Felines are typically associated with feminity, [[CoolCat coolness]], elegance, dignity, and grace, but a lot of male cartoon cats who are clownish or buffoonish instead. This trope is based on the fact that tomcats in cartoons are more often portrayed as tough, [[CoolCat cool]], streetwise, belligerent, buffoonish, and/or oversexed than elegant, graceful, or dignified.

Sometimes this trope is used because in order to root for a cat in a show with talking mice, they have to be less of a predator than the other cats. So it's really a case of DesignatedVillain[=/=]DefectorFromDecadence.

There was a period in animation history when cats were the generic fallguy animal and [[CatsAreMean bad guy]] in cartoons but its starting to become a DeadhorseTrope.

These cats are often drawn with big, bulbous, clownlike noses that are often red in color.

This trope can apply to any species of cat, including tigers, lions, and housecats.

Contrast CoolCat and CatsAreSuperior. Related to MenAreGenericWomenAreSpecial, WomenAreWiser, and MenAreUncultured.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & manga ]]

* Meow from SpaceDandy is a rare anime variant of this trope. Also, he's an alien.

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* Gideon from ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'' is a mute character similar to Dopey of ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' fame. His idea to get Honest John's hat off his face is to hit him with a mallet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', the male cats all fit CatsAreMean except for Tiger, who is a CloudCuckoolander MinionWithAnFInEvil and CowardlyLion played by the late Creator/DomDeLuise.
* Nuka from ''Disney/TheLionKing II: Simba's Pride''. He sets the grass on fire with a burning stick, but he sets the grass surrounding him on fire.
* Averted for the most part in ''Disney/TheAristocats'', in which O'Malley is just as sophisticated a hipster as Duchess is a well-bred, society cat. They get together and make jazz.
** Played straighter when O'Malley bravely dives into the water to save Marie. It backfires when he himself can't swim back to shore and has to be rescued by two geese. Or, alternatively, from said geese.
* Rare female example: Ratigan's pet cat in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' is female and used as something of a personal executioner, but due to her pudginess and slapstick depiction comes off as a gender swap of this, especially in her bout with Toby.
* The main character of "WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat", but probably justified because all of the characters are goofy.

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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', both averted and used... male Clan cats are more normal, but male kittypets tend to be a lot more goofy and friendly.
** The latter is probably because male kittypets [[GroinAttack are not really "male"]], as discussed in the books.
* Subverted in the book (and film) ''{{Felidae}}'' in which the main characters are intelligent male cats in one way or another. This becomes a plot point as [[spoiler:it allows Francis to realize why Claudandus is commiting the murders.]]

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Cat from ''Series/RedDwarf'' is an extremely vain and irresponsible humanoid who evolved from a cat.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Whenever Garfield is actually courting a female -- usually Arlene -- he seems to lose half his IQ. Basically, his most buffoonish moments are also the only moments in which he's written specifically as a tomcat rather than a generic feline.
* Bucky Katt of ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' is a truly epic example, and virtually none of the cats in the strip come off well. In contrast, dogs seem to have a range of intelligence in the strip.
* ComicStrip/KrazyKat is either a straight example or a rare female example as his/her gender is ambiguous.
* Bill the Cat from ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' is TheUnintelligible at best.

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* Big the Cat of the ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog'' series is as buffoonish as they come. The female Blaze is ''much'' more dignified and intelligent (though still falls to the odd SlapstickKnowsNoGender moment).

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* [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/maru-the-cat Maru the Cat]] is a Japanese tomcat who got his fame due to his playful and goofy tricks posted on Website/YouTube. At some point, Maru's [=YouTube=] channel [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome was the 8th Most Subscribed channel and 11th Most Viewed [=YouTube=] channel of all time]] in Japan.

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* Tom from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry''.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** [[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird Sylvester]]. Even in cartoons where he's not chasing prey -- there's a well-known one where he's trapped with WesternAnimation/PorkyPig in an abandoned hotel full of murderous mice, and they're the aggressors from start to finish -- he's still portrayed as a buffoon.
** Minor Looney Tunes character Claude Cat, who was usually persecuted more than persecuting, was played as an inept, anxiety-ridden loser.
** A "big cat" example: Pete Puma. He asked WesternAnimation/BugsBunny if he could have two lumps in his tea, but Bugs gives him two lumps on his head.
** The two cats in Creator/BobClampett's last Tweety cartoon, "Gruesome Twosome". One is dopey; the other is a moderately brighter fellow complete with Jimmy Durante voice and schnoz. [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Babbott and Catstello]] (especially Catstello), the antagonists from Tweety's 1942 debut, also fit this trope.
** Many male cats are portrayed this way, including Catstello from the first Tweety cartoon, the lion from "Roman Legion Hare," Conrad Cat from "Conrad the Sailor," and Benny.
** In the Looney Tunes cartoon starring Elmer Fudd and Sylvester, there was even a rare buffoonish female cat.
** Penelope Pussycat zigzags as being a rare female version, she's not buffoonish in general, but upon catching [[ChivalrousPervert Pepe Le Pew's]] sight, she's reduced to a state of panic and often ends up [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender falling into slapstick]] in her franticness.
* Riff Raff from ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats''.
* Katnip of ''WesternAnimation/HermanAndKatnip''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'': Scratchy is this, being as he's a Katnip {{Expy}}.
* Stimpy from ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' is dumb and buffoonish as an inversion of CatsAreMean and DogsAreDumb.
* Averted with WesternAnimation/TopCat and his gang in general, but the ironically named Brain fits this trope to a T.
* Mr. Jinks of the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow Pixie and Dixie]]'' cartoons.
* Snagglepuss, another "big cat", is both an aversion and an example.
* Louie the mountain lion from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts and ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''.
* Klondike Kat from his segment of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' show is pretty buffoonish as well.
* Furrball in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' is this sometimes. Example: a mishap with malfunctioning 3-D glasses and glue results in a WhatADrag situation when he tries to remove them.
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