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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.]]
15th Oct '17 10:45:22 PM ElSquibbonator
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** The cat did end helping the dog, so at least the trope was partially subverted.

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** The cat did end helping the dog, so at least the trope was partially subverted.ultimately averted.



* In Carlo Coloddi's ''Literature/{{Pinocchio}}'' one of the villains is a blindness-feigning beggar cat, who serves as the companion and criminal accomplice to fox. He is depicted as not to be very intelligent, mostly repeating fox's lines and carrying out his orders.

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* In Carlo Coloddi's ''Literature/{{Pinocchio}}'' one of the villains is a blindness-feigning beggar cat, cat (Gideon in the Disney version), who serves as the companion and criminal accomplice to the fox. He is depicted as not to be very intelligent, mostly repeating fox's lines and carrying out his orders.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven All Dogs Go to Heaven 2]]'', {{Satan}} himself is an evil, anthropomorphic cat named Red. Guess that means All Cats Go to Hell then!

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



* The gnomes of ''{{Literature/Gnomes}}'' trust all animals except the house cat, which "is not a member of the natural animal world and is completely unreliable." Why this doesn't apply to other domestic animals is never explained.

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* The gnomes of ''{{Literature/Gnomes}}'' trust all animals except the house cat, which "is not a member of the natural animal world and is completely unreliable." Why this doesn't apply to other domestic animals animals, or to wild cats, is never explained.



* In the ''Series/ICarly'' episode "iMove Out", the [[AmbiguouslyGay petographers]] have a cat named [[MeaningfulName Harmu]], who tries to claw Spencer's face out every time he sees him.

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* In the ''Series/ICarly'' episode "iMove Out", the [[AmbiguouslyGay petographers]] have a cat named [[MeaningfulName Harmu]], who tries to claw Spencer's face out every time he sees him. In another episode, Sam mentions having a possibly-rabid cat.



* A demonic-looking lion shows up in ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'', along with [[BearsAreBadNews a similarly demonic-looking bear.]] They don't actually do anything evil, though.
15th Oct '17 10:45:12 PM ElSquibbonator
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15th Oct '17 10:22:23 PM ElSquibbonator
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has the Imikandi, a race of feline warriors hired by Aku to kill Jack, and only spare him because they are impressed with his fighting skill. So do the tiger-like monsters representing the Daughters of Aku in Season 5, which are defeated in an epic battle with a wolf representing Jack. Even the otherwise friendly titular Creature from "Jack and the Creature" has shades of this trope, as it takes on a [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/samuraijack/images/0/05/CeatureSJ2.png/revision/latest?cb=20151204222946 more feline appearance]] when it gets angry.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has the Imikandi, a race of feline warriors hired by Aku to kill Jack, and only spare him because they are impressed with his fighting skill. So do the Then, in Season 5, there are a group of tiger-like monsters representing the Daughters of Aku in Season 5, Aku, which are defeated in an epic battle with a wolf representing Jack. Even the otherwise friendly titular Creature from "Jack and the Creature" has shades of this trope, as it takes on a [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/samuraijack/images/0/05/CeatureSJ2.png/revision/latest?cb=20151204222946 more feline appearance]] when it gets angry.
15th Oct '17 10:19:25 PM ElSquibbonator
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** Played straighter in the episode "The Littlest Giant", with two giant cat bullies who taunt and laugh at the eponymous giant (Stimpy) and cause him to run away.

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** Played straighter in the episode "The Littlest Giant", with two giant cat bullies who taunt and laugh at the eponymous giant (Stimpy) and cause him to run away. It should be noted that Stimpy is a cat himself.



* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has the Imikandi, a race of feline warriors hired by Aku to kill Jack, and only spare him because they are impressed with his fighting skill. So do the tiger-like monsters representing the Daughters of Aku in Season 5, which are defeated in an epic battle with a wolf representing Jack. Even the otherwise friendly titular Creature from "Jack and the Creature" has shades of this trope, as it takes on a [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/samuraijack/images/0/05/CeatureSJ2.png/revision/latest?cb=20151204222946 more feline appearance]] when it gets angry.



* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s'' all cats in the show are mean, especially Catgut, the main villain's RightHandCat. Averted in ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' though.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies1980s'' all cats in the show are mean, especially Catgut, the main villain's RightHandCat. Averted in ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' though.though, which has heroic cats.
27th Sep '17 12:55:43 PM SeptimusHeap
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* Completely subverted - even inverted - in ''BatmanReturns''. Cats are heroic or at least anti-heroic, resuscitating the nearly-dead Selina Kyle (albeit by [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext biting her]]). In fact, those cats in the alley are the ''only'' animals in the entire film portrayed sympathetically; all other animals we see (a flock of penguins, a canary, two dogs [[note]] although one of them is dead and stuffed [[/note]], a monkey, a constrictor snake) are pets of the villains and often help their masters. (Okay, there ''is'' a cat owned by the unsympathetic Cobblepot family at the beginning, but [[ThatPoorCat it's portrayed as a victim]] rather than an accomplice.)

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* Completely subverted - even inverted - in ''BatmanReturns''.''Film/BatmanReturns''. Cats are heroic or at least anti-heroic, resuscitating the nearly-dead Selina Kyle (albeit by [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext biting her]]). In fact, those cats in the alley are the ''only'' animals in the entire film portrayed sympathetically; all other animals we see (a flock of penguins, a canary, two dogs [[note]] although one of them is dead and stuffed [[/note]], a monkey, a constrictor snake) are pets of the villains and often help their masters. (Okay, there ''is'' a cat owned by the unsympathetic Cobblepot family at the beginning, but [[ThatPoorCat it's portrayed as a victim]] rather than an accomplice.)
17th Sep '17 11:38:32 AM nombretomado
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Note that when cats just are ''not'' mean in some cases, that's {{not a subversion}}. Also, if the story features only cats and some happen to be the bad guys, that isn't this trope.

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Note that when cats just are ''not'' mean in some cases, that's {{not a subversion}}.Administrivia/NotASubversion. Also, if the story features only cats and some happen to be the bad guys, that isn't this trope.
13th Sep '17 1:15:55 PM Lovetheclassics72
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* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' Dr. Claw's cat Mad cat definately fits this,
9th Sep '17 4:55:51 PM Khrunwahl02
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** Garfield is a strange case. He'll squash sentient spiders without a second thought, he'll kick Odie off the table, and he'll abuse Jon in many creative ways (although [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga021102.gif Jon doesn't know]]... [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920121.gif or does he?]]) like stealing Jon's dinner, hitting Jon in the head with his food bowl to indicate he's hungry, biting Jon's arm, locking Jon outside the house in the worst situations possible (e.g. Jon's wearing only underwear, Jon's in bunny pajamas, Jon is naked) and at one point even [[https://garfield.com/comic/2003/11/09 slipped a Habanero pepper in Jon's eclair and then shut off the entire water system in the house with just a wrench]]. But, at least in the [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends series]] and animated specials, he's a hero who will go out of the way to save his friends. If anything, he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. In one strip, Garfield admits that the reason he doesn't like dogs is because dogs are so ''friendly''. (Meaning friendly to the point of cloying.) Of course, Garfield has met his fair share of dogs that are downright mean.

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** Garfield is a strange case. He'll squash sentient spiders without a second thought, he'll kick Odie off the table, and he'll abuse Jon in many creative ways (although [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/2002/ga021102.gif Jon doesn't know]]... [[http://images.ucomics.com/comics/ga/1992/ga920121.gif or does he?]]) like stealing Jon's dinner, hitting Jon in the head with his food bowl to indicate he's hungry, biting Jon's arm, locking Jon outside the house in the worst situations possible (e.g. Jon's wearing only underwear, Jon's in bunny pajamas, [[NakedPeopleTrappedOutside Jon is naked) naked]]) and at one point he even [[https://garfield.com/comic/2003/11/09 slipped a Habanero pepper in Jon's eclair and then shut off the entire water system in the house with just a wrench]]. But, at least in the [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends series]] and animated specials, he's a hero who will go out of the way to save his friends. If anything, he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. In one strip, Garfield admits that the reason he doesn't like dogs is because dogs are so ''friendly''. (Meaning friendly to the point of cloying.) Of course, Garfield has met his fair share of dogs that are downright mean.
6th Sep '17 12:34:01 AM PaulA
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* In the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, the cats of Ulthar are sentient and helpful to those who deserve it, but also cryptic and very dangerous. In the novella ''Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath'', the cats help hero Randolph Carter and make war with the evil zoogs. In the short story "The Cats of Ulhar", they slaughter a pair of villains out of revenge. Lovecraft himself was a cat-lover who believed that they are connected to ancient mysteries.
** Lovecraft has a somewhat more obvious aversion in the early story "The Rats in the Walls", where the cat's agitation and natural animosity with the rats (here clearly an evil force) makes them good and very useful for the suspense. Alas, it also demonstrates [=HPL's=] severe ValuesDissonance by having the unfortunate name "Nigger-Man".
*** There is also "Cats and Dogs", a rather lenghty essay where Lovecraft methodically argues which animal he thinks is the superior pet, and what does he thinks of the kind of person who owns them. Be aware, don't read it if you are a canine lover!

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* Creator/HPLovecraft:
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In the works of Creator/HPLovecraft, Dream Lands cycle, the cats of Ulthar are sentient and helpful to those who deserve it, but also cryptic and very dangerous. In the novella ''Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath'', ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'', the cats help hero Randolph Carter and make war with the evil zoogs. In the short story "The Cats of Ulhar", "Literature/TheCatsOfUlthar", they slaughter a pair of villains out of revenge. Lovecraft himself was a cat-lover who believed that they are connected to ancient mysteries.
** Lovecraft has a somewhat more obvious aversion in the early story "The Rats in the Walls", "Literature/TheRatsInTheWalls", where the cat's agitation and natural animosity with the rats (here clearly an evil force) makes them good and very useful for the suspense. Alas, it also demonstrates [=HPL's=] severe ValuesDissonance by having the unfortunate name "Nigger-Man".
*** ** There is also "Cats and Dogs", a rather lenghty essay where Lovecraft methodically argues which animal he thinks is the superior pet, and what does he thinks of the kind of person who owns them. Be aware, don't read it if you are a canine lover!
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