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The Difference Between Ferals and Anthro

cadavaer

New Member
This is kind of weird, as I'm sure most people know the difference, but recently I've seen some people mix the two terms up. Maybe I'm just confused though bc I'm not huge into the furry fandom, so what's the difference between anthro and feral? And before you say ferals walk on four legs, and anthros walk on two, I want to clarify that I mean do some furries count as feral because they carry more animal traits than human ones? Is there a cross between them? It all seems very confusing. I've seen some callout posts where people accuse others of being zoophiles bc they have anthro p*rn in their favorites but does that make you a zoophile? I guess I'm just not very educated on the topic. It seems like people have a lot of different opinions of what zoophilia entails and it kinda makes it all confusing.. For reference of my foreignness to the fandom, I have two "anthro" characters, and that's pretty much it. Plus they're only really, flat-faced anthros.
 

Judge Spear

Well-Known Member
Feral refers to a far more animalistic and literal body structure/behavior. But mostly the body since a lot of this fandom is visual. Furries often like to overcomplicate this and play dumb when its convenient but it is what it is. I wouldn't call you a zoophile for being into feral. Just gross (and suspect).

Anthro is the term that is a bit more nebulous when you actually know what the legitimate term means. It doesnt refer to bipedal animals exclusively but anything personified with human centric characteristics. Brave Little Toaster is anthro technically. But again due to the hobby being mostly visual, anthro informally refers to animal people with predominately human anatomy.
 
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Foxridley

A fox named Ridley
I think the issue is that the terms may have different meanings depending on the context, and where the "line" is seems to vary depending on who you ask. The most common definition within the furry fandom seems to be be that anthros walk on two legs and use their forepaws more as hands than as feet (or whatever the equivalent would be for other species). But then again, even most "feral" OCs have some human traits (human-level intelligence, speech, humanlike facial expressions) and so can be considered somewhat anthropomorphic. Occasionally, I have seen the term "halfanthro" used for characters that walk on two legs, but otherwise have anatomy more like a regular animal than a human (e.g. this ref sheet). An even then, we have mostly feral characters who sometimes use their paws as hands. So, anthropomorphism is more of spectrum than a simple yes/no classification.
Certainly, many furries (including myself) do have predominantly or strictly feral OCs.
Some people, though, do use feral to refer more to the mind or behavior of a character. That is, a character who behaves and thinks more like an animal than a human might be referred to as "feral"
As to the zoophile thing. Well, for one thing, folks on the internet will make asinine accusations over pretty much anything. With anthro porn, just them being anthro means a good portion of the "sexy" aspect is based on human traits rather than animal traits. Feral porn may be more suspect, but even on that, not necessarily. Though I'm probably the best person to comment on that part of the fandom since I pretty much keep things PG in my gallery and faves.
 

TyraWadman

The Brutally Honest Man-Child
Everyone seems to have their interpretation on what is feral vs anthro. I haven't gotten a clear answer since I learned about them in my early teens.

Any animal given human characteristics, to me, is anthro. But I also use the term feral for 4 legged vs 2.
 

Yakamaru

Yee to the haw
It's about body physique.

Feral = Animal or animal-esque physical appearance
Anthro = Humanoid or something very similar in terms of body structure

~Edit~
To me sentience is irrelevant. It's all about physical characteristics. Though sentience in and of itself ought to be a conversational topic too I suppose.
 

Judge Spear

Well-Known Member
I maintain that it's not complicated to parse the difference between the two and generally people only muddle things when they get defensive.

If we were to casually categorize our work or seek out our interests, we would 100% of the time label them with a shared consistency. When it comes to the former, only when someone is being judged (or if it's to be taken away in some fashion) do people really stress the "spectrum" of it. Not to say that's incorrect, but the overwhelming majority don't think of it like that most of the time.

When someone's trying to draw an animal on 4 legs, they're not sitting there pondering with great deliberation if it counts as anthro or feral. Because they know what the deal is.

It's about body physique.

Feral = Animal or animal-esque physical appearance
Anthro = Humanoid or something very similar in terms of body structure

~Edit~
To me sentience is irrelevant. It's all about physical characteristics. Though sentience in and of itself ought to be a conversational topic too I suppose.

Yeah, it's no deeper than this. Sentience is relevant when it's a narrative at play, but most furry content is, again, visual.
 

Kinguyakki

Alignment: Chaotic Stupid
My character generally walks around on all fours these days, but he can and does walk as a biped when he feels like it. However, his body design is more "feral" so he literally looks like a dog walking on its hind legs.
I've heard of people refer to "feral" more like a personality. . .that the character is wilder in nature, that it doesn't wear any kind of clothing, or it's very primitive. For the purposes of the furry fandom, and for simplicity's sake, I think of "anthro" as any body form that walks upright, like a human, even if they have "digi" legs. I think of "feral" as a body form that is closer to the actual animal (like the lions of The Lion King).
 

BadRoy

Snake awakens
The common understanding is that when your character is more animal-like in shape vs. human-like you call that a 'feral.' And like you said it usually boils down to how the character walks/ moves. Where that line is drawn depends on the individual. There are grey areas for sure. For example a werewolf character who normally walks on all fours, but can walk on two. Is that a feral or not? You decide.

People throw zoo-file accusations around all the time these days. If all you're doing is gawking at feral characters (think Lion king, Balto, etc) I'm not throwing out any red flags, myself. They don't exist and they have human-like intelligence. Fantasize away. If you're big into that I might think you're a creep, but as long as no one's getting hurt go for it. It's only when things hit reality that the callouts should begin and hard. But that's just me.
With anthro porn, just them being anthro means a good portion of the "sexy" aspect is based on human traits rather than animal traits.
I don't know about this. Personally, it's the fact that it's a 50/50 (give or take) split that's enticing. Human enough to be attractive, but animal enough to be exotic.
 

Stray Cat Terry

테리 / 特里 / テリー
In my perspective(which means never a common viewpoint), the lore of certain characters matters on that! Eg: Civilization state of the characters.
(I admit this method is odd because when the same logic being applied to humans, it's like we're to call tribal civilization ferals. That's not how we call them really, while there could be some that do.)
(A better example of feral in terms of human, could be Mougli from Jungle Book. Viewing this way, turn the target focus to animal-based characters, then! That's how I see it)

Yes, the term is very vague nowadays, it's not like you call burger a burger and sandwich a sandwich-like simple. So this is how I do!

At the end of the day, I just don't care too much to settle whether an animal-based character is a feral or not in front of the crowd..
 

Connor J. Coyote

¥otie ¥otezer
This is kind of weird, as I'm sure most people know the difference, but recently I've seen some people mix the two terms up. Maybe I'm just confused though bc I'm not huge into the furry fandom, so what's the difference between anthro and feral? And before you say ferals walk on four legs, and anthros walk on two, I want to clarify that I mean do some furries count as feral because they carry more animal traits than human ones? Is there a cross between them? It all seems very confusing. I've seen some callout posts where people accuse others of being zoophiles bc they have anthro p*rn in their favorites but does that make you a zoophile? I guess I'm just not very educated on the topic. It seems like people have a lot of different opinions of what zoophilia entails and it kinda makes it all confusing.. For reference of my foreignness to the fandom, I have two "anthro" characters, and that's pretty much it. Plus they're only really, flat-faced anthros.
Aesthetically.... anthros are hotter to look at, usually. :cool:
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Kit H. Ruppell

Exterminieren! Exterminieren!
Stop listening to terminally online teenagers.
 

MattsyKun

Kitsune Merchant
The common understanding is that when your character is more animal-like in shape vs. human-like you call that a 'feral.' And like you said it usually boils down to how the character walks/ moves. Where that line is drawn depends on the individual. There are grey areas for sure. For example a werewolf character who normally walks on all fours, but can walk on two. Is that a feral or not? You decide.

People throw zoo-file accusations around all the time these days. If all you're doing is gawking at feral characters (think Lion king, Balto, etc) I'm not throwing out any red flags, myself. They don't exist and they have human-like intelligence. Fantasize away. If you're big into that I might think you're a creep, but as long as no one's getting hurt go for it. It's only when things hit reality that the callouts should begin and hard. But that's just me.

I don't know about this. Personally, it's the fact that it's a 50/50 (give or take) split that's enticing. Human enough to be attractive, but animal enough to be exotic.
This.

My 'sona used to be feral, and then Terminally Online Teenagers kinda got to me aaaaaaand now she's not feral anymore. I just really liked the idea of 4-legged creature societies where they gotta learn how to do things without thumbs. Some of my favorite webcomics are like this.

People seem to think that nobody has a line between fantasy and reality these days, and accusations are shot off like fireworks... I just keep my head down at this point, no sense in getting my life ruined by some shite, blanket opinion. :p

Also, the first part reminds me of that "Spinal Alignment Fuckery" chart someone posted that was absolutely not satire.
 
In my opinion? The difference is mental capacity and cognition. Technically, you can still have a four-legged anthro by giving them human level complex thoughts, actions, desires, speech and feelings. I don't think it has to do with "spinal alignment"... or a difference between bipedal vs quadrapedal.

Examples: Scooby Doo, Balto, etc are still "anthropomorphized".
 
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