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Furry fandom is a subculture built around the furry genre.

The furry genre is a metagenre based on the idea of fantasy animal characters, rather than any one type of fiction. Any title in any type of media can be considered a part of the furry genre simply by having a fantasy animal character in it, though such characters are most often seen in cartoons, comics, science fiction, allegorical novels, commercials and video games.

The fandom for this genre was first organised by fans at science fiction and comics conventions in the early 1980s. [1] The fandom then grew into a large and diverse community of animal-related fantasy fans.

Members of the furry fandom, known as furry fans, furries, or furs, [2] particularly enjoy media that include fictional anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.[3] Some examples of anthropomorphic attributes are: exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, the ability to speak, walking on two legs, and wearing clothing.

Since the mid-1980s, furry fans have referred to any anthropomorphic animal character as a furry. Other terms for these types of characters are funny animal and talking animal, or kemono in Japan.

A furry community has grown rapidly with the advent of the Internet. Content created by furry fans on the World Wide Web covers a wide range of interests, including fantasy, philosophy, sex, politics, religion and lifestyle.

It should be noted that some Furry have a fetishistic relationship to Furry material, while others do not sexualise the furry concept. Needless to say, this sometimes generates tension between the two groups.

Rubberfur is a common term applied to furry fans who are big fans of rubber, latex and similar materials. Rubberfurs come in all shapes and sizes, but application of their interest often involves a combination of rubber themes and anthropomorphic characters – such as artwork of furry characters wearing rubber, rubber items used as costume clothing for fursuits (or rubbery suits with animal themes), and rubber-themed role-play. Some rubberfurs are also balloonie fans and may be interested in inflation.