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If that's supposed to be the jellyfish's head, why does it look like a hat?

Spongebob: Gee, I didn't know this (crown) was a hat.
(Cut to Kevin with a hole in his head where the crown used to be)
Kevin: It wasn't...

In works of fiction that feature Funny Animals, Beast Men, Humanoid Aliens, or other similar non-human species, characters in these groups can run the gamut from Exposed Extraterrestrials to Accessory Wearing Cartoon Animals to Half Dressed Cartoon Animals to Barefoot Cartoon Animals to Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals. Among some of the species that do wear clothes, however, you may notice upon closer inspection that a character's "clothes" actually seem to grow from their bodies as appendages or other parts of their bodies.

If the character is a Plant Person, the "clothes" may be extra long leaves or flowers. If the characters are Fish People, the "clothes" may be fins. If the characters are Bird People, the "clothes" may be feathers or even an extra set of wings. Insectoid Aliens and other arthropoid creatures may feature "clothes" that are extensions of their exoskeletons. In rare cases, this can even occur with otherwise mundane humans, usually as the result of shapeshifting or some kind of freakish mutation.


Contrast with Fur Is Clothing, when seemingly unclothed animals remove their fur/feathers/scales/etc. as articles of clothing. Supertrope to Organic Bra. See also Technically Naked Shapeshifter.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The eponymous Squid Girl in Squid Girl has these blue rings around her wrists and ankles. The ones around her ankles just seem to be attached to her shoes and are clothing. The ones around her wrist are apparently actually part of her body and she can use them to make herself super heavy or lighter than air.

    Comic Books 

    Films — Animation 
  • Captain Gutt from Ice Age 4: Continental Drift is an ape that seems to be Dressed to Plunder, wearing a tricorner hat and a cape — but it's actually just his long hair.
  • In Shark Tale, Ernie and Bernie the jellyfish are anthropomorphized in a way that their bell looks like a rasta cap, and their tentacles look like long hair. Similarly, Lola has a pair of fins growing from her head which look like long straight hair.
  • In Willy the Sparrow, Cipur, the elderly male sparrow seems to be wearing a bow tie, but it's actually his black throat patch that has an unusual shape.
  • Some of the penguins on Surf's Up have longer feathers on their legs that suggest swim trunks and body markings that suggest clothing patterns, such as a flower print for Big Z.
  • Mumble from Happy Feet has a bowtie-shaped spot on his neck.
  • Mune: Guardian of the Moon: Glim is a creature shaped like a pretty young girl, but like her father she's entirely made of wax. This includes the poofy-looking skirt around her hips.
  • Lady and the Tramp: The fur on the torso of the titular Cocker Spaniel looks somewhat like a skirt.

  • In Keys to the Kingdom, the more humanoid Nithlings will occasionally form with body parts that resemble clothes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Doctor Who episode "The Empty Child" features a virus created as a result of an extraterrestrial medical probe that landed in the middle of World War II mistaking a dead gas mask-wearing child for a healthy specimen of his species. The virus causes its victims to, among other transformations, grow their own gas masks over their heads.

    Video Games 
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Certain Pokémon appear to wear accessories that are actually natural parts of them.
    • Murkrow's head looks like a witch's hat, but it's actually just the plumage of feathers.
    • Bellossom's grass hula skirt are actually natural leaves attached to its body.
    • Gardevoir's "dress" is naturally a part of it.
    • During the production of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, the Pokémon Company explained to the film's producers that this is their stance on all Pokémon, that any "clothes" a Pokémon appears to be wearing is actually part of its body. Sawk, a Fighting-Type Pokémon who appears to be wearing a gi, was supposed to appear in the film but had to be taken out because the film makers couldn't figure out how to make his "clothes" look like part of its flesh.
    • Hatenna's "hat" is actually its antenna.
  • The mermaid-like Lochladies from Super Mario Odyssey have scales and fins in the shape of a dress.
  • The Trader of Stories: The treemen's "clothes" are actually leaves that grow in the manner of a dress or bikini.
  • Complimenting Lancer when fighting him in Deltarune will mention that Kris can't tell this about him.

    Web Comics 
  • Paul Bunyan disease from The Adventures of Dr. McNinja causes people to sprout clothes as they grow into giants according to the alt text.
  • Sluggy Freelance: The wings of one of Aylee's forms looks like a dress when not in use.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball:
    • Teri is a crumbled paper cutout of a teddy bear. She doesn't wear actual clothing, but the shape of her body and the lines drawn on it resemble a buttoned-up collared dress with short sleeves.
    • Gumball points out that it's unclear if Jamie's head is cover by hair or "a hat or a wig or some kind of a helmet". Whatever it is, there's bull horns sticking out the side.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: Depending on the Artist, Daisy Duck may have ruffled feathers on her underside that suggest a lacy skirt.
  • Played for Horror in the Gravity Falls episode "Weirdmageddon": An off-center shot from Ford's Wave-Motion Gun hits Bill Cipher's "hat", creating a gaping hole that exposes a mess of fleshy innards before regenerating.
  • Jenny of My Life as a Teenage Robot is a robot that doesn't actually wear clothes, but the shape and color of her feet, waist, and chest resemble boots, a skirt, and a tube top, respectively.
  • Done as The Reveal of the SpongeBob SquarePants episode where SpongeBob tries to join a jellyfishing club. He idolizes a smug sea cucumber named Kevin who is the leader of the club. In the end, the other jellyfishers, tired of their leader's staunch refusal to let SpongeBob join, remove the hat from Kevin's head and place it on SpongeBob's to signal their acknowledgement of him as their new leader, prompting SpongeBob to note that he was unaware the hat was a removable article of clothing. Cue a cut to a very pained-looking Kevin with a visible tear on top of his head stating that it wasn't.

    Real Life 
  • Some dog breeds are bred to for groomed to look like they are wearing articles of clothing.
    • Poodles hair coats are groomed to look like they are wearing either vests (lion cut) or jumpsuits/onesies (puppy cut).
    • The fur on the torso of Scottish terriers and Cocker Spaniels is often groomed to look like a skirt or kilt.


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