Created By: Larkmarn on May 9, 2013 Last Edited By: Larkmarn on November 26, 2013
Troped

Cat-apult

Someone uses cats as a projectile weapon.

Name Space:
Main
Page Type:
Trope
Cats Are Mean. Not only that, but they're also little balls of teeth and claws in a relatively small size, and a propensity to cling to objects, possibly while scratching it as best they can. Expect to see Amusing Injuries in the form of tiny cuts to the face, where the cats will inevitably attach themselves. Variants include swinging a cat around like a melee weapon, or using a cat that can launch its own weapons.

A primarily comedic subtrope of Abnormal Ammo. Related to That Poor Cat. When an actual catapult is involved, it's usually a Visual Pun.


Examples

Literature
  • In Find Waldo Now, "The End of the Crusades" has a cat loaded onto the rightmost catapult.
  • In Lords And Ladies, a witch takes out an elf by stuffing a particularly ill-tempered cat into a box and having the victim open it, upon which the cat "went off like a claymore mine".

Live-Action Television
  • A variant: the Saturday Night Live Digital Short "Lasercats" and its sequels are about a pitch for a sci-fi series where cats can shoot lasers, and thus have replaced guns.
  • In the TV adaptation of Gormenghast, Flay throws one of Gertrude's cats at Swelter.

Toys

Video Games
  • In Postal 3 your character can throw vicious cats at opponents. Once the cat hits it holds on and continues to attack the victim. Watch it here.
  • Awesomenauts brings us Derpl Zork. When asked what form of devestation should be issued forth from his mighty combat walker, he simply drooled and said "I wuv cats". Thus came the holo-cat cannon. Yes, holographic cats.
  • With Second Life having tons of user created stuff, it wasn't long before a Cat Cannon was built.
  • Kitten Cannon is, well... a game where you shoot kittens with a cannon.
  • One of Yukari's attacks in Touhou Hisoutensoku is throwing Chen to the enemy.
  • In Melty Blood, Len can throw out cats to attack the opponent.
  • In the second level of The Simpsons: Hit & Run, one of the level gags is a catapult that can launch cats.
  • In Ougon Musou Kyoku, one of Bernkastel's attacks is to use her cat minions as projectiles. She kind of does it in the visual novel too, although they "fly" rather than being thrown.

Webcomics
  • The aptly named Cat-A-Pult from League of Super Redundant Heroes has the power to levitate cats. This was his go-to attack, until he got more creative.
  • In The Order of the Stick #520, Belkar suddenly throws a cat into the face of the evil cleric he has been talking to. Turns out he was really looking forward to flinging an angry cat into someone's face.

Western Animation
  • Mayor Adam West defends his home in Family Guy with a crossbow that fires cats, which he stores in a large sack on his back.
  • The Crazy Cat Lady in The Simpsons ends any conversation she doesn't like by throwing some of her innumerable cats at someone.
  • Futurama: In one episode where Fry is leading an army of Neanderthals against Zapp Brannigan they catapult a saber-toothed cat through his flagship's windshield.
  • In the film version of Coraline, the title character throws a cat at the Other Mother in order to buy herself time to run away.

Real Life
  • A Real Life example: During the siege of Pelusium in 525 BC, the Persian general Cambyses was known for hurling live cats over the walls of the Egyptian fort to demoralize the defenders (to whom the cats were sacred). He also instructed his men to drive cats before the army, and tie cats to their shields to further deter the Egyptians. He was not a nice person.
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • May 9, 2013
    Chernoskill
    Table Top Games

    Role Master had rules for giant warcats that were used by some deranged warrior tribes as mounts and fierce beasts of war.
  • May 9, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • Futurama: In one episode where Fry is leading an army of Neanderthals against Zapp Brannigan they catapult a saber-toothed cat through his flagship's windshield.
  • May 9, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Chernoskill: I meant cats being used as ammo. I clarified the laconic.

    Anyone know why the link to The Simpsons shows up as a hyperlink?
  • ^ Fixed. When you use a Wiki Word, you don't need to put brackets around it.
  • May 9, 2013
    Larkmarn
    ... I knew that. Brain fart. Thanks!
  • May 9, 2013
    totorolover33
    • In the film version of Coraline, the title character throws a cat at the Other Mother in order to buy herself time to run away.
  • May 16, 2013
    Prfnoff
    In Find Waldo Now, "The End of the Crusades" has a cat loaded onto the rightmost catapult.
  • May 16, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • May 17, 2013
    TrueShadow1
  • May 17, 2013
    Chernoskill
    I seem to remember that cats can be used as projectiles in Postal, maybe someone with a better memory has more information?
  • May 17, 2013
    DracMonster
    Related: That Poor Cat
  • May 18, 2013
    Robertroper
    In History of the World: Part I, a man in a jail cell in France flings a cat. "Now, to invent the catapult."
  • June 6, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^^ @Chernoskill: Yes.

    Video Games
    • In Postal 3 your character can throw vicious cats at opponents. Once the cat hits it holds on and continues to attack the victim. Watch it here.
  • June 12, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Could I get more detail on the History Of The World example?
  • July 28, 2013
    MattStriker
    Literature
    • In Lords And Ladies, a witch takes out an elf by stuffing a particularly ill-tempered cat into a box and having the victim open it, upon which the cat "went off like a claymore mine".
  • July 30, 2013
    randomsurfer
    xkcd #325: Black Hat sends a bobcat through the mail instead of the office chair he listed on ebay, just to make the world "a weirder place."
  • October 25, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    Namespaced an example.
  • October 26, 2013
    DAN004
  • October 26, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • In the second level of TheSimpsonsHitAndRun, one of the level gags is a catapult that can launch cats.
  • October 26, 2013
    Lyendith
    • In Ougon Musou Kyoku, one of Bernkastel's attacks is to use her cat minions as projectiles. She kind of does it in the visual novel too, although they "fly" rather than being thrown.
  • October 27, 2013
    Arivne
    To those adding examples: this is specifically about using cats as a projectile weapon (throwing/firing them), not using cats as a weapon in general (which could be a valid Super Trope).
  • October 27, 2013
    DAN004
    I think using cats as a melee weapon (ala Shamu Fu) counts as downplayed, I think.
  • November 6, 2013
    Larkmarn
    Going to launch soon. Last call for examples.

    Lyendith, I wasn't... super sure where to put your example. Please move it if it's wrong.
  • November 6, 2013
    AgProv
    Monty Python: In a spoof of what would today be a reality show, a typically gormless contestant announces to the sceptical host that his cat can fly. He explains that she flies through the air with the greatest of ease. Invited to explain how a ground-dwelling carnivorous female mammal can fly despite the handicap of not having wings.
    I fling her....

  • November 7, 2013
    XFllo
    Launchable? I'd say so.
  • November 26, 2013
    XFllo
    Motion to launch? It seems ready.
  • November 26, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I agree. I'll launch either tomorrow or this afternoon if I have time.
  • November 26, 2013
    BOFH
    LiveActionTV
    • In the TV adaptation of Gormenghast, Flay throws one of Gertrude's cats at Swelter. Not sure if this scene is in the original books.
  • November 26, 2013
    Lyendith
    ^x6 OMK is an Umineko-based Fighting Game, like Melty Blood is to Tsukihime, so... yeah. :p
  • November 26, 2013
    Bisected8
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=5fr3fac6viofey8nlz988e6j