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Basic Trope: Cute, silly creatures who hang out together and use The Power of Friendship to resolve conflicts.

  • Straight: The show Bob, Alice, and The Gang is all about six anthropomorphic animal friends who play together: Alice the cat, Bob the dog, Charles the crow, David the lizard, Emily the mouse, and Frank the slug. They live in a city populated only by animals; no humans are ever shown or mentioned.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The gang consists entirely of animals - more than 100 of them, including six dogs, seven cats, and five mice.
    • Anthropomorphic versions of real animals coexist with fantasy species.
  • Downplayed:
    • The gang is occasionally accompanied by Greg, a Token Human.
    • The Big Bad, Herman, is a human, while all other characters are animals.
    • Humans are sometimes shown as background characters.
  • Justified: The show is set In a World... where animals are intelligent, and humans may or may not exist.
  • Inverted: No animals are shown at all, and some humans act like animals.
  • Subverted: The team ventures outside the city and finds a road to the "Land of Humans".
  • Double Subverted: There are no actual humans there; the animals killed them off generations ago.
  • Parodied: They so cute and cuddly, they fight evil being by annoying them to death.
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  • Zig Zagged: The main characters are anthropomorphic animals, while the "Team Pet" is a human who acts like a dog.
  • Averted: The cast consists of humans, possibly with a Team Pet or two.
  • Enforced: "We need a funny and cute cast to appeal to children. Let's make them all animals."
  • Lampshaded: "Please stop fighting. What are we, animals?" "Yes, that's what we are. Every one of us except Ivan, that is; he's a robot built by animals."
  • Invoked: Herman transforms all the humans in Trope City (possibly including himself) into anthropomorphic animals.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Herman transforms the anthropomorphic animals into humans.
  • Discussed: "Maybe someday, when we humans are extinct, all animals will be as intelligent as we are now."
  • Conversed: "This show is so cute. I love how those cute creatures do everything together."
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  • Deconstructed: The characters may be anthropomorphic animals, but they have instincts that their respective species exhibit in Real Life. Alice finds it very hard not to eat Emily, and this prompts Emily to leave the group.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: There are both anthropomorphic and non-anthropomorphic animals on the show. Alice, an anthropomorphic cat, is The Leader of the gang, while Jeffrey, a non-anthropomorphic cat, is the Team Pet.
  • Played For Drama: The different species exhibit Fantastic Racism toward each other; Alice, Bob, Charles, David, Emily, and Frank have to keep their friendship a secret.

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