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Stewie: Brian, quick, grab some money.
Brian: [picks up a handful of cash and stuffs it in his sides]
Stewie: Y-you have pockets? Are you putting that in pockets? That's so cute.

In animation, a Funny Animal character might be shown reaching into their pockets to pull out any number of things. But if said character is a pants-less Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal, or doesn't wear clothes at all, they might suddenly have pockets in their fur (or feathers, or scales) that they reach into. Humans or furless characters don't usually have this in animation, probably because it would be Nightmare Fuel for the viewer.

In Real Life, female marsupials would have this (though only around the stomach, of course). In cartoons, however, both males and females of all species may have them and keep things in them.

Related to Hammerspace. Not to be confused with Fur Is Clothing, and an Ass Shove, where the pocket in question is anatomically correct.


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    Asian Animation 
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders episode 3, Mr. Slowy turns his "pockets" inside out when he looks for Yang Guoguo's postcard and realizes it's missing.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Calvin and Hobbes: In one strip, Hobbes feels himself to check if he's carrying money, but has nothing there where he's feeling.

    Video Games 
  • This might be how the animal villagers in Animal Crossing carry their items. As they are all Half-Dressed Cartoon Animals (only wearing shirts) and they allude to having pockets (despite them being pantsless), this trope comes to mind. Now, how exactly do they fit giant isopods in their apparent pockets?
  • Pokémon Sword and Shield introduces the pokemon Raboot and Morpeko. The former is based on rabbits and has tufts of fur on its sweatshirt patterned body that it likes to keep its front paws in to train itself to use its legs more. The latter is based on pet rodents like hamsters and is a Big Eater with pockets on its similarly patterned hips it uses to store food.
  • In Quest for the Shaven Yak: Starring Ren Hoëk & Stimpy, both Ren and Stimpy have these, and if either character is chosen, they will carry the other character in them.

    Web Animation 
  • Happy Tree Friends: Lumpy apparently has chest pockets in his fur. Of course, certain episodes explain this away, where he is shown to actually wear a shirt and pants that are the same color as his fur.
    • Nutty is also shown to have these pockets in "Icy You."

    Western Animation 
  • In the DuckTales (1987) episode The Bride Wore Stripes, Louie pulls a tape recorder out of his non-existent pants pocket.
  • Happens in an episode of Family Guy when Brian and Stewie go back in time to the first episode. Brian has since clarified that his fur is not his clothing.
    • Also in the episode "Brian In Love", Brian takes out a cigarette from inside his fur while seeing his shrink.
  • PB&J Otter:
    • In "Trading Places", Ernest finds a missing walkie-talkie in his so-called pocket.
    • Pinch turns her pockets inside out in "Forgive Me Not" when she tells Jelly she has no money. Later in that episode, Peanut and Jelly transfer gum from each other's pockets.
  • Spongebob Squarepants:
    • In "Lost Mattress", Squidward puts a wooden spoon into his back pocket for "safe keeping".
  • Bugs Bunny has been known to do this in some shorts, keeping his hands in his apparent pockets at his sides.
  • Animaniacs
    • Wakko has been shown to pull things out of his apparent pockets.
    • Everyone in the main cast is seen pulling out a contract in the opening scene, whether they wore pants or not.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog had a Hammerspace Skin Pocket, and could this pull out stuff several times his size.
  • Pigeon of Mike Tyson Mysteries pulls out a gun about as big as him and fires at someone that spooked the team. When incredulously asked where he got a gun he explains from his pocket before sliding the whole gun away in there.
  • Spike from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic pulls a gemstone out of his scale pocket in the episode "A Dog and Pony Show."
  • In The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Sven Hoek," Ren unzips his fur to pull out... er, to urinate.
    • In the naturalist episode, Stimpy reaches into his apparent pocket to pull out a tagging device.
    • In an "The Great Outdoors", Ren is seen covering a bunch of logs with gasoline and then reaches into his side to pull out a match.
  • The eponymous characters from Tom and Jerry (especially the former) would sometimes be seen reaching into their apparent pockets for objects. One time when they both used this trope was in the episode Duel Personality.
  • Larry from VeggieTales in the House did this when trying to look for money in "Jimmy and Jerry are Rich".
  • Miss Chatterbox from The Mr. Men Show in the episode "Skyscrapers".
  • A Running Gag on Kaeloo is to have Kaeloo ask another character "Haven't you forgotten something?", only for them to feel their "pockets" and reply that they haven't.
    • In the episode "Let's Play Gangster Poker", Kaeloo turns her "pockets" inside out to show Mr. Cat that she doesn't have any money.
  • Fu Dog from American Dragon: Jake Long is a justified case, since he's not just a magic dog (with, among other things, the ability to talk) but he's a Shar Pei, a breed of dog known for its numerous wrinkles.
  • The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald: This is shown to be the case for the usually naked Grimace in "Birthday World" when Ronald asks him for pepper. Before finding the pepper and handing it over to Ronald, Grimace searches through pockets on his own being and digs out sugar, honey and badminton equipment.
  • Swanky from Pet Alien has two pockets on the front of his body that can hold practically anything. He often uses them to store money, and the opening shows him pulling the aliens' TV out of one of them.
  • Timon Berkowitz from Timon & Pumbaa has been shown to pull stuff out of his fur pockets in Season 1's "Guatemala Malarkey" and Season 3's "Circus Jerks".
  • Michigan J. Frog from Looney Tunes was shown to have pockets on his sides when pulling out their empty insides, in a promo for Unhappily Ever After on The WB.


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Kaeloo's Empty Pockets

Kaeloo shows Mr. Cat that she is broke by turning her "pockets" inside out.

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