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Let's face it: Cats are a huge part of the human experience. [[CuteKitten They make things cuter]], [[RightHandCat they complement schemes to take over the world]], [[CatGirl their ears and tails are often added to the human form]], but there's another class of cat altogether. Ever since the first anthropoid was dragged off and eaten by a sabertooth, the large cats have invoked fear and awe in the hearts of humans. They've become the symbols of kings, empires, even gods and demons. Their pelts are gorgeous and carry with them a sense of awe. And, obviously, they have a profound impact on humans and the fiction they produce.

See Analysis.PantheraAwesome for ways this trope applies to specific cats.

See CoolCat for when this applies to regular cats. Also note OurGryphonsAreDifferent, when big cats (specially lions) are [[MixAndMatchCritters mixed]] with other awe-inspiring creatures, [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey the birds of prey]]. Despite the popular name, the [[AustralianWildlife Tasmanian Tiger]] (more accurately, the Thylacine) is not a cat, but a marsupial.

While this trope is about big cats, it should not be confused with MegaNeko, which is about cats that are ''exceptionally'' large for their species.

Also not to be confused with the metal group Music/{{Pantera}}, which is indeed awesome, but not feline.
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* ''Manga/AnimalLand'' features several of these among its animal cast. They range from Kurokagi, a gigantic lynx, to lions the size of small skyscrappers.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5952595/1/Why_and_were Whys and Weres]], the werewolves of Überwald realise - belatedly - that they are not the only were-creatures on the Disc. For, from out of Darkest Howondaland, the Leopard Society has stirred and come to town. And when a werewolf meets were-leopards, never has the phrase "they fight like cat and dog" been more appropriate....

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* In the 2011 movie ''Film/WeBoughtAZoo'', although the movie is about zoo in general, the animal that gets the lion's share of the story focus is tigers. A male lion also makes an appearance. Jaguars are also mentioned but never showed.
* Similarly, although multiple animals appeared to converse with, the Eddie Murphy remake of ''Film/DrDolittle'' focused a great deal on a tiger and the movie's climax revolved around an operation to save his life, with the doctor's conversational talent critical to making this possible (first by identifying what was wrong with him, then being used to help soothe and calm him while he was being operated on).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The moor cats of ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' are a fictional species resembling the panther with the ability to blend into their surroundings. They are a match for most of the franchise's monsters, including the werebeasts and the Shadowen.
* In ''Kingdoms of Light'' by Creator/AlanDeanFoster, a spell transforms a bird, a terrier, a snake and three cats into humans to return color to the drab Kingdom of Gowlands after it was taken over by an evil warlock and his goblin hordes. During the FinalBattle all the animals transform into larger wild animal counterparts of their respective species. The bird turns into a firebird, the terrier into a large wolfdog, the snake into a reticulated python, and the three cats into a lion, a panther, and a leopard respectively.
** Also by Foster, you have Ahlitah from the ''Journeys of the Catechist'' series. He's a hybrid of lion and cheetah, and possesses his father's strength (the lion), and his mother's speed. He basically serves as TheSnarkKnight throughout the series, and TheBigGuy for the first book.
** [[RuleOfThree And also by Foster]], the world of ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' doesn't have many feline characters appear, but among those which do many cats are {{Mooks}} for the bad guys; one, the sadistic Sasheem, is the first mate for PirateParrot Corroboc; and the heroic, {{Badass}}, DualWielding Amazonian tigress with a Southern drawl, Roseroar, becomes a great ally to the hero of the series.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', the cats' mythology says that they're descended from a [=LionClan=], [=TigerClan=], and [=LeopardClan=], and they have folk tales about these Clans (which WordOfGod says are just stories - the big-cat Clans did not actually exist). One big cat does actually make an appearance in the series - a mountain lion that preys on the local cats, who have dubbed him "Sharptooth".
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series and its YoungAdult spinoff ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'' feature the hexapuma, a six-legged felinoid that only vaguely resembles Earth "big cats", and can grow up to three meters long, massing several hundred kilograms when mature. To the other six-legged felinoids, the Treecats, they're known as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Fangs]]", and even with high-powered human rifles (civilian, anyway) can take several shots to kill.
* In the ObsidianAndBlood trilogy, people born on the day of the Jaguar in the Aztec calendar can summon jaguar spirits. Most people can only manage insubstantial kittens, if that; but someone with enough training can summon a war-beast capable of splitting bone with its claws.
* In [[Literature/MoreauSeries ''Forests of the Night'']] and the sequel ''Fearful Symmetries'' the hero is Nohar Rajasthan, an 8-foot anthropomorphic tiger.

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* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (and by extension, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'') that have any animal theme at all will have at ''least'' one big cat in the mix. Special notice goes to ''Gekiranger''/''Jungle Fury'', in which "big cats" were the ''de facto'' theme: the three core Rangers had tiger, cheetah, and jaguar powers, the BigBad was a lion, and one mentor type, Sha Fu/Master Mao, is apparently a caracal. The only exceptions were ''Kakuranger''/''Mighty Morphin[='=]'' Season 3, the dinosaur-themed ''Abaranger''/''Dino Thunder'' and ''Kyoryuger'', and bird-themed ''Jetman'' - though they ''did'' manage to throw a sabertooth into the other dinosaur season, ''Zyuranger''/''Mighty Morphin[='=]'' Season 1.
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' has this as [[EvilGenius Kazari's]] AnimalMotif, with ''Lion'', ''Tora (Tiger)'', and ''Cheetah'' Core Medals.
* ''Series/BigCatDiaries'' focuses on the lives of three real big cat families each season - a cheetah family, a lion pride and a leopard family. You get to see the real-life awesomeness of these cats in this show, although with just how ''hard'' it is to be a wild animal.

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* Peter Criss of Music/{{KISS}} was a "Catman". ([[LegacyCharacter current drummer Eric Singer also uses that make-up]])

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* The playfield for {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball is dotted with several exotic cats, all of which are large, fanged, and ferocious.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The Bastet werecats from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''. There are nine tribes, each based on folk depictions of the animals. Simba werelions style themselves as natural leaders, Swara werecheetahs are messengers, Khan weretigers are warriors and heavily involved with the ''Hengeyokai'', Bagheera werepanthers/leopards are judges/justice-dealers, Pumonca werecougars are travellers, Qualmi werelinxes are mystics/riddle-lovers, the Ceilican are faerie-touched Eurasian wildcats, and the Bubasti are mysterious Egyptian black cats. Unfortunately, the Bastet as a whole are difficult for players to portray. They're solitary by nature except for the Simba and Khan, but only in the context of an African or Asian setting. And like other Changing Breeds, they're an ill fit for the social dynamic of a werewolf pack. This does not stop players with SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome from insisting on playing one.
* The Lyran Empire in ''StarFleetBattles'' names all its ship models after species of big cats, e.g. the Tiger cruiser, Saber-Toothed Tiger mauler, Cheetah frigate...
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''
** The Rakasta, humanoid big cats who come in much the same types as ''Werewolf'''s Bastet.
** {{Catfolk}} appear in both 3rd Edition and ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}''. They seem to be based roughly off of lions in the former, leopards in the latter.
** Third Edition also featured numerous feline based prestige classes, usually centered around gaining the ability to transform into cats, gain catlike senses or other traits, or summon various types of felines. Or any combination of the above.
* {{Traveller}} : Played with, with the Aslan. The Aslan ''look'' like lions, however they are not even mammalian and act like many tribes of humans do.
* AnimaBeyondFantasy has Arturia, the white lion that was the companion of Zhorne Giovanni, the first Emperor and Dakku, a black panther in '''lots''' of steroids that's the companion of Lucanor Giovanni
* In ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh''
** there is the Sylvan Morigami Alsei, which is a gigantic plant-like tiger.
** Also, Naturia Leodrake has the highest attack power among the Naturia, but has no effects whatsoever. It later becomes Leoh, Protector Beast of the Sacred Tree, who is enhanced with the armors worn by the "Constellar" and the "Evilswarm", respectively. Leoh is also a shortened version of "Leodrake". Gao is one Level higher than "Naturia Leodrake" and has 100 more ATK and DEF.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''{{Transformers}}''. Every group of animal-based 'bots will have at least one cat in the mix, sometimes breaking the only-one-of-each-type rule that most such teams would be expected to have. (The original Predacons have a lion and a tiger, the early Maximals have a tiger and a cheetah). Even several series with mostly vehicle types tend to have a kitty as one of the few animal-based 'bots.
* PrimalRage's toyline had the, well, toyline only Slash Fang, a character who was supposed to show up in the cancelled sequel, and showed up in the novelization of the story. He's a giant two-legged sabretooth tiger, as his name implies.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The BonusBoss in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', [[spoiler: Sanae Hanekoma]] Panthera Cantus. His noise form is a PaletteSwap of Tigris Cantus and Leo Cantus at the same time.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]'' has the [[{{Animorphism}} Beast tribe laguz]] which consist of lions, tigers, and "domestic" cats, among other things. King Caineghis (lion), Skrimir ('nother lion), Giffca ('''nother'' lion) and Ranulf (cat) are the most badass of the bunch. The backstory has [[PrecursorHeroes the White Lion, Soan]], who's [[HalfHumanHybrid halfbreed descendent]] is a recruitable MasterSwordsman in both games.
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' went nuts with the were-felines as the series progressed. It started with Gado (lion) and Long (tiger), then introduced Shina (leopard), Shenlong (another tiger), and Uriko (CatGirl).
* Coeurls in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series tend to appear as large cats with long whiskers, and have a powerful psychic attack.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has the charr, who are playable in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. Also, they have [[HornedHumanoid horns.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series and its sequel MMO ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' provide several examples:
** Large cats are particularly associated with night elves. Priestess of the Moon heroes and huntress units in ''Warcraft III'' rode Nightsaber[[note]]Think of a black panther, but with a tiger instead of a leopard or jaguar[[/note]] mounts, and these same animals became the racial mount for night elves in [=WoW=]. In addition, night elf hunter characters start with a nightsaber as their pet when they are first created.
** Druids learn [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Cat Form]] early on the in the game, which is the form that allows them to deal melee damage. Night elf and worgen druids become panthers, trolls become tigers, and tauren become lions.
** Lions feature heavily in the heraldry of the humans as well. Anduin Lothar, a legendary human warrior from the Kingdom of Stormwind, was called the "Lion of Azeroth," and a lion emblem is front-and-center on the crest of the Alliance, one of the two major playable factions. [[FridgeLogic Many players have pointed out that this makes little sense, as no lions can be found on the Eastern Kingdoms, the continent where humans hail from]].[[note]]When asked about this, the devs' retort was that Uther Pendragon's crest had dragons on it, but there were none of those in England![[/note]]
** The Shado-Pan, an elite society of Pandaren warriors and monks introduced in ''Mists of Pandaria'', use [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife variously-colored]] tigers as mounts. Players can ride them as well upon reaching sufficient reputation with the faction.
** Also introduced in ''Mists'' was Xuen the White Tiger, one of the four [[PhysicalGod Celestials]] who watch over the continent of Pandaria. Xuen embodies the "warrior spirit" of Pandaria and especially the Pandaren.
** Finally, many, many varieties of Cat exist for hunter characters to tame. They can be found all over the world, and some are unique in some fashion and highly sought after.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'' the whole package of big cats appears with Asian Dynasties expansion. Jaguars, cougars, lions, tigers, white tigers, snow leopards and leopards, in the form of black panthers. They are all quite nasty to face, especially the ones available as trainable units.
** In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' The Conquerors you only have jaguars. And the elite unit of Aztec Civilization is Jaguar Warriors.
* PrimalRage's cancelled sequel was to have a giant sabretooth tiger amongst the pantheon of pre-historic gods, named Slash Fang.
* The Ronso, a ProudWarriorRace of tribal, one-horned big cats found in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'''s Spira.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''{{Panthera}}''.
* One of the shapeshifting Beings in ''ButImACatPerson'' is normally a tiger. In spite of the usual one-species-only limit on its kind, it can also turn into certain related cats like a leopard and an Iberian lynx. (The reasons are only apparent if you study ancient Greek and Sanskrit.)

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* TheWanderersLibrary has Nigerian lava cats.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' have its {{Beastfolk}} [[{{Catfolk}} Cats]] who tend to work under the principle of AnimalThemeNaming[=/=]ADogNamedDog.
* ThePinkPanther, who would go under Black Panthers if he weren't, you know, pink.
* The Mutates from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' were [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] and [[MadScientist Sevarius's]] attempt to recreate the eponymous creatures via LegoGenetics; they used DNA from various big cats as the best counterpart for a gargoyle's strength and agility, and the finished Mutates each resemble a different big cat- panther (Derek Maza/Talon), lioness (Maggie), mountain lion (Fang) and tiger (Claw).
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': Cringer/Battlecat is a tiger, specifically an Eternian tiger which means his coat's background colour is green and his stripes are yellow.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The German Army has gotten in on the trope via ThemeNaming of their armored vehicles: [[FragileSpeedster Pumas]] and [[LightningBruiser Panthers]] and [[TankGoodness Tigers]], oh my. [[WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Leopard II tanks]] are the most modern in the series. (The whole "big cat" thing might have something to with the fact that the German word for armor in general is ''panzer''...) There was also a Lynx light recce tank in Hitler's menagerie. This trope is somewhat subverted in that - seemingly having run out of cat names - the ''very'' largest tank fielded by the Germans, at way over 100 tons, was called the '''''Maus'''''.
** And a family of self-propelled artillery weapons - admittedly with 88mm or 105mm stings - were called the ''Wespe'', ''Hornisse'' and the ''Hummel'' - ''Wasp'', ''Hornet'' and ''Bumblebee''.
* Apple has codenamed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X#Versions every version of OS X from 10.0-10.8]] after one of the big cats. (''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' even pointed out [[http://xkcd.com/1056/ sabretooth tigers need to come next]]). (To everyone's disappointment, Apple decided to switch to names of places in California, starting with the Mavericks surfing area).
* [[CoolVersusAwesome Pitting lions and]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_versus_lion tigers against each other]] has been a common theme throughout history in both literature and real life, ranging from scholarly comparisons to actual arranged fights.
* Lions are a favorite heraldric symbol competing with [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey eagles]] in popularity. Some heraldric artists TakeAThirdOption and use a Gryphon which is after all both an eagle and a lion so to speak. Venice used the "Lion of St Mark" (a winged lion) as a national symbol and England uses a Lion. You would think such conspicuously nautical powers would prefer a Marlin or some other badass nautical critter. No matter.
* Unusually {{Badass}} Sherpas are honored with the title of "Tiger".
* Whether it's positive [[IntimidatingRevenueService or not]], it's up to you: in Brazil, the nickname since 1979 for the income tax is "lion", originating from a campaign from the local IRS associating said tax with the animal.
* The [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztecs]] had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_warrior Jaguar Warriors]].
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''
** Kitty's uncle Specklerex is a spotted Lion, most likely actually a Leopon (Leopard/Lion Hybrid).
* Hienkel the Chimera in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' transforms into a Lion/Human hybrid.
* [=GaoGaiGar=] in ''GaoGaiGar'' is made of a robotic lion named Ghaleon and other mecha. Gai Shishio's (it's pilot) last name means "Lion King".
* ''Anime/BeastWarsII'' had ''[[Characters/TransformersGeneration1Autobots Optimus Prime]]'' (Convoy in Japan) expy and white lion ''Lio Convoy'' leading that series' group of Maximals (Cybertrons).
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' provides an extensive family of lion-based {{Mons}}, all of which are afflicted by a [[RunningGag Running]] MythologyGag: if you see one in an incarnation of the franchise, it's a pretty good bet that he'll be a literal SacrificialLion; The most well-known and founder of the gag is Leomon of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers''; other lions include [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Loewemon]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers BantyoLeomon]], [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars MadLeomon and Apollomon]]. All these characters died at some point; Apollomon [[UpToEleven even died twice!]]
** ''Digimon'' has some other examples that exist outside of the "running gag": notable ones include Baihumon, one of ''Digimon''[='s=] [[TheFourGods Four Sovereigns]]; Mihiramon, the Tiger Deva from ''Digimon Tamers''; Lynxmon, who is also [[PlayingWithFire on fire]]; and many, many more.
* Leo Aioria from ''SaintSeiya'' wears the Leo Gold Cloth, based off the zodiac sign. His eyes and explosive personality are often compared to that of a lion, and he's [[InSeriesNickname nicnkamed]] "The Golden Lion".
** His {{Expy}} ancestor from ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' Leo Regulus, as well as his ParentalSubstitute and former Leo Saint Ilias.
* In the old anime ''Beast Fighter'', Shinichi Kuruma can [[MixAndMatchCritters transform into a mishmash of animals]], a lion being one of them.
* Kerberos/Kero from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', specially in his true form.
* Teika from ''KyouranKazokuNikki''.
* Mila-Rose from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* Leonmichelle and Gaul from ''Anime/DogDays''.
* Season 3 of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' had minor villain Purson, a man with a lion's head and a [[MakeMeWannaShout lion's roar]].

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* In ''UsagiYojimbo'', Usagi's sensei is a lion. It also features cat-ninja. His previous master also appeared to be a lion.
* Living in the savanna with a pride of lions is what turned [[SecretSix Catman]] from a joke-villain into an incredible badass.

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* The 1965 movie ''Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion'' and the 1966 spin-off TV show ''Daktari'' both featured Clarence, a male lion who happened to be cross-eyed. In the movie, he's captured after raiding the livestock of a village -- it's discovered that due to his crossed eyes he sees double and cannot hunt wild game. He's taken to the local vet clinic and adopted by the veterinarian's daughter. The TV show focused more on the vet, his family, and dangers-of-the-week (often poachers or criminals trading in wild animals,) but Clarence was still a major character.
* ''SecondhandLions''.
* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', the game conjures a huge male lion to menace the protagonists. Alan traps it in a bedroom and it spends the rest of the movie sleeping, only getting out near the end.
-->'''Peter:''' [reading the Jumanji rhyme] His fangs are sharp, he likes your taste. Your party better move post-haste.
* Samson and his son Ryan the Lion from 2006 movie ''WesternAnimation/TheWild''.

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* Aslan from ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus Christ is a lion]], [[MemeticMutation get in the wardrobe!]]
** There was also another lion who was petrified for most of the first book. He eventually fights alongside Aslan in the final battle against the White Witch after being freed.
* ''Born Free'': book in 1960, film in 1966. A lioness, raised from a cub in captivity, is rehabilitated to life in the wild. In the late 50's the idea of rehabilitating captive animals for successful life in the wild was not widely accepted or attempted. The Adamsons may have been the first to try it.
* Lions (called "Numa") appeared in several of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' stories.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", the title tower has lions in the garden to guard it.
* David in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' acquired this morph and for a while displaced Jake as the only big cat in the group. They even had a big cat showdown [[spoiler: where David nearly killed Jake when Jake's usual bite-the-neck tactic didn't work thanks to the mane.]]
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', Tom and Kyrie are aided by a mysterious lion, which they deduce has to be a shape-shifter, like them.
* ''Zamba'', the story of Dr. Ralph Helfer's tame lion who was his first and biggest example of successful affection training, and a star of numerous TV commercials and movies in the 60s and 70s.

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* Old Tokusatsu show ''Kaiketsu Lion-Maru'', whereas the protagonist is a mystical swordsman named Shishimaru who can turn into an even more fearsome swordsman with the head of a lion, called 'Lion-maru'.
* ''Series/UltramanLeo'', complete with the theme song verse "The eye of the lion is shining" and a lion's head (it ''roars'' in Episode 2) standing in for Leo's home planet in the L-77 nebula.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/CountingCrows' song "Mr. Jones" contains the lyrics "I want to be a lion / We all want to pass as cats."

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[[folder: Mythology ]]

* One of Hercules's Twelve Labors is killing the powerful Nemean lion that's apparently invulnerable. When no weapon seemed to harm it, he choked the lion to death.
* The Greek goddess Cybele is sometimes shown riding a chariot drawn by lions.
* David, in Literature/TheBible, bragged to Goliath about killing lions with his sling and staff as a shepherd.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/GeorgeHackenschmidt's RedBaron was "The Russian Lion." He was born in UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}}, but it's not a case of FakeNationality, since, at the time he was born (1877), Estonia was part of the Russian Empire.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho used the RedBaron "Lionheart" prior to coming to Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1999. His Boston Crab FinishingMove, later renamed the "Walls of Jericho", was [[AnimalThemeNaming called]] the [=Liontamer=], and his second-rope moonsault is called the "[=Lionsault=]".
* DistaffCounterpart: The Japanese woman wrestler Wrestling/LionessAsuka.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Detroit Lions football team]]. Considering [[FailureHero their typical performance]], it's a subversion.
* The [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball Brisbane Lions]] of Australian rules football.

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* Wemics, the tribal liontaurs of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* The White Lions are chariots used by the High Elves of {{Warhammer}}, drawn by (you guessed it) white lions.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In the PlayWithinAPlay in ''AMidsummerNightsDream'', Thisbe is menaced by a lion.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Liontaurs, the official [[PettingZooPeople race]] of the land of Tarna in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII''. Most of them are badass warriors or mages and obsessed with honor and glory. One of the main characters of the game is Rakeesh the paladin, who is a sort of mentor to the hero.
* ThatOneBoss from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Sho Minamimoto as Leo Cantus.
* The Legendary ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Entei has similarities to lions, but the Shinx family is obviously based on them.
** The Litleo family is another candidate for this trope; most notably Pyroar.
* Slash Beast from ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' has a lion design despite his name. His Japanese name (Slash Beastleo) shows it, though.
* Jax's Animality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', a lion.
* The "Garu" breed introduced in ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 4'' is a humanoid lion.
* Leonyx, from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonstersJoker2'', is a colossal, humanoid lion that dualwields swords. He is also one of the [[OlympusMons strongest monsters in the entire game]]. ''He's [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Leomon]] on steroids''.
* In freeware video game ''VideoGame/{{Stranded}}'', you could encounter [[MisplacedWildlife lions]] in the deserted island where you are marooned.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1732 SCP-1732]]. Apparently, the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus was in actuality a sentient talking lion...who took a decidedly hands-on (paws-on?) approach to Christian dissidents.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''Disney/TheLionKing''
* In the Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood'', Prince John and King Richard are depicted as lions (Richard with a mane, John without).
* ''Lambert the Sheepish Lion'' wherein Lambert was mistakenly delivered to a flock of sheep by a confused stork and grows up thinking himself to be a [[ObliviousAdoption funny-looking sheep]] until the day when he saves the flock from wolves.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Tangath Toborn]] of ''{{Chaotic}}''.
* Kalus from ''HotWheelsBattleForce5''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and its [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', young protagonist King Lion-O is, respectively a LittleBitBeastly or {{Beastfolk}} member of a race of ''{{Catfolk}}'' where Lions have right to rule as KingOfBeasts.
* Razorclaw, the leader of the Predacons in TransformersGenerationOne
** Steeljaw, the Recordabot as well.
* [[WeeblandBob "Where can you see lions? Only in Kenya! Come to Kenya, we've got lions!"]]
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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Tony the Tiger, longtime mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal. ("They're grrrrrreat!")
* Esso gas stations (the forerunner to today's Exxon Mobil) had a popular advertising campaign in the '60s featuring a cartoon tiger and the slogan, "Put a tiger in your tank."

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Tama from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', an [[MisplacedWildlife African white tiger]]
** Possibly North Eastern Africa, in the land bordering Eurasia. While still far removed from their normal habitats, hunting for food and being driven away by man could account for the journey and explain why he was found orphaned (parents killed, finally, after being driven so far South)
* In ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' one of Gosunkugi's cunning plans to expose Ranma's fear of cats was to set a tiger on him. There is also the character of Lime who is descended from Tigers (on his mother's side).
* Tigrerra from the first ''{{Bakugan}}'' season.
* The tiger-demon Byakko from the early ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' arcs.
* Similarly there's the Byakko from Onmyo Taisenki, Kogenta and Rangetsu (a white and black tiger respectively, though Rangetsu has white stripes instead).
* ''SaintSeiya'' has the Libra Saint Dohko, who is represented by a tiger motif and has even a tiger tattoo on his back. Since he's the teacher of Dragon Shiryu, this is meant as a symbol of [[TigerVersusDragon balance]].
** From Anime {{Filler}} there's Ohko, Shiryu's rival, created to display the same premise (predating Dohko's revelation of his tiger motif).
* Ryo Sanada from ''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (RoninWarriors)'' has Byakuen aka White Blaze, his white tiger pet.
* Dr. Gein from ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ To X'' has a trio of robot marionettes based off TheFourGods, with Byakko (an humanoid white tiger) being one of them.
* Kotetsu T. Kaburagi from ''TigerAndBunny'' has tigers as his AnimalMotif. His name has the kanji for tiger in it; his {{superhero}} persona is Wild Tiger; the scriptwriter has stated that he had the tiger of the Chinese zodiac in mind when he wrote his character; he even has a tiger ''cellphone background''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Might Guy uses a move called Afternoon Tiger to defeat Kisame, which is a taijutsu move that fires a massive pressure bullet in the shape of a tiger's head.
* ''Manga/TigerMask'', of course.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Mr. Tawky Tawny in the ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' franchise. He's an urbane and well mannered humanoid tiger who chooses to live in Human society. That said, if he is forced to fight, then he is deadly in combat with his strength, fangs and claws.

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* In the ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8649007/1/Kitsune-s-Power Kitsune's Power]], the titular hero ends up befriending the Tigers of the Forest of Death and riding them on missions and into battle.
* In the PeggySue fanfic ChuninExamDay, Naruto's newfound family decide that they need animal sidekicks. One raid into the Forest of Death later...

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''TheHangover'' has four drunken guys dealing with, among other problems, a tiger in their hotel suite, and how to get it back to its owner in one piece.
* ''TwoBrothers'' is about the adventures of two tigers in 1920's French Indochina.
* White tigers can be seen in the White Witch's army in the film of ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'', contrasted with the good lions.
** The sequel has standard orange tigers siding with the good guys.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', [[BigBad Shere Khan]] is a Bengal tiger that was born with a withered leg, thus lacking the "fearful symmetry" of Blake's Tyger. He regards himself as the lord of tigers (apparently the meaning of his name) but is really a coward and a bully. He's still a dangerous and scary man-eating tiger and proves to be quite [[ManipulativeBastard cunning and manipulative]]. He also frequently undergoes AdaptationalBadass in most adaptations.
** His ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive counterpart]], however, is [[MagnificentBastard decidedly less so]].
** In "Disney/TheJungleBook", Shere Khan is a Badass Bengal tiger and KnightOfCerebus who is [[TheDreaded feared by everyone in the jungle]] and [[CurbStompBattle can easily defeat]] other animals such as bears and wolf packs. He certainly lives up to the name "king of tigers" and this trope. Taken even further in the sequel.
* The second Literature/WinnieThePooh book, ''The House at Pooh Corner'', introduced Tigger, who is not vicious at all, but overly enthusiastic and, like Hobbes, fond of pouncing on those he likes. The fabled Jagular are not so friendly, though they are never actually seen.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Jake's preferred battle morph, and the only big cat in the main team.
* ''LifeOfPi'' is mostly "[[{{Robinsonade}} a boy stranded on a boat]] [[ABoyAndHisX with a Bengal Tiger]] [[FluffyTheTerrible named Richard Parker]]." Said tiger is mostly done through computer graphics in TheFilmOfTheBook.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* [[NonHumanSidekick Ruh]] in ''Series/{{Beastmaster}}''.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Hobbes is Calvin's best friend, but has no reservations about stalking and pouncing him.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* The ''Tiger Mask'' manga series spawned a wrestling gimmick of the same name. It was first used by Wrestling/SatoruSayama. Then Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa got it and it eventually became a LegacyCharacter.
* The Wizard (Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea) called Wrestling/HulkHogan "the rare, white Bengal tiger" on the October 14, 1986 ''WWF Prime Time Wrestling.'' Iaukea later became the Master of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1995, and he, [[Wrestling/KevinSullivan "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan]] and [[Wrestling/TheBigShow the Giant]] would again refer to Hogan that way.
* While known in his home promotion of World Class as "The Modern-Day Warrior," and in WWE as "The Texas Tornado," [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily Kerry Von Erich]]'s RedBaron in Japan was "''Tora no Tsume''" ("Tiger Claw.")

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[[folder: Sports ]]

* The Detroit Tigers baseball team and the Cincinnati Bengals football team.
* Many schools, especially in the U.S. tend to have tigers for mascots. Two Southeastern Conference schools, Auburn University and LSU (Louisiana State University), are probably the best-known examples.
* The [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball Richmond Tigers]] of Australian rules football.
* [[RugbyUnion Leicester Tigers]], a noted English rugby union club.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The PuzzleBoss from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Mitsuki Konishi as Tigris Cantus.
* ''{{Okami}}'' has Gekigami, the lightning-god, who is an enormous white tiger. There are also smaller (though still larger than Amaterasu) orange tigers found in various areas.
* Neon Tiger from ''VideoGame/MegaManX3''.
* [[FluffyTheTerrible Snowflake]], the zombie-slaying tiger in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2''.
* Kotaro, the CoolPet of Byakko and boss in Ayame's storyline in ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} 2''.
* ''VideoGame/CannonDancer'' has a tiger {{mook}} appear in two stages.
* The "Woren/Furen" clan from ''BreathOfFire'' is a race of tigermen. In terms of individuals, we have [[CatGirl Katt]], Tiga (''BreathOfFireII''), Rei (''BreathOfFireIII'') and Cray (''BreathOfFireIV'').
* The boss Fenrir in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' appears as a large Behemoth-type enemy with the head and fur of a white tiger(in spite of being named after a giant wolf).
* ''AlteredBeast'' has the protagonist becoming a weretiger in one level.
* ''Jagged Alliance 2'' features Bloodclaws, huge wildcats roughly double the size of a normal tiger. Some characters shout "Tiger!" when they see one approaching. They are mostly encountered in wilderness sectors as well as in a arena of some sort, where they can be released from their cages. Bloodclaws, despite only being able to attack in close combat, are very dangerous enemies even for well-armed mercenaries. They are fast and take multiple hits to kill. Loading hollow-point ammunition is strongly advised.
* The Legendary ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Raikou shares quite a few traits of both Tigers and Saber Tooth Cats.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' already had an example of this in KoOhKi, a badass tiger and one half of the Guardian Beast machines that form RyuKoOh, but one of the more recent games further introduced KyuukiOh, who is ALSO a very big and badass tiger monster. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj9nDPi7uK0 See him in action yourself.]]
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': Tigers appear in both of the two first islands.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' [[spoiler:[[BigBad Bowser]] gets his own Cat PowerUp form with the appearance of a tiger]].
* In the ''Rajas of India'' DLC pack for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', Indian rulers can organize tiger hunts. Killing one yourself nets you a nice prestige bonus. At the same time, it's entirely possible for the tiger to turn the tables on the hunter and make you into its prey instead.
* Shou [[MeaningfulName Tora]]maru of ''{{Touhou}}'' has a tiger motif, and fanart often shows her accompanied by a very large tiger.
* ''{{Solatorobo}}'': CoolOldGuy Québec is a tiger. Though he uses a cane, he's still quite capable of kicking ass.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/TheMeek'' has Dagre, a giant tiger-like spirit with glowing eyes and far too much neck. He likes to [[http://www.meekcomic.com/2010/05/17/2-36/ push people over the line to madness.]] Sleep tight...
* ''ButImACatPerson'' has the shapeshifting Being owned by Ann Walker, who usually keeps it in tiger form because (a) it's intimidating and (b) it matches her hair.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* [[http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/Animus_photo/Demotivator/1204261031939.jpg Tiger Cavalry]]. Fuck your {{bears|AreBadNews}}.
* [[MisplacedWildlife "Where can you see tigers? Only in Kenya! Lions and tigers only in Kenya!"]]
** [[spoiler:The "remix" version by Weebl and Bob animator Peabo features the fine print disclaimers "Good luck actually finding tigers in Kenya" and "Not sure about the tigers".]]
** [[TakeThat Forget Norway!]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Riddle of the Gold" had a tiger hunt, where the hunters became the hunted.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'': A monstrous, scary, and dangerous beast is loose in the city... no, it's just a misplaced white tiger loose in the sewers, frightened and running, but no less dangerous. [[spoiler:They manage to un-misplace it safely.]]
* Tigress, the most fearsome of the Furious Five, in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
* Rajah, in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries spin-offs]]. Although [[AllAnimalsAreDogs he acts more like an oversized housecat]]. Cheetahs are tameable, and were used for hunting by Arab nobility. It is not implausible to imagine an Arab princess developing an affection for a cheetah. But a tiger would be highly unlikely to say the least, [[AWizardDidIt unless he was a magic tiger.]]
* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Rath]] of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''.
* A family of tigers appear as background characters in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.
* One of the animals Mad Madam Mim turns into during the WizardDuel from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' is a pink tiger with purple stripes (the tail eventually becomes part of that of a rattlesnake's).
* Tigertron from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* A tiger can be seen hugging the nephews near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' opening theme.
* The {{Goofy}} animated short ''Tiger Trouble''.
* Tygra from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Tiger, as is Bengali, a White Tiger.
* Rampage, the Predacon from TransformersGenerationOne (not to be confused with the WesternAnimation/BeastWars Predacon Crab of the same name).
* Cool Cat, a late-'60s ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' character [[{{Expy}} who should in no way be mistaken for the Pink Panther]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' for some reason actually featured [[MisplacedWildlife tigers living in Africa.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', ComicStrip/ThePhantom could call upon "the power of ten tigers" to fight evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Giant Realistic Flying Tiger.]]
* Jay Ward created CrusaderRabbit, a very early TV cartoon series; a sort-of proto Rocky the Squirrel, and sidekick Rags the Tiger, his Bullwinkle.
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[[folder:Jaguars]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Chocolove (aka Joco) [=McDonnell=] in ''ShamanKing'' has a jaguar spirit.
* One episode of PetShopOfHorrors featured a jaguar, in an episode about an underground South American terror cell seeking to overthrow the current regime and restore the glory of their ancient civilization. Complete with the ancient religion, which is where the jaguar came in: she was attached to the family of the cell's charismatic leader. At one point she fell out of a helicopter, and D jumped after her; [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou they were rescued mid-air by a condor...]] yeah.

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[[folder: Comics ]]

* ''Jaguar God'' from Verotik.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* A black she-jaguar becomes the unlikely savior of a fleeing slave in Mel Gibson's jungle thriller ''{{Apocalypto}}''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} minus Tobias, still unable to morph at the time, used jaguar morphs in "The Forgotten" but they were never used again because they were sario rip morphs and unusable afterward.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* For the cover of a Music/TheRollingStones album, a photographer planned on having Mick Jagger sitting in a convertible with a jaguar. This proved to be EXTREMELY dangerous, so they had to build a partition out of fiber glass to keep Mick (or maybe the jaguar?) safe. While this was happening, the photographer took a photo of the jaguar's face, then drew on his viewfinder where the jaguar's eyes and nose were. Then he took some shots of Mick on the same frame of the roll as he did the Jaguar. [[http://mickjaggerofficial.tumblr.com/post/13844585262/leopardprintmick This]] is the result. This was before photoshop.

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[[folder: Sports ]]

* The Jacksonville Jaguars football team.
* In RugbyUnion, a jaguar appears on the crest of Argentina's national federation. However, the country's national team is nicknamed ''Los Pumas'' instead of ''Los Jaguares''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* King and Armor King from ''{{Tekken}}'' both use jaguar masks and [[TheUnintelligible speak exclusively through roars]].
* Kung Lao's Animality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''.
* The main character is guided by a talking jaguar in AmazonTrail. It intervenes to scare off two conquistadores that have cornered you (if you didn't take the other option, tricking them into eating a powerful laxative).

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[[folder: Web comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/ThreeJaguars'', three jaguars are indeed the main characters.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Black jaguars were seen chasing Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.
* In ''TheRoadToElDorado'', the villain controls a giant jaguar statue to terrorize the city.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TimeWarpTrio'', the kids go back in time to the ancient Mayan civilization. They are kidnapped by soldiers who take them to be eaten by jaguars.
* Baby Jaguar from ''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Jaga is a {{Catfolk}} Jaguar.
* Ravage in ''TransformersGenerationOne'' is stated to be a (black) jaguar.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The Jaguar sports car (usually pronounced Jag-u-ar in the commercials)
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[[folder:Leopards, Snow Leopards and Clouded Leopards]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Rob Lucci can transform into a half leopard or full leopard.

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[[folder: Card Games ]]

* One of the errands in ''NinjaBurger'' is walking the store's pet leopard. Why your store has a pet leopard is never explained.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''BringingUpBaby'' is a comedy starring CaryGrant, Katharine Hepburn, and a leopard. Oddly enough, [[MisplacedWildlife Baby was from South America, the natural home of jaguars, and actual cat used WAS a jaguar, despite the dialogue]].
* Luchino Visconti's [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] of ''The Leopard''; see more under Literature.
* ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild''. "I'm Siri, the clouded leopard." And quite the antagonist too. Her and Spike's point/counterpoint song is awesome.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In Lynda Robinson's ancient Egyptian mysteries, King Tutankhamun is often accompanied by Sa, a black leopard, as a protector.
* [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1 Beware of the leopard!]]
* Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's ''Il Gattopardo'', named for the Salina [[AnimalMotifs family's coat of arms]]. Although the English-language translation renders the title as ''The Leopard'', "serval" would be more accurate.
* Stelmaria, the snow leopard daemon of Lord Asriel in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.
* Leopards bear the standard and crown of Aslan in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe.'' They are also seen fighting in his army against the White Witch.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Ose, a bipedal leopard, is a recurring demon/Persona in the ''ShinMegamiTensei'' series.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Purrloin's evolution Liepard speaks for itself (although it's actually a leopard cat, not a leopard).
* The Leopardmen in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'', who are a race of cunning [[ShapeShifter shape changers]] and magic users who can make themselves appear as upright leopards and live in the dark jungle. They value intelligence and stealth and are proof that DarkIsNotEvil.
* Ernst from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' is a wereleopard.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''OffWhite'', a malevolent snow leopard causes trouble for a group of sledders.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2620 a leopard puppet to play off how a leopard can not change its spots.]]

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Sabor, from Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' and, subsequently, ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''.
* Tai Lung, the BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', is a snow leopard.
** The Wu Sisters are clouded leopards.
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[[folder:Generic Black Panthers]]
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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. His Zanpakutou name is 'Pantera', thus he turns into a bipedal panther-like humanoid. He gets black hands and feet, but the rest of his new form is standard [[GoodColorsEvilColors Hollow white]].
* In ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie 1st'', instead of turning into an ordinary MegaNeko, the little kitty that encounters a [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seed]] instead turns into a giant, demonic, black panther, with white markings, bony protrusions, and large bat wings.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Spinel Sun's true form is a panther with blue butterfly wings. He is the DarkerAndEdgier {{Expy}} of Kero.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Black panthers inspired MarvelComics' ComicBook/BlackPanther and The Black Panther Party (separately).

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* [[GentlemanThief Ronan]] from Philippa Ballantine's ''Digital Magic'' has the CodeName "Panther" because he spends a lot of time in [[VoluntaryShapeshifter the form of a black panther]]. [[spoiler: Turns out he's [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Puck]] from the first book, ''Chasing the Bard''; the panther was one of his favorite forms.]]
* In ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', Bagheera the black panther was born in captivity but escaped into the jungle, becoming one of its most feared and respected predators. His cunning and bravery make him one of the best teachers a young man-cub could ever want.
* In ''Literature/TheMoomins'', the Hobgoblin rides a flying black panther. The panther gets a few lines in the TV series.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] of the ForgottenRealms ''[[DungeonsAndDragons D&D]]'' setting has a magical pet panther named Guenhwyvar.
** In D&D as a whole, there's the Displacer Beast, a panther with tentacles on its shoulders. Most notable for being hard to hit, because it's actually several feet away from where you ''think'' it is.
** There is also the massive black panther which Kelemvor of the ''Avatar Trilogy'', now god of the dead, transformed into as a result of his HereditaryCurse.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' has the Sarrak, which appears to be a panther with a sphere of energy for a head and mind control abilities.

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[[folder: Live Action Tv ]]

* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'' a black panther represents Wolfram and Hart's senior partners in the white room.
* On ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the Lady of the Lake is cursed to turn into a massive winged panther every night.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''KingOfFighters'' [[SNKBoss boss]] Rugal Bernstein has a pet panther named Rodem which appears with him on occasion, and some comics also give him a very loose leopard motif. Similarly, fellow boss (Original) Zero has a genetically engineered black ''lion'' pet named Glaugan that also assists him in battle as a striker.
** Rugal's children, Adel and Rose, have a pet panther ''kitten''. Presumably it's Rodem's baby.
* Panther Caroso of the Star Wolf Team from ''VideoGame/StarFox''.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', monsters called Cheetaurs roam the forests at night, which actually are more like huge panther-creatures. There's also the [[KillerRabbit cute little kitty]] owned by the old lady in town, that turns into a giant panther if you try to harm its owner.
* ''BrutalLegend'' features ridable black panthers with EyeBeams. They're actually the most normal species in the game's setting.
* Eugene Gallardo from ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' is a Gajuma in form of a Black Panther. And he is the token CoolOldGuy. And {{Badass}}.
* Black Orchid from ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' can morph into a panther for some of her special attacks.
* Panter Flauclaws from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2''.
* Chronos "Evil" Lait from classic video game GoldenAxe 3, the most powerful character in the game, mainly due to his super move in which he lunges across the screen in an unstoppable and unblockable attack.
* Nargacuga, of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' fame.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''LookingForGroup'' has Sooba, Cale's black panther which appears to be almost sentient.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* One appeared in a ''JonnyQuest'' TOS episode, and was featured in the opening credits.
* Whether Ravage from ''{{Transformers}}'' is a jaguar or a panther depends on who's writing... in Japan, his ''name'' is Jaguar but in a manga he sometimes masquerades as a human called the "Black Panther Man!"
* Data Seven from ''{{Cybersix}}''.
* Attacat from ''{{Chaotic}}''.
* WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther is this, except he's pink instead of black.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', ComicStrip/ThePhantom's daughter Jedda had a pet black panther named Keisha.
* Panthro from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Black Panther.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* The Black Panther Party For Self Defence, which took its memorable signature animal from an area high school football team.
* The Carolina Panthers football team.
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[[folder:Pumas (or Cougars, Mountain Lions, Catamounts, etc., etc., etc...)]]
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[[folder: Film ]]

* Disney's ''Charlie the Lonesome Cougar''.
* ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' has a mountain lion chase Shadow and Chance midway through the movie.
* ''PumaMan''. "[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 He flies like a moron...]]"

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/TwentyFour'', [[TrappedByMountainLions obviously]]
* In an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Hal and the boys realize they've wandered onto an artillery range when a mountain lion blows up.
* Steve French in ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''.

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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld seems to keep one as a pet in one Dos Equis ad.
* Ford Motor Company perched one atop their dealership sign logo back when they were still building the Cougar.

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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy once pretended to be one, and pounce on its victim. (The last step did not work well.)

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[[folder: Folklore ]]

* Before taming his horse, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Widow-Maker]], Pecos Bill rode one of these.

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[[folder: Sports ]]

* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Florida Panthers hockey team]].
* The Argentina national RugbyUnion team is nicknamed ''Los Pumas'', despite a jaguar appearing on their crest. Apparently, when the team visited South Africa in the 1960s, a local reporter mistook the jaguar for a puma, and the (mistaken) nickname stuck.
* Many U.S. schools are nicknamed after this animal, in one form or another. Notable examples are Brigham Young University, better known as BYU (Cougars), the University of Houston (Cougars), Pennsylvania State University (Nittany Lions), and the University of Pittsburgh (Panthers).

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* You can find cougars in ''RedDeadRedemption'', or rather, [[DemonicSpider the cougars will find you]].
* Mountain lions are used as the main {{mooks}} in Stage 2 of ''VideoGame/{{Prehistorik}} Man'', with a spotted one being the one Sam is looking for.
* In Psychonauts, Camp Whispering Rock had pyrokinesis using cougars that could set you ablaze from a distance.
* Despite its name, the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Persian has more in common with these than actual Persians.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Louie the Mountain Lion, Goofy's archnemesis from the ClassicDisneyShorts and ''HouseofMouse''.
* Pounce in ''TransformersGenerationOne''. Also Quickswitch is stated to be (among his 6 modes) a flying Puma.
* Pumyra from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Puma.
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[[folder:Cheetahs]]
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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Chester Cheetah would like you to know it's not easy being cheesy.
** [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Oh, God, there's no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart!]]

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' prominently features Brittany Diggers, a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werecheetah]]
* Franchise/WonderWoman regularly fights super-villainess Cheetah.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' features a scene where Harold and Kumar encounter an escaped cheetah. Then they get STONED with it. Then ride it.
* The Walden Media film version of ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' had cheetahs in Aslan's army.
* Duma, from the movie with the same name.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* [[DragonridersOfPern Pern's]] southern continent is home to large feline predators, which apparently derive from semidomesticated cheetahs released by the original colonists. As Pern's native terrestrial predators had mostly been wiped out by Thread, these cats had no competitors and could afford to evolve a greater body size.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' The Weakness had cheetah morphs.
* One [[{{Deryni}} Torenthi]] ambassador makes his first appearance at Kelson's court with his pet hunting cheetah draped across his back (and the back of his horse) impersonating a cape.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Cheetah People from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Survival".

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Kung Lao's Animality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' is a cheetah.
* ''{{Action52}}'' was supposed to be a launch pad for a new series, the Cheetahmen. As there was never any Cheetahmen franchise, it's not hard to guess how well that went.
* The Legendary ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' Suicune shares many traits with cheetah.
* In ''{{Solatorobo}}'', Cassis the racer with a slight resemblance to [[TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] is a cheetah.
* In ''{{Pharaoh}}'', it's possible to improve your status in the kingdom by sending dimplomatic gifts (read: BribingYourWayToVictory), cheetahs being among the high-end choices

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* [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]] would [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers like to remind you that he is a streetwalking cheetah]] [[IncendiaryExponent with a heart full of napalm]].
* Cheetor from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* A cheetah appears as a background character in ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
* Cheetara from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Cheetah.
* A cheetah is one of the good guy football players in ''BedknobsAndBroomsticks''. It's the fastest on the field, but his pants/lower fur keep falling down.

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* In medieval Persia and India, tame cheetahs were status symbols, the equivalents of fast sports cars today. Kings, emperors, princes and high-ranking officials would keep cheetahs to hunt gazelles and deer. The Persians even taught cheetahs to [[RuleOfCool ride on horseback behind their trainers]] until they got close enough to their prey. At one point Mughal princes would keep hundreds or even thousands of hunting cheetahs and the fastest cheetah of all would be treated like royalty herself and carried to the hunting grounds upon an elephant with musicians and trumpeteers announcing her arrival, while the less successful cheetahs would be kept hungry in order to make them more competitive. Unfortunately, since it's nearly impossible to breed cheetahs in captivity, this cheetah-hoarding resulted in making the cheetah extinct in India and nearly destroyed Iran's population entirely.
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[[folder:Lynxes]]
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* Bubastis, Adrian Veidt's lynx-like creature in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.

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* The Charlotte Bobcats basketball team.
* Many U.S. schools with the nickname "Wildcats", with some of the more notable examples being the University of Arizona and University of Kentucky.

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* VideoGame/{{Bubsy}} the Bobcat
* Wild Jango from ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''.
* ''VideoGame/UnRealWorld'' features the Lynx at top of the food chain. It is incredibly agile, resilient enough to shrug off a couple of arrows before approaching the hunter. It can kill an average person (including you, the protagonist) with a single blow, posing as a serious threat in a world where [[RogueLike death is permanent]]. It is no surprise that Lynx fur is the most prized commodity by foreign merchants. It has been somewhat toned down in the more recent versions of the game, though.
* BigBad (actually, TheDragon) [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lynx]] from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} D. Bobcat
* A constellation shaped like a grinning bobcat's face appears briefly during the song "Colors of the Wind" from ''{{Pocahontas}}''.
* Lynx-O of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Lynx.
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[[folder:Ocelots]]
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* Comicbook/{{Empowered}} has [[CatGirl Ocelotina]] who is supposed to look like an Ocelot, but because of some in universe ignorance looks more like a black panther.

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* PrivateDetective ''Honey West'' has a pet ocelot, named Bruce.

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* It's not entirely clear why [[Franchise/MetalGear Revolver Ocelot]] chose that particular codename.
** Presumably to reinforce his obsession with the American WildWest.
* In {{Minecraft}}, ocelots are a mob found in jungles, can be tamed with raw fish, and [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes creepers are scared of them]].
* ''{{Solatorobo}}'' has a couple:
** [[TheGunslinger Béluga]] is a lynx and [[SwordAndGun Calua]] is an ocelot (who seems to be lacking in the spots). Naturally, [[EvilIsCool they're members of the antagonistic Kurvasz.]]
** The Lions, {{Precursors}} to the [[CatFolk Felineko]], did not rely on [[CatsAreMagic magic]] like their descendants, due to their sheer physical strength.

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* ''{{Archer}}'': Cheryl, the secretary, is revealed to be independently wealthy and has a pet baby ocelot. Archer quickly falls in love with the little guy.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Creator/SalvadorDali allegedly kept a pet [[http://www.tierraunica.com/.a/6a00e551962103883301127966b77828a4-500wi ocelot]] on his adventures.
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[[folder:Servals]]
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* In the early translations of XMen comics into French, {{Wolverine}}'s name was changed to Serval (the wolverine is called "glutton" in French). Yes, really. Thankfully it's back to Wolverine these days.

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* In P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', heroine Jame has a hunting-cat, Jorin, as a BondCreature. He's identified as an "ounce", which is in modern times generally associated with the snow leopard (''uncia uncia''), but the author has clarified that she means the older definition of that word, which applied to any spotted wild cat, and he's actually supposed to look like a serval. Jorin is blind from birth, but manages to see through the mind-link, borrowing his mistress' vision.
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[[folder:Iriomote Cats]]
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* Played with in ''TokyoMewMew''. While Mew Ichigo's cat features technically come from the Iriomote yamaneko, a highly endangered mountain cat, this only matters to the actual ''story''. Once she gains {{Shapeshifting}} ([[InvoluntaryShapeshifting sort of]]) to transform into an animal, however, it seems to be a generic housecat. Granted, real Iriomote cats are about the size of a housecat and could easily be mistaken as one, especially if one didn't expect to see an endangered wildcat...
* [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Sakaki]] adopts an Iriomote yamaneko (or possibly vice versa) near the end of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.1+
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[[folder:Saber-Toothed Cats]]
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* [=SaberLeomon=] of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise'', who was actually the Mega-level form of the lion-based Digimon Leomon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.
* The motif of the sacred robes/armors used by the twins Cid and Bud in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' are inspired by saber-toothed cats.

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* Zabu, pet/companion/[[Creator/MarkWaid prehistoric version of Captain America's shield]] of Ka-Zar.

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BeyondTheBlackRiver", Zogar summons a sabre-toothed tiger. Which happens to be prehistoric even in Conan's time, adding to the horror for the prisoners.
* Clare Bell's Clan Ground series features a race of intelligent sabertoohs called the Named, and their unintelligent counterparts, the Unnamed.
* The young adult ''Lionboy'' series by Zizou Corder stars a number of felines, ranging from domestic cats to the leopard who gives the eponymous protagonist his ability to [[SpeaksFluentAnimal speak fluent Cat]] (and learns how to speak fluent Human!) through [[HandWave a blood exchange]] to the tigers of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real life cat trainer Mabel Stark]] to a whole pride of lions he rescues from a circus and returns to Africa, but the most startling and audacious example is the cat eventually named [[MeaningfulName Primo]]: a humongous sabretoothed cat created by the resident evil MegaCorp through [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] as part of their experiments to [[PoisonAndCureGambit use cat allergies and the medication to treat them]] [[WithholdingTheCure to monopolize the economy]]. Contrary to his appearance, though, he acts only as [[TheWoobie a very sad character]], being the LastOfHisKind and, at one point, manipulated into appearing as the Lion of St. Mark so as to prop up the crumbling rule of the Doge of Venice.

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* Featured prominently in {{BBC}}'s ''[[WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking with Prehistoric Beasts]]'', and the sequel ''Prehistoric Park''.
* Appeared as the threat of the week in one episode of ''{{Primeval}}''.
* The Smilodon Dopant from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' blurs the line between this and MegaNeko by virtue of its user being a cat.

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[[folder: Sports ]]

* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Nashville Predators hockey team]] has a saber-toothed cat as a mascot.

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* Ogres in {{Warhammer}} capture and tame Sabertusks (the teeth are on the lower jaw). The Mournfangs are big enough for ogres to ride.
* Warhammer40K has a Carnodon, a vicious lion-maned creature with huge fangs.

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* Great Sabrecats are a staple monster of the DragonQuest series, but can also be befriended in a few of them. A Great Sabrecat cub is the first monster to join you in VideoGame/DragonQuestV, and the reward for a sidequest in VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII is a bell that summons a sabrecat for your character to ride on, multiplying your movement speed on the world map tenfold (said sabrecat is also part of a rather TearJerker subplot with his former master).
* [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Raikou.]]
* Sabre Cats (both the normal brown variety and the tougher Snowy Sabre Cats) can be found in the wilds of [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]... if they don't find you first.
* The Option B AssistCharacter in ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' is a saber-toothed tiger robot (or robo-panther, as its known in English...)

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Diego, the resident {{Badass}} of the ''IceAge'' movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' brings along a MixAndMatchCritter known as the Saber-Toothed Moose Lion. RidiculouslyCuteCritter [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep29/ep29-959.png as]] [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep29/ep29-690.png a]] [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep29/ep29-698.png baby]]. Creature of the damned when it's [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep29/ep29-966.png all]] [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep29/ep29-1078.png grown]] [[http://piandao.org/screencaps/ep29/ep29-1090.png up]]
* The aptly named Smildon of ''{{Chaotic}}''.
* Grune from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a unique case. He has [[RedRightHand only one]] giant tooth.
* TheFlintstones apparantly own a small saber-toothed cat who serves as their equivalent of a cat. It only appears in the show's opening theme however.
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[[folder:Ligers]]
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* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' features a number of Liger-type HumongousMecha, traditionally as the Zoid piloted by the main character. Most notable are the [[BeehiveBarrier Shield Liger]], [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Blade Liger]], [[MultiformBalance Liger Zero]] and [[KatanasAreJustBetter Murasame Liger]].
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', the Varia boss Xanxus has a liger named Bester, who is a mix of the Sky Lion and Storm Tiger. Xanxus increases the awesome by rhetorically asking who decided mixed breeds are inferior to pure breeds, insulting his royal opponent.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' drew an [[BlatantLies amazingly realistic]] sketch of one.

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* ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'' had a traveling menagerie from Spain - which included, amongst other things, a deceased cameleopard, a half-tiger, half-lion mix [[RuleOfFunny named]] [[PunnyName 'Estelle']], and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a spaceship.]]
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