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"I am not an animal! Well, okay, I'm kind of an animal. My features are animal-like, I don't wear clothes, and I smell a bit outdoorsy most of the time. But I have a job, and I talk and stuff too, so when I say I'm not an animal I think technically I'm on solid ground."
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They're animals who think, talk and act mostly like human beings. The Funny Animal has almost all the mannerisms of a human being. Sometimes, only their appearance distinguishes them from the hairless primates who draw them. Indeed, one of the main incentives in using such characters are that they are more distinctive, and hence easier to draw, as recognizable individuals than ordinary humans. Like the Civilized Animal, they can be anywhere on the Sliding Scale of Animal Communication.

On the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism, these fall somewhere between the Civilized Animal and the Beast Man. As there can be some confusion between all the anthropomorphism tropes, here's a guideline:

  1. The Speech-Impaired Animal, Talking Animal, or Civilized Animal has priorities and motivations that are still that of an animal despite their ability to speak. In other words, imagine your pet knowing English and you should get the idea.
  2. Funny Animals are bipedal even if their species is not naturally so, most Funny Animal birds have Feather Fingers, whether their wings look completely like wings or look (to varying degrees) like arms. Some Funny Animals can shift between using two legs and four. In most situations, they can be replaced by a human and the plot would be mostly identical. A good example from the Scooby-Doo cartoons: Scooby-Doo is a Speech-Impaired Animal. Scrappy-Doo, who might as well be a person in a dog suit, is a Funny Animal.
  3. The Beast Man is less anthropomorphism and more zoomorphism: instead of taking an animal and giving it more human traits, you take a human and give them more animal traits. Why? Well, this is usually because Beast Man tends to come with Intelligent Gerbil: need to come up with an alien or fantastical race? Just take an animal and use it as inspiration. Ask yourself this question: Are they considered to be a cat/dog/lizard or are they considered to be a distinct species in their own right? If the former, then it's likely this trope, if the latter, it's likely Beast Man. For a more detailed analysis, refer to the analysis page.

Practically any cartoon series from The Golden Age of Animation, or video games aimed at children younger than 13 have at least one such character.

Funny Animal is the technical term used by cartoonists to refer to the genre and characters. Note that the "funny" in the title isn't literal: Funny Animals can be serious characters too, and an animal who is funny is not necessarily a Funny Animal.

Also note that this is a character trope, meaning that the character isn't supposed to be a human + animal features In-Universe. For that, see Animorphism or Half-Human Hybrid.

Frequently overlaps with Animal Superheroes. May live in a World of Funny Animals. May suffer from Carnivore Confusion and Furry Confusion.

For further tropes pertaining to funny animals, furries and the tropes that appear frequently in their genres, see Funny Animal Tropes. Compare Intellectual Animal. Closely related to Beast Fable, which is the ancient form of the genre.



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  • Elsie the Cow was a popular mascot for Borden-brand dairy products in the 20th century. In at least one of her incarnations, she was speaking, living in a house, and wearing clothes, and her son was riding a bicycle.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Beastars: The core premise of the series is exploring the idea of a world inhabited by funny animals taken to its logical conclusion. Almost every single world-building decision serves this fundamental concept... except Imaginary Chimeras... but we don't talk about those.
  • Pokémon
    • In the anime, Meowth of the Team Rocket trio taught himself "human talk" and how to stand on his hind legs, all for the love of a female Meowth named Meowzie who said that a human could do more for her than anything he could (as in, the food, housing and adoration), only to be rejected as now she considers him a freak.
    • In The Electric Tale of Pikachu, a story arc centers around the kitten of the very same Meowzie; she's found in a Poké Ball the gang purchases (unable to get captured herself, the mother pops her kitten into an unsold ball to ensure that whoever finds her will give her a good home). When Team Rocket, and thus Meowth, come around making trouble, Meowth meets this kitten and instantly sees her mother in her face and shining coin. Then she tells him it's creepy how he acts like he's a human. Oh heartbreak.
    • Mewtwo seems quite human-like, but his psychic powers make that easy. In Pokémon Adventures, he actually has Blaine's DNA and is thus a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • Princess Tutu's Mr. Cat looks exactly as his name implies, and occasionally meows and cleans himself with his paws, but is otherwise a marriage-obsessed ballet instructor. While he is the most prominent one and has the most screen time, there are other guest characters that also fall under this trope.
  • Shirokuma Cafe is pretty much about this, as well as their interactions with humans.
    • Inverted with Mr. Shoebill from Episode 8. He does not talk or act anthropomorphosized, but he is still sentient as the Funny Animal characters and is the editor in chief of a local food magazine.
    • Is lampshaded in one episode where a nameless human (Nicknamed Mr. Necktie) visits from out of town. And is bewildered that animals can walk and talk and tries to study them. (Despite it's been shown that Funny Animals are everywhere in that universe)
  • In the first anime adaptation of Dragon Ball anthropomorphic Funny and Talking Animals are common. Oolong (a pig) and Puar (a cat) start off as two of Goku's close companions, and the King of the World (it's a Fictional Earth) is a dog. With a mustache.
  • Usagi-chan de Cue!!: Benten Chou is an irritable little runt who was merged with a dog. Unlike the nekomimi, his animal form has face fur, an elongated snout, and a dog's nose in addition to canine ears and tail.

    Asian Animation 
  • In Happy Heroes, there are several funny animals throughout the series, such as the anthropomorphic cows on Planet Xing and the dog and cat aliens from Planets Wangcai and Miaomei respectively from Season 7 (though the latter group has multiple moments of Furry Reminder).

    Comic Books 
  • Looney Leo from Astro City is a direct Expy of Tawky Tawny. A Golden Age theatrical cartoon character brought to life by a mad scientist's machine, he's had a rough time of it, but seems to be getting by okay these days.
  • Biffo the Bear and Big Eggo from The Beano.
  • DC Comics' Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, which contained several Continuity Nods to the other Funny Animal comics DC published.
  • In Circles, species is purely aesthetic.
  • Korky the Cat from The Dandy.
  • Marvel's Howard the Duck is pretty grouchy about being "trapped in a world he never made!" and is mostly just trying to get by among us weird hairless apes.
  • One of the earliest known funny animal characters would have to be Mr.Jack created by Jimmy Swinnerton which ran from 1903 - 1935.
  • The titular Rupert Bear from, um, Rupert Bear.
  • The titular duo of Sam & Max: Freelance Police. Some characters, like Sal from the video games, also qualify.
  • Mr. Tawky Tawny is a very civilized version of this in the original Captain Marvel. His origin has varied over the years, but he's generally pretty cheerful about being a humanoid tiger living among humans.
  • Superlópez: The Poet Ant is a humanoid radioactive ant from El castillo de arena (The Sand Castle).
  • Mickey the Monkey from The Topper.

    Films — Animation 
  • The chickens in Chicken Run are difficult to categorize—the humans treat them just like any other chickens, but most of them wear at least one article of clothing and the stupidest one is capable of knitting.
  • The Great Mouse Detective: Apart from their size and Mouse World, the cast could be replaced by humans and it wouldn't make any difference at all. Well, except for Toby who is a dog and Felicia who is a cat.
  • Characters such as Groucho Barx, Olivia Ostrich, Schnoz Ali, Zebra, and Dualot in Journey Through the Jungle of Words.
  • The cast of Kung Fu Panda. In particular, the characters use their animal attributes in their fighting styles, like Crane's wings or Po's body fat.
  • Disney's Robin Hood (1973) is the story of Robin Hood but with anthropomorphic animal characters.
  • The movie Sing consists of an entire cast of anthropomorphic animals including a koala, a sheep, some pigs, a gorilla, among many others. These animals live in a city, put on shows, and seldom have any furry reminders or even behavioral quirks/gags related to any of their species, save for Ash's quills (her being a porcupine) being a slight nuisance to others.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has Spider-Ham, who, unlike the other Spiders, is an anthropomorphic pig who was pulled from an Alternate Tooniverse. Because of this, he also happens to operate on Toon Physics, which he can weaponize to great effect.
  • In Zootopia the basic premise is that human beings never existed and non-human mammals evolved to develop sapience, bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, and the ability to speak, ending up as civilized animals with very human-like lifestyles and society but still drawing much more heavily on their animalistic traits than is usually seen with this trope.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The rabbits in HOP walk on two legs, wear clothes, live in houses, and can communicate with humans.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Deconstructed by Rocket Raccoon. He's a walking, talking raccoon that can stand on two legs, hold and fire heavy weaponry, pilot spacecraft, and so on because he had multiple painful experiments performed on him in the past.
      Rocket: I didn't ask to get made! I didn't ask to be torn apart and put back together over and over and turned into some... some little monster!
    • Played straight with Howard the Duck in his handful of short appearances.

  • Cheese the Dog and Rare Cheese from Takashi Yanase's Anpanman series are dogs that act like humans, but aren't fully capable of speaking like the other characters in the series.
  • Black Dogs has Funny Dogs, Ferrets, Wolverines, Badgers, Polar Bears, Hyenas, Giant Ground Sloths, and it is implied that humans are just another breed of Funny Animal that resemble monkeys.
  • Brave Story has quite a large population of these. Of course, they're looked down upon by some.
  • Fairest of All: Animals in general seem to be capable of speech and human-like thought in the setting. Brogan, an otter, is the one that appears most but even some ants speak and help out in return for being done a favor in the past (along with a jaguar).
  • The characters in the Geronimo Stilton series, who are mice but act like humans. The main character, for example, runs a newspaper agency. Interestingly, though the first books seemed to indicate it was a Mouse World, taking place largely on a fictional island and with the characters being scared of proportionally-sized cats, later books indicate that it's supposed to be "Earth, but everyone is a mouse", with characters visiting locations like London and Paris.
  • Hilda and Richie are two cartoon foxes wearing clothes and living in a mansion.
  • Katt vs. Dogg is set in a world populated by animal people, and not just cats and dogs (though there are those).
  • Koziołek Matołek. Oddly enough, in the first few illustrations he is apparently an ordinary goat like the others, and suddenly becomes anthropomorphic once he goes on his quest.
  • The nursery characters living in Reading in the Nursery Crime series include bears, tortoises and hares, with the bears at least living in human society (albeit with some prejudice and strict dietary restrictions).
  • The Legend of Podkin One-Ear is a fantasy novel about rabbits. It wouldn't require much of a rewrite to make it about hobbits.
  • Findus the cat in Pettson and Findus is this, he's basically a small child in a cat's body.
  • Pride Wars: The Singas are a race of bipedal lions.
  • All of the animals characters (With the exception of the Mcduff books) that appear in books made by Rosemary Wells.
  • Spectral Shadows has a bunch of these in Serial 11. Going off the Synopsis Page on the Live Journal site, they're also slated to appear in other serials.
  • The world of Alan Dean Foster's Spellsinger novels fall under this trope, with species that lack manipulative appendages (such as most hoofed mammals) falling more under Civilized Animal instead.
  • The main character of The Straggler's Mask is some kind of a rabbit... dog... thing.
  • In Summer in Orcus, the population of Orcus includes a nation of anthropomorphic birds. There was also a nation of anthropomorphic dogs, but they were wiped out by Zultan in the backstory.
  • Wicked makes an important distinction between animals, who are your average unintelligent beings, and Animals, who are this.
  • The Wild Ones features an entire city filled with animals who can talk, wear clothes, run shops, and even be part of a gang. Yet said city takes place within a much larger human city, and the animals frequently have to worry about traps the humans put out and getting captured by animal catchers.
  • Later parts in the story The Wind in the Willows like Toad's car and Toad Hall.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the spin-off to Kabouter Plop called Plop & de Peppers all three of the animal friends that is with Plop appear this way.
  • The Magicians (2016): Fillory has many, of every common species. Apparently many of them also have relationships with human Fillorians.

  • With the exception of vocalist Ranko, every BUTAOTOME member has an anthropomorphic animal persona: Paprika is a cat, Comp is a polar bear and Ranko no Ane is a pink rabbit.
  • Kids Praise: Charity Churchmouse is simultaneously a mouse and a gospel singer. She lampshades this at one point:
    Psalty: My dog is flying the plane?!
    Charity: I'm a mouse. What's the difference?
    • Risky Rat, the go-to villain for the series, also appears to be this. In his visual appearances, he's covered in fur and has a tail.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • Older Than Dirt: The Ancient Egyptians apparently liked funny animals. The story of The Mouse As Vizier features talking animals who have a very human political system, and several papyri depict animals such as mice, cats, hyenas, antelope, crocodiles, donkeys, monkeys, and lions playing board games, using weapons, drinking out of goblets, and playing musical instruments. Except for standing on their hind legs, they aren't anthropomorphic at all. And they completely ignore natural predator-prey relationships. They even herd livestock and ride chariots pulled by normal animals.
  • A fancy Sumerian lyre, dated to c. 2600 BCE, features inlay scenes that depict funny animals. A bear, jackal, and donkey play music, while a lion and an antelope serve beverages. Except for standing on their hind legs and having hands, they look like normal animals.

  • In Police Force, almost everyone is a Funny Animal, wearing little to no clothing and exhibiting natural body proportions.

  • Interstitial Actual Play has the party visit a Sonic the Hedgehog world and thus change form accordingly. Marche becomes a Cockatiel, Edith becomes a mouse, and Criss Angel becomes a bat. Subverted with Roxanne, who is already an anthropomorphic dog-person. She becomes human.

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    Puppet Shows 
  • Kermit (and other frogs), Piggy (and other pigs), Fozzie, Rowlf, and assorted other characters on The Muppet Show. (Scooter, Bunsen, the band and the Whatnots are probably meant to be humanish, Statler, Waldorf and the Swedish Chef are definitely Muppet humans, and Gonzo is ... whatever.)
  • Le Bébête Show, a puppet show that satirized French politics of The '80s with a number of puppets being inspired by characters from The Muppet Show.
  • Topo Gigio is an Italian franchise very popular in the Latin World about a funny mouse who uses different kind of clothes (including pajamas and a sleeping hat), lives in a house with proportionally made furniture and even has a miniature pet cat.

    Tabletop Games 

  • Certain characters from GoGo's Crazy Bones are this trope. Case in point: Lucky Rab, an anthropomorphic rabbit.

    Video Games 
  • It'd be easier to list the few human characters in Animal Crossing as the sheer number of examples of funny animals in each entry in the series (including Japan-only villagers) put together could possibly fill up half of this page alone (let's just say the game's title is well deserved). The only human(s) in the games are the Player Character(s) and presumably their parents.
  • Most of the characters in the Banjo-Kazooie series are this, including the titular bear and bird, Captain Blubber & Boggy.
  • Beyond Good & Evil has these for most of the NPC's: Pig-men, shark-men, walrus-men, etc. Taking pictures of them with the camera names their species in the form of "[Species] Sapien." Beyond Good & Evil 2, a prequel to Beyond Good and Evil reveals that they were genetically engineered slave labor designed to withstand hostile alien environments.
  • Brutal: Paws of Fury, a game that came out during the 16-bit fighting game boom, has a cast entirely made up of funny animals (most of them Half Dressed Cartoon Animals)
  • Bug!. Most of the arthropod enemies in the game aren't, though.
  • The Mimigas from Cave Story are rabbit-people. Other than subsisting on flowers (and not wearing pants) they don't act any different than their human neighbors. (And at least two of them are humans who were magically transformed.)
  • Crash Bandicoot, well, to an extent, with Ripper Roo and Tiny Tiger who averts this somewhat.
  • In Creepy Castle, a good part of the cast are bugs like the hero, Moth.
  • Crusader Kings II: Any number of Good Bad Bugs involving Glitterhoof and Horse M.D., a pair of horses added as randomly generated characters in the Conclave and Reaper's Due DLCs. By abusing a couple of loopholes in the rulesnote , you can generate entire dynasties of horses that are as playable as any other, leading to such utter lunacy as Empress Rainbow Dash of the (restored) Roman Empire.
  • In Inherit the Earth the entire cast is like this, more or less, due to humans being extinct.
  • Lugaru and its sequel Overgrowth features a cast full of these, and it's heavily implied that the game takes place after the fall of mankind.
  • In Odin Sphere, the Pooka are rabbit-folk the size of dwarves that talk and walk like humans. It makes sense seeing as they're actually humans who were cursed into that form.
  • In Overcooked!, many of the unlockable chefs are animal people, such as cats and dogs, bears, lizards, and a raccoon in a wheelchair.
  • Paladins:
    • Pip the Rogue Alchemist is a vulpin, a species of humanoid fennec foxes who hail from a small agricultural village called Brightmarsh. While most vulpines are family-oriented and keep to themselves, Pip is an orphan with a desire to adventure outside his hometown.
    • Pepper, a Distaff Counterpart to Pip, added in Battle Pass 3. Pepper comes from an alternate universe, and came into Pips Universe while he was experimenting in his workshop. While she is ostensibly just a very fancy skin for Pip, Pepper has unique character icons on related emotes and on the gameplay HUD, something no other character skin does. Because of this, the game treats the two as two separate characters.
    • Moji is a leipori, a humanoid rabbit species who are attuned to nature. While the rest of the leipori fled to the forests to avoid getting involved in the war raging across the Realm, Moji took it upon herself to summon the great nature spirits to defend the world.
      • Humorously, she gets really excited about meeting Pip, complementing his fur and tail.
  • Penguin Diner: Penny and the customers are all penguins who wear clothing, and in the sequel as well, chefs are also a thing and they aren't penguins, the penguins have been seen watching TV, ordering off menus and paying according to their satisfaction.
  • Morgana from Persona 5 is a Talking Cat that sits in chairs, picks locks, shows you how to make thief tools like smoke bombs, and learns to be an auto mechanic in his spare time. In the Mental World of the Palace, he also turns into an anthropomorphized form that walks on two legs, fights with swords and slingshots, and wears a bandanna and a Utility Belt.
  • Several NPCs in Shovel Knight are anthropomorphized versions of such animals like horses, deer, peacocks, goats, roosters, frogs, hedgehogs, and rams. Shovel Knight himself may or may not be an anthropomorphic fish.
  • Sly Cooper: Everybody— most are humanoid animals, with some variants as deemed stylistically appropriate. The Contessa is the greatest departure, being a spider-centaur creature, while Arpeggio the parrot and Sir Raleigh the frog are essentially unmodified animals.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog stars various Funny Animal characters who live alongside humans. Sonic's "animal friends" from the classic games are the exception (they're Partially Civilized Animals).
  • Tail Concerto, Solatorobo and Fuga: Melodies of Steel are set in a world of floating continents in the sky, populated by dog-people and cat-people. While they mostly act like humans, the dogs are prone to chewing on bones and their national pastime seems to be frisbee-catching.
  • Toontown Online is an MMORPG based around Funny Animals.
  • Ty the Tasmanian Tiger, much like Crash Bandicoot, both of them starring obscure Australian mammals.
  • The majority of monsters in Undertale are anthropomorphized animals like goats, dogs, cats, fish, etc. Some of them play the trope fully straight while others are basically semi intelligent but still act mostly animal.
  • Urban Rivals: Most of the cast is human, but all of the Jungo clan falls under this.
  • Cuphead: Ribby and Croaks and Porkrind are examples of funny animals. The rest of the animal bosses are CivilizedAnimals, since their species informs their behavior and setting.
  • Roughly half the playable characters in Rivals of Aether: Zetterburn and Forsburn (lions), Wrastor (Bird People), Absa (goat), Kragg (rhinoceros beetle), Maypul (raccoon), Clairen (panther), Ranno (frog), Mollo (moth), and Pomme and Olympia (mice). Orcane, Etalus, Sylvanos, Eliana, and Hodan are exceptions, being Civilized Animals instead (or an Uplifted Animal in Sylvanos's case). Ori is a Cartoon Creature, and Shovel Knight is... it's unclear.

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    Web Animation 

  • Carson the Muskrat from Dork Tower. He doesn't wear clothes note , but otherwise uses computers, gets jobs, drives cars, and functions socially like everyone else.
  • The Dynamite Twins and Friends. Many of the characters, even in the larger KGC Universe as a whole, are animals. Most of them have little to no clothing.
  • Most of the cast in Endtown, created from humans due to a mutating plague.
  • In Everyday Heroes, Summer's classmate is has a cow-like head and tail. She and her father are actually from another planet, yet no one comments on their appearance. Word of God has it that other alien races fall under this trope (for example, the "Dogs Of War").
  • The Eyeof Ramalach 's world is populated with anthropomorphic animals, most notably serpants and raccoons.
  • Fillbert from Fillbert, a cat, is hired for multiple jobs, and at one point says they don't do catlike things while updating their resumé.
  • The Fuzzy Princess is about a bunch of funny animals from a distant kingdom living with humans.
  • George the Dragon is a Funny Animal, surrounded by Funny Animals.
  • In Harkovast, every character is a talking animal person, with each nation being made up of a particular animal. The only possible exception is the Nameless, whose species is indeterminate at the moment due to their all covering armour and helmets.
  • Horndog: Creator Isaac M. Baranoff specifically states that Horndog and Here Wolf are "Funny Aminal" comics.
  • The KA Mics Mr. & Mrs. Rockhound cartoons have anthropomorphic dogs in place of humans.
  • Knighthood follows Joy's adventures to becoming a knight in the Las Lindas, which is populated with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Lackadaisy is about a down-on-its-luck crime gang in Prohibition-era St. Louis. Oh, and they're all anthropomorphic cats.
  • The story of Las Lindas follows Mora Linda's ongoing efforts to run a dairy farm. All the characters are anthropomorphic animals ranging from bovines to cats to rabbits.
  • Outside the occasional human, the entire world of Rascals is populared with anthropomorphic animals with a focus on cats and rabbits.
  • In Realm of Owls the owl people's appearance follows owl anatomy for the most part, but they have some human-like attributes, such as hands instead of wings. It is also hard to tell genders apart, for the differences are as minimal as with most of the real-life owl species.
  • Bun-Bun and Percy the Wooly Mammoth from Sluggy Freelance are half-way between this and Talking Animals. Percy even had his own psychiatric business.
  • Three Jaguars. The jaguars are also personifications of the artist's impulses.
  • Tinaofthe South 's world is populated with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Tiny Kitten Teeth- There are animals that actually exist as animals, alongside funny animals, usually no distinction between species aside from stature. Don't try to make logic of it.
  • In Urban Underbrush, the two rabbits dress in clothing and run an explosive business. The rest of the animals are Talking Animals.
  • VG Cats: Leo and Aeris are a pair of anthropomorphic cats. Their families are also anthropomorphic cats.
  • When The Whiteboard started, only the main cast were funny animals, while almost all of the rest of the cast were no-neck bubbleheaded humans with no distinctive facial features. The artist later experimented with more realistic humans, but then around 2012 went with the entire cast being funny animals, converting fan favorites Larry and Daryl from bubbleheads to squirrels without any commentary on the change In-Universe.
  • In Yokoka's Quest, Yfa's siblings are nomadic animals who can talk, wear some clothes or accessories, stay in a furnished tent, own and presumably read books, make medicines, and so on. Yfa's family are later encountered living in an inn that the parents own and run.

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    Western Animation 
  • Many characters in Bojack Horseman including the eponymous equine. Plenty of humans too though.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers straddles the line between this and Talking Animal, with a healthy dose of Furry Confusion for good measure. The main cast usually falls squarely into Funny Animal territory, though at times might slip into Talking Animal (Chip and Dale more than the others, as they will sometimes run on all fours like actual chipmunks. Monterey and Gadget almost never behave like actual mice). Most other rodents in the series are also portrayed fairly consistently as Funny Animal. Cats generally tread both sides, while dogs and almost everything else tend to be Talking Animal exclusively. Furry Confusion occurs with pretty much everything, particularly fish and incidental or background characters.
  • Most of the "core" stars of the Classic Disney Shorts - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and so on. Pluto would be an exception, however; as Mickey's pet dog, he's a Nearly Normal Animal.
  • Count Duckula. Lampshaded in the Who's on First? episode:
    DUCKULA: You mean human sacrifice?
    YUBI: Well, almost human sacrifice, give or take a feather.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog. While everyone acknowledges that Courage is a dog and usually treat him as such, other Funny Animal characters get by with no reference at all to their species. Courage's own characterization as a dog slips sometimes. Often the alien/evil entity/villain of the day (who is sometimes also a talking animal) will treat Courage on the same level as the humans. Often by trying to kill them.
  • Brian Griffin of Family Guy usually falls squarely into this category, albeit with occasional Talking Animal moments (particularly in the first RUN of the series, where they were more frequent).
  • Rex the cockroach from Gawayn seems to be somewhere between this and Civilised Animal
  • British children's series Go Jetters features an anthropomorphic disco-grooving unicorn named Ubercorn as the mentor and leader of the otherwise all-human Go Jetters team.
  • Many Hanna-Barbera characters from the 1960s and some later are Funny Animal characters. Including Huckleberry Hound, Quick Draw McGraw, Secret Squirrel, Touché Turtle and Dum Dum and so many others.
  • Harvey Beaks: With the exceptions of Fee and Foo, most of the cast is some sort of anthropomorphic animal.
  • I Am Not an Animal. The animals were genetically engineered to talk and were raised with celebrity magazines photo-shopped so half the people had animal heads. They escaped and didn't realize that animals aren't supposed to talk.
  • While 90% of the Jimmy Two-Shoes cast are monsters and demons, this trope is surprisingly common. The two most prominent being the Weavils and the Schwartzentiger. We've also seen pandas, a goat, a rhino, a crab, and an ape.
  • On Joe and Jack, Jack is a cat, but walks and behaves just like a boy and in practical terms seems more like a brother of Joe of about the same age, or maybe a little younger. His character model even looks a lot like Joe, except different coloring, whiskers, cat ears and a tail. Enhancing the resemblance is that Joe wears a full-body costume of an animal all the time.
  • Most of the characters in Pig Goat Banana Cricket are either this or a human, with the exception for Banana.
  • Popeye:
    • Popeye encountered one of these in "The Hungry Goat". The short overall felt like more of a Tex Avery cartoon than a Popeye cartoon.
    • Funny animals are featured prominently in "Popeye The Sailor" and "I Eats My Spinach". Fleischer Studios was known to use these in the Betty Boop cartoons, where the Popeye series branched out of.
  • Regular Show:
    • This is both played this straight and averted with the main characters. Mordecai the bluejay might as well be a human, seeing as he doesn't eat like a bird, fly, or do anything else bird-like. Rigby the raccoon, on the other hand, is shown to dig through trash and run on all fours, but otherwise acts almost as human-like. Lampshaded in this conversation:
      Mordecai: Dude, don't dig in the trash. It's not natural.
      Rigby: You're not natural!
    • Of note is that in the Regular Show universe, everybody who can talk is considered human, and nobody really seems to question it.
  • Many of the characters of Rocko's Modern Life. A few non-animal (nor human) characters show up from time to time.
  • The Shnookums & Meat Funny Cartoon Show: Schnookums and Meat themselves, plus many of the characters on the Pith Possum segments.
  • Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat is an odd case. Due to the era it was released in, it features a cast of African-Americans who are drawn to heavily resemble chimpanzees.
  • The cast of SpongeBob SquarePants consists mostly of anthropomorphized sea creatures.
  • The cast of TaleSpin. Baloo started as a Talking Animal living in the jungles of India and wound up an Anthro flying a plane and living in a city.
  • Hamton J. Pig from Tiny Toon Adventures, being based on Porky, is the only animal member of the cast who lives in a completely human house, even though it's next to the mud piles of other pigs. Otherwise, the cast tend more toward Funny Animals than the original Looney Tunes, as they attend school (albeit for an education on being a cartoon character), frequently use urban facilities like stores, and are shown socializing with each other in a non-hostile context.
  • Although some of them dip near-ish the Talking Animal end of the spectrum sometimes, the cast of T.U.F.F. Puppy is essentially this. Although they retain some animal like mannerisms (Dudley, a dog, has a superhuman sense of smell and an unfortunate habit of chewing his own butt, and his partner Kitty loses all self-control and star whenever she sees a mouse or a ball of string
  • The main characters of We Bare Bears, They look like bears, they walk on four legs sometimes, and they live in a cave, but they otherwise act human. Most actual humans in the show don't see anything odd about this. Notable that they are, in fact, recognized as bears since they befriended Chloe after she studies them for her college project on bears. They've also been known to act like wild bears under times of stress, such as when Grizz decides they need to become more primal.
  • On Wild Animal Baby Explorers, the characters are basically this, given their speech, use of technology and their general concerns of exploring and learning. They're Wild Animal Baby Explorers because it's wild animals that they're exploring, not they themselves that are wild animals.


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Alternative Title(s): Kemono, Funny Animals


Jackie Legs

In a dream sequence, Jackie Legs is a talking and rapping kangaroo.

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