Dogfaces, or dognoses, are nearly human dogs that populate the Disney Ducks Comic Universe, Mickey Mouse Comic Universe, DuckTales (1987) (and 2017), Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, An Extremely Goofy Movie and some of the Classic Disney Shorts. One even shows up in the Quack Pack episode "All Hands on Duck". Goofy is considered to be a dogface as well. Similar character designs have been used by other cartoon studios as well, though Disney is largely the Trope Codifier.
This trope is very prominent in the works of Carl Barks, who initially wanted to draw humans for the Donald Duck comics, but Disney insisted on keeping humans out. Barks compromised by adding pig or dog noses to the human designs he drew, though occasionally he did manage to sneak in actual humans. Don Rosa followed Barks's lead, though he would sometimes drop the "dog snout/ears" element, making them basically humans with black noses.
Physical Characteristics Common to Dogfaces/Dognoses:
- They often have fur in human skintones or no fur at all.
- They usually have muzzles like dogs.
- They almost always have feet shaped at least somewhat like human feet.
- They do not have tails.
- They often have human-like head hair, and sometimes have human-like facial hair and body hair.
- Unlike characters like Donald, Mickey, or even Goofy, their species is almost never mentioned, and they are only referred by generic terms like person (with the notable exception of Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys).
- They usually have black or brown (typically button) noses.
- But Goofy Jr., Max's prototype, has a pink nose.
- They usually have ears that flop ("rose ears" like those of a greyhound or bulldog) or those that droop ("pendant ears" like those of a bloodhound). Occasionally they will be drawn mistakenly with human ears.
- They usually range in portrayal from Funny Animal to Little Bit Beastly.
Related, but slightly less common are similar human designs with minimal animal features added. The second most common tends to be people with pig-noses/ears, but others may show up such as bird people with "feather feet complete with toes" or cat eared people.
Even though they are most prominent in the Disney universe, dogfaces/dognoses are not exclusive to Disney. In fact they are ostensibly Older Than Dirt since the concept of cynocephali has been documented in many ancient civilisations from ancient Greeks to Inuit.
Tropes that apply to Disney Dogfaces:
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch, and Yeti: There is a dogface version of Bigfoot in A Goofy Movie. A dogface version of the Yeti appears in the video game adaptation of DuckTales (1987).
- Cartoon Creature
- Denial of Animality: They act completely human, they are almost never acknowledged to be dogs, and they refer to themselves as "people", "person", "man", "men", and any other human-related term. They don't refer to themselves by any dog-related term at all. They don't even act anything like dogs. Mickey, Minnie, and Mortimer are still referred to as mice, and Donald, Daisy, the Nephews, Scrooge, Von Drake, and the rest of the Duck family are still referred to as ducks, however.
- Depending on the Artist: Sometimes, dognoses are drawn with human-like ears.
- Executive Meddling: Carl Barks loved drawing humans, and wanted to include them in his Donald Duck stories, but the higher ups demanded Dogfaces to be used all the time. He sneaked some humans here and there, before completely sending his bosses' wishes to screw themselves with his classic story Dangerous Disguise, in which Donald and his nephews are the sole ducks in a world otherwise exclusively populated by humans. Barks got the warning of his life for that one, and was forbidden from using humans ever again. His chief editor declared that it simply looked bad, and that it "took the ducks out of their own world".
- Subverted in the Donald Duck cartoons. If you pay attention, dogfaces populate Donald's world only in the earliest shorts; unlike many of the Mickey Mouse toons before, Don's universe was much more likely to shelter actual humans; in fact, Quack Pack settled on using them instead of dogfaces because there was already a rich history of duck-human interactions on these Classic Disney Shorts.
- Fantastic Racism: A mild example. The two richest residents of Duckburg are duck people, while most of the middle and lower classes and seemingly the entire criminal element (the Beagle Boys) are made up entirely of Dogfaces. Think about it.
- Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Funny Animal
- Fur Is Skin: Many of them have this, it is just common for them to just not have fur at all.
- Furry Baldness: Some older male Dogfaces have this.
- Furry Female Mane: Most of the female dogfaces have these, though a lot of male dogfaces have human-like head hair too.
- Furry Lens: Of all the classic Disney cartoon and comics animals, dogfaces are the most contextually human ones (more so than the mice and ducks), rarely slipping a Furry Reminder if any.
- Furry Reminder: One dogface in An Extremely Goofy Movie catches a Frisbee in his mouth as a normal dog would.
- Historical Domain Character: In some works, dogface versions of historical characters can appear. In particular Don Rosa apologized for depicting Theodore Roosevelt as a dognose for the sake of consistency in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.
- Humanlike Foot Anatomy: They have feet like those of humans.
- Humanoid Female Animal: The female Dogfaces in Disney Ducks Comic Universe, Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie, and An Extremely Goofy Movie are a little more likely to be humanlike, to the point where their noses, muzzles, and ears can often be their only non-human feature. Though male dogfaces aren't immune, particularly when they are caricatures of celebrities or historical figures.
- Older than You Think
- Species Surname: Completely averted, but for some reason played straight with the Beagle Boys and Penny Pooch from Minnie 'N Me line of merchandise.
- American Dragon: Jake Long: Oddly, Jake sports a dog-like nose in his dragon form, as do some of the other Western dragons seen in the show.
- Classic Disney Shorts: The shorts depicting Goofy as "George Geef" depict him with a furless body outside of his head. In a few shorts, George Geef even had ears. Pete and his (unnamed) son in their Cameo in "Father's Week End" appear similar.
- Most secondary, tertiary and background characters in the Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse comic universes. Chief O'Hara and Neighbor J. Jones are both broadly doglike.
- DuckTales (1987) and DuckTales (2017): Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys are notable for their name actually calling attention to their species. There's also Scrooge's butler Duckworth, who despite his name is a dog rather than a duck, and minor baddie/ally Dijon/Faris D'jinn.
- Goof Troop: Goofy, Max, Pete, and P.J. have dogface (or catface for the latter two) furless bodies like in the George Geef shorts. Most other characters are full-on, flat-out dogfaces with occasional people with cat or pig features such as the customers in "Goofin' Up the Social Ladder".
- In A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie, Goofy and Pete revert back to having furred bodies like in the classic shorts.
- Some of the relatively minor characters in Mickey and the Roadster Racers have these features, but some of them are actual anthropomorphic animals such as elephants and goats.
- Surprisingly averted with Penelope Poodle from Minnie's Bow-Toons; she is an anthropomorphic poodle instead of a dogface.
- Treasure Planet: The character, Dr. Doppler is actually one of these, though he atypically evidences some canine behavior traits, and coexists with actual humans (namely Jim Hawkins and his mother).
- Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon: The Canid species, which includes the aforementioned Dr. Doppler, is an example of this.
Tropes that apply to non-Disney Dogfaces:
- Blackface-Style Caricature: Some black African people in early 20th-century comics were drawn to look rather like short-muzzled, black-furred dogfaces with peach or light skin tone muzzles. Unfortunately, this may be where this trope has its roots.
- Captain Ersatz: The bank robbers in this John Stanley "Woody Woodpecker" strip look awfully like the Beagle Boys.
- Fully-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Fur Is Skin: Like the Disney ones, most of them have this.
- Older than You Think
- Species Surname: Mostly averted as with the Disney examples, but somehow played straight with the titular character of the MGM Oneshot Cartoon "Officer Pooch".
- Cheadle Yorkshire from Hunter × Hunter looks very much like a dog but is actually a human who had her appearance changed as such to match her role as a Zodiac Hunter (the Dog Sign).
- Iggy from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders zigzags this trope. Earlier on, his face looks like that of an actual, if fairly ugly, dog, but around the fight with Pet Shop, Araki started drawing him with a very human-looking face to have him facially express more emotions. The anime goes about this by making Iggy's face slowly develop from his "ugly" face to his "cute" face, finishing his face's development at the Pet Shop fight.
- In a grislier example, Ode to Kirihito features Monmow Disease, which causes the victim's head and facial features to mutate into a more canine form.
- A majority of the characters of Sherlock Hound have this trait.
- This might be the most common subtype of Funny Animal in Bamse. Examples include: Knocke and Smocke, the pirates, Burre, Miss Fiffi, et cetera.
- 'Mazing Man: Maze's best friend/Heterosexual Life Partner, Denton Fixx, is fully human, but has a dog face (though it makes him look like a dogface) — see the floating head in the upper left here◊.
- Dogfaces even show up in Walter Lantz's New Funnies comics that also feature Woody Woodpecker.
- Leo Ortolani's peculiar style makes all of his human characters look like not dogs, but monkeys. This is especially evident for the protagonist of Rat-Man (1989), who without his Rat-costume seems perpetually naked and in fact looks like a monkey rather than a human.
- The 1960 issue 11# of the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comic series by DC Comics, which ran from 1950 to 1962, features Rudolph encountering western bandits and cowboys who are all anthropomorphic dogs.
- Most of Gondoland's population in Muzzy in Gondoland, with the exception of the green goblinoid Corvax and possibly the King (who looks like anthropomorphic lion but can be considered a Dogface with mane-like hair).
- The characters in the movie Rock and Rule are all hyper-evolved rats, cats and dogs which created their own civilization after humanity nuked themselves. Outside of having animal muzzles and ears, the majority of them look totally humans.
- Spaceballs has Barf the Mog — half man, half dog ("I'm my own best friend") and looks the part, complete with nose and ears.
- The musicians and people on the album cover of Frank Zappa's Cruising with Ruben & the Jets all have dog noses and ears. Album cover designer Cal Schenkel did this as an Homage to Carl Barks. On the album cover of The Perfect Stranger and Francesco Zappa, another dogfaced creature is shown, wearing sunglasses.
- The Clash's album Sandinista! has liner notes formatted like a fictitious newspaper, "The Armegideon Times". All the illustrations in this newspaper feature cartoon dogfaces rather than humans.
- The titular character of Parappa The Rapper looks like a dogface with floppy ears.
- Timburr and its evolutionary family from Pokémon resemble overly muscular dog-faces.
- Of the various Funny Animal people in Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, the most common are dog-like people. They bear a strong resemblance to the Disney dogfaces, especially in their "snouts". Given their Egyptian origins, they're probably jackal-people.
- One Schlock Mercenary arc takes place on a planet populated by dogfaces trying to investigate what appears to be a murder perpetrated by Schlock.
- The Rodfellows: Jimmy and Widenar Glover the dogs appear to be dogfaces with black ears and lacking tails.
- Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog: In sharp contrast to the other anthropomorphic animals, the character Wes Weasley looks exactly like a human complete with a furless humanoid body and humanlike ears. The only Weasel trait of Wes is his muzzle, essentially a "weasel-face".
- Several characters from Arthur, such as Binky Barnes, though unlike Fern or Prunella, he has a rather human-like nose.
- Betty Boop started out as one of these before her dog nose was removed and her floppy ears replaced with hoop earrings.
- The female-gendered tow truck in the Bonkers episode, "Calling All Cars," has a face that looks like that of a dogface.
- Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid was eventually redesigned into one of these to mask that he was originally a racist, politically incorrect caricature of a black person.
- In Duckman, most of the extras and supporting characters are humans, but some of them are really, grotesque, bizarre looking Dogfaces.
- The Fairly OddParents!: In the episode "Teacher's Pet", Crocker turns his mom into something resembling a dogface after hooking her to his Mother machine. Unlike most of the examples, she acts like a dog and even runs on all fours.
Crocker: I hooked Mother up to Mother, but she got a little too much bloodhound.
Unnamed man: That's one freaky bloodhound.
- The German animated adaptation of Fix und Foxi has dogfaces as citizens in their town, as well as the Peppercorn Family.
- Both Snuffy and Old Oscar from Jay Jay the Jet Plane have a face that looks like that of a dogface due to the covers of their propellers.
- The salesman in Jungle Jitters, one of the infamous Censored Eleven.
- Looney Tunes:
- Pounder (a.k.a. Pound Hound) from Matchbox Hero City has a face of a bulldog.
- The title character in Officer Pooch, an MGM Oneshot Cartoon that Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbera directed.
- Noveltoons: A very minor star, only seen in two cartoons, literally named "Dogface", rather averts this. He's a straightforward pet-slash-Funny Animal who talks to humans, at least in his first picture.
- The very first episode of the Fleischer Popeye cartoon featured dogfaces as background characters, though this is an example of Early-Installment Weirdness; most other Popeye shorts feature strictly humans.
- Some of the generic civvies in Sonic Underground.
- Star Wars: Clone Wars introduces the Nelvaanians, who are blue-grey furred dogface aliens with black manes. The males are shown to have somewhat more wolf-like faces. (As the species and their home planet Nelvaan are a Shout-Out to the animation studio Nelvana, their canine design is almost certainly a nod to the aforementioned Rock and Rule, Nelvana's first animated feature.)
- There are a few Tex Avery MGM Cartoons, especially in the 1950s, that feature dogfaces.
- The original Underdog (a.k.a. Shoeshine) and Sweet Polly Purebred look like dogfaces, unlike the Disney version of both characters, who are a beagle and a cocker spaniel respectively.
- Many of the incidental characters in Victor & Hugo. Lampshaded once when Victor makes Ponsward the butler fetch a stick and Lord Hobbes-Sutclyffe responds "Oh, for Heaven's sake! Ponsward's not a dog!"
- These show up a lot in Warner Bros. one-shots from the 1930s, many of which, such as "Thugs With Dirty Mugs", were directed by Tex Avery.