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Cliché furries

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foussiremix

Guest
Most common cliches I've seen.
1. Everyone is a Wolf
2. Battle Scars (+1 if it's by the eye)
3. 'OCs' that look like color changes of popular characters
4. Bios that describe the OC as both shy and outgoing (I kid you not)
5. Ability to shape shift into anything (Can't make you mind up what species you want to be? no problem :) )

B-But gemsonas can shapeshift into anything
 

Maelstrom Eyre

Ahmoua Wolf
Rainbows. Rainbows everywhere.

Piercings. Piercings everywhere.

Tattoos. Especially "tribal" tattoos and markings. Again, everywhere.

Ravers. . .clubs. . .glowsticks. . .and all things related to techno-music.

Gamers. The assumption that everyone owns one of the most recent gaming consoles and plays it religiously.

The assumption that we're all in our teens and twenties, and male, and gay/bi/trans.

Over-emphasis on genitals, and general obsession with sex, to the point that it becomes really obvious that the person behind the fursona has no actual sexual experience and their entire "understanding" of sex is based on what they've seen in NSFW art or porn.

Emo. . .teen angst. . .dark, brooding characters who mope and act angry because they think it will make them all sexy and mysterious.
 

Ratical

New Member
Furry sexual demographics are interesting. A good portion of the community is gay/bi, but it's almost an even split, so straight furs actually outnumber them most of the time on a species-by-species basis. The exceptions, at least looking at Adjective Species, are huskies, otter, lions, and rabbits, who have a higher than usual proclivity of being bi or gay. I know they can't help it, but I guess being a sparkledog or gay bunny has become a cliche by circumstance.
 
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foussiremix

Guest
I also hate it when people give their fursonas extrem big bulges. that in a way gross.
Please pants would rip with an fat bulge, .
Scars on eye.
Normal fucking wolves that are only grey.
fursonas with sonic design.
 

Augmented Husky

Mind currently uploaded
Wouldn't that be more of a Steven Universe thing then a furry thing?

Cartoon shows and there art style have a habit of breaking normal body proportion rules.......so more or less yes
 

Zirco

Member
Is my fursona is a cliche i know that has now unique apart from Electric Blue bioluminescent claws buts that not on my ref sheet because i thought about it after i don't have the money to get a new improved one plus trying to describe unique markings is extremely difficult so i did not bother with any
 
I made my 'sona before I knew about any of the clichés , somehow I managed to make my fursonas appearance extremely cliché , eh atleast his personality isn't that generic " tough guy but sensitive " crap , nah being a loon's way more fun. :V
 

Senpai-Fish

Nature's Glowstick
To be honest, most cliches don't bother me so long as they are done right, and aren't overused. That being said, there are quite a few in the fandom that are the reason I have a look of horror on my face more often than not when I decide to browse art.

Then again, one could also argue I have the special snowflake cliche going on with my own 'sona. She is, after all, an extremely unusual species of fish wearing a rainbow sweater.
 

SodaBubbles

I will deliver the explosion
(my icon isn't my fursona) I have a shark currently, which seems popular but doesn't seem to be super common for a 'sona. I actually tried to steer away from the ear thing but she looked so weird without them I put them back. I was actually considering making my second 'sona (cuz I want one) into some kind of lizard. I'm just not sure WHAT. That's the hard part. XD
 

SodaBubbles

I will deliver the explosion
I think hooves on everything is a thing I see a looooooooooot though. I mean heck I'm guilty of that one but unicorn horns and hooves on everything regardless is like "okay okay I get it".
 

Ratical

New Member
Boobs, impossibly huge "how the hell is she standing" ones. On everything, even species that would never have them.

On the flip side, there's also huge testes. Again, sometimes on non-mammals who'd have no use for 'em.

Buuuut cliche as it is I'm not gonna be the one to tell someone their characters is wrong for it, either. Artistic license is fine as long as it's not expired (and even if it is, I won't snitch).
 

SodaBubbles

I will deliver the explosion
Haha yeah I'm guilty of boobs on things that shouldn't have them XD. I'm in the process of designing a snake character and she's going to have boobs. Probably. I know one of my lizards will, but she's also not an existing species, and an egg-laying mammal like a platypus.

I think the biggest cliche is "everything's a dog". I know it's hard to learn otherwise, but agh

ps Ratical your character is so cute (dat icon!)
 

Ratical

New Member
I think the biggest cliche is "everything's a dog". I know it's hard to learn otherwise, but agh

ps Ratical your character is so cute (dat icon!)

Thank you. :)

And yeah, I think a lot of furs learned to start drawing anthros with them because there seems to be this tendency for some artists to give non-dogs very dog-like features or muzzles. Like they go back to the same template in their mind. There's so much beauty in other creatures, too.
 

Godtier

Truant
Likes: Raves!! snuggling :3, food, [species that the fursona is]

Dislikes: RUDE PEOPLE (grrrr!!)
 
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Nyro46

Guest
Thank you. :)

And yeah, I think a lot of furs learned to start drawing anthros with them because there seems to be this tendency for some artists to give non-dogs very dog-like features or muzzles. Like they go back to the same template in their mind. There's so much beauty in other creatures, too.

At some point quite a few years ago, all I drew were dogs and everything else I drew looked like a dog (except maybe cats... and birds) like I drew a bear for a school project thing and some kid was like "I just love how you draw your dogs!!" (not sarcastic, by the way).
A year later after that I drew a reindeer and some snotty girl in my class was like "it looks like a dog!!! snort!"
 

LazerMaster5

Lost in the Static
Hyper is very unattractive and very overused.
 

WolfNightV4X1

King of Kawaii; That Token Femboy
Likes: Raves!! snuggling :3, food, [species that the fursona is]

Dislikes: RUDE PEOPLE (grrrr!!)

this is why I avoid likes and dislikes on refs
 

Maelstrom Eyre

Ahmoua Wolf
At some point quite a few years ago, all I drew were dogs and everything else I drew looked like a dog (except maybe cats... and birds) like I drew a bear for a school project thing and some kid was like "I just love how you draw your dogs!!" (not sarcastic, by the way).
A year later after that I drew a reindeer and some snotty girl in my class was like "it looks like a dog!!! snort!"

To quote/paraphrase Joel Hodgson in one of his early stand up routines "I can make thousands of different balloon animals. . .but they all come out. . .looking. . .like little dogs. . ."
 

That_green_dog

That guy. you know that one.
I guess im a bit of a cliche furry having a canine fursona but i mean what matters is that i like it even if its cliche.
 

Lethaen_McUlster

New Member
As much as canines ARE Cliche, I'd never approach someone who is a canine and ask "Couldn't you have chosen something different?" 1. cause I'm a canine 2.being a new fur myself I went through all the animals I could think of and narrowed it down again and again trying not to be as cliche as possible but still maintaining a 'sona I liked. Eventually I settled with an Albino Golden Jackal, as far as I was aware I had never heard of an Albino fursona and it wasn't a fox so I'd at least stay a bit out of what was considered "Cliche". ultimately though I didn't feel like a bird, fish, otter, deer, bear or anything else fit ME as my fursona, I considered, an emotional and behavioral manifestation of myself. I've also advised others that were curious about it to be original but don't be forced to portray a fursona you don't like.
 
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