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In many cartoon TV shows, films, and video games, the female animal characters may be drawn more obviously anthropomorphic than the male animals.

The males will look like cute cartoony critters or real animals, while the females will have curvaceous, more humanoid body shapes. They may come complete with Hartman Hips and/or Non-Mammal Mammaries. Frequently, females will be the only ones to have human-like hair, often long and flowing.

There may be a reasonable purpose for this: Humans are much more visually oriented than many other animals (except most birds), and these features are the most obvious visual cues for humans in telling female humans from males. Other species may have different visual cues, but what's the use in expecting the audience to recognize them? And what else could you do to distinguish that your animal character is female, Put a Bow On Her Head? Just give them human-like lady features and call it a day.

It is worth noting, perhaps, that facial hair is probably the one mostly male-exclusive attribute used for such characters, this being one clue of masculinity that is not hidden by clothing.

(Then again, this might be done for some other reasons, though it is hard to imagine what they might be...)

In other words, the female animals tend to be at least a half-notch closer to the "human" end of the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism than the male animals. A few of them may even be very anthro compared to their male equivalents.

This trope applies only to characters based on actual known species. Aliens, monsters and mythical beings can have Bizarre Alien Biology, after all.

See also Men Are Generic, Women Are Special, Cute Monster Girl, Humanoid Animals and — of course — Catgirl. Subtrope of Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism. Furry Female Mane is a subtrope of this.

Sometimes results in Furry Confusion.

Examples of Humanoid Female Animal include:


Anime & Manga


Comic Books


Film

  • Inverted in Kung Fu Panda in that Tai Lung (a male snow leopard) has a body that looks more human-like than that of Master Tigress [a female tiger]. His body is muscular and looks more human-like so as to contrast with her sleeker, leaner body.
  • Sawyer from Cats Don't Dance looks more human-like than Danny.
    • Not that much, though. The biggest difference seems to be that Danny's really, really skinny while Sawyer's got Hartman Hips. [1] [2] [3] [4]
      • There's also the difference between where those hips are. Sawyer's got the leg to body ratio closer to human, Danny doesn't.
  • The female mice in An American Tail look a little more human-like than the male mice, more so in the sequels.
    • In the first film, Bridget has Caucasian flesh-colored hands which look much more human than those of any of the other mice, male or female.
  • Same holds true for the mice in The Great Mouse Detective, especially with Kitty Mouse.
    • Olivia Flaversham may be an aversion, but then again she's young.
  • In The Pebble and the Penguin, the female penguins are given scary human hips way up where their wishbones should be and look more human-like in general.
  • Inverted (!) in Rover Dangerfield, where the character of Rover is humanized quite a bit (he can even stand on his hind legs while doing comedic bits), while the canine love interest looks like a real dog.
  • Maid Marian from Disney's Robin Hood. What makes this even more obvious is the fact that all of her dance moves are based on those of [[Snow White!
  • Goldie from Rock-a-Doodle.
  • Beans looks considerably more human-like than Rango. Also, Angelique the vixen looks considerably more human-like than the other characters, whether male or female.
  • Frog!Tiana from The Princess and the Frog apparantly has a more humanoid body than that of Frog!Naveen.
  • Inverted in Open Season, where Eliot the Mule Deer is almost always bipedal, while Giselle, his love interest, is a full-on quadrupedal Talking Animal.


Video Games

  • Krystal from Star Fox Adventures is noticeably more "human"-like than everyone else. The most blatant feature, aside from the Wrong-Type-of-Mammal Mammaries, is her human-like head hair.
  • With the notable exception of The Contessaa (who is a spider-centaur-thing with no humanoid legs), the female characters in the Sly Cooper video games tend to have more human-like bodies than the male characters.
    • With the exception of THE inspector, there's not much difference, especially in the Holland hotel in Sly 3.
  • Rouge the Bat from Sonic the Hedgehog qualifies, even compared to the other females.
  • When Tess is turned into an ottsel at the end of Jak 3 her proportions remain quite human, much more human than any of the males shown.
  • Ratchet and Clank, sister series to the above, also plays with this trope. Sasha, Girl of the Week from game three, has a decidedly human face shape and hair. Both Ratchet and Sasha's own father have more feline facial features (and, in her father's case, a lion-like mane for hair).
    • See also Angela from game two, who's actually a female Lombax (Ratchet's species).
  • Tauren and especially worgen females in World of Warcraft are more human in body shape than their male counterparts. Furbolgs, quillboars, and wolvars subvert this, however, as females of those species look no different from the males.
  • Candy Kong is far more human than any of the other Kongs in Donkey Kong Country, but she's the only female Kong with this distinction, as Dixie and Wrinkly aren't nearly as humanoid.
    • At least, she was the only female Kong with this distinction, until Nintendo redesigned Tiny Kong.
  • Jynx from Pokémon is essentially this trope, although it looks more like a full-on human than an animal. This is also true with Gothitelle.
    • Gardevoir and Lopunny both would be a more straight example. Subverted however, by the fact that these Pokemon can be both genders.
    • In an inversion, many Fighting-types such as Hitmonchan, Machoke, Throh, Sawk, and Hariyama have a stereotypical human male build, though in many cases there's a slight chance they can be female.
  • Tawna, Coco and the trophy girls from the Crash Bandicoot series are more humanoid compared to Crash himself and other animal characters.
  • The females of Solatorobo tend to have peach fur and very short muzzles, while the males have longer, more animal-like noses and fur colors from a wider palette like white, grey, or orange. Males may also have bicolor fur (such as Red's tan-and-white face) or distinctly animal-like patterns (Québec is tiger-striped), while all females ever get is a single stripe on each cheek (though that's all some males have, too).
    • The exception to the "short-muzzle girls" rule is Merveille, who has a longer nose with her peach fur. Notably, this tendency toward short muzzles tends to make people mistake Red's sister Chocolat for a Felineko when she is in fact just a short-faced Caninu.


Web Original

  • Practically every Furry Fandom work ever. Though occasionally male characters are drawn with hair.
    • Actually, this varies quite a bit from work to work. Often, a particular artist's characters have about the same level of anthropomorphism regardless of gender.
  • In Adventures of the Puffincat the image of a female puffincat is essentially a woman with cat ears and a beak (as opposed to the male puffincat, which is more or less what you expect when you imagine something with that name). Amusingly enough, the only difference the narrator recognises is the presence of a bow in her head.
  • This.


Western Animation

  • In Tiny Toon Adventures, Binky Bunny, Bimbette, and Margot Mallard are more anthropomorphic than Buster Bunny, Johnny Pew, and Plucky Duck respectively. Averted with Fifi La Fume and Shirley The Loon, and mostly averted with Babs Bunny.
  • In Swat Kats, the female cats look more anthropomorphic than the male cats. This is mostly in the heads/faces and hands, and male body builds are fairly humanoid with a few exceptions.
  • In Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats, Cleo (see picture) looks distinctly more anthropomorphic than Riff Raff, Heathcliff and the other cats.
    • Notably, however, Hector, Wordsworth and Mungo were about the same height, as were most dogs and other adversaries.
    • An exception is Heathcliff's girlfriend Sonja, who has the same round body type that he does. Notably, Sonja is from the original comic unlike Cleo.
  • Gadget Hackwrench, the female mouse from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, looks more human like than the male mouse Monterey Jack.
  • The female Dogfaces in Goof Troop and A Goofy Movie look a little more human-like than the male ones, to the point where their noses, muzzles, and ears can often be their only non-human feature.
    • This has been lampshaded by both Don Rosa and Carl Barks, who draw "real" historical characters with this generic doglike feature because Walt Disney informed both artists that it would be less jarring to see them around Funny Animals.
      • Walt Disney wasn't even alive when Don Rosa began to draw Duck-comics. In any case, Barks made exceptions quite often, especially with many 'ethnic' characters. Rosa on the other hand made only one exception, in Quest for Kalevala, where the Finnish god-heroes were drawn with human noses and five fingers.
  • Rebecca Cunningham from Tale Spin has a slimmer, more anthropomorphic body than Baloo.
  • Lola Bunny and Melissa Duck from the Looney Tunes franchise (the former being from more recent works) look more anthropomorphic than Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, respectively.
  • The female cats in Tom and Jerry look more humanoid than Tom does.
  • Bernice, Grandma-Ma, and Agnes Delrooney from Duckman look more humanoid than Eric Duckman and the other male ducks.
  • Kitty Katswell of Tuff Puppy looks more humanoid than Dudley Puppy.
  • Many of the female characters from Arthur.
  • Magaret the cardinal from Regular Show is a Petting Zoo Person whereas Mordicai the bluejay is somewhere between a Funny Animal and a Borderline PZP.
    • Margaret's friend Eileen is a humanoid mole, but apart from her tail and feet she looks completely human.
  • Inverted hard with the two cats from The Simpsons; the Simpson family's pet cat, Snowball II (a female cat) and Scratchy (a male Funny Animal cat) from The Itchy and Scratchy Show. This is likely because Snowball II is a "real" cat and Scratchy is a "cartoon" cat.
  • In the second cartoon series, but not in the three live-action movies, Alvin and The Chipmunks are either Borderline Petting Zoo People or straight-up Petting Zoo People, but the Chipettes are Borderline Little Bit Beastly.
  • Animaniacs:
    • Rita is a Civilized Animal cat who often walks on two legs, but her friend, Runt, is a four-legged Talking Animal dog.
    • Newt the dog is a Civilized Animal and Wilford B. Wolf is a Funny Animal, but Minerva Mink is a Petting Zoo Person.
      • Averted when Wilford become a werewolf, which in that case, he is just as anthropomorphic as Minerva.
    • And played with regarding Slappy in the "Buttermilk Slappy" short. She's shown as being more human-like during when she looks to be in roughly mid 20s or so. Then she "regresses" back to the more squirrellike form we know and love.
      • Also played with regarding Dot Warner in "Roll Over Beethoven". When she dresses in a red dress and shoes, she looks inexplicably more human-like (in other words, like a Petting Zoo Person) than usual (that is, a Funny Animal).
  • Mousey Galore is more anthropomorphic than the other mice in Pinky and The Brain, even more so than the other female mice.
  • The two adult female leads in Birdz (Betty Storkowitz and Miss Finch) qualify. Both have Non-Mammal Mammaries and the latter has Hartman Hips.
  • Played straight in Western Animation/{{Kaeloo]], where the female animals shown in men's magazines are bordering on Little Bit Beastly. Even Kaeloo herself, who lacks most forms of Tertiary Sexual Characteristics has some serious junk in the trunk and has a light curve to her hips which is often accentuated in the way she stands. She is also significantly less prone to dropping a Furry Reminder than her male friends.
  • Common in Hanna-Barbera cartoons with animal protagonists. One notable aversion being Cindy Bear.
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