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10th Dec '17 10:33:20 PM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6548320/1/Harry-and-Millie-and-the-Philosopher-s-Stone Harry and Millie and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' Millicent Bulstrode was afraid she'd get in trouble with her mother for fighting during her first day at Harry's Muggle school and started babbling about how she'd end up uneducated and jobless and then "die alone with thirty cats."
10th Dec '17 10:24:38 PM DrFraud
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* A rare male example appeared in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8344268/43/Came-out-of-the-Darkness Came out of the Darkness]]'' when Seamus Finnegan complained that he was going to end up going stag to the Yule Ball and an equally-dateless Dean Thomas replied "It's not like we're going to die two old men alone surrounded by cats."
6th Nov '17 8:44:09 AM AmethystLeslie
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* Male example in Nanu from ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'', who owns a lot of Meowth in his police station home.
31st Oct '17 9:03:13 PM darkemyst
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** One of the Dursleys' neighbors (Arabella Figg) who they would sometimes leave him with was something of a crazy cat lady. Later, it's revealed she is a squib (a [[MuggleBornOfMages powerless wizard]]) and probably had a bit of ObfuscatingStupidity in her earlier behavior. Rowling has said that the reason she keeps so many cats is because she breeds them as familiars for wizards. She also has a few Kneazles (highly intelligent, cat-like magical creatures which can sense deception and breed with regular cats), and uses them as spies.

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** One of the Dursleys' neighbors (Arabella Figg) who they would sometimes leave him with was something of a crazy cat lady. Later, Later in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', it's revealed she is a squib (a [[MuggleBornOfMages powerless wizard]]) and probably had a bit of ObfuscatingStupidity in her earlier behavior. Rowling has said that the reason she keeps so many cats is because she breeds them as familiars for wizards. She also has a few Kneazles (highly intelligent, cat-like magical creatures which can sense deception and breed with regular cats), and uses them as spies.
6th Oct '17 4:42:00 PM Overfiend
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* In the second half of the Season Four two parter of ''Series/NightCourt'', we see judge Harry Stone trying to comfort his frenemy assistant DA Dan Fielding, who is recovering from a recent coma. Dan laments that the circumstances that led up to him being in said coma include his overriding fear of dying surrounded by a hundred cats.
12th Sep '17 8:21:52 AM wingedcatgirl
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has ''three'' cards with Crazy Squirrel Men, [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=12458 Deranged Hermit]], [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29987 Nut Collector]], and [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=24672 Squirrel Wrangler]].

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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has ''three'' cards with Crazy Squirrel Men, [[http://ww2.[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=12458 com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=12458 Deranged Hermit]], [[http://ww2.[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=29987 com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=29987 Nut Collector]], and [[http://ww2.[[http://gatherer.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=24672 com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=24672 Squirrel Wrangler]].
3rd Aug '17 6:29:27 PM KPEX
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* ''VideoGame/MewGenics'' is referred to as a "Crazy Cat Lady Simulator".
22nd Jul '17 1:26:52 PM LadyJaneGrey
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** There's an NPC named Donni Anthania in Elwynn Forest, with the subtext <Crazy Cat Lady>. As expected, her house and the surrounding area is crawling with cats. She also sells cat pets to players. She seems like a fairly normal, genericly attractive NPC... then you notice the bloody butcher knife in her hand.

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** There's an NPC named Donni Anthania in Elwynn Forest, with the subtext <Crazy Cat Lady>. As expected, her house and the surrounding area is crawling with cats. She also sells cat pets to players. She seems like a fairly normal, genericly attractive NPC... then you notice the bloody butcher knife in her hand. (Also, the descriptive text of the cats you can get from her is weird. The Cornish Rex cat claims Donni invites it to tea parties where the "tea" is the tears of defeated enemies, while the Bombay Cat's text says Donni plans to inter it with her when she dies.)
15th Jul '17 12:13:43 AM Idek618
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This person is invariably NotGoodWithPeople, except that instead of being a FriendToAllLivingThings, she usually only has an affinity with one specific type of animal, which will flock to her like moths to a flame. She [[LonersAreFreaks lives alone]] (probably because [[OldMaid she couldn't get married]]) except for the large number of cats or whatever animals living with her. She is often feared by the community and seen as an eccentric recluse. Sometimes, she will turn to be a MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold, leading to AnAesop about judging a book by its cover.

This trope definitely seems skewed towards female characters, and can be read as an extension of the traditional negative characterisation of spinsters, especially when it's implied that the cats are a stand-in for human children that she never had before it was [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking too late]]. Men, apart from an occasional trend toward [[HomelessPigeonPerson living on a rooftop surrounded by pigeons]], tend towards either [[HermitGuru more complete isolation]] or a [[NatureHero more diversified set of friends]]. Male or female, however, animal hoarders tend to do a poor job of caring for their pets. Sanitation is often [[TrashOfTheTitans a nightmare]]: many of the animals die from malnourishment, and the owner themselves might die from related illnesses. In fact, the "Crazy" part of the trope name Crazy Cat Lady is TruthInTelevision because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis a parasitical disease Toxoplasmosis that causes neurological maladies such as schizophrenia]] is commonly found in litter boxes of many warm blooded animals (especially prominent with cats). Thus adopting more pets than one can maintain a clean healthy standard for increases the chances of the owner becoming this trope.

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This person is invariably NotGoodWithPeople, except that instead of being a FriendToAllLivingThings, she usually only has an affinity with one specific type of animal, which will flock to her like moths to a flame. She [[LonersAreFreaks lives alone]] (probably because [[OldMaid she couldn't get married]]) except for the large number of cats or whatever animals living with her. She is often feared by the community and seen as an eccentric recluse. Sometimes, Sometimes she will turn out to be a MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold, leading to AnAesop about judging a book by its cover.

This trope definitely seems skewed towards female characters, and can be read as an extension of the traditional negative characterisation of spinsters, especially when it's implied that the cats are a stand-in for human children that she never had before it was [[MyBiologicalClockIsTicking too late]]. Men, apart from an occasional trend toward [[HomelessPigeonPerson living on a rooftop surrounded by pigeons]], tend towards either [[HermitGuru more complete isolation]] or a [[NatureHero more diversified set of friends]]. Male or female, however, animal hoarders tend to do a poor job of caring for their pets. Sanitation is often [[TrashOfTheTitans a nightmare]]: many of the animals die from malnourishment, and the owner themselves themself might die from related illnesses. In fact, the "Crazy" part of the trope name Crazy Cat Lady is TruthInTelevision because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis a parasitical disease Toxoplasmosis that causes neurological maladies such as schizophrenia]] is commonly found in litter boxes of many warm blooded animals (especially prominent with cats). Thus adopting more pets than one can maintain a clean healthy standard for increases the chances of the owner becoming this trope.
22nd Jun '17 5:32:17 AM jormis29
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* In ''The Bad Place'', by Creator/DeanKoontz, most of the main characters belong to the same DysfunctionalFamily: their grandparents are [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]], their parent is a hermaphrodite who managed to impregnate herself several times. Two sisters in the youngest generation are identical twins who share a telepathic link with each other, as well as with any animal of their choice. They surround themselves with a flock of cats that they are permanently linked to.

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* In ''The Bad Place'', by Creator/DeanKoontz, ''Literature/TheBadPlace'', most of the main characters belong to the same DysfunctionalFamily: their grandparents are [[BrotherSisterIncest brother and sister]], their parent is a hermaphrodite who managed to impregnate herself several times. Two sisters in the youngest generation are identical twins who share a telepathic link with each other, as well as with any animal of their choice. They surround themselves with a flock of cats that they are permanently linked to.
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