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Heathcliff is a streetwise orange house cat with thin black stripes. The Catillac Cats are a gang of alley cats run by Riff Raff. Together, they prowl the streets of Westfinster and get in trouble. (Though other than in the closing credits, Heathcliff and Riff Raff never actually met...)

This was a syndicated cartoon series of TheEighties based on the ''{{Heathcliff}}'' comic strip. It ran in a [[ThreeShorts two shorts]] format. HilarityEnsues in every short.

The show is actually called simply ''Heathcliff''. The expanded title is used probably to distinguish it from the previous (and lesser known) Creator/RubySpears version from 1980. Additionally, "The Catillac Cats" (an original Creator/DICEntertainment creation) are officially known as "Cats & Co." ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin They're referred to as such in the closing credits]]).
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!!Tropes:

* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: Almost all the furry characters.
* AdaptationExpansion: Quite a lot more characters were added in comparison to the strip's small cast.
* AffectionateParody: "Monstro vs. the Wolf Hound" sends up 1930s horror movies, complete with Riff Raff as a MadScientist, Wordsworth as TheIgor, Mungo as FrankensteinsMonster and Leroy as the WolfMan.
* AllJustADream: The endings of [[spoiler: "Monstro vs. the Wolf Hound" and "Prehysteric Riff Raff"]].
* {{Animesque}}: The show was mostly animated in Japan (the first season primarily by Creator/TMSEntertainment), so that's a given. The second season seemed even more animesque than the first. And this was before anime was even a blip on U.S's radar.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Each episode ended with Heathcliff giving a pet care tip.
* ArabOilSheikh: The prince in "Harem Cat".
* {{Atlantis}}: Parodied by "In Search of Catlantis".
* BraggingThemeTune: "So join in the jubilee / The cats are great, they'll all agree / Find in each calamity / the cats' superiority!"
* CatsAreMean: All the cats had their moments, but Heathcliff especially.
** Mungo was mostly an aversion, though.
* CatStereotype: Heathcliff (an orange male cat) and Sonya (an all-white female cat).
* ChristmasEpisode:
** "Christmas Memories", a WholeEpisodeFlashback detailing how the Catillac Cats met.
** Heathcliff had his own Christmas Episode: "North Pole Cat".
* CivilizedAnimal:
** Most of the cats and dogs shown in the series were at this level.
** Most of the plots with heavy human involvement were used in Heathcliff's side of the series, often through the device of Iggy and the Nutmegs, his owners.
* [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Cat]]: Heathcliff, Sonja, Riff Raff and Cleo all had a tendency to get horribly jealous whenever their significant other showed interest in someone else. One of the fastest ways to earn Heathcliff's ire was to flirt with Sonja, and she in turn was never pleased if Heathy even ''alluded'' to another female feline.
* CoolCar: The Catillacs are named after their main ride, a red and white Cadillac convertible that can somehow [[TransformingMecha transform into several other vehicles]], like a boat or a RV camper.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Done by all the Catillac Cats in "Debutante Ball", including Cleo in a powder blue tux. [[ItMakesSenseInContext And gag glasses]].
** Heathcliff's father had done this once to hide from the police after escaping from jail.
* CrossOver: Heathcliff and Riff Raff never actually meet, but Heathcliff has bumped into Hector, Wordsworth, and Mungo a few times. They never really got along when that happened.
** He did, however, team up with the trio a couple times to tackle common foes or deal with a mutual problem.
** Plus there's this exchange from the Heathcliff segment "Soap Box Derby":
-->'''Wordsworth''': Hey, but we can't play 'cause Riff-Raff's away.
-->'''Hector''': [[DefiedTrope Who needs him?]]
* DietEpisode: "Lard Times".
* DivideAndConquer: "Divide and Clobber" sees Leroy turning the cats against each other during one of his not so harmless moments. (Ted Ziegler played [[TalkingToHimself Leroy and Mungo]], so guess which one of the cats he mimicked first...?)
* DogsAreDumb: Leroy, the watchdog who guarded the junkyard where the Catillac Cats lived, was hopelessly outmatched when he tried to stand in the gang's way.
** Bush, the sheepdog who guarded the music store where Cleo lived, ButtMonkey to Riff Raff.
** Also, several episodes feature the Catillacs defeating one-shot canine opponents.
** Spike however, is the most notable, having the honor of being Heathcliff's main victim.
* EasyComeEasyGo
* EnemyMine: Sometimes Leroy helped the Catillac Cats defeat that episode's rivals. Particularly in the episodes involving [[GoKartingWithBowser sports]].
** Heathcliff once teamed up with a pet bird of a mansion to stop a pair of burglars, after the fat dog whom the bird supported fell down a flight of stairs. A similar truce happened after Heathcliff joined up with a parrot in a supermarket when he outsmarted the security.
* TheEighties: Cleo's legwarmers are a betrayal of the time period in which this show was made.
* EpisodeTitleCard
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily: Hector runs afoul of them while managing Heathcliff's wrestling career, when they want to ensure Heathcliff [[{{Jobber}} loses]] to Boom Boom Pussini.
* FatCat: Heathcliff.
* FiveManBand: The Catillac Cats.
** TheLeader (sort of): Riff Raff
** TheLancer: Hector
** TheBigGuy: Mungo
** TheSmartGuy: Wordsworth
** TheChick: Cleo (though she used to be part of the gang, and even came up with the name, before becoming a household pet)
* FurryConfusion: Just in case the issue wasn't confused enough by some animals being the same height as the ''humans'' and all the non-anthro cats, dogs and other animals running around, a {{Flashback}} in ''"Debutante Ball"'' shows Cleo and her friend Muffy as non-anthro kittens... with Cleo still sporting a full head of blonde hair.
** Frequently showed up in the Pet Care tips. Well-intentioned or not, there's something rather disturbing about Heathcliff cheerily explaining how to care for a pregnant cat...
* GadgeteerGenius: Wordsworth.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Cleo pulled this off a lot.
** Wordsworth spends the entirety of ''"Debutante Ball"'' "exhausted from listening to rock-n-roll nonstop for a week straight".
** The premise of "Kitten Around": Riff Raff convinces Cleo to "go steady" in a scene that plays out like a marriage proposal (lacking only a ring); he then immediately starts seeing new girl Roxy behind her back. Not to mention how he says going steady would mean less time spent chasing her for "inte...[[LastSecondWordSwap lligent conversation]]"
** See WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids on the [[YMMV/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats YMMV page]]. [[invoked]]
** In "Scaredy Cats", Riff Raff is jealous of an artist Cleo expresses interest in.
-->'''Cleo''': Renfield knows all about painting, dance, music, poetry...
-->'''Riff Raff''': I know poetry, too! Wordsworth, tell Cleo some of the poetry I know.
-->'''Wordsworth''': There was an old cat from Des Moines/ Who put fleas in his sister's-*Cleo shoves him off screen* [[CurseCutShort Ooh!]]
-->'''Cleo''': That wasn't quite what I had in mind.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Any furry character who wears clothes at all.
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Interestingly, while Cleo was a straight example of this, most of the ''other'' cats and dogs were at the exact same level. Aside from Riff Raff, all of the shorter cats who were treated more like ''cats'' were found in Heathcliff's cartoon -- including ''his'' girlfriend, Sonja.
** Roxy from "Kitten Around" is another straight example.
* HumiliationConga: Spike does this to a reformed Heathcliff in "Spike's Slave."
* IWantMyJetpack: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]] in the episode "House of the Future", an unofficial {{remake}} of a Creator/{{MGM}} short. When are ''we'' going to get an animatronic kitchen where a meal is automatically prepared for us with just pressing a button?
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Heathcliff and Riff Raff.
* [[BambooTechnology Junkyard Technology]]: The Catillac Cats thrived on this trope.
* LoveTriangle: Riff Raff, Cleo, and Hector.
* MilesGloriosus: Riff Raff and Hector both fell into this from time to time; Hector was more likely to be proven a DirtyCoward.
* MockMillionaire: Riff Raff does this to impress his mother in "Riff Raff's Mom".
* MomentKiller: Whenever Riff Raff and Cleo tried to get some alone time or go on vacation together, Hector, Wordsworth, and Mungo would try to tag along and interrupt.
* TheMovie: Though it's more like a ClipShow.
** To be exact, it's an "anthology film".
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Cleo liked to claim this whenever she got bored of the junkyard, wheedling Riff Raff into taking her on vacation.
* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: The final shot of the ''Catillac Cats'' episode "Life Saver".
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: "Leroy's a jerk."
* RadishCure: A second season episode series involved a (court-ordered) attempt to get Heathcliff to stop stealing fish from the fish store using this method (otherwise, he would have to go to jail). It ends up working too well...
-->'''Grandpa Nutmeg:''' Heathcliff not only doesn't want to eat fish, he can't even stand to hear the ''word'' fish.
* RhymesOnADime: Amateur poet Wordsworth spoke almost exclusively like this, at times drifting into PainfulRhyme territory.
* ScareDare: In "Scaredy Cats", The Catillac Cats are dared into spending the night at a HauntedHouse.
* ShoutOut: ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' is frequently referenced.
* SphereEyes: Heathcliff and Sonja.
* SymbolicBlood: In one episode, Hector wearing a radiator as a suit of armor gets stabbed in a way that makes it leak coolant.
* TheStarscream: Several episodes revolved around Hector trying to lead or take over the Catillac Cats. And failing. Miserably.
* ThreeAmigos[=/=]TerribleTrio: Hector, Wordsworth, and Mungo.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Riff Raff and Cleo. She's nearly twice his height.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction:
** "Heathcliff Surprise" with Heathcliff as he is angrily walking inside his house to his bed.
* WalkThisWay: Wordsworth (as TheIgor) keeps saying this in "Monstro vs. the Wolf Hound", but [[AvertedTrope no one takes him up on it.]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: In the episode "Terrible Tammy'", it is an InvokedTrope: Tammy, a female cat who's trying to bully Heathcliff and take over his territory, uses a conniving ploy on him so he couldn't hit Tammy because his honor would be tarnished. He does not want to fight her, but he doesn't back down from Tammy, either. His girlfriend, '''''Sonja''''', however, doesn't have any qualms about giving Tammy a full-scale [[CurbStompBattle ass-kicking]], the kind that '''''Heathcliff''''' would usually dish out upon '''''Spike''''' the bulldog!
* YourCheatingHeart: Riff Raff tried chasing after other girls at times. Never ended well.
** Proven in the episode, "''Kitten Around''".
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