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Civilized Animals exhibit some form of civilized manner, but otherwise occupy their species's natural role in the ecosystem and (especially) the food chain. They generally display half the mannerisms of a human character and half the mannerisms of an animal character. They may wear clothes (often being accessory wearing, half dressed or even barefoot, but otherwise fully-dressed), or may live in houses, and are frequently depicted as walking on two legs; but their anthropomorphism stops abruptly at this point, as their everyday concerns are for ordinary activities such as acquiring food and avoiding predation by larger animals. Civilized Animals are typical of children's stories, especially that of British literature.

Like Funny Animals, Civilized Animals usually have a body that is generally shaped like that of their respective species, even though they are typically bipedal. Civilized Animals, like Funny Animals, tend to be bipedal even if their species is not naturally so, and most Civilized Animal birds have Feather Fingers, whether their wings look completely like wings or look like arms. Many Civilized Animals can shift between using two legs and four.

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A related trope is Mouse World.

Civilized Animals differ from their neighbors on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism as follows:

  • A Funny Animal has most or even all the mannerisms of a human character, and generally if replaced by a human, the plot will be mostly or even nearly identical.
  • A Partially Civilized Animal exhibits some form of civilized behavior, but is more likely to have a minimally anthropomorphized body shape and the majority of the mannerisms are ones you would expect in an animal.
  • Talking Animals and Speech Impaired Animals have all the body shape and mannerisms of the animal; their anthropomorphism is strictly limited to the fact that they talk and in some cases walk on two legs.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Pokémon: Meowth of the Team Rocket trio fits this trope. He used to be a normal street Meowth but he taught himself to talk. As a result, he's often treated on par with humans and often forgets that he's a Meowth.
  • Shirokuma Cafe. It's inferred that animals that stay in the wild remain normal animals. Animals that integrate into human civilization learn to walk and talk. Somehow.
  • The animals in Animal Land are Partially Civilized Animal and it is the main goal of Tarouza to turn the world into this trope, he is on the way there by teaching many animals to farm and live in harmony together while eating the Eternal Fruit (that even meat-eating animals find to be delicious). The rest of the world still needs a lot of work, though.
  • In the Happy Happy Clover]] anime and manga, the main characters (mostly rabbits) are mostly seen walking on two legs with the exception of running where it involves running on fours. The rabbit characters are mostly seen walking on two legs when they are inside a home,burrow, or tree. Every characters acts human like, however characters that would show up in later volumes of the manga such as Luna The Rabbit and his music band are seen wearing vests and hats. While the other characters are never seen wearing any and are only seen wearing them during special events at Crescent Forest.
  • In another Sayuri Tatsuyama manga Pukupuku Natural Circular Notice the main characters are actually seen wearing various clothes including a astronaut suit.
  • The mid 70's anime Bannertail: The Adventures of Gray Squirrel: The Story Of A Grey Squirrel shows the squirrels wearing clothing and can communicate with each other.
  • Teeter and Totter in Suzy's Zoo: Daisuki! Witzy are pretty much regular turtles, but they do speak English and can communicate with the other casts of the show.
  • The 1973 anime Fables of the Green Forest (Rocky Chuck, The Mountain Rat) mainly stars rodent characters along with a raccoon and a male bunny.
  • Gamba: Gamba to Nakama-tachi is a CGI 2015 animated film that stars a group of talking mice. The film is also an animated adaptation of the 1975 anime Ganba no Boken.

    Comic Books 
  • Ellsworth Bheezer and Bruto the mynah birds from the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe.
  • Numerous characters in Fables, notably Brock "Stinky" Blueheart, Bigby Wolf and six out of seven of Bigby's cubs.
  • In Astro City, there are intelligent gorillas who live on a rift in reality and are intensely military as a result. Sticks escapes because he wants to be a drummer.
  • In Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift, the Tuffbones are intelligent telepathic space dogs, that are still entirely canine in their body shape.

    Comic Strips 
  • Snoopy from Peanuts can't talk, lives in a doghouse, doesn't wear clothes, and is Charlie Brown's dog, but he does manage to act largely human. Sometimes to the point that some members of the cast forget that he is a dog.
  • Garfield, started out as more of a Nearly Normal Animal in the strip's early years before he began walking on two legs and evolved into this. Snoopy himself went through a similar development.
  • Satchel, Bucky, and in fact almost all animals (wild or domesticated) in Get Fuzzy. What keeps them from being placed higher up on the scale is the fact that wild animals still occupy their natural role in the ecosystem, and pets like Bucky and Satchel are normally treated as such by most humans, despite otherwise being fully sapient, capable of human speech, and usually walking on two legs. Apparently, What Measure Is a Non-Human? is in full effect.

    Films — Animation 
  • The mice and other small animals from both Rescuers movies fit this trope to a T. Orville and Wilbur the albatrosses in The Rescuers and the The Rescuers Down Under respectively also fit this trope.
  • The Big Bad Wolf, The Three Little Pigs, The Three Blind Mice, and Puss in Boots in the Shrek movies.
  • The mice from Cinderella wear clothes (either half dressed or fully dressed), talk, and walk on two legs, but they live like normal mice and worry about being eaten by Lucifer the cat.
  • The Aristocats: Roquefort the mouse is a definite Civilized Animal, but even the cats in the movie show characteristics of this trope, like walking on two legs sometimes, wearing accessories, and playing musical instruments.
  • In Ernest et Célestine, the mice generally look rather like mice and the bears rather like bears and they have certain behaviors of each. But they've both set up fairly advanced societies and have human behaviors like working at jobs, holding courts and forming friendships.
  • The Chimp in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! uses a butler's tuxedo and is in general well-mannered, even Talking with Signs.
  • An Angel For Christmas: Angela's wolf friend, Wilfred, talks like a human, eats at the table like a human, can partake in snowball fights, and even celebrates Christmas. He's only shown acting like a wolf when Bobby and Marian wander into the forest, and immediately calms down when Angela gets there.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Early chapters in The Wind in the Willows exemplified this trope, but later parts of the story exhibit an Anthropomorphic Shift towards Funny Animals.
  • The Redwall books, with "good" species being quite close to next animal anthropomorphism stage. Birds and vermin species, on the other hand, are somewhat more animalistic.
  • Peter Rabbit is perhaps the most iconic form for some people. Beatrix Potter's other works also exemplify this trope.
  • In The Chronicles of Narnia, talking animals live in their natural environment in huts with windows and can talk to humans, but they usually don't wear clothes and don't always walk upright (though they sometimes use armor in battle, and in the unreleased first draft Animaland, the did wear clothes and walk upright).
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: The White Rabbit and March Hare. However, in the Disney adaptation, they are Funny Animals.
  • In The Emerald City of Oz (one of the later Oz books) there were a group of rabbits who had been civilized and live in a town called Bunnybury; their king expresses himself as nostalgic for being a natural rabbit and living in a hole in the ground:
    "I've often thought," said Dorothy, who was busily eating, "that it would be fun to be a rabbit."
    "It is fun—when you're the genuine article," agreed his Majesty. "But look at me now! I live in a marble palace instead of a hole in the ground. I have all I want to eat, without the joy of hunting for it. Every day I must dress in fine clothes and wear that horrible crown till it makes my head ache. Rabbits come to me with all sorts of troubles, when my own troubles are the only ones I care about. When I walk out I can't hop and run; I must strut on my rear legs and wear an ermine robe! And the soldiers salute me and the band plays and the other rabbits laugh and clap their paws and cry out: 'Hail to the King!' Now let me ask you, as a friend and a young lady of good judgment: isn't all this pomp and foolishness enough to make a decent rabbit miserable?"
  • The ancient Greek Batrachomyomachia makes this trope Older Than Feudalism: it's a mock epic parodying works in the genre like the Iliad, and it does so by replacing the heroic figures with talking mice and frogs. They definitely still behave like animals in some respects, but they wear armor, carry tiny spears, and generally act 'civilized' throughout the 300-line poem.
  • The civilized dinosaurs in Dinotopia, who are either the second or third group. They live in buildings, speak in their own languages, but most usually don't wear clothing, although some wear armor or adornment on horns, spikes, plates, ect. Those who do wear clothes usually save them for important occasions.
  • The characters in Jean de Brunhoff's Babar books, and the animated series and film based on it. Origin stories show that they started out as regular animals before becoming this trope.
  • The Intelligent Toads in The Balanced Sword, who can talk, live in houses, and use tools, but don't wear clothes and in many respects are just toads.
  • As Animal Farm progresses, the pigs become more and more man-like, eventually becoming all but impossible to distinguish from actual humans. And no, this is not a good thing.
  • While most mammals in the Spellsinger series are Funny Animals, those which lack manipulative digits (hoofed animals other than pigs, cetaceans) seem more like this trope. They don't wear clothing aside from the purely-functional (armor in battle, tack when carrying goods for others) and mostly socialize with their own kind, unlike the cosmopolitan Funny Animal species.
  • This is an important plot point in The Wicked Years series. There is a distinction between Animals (who are anthropomorphized, can speak, and behave much like humans) and non-anthropomorphized animals- note the spelling. The former can lose their capabilities.
  • An In-Universe example with Mr Bunnsy Has an Adventure (and sequels) in The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, which seems to be the Discworld version of both Peter Rabbit and Wind in the Willows. The Educated Rodents (who are Uplifted Animals rather than Civilised Animals) find the concept intriguing and bewildering.
  • What Mad Scientist Doctor Moreau tried to do in The Island of Doctor Moreau with horrible results. H. G. Wells took the opportunity to mock concepts as religion, government and law.
  • The Welkin Weasels series starts in a place where humans have long since left. In their place are weasels and stoats. Stoats rule over weasels with an iron fist. Sylver and his group of weasels comes up with a plan to find humans and free the rest of their kind. The animals look and behave like animals but also have tools and behaviors like humans.
  • Andrei Belyanin's My Mentor Fox takes place in a world, where the passage of a comet in 1812 has somehow resulted in sentient, talking animals (possibly only mammals) starting to be born in the world. Britain became the first country to recognize the "close in nature" (the PC term for talking animals) as people and grant them equal rights. Notably, the "close in nature" walk upright and generally have the same body structure as humans. Some humans have even married "close in nature", even though such pairings never result in offspring. The narrator's life changes when he is rescued from a gang of bullies by a strange gentleman calling himself Mr. Fox (or Monsieur Renard, as his French Battle Butler calls him). As can be inferred from his name, Fox is, well, a red fox, except in this case he's also an Expy of Sherlock Holmes. Other animals have found their niches. Racoons are ever-present, usually as newsies. Horses have monopolized cab driving (all cabs are steam-powered in this version of Victorian London). Certain breeds of dogs can often be found as policemen.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The series Dinosaurs shows in some flashbacks that the dinosaurs where once savage and primitive (albeit more like tribal cultures) and gradually evolved into the civilized suburban society we see in the show.
  • Many of the Wesens in Grimm are essentially animalistic werebeasts acting according to their animal behavior, but others left that to live normally and peacefully among humans keeping The Masquerade, like most of the wolf-like Blutbaten. Monroe himself confess (with certain shame) that he use to be much violent and hunted humans. This even comes to play in some episodes as much more traditional Wesens consider this losing their identity and animal instincts.
  • The animal companions of Professor Memelovsky in Odisea Burbujas: Patas Verdes the toad, Mimoso the mouse, Mafafa the lizard and Pistachon the Bumblebee are suppose to be normal in-universe animals but somehow much more civilized than normal as they speak, walk straight and use clothes, reason why Memelovsky made them human-size using an especial machine.

    Magazines 
  • Boys' Life mascot Pedro the Mailburro, aside from his plant-based diet and occasional brays, talks and acts pretty human for a burro.

    Puppet Shows 
  • Kermit in Sesame Street keeps interrupting Bob's lecture on frogs to claim that all frogs live in apartments and eat human food just like him. Other parts of the Muppet universe show him living in swamps.
  • The character Topo Gigio is a mouse that learns how to dress, walk, sing and even pray.

    Toys 
  • In the G1 and G2 eras of My Little Pony era the ponies were this. For example, early into the franchise they slept outside or in sheds but by the early 90s they were sleeping in houses and eating human food. Despite that they still largely acted like ponies, especially in the first of the My Little Pony TV Specials. In G3 the ponies became borderline Funny Animals however G4 heavily scaled down on it, though they're still more anthropomorphic than in G1.

    Video Games 
  • In Animal Jam, the animals players play as are animals usually going on fours and featuring mannerisms of animals, yet they are able to build human-like civilizations and do human activities. The Alphas are civilized animals too, although Liza the Panda Alpha is a borderline Funny Animal.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic himself is not an example of this trope nor are most of the main characters in the games. The tiny animals who are freed from the badniks however, are this behaving mostly like the animals they represent and occasionally walking on hind legs.
    • The students in the non-canon PC edutainment title Sonic's Schoolhouse, who mention that they have realistic animal eating habits, etc in the field trip videos.
  • The animals in Lugaru and Overgrowth. They're more barbaric than "civilized," though.
  • Many of the animals in American McGee's Alice follow this trope. Others, like the cat and the Mock Turtle, choose to go naked.
  • In The Night of the Rabbit there is the town of Mousewood, which is inhabited by Funny Animals and they have their own laws, economy and jobs.
  • In Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass, nearly every animal is like this. There's the population of Smile and the Bees, for instance.
  • The Felynes from the Monster Hunter series sit somewhere between this and Funny Animal. Some go around naked while others can be found fully clothed, and they have their own meowing language. On the other hand, they also work and fight alongside humans, and can wield swords despite appearing to lack opposable thumbs. Oh, and they can get high on Felvine.
  • The dogs in The Dog Island fall under this category. They have a society, live in houses, wear hats, and are even capable of practicing medicine, fishing, and sailing ships, but they walk on all fours and bark just like any other dog.
  • King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride has the town of Falderal, which is populated by animals who talk and wear clothes. The ruler is a bossy French poodle named Archduke Fifi Le Yipyap, and the citizens include a bull who runs a china shop and a Snake Oil Salesman who's an actual snake.

    Web Comics 
  • In contrast to many of the other animals depicted in-story, the rabbits from ''Blue Moon Blossom are by far the most civilized, down to being exclusively bipedal rather than quadrupedal like their real-world counterparts. They've built enormous statues, left inscriptions behind, built temples, and have apparently carved a major settlement into a mountain that's full of all kinds of material culture, ranging from florists and houses of worship, to coffeehouses and even an optometrist. Koalas may also be on this level, given that they all wear glasses that have to come from somewhere and have access to fabric, but their lands are never shown in much detail. It's also possible that the koalas trade with the rabbits or some other unseen species of Civilized Animal for their glasses, or that the fabric seen in use by koalas is scavenged.
  • Girl Genius: Krosp may still be a cat but he is a talking, espionage doing, jacket wearing cat that was designed to be the King of all cats and commander of a bear army.
  • In The Intrepid Girlbot, Raccoon #1 has demonstrated some ability to be civilized, but she's still very much prey to her animal nature.
  • Kevin & Kell's universe is a World of Funny Animals in which they're still very obviously animals. The series is full of Furry Reminders, with the very premise deconstructing Carnivore Confusion. Kevin and Kell are an inter-species couple (wolf and rabbit) in a world where it's normal for anthropomorphic animals to hunt other anthropomorphic animals.
  • The sentient canid species in Wurr (at least the two to which we've been officially introduced). No clothing beyond the occasional collar, and very canine body language and (for the most part) behavior. However, the hounds seem to at least build shrines to the deceased, while the dogs have tents, jewelry, and currency.
  • The Petri Dish features some super intelligent squirrels, who have a currency and whatnot but still live in trees and eat acorns.

    Web Original 
  • The ferret-like Tyl, Velociraptor-like Featherclaw and elephant-like El'Dar from Engines of Creation are examples of this trope.
  • Hector's World: The citizens of Silicon Deep are practically normal sea creatures, but they use modern technology.
  • The Elrich series of tales in The Wanderer's Library features them. In one, From the Crown Press, a notice is put out warning of an “armoured force of mystic marsupials, which were supported by a column of raccoon mystics”, and orders a death sentence on them.

    Western Animation 
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Many of the animal characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, and Sylvester the Cat and Tweety Bird.
    • Bugs Bunny belongs in this trope. Although his behavior is entirely human, he still lives in a burrow and has to worry about being hunted or eaten. There was an odd situation in the cartoon "Hare Splitter" where Bugs and his rival live in furnished burrows and wear only their fur, while their contested girlfriend lives in a frame house and is fully dressed.
    • The same applies to Daffy Duck (although he tends towards Funny Animal in later works), and a lot of other Looney Tunes animal characters.
    • Sylvester's characterization ranged from being a normal cat to being a Funny Animal, but he usually fit either this trope or the Talking Animal trope.
  • Also the same with a lot of the Tiny Toon Adventures animal characters like Buster, Babs, and Plucky.
    • Furball is usually portrayed as a normal cat who can walk on two legs, but was also sometimes portrayed as a Funny Animal or a Civilized Animal.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Slappy and Skippy Squirrel exemplify this trope because they live in a tree and fight predator animals while still walking on two legs, talking, and sometimes wearing clothes.
    • Rita the cat is also a good example of this trope, she walks on two legs, manipulates things in her paws like they were human hands, talks, and wears clothes and accessories (albeit rarely), but is treated like a normal cat for the most part in the episodes she stars in.
    • Even though Minerva Mink is a full-on Petting Zoo Person complete with a human frame, in the two episodes she actually starred in, she lives in a log in a forest and Newt tried to hunt her in one of those two episodes.
    • Minerva's foe, Newt the dog plays this trope much straighter. He is portrayed as having an owner in "Meet Minerva" and "Puttin On The Blitz," but unlike most of the other dogs in the show, he often walks on two legs and manipulates things in his paws like they were human hands.
  • Pinky and the Brain: The titular mice walk on two legs, talk, and sometimes wear clothes, but they usually live in a cage like normal lab mice would. The other mice in the show generally fit this trope, except Mousey Galore the Petting Zoo Person mouse.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh, as far as you can say for stuffed animals. Except for the Nearly Normal Animals, Buster, Small, and the squirrels from My Friends Tigger and Pooh, some of the characters are Talking Animals and some of them belong in this trope.
  • The eponymous character of Courage the Cowardly Dog: fully human intelligence and can use his front legs like hands, but lives as a human household's pet. Most of the other animal characters are either Funny Animals or are somewhere in between this trope and Funny Animal.
  • Rodents, cats and other domestic animals are like this in Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers when humans aren’t watching. They use clothes and in the case of the rodents they made a lot of artifacts from home appliances and garbage including dirigibles and a space faring rocket.
  • The eponymous equines of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic occupy a weird, nebulous intermediary zone between this and Funny Animal. On the one hand, they live in houses and in a lot of ways their day-to-day lives paint them more as quadrupedal humans than mildly anthropomorphic horses. On the other, the creators researched a lot of horse behavior and incorporated it into the characters' body language, Rarity's song "Art Of The Dress" and the accompanying visuals account for equine physiology in a way that also betrays extensive research, and wherever possible they avoided having the ponies use their hooves for fine manipulation.
  • The dogs from both versions of Pound Puppies. Lucky's squad is firmly planted here, despite the fact that only Niblet can comfortably walk on two feet. Cooler and his team are borderline Funny Animals, but are here due to the plot focusing mainly around getting their fellow canines adopted.
  • In We Bare Bears, The bear trio live in a fully-furbished cave, own cell phones and a computer, and eat home-cooked meals. Other animals seem to show traits of this, such as the pigeons who run a stolen merchandise ring in "Our Stuff" and the animals in "Food Truck" who know how to use money.
  • The heroes and villains of KulipariAnArmyOfFrogs are all this. Frogs, turtles, platypuses, wallabies, and possums are all good and civilized. Most (but not all) spiders, scorpions, bats and paralysis ticks are evil.
  • The Gummi Bears are not only civilized bears in their universe, they are said to be more civilized than humans: they developed advance engineering and technology in the Middle Ages, built large cities and where capable of transoceanic travel much earlier than humans.
  • The Raccoons: At the beginning of the series the episodes started with the lives of a forest ranger and his children living in a shack with two dogs, unaware that their dogs are sentient and actually (well, one of them) can talk and walk and have a friendship with forest animals that live in a pretty civilized environment with buildings, roads and automobiles. Cyril Sneer’s mansion, for example, is much bigger and luxurious that the ranger’s humble shack. One can only wonder how the ranger never sees any of this, he should be very lazy at his work.
  • Considering that Los Trotamúsicos (a dog, a cat, a donkey and a rooster) can sing and play instruments, they are pretty civilized.
  • The school animals in Over the Garden Wall, after all, they are going to school. Even their design is evocative of the classic Civilized Animal pictures in children's book.

Alternative Title(s): Civilised Animal

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