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->''"If cats looked like frogs, we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are."''
-->-- '''Creator/TerryPratchett''', ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies''

Cats get a bad rep.

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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEepVLQjDt8 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 a MagnificentBastard, 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.

Domestic dogs are rarely portrayed as evil unless the setting specifically only features dogs and antagonists are needed. A negative portrayal of dogs is usually light, treating them as [[DogsAreDumb simply dumb]] and servile (and fiercely territorial); the occasional [[AngryGuardDog evil tear-'em-to-pieces junkyard dog]] or {{Hellhound}} is an exception. When they are genuinely annoying, this characteristic is given to stereotypical small yappy breeds that reflect their owners. In real life, it says more about a dog's training.

Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with witches and other forces of evil. (At the same pyres [[BurnTheWitch witches were burned]], cats were burned too.) At the same time, there is a grain of truth to this. "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 [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]], we don't really have much room to give cats grief about it).

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.

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}}.

In RealLife, only ''some'' cats are truly mean (and those that are usually are from lack of training, from being left intact and in situations given to fighting, or due to individual personality or even mental illness). The best way to avert this trope is to make sure kittens have plenty of time to socialize as early as possible with humans and with other animals and that spaying/neutering is done as soon as it is safe. Also, if you wish to prevent a fight-prone environment with multiple cats, you should try to either get two neutered males or one neutered male and one spayed female. Intact males will fight to the death ''especially'' if a female is around, and even spayed females tend toward territorial fighting, while two neutered males or a neutered male and spayed female generally don't have territorial fighting issues.

Additionally, many anthropologists theorize that cats, strictly speaking, were never actually domesticated, at least not in the more direct manner that dogs were. Historical evidence of cats living with humans first started appearing around 7500 BC or so, a time when humans were just beginning to practice large-scale agriculture. Large quantities of stored grain would attract rodents, and cats, the natural predators of rodents, followed them. By this theory, humans never deliberately brought cats into their world to serve a purpose the way they did with dogs; cats came of their own accord, and simply settled into a mutually-beneficial relationship with humans. As a consequence, cat behavior seems more independent and aloof by human standards, because on some level they're still wild creatures, and don't consider themselves "belonging" to humans.

Contrast CuteKitten (though it can go hand-in-hand with this when CuteIsEvil), but, generally, [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute Cuteness]] [[BeautyEqualsGoodness Equals Goodness]], so this trope is mostly PlayedForLaughs with the evil being barely above {{Poke the|Poodle}} [[JustForPun Poodle]] level.

Note that when cats just are ''not'' mean in some case, that's {{not a subversion}}.

Compare DogsAreDumb and KillerRabbit. Overlaps with CatsAreSuperior, especially when DumbIsGood. May also, in some cases, lead to CatsAreSnarkers. [[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[VideoGame/ZeroWing CATS]].

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A Subaru ad in the U.S. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5nyEd8BTZA shows a cat cutting a dog off in a parking lot.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6CcxJQq1x8 Why do cats stare when you're pouring milk?]] TimCurry has the answer, for good measure.
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Beers from the 2013 DragonBallZ Battle of Gods Movie. He is the God of Destruction, and all off the Kais fear him, even Shenlong. Not to mention, he has a really bad temper and tried to destroy Earth just because Buu wouldn't let him have 1 or 2 Pudding cups. Not to mention, he is the strongest villain in DBZ history. [[spoiler:Except for his master, Whis, who is stronger than he is.]] He also reduced King Kai's planet to its current FunSize after [[SoreLoser King Kai beat him in a videogame.]]
* Kamineko, that cat who keeps attacking Sakaki in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''. In the cat's defense, Sakaki seems to have an aura that makes [[AnimalsHateHer cats hate her]], with one exception; Mayaa is the antithesis of this trope: a wild-born Iriomote cat who not only is the first cat to permit Sakaki to pet it, but, at first meeting, actively seeks her affection, proving utterly devoted to Sakaki. To drive home this point, Mayaa later drives off Kamineko and a small horde of cats in her defense.
** The fact that Kamineko gathered up the cats just to attack Sakaki and Chiyo-Chan seems to point to the conclusion that it was just a jerk.
*** Furthermore, in the last episode, when Sakaki apologizes to it for trying to pet it all the time without taking its feelings into account, it walks up to Sakaki, allows her to move her hand toward its head as though to let her pet it... [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk then bites her without any warning]].
* "Anime/CatSoup" The cat siblings beat the pig who rescues them from a flood senseless. This is AFTER they had already taken pieces of the same to feed themselves. In the original TV show, they seemed to have been taught to hate the pigs, so it doubles as a form of FantasticRacism.
* ''IGPXImmortalGrandPrix'' features a cat with whom one of the human characters has a technologically available mental link. Though the cat is opinionated and realistically cat-like (okay, he does have an attitude), he is neither a villain nor a hero in most instances.
* ''Totsuzen! Neko No Kuni Banipal Witt'' (aka ''{{Catnapped}}!'') takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic cats. Two children are brought there by the cats to save them from the boy's kidnapped dog, Papadoll. Exposure to the cat world's sun has turned the dog into a rampaging monster being used as a weapon by Princess Buburina to take over the entire cat realm.
** But really only Buburina and Doh-doh (sort of) are bad.
* ''Puchi Puri Yuuchi'' (aka ''PetitePrincessYucie'') has an episode where Glennda, princess of the Demon Realm, has to fight Cait Sith, an evil cat attacking her realm and turning everyone there into cats.
** The Cait Sith (fairy cat) is a Celtic mythological character, and is generally regarded as ''at least'' untrustworthy if not outright evil, so this appears to be a Japanese interpretation of a legend from the other side of the world.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', Tailmon/Gatomon was originally introduced as the BigBad's RightHandCat, beating the shit out of all seven of the protagonists' Digimon with little effort in their first encounter and mercilessly hunting down the eighth Chosen. Of course, she then turned out to have a FreudianExcuse, did a HeelFaceTurn, became the partner of Hikari Yagami/Kari Kamiya (whom she found she simply couldn't kill when they first met), and became decidedly...not mean.
** Not to mention the Kamiya/Yagami family's pet cat Miko. In the original movie, little Tai makes the mistake of defending Koromon for eating Miko's food, which results in rather nasty-looking scratches for boy and Digimon.
* Even ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is in on this. Meowth is famous for being the third member of the Team Rocket Trio, Giovanni is regularly seen with a Persian [[RightHandCat by his side]], and a recent episode showed a member of Team Galactic in possession of an especially mean Purugly.
** Meowth's backstory has him trying to impress a female Meowth he was in love with by, over a period of months, painstakingly learning how to walk on two legs and speak a human language. She rejects him, calling him a freak and saying that he still has no money. Even later, when he fought a Persian for her (and won!), she ''still'' thought he was a freak and chose the Persian over him.
*** Said Persian may or may not count. While he did try to force Meowth to rejoin his gang, he took the female Meowth in when her owner abandoned her and, prior to all this, gave Meowth a fish when he was so hungry he thought baseballs were food.
** "Mean" might be the wrong word to describe Tyson's Meowth, but it's clearly ''tough''. How tough? Tyson is one of the select few trainers who can defeat Ash in a Pokémon battle, Meowth is his ace, and it could stand up to Ash's Pikachu and win. ''That'' tough. Not to mention that it had a Thunderbolt attack that was almost as strong as Pikachu's, despite the fact that it was not an Electric Pokémon and Pikachu was. (Traditionally, a Pokémon is much better using a move that matches its Type than a Pokémon that does not.)
** Mewtwo was rather nasty for a while during ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie''.
* Shampoo's transformation shape in ''RanmaOneHalf'' is a cat, and she uses that to her advantage several times.
** Others have also used Shampoo's transformation to their advantage -- namely, as an easy way to torment Ranma. Genma uses her to frighten Ranma so he can't beat the old bastard up in the first Nekoken story. Akane uses Shampoo's transformation to force Ranma into agreeing to throw his second official duel with Mousse in the manga...and in an anime-exclusive OAV, she splashes Shampoo so that Ranma will run headfirst into a wall with her because Shampoo mockingly pointed out that Akane didn't have the skills to face the OAV's VillainOfTheWeek.
* Due to her past experience of being toyed around by a cat and having watched too many 'dog' detective TV series (whereas a cat is often the villain), in the words of Shinkuu, ''"Cats are enemies of all RozenMaiden!"''
* Arthur from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' creates a running joke by always making trouble for Suzaku, usually by biting him and nobody else. Interestingly, though, Arthur actually seems to like Suzaku; the official website for the second season says that he bites out of love, Arthur once attacked an enemy combatant whose gun was pointed at Suzaku, and in the final episode, we get a brief scene of [[spoiler:Arthur patiently watching over Suzaku's grave]]. Aww.
** Arthur also makes trouble for Lelouch by unwittingly making off with his Zero mask.
*** Neko-Zero takes offense to the implication that he would ever do anything unwittingly!
* Used in ''Anime/OutlawStar'': The Pirate girl with two cats tries to kill the crew [[spoiler:after unknowingly befriending their young second-in-command]].
** The universe's local catlike humanoid aliens, the Ctarl-Ctarl, are typified as egomaniacal, violent jerks.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure''
** Stray Cat, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin stray cat]] from Part 4. It was treated rather fairly, though, since Stray Cat never attacked anybody who wasn't already trying to hurt it, and even gets a happy ending when it's adopted by one of the heroes. Did I mention that it's a cat who died, then became a [[MixAndMatchCritters plant-cat hybrid]] due to its [[PsychicPowers Stand]] powers?
** Also from Part 4, serial killer Yoshikage Kira's [[FightingSpirit Stand]], Killer Queen, looks like a bizarre humanoid cat. The Stand's appearance might be a reflection of Kira's predatory nature.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Gokudera's animal box weapon, a wild cat named Uri, is shown to have a horrible temper, constantly scratching and biting him.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has an episode where Luna, a talking cat, is menaced by a horde of non-talking cats. A big fat cat saves her and develops a crush on her, but from there, things get complicated; the other non-talking cats are clearly jerkoffs, though.
** Shingo, Usagi's young brother, was bitten by a cat when he was just a baby, giving him a phobia of them until Luna comes along. Even after he gets over his fear, they're still far from his favorite animal.
** Then there is Tin Nyanko, who, despite being a member of an evil organization, seems to really relish in being bad. It's kind of funny, since she is half healed and has a split personality.
* Almost EVERY SINGLE CAT in ''NyanKoi'' is like this.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'''s Tama and Shiranui play this well and are particularly antagonistic towards the main character. Though they do show occasional benevolent sides, they like to be played for their mean side.
** Tama gets a bit of a pass as he's a white tiger.
*** But Nagi calls him a kitten, even arguing with Hayate about it.
** Shiranui seems to take over the CatsAreMean role (when not used for CutenessProximity), while Tama plays more to the FunnyAnimal aspect.
** And Isumi's great grandmother uses cats in her first appearance when she's a villain after Hayate. Afterwords, she becomes an ally and doesn't seem to use cats anymore.
* ''New Voices In The Dark'': Souichi's sister adopts a wandering young cat, which unfortunately catches Souichi's interests. When Souichi gets blamed for harassing the cat, he vows revenge by placing a curse on Colin (as the cat was named). In the beginning a sweet, playful kitty cat, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shin_yami_no_koe_kaidan/v01/c001.2/3.html Colin]] became steadily [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shin_yami_no_koe_kaidan/v01/c001.2/18.html more violent]] and [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shin_yami_no_koe_kaidan/v01/c001.2/20.html ugly]] [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/shin_yami_no_koe_kaidan/v01/c001.2/26.html until...]]
* One of the better filler arcs in ''Manga/InuYasha'' has Panther demons as antagonists to the group of heroes. What makes it funny is that the leader of their tribes butted heads with Inuyasha and Seshomaru's father, who is a dog demon. So it's literally cats vs dogs.
* ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}'': "Watch out for those cats, you know they're smarter than you think[=/=]But when we work together, we can make their plans sink!"
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Johan's Crystal Beasts are on the good guys' side, but Amethyst Cat is a clear example of GoodIsNotNice. The first time she's seen, in Johan's exhibition duel with Judai, she taunts Judai and mentions how "tasty" he looks. (Of course, seeing as her effect as a card is one which makes her a direct-attacker, being "nice" likely wouldn't work.)
* In GoLion[=/=]{{Voltron}}, Jaga The Blue Cat is an able and wicked familiar for Honerva/Haggar, likely blinding Shirogane/Sven before he was killed/disabled. Add to that, the Space Mice are definitely justified in fearing being devoured by this monster, who came from a world where it was bathed in Human blood. On the minus side, any sighting of the Blue Cat told the force that something was up, so its ability to spy (ala Laserbeak) was later limited.
* In ApocalypseMeow, the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army are portrayed as cats, while the American soldiers are portrayed as rabbits.
* In ''Kodomo no Jikan'', Kuro is often drawn with cat ears or as an humanoid black cat. Kuro is a {{Yandere}} SchoolgirlLesbian who has kicked her 23 year old teacher in the nuts at least 30 times because her crush (Rin, her best friend) has a thing for him.
* ''Go Go Itsutsugo Land!'' features a grumpy cat who often indirectly causes trouble for the characters.
* Somewhat {{Justified|Trope}} in one of the short stories of the horror anthology, "Manga/ZekkyouGakkyuu" (Screaming Lessons), "Black Cat Saya". The typical always teenage female {{Victim of The Week}}, Ayako, adopts an abandoned adorable black kitten and names it Saya, where he becomes a beloved part of the family. When Ayako's parents decide to visit granny in the hospital, they leave her under the care of one of her relatives while they are gone. The next day, Ayako finds Saya gone and her collar discarded, with her suddenly returned parents telling her that Saya ran outside. Ayako immediately suspects something wrong with her mother, who coldly insults her when she offers her her morning cup of coffee. Then, when she gets to school, she finds the food in her bento [[Squick covered in black fur]]. Her terror finally reaches its peak when she awakens from noises downstairs and finds her mother with [[HellishPupils slitted pupils]] scratching at the walls with her fingernails. When she tries to escape out the house the next morning, her imposter mother drags her back inside, and when she tries to call her real mother at Granny's she finds the [[CutPhoneLines telephone line has been cut off]] with the shadow of her fake-mother standing [[RightBehindMe right behind her]]. [[IncrediblyLamePun The cat's out of the bag]] when Ayako's fake mother is actually revealed to be the spirit of Saya, wanting revenge on Ayako when a month earlier it got struck by her family's car and left on the street [[AndIMustScream paralyzed and suffering horrific pain]] while forced to watch itself get run over by the next oncoming vehicle because Ayako convinced her parents to keep driving and abandon the dying cat. The cat's spirit switches places with Ayako, forcing her to endure the torment it did when it got run over, until Ayako wakes up from her nightmare and finds herself in the hospital, having fainted inside the house, and being taken back home. Except it was really a {{Hope Spot}} and the real Ayako did die in the body of Saya, with the cat taking Ayako's place and burying the dead body of her cat in the yard (revealed in the last panel to be the body of Ayako)
* In the manga "Cerberus", one of the Kuzure (malevolent animal spirits that take the form of demonic creatures that feed on human souls) is a [[http://mangafox.me/manga/cerberus/v02/c014/14.html two tailed cat monster]] (or nekomata) who tried to find the current Gravekeeper (the protagonist sharing his body with a Hellhound tasked with subduing Kuzure), assuming that he was too weak to put up a fight. He gets his two-tailed butt kicked by the Shrine head Yoyo, who swings it around with its own tails, outpaces it in speed, and seals it with a three-bar seal, smashing its head into the ground {{Inu Yasha}} style.
* Ratso Catso from ''Anime/{{Wowser}}'' practically defines this trope, in ways that would actually make {{Garfield}} proud.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Creator/ArtSpiegelman's comic ''ComicBook/{{Maus}}'', a narrative of the author's father's struggle to survive the Holocaust wherein the Nazis are drawn as cats and Jews as mice.
** But that's {{justified|Trope}} in that the ''other'' cat stereotype is that they hunt mice, and it makes a good analogy for the Holocaust.
** More than that, there is an artistic point. Nazi propaganda films drew analogies between Jews and rats. Spiegelman depicts the Jews as mice -- who are typically portrayed as cute and sympathetic in fiction -- rather than rats -- typically villainous and revolting. By doing so, he is able to show how weak and manipulative the propaganda was (in one edition, he even cites an excert of a Nazi-era German newspaper lambasting Mickey Mouse).
* Averted in ''{{Blacksad}}'' by the eponymous main character. He can be a bit 'slow to warm' but he's a very nice guy.
* A Dream of A Thousand Cats from Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' certainly belongs on this list. The alternate world involves cats being free to hunt and eat humans whenever the mood takes them.
** And completely reversed in the same author's story 'The Price', where a heroic, perhaps supernatural cat protects a family each night from the Devil himself (though [[spoiler:the BolivianArmyEnding suggests that, eventually, the task will kill him, sooner rather than later, and leave the family helpless]]).
* In the ''[[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League's]]'' "International" days, team member PowerGirl kept a mangy, ill-tempered tabby that lived seemingly just to make life hell for everyone on the team: tearing up the team's base, sleeping on TheFlash's head, trying to ''eat'' Blue Jay...
** Said yellow tabby has returned in the most recent Power Girl series.
* The Red Lanterns, a version of the [[GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]] powered by anger. They have a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] house cat as their most sadistic and malicious member (WordOfGod right there). Not an alien cat. A totally normal cat. From Brooklyn. Apparently possessed of an incredible amount of ''BrooklynRage!'' (But see also below under subversions.)
* Michael (Jean-Michel in the original French) TheDragon in ''ComicBook/DungeonTheEarlyYears''. When the readers are introduced to him, he's busy whipping a servant girl in order to force her into having sex with him.
* In ''ComicBook/{{We3}}'', the cat character is cold and uninterested in humans, and frequently wants to just run off. The loyal, [[DogsAreDumb but intelligent]], Dog leader must continually pull rank to force him to stay.
** The cat did end helping the dog, so at least the trope was partially subverted.
* Magazine/{{MAD}} did a kiddie show parody complete with a typical cartoon -- eight panels of back-and-forth violence between a cat and mouse on an ''[[TheSimpsons Itchy And Scratchy]]'' level. A kid in the audience expresses the lessons he's learned -- that "cats are ugly and bad, and mice are cute and good, and mice always win in the end, and I'm going to bring a bunch of mice into my house, and I'm gonna kill Mom's Siamese cats, and..."
** Another small panel had a situation where cats are used as guide-dogs for the blind. Said cat leaves the unwitting man on the ledge of a many-story building.
* Roque Ja (or "Rock Jaw") from ''{{Bone}}'' may not be necessarily evil, but he is definitely not on the side of the protagonists.
* When the ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' get particularly angry with [[GameMaster B.A.]], they tie him up suspended from the ceiling and leave him to the tender mercies of his cat [[FormallyNamedPet Colonel Prowler]].
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[[folder: Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/{{Schippeitaro}}'', they are evil forest spirits that demand HumanSacrifice.
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[[folder: Film -- Animated]]
* For Disney animated movies, see the Western Animation folder below.
* Soto in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' for wanting to kill a human infant out of revenge for said baby's tribe killing half his pack for their skins. The surviving members of his pack count too, including [[spoiler:Diego, before his HeelFaceTurn]].
** Shira from ''Ice Age: Continental Drift'' counts as well, at first.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' movies, all the cats (except Fievel's friend Tiger) are bad guys, looking to exploit and/or eat the heroic, downtrodden mice. The second movie included a good-natured dog, voiced by JimmyStewart.
** This movie runs this into the ground as well. Every antagonist in the film is a cat, from the Cossacks at the beginning to the American gangsters at the end.
--> "For there are no cats in America / And the streets are paved with cheese!
--> There are no cats in America / So set your mind at ease!"
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'': The villain is, of course, a cat (albeit the rare endangered snow leopard instead of, say, the tiger) while the hero is a cuddly panda, trained by a red panda and a seemingly harmless turtle. In addition, while none of the Furious Five are particularly sanguine toward Po at first, the one who is the most cruel, strict, and disapproving is...Tigress.
** However, by the time of the events of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', she has [[DefrostingIceQueen more than]] [[ShipTease gotten over it]].
** Played straight once again by the Wu Sisters, who are described as "the most feared and notorious villains who ever terrorized China" and who are also snow leopards.
* 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!
* In the Creator/DonBluth film ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'', cats aren't just mean, they're horror incarnate. This is unsurprising, given the purpose of the farm cat is to eat the rodents in the field, who happen to be the protagonists. What is weird, though, is that Dragon (the cat) is the only animal who doesn't ever say anything, and actually comes across as a big, dumb animal. Even the owl gets to speak (and is even more terrifying for it. Nothing like a creature big enough to be a freaking dragon, and wise to boot).
** What is very interesting about this is that, in the scene where Mrs. Fitzgibbon is hanging out the laundry and Dragon is sleeping near the back step (a scene which takes more of an omniscient camera view than the first-person view of the mice), he doesn't come across nearly so horrifying. Part of this may be due to him being drugged at the time, but it also comes across as him seeming a normal cat here but a monster in all his other scenes [[FridgeBrilliance because that is how a cat would look and sound to a mouse]].
** Played straight again in the sequel, to an extent, anyway. Troy and Muriel are more [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain anthropomorphic and bumbling]] than Dragon, what's more, they have been experimented on by the BigBad into doing his evil deeds. They ironically seem to be the only villains to meet their demise at the end of the film.
* The only TRULY evil cat in the German-animated film ''{{Felidae}}'' is [[spoiler:Pascal/Claudandus, who is the one behind the murders in the first place. Oh, and he killed a human too...]]
* In the show within a show in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', all cats are the servants of Dr. Calico and aren't just mean, they're downright villainous. The cats who play Dr Calico's pets are pretty mean outside set, enjoying taunting Bolt and exploiting his belief that the show is real for their own entertainment.
** Subverted with Mittens (see below).
* The Hungarian movie ''The Cat Trap'' presents the cats as international gangsters, while the mice run the police and the Secret Service/[=MI5=] organization, complete with their own James Bond.
** According to Website/{{IMDB}}, it was translated as ''Cat City'' in English. ''Cat Trap'' is the literal translation.
** The only feline character in the Hungarian movie ''The Cat Trap'' who subverts this trope is [[CuteKitten Cathy]], the daughter of one of the villains' henchmen, who's actually friends with a mouse.
** And then the sequel introduced [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Moloch]], a DangerouslyGenreSavvy demonic cat...
* Played incredibly straight with the Cat Beast from ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}''. Not an actual cat, per se (more of a cybernetic steampunk jaguar-thing), but it's still modelled on a cat and is probably the most ruthless little bastard you'll find on this page.
* The main "villains" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' are a creepy girl and her cat (who is later fused with a bat during the climax). [[NauseaFuel The cat even shits in the form of letters]], as a way of predicting which student will have something bad happen to them.
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[[folder: Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' rode this trope into the ground, with evil cats using a mouse army to take over the world, while the dogs are secret agents bent on saving it; this has apparently been the state of affairs for the entirety of human history, bordering on AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** Subverted in the sequel, fortunately. It turns out that good cats do exist in the ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' universe. Though the villain is still a cat...
* ''Film/{{Babe}}'' likewise features good-hearted dogs (even Rex turns out to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold). Naturally, there is a scheming cat, although the story gives a suspiciously noticeable disclaimer that there are many perfectly nice cats in the world.
** Babe does contain its share of unpleasant dogs. There's the dog who works for the sheep rustlers and the trio of stray dogs who attack the flock (admittedly, none of these dogs are given any kind of character and are portrayed more as [[DogsAreDumb mindless beasts]], who are following orders/acting upon instinct). On top of which, even the motherly Fly has her dark side, and treats the sheep pretty coldly throughout the film. What makes Babe so effective as a "sheep pig" is that, unlike the dogs, he is willing to treat the sheep as his equals.
* In ''ScaryMovie II'', a mean cat goes so far as to attack the heroine with a broken bottle.
* ''TheIncredibleShrinkingMan'': when Scott Carey shrinks to six inches and has to live in the dollhouse, guess what animal breaks his dollhouse apart and tries to eat him?
* The zombified Church in the Stephen King film ''Film/PetSematary'' is a pretty nasty piece of work, but only after he's killed, taken to the eponymous[[InheritedIlliteracyTitle "sematary",]] and CameBackWrong.
* There was a movie called ''Nightwalkers'' where this trope was subverted: cats are the only ones who can sense and destroy the evil aliens/monsters and several cats heroically sacrifice themselves to save humans.
** Ditto Stephen King's ''Film/{{Sleepwalkers}}'', assuming it's not the very same film.
* [[AdaptationExpansion Unlike in the books]], in the live-action film of ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', the White Witch had [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience white Siberian tigers]] among her group, presumably to go with [[AnIcePerson her magic's theme]].
* The 2011 Korean horror film, "The Cat" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNBP7pi5WXE, MIGHT be an example of this. A murdered woman's cat, Bi-dan, is the only witness to her death. Of course, when the protagonist So-yeon takes it in her care, weird shit starts happening. She investigates the mystery when she finds her friend, who also recently got a cat, dies as well. Of course considering Asian horror's tendency for Shyamalan style twists, this may be subverted.
* The cougar from ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney''. For the aversion with one of the animal protagonists, see below.
* From ''Film/MouseHunt'', Catzilla is the pet of your nightmares. It's apparently unkillable (they tried gassing it twice in the animal shelter), permanently kept in a sealed container because it's so vicious and is portrayed as a Franchise/{{Godzilla}}-like monster from the mouse's perspective.
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* The Icelandic ''Jólakötturinn'', or Yule Cat, is described as a horrible creature that eats children with no new clothes for Christmas.
* As seen on a placard or two -- "Cats were once worshipped as Gods by the Egyptians. They have not forgotten this."
** There's a common saying -- "Dogs have owners; cats have servants".
* There was the Medieval-born legend that [[http://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/catsuck.asp cats can kill a baby by sucking breath]] - which makes zero sense since a cat can't suck, full stop. Cats can't fully close their lips to suck like humans do, this is why they lap their water or milk.
** Which, hilariously, means that newborn ''kittens'' would be the dangerous ones if the myth was true (they suckle from their mothers, a skill later lost, as with many mammals).
* Zigzagged in the Japanese legend "The Boy Who Drew Cats". After a boy training to be a priest is expelled from the temple because of his compulsion for drawing cats (which his does inappropriately, marking up books and decorative screens) he seeks shelter in a large temple that seems deserted, but unbeknownst to him is haunted by a goblin spirit. Before turning in for the night, he draws lots of cats on the walls, and then, remembering the advice that his former mentor gave him ("avoid large areas, stick to small") goes to sleep in a small cupboard. He wakes up in the middle of the night to the sounds of a violent fight. In the morning, when he peeks out of his hiding place, he finds a huge goblin-rat, dead, and the cats he had drawn have blood on their mouths and claws. (The story implies that while the cat-spirits he created were certainly mean, they came to life to protect him and fight the wicked goblin, making this a clear example of DarkIsNotEvil and possibly GoodIsNotNice.)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/JRRTolkien personally liked cats (case in point: ''The Adventures of Tom Bombadil''), but because of the mythological tropes that he consciously used, the only times they appear in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' are as minions of evil forces -- most notably, as Queen Berúthiel's feline spies. Sauron himself was even originally conceived as a "Prince of Cats", and the Eye of Sauron is described as "cat-like" a few times.
** In ''[[TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth The Book of Lost Tales]]'', a JustSoStory is provided to explain why cats are that way, after the defeat of Tevildo (the aforementioned Prince of Cats and precursor of Sauron):
---> Indeed afterward [[BigBad Melko]] heard all and he cursed Tevildo and his folk and banished them, nor have they since that day had lord or master or any friend, and their voices wail and screech for their hearts are very lonely and bitter and full of loss, yet there is only darkness within and no kindliness.
** Tolkien's poem ''Cat'' from "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" suggests cats are that way because they have an ancestral memory of being wild lions and hunting humans, and resent being forced into tame domesticity.
* In ''Literature/TheLastBattle'', from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' by CSLewis, Ginger is a very [[SmugSnake cunning]] cat who plots with the Calormenes to trick the other Narnian animals into following the false Aslan.
* Played straight with Greebo, Nanny Ogg's cat in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. He is a nasty, foul-tempered force of nature who is king of Lancre's cat population (and father of most of it), and it's generally agreed that the only thing that can slow him down is a direct meteor strike (though Nanny thinks he's an adorable little kitten). This is a cat who once ate a vampire while it was in bat form.
* The book ''Grumpy Old Men: A Manual For The British Malcontent'' contains a long, particularly surreal, and rambling rant about cats. An extract:
-->Here's a clue about cats: tigers. Are tigers bastards? Yes. And what are tigers? Just big cats. Therefore cats are tigers only smaller. Therefore they are bastards. Here's another clue. Lions. What do lions do? Lie around all day and then, when they're bored, jump a giraffe and eat it. Cats don't even do that. Ever see a cat jump a giraffe? No. Why? Because we've cossetted them and welcomed them into our homes and invented cat food, just for the idle bastards.
* ''Literature/EthanFrome'' contains a cat that symbolizes the unrelenting presence of Zeena, the eponymous character's oppressive and extremely unsympathetic hypochondriac wife. The cat instigates the symbolic 'shattering' of his marital stability when [[spoiler:it breaks Zeena's treasured pickle dish.]]
** And as if that novel wasn't depressing enough as it was.
* You would expect that the book series ''{{Redwall}}'' would ''only'' obey this trope, since mice are about half the cast. Oddly enough, it doesn't. It ''is'' played straight with Gingivere's sister, Tzarmina, that book's BigBad (she kills their father and frames Gingivere for it), and their uncle, Ungatt Trunn, is the villain in the book ''Lord Brocktree''. It's about an even split.
* Happens to the family cat after its "resurrection" in Creator/StephenKing's novel ''Literature/PetSematary''. But even before, the main character doesn't want to neuter him, because he likes him "lean and mean", and thinks that cats are "gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law".
** Even more so in his uncollected short story, ''[[Literature/JustAfterSunset The Cat from Hell]]''. It kills several people, one through an OrificeInvasion.
*** And in the adaptation in ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie'', it follows with an OrificeEvacuation, giving its final victim a heart attack seeing the sight.
* Pete the Barncat from ''Literature/HankTheCowdog'' often teases and takes advantage of Hank and the other characters. Other cats aren't shown to be much better.
* In Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''AnimalFarm'', the farm cat is lazy, greedy, and self-serving (she's last seen 'helpfully' volunteering to teach the mice Animalism).
* Since ''WatershipDown'' has rabbits as its protagonists, the cats are indeed scary antagonists ("Can you run? I think not!"). Dogs (and foxes), by contrast, are just contemptible and disgusting. (The culture-hero El-ahrairah sets one up for a thorough HumiliationConga.)
** That said, [[TheHero Hazel]] manages to embarass a cat into giving up chasing him, and [[BadAss Bigwig]] beats one in a fight and [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower trains the whole warren to be able to do the same]].
* In the novel ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', Alex is attacked by a bunch of furious cats when attempting to rob a woman's house.
** But then, considering Alex is a VillainProtagonist, the cats could be considered heroic vigilantes.
* The Creator/PaulJennings short story ''Picked Bones'' features a nasty, horrible cat that scratches someone up so badly that they need '35 bandaids' and which tries to smother a grown man.
* The novel ''Literature/StuartLittle'' plays this absolutely straight (in contrast to the film), with Snowball the cat attempting to trick the family into thinking Stuart has decided to act like a mouse instead of a human. Later, he convinces an alleycat friend of his to try and kill Stuart's love interest, Margot the sparrow. Book Snowball is actually quite the CardCarryingVillain.
* Lady Jane in Creator/CharlesDickens' ''Literature/BleakHouse''.
--> KROOK: Hi! show 'em how you scratch. Hi! Tear, my lady!
* 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.
* Played straight, sort of, in Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}'' books.
** In ''Literature/CharmedLife'', the main character's fiddle is turned into a very irritable cat ([[spoiler:who turns out to be an embodiment of one of the protagonist's nine lives.]] Oops.)
** In ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'', Christopher steals and later befriends an ill tempered cat named Throgmorten who delights in frightening and tearing up just about everyone but Christopher.
* [[http://essays.quotidiana.org/belloc/them/ This essay]] even touches on the problem of their [[CuteKitten corrupting kittens]].
* A glass cat is a BrownNote in ''Cat In Glass'' by Nancy Etchemendy.
* Mogget in the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series takes this to epic DeadpanSnarker heights. And that's with his collar on; without it, you should probably start running. [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear Fast]]. Of course, Mogget only looks like a cat, but there was probably a reason for picking that shape.
* Creator/RobertEHoward's thoughts on the matter are evident in the title of his tract about cats, [[http://users.rcn.com/shogan/howard/thoughts/beast.htm The Beast from the Abyss]].
* ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' gives us both Shere Khan and Bagheera. The former, a tiger, is a major villain who hates humans with a passion and vows to someday kill Mowgli. Averted because Bagheera (a black panther) is definitely one of the Good Guys, and it's implied that Shere Khan is evil and ''happens'' to be a tiger as opposed to being evil ''because'' he's a tiger.
* One of the eponymous ''ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' is about a cat. That should be enough to tell you all about that cat.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', there is Mr. Filch's cat Mrs. Norris.
** Later in the series, though, we see Dolores Umbridge's fluffy cat Patronus, which is undeniably evil simply because SHE is evil. She has also owns sickeningly cute dinnerware with enchanted cat pictures on them, but no living animals.
** Subverted with Crookshanks, who Ron initially sees as evil because of his hatred of Scabbers the rat. In the end, it is revealed that he had good intentions all along and even helped the human protagonists with things they wouldn't otherwise have been able to do (get into The Shrieking Shack for the big reveal).
* In the ''Avatar'' trilogy, Kelemvor Lyonsbane was cursed to become a gigantic, man-eating panther whenever he performed a good deed without receiving a reward for it. (This, of course, [[DramaticIrony was not the original intention of the curse]]--[[LaserGuidedKarma it was meant to force his evil ancestor to do good deeds and never be rewarded for it]], lest he turn into the evil panther. The curse, unable to find any sins to punish in his evil ancestor's newborn baby, inverted itself. [[BlessedWithSuck Sucks to be Kelemvor]].)
* ''The Black Cat Of Killakie''.
* The demonic cats and werecats mentioned in ''{{Goosebumps}}'' books.
* The abusive alley felines in ''The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her To Fly'', by Luis Sepúlveda.
* In the ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries'', the narrator claims that "Kittens are cute so that they can draw you in, then pounce on you for the kill. Seriously. Stay away from kittens."
* In Creator/{{Saki}}'s short story "Tobermory" the eponymous cat magically becomes able to talk, and horrifies a group of party guests by tattling on all the sins that he's been spying on over the years. But what Tobermory has forgotten is that [[spoiler: cats are mean, but HumansAreTheRealMonsters.]]
* Prim's cat Buttercup from ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in feline form.
* Although ''Literature/WarriorCats'' partly averts this trope, as mentioned in the aversion section, it plays it straight as well, with Tigerstar, the Dark Forest cats, and Scourge and Bloodclan.
* In Steven R. Boyett's ''Mortality Bridge'' they're so mean that when they die they are recruited to become demons in Hell.
* P.J. O'Rourke wrote the following in ''Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People'':
-->“Cats are to dogs what modern people are to the people we used to have. Cats are slimmer, cleaner, more attractive, disloyal, and lazy. It's easy to understand why the cat has eclipsed the dog as modern America's favorite pet. People like pets to possess the same qualities they do. Cats are irresponsible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs. Cats cannot be made to do anything useful. Cats are mean for the fun of it. In fact, cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people (expensive girlfriends, for instance) that it's often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.”
* In ''Literature/TheDogStars'', the main character has a BigFriendlyDog as his only companion. Late in the book, he gets into a violent confrontation with a [[CrazyCatLady crazy old cat couple]]. In contrast to the dog's loyalty, the cats start drinking their master's blood before he's even died.
* In the Literature/AllAmericanPups series, Puffy and Mr. Purr, the local cats, love teasing [[LovableCoward Fritz]] and making nasty comments to the other pups.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/AllCreaturesGreatAndSmall'' has Boris, a cat who never got inoculated without a fight.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': "Big Cat" who served as the Conduit to the Senior Partners.
* On an episode of ''MysteryScienceTheatre3000'', Mike and the Bots watch a movie in which a magical spell gone awry sends an ordinary housecat into a vicious frenzy of claws and teeth against its owner, prompting Mike to quip, "So, this is like ''any'' cat then."
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' plays with this trope in spades: the Dilgar were a basically race of Nazi-like humanoid felines responsible for massive genocide and experimentation on sentient beings. However, they ended up extinct when their sun went nova, as they had been forced back to their homeworld.
* ''TheDrewCareyShow'': when Nora gushes about her many cats, another character asks her:
-->You know they're going to eat your eyes when you die alone?
-->'''Nora:''' I try not to think about that.
* 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.
* While he's more a ChaoticNeutral poster child, The Cat from ''Series/RedDwarf'' can be callous, self-serving, greedy, and foolish. But he's still one sharp looking cat, pun fully intended.
* Data from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has a cat that rather skirts the line. Spot is very close to Data, and he manages to show her quite a bit of affection in his own muted way, having programmed and analyzed hundreds of meals into the replicator for her. While she often gets into trouble by somehow escaping Data's room, she's still very close to her owner. Around other members of the ''Enterprise'''s crew, however, she's infamously ill-tempered, scratching and hissing at anyone who gets close to her.
** Anyone but ''her'' humanoid, that is. A lot of cats latch onto a person or couple of people, and think of anyone else as an invader.
*** Reginald Barclay got along extremely well with Spot, much to everyone's surprise.
** Data and the cat definitely share a strong bond. In ''[[Film/StarTrekGenerations Generations]]'', Data finds Spot alive after the ''Enterprise'' crashes but is surprised that his newly installed emotion chip seems to be malfunctioning: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming he's happy, but can't stop crying.]]
** A deleted scene in ''Film/StarTrekNemesis'' would have shown that Worf was taking care of Spot [[spoiler:after Data's temporary death]], despite the fact she hadn't gotten along with Worf before.
* A demonic-looking lion shows up in ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'', along with [[BearsAreBadNews a similarly demonic-looking bear.]]
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' episode "Teso Dos Bichos" had sewer killer pussy cats as its monsters of the week. Said cats were summoned up by a jaguar spirit connected to a female shaman's skeleton. They were mewing and hissing very loudly, killing people, stacking them in a sewer, and they attacked Mulder and Scully, a pair of very tough FBI agents, and hurt them quite severely.
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' is hosted by a talking rat puppet, who, naturally, isn't a fan of cats. Especially not in one segue when a loud and angry meow is heard, chasing him offscreen.
* ''{{Friends}}'': Rachel once bought a hairless sphinx cat that scratches and hisses at her, because her grandmother had one who was nice.
** Averted with the cat Phoebe believes her mother reincarnated into.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': A species of cat like Wesen called Klaustreich, who are a race of BastardBoyfriend's, who are infamous for their abusive treatment of their victims.
** Also the cat Analinde used to deliver the potion that sent Juliette into her coma. It clawed its way out of its carrier and was hanging from the ceiling waiting for Rosalee.
** A few other feline Wesen who are not very nice: Mauvais Dentes (sabertooth tiger; the only one seen is a bounty hunter in the service of the Royals who kills two Federal agents), Yaguaraté (jaguars who tend to be gangbangers, although a few nice examples are shown), and Löwen (lions who are known for their aggressive tendencies and domineering nature).
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''PetShopBoys'' "I Want A Dog", which first appeared as a b-side on their single "Rent" and was later remixed by Frankie Knuckles for their album "Introspective", extols the virtues of dogs as loyal, affectionate defenders whilst containing the lyrics, "Don't want a cat/Scratching its claws all over my habitat/Giving no love and getting fat."
** Interestingly, other PSB songs ("Suburbia" and "I'm Not Scared") use dogs to depict more sinister forces.
* The Timbuk 3 song "Facts about Cats":
-->Cats will be cats, and cats will be cruel\\
Cats can be callous, and cats can be cool\\
Cats will be cats, remember these words\\
Cats will be cats, and cats eat birds
** The song is metaphorical, though, using "cats" in the hepcat slang sense of "guys."
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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]
* Catbert from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' is probably the living embodiment of this trope. After so many of his fans, independently, named the character, Scott Adams wanted a reason to keep the character, and came up with Catbert being hired as the Director of Human Resources. His rationale was that a cat was ''perfect'' for HR...and would bat you about before downsizing you. Of course, Dogbert isn't much better.
** In fact, ''Dog''bert is often shown to have the personality traits of a typical cartoon ''cat''.
* {{Garfield}} is a strange case. He'll squash sentient spiders without a second thought, he'll kick Odie off the table, and he'll verbally abuse Jon (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?]]), but, at least in the [[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.
** Garfield's grandfather is this trope played straight. He seems to have shed Garfield's few virtues as [[ScrewPolitenessImASenior the result of age]].
** Once, when Garfield made yet another crack about Arlene's gap tooth ("What's it like to whistle through your teeth?"), she decided to let him [[TeethFlying experience it firsthand]].
** Nermal, the self-proclaimed "World's Cutest Kitten" and Garfeld's nemesis, [[ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful trades on his cuteness]] to win affection from Jon while simultaneously shafting Garfield. It's later revealed that Nermal is a midget who intentionally stunts his growth with coffee and cigarettes.
* Add "proudly ignorant" and you have Bucky Katt from ''GetFuzzy.'' And he doesn't chase mice.
* Rivalling [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Greebo]] as a personification of this trope and {{Badass}} is Horse from ''FootrotFlats'', a bad-tempered semi-stray who chases off dogs several times his size. Incidentally, he's [[WriteWhoYouKnow based on a real cat]] that used to hang around the author's home.
** According to Dog, Horse's mother was a one-eyed, hook-handed alleycat, and his father a [[HotSkittyOnWailordAction Barracuda]].
** Horse himself believes he is the son of a Leather Jacket.
*** And not just any leather jacket: one of the jackets of the local biker-gang (owners of his mother). Ah Horse, the only animal who could give Major the pig-dog what-for.
* Berke Breathed's [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Bill the Cat]] is much too versatile a character to be placed under this trope. However, a Sunday ''Outland'' strip features Bill and Opus, lounging in a kiddie pool, while Opus rambles on...Lampshading this trope, he asks Bill his opinion on the stereotype of dogs being faithful, unconditional creatures while cats are mean, selfish, and narcissistic...all the while, Bill is setting up wires attached to a machine to electrocute the unsuspecting Opus. He changes his mind at the end, though, after Opus mentions he doesn't believe all that nonsense.
* Snuffles from PearlsBeforeSwine. Played for laughs.
* In ''{{Peanuts}}'', there's Snoopy's arch-enemy -- TheUnseen neighbour cat [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast World War II]], who appears to be nothing but a mindless brute.
** Maybe not mindless at all. He tends to have a weird sense of humor that he displays by ripping holes in Snoopy's doghouse in funny and ironic shapes. For example, after Snoopy tells him that he "wouldn't know a fiddle from a bass drum", he rips a hole in the doghouse shaped like a violin.
** What makes this concept even funnier is that Snoopy (who, being a dog, should really be the bane of a cat's existence) is genuinely terrified of WWII, and moments after taunting him, will always transform into a MilesGloriosus.
*** It's implied that Snoopy has good reason to fear WWII, though. He's no ordinary cat. Peppermint Patty (a {{Tomboy}} who can hold her own in fights with ''boys'' her own age) once described him as "a dog in a cat suit", and got a good beating when she engaged him in a fight even when Snoopy tried to help her.
* ''BeetleBailey'': Sgt. Louise Lugg's cat Bella has a tough, nasty attitude, and is extremely pampered.
* ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}} is a SilentAntagonist to most dogs in his neighborhood - for some reason Animal Control seems to have deputized him - and is erratically violent towards humans. Mice he keeps alive provided that [[AGodAmI they worship him]].
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[[folder: Pinball]]
* This is the theme of ''Bad Cats'': Swarms of cats have descended upon some suburban location and have assembled a party there with no concern for the locals who already live there.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'': [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/A_Cat_of_Ill_Omen A Cat of Ill Omen]].
* ''MagicTheGathering'': [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Mirri%20the%20Cursed Mirri the Cursed. Vampire cat]]. A twisted timeline saw her ending up with the curse that [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5106 Crovax]] had in the 'correct' timeline.
** [[http://magic.tcgplayer.com/db/magic_single_card.asp?cn=Mirri,%20Cat%20Warrior&sn=Exodus Like this]]: a {{Catgirl}}.
* A frequent joke in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons 3.5'' was that cats are the greatest enemy of humanity. Statistically, a common housecat would be able to kill a first-level human peasant better than half the time. In defence of the cats, there is nothing in the rules indicating they ''want'' to kill humans. [[CatsAreSuperior They are just surprisingly good at it.]]
** Gleefully [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0780.html this OOTS strip]].
** A more specific example within the franchise: the Rakshasa, evil demonic tigers inspired by the creatures of Indian myth. Being LawfulEvil, they can be trusted to keep their word, but good luck getting them to give it and not find [[LoopholeAbuse some way]] to weasel out of it. They are generally evil [[TheTrickster Tricksters]] who delight in manipulating and betraying mortals.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* OlderThanRadio, even apart from cats' reputation in European folklore: In Maurice Maeterlink's 1908 play ''L'Oiseau Bleu'' (later filmed as ''TheBlueBird''), the children are aided by a dog and a cat. Guess which one betrays them?
* The opera ''The English Cat'' by Hans Werner Henze: the cats are running the Royal Society For the Protection of Rats (!), but behind the charitable facade, they are all for money and fame -- and they don't mind getting red in the claws.
* Of all the cats in the play, only Macavity in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ''{{Cats}}'' could really be called "mean".
* Tybalt in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is nicknamed "prince [or king] of cats" by Mercutio, [[spoiler:whom he eventually kills]]. Much depends upon [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation interpretation]], though; some productions play him as one more victim of the FeudingFamilies.
* In Edmond Rostand's ''Chanticler'', the farm's treacherous cat plots with the Blackbird and the predators of the night against the titular rooster.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' might be one of the most exaggerated examples; Lynx, the main villain, is a six foot tall anthropomorphic panther.
* One of VideoGame/EarthwormJim's enemies is the aptly named Evil the Cat, who the creators describe as evil in its purest form. He rules the planet Heck, which, as you can probably guess, is Evil's vision of what Hell is.
** His AnimatedAdaptation [[WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim counterpart]] is slightly more complex, liking to balance [[VillainsOutShopping the odd movie night]] and [[AffablyEvil romantic affair]] with the duties of [[KickTheDog torturing and killing innocents]] and [[ForTheEvulz attempted complete destruction of the universe]].
* All the cats in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' are enemies; one boss, a machine called Monster X, is revealed to be a cat upon defeat. There are NPC dogs in the game that are your allies.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'', while the player is tiny, they have to watch out for the cats that will take a swipe at them.
* The CarmenSandiego series has Carmen's pet cat, Carmine, who shows up every now and then to taunt the players in certain games or lie on Carmen's lap.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Glameow and Purugly are built around this trope, and to a lesser extent, Persian, though the [[CuteKitten other cat Pokémon are generally adorable]].
** Possibly {{invoked|Trope}} with a cat named Purrloin from ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. It's fairly adorable, but its title is the "Ill-Natured Pokémon", able to make off with people's belongings and [[KarmaHoudini get away with it]] due to its charming nature. Its evolution, Liepard, isn't much better.
* Bad Cat was the last and hardest obstacle in the original ''VideoGame/{{Glider}}'' (much like a FinalBoss, except that the ''Glider'' games never had {{Boss Battle}}s).
* Mike, [[CuteWitch Yoriko's]] [[SimpleStaff kitty staff]] in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''. [[EvilWeapon Actually a sealed Demon King whose head looks like a kitty's]]. Will attack anyone who mocks him, anyone who looks at him funny, anyone he thinks mocked him or looked at him funny, and dogs.
* The Kilrathi, from ''VideoGame/WingCommander''. Launching unprovoked attacks on peaceful ships and dropping bioweapons on helpless planets (among other things) generally doesn't count as "playing nice".
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', a demon takes the form of a cat and tries to possess a little girl. The PC can save the girl or let the demon go on its merry way.
* ''VideoGame/FurFighters''' main antagonist is a massive cat. He leads an army of dumb bears which you can't help but feel are being taken advantage of.
* A recurring antagonist in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series, Revolver Ocelot, is named for the desert wildcat. In his appearances as a young man, Ocelot talks at length about the feline's virtues, such as never letting his prey escape. This of course stands in contrast to the protagonist, Snake, and his [[HeroesLoveDogs affinity for dogs]].
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' features deadly cougars that [[DemonicSpider can end you and your horse quick with just a few swipes of their claws]]. And if that wasn't enough, [[ParanoiaFuel they like to sneak up on you]].
* In ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'', cats guard both sides of the gladiator arena and swipe at you if you get too close.
** One of the bosses is a giant "catfish" that's more cat than fish.
* In ''VideoGame/DeadRising 2'', there's Snowflake the Tiger. Luckily, [[CrazyAwesome Chuck can actually tame her and give her to his daughter]] ''[[CrazyAwesome as a pet]]''. Although, that does not really present the feline as downright mean; she is very likely just trained by the psychopath boss that way. And she was hungry.
* ''VideoGame/{{Purple}}'' features a cat-shaped type of demons who attack player by throwing explosive thread-balls at him.
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'', Kokonoe acts this way towards Hazama in his gag ending, especially whenever he starts repeatedly sneezing uncontrollably due to his horrible allergies to cats, which, as suggested from her, are rather severe. (ItMakesSenseInContext because in the actual story, Hazama was way meaner and Kokonoe had a justified grudge on him)
-->'''Kokonoe''': Hmmm. I have to say, I kind of like the way your voice sounds right now... Are you crying? Is this the result of a suppressed fight-or-flight response constricting your airway?\\
'''Hazama''': No, this is *Sneeze* *Sneeze* I'm just allergic to—*Sneeze*\\
'''Kokonoe''': Allergic to cats? Oh, an antigen-antibody reaction. You're experiencing anaphylactic shock, huh?\\
'''Hazama''': Just stay right where you are, all right?! You're freaking me out!\\
'''Kokonoe''': Oh, you look so damn scared... Your face looks like a balloon, and you've got some sort of liquid oozing out of just about every hole in it... Ahaha! This is wonderful! Suffer some more! He he he...
** She tends to play it straight more often than not, though, as Kokonoe can be a major bitch at times, and her treatment of Tager often borders on abuse.
* In ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'', you get to fight a giant cat as the first boss of the Giant Tale storyline.
** Maximilian Lionfang's armor is based off of a lion. Plus, he tortured the staff of Creator/ArtixEntertainment, [[spoiler:captured the Spirit of Frostval and several Frostval presents with a snow globe he took from Garaja, performed his KickTheDog moment of burning the gifts, and even crossed the MoralEventHorizon by knocking the snow globe containing the Frostval Spirit herself out of the hero's hands and shattering it, even though she could not be killed because she was an IDEA]].
* According to the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHFMTB3f4V8 trailer]], someone on ''VideoGame/TheSims 3 : Pets'' development team is definitely a dog person. During the trailer, dogs see off burglars, share the odd, bemused AsideGlance with the viewer, and rescue Little Timmy from Bullies. Cats? They eat the pet fish, give their owners the runaround at bathtime, and shred the furniture, hissing and spitting all the while and never bothering to make eye contact. The only ones they seem to like are the horses.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has the [[http://www.videogamesblogger.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/dark-souls-trophies-guide-screenshot-cheshire-cat.jpg Great Felines]] -- huge, GlasgowGrin-sporting monstrosities that make disturbing, yowling noises (basically, they sound like very, ''very'' angry housecats) and are capable of devouring the player character in ''one gulp''.
* ''VideoGame/BrainDead13'': In one scene when a black cat encounters Lance, it will get into a cat fight and slice his head into bits. Ouch!
* Constable Neyla from ''VideoGame/Sly2BandOfThieves'', a double-crossing feline who appears nice during the beginning of the game, only so she can get in on the Cooper Gang's plan, [[spoiler:and later orders them to be arrested.]]
* The plot of ''VideoGame/BattleBlockTheater'' is that a boat full of people gets stranded on an island inhabited by anthropomorphic cats, who imprison you and force you to cross several deadly obstacle courses for their enjoyment. Some cats also appear in the obstacle courses as {{Mooks}}.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' brings us the Melynxes, the black-furred EvilCounterpart to the Felynes. While they don't hurt you directly, they will [[BanditMook try to steal your items]] on sight. So you're trying to use your last healing item and--''Mega Potion stolen. [[SpannerInTheWorks You fainted.]] [[GameOver No continues remaining. Quest failed.]]''
* The Black Cat Gang from ''TailConcerto'' and ''{{Solatorobo}}'' revolves around a group of kitten stealing stuff and causing troubles. Mildly subverted in that they are not really evil, just mischievous and misled by a {{Tsundere}} leader, who in turned was fooled by a ConMan into attacking dog people.
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* Black Kitty from ''GoodbyeKitty'', who interestingly enough is trying to kill another kitty.
* Mittens the crime solving cat from Filmcow (on youtube): quite likely far more evil than every other cat on this trope page combined.
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* ''{{PvP}}'' has the aptly named "Scratch Fury, Destroyer of Worlds" (they let the teenaged intern name him). Scratch is a house cat owned by Skull the Troll, who was zapped by [[http://www.pvponline.com/2004/02/12/thu-feb-12/ an intelligence machine]]. Once he gained human intelligence, he became increasingly power-mad and megalomaniacal, plotting world domination and general enslavement of humanity ([[http://www.pvponline.com/2004/05/29/sat-may-29/ and usually being foiled by his cat instincts]]). The author, as a response to people telling him how much like their cats Scratch was, broke the trend when his cat instincts actually caused a plan to work -- his cat desire to kill birds and small animals and his human intelligence resulted in Scratch going on a minor animal killing spree culminating in the brutal murder of a [[http://www.pvponline.com/2006/10/05/oct-5-2006/ junkyard dog]]. The author's response was how many of ''your'' cats have beaten a junkyard dog to death with a nail board?
* An unusually crude example can be found in ''ErrantStory'' -- the main character, Meji, is a sorceress who has a flying, talking cat by the name of Ellis as her familiar. The 'talking' bit is the clincher, though, since his use of language could make sailors blush -- he's constantly making crude suggestions, sexual references, and inappropriate jokes. For obvious reasons, Meji regularly applies a fireball or thunderbolt to him, but since he's MadeOfIron, it doesn't really deter him to any significant degree...
* Spark, the talking cat from ''DominicDeegan'', is the main character's pet and familiar. Though he's obviously a protagonist and very devoted to Dominic, Spark can still be a mischievous and downright self-absorbed little bastard at times.
** [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2008-04-16 He has his moments.]]
* Eben from ''Webcomic/TwoLumps''.
* Neko from [[http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/comics/939963/735-and-it-s-working/ Neko the Kitty Comics]].
* Lackadaisy: this may or may not count, considering WordOfGod has stated that the characters are more "humans in cat form" than straight up anthropomorphized cats, but every single character in Lackadaisy has at least one semi-psychotic trait. Rocky is CrazyAwesome bordering on PsychopathicManchild, Freckle is AxCrazy, Mordecai is a [[FourEyesZeroSoul cold-blooded]] PsychoForHire, Viktor is a RetiredBadass with a tendency of [[OverprotectiveDad beating the hell]] out of Ivy's various boyfriends, Nina has shades of MyBelovedSmother mixed with MamaBear, and even gentile Mitzi has a well hidden [[BitchInSheepsClothing ruthless streak]].
* The Evil in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Kittens who are literally the spawn of {{Satan}}, and which have a tendency to [[KillerRabbit kill people]] if they don't get their milk.
* The Lizard people in Webcomic/RestauranteMacoatl are afraid of cats, its been said that cats enslaved and ate them, so when one gets into the restaurant chaos ensued.
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. It's implied that Choo Choo Bear and Twitchy Hug get up to some evil stuff off-camera...until Choo Choo arranges to have Twitchy Hug assassinated. On camera.
** Early in the strip, Choo Choo was shown ''smothering'' a kitten, much to the girls' horror, but he has mostly regressed to just panty-stealing and being a background character recently. Twitchy Hug was assassinated mainly because he was getting increasingly psychotic -- he killed a hooker in a throwaway gag strip, was seen dragging a body through the house in another strip, and was about to attack Davan when he was killed himself. He also had Mickey-Jesus' head in a jar on top of the fridge.
** In strips where Choo Choo Bear answers the FourthWallMailSlot, he's shown to have utter contempt for the readers, the other characters, and the cartoonist. Of course, he also wears a smoking jacket and talks instead of going "Murr!". And is a recurring character in [[SadistShow Something Positive]].
*** This isn't the same Choo Choo Bear. The cast page lists in-universe Choo Choo Bear and the anthropomorphic Choo Choo Bear separately, and explicitly says they're not the same character. Of course, the smoking jacket Choo Choo Bear still fits the trope.
** In [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09022011.shtml these]] [[http://somethingpositive.net/sp09052011.shtml two]] strips, Choo Choo's son, Woogie, claims that all cats are evil, soulless monsters forged in "hell's hate furnace" that condition their "owners" to associate abuse with love.
** Given how cats act in this comic when not provoked, guess what happened to a guy who tied up a cat and talked about throwing it in the river afterward.
-->'''Cat-to-English Translation:''' I am your God, and your pain is my altar. Now, '''[[EyeScream Worship]]!'''
* ''{{Sinfest}}'' features the cat Percival, who, while not overtly malicious, is certainly arrogant. Percival and his [[DumbIsGood friendly but stupid]] dog companion, Pooch, live with a human whom Pooch calls "Master", while Percival contemptuously calls him "the man".
** Percy has a soft spot for Pooch, though, sneaking in and patting him comfortingly when he's ill.
* ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}''. Not direct, but when the word "Cat" comes up in a game of [[http://www.adventurers-comic.com/d/20020815.html evil Scrabble]], you know someone's saying something.
** Well, you can't see the rest of the word...there could be [[YouDoNotWantToKnow an "s" there]].
* [[http://www.nerdcomics.com/sdjc/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/attackcat.gif Based on a true story.]]
* ''QuestionableContent'' has Mieville, Dora's cat, which ''seems'' nice enough, but always seems to suggest murder as an option. He also likes to take catnip and watch ''The Wizard Of Oz''.
** The "murder" thing was Dora projecting. Since then, however, Mieville ''has'' demonstrated that he is sufficiently evil (or at least sufficiently creepy) to render even Pintsize catatonic...* cough*
* Mecha takes on the form of a cat in ''CircumstancesOfTheRevenantBraves''. Initially, he appears to be a decent individual, but we soon find out that his ethics and motivations are at least somewhat [[AntiHero questionable]].
* ''FauxPas'' has 144 cats considering Randy the red fox their personal toy. They take turns in dropping him in an old well, tying him up, or [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?998 turning him into a giant yarn ball]].
* ''CaptainSNES'': [[http://www.captainsnes.com/2010/02/26/608-bright-future/ "I thought about giving Blue a happy ending, but then I remembered something. Cats are jerks."]]
* ''ThePerpetualAquarium'': [[http://www.neopets.com/~Arryion#]]Cartoon Has Cloudie the Kadoatie (i.e., cat on neopets), who lives this trope (although somewhat understandably at times). Snowie, another kadoatie, is a bit of a subversion.
* ''LivingWithInsanity'' has a cat who isn't just mean, she helped the robot head attempt world domination and enjoys [[http://www.livingwithinsanity.com/index/?p=100 castrating trekkies]].
* Feep of ''WebComic/LittleTales'' seemed to be the devil incarnate, once throwing up when a priest blessed her.
** Inversely, her new cat Joy is, well, named Joy for a good reason.
* Webcomic/BobAndGeorge [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/051015 here]].
* In ''[[MoeAnthropomorphism Afghanis-tan]]'', The [[http://www.pbase.com/darkbeat/image/66089158 Taliban and Al-Qaeda]] are represented by stray cats who have taken over the poor girl's house.
* In ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', Zii says her cat Lita hates everyone. However, the cat seems to take an immediate liking to Gary and even sleeps in his arms.
** Lita pretty much belongs to Gary now.
** Of course, Gary is allergic to cats (though he is apparently on medication).
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has resident HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar adopt a cat, one formerly owned by a MagnificentBastard (Lord Shojo). Do evil people like cats or do cats like evil people?
** Mr Scruffy has proven his true alignment by mercilessly (and gorily) slaughtering a level 1 commoner gladiator. (Okay, one might argue he was trying to defend his owner and was unaware the latter was in no danger at all).
--> '''Elan:''' I can't tell if the cat is a good influence on Belkar, or Belkar is a bad influence on the cat.
--> '''Haley:''' Both I think, but it probably still averages out somewhere south of Neutral.
** And, later... poor, poor [[MeaningfulName YukYuk]]: the kobold might have had retribution coming... but that is '''''Evil'''''. But, again, you could lay that mainly at Belkar's door. Maybe.
* [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2801#comic This]] ''SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal,'' taking the the bonus strip (mouse on red button) into account.
** [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=3214#comic This later]] comic plays around with it: feline ''law'' is cruel and brutal, demanding that an acceptable kill must be given to the one who provides lodging. Actual cats can be compassionate and regretful over the deeds they are forced to do.
* EerieCuties: [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/d/20091118.html the vampire queen has...quite a cat]]
* SquidRow ruins one of Randie's paintings, impentiently.
* ''PurplePussy'' will break off your fingers and jam a cigarette in your eye just for giggles.
* In ''OffWhite'', a snow leopard causes trouble for a group of sledders because it was offended at them for intruding into its territory.
* ''KarateBears'' have a sidekick, Kat, [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/01/karate-kat-with-scimitar.html who is very cruel on occasion.]]
* [[http://dissonance.comicgenesis.com/d/20111128.html This]] ''Webcomic/{{Dissonance}}'' comic shows how cruel cats are when they act cute. Cats are morbidly playful.
* Zigzagged in ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', where CK eventually goes from an unrepentant JerkAss to an OnlySaneMan who'll actually stick up for his crew when push comes to shove, but is still prone to jerk moments even after his CharacterDevelopment. Of course, Ace and Mittens avert this from the get go.
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'': Well, not particularly. Though it's probably no coincidence that the two nicest Gemstone kids are dogs (well, a dog and a wolf), while Dionne (said to have no soul) is a cheetah.
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* Two words. [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/grumpy-cat Grumpy Cat]].
* One of WebVideo/JesuOtaku's cats (the calico) isn't very friendly, as seen in the review for ''FruitsBasket''.
* In the ''LG15TheResistance'' video "Feline Feariousness", Reed rants about how cats are evil, manipulative, and steal souls, and finishes by urging viewers to "Get rid of your cat, before your cat gets rid of you!"
* Tanya in the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Stray}}'' can be a vicious little creature, although she [[{{Tsundere}} intersperses a few affectionate moments with the unprovoked clawings]].
* [[MemeticMutation Ceiling Cat is watching you masturbate]].
* There is an internet meme which shows how a cat and a dog view their respective existences. The cat carefully plots revenge on and escape from its human captors. Meanwhile, the dog will say things like "[[DogsAreDumb Walk! YAY! Food! YAY! Pet! YAY! Outside! YAY!]]"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uehtn3TOBMg This video]] is a case of "Kittens are Mean". Warning: [[CuteKitten you may]] {{Squee}} a little when one of the kittens growls at its grandma.
* In the animated short ''[[http://www.vimeo.com/6898451 Yellow Cake]]'', cats aren't just mean, they're [[{{Anvilicious}} imperialist]] bastards!
* Played straight with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qit3ALTelOo&NR=1 The Mean Kitty Song]], until the last verse.
-->[[spoiler: The one big thing I forgot to mention/was that he wasn't fighting./He just wanted attention.]]
* Steve Cash's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjZrUn03kXI Talking Kitty]] videos on youtube.
* WebVideo/{{Ask That Guy|WithTheGlasses}} [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/ask-thatguy/5588-ask-thatguy-episode-33 episode 33]]: Question? How can I kill my family and frame the cat?
* The hovercat from ''Machinima/WaterHuman''. As the name implies, it's an unholy union of cat and hovercraft which speaks in CreepyMonotone. And crushes people.
* [[http://trollcats.com/ Trollcats]] is pretty much CatsAreMean [[XMeetsY meets]] RefugeInAudacity.
* In the OrionsArm setting, the Queen of Pain is exactly what you'd expect to get if you took a terrified, furious, half-dead cat, uplifted it five times in a row, and gave it the body of an Eldritch Abomination.
* [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Intruder The Intruder]]
* This compilation, appropriately named [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wA319ZtkTQ "Cats are assholes"]].
* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-607 SCP-607]] is a [[ThePictureOfDorianGray gray cat named Dorian]] who can transfer any injury it sustains to its current owner. This includes fatal injuries, from which Dorian will simply resurrect and bond with another owner shortly afterwards. Ordinarily this wouldn't be too terrible, except the cat keeps deliberately putting itself in danger, so that its owner can be hurt or killed. It's left up in the air whether the cat is really suicidal or is just being a dick.
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has two: Princess the Robo-Cat and Sassie the Puma.
* Rumor has it that WaltDisney hated cats (and praised mice and dogs, the two mortal enemies of cats, though another rumor states that he was actually afraid of real mice, so make of that what you will). Among the ways cats are portrayed in {{Disney}} animation:
** In ClassicDisneyShorts, the regular antagonist of Mickey Mouse (and Co.) is Peg-leg Pete, a rather large, imposing bully-of-a-cat. The anthropomorphic dog, Goofy, is amiable, simple-minded, and good-natured, and Pluto is just...[[FurryConfusion a dog]].
** Peg-leg Pete later becomes Black Pete in the Disney films, the boorish villain.
*** The 1937 short ''The Worm Turns'' both supports and subverts this. Mickey is a chemist who creates a courage formula which turns weak characters into courageous ones, which means they TookALevelInBadass. He first uses it on a [[FurryConfusion less anthropomorphic mouse]] being tormented by a cat, and then when Pluto chases said cat, Mickey uses the formula on the feline, who proceeds to open a can of whoop-ass on the dog. This work is especially interesting in that it inverts the normal pecking order of the classic American cartoon "food chain" step by step; mouse to cat to dog to dogcatcher (here played by Peg-Leg Pete).
** In the ''AliceComedies'' Disney made before creating Mickey, Pete is a non-descript bearlike creature. Alice is also accompanied by a non-villainous cat named Julius.
*** In ''HouseOfMouse'', there is some proof that Pete is a cat, as evidenced by Mickey telling Pluto that Pete's the only cat he's allowed to chase.
*** Also, Pete's a villain (albeit an IneffectualSympatheticVillain) in the ''KingdomHearts'' games, though you do meet his ''SteamboatWillie'' version, who's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold. This particular version of Pete is also seen in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse''.
*** Pete's especially villainous in Disney's ''Disney/ThePrinceAndThePauper''.
** ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' has the twin evil Siamese cats who wreck the house, try to steal milk from the baby, and then frame Lady for all of it when she tries to stop them, and [[KarmaHoudini they don't even get a comeuppance]]. By contrast, the worst the dogs (even the ones in the Pound) seem to muster up is roguish and/or misunderstood.
** Lady Tremaine's cat, [[ObviouslyEvil Lucifer]], from the Disney version of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. Not only does he try to eat the eponymous heroine's mice friends, he even delights in tormenting poor Cinderella herself, particularly if you note ''Cinderella III'', where he is turned human and loves the idea of sending Cinderella to her doom.
*** And he's a boss in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''. Go figure (if that sounds one-sided, Ventus is the size of Jaq the mouse for that level).
** Honest John's feline stooge, Gideon, in the Disney version of ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. At least once, he tries to hit Pinocchio on the head with a mallet, only to be stopped by the fox, who thinks that the cat's idea is too crude.
** One of the two {{big bad}}s in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' is feline crime boss Fat Cat. (Originally, he was a pet belonging to Aldrin Klordane, the villain in the FiveEpisodePilot.) One of his henchmen, Mepps, is also a cat. In the pilot episode, Fat Cat and his main henchmen deal with the Siamese Twins, a pair of felines that scare even him. In one episode, Fat Cat's French cousin is the villain. (Finding out that the guy is Fat Cat's Cousin is more than enough to make Monterey Jack not like him.) Also, when Gadget becomes a human's good luck charm (or so he thinks), his cat becomes jealous enough to kill, her being his ''previous'' charm.(Of course, in a show where the heroes consist of two chipmunks and two mice, it's natural that some villainous cats are going to show up.)
** Averted in ''Disney/TheAristocats''. Notably however, this movie wasn't made until shortly after Disney's death.
** The DisneyAnimatedCanon version of ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' has Sabor, a vicious leopard that practically borders on terrifying. She kills Kala's baby and Tarzan's parents and is strong enough to put up a huge fight against a silverback gorilla.
*** Not only that, but she practically comes across as a feline AxCrazy with her bulging eyes and spastic mannerisms.
** [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' has both an antagonistic (Shere Khan) and friendly (Bagheera) feline character, but this is hardly Disney's invention.
*** Zig-zagged in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''. Shere Khan is a ruthless businessman with some [[BlackAndGrayMorality questionable morality when it comes to his work]], but otherwise has a very strong sense of honor and integrity (he's even willing to admit when he's wrong). He also has a (grudging) respect towards Baloo. He's more along the lines of TrueNeutral or possibly NeutralEvil, since he's more interested in profit than anything of true malice.
**** And then taken back again even further in ''The Jungle Book 2'', while Shere Khan from the original film was more villainous than his ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' counterpart, he at least had some plausible [[AffablyEvil affable]] and [[LaughablyEvil whimsical]] traits to make him a somewhat likeable villain. In the sequel, [[KnightofCerebus he is embittered]] into a scary-ish SuperPersistentPredator.
** At the beginning of ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'', we see two of the felines who play Dr. Calico's {{Right Hand Cat}}s on the ShowWithinAShow winding up Bolt.
** ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' had a CatGirl villain named Mirage, and also a [[GreatGazoo trickster deity]] named Chaos who took the form of a winged cat. (Not exactly "mean" unless you make him angry, which Genie pleaded with Aladdin and Jasmine ''not'' to do.)
** Unsurprisingly, ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' has an example, with the cat Felicia acting as [[BigBad Ratigan's]] equivalent of a SharkPool.
** There is a show on DisneyXD called ''KidVSKat''. Guess what it's about.
** The main villain of the first act of [[MiscellaneousDisneyShorts ''Goliath II'']] is a tiger named Rajah (no relation to the nice, similarly-named tiger from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''), who is constantly trying to eat the titular elephant. He is ultimately defeated by being tossed into [[Disney/PeterPan a crocodile's]] mouth, but later crawled out unharmed and ran away, never to be seen again.
* Creator/ChuckJones' Claude Cat was eventually recast as a mean antagonist to the much cuter Frisky Puppy and/or Pussyfoot the Kitten.
** He even changes appearance in the recasting, going from soft and rounded to scraggly and angular like Wile. E. Coyote.
* Garfield, of ''GarfieldAndFriends'', is portrayed somewhat like this, making him a sort of AntiHero; however, he's less cruel and nasty than lazy and cynical. He does ''try'' (and fail) to catch the non-talking birds in his universe, but unlike other cats, he won't chase mice unless Jon forces his paw. Even then, he won't eat them, even under orders from ''The Kitty Council''.
** The comics version of Garfield is an outright bastard about killing spiders, though. This may be intentionally deconstructing the Cats Are Mean trope, though, since most humans have no compunction about acting the exact same way toward arthropod vermin.
*** There have also been a few instances in the comics where Garfield devoured sentient, talking houseplants while they begged for mercy. At least the spiders can run away...
*** His incarnation in ''TheGarfieldShow'' is even more toned down, rarely acting much outside being somewhat [[BigEater gluttonous]] and [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] and [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold even going out of his way to help people a lot more]]. Granted, to make his abrasiveness more justified, they had victims such as Nermal (a kitten) [[TookALevelInJerkass be much more provocative and mean-spirited]].
* ''RobotChicken'' condensed this entire trope into one thirty-second skit: a cat, sitting at the top of a staircase, deliberately trips its owner. Big, flashing letters declare "Cats Are Jerks". We then get the tripping in super slo-motion, just to make the point.
** In a much later skit, several officials discuss why there was a cat at many disasters such as Kennedy's assassination and Hurricane Katrina (and also the above sketch). They conclude that they are being manipulated by cats. When one asks, "what can we do?", the scientist reveals himself as a cat, responds "YOU CAN DO NOTHING!", and shoots them all. Then a big "Cats are Jerks" pops up.
* The ''KappaMikey'' episode "Lily Meow" features a devious, scheming, DevilInPlainSight kitten named Kello who uses his cuteness as a weapon.
* Fluffy, Angelica's cat from ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' wouldn't argue about this. Gargamel has a ''really'' nasty cat named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Azrael]] who views them the same way most cats do mice.
* ''CatDog'': Cat doesn't quite fit the trope: he is a heroic character, and has had quite a few moments of kindness and generosity. He has a definite jerk streak, though. Contrast the cats from the episode "The Cat Club," who are borderline ''feline supremacists'' who have a desire to wipe out dogs.
* Katz, from ''CourageTheCowardlyDog''. "A bit of sport before dying, old boy?"
** Kitty initially appears to be this trope, but it turns out she has a legitimage grievance against dogs, and she warms up after Courage saves her "friend".
* Played straight with Ren and Stimpy in the ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'' episode, "Who's Stupid Now?", as a consequence of the PersonalitySwap plot.
** And then subverted at the end, when it turned out Stimpy was only acting, and praises Ren with "You're the greatest!", along with everybody else.
*** 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.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' involved a [[TheFaceless faceless Bond-style villain]] who was, in fact, being mind controlled by his RightHandCat, the TRUE villain.
* ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'' takes place on an alien planet inhabited by anthropomorphic cats. Thus, some of them are good and some evil. The RoguesGallery of villainous cats in the series includes Dark Kat (BigBad crime boss), Doctor Viper (a half-reptilian MadScientist), the Metallikats (OutlawCouple), married gangsters brought BackFromTheDead as {{Killer Robot}}s), the Pastmaster (a {{Time Travel}}ing sorcerer), and Madkat (a MonsterClown with magical powers}.
* Mr. Jinks, the enemy of Pixie and Dixie.
* The werecats in ''ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''.
* Kitty, the psychotic DevilInPlainSight cat from ''WesternAnimation/TazMania''.
* An episode of ''KingOfTheHill'' deals with this trope. Hank signs up to care for the pet of an army commander, assuming immediately that "Pet" means "Dog". When he's assigned a cat, named Duke, Hank is portrayed as cheated and humiliated for it. Further, Duke himself is mean and ill-tempered, making life a living hell for his good-natured caretakers. Bill meanwhile, winds up taking care of a dog through the same program, who winds up not only being loyal and well-behaved, but makes Bill successful with the opposite sex. Subtle.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has Steve finding a stray cat and caring for it, and no matter what Steve tries to do, the cat always goes into a violent berserk rage against Steve.
* You only need to watch one episode of ''AtomicBetty'' to see it was obviously written by a cat hater.
* When Brian leaves in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Brian: Portrait of a Dog", the Griffins get a new cat. In the cat's first appearance, it hisses at the family from the top of the fridge and throws fireworks. Peter later notes how he loves their new cat with his back revealing plenty of claw marks.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'': in one episode, Johnny and friends stop an evil cat endowed with heightened intelligence similar to Johnny's dog, Dooky, from transforming the entire town into cats.
* Brutus, the bully's cat from ''RaceForYourLifeCharlieBrown'', is a great example, always trying to eat Woodstock until [[spoiler: Snoopy decks him.]]
* In ''TheSecretFilesOfTheSpyDogs'', [[CaptainObvious dogs are the heroes]], so cats are often the villains.
* ''MightyMouse'' cartoons used "Cats are Evil" as their main premise. (One that stood out was his ArchEnemy, Oil Can Harry.)
* In one ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}'' story, the villain was Overcat, an EvilOverlord who ruled a whole planet of cat people, who wanted to invade Earth for their milk. (SeriousBusiness to them, as it was a staple of their diet and the wells they got it from had run dry.) This guy was not only ''mean'', he was nearly a match for Underdog as far as physical strength and super-powers were concerned. (Rare among his enemies, who tended to be {{Mad Scientist}}s and others who relied on diabolical technology.)
* The recent ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "That Darn Katz!"
-->'''Thubanian Leader''': On the whole, Earth's society is useless. But they do have these things called "antique rugs" that are great for peeing on.
** Overlaps somewhat with AliensAreBastards too, since cats are implied to come from outer space.
* Ravage from ''{{Transformers}}'' is a Decepticon leopard/puma.
* The Schwartzentigers on ''{{Jimmy Two-Shoes}}''.
* Rarity's pet cat Opalescence in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' can be nasty to just about anyone except Fluttershy, the resident FriendToAllLivingThings. Rarity herself is sometimes just asking for it, like when she's innocently insensitive to what makes her pet feel uncomfortable, but Opal's attitude is pretty indiscriminate towards everyone.
* Makunga, the evil [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar-]]lookalike lion villain of ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa''.
* [[LostAesop During the]] [[AnimalTalk Animal Talk episodes]] of Arthur, [[LostAesop this trope is played completely straight.]]
* Stinky from ''{{Doug}}''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Krypto|TheSuperdog}} has to deal with [[BigBad Mechanikat]], [[CuteIsEvil Snooky Wookums]], and [[FemmeFatale Isis]].
** Even his feline {{Sidekick}}, Streaky, can come across as a bit of a jerk sometimes. Though if you lived with a girl like Andrea, you'd probably have the same personality...
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'', this is [[ExaggeratedTrope exaggerated]] and PlayedForDrama, as Thundera's ProudWarriorRace, the [[{{Catfolk}} Cats]], rule their [[TheEmpire empire]] under the [[AnimalJingoism jingoistic]] presumption that CatsAreSuperior. They've fought a generations-long war with the [[LizardFolk Lizards]], and see [[FantasticRacism little problem]] with [[MadeASlave enslaving]] those hungry Lizards they catch raiding their crops due to the Cats' systematic monopolization of arable land, even ''[[VigilanteExecution lynching]]'' them, if they feel like it. The "Alley Cats" of Thundera's [[UrbanSegregation slums]] think nothing of beating and mugging hapless Specific minorities like [[{{Dogfaces}} Dogs]]. There are some exceptions to the rule, young RebelPrince Lion-O and his Thundercats among them, but the Cats' cruelty proves a FatalFlaw for Thundera as a whole.
* Played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/SportsCartoons'' that used to air on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} during commercial breaks. The blue cat, in every cartoon except for one, is an unfair cheater who almost always gets his come-uppance by either the hippopotamus or the pig.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'', Sierra has a rebellious, stuck-up personality and Sarmoti is extremely rude and insulting towards Larry (despite saying in one episode that he still loves him and the whole family no matter what).
* One of the bullies in ''WesternAnimation/LennyAndSid'' is a huge female cat named Hilda.
* Custard, next door neighbour cat to ''{{Roobarb}}'' is the resident DeadpanSnarker, spearheading heckling to Roobarb's antics and even cheating or sabotaging some of his schemes personally. They have moments as VitriolicBestBuds where he shows he's not a complete heel however.
* Toralei in MonsterHigh.
* Most cats in ''{{Foofur}}'' are mean, except Fencer. In an episode when Fencer decides to live among cats he can't get use to their evil ways and remains with the dogs.
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!!Subversions, Inversions, and other Exceptions:

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' learns the first step of the [[SphereOfDestruction Rasengan]] by watching a friendly cat play with a water balloon. Said cat eagerly lets him pick him up and play with him after.
* Mayaa from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''
* Played straight and then subverted in ''TheBorrowerArrietty''. Sho's cat, Niya, at first, is mean and predatory towards Arrietty, but he ultimately makes peace with her.
* 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]].
* ''ChisSweetHome'' is all about this. A curious little kitten shares her take on day to day events.
* All of the incarnations of Leomon in any of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' series are always a heroic and awesome {{Bad Ass}}es and consistently complete {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' gives us Bastemon, a friendly catlike Digimon who, despite being some kind of royalty, eager joins Xros Heart.
* Happy from ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* Kyo, from ''FruitsBasket''. Basically hated by his own family for being the cat of the zodiac, he is also saddled with a curse that [[spoiler: turns him into a hideous and apparently horrible smelling demon should he ever not wear his magical bracelet. The curse stems from the cat of the zodiac legend disagreeing with God. Turns out, he [[WhoWantsToLiveForever didn't want to live forever.]]]] His charming personality doesn't exactly help either. [[spoiler: Of course, he gets the girl in the end.]]
** Kyo's got pretty good reasons to be the way he is. [[spoiler: His skittish personality comes from his mother killing herself for "giving birth to a monster" and being told "IHaveNoSon" by his traumatised and also mentally unstable father right after that, who handed the kid to Kyo's uncle, Kazuma. Not to mention he, just like Yuki, was a victim of the also mentally unstable Akito's psychological abuse, and later blamed himself greatly for the death of Kyoko, Tohru (the girl)'s mother, which he witnessed.]] So, he's not an angel, but he ain't evil: more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold with quite the FreudianExcuse.
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' inverts this trope with [[ALlLovingHero its hero]] and [[HeartwarmingOrphan his girlfriend]], but plays this trope straight with [[EvilOverlord Claw]] and [[ManipulativeBastard Cassius]].
** Heartwretchingly subverted in the new 2009 adaptation of "Jungle Emperor Leo", [[spoiler: where Kimba lives with his parents in an artificial, strictly controlled habitat with the other animals designed by the creator, Director Ooyama, who doesn't actually have their best interests in mind. In fact, he's not doing it to save the species, but to show his god-like power over life, including genetically engineering animals in PeopleJars (or, should I say, animal jars) to populate his new neo-jungle with perfect species, while disposing of the ones who don't meet his genetic requirements. One of those unfortunate failures who survived was a panther named Toto, who, as a cub, was forced to watch the rest of his cloned siblings die as a result of Ooyama's purging for their genetic imperfection. Watching an adorable little cub become a battle-heartened, cynical panther dedicated to killing humanity makes his RedemptionEqualsDeath when helped by the only person who showed him kindness (and the director's son no less!) all the more sad.]] Of course, Kimba and his parents are subversions too.
* Averted in ''OutlawStar'': The CatGirl Cop is on the good guys' side in spite of being slightly antagonistic towards them.
* Meowth from ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' is debatable, as the Team Rocket Trio are [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain so pathetic that the viewer may actually feel sorry for him.]] Also, he does have some [[PetTheDog moments where he displays his nicer side]], such as making sure a Skitty he met got to May since [[GenreSavvy he knew its life would consist of getting sent flying a daily basis.]]
** The dub of ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'' portrays Mew's motives as being more benevolent.
*** Or it just thought it was just a game.
* Viral from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' starts off as mean. Gainax has stated that he is a Beastman comprised of cat and [[ThreateningShark shark]] genetics. [[spoiler: Subverted in that he's just following orders, and he does a HeelFaceTurn later.]]
* The cats in ''{{Aria}}'' are rather nice, at least to Akari and Ai (whenever she's around).
* In ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'', Kagome's pet cat in the present has no problem with Inuyasha's presence and is usually seen playing with him whenever Inuyasha visits. Especially hilarious since Inuyasha is part ''dog'' demon. Sango's pet demon kitty Kirara is also pretty friendly.
* Blair of ''Manga/SoulEater'' is an absurdly magical cat who is ''[[MsFanservice more]]'' [[MsFanservice than friendly]].
* In both ''Bakeneko'' arcs of ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'', the antagonist takes the form of a giant, monstrous cat. The subversion comes in with the fact that both times, they were created from humans being assholes. The first arc's bakeneko started as a cute, friendly kitten whose only violent act was [[spoiler: in defense of its owner.]] Overarching moral? Cats are sweet, innocent, and only ever want to help.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted in the ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Mirage}}'' comics by Mirage. Klunk (Michaelangelo's cat) is very kind and friendly.
** However, in ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIDW, a mutant cat, Old Hob, is a their first major enemy. [[spoiler: He mutated after trying to ''eat'' Raphael.]]
* Seemingly played straight with the Red Lantern's [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue]] house cat, but subverted in a recent spotlight on Dex-Star which explains ''why'' [[StartOfDarkness he's so angry]]. [[spoiler: A gang of thieves killed his human, and he wants revenge on them. Yep, a cat with loyalty.]]
** "[[TearJerker I good kitty.]]"
* The Church Mice children's 'comics' feature a cat called Sampson that lives at peace with a positive plague of mice that inhabit a suburban church. It is made abundantly clear in at least one book that Sampson is something of a freak...
* Subverted in ''ComicBook/BillyTheCat'', where the eponymous character, who ironically started as a mean and vicious brat, ends up being reincarnated as a cat, and becomes actually a better person while being a cat. Almost all real cats portrayed around him are portrayed as at worst neutral, and at best friendly. The only exception is the villain, Sanctifer, and even he is revealed to have a FreudianExcuse later in the series.
* Blue in ''USAcres'' is a kitten who is [[WomenAreWiser intelligent]] and friendly to the main characters, and watches over the impulsive [[DogsAreDumb Cody]].
* Mr. Tawky Tawny in the ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' franchise sometimes causes a scare for being a humanoid tiger, but anyone who takes the time to know about him will realize that he is a perfect gentleman and a wonderful person to know.
* Similarly, although he is rather gruff and snarky, a bit coarse, and something of a womanizer, Desmond Farr (Tiger-Man) from DCComics remains good-hearted overall, and a hero.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Danny and Sawyer from ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' are the protagonists of the film.
* Rajah the nice tiger from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' (no relation to the similarly-named tiger from the first act of [[MiscellaneousDisneyShorts ''Goliath II'']]).
* Subverted with all the lions of ''Disney/TheLionKing'' and the two sequels, except Scar and Zira.
* Subverted with Bagheera from ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', though this is hardly Disney's invention.
* Walt's story men were able to get a real feline protagonist into ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''. True, Figaro was a cute, unrealistically obedient kitten who took a lot of crap from an old man and a goldfish, but still, good cat!
** That said, [[CanonImmigrant after gaining a star role in some of the]] ClassicDisneyShorts, Figaro was portrayed [[TookALevelInJerkass as a slightly meaner-spirited character]], usually acting as an antagonist for Pluto. That said, due to [[TastesLikeDiabetes the cutsiness of most of the shorts he starred in]], he usually didn't exceed much past being rather [[BrattyHalfPint rambuncious and moody]].
** On the other hand, ''Pinocchio'' also has Gideon, a mute but otherwise very anthropomorphic cat who tries his best to help the evil talking fox J. Worthington Foulfellow in his schemes to encourage children to be irresponsible and endanger themselves. But Gideon is not so much actually mean as just dumb.
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' strongly subverts this (if not inverts it) with Oliver the cat portrayed primarily as TheWoobie, with probably the fewest wrongdoings of any character, with the possible exception of Jenny, another woobie. Even questionable morality is mostly on the part of the dogs and, of course, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters the human characters]] (except Jenny). This approach is very unusual for a Disney movie.
* In ''Disney/TheRescuers'', this trope is HandWaved away when the mice meet the cat Rufus -- he asks them politely to leave, because if mice move in, his owners will get rid of him for not doing his job. He comments that he's "too old to be chasing mice", which implies that a younger Rufus would gladly have killed and eaten them.
* The Cheshire Cat in Disney's animated version of ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', though ostensibly a friendly character, seems to delight in getting Alice into trouble with the Queen (whether Alice is actually the intended target of his mischief or he simply enjoys angering the Queen is not made clear). Conversely, in the real-world segments of the film, Alice has a perfectly pleasant and innocent pet cat named Dinah.
* The Disney animated feature ''Disney/TheAristocats'' both subverts and supports this trope. The elegant, refined Duchess and her rambunctious-yet-lovable kittens are as nice as you can hope; they're even friends with a mouse named Roquefort. Then there's Duchess' boyfriend O'Malley, the alley cat, and his pals, Scat Cat and his jazz band, all of whom are "a little rough around the edges." While Scat Cat's gang are definitely good guys, at one point, they capture Roquefort and toy with him, clearly intending to eat him. Roquefort survives only because he blurts out that he knows O'Malley. The film features a pair of dogs, who don't treat each other quite as well.
** Historical note: ''The Aristocats'' was the first film produced after Walt's death. The version of the film that he worked on before passing away had Duchess and the kittens as more snobby [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold]] who were just looking for a good home. Initially the "Aristocats" name was meant to be sarcastic, but as the film went on the main characters would have earned it.
* On the other hand, ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' has Sgt. Tibbs, a friendly and heroic tabby cat who is the one to initially free the puppies from Cruella's henchmen, and was produced while Walt was still alive.
* The eponymous hero of ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' sees all cats as servants of Dr. Calico early on, though he eventually grows to become friends with Mittens. Mittens herself fulfills this trope at first, behaving like a Mafia don toward the local pigeons, bullying them into bringing her food scraps in exchange for not getting eaten, [[DefrostingIceQueen but soon starts to drift away from it as the film progresses]]. She turns out to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and a BrokenBird whose relationship with Bolt leads them to become FireForgedFriends.
** It's addressed in a surprisingly mature way. When Bolt realizes that this trope simply ''isn't true'' (at least, not to [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the extent]] he's been trained to think), it's the first major step in his CharacterDevelopment. And while it's only SubText, it's implied a few times that Mittens suffers from FantasticRacism as a result of this perception.
** Furthermore, it's implied that Mitten's behavior before meeting Bolt was a JerkassFacade to stay alive, i.e. she only bullied the birds because [[spoiler:she's declawed and can't hunt]].
* Alex the lion from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' and his parents from the sequel.
* Subverted with Tiger from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail''.
** Tiger gets a pass because he's a [[CarnivoreConfusion vegetarian]].
*** Creator/DonBluth said once in an interview about the production of ''An American Tail'' that "We knew that if we were going to say [[CatsAreMean "all cats are bad,"]] we wanted to have at least one good one...and that's Tiger."
* The German-animated film ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'' is a rather unusual example, since, apart from Gustav and Pretorious, all of the main characters are cats. It's a case of cats acting like bastards towards other cats.
** Also, it's both played with AND subverted. Francis is a relatively nice cat, and so is Felicity ([[spoiler:too bad she gets decapitated]]). Kong is basically a big dumb bully, though [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold he does have his good moments]], and Bluebeard constantly [[FantasticRacism calls humans "can-openers" and thinks their only use is opening cans of food for cats]]...though Bluebeard [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold is a good guy]].
* Subverted with Tigress from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', especially during the end credits, where she not only loosens up enough to do her own imitation of Shifu, but is seen [[AnimalStereotypes lying on her back, flipping and twirling the training dummy with her paws]]. Apparently, peace coming to the valley helped her mellow out quite a bit.
** Averted with Mei Ling from ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda: Secrets Of The Furious Five''.
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[[folder:Film -- Live Action]]
* It is suggested that Orion in ''Film/MenInBlack'' actually cared about or had some loyalty towards his owner.
* The sequel to ''Film/CatsAndDogs'' shows that there are heroic cats. They're just more subtle about their work. Though the villain double-subverts this, she at least possess a FreudianExcuse for her attitude.
* The only feline character in the Hungarian movie ''The Cat Trap'' who subverts this trope is [[CuteKitten Cathy]], the daughter of one of the villains' henchmen who's actually friends with a mouse.
* Played with in ''Film/StuartLittle''. The pet cat Snowbell starts ''very'' antagonistic towards the heroic mouse Stuart, even trying to eat him and kill him, but later is shown as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold and, when his street cat friends from the alley want him to eat Stuart to be InWithTheInCrowd, he ultimately sides with Stuart. Played straight in the novel, however -- see above.
* In ''Film/DrDolittle'' (the EddieMurphy film), the sick tiger is about to commit suicide on behalf of this trope, and Dolittle is forced to think of an example of a positive depiction of a tiger in popular culture in order to convince the tiger to change his mind. The tiger himself is depicted as surprisingly gentle and kind, with the only 'meanness' being due to [[spoiler:a shard of bone in his head pressing in on his brain]].
* Slight subversion in the live-action versions of the ''Film/{{Homeward Bound|TheIncredibleJourney}}'' series. The cat, Sassy, is sarcastic and temperamental, even though she's a protagonist. The films don't really portray her negatively as much as they portray the two dogs, Chance and Shadow, in a much more noble light. For a straight example, see above.
* ''TheAdventuresOfMiloAndOtis'' was extensively reworked from its original Japanese release...but the protagonist cat, Milo, is portrayed as good-natured and curious, and even his occasional mischievous moments are generally endearing rather than offputting. Also somewhat unusually in fiction, he's close friends with a pug named Otis, hence the title.
* Film exception: You'd expect a Creator/StephenKing film about a cat to be all over this trope, right? But in the anthology film ''Film/CatsEye'', the cat is a mere bystander in the first two stories, and in the third, despite the mother's belief that it should be kept out of her daughter's room in case it "steals her breath", it actually defends her from the troll-like creature which is ''really'' doing this. Maybe Creator/StephenKing likes cats.
** Given that, at least for a while, many of his author portraits on the back of his books have been of him holding his cat, I'm going to say yes.
** Also, in ''Film/{{Sleepwalkers}}'', the villains look like werecats but real cats attack them on sight. In fact, it's a small army of cats that saves the day when they scratch the villains to death.
*** He also wrote the "Cat from Hell" segment of ''Film/TalesFromTheDarksideTheMovie''. Despite the title, the homicidal cat is actually punishing the characters for their wrong doings.
* [[AdaptationExpansion Unlike in the books]], the live-action film of ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' had Aslan's followers include leopards and cheetahs.
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[[folder:Folklore]]
* In a Japanese folk-tale, a young boy's favorite thing to draw is the domestic cat, and one night, he happens upon an abandoned temple. Bored, he covers the walls with pictures of cats and goes to sleep. Sometime in the night, a demon spots him (the demon being the reason the temple was abandoned -- it had eaten everyone there) and gives chase. The boy hides, hears a horrible commotion, and, come morning, peeks out of his hiding place: all that remains of the demon are a few bones, and every single one of his cat-pictures has a smear of red around its mouth.
* In ''Literature/TheCatOnTheDovrefell'', the trolls think they encounter this. It's really a bear.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/DianaWynneJones's ''Castle in the Sky'' (sequel to ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'') features a black cat who generally makes herself a nuisance to the main character, putting her and her kitten's needs before anything else. Later in the book, [[spoiler:she is revealed to be Sophie, the protagonist of the first book, and the kitten is her and Howl's son, Morgan]].
* Partially subverted in Patricia Highfield's short story "[[http://books.google.com/books?id=I1O8LKN74VYC&pg=PA37&lpg=PA37&dq=%22ming%27s+biggest+prey%22&source=bl&ots=2V8z8pfGaU&sig=ayR3yLCfirVQlHWvkXEcl7358Mk&hl=en&ei=wvlGTJujKYP-8Abtrtn-BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CC0Q6AEwBA Ming's Biggest Prey]]"--Teddie is abusive to Elaine, and tries to drown Ming, but Ming clearly resents anyone and everyone who takes Elaine's attention away from him.
* In the fourth of Christopher Stasheff's ''AWizardInRhyme'' books, the manticore that menaces the hero (who eventually [[CaptainObvious gives him the name 'Manny']]) at first seems to be this trope, but then pulls a HeelFaceTurn and ends up being a stalwart and brave companion (though there are [[RunningGag a number of instances]] of his predatory nature being used as the basis for jokes.)
* {{Petaybee}}: [[PlayingWithATrope while the cats are on the good side]], they are portrayed as belligerent at best and vicious at worst.
* 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]].
* In the Neil Gaiman short story "The Price" in his ''Smoke and Mirrors'' anthology, the cat, though scarred, grizzled, and usually bleeding profusely, is actually defending humanity from {{Satan}}. The introduction implies that the cat is a guardian angel, of sorts.
* 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!
* In ''Literature/ANightInTheLonesomeOctober'' by Creator/RogerZelazny, the cat Greymalk and her mistress are sympathetic and not evil, [[spoiler:unlike the rest of the Openers]], and [[spoiler: unwittingly wind up helping the Closers, thanks to Bubo]]. Though the canine narrator mentions that cats are notoriously unreliable and sneaky, and, normally, he doesn't care about them, Bubo had a thing or two to say about cat-and-mouse games.
* In ''The Cat Who Wished To Be A Man'', by LloydAlexander. The eponymous cat, Lionel, begs his master (a wizard who gave him speech in the first place) to turn him into a human. Lionel is one of the kindest, nicest, and most generous humans in the book, especially compared to the villainous and tyrannical local ruler, bent on bleeding the town dry with outrageous taxes and fines.
** Lloyd Alexander has averted the trope in many of his books, most obviously in the short-story collection ''The Town Cats And Other Tales'', where all the stories star heroic and helpful cats (several of whom are pitted against foolish, JerkAss humans and come out on top). On the whole, if a cat appears in a LloydAlexander book, it's likely to ultimately be friendly.
* Subverted in ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. Aslan the [[CrystalDragonJesus Golden Lion Jesus]], while [[GoodIsNotNice "not tame"]], is most definitely the head Good Guy. He also disguises Himself as a domestic cat once in order to comfort Shasta. There are other good cats, such as other lions and leopards.
* Bagheera from ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' is a wise and loyal ally to Mowgli -- although he is also known to be a ferocious and deadly hunter.
* In the ''Literature/LandOfOz'' books:
** The Glass Cat is vain (although that is more her maker's fault than hers), but she does help out Dorothy and co. quite frequently.
** There's also the white kitten Eureka, brought to Oz by Dorothy in one of the books, with whom the Glass Cat has an ongoing rivalry; like the Glass Cat, Eureka is somewhat bratty, but not evil.
* The cat from ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' ultimately helps Molly, even though he is a bit of a jerk about it.
* Subverted in the AmeliaPeabody series, where the cat Bastet (always referred to as "the cat Bastet" in full) and her daughter, Sekhmet, are somewhat snarky in behavior, but about as useful and familiar-like as cats can be in non-fantasy fiction.
* Mostly averted in TadWilliams' TailChasersSong. Cats are described as being catlike, but not in a mean or selfish way; they're just cats. The bad guy's a cat, [[CaptainObvious of course]], but mostly an EldritchAbomination.
* Subversion: Maurice, the talking cat from Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'', is a feline JerkWithAHeartOfGold: he's greedy, sneaky, and sarcastic, but, despite his protests to the contrary, he ''does'' care about the eponymous intelligent rats he's been hanging out with. He also makes it a point to check that the mice and rats he hunts can't talk before eating them, [[spoiler:out of guilt for gaining his own sentience by eating one of the talking rats.]] He even [[spoiler: [[BalancingDeathsBooks gives up one of his nine lives to Death]] in order to save Dangerous Beans.]]
* You would expect that the book series ''{{Redwall}}'' would ''only'' obey this trope, since mice are about half the cast. Oddly enough, it doesn't. The first cat we ever meet, Squire Julian, spits the mouse hero out when he accidentally falls into his mouth, complaining that he doesn't eat rodents anymore; Julian is more of a resigned noble than anything else. His ancestor, Gingivere (seen in the later-released but chronologically earlier ''Mossflower''), is genuinely a good, kind soul, and his father Verdauga has his good side. On the ''other'' hand, Gingivere's sister, Tzarmina, is that book's BigBad (and kills their father, framing Gingivere for it), and their uncle Ungatt Trunn is the villain in the book ''Lord Brocktree''. It's about an even split.
** It's worth noting that Julian is one of the few actually described as a cat, rather than a wildcat. This might simply be because he appears in the first book and Jaques didn't think to realize domestic cats wouldn't be around in a world without humans, but nonetheless, it paints a much less feral image.
** Oddly, various non-cat species that prey on rodents, even within the Redwall universe (seeing as Badgers don't seem to, even though they do in real life), such as hawks and owls, are not always portrayed as evil, ranging from noble heroes (there was one owl sage, at least one heroic hawk, the latter because he was rescued by woodlanders) to dangerous but neutral on the good-evil scale (would eat woodlanders in theory, but more often preyed on vermin).
* Subverted in ''Literature/{{Coraline}}'' -- the cat is snarky, overtly cool towards the main character, and hates being picked up or 'played with', but genuinely seems to care about the girl and is her main ally against the Other Mother. He points out that the tendency of cats to play with their food sometimes lets it escape, which rarely happens to humans' food.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'': while the leopard-man's behavior is sinister and a puma hybrid kills [[spoiler:Moreau himself]], it's the ''hyena'' MixAndMatchCritter that's the true beastman villain of the piece. ([[WhatMeasureIsANonCute Even cats have better press than some species...]])
* 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]].
* In ''TheHouseOfNight'', cats are friends and allies to the Changing [[PhantasySpelling vampyres]]. They roam the House of Night freely and main character Zoey's cat Nala is a source of comfort and aid to her.
* ''Literature/TheCatInTheHat'' is a trickster subversion.
* In ''Literature/TheHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (the novel upon which [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians the Disney movie]] is based), Cruella de Vil's cat is portrayed as a sympathetic character who helps the dogs save their puppies and trashes her owner's fur collection as revenge for Cruella killing her kittens. In addition, the colonel has a female cat lieutenant, Willow (changed to the male Sgt. Tibbs in the film, who was obviously ready to die protecting the puppies. Fortunately Pongo and Perdita arrive in a classic BigDamnHeroes moment to save the day.).
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, the treecats of Sphinx are sentient, empathically bonded to their humans, loyal to a fault, and fully capable of obliterating anything that dares threaten them or their human charges. (Nimitz, Honor's treecat, sees enemies in two forms: those that have been properly dealt with and those that are still alive.)
* In ''SnotStew'', POV Character [[CuteKitten Kikki]] is a ShrinkingViolet, subverting the stereotype. Her brother, Toby, starts out more mischievous, but [[TookALevelInJerkass becomes more of a jerk]] as the plot kicks in. [[spoiler:And pays for it, too.]]
* Subverted in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban''. Hermione's pet cat Crookshanks repeatedly attacks Ron's pet rat Scabbers, [[spoiler:who turns out to be the evil Peter Pettigrew in disguise]].
** [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Professor]] [[GoodIsNotNice McGonagall]] is a cat Animagus.
* Inversion: In R.A. Salvatore's ''[[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt]]'' books, the heroic magical panther Guenhyvar is often seen fighting large and nasty canine monsters.
* While the man in Poe's "The Black Cat" doomed himself by hanging the eponymous puss (who might even be heroic), the resulting downfall is just as mean.
** There are two black cats in this story: there is the hanged one (who was rather friendly than heroic) and the second one, found by the protagonist later, who was a bit scary (when he was found he only had a white spot that begun to become larger and gallows-shaped). Eventually, he tried to escape from the protagonist who wanted to kill him when he was drunk, which led to making the protagonist kill his wife when she tried to save the cat. Then, he alerted policemen when they were investigating her disappearance and searched in the protagonist's basement (the corpse was behind the wall that the man made after killing her, but he hadn't noticed that the cat was also there).
** Here, cats aren't really evil, or cruel, or mean, so much as bodies for poetic justice to walk around in.
* ''The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her To Fly'', by Luis Sep?da. Although almost the entire cast is made of well-meaning cats, they do have to deal with abusive alley felines.
* In Creator/RobertWestall's ''Literature/TheCatsOfSeroster'', the cats are far from evil; they spend most of the book attempting to save the city they live in by convincing a young man to become a hero. They do have some bad moments, but mostly manage to avoid this trope.
* Subverted thoroughly in Creator/MichaelEnde's ''Literature/TheNightOfWishes'': Mauritzio di Mauro, [[RightHandCat devoted pet of the evil sorcerer planning the world's undoing]], is, in fact, a spy sent out to stop him. Too bad he is so naive, incompetent, and inclined to believe the best about everybody in the world that he long since was discovered and duped into believing that the man truly was good.
* 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).
* The Cheshire Cat in ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', despite being the TropeNamer for CheshireCatGrin, is actually benign. ([[CatsAreSnarkers Sort of mischievous and snarky]], but not malicious to Alice or anyone who deserves it.)
* Subverted numerously in Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** In the ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' and ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books, Faithful (AKA Pounce) is the Cat constellation sent to help the heroines.
** In the last book in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'' quartet, a cat dies attacking the Big Bad in order to give the protagonist enough time to counter strike (she gets better).
** In one of the ''Literature/TheImmortals'' books, the main character is helped by two cats to infiltrate a castle.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''ProsperosDaughter'' trilogy, Miranda's familiar, Tybalt the Prince of Cats.
* The moor cats of ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' are as good, friendly, and loyal as they come, not only befriending the humans they choose to protect but being quite willing to fight the various evil creatures and monsters that the heroes face. [[ThemeNaming Whisper and Rumor]] are incredibly BadAss when fighting the Mord Wraiths and Shadowen respectively, and come close to giving their lives several times, while Bandit, the wild moor cat "tamed" by Pen in ''High Druid'' solely through curiosity over his [[SpeaksFluentAnimal animal-speech]] [[FriendToAllLivingThings empathy]], [[spoiler:actually does [[HeroicSacrifice give his life]] fighting [[TheSociopath Aphasia Wye]]]].
* Played with in ''MagicKingdomOfLandover'': although he is often arrogant, dismissive, mocking of those with lesser intelligence or understanding, [[CatsAreSnarkers snarky]], and acting on his own whims and initiative, Edgewood Dirk remains a loyal ally when he is truly needed and provides Ben Holiday, Willow, and Mistaya with plenty of insight, wisdom, and helpful advice. His cryptic replies and bouts of indifference are as much because of his being a TrueNeutral, and one of TheFairFolk of the setting, as his species.
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* Salem, from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', who was a warlock turned into a cat for trying to take over the world. He's given up on the world domination, but is still the snarker and comes up with several get-rich-quick schemes.
* ''Series/MyCatFromHell'' is a more of a show about Jackson Galaxy showing cat's owners how to treat a cat so the cats are not "mean" to others. Often, he shows how cats interact with their environment and how to "communicate" with the cat.
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* Subverted by ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''; Hobbes the stuffed (?) tiger is more or less Calvin's moral center.
** When he isn't pouncing on Calvin. One of the comic books is entitled ''Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat''.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} is an AntiHero, but more of a JerkWithAHeartOfGold in ''TheGarfieldShow''.
* Given his experiences with World War II, [[{{Peanuts}} Snoopy's]] reaction to Frieda getting a cat was understandable...as was his surprise to see Faron, an incredibly laid-back cat that dangled from her arms, when he showed up.
-->''"That's'' a cat?!?"
* KrazyKat, where the antagonist is, instead, Ignatz Mouse.
* In ''Citizen Dog'', cats were friendly and dumb while dogs were jerks and of normal intelligence.
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* Mostly subverted in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical ''{{Cats}}''. The young cats just want to play and have fun. The older cats devote themselves to looking after the younger cats. It's suggested that Grizabella led a less than exemplary life, but she regrets how her misspent youth has alienated her. Eventually, she is forgiven by the other cats.
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* Inverted with the ''[[PurrTenders Purr-Tenders]]'', who are all bright and friendly and [[IJustWantToBeSpecial just want to be special]]. By contrast, the nasty bulldog Ed-grr hated them all just because they were cats and wanted to see them miserable.
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* Subverted with the AndroclesLion, where a lion is grateful to someone who helped him. Very big nice cat!
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* Subverted with Felicia of ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', who is very friendly and amiable. Other catwomen tend to subvert this trope as well (as long as you don't bully Felicia).
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' may have given us the Demon Cat, but it also gave us the Resurrection Kitty, Ser Pounce-a-lot, Anders' cute companion who had the nifty trick of reviving all unconscious party members. Mind you, it wasn't until [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]] that we really began to miss Ser Pounce's [[MoralityPet anti-crazy]] effect on [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope Anders]]...
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. While two of the Ronso do appear as ThoseTwoGuys to follow and menace the party, and end up being bosses, the race in general is made of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warrior race guys]] who are noble, honorable, and heroic, and one of them is a member of your party and acts as a loyal defender and moral center. (His first appearance plays with the trope, since he leaps out of nowhere to attack the main character, but after being defeated it is proven to just have been a SecretTestOfCharacter.) Every other one encountered as an NPC is polite, mild-mannered, and friendly. And even ThoseTwoGuys, after you defeat them and prove Kimahri is stronger and braver, change their tune and join the rest of the Ronso race in placing themselves between the party and BigBad Seymour. [[spoiler:With tragic consequences.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', the cats are harmless and even cute goofballs who like a good game, and one kitty even helps save someone's life.
* Played and subverted with Blaze The Cat of the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series. Despite her [[GrumpyBear cold and somewhat temperamental nature]], she is a well intentioned protagonist and [[DefrostingIceQueen tones down a little]] following CharacterDevelopment. Subverted heavily with Big the Cat who, [[TheDitz despite having the brain approximately the size of a peanut]], is a rather friendly and gentle soul.
* According to old Khajiiti myth, ''kittens'' are the most suitable representatives of destruction in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. The subversion being that this is said by a race of catfolk in an origin myth that puts almost ''every'' god in cat terms, so just as the Little Khajiit is Mehrunes Dagon ("for what is more destructive than an kitten?"), so is the Mother Cat Mara ("for what is more loving than a mother?").
* In ''VideoGame/FurFighters'', Juliette is a friendly cat, and she serves as TheChick in the group's FiveManBand. She is an aversion of the trope, contrasting with the game's feline BigBad, Viggo, who plays this trope straight.
* While Kokonoe mostly plays it straight in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', it's notable that she's an ''exception'' to the rule. Just about every other cat in the series subverts this, including Taokaka (and the entire Kaka clan) and Kokonoe's father [[KillerRabbit Jubei]].
* As the title suggests, cats are the only friends Susan, protagonist of ''VideoGame/TheCatLady'', has at the beginning of the game. They even go so far as to save her life on multiple occasions, most dramatically when [[spoiler: they mob, kill, and ''eat'' the fourth Parasite after he has invaded Susan's flat.]]
* Cats in ''VideoGame/{{Elona}}'' nearly always spawn as neutral {{NPC}}s who will kill enemies for you. The major exception is the Cat House mission, and even then, the ordinary cats the boss summons will still be neutral to you.
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* The eponymous cat featured in SimonsCat does cause all sorts of trouble, but he's rarely shown being intentionally malevolent. Often, he just wants food or some other form of attention and can be quite affectionate at times.
** There's the kitten in the newer cartoons as well.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'s Blake Belladonna- a [[LittleBitBeastly cat Faunus]]- is a bit of a loner, but very nice when she does talk to people.
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* The BigBad of ''Webcomic/CucumberQuest'', Queen Cordelia, has cat ears, which is noted as highly suspicious considering everyone else has rabbit ears.
* Exception to the "good cats don't eat humanized mice": in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the cat construct Krosp becomes Agatha's friend and guardian. He's a good guy, if at times a bit too pragmatic to be heroic. When they're stuck in the wild, he finally manages to catch a mouse to eat. As he and Agatha discuss things for a whole page, that mouse is in Krosp's hand looking scared to death and quite humanized. When Agatha says there's enough food to last for a while and she won't eat a mouse yet, the mouse looks relieved. The next panel, the mouse's head is missing; Krosp has eaten it.
** He does give the following line, though:
---> '''Krosp:''' "Is this one of those situations that involves 'ethics'? 'Cause I'm a '''cat''', you know. I've never been very '''good''' at those.
** Also, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20041015 this]] strip.
--->Blade on a Stick: Carrot had one...before he ran off in terror away from a harmless monster.
* Bec in ''{{Homestuck}}'' is a BigFriendlyDog whom Jade loves dearly. His alpha counterpart, Godcat, is fickle and mysterious and Jane feels very ambivalent about him. [[spoiler: The revelation that he can be mind-controlled by the psychotic troll empress isn't helping.]]
** GCAT aside other cats and cat-themed characters seem to be genuinely good, especially the [[ShipperOnDeck 'ship-crazy]] (that's one making every possible romantic pairing (plus friends and FoeYay) in the page pic) GenkiGirl CatGirl [[WesternZodiac Leo]] trolls.
*** [[spoiler:Though Meulin is BrainwashedAndCrazy, it doesn't make her mean.]]
* In {{Webcomic/Cesium}}, Mike's cat greets him by attacking him. Of course, you'd be angry too if [[spoiler: you were taken to the future in a time machine and then forgotten about for a month.]]
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qit3ALTelOo Mean Kitty]] plays with this; Sparta is quite aggressive but Mr. Safety says right out that he's not fighting, he's just showing love.
* There was a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ux_Ob5raQ video]] reviewed by RayWilliamJohnson that subverts this trope. Two lion(esse)s snuggle with a man who seem unsure whether he should be aroused or weirded out by it.
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* Subverted with Mepps from ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''; he is one of Fat Cat's henchmen, but he isn't actually mean.
** Averted with the several hundred kittens in "Catteries Not Included", who become kitten-napping victims. At least one just wants to get back to his humans.
* {{WesternAnimation/Pete}} of the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts sometimes [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] this:
** Pete is relatively {{downplayed}} in ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'', and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie'', where he is a {{Jerkass}} but not a straight-up villain. His son, PJ, is an ''{{inversion}}'', being [[NiceGuy extremely kind]] and victimized [[ZigZaggingTrope by Pete himself]] the majority of the time, though he and Pete are both portrayed as more of {{Dogface}}s than cats. Also inverted with the pets: Goofy's cat, Waffles, is nicer than Pete's dog, Chainsaw.
** {{Averted}} in ''MickeyMouseClubhouse'' where he's just an annoying foil.
** Also, the ''SteamboatWillie'' version of him in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Ortensia from the ''OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' cartoons (she was called Sadie back then) and ''EpicMickey''.
* Tillie the tiger cub from the ClassicDisneyShort ''Elmer Elephant''
* Sort of inverted in the 1950's FelixTheCat TV series. Felix is the protagonist while Rock Bottom the dog is the bumbling sidekick of the AffablyEvil Professor.
* Julius the cat from the ''AliceComedies''
* The cats from ''TopCat''. While the main character is a con artist, he's also a pretty decent guy. His gang is even more of a subversion -- while they generally obey him, they won't hesitate to refuse to help him whenever he tries something truly immoral (like the time he tried to sell Dibble's birthday presents).
* Rita from ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}''
* Despite being played straight in most other episodes (and in fact in the above entry), [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Opalescence]] can be seen as genuinely caring towards Rarity at times. Most evident was [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite when Rarity got caught up in her new social life, and neglected finishing a certain dress for Twilight.]] You can see Opalescence knocking Rarity's design sketch with her paw, as if saying "Aren't you forgetting something?!"
* Max from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''.
* Subverted in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode where Francine adopts Nemo and Arthur learns that CatsAreMean isn't true, and averted with Sue Ellen, who may be one of the kindest of Arthur's group of friends.
* Tigger of ''Franchise/WinnieThePooh'', while hardly "mean" per se, is one of the more rambunctious and egotistical residents of the Hundred Acre Wood compared to his mostly far more docile friends.
* Partially subverted with Shere Khan in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' and averted with the DumbIsGood CloudCuckoolander lion, Wildcat.
* Tom from ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' is always treated as [[DesignatedVillain the villain]], forever chasing (and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption failing to catch]]) a smaller, cuter, and usually innocently depicted animal, even though the "innocent" mouse usually initiates the trouble. Jerry is always the DesignatedHero even when he is being a parasitic eating-machine that appears victimized when he's prevented from stealing food from Tom or his owners.
** It didn't help that nearly half the shorts involved another bigger animal siding with Jerry and helping him antagonize Tom and steal more food. Heck, sometimes the ''very people who ordered Tom to go after Jerry in the first place'' side with the mouse in the end. Then again, it's very wrong to say there weren't points where Tom was picking on Jerry [[ItAmusedMe for the sheer fun of it]] (or enjoying his job a bit too much).
** Which make the occasional instances where Tom wins all the sweeter.
** 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.]]
** "Cat vs. mouse" cartoons from lower-rung studios, like HermanAndKatnip and Little Roquefort, make WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry cartoons look positively even-handed and lack their artistry or nuance.
* Sylvester from ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' is a (bit) more [[TheFool buffoon-like]] than even Tom of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'', to the extent that he can even be endearing. Tweety Pie may seem innocent and plays up the cute angle, but is, to some extent, a DevilInPlainSight, despite being the hero, as he has a real malicious streak (especially in the very early Tweety shorts, like A Tale Of Two Kitties). When Sylvester appears in shorts without Tweety Pie, he is sometimes the hero.
** In fact, in one cartoon, Sylvester went to [[TropaholicsAnonymous Birds Anonymous]] to try to give up his habit of chasing birds. By the end of the cartoon, he appeared to have succeeded, but ironically, his sponsor relapsed.
** Sylvester arguably came off as [[DesignatedVillain the most sympathetic Looney Tunes antagonist]], given that, unlike others that were [[ForTheEvulz directly antagonistic]] or criminals, most of Sylvester's actions didn't exceed past that of a normal cat (in some cases, he was established as half-starved and desperate for food). It's worsened in that, similar to the Tom and Jerry example, the universe seems skewed to punish Sylvester, when not labelling him a monster and a cad for trying to catch an innocent little bird, he is being branded a coward and a joke for NOT catching another (supposedly) smaller defenseless animal. And of course, there were plenty of moments [[ScrewySquirrel mice, birds, and dogs tortured him unprovoked]].
*** It's important to note that Sylvester is somewhat of a toned-down version of the most famous Looney Tunes canine -- WesternAnimation/{{Wile E Coyote|and the Roadrunner}}. The Coyote gets a meaner portrayal, with his hunt being a little less innocent and his prey being more innocent than Sylvester's. Of course, Mr. Coyote is not a domestic dog, but rather an animal normally considered dangerous to humans, which makes it easier to portray him as a villain (much like wolves often are). What IS interesting is that while many viewers preferred to see Sylvester as the villain in his relationship with Tweety, the Coyote is often remembered as the protagonist of the Roadrunner cartoons ''anyway''!
** His son, Sylvester Jr, while [[BrattyHalfPint rather snobbish and condescending to his father's bumbling]], is pretty tame as well.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''. The ShowWithinAShow "TheItchyAndScratchyShow" features a subversion -- Itchy and Scratchy magnifies the degree of sadism with which Jerry treated Tom. Itchy and Scratchy just removes the "he started it" justification. Scratchy the cat is [[DumbIsGood dumb and nice]], believing Itchy to be his friend, while Itchy conspires to kill him for no reason whatsoever. Sometimes, Scratchy, the cat, tries to team up with Itchy, the mouse. Itchy always takes this opportunity to launch an appallingly violent surprise attack.
** In one HalloweenEpisode, they ''genuinely'' teamed up to chase after Bart and Lisa (who had been drawn into their world via a TV remote powered by plutonium), after Scratchy actually saw the two of them laughing at Itchy's pranks, and they both thought it was mean.
* {{Heathcliff}} is another antiheroic feline; while a likeable guy, he also tends to pick fights, steal fish, and generally cause trouble. Oddly, he befriends mice like Garfield does.
** The Catillac Cats, the co-stars of the ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' AnimatedShow from TheEighties, go back and forth on this trope. Riff Raff and Hector are rambunctious alley cats, and Cleo's personality changes [[DependingOnTheWriter with each new writer]], but Wordsworth is harmless, Mungo is a GentleGiant, and all of them have JerkWithAHeartOfGold moments.
* Spot, the HypercompetentSidekick of ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey''. Because the canine title character is [[TheFool completely incompetent]], Spot pulls off most of the ''real'' heroism, but gets none of the credit. Phooey often can't even change into his costume without Spot's help.
* Subverted with the one-shot ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' character, Kitty. She's more bitter than mean, due to being separated from her friend, Bunny, by a cruel Doberman. Because of this, she holds a [[FantasticRacism deep hatred towards dogs and openly expresses said hatred at Courage]]. However, at the end, [[spoiler:she's reunited with Bunny and realizes that Courage was the one that helped her out, changing her viewpoint on dogs.]]
** [[spoiler:"I was wrong, Bunny. Not all dogs are bad."]]
* Inverted in ''TheRenAndStimpyShow'', where CatsAreMean goes up against DumbIsGood and loses by technical knockout. DumbIsGood goes on to meet DogsAreDumb in the semi-finals. In other words, Ren is a {{Jerkass}} dog and Stimpy is a nice GoodIsDumb cat.
* Subverted by Steeljaw, the Autobot lion from ''{{Transformers}}''.
** And [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Cheetor]] and [[TransformersCybertron Overhaul.]]
*** Tigatron is all over this one.
* Inverted in the Barbie direct-to-video movie ''BarbieInThePrincessAndThePauper.'' The heroines each have a cat, while the villain's pet of choice is a poodle.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'', Furrball is an exception. Not only can he only meow (most of the time), he spends more of his time getting beat--[[AndCallHimGeorge err... hugged to a pulp]] by Elmyra than he does chasing Sneezer or Sweetie (and some of it's almost justified as he doesn't have a proper home most of the time and doesn't have much available food to hunt).
** Also, Sweetie, sociopathic little monster that she is, will usually antagonize Furball until he breaks and chases after her. That said, the show avoids the same DoubleStandard Tweety was granted, and does show Sweetie as a genuine antagonist on occasion (sometimes, she herself played the bumbling predator against the BookWorm). There were even a few rare occasions [[TeamRocketWins Furball got the last laugh on Sweetie]].
* Creator/ChuckJones' Claude Cat started out as a sympathetic figure (always being exploited and heckled by the wisecracking mouse duo, Hubie and Bertie).
* Subverted to Hell and back by Creator/ChuckJones in "Fresh Airedale", where a duplicitous weasel of a dog is treated like a hero while the heroic cat gets no respect, and "Chow Hound", where an enslaved cat is used by a big hulking dog to get a steady supply of meat (in this one, revenge is brutal and sweet).
* An early exception to this comes from the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short "We, The Animals... Squeak!", where the mouser cat is the good guy, and the mice are scheming mobsters who blackmail her into letting them have the run of the house by holding her son captive.
* Add to that [[TheWoobie Penelope Pussycat]], who is perpetually harassed by ChivalrousPervert Pepe Le Pew. Maybe the lore of Looney Tunes was less "Cats Are Mean" and more "Cats Are {{Butt Monkey}}s").
* Subverted with the many moments when Cat from ''CatDog'' shows genuine kindness.
* ''EekTheCat'' is extremely kind to everyone, even those who are actively trying to mangle him.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats'', two {{Badass}} {{Super Hero}}es who protect the all-feline Megakat City from super villains, AliensAndMonsters. The SWAT Kats' allies also count as inversions of this trope.
* In ''GarfieldAndFriends'', ''TheGarfieldShow'', and animated specials, Garfield is a hero who will go out of the way to save his friends.
* ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperDog'': it's subverted with his partner, Streaky, who, while flawed, is a steadfast ally.
* Utterly inverted in the classic short ''BadLuckBlackie'', where a mean dog torments a poor kitten, and the eponymous black cat is a KarmicTrickster.
* In the 1991 European fantasy film, ThePrincessAndTheGoblin, Princess Irene was almost always accompanied by her pet cat, Turnip, who is practically a dog in cat form. Played strait with one of the goblins' pets, a demonic looking cat who threatend the princess at one point in her room while she was sleeping (but thwarted by Turnip and his mouse friend).
* Subverted and inverted with the mother puma and her kittens in the "Woodland Critters Christmas" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. The pumas turn out to be good, while the Christmas Critters, who are WoodlandCreatures, turn out to be evil and are raising the AntiChrist.
* The Shape Bandit from ''TeamUmizoomi'' is very clever and tricky when stealing shapes, but not mean. In fact, the reason why he stole all those shapes in the first place is because [[spoiler: he wanted to build a house to live Umi City]]. When that was done, he inverts it altogether by never stealing shapes again.
* Averted in ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' by Sgt. Tibbs, who desperately tries to free the puppies from the Badduns after overhearing Cruella's plan.
* On the ''Motormouse And Autocat'' segment of ''TheCattanoogaCats'', it's Autocat's job at the Spin Your Wheels garage to get rid of Motormouse--which he fails to time and again. But once in awhile after a full day's shift of chasing, Motormouse will give Autocat a lift home.
* Doom Kitty from ''RubyGloom'' who, while occasionally being [[SilentSnarker silently]] [[CatsAreSnarkers snarky]], is a friendly and playful cat who actually tries to help Ruby out with problems and tell her (albeit through pantomime) important information she has.
* Sugar Sprinkles from ''[[WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012 Littlest Pet Shop]]''.
* Mr. Mumbles in ''DanVs'' is probably the single nicest character in the series. Which is amazing, given who her owner is.
* Running counter to the rumor that he hated cats, Walt Disney narrated a short feature called "The Great Cat Family" (part one can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXvuUZ4C1VI here]]), detailing the history of the domestic cat ([[ScienceMarchesOn science has since marched on]] with many of the details presented therein, but it's still an entertaining and informative watch). Cats aren't portrayed as mean or wicked except by fearful villagers during the times of the witch trials, and Walt himself even points out that it wasn't the fault of the cats that they came to be seen as demons.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SheriffCalliesWildWest'', the titular character is a calico cat who is not only friendly and kind, but gives the townsfolk (and the audience) pro-social lessons on how to get along.
* Averted with Oggy from ''OggyAndTheCockroaches'', who is actually pretty nice.
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