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26th Aug '16 7:41:24 AM Vir
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* Rumor has it that WaltDisney hated cats (and praised mice and dogs, the two mortal enemies of cats, though another rumor states that he was actually afraid of real mice, so make of that what you will). Among the ways cats are portrayed in Creator/{{Disney}} animation:
** In ClassicDisneyShorts, the regular antagonist of Mickey Mouse (and Co.) is Peg-leg Pete, a rather large, imposing bully-of-a-cat. The anthropomorphic dog, Goofy, is amiable, simple-minded, and good-natured, and Pluto is just...[[FurryConfusion a dog]].

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* Rumor has it that WaltDisney Creator/WaltDisney hated cats (and praised mice and dogs, the two mortal enemies of cats, though another rumor states that he was actually afraid of real mice, so make of that what you will). Among the ways cats are portrayed in Creator/{{Disney}} animation:
** In ClassicDisneyShorts, WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts, the regular antagonist of Mickey Mouse (and Co.) is Peg-leg Pete, a rather large, imposing bully-of-a-cat. The anthropomorphic dog, Goofy, is amiable, simple-minded, and good-natured, and Pluto is just...[[FurryConfusion a dog]].



** In the ''AliceComedies'' Disney made before creating Mickey, Pete is a non-descript bearlike creature. Alice is also accompanied by a non-villainous cat named Julius.
*** In ''HouseOfMouse'', there is some proof that Pete is a cat, as evidenced by Mickey telling Pluto that Pete's the only cat he's allowed to chase.
*** Also, Pete's a villain (albeit an IneffectualSympatheticVillain) in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, though you do meet his ''SteamboatWillie'' version, who's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. This particular version of Pete is also seen in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse''.

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** In the ''AliceComedies'' ''WesternAnimation/AliceComedies'' Disney made before creating Mickey, Pete is a non-descript bearlike creature. Alice is also accompanied by a non-villainous cat named Julius.
*** In ''HouseOfMouse'', ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'', there is some proof that Pete is a cat, as evidenced by Mickey telling Pluto that Pete's the only cat he's allowed to chase.
*** Also, Pete's a villain (albeit an IneffectualSympatheticVillain) in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, though you do meet his ''SteamboatWillie'' ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' version, who's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. This particular version of Pete is also seen in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse''.''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse''.



** One of the two {{big bad}}s in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' is feline crime boss Fat Cat. (Originally, he was a pet belonging to Aldrin Klordane, the villain in the FiveEpisodePilot.) One of his henchmen, Mepps, is also a cat. In the pilot episode, Fat Cat and his main henchmen deal with the Siamese Twins, a pair of felines that scare even him. In one episode, Fat Cat's French cousin is the villain. (Finding out that the guy is Fat Cat's Cousin is more than enough to make Monterey Jack not like him.) Also, when Gadget becomes a human's good luck charm (or so he thinks), his cat becomes jealous enough to kill, her being his ''previous'' charm.(Of course, in a show where the heroes consist of two chipmunks and two mice, it's natural that some villainous cats are going to show up.) This was averted in an episode when the Rescue Rangers return a kitten to his owner.

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** One of the two {{big bad}}s {{Big Bad}}s in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' is feline crime boss Fat Cat. (Originally, he was a pet belonging to Aldrin Klordane, the villain in the FiveEpisodePilot.) One of his henchmen, Mepps, is also a cat. In the pilot episode, Fat Cat and his main henchmen deal with the Siamese Twins, a pair of felines that scare even him. In one episode, Fat Cat's French cousin is the villain. (Finding out that the guy is Fat Cat's Cousin is more than enough to make Monterey Jack not like him.) Also, when Gadget becomes a human's good luck charm (or so he thinks), his cat becomes jealous enough to kill, her being his ''previous'' charm. (Of course, in a show where the heroes consist of two chipmunks and two mice, it's natural that some villainous cats are going to show up.) This was averted in an episode when the Rescue Rangers return a kitten to his owner.



* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' involved a [[TheFaceless faceless Bond-style villain]] who was, in fact, being mind controlled by his RightHandCat, the TRUE villain.

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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' involved a [[TheFaceless faceless Bond-style villain]] who was, in fact, being mind controlled by his RightHandCat, the TRUE ''true'' villain.



* [[LostAesop During the]] [[AnimalTalk Animal Talk episodes]] of Arthur, [[LostAesop this trope is played completely straight.]]

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* During the AnimalTalk [[LostAesop During the]] [[AnimalTalk Animal Talk episodes]] of Arthur, ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', [[LostAesop this trope is played completely straight.]]



* Toralei in ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'', moreso in her early appearances.

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* Toralei Stripe in ''Franchise/MonsterHigh'', moreso in her early appearances.



-->'''Dave:''' "If Artoo is [[CanineCompanion your favorite dog]], then Chopper is [[CatsAreMean the cat]]."

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-->'''Dave:''' "If Artoo is [[CanineCompanion your favorite dog]], then Chopper is [[CatsAreMean the cat]].cat."



* Pidsley the cat in ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' clearly the main antagonist of the second season, though not evil more like a prick as the show is very light-hearted.

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* Pidsley the cat in ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' is clearly the main antagonist of the second season, though not evil evil, more like a prick prick, as the show is very light-hearted.



** Pete is relatively {{downplayed}} in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'', where he is a {{Jerkass}} but not a straight-up villain. His son, PJ, is an ''{{inversion}}'', being [[NiceGuy extremely kind]] and victimized [[ZigZaggingTrope by Pete himself]] the majority of the time, though he and Pete are both portrayed as more of {{Dogface}}s than cats. Also inverted with the pets: Goofy's cat, Waffles, is nicer than Pete's dog, Chainsaw.
** {{Averted}} in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse'' where he's just an annoying foil.
** Also, the ''SteamboatWillie'' version of him in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Ortensia from the ''OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' cartoons (she was called Sadie back then) and ''EpicMickey''.

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** Pete is relatively {{downplayed}} {{downplayed|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'', where he is a {{Jerkass}} but not a straight-up villain. His son, PJ, is an ''{{inversion}}'', being [[NiceGuy extremely kind]] and victimized [[ZigZaggingTrope by Pete himself]] the majority of the time, though he and Pete are both portrayed as more of {{Dogface}}s than cats. Also inverted with the pets: Goofy's cat, Waffles, is nicer than Pete's dog, Chainsaw.
** {{Averted}} {{Averted|Trope}} in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse'' ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouseClubhouse'' where he's just an annoying foil.
** Also, the ''SteamboatWillie'' ''WesternAnimation/SteamboatWillie'' version of him in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Ortensia from the ''OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' cartoons (she was called Sadie back then) and ''EpicMickey''.



** [[{{NegativeContinuity}} The episodes focusing on Kate and Pal play this straight with Nemo, however.]]

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** [[{{NegativeContinuity}} [[NegativeContinuity The episodes focusing on Kate and Pal play this straight with Nemo, however.]]
26th Aug '16 7:29:40 AM Vir
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Stray", Wander befriends a [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly innocent]] kitten named Li'l Bits who is actually a bounty hunter hired by [[BigBad Lord Hater]]. "The Catastrophe" has Li'l Bits pretending to be a clumsy CuteKitten named Baby Cakes while she brainwashes people who watch her cute videos into giving her their money.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "The Stray", Wander befriends a [[BitchInSheepsClothing seemingly innocent]] kitten named Li'l Bits who is actually a bounty hunter hired by [[BigBad [[GalacticConqueror Lord Hater]]. "The Catastrophe" has Li'l Bits pretending to be a clumsy CuteKitten named Baby Cakes while she brainwashes people who watch her cute videos into giving her their money.
21st Aug '16 12:38:23 PM nombretomado
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* In ''Film/DrDolittle'' (the EddieMurphy film), the sick tiger is about to commit suicide on behalf of this trope, and Dolittle is forced to think of an example of a positive depiction of a tiger in popular culture in order to convince the tiger to change his mind. The tiger himself is depicted as surprisingly gentle and kind, with the only 'meanness' being due to [[spoiler:a shard of bone in his head pressing in on his brain]].

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* In ''Film/DrDolittle'' (the EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy film), the sick tiger is about to commit suicide on behalf of this trope, and Dolittle is forced to think of an example of a positive depiction of a tiger in popular culture in order to convince the tiger to change his mind. The tiger himself is depicted as surprisingly gentle and kind, with the only 'meanness' being due to [[spoiler:a shard of bone in his head pressing in on his brain]].
18th Aug '16 11:47:39 PM Lanthorn
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** ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Mayor Lionhart is actually the exception: The rest of the big cats are perfectly nice mammals but he's an incredible narcissist who [[NiceToTheWaiter constantly puts down the Assistant Mayor]] (or rather [[BeleagueredAssistant assistant to the mayor]]). [[spoiler: His mistreatment of said assistant caused the plot of the movie, or at least pushed her to the point where she was perfectly happy to turn one character into a mindless feral creature who would ''kill and eat their friend'' to preserve her power.]]
* In ''Robinson Caruso'' AKA ''The Wild Life'' the animal half of the cast is menaced by a couple of vicious pirate cats.


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* ''Film/NineLives2016'' features a jerkass who works through his issues after becoming a cat.
5th Aug '16 2:13:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* You only need to watch one episode of ''AtomicBetty'' to see it was obviously written by a cat hater.

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* You only need to watch one episode of ''AtomicBetty'' ''WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty'' to see it was obviously written by a cat hater.
4th Aug '16 2:38:34 AM PaulA
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* Played with in ''MagicKingdomOfLandover'': although he is often arrogant, dismissive, mocking of those with lesser intelligence or understanding, [[CatsAreSnarkers snarky]], and acting on his own whims and initiative, Edgewood Dirk remains a loyal ally when he is truly needed and provides Ben Holiday, Willow, and Mistaya with plenty of insight, wisdom, and helpful advice. His cryptic replies and bouts of indifference are as much because of his being a TrueNeutral, and one of TheFairFolk of the setting, as his species.

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* Played with in ''MagicKingdomOfLandover'': ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'': although he is often arrogant, dismissive, mocking of those with lesser intelligence or understanding, [[CatsAreSnarkers snarky]], and acting on his own whims and initiative, Edgewood Dirk remains a loyal ally when he is truly needed and provides Ben Holiday, Willow, and Mistaya with plenty of insight, wisdom, and helpful advice. His cryptic replies and bouts of indifference are as much because of his being a TrueNeutral, and one of TheFairFolk of the setting, as his species.
1st Aug '16 3:41:37 PM Luppercus
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* Pidsley the cat in ''WesternAnimation/ShaunTheSheep'' clearly the main antagonist of the second season, though not evil more like a prick as the show is very light-hearted.
31st Jul '16 8:29:27 AM nombretomado
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* Similarly, although he is rather gruff and snarky, a bit coarse, and something of a womanizer, Desmond Farr (Tiger-Man) from DCComics remains good-hearted overall, and a hero.

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* Similarly, although he is rather gruff and snarky, a bit coarse, and something of a womanizer, Desmond Farr (Tiger-Man) from DCComics Creator/DCComics remains good-hearted overall, and a hero.
29th Jul '16 7:28:48 AM DarkerShining
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* Ziggo, the pet cat of [[BigBad Panthea]] from the first season of ''WesternAnimation/MiaAndMe'' is basically mean to anyone who isn't Panthea. He's also one of the few animals in the series who doesn't get along with [[FriendToAllLivingThings Mia]], although he is ''slightly'' less hostile towards her.


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