At MFF I plan to give a panel on furry writing tropes, cliches, being aware of them, and how to utilize them in your writing. To do that though, I need a list of as many tropes unique to anthropomorphic fiction as possible. This is not a value judgment, these things are not being criticized, merely acknowledged as A Thing that appears in furry lit time and again.
What I’m looking for is mainly big-picture setting/plot/characterization or other narrative element, how the world works and how species works and society handles it, than writing style or other physiological quirk. Also I’m looking for things only found inside the fandom, or in anthro works outside the fandom, so universal tropes need not apply.
Here’s the list thusfar:
-Evolution did it
-Humans Did it (slaves for sex/war/labor, or scientists playing god)
-Wizards did it (Fantasy equiv of Humans did it)
-God Did It (Fantasy)
-Anthros are Aliens
-The Secret Lives of Animals (Lion King, et)
Anthros exist in secret.
A Post-human world.
Furries oppressed by humans or in constant conflict with humans.
–Main human protagonist likes anthros and falls in love with one.
Anthros used as allegory for
-Oppression or bias against marginalized groups
All animal species are anthro (and what they eat is a mystery).
On the other extreme, both anthro and non-sentient versions of the same animal exist.
If birds or reptiles are anthro, typically all mammals are too; rarely are non-mammals the sole anthro species.
All hybrids are first-generation.
-Equals personality type
-Equals racial group (Or racial stereotype)
-Equals morality (Mice good, Rats bad)
-Some species are simply better, or more desirable, than others
Predator/prey dynamic is very relevant.
No change to lifestyle or world despite various different physiology, such as aquatic, aboreal, or burrowing species being anthro.
Every female goes into (nigh uncontrollable, all-consuming) heat, even species that don’t have heat cycles.
“X species are sluts”
“X species are gay”
Anthros are more intuned with nature and care more about the enviornment.
ANthros are more sexually open and accommodating.