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Cliché furries

Kaizy

Emotional Mess
Specific species are pretty common to the point of cliche in the fandom (as mentioned, canines, dragons, ect.), though that's probably from just general familiarity with those species.
People grow up being exposed to dogs, cats, they see dragons as one of the most commonly displayed mythical creatures...it's natural they'd just gravitate towards that. I don't consider it a cliche negatively, though it is very common.

As far as a cliche with furries I see negatively, personally I think the winner is awful color choice. Christ do I hate seeing the hundreds of OCs that are red/black, blinding neon color/blinding neon color, a color palette containing about 5-6 different colors that don't compliment well at all...it just seems so common in this fandom. It's like everyone defaults to using colors that don't mix well or get used way too often. I'm pretty biased on it because I like more muted and earthy colors and I usually limit my palettes a lot when creating OCs, but I think badly colored OCs is cliche.
 

SodaBubbles

I will deliver the explosion
Lethaen- yeah, it seems that albino fursonas are pretty uncommon, despite the profusion of white ones, albino itself seems rare. But that fits pretty well with the percentage of genetically albino creatures in the real world.

I've noticed that not only is mismatched eyes kind of cliche, the biggest cliche of it is blue-and-green. It used to be green-and-red after some anime/manga I don't remember the name of. Personally I'd like to see more alternate sets of color rather than just those, if you've gotta.
 

Ratical

New Member
Sorta touched on, but: species-specific body types. There's exceptions, yeah, but most otters are fit and skinny, most cats are leggy or feminine, dragons tend to be a little on the muscular side, and bears are chubby.

I'm sure that's part of the appeal of most of them: your mind just goes to the animal with the type of body you'd like to show off, but there's nothing saying you couldn't be a super skinny walrus or a pudgy bird. Maybe have trouble flying, but it's doable.

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.

It's like a lot of other things in life. If you're afraid of liking something or listening to a certain kind of music or watching certain shows because of what other people think you're just lying to yourself and it's gonna make you upset. Lots of furs are canines because there's a lot to like about 'em. They have this sorta middle ground where they can be cute or sly or commanding or sultry with just small changes to things like body type. Yeah, it's cliche to be a fox or a wolf but if it makes you happy then who cares? If you can make your character your own that's all that matters.
 

Erzyal

Keeper of useless information
With how many fursona's are out there its kinda impossible to avoid all the cliche's. You are either plain and boring or you go WAY too far and end up looking like Discord (MLP "le gasp")
 
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Jaden Darchon

Guest
While appearance can appear "cliché" there are a lot of really cool backstories/lore out there that belie that assertion, just something to keep in mind.
 

Ozriel

Inglorious Bastard
I think people's fursona personality archetypes can be more cliche than a fursona species.
Like the dark and brooding raver/EDM fan wearing tripp pants with glowstick fluid blood and a nymphomaniac/satyrmaniac is a bigger cliche than "Wolf", "fox", or "dragon".
 

Torrijos-sama

The Artist Formerly Known as Jesusfish
Grody weasels/possums and hipster ferrets.
I think people's fursona personality archetypes can be more cliche than a fursona species.
Like the dark and brooding raver/EDM fan wearing tripp pants with glowstick fluid blood and a nymphomaniac/satyrmaniac is a bigger cliche than "Wolf", "fox", or "dragon".

This. There is a far larger problem with archetypes regardless of species.

Also, never mention Tripp pants again. Let us move on and act like people which buy them don't exist.
 
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sidewalksurfboard

Depressive Rat
One cliche I see popping up more and more is what I like to call "Tumblr Fursonas"
Basically, what they are are those weird, ultra pastel, ultra "kawaii uguu" fursonas (Usually some crazy hybrid animal) drawn with that rounded, gloopy art style. The characters are almost always trans or genderfluid or some special snowflake sexuality. I'm so sick of seeing these types of characters everywhere. Like, come on, try and be creative.
 
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foussiremix

Guest
These ultra colour full fursonas with to much colours. PLEASE

My fursona has cololurs but not that much, these fursonas pretty much burn eyes.
 

GamingGal

Member
--The obsession with sex. I mean, I get it, you guys wanna picture your characters doing the dirty, but sheesh, all the damn time?
--Hyper/macro. I see way too much of it.
--Penis's on everything. Guys, girls, you name it. I even saw a character recently who was female and her tail could turn into a penis. Whyyyyyyy.
--All the sex.

--Colors. It's either boring/bland/not unique colors or it's like a paint store exploded and you called it a day.
--Piercings and emo/scene kid shit.
--There are other species out there besides canines. And if you're gonna be a canine, be unique. Don't be your average wusky.
--Hybrids. I admit I have a hybrid sona, but it's a blending of myself and two creatures I adore (bull/deer isn't that normal). Don't opt for the normal hybrid cause you want to be in the cool kid crowd.
 

Zeitzbach

Taste purple
Black and Blue or Purple and green.

WHO STARTED THE WHOLE PURPLE AND GREEN THING?!?!??! It's good in moderate amount BUT PRIMARY 45% GREEN, 55% PURPLE WITH BLUE STRIPE? Dafuq?
 

asspile

New Member
i always assumed everyone just wanted to revert back to the early 2000's scene times but i could be wrong
 

Mr.Foox

Daddy Fooxy
Canine loving, emo haired, femboy dressing, dominant seeking, over emotional, free art asking, fursuit wanting, demanding, under aged, relationship hopping, grammer mistaken, shapshifting, basic bitch fur.
 
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With character design, cliché isn't always a bad thing. There's something to be said for a kind of shared language and universal appeal. While a platypus fursona might be more original than a canine fursona, for instance, dogs and cats have a long history of living with and being well liked by humans.

I've been a feline and a canine, sometimes with wings and sometimes without, and not always with natural colors. It seems the older I get, the less I worry about being cliché. Most of your character's originality comes from just being you, or expressing what's inside of you. An extra stripe or piercing here or there rarely makes or breaks a fursona.
 

DrDingo

Moved to phoenix.corvidae.org with the others
Black and Blue or Purple and green.

WHO STARTED THE WHOLE PURPLE AND GREEN THING?!?!??! It's good in moderate amount BUT PRIMARY 45% GREEN, 55% PURPLE WITH BLUE STRIPE? Dafuq?
Purple and green are often chosen by people who want to look punky and outgoing because they're typically seen as 'toxic' colours.
As we all know horribly well, if a furry sees something they can add to their sona which they think will make them look special, you can bet half a buttcheek that they're gonna use it.
 

WolfNightV4X1

King of Kawaii; That Token Femboy
Black and Blue or Purple and green.

WHO STARTED THE WHOLE PURPLE AND GREEN THING?!?!??! It's good in moderate amount BUT PRIMARY 45% GREEN, 55% PURPLE WITH BLUE STRIPE? Dafuq?

I find blue color schemes and black and red incredibly common
 

WolfNightV4X1

King of Kawaii; That Token Femboy
--The obsession with sex. I mean, I get it, you guys wanna picture your characters doing the dirty, but sheesh, all the damn time?
--Hyper/macro. I see way too much of it.
--Penis's on everything. Guys, girls, you name it. I even saw a character recently who was female and her tail could turn into a penis. Whyyyyyyy.
--All the sex.

--Colors. It's either boring/bland/not unique colors or it's like a paint store exploded and you called it a day.
--Piercings and emo/scene kid shit.
--There are other species out there besides canines. And if you're gonna be a canine, be unique. Don't be your average wusky.
--Hybrids. I admit I have a hybrid sona, but it's a blending of myself and two creatures I adore (bull/deer isn't that normal). Don't opt for the normal hybrid cause you want to be in the cool kid crowd.

you mean like wusky, folf,cabbit, boat, ferrox, dragon hybrid, wolfcat, and the like?

People with hybrids admittedly have them so they can slap horns on a cat or wings on a wolf *cough* when you could be mixing more traits on each.

Guilty with my avian hybrid, though to be more interesting a hybrid he could look more Feonix

however, besides wings mine has less seen avian characteristics such as air sacs, hollow bones, sharp eyesight, and instinctual navigation capabilities
 
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SodaBubbles

I will deliver the explosion
you mean like wusky, folf,cabbit, boat, ferrox, dragon hybrid, wolfcat, and the like?

People with hybrids admittedly have them so they can slap horns on a cat or wings on a wolf *cough* when you could be mixing more traits on each.

Guilty with my avian hybrid, though to be more interesting a hybrid he could look more Feonix

however, besides wings mine has less seen avian characteristics such as air sacs, hollow bones, sharp eyesight, and instinctual navigation capabilities

I was actually doing something similar with an old character of mine, or I'd started to (he was originally a wolf just slapped together with hooves and wings for no reason (and then a jackal), and I never finished fully altering him. I don't think I'd go where they went (although that is a super cool design), at least not fully, but I'm starting to be a fan of more visibly hybridized fursonas and anthros in general. I mean- go ahead, slap wings or horns on, I don't care, I just think it's cool when people mix traits because it develops more unique looking characters) and that gives me some interesting ideas.

I figure if people are doing it because they like it, and not just cause it's "cool" then why not. Although I remember my favorite thing was trolling people by making them think a spagglebeast was my new 'sona... and then they trolled me back by loving my trolliest one. :V lol
 

Ratical

New Member
While a platypus fursona might be more original than a canine fursona, for instance, dogs and cats have a long history of living with and being well liked by humans.

What's interesting too is that the less common a species is, the more natural they tend to look. Out of the very few platypuses that exist, most of them are brown or tan regular-looking duck-beavers. I guess off-beat species just stand out more on their own and don't need much else to be unique.

I wanna see a pink platypus hybrid with wings and rabbit ears. Not necessarily because of this thread, I just think it'd be neat.

I find blue color schemes and black and red incredibly common

Also, green and black. Especially super bright neon green, and that includes tongues. Like they bit down too hard on a glowstick. I wonder if they're glow-in-the-dark...
 
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