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Haven't you ever asked why we use these gloves?
―Various characters
Why do we wear the same gloves?
―Various characters questioning why they have the same gloves on

Opera gloves, or toon gloves, are a main characteristic of cartoon characters. Easily recognized by the three black lines seen on the back, these white, four-fingered gloves have been seen used by toons in shows since the early 1930s. Originally an addition of Walt Disney himself to the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons (to recognize the hands from the bodies when near), the gloves are now seen on the hands of many famous cartoon stars, not only from Disney, but characters from many other universes, such as Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Mighty Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, Yogi Bear, Rocky and Bullwinkle, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Animaniacs, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Oggy and the Cockroaches, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, Uncle Grandpa, M&M's, Hamburger Helper, The Cat in the Hat, Out of Jimmy's Head, Despicable Me, Pac-Man, Sonic the Hedgehog, Bendy and the Ink Machine, Cuphead, the Super Mario Bros., and even The Simpsons, also use such gloves.

Background[]

Gloves have been proven not only to be white. Examples of some Disney characters are Roger Rabbit, José Carioca, and the Beagle Boys, whose gloves are yellow.

Classic Walt Disney Comics usually colored most of the characters' gloves appearing in the stories yellow, and sometimes even of a blue color. It is unknown if this was either a glitch in the printing process or if they were intentionally colored as that. The color rarely varies, but the gloves always have soft colors.

The exact usage of the gloves is unknown, so they could be just an accessory. Throughout history of animation, many toons have wondered why do they use these gloves. two examples of a cartoon character questioning the gloves' purpose are in An Extremely Goofy Movie, where Bobby Zimuruski asks the aforementioned question, to which someone else responds with, "Yeah, man!", and in the Mickey Mouse Works short Pluto's Magic Paws, where Magical Mouse also asks the question.

Many cartoon characters who use such gloves have also been seen without the gloves. Several rare examples are in the 1933 short Three Little Pigs, where Big Bad Wolf's gloves come off when he takes off the Fuller-Brush Man disguise; in the 1935 short The Band Concert, where Clarabelle Cow's glove gets stuck in her flute; in the 1940 film Pinocchio, where Pinocchio's gloves disappear along with his donkey ears and tail when he becomes a real boy; in the Raw Toonage short Dogzapoppin' where Grumble's dog steals one of Bonkers D. Bobcat's gloves off his hand and eats it; in the 2004 film Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, where Pete takes off his gloves before he takes a shower; and in the Mickey Mouse Works short Big House Mickey, where Mortimer Mouse comes out of the shower without his gloves on.

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