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Rarely, there cartoons and video games with funny animals and other non-humans, the male characters are often either pantless or naked save for accessories, but the female characters are more or less fully dressed, whether Barefoot Cartoon Animal or not. In a few instances, the male characters may be shirtless.

Some societies of anthropomorphized animals have their own gender-based double standard dictating who is allowed to wear what clothes. The most common result is the females being held to a higher standard of dress than the males; which makes less sense when you realize males have a bit more to hide from the waist down. One possible answer could be that once one is a funny animal, it's less about modesty and more about accessorizing.

This trope is about the trend in some works to show male characters wearing less clothing than females.

A Subtrope of Appropriate Animal Attire. See also Tertiary Sexual Characteristics, Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal, and Humanoid Female Animal.

Examples of Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females include:


  • Baby Felix and Friends have all females wore full clothes while all males except for Baby Felix don't have any clothing or far less clothing.


  • In a variant, the males of Fish Police are pantless, while the females wear swimsuits or bikinis.
  • Maybe inverted with Krazy Kat since Krazy was probably a Bigender or Transgender (male in the black and white cartoons and female in the 1963 cartoon) and wears a ribbon or any accessories while Officer Bull Pup was fully dressed.
  • In the Sonic Archie prior to 2013 Reboot, Many twist of attires around anthropomorphic characters.
    • All Sonic Game boys are pantsless while all Sonic Game Girls are fully dressed. Makes sense since they don't change as much.
    • While Some of the characters are inverted with females like Hersey the Cat, Sally Acorn, and Julie Su are pantsless while some males like EnterJak, Echidnas, and a few others are fully dressed.
    • After Archie Sonic 252, the standard of gender attires is frequently used in almost all sonic mobians ever since, especially with the IDW Sonic Comics.

Film, Animated

Film, Live-Action

  • In the vast majority of peplum (Italian-made sword and sandal flick like Hercules and the Captive Women) the heroes run around basically dressed in nothing but leather diapers, while the women are generally dressed in togas that cover them from neck to ankle.
  • Inverted for the Sonic 2020 Movie, Longclaw only wears armor on her chest while the Echidnas are fully covered with cloaks. Even though Sonic, Ozzy, and Tails are adverted by Default.


  • In Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter just wears a blue jacket (and loses even that). His mother wears a dress and an apron. His sisters, however, avert the trope by just wearing shawls.

Video Games

  • In the Sly Cooper games, most of the male characters are routinely pantsless, but almost all the female characters are fully dressed. The exception is The Contessa from Sly 2, but she's a spider-centaur-thing with no humanoid legs.
    • In a behind-the-scenes unlockable in Sly 2, one developer comments that Sly is "a universe in pantsless-ness".
  • In the Sonic the Hedgehog game series, Almost all but two (Charmy and Ix) male non-human characters wear nothing but shoes and gloves, and the females are fully clothed except for Zeena from Sonic Lost World.
    • But in the Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons and comics, a sort of flip-flop in dressing code happens between the genders. With little exception, young male characters are mostly naked and young female characters are almost always fully dressed, but as they mature, the males start wearing more clothing, while the females start wearing much less. Amy Rose and Cream the Rabbit, for example, are not yet into their teens, and wear full dresses and panties, while their much older counterpart Sally Acorn wears only boots and a vest; similarly, Knuckles is almost completely nude in his teenage years, while his much older family members (and eventually himself, as revealed in the latest "25 Years Later" Story Arc) all wear some form of full bodysuit or cloak.
  • In the third Spyro the Dragon game, Spyro: Year of The Dragon, Hunter wears nothing at all, whereas Bianca wears a robe.
  • Crash Bandicoot is always shirtless, as most male animal characters: Tiny, Dingodile, Crunch... Coco, Yaya Panda, Tawna, and the Bandicoot females, on the other hand, wears full clothing.
    • And Tawna from the first game wears a blouse and a miniskirt.
  • Seen in the Donkey Kong games, at least with Donkey and Candy Kong. Candy wears a normal amount of clothes (well, "normal" might be pushing it a little, but she's covering the essentials), DK wears nothing but a tie.
    • Inverted with Dixie Kong and Funky Kong respectively.

Web Animation

Web Comics

  • In Ozy and Millie, Ozy wears a top hat and vest as his default outfit, while Millie's is overalls (albeit without a shirt). Averted with the secondary and minor characters, where there's little to no correlation between amount of clothing and gender.
    • Though whenever Ozy is shaved he has to wear pants, was actually the subject of one mini-arc. And there are numerous occasions where Millie dances naked in the rain.
  • Invoked in this Dork Tower comic.
  • Inverted in Dragon City where male dragons usually wear a loincloth or shorts, but females are almost always stark naked. Partially justified as their genitals are differently arrayed (and Non-Mammal Mammaries is completely averted).

Web Original

  • Homestar Runner. Lampshaded multiple times as he goes berserk when it's pointed out he's not wearing any pants and that whenever he loses whatever one might call the red-starred article of clothing he wears, he's covered in a censorship mosaic.

Western Animation

  • Bugs Bunny from Looney Tunes is completely naked save for White Gloves, but Lola Bunny is more or less fully dressed.
    • In an older cartoon, Hare Splitter, Bugs, and his romantic rival only wear gloves, while Daisy, their love interest, is in a sweater and skirt. What's more, she lives in an above-ground bungalow, and they live in holes in the ground. Perhaps she just has more style.
    • Porky Pig is pantless, but Petunia Pig is fully-dressed.
    • Inverted with Penelope Pussycat wearing nothing while Speedy Gonzales is all clothing but barefoot.
  • Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation) from Tiny Toon Adventures wear a shirt and a blouse and skirt, respectively. But, Babs doesn't wear anything underneath it...
    • In the pilot episode, this was lampshaded as the characters were being introduced and drawn into existence by Buster saying, "And some clothes for the censors."
  • In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, all the male rangers wear shirts but no pants (actually, Chip doesn't even have a shirt, just a coat). Gadget wears a full jumpsuit. While this is partly justified normally since she's a mechanic, even when the rangers wear something other than their usual outfits, Gadget is always fully clothed.
    • There was a bit of Lampshade Hanging in one episode: When Dale and Gadget swap bodies, she says, "Is it drafty in here?" and quickly makes a skirt out of a toothpaste cap.
  • In The Backyardigans, all the male characters except Austin are wearing less clothing (Tyrone is pantless and Pablo is almost completely naked) than the female characters (Tasha and Uniqua), who are more or less fully dressed.
  • Rebecca and Molly Cunningham from Tale Spin are fully dressed, but Kit Cloudkicker and Baloo are pantsless. Averted in that most male characters in the show are fully dressed.
  • Mickey and Minnie follow this trope in more modern appearances like in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, where Mickey Mouse remains shirtless but Minnie is wearing a full dress.
  • On Tuff Puppy, Kitty Katswell is fully clothed, but Dudley Puppy wears only a shirt.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Squidward and Plankton seem to be the two that don't wear pants, and this is often lampshaded.
  • In Regular Show, Mordecai and Rigby are naked, while Margaret and Eileen are fully clothed.
  • A minor reversal in Darkwing Duck; while most of the women follow suit with this (Morgana, Binky, Sarah Bellum all full; Darkwing, Honker without), Gosalyn herself is as dressed as her father (plus shoes), while Launchpad is fully dressed including boots.
  • Inverted in Happy Tree Friends where Giggles and Petunia wear accessories, Flaky being completely nude and Lammy wears only a sweater while Russel, Disco Bear, Kaboom armies, and Truffles are fully dressed despite most main characters are almost naked.
  • The Smurfs have most of the men shirtless instead of pantless, while the smurf ladies like Smurfette, Sassette and Nanny Smurfs are fully dressed. However adverted as Painter Smurf, Handy Smurf, Baby Smurf, Snappy, Slouch, Gargamel, and other few male smurfs are fully dressed like the females.
  • Oggy and the Cockroaches in Season 5 have some time period events where Oggy, Jack, Bob, and the cockroaches are pantless while Olivia and Bobbette always wear fully Dressed. The Cockroaches in the entire Season 5 only wear gloves.
    • Interestingly enough, Olivia was the only girl in most of the season 5 episodes as Bobette appeared in few episodes of that season.
    • Usually, all anthropomorphic characters in the series wore less clothing.
  • SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron has only one character Dr. Viper who was bare-bottomed while the rest of the characters are either barefoot or fully dressed.
  • In the later Felix the Cat Cartoons, A lot of males especially in Baby Felix don't wear anything while the females like Kitty, Candy, and other girls wear fully-dressed.
  • Chowder as the Titular Character and Panini Respectively, although that Panini may not wear any panties?
  • Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends has only one Fully-dressed Female, Coco while the rest of the monsters wear less clothing.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball has some male characters are pantsless like Darwin, while some females are either barefoot or fully-dressed.
    • Adverted with Gumball, and Richard despite of them walking around barefoot.
  • In the Early Woody Woodpecker cartoons, Winnie Woodpecker seems to wear full clothes until 1999 where she was inverted but wears a skirt while Wally the Walrus wears fully dressed and barefoot, despite that Woody only wears white gloves.
  • Taking Itchy and Scratchy from The Simpsons as Mrs. Scratchy and other female cats tend to be wearing full clothes while Itchy and Scratchy wear less clothing.
    • Adverted with Poochie as he is all clothing.
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