles, but in the cartoon their fur is one tone all over. Muffy also had two buck teeth in the early episodes, which made her look more like a hippo than a monkey, which is possibly why they were later removed.
    • Binky is supposed to be a bulldog. He looks more like a hippopotamus with a human nose.
    • There are a few exceptions, however. The rabbits are easily recognizable, having the right ears (and the right nose in Buster's case). Maybe Mr. Ratburn, but his head is quite triangular. Fern also seems to look like a dog.
  • Austin from The Backyardigans is a kangaroo, but looks more like he's half aardvark and half cat.
  • The Berenstain Bears:
    • Weasel McGreed and his henchmen from the 80's Animated Adaptation don't look much like weasels, having doglike faces and catlike tails.
    • The hedgehog from the prequel Thanksgiving special "Meet Bigpaw" looks more like a porcupine than a real hedgehog. Conversely, Mr. Porcupine from the episode "Raid on Fort Grizzly" looks more like a hedgehog than a porcupine.
  • Bonkers:
    • The titular character Bonkers D. Bobcat hardly looks like a real bobcat; his tail is long rather than a stub, his snout is long like a dog's, and his ears are so thin and long they're almost like antennae. At least he has downward-facing cheek tufts.
    • Winston Prickly, a one-shot antagonist from the episode "Love Stuck", is said to be a porcupine, but he's purple and just looks a hairy monster.
  • SwaySway and Buhdeuce from Bread Winners are identified as ducks but they look like frogs with noodle arms and orange mouths.
  • Yehudi the chameleon in the 1944 Wartime Cartoon "Camouflage," looks more like a generic green and white lizard than any chameleon.
  • Camp Lazlo:
    • Although Clam is supposed to be an albino pygmy rhinoceros, he looks more like a dinosaur.
    • Chip and Skip are supposed to be dung beetles, but look more like purple things.
    • Samson is supposed to be a guinea pig, but he doesn't look like one at all - for one thing, he doesn't have ears. He looks more like a porcupine or a hedgehog, but not by much.
    • Ping-Pong and Dave are supposed to be loons, but they look more like ostriches.
    • For some reason, the Lemming brothers look more like green frogs with ears than well....lemmings.
    • Patsy is said to be a mongoose, but she doesn't have black rings around her eyes, making her look like a kangaroo.
    • Ms Mucus is supposed to be a warthog, but looks more like a domestic pig with tusks, due to being pink instead of gray and lacking a mane. Her face also looks more like that of a bulldog.
  • CatDog:
    • Winslow is supposed to be a mouse, but other than the ears and the fact that he lives in a hole in the wall (with a door, mind), it's not obvious. Many might assume he's just a tiny blue man.
    • Similar enough, Dunglap is said to be a weasel, but looks a lot more like a rat instead.
  • The protagonists of Catscratch are cats, however Mr Blik and Waffle barely resemble cats. They're bipedal and have skinny, long ears. They resemble rabbits more than cats, especially Waffles with his floppy ones.
  • Reggie and Bruno Bullnerd from ChalkZone and Penny from The Mighty B! look more like gorilla monsters than human beings.
  • Chip and Dale only vaguely resemble chipmunks since they have dog-like noses and short, deer-like tails.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers:
    • Zipper is supposed to be a housefly, but the only indications of this is that he has wings and makes buzzing sounds.
    • Steggy from the episode "Prehysterical Pet" is supposed to be an alien Stegosaurus, but instead he looks more like a bizarre dragon creature with circular backplates and a spiked tail.
  • Chop Socky Chooks:
    • The main trio are supposed to be chickens, but they don't look much like chickens.
    • Big Bad Wasabi is supposed to be a shark, but looks more like a piranha.
    • Oni/Deadeye is supposed to be an anthropomorphic viper, but has very similar features to Chick P, one of the Chop Socky Chooks.
  • Spot from The Christmas Dinosaur is supposed to be a Quetzalcoatlus, but he looks more like a Pteranodon. It doesn't help that he mainly eats fish like a Pteranodon (Quetzalcoatlus was a predator of small land animals).
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • The titular canine is identified by some sources as a beagle, but barely resembles one due to his pink fur and the way he's drawn.
    • Dr. Gerbil looks absolutely NOTHING like a gerbil, exacerbated by his short, stubby tail which looks nothing like that of a real gerbil's long tail.
    • Kitty is obviously a cat due to her name. Her fluffy tail and red coat make her look more similar to a fox though.
    • Katz is also a cat with a red coat and fox-like muzzle. This makes him look like a red fox with purple back stripes and a thin, whiplike tail.
  • Smiley, the chameleon from the The Cramp Twins episode "Chameleon Chaos" looks more like a generic lizard than the animal it's supposed to be. Chameleons also don't become completely invisible like the show implies.
  • An episode of Cyberchase involved The Hacker using a giant hamster in an exercise wheel as part of one of his evil plans to undermine the Mother Board and take over Cyberspace. However, for some reason the aforementioned hamster looked more like a capybara than an actual hamster.
    • The birds don’t really look like birds.
  • Sully from Danger Rangers is supposed to be a seal. However, since he's fully anthropomorphic, he has normal legs instead of tail-fins, thus making him look more like a tailless otter.
  • A rather confusing example comes from Dave the Barbarian. A Running Gag in the show is that Fang (who is human and looks like one) is often mistaken for a monkey (NOT A MONKEY!). In the aptly titled "Not a Monkey", a doctor diagnoses Fang with a disease that only monkeys get, and while searching for the cure, she encounters a group of monkeys that do bear a striking resemblance to her. Monkeys with ponytails? Why not?
  • In "The Devil and Daniel Mouse" the devil's associate Weez Weezel looks more like a wolf or coyote than a weasel.
  • Dinosaucers:
    • Bonehead is not easily recognizable as a Pachycephalosaurus since he lacks spikes or knobs.
    • Dimetro's head shape makes him look more like an outdated depiction of Spinosaurus (thought to have had an allosaur or tyrannosaur-like skull during and before the 1980s) than a real Dimetrodon.
    • Ankylo has a face that looks more like a cross between a warthog and a bulldog than a real Ankylosaurus. His snorting Verbal Tic didn't help, either.
    • Quackpot is supposed to be a Hadrosaurus, but his more duck-like appearance makes him look more like an Edmontosaurus. Not to mention he has fangs at the end of his bill.
    • Terrible Dactyl is yet another example of a cartoony pterosaur, having a Pteranodon crest along with teeth and a Rhamphorhynchus-like tail.
    • The giant sauropod from the episode "Adventures in Dinosaur Valley" is stated to be a Seismosaurus (now synonymous with Diplodocus), but it looks more like a sharp-toothed Brachiosaurus.
  • Dino Squad:
    • Despite being labeled as a Spinosaurus, Fionna's dinosaur form doesn't really resemble such. Her snout is too straight and curved downward, her sail is misshapen and is treated as a flexible flap of skin, her hindlegs are too long and shaped like a dog's, and she has a bizarre crest on her head. Plus, she's smaller than Max's Tyrannosaurus rex form.
    • Rodger's dinosaur form is supposed to be a Styracosaurus. While he has the distinctive long spikes protruding from his frill, he also has long brow horns and a shorter one on his nose like a Triceratops.
    • Buzz's Pteranodon form barely looks like the real animal; he has a slightly longer tail, dog-like hindlimbs, two small wing-claws instead of three (though he sometimes has three claws in some scenes), a notch in the underside of the crest, and a saw-edged bill that's hooked at the tip.
    • And let's not get started with the Velociraptors Victor Veloci and Ms. Moynihan, whose designs are basically copied off from Jurassic Park.
    • The first episode had a shark mutating into what was identified as a megalodon, but it looked nothing like a giant shark and was more like a mosasaur instead.
    • One episode had a primate which is identified as a baby gorilla, which gets mutated into a "gorilla-saurus". Said baby gorilla is drawn with a tail, making it look like a monkey instead.
    • Another episode had hedgehogs which looked more like yellow echidnas. Living in Maine, for that matter.
  • Just like in the video game, Evil the Cat from Earthworm Jim hardly looks like a cat at all; he looks like a white rat with pointed ears.
  • Subverted with the titular dog from Family Dog, at least in the original, more lavishly-drawn Amazing Stories episode. If you just looked at a still image of it, you'd think it was a rat, but its animation is distinctly dog-like.
  • The eponymous Fat Dog Mendoza doesn't look very dog-like. He's orange, with a spherical body, four stubby legs, a long flexible tail and a vaguely human face that covers half the front of his body.
  • All of the fish from Fish Hooks look like finger puppets with a few fins.
  • By as early as the short "The New Car", Flip the Frog was using two distinct designs between his piano-playing introduction and the character acting in the show proper, the latter barely resembling a frog. Later shorts which changed the intro to match the new design just made his species more ambiguous.
  • Louis from Foofur is supposed to be a bulldog, but while his face and ears are like those of a real bulldog, his big bulky body would suggest otherwise.
  • In an episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Eduardo got fleas that looked more like mosquitoes than fleas. Justified in that they are imaginary fleas.
  • Futurama:
    • The crocodiles briefly seen in "I Second That Emotion" look more like alligators than crocodiles since they have shorter, rounded snouts and only the top teeth visible when the mouth is closed.
    • "A Clockwork Origin" had an illustration of a Darwinius that looked more like a modern ape than the real animal, which resembled a modern ruffed lemur.
    • "Fry and Leela's Big Fling" showed gazelles which looked more like deer with horns. The same episode also has a bizarre primate which looks like a Barbary macaque with a proboscis monkey's face.
    • The ichthyosaur that appeared briefly in "The Thief of Baghead" looked more like an early-to-mid 20th century depiction of a mosasaur than a real ichthyosaur.
  • Big Mitch from the 2007 remake of George of the Jungle is supposed to be a marmoset, but strongly resembles a golden lion tamarin, which has yellow fur and a mane covering around its face, hence the name. However, this may be because golden lion tamarins are also known as golden marmosets.
  • Belfry from Filmation's Ghostbusters is a bat, however he looks like a fanged pig with wings.
  • Gigantosaurus:
    • Giganto, the titular character, is supposed to be a Giganotosaurus, but he looks more like a three-fingered T. rex.
    • Mazu is supposed to be an Ankylosaurus, but she has a toad-like head and two lower teeth sticking out. The adult ankylosaurs look more realistic, but they have spikes along their sides like a nodosaur. The ankylosaurs all have a tail club shaped like a melon.
    • Bill is supposed to be a Brachiosaurus, but his design is too cartoony to tell.
    • Tiny is supposed to be a Triceratops, but she has only two horns, making her look like a Zuniceratops. Justified as her nose horn hasn't grown yet.
    • Archie is supposed to be an Archaeopteryx, but he looks more like a toothed Oviraptor without a crest.
    • Marsh has a neck that's far too short for a Stegosaurus, and his plates are arranged in pairs.
    • The Arthropleura looks more like a centipede than a millipede.
    • Zig-zagged with Cror and Totor. They're still scaly and oversized, but they have also long snouts and slender builds like real Velociraptor.
  • Goo from the Gumby cartoons barely looks like a mermaid (even less so in her 1960s appearances).
  • Many of the characters from Happy Tree Friends do not look like their species. For example, Sniffles looks more like an aardvark than an anteater and the Mole and Cro-Marmot do not look like their respective species, rather looking sort of like bears.
  • This might be due to Visual Pun or Non-Indicative Name, but the "bald eagles" from Hero: 108 (they're at first labeled just eagles and get this nickname after losing their feathers on their head and their neck in an accident) don't resemble the animals at all and look more like blue and purple vultures. Real-life bald eagles aren't bald at all, but again, this is just their nickname given by two cloudcuckoolanders, not their species.
  • The Hobbit:
    • The dwarves' mounts are referred to as ponies, they look more like mules, but they are heard to neigh.
    • Viewers would be hard-pressed to recognize Smaug as a dragon if he weren't referred to as such in-universe. Instead he looks more like a winged serpentine cat thing, barely resembling his description in the book.
  • The Zuniceratops, Velociraptor, Eotyrannus, and Troodon from I'm a Dinosaur look more like Triceratops, Deinonychus, Albertosaurus, and Coelophysis respectively. Also, the Compsognathus episode had a Bavarisaurus which looked more like a feathered theropod, which it is identified as, instead of the lizard that it was in real life.
  • Cerbee in Jimmy Two-Shoes. Everyone on the show calls him a dog, but he's clearly a small, horned, one-eyed monster who just acts like one.
  • The sloths that appear in the Jungle Cubs episodes "The Five Bananas" and "The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" look more like a hybrid between a bear and a monkey. Considering the series supposedly sets in Asia one wonders why they couldn't have used a slow loris instead.
  • Bungo from Jungle Junction is said to be a "bunny", but his yellow fur and long racoon-like tail prevent him from looking like one, so at best he looks more like a bee-like mammal.
  • Junie from Kung Fu Panda Legendsof Awesomeness is supposed to be a fox, but looks more similar to Shifu, who is a red panda.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • The Tasmanian Devil and the Tasmanian She-Devil are brown furred and look nothing like real Tasmanian Devils, which have black fur.
    • The Roadrunner also looks nothing like its real-world counterpart. Roadrunners aren't bright purple/blue nor are they the same size as a coyote.
    • Hippety Hopper, the baby kangaroo that Sylvester always mistakes for a giant mouse. In Sylvester's defense Hippety does look far more like a giant mouse than an actual kangaroo.
    • Yoyo Dodo basically looks like a drinking bird covered in a grass tunic.
    • Tweety doesn't look much like a canary, especially that his feet are oversized.
    • Batty, the bat in the cartoon, "The Brave Little Bat," looks nothing like a bat, and looks like a mouse with wings instead.
    • Henery Hawk doesn't look that much like a hawk.
    • Rare human examples: Bosko and his girlfriend Honey are supposed to be blackface-looking African-American human characters, but they don't really read as such. They look more like ambiguous-looking chimpanzees or bonobos instead.
    • Slam Tasmanian and Rev Runner from Loonatics Unleashed inherit the non-resemblance of Tasmanian Devil and Road Runner respectively.
  • The pelican from Magyar Népmesék (Hungarian Folktales) looks like any generic fantasy bird with a normal-sized beak. This is justified though, as the episode in question follows the depictions of pelicans found in medieval bestiaries and religious imagery. People, especially from landlocked countries where pelicans were rare, used to believe these birds bled themselves dry to feed their young, making them symbols of Christ, while their real-life traits were ignored.
  • Bubbie from The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack is supposed to be a whale note , but she looks too cartoony to be identified as one. The shape of her body doesn't resemble that of a real sperm whale.
  • The main trio of Mega Babies look more like colored monsters or space aliens than human beings.
  • The emu from the Mickey Mouse short "Mickey Down Under" more closely resembles an African ostrich.
  • Horace Horsecollar is supposed to be a horse, but looks more like Goofy or Clarabelle Cow, who are a dog and cow, respectively.
  • Although Jose Carioca of the The Three Caballeros does look like a parrot, Panchito Pistoles doesn’t look much like a rooster due to his lack of a wattle.
  • Pete the cat from the Classic Disney Shorts fell into this trope over time. In Steamboat Willie, the first time Pete was portrayed as a cat, he looked somewhat reasonably like a cat and had a tail. Since the mid 1930s, he lost his tail and fell into this trope, resembling moreso a Cane Corso with cropped features than a cat. It became so hard to identify him as a cat that Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie treat him like a Dogface instead.
    • Junior, Pete's son from the Donald Duck cartoon "Bellboy Donald" is a cat, but he's not readily identifiable as such and looked more like Mickey Mouse with cat ears instead.
    • P.J., Pete's son from Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie, is supposed to be a cat, but in all his appearances, he looked more like and was treated like a Dogface with pointy ears instead.
    • The Goof Troop episode "Clan of the Cave Goof" had a dinosaur resembling an outdated tripod-stanced tyrannosaur which was referred to as a Brontosaurus. It didn't help it was shown eating meat, despite Goofy correctly pointing out Brontosaurus are herbivores.
  • On Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, you really just have to take the show's word for it that Bounce is a bedbug. He only has two legs and basically looks like a giant blueberry of head on top of them with two antenna. An actual bedbug is a normal brownish insect with six legs.
  • Mr. Bogus, as well as his younger cousin, Brattus, are supposed to be gremlins, but due to their yellow skin, it's indeterminate whether they actually are gremlins or just little people. Justified in that gremlins don't have an established look.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey:
    • Jake is supposed to be a spider monkey but, while obviously a primate of some kind, looks little like the actual species. Lampshaded in one episode that shows his family at the zoo at first appear to look correct but after the humans leave they remove disguises showing they actually look like Jake.
    • Slips has a head and face more like a human's than a snake's. It doesn't help he has blonde hair
    • Phineas Porpoise looks more like a bottlenose dolphin, although he could be actually one and that's just his name.
    • Mr. Blowhole is apparently a killer whale, but he doesn't even have the white eyespots the species is known for.
    • Soupy Baskington looks more like a whale than a shark.
    • Superintendet Wolverine doesn’t look like a wolverine.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Many characters barely resemble ponies (or zebras, in case of Zecora), instead looking more like dogs or pigs with cat or rabbit ears. While male ponies have muzzles that have some resemblance of a real horse's muzzle shape, female ponies have muzzles shaped more like that that of lemurs and other prosimians.
    • Gummy is supposed to be an alligator, but he looks more like a lime-green crocodile with a forked tongue.
  • Dendy from OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes is supposed to be a kappa, but she looks more a green-skinned human with a triangle mouth. In fact, she wasn't revealed to be a kappa until "No More Power Cards".
  • Oswald: The title character doesn't look much like an octopus. The real animal has an enlongated body with a differentiated head, while Oswald's body is too round with fused components. He kinda looks more like a jellyfish.
  • The characters in Out There are human (by extension of background elements depicting humans and referring to humans as themselves) but they don't look too human at all, in fact most are fairly ambiguous in terms of species and the lead character Chad and his family look nothing like the others, instead being less ambiguous and looking more like very hairy rodents but still of indeterminate species and considered as part of the same species as the rest: "human".
  • Peep, Chirp, and Quack from Peep and the Big Wide World don't really look like a chicken, a robin, and a duck respectively.
  • In Peppa Pig Madame Gazelle looks more like some kind of rodent than an actual gazelle.
    • Suzy Sheep doesn't look like an actual sheep at all, rather looking more like a polar bear.
    • Rebecca Rabbit slightly resembles a rabbit.
    • Danny Dog looks more like a cat.
    • Pedro Pony looks nothing like a horse, looking somewhat like Arthur.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Perry's behavior and appearance in general is nothing like that of normal platypodes (yes, that's the plural). He doesn't have webbed hands/front feet and his tail is more like a beaver's (the platypus is covered in fur all but for their bills and feet). His bill and limbs are also orange, while real platypodes have blackish bills and limbs. Male platypodes tend to have venomous spurs on their hind legs. Overlooking all this is seemingly played for Rule of Cool, though.
    • The alligators that appear in the series are more evidently crocodiles, having the lower teeth visible when the mouth is closed and V-shaped snouts.
    • The blind cave salamander from "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" doesn't resemble any known species, instead looking more like a surface-world salamander with gills looking more like those of a fish. And while it is correctly described as lacking eyes, it is drawn as looking like it has Eyes Always Shut instead.
    • In "Mandace", Doofenshmirtz turns into a dinosaur that he calls a Velociraptor, but it doesn't remotely resemble Velociraptor in that it not only lacks feathers (as usual) but also doesn't even have the iconic killing claws on its feet. Although this could be justified considering this is Doofenshmirtz.
  • Pingu:
    • The penguins including the titular character are supposedly emperor penguins, since they have a faint yellow color and the way the chicks are designed. However, their bills are completely orange (emperor penguins have a black upper bill, while only the lower bill is orange) and they lack the yellow ear patches.
    • The pinniped from the infamous "Pingu Dreams" episode. Some viewers assume it's a leopard seal while others think it's a walrus, but it hardly looks like one or the other. At best it looks like an earless sea lion with walrus-like whiskers.
  • The crocodiles from the Disney classic short "Pluto at the Zoo". Their thin snouts indicate they could be freshwater crocodiles or slender-snouted crocodiles, but they are much larger than both species.
  • Cyril and Cedric Sneer and Sophia Tutu on The Raccoons are supposed to be aardvarks, but have pink fur and snouts that bend down. The show's creator did this on purpose so kids don't think that real aardvarks are greedy industrialists.
  • The Real Ghostbusters:
    • Sammy K. Ferret from the episode "Stay Tooned" is supposedly a ferret, but he looks more like a wolf or coyote instead.
    • Another episode, "Play Them Ragtime Blues", had a megalodon which looked more like a mosasaur.
  • Regular Show:
    • Rigby is supposed to be a North American raccoon, but strongly resembles a Crab Eating Raccoon or a Coati, both of which only have a short brown layer of fur, and more slender bodies. Crab Eating Raccoons are native to Costa Rica and South America and Coatis can be found in the Southwest US including Southern California. Rigby's lack of a proper face mask has been explained by the fact that he has huge Cartoony Eyes, and is occasionally shown blinking where he has black eyelids. This is consistent with his more humanoid looking brother Don too. Rigby's lack of resemblance to his real life counterpart has been Played for Laughs on multiple occasions - he comments on the black circles around his eyes as being 'his thing', when he and Mordecai encounter realistic animal versions of themselves Rigby is drawn as a standard gray and black raccoon (present on a comic cover too), and in an early episode, one of the enemies says to him 'what are you supposed to be?'.
    • Skips looks more like a white gorilla than a yeti (described to be like a human with reddish-brown fur).
    • Margaret is supposedly a robin, but has a coloration and crest of a male cardinal. She looks like a red jay or even an pileated woodpecker.
    • Eileen is supposed to be a mole, but due to looking much more human-like than the other animal characters, does not resemble one.
    • The ostrich and possum in "Replaced" look more like a combless chicken and a stripeless numbat, respectively.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • The titular protagonists are not readily identifiable as a Chihuahua dog and cat, respectively. Ren looks like a cat (ironically) with rabbit ears and a rat's tail, while Stimpy looks like a cross between Barney Rubble and a pig.
    • Dr. Sloth from "Ren Needs Help!" looks more like a bear than a sloth.
  • Lowly Worm from the World of Richard Scarry looks more like a snake than a worm.
  • Several characters of Rocko's Modern Life don't exactly look like the animal they are supposed to be. For example, the Chameleon Brothers look more like some kind of theropod dinosaur than actual chameleons.
    • Heffer Wolfe doesn’t look too much like a steer. Filbert barely looks like a turtle, resembling Gogo Dodo from Tiny Toons.
    • Dr. Bendova didn’t look like a rat or whatever he was supposed to be.
  • Scooby-Doo: Iwao Takamoto intentionally designed Scooby Doo to only vaguely resemble a Great Dane. He consulted a breeder of Great Danes and subverted many of the usual physical features for Rule of Funny.
  • The sharks in Shark Tale look more like orcas or killer whales rather than great white sharks.
  • The Simpsons:
    • While Snowball II is identifiable as a cat, her very stylized design makes her vaguely resemble one. The same goes for the cats owned by the Crazy Cat Lady. Gets weirder in that Scratchy, a cartoon character In-Universe, looks more like a cat than they do.
    • The squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits throughout the show have faces that look nothing like in real life, usually looking vaguely humanoid with button noses. Although some more realistic ones have been seen.
    • Captain Jack from "Kill the Alligator and Run" is not quite identifiable as an alligator since his snout is not wide enough, his lower teeth stick out when his mouth is closed, and he's green instead of gray.
    • Pokey and the other guinea pigs from "The War of Art" have faces that look more like pug dogs than guinea pigs. It gets jarring in that "Brother's Little Helper" featured guinea pigs that look like real guinea pigs.
    • "Whistler's Father" featured toucans which possess cockatoo-like crests on their heads, but they otherwise look like actual toucans.
    • In "The Book Job", Homer gets in trouble for sleeping inside the head of an animatronic dinosaur which he calls a Tyrannosaurus, and one of the security guards corrects him in that he's inside an Allosaurus. In Homer's defense, the dinosaur in question actually looks more like a Tyrannosaurus than an Allosaurus, having a bulkier head and none of the brow horns Allosaurus is known for having.
    • The last segment of "Treehouse of Horror" parodying The Raven had Bart playing the titular bird, except he looked less like a raven and more like a black dove with two-toed feet.
  • The Snorks episode "Whale's Tales" had what's obviously a baleen whale referred to as a killer whale. It gets odd in that it was actively pursuing and trying to eat a baby whale, something that an actual killer whale would do (but not baleen whales, since they don't even have teeth for it).
  • Antoine from Sonic Sat AM is one of these. This was even called out in a reader's letter in the Archie comic. It was established a while ago that he's a coyote. But for years (pre-Internet), the same question was asked as to what species Sally was, until she was established as a squirrel-chipmunk hybrid. Or a ground squirrel. Or a ground squirrel/chipmunk hybrid. We think.
  • Spongebob Squarepants
    • SpongeBob looks more like a dish sponge than an actual sponge, even though he is supposed to be the latter. This is because Stephen Hillenburg couldn't do an appealing caricature of a real sea sponge, and he felt that a synthetic one worked better for the "squeaky clean" nerd look he was going for. It also implies that he's "a square peg trying to fit into a round hole." His parents, funnily, do look more like actual sponges, being beige-brown and round rather than square and yellow.
    • Squidward is actually an octopus despite his name. He lacks two tentacles because it was seen as a burden to animate. Plus, Octoward isn't a very appealing name. Despite being an octopus with squid in his name, he doesn’t really look like either, looking more like some sort of alien.
    • The episode "Patrick SmartPants" featured brain coral that looked nothing like the real animals, being cone-shaped rather than brain-shaped.
    • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy don’t really look human. In fact, Barnacle Boy resembles Squidward.
    • Craig Mammalton is supposed to be a seal even though he looks more like a sea lion.
  • Summer Camp Island:
    • Oscar is a Funny Animal elephant but this isn't very apparent without looking at his parents. His ears are downwards and he has a very short trunk. Oscar looks more like a weird looking dog, or a tapir, than an elephant calf.
    • As her name implies, Hedgehog is a hedgehog. She, however, bares no resemblance to a hedgehog. If anything she looks like a weasel.
    • Max is a bat who looks like a badger. This is likely because his original pilot design was a badger.
  • Super Friends 1973-74 episode "Dr. Pelagian's War". The title character sends three marine creatures to attack Superman and Aquaman. Both characters call the creatures "whales" (and Superman says "killer whales") but it's blatantly obvious that they're actually large sharks.
  • Wendell T. Wolf from Taz-Mania is supposed to be a Tasmanian wolf (more commonly called the Tasmanian tiger) with beige fur and a striped back and resembling a sort of kangaroo-dog hybrid with a wide mouth and small ears, but he looks more like a combination of Wile E. and Calamity Coyote.
  • Although mutated from ordinary turtles into the crime-fighting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles they are today, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael have little to no resemblance towards any real world turtle species other than their nondescript shells, looking more like green-skinned, humanoids with three-fingered hands. This despite the fact that most turtles (besides sea turtles) have five claws.
  • The Tick owns a capybara named Speak (named because he once hallucinated it talking to him) who looks much more like some sort of mutant pug dog; in fact, the Tick was sure Speak was a dog until he took him to the vet.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Dizzy Devil (the purple Tasmanian devil), Little Beeper (the red roadrunner), and Gogo Dodo also inherit the non-resemblance of their forebears. Gogo looks more like a turtle, resembling Filburt from Rocko’s Modern Life.
    • Shirley the Loon looks more like a white duck like those in Carl Barks' duck comics save for a thicker bill, than like any loon.
    • Arnold the Pitbull looks more like a Bull Terrier.
    • One of the episodes, "Who Bopped Bugs Bunny?", involved Babs and Buster trying to solve Bugs Bunny's mysterious disappearance. In the end the culprit is revealed to be Sappy Stanley, an elephant who competed and lost against Bugs Bunny in a parody of the Academy Awards. Although he talks through his mouth depending on his mood, most of the time Stanley speaks straight from his trunk (complete with mouth), making him look more like an anteater than an elephant.
  • Sam the Sloth from the Timon & Pumbaa episode "Hakuna Matata U." looks more like a bear-monkey thing than a sloth.
  • PAW Patrol: Some of the titular heroic pups (with the exception of Zuma, Rocky, Rubble, Marshall, and Everest) don't look like their breeds.
    • Chase is stated to be a German shepherd, but he lacks the prominent black "mask" on his face and the black saddle on his back that most German shepherds are commonly known to have. His light brown and tan coloring, smooth fur, and slender build makes him look more like a Doberman Pinscher with an uncropped tail. If it weren't for the police uniform he wears, most people probably wouldn't have any idea Chase is supposed to be a German shepherd at all. If anything, it would've made more sense for Chase to be a German shepherd/Doberman mix, similar to how Skye below is a mixed breed who shares characteristics of both breeds.
    • Tracker is said to be Chihuahua although his design and characteristics are more like a Basenji's. Him being a chihuahua also doesn't make much sense, because he is about the same size as all the other pups instead of being smaller (he is much too large to be a Chihuahua) and Chihuahuas aren't the type of dogs to be out in the forest by themselves, as they are lap dogs. Whereas Basenjis were bred to be hunters and trackers in the forest.
    • Averted with Skye. Many viewers had a hard time guessing if she was either a Poodle or a Cocker Spaniel. Apparently, she's both, being a Cockapoo (a Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix).
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches:
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy:
    • The Chief is supposed to be a flea, but he looks more a frog with two antennae.
    • Larry looks more like a opossum, rat or mouse than a shrew.
    • Ollie is said to be an opossum, but he looks more like a weasel or an Australian kangaroo or wallaby with a rat tail.
  • Puppycorn from Unikitty! looks more like a one-horned Scottish Fold than a puppy because his muzzle is just as flat as Unikitty’s muzzle and his nose is triangular, which are coupled with folded ears.
  • Preston from Wallace & Gromit: A Close Shave is supposed to be a bulldog, but he is not identifiable as such. Although it may be justified in that he is a robot.
  • The Wild Thornberrys:
    • "Kuality and Kuantity" had a lyrebird which looked nothing like a real lyrebird.
    • "Bogged Down" featured a stonefish which looked more like a lionfish.
    • "Time Flies" had American alligators with interlocking teeth and green skin, though at least their snouts are correctly shaped.
  • Many people had a hard time determining whether Woody Woodpecker was supposed to be a pileated woodpecker or an acorn woodpecker. His species was finally confirmed in the 2017 movie, where he was stated to be a red-crowned pileated woodpecker.

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