Furry fandom is a category (or sub-genre) of fantasy dedicated to anthropomorphics: fictional animal characters given human personalities and characteristics. It originated as a fusion of science fiction, comic book, and animation fandom during the 1980s. It has thrived and grown, evolving into its own branch of fandom and finding adherents all over the world – enough that they may be regarded as forming a subculture. Furry fandom has a large presence on the Internet, and many furry conventions in North America and Europe are held every year, the largest being Anthrocon in Philadelphia in July with an attendance of nearly 2500. Further Confusion, held in San Jose, California each January, is almost as large. In 2004, 19 such conventions took place around the world. The original furry convention was the now-defunct Confurence, based in southern California.

Furry fans, sometimes referred to as furries or furs for short, are eager for more material than is available from mainstream publishers. The demand is filled by fellow fans – amateur to professional artists, writers, and publishers who produce drawings, paintings, stories, independent comic books, fanzines, Web sites and even small press books. Fans with craft skills put together their own stuffed plush furry toys, sometimes referred to as plushies, or build elaborate furry costumes called fursuits (with features such as ears, fur, long tails, moving jaws, and even animatronics) and dress up in them for fun, or to participate in convention masquerades, dances or fund raising charity events. Charitable works are a tradition in furry fandom; many conventions feature an auction or fundraising event with the proceeds often going to an animal-related charity. Over the past 5 years, furries have raised over $90,000 for animal rescue organizations and animal therapy groups.

Some furry fans create furry personas (imaginary characters based on their own personalities) by which they become widely known in the fandom. A yearning to explore self-identity is common among these fans. They may write stories centered on their characters, build or commission fursuits so they can "come to life" as their character, commission artwork, or engage in role-playing sessions on one of the many furry-themed MUDs on the Internet, the oldest of which is FurryMUCK. When such furry fans meet one another in person, they may be more familiar with one another's online personas than with their real identities.
Many artists and writers draw furry characters.

I got to meet furry fans at a convention in Chicago.
by Awesome Like A 'Possum November 29, 2004
A world-wide subculture that has received some unfair criticism from the common person. This subculture involves the use of anthropomorphic animals of either a mammalian, reptilian or avian variety. Some furries will call themselves "scalies" or "avians" rather than furries to make that distinction. One of the reasons that this subculture is so often misunderstood is because there are so many subcultures within this subculture.

1. Fursuiters (those who like to dress up)
2. Otherkin (those who believe that they aren't human in spirit)
3. Furries (those who like to roleplay, draw, or write stories about furries)
4. Furverts (Or: Furry Fetishists. This, in turn, can be divided into many more subcultures, all grouped by specific fetishes, like feet, macros, and other fetishes)
5. Trans-species (Those who physically alter their body to resemble their respective animal's)

The majority of furries interact in one or two virtual environments: Furcadia (which caters specifically to furries) and Second Life (which is famous for furries, but caters to everyone). Known for being very social creatures, it's not uncommon to see a furry make friends with many other furries. Social stigma, however, makes it harder for those who are "openly furry" to socialize with those who have a negative opinion about it.

That is not to say, however, that this subculture is undeserving of some of its criticism. Of all the strangest fetishes that exist in this planet, they are only made stranger by this subculture. Suffice it to say, the author has seen some pretty disturbing things; things that cannot be mentioned here. However, the majority of furries (and even furverts) exist outside of this disturbing minority and are happily content.
"So, you're a furry?"
"Yeah, but I don't do that whole fursuiting thing."
"Really? I thought all furries dressed up as animals..."
"...I've got a lot to teach you."
by AngelicZix February 03, 2008
furries are people who either are fans of anthropomorphic characters (and draw them), people who have an obsession with them, have a sexual obsession with them, or just want to be an animal. Most are usually artists or online storywriters. Contrary to stereotypes, these people are not sexual perverts, just people with a different obsession than most.
Furries have been wrongly portrayed by television and haters.
by Rolacus May 27, 2005
1. Anthropomorphic animal or cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny, Mickey mouse, or Tony The Tiger. So-called "funny animals."

2. Fans of artwork and stories about anthropomorphic animals.
There's a new movie being released this summer that has furries in it. (def. 1)

Furries at last year's charity auction raised over $8000 for a ferret shelter. (def. 2)
by Karl Xydexx Jorgensen July 03, 2004
The actual word, other than the otherwise apparently famous group of others, means for something to have fur, such as a cat or a dog, or even a hampster... but not naked mole rats. No, not them.
That cat was furry until it was shaved....
by Zerink July 07, 2005
The less-formal term for anthropomorphic animals, which are usually cartoon characters. Furries are animals given human characteristics, like the talking moose in Brother Bear.

Fans of furry characters are also called furries.
In my spare time, I like to draw furries in my sketchbook.

Furries are friendly and fun to hang around with.
by Walk On The Wild Side July 20, 2004
Adjective: An anthropomorphic subject; that is, a fictional character or concept that blends non-human characteristics with human characteristics.

The term is commonly referred to as 'Furry', because many easy examples can be made by thinking of popular animal-anthropomorphic characters, both in children's media (Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, etc.) and adult's media. (Anime 'cat' girls, Playboy 'bunnies', etc.)

Technically, although it may be stretching a little, the term 'Furry' can be applied to anything that combines the two human and non-human characteristics, and need not necessarily be limited to mammalian (The roaches in 'Joe's Apartment', mythical creatures such as dragons or unicorns) or even zoocentric (The computer programs in 'Tron' and 'Reboot'. Transformers) qualities.

Noun: A fan of furry subjects in culture, art, and literature. Some Furry (fans) are also Fursuiters, people who like to dress up as anthropomorphic characters.

The term 'Furry' is not forward-or-backward-inclusive with such terms as Plushophile, Fursuiter, and Zoosexual. A person can be a furry fan without being a Plushophile, and likewise, a Zoosexual may not consider themselves a Furry.

Some Furries like to mix in a little erotica with their fascination of furry culture, but that's just human nature. Not much different then the way some people attach a little sensuality to their cars or power hardware.
Adj: Bugs Bunny is an example of a Furry character.

Noun: I like reading about Furries and collecting artwork. I am a Furry.
by Anonymous March 22, 2003

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