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"Heaven take it away! Hippopotami should not have human hands and carry torches... men should not have the heads of crocodiles..."
H. P. Lovecraft and Harry Houdini's Under the Pyramids

A Petting Zoo Person is a type of character who is so anthropomorphized that they resemble an animal's skin, head and tail placed on an otherwise human body frame (think of one of those costumed, silent "mascots" at a sports event, or the costumed characters at Disney theme parks). This is a higher degree of anthropomorphism than the Funny Animal (who retain the general shape and proportions of the animal), but a step below those that are a Little Bit Beastly (whose only animal features are their ears and tail, possibly claws); in Japan, this level of anthropomorphism is referred to as "kemono" (which is shortened term of kemono-obito or beast-man, and is also what Japanese furry fans call themselves). The term "kemono" was formerly used for Kaiju or similarity-monstrous creatures.

Petting Zoo People typically feature the following:

  • They possess the animal's full head and face — the face almost always subtly humanised by shifting the features around and giving them human facial expressions, but still having animal rather than human features — and (where applicable) the animal's tail. They may also feature animal-like claws and/or pads on their hands and feet.
  • Where Little Bit Beastly folks have human skin, Petting Zoo People possess fur-, feather-, or scale-covered bodies. Sometimes they have a mix of skin accented with heavy concentrations of fur (et al), a built-in Pretty in Mink as it were. Mammalian species with little to no fur by default (elephants, cetaceans, etc.) get a pass.
  • They may stand on digitigrade feet resembling the animal's hind legs.
  • Their body frame can often be measured by human proportions, e.g: six to eight "heads" tall, legs comprising half their body height, etc.
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  • They may possess humanlike breasts, which Funny Animals typically lack.
  • They display all the mannerisms of a human individual, such as speaking human language (unless they're The Speechless) and wearing a full set of clothes that a human would be expected to, according to the type of the setting: modern-day attire, tribal loincloths and jewelry, or spacesuits. They may also omit shoes, especially if they have hooves or otherwise unsuitable anatomy. They are unlikely to be partially dressed or only wear accessories due to their more human-like bodyframe. (Though shirtless males are more likely than other variants as they aren't as lewd as pantsless males or females and shirtless females)
  • A female will typically have humanlike, styleable hair on her head. Male hair is less common but they may still have an identifiable style. Animals with manes are the "mane" exception.
  • While a Beast Man may have Animal Eyes, Petting Zoo People will usually have human eyes (with perhaps a wider variety than common eye colors).
  • While Funny Animals and Civilized Animals are sometimes or often treated like "normal" animals in their world, Petting Zoo People are typically recognized as a distinct sentient race.
  • Petting Zoo People are highly likely to feature in settings that also have baseline humans and/or non-bestial races such as mythical creatures and aliens, rather than a World of Funny Animals. (Though this is usually the opposite case for Furry Webcomics)

In-universe, Petting Zoo People are generally a distinct species from both humans and animals (as opposed to a Half-Human Hybrid), assuming the subject is addressed rather than simply glossed over.

There are two main variants of PZP beside the standard variant, "Borderline Petting Zoo People", and "Borderline Little Bit Beastly".

  • Borderline PZP have a body that does not look simply like an animal-accented human body, nor does it keep the basic shape of the animal entirely like a Funny Animal. They look partly humanoid and partly like their species, often they have either humanoid legs and non-humanoid torso, humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs, or look semi-humanoid all over. Many top heavy bipedal animal characters are of the humanoid torso and non-humanoid legs variety. Females are depicted with human-like breasts fairly often.
  • Borderline LBB have a animal-accented human face and body frame with the animal's ears, nose, tail (where applicable), markings, and sometimes fur, feathers, or scales. They have a mostly or nearly human-shaped head and little or no semblance of their species' muzzle. If they are a bird, they have the beak or bill respective to their species that is small regardless of their species on an otherwise human-shaped head. Their ears can either be their species full ear shape and placement or have a human like ear placement and/or an ear shape somewhere between that of their respective species and that of a human. These are not to be confused with a Beast Man, which although he/she looks like this variant, he/she is a human with several animalistic physical and even behavorial traits.
  • Completely Human Bodied PZP are characters that have a completely animalistic head, but a completely human body. Unlike most PZP, these have human skin from the neck down with no fur (except of smooth, extremely close-lying fur), feathers, or scales whatsoever and have completely human hands and feet. Their human skin can either have the same color as human skin or have the coloration of their respective species. They also usually lack the tail of the animal they're based on. These are not to be confused with Little Bit Beastly, who are human all around, but have a few animalistic features.

One proliferous source of Petting Zoo People in artwork (possibly even the Trope Codifier) is the Furry Fandom; sometimes characters who are Funny Animals in their canon will be made Petting Zoo People in fanart. Petting Zoo People are also commonly referred to as "Furries". Fans of these are also commonly known as "Furries".

A midpoint between the Funny Animal and Little Bit Beastly on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism. Supertrope of Intelligent Gerbil. See also Humanoid Female Animal, where different genders of the same species possess differing levels of anthropomorphism.

Common subtropes include:

Compare Beast Man and Snake People, which may or may not overlap with this trope.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bleach, Sajin Komamura appears to be a giant wolf man.
  • The film The Boy and the Beast revolves around a kemono and his realm that is full of kemonos, in which he meets with a human boy named Kyuta and makes him his apprentice.
  • Many Digimon at the Mega level are this, such as Wargreymon, Victorygreymon, Shinegreymon, Imperialdramon, Ulforcevdramon, Omegashoutmon, Miragegaogamon, and Magnagarurumon. Some exist below this level as well.
  • Kuro from Delicious in Dungeon is a kobold, a race of dog based beast men.
  • At least three of Doraemon's Non Serial Movies have settings around anthropomorphic animals' societies, one having mixed up species, one having birds, and one having dogs and cats. They act and speak so similarly to the Earthlings that the heroes are always able to disguise themselves simply with animal outfits and use the language translation gum.
  • They are a common sight in the Dragon Ball series, even moreso in the earlier arcs. Major characters that fit this trope included Puar, Oolong, and Korin. Other examples of this trope are Captain Yellow (a tiger), a high-ranking officer of the Red Ribbon Army and King Furry (a dog), the King of Earth.
    • Captain Yellow's design in particular was likewise a reference to the Flying Tigers from World War II. The fact that he also happens to be a plane pilot also cements this.
    • Beerus the Destroyer from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods looks like an anthropomorphic hairless cat and displays several cat like behaviors.
    • There are a few other Gods of Destruction A-side from Beerus that are animals, as shown in Dragon Ball Super. These include Champa, also a hairless cat like Beerus, Quitela, Rumsshi, Liquiir, and Geene.
    • Out of the ten warriors of Universe 9, 8 of them are animals. The exceptions include Hyssop and Oregano.
    • Moro from the Galactic Patrol arc resembles a large anthropomorphic goat.
  • In Endride, one of the two races, the Zoozians, are Petting Zoo People, although they show a very broad range from more humanoid to more animalistic (and in one odd case, more robotic) features. They come in every kind of animal form, some more aquatic and some more land-based. They are unfortunately subject to Fantastic Racism by the human race, the Endras. Somehow, the two species can produce children although it's rare because of the racial prejudice.
  • Chicken George from Fourteen is a chicken variety of this.
  • Well-made chimeras from Fullmetal Alchemist look human most of the time but can turn into Petting Zoo People at will.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, the Magical World seems mostly composed of Kemonomimis, but there are quite a few Petting Zoo People too. Most notable is "Bear Mama", the bear woman who took care of three of the Mahora girls for a while and REALLY didn't like it when anyone even looked at them the wrong way.
  • Every animal that appears in the 1985 anime Maple Town resembles a human despite non-ever showing up at all.
  • When using human disguises in O-Inari JK Tamamo-chan!, divine fox spirit Tamamo and her sister, Tenko, appear as humanoid foxes to those who can see through the illusion. Both are oblivious to the fact that "Those who can see through the illusion" includes the entire student body of Tamamo's school. The manga always shows them in this form unless we're seeing the viewpoint of someone who isn't seeing through the disguise or through a camera or mirror, which always displays the human form.
  • One Piece:
    • Tony Tony Chopper fits this trope while in his hybrid form. However, his normal form is a Funny Animal (he is a reindeer) while his human form is a Beast Man.
    • There's also Bepo, a polar bear wearing a jumpsuit in the Heart Pirates (led by Trafalgar Law). Additionally, a sharply dressed lion in shades named Pekoms is under one of the most powerful pirates in the world: "Big Mom" Charlotte Linlin of the Four Emperors. Both of them are later revealed to be Minks (see below).
    • Foxy also had three rat Petting Zoo People in his crew who helped him prepare for the grand match of Davy Back Fight.
    • The Mink Tribe is comprized of anthropomorphic talking animals, though exactly how anthropomorphic they are seems to vary between individuals. Two female members introduced in chapter 804, for example, are a Little Bit Beastly, while others are talking animals (like the aforementioned Bepo).
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has a whole race of them, the Beastmen.note 
  • Several beings in the world of Gaea from The Vision of Escaflowne, most notably Merle, a Cat Girl; there are also dog people, wolf people, dolphin people, hawk people, Lizard Folk, etc.
  • With the exception of Princess Aura, the entire main cast of Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger is this.
  • My Hero Academia takes place in a world where 80% of the world is a Differently Powered Individual, which manifests as superpowers and/or physical mutations, meaning that there are characters who look like humanoid animals, such as a chief of police who looks like a giant talking dog, or Tsuyu and her family being Frog Men. U.A.'s principal is even a talking mouse, being a rare case of an animal having recieved a Quirk and sentience.
  • While most "human" characters in the world of A Centaur's Life are a Little Bit Beastly, the reptilian Antarcticans, who are a different species than "humans", have the heads and tails of snakes on mostly human looking bodies except for the claws and greenish skin color, although it is stated that they are not related to snakes, being warm blooded and reproducing like eusocial insects.
  • Buta takes place in a World of Funny Animals with characters varying between Petting Zoo People and Funny Animal proportions.
  • Grimoire Of Zero has beastfallen, who are randomly born from human parents, although the originals were created by witches. The unnamed mercenary is a white tiger beastfallen who wants to become human, since beastfallen are hunted both by normal humans and witches.

    Card Games 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! has many.
    • Gagagigo is a Lizard Folk who appears in the artwork of many other cards, which if you put them together tell a story about his life.
    • Beast-Warrior type monsters often look like this.
    • Members of the Gladiator Beast archetype.
    • Neo-Spacian Aqua Dolphin and Air Hummingbird
    • A few members of the Mermail archetype.
    • Abyss Soldier
    • A few members of the Blackwing Archetype
    • Cobraman Sakuzy
    • Mezuki
    • Gozuki
    • Troop Dragon
  • Magic: The Gathering has quite a few of these. In addition to common fantasy races that fall into this trope (such as minotaurs), you have Homarids (crab people), Viashino (lizard people), Cephalids (squid people), Nantuko (insect people), Aven (bird people), Leonin (cat people), Nacatl (different cat people), Loxodon (elephant people), Kitsune (fox people), Nezumi (rat people), Orochi (snake people), Amphin (salamander people), Wolfir (wolf people), and, in a parody set, Assfolk (donkey people). Sometimes merfolk are also depicted not as half-human, half-fish, but as full-on fish people and, on Lorwyn, faeries are basically insect people.

    Comic Books 
  • When Kurt Connors from the Spider-Man comics becomes the Lizard he falls under this trope.
  • Sally Acorn, Lupe, and Bunnie Rabbot from the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog started off as Funny Animals in the SatAM cartoon and early issues, but eventually became this trope due to Steven Butler. This has been toned down in more recent issues, with the artists proportioning the cast more according to the games series' Funny Animals designs.
    • Arguably the design shift was codified with Patrick Spaziante's work, who did art for the comic rather early in its run (his earliest art for Issue 25 already uses a rather humanoid Sally for example); however, the designs only became consistent around the time artists such as Butler and Jay Axer began doing pencils for the series. This is true for Sally Acorn at least. Bunnie's more humanoid redesign was due to a canonical upgrade for her robotic limbs while Lupe was noticably more humanoid than the others, even in the cartoon.
    • Strangely, despite her human-like proportions, Sally is one of the only female Sonic characters in the franchise's history not to wear clothes (unless you count her blue shoes) until getting her blue vest in season 2, the others mostly found in the comics as well.
  • I Killed Adolf Hitler, a story about time travel, is set in a bleak world of humanoid animals.
  • Maus, a story about the Holocaust, with different species standing in for different nationalities/races.
  • The cast of Usagi Yojimbo, with two exceptions, both villainous.
  • Blacksad is one of the currently most famous examples in the European comic book world, starring mostly animals of all kinds with very human-like bodies, ranging from straight-up PZP to Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
  • De cape et de crocs: The main leads are an anthropomorphic fox and wolf. They also are noblemen; and both have human Love Interests. Their sidekick is a rabbit (and former Guard of the Cardinal!)
  • In Catstronauts, the entire world is populated by anthropomorphic cats.
  • The dognoses of Carl Barks's Disney Ducks Comic Universe comics, the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe comics, DuckTales (1987), Goof Troop, A Goofy Movie and An Extremely Goofy Movie look like people, except with dog noses and muzzles, and (usually) dog ears. The Beagle Boys are an example.
  • Almost everyone except for the titular protagonist in Jack Kirby's '70s comic, Kamandi: Last Boy on Earth.
  • Katarina Kodorofsky the Russian spy cat and Mickey's ally from the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe.
  • The X-Men's Beast has a secondary mutation that has him turn into this.
  • Rosinha Rocha from the Ze Carioca comics is a borderline Little Bit Beastly.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as mentioned below.
  • Cerebus the Aardvark is a humanoid aardvark.
  • Condorito has the eponymous Condorito and his nephew Coné, two humanoid Condors.
  • Most of the supporting cast of Sonic the Comic gradually turned into this. At first they were just animals standing on two legs, usually keeping their animalistic proportions (so, for instance, pig Porker Lewis had a large belly, and rabbit Johnny Lightfoot had notably longer hind legs), but after Robotnik took over Mobius most characters started wearing clothes and assumed more humanoid proportions. Porker's the most obvious example, as his pig trotters were replaced with five-fingered hands (presumably due to his status as the team's tech expert).
  • The Great Catsby: World filled to the brim with anthropomorphic dogs, cats, and one token human here and there, but hey, no big deal.
  • The more animalistic beings from Swordquest: Earthworld fall under this, such as King Leo, a humanoid lion who stands upright, has five-fingered hands tipped with claws, and a large orange mane and tail.
  • Super Angry Birds changes the characters of Angry Birds from minimalist cartoon birds and pigs to humanoid bird superheros and pig supervillains fighting each other in New York City.
  • Albedo: Erma Felna EDF has this, but with one partial exception: most bird species are still are in their usual avian body structures and are typically around to forego conventional clothes on duty outside of neckband displaying their ranks. Penguins are the exception since their body structures can allow for humanoid uniforms and environment suits to a reasonable degree.
  • Anubis: Dark Desire, a pornographic Furry Comic featuring the Egyptian Gods.
  • The Chilean Furry Comic, Franko: Fables of the Last Earth, features anthropomorphic Lions.
  • Meatier Showers is a gay romantic comedy Furry Comic that features furries with ridiculously large muscles.
  • Jack Wolfgang is a French comic similar to Blacksad that takes places in a world with both humans and anthro animals. The protagonist is a wolf man who works for the CIA.
  • The titular character of Missile Mouse is an anthropomorphic mouse.

    Comic Strips 
  • Thornton the polar bear from Sherman's Lagoon.
  • Mother Goose from Mother Goose and Grimm.
  • The characters in My Cage are half-petting Zoo People/half-Funny animal. Taking place in a world where all the humans mysteriously disappeared off the face of the earth leaving the animals to take over and evolve into humanoid forms.

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    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • Stuart Little has a humanoid body in the three movies and TV show he has starred in and in the original book.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "The Tower of the Elephant", a prisoner in the tower has the head of an elephant and the body of a man.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Kull story "The Shadow Kingdom" the Snakemen have human bodies and reptilian heads.
  • This is a popular design for androids in Rick Griffin's Argo.
  • Arol in the Norwegian fantasy series Phenomena, who is an icebear commonly called "winter bear" in-story, but sometimes typoed(?) as icebear. He and his tribe wears clothes and armors and talks like everyone else and walks on two a lot. Though he runs on four.
  • Some of the kemos in the web-novel Domina fall into this. Most, however, only have a few bits here and there.
  • The Fithp in Niven and Pournelle's Footfall have a lot of similar characteristics, both physically and with their "herd" culture, to elephants. This is lampshaded somewhat when they observe elephants in Africa and wonder why they haven't become the dominant Earth species.
  • Seen from time to time among the wide assortment of alien species in Perry Rhodan. A particularly conspicuous example, however, would be the mostly-benevolent Duchy of Krandhor introduced in the post-issue #1000 story arc, whose various member species practically ran this trope into the ground — anthropomorphic lizards, squirrels, (air-breathing) squids and whatnot united under the mostly-benevolent leadership of anthropomorphic "wolf-lions"... The subplot set there didn't exactly prove popular with the established fanbase, and while Petting Zoo People of various stripes have shown up both before and since they never did so again in such a concentrated form.
  • Almost everyone in Of Fear and Faith is this, including the eight main characters, unless they're a Talking Animal instead.
  • The feas, the main race of the Destined to Lead series, are this.
  • The moreaus of S.A. Swann's Moreau Series are mostly this, although some early types border on Civilized Animal. Moreaus are typicall bipedal, possessing functional hands and full speech capacity. Other human-like traits vary, although they're usually animalistic in appearance, and females lack visible breasts. Some strains have enhanced capacity for facial expression, and a few can even cry.
  • The animals of Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama and Nelly Gnu picture books. However, the character designs for the Animated Adaptation trend more towards Funny Animal.
  • Journey to Chaos: These sort of creatures exist in Tariatla and are returned to as "demons" or "beast folk".
    • Oito looks exactly like a lizard, except he's over five feet tall, walks on his hind legs, and can use his claws like human hands.
    • Anuzat is a kangaroo but completely human in behavior. She wears clothing, engages in commerce, and hires bodyguards like the Dragon's Lair mercenaries.
  • In The Pride of Parahumans parahumans are transgenic hybrids created for asteroid mining. Most have this sort of look such as main character Argentum (bipedal humanoid fox), but there's other types such as uplifts that look almost entirely animal such as Cole (giant raven with wing-claws), and taurs like Aniya.
  • The protagonist of Learning to Go, a gay Porn with Plot novel, is an anthropomorphic tiger in an abusive relationship with a lion.
  • Kyell Gold has written many books starring Petting Zoo People, including the Out of Position book series.
  • This is an Unbuilt Trope in The Island of Doctor Moreau.

    Live-Action TV 
  • These have shown up many times in Power Rangers and Super Sentai, both as heroes and villains. Occasionally they even are rangers. (How they fit their snouts into their helmets is a mystery).
    • Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger and Power Rangers Wild Force had Rouki/Zen-Aku, an extremely powerful org with the form of a one horned wolf man. He turns out to be a human sharing a body with an org whose human side only come out during the new moon or an eclipse, making him a sort of reverse werewolf.
    • Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger and Power Rangers S.P.D. had Doggie Kruger, an alien with the appearance of blue dog person, who was the rangers' boss and later became a ranger himself.
    • Juken Sentai Gekiranger: The team's mentors are anthropomorphic animals. They are former humans who permanently turned into anthropomorphic animals as a consequence of using a forbidden Supernatural Martial Arts technique. In Power Rangers Jungle Fury, the mentors are human, but do briefly turn into these forms in the last episode. In both series the violet ranger spent some time as a werewolf.
    • Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger: There is an entire world populated by anthropomorphic animals called zyumans. All of the Zyuohgers are zyumans except for the red ranger and one of the SixthRangers.
    • Uchu Sentai Kyuranger Garu the blue ranger is an anthropomorphic wolf. Champ the black ranger is a robot who looks like anthropomorphic bull. Shou Ronpo, the leader of the rebellion who later join the team as the tenth ranger, is a Draconic Humanoid. The original leader of the rebellion who died before the start of the series was a bear, named Big Bear.
  • The cast of Zoobilee Zoo. The characters are played by human actors wearing costumes and makeup.
  • The cast of Odisea Burbujas except for Professor Memelovzky are humanoid animals; a Toad, a Mouse, a Lizard and a Bee.
  • Most of the animal-like Wesen in Grimm when they Vogue end up with the face of an animal and the body of a human including things like lions, boars and insects.

  • Man With A Mission, a Japanese band whose members wear wolf masks.
  • The music video for Caravan Palace's song "Lone Digger" here.
  • Apparently the characters in Eternal Kingdom by Cult of Luna are owl people. And tree people.
  • The music video for Metallica's song "Here Comes Revenge".
  • Hevisaurus is a Finnish band whose members are anthropomorphic dinosaurs and a dragon.
  • In the music video for The Dandy Warhols song "You Are Killing Me", a drunk man hallucinates being attacked by Petting Zoo People, which were played by real life Furries.
  • The music video "Dog Police" (by the eponymous band) has dog people, as well as a girl who is more of a literal Dogface.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Some deities from Egyptian Mythology are portrayed this way. Not because the Egyptians thought their gods actually looked like this, but because those animals symbolized many characteristics and certain aspects of their respective deity (or were sacred to them) as the bird Ibis was to the god Thoth. (The Gods looked human and the "Petting-Zoo People" were their fursonas.)
  • Some creatures in Classical Mythology, like the Minotaur.

  • Data East's Playboy 35th Anniversary pinball features a human-sized white rabbit wearing a black suit and slacks, interacting with the playmates at the Mansion pool. The magazine itself has featured such rabbits at times (it's their mascot, after all).
  • In Police Force, the police officers are Petting Zoo People, sporting human-like proportions and wearing clothes that almost completely cover their bodies.
  • The Magic Shoppe proprietor in Magic Girl is a humanoid hare with five-fingered hands, wearing an earring and an armored vest.

  • In Interstitial Actual Play, Jo plays Roxanne from A Goofy Movie (sort of). She's almost entirely human, except for her four-fingered hands and slight dog nose. There are plenty of jokes made out of people either noticing it immediately or never.

  • All the people in Nexus Gate are Petting Zoo People of some sort. Most species of animal can be found though a few, such as various fish, are restricted by the game's rules.
  • AJCO has a few — mostly canine in appearance, and quite a few of them are dead now.
    • Blue is a winged-wolf creature from the Aether.
    • Mei is an undead, near-immortal wolf woman - oddly enough, slightly more humanoid than Blue.
    • Holar looks like a dog person, but Word of God is that he's a werewolf that got stuck.
    • Minor character Ed is the only feline example until he kicked the bucket at the hands of A_J.


  • Sports mascots are often this with animal heads on athletic bodies, and almost universally so when a physical outfit is used, since it's harder for a human inside to operate a non-human character and putting most of the effort into the head is more economical.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Aarakocra - bird people. Races of Faerun
    • Abeils - bee people. MMII
    • Asabis - lizard people. Serpent kingdoms
    • Bullywugs - frog people. Monsters of Faerun
    • Catfolk - cat people ROTW
    • Crabmen - crab people. Fiend Folio, renamed to Yurian
    • Desmodus - bat people. MMII
    • Dragonborn - dragon people. Dragon magic
    • Equicephs - horse people. Miniatures handbook
    • Firenewts - lizard people again. Serpent kingdoms
    • Formians - ant people. Monster manual
    • Giff - hippopotamus people. Dragon 339
    • Gnolls - hyena people. Monster manual
    • Goatfolk (Ibixians) - goat people. MMIII
    • Gripplis - frog people again, but this time tree frog. Dragon 324
    • Hadozees - ape people. Stormwrack
    • Hurgeons - hedgehog people. I don't think this is anywhere in 3.5
    • Kercpa - squirrel people. Again, not updated.
    • Kenku - another bird people, with looks of a hawk and attitude of a magpie. MMIII
    • Lizardfolk - lizard people again. Monster manual
    • Locathah - fish people. Monster manual
    • Loxos - elephant people. Shining South
    • Minotaurs - bull people. Monster manual
    • Nycters - bat people again. MMIII
    • Psurlons - earthworm people. MMII
    • Pterafolk - pteranodon people. Serpent Kingdoms
    • Rakshasas - tiger people. Monster manual
    • Sahuagin - shark people. Monster manual
    • Saurials - dinosaur people. Serpent Kingdoms
    • Sivs - frog people again. Races of Faeun
    • Tabaxis - leopard people. Not in 3.5
    • Thri-kreen - praying mantis people. Shining South or XPH
    • Urskans - bear people. Frostburn
    • Wemics - lion people. Races of Faerun
    • Yak Folk - yak people. MMII
    • ...and Mystara has an extra collection of its own on top of all this.
  • Exalted: Not only there are all kinds of Petting Zoo People (called 'Beastmen') in the Threshold, but if you're a Lunar, you can breed your own people. Nothing stops you from breeding the more outlandish kind.
  • Just about everyone in Ironclaw is like this.
  • In Hc Svnt Dracones human-animal hybrids called "Vectors" make up the majority of the population. Most of them are like this but there's variations such as Hemivectors (Little Bit Beastly), Laterals (Talking Animal), and Taurs.
  • Thunderscape has Rapacians (Lizard Folk) and Ferrans — Uplifted Animals originally created as slaves. There are 3 branches of them: mammals (the most common), avians (nearly wiped out in their war for freedom) and reptiles (scarce due to low reproduction rate). They can only crossbreed with ferrans of the same branch. Oh, and they aren't necessarily half-human, they can be based on any humanoid race.
  • Mutant Animals in Rifts are pretty much all this. The best known are the Psi Hounds AKA Dog Boys. Canine heads and tails on human, fur-covered bodies. Most have human legs, but some have legs more like canine hind legs, as researchers experiment with other forms. Other Mutant Animals in the Coalition, as well as the experimental animals from South America, follow the same pattern.
    • The Palladium Fantasy RPG, made by the same company (and whose races have crossed over into Rifts, has the Wolfen, Coyles, and Kankoran, three races that resemble (respectively) humanoid wolves, coyotes, and foxes.
  • All "normal people" (i.e., anyone who isn't an Always Chaotic Evil monster) in Pugmire are this. Many different species are mentioned to exist, though special focus is paid to the noble dogs of Pugmire and the deceitful cats of the Monarchies of Mau.
  • Crimestrikers is set on Creaturia, a World of Funny Animals whose residents have anthropomorphic bodies.



    Video Games 
  • All the characters aside from the player characters in Animal Crossing are these. They represent a wide number of species ranging from gorillas to octopus, but all of them are bipeds and use their front limbs as hands.
  • In Dwarf Fortress almost every single animal in the game have humanoid variations. This even extends to sea-creatures like squids, octopi, and nautiluses and insects like ants. In Adventurer Mode, most of them are playable as well.
  • In Dragon's Wake the player character is adopted by a village of friendly lizardfolk.
  • The Gajuma in Tales of Rebirth. They consist mostly of various anthropomorphic mammals, with a few avians, as well.
  • Freya Crescent from Final Fantasy IX is Burmecian, which is a race of anthropomorphic rats. Also, a good percentage of the NPC population is made up of anthropomorphic hippos and whatnot.
  • Characters in Star Fox. All of them.
    • Except Prince (well, King now) Tricky and the other dinosaurs.
  • Female animal characters in the Sly Cooper games.
    • Sly Cooper, a male animal character, is a Borderline PZP.
  • Several of the characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series are Borderline PZP, as their bodies are much more humanoid than their real-life animal counterparts, but they aren't quite humanoid enough.
  • The Rawulf race of the later Wizardry games are described as descended from dogs. Their statline emphasizes vitality and piety, making them excellent priests and especially valkyries for the females.
  • The Rabbits and Pigs from S.W.I.N.E..
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • The playable races include the Argonians and Khajiit, Lizard Folk and Cat Folk respectively. To note:
      • The Argonians are native to the swamps of Black Marsh (which they call Argonia), where they worship sentient and ancient trees known as the Hist. The Argonians face perhaps the most Fantastic Racism out of any race in Tamriel, owing in large part to the Reptiles Are Abhorrent beliefs of the other races, as well as their strange beliefs and practices which cause them to come across as Cloud Cuckoolanders to non-Argonians. (For example, their language, "Jel", has no past or future tense verbs. Thus they tend to "live in the now" much more than any other race.)
      • The Khajiit are native to the deserts of Elsweyr. There are 17 known sub-breeds of Khajiit, with the sub-breed determined by the phases of the moons under which the Khajiit was born. The appearance of the sub-breeds can vary wildly, ranging from house-cats through various humanoid forms to quadrupeds large enough to be ridden as Beasts Of Battle. Culturally, the Khajiit (with their cross-continent merchant caravans, propensity for stealth, and being the frequent victims of Fantastic Racism) draw heavily from the Roma. Their language, Ta'agra, has no word for "rules", which can obviously lead to issues in the lands of other cultures where the Khajiit's actions may be interpreted as "theft." Finally, as a race, the Khajiit are highly susceptible to Moon Sugar addiction. (As well as its more potent derivative, Skooma.)
    • Several other "Beast Races" are known to exist in or around Tamriel, though a few have gone extinct. These include the Imga (intelligent great apes) of Valenwood, the Sload "slug-men" of Thras (one of which appears in the Redguard spin-off game), Minotaurs, Dreugh, the extinct Lilmothiit "Fox Folk" of Black Marsh, and the extinct "Bird Men" who were the original inhabitants of the Imperial City Isle. Werewolves and other Werebeasts are also prevalent.
    • At least two, possibly three, of the known Akaviri races qualify. They are the Tang Mo "Monkey Folk", the Ka Po' Tun "Tiger Folk", and, possibly, the Tsaesci "Snake Vampires". (Sources heavily conflict regarding the Tsaesci, giving them something of a Multiple-Choice Past depending on the storyteller. It's possible they aren't snake-like at all.)
    • For more information on all of these (and more), please see The Beast Races sub-page.
  • Felicia from Darkstalkers is a borderline case between this trope and Little Bit Beastly.
  • The majority of female characters in Crash Bandicoot, though Tawna and the Crash Team Racing trophy girls are standout examples. Coco Bandicoot and Pasadena Opossum border as such Depending on the Artist.
  • One of the most immediately apparent distinguishing characteristics of the Breath of Fire series.
    • They and one or two Little Bit Beastly characters comprise a decreasingly large portion of the playable characters as the series goes on, culminating in the most recent game lacking playable PZP s entirely.
  • Some Pokémon, such as Lucario and Lopunny, resemble animals with humanoid bodies. Machoke is the straightest example, as it resembles a reptilian head on a completely human body.
  • Most characters from Randle Sim Racing are Petting Zoo People. From Lizard Folk like Sliimyscaly and Lizzie, to Bird People like Daveybird Randle, RSR is big on this.
    • And more recently, they have had more human-bodied PZP, like Daveybird.
  • Unwritten Legends, like most MUDS has a couple of races that qualify. Namely, cat and dog people.
  • In Inherit the Earth, the entire cast is like this, more or less, due to human genetic experiments before they went extinct.
  • Avernum has the Slithzerikai and Nephilim / Nepharim, which are lizard and cat people respectively.
  • Solatorobo is populated by Caninu and Felineko.
  • Several Reploids in the Mega Man X series are themed after animals, namely the bosses. Some of them aren't so strange (as the animals they're based on have been Petting Zoo People before), such as Tunnel Rhino, Slash Beast (a lion), and Bamboo Pandamonium, and then, there are the strange choices, such as Jet Stingray, Shield Sheldon (a scallop), and then, based on one of the most obscure creatures in fiction, the water flea Reploid known as Infinity Mijinion. It's likely you'll never see a Petting Zoo water flea android ever again.
  • Morenatsu is a Visual Novel about your character meeting up with nine male anthropomorphic beasts and romancing them.
  • Dungeon Maker II: The Hidden War has several enemies like this, including the nekomatas, war tigers, and the boar-like orcs.
  • New Worlds Ateraan has felines, lykos (wolf-like), and nykos (jackal-like) as playable races. Comparing members of the race to their animal counterparts is seen as an insult.
  • Thunderscape has Lizard Folk rapacians, and magically created humanoid-animal hybrids ferrans. The game has feline, canine, reptile, eagle PCs (who only differ with character portraits) and a rhino NPC; the novels mention much more species.
  • Green County in Hidden Agenda is populated by them.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's and its sequels play this for Nightmare Fuel. You are alone at night in a Suck E. Cheese's restaurant (or a horror attraction inspired by it) with haunted Uncanny Valley animatronic animal mascot characters who scream at you and then kill you if they catch you. The third game also has a Shout-Out to the Furry Fandom, when the dude on the phone mentions cosplay and the possibility of having you wear a "furry suit".
  • RuneScape has several.
    • The god Armadyl and his race the Aviansie are anthropomoric Birds of Prey.
    • Although it never has been shown in the game, the god Bandos's concept art shows that underneath his armor he looks like an anthropomorphic rhinoceros with two Extra Eyes, one of which he lost. An earlier design that is no longer canon had him look like a pig.
    • Several of the gods of the Kharidian desert are like this, as they are based on the Egytpian gods mentioned above. One of them, Scabaras is a beetle man, who turned his loyal worphipers into beetle people in his own image as a reward. Amascut used to commonly appear as a lion headed woman (ironically she now fears cats). The others include Icthlarin (Jackal), Crondis (crocodile), and Apemeken (monkey, ape, or baboon depending on her mood), and possibly an unnamed camel headed god that Akthanakos sometimes took the appearance of.
    • The Dragonkin are Anthropomoric dragons. Despite the name, they actually existed before dragons. Dragons are the result of their experiments in creating a new race based on themselves but without Jas's curse. In early appearances that have now been retconned they resembled vultures, as they were inspired by the Skeksis from The Dark Crystal.
    • The Ilujanka or Dragon Riders are Lizard Folk. They are not related to the Dragonkin despite their similarities.
    • The Drakewing and King Black Dragon cosmetic overrides make the player look like anthropomorphic dragons.
    • Vampyres ranked Vyrewatch or higher or who have gone feral resemble bats.
    • Transformed werewolves are wolf like humanoids.
    • A few other monsters that resemble humanoid animals include the Airut (boar like creatures) and Minotaurs.
    • Two kinds of monsters from the Fight cave, the Yt-MejKot and Yt-HurKot, used to look like lizard men wearing robes but have been changed to resemble the other lava creature in the fight cave.
    • The Nihils are a mixture of Demon, Aviansie, Vampyre, and Icyene.
  • Everybody in the currently unfinished furry Romance H-Game Amorous (except possibly the player character if you choose to give him a more human appearance). As of version 0.8 the characters you can romance include a cute lizard, a tiger who is an aspiring writer, an effeminate bird boy who is also your stepbrother, a fox who likes to dress up and dye her fur to look like video game characters like Renamon and Lucario, a male to female transgender satyr, a rabbit who is much older that the player character, an Ambiguous Gender husky punk, a huge muscular dragon, a cute lizard man, and a lion man.
  • In Kult: Heretic Kingdoms, the Taymurians are basically wolf-people. Some humans treat them as animals, hunting them for their pelts; naturally, this makes them disinclined to cooperate with humans, but Alita can change their minds by taking out some hunters.
  • Lamb, one half of the champion Kindred, the Eternal Hunters from League of Legends, is this. As her name suggests, she's a bipedal humanoid whose body is completely covered with white fleece and has unguligrade feet and a tail. However instead of a face she wears a black wolf mask; her partner (and other half) Wolf, who wears the matching white lamb mask, definitely does not fit this trope, being a flying spectral disembodied wolf head.
  • Another video game by the Furry Fandom is the Visual Novel Major/Minor.
  • In Aviary Attorney, you play as a an attorney in 1848, Paris, in a World of Funny Animals. The game uses art by J. J. Grandville, a 19th century French Caricaturist who used Petting Zoo People in his art. Most characters are human with animal heads and sometimes necks. Some appear to have fur or feathers on their bodies and cats can extend claws, but most have relatively human proportions and very human hands. A few, including a cat, a frog, and penguins, have more animal-like bodies.
  • A number of Commanders in the mobile game Ark of War, such as Nekojiro (cat), Kid (rat), and Kakarrot (shark, with four arms). Also the characters on the Forge Ship (stag), Cargo Hold (shark), and Research Lab (doe).
  • Several monsters from Undertale look like this, such as Toriel who looks like a mixture of a human, rabbit, and a goat. Toriel may have been inspired by a creature from Irish mythology called a puca, which often appeared a humanoid with goat or rabbit like features.
  • A few playable races in World of Warcraft are this. Namely, the Tauren, Worgen, and Pandaren. Outside of the playable races, there's also Naga, Furbolgs, Murlocs, Tuskarr, Quilboars, Harpies, and lots of assorted minor races.
  • Stellaris features a lot of these as playable races, togheter with Plant Aliens, Mushroom Aliens and Starfish Aliens.
  • Beyond Good & Evil: A bonafide petting zoo, Hillys is home to your run of the mill cat people, a little more exotic goat people or fairly exotic shark people. Pig people, walrus people, rhinoceros people and more exist.
  • Overgrowth You play as a badass anthropomorphic ninja rabbit.
  • Starbound features an entire universe full of these. Among the playable races you will find the Apex, the Avian and the Hylotl, on the outpost you will meet a family of bears, a Frogg, maybe a fox-like Fenerox. Then on your travels you can encounter Brave Scot Alpaca centaurs or invite the Maggot Man to your colony. And then some modders decided that that's not enough.
  • Master of the Monster Lair: A large, large number of enemies, to various different levels: warcats, wardogs, humanosaurs, King Leon (lion), otter warriors... the list goes on for quite a while. Surprisingly, only one enemy type qualifies as being merely a Little Bit Beastly: the forked cat and its stronger types.
  • Kyle & Lucy: Wonderworld: Most of the cast is comprised of Petting Zoo People, including two cats, two foxes, and one ape.
  • With the exception of Final Fantasy Tactics, the Ivalice Alliance games have several races that look like animals with human bodies. There's the Bangaa filling in the role of brutish Lizard Folk. The Viera are a race of tall and slender bunny people. The Moogles are a race of short furry people looking a mix of a rabbit, a bat, and a mole. The Seeq are the fantasy Pig Man. The Nu Mou are a race of hunched over canine-like beings. Lastly, the Gria are a race of Draconic Humanoid where they have horns on their heads and can fly with their wings. Humans are also in the mix.
  • The beastmen in Final Fantasy XIV are mostly animalistic looking with vaguely human looking bodies (lizardmen, catfish, turtles, fishmen, etc). The Anata are the only exception to the rule since their design is more based on the nagas (lower half being a snake and the upper half having human features).
  • The Zora in various The Legend of Zelda games are Fish People where their bodies are mostly human but their heads look more like a fish. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes it a step further by making all the Zoras with shark-like heads.
  • In Speed Kills, most of the race contestants are human or human-ish — but Fyodor, for reasons not explored, is a humanoid anteater who wears a bow tie and quotes Dostoyevsky.

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Jay Naylor designs all of his furry characters this way.
  • CHEVALIER: The animal characters in this romantic fantasy adventure are a prime example. Here.
  • The cast of The Cyantian Chronicles are mostly human-animal hybrids created by an ancient alien race, largely divided into digitigrade Ricael (wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals...), and plantigrade Talin (rabbits, mice, sheep, mounties aka felines...). But there's also quite a few aliens of this form and some new hybrids (most notably fruit-scented skunks and psychic raccoons) created by the fox.
  • Dogfight uses anthropomorphic animals and combines them with World of Badass to create interesting fight scenes.
  • Lackadaisy takes place in an American 1920's where all humans are cats. Other animals such as dogs and pigs exist as we know them; so even though the reader perceives the characters as cats, they are truly and essentially human.
  • The heroine of the webcomic Freefall is a genetically engineered wolflike humanoid who carries with her a ton of instincts, most of which she can control by concentrating. Her running commentary of how she fits into human society is one of the highlights of the series.
    • Just to give you a taste: Florence had to practice ventriloquism to be able to talk right, because she can't use her lips to say P, M, or B. She has to hold herself back from chasing small moving things (she has at least once leapt from a moving vehicle when someone threw a ball). She can hear sounds in a range humans can't, so some places that are quiet to humans are very loud to her, and she had to learn not to shout over sounds nobody but she hears.
    • And she really must remember not to bare her fangs when imitating a human smile. Although, her horrific grin allows her to get her own way a lot.
    • She also can't see all colours, so she carries a device that names objects' colours for her, in case it's important (probably good, considering that her occupation is nuclear engineer). She mentions once having dyed her fur blue because her friends said she looked good in blue - the result didn't exactly work out.
    • Sam Starfall from the same comic is implied to be a Cthulhumanoid under his suit.
  • In TwoKinds, the Wolf-tribe of Keidrans are the most militaristic beastmen faction. One of their princes was supposed to marry a high-ranking politician from the Tiger tribe to legally join forces and take revenge on humanity. There are also dog-keidrans and fox-keidrans.
    • Basitins, which are a feline-like species separate from the Keidrans, also count.
  • Kira (fox) and Toby (lion) from Chivalry And Knavery. They describe themselves as humans who have animals among their ancestors, but the details are never elaborated beyond "A Wizard Did It."
  • Every character in Closed Gate.
  • There are Tiger People visible in the background of several Exiern strips, probably due to its Fantasy Kitchen Sink premise.
  • In Everyday Heroes, Uma Quipleure and her father resemble cows. Pity the poor guy who accidentally called Uma a stupid cow (which would be like calling a human girl a "big ape"). Uma can also make good use of Hammerspace.
  • In El Goonish Shive, the Shape Shifter Default Forms of Guineas and Hedge fall under this as do some Seyunolu's (Chimera's) seen in Ellen's Second Life.
  • The Ambis in Jix bear a slight resemblance to foxes. This was later explained by the fact that a different race of aliens abducted a group of proto-Ambis and planted them on Earth as an experiment and they evolved into foxes. Humans frequently mistake Ambis for "oddly colored dogs".
  • GELF in RankAmateur are usuallly this. The Virtual Intelligence programs are almost always given this form by their host AIs, as it is supposed to be user-friendly.
  • Zodiac applies this trope to the Superhero genre.
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl has a cast of cats and dogs. Oddly, there are also non-anthropormophic birds, hedgehogs, and lizards which have humanlike intelligence.
  • Sacred Grounds has several PZP in its cast.
  • Ozy and Millie takes place in a world completely of PZP, although it's supposed to be an alternate version of our world (the setting is Seattle). Still, real world people have been mentioned but never seen such as John Lennon, Oscar Wilde and George W. Bush. So whether they're talking about animal versions of said celebrities or humans exist but are just never shown is unknown.
  • Terinu has the Vulpine, which are anthro foxes, and the Galapados (anthro lizards) which exist beside races like the Galen, who are a Little Bit Beastly and the Ferin, who are... god only knows.
  • Outworld is a sci-fi webcomic that features Petting Zoo People as its main cast.
  • Tower of God has Rak, a giant, humanoid Blood Knight alligator and Gyetang, a walking bird with a giant shuriken on his back.
  • The Story of Anima has the Beastkin, a race of humanoid animal people living alongside humans.
  • ''Deceit and Unsoundness of Mind by J-Harper takes a militaristic few on this involving special forces.
  • Curtailed is a life embellished comic, so the people in it are actually human. They're just drawn as anthropomorphic animals.
  • DNA features genetically engineered children with super powers who have a combination of features from several different animals, known as species X. Other genetically engineered creatures also exist in this comic but haven't been shown yet.
  • Homestuck has a few character like this. Jack Noir steals the black queen's ring which gives him the traits of anything placed into the sprites before they enter the medium, and so when Jade enters the medium after Bequerel is combined with her sprite, he becomes a black humanoid dog, with wings and tentacles from the other objects put into the sprites. Later in the comic, PM finds the white queen's ring and becomes a similar winged dog. The comic also has a lot of references to the Furry Fandom. Equius has an obsession with Furry muscle fetish art, which Homestuck's author used to give Ironic reviews of. Dirk Strider also has some disturbing furry images (some of which are of people in animal fetish costumes) appearing on a screen in his room. In one Sweet Bro and Hella Jeff comic they appear as badly draw furry versions of themselves.
  • Forest Hill take place on a future version of earth that resembles The '90s populated by Petting Zoo People who worship now disappeared humanity.
  • Isla Grace from Professor Amazing and the Incredible Golden Fox: receives a fox-shaped engagement ring from her husband-to-be, Parker, which gifts her with the ability to transform into a fox (both anthropomorphic and full fox versions). She then feels it's only appropriate to put her new powers to use in the service of her community.
  • The cast of Sequential Art has a variety of these, including Kathleen the cat, Pip the penguin, and four squirrels which share a flat together, as well as the occasional appearance of the Kat's friend Vanity (also a cat) from college, and her Jerk with a Heart of Jerk bunny rival Hilary. The two exceptions in the main cast are Art who is the Token Human, and their Team Pet platypus who doesn't speak.
  • Welves and whatever the potions shopkeeper is in Charby the Vampirate.
  • Lord Womble of Girl Genius is a unicorn version of this, presumably his appearance was achieved by spark experiments though how he was made is not addressed.
  • All of the characters in Ruby Quest are anthropomorphic animals (based on characters from Animal Crossing), although due to the simplistic art style it's just limited to Unusual Ears. Ruby is a rabbit, Tom is a cat, Red is a fox, Stitches is a bear, Daisy is a dog, Filbert is a squirrel, Bella is a mouse, and Jay is a bird.
  • Some characters in The Accidental Space Spy are just humans with fur or colored skin. The protagonist faces a dilemma at one point when he is not sure whether his love interest is a “petting zoo person” or has a more horrifying Bizarre Alien Biology.

    Web Original 
  • All characters in The Colmaton Universe are this, as the main rule of the verse is that humans only exist in fiction.
  • In Addergoole, a significant portion of fae have a "true form" that falls under borderline PZP, or else Little Bit Beastly
  • Every character in Trinton Chronicles are animals evolved partly to human-form.
  • The Legatum series has several races that are basically bipedal animal-like creatures. Most notable are the murids, drakos, stilios, ranas, and fiscians.
  • Everyone from Tasakeru is this.
  • Orion's Arm has Splices and Rianths, who are Petting Zoo People created out of humans and animals via LEGO Genetics. The difference between a Splice and a Rianth is based on their clade's origins (Rianths are usually descended from humans who made themselves more bestial, while splices tend to be descendants of genetically modified slaves), and is pretty muddled in general.
  • The Tails Series has anthros, a race of anthropomorphic creatures who all dress, talk, and walk like regular human beings do.
  • 4chan has /trash/'s mascot/"board-tan", cleverly named Trish. Unlike every other mascot (even /mlp/ has a human mascot, heavily based on /co/'s, natch), Trish is a very fat opossum who lives in a dump (literally and figuratively, this is a board called /trash/), dresses like a trucker, and is generally difficult to be with through her lack of hygiene.
  • The SCP Foundation has SCP-1471-A, a creepy furry humanoid with a canine skull for a face who haunts people who download a strange phone application. Although scary, it seems to only want to make sure you are never alone.

    Western Animation 
  • Minerva Mink and werewolf form Wilford B. Wolf from Animaniacs.
  • Julie Bruin, Margot Mallard, Binky Bunny, and Bimbette the skunk from Tiny Toon Adventures.
    • Arnold the Pit Bull is a borderline PZP.
  • The cast of Moi Renart, with furries who have almost photo-realistic bodies in modern-day Paris.
  • Mousey Galore from Pinky and the Brain.
  • Lola Bunny, Melissa Duck, and Hatta Mari (a pigeon from "Plane Daffy") from Looney Tunes.
  • The Mae West horse from the Van Beuren Studios short "Galloping Fanny", and the Mae West duck in "Mild Cargo".
  • Plenty of the cast in The Jungle Show have pretty human features.
  • The majority of humanlike animal characters in Arthur are Petting Zoo People but some of them are an edge case of Little Bit Beastly.
    • For example, Buster Baxter is a Petting Zoo Person because his head looks reasonably rabbitlike, but his mother and father border on Little Bit Beastly because their heads look like human heads with rabbit ears and noses on them.
  • Cleo from Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, although falling most into Humanoid Female Animal territory.
  • Kitty Katswell from T.U.F.F. Puppy is a straight example of PZP and Dudley Puppy is a borderline example.
  • The main cast of Loonatics Unleashed.
  • The main cast of Road Rovers are normal dogs who get turned into Petting Zoo People by a mysterious scientist known as "The Master".
  • The SWAT Kats cast, though some of the characters are Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
  • Goofy, Max, Gyro Gearloose, and Launchpad McQuack are different from Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, fitting Borderline PZP or PZP more than they do Funny Animal. While they do have obviously dishuman features they are still far more humanoid than most of Disney's creations in the animal zoo world they live in.
    • But Goofy's prototype, Dippy Dawg, was halfdressed and more or less a Funny Animal.
    • In a similar vein to the above, the three Nephews and Daisy were shifted into a borderline PZP style during Quack Pack. Donald, however, retained his standard design (although his body stands up a little straighter than normal, but not by enough to change where he falls).
    • Fenton Crackshell's girlfriend Gandree Dee in DuckTales (1987) is very much a PZP.
  • Ren's parents from Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon".
  • The mice in the more recent CG Angelina Ballerina OVA are either Petting Zoo People or Borderline PZP, unlike the mice in the original version of the series.
  • Mirage from the Aladdin series. In the words of The Nostalgia Chick, "Why does she have a cat head... who cares?"
  • Many of the female cats in Tom and Jerry including Toodles Galore are either PZP or borderline PZP.
  • Mordecai on Regular Show is a naked humanoid blue jay, somewhere between a Funny Animal and a Borderline PZP. His crush, Margaret (a robin), is even closer to this trope, as is Rigby's older brother Don (despite also being nude). Mordecai's somewhat humanoid design contrasts quite a lot with Rigby's raccoon appearance, which isn't humanized that much.
    • Despite being about the same size as Rigby, Eileen probably counts. She's a mole with a Furry Female Mane, human-like breasts, and "fur" the color of a human skintone. Only her tail makes it obvious she's not human.
  • Fox from Skunk Fu! is a Borderline PZP.
  • About half the cast of Animalympics.
  • Most of the cast from Taz-Mania.
  • In the second cartoon series of Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Chipmunks are the size of 9-year-old human children but have the heads of rodents. In the case of the Chipettes, there should be an emphasis on the "people" part: they have animal-like faces, but they have human hair and apparently no fur apart from it (borderline the Little Bit Beastly).
  • Lieutenant M'Ress in Star Trek: The Animated Series.
  • Terrytoons' Mighty Mouse is an example of Top-Heavy Guy as well as this trope.
  • In Thundercats 2011 the main cast of Thundercats are Beast Folk Cats, but other Animals, like Dogs Lizards and Fishmen are designed as this type.
  • Turtle Island is set in a world full of PZP, with likes similar to Ozy and Millie (see Web Comics above).
  • A painting of King Julien that Maurice was painting in one episode of The Penguins of Madagascar depicts him with this appearance.
  • In Muzzy in Gondoland most inhabitants of Gondoland look like dogs. Goblinoid Corvax was supposed to be a bat. Extraplanetary Muzzy is a green bear. The king looks like a lion.
  • The characters of the French-Canadian Animesque show The Mysteries of Alfred Hedgehog fit this trope, and with some characters, it's closer to Borderline LBB. Humanlike hair on male characters, some characters pretty much lacking a muzzle and just having a fur-covered human face with an animal-like nose, and (most surprisingly) humanlike ears are featured.
  • Fully half the cast of BoJack Horseman.
  • Word Party: The main characters are baby animals. And they behave like human toddlers.
  • Several animated shows of The Disney Afternoon block like TaleSpin, DuckTales (1987) and Darkwing Duck occurred in universes of Borderline PZP. Darkwing even travels to our universe in one episode discovering the existence of humans for the first time ala Howard the Duck.
  • Some shows have a curious mix: Borderline Petting Zoo People exist alongside humans in the same world, but they never meet, cases of Piggsburg Pigs! and The Raccoons, even more curiously is that in both shows the anthropomorphic animals have an entire civilization with cities (albeit small rural cities), technology, automobiles and planes that humans never find out.
  • Babar has an interesting approach; almost a child-friendly version of Dr. Moreau. All the animals are normal at first, but after the little orphan elephant Babar goes to Paris and gets "civilized" he brings civilization with him to Africa teaching other elephants (and latter all animals in the jungle) to dress, act and live like animals all of them turning anthropomorphic in design. This, of course, hasn’t being absent of criticism as an alleged metaphor of imperialism.
  • The Get Along Gang plays the trope straight; all characters have animals heads and human bodies, and sometimes a tail.
  • Count Duckula with the borderline PZP case and only using birds of all kind instead of humans (and vampires).
  • Three of the students at Gravedale High were anthropomorphic animals that looked human from the neck down. They are Dog-Faced Boy, Elephant Boy, and a pig girl named Suey.
  • The majority of the cast of the Hungarian animated series Kerem A Kovetkezot.
  • Pig City: Everyone in this world is a pig person. The reason this trope isn't listed under Pig Man is because there are prominently-featured female characters as well.

Alternative Title(s): Humanoid Animals, Kemono, Standard Furry, Petting Zoo Person, Humanoid Animal, Borderline Petting Zoo People, Borderline Petting Zoo Person


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