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Palutena: Given his size, he also moves quite quickly. Combine that speed and power with his long reach, and you've got an opponent who's good at almost everything!
Pit: Yeah... except for dressing himself. That necktie really doesn't leave much to the imagination.

A variant of Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal where the only "clothing" they wear is some kind of cosmetic accessory — a hat, gloves, a bow, tie (or bowtie), a necklace, a collar, etc., or socks and/or shoes — beyond this, the character is still, well, technically naked (in, um, stark contrast to the full shirt or pants typically worn by half-dressed animals).

Sometimes, underwear or a diaper (and nothing else) can count as this trope, though it does border on shirtless Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal territory.

Similarly, they may choose the equivalent of a fig-leaf or loincloth (which borders on a shirtless Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal), the bare minimum necessary to preserve their modesty to the audience if they are Beastmen (which is a popular visual motif for depicting characters as 'exotic' or 'native' in origin.)

Like the Half Dressed Cartoon Animal, the creature's natural pelt (fur/feathers/scales/whatever) is considered an acceptable analogue for clothing, thus the subject of them being technically "naked" is seldom mentioned, unless a sudden gag (like a Non Fatal Explosion) leaves them stripped of their coverings.

Most characters of this trope are of the Civilized Animal tier or are otherwise normal animals, but Funny Animal and even Beastmen variants exist as well.

Ring Around the Collar and White Gloves examples can overlap, if it is the only article of clothing the character wears. If the trope is only ever applied to male characters, see Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females.

See also Clothing Appendage, Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal and Tertiary Sexual Characteristics. Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire.


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  • Tony the Tiger from Frosted Flakes/Frosties cereal sports only a red bandana. His son, Tony Jr., had a bandana and ball cap.
  • Mr. Peanut from Planters wears only accessories: top hat, monocle, White Gloves, shoes, and spats.
  • Chester Cheetah from Cheetos only wears sunglasses and shoes.
  • Starkist's Charlie the Tuna wears glasses and a hat.
  • The Energizer Bunny always wears sunglasses and flip-flops. Occasionally, he will acquire something else to wear alongside them, like a scarf for holiday commercials or a gas mask for an aerosol commercial. Since the transition to CGi, the Bunny has dipped into Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal territory by wearing a sweater for a holiday commercial and a football shirt for a commercial where he partakes in a virtual football game.
  • While Claude the Cat usually goes around in the altogether, he has worn glasses in the video about online shopping, sunglasses in the video about the beach, and a gas mask in the winter video.
  • Otter Pops:
    • Sir Isaac Lime has the least amount of accessories of the characters, wearing only a pair of glasses.
    • Retired character Scarlett O'Cherry only wore a hairbow and sash belt.
  • The Coca-Cola Polar Bear wears a red scarf with the Coca-Cola logo on it.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Mephisto's dog form from Blue Exorcist wears a pink dotted scarf.
  • Kero from Cardcaptor Sakura frequently wears a ribbon or some sort of collar that matches Sakura's outfit during the card capture sequences.
  • Many Digimon are like this, for example, Gabumon wears a Garurumon pelt coat, Biyomon has a ring around her leg (which carries over to her canon Mega form, Phoenixmon), Renamon has detached sleeves, Togemon and Gaomon have Red Boxing Gloves, Gaogamon has a scarf, etc.
  • Happy in Fairy Tail has a makeshift bag with him at all times.
  • Some of the hamsters from Hamtaro.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers:
    • Iceland's pet bird, Mr. Puffin, wears a red bow tie.
    • The cat versions of Germany and Austria wear ribbons around their necks.
  • All Jewelpets wear accessories, usually necklaces with their respective minerals attached, though some are simple cloth ribbons. Some additionally have hair decorations.
  • Kamichama Karin — Karin's pet cat, Shii-chan, has a red ribbon around her neck at the start of the series. After she comes Back from the Dead as Karin's Mentor Mascot, she gets an olive with two leaves instead, to match Karin's hair decs.
  • Sakamoto from Nichijou wears a red scarf that turns him into a Talking Animal. Hilarity ensues when the Professor decides to give it to a crow for a while.
  • The goats from One Stormy Night, who mostly wear scarves and bandannas.
  • In Pokémon: The Series, sometimes a Pokémon is shown wearing these, serving either as Tertiary Sexual Characteristics or to differentiate it from others who look exactly like them.
    • In the XY series, Pokémon capable of using Mega Evolution need the Mega Stone somewhere on their body, so require an accessory to equip it. The most common variants are necklaces, but other accessories have popped up. (tail brace, scarf, etc.)
  • In Pokémon Adventures, Chuchu wears a pink flower to differentiate her from Pika, while Gigi wears a striped bow to differentiate her from Tep.
  • Pretty Cure mascots:
  • In Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy, Lulla wears a blue ribbon around her neck. She's the only one who wears any clothing piece.


    Asian Animation 

    Comic Books 
  • The Adventures of Peter Wheat: Some denizens of the kingdom only wear one article of clothing. The most prominent example of this is Beetle, who only wears a hat.
  • Before the Continuity Reboot, Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) featured a more diverse mix of this, Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals, and Half Dressed Cartoon Animals compared to the main franchise, even featuring female characters, such as Sally Acorn, wearing more or less the same amount of clothing as their male counterparts.
  • Fone from Bone usually wears boots or nothing at all.
  • The Crow from The Fox and the Crow only wears a bowler hat.
  • Watson in Kid Sherlock only wears a hat and eyeglasses.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wear color-coded (or red) bandanna-masks, belts, knee-pads, elbow pads, and wrist and ankle bands. Leonardo and Donatello wear bandoleers for their swords and bo. They also wear trenchcoats and hats or other such disguises when venturing to the surface. Lampshaded in the Usagi Yojimbo story "Shades of Green" (when the Turtles are overwhelmed by the sheer number and variety of Funny Animals):
    Michelangelo: Hey, guys, this place is fantastic! It's just like Seventeenth Century Japan — except with animals instead of people!
    Gen: Who're you calling an "animal?"
    Michelangelo: How did they evolve? Why is a horse a horse but a rabbit a person?
    Usagi: "Evolve?" I don't understand. [...]
    Michelangelo: There are so many questions! Like, do you guys have tails?
    Gen: Hey, don't get personal! At least we wear clothes!
  • The Secrets of Willowmyst: Kai, Alexandra's animal friend, wears a red scarf, and absolutely nothing else.
  • In Soulsearchers and Company, Arnold Stanley is a human transformed into a prairie dog. He lives in a cage in the office and wears a collar and necktie and nothing else.

    Comic Strips 
  • Opus the penguin of Bloom County has a red bowtie.
  • Gaylord Buzzard from Broom Hilda wears thick, horn-rimmed glasses, spats and (sometimes) a fez for reading.
  • Shoe, from the self-titled comic strip, is a purple martin that wears sneakers and socks.
  • Mainly Snoopy from Peanuts:
    • Normally, just a collar.
    • As "World War I Flying Ace": an aviator's helmet and scarf, perhaps a riding crop.
    • As "Joe Cool": sweater with his name on it and sunglasses.
    • As 'The Masked Marvel': a domino mask. Other items optional, depending.
    • As an athlete: enough gear to function but little else; hat and glove for baseball, helmet for (American) football, missing teeth for hockey, et cetera.
    • Additionally, Spike and Woodstock would occasionally don accessories for special functions; a helmet and rifle for Spike's infantry enlistments in World War I, Woodstock's headphones as a cameraman in 'It's Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown'.
    • In Snoopy's first appearance he's got a flower tucked into his dog collar, but is otherwise a normal dog.
  • Krazy Kat's "collar", which is really more like a necktie, bow, or scarf. Regardless, the Kat feels "nude" without it.
  • Walt Kelley's Pogo had examples of all types (Pogo himself is half dressed.) One comic, though, is notable in that a minor character loses her one article of clothing and the others react as if she is naked, even the animals that never wear clothing at all.
  • Wade Duck from U.S. Acres and its Animated Adaptation on Garfield and Friends wears an inner tube. Lanolin Sheep, from the same IP, wears a bow.

    Fan Works 
  • Better Bones AU: Some of the cats wear accessories, such as Runningnose's acorn necklace he wears to mark his friendship with Brokenstar (that later becomes a way to summon him after his death) or Sorreltail's necklace which serves the practical use of containing valerian to treat her epilepsy.
  • Boldores And Boomsticks: Absol wears a nice gray shawl to the Beacon Dance.
  • Lincoln's Memories, which is a story based on The Loud House: "Lincoln's Sixth Birthday" features a birthday card with a dog in sunglasses and another with a cat in a party hat.
  • PMD: Another Perspective:
    • Blazy the Cyndaquil wears a bandana around her neck.
    • Purry wears her Rocket backpack and hat after she retrieves them from the depths of Tiny Woods. She drops them off at Kangaskhan Storage to get altered shortly afterward because they're still human-sized and consequently a bit too big for her to wear without them falling off.
    • The shiny Zorua is seen wearing an orange bandanna.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Amazing Maurice, in addition to the examples below under Literature, Peaches wears a headscarf, and Nourishing wears a waistcoat and helmet. Dangerous Beans manages to be a Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal, having turned a sock into a sort of onesie.
  • While the main character in Badly Drawn Roy is not an animal, the rest of the trope applies as the only clothing he is ever seen wearing is diapers (when he's a baby) and a bow tie (at his best friend's wedding).
  • In Balto, Jenna wears a red bandana around her neck in place of a collar. This bandana actuality becomes a plot point in the first movie when she gives it to Balto to keep him warm in the frozen Alaskan wilderness. In the fight with Steele, Steele grabs the bandana and it falls with him off of the cliff. When Steele presents it to Jenna, she whiffs the scents on it, telling her that Steele's story is false.
  • Cats Don't Dance: Frances Albacore only wears a scarf and hat, and T.W. Turtle wears a collar, cuffs and a bowler hat.
  • Disney Animated Canon:
    • The alligators, ostriches, and elephants from Fantasia.
    • Dumbo starts out naked, but about halfway through the film, he actually starts to wear a hat and a collar, both of which he has actually worn ever since.
    • Cyril Proudbottom from The Wind in the Willows segment of The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.
    • The birds from Cinderella wear only hats, scarves, and shoes.
    • Dinah from Alice in Wonderland wears a pink bow around her neck.
    • The Gabble Sisters (Abigail and Amelia) and almost all the of the cats from The Aristocats wore some sort accessory (hats, bowties, etc.). O'Malley is an exception to the rule, but does get fitted with a collar and bowtie during the picture-taking scene at the end of the movie.
    • Sir Hiss from Robin Hood (1973) wears a hat and a cape that's made to look a bit like a jacket; since he's a snake, this is pretty much the closest thing to clothing they could give him.
    • Miss Bianca from The Rescuers is either an example of this trope or a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal, depending on what she wears.
      • Played straight with Orville (from the original movie) and Wilbur (from the sequel) the albatrosses.
      • Also played straight with Rufus the cat, who only wore a scarf and glasses.
    • Dodger from Oliver & Company wears only a red bandana (which mysteriously vanishes when he wraps the string of hot dogs around his neck) and, in one scene, sunglasses. Also, Tito the Chihuahua is inexplicably drawn with an earring in the show House of Mouse (in the movie, he never wore earrings). The earring was on the plush as well; maybe it was part of the original character design and was removed from the film due to fears that parents would complain?
    • Djali the goat from The Hunchback of Notre Dame wears only an earring.
    • Llama Kuzco on the DVD cover for The Emperor's New Groove wears his normal emperor crown.
    • The cows from Home on the Range all wear cowbells, while Mrs. Calloway wears a hat. Also, Lucky Jack wears a bandanna and a peg leg.
    • Fish Out of Water from Chicken Little wears an upside-down fishbowl helmet.
  • Don Bluth movies:
  • DreamWorks Animation movies:
  • Globehunters: An Around The World In 80 Days Adventure: Two of the three protagonists wear an article of clothing. Eddie the gorilla wears a baseball cap and sneakers, and Trevor the parrot wears eyeglasses.
  • The 1980s films of Peter No-Tail portray Peter/Pelle and the other cats wearing either collars or hats much like in the books mentioned below. Peter in particular wears a green bowtie and a brown cap.
  • Pixar:
    • Atta and the Queen from A Bug's Life wear crowns made of flowers, while P.T. Flea wears a hat in certain scenes.
    • Some of the monsters from Monsters, Inc. wear only hats, ties, and/or glasses.
    • Rare non-animal example: All of the trucks from Cars for some reason have large sails on their roofs that resemble trucker caps.
  • Rango:
    • Rattlesnake Jake wears a sombrero, some bandoleers, and a gatling gun for a rattle (most of the animals are fully clothed, but as a snake, this is really the best he can do).
    • The armadillo is less anthropomorphized than the other characters, and wears a hat and a small band of cloth.
    • The hawk is even less anthropomorphized and wears sharpened metal on its beak and claws.
  • In Shinbone Alley Archy, Mehitabel and Big Bill all wore at least one accessory.
  • All the furry characters in Roadside Romeo.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Gooby: Gooby dons a red scarf.
  • LyleLyleCrocodile: Lyle wears a scarf.
  • Paddington (2014):
    • Paddington starts out as one of these, wearing a hat and nothing else. Later he works his way up a couple of rungs on the Appropriate Animal Attire ladder when Mrs. Bird gives him his trademark duffel coat.
    • Aunt Lucy wears a necklace and a pair of glasses and carries a cane.
    • Uncle Pastuzo with his hat that later becomes Paddington's.
  • The Wookies and Ewoks from the Star Wars series films, two species of Ursine Aliens, with the former wearing only Utility Belts and the latter wearing hoods and tribal decoration. Back when Star Wars: A New Hope was in production, there were executives worried about Chewbacca not wearing pants.note 
  • Margalo the canary from Stuart Little 2. She wears a scarf and a tiny aviator's helmet.

  • Not exactly animal, but in The Chronicles of Narnia, we have a Faun that is completely naked, except for a scarf.
  • The Cat in the Hat: Titular cat only wears a hat and a bowtie.
  • Hugless Douglas: The titular bear wears a red scarf.
  • When the rats of The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents deconstruct Mr Bunnsy Has an Adventure, they briefly refer to Olly the Snake, who wears a collar and tie. "It would just slide off."
    • Some of the rats, most notably Darktan, are examples themselves, though. While actually wearing clothes proves impractical, Darktan finds having lots of belts with pouches on them to be very handy in the Trap Disposal Squad. Meanwhile, Sardines the dancing rat wears a little straw boater hat with holes for his ears, and believes "You've gotta have a hat to get ahead."
  • Beatrix Potter:
    • Jemima Puddleduck, who wears a bonnet and sometimes a shawl.
    • Peter Rabbit's sisters only wear shawls.
  • In The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, Beatrice puts a hat and cape on her pet hamster Humbert for a talent show.
  • Some of the mice from the Angelina Ballerina series books and first cartoon series.
  • The Moomins: Moominpappa and Moominmamma wear only a top hat and an apron, respectively.
  • Mr. Men: Animals in Nonsenseland wear various accessories because it would be silly if they didn't. This gives Mr. Silly his "Eureka!" Moment.
  • The Muddle-Headed Wombat: Wombat wears a straw hat and an overcoat (over nothing else). Mouse wears only her spectacles. Tabby usually doesn't wear anything, though he will sometimes wear clothing appropriate to a particular activity.
  • Most of the cats in Peter No-Tail, including the titular character, wear hats and collars, at least in some illustrations as well as in the books. Peter/Pelle in particular also wears a bowtie.
  • Time To: The mice mainly go au natural, but occasionally you will see one wearing something like a hardhat or sunglasses.
  • Achoo!:
    • The goat wears a collar.
    • When the pigs are being taught table manners, they wear bibs.
  • Who Wet My Pants:
    • The tortoise wears only a hat, a bandanna, shoes, and glasses.
    • The squirrel wears only a hat and bandanna.
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee: The shy penguin wears socks and the rhinoceros wears a scarf.
  • Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book: The mounts of the zizzer-zoof seed salesman wear masks.
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish:
    • The old fish wears glasses.
    • The fat fish wears a hat.
    • The "high" creature wears a jetpack.
    • The guy with eleven fingers wears a hat and bowtie.
    • One guy wears only a hat and a shoe (yes, a shoe).
    • The Gox wears yellow boxing gloves.
    • The ten cats the girl balances on her head wear pink bows.
    • The two guys on the phone wear bowties.
  • Hop On Pop: Pat wears only gloves.
  • Angela Nicely: Discussed in “Pony Party!”, where Angela wonders if a “pony party” is a party where ponies wear party hats.
  • Pigeon Series: One of the birds in "The Pigeon Will Ride the Roller Coaster" wears a watch.
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice: While one of Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca's children wears a gown, the other three just wear bows.
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten: The female Puddle Ducks invoke this when they put the kittens' hats on.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Both Baby Bop and BJ from Barney & Friends, as well as their cousin Riff.
  • Mimoso Ratón (a mouse) in Odisea Burbujas only wears a baby bib.
  • In Ranger Gord's segments, on The Red Green Show the possum and beaver (representing Red and Harold, respectively), wear a hat and a pair of glasses accordingly.

  • The male cat in the music video to "I'm Not Yours" by Angus And Julia Stone just wears a tie, while the females wear dresses with bows on top of their head.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Between the Lions:
    • The main lions except the Half Dressed Lionel.
    • Announcer Bunny wears a bowtie.
    • Information Hen wears a pair of glasses and a shawl.
  • The Muppet Show:
    • Kermit the Frog considers his collar clothing; one time when he was without it, he acted as if he were naked (hiding his neck-nudity from Miss Piggy, for one thing).
    • Fozzie Bear.
      Kermit: Good grief, the comedian's a bear!
      Fozzie: No he's-a not, he's-a wearing a necktie!
  • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss:
    • The Cat in the Hat, as usual, and the Little Cats all wear said hat, bowties, and gloves. In Season 2, however, Little Cat B seems to have traded in her bowtie for a ruffled collar.
    • Terrence McBird wears a green neck collar and scarf.
    • In addition to wearing blue socks on his hands and feet, Fox in Socks wears a matching bowler hat and scarf. His comedy partner, Mr. Knox, wears a red hat.
    • Pam wears a green cap and nothing else.
  • The Chica Show
    • Mom (AKA Mrs. C) wears a necklace
    • Dad (AKA Mr. C) wears glasses, a vest, and a necktie.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Cootie Games: Two of the body parts required in Cootie are legs and antennae. In most editions, some of the options for legs include shoes, while the antennae has a hat or two as alternatives. Some editions go a step further, putting glasses on a pair of eyes.

    Video Games 
  • Many of the non-villager characters in Animal Crossing, along with the sheep villagers, who wear scarves prior to New Horizons. Most of the other villagers are half-dressed, though.
  • Banjo-Kazooie:
    • Kazooie temporarily becomes one if she uses a shoe power-up, whether it be Wading Boots or Turbo Trainers in the first game, or Springy Step Shoes or Claw Clamber Boots in the second.
    • In the first two games, Boggy the Polar Bear only wears a scarf. However, the rest of his family all wear more clothes than he does. In the first game, his children all wear pants, and in the second, his wife and children are all fully clothed.
    • Gobi the Camel wears only a blue collar.
    • Eyrie, as a baby, wears nothing but a diaper.
  • The Battletoads all wear spiked black kneepads, as well as individual accessories: sunglasses for Rash, gauntlets and a belt for Zitz, and spiked armbands for Pimple. Notably, they all used to be human.
  • Bubble and Squeak: One of the enemies in the game is a blue bird wearing a red baseball cap, carrying a baseball bat.
  • BUCK: Saturday Morning Cartoon Apocalypse: Buck's father is a vulture wearing a hat and some dog tags.
  • Castle on the Coast: Swirl, the Co-op player character, is a squirrel who wears a green wizard's hat and carries a magic wand in his mouth.
  • The sheep-men from the Nightmare levels in Catherine have a few features which identify them (Sheep with Sunglasses, Sheep with Regent Hair, Sheep with Police Hat, etc.) and can help you recognize them as humans in the real world.
  • In Dillon's Rolling Western, the protagonist Dillon is an anthropomorphic armadillo who wears a cowboy hat, a pair of gloves, a pair of boots, a teal bandana, and a belt, but not a shirt or pants.
  • The modern interpretation of Donkey Kong has the big ape wearing only a red tie with his initials on it. However, all the other Kongs are either Half-Dressed or in the case of Tiny Kong, Swanky Kong, and Kiddy Kong, fully clothed. In Yoshi's Island DS, Baby Donkey Kong wears a red bib with a yellow DK on it.
  • Red XIII from Final Fantasy VII, who is a member of a quadrupedal race resembling a mix between a wolf and a lion, wears various hairclips, decorative combs and other "headdresses".
  • A black cat wearing a red scarf shows up in an early chapter of Ghost Trick. He turns out to be important, as he's Sissel's true form.
  • In Hector's World, most of the sea creatures go nude, but Constable Solosolave wears his police hat and Tortoisenapper Quince wears a hat and belt.
  • When Daxter is changed into a ottsel in Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy, he goes from fully clothed to only wearing gloves and a pilot hat with goggles. Later moves to Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal after he gains pants.
  • Joumee The Hedgehog: Joumee wears a red flower above her ear.
  • Popka from the Klonoa series wears nothing but a red scarf that his friend Lolo gave to him when they were younger.
  • Pat in Later Alligator wears only a bandana and a hat, in contrast to all the other alligators in the game, who are either fully or half-dressed.
  • The Sea Zoras, a race of fish people, in most The Legend of Zelda games are usually naked, but it wasn't until later games where they would wear accessories like armlets, anklets, and thin decorative belts. Prince Sidon in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes it another step further by wearing a Classy Cravat, a feather on his head, and a chest belt, but doesn't wear any form of clothing like the rest of his people.
  • Living Books: In "The Tortoise and the Hare", several animals wear only accessories. One bear, for instance, wears a tie, the bird narrator wears shoes, and the beaver wears a baseball cap and shoes.
  • The title protagonist of Mad Rat Dead wears nothing but gloves and a tag on his ear.
  • Mail Mole: Pretty much all of the cast don't wear much clothing. Molty, for example, only wears eyeglasses, a mailman's hat, and a mailbag... assuming you don't change his outfit.
  • Moshi Monsters:
    • The Super Moshis wear capes, belts and masks.
    • Purdy wears a blue bow.
    • DJ Quack the duck has sunglasses.
    • Lady Goo Goo and Baby Rox the Brainy Babies wear diapers, shoes, bonnets, bracelets, and (in Lady Goo Goo's case) sunglasses and hair decorations.
    • Sweet Tooth wears only boots, as does Poppet, although she sometimes wears a bow.
    • Crazy Bill and Pirate Pong wear eyepatches.
    • The Chick Checker and Scratch the Spider wear hats.
  • All the 8 canine warriors from Ōkami have scarves.
  • Persona:
    • The unnamed shrine fox from Persona 4 wears a red scarf.
    • Morgana from Persona 5 is a cat-like being who wears a black bandanna mask, a yellow bandana around his neck, and a utility belt.
  • In Pokémon:
    • Subverted with the Pokemon Sylveon, which appears to be wearing several bows with trailing ribbons, but these "accessories" are actually part of its body; the trailing ribbons are feelers.
    • In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games, the Pokémon belonging to the Rescue Teams all wear bandanas, but usually nothing else. It doesn't show up in their in-game sprites, though.
  • Suketoudara the fish of Puyo Puyo typically doesn't wear clothing at all, but in Puyo Puyo 7 he wears a bow tie.
  • Sir Raleigh the Frog from Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus only wears a hat, gloves, and spats.
  • Shoes and gloves are the standard outfit for most (male) characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. Chip from Sonic Unleashed wears even less, only a necklace. Typically averted with female characters like Amy Rose and Cream (who both wear dresses), or Rouge with her Spy Catsuit meets Of Corsets Sexy outfit.
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Yoshi from Super Mario World and later games wears only shoes and a saddle, like most other members of his species.
    • The little Yo'ster from Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door wears a diaper (because he is a newborn) yet lacks a saddle.
    • Also Bowser, who only wears a spiked collar and wristbands, as well as some of the enemies in the games.
    • In addition to wearing spiked wristbands like his father, Bowser Jr. wears a white bandana with fangs on it.
  • A few characters in Them's Fightin' Herds. In general, all of the fighter's Pixel Lobby sprites can wear different hats and accessories. But for specific examples:
    • Arizona wears a red bandana around her neck.
    • Paprika has a pink and red blanket draped over her back.
    • Pom wears a purple collar with a bell on it.
    • Shanty has a teal pirate-like bandana keeping her hair back.
    • Though not a fighter, Cashmere wears glasses, a large green scarf, and saddlebags.
  • In the Timberborn artwork, the Folktails wear hats, the Iron Teeth wear sandals, and both wear belts. This doesn't translate to their in-game models, however.
  • Tiny Hands Adventure: Borti is a blue T-Rex clad only in a cap and knapsack.
  • In the first two ToeJam & Earl games, ToeJam wears a white baseball cap, white gloves, a medallion, and white shoes. In the third game, Mission to Earth, he dips into Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal territory by gaining a white shirt and blue pants.

    Web Animation 
  • Most of the characters from Happy Tree Friends:
    • Cuddles wears pink bunny slippers.
    • Giggles wears a red hair bow.
    • Petunia wears a flower and a car air-freshener necklace.
    • Handy wears a hard hat, a tool belt, and bandages.
    • Nutty wears candy as an outfit.
    • Sniffles wears glasses and a pocket pouch.
    • Shifty wears a hat.
    • Splendid wears a red mask.
  • Several of the "Cheat Commandos" wear only a few accessories, like Fightgar with his bandolier and red bandana, or Reynold with his Nerd Glasses and necktie.
  • Sealy from The Damn Few. He's just a seal in a sailor hat.
  • In a rare food example, Stinky from The Grossery Gang webseries wears a pair of half-moon glasses to emphasize his age. He lacks them in younger flashbacks.

    Web Comics 

    Web Video 
  • Anti-psuedoscience Youtuber Viced Rhino has an avatar consisting of a bipedal rhino wearing a red bow-tie.

    Western Animation 
  • Yogi Bear wears only a collar and tie and a hat, and Boo Boo wears only a bowtie. The reason was so that the join wouldn't be so obvious in the limited animation, which is why so many cartoon characters wore ties or other neck adornments back then.
  • There are many Hanna-Barbera characters beside Yogi Bear and Boo Boo who wear only accessories, including:
  • Speaking on the MGM side of the family, Screwy Squirrel from the Tex Avery MGM Cartoons wore only White Gloves.
  • Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb wears only a hat, as do the other animal agents of O.W.C.A.
  • The Adventures of Dawdle the Donkey: The episode "Dawdle And The Mole Field" has a mole that wears eyeglasses.
  • Slappy Squirrel from Animaniacs only wears a green hat, although she's usually also seen with her Hyperspace Arsenal... er, I mean purse.
  • Pluto and Clara Cluck from the Classic Disney Shorts only wear a dog collar and a hat and shawl respectively.
    • In the really old cartoons and in Epic Mickey, Horace Horsecollar is wearing only a horsecollar, a bowler hat and White Gloves.
    • In the Classic Disney Short, "Pluto's Sweater," Minnie Mouse forces Pluto to wear a sweater. At the end of said cartoon, she forces Figaro to wear it.
    • In the Figaro cartoon Bath Day, Minnie ties a red bow around Figaro's neck. He thinks he looks like a sissy wearing a bow, so he tries (and fails) to take it off.
  • Dr. Jacques von Hämsterviel from Lilo & Stitch: The Series, who wears a cape.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Bugs Bunny and Yoyo Dodo wear only White Gloves and shoes, respectively.
    • Cool Cat wears only a beret and necktie.
    • Gossamer is a giant hairy monster who wears sneakers.
    • The white strip around Daffy Duck's neck is a pearl necklace gifted to him by his grandmother. At least according to The Looney Tunes Show.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • Calamity Coyote, Gogo Dodo and Lil Beeper wear only shoes.
    • Fifi and Sweetie wear only ribbons on their heads, Bookworm wears only glasses, Furrball wears only a bandage on his tail, and Dizzy wears only a beanie on his head.
  • Pablo the Penguin from The Backyardigans wears only a bowtie and a cap.
  • Rex the Runt: Bad Bob wears only an eyepatch, Wendy wears a bow.
  • Most of the furry characters from Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats, including:
    • Cleo, who only wears leg warmers.
    • Sonja, who only wears a bow around her neck and a bow on her head.
  • Baloo actually became one of these in the TaleSpin episode "Vowel Play." (He's usually a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal in the series.) Fortunately, he was wearing only a hat when Rebecca Cunningham saw him naked.
  • Scooby-Doo wears only his collar with his initials on his dog tag.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball, the title character and his parents don't wear shoes but are otherwise fully clothed. However, Darwin (essentially Gumball's brother) wears only shoes. Several other characters, like Darwin, wear only shoes, including Penny (peanut), Tobias (multi-colored blot with limbs), and Anton (piece of toast). Other examples with different accessories include Principal Brown (a slug with brown hair and glasses) and Carrie (a ghost with hair clips) when Penny comes out of her shell she's revealed to actucally be a shape-shifting fairy and goes completely naked from that point onward.
  • Another rare non-animal example: Salty from Thomas & Friends for some reason appears to have a visor above his face. Also, Whiff wears glasses over his face.
  • Mama Mirabelle and her mom from Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies only wear hats.
  • Brian from Family Guy only wears a collar (except at Christmas, and when Lois dresses him up in raingear when they go on the ferry—-and those times weren't by choice), but he does have a fancy Italian collar in addition to his everyday wear that, despite only being worn in one or two episodes, has become rather popular with the introduction of Vinny—-who also is naked except for his collar.
  • Futurama's Nibbler wears a cape and a diaper.
  • Rare plant example: Junior Asparagus from VeggieTales with his baseball cap.
  • My Little Pony:
    • My Little Pony 'n Friends:
      • All of the ponies wear ribbons on their tails, and some have hats or eyewear. The Big Brother ponies from "Somnambula" wear neckerchiefs instead of ribbons.
      • In "Flight to Cloud Castle", one of the castle guardians is a salamander who resemble an upright lizard in a hat.
    • My Little Pony Tales features far more anthropomorphic designs, and consequently makes more common use of this trope.
    • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has many examples, despite most characters not usually wearing anything:
      • Applejack has a cowboy hat and red scrunchies at the ends of her mane and tail, while her brother Big Macintosh wears a horse collar and her little sister Apple Bloom wears a ribbon in her hair.
      • "Call of the Cutie" shows a picture of Cheerilee as a teenager, which takes this to somewhat ridiculous levels for a show where most of the present-day characters normally don't wear anything (possibly a poke at My Little Pony Tales mentioned above).
      • In "Putting Your Hoof Down" and ""Once Upon a Zeppelin", Iron Will the minotaur and his two goat assistants wear ties (black for Iron Will, one red and one blue for the goats), microphone headpieces and nothing else.
      • A handful of minor or background characters also wear some accessories and/or clothing related to their jobs or hobbies, such as Vinyl Scratch/DJ P0N-3 (the unicorn disc jockey wearing purple sunglasses in "Suited for Success") or Princess Celestia and Princess Luna, who rarely wear anything other than their jewelry.
  • Woody Woodpecker wore only White Gloves.
  • Uncle Gabby from The Drinky Crow Show. His only clothing is a hat.
  • Squiddy from Team Umizoomi
  • In Rocky and Bullwinkle, Rocky wore only flight googles, while Bullwinkle only wore gloves, and Mr. Peabody's outfit was Opaque Nerd Glasses and a bow tie.
  • The entire cast of The Mr. Men Show, although not exactly animals.
  • All of the youngsters and some adults in Ewoks wear only hoods or hats. Some of the species they encounter are fully-clothed. They're not technically animals by the real world's standards, but they look like bears.
  • The Lizard King from 3-2-1 Penguins! wears nothing more than a hat, gloves, and a belt.
    • The only articles of clothing the Bandicoot King wears are a crown and a cape.
  • The babies from Word Party wears diapers. Also, Lulu wears a bow on her head.
  • In Boo Boom! The Long Way Home, Jack the bulldog wears a pair of pilot goggles and a parachute harness. Boldsteed the horse wears a cap.
  • Mr. Cat from Kaeloo wears a pair of fingerless gloves.
  • Danny Dingo from Blinky Bill wears only a pair of sunglasses, while his brother Meatball wears a bucket hat and boots.
    • There's also a sugar-glider background character who appears in season 3, wearing a newsboy-style cap.
  • The Raccoons: Ralph Raccoon wears only a scarf. Cedric Sneer wears a yellow bowtie and glasses, while his father Cyril wears a blue scarf. Texan tycoon crocodile Mr. Knox only uses a cowboy hat, cowboy boots and jewelry.
  • Alfred J. Kwak: The protagonist Alfred usually only wears a red scarf, unless the plot requires him to wear clothes.
  • Hoppity Hooper: While his friends are more typical Half Dressed Cartoon Animals, Hoppity himself is a frog wearing only a bowtie.
  • Monk Little Dog: Monk and all his dog friends (sans Kimmy) wear collars.
  • Sylvia the Zbornak from Wander over Yonder wears a saddle and reins, and that's it.
  • Boskov from Evil Con Carne wears a bowtie, a shirt collar, and cuffs.
  • Dinosaur Train: The Conductor's mom only wears a choker around her neck, while his nephew, Gilbert, only wears a conductor's hat. All the other Troodon who operate the Dinosaur Train or work at the stations wear hats.
  • Sophie and Sadie, the Seagull twins from Salty's Lighthouse both wear ribbons in their hair. Sophie wears two, while Sadie wears one.
  • Most of the main characters in Little Dogs on the Prairie fit this trope:
    • Gilroy wears a blue hat with a red stripe on it.
    • Hollister wears a green visor and a skinny red bowtie.
    • Patterson wears a white cowboy hat and red bandana.
    • Darcy wears a green hair bow.
    • Sport wears a dark gray hat.
    • Scout wears a tan cowboy hat and a blue bandana.
  • The Gromble from Aaahh!!! Real Monsters wears a pair of black gloves, a black belt, and four red pumps.
  • Denis and Me: One of the regular characters on the show is Pinchy, a crab who wears blue-rimmed glasses.
  • Work It Out Wombats!: Quique and his son Sammy are snakes who wear hats and nothing else.
  • Pocoyo: Pato the duck wears a hat, Elly the elephant wears a backpack, and Caterpillar wears a bow.

    Real Life 
  • This is the norm for domestic animals (minus the "cartoon" part, of course). If a dog or cat, for example, ever wears anything, it's probably just a collar.


Alternative Title(s): Mostly Naked Cartoon Animal, Nearly Naked Cartoon Animal


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All the various sounds made by Donkey Kong.

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