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, sometimes a Funny Animal who doesn't wear any clothing will, as gag, treat the fur that covers their bodies as a removable suit. This can be revealed in a few ways: perhaps a Non Fatal Explosion goes off, leaving our character in Ash Face and furless, with only Goofy Print Underwear on. Or, the character can remove their fur voluntarily by using a zipper that was never there before. It's almost always Played for Laughs. This can also provide a loophole around Non-Humans Lack Attributes, hence the character will usually react in embarrassment after their fur has been removed. This also almost always tends to be non-canon, as the characters who remove their fur will also have been shown bathing or showering without having to do this. Of course, there are some exceptions.
There is a variant of this trope in which an animal character has pockets as part of their actual physiology. Those pockets are most commonly located on the thighs. Another variant involves animal lifting the fur or skin on his or her leg to reveal a sexy woman's leg.
Compare Removable Shell for the shelled animal variant, and Clothing Appendage for when the "garments" aren't removable. Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire. See also Exposed Extraterrestrials and Fur Is Skin.
Examples of Removable Fur:
- Digimon Adventure has a more serious example. Gabumon take his coat off to keep an unconscious Matt warm. When Matt wakes up Gabumon quickly grabs his coat and puts it back on. Followed by Matt saying "I didn't know you could do that." Justified, in that Gabumon is actually a reptile, wearing fur from his evolved form, Garurumon.
- One gag in Léonard le Génie had the cat stripped naked after the disciple catches him. He angrily asks for his "clothes" back and puts his fur back on before resuming the chase.
- Garfield ripped his "cat suit" when he tried to pick up a chocolate covered peanut. He then said he needed a bigger one.
- The Far Side: one strip has a snake and a man meet in a pond while skinny dipping. The man has a pile of clothes on the lakeside, and the snake has his skin on the bank.
- In a Krazy Kat strip, Krazy claims to be "complitley clothed in a garmint of fur"—as opposed to Ignatz Mouse, who's hairless and therefore "nude". (Krazy feels embarrassed for him and covers him with a cloth.)
- Parodied in this strip of U.S. Acres. Lanoline and Roy roll back their sleeves, before realizing that they don't have sleeves and they just stripped the wool and feathers from their arms, painfully.
- This◊ Charles Addams cartoon depicts a bear leaving a fur storage building wearing only boxer shorts, the implication being that he dropped off his fur coat there.
- This also happens to Lady Kluck from Walt Disney's Robin Hood, as a result of her being grabbed by the rear while charging at some rhino guards; thus exposing some pale purple and pale lilac polka dot printed bloomers, which shows that her feathers are her clothes.
- In the Tiny Toon Adventures Direct-to-Video movie Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Dizzy Devil is afraid to spin (like Tasmanian Devil) because he's shedding, and doesn't want to end up naked. Eventually he does spin and lose his fur, and spends the rest of the movie wearing a cardboard box and feeling ashamed for being naked.
- Inverted in the Toy Story series films, what appears to be Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and the aliens' clothing is actually their "skin"! (Nothing has been confirmed for the other toys, however).
- Happens near the beginning of Winnie-the-Pooh during the scene where Pooh is exercising in front of his mirror. When Pooh bends down, a seam on his rear end (he's a stuffed bear) rips open, causing some stuffing (which is probably the stuffed animal equivalent of internal organs) to fall out. He eventually realizes this, and as a result, Pooh immediately sews his rear end back together again.
- In Conker's Bad Fur Day, Conker is a pantsless Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal, but in the parts of the game where he urinates there is an audible zip before and after he does so.
- In the Xbox remake Conker: Live and Reloaded, he's wearing shorts, so it makes more sense.
- In Pink Panther's Passport to Peril, Pink Panther once takes off his pink fur like a suit so he can put on more fashionable clothes in order to visit a British mansion. His fur-suit is then stolen by 2 bad guys.
- Some Pokémon actually wear "clothing."
- This is actually a bit more sticky; some Pokémon are specifically stated as wearing clothing (such as the belts that Sawk and Throh make themselves out of vines), but others, while looking like they wear clothing, are more ambiguous on whether or not they are clothing. One of the more famous examples of this is the debate over whether the "pants" Lucario wears are part of its fur or not. Machoke was largely considered to wear belts but Word of God confirms that they're nude.
- Also, what is a Gardevoir or a Gothitelle's "dress" supposed to be made from?
- This trope is taken to its gory extreme in the PETA-made game Super Tanooki Skin 2D, which consists of a skinless tanooki chasing Mario around trying to get his fur back. It's as horrifying as it sounds.
- Originally, some of the colors from Neopets (such as Royal) would make one of the Pets wear clothing once they've been painted that color. However, when all of the Pets were redesigned in a way so they can be dressed in "actual" clothing, these colors may actually now count.
- Inverted in Homestar Runner, with human characters with "clothes" that seem to be part of their body. Is the green part of Coach Z's body supposed to be his skin or some sort of jumpsuit? Also, Homestar Runner's "pants", Strong Bad's "mask" and "boxing gloves", Marzipan's "dress", and so on, so forth.
- Played with in a Nedroid comic; Reginald mocks Beartato for not dressing in layers like he did, then gets so involved in the rigamarole of taking off said layers that he barely notices when he's run out of clothes and starts taking off his skin.
- In Sabrina Online, Sabrina is apparently wearing pants that make her look like she's not wearing any pants, because it blends into her fur.
- Almost Naked Animals takes this to its literal extreme. The entire cast has mostly-bare skin and underwear.
- In The Angry Beavers episode "Sans a Pelt," a mishap involving a magic trick left Norb and Dag with no fur except head fur...and needing to get back to the dam.
- In Animalympics the flamingo figure-skater's big finish has her spin around so fast her feathers are blown off, revealing a set of underwear beneath, which she immediately covers with a robe.
- In the Betty Boop episode "The Old Man of the Mountain", a bear removes the upper part of his fur as if it were a coat and places it over a puddle for Betty to walk across.
- The Classic Disney Short Working For Peanuts ended with Chip 'n Dale disguising themselves as albino chipmunks by covering their bodies with flour to hide from Donald Duck while at a zoo, but their disguises are ruined when the two both accidentally fall into water, washing off the flour on their lower bodies. The two chipmunks then make up for this by rubbing away some of the flour on their upper bodies to make them look like if they were wearing suspenders, therefore grabbing the tourists' attentions. When the zoo finally closes for the day, Dale celebrates by pulling on his "suspenders", leaving Chip dumbfounded.
- The 1929 Mickey Mouse short "Karnival Kid" features Mickey removing his ears and the top part of his skull as if it were a hat and bowing to Minnie. Later when Minnie pays for one of Mickey's hot dogs, she pulls back the fur on her leg to grab a coin, and Mickey sneaks a peek, blushing.
- In the Mickey Mouse (2013) shorts Minnie is in her classic, topless design with the skirt. There are a few jokes that her fur is a shirt, or else Nude-Colored Clothes.
- Inverted with the lawn ornaments' "hats" and "clothing" from Gnomeo and Juliet. This is most noticable during the scene where Tybalt smashes Benny's hat off his head.
- In Courage the Cowardly Dog, Courage sometimes wears briefs underneath his fur.
- Looney Tunes:
"Fortunately, I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency."
- In "All Fowled Up" when Foghorn Leghorn accidentally blows himself up with a firecracker, the feathers on the top half of his body get blown off and he holds up the bottom half like they're pants without a belt. The 'pants' slip a bit and we see his underwear - lavender with yellow polkadots.
- A similar gag happens at the end of the Leghorn short "Weasel Stop", when he and the weasel are run through a machine that removes their feathers/fur and bales it up like hay.
- In Tex Avery's "Cross Country Detours", was a parody of a nature documentary, which at one point features a lizard shedding its skin. The lizard gets on its hind legs and begins to perform a striptease dance while it sheds its skin, a scene rotoscoped from footage of an actual stripper they brought into the animation studio.
- In Robert McKimson's "A Peck o' Trouble", Dodsworth the cat gets caught in a retracting extension ladder; when his kitten assistant re-extends the ladder to free him, his fur "suit" is torn off, leaving him in yellow boxer shorts.
- Bob Clampett's "The Bashful Buzzard" has a scene where Beaky Buzzard attempts to snatch a sheep as he's flying past, resulting in his tearing her wool off and leaving her in a lavender slip. Red-faced, he averts his eyes while handing it back to her.
- In Clampett's "The Wise-Quacking Duck", Daffy Duck prepares to get into the oven by performing a strip tease routine with his feathers. And, yes, he wears boxers.
- In the Daffy short "Thumb Fun", a car whizzes by Daffy as he's hitch-hiking, leaving him featherless and in his boxers.
- This also occurs with the hens and crows in the movie, Daffy Duck's Fantastic Island. The hens that Taz defeathers are shown wearing bloomers and bras.
- "That puddy tat has a pink skin under his fur coat!"
- In a scene in the Chuck Jones cartoon "War and Pieces", part of the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner series, Wile E. Coyote has the lower portion of his fur coat pulled off while attempting to catch the Road Runner with his bow and pulley, revealing that he's wearing boxer shorts and socks under his fur coat.
- Mighty Mouse:
- The short "Mighty Mouse and the Wolf" has the titular wolf at one point persuade several sheep into taking off their wool by aiming a gun at them. One of the sheep blushes and turns around after realizing that they're facing the audience while disrobing.
- In "A Date for Dinner", the cat is shown to wear a union suit under his fur.
- In "Lazy Little Beaver", the wolf is knocked out of his fur and overalls and left in a union suit.
- In Oggy and the Cockroaches, not only does this apply to the mammalian characters, but also to the cockroaches as well. Oggy switches between having undergarments on underneath and none at all depending on the episode. The characters' coats behave like fur in some instances (for example, when Oggy's or Jack's hair gets blown away entirely by a very loud noise), but like fabric in others (for example, when a part of the coat gets ripped off, or when a character pulls up their "shirt", puts their hand in their "pocket", or washes their full body "fur suit").
- Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb is frequently like this. In one episode, Perry went to his lair via suction tubes and reveals Perry naked with his boxers.
- As revealed in the PixarShort Tokyo Mater, a car's paint actually serves as its clothing, so not wearing paint at all is considered to be the automobile equivalent of nudity.
- In the Popeye episode "Olive's Boithday Presink", Popeye grabs a bear by the wrist and punches it, leaving him with a bear fur coat in his hand.
- In The Real Ghostbusters, the gag of an animal's fur being their clothes comes up in the Slimer! short "Cruisin' for a Bruisin'", where Slimer has to sneak Mrs. Van Huego's dog Ferdinand aka Fred out of the Sedgewick Hotel to the Ghostbusters' barbecue while dealing with a guard dog named Bruiser. At one point, Bruiser barks at Fred loudly enough that Fred's fur comes off to reveal boxer shorts.
- The titular duo of The Ren & Stimpy Show have revealed their fur to be nothing but a suit in a few different episodes, by unzipping to take a bath or go skinny dipping.
- In the episode "Sven Hoek", Ren unzips the front of his fur to urinate on the "Don't Whiz On The Electric Fence" board game Stimpy and Sven are playing.
- Sheep in the Big City sometimes uses gags involving Sheep's wool being treated like clothing. Examples include Sheep dropping off his wool at the dry cleaner's in the pilot episode and Sheep occasionally covering himself in embarrassment when his wool unravels.
- Spongebob Squarepants.
- An inversion occurs in "I'm Your Biggest Fanatic", SpongeBob idolizes a sea cucumber named Kevin who is the leader of a jellyfishing club. In the end, the jellyfishers remove the hat from his head and places it on SpongeBob, although the hat turns out to not be a hat at all. They just ripped off the top of his head.
- In "Someone's In the Kitchen With Sandy", Sandy takes off her fur to shower. Plankton, who was stowed into her treedome, steals the fur and uses it to masquerade as her in order to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula, leaving with Sandy with the embarassing experience of being furless in public.
- The Super Mario Bros. cartoons portrayed Toad's mushroom cap as actually being a hat and not part of his body.
- Tex Avery MGM Cartoons:
- In Jerky Turkey, a turkey removes his feathers by unzipping them like a full-body costume.
- In Wild and Woolfy, a horse prepares to cross a stream by removing its hooves like slippers, revealing human feet underneath.
- In Lonesome Lenny, Screwy Squirrel pours hair remover on Lenny the dog, leaving him naked save for a pair of boxers. He bashfully covers himself up and makes his way to a closet where he keeps extra dog suits.
- In One Ham's Family, where the Big Bad Wolf, disguised as Santa Claus, is put through the wringer by a "bad widdle kid" pig. At the end, the kid giving his mom a fur coat, she gushes "It's just what I've always wanted," only for the Wolf, pink and naked from the neck down with a towel around his waist, takes it back and says "You and me both, sister!"
- In Ventriloquist Cat, a cat is projecting his meow at a series of mannequins dressed in police uniforms. Butch the dog strips the uniform off each dummy looking for the cat. The cat then projects his meow onto a real police officer, and Butch ends up stripping him down to his boxers. In retaliation, the officer pulls Butch's fur down, leaving him in his boxers.
- In Timon & Pumbaa, the eponymous characters show that their fur is this (they sometimes wear underwear under it). This pretty much changes what many people thought about the Lion King franchise, because based on this info, we can pretty safely assume that it goes for the whole movie cast.
- Tom and Jerry has done this on a few occasions, with Tom either being shaven or being scared out of his fur, wearing nothing but Goofy Print Underwear. It happened particularly often in the later Chuck Jones shorts.
- In the short "Quiet, Please", Spike the bulldog rolls up his arm fur like a sleeve, revealing an anchor tattoo, before running after Tom to pummel him.
- Spike also takes the fur of his upper body off like a shirt and places it over a puddle for Tom and Jerry to walk across in "The Truce Hurts". He wears a red undershirt beneath his fur.
- In "Love That Pup", Spike warns Tom that if he messes with his son Tyke one more time, he'll skin Tom alive. Cue Jerry framing Tom for messing with Spike's son once again. In the final scene we see Spike, Tyke and Jerry sleeping on Tom's fur, while elsewhere Tom spies on them wearing nothing but a wooden barrel with red long johns underneath.
- When Tom runs over Mama Duck with a lawnmower in "Little Quacker", exposing her turquoise bra and bloomers, which she quickly covers with her now robe-like feathers.
- Blackarachnia's helmet from Transformers Animated is actually revealed near the end of the episode "Predacons Rising" to be an actual helmet, unlike those of the other Transformers.
- An odd case in the Tuff Puppy episode "Hot Dog" has Kitty Katswell cooling herself down by taking off all her clothes and shaving her fur into a onesie.
- What A Cartoon! Show featured this in the short "Shake & Flick: Raw Deal in Rome", where one scene has the fur covering the lower half of Shake's body falling down like pants to reveal boxer shorts.
- Yakkity Yak's fur coat is depicted as a literal fur coat that can be taken off.
- In the series Zig & Sharko, various animals seem to be able to painlessly remove parts of their body, with zippers sometimes appearing to make the appendages seem even more like clothing accessories. Zig appears to wear boxer shorts underneath his fur, while Sharko apparently wears the same beneath his grey shark exterior.
- Wigs may technically count as Real Life example. Even the idea of putting your fur back on can be Truth in Television if you make a wig out of your own cut hair, like Karen Gillan did after shaving her head to play Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- One M&M's commercial has the green M&M piece changing clothes (her candy shell) and being caught naked (she is a chocolate chunk).
- Another commercial has the brown M&M clearing up a misunderstanding by explaining to some humans at a party that her shell is brown, so it only looks like she's naked. The red M&M sees her, think's it's "that kind of party" and tears off his own shell.
- In the novel American Gods, Shadow hitches a ride with a fellow who tells a tall tale about a deer that literally jumped out of its skin to escape a hunter, then was given a replacement knitted by local women.
- The entire story of How The Rhino Got Its Skin is about this — the reason the rhinoceros' skin is all wrinkly is because some other animals filled it with sand when he took it off to go swimming.
- This trope goes way back. Many mythical "animal brides" like selkies and swan-maidens shed their hides or feathers to reveal a gorgeous woman underneath. Unscrupulous human men often force these women into marriage by stealing and hiding the animal skins to keep their brides from returning to the wild.
Fur Pockets Variant Examples:
- Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes was often portrayed with "pockets" on his furry thighs, that he'd keep his hands in or pull carrots out of.
- An interesting version appears in "Rabbit Hood" when Bugs pulls a paper and pen out of the side of his chest as if he was wearing a coat.
- In an episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Spike the dragon is suddenly given a pocket in his scales, which he pulls a gemstone out of.
- As with the dragons from Dragon Tales, though they are referred to as "pouches."
- In "Road to the Pilot", Stewie notices Brian has body pockets on his thighs and thinks it's "so cute". Brian himself has since confirmed, however, that his fur isn't his clothing.
- In The Great Mouse Detective Fidget the bat is briefly shown to have a pocket on the inside of his wing as he's searching for the checklist that he lost.
- Malloy from Brickleberry has body pockets on his thighs.
- Marsupials can be a Real Life example of this, though in fiction they are often unrealistically shown carrying a wide variety of anything in their pockets.
- See Kangaroo Pouch Ride.
- Despite the quote at the top of the page, Brian from Family Guy is a complete subversion of this trope; the aforementioned "pockets" incident seems to be a one-off joke, seeing as in a recent episode, he confirms, "I am nude, I'm just covered in fur."
- Merfolk in the Emily Windsnap series have pockets in their fish tails.
Fur Used to Show Some Leg:
- At one point, Slappy from Animaniacs is shown lifting her leg fur, doing a sexy leg reveal. Walter Wolf does this once as well, with the same results.
Slappy: What can I say, I'm watching my figure. Somebody has to. *lifts her fur to show some leg*
- Played with in an episode of The Pink Panther Show; Pink Shows Some Leg (and a stripy sock) while hitch-hiking ... and then seems to remember that fur isn't clothing and howls in pain clutching his leg.
- Woody Woodpecker does this in one picture while in drag. The leg "she" shows Wally Walrus is shaven, shapely and gorgeous. The other, which he shows us, is scabby, hairy, and gross.
- The aforementioned Mickey Mouse short "Karnival Kid" has Minnie doing this.
- In the Droopy short Sheep Wrecked, the Wolf tries to catch a sheep by fiding a plunger onto it and pulling it back with a rope. He ends up tearing off some it her wool, revealing some very shapely legs.
Wolf: Now, there's a purty leg of lamb.