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How did they all co-evolve to have human-like hands? ...You know what, never mind.

"In the world of Zootopia, humans never happened. Which makes Zootopia a modern civilized world that is entirely animal."
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A whole animal universe is man-made, with shops, houses, technology etc. except that animals take the place of people. In some works, all kinds of animals take the place of people; all animals are human surrogates and considered equals to each other. In other works, some animals or types of animals take the place of people while others are considered normal animals. Sometimes, only one species of animal is a human surrogate. There are no people in the setting, except maybe a Token Human or two.

In some works where some animals or types of animals take the place of people and others are considered normal animals, there are both normal forms and human surrogate forms of one or more animal species.

Can involve Partially Civilized Animals, Civilized Animals, or Funny Animals. Beast Men might also fall under this trope, though it's rarer as Beast Men tend to be considered a separate species to their animal look-alike. Compare Sliding Scale of Animal Cast. Compare and contrast Alternate Tooniverse, where animals (or other cartoons) and humans each have a separate world which people can cross between, as well as Cast of Personifications, where the cast are the personifications of nonhuman things or beings given human form. Also compare and contrast Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!, where these types of characters co-exist with people. If mammals are the only Funny Animals in the setting, then you've got yourself World of Mammals. Also contrast with Furry Lens, in which the cast are really humans but are symbolically depicted as talking animals.


May result in Furry Confusion and/or Carnivore Confusion.


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     Anime And Manga 
  • Little Bit Beastly example: Dog Days
  • The cast of the 1986 series Maple Town is mostly cute anthropomorphic animals. The exception is the main antagonist, scary wolf who threatens to kidnap and eat the young animals. Patty is brave enough to confront him at times and even rescues some of her friends from him occasionally.
  • The Kemono manga Mekko Rarekko, which features a cast of anthropomorphic canines.
  • Unlike the games (where Sonic naturally lives on a planet alongside humans), it's shown in Sonic X that Sonic comes from a planet that lacks humans. Dr. Eggman was revealed to have been born on Earth. Sonic and his friends, however, are stuck on Earth for almost the entirety of the first series (first two seasons outside of Japan).
  • All the characters in Aggressive Retsuko are Funny Animals, they mostly act like humans except for a few Furry Reminders.
  • The obscure direct-to-video series Mother Goose Songs & Rhyme features cute anthropomorphic animals as various Mother Goose characters.
  • Shima Shima Tora no Shimajirō
  • Kaiketsu Zorori features a world of Funny Animals with the human creator of the show coming in to break the fourth wall ever now and then.
  • The various continuities of Kemono Friends are populated exclusively by the titular Friends, animals transformed into Little Bit Beastly girls by Sandstar, with the exception of the protagonists.
  • Beastars takes place in a society made up entirely of anthropomorphic animals, with a lot of tension between carnivores and herbivores. While it's easy to draw comparisons between this series and Zootopia for its similar themes, Beastars is notable for taking a darker and more realistic route, with carnivores having to struggle with maintaining control of their instincts while herbivores try to stay confident despite their fears of said instincts.

    Asian Animation 

     Comic Books 
  • I Killed Adolf Hitler is set in a world of Funny Animals. This includes Hitler.
  • Funny Animals example: Maus, though it's implied to be more of the author's imagination at work using different animals to represent different groups of people (the Jews are mice, the Germans are cats, the Polish are pigs, the French are frogs, the Americans are dogs, etc.).
    • Less implied and more outright stated; the Author Avatar briefly how he should be depicting his girlfriend, since she's not Jewish (by birth) and is in fact French. She initially suggests a rabbit, and then says that since she's converted to Judaism, she should be a mouse also.
  • The Mickey Mouse Comic Universe and many of the comics in the Disney Ducks Comic Universe don't feature humans, unlike the Disney cartoons they're based on. They're rodent and duck centric.
  • The world of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!, officially named "Earth-C" in the DC Comics multiverse system (post-Infinite Crisis, Earth-C was renamed "Earth-26"). Earth-C is designated as the world where most of DC's Golden and Silver Age funny-animal comics ("The Dodo and the Frog," "Peter Porkchops," etc.) take place.
  • Duckworld, where Howard the Duck comes from, is populated solely by anthropomorphic ducks.
  • Fritz the Cat and its film adaptations.
  • Horndog.
  • 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.
  • Grandville, is a about a badger police detective in a world which is mostly Funny Animals with a minor (servant) population of humans. The latter become more significant in the sequels, starting out as largely a background gag.
  • Usagi Yojimbo, which takes place in Japan where every single animal except horses and lizards are anthropomorphized. Lord Hikiji on the other hand...
  • Sonic the Comic takes place on Mobius, a planet populated by anthropomorphic animals. Unlike Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, there are no humans naturally on Mobius and it is a separate planet from Earth. Humans do pop up (as alien invaders) in one arc, however for the most part Robotnik is the sole human on Mobius.
  • The cartoon world of Peter Porker, the Amazing Spider-Ham, is filled with a wide variety of cartoon animal superheroes and villains. Initially appearing in his own book and What The? in the 80s, we see further glimpses of it the the Web Warriors comic series.
  • Subverted in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. Originally, the comics seemed to take place in one of these. However, once the games started explicitly humans in-series in Sonic Adventure, the comic couldn't ignore them for long. Eventually it was shown that Mobius was a futuristic Earth where animals became the dominant species after being mutated long ago. Humans live in a secluded area and have since devolved into aggressive, four-fingered "Overlanders" (though a few normal humans still exist).

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    Fan Fiction 

  • The Busytown series created by Richard Scarry is filled with nothing but friendly humanized animals going through their daily lives. The series mostly stars a cat and a worm.
  • The Berenstain Bears books and TV show, but with bears specifically.
  • All of Kyell Gold's novels are primarily set in universes void of humans. Strangely though, anthropomorphism only applies to land-based mammals, and Lee from Out of Position mentioned that he once had a pet lizard.
  • The Geronimo Stilton books and their Animated Adaptation do this with mice specifically.
  • Ysengrimus is pretty much the book that spawned a whole genre by itself, including many other tales of Reynard the Fox. Not surprising, since the book uses anthropomorphic fable characters to make a satire about medieval times.
  • The Redwall and both its Animated Adaptation and graphic novel one. A world of humanized animals living in a permanent medieval time period, it's half Sugarbowl, half world of war. Redwall mainly contains small woodland animals such as mice, hares, rats, and badgers however non-anthropomorphic looking (though still as sapient as the other characters) birds appear.
  • Pick any book made by Rosemary Wells. Most of her children's books star an anthropomorphic animal character such as a raccoon, rabbit, or cat.
  • Babar is a curious example, as it begins with normal animals (primarily elephants and rhinos) who then learn to walk and talk like humans.
  • The Green Ember world is comprised almost entirely of anthropomorphic rabbits, wolves, and giant birds of prey in a setting similar to The Middle Ages.
  • The Builders setting is composed of anthropormorphic animals in a Western time period.
  • In Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama books and the Animated Adaptation, Llama Llama's world is populated by animals such as llamas, gnus, goats and in the television series sheep and giraffes, among others. Humans are nowhere to be seen.
  • The Armadillo with No Heart takes place in such a world, which is also a World of Mammals, with all character to appear in the story being anthropomorphic armadillos or hedgehogs. While they mostly behave like humans (including living in humanlike houses and using typewriters), there is the occasional Furry Reminder such as the armadillo protagonist curling into a ball to protect himself from wolves.
  • The Bad Guys book series takes place in a world of anthropomorphic animals. Despite this, dog kennels are treated as both prisons and standard dog kennels and chickens still live in caged farms (and also risk being eaten by Mr. Snake).
  • Sundered Lands takes place in a setting similar to The Middle Ages where everyone is some kind of anthropomorphic animal, and no humans are so much as even referenced.
  • Little Critter and his family are Cartoon Creature critters, all other characters in the series are anthropomorphic animals of some sort.
  • The soft science fiction novel Barsk: The Elephants' Graveyard is set in a galaxy of anthropomorphic mammals, although the focus is on the titular elephants. All can trace their ancestry back to "raised mammals" genetically engineered by humans.


    Tabletop RPGs 
  • Ironclaw and Jadeclaw are Low Fantasy RPGs in a world where seemingly all mammals and birds are anthropomorphic. Calabria, the setting of Ironclaw, is divided between four major houses ruled by foxes, horses, boars, and wolves, but their vassals and subjects comprise dozens of other species.
  • Urban Jungle is a Film Noir-inspired RPG from the same makers as Ironclaw that takes place in a world similar to our own early 20th century, but with animals as people.
  • Hc Svnt Dracones is a Post-human Cyberpunk RPG where a Mega-Corp repopulated the solar system with genetically engineered human-animal hybrids called "Vectors" following a nuclear war. The few remaining humans either modified themselves into Vectors or died off.
  • Crimestrikers is set on Creaturia, a multi-species world populated not only by humanoid mammals, birds and reptiles, but a race of Fish People called Hydrerans. Dragons existed (in the form of Draconic Humanoids) until they were hunted to extinction long ago, but the species is revived due to genetic engineering.
  • Wild Skies: Europa Tempest is set in a world of anthropomorphic animals, but centered on a Diesel Punk Europe that is struggling to put itself back together after World War I ground into a stalemate. Players usually take on the role of mercenaries.

  • Every incarnation of My Little Pony after the original generation of toys lacks humans and it's composed entirely of animals, mainly the titular ponies. Although with Equestria Girls there are now plenty of toys of the pony characters as humans (albeit with with very unnatural skintones).
  • Sylvanian Families stars a group of anthropomorphic animals mostly on animals families like bunnies and cats.

    Video Games 
  • Splatoon and Splatoon 2 both have casts composed of a large variety of marine animals, most of them anthropomorphic and with shapeshifting squid and later octopuses - the Inklings and Octolings - as the main focus. One notable detail is that there's a grand total of two true mammals in the cast (Judd and Li'l Judd, who are cats); everyone else is, at best, a vertebrate fish, with the rest being invertebrates. This is a little unusual for this trope, especially since Splatoon doesn't take place underwater.
  • Carrie's Order Up! is populated entirely by anthropomorphic sea creatures, from a crab waitress to an eel businessman.
  • The characters of Aviary Attorney are all Half Human Hybrids with animal heads, though in background art and such that involves crowds the crowds usually have human faces.
  • The setting of Shadow of the Wool Ball and its sequel. The main characters are hedgehogs inhabiting a planet that gets attacked by evil cats from outer space. The sequel also includes sapient sheep and polar bears.
  • Played with in Sonic the Hedgehog. In the first several games, it seemed like this trope was being used. Besides the oddman out, Dr. Robotnik, there were only Funny Animal characters (possibly due to the games taking place in islands). Thus most western works portrayed the characters living on a planet named "Mobius" where only anthropomorphic animals existed. However, according to Japanese canon humans did exist. They were just offscreen, bar a few characters such as Robotnik and Witchcart. This was supported by the series having urban-themed levels since the beginning, and by Sonic the Screensaver and Sonic the Animation outright showing Sonic and his friends coexisting with humans. Sonic Adventure did away with any doubts on the matter, featuring hubworlds filled with human NPCs, making it clear that the characters live on a fictional version of Earth alongside humans.
  • The titular kingdom of Armello is populated by civilized animals... well, civilized enough for them to engage in a cut-throat battle for the throne when their king falls to madness and decay. The player characters come from one of five clans (Wolf, Rabbit, Rat, Bear, or the catch-all of Bandit) that influence the kingdom, but card art and in-game quest-givers extend the population across a large span of european mammals, throwing in reptiles and amphibians as well.
  • Tooth and Tail is set in a world of funny animals that resembles early 20th century Russia. Because all the animals want to eat meat, and meat has to come from animals (who are all intelligent), this causes a Civil War that makes up the events of the game.
  • Rivals of Aether takes place in a world inhabited entirely by beast men, where no humans appear at all. This conceit extends to the guest fighters: Ori is a somewhat vulpine Cartoon Creature, and though Shovel Knight wears full-body armor that conceals his species, his fish head is revealed in a secret taunt. Of course, game mods can easily bump the game up to Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!
  • Investi-Gator: The Case of the Big Crime takes place in a world of cartoony animals. Although there aren't too many characters, there is still a relatively diverse choice of species. There are even anthropomorphic fish, which is a rarity in most stories.

    Web Animation 

  • Downplayed in Precocious, in which only cats and dogs are civilized.
  • The eponymous main characters of Chuck and Beans are anthropomorphic animals, specifically a rabbit and a dog, respectively. The few background characters that appear are always other anthropomorphic animals.
  • The owl people in Realm of Owls are the comic's equivalent of humans. There are also other anthropomorphic animals that have human intelligence, like the Beast Lord who is a long-spined cat.
  • The cast of Blue Moon Blossom consists of cartoony minimalist animals with what appear to be human levels of intelligence and reasoning.

    Web Original 
  • The Pirates Covered in Fur is a story filled with anthropomorphic animals and no humans in sight. The only exception is the giant robot dragon, which doesn't speak and acts feral.
  • Neopets was made into one of these a few years after its founding, with the title pets serving as the stand-in for humans, so the Petpets serve as stand-ins for animals.
  • The music video for Lone Digger by Caravan Palace is about a bar fight between a bunch of anthropomorphic animals.
  • Also, the music video for Kangaroo Court by Capital Cities is about a zebra is sentenced to prison.
  • Tails of the Bounty Hunter takes place on planet Drorix, which is populated entirely by anthros and aliens as opposed to anthros and humans like on planet Tero.

    Western Animation 
  • Angelina Ballerina, both the Civilized Animal/Funny Animal world in books and the original version of the show, and the newer world in the CGI version.
  • Civilized Animal example: Franklin. The protagonist is an anthropomorphic turtle and two of his best friends are a bear cub and fox kit. It is, apparently, Earth, as Australia is explicitly mentioned by name and both maps and globes have been depicted that match the Earth.
  • Justified in the Saturday Night Live "Bear City" segments. A meteor crashed to earth, and the inhabitants of the town went underground in order to escape its effect. One of the unrealized effects was to make bears start acting like people (but they couldn't talk), taking the places of people in that society.
  • Every incarnation of My Little Pony from My Little Pony Tales on takes place in a world without humans. The fourth generation continuity, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, is particularly rigorous about this, going to the point of editing the appearances of partly human creatures to remove the "partly human" bit (for instance, manticores have fully leonine heads, while a sphinx appeared with a pony's head instead of a human's). The only exception are the Equestria Girls films, which are explicitly set in a separate universe from the one the rest of G4 takes place in.
  • Sheriff Callie's Wild West is a Western Series for pre-schoolers. Most of its characters are animals, but one of Sheriff Callie's deputies is an anthropomorphic cactus.
  • Skunk Fu! takes place in a version of ancient China where the animal styles of kung fu are all performed by actual animals. Sound familiar?
  • Toot & Puddle is definitely a more unusual example. The entire cast is animals, however, they fall at various stages along the map. Toot, Puddle and the other talking pig characters are pretty much Funny Animals and many of the other characters are too. However, Toot & Puddle live with a bird named Tulip who is generally shaped like a bird and can fly, but can still talk and is completely sentient. Certain animals, such as elephants or cows, tend to be drawn more animal-like and may sometimes perform their animal functions, such an elephant who gives rides around India. However, the elephant still gets paid for doing this job and has her own life off-duty.
  • Fantomcat lived in a world like this. He was a cat; his True Companions, his enemies, and the civilians they protected were all various species of animal.
  • Tonko House's animated short The Dam Keeper is set in a world populated by Funny Animals containing no dialogue from the characters.
  • The Russian series Nu, Pogodi! has an entire cast of anthropomorphic animals.
  • The main characters of Kipper are anthropomorphic dogs and pigs. There never any humans seen and nothing to indicate any exist within that world.
  • Count Duckula is about a world of anthropomorphic birds.
  • Zigzagged in The Raccoons: At first the episodes started and finished with a human ranger and his children having a parallel Aesop and living near the characters and all the sentient animals were supposed to coexist secretly with humans (showing even normal non-anthropomorphic animals as the rule). After the initial season the writers dropped completely the human characters and the world become a planet of Civilized Animals.
  • The Remake of Danger Mouse. The original series rarely showed any humans, but was intended to be a Mouse World beneath regular London. In the new version, the Queen is a corgi, there's a hippo selling meat pies, and the rodents and other small animals have been scaled up to the point where DM's pillar box HQ is now a skyscraper shaped like a pillar box.
  • Most western cartoons for Sonic the Hedgehog play this trope straight, despite the games taking place in a Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! environment. Sonic Sat AM and Sonic Underground came out prior to Sonic Adventure and use the outdated "Mobius" concept. Sonic Boom takes place in an Alternate Universe from the games where the characterizations are different and the world seems to be populated by anthros, as no humans other than Dr. Eggman are ever shown. Curiously averted by Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, which had a significant number of human characters despite being (loosely) based on the early Western canon, although it was still set on Mobius and most characters were anthros. In addition, the series bible for Sonic Sat AM established that Mobius was a post-apocalyptic Earth that was originally populated by humans, similarly to the Archie continuity.
  • Kaeloo: Planet Smileyland only has seven inhabitants, but all of them are anthropomorphic animals with no humans in sight.
  • Commander Clark is filled with funny animals in space. The main characters are a dog, a fox, and a cat.


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