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Too many people has the wrong idea about what does "Anthro" mean...  even before deviantART created a whole gallery devoted to this special kind of art, there are still too many doubts about this category, and maybe that explains many of the mistakes when uploading pictures, images or drawings to our section.

Even when I was still not the Anthro Gallery Director , I tried to explain this concept in a journal entry but couldn't manage to make it clear, and now I think it's the perfect chance for a new attempt. ^___^ To start with, let's take a look at two definitions that may help us.


  1. ...from Wikipedia:

    Anthro: a synonym for anthropomorphism in the furry fandom.

    Anthropomorphism is the attribution of uniquely human characteristics and qualities to nonhuman beings, inanimate objects, or natural or supernatural phenomena (...)
    Anthro Art and may be any fictional work that employs the concept of animal characters with human characteristics. For this reason, any work, in any medium, may be considered part of the anthropomorphic genre simply by inclusion of a fantastic animal character, although such characters are most often seen in comics, cartoons, animated films, allegorical novels, and video games. The science fiction and fantasy genres make frequent use of anthropomorphism, and as a result, are especially popular in furry fandom. Since the 1980s, the term furries has come to refer to anthropomorphic animal characters.
  2. ...from WikiFur:

    Anthropomorphic is a word meaning "like a human." It is used to describe a well-known concept called anthropomorphism: ascribing human characteristics to a non-human being or object. (...) the word can apply to any non-human thing, including animals, plants, and inanimate objects.

    Since the 1980s, the furry fandom has used the word to refer primarily to bipedal animals. Anthropomorphic animals are sometimes called anthro or morphic for short, and art featuring furry characters is sometimes called anthro art. This is somewhat ironic, as anthro ultimately derives from the Greek anthropos, a word that means "human being."



...And, to enlighten you a bit, here you have examples of the most common mistakes ;)

  • :bulletblue: Dragons, as any other kind of Mythical Creature, like for example Mermaids, Unicorns, Bigfoot, Chupacabras or Loch Ness Monsters, are not "Anthro", so they should be uploaded to Fantasy.
  • :bulletblue: Boys or girls with cat ears or tails, are humans with animal features, but NOT animals with human features.... so they are not Anthro, and should be uploaded to the right gallery, for example Manga/Anime if they fit that japanese drawing style.
  • :bulletblue: Believe it or not, there are still miscategorized deviations because drawings featuring people, are submitted to Anthro in the (wrong) belief that "Anthro" means "Human"... if you have read this News Article down to this point, then you can realize they are 100% mistaken


...So I hope this little report has helped you to understand a bit more the purpose Anthro Gallery has in deviantART. I can understand there are not only black and white but a whole range of possibilities, and sometimes the difference between "Animal" and "Anthro", or related to "Fantasy", is a thin red line, but as a general view, the previous definitions are the regulations currently in force, even if that doesn't mean they can't change.... We're flexible, after all, and any kind of feedback is always more than welcome :heart:
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:iconjosephmorgan2000:
Josephmorgan2000 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Student Photographer
Not at all
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:iconsyrieampora:
SyrieAmpora Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist
I was wondering what anthro was! Thanks for the help!
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:iconnicolai82:
nicolai82 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  New member
thank you for the help :happybounce: 
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:iconcocoawebkins:
Cocoawebkins Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ahhh, this explains a lot. Thank you for explaining!
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:iconbarbarianbabes:
BarbarianBabes Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
that's actually not very helpful as the online hobbyist community has given it an entirely different meaning.  regardless of the actual definition, "anthro" according to the internet at large means human mixed with ---
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:iconwoofdoggofhere:
WoofDoggOfHere Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, that clears lots of stuff up.
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:iconcali-purp:
Cali-Purp Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful! I was wondering what that meant thank you!
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:iconbroskirage:
BroskiRage Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I sort of understand.
I am guessing something like for example.
Krystal the Fox is an Anthro.
Same as Mordecai from Regular Show is also Anthro?
Sorry I am just trying to understand your post 
:D
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:iconsunnybunny1199:
sunnybunny1199 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, now I understand. Now all I need to know right now is what "feral" means. x)
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:iconsunnybunny1199:
sunnybunny1199 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind, it's just the opposite of this, haha!
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:iconpmcdoctah:
PmcDoctah Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh
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:iconatomicf0x:
AtomicF0x Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even know why my 'Skyena Crass' was declined. I thought I knew this group...
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:iconet1104:
ET1104 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
I still don't get it...
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:iconzodywoolsey:
zodywoolsey Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013

Anthro may refer to:

Via: wikipedia

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:iconangelvoicethepony:
angelvoicethepony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
so anthro is a cat standing with clothing with gloves too, right?
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:iconvanessa-blurose:
Vanessa-Blurose Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
So let me get this straight. So an Anthro drawing would somewhat be an example of a Sonic the Hedgehog character?
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:iconrosaleedrottining:
rosaleedrottining Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, so anthro is just, like, personification?!?! D:
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:iconspikethed:
spikethed Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
so let me get this right in order for it to be anthro it must be a animal with human features not the other way around. 
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Exactly. At least, in the most commonly accepted way :)
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:iconspikethed:
spikethed Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
so for example, bugs bunny is anthro? 
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Yep, he would be! :3
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:iconspikethed:
spikethed Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
yeah!! I learned something new. 
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Glad to be useful x)
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:iconmakrokosmik:
makrokosmik Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was helpful :)
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
I'm glad for it :3
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:iconmakrokosmik:
makrokosmik Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait, no... I don't think so.
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
xD;; 
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:iconmakrokosmik:
makrokosmik Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So my OC is an anthro? Cool :iconmistthewolf05: <--
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:iconlinnil:
linnil Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You made me understand anthro more than ever before. XD
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Thanks a lot, I'm glad I was useful ^^
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:iconlinnil:
linnil Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
>///<
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
The same than I learnt from you about the "555+" meaning ;D
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
The same than I learnt from you about the "555+" meaning ;D
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:iconlinnil:
linnil Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH! so embarrassing. =///= I use that 555+ on this site for half a year until I know that no one get it. Q3Q

Forget for a (long) moment that this is not a thai site. _ _lll
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:iconohnoitsyoyo:
OhNoItsYoYo Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist
Let's see if I understand this...so, I've been drawing these half-human-half-lion people-things since I was like 7, and they look like normal lions, only they walk like people and have actual hands and fingers like humans, but they have claws, fangs, tails, and blah blah blah...these would be Anthro, right? Cause if that's what Anthro is, I HAVE FOUND MY GROUP.
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
Hahaha, yeah, welcome to the team xD;;;; I mean, there is no need to label everything, but if your characters are like you mention, then that's right ;)
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:iconohnoitsyoyo:
OhNoItsYoYo Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist
OK! Thanks for explaining. :) I can't wait to start drawing them again! :iconlawooplz:
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
I hope so, please do! ^^
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:iconohnoitsyoyo:
OhNoItsYoYo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist
I will! :iconcatlaplz:
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:icond-kensama78:
D-KenSama78 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student Artist
Great!
deviantART muro drawing Comment Drawing
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:iconblacknightb:
Blacknightb Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Now I understand. Thank You for explaining. =)
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:icondigitalunicorn:
DigitalUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So a furry does not go to the anthro section?
I guess centaurs and a harpy would fit anthro
Thanks!
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
It's a neverending debate, and you may be right :3
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:iconraiku321:
raiku321 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh that's helpful.
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Thanks a lot for the feedback
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:iconraiku321:
raiku321 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem
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:iconsleepyweez:
sleepyweez Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks i get it now..
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:iconskifi:
skifi Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Glad to know I was helpful!
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:iconsleepyweez:
sleepyweez Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Your welcome. Because i didn't realize when i was a kid that i'm making a lot of anthro art which my fellow classmates criticize for being "unrealistic"
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