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9th Dec '17 8:34:52 PM merotoker
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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven All Dogs Go to Heaven 2]]'', {{Satan}} himself is an evil, anthropomorphic cat named Red. The theological implications for cats are probably better unspoken.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven All Dogs Go to Heaven 2]]'', ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven2'', {{Satan}} himself is an evil, anthropomorphic cat named Red. The theological implications for cats are probably better unspoken.



* Tybalt in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is nicknamed "prince [or king] of cats" by Mercutio, [[spoiler:whom he eventually kills]]. Much depends upon [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]], though; some productions play him as one more victim of the FeudingFamilies.

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* Tybalt in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is nicknamed "prince [or king] of cats" by Mercutio, [[spoiler:whom he eventually kills]]. Much depends upon [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation interpretation]], though; some productions play him as one more victim of the FeudingFamilies.
6th Dec '17 11:43:35 AM Lovetheclassics72
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* ''WesternAnimation/Josie and the Pussycats'' Sebastian the cat is definately mean.

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* ''WesternAnimation/Josie and the Pussycats'' Pussycats'' Sebastian the cat is definately mean.


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* ''WesternAnimation/Josie and the Pussycats, Sebastian the Cat fits this.
6th Dec '17 11:40:05 AM Lovetheclassics72
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* ''WesternAnimation/Josie and the Pussycats'' Sebastian the cat is definately mean.
12th Nov '17 1:32:18 PM MartyD82
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* In the 1990’s, there was a series of ads for Kelloggs Smacks that pitted Dig’em Frog against a mean housecat named Kitty in a series of TomAndJerry like chases. The frog ALWAYS got the best of the cat in these commercials.
8th Nov '17 8:16:59 PM BattleMaster
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* Clan Smoke Jaguar in ''TabletopGame/Battletech'' played this trope very well. Of all the Clans, they were the meanest and most aggressive. They never allowed freeborn warriors into their ranks, [[KillEmAll seldom took prisoners]], and frequently [[MoralEventHorizon responded]] to insurgencies against their iron-fisted rule on the planets they captured by [[DisproportionateRetribution massacring entire cities]]. This attitude ended up backfiring on them badly, however. When the Inner Sphere decided to show that they were a force to be reckoned with, they did so by targeting the Smoke Jaguars for destruction. With no allies due to decades of bullying the other Clans and an industrial base that wasn't capable of sustaining the losses they'd taken during the invasion of the Inner Sphere, the Smoke Jaguars were completely helpless against the onslaught and wiped out completely.

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* Clan Smoke Jaguar in ''TabletopGame/Battletech'' played this trope very well. Of all the Clans, they were the meanest and most aggressive. They never allowed freeborn warriors into their ranks, [[KillEmAll [[LeaveNoSurvivors seldom took prisoners]], and frequently [[MoralEventHorizon responded]] [[DisproportionateRetribution responded to insurgencies insurgencies]] against their iron-fisted rule on the planets they captured by [[DisproportionateRetribution [[MoralEventHorizon massacring entire cities]]. This attitude ended up backfiring on them badly, however. When the Inner Sphere decided to show that they were a force to be reckoned with, they did so by targeting the Smoke Jaguars for destruction. With no allies due to decades of bullying the other Clans and an industrial base that wasn't capable of sustaining the losses they'd taken during the invasion of the Inner Sphere, the Smoke Jaguars were completely helpless against the onslaught and wiped out completely.
8th Nov '17 8:14:44 PM BattleMaster
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* Clan Smoke Jaguar in ''TabletopGame/Battletech'' played this trope very well. Of all the Clans, they were the meanest and most aggressive. They never allowed freeborn warriors into their ranks, [[KillEmAll seldom took prisoners]], and frequently [[MoralEventHorizon responded]] to insurgencies against their iron-fisted rule on the planets they captured by [[DisproportionateRetribution massacring entire cities]]. This attitude ended up backfiring on them badly, however. When the Inner Sphere decided to show that they were a force to be reckoned with, they did so by targeting the Smoke Jaguars for destruction. With no allies due to decades of bullying the other Clans and an industrial base that wasn't capable of sustaining the losses they'd taken during the invasion of the Inner Sphere, the Smoke Jaguars were completely helpless against the onslaught and wiped out completely.
4th Nov '17 9:02:00 PM jormis29
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** [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' has both an antagonistic (Shere Khan) and friendly (Bagheera) feline character, but this is hardly Disney's invention. Shere Khan became a downplayed version in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. This was taken back again even further in ''The Jungle Book 2'', while Shere Khan from the original film was more villainous than his ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' counterpart, he at least had some plausible [[AffablyEvil affable]] and [[LaughablyEvil whimsical]] traits to make him a somewhat likable villain. In the sequel, [[KnightofCerebus he is embittered]] into a scary-ish SuperPersistentPredator.

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** [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' has both an antagonistic (Shere Khan) and friendly (Bagheera) feline character, but this is hardly Disney's invention. Shere Khan became a downplayed version in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. This was taken back again even further in ''The Jungle Book 2'', ''Disney/TheJungleBook2'', while Shere Khan from the original film was more villainous than his ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' counterpart, he at least had some plausible [[AffablyEvil affable]] and [[LaughablyEvil whimsical]] traits to make him a somewhat likable villain. In the sequel, [[KnightofCerebus he is embittered]] into a scary-ish SuperPersistentPredator.
1st Nov '17 6:00:47 AM DragonQuestZ
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** Even more so in his uncollected short story, ''[[Literature/JustAfterSunset The Cat from Hell]]''. It kills several people, one guy by [[OrificeInvasion leaping into his mouth, and the guy chokes to death as the cat crawls down his throat]].

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** Even more so in his uncollected short story, ''[[Literature/JustAfterSunset The Cat from Hell]]''. It kills several people, one guy by [[OrificeInvasion [[AttackTheMouth leaping into his mouth, mouth]], and the guy chokes to death [[OrificeInvasion as the cat crawls down his throat]].
24th Oct '17 1:09:46 PM darkemyst
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** Subverted with Crookshanks, who Ron initially sees as evil because of his hatred of Scabbers the rat. In the end, it is revealed that he had good intentions all along and even helped the human protagonists with things they wouldn't otherwise have been able to do (get into The Shrieking Shack for the big reveal).

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** Subverted with Crookshanks, who Ron initially sees as evil because of his hatred of Scabbers the rat. In the end, it is revealed that he had good intentions all along and even helped the human protagonists with things they wouldn't otherwise have been able to do (get into The Shrieking Shack for the ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban Prisoner of Azkaban]]'''s big reveal).
16th Oct '17 6:30:22 PM PaulA
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* In the Literature/KnownSpace universe, the Kzinti as a whole aren't exactly known as being gently pacifistic, what with starting a bunch of wars with various species -- in particular, humanity. On the other hand, individual Kzin can be more heroic, or at least less frightening and outwardly 'evil', such as Speaker To Animals, especially after [[TheDogBitesBack they get their asses handed to them by humanity]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome lose the war]].
** War''s''. The humans by the time of the main Known Space series are no longer seriously worried about the Kzinti, because "the Kziniti ''always'' attack before they're ready." This turns out to be a major plot point in the ''{{Ringworld}}'' series. Of course, Kzinti aren't literally cats, but they're described as evolved from felinoid predators something like Earthly plains cats.

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* In the Literature/KnownSpace universe, the Kzinti as a whole aren't exactly known as being gently pacifistic, what with starting a bunch of wars with various species -- in particular, humanity. On the other hand, individual Kzin can be more heroic, or at least less frightening and outwardly 'evil', such as Speaker To Animals, especially after [[TheDogBitesBack they get their asses handed to them by humanity]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome lose the war]].
** War''s''.
war. (War''s''. The humans by the time of the main Known Space series are no longer seriously worried about the Kzinti, because "the Kziniti ''always'' attack before they're ready." This turns out to be a major plot point in the ''{{Ringworld}}'' series. ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'' series.) Of course, Kzinti aren't literally cats, but they're described as evolved from felinoid predators something like Earthly plains cats.



* A subversion exist in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. Kero can be annoying and far too smug, sometimes seems like a DirtyCoward, and has a bad temper that can lead to old-style comedic catfights at the drop of a hat. But he's also unequivocally a hero, [[CuteKitten utterly adorable]] and [[TastesLikeDiabetes sweet]] most of the time, has a hilarious addiction to video games, his most memorable trait is being a BigEater, and his [[TransformationSequence true form]] is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome incredibly awesome]] and badass ([[TheWorfEffect most of the time]]). His counterpart, Spinel Sun, is ''set up'' to look like this trope, since he works for the BigBad of Season 2, but in actuality, he's quite sophisticated, charming, and unthreatening, and he rarely does anything 'villainous' unless ordered to. He even befriends Kero (albeit with a little of TheRival and WorthyOpponent going on) and turns out to have a [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin hilarious reaction to sugar]].

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* A subversion exist in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. Kero can be annoying and far too smug, sometimes seems like a DirtyCoward, and has a bad temper that can lead to old-style comedic catfights at the drop of a hat. But he's also unequivocally a hero, [[CuteKitten utterly adorable]] and [[TastesLikeDiabetes sweet]] most of the time, has a hilarious addiction to video games, his most memorable trait is being a BigEater, and his [[TransformationSequence true form]] is [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome incredibly awesome]] and badass ([[TheWorfEffect most of the time]]). His counterpart, Spinel Sun, is ''set up'' to look like this trope, since he works for the BigBad of Season 2, but in actuality, he's quite sophisticated, charming, and unthreatening, and he rarely does anything 'villainous' unless ordered to. He even befriends Kero (albeit with a little of TheRival and WorthyOpponent going on) and turns out to have a [[ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin hilarious reaction to sugar]].



** "[[TearJerker I good kitty.]]"



* Reversed in ''Literature/TheCatWhoWentToHeaven'', a novel written in 1930 by Elizabeth Coatsworth and based on Buddhist folk tales. A painter is commissioned by some Buddhist monks for a painting glorifying all the animals blessed by Buddha at his death. According to classical Buddhism, the cat rejected Buddha and was not included [[note]]in many other tales, cats are depicted as demonic[[/note]]. Nevertheless, the painter had recently adopted a stray cat, and having loved the animal, could not imagine Heaven not accepting cats. To the outrage of the monks, he includes a small white cat in the painting, and his own cat dies of happiness at the same time. The next day, by miracle, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the painting of Buddha has changed]] [[TearJerker to him blessing the cat personally]].

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* Reversed in ''Literature/TheCatWhoWentToHeaven'', a novel written in 1930 by Elizabeth Coatsworth and based on Buddhist folk tales. A painter is commissioned by some Buddhist monks for a painting glorifying all the animals blessed by Buddha at his death. According to classical Buddhism, the cat rejected Buddha and was not included [[note]]in many other tales, cats are depicted as demonic[[/note]]. Nevertheless, the painter had recently adopted a stray cat, and having loved the animal, could not imagine Heaven not accepting cats. To the outrage of the monks, he includes a small white cat in the painting, and his own cat dies of happiness at the same time. The next day, by miracle, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming the painting of Buddha has changed]] [[TearJerker changed to him blessing the cat personally]].personally.



* Also subverted in Ende's ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' in the character of the lion Grograman. Yes, [[WalkingWasteland all land around him is turned into scorching deserts]] and no one can touch him without being burnt to a crisp, [[BlessedWithSuck but this is an involuntary part of his nature]] and not a sign of malice or inner evil. When Bastian, protected by the AURYN, is able to speak with him, Grograman comes across as a quite personable, even friendly, beast, as well as rather melancholic due to his enforced solitude, ignorance about his origin, and [[TakenForGranite painful]] [[FateWorseThanDeath (daily)]] TransformationSequence. The scenes where Bastian discovers the truth about him and sits with him so he won't be alone are genuine {{TearJerker}}s, and Grograman himself is actually treated as a brave companion by Bastian to the point he wants the lion to come with him on his journey (which Grograman points out to him is sadly impossible, since he takes the desert with him wherever he goes).

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* Also subverted in Ende's ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' in the character of the lion Grograman. Yes, [[WalkingWasteland all land around him is turned into scorching deserts]] and no one can touch him without being burnt to a crisp, [[BlessedWithSuck but this is an involuntary part of his nature]] and not a sign of malice or inner evil. When Bastian, protected by the AURYN, is able to speak with him, Grograman comes across as a quite personable, even friendly, beast, as well as rather melancholic due to his enforced solitude, ignorance about his origin, and [[TakenForGranite painful]] [[FateWorseThanDeath (daily)]] TransformationSequence. The scenes where Bastian discovers the truth about him and sits with him so he won't be alone are genuine {{TearJerker}}s, and Grograman himself is actually treated as a brave companion by Bastian to the point he wants the lion to come with him on his journey (which Grograman points out to him is sadly impossible, since he takes the desert with him wherever he goes).



** Of course, there are also some notable subversions to this. One particularly [[Heartwarming/TomAndJerry heartstring-tugging, tear-inducing]] example involves a baby duckling thinking Tom is his mother (Tom was the first thing he saw when he hatched). Throughout the short, Tom tries to eat the duckling while said duckling is clueless to Tom's true intentions. Towards the end, [[spoiler:the duckling realizes that Tom was trying to eat him and decides to cook himself alive]]. Tom [[spoiler: [[TearJerker has ironically grown to love his "son" and, deciding he wants the duckling more than he wants a duck dinner, saves him while tearfully holding him and calling the duckling "My baby".]] At the end, Tom and the duckling are seen swimming together in a pond]].
*** Likewise, there's an episode where Tom's identical mouse-fearing cousin, George, comes over to visit. Long story short, it's an inversion of the trope in which it's a ''mouse'' (namely, Jerry) tormenting an innocent cat (George). Of course, Tom can only take Jerry teasing his cousin for so long before [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he decides to help George and show Jerry WHY it's a bad idea to pick on someone who has a look-a-like relative.]]

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** Of course, there are also some notable subversions to this. One particularly [[Heartwarming/TomAndJerry heartstring-tugging, tear-inducing]] example involves a baby duckling thinking Tom is his mother (Tom was the first thing he saw when he hatched). Throughout the short, Tom tries to eat the duckling while said duckling is clueless to Tom's true intentions. Towards the end, [[spoiler:the duckling realizes that Tom was trying to eat him and decides to cook himself alive]]. Tom [[spoiler: [[TearJerker has [[spoiler:has ironically grown to love his "son" and, deciding he wants the duckling more than he wants a duck dinner, saves him while tearfully holding him and calling the duckling "My baby".]] baby". At the end, Tom and the duckling are seen swimming together in a pond]].
*** Likewise, there's an episode where Tom's identical mouse-fearing cousin, George, comes over to visit. Long story short, it's an inversion of the trope in which it's a ''mouse'' (namely, Jerry) tormenting an innocent cat (George). Of course, Tom can only take Jerry teasing his cousin for so long before [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he decides to help George and show Jerry WHY ''why'' it's a bad idea to pick on someone who has a look-a-like relative.]]
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