Animal Anthropomorphism and Gender Portrayal
thisartwasadopted:

You don’t need to kick butt, fully grown, or human to be a strong female character.  Just well thought out.

thisartwasadopted:

You don’t need to kick butt, fully grown, or human to be a strong female character.  Just well thought out.

Female Animal Character Design vs Male Animal Character Design

This is a discussion about how female animal characters are generally designed compared to how male animal characters are generally designed. For example, female animal characters given more of what TvTropes calls Teriary Sexual Characteristics than male animal characters are because male is viewed as “generic” and female is viewed as “special.” Gender neutral looking or androgynous animal characters are usually assumed to be male and animal characters are usually only assumed to be female if they look distinctly feminine. Anthropomorphic female animal characters tend to be drawn in what TvTropes calls Petting Zoo People when the anthropomorphic male animal characters in a cartoon, comic, or video game are drawn in what TvTropes calls a Funny Animal.

What do you have to say about how female animal characters are designed compared to how male animal characters are designed?

Levels of Animal Anthropomorphism

Level #0: Complete natural body type of their species; move completely like their real counterpart; is quadrupedal if a naturally quadrupedal species; have completely natural stance depending on the species; paws and hooves don’t have the ability to gesture or grasp things the way human hands can; birds have completely naturalistic wings that gesture like normal bird wings; has facial expressions completely like respective species

Level #1: Complete natural body type of their species; move completely like their real counterpart; is quadrupedal if a naturally quadrupedal species; have completely natural stance depending on the species; paws and hooves don’t have the ability to gesture or grasp things the way human hands can; birds have completely naturalistic wings that gesture like normal bird wings; like Level 0 but has the full range of facial expressions that humans have

Level #2: Complete or near complete natural body type of their species; move completely or mostly like their real counterpart; is quadrupedal if a naturally quadrupedal species; rarely walks on two legs in most cases and not able to walk that way as well as they can on all fours; can sit up on their haunches (depending on the species in question), stand with their knuckles on the ground (if a monkey or ape), or stand with a typical natural stance; paws and hooves can have either a full or limited ability to gesture and even grasp things the way human hands can; birds have naturalistic wings that can gesture and even grasp things like human arms and hands

Level #3: Body keeps the basic shape of their respective species despite being bipedal; naturally four-legged animals can walk on two legs as well as they can walk on all fours; can sit up on their haunches (depending on the species in question), stand with their knuckles on the ground (if a monkey or ape), or stand with a typical two-legged stance, whether with bent or straight legs; paws and hooves gesture and grasp things like human hands; birds have either naturalistic or arm-like wings that grasp things and gesture like human arms and hands; seldom has human-like breasts

Level #4: More anthropomorphic variant of Level 3; Body has human-proportioned, but not humanoid arms and legs on a body that otherwise keeps either the basic shape of their respective species or or a basic Level 3 body type; quadrupedal animals can walk on two legs just as well as they can on all fours; stand with their knuckles on the ground (if a monkey or ape), or stand with a typical two-legged stance, whether with bent or straight legs; can either have human-like breasts even if not a mammal or not have them; occasionally has human-like breasts; compromise between Levels 3 and 5

Level #5: Body partly like their respective species and partly humanoid; either humanoid legs and non-humanoid torso, a humanoid torso and non-humaniod legs; or semi-humanoid all over; male ones with a humanoid torso and non-humaniod legs are sometimes have top heavy torsos; quadrupedal animals can walk on two legs just as well as they can on all fours; stand with their knuckles on the ground (if a monkey or ape), or stand with a typical two-legged stance, whether with bent or straight legs; can either have human-like breasts even if not a mammal or not have them; compromise between Levels 4 and 6

Level #6: Looks like the animal’s head and tail (where applicable) on a body that looks like a fur, feather, scale, or otherwise animal accented human body; body shape can reflect the animal’s species a little, but has to be human-shaped; head that is either completely, largely, or half the shape of that of the respective species; have the muzzle, beak, or bill of their respective species; feet are either plantigrade or digitigrade (or unguligrade if a hoofed animal); feet are normally shaped completely mostly, or largely like that of their species but can be completely, mostly, largely, or partially human-shaped; usually has human-like breasts even if not a mammal

Level #7: More anthropomorphic variant of Level 6; has a mostly or nearly human-shaped head with the animal’s ears and full or partial muzzle, beak, or bill; has animal-accented, completely human-shaped hands; completely humanoid body shape; has human-proportioned, plantigrade feet that are either completely, mostly, or largely human-shaped; usually has human-like breasts; compromise between Levels 6 and 8

Level #8: Looks like a animal-accented human face and body frame with the animal’s ears, nose, tail (where applicable), markings, and sometimes fur, feathers, or scales; animal’s nose on a nearly human-shaped head with little or no semblance of their species’ muzzle; completely human hand and foot shape; has the beak or bill respective to their species that is small regardless of their species if a bird; usually has human-like breasts and humanlike hair (or hairlike feathers if a bird)