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16th Jul '17 12:07:23 PM WillBGood
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* [[hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdA_fLC7WIQ Why do cats stare when you're pouring milk?]] Creator/TimCurry has the answer, for good measure.

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* [[hhttps://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdA_fLC7WIQ Why do cats stare when you're pouring milk?]] Creator/TimCurry has the answer, for good measure.
16th Jul '17 12:05:50 PM WillBGood
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgoKq-1CPwk Why do cats stare when you're pouring milk?]] Creator/TimCurry has the answer, for good measure.

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* [[https://www.[[hhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgoKq-1CPwk com/watch?v=IdA_fLC7WIQ Why do cats stare when you're pouring milk?]] Creator/TimCurry has the answer, for good measure.
22nd Jun '17 9:07:42 PM Vir
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* Makunga, the evil [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar-]]lookalike lion villain of ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa''.



* Makunga, the evil [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar-]]lookalike lion villain of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa''.
22nd Jun '17 9:09:16 AM LBHills
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Another factor is that cats, unlike dogs, rarely ever have an expression on their face that indicates joy, and their default expression of "you simultaneously bore, disgust and annoy me" heavily colors our idea of what goes on inside their heads: dogs are [[DumbIsGood endearingly stupid]], affectionate, and capable of finding joy in the most trivial of things, while cats are aloof, frigid, and perpetually displeased.

It should also be noted that the overwhelming predominance of this trope in WesternAnimation is largely due to one simple fact that proves how astonishing the man's influence really was: Creator/WaltDisney was a dog person.

That said, it should come as no surprise that the RightHandCat is the DiabolicalMastermind's most popular pet of choice. Could also be the reason that AllWitchesHaveCats; an evil witch should have a mean {{Familiar}}.

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Another factor issue is that cats, unlike dogs, rarely ever have an expression on MostWritersAreHuman. We read human emotions into animals, usually unintentionally, and the cat equivalents of 'friendly' and 'happy' don't change their face that indicates joy, and their facial expressions. Their default expression of "you simultaneously bore, disgust and annoy me" would be repulsive if you weren't so boring" heavily colors our idea of what goes on inside their heads: dogs are [[DumbIsGood endearingly stupid]], affectionate, and capable of finding joy in the most trivial of things, while cats are aloof, frigid, and perpetually displeased.

It should also be noted that the overwhelming predominance of this trope in WesternAnimation is largely due to one simple fact that proves how astonishing the man's influence really was: Creator/WaltDisney was a dog person.

That said, it should come as no surprise that the
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RightHandCat is the DiabolicalMastermind's most popular pet of choice. Could also be the reason that AllWitchesHaveCats; an evil witch should have a mean {{Familiar}}.
18th Jun '17 9:41:28 AM nombretomado
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It should also be noted that the overwhelming predominance of this trope in WesternAnimation is largely due to one simple fact that proves how astonishing the man's influence really was: WaltDisney was a dog person.

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It should also be noted that the overwhelming predominance of this trope in WesternAnimation is largely due to one simple fact that proves how astonishing the man's influence really was: WaltDisney Creator/WaltDisney was a dog person.
16th Jun '17 10:50:16 AM nombretomado
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* In the sequel anthology to WatershipDown, a couple of cats aren't villains: in one story, a peaceful cat becomes a temporary ally of the hero, and in another, a group of rabbits gang up on and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath gruesomely]] kill a harmless cat, which [[DownerEnding leads to their whole warren being exterminated]].

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* In the sequel anthology to WatershipDown, ''Literature/WatershipDown'', a couple of cats aren't villains: in one story, a peaceful cat becomes a temporary ally of the hero, and in another, a group of rabbits gang up on and [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath gruesomely]] kill a harmless cat, which [[DownerEnding leads to their whole warren being exterminated]].
11th Jun '17 4:27:33 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with successful spinsters and later [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] or [[CatsAreMagic other forces of evil]]. At the same pyres [[BurnTheWitch witches were burned]], cats were burned too. Cats in general have been [[CrazyCatLady associated with women]] and, since MostWritersAreMale, they have often been used for misogynistic stereotypes [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt where cats have negative traits associated with women]] but [[HeroicDog dogs are presented with positive traits associated with men]]. The old saying goes "Dogs are a man's best friend", so men who own cats are thus seen as [[StealthPun pussies]] and not "real men." Many women (especially lesbians, who were usually spinsters throughout history for obvious reasons) have attempted to re-appropriate the "Crazy Cat Lady" stereotype as a positive identity.

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Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with successful spinsters and later [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] or [[CatsAreMagic other forces of evil]]. At the same pyres [[BurnTheWitch witches were burned]], cats were burned too. Cats in general have been [[CrazyCatLady associated with women]] and, since MostWritersAreMale, they have often been used for misogynistic stereotypes [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt where cats have negative traits associated with women]] but [[HeroicDog dogs are presented with positive traits associated with men]]. The old saying goes "Dogs are a man's best friend", friend," so men who own cats are thus seen as [[StealthPun pussies]] and not "real men." Many women (especially lesbians, who were usually spinsters throughout history for obvious reasons) have attempted to re-appropriate the "Crazy Cat Lady" stereotype as a positive identity.
11th Jun '17 4:26:41 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with successful spinsters and later [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] or [[CatsAreMagic other forces of evil]]. At the same pyres [[BurnTheWitch witches were burned]], cats were burned too. Cats in general have been [[CrazyCatLady associated with women]] and, since MostWritersAreMale, they have often been used for misogynist stereotypes [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt where cats have negative traits associated with women]] but [[HeroicDog dogs are presented with positive traits associated with men]]. The old saying goes "Dogs are a man's best friend", so men who own cats are thus seen as sissies and not "real men". Many women (especially lesbians, who were usually spinsters throughout history for obvious reasons) have attempted to re-appropriate the "Crazy Cat Lady" stereotype as a positive identity.

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Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with successful spinsters and later [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] or [[CatsAreMagic other forces of evil]]. At the same pyres [[BurnTheWitch witches were burned]], cats were burned too. Cats in general have been [[CrazyCatLady associated with women]] and, since MostWritersAreMale, they have often been used for misogynist misogynistic stereotypes [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt where cats have negative traits associated with women]] but [[HeroicDog dogs are presented with positive traits associated with men]]. The old saying goes "Dogs are a man's best friend", so men who own cats are thus seen as sissies [[StealthPun pussies]] and not "real men". men." Many women (especially lesbians, who were usually spinsters throughout history for obvious reasons) have attempted to re-appropriate the "Crazy Cat Lady" stereotype as a positive identity.
8th Jun '17 1:37:49 AM Az_Tech341
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While cat and dog owners can cite a truckload of quirks on both ends of the spectrum, when both species are featured in fiction, you are far more likely to find an outright cruel, nasty, and otherwise vicious cat character. Both sets of animals will have vices, but a dog is more likely to [[LeeroyJenkins do harm unintentionally.]] A cat [[TheTrickster enjoys causing trouble.]] Parts of this have to do with traditional traits that even cat lovers admire -- independence and pride for some equals lack of love for the owners and aloofness for others. As a result, many writers who ''like'' cats, such as Creator/TerryPratchett and Paul Gallico, play into the trope by presenting their pet as something of TheChessmaster, expertly manipulating humans.

It certainly doesn't help considering highly marketable, small creatures are typically the kind of things cats see as prey. Dogs aren't exempt from this behavior in real life, but you'll rarely see them trying to actively catch anything on their own terms if they're not a hunting dog working for their master. Since mice (and birds) are often depicted as being intelligent, the express desire to eat them becomes a type of {{ca|rnivoreConfusion}}nnibalism [[PredatorsAreMean and is therefore evil]]. Protagonist cats rarely eat mice ([[WhatMeasureIsANonCute rats]], maybe, and only if they're ''eeevil'' rats). Notably, the real threat that mice present, their ability to overpopulate, consume stores, and carry dangerous parasites, and the original reason we ''bred'' cats in the first place, is seldom mentioned in fiction. Nor is the fact that a whole category of dogs, terriers, ''also'' kill small, cute rodents.

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While cat and dog owners can cite a truckload of quirks on both ends of the spectrum, when both species are featured in fiction, you are far more likely to find an outright cruel, nasty, and otherwise vicious cat character. Both sets of animals will have vices, but a dog is more likely to [[LeeroyJenkins do harm unintentionally.]] unintentionally]]. A cat [[TheTrickster enjoys causing trouble.]] trouble]]. Parts of this have to do with traditional traits that even cat lovers admire -- independence and pride for some equals lack of love for the owners and aloofness for others. As a result, many writers who ''like'' cats, such as Creator/TerryPratchett and Paul Gallico, play into the trope by presenting their pet as something of TheChessmaster, expertly manipulating humans.

It certainly doesn't help considering highly marketable, highly-marketable, small creatures are typically the kind of things cats see as prey. Dogs aren't exempt from this behavior in real life, but you'll rarely see them trying to actively to catch anything on their own terms if they're not a hunting dog working for their master. Since mice (and birds) are often depicted as being intelligent, the express desire to eat them becomes a type of {{ca|rnivoreConfusion}}nnibalism [[PredatorsAreMean and is therefore evil]]. Protagonist cats rarely eat mice ([[WhatMeasureIsANonCute rats]], maybe, and only if they're ''eeevil'' rats). Notably, the real threat that mice present, present - their ability to overpopulate, consume stores, and carry dangerous parasites, and the original reason we ''bred'' cats in the first place, place - is seldom mentioned in fiction. Nor is the fact that a whole category of dogs, terriers, dogs - terriers - ''also'' kill small, cute rodents.



Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with successful spinsters and later [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] or [[CatsAreMagic other forces of evil]]. At the same pyres [[BurnTheWitch witches were burned]], cats were burned too. Cats in general have been [[CrazyCatLady associated with women]] and since MostWritersAreMale they have often been used for misogynist stereotypes [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt where cats have negative traits associated with women]] but [[HeroicDog dogs are presented with positive traits associated with men]]. The old saying goes "Dogs are a man's best friend" so men who own cats are thus seen as sissies and not "real men". Many women (especially lesbians, who were usually spinsters throughout history for obvious reasons) have attempted to re-appropriate the "Crazy Cat Lady" stereotype as a positive identity.

At the same time, there is a grain of "truth" to this trope. "A deadly game of cat and mouse" is often a very real situation; cats not taught to hunt properly by their mothers often appear to clumsily toy with their prey before killing it, and even veteran mousers will play with their quarry before killing and consuming them, in order to avoid being bitten, since the saying is correct that "[[http://failblog.org/2010/11/24/epic-fail-photos-tough-cat-fail-gif/ even a cornered mouse will snap at a cat]]" (but only when the mouse is ''aware'' of the cat; meanwhile, a cat that ''ambushes'' a mouse by surprise will kill it instantly, which is why cats are experts at hunting by [[StealthExpert stealth and secrecy]]). Cats are also among the few predators known to [[ItAmusedMe hunt and kill for fun]], even when they're not going to eat the prey (though given that among the other animals known to do this are [[EgomaniacHunter humans]], we don't really have much room to give cats grief about it). Although this doesn't make cats "mean", [[BlueAndOrangeMorality they don't have that kind of morality in the first place]].

Another factor is the fact that cats, unlike dogs, rarely ever have an expression on their face that indicates joy, and their default expression of "you simultaneously bore, disgust and annoy me" heavily colors our idea of what goes on inside their heads: dogs are [[DumbIsGood endearingly stupid]], affectionate, and capable of finding joy in the most trivial of things, while cats are aloof, frigid and perpetually displeased.

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Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with successful spinsters and later [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] or [[CatsAreMagic other forces of evil]]. At the same pyres [[BurnTheWitch witches were burned]], cats were burned too. Cats in general have been [[CrazyCatLady associated with women]] and and, since MostWritersAreMale MostWritersAreMale, they have often been used for misogynist stereotypes [[FemaleFelineMaleMutt where cats have negative traits associated with women]] but [[HeroicDog dogs are presented with positive traits associated with men]]. The old saying goes "Dogs are a man's best friend" friend", so men who own cats are thus seen as sissies and not "real men". Many women (especially lesbians, who were usually spinsters throughout history for obvious reasons) have attempted to re-appropriate the "Crazy Cat Lady" stereotype as a positive identity.

At the same time, there is a grain of "truth" to this trope. "A deadly game of cat and mouse" is often a very real situation; cats not taught to hunt properly by their mothers often appear to clumsily toy with their prey before killing it, and even veteran mousers will play with their quarry before killing and consuming them, in order to avoid being bitten, since the saying is correct that "[[http://failblog.org/2010/11/24/epic-fail-photos-tough-cat-fail-gif/ even a cornered mouse will snap at a cat]]" (but only when the mouse is ''aware'' of the cat; meanwhile, a cat that ''ambushes'' a mouse by surprise will kill it instantly, which is why cats are experts at hunting by [[StealthExpert stealth and secrecy]]). Cats are also among the few predators known to [[ItAmusedMe hunt and kill for fun]], even when they're not going to eat the prey (though given that among the other animals known to do this are [[EgomaniacHunter humans]], we don't really have much room to give cats grief about it). Although this doesn't make cats "mean", "mean" - [[BlueAndOrangeMorality they don't have that kind of morality in the first place]].

Another factor is the fact that cats, unlike dogs, rarely ever have an expression on their face that indicates joy, and their default expression of "you simultaneously bore, disgust and annoy me" heavily colors our idea of what goes on inside their heads: dogs are [[DumbIsGood endearingly stupid]], affectionate, and capable of finding joy in the most trivial of things, while cats are aloof, frigid frigid, and perpetually displeased.
30th May '17 6:10:38 PM libertydude
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* ''Film/IShotJesseJames'' features a brief scene where a mountain lion tries to attack Robert Ford and his partner Soapy. Bob shoots it before it can get to them, though.
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