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Cute, cuddly, and looks great with her holiday dress.

If you want to give a female character an air of youthful femininity, give her some stuffed animals that she keeps in her room or carries around. Dolls simply won't do, it has to be stuffed animals. Anything from Teddy Bears to Plushies will help make it clear that even if this character is a woman, she's young at heart.

Although that also means immature in a lot of cases. In fiction, it's often the most girliest or bratty woman who still has them. In Real Life Japan, some women carry them around to try to remain Kawaiiko for fear of becoming a Christmas Cake.

Often the animals are carried around constantly, even to the point of being a Security Blanket. Other times the stuffed toy will get dropped in an Empathy Doll Shot. A girl who's still young enough to be in the Princess Phase will have a court full of them.


Note that this trope is Always Female. Guys having stuffed animals past a certain age would fall under other tropes, such as Real Men Wear Pink and Everything's Better with Plushies.

Women wanting to act mature, of course, will not have any, unless she's Not So Above It All and has some hidden away.

The main character of any Magical Girl show is quite likely to have some in her room more than the other characters. If she has a Mentor Mascot, that character will often be disguised as one.

Not an infrequent feature of works relying on Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast.

A Creepy Child will, of course, have a creepy animal or a dangerous one.

Compare All Girls Like Ponies, All Women Love Shoes, Pink Means Feminine.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Rebecca of Yu-Gi-Oh! has a bear. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has it become evil. Note that from her second appearance onward, she's ditched her "cutesy little girl" image, so Teddy is nowhere to be seen. Téa even lampshades the change in the dub.
  • Mayu Miyuki's dad bought into this idea in Ai Yori Aoshi... she didn't (except for the one).
  • Before the Time Skip, Darry from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is never seen without her stuffed rabbit.
  • Azumanga Daioh: The one time we're allowed to see her room, it's revealed that Sakaki has a collection of stuffed animals, a music box, and cat posters. Though her friends at school are clueless about her love for cute objects, since they never get to see it and she's too shy to tell them.
  • Pokémon:
    • Despite being a serious Dark Action Girl who nearly kills the protagonists, Lorelei of the Pokémon Adventures manga has a room full of cute Pokémon plushies.
    • Like in the games, Lillie in the anime owns a Clefairy doll. She even takes it to Ultra Space with her, where it's used to help her mom's Clefable (who also had a fondness for the plushie) regain its senses.
  • Nodoka from Saki keeps a stuffed penguin around as a Security Blanket.
  • Kaede Sakura from Kämpfer fits this trope, even if the stuffed animals she collects appear to have committed suicide. Her dedication to the brand goes well beyond just the stuffed animals, as she also has pajamas and other assorted goodies that bear the disturbing creatures.
  • As one of many break-the-ice gestures, Vita of Lyrical Nanoha received a bunny plushie from her master Hayate that she treasures quite a bit and whose likeness is emblazoned on her Nice Hat. Vivio, meanwhile, is rarely seen without a bunny plushie (save for her stint as a Damsel in Distress), especially now that one of them serves as her Transformation Trinket.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler Izumi has lots of stuffed animals kept around her room. Though it's not put in a prominent position, the stuffed animal that Hayate saved from a dog ten years ago is still kept around in its ragged condition. It's hinted that this is what reminds Izumi about her childhood promise.
    • Chiharu is also shown to have a varied collection before her house is set ablaze by her parents' attempt at their next job.
  • In Gunslinger Girl, Triela collects stuffed bears. Plays with the trope because Triela is the most grown-up of the child cyborg assassins (into her teens). At first she is dismissive of them (since they show that her handler really doesn't understand that she's growing up). Later they become something of a touchstone for her.
  • Ouran High School Host Club inverts this trope. Two of the male members still cling to prized stuffed animals (Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka even makes his stuffed rabbit Usa-chan an integral part of his host club persona) while the resolutely practical female protagonist Haruhi has no time for such childish things.
  • Another male example is Dr. Ni Jianyi of Saiyuki, who carries around a stuffed rabbit doll at all times which is later revealed to be a Chekhov's Gun.
  • Grell Sutcliff of the Black Butler series is often depicted in Splash Pages holding a Creepy Doll version of Sebastian. This is taken further in the second season of the anime, wherein Grell is shown holding a Sebastian plush which she kisses before placing among doll versions of Ciel and Alois. She then proceeds to viciously destroy the latter dolls with her chainsaw "scythe."
  • Kamichama Karin's Karasuma Himeka has a stuffed rabbit toy she usually carries around with her. Karin herself has some rather unnerving stuffed.... things lurking at the back of her closet...
  • Naru from Love Hina keeps a doll of Liddo-kun (a show that she watched when she was younger) over the hole between her room and Keitaro's. It later turned out that Mutsumi gave it to her so she wouldn't forget her Childhood Marriage Promise with Keitaro.
  • In the early-chapters of Negima! Magister Negi Magi, Negi ventures to the lair of Evangeline, an ancient Vampire and infamous 600 year old mass-murderer (with the appearance of a 10 year old little girl) at the request of her servant Chachamaru, to look after her after she caught the flu. To his surprise, instead of a cobweb covered catacomb littered with skulls, he finds a brightly beautiful room filled with adorable toy animals and glowing with warm innocence. This is a glimpse into the psyche of Evangeline (who was turned into an immortal at ten), hinting that she still wants to be an innocent and happy little girl again in spite of living six centuries of blood, violence, cynicism and hate.
    • Luna aka Shiori carried a plush rabbit as a little girl. Seen during the flashback where Fate, her master, recruits her comrade Homura.
    • Nodoka also has a stuffed rabbit thing that serves as her backpack.
  • Kagome in Strawberry Panic!! has Percival.
  • In Yotsuba&!, Ena has not only her teddy bears but a couple other plushies in her room, and Fuka has a Chiyo-chichi as well. Since acquiring her first teddy bear, Yotsuba has been carrying Duralumin everywhere.
  • Usagi from Junjou Romantica is a rare adult male example. He collects stuffed bears, and is sometimes shown carrying a large bear called Suzuki around his house. Later we see he has a whole room dedicated to them.
  • Asuka from Otomen is another male example, mainly because despite his being a caricature of the ideal young man to all but his closest friends ("all" would include his mom, and for good reason), he's secretly an "Otomen," a guy who adores cute things.
  • In a few episodes of Sailor Moon, we see Minako's room, and it's covered with stuffed animals.
  • In Freezing, Satellizer may have issues, but she keeps a few plushies in her room.
  • In Hidamari Sketch, Yuno has a (realistic) teddy bear which she squeezes at one point.
  • Anju from Karin adorns her whole room with various stuffed dolls running the gambit of many various forms- stuffed animals among them. All of them have some demonic spirit inhabiting them. She never goes anywhere without Boogie, who acts as her familiar. Boogie himself contains the spirit of a psycho serial killer, and separating either one from each other is NOT a good idea.
  • Minnie May Hopkins from Gunsmith Cats has a lot of stuffed animals and sometimes carries them around in public. She's 17 at the start of the manga, but looks and sometimes acts as if she was eight or nine.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kaname Madoka's room is filled with stuffed animals.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: Gender-Inverted Trope (we think) with China.
  • At the end of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Heero gives Relena a teddy bear for her birthday. Rather than being an expression of girliness, however, there's a deeper symbolic meaning behind it: as shown in flashbacks, Heero accidentally blew up a building on a botched mission, including a young girl who befriended him earlier that same day, leaving behind nothing but a teddy bear. Thus, the bear he gives Relena can be seen as his attempting to redeem his mistake by protecting her the way he couldn't the little girl.
  • Chihiro from Tamayura ~hitotose~ has a bedroom filled with self-made plushies, and in one particularly heartwarming moment she gives a whole set to Fuu as a parting gift.
    • Chihiro also gives some small plushies to use as phone straps to Fuu's friends when she visits Fuu in Takehara.
  • Never is Aoi from WORKING!! happier then when she gets a stuffed bear from Satou, calling it "Daisy" and taking it with her everywhere.
  • The Idolmaster: Iori is always with her stuffed rabbit, and Makoto is especially prone to this trope.
  • Itsuki from HeartCatch Pretty Cure! has a good-sized collection of stuffed animals; being the Heir to the Dojo, she hides them away because it would conflict with the cool, boyish image she wants to project.
    • The Fresh Pretty Cure! movie revealed that Love had an old stuffed rabbit plushie named Usapyon. And it turned out to be alive. And it was instrumental to saving the day.
    • Nagisa's room in Futari wa Pretty Cure is full of various stuffed animals.
  • Karin in Shangri-La is a genius programmer and monetary manipulator. She's also a little girl who is rarely separated from her teddy bear. She often talks to it, or pretends her voice is the bear's while serving as a financial consultant at global summits.
  • In CLANNAD, Kotomi asked for a teddy bear as a birthday present when she was a kid, entirely because she thought girls were supposed to like them. By high-school age, it seems she really does like them; she randomly hugs a teddy-bear-costumed Tomoyo. And when she finally receives the bear she asked for, it's a very meaningful scene. Nagisa also seems to like stuffed animals...if they're the Big Dango Family.
  • Juvia from Fairy Tail, though she also has a stuffed Gray doll, which reflects her slightly less innocent Stalker with a Crush tendencies. Lucy and Wendy are also regularly featured with stuffed animals on the splash pages.
  • Tatewaki Kunou from Ranma ½ seems to believe this, as he at one point tries to win favor with "the pigtailed girl" by having his classmate Nabiki deliver an oversized stuffed toy. Given that the pigtailed girl is the alter ego of the title character, who subscribes to a very masculine mindset, it's unlikely that this would have achieved anything positive.
  • Adélie in Space Dandy carries a stuffed six-eyed space penguin. She can trap people's minds in it for short periods, with Dandy being the only person not too disoriented to move in it.
  • Futaba from Sore ga Seiyuu! has a plush doll of Korori (the main character from her favorite childhood anime) that she often talks to.
  • In a flashback segment in Castle Town Dandelion, Karen, then about 7, has a room filled with plushies.
  • Lain, the titular protagonist of Serial Experiments Lain, has a collection of stuffed animals which she completely ignores displayed on the window sill above her bed. They help cement her initial characterization as a borderline Creepy Child suffering from an Ambiguous Disorder as she shows no emotional attachment to them or anything else. As the story progresses and they're seen more and more as creepy backlit sillouettes they underscore her gradual realization that her entire life is just a similar display on a larger scale; an artifical facsimile of a normal girl's life in which the plushies are literally Window Dressing.
  • Male example of the Creepy Doll variety with Q from Bungou Stray Dogs, who carries a rather disturbing stuffed doll with him wherever he goes.
  • Miho's room in Girls und Panzer is filled with stuffed bears, all of whom are sporting bandages, splints, and patches. It's revealed in Der Film that they're all of a character called Boko Bear, whom Miho is obsessed with and the reason they're all heavily bandaged is because Boko is a hothead who's always picking fights that he loses.
  • Ilulu from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid used to have a doll made in her likeness that was made by one of her human friends which she deeply treasured. She ended up getting rid of it after her Start of Darkness and clearly regretted it ever since her Heel–Face Turn, to the point that she spent an entire chapter trying to find the owner of another doll that had been abandoned at the candy store she worked at just so the owner wouldn't have to go through the same regret.
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets: Nino's pillow is surrounded by various plushies.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War:
    • Miko has a giant teddy bear in her room. In fact, it's the only thing in her room aside from a table and bookcases. No, the lack of a bed is not a typo. The bear is the bed.
    • Resident Yakuza Princess Momo Ryuju is shown to own a Tiny Headed Pip, which she uses as a pillow while hanging out on the school roof. A shot of her room during a group video chat revelas that she has at least one other large teddy bear.
  • In Tamagotchi, Himespetchi has such an intense crush on Mametchi that her spaceship house is basically one big Stalker Shrine on the inside, dedicated to him. Among the Mametchi-themed things she has is a little plush toy of him she sleeps with and talks to like the real deal.

    Comic Books 
  • Monica of Monica's Gang is always carrying her plush bunny (which is her Weapon of Choice against anyone). And many other female characters from the same author have plush collections.
  • In Hate, Buddy goes on a Blind Date with a lonely career woman who micromanages every aspect of their date and insists on having her way in all things. When they go back to her apartment, one of the first things Buddy notices is her large stuffed animal collection.
  • Empowered, despite being a superheroine, has Mellow Mr. Monkey, which keeps her bad dreams away. She thinks, but it doesn't really work.
  • Rick Sheridan's girlfriend Alyssa Conover has a number of dolls and stuffed animals in her apartment. Sleepwalker is confused by them, and wonders if they're religious objects that she worships.
  • Harley Quinn often has these and/or plushies in her hideouts, or stints where she reforms for a time. In the Gotham City Sirens series, for example, she both has a toy room filled with them, and her bed is so crowded with stuffed animals that one wonders how she sleeps.
  • In Max Ride: First Flight #1, when Max enters Angel’s room a large pile of stuffed animals can be seen on the other side of the open door. A couple more can be seen on the floor in the next panel.
  • In Runaways, Molly used to sleep cuddled up with a Doop doll when the team lived in the La Brea Hostel.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, Susie Derkins loathes Calvin (for good reason), but adores Hobbes. And Hobbes has been known to side with Susie sometimes, at least to his and Calvin's point of view (in one series of strips, when Calvin and Susie were having a squirtgun fight, Susie took a water balloon that Calvin had given Hobbes, and when Calvin accused him of giving it to her, he admitted it, saying that it was because she had complimented him on his jams). Susie also has her own companion, a stuffed rabbit called Mr. Bun.

    Fan Works 
  • As Fate Would Have It: Yancy's room, specifically the one in her parent's estate, is revealed to have several Pokemon dolls inside, all of which are of the Fairy type.
  • Darling in the FranXX: Homecoming: Kyu has a teddy bear she calls Mr. Snuggles, which she has kept since her childhood in the Garden.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows: Kagome keeps a small stuffed turtle, and has had it since she was a baby. In chapter 5, she gives it to Hisako in an attempt to comfort her.
  • Dark Amphithere Total Pokemon Series has a gender inversion in the form of Kabutops, who's revealed to have had a stuffed Tyrunt doll with him ever since he was younger. He flips out when someone steals it, and when he finds the doll with its head cut off, he just shrugs and says that he's already cut its head off six times in his sleep.
  • The Five Nights at Freddy's fanfic, Something Always Remains, has a few examples:
    • Vanna had stuffed toys of Fredbear and Spring Bonnie that were thrown out when her twin sister, Vesper disappeared. When Vanna finds duplicates, her first instinct is to cuddle them.
    • Bonnie Wickes had a large, commissioned Fredbear given to her as a gift. Like Vanna, she associates it with someone she loved and lost: her husband, Freddy.
    • There's a gender inversion with Mike and his Chica doll.
  • Deborah from the Octonauts fanfic Junior Officers has a plush toy of Imogen, the main character of her favourite anime, which she cherishes. At the end of "The Kelp Fish", she loans it to Shellington while he's sick.

    Films — Animation 
  • Sasha from The Book of Life, always carries a stuffed doll.
  • Tip from Home has a considerable amount of stuffed animals in her room.
  • Despicable Me: Little Agnes covets a stuffed unicorn, but this being a carnival, the game is patently rigged. Gru, being a supervillain, decides that Cutting the Knot and blowing up the game was an acceptable workaround to get his daughter her toy.
  • Olaf's Frozen Adventure: During the special, Elsa and Anna find Elsa's childhood penguin doll, Sir Jorgen Bjorgen.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Sarah of Labyrinth has lots of them, but later realizes It's All Junk.
  • One of the D.E.B.S. has a teddy bear to serve as a gun stand. She is often portrayed as The Ditz.
  • Mandy in Animal House, including one choked and punched by her boyfriend Greg.
  • Audrey from Little Shop of Horrors has a stuffed puppy dog.
  • When Selina Kyle snaps and becomes Catwoman, one of the things she does is putting her collection of childish plush toys down her garbage disposal.
  • The director of Mean Girls declared it a low point of his career, asking the actress playing Regina's nine-year-old sister to move closer to her teddy bear before flashing.
    • Karen Smith, arguably the most innocent and childlike of the Plastics, has several stuffed animals in her room, both on her bedside table and her bed itself.
  • An abandoned story arc in UHF had George buying Terri a stuffed animal whenever he screwed up.
  • Inverted in Ted in that it is John who is very close to his magic teddy bear after so many years, while Lori, who does like Ted up to a point, wishes that the bear would move out and live his own life. Since Ted is magical and can walk and talk it's not really an example, but the fact that young Ted loved his bear so much that he wished it to life is a straighter (albeit still gender-inverted) example.
  • Scream: Plucky Girl Tatum has a stuffed bunny that she holds close to her while going to bed.
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer: Girly Girl Helen has a stuffed dog off to the side in her bed a year after graduating from High School.

  • In Good Omens, Madam Tracy kept teddy bears in her bedroom because she believed they "created an intimate, coquettish air."
  • Discworld:
    • Glenda in the book Unseen Academicals has a teddy bear named Mr. Wobbles which, due to an early attempt at sewing, has three eyes.
    • Also Agnes Nitt, who, according to Perdita, has two full shelves of these.
  • The protagonist of Mike Resnick's Soothsayer trilogy carries a stuffed animal as a tragic reminder of the only person who ever loved her and the one act of human kindness she ever received.
  • In the children's book Corduroy, Lisa brings all the money from her piggy bank so she can take Corduroy home. She makes him his own bed next to hers to sleep in, too.
  • Invoked in World After. Penryn hopes that this trope makes a teddy bear a fine disguise for her/Raffe's sword.
  • Gender-flipped in The Forty First Wink as Marty is assisted by the stuffed pirate toys of his youth.
  • In the Aunt Dimity series, stuffed animals abound for girls and boys, and Dimity is responsible for many of them. A partial list:
    • Lori's childhood pal is Reginald, the pink flannel rabbit with the grape juice stain on his face (Lori says he tried her grape juice once and spat it out). Sadly, he was shredded when her apartment was burglarised, and Lori kept his remains in a shoe box, but Aunt Dimity magically repaired him. Reginald sometimes assists Dimity in drawing Lori's attention to things or prompting characters to go to specific places.
    • In Aunt Dimity and the Duke, the six-year-old Nell Harris carries around a stuffed bear she refers to as "Bertie," who has aspects of both a security blanket and an imaginary friend. The two sometimes appear in matching outfits. Like Reginald, Bertie plays a small part in subsequent stories.
    • Dimity provides Lori with a stuffed tiger to give to Rainey Dawson for her birthday in ''Aunt Dimity Digs In". On unwrapping her present, Rainey announces, "Edmund Terrance. His name is Edmund Terrance."
    • Major Ted, a stuffed bear in a British officer's uniform who once belonged to the daughter of the house at an old Northumberland estate, features in Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil.
    • The epilogue of Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince describes a photo of young Daisy Pickering with her reunited parents in Australia holding a koala bear.
    • In Aunt Dimity and the Summer King, Hargreaves' granddaughter Harriet gives a stuffed unicorn to Lori's infant daughter Bess. It joins Reginald on the library shelf until Bess is a little older.
    • Elderly retired attorney Thomas Willis (Gerald's father) enjoys the company of a well-worn giraffe named Geraldine in Aunt Dimity's Good Deed, and Kit Smith has a stuffed horse named Lancaster after the real horse he had to give up when his family moved to London from the country. Like Lori herself, both received their companions as gifts from Dimity.
    • Rob and Will get a series of themed stuffed animals (matching, of course): baby seal pups from Peter Harris and his girlfriend Cassie, buffalo in Colorado, dragons from King Wilfrid's Faire, kiwis from Lori's trip to New Zealand, bats from Charlotte DuCaral. The Donovans' Aunt Augusta anonymously bestows her stuffed lamb (yet another gift from Dimity) on Willis Sr., who names him Frederick after the author of Notes on Sheep, a copy of which was found among the items hidden in the stables.
    • In Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince, Lady Barbara personally returns Mikhail's Cossack-shirted teddy bear to him.
    • In Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure, when Lori finally meets the man Dimity knew only as "Badger", she sees on his desk the stuffed badger Dimity once gave him "as a silly gift, a small token of my gratitude for the many wonderful hours we'd spent together."
  • Journey to Chaos: Mia Bladi, perhaps the girliest member of the Dragon's Lair, sleeps with a teddy bear.
  • John Ringo's Black Tide Rising: Faith Marie Smith, a 13 year old girl who is the most effective zombie killer in the world. She carries around a small teddy bear that she calls Trixie, and it helps her deal with the horrors she has seen: at one point she refuses to check out a series of rooms (where she expects to find even more children who starved to death waiting for help which came too late), and tells her companions that "Trixie cannot go into those rooms anymore".
  • In the young Amelia Bedelia books, in Amelia Bedelia Under the Weather, when Amelia Bedelia isn't feeling well, she snuggles in bed with a whole menagerie of stuffed animals. These include a monkey, a beaver, a dog, a panda, a wolf, a llama and a teddy bear.
  • Monster of the Month Club: Rilla has a massive collection. In fact, that's how she got signed up for the Monster of the Month Club - her membership was a present from someone who knew about her love of stuffed animals and, when they found out a company was starting a line of monster-based plushes, thought she'd like it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In NCIS, Lab Rat Abby Sciuto owns a stuffed hippopotamus named Bert... that wears a bondage collar and farts when squeezed.
    [Abby hugs Bert]
    Tony: [to Ziva] Don't Ask.
  • In That '70s Show, Jackie has a collection of stuffed animals. Her favorite is an unicorn that she calls "Fluffycakes".
  • Laverne & Shirley had Shirley's Boo Boo Kitty.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has a stuffed pig named Mr. Gordo. Furthermore, when Kendra gives Buffy her favorite stake, Mr. Pointy, Buffy replies, "When this is over, we're getting you a stuffed animal."
  • Cat Valentine from Victorious frequently brings her stuffed animals to school. In Sam & Cat, her side of the bedroom is filled with plushies.
  • Angel has Winifred 'Fred' Burkle and her stuffed bunny, Feigenbaum, the "Master of Chaos".
  • Gilmore Girls has Colonel Clucker, the stuffed chicken belonging to Rory Gilmore. She also had a "hug-a-world" stuffed world globe, but when it resurfaced after several years lost in the garage, she put it down and it appeared to develop the capacity for self-propulsion. One can only imagine what had gotten in there in the intervening period.
    Lorelai: I think your Hug-a-world wants to see the world...
  • A thirty-something-year-old school teacher in Hoarders appears to have an obsession with stuffed animals; we're not talking about a few shelves of Beanie Babies, we're talking about every plush toy she's ever owned on top of shelves of Beanie Babies, in addition to her and her mother's half-dozen cats.
  • Diane Chambers had a whole bedroom full of them in Cheers. Sam Malone is completely nonplussed by this when he discovers them. At the end of the episode (due to a hilarious and frustrating series of events), he chucks them all out the window.
  • Luna in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon is a stuffed cat when inactive.
  • Syd from Power Rangers S.P.D. owns a stuffed elephant named "Peanut" that she's had since she was five and still sleeps with him.
  • Liz Powell from The Twilight Zone (1959) episode "Room 22" has a rag doll and a leopard plushie that she uses as comfort objects.
  • Parker from Leverage features this in her first flashback where she first becomes a thief when her stepfather takes away her stuffed bunny. It ends with his house blowing up as she hugs her bunny.
  • Claire Bennet from Heroes collects teddy bears and her collection is visibly displayed in her room. Her father brings her new ones from his various "business trips" (actually missions tracking down specials) that she believes he goes on. When she goes off to college, she brings a teddy bear with her.
  • In keeping with her status as the youngest (both in age and maturity) of the women in the show, Annie Edison in Community appears to have quite the healthy collection of stuffed animals going on.
  • In an unfilmed script for a Firefly episode, Jayne wins a giant stuffed turtle at a town fair. Later in the episode, he sees a morose Kaylee wondering about and considers giving her the turtle, but decides to keep it.
  • In Believe, Bo carries around a stuffed turtle.
  • Hunter: Detective DeeDee McCall has several stuffed animals in her bedroom, as noted by her new partner Rick Hunter. She counters that despite being an Action Girl, she's still a woman inside.
  • In The Big Bang Theory Penny makes fun of the guys by laughing at all their geeky collectibles; Sheldon points out her hypocrisy by referring to her collection of unicorns and stuffed animals.
  • Patty in El Chavo del ocho is always seen holding a teddy bear. In the Valentine's Day Episode, she even says that she loves it very much.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Crosses over into Companion Cube with Kimberly, who rips the head off a doll Leva Bates gave her in SHINE but as part of her Sanity Slippage, later finds the doll, asks what happened to it and then goes off to punish Leva Bates for damaging it after sewing its head back on. She goes on to collect and sew a rather large collection of dolls, enjoying their "company" (as if three dogs weren't enough). Featured in the same promotion is Mercedes Martinez, but she'll kick your teeth down your throat if you bring it up.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Champions Organization Book 3, The Blood and Dr. McQuark. One of the NPCs is a young woman who has a large collection of stuffed animals.

    Video Games 
  • Advanced V.G. In a surprise twist, it turns out that Jun - of all people - has a soft spot for plush dolls. As seen during her 2nd ending, where she's lying atop a mountain of them in her pajamas.
  • Ashley gets herself a teddy bear at the end of Another Code and has the most adorable picture of her hugging it during the end credits. She still has it in the sequel.
  • Kamui Tokinomiya of Arcana Heart is revealed to be big into plushies, particularly penguin ones. This is despite her being a thousand-year old Lady of War. She even gets into a confrontation with Zenia Valov over them in her ending in Arcana Heart 2.
  • Prairie of Mega Man ZX has a stuffed kitty that she keeps in her room. Seems odd for the leader of a task force, but it makes sense given the very likely theory that she's Alouette from the Mega Man Zero series and the kitty is her original gift from Ciel.
  • The World Ends with You has Shiki Misaki constantly carrying around Mr. Mew. Justified because it also functions as her weapon. TWEWY is full of Improbable Weapon Users.
    • Further, when she debarks for the RG (or so she thinks), she tells Neku that she'll have Mr. Mew with her, because she was borrowing her best friend Eri's image for the Game, and he wouldn't be able to identify her otherwise.
  • Lorelei in Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen. After you beat her and the rest of the Elite Four, you can access the island where she lives. Her house is full of Pokemon dolls. She will buy new dolls after beating the Elite Four many times.
    • There's also Copycat Girl, who appears in many Pokémon games, living in Saffron City. (She inspired the anime character Duplica.) Her room is always full of stuffed Pokémon toys (although one of them proves to be a real Pokémon if the player looks at it closely; either a Doduo, Dudrio, or Banette, depending on the game. (In the original games and in Fire Red and Leaf Green she gives the player the TM Mimic if you give her a Clefairy doll. In Pokémon Gold and Silver and the remake, she asks the player to find her Clefairy doll in Vermillion City (presumably the same one) and if he does, she gives him a ticket to ride the Magnet Train that travels between Kanto and Johto.
    • Since Generation VII, every female trainer that owns a Stufful and its evolution Bewear. While they are not real plushies, they are popular due to their resemblance to a stuffed animal even though Bewear has a bad reputation for giving deadly hugs.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon and Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Olivia the Kahuna of Akala is single and has her four Stufful plushies for company (there is a fifth Stufful but that's a real Pokémon). If the protagonist checks her plushies, a comment will stablish that these Stufful are quite popular among single women. Also, Plumeria from Team Skull, as mean and menacing she may be, possesses a notable collection of plushies in her room at the Team Skull Headquarters. Aether Foundation President Lusamine, who has a team of cute looking Pokémon, trains a Bewear.
    • Lillie gives the player her Clefairy doll at the end of the first set of Sun and Moon games.
  • Young Deimos Bededora in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits carries around a stuffed rabbit which also serves as her attack weapon. It obviously does little damage since her real battle method is that of a Marionette Master.
  • In Dead Rising 2 Chuck can bring back giant stuffed animals for his daughter.
  • Lulu carries one in Final Fantasy X, but she uses it to focus her magic attacks.
  • Not even badass Dark Action Girls who make a business in gunning down the scum of society are immune. As revealed in the Anaksha: Female Assassin Mini-Adventures, Anaksha absolutely adores stuffed chimps, and you can find one in every Mini-Adventure. It isn't necessary to finish the game, but it's sure nice for that 100% Completion.
  • League of Legends champion Annie is never without her teddy bear, Tibbers. Of course Tibbers isn't actually a teddy bear, but a demon bear she polymorphed to be her bodyguard. He's also on fire.
  • Dr Dala from Fallout: New Vegas (specifically, Old World Blues) obsesses about teddy bears. Of course, by the time you meet her, she uses teddy bears as a euphemism for the lobotomites.
  • There's a rather serious example in American McGee's Alice. A stuffed rabbit was Alice's favorite toy as a child, and after the fire that killed her family, she kept holding onto it, even after being committed to Rutledge Asylum. The doll seemed to be keeping her stable and there were a few instances that proved it: When a kind nurse tried to replace its lost eye, Alice started to sob hysterically and began to speak in cryptic rhyme, not stopping until the eye was removed. Later, when two sadistic orderlies tried to destroy it, she freaked out and attacked them with a spoon, and almost cut her own wrists with it. Later, Dr. Wilson tried a "shock treatment" by taking it away, but it only caused her to scream uncontrollably until the nurse gave it back (which actually helped her recover a little, causing her to draw a picture of the White Rabbit for the nurse.) Still, exactly what role the doll had in her actual quest to gain her sanity back (which was initiated by the White Rabbit) is a matter of conjecture.
  • Played for laughs (in a Black Comedy way) in two Challenge Tower matches in Mortal Kombat 9, where Mileena tries to give a teddy bear to Scorpion (who claims he "hates teddies".) Naturally, his refusal leads to brutal and bloody battle to the death (Mileena still trying to convince him to accept it even as she fights him), and if she wins, she throws it at his corpse, shouting, "Just take it!" (Of course, if he wins, he cruelly destroys it before he kills her.)
  • In the flash game The Dead Case, the little girl constantly being picked on has a pink stuffed rabbit she loves. Showing the rabbit to the school ghost will trigger memories of the ghost's dead daughter, and having the school ghost return the rabbit to the girl will cause the two to bond, leading to a happy ending for both of them.
  • In Senran Kagura, Murasaki is often accompanied by her teddy bear Bebeby. In Peach Beach Splash, the bear seems to have taken on a life of its own.
  • Tear, in Tales of the Abyss, loves anything cute - stuffed animals included - and she has a large collection of them at home. However, this is a source of constant embarrassment for her (to the point of being blackmail material for Anise).
  • In Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle, seventeen-year-old Morgane has kept a battered teddy bear given to her as a child, but she wouldn't want to be seen following this trope. If players try to pick it up, she absolutely refuses:
    Morgane: Brilliant idea. Wandering around a pirate ship holding your teddy is sure to win your crew's respect.
  • Jupiel in The Awakened Fate Ultimatum has a bad case of this. Her room is packed with stuffed animals and at one point after she is released from solitary confinement, the first thing she does it to go straight for comfort in her stuffed animals. This is followed up with an argument with Ariael about whether her behavior of talking to the stuffed animals is normal.
  • Iris of Sakura Wars has a bear named "Jean-Pierre", and she carries it around as a Security Blanket.
  • In EarthBound, the cultists who kidnapped Paula were kind enough to let her keep her teddy bear for company. When Ness is able to release her from confinement, both she and the teddy bear join the party. (Teddy bears tend not to last through many battles, since they take hits for you, but they can be replaced.)
  • In The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Riju, the Gerudo chief, owns several plush Sand Seals and can be seen playing with them after you complete the Vah Naboris arc and all the sidequests in Gerudo Town. This is meant to drive home that she is indeed still a child despite her position.
  • This is actually an important plot point in Paranoiac. It's revealed that Miki's aunt Saeki had offered to make her a stuffed animal, as she was already making lots of toys for her unborn baby, who was ultimately stillborn. Even though Miki was in high school, she insisted she would love to have a stuffed animal from her aunt, though in the event of her aunt's tragic death, she had forgotten this happy memory. In the good ending, Miki finds a teddy bear with her name embroidered on the foot, causing her to remember that day. As a result, she's able to remember that she and her aunt did love each other and is able to start letting go of the guilt she feels over Saeki's death.
  • Lidelle of Puyo Puyo is never actually shown holding a plushie, but is said to like them. In 15th Anniversary, it's indicated she's friends with Popoi, a cat puppet animated with magic by Ms. Accord.
  • Mizuki Okiura from AI: The Somnium Files has a plush bunny toy called Adorabbit. Initially, she didn't like it at first for its uncanny appearance, but she soon grew to like it and even introduced it to Iris, who also likes it too. Mizuki received the toy as a birthday gift from Date, who didn't know what she wanted and just bought the toy for her instead. Even in Date's Somnium she can't bear to hurt it.

    Visual Novels 
  • Saber from the Fate/stay night visual novel gets a stuffed lion from Fujimura-sensei early on in the Fate path. Later, during day fourteen, Shirou takes Saber on a date, where they go visit "the biggest stuffed animal store in town", a place where "no men are allowed" (or at least, that's an unspoken rule according to Shirou). In the 2006 anime, Shirou instead buys the stuffed lion from that store when Saber stomps away upset over him seemingly judging her for finding it cute. Sadly, he never gets the chance to give it to her and the anime ends with a lingering shot of the stuffed lion in her room.
  • In Strawberry Vinegar, Rie's stuffed animals have a certain sentimental value to her. She has backstories for her alpacas that would require "a full length visual narrative, two animated spinoffs, several movies, and a slew of manga and light novels".
  • Maria Ushiromiya in Umineko: When They Cry is a dark take on this. If you're wondering why you haven't seen anything like this, it's because her mother Rosa tore up the stuffed lion she loved and constantly talked to, Sakutaro. With the loss of said lion, poor Maria started to get both angrier and creepier, as can be seen from the progressively-darker entries in her journal. This did not end well.
    • However, in the same series there's a more light-hearted take on the trope: while Sakutaro does not appear as a stuffed animal to the Seven Sisters of Purgatory (rather, he has the appearance of a cute little boy with lion ears wearing an oversized shirt), they still adore him and always glomp him every chance they get.
  • In Yumina The Ethereal, Yumina's room aboard the Zelerm is full of them.

    Web Comics 
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Molly, who is younger than she looks, has a teddy bear named Callisto (named for a Greek nymph who got changed into a bear).
  • Kotone of Tsunami Channel fame is quite the addict to collecting plushies, and her favorite is a fox-shaped one. Alex, who is a boy but love stuffed animals just the same.
  • Grace gets a nice-sized squirrel plush in an El Goonish Shive filler panel; it shows up in her arms in the main comic, too. She later gets a stuffed hedgehog, guinea pig and bat (representing her siblings Hedge, Guineas, and Vladia) for her birthday courtesy of her boyfriend Tedd.
  • Homestuck:
    • Terezi has many dragon plashes (Scalemates) of various colors scattered around her treehive. In her introduction, she is shown pretending to be an Amoral Attorney prosecuting one of her plushies in a Kangaroo Court, and hanging it from her tree. The camera zooms out to reveal at least a dozen other stuffed dragons who shared the same fate.
    • Several others form the backbone of her legal and forensic support team. Which doesn't rule out the suspicion that they squeazled their way onto said team to subvert the investigation from the inside.
    • Meenah finds the main one, Pyralspite, and declares that she will never stop hugging it ever and tags it as highly desirable merchandise.
    • Jade also has a sizable collection of Squiddles, soft octopus/squid plushies with magnets in them that make them tangle up when put together.
  • Jodie from Loserz still loves her teddy bear. See here.
  • In Freefall, Helix is generally referred to as male, but still loves those stuffed animals, which Florence has borrowed from time to time for herself.
  • Kharla'ggen of Drowtales has loved plushies for years, and they helped calm her down when she was at her most crazy. Unfortunately then things got worse and along with the other plushies, Kharla started making dolls out of living people.
  • Stuffed has the nameless main character, a girl appropriately young enough to be playing with plushies. The other two main characters of the comic are her favorite plushies, Dragon and Unicorn.
  • In Latchkey Kingdom, Willa sleeps with a stuffed Dungeon Rat (bottom panel).
  • Cynthia sleeps with a brown plush rabbit in Caraway: Tales of Lucidity.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: When Annie and Zimmy find Gamma in the later's Mental World, she is sleeping in a giant pile of stuffed animals.

    Web Original 
  • Misty (codename Superchick — she picked it herself) of the Whateley Universe. She's fourteen and away from home for the first time, and she has a collection of unicorns. Tennyo (Billie Wilson) has a stuffed cabbit, but it's weaponized.
  • In Survival of the Fittest v3, Alice Jones for most of the game carries around a plush rabbit, and is mentioned as having a collection of stuffed animals back home. Later on, she starts to hallucinate said rabbit talking to her, and eventually replaces it with Guy Rapide's head.
  • The Nostalgia Chick:
    • The Nostalgia Chick has a shedload of cuddly toys. She's not quite girly, but it shows she's not trying too hard to be adult.
    • Nella still plays with her My Little Pony toys, and Elisa's ready to kill when her The Phantom of the Opera plushie is accidentally stabbed through with a dart.
  • Even super-villain Diamanda Hagan sleeps with a cuddly panda toy.
  • What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? viewers are well acquainted with Tara's vast collection of hippo plushies, which she calls the Hippo Lantern Corps. Standouts include Disembodied Orgasm Hippo, Humperdink, her first hippo, and an official copy of Bert The Farting Bondage Hippo, mentioned above. And that's just scratching the surface!
  • Validation: Ally the protagonist has Mr.Dino.
  • Furry Experience: Cat has a bunch of stuffed animals that she builds a nest with to curl up in when she's feeling down.
  • Yvette from Precocious makes her own plushies, in the likeness of her friends. She also tries to make voodoo dolls of her enemies.

    Western Animation 
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
  • Kim Possible herself, as well as Affably Evil Mad Scientist villain DNAmy, collect Cuddle Buddies.
  • In Jane and the Dragon, Jane always works very hard to prove she's just as tough as any of the guys, even refusing to wear a dress at a royal function. The opening credits have her singing in a dignified youthful contralto about how she wants to "prove that a girl could be knight, though my friends all laughed at me," as the camera pans around her room at all the evidence of this... and then passes by a child's worn and well-loved tiny stuffed dragon on the bed. The effect is adorable.
  • In Danny Phantom, Jazz has a few stuffed animals in her room. The most significant is Bearbert which plays a plot point in one episode as one of the few ties she has left of her childhood. Because she viewed herself as an adult-stuck-in-a-teen's-body, her younger brother Danny had to childishly destroy the bear in order for her to throw a temper tantrum so she can see the Youngblood, a ghost kid only seen by children.
  • Subverted on Jimmy Two-Shoes. Jimmy and Beezy find out that Heloise has an entire collection of dolls, causing everyone to laugh at her. Turns out they're Hollywood Voodoo dolls.
  • In Batman: The Animated Series, when Commissioner Gordon picked up his daughter Barbara from the airport, he brought Barbara's teddy bear "Woobie" with him. When Bruce Wayne happened to run into the Commissioner and saw him holding the bear, Gordon sheepishly "explained" that Woobie knew the way better than he did.
  • In the second season of Code Lyoko, Aelita finds a stuffed toy elf that she recognizes as "Mr. Puck" which resembles an elf that keeps appearing in her nightmares. She and her friends find a bus locker key on it that opens a locker containing Franz Hopper's journal. Although she doesn't remember where it came from at that time, sleeping with it somehow makes the nightmares stop. The doll was actually a gift from Hopper — her father — and probably serves as an emphatic connection to him.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Jenny is occasionaly seen having stuffed animals in her room, which adds to her cheery, and overall girly nature.
  • On Arthur, Arthur's sister D.W. owns a number of stuffed animals and is often seen with them, though more so in the books than on the TV show.
  • On Gravity Falls: Mabel, of course, and Wendy of all people.
    Wendy: Dude, I don't know if it's a duck or a panda, but I want one.
  • Steven Universe: Peridot falls in love with a rather large stuffed Little Green Men doll at the Funland bottle toss game when she goes with Amethyst and Steven. She eventually wins it using her newfound ferrokinetic abilities to ring the ten bottles necessary.
    • Subverted by Sadie who has a massive pile of stuffed animals in her room, but doesn't actually like any of them; they're all gifts from her mother (who is oblivious to what her daughter really thinks of them) and thus she can't bring herself to get rid of them.
  • Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls cherishes her stuffed octopus, Octi, and is crazy about stuffed animals in general. In "Summer Bummer", she brings numerous stuffed animals with her on a trip to the beach and states, "I only brought the essential ones...which is all of them!" when Blossom razzes her about it.
  • Invader Zim has Gaz, who owns a collection of stuffed animals and dolls...that she converted into security drones programmed to feed on human flesh. Yikes.
  • On TotalDrama, Ella's audition tape shows that her bedroom has plenty of stuffed animals.

    Real Life 
  • In this video, released on January 14, 2014, a man gives his fiancée a friend she thought she lost forever. Watch here.


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