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Characters Who Debuted In the Silent/Golden Age Cartoons & Comics
Felix the Cat
Debut: Feline Follies (1919)
Voiced by: Walter Tetley (Van Beuren shorts), Jack Mercer (Trans-Lux TV series), David Kolin (The Movie), Thom Adcox-Hernandez (Season 1 of Twisted Tales), Charlie Adler (Season 2 of Twisted Tales), Yumi Touma (Baby Felix, infant, Japanese voice), Toshihiko Seki (Baby Felix, adult, Japanese voice), Denise Negame (Baby Felix, infant, English dub), Don Oriolo (Baby Felix, adult, English Dub), Dave Coulier (Felix The Cat Saves Christmas)The world's most famous cat, and the longest lasting animated cartoon character in history. In the hands of Otto Messmer, Felix was, first and foremost, a thinking character, a being with a wit as fast and sharp as a razor, who could improvise to any situation at the wink of an eye, with a wide range of emotions or thoughts represented by his large, expressive eyes, as well as his detachable, shapeshifting tail. Going in hand with this was his cat like curiosity, which was frequently what got him into his mis adventures. Personality wise, the Silent era Felix can be described as a boy like anti-hero, and a survivor. In many of his early films, Felix was portrayed as an anthropomorphic housecat, who could talk and engage with humans as well as he could with any other animal, but was usually just seen as a pest or a convenience for them, so Felix was often forced to be a nomad, scraping around and traveling anywhere and going any length to get a bite to eat, and often (sometimes literally) getting the boot for his troubles. While he sometimes has altruistic qualities, being perfectly willing to help out anyone he comes across, he had just as many vices in turn and could be crafty—he was not above stealing to get a bite to eat, and he was perfectly willing to pull strings to get what he wanted on occasion.In 1936, years after Mickey Mouse had taken the throne of cartoon king from him and, combined with inept management, caused his theatrical cartoons to fall out of popularity, Van Beuren Studios took a shot at reviving Felix's animation career (as he was still very popular in the comic pages). Unfortunately, Instead of taking advantage of the possibilities laid down by the earlier cartoons, director Burt Gillett (ironically a former animator on the silent Felix cartoons) wrote off the surreal nature of Otto's Felix as "outdated" and proceeded to turn Felix into a meek, kid like Mickey Mouse clone, a far cry from the characters rough n tumble roots, and overshadowed Felix's role with his own large cast of characters in a lush, Disney-like setting. While there was the occasional bit of the original surrealism, it felt forced and tossed on, as if they were only done to remind the audience of what Felix is supposed to be like. While the shorts were fairly successful in spite of changing what Felix was about, the subsequent shutdown of Van Beuren Studios abruptly ended this new series, once again putting Felix's animation career on ice. Fortunately, the character managed to live on through decades of newspaper comics and comic books.In the late 50's, Joe Oriolo, a former assistant of Otto Messmer on the Felix comics, took control of the Felix franchise and rebooted the series with the Trans-Lux Felix the Cat TV cartoons. Personality wise, the Joe Oriolo Felix is also divorced from the salty Silent Era Felix, but not to the extent of Burt Gillett's Felix—he is a fairly laid back, pun cracking and jovial, fun loving character, loving to travel and help out anyone possible, and being friendly to virtually everyone, including his worst enemies—but he was also assertive and stern in the face of evil, and was more than willing to chase down his adversaries and give them what they had coming when he gets the chance. Oriolo added other changes, such as Felix's slicker, more streamlined design, as well as the series trademark "Magic Bag of Tricks", made to largely replace Felix's improvisational tail from the original cartoons. However, this magic bag helped establish the formula of these cartoons, of giving the villain of the pictures, the Professor, a reason to hunt down Felix, as well as give Felix a way to help himself or help anyone else in any way he could.
Tropes associated with Felix:
- Adaptational Personality Change: Granted, the whole franchise is rather inconsistent with Felix's personality, but the Betty Boop And Felix incarnation of Felix is by far the most brazenly changed in character, since it turns him into an Expy of Garfield, complete with speaking with thought balloons and saying acerbic things in his head.
- All-Loving Hero: His personality became this in the post-b&w shorts. He never holds grudges and is friends to virtually everyone, including his foe the Professor.
- All Men Are Perverts: In Twisted Tales, he's much more interested in relationships with girls. This is especially notable in "Wet Paint", where one way he uses the 3-D paint is by creating a girl for him to make out with.
- Anti-Hero: In some of the original cartoons, and occasionally in Twisted Tales.
- Art Evolution: Felix started as a four legged cat with corners that could poke out the eye of a tiger. After a few shorts, he started walking on his hind legs, and in 1924, Bill Nolan redesigned Felix into the curvier, softer design we're more familiar with. In the late 1950's Joe Oriolo completed the evolution by slickening up Felix's design to read more clearly on TVs, and this remains the standard Felix design to this day (although Twisted Tales of Felix briefly went back to using the original Bill Nolan design).
- In the comics, Felix went through several redesigns as well, starting off with his standard cartoon design, but eventually started getting drawn in an even rounder, cuter looking art style by Otto Messmer. By the time Otto retired from drawing the comics, Joe Oriolo took over art chores and starting drawing Felix in them like he did in his made-for-TV cartoons.
- Badass Adorable: Felix normally isn't the fighting type, but when push comes to shove, he can definitely put up a good fight.
- In "Uncle Tom's Crabbin", Felix tricks Simon Legree into chasing after himself to help Uncle Tom, even flinging rocks right back at Legree while he's chasing him. And then Felix fights Simon Legree's hunting dog one on one and quickly beats the animal into a limp noodle (literally—nothing is left of the thing but a long string by the time he's done).
- In "The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg", he takes the initiative to rescue his pet goose from Captain Kidd and his gang of pirates, and he even grabs a sword and attempts to duel one on one with the Captain.
- In "Felix Babysits", the normally jovial Trans-Lux Felix is almost eaten by the ravenous amoeba King Gulpo, but he will have none of it and brutally socks him right in the stomach.
- Cartoony Tail: His tail can even detach and shapeshift! While he could still do this in the Trans-Lux cartoons, it was played down considerably in favor of the Magic Bag.
- Cats Are Magic: Thanks in part to the surreal nature of his early films and the Magic Bag of Tricks.
- Catch Phrase: "Righty-o!"
- Characterization Marches On: In his first couple films, he was a regular housecat named Master Tom. Felix got his real name in his third film The Adventures of Felix, and he started walking around on his hind legs soon after.
- Constantly Curious: Otto Messmer described boylike curiosity as being a major trait of Felix's personality, which often ends up getting him into one adventure after another.Otto Messmer: "I used an extreme amount of eye motion, wriggling eyes and turning his whiskers, and this seemed to be what hit the public - expressions! I think instead of just having him chase a lot of things around and bumpin' each other, which might be funny, I made him act as a little boy would wonder... how high is that star, how deep is the ocean, what makes the wind blow? I used all those things for a theme."
- Cute Little Fangs
- Deadpan Snarker: In the movie, at least. "Where are we, New Jersey?"
- The Determinator: Felix is a very ambitious critter.
- Cute Kitten
- The Everyman: In the Trans-Lux cartoons. Unlike the meek, childish Van Beuren Felix, this incarnation is much more assertive and jovial.
- Flat Character: The Van Beuren Felix. He's a nice guy, but he has none of Felix's wilder qualities from the older shorts, and he's much more meek than the Trans-Lux Felix.
- Forgot About His Powers: In "Blubberino the Whale", Felix is stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean and starving. The thing is, Felix has his Magic Bag on hand, which he can use for any situation or purpose he needs—-in fact, he turns the bag into a gyrocopter at the end to defeat the eponymous whale. And in "The Magic Bag", we can see the bag is capable of creating food too. Why didn't Felix just use the bag to return back to the mainland in the first place, or at least just conjure up a meal for himself then and there?
- Friend to All Children: In the silent films and comics, Felix is seen getting along with kids very well, such as in "Felix Saves the Day", "Felix Gets Revenge" and "Felix Minds The Kid".
- Friend to All Living Things: One of the most enduring traits of Felix through the series is his kind hearted, altruistic nature; if someone is in need of aid, be it a kid baseball player who got wrongfully thrown in jail and needs a stand-in for his game, Uncle Tom at the mercy of Simon Legree, a clown about to commit suicide, a lost pet elephant who needs to be returned to her Rajah, or a Princess whose kingdom was overthrown by an evil dictator and his army of robots, he will not hesitate to help, and he shows virtually no signs of maliciousness or veangefulness (although he was a lot more rascally in his silent cartoons). At most, he just gets agitated at someone whenever they wrong him. He even holds no ill will towards his arch enemy, the Professor, and even helps him out if he winds up in trouble.
- The Van Beuren Felix plays this trait up even more; in the opening of "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg", Felix is handing out gold coins by the bucketful to the local poor, thanks to the help of his golden goose and her endless supply of golden eggs. And when the goose gets kidnapped by Captain Kid, her eggs are the last thing on Felix's mind—he's genuinely concerned for her safety, and he even tries to put up a fight against the pirate before he captures her.
- In certain levels of the NES video game, Felix gets the ability to ride on turtles and dolphins if you grab a power-up, and they help him by attacking enemies for him.
- Foil: To the Professor. While the Professor is grouchy and antagonistic, Felix is kindhearted and jovial.
- Funny Animal: He's an anthropomorphic cat.
- Fun Personified: He's very good-natured and fun-loving.
- Guile Hero
- Incredible Shrinking Man: In "Felix Babysits", Poindexter uses a formula to shrink him down to microscopic size, which causes no end of trouble for himself, and even Poindexter himself once he reverses Felix's transformation—while enlarging another amoeba, King Gulpo, along with him.
- In-Name-Only: The Van Beuren Felix shorts, and arguably the Trans-Lux cartoons aside from Felix himself.
- Mascot with Attitude
- Medium Awareness: The Silent era Felix is implied to be aware he's in a cartoon, considering he can manipulate the symbols and words he thinks up to his advantage, such as in "Felix Saves The Day", where he climbs up four question marks he created to reach a jail cell. Twisted Tales makes it absolutely clear that Felix knows he's a cartoon character—"The Underwater Kingdom" even has him remembering one of his past cartoon adventures, specifically the Van Beuren era short "Neptune Nonsense".
- Mellow Fellow: He's a very easygoing guy and isn't one to hold grudges.
- Mr. Vice Guy: The Silent era Felix is unmistakably the hero of the cartoons, but he's not without his vices—he's not above pulling strings to get what he wants, such as his first newspaper comic involving bribing some mice to invade a man's house so that he can get a job and food from him in exchange for catching the mice, and even in cartoons where he has a wife and kids (such as in "Flim Flam Films"), he has no shame in flirting with another kitten nearby.
- Mysterious Middle Initial: A comic story had him operating as a detective under the name of Felix T. Cat. When asked, he says that the "T" stands for "The".
- Nice Guy: Felix is this in most of his incarnations, even in his early scrappier years.
- Papa Wolf: Felix gets rather temperamental when Captain Kid kidnaps his friendly golden goose, and he at least tries to put up a fight against him, even though he gets beaten rather easily.
- Pragmatic Hero: Felix sometimes falls into this in the silent cartoons and comics. He is unquestionably the protagonist, but he's not above doing something shady to get what he needs to survive, especially since he's often homeless and has to scavenge for food. In his newspaper comic debut, he tries to get a job as a mouse catcher, but is given the boot by a houseowner. Felix is so indignant, that he figures out a plan—he steals a wheel of cheese from a truck nearby, and bribes some local mice with it to terrorize the owner of the house. The fearful owner offers Felix a job and food on the spot.
- Pungeon Master: The Trans-Lux Felix really likes to make puns and lighthearted wisecracks. This element was present in the early newspaper comics too, but nowhere to the extent of the TV era cartoons.
- Significant Name: Felix is Latin for Luck, which fits Felix's subversion of the "black cats bring bad luck" stereotype.
- Species Surname: Occasionally, he is addressed as Felix T. Cat, making his surname his species as well.
- Static Character: While Felix's personality is inconsistent throughout the various series, one thing that does stay consistent is that Felix never undergoes character development in any of them.
- Suddenly Voiced: In the three Van Beuren shorts and the Tras-Lux TV cartoons.
- Trigger Happy: Surprisingly, some of the older cartoons have him whipping a gun out of nowhere.
- Walking the Earth: Felix is never in one place for too long.
- Vague Age: Like many famous cartoon chracters, Felix's age is never made clear. This is most notable in the Trans-Lux television series, where he is shown to be living by himself and is trusted by the Professor to look after his nephew Poindexter, but is occasionally referred to as a kid. The Van Beuren shorts consistently portrayed him as being kid like in personality, but apparently old enough to own his own house and run his own business.
- Vocal Dissonance: Felix has constantly rotated through voice actors throughout the years, so he goes through a lot of voice ranges. His earliest voice was a barely legible cat like voiced provided by an uncredited actor for his first sound cartoons. Walter Tetley gives him a very kiddy sounding voice in the Van Beuren shorts. Jack Mercer gave him a Mickey Mouse-esque falsetto in the Trans-Lux cartoons (which David Kolin and Dave Coulier patterned their own voices after in The Movie and Felix Saves Christmas respectively). Thom Adcox makes him sound like a teenager in Twisted Tales first season, and Charlie Adler basically uses the same voice he uses for Chicken when he voiced Felix in season 2.
- The Voiceless: He was originally a silent cartoon star (although he did occasionally talk through speech balloons) and remained silent for a bit even after his cartoons started using sound. In the Betty Boop crossover comics, where he was Betty's pet, he didn't speak at all, with his thoughts being represented by thought bubbles instead.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Felix occasionally used this ability in the silent catoons, most notably in "Felix in Hollywood".
- The Unintelligible: In the earliest sound cartoons starring him, he barely made any real words, just bizarre, cat like gibberish.
Debut: Feline Follies (1919)
Voiced by: Ai Maeda (Baby Felix, infant, Japanese voice)Felix's ladyfriend introduced in the first short, sometimes known as Miss Kitty White or Kitty Kat. She only occasionally appeared in the cartoons, and her most prominent appearances were in the comics and Baby Felix.
Tropes associated with Kitty:
- Adapted Out: She does not appear at all in the original Joe Oriolo TV cartoons, but she did appear in the comics drawn by Joe Oriolo from the same time period, and she was brought back in the NES tie-in game and Baby Felix & Friends cartoons that are in the same continuity as the Oriolo Felix. She is also absent from Twisted Tales, being replaced by Candy as Felix's focus of affection.
- A Dog Named "Dog": She's a cat who is named Kitty.
- Damsel in Distress: In the NES Felix the Cat game, Professor kidnaps her and Felix has to rescue her.
- Depending on the Artist: Sometimes she looks nothing like Felix◊, sometimes she looks as cartoony as Felix◊, and sometimes she falls somewhere in between like in the picture above.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Depictions of her in the 1950's/1960's comics gave her a dress and skirt.
- Hartman Hips
- Ms. Fanservice: In some of the later merchandise she appears in.
- Official Couple: With Felix, although the state of their relationship depends on the cartoon. In her debut, she was successfully wooed by Felix and had a litter of kittens. Other depictions include a hotheaded girlfriend, naggy wife, or even The One That Got Away.
- Satellite Love Interest: She is rarely seen acting on her own, almost always accompanying Felix.
- She's Got Legs: As evident in the picture above.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Modern adaptations occasionally give her a pink bow.
Inky and Dinky/Winky
Debut: Felix the Cat Weathers The Weather (1926)Felix's two inquisitive and ingenious nephews. They are obedient and treat their uncle with respect, although he is occasionally the brunt of their practical jokes. Their curiosity and impish charm endears them to almost everyone, and their simultaneous conclusions suggest the psychic link that many twins are supposed to have.While they debuted in the silent cartoons as supporting characters, their appearances in them were infrequent, and later Felix cartoons abandoned using them altogether. The bulk of their appearances can be found in the Felix the Cat comic books. A third, unnamed nephew/son occasionally appeared in the silent cartoons too, such as in "Flim Flam Films".
Tropes Associated With Inky and Winky/Dinky
- Adaptational Name Change: When Joe Oriolo took over work on the Felix the Cat and later assumed ownership of Felix, he renamed Dinky to Winky. According to Don Oriolo, Joe just liked the name Winky better, and the name "dinky" had a connotation of being insignificant at the time, which didn't sound positive to Joe Oriolo.
- Adapted Out: They make no appearances at all in the Van Beuren shorts, nor do they appear in the Trans-Lux series or Twisted Tales of Felix.
- Art Evolution: Their designs frequently changed throughout the series to match the changing designs of their uncle.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Occasionally they like to make their uncle the butt of their jokes, usually in the comics.
- Breakout Character: They got their own comic book spinoff in the 50's, "Felix's Nephews Inky and Dinky", which ran for seven issues from 1957 to 1958.
- Chaste Toons: In their initial appearances, they were said to be Felix's sons, but from 1930's "April Maze" and on, they were retconned to be Felix's nephews.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In their modern appearances, Inky wears red shorts with white buttons (an amusingly similar outfit to that of Mickey Mouse) and a hat, while Winky wears a blueish-gray hat and shorts.
- Suddenly Voiced: In "April Maze", one of the first Felix sound cartoons, they're given voices, although not very intelligible ones.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: They look almost identical to their uncle, except pint sized.
- The Unintelligible: In "April Maze", they are both voiced by uncredited actors, but are given no real dialogue, just childish, cat-like gibberish.
Debut: The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg (1936)
Voiced by: Billy BletcherA oneshot villain who appeared in the first of the three Van Beuren Felix the Cat cartoons. A pirate obviously based on the real life pirate Captain William Kidd, he kidnaps Felix's golden goose so that he can steal her precious golden eggs.
- Historical-Domain Character: He's a cartoon animal take on a real life pirate.
- Pirate: Kidd is one of the classic swashbuckling, pillage and plundering type.
- Villain of the Week: He's a oneshot bad guy whose sole appearance was in one of the 1930's Felix cartoons.
Old King Cole
Debut: Bold King Cole (1936)Based on the classic Nursery Rhyme character, King Cole is a oneshot character whose sole appearance was in the third and last of the Van Beuren Felix the Cat cartoons. He's a pompous windbag who loves bragging, and this gets him into a pickle with the ghosts of his ancestors who live in his castle, forcing Felix to help him out.
- Disproportionate Reward: For saving him from the ghosts, King Cole immediately gives Felix a royal title, Prince Felix, as a reward.
- Miles Gloriosus: He brags about his supposed heroics but then runs an hides from anything he perceives as a threat. Eventually, the spirits of past kings get tired of his bragging and proceed kidnap him, strapping him to a machine to "knock the wind out of the old windbag", and Felix has to face his own fears to rescue him.
- Public-Domain Character
Characters Who Debuted In the Joe Oriolo Cartoons
The Magic Bag of Tricks
Debut: The Magic Bag (1959)Whenever he gets in a fix, Felix reaches into this. This magical trinket is Felix's most prized possession, a magic bag of unknown originnote that can do virtually anything Felix wants or needs it to be, whether its spawn an escalator, turn into a fully functional aircraft, become a portal to Mars, and so on. While the bag mostly serves as a prop, several episodes imply that it has a degree of sentience to it. The Professor is intrigued by the bags versatile nature and frequently wants to steal it from Felix so he can use it for his own ends—fortunately, the bag willingly refuses to serve him.The bag also made appearances in The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, where it once again serves as a helpful prop, but in the episode "Viva Lost Wages", Felix's relationship with the bag of tricks is played as a romance.Despite being one of the most famous parts of the Felix series, it wasn't there from the start—it was introduced in the 1950's Joe Oriolo cartoons, 40 years after Felix made his cartoon debut. Word of God has it that the polka dot patterns of the bag were based on some wallpaper in Joe Oriolo's house. Some of the cels of the Magic Bag even had pieces of said wallpaper glued to them!
- Adapted Out: The Magic Bag is completely absent from the Betty Boop & Felix newspaper comics.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the NES and Game Boy tie-in game, the Magic Bag of Tricks goes through this. In the Joe Oriolo cartoons, it was an outright Story-Breaker Power that could turn into or create anything and could get Felix out of any situation. The video game significantly nerfs its powers to where it can only do four different attacks, three of which need power ups and have a time limit. Understandably, it would be impossible to properly transition the Bags limitless abilities into a video game, and giving the bag limits ensures that the gameplay still has challenge.
- Animate Inanimate Object: It's a sentient Bag that can do magic.
- Awesome Backpack: The bag of tricks can turn into or contain anything Felix needs.
- Bag of Holding: The Bag of Tricks has no limit on what it can store inside of it, and anything can pop out of it, including an escalator, food and even a boxing kangaroo in the first episode of the TV series.
- Companion Cube: The bag is implied to be this to Felix in the Joe Oriolo cartoons, and it's taken further in Twisted Tales.
- Cool Plane: In "Electronic Brainwasher", Felix escapes from the Professor's Lab by turning his Magic Bag into a large plane with a rocket engine, complete with the bag's polka dotted patterns spread across it.
- Deus ex Machina: According to Don Oriolo, the Magic Bag was created for the Trans-Lux cartoons to partly serve as this and because Trans-Lux wanted Felix to be someone who could solve anyone's problems by any means. The series also had crushing deadlines (they had hours to write the scripts for each episode, and had to turn out a few episodes every week) so there wasn't any time to overthink or analyze the stories. With that said, Joe Oriolo intentionally wrote many episodes without the bag in mind (I.e. Vavoom Learns How to Fish) or wrote episodes where the conflict is caused by separating Felix from his bag (i.e. The Vacation Mirage) to keep the stories interesting."The Magic Bag was an element created to give an easy way out in the five-minute [TV] episodes... it replaced the piercing of the fourth wall in simpler terms for a series with such a limited budget. They wanted a "younger" show. That's why Jack Mercer spoke in slow deliberate tones. Felix was to be everybody's best friend—-who could solve any problem anyone had, even if it meant taking the easy way out with the Magic Bag."
- Expy: The Magic Bag was meant as a streamlined replacement for another magical prop Felix used in the past, specifically a flying carpet that occasionally popped up in the silent films, and regularly appeared as a means for Felix to travel in the later comic books.
- Empathic Weapon: Implied to be this in the Joe Oriolo cartoons, and taken even further in Twisted Tales.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Despite being one of the most iconic parts of the Felix series, it didn't show up until the Joe Oriolo cartoons, made 40 years after Felix made his debut.
- Loyal Phlebotinum: The Magic Bag of Tricks is implied to be sentient, and most of the time, it works for Felix and only Felix. The handful of times Professor manages to get his hands on it, the bag will violently resist every attempt he makes to use it. Felix can even whistle for it to come back to his side—in "Felix Out West", it even morphs into a rabbit and hops back to Felix, licking him on the face like a dog before it turns back to normal. With that said, Poindexter did figure out how to use the Bag in "Martin the Martian Meets Felix the Cat", but that was only so he turn it into a portal to Mars so he could meet Martin, so it's not that Professor is outright incapable of using it so much as the bag knows he's a bad guy and won't allow him to exploit its powers.
- Made of Indestructium: The bag is virtually impossible to damage or destroy. It's taken quite a few beatings from Professor in the few times he gets his hands on it, right down to using piles of dynamite to blow it open, but they don't even singe the thing. It's transforms can receive damage or wear (such as its buzzsaw form getting worn out in "The Professor's Instant Changer"), but even that damage goes away when it returns back to normal.
- Magic Wand: It serves a similar purpose to it, except its a bag.
- Self-Guarding Phlebotinum: The Bag is more than capable of defending itself from Professor should it fall into his hands. It has been known to violently attack or backfire on Professor whenever he tries to exploit its abilities, like turning into a giant balloon in "Felix Out West" or chasing Professor around like an angry dog in "Felix In Egypt".
- Shape Shifter: The Bag is capable of turning itself into objects like a fully functional rocket plane. In "Felix Out West", it even turns into a rabbit and hops back to him, licking him as if it was a dog. In "Step Right Up", Felix turns it into an elephant to take on Peeking Duck and his goons, but it gets distracted by a cotton candy machine and walks away to eat out of it.
- Story-Breaker Power: Felix's Magic Bag, which can summon or turn into anything Felix needs, was designed for this very purpose. The reason for its existence was because Trans Lux had a mandate that Felix had to be able to help anyone out in any way possible, even if it meant taking the easy way out in a story with the tool. Joe Oriolo, the showrunner of the original TV series, wisely made sure not to overuse it though—many episodes don't feature the bag at all, and even episodes that do have it tend to use the Bag as a last resort or for something more mundane. Better yet, some episodes (such as "The Vacation Mirage" or "Vavoom Learns how to Fish") create a source of conflict by separating Felix from his bag or have Felix forget to bring his bag altogether, ensuring he can't just use the bag to instantly solve the conflict.
- Tank Goodness:
- In the climax of "Felix in the Mid-Evil Ages", Felix wins the duel against the Professor by turning his Magic Bag into a very large yellow tank, which Professor crashes his metal horse right into.
- In the NES game, one of Felix's power-ups is being able to ride a mini-tank, which shoots out rubber balls that can kill any enemy in the game in one hit and make short work of bosses, at the cost of a slow firing rate and its shots flying in an arc.
- Unmoving Plaid: The bags polka dot patterns usually don't wrap around the bags form and just face the viewer in a two dimensional way.
- The Voiceless: Justified, as it's a magic bag.
Debut: The Magic Bag (1959)
Voiced by: Jack Mercer (Trans-Lux TV series), Chris Phillips (The Movie), Pat Fraley (Twisted Tales), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Baby Felix, Japanese voice), Don Oriolo (Baby Felix, English Dub), Jason Marsden (Felix Saves Christmas)
"I made a boo boo, I made a boo boo, I made a boo boo, I made a boo boo!"The arch-nemesis of Felix in the Trans-Lux TV cartoons, an eccentric, grouchy mad scientist. His modus-operandi in life is to steal Felix's magic bag of tricks for his own use—stubbornly failing to accept throughout the years that the bag will not work for anyone but Felix. He also tends to commit heists for monetary gain, sometimes with the help of his lackey Rock Bottom, but Felix is always around to stop them. With all that said, he won't be giving Lex Luthor a run for his money—he's barely a threat to Felix at all, and has never scored a real victory over him. And he doesn't seem to take the rivalry all that seriously either—on occasion, he'll put aside his animosity towards Felix and hire him as a babysitter to watch over his nephew, Poindexter.
—Professor after realizing he screwed up an attempt to get Felix's Magic Bag
Tropes associated with The Professor:
- Absent-Minded Professor: This is probably his greatest weakness. He has impressive intellect, but he can't even remember his own name half the time, and he tends to make some serious lapses in judgement that give Felix a chance to get the edge over him.
- Affably Evil: He may be a villain, but he's a rather pitiful, eccentric character—most of his crimes amount to petty thievery or just screwing around with Felix. In some episodes, he isn't even an enemy to Felix.
- Aesop Amnesia: He never seems to accept that the bag won't work for him. Given his intelligence and persistence, he's probably just too stubborn to give up figuring out how to use it.
- Badass Moustache: And a very expressive one too, since it almost always covers his entire face.
- Bald of Evil: Although in "Felix Saves Christmas", he was shown to have a full set of poofy hair as a kid.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He's the main villain of the made-for-TV cartoons, although he's not very good at it most of the time. His threat is eclipsed by that of the Master Cylinder.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He occasionally has these, mainly when he gets angry. In "Attack of the Robot Rat", Professor is redesigned, with among the changes being his white eyebrows being replaced with big, bushy black ones.
- Canon Foreigner: He was an original character created exclusively for the made-for-tv cartoons, made decades after the original theatrical cartoons and comics. Tellingly, he very rarely showed up in the classic Felix the Cat comics made around the same time, although he did make appearances in newer Felix comics.
- The Chew Toy: It's safe to say that Felix's universe has it in for him and will go out of its way to ensure that his schemes never work, and due to being a rather hapless villain, he tends to get put through the wringer a lot, be it thanks to Felix or by his own hand.
- One of the Twisted Tales of Felix episodes, "Attack of the Robot Rat", takes his hopelessness at defeating Felix and plays it for laughs, with him now being a washed up, pathetic old coot who lives with Rock Bottom in a derelict apartment. Felix, in an uncharacteristically mean moment, even takes time to rub salt in the wound after he gets through effortlessly trashing the Professor's giant robot rat.
- Composite Character: According to Don Oriolo, the Professor was not inspired by any specific character from a previous Felix work, but was an amalgam of various "professorial" characters that appeared in the Felix the Cat comics throughout the years.
- Comically Lop Sided Rivalry: The Professor's rivalry with Felix, which is completely one sided on his part (Felix is an easygoing fellow who just sees Professor as a nuisance at worst and otherwise a neighbour, and he is never the instigator of the conflict when the mad scientist is around) and never, ever works out in his favor
- Crazy-Prepared: In "Into Outer Space", his entire lab is rigged so that he can seal any entryway or window to prevent escape, including a mousehole that Felix tries to squeeze into!
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He has a fairly large laboratory, superb intellect and is very resourceful and capable of building impressive equipment, including a Time Machine in "Felix and the Mid-Evil Ages"—but he wastes most of it on things such as stealing Felix's bag, or committing money heists.
- Decomposite Character: According to a staffer on The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat, the Professor's revamp introduced in "Attack of the Robot Rat" would have been retconned into a different character from Joe Oriolo's Professor if the show hadn't been cancelled so early. This was due to an order from Don Oriolo, who strongly disliked how drastically the Professor's personality was altered for that episode.
- Demoted to Extra: In the "Twisted Tales of Felix" cartoon, where he only appears in one episode (Attack of the Robot Rat) and with a heavily revamped design, and is mentioned in passing in The Extraterrestrial Robot. He was planned to make more appearances (albeit with a retcon that would have turned his redesigned form into an entirely seperate character) but the show was abruptly cancelled before that could happen.
- The Determinator: He will stop at nothing to get Felix's bag, even after constantly learning over and over that the Bag will never work for him.
- Didn't Think This Through: Even he realizes how goofed up by sending Felix away in a satellite along with the Magic Bag in "Into Outer Space". He builds a machine to kick himself in the butt for it in the ending."What a fool I've been! BAH!"
- Enemy Mine: In the Movie, he's forced into this with Felix due to having to save Oriana, although it's also a way for him to get close to stealing the magic bag—which also becomes ancillary once the Professor finds gold and tries—and fails—to smuggle it through the Dimensporter.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely cares about his nephew Poindexter. Although In "Venus and the Master Cylinder", he does briefly send him off to the Master Cylinder as a pupil in exchange for a million dollars, believing the experience would be good for Poindexter, but he quickly comes to regret it once Cylinder enslaves Pointdexter for his own ends, and has no intention of honoring his side of the bargain.
- Evil Is Petty: In "Felix Saves Christmas", he uses a weather control device to keep Santa Claus from delivering presents and thus ruin Christmas for everyone, all because he had unpleasant memories of Christmas as a child.
- Evil Laugh: Whenever he's got the cards stacked against Felix, he lets out a boistrous, raspy sounding laugh.
- Evil Uncle: While he mostly acts benevolent, if stern, to his nephew Poindexter, he is a bad guy and obviously isn't setting much of an example for Poinsy to follow.
- Failure Is the Only Option: The Professor has never won a long term victory over Felix. When it comes to getting that Bag of Tricks, he has as much luck as Wile E. Coyote does at catching the Road Runner. And even when he does manage to get the bag, he can't even use it or figure out how to use it.
- For the Evulz: While mainly driven by either monetary goals or his fruitless attempts at stealing Felix's Magic Bag, in some episodes of his actions dip into being driven by a gleeful sadism that supersedes any previous goal, such as mercilessly tormenting Felix with his Mirage Maker in "The Vacation Mirage", even after he had managed to seperate the cat from his magic bag.
- The Grinch: In "Felix Saves Christmas", Professor is revealed to hate Christmas because of bad childhood memories surrounding it, so he decides to ruin it for everyone by using a weather control device to shroud the earth in a very thick snowstorm so that Santa Claus can't deliver his presents. His plan is foiled by the end and he winds up in prison, but he comes around once he finds out Santa left him a present in his cell despite his misdeeds.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: When he isn't pursuing Felix to steal his Bag of Tricks, he's hiring him to babysit Poindexter. Naturally, these tend to be episodes where the Bag doesn't appear.
- Harmless Villain: He and Rock Bottom have to rank as two of the most pathetic villains in western animation. Both of them are either so nonthreatening, incompetent (or in Professor's case, very prone to absentmindedness and big lapses in judgement) or just plain unlucky in their villainy, that they're barely a threat to Felix on their best days. They'll do themselves in with their schemes as often as Felix can stop them, and Professor gets put through the wringer a lot because of this—and because of orders from distributor Trans-Lux, Felix always had to come out on top over them. The Professor can't even succeed in his goal of using Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks anyway—the bag will only work for Felix and violently resists each attempt Professor makes to use it, but he's too stubborn to accept this. It's not really clear how seriously they take themselves as villains either, due in part to the shows breakneck writing schedule (they had mere hours to write each script) and the series light continuity—-their rivalry is sometimes forgotten altogether and Professor hires Felix to babysit Poindexter or hires him as an assistant with no ill will between the two. In "Public Enemies Number One and Two", both he and Rock Bottom even throw a sincere surprise birthday party for Felix. His pitiful nature was part of the reason Master Cylinder was eventually introduced to the series—-they had to present something resembling a real threat to Felix.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: With that said, there have been a few episodes and moments where the Professor gets his act together and proves he can definitely be a legitimate threat to Felix. In "Into Outer Space", he completely corners Felix in his lair by sealing off every possible exit (including a mousehole)—Felix only gets away because of a big lapse in judgement on Professor's part (namely, helplessly launching him off into outer space, which ultimately works out in Felix's favor). In "Blubberino the Whale", he sicks a killer shark after Felix and keeps him on the run. In "Captain No Kiddin", he keeps Felix on the ropes in a swordfight, successfully corners him on the bow of his pirate ship and knocks Felix's sword out of his hand. In "The Vacation Mirage", Professor has the deck completely stacked against Felix with his powerful Mirage maker, separating him from his Magic Bag in the middle of a very hot desert, and constantly tormenting him with a barrage of illusions that are so realistic, that Felix is powerless to break them—it was only by sheer dumb luck that he manages to defeat Professor (he stumbles across his lost bag and turns it into a plane, which accidentally crashes into the invisible machine). "The North Pole and a Walrus Hunt" shows another rare instance where he can be a real threat, if only for a brief moment—he pulls out a realistic firearm and clearly intends to kill Walter the walrus with it, but Felix narrowly stops him in time.
- The Heavy: Many of the TV series plots are set into motion by him. Felix is usually just minding his own business most of the time until the Professor tries to hound him for his bag or is seen committing a crime, which prompts Felix to take the initiative to stop him. In some episodes, like "The Gold Car and County Fair" and "Felix's Gold Mine", he and Rock Bottom get more screentime and action than Felix himself!
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Due to how hastily written the Trans-Lux episodes were and the series rather loose continuity, his relationship with Felix is constantly in flux. One episode, he's just after the Magic Bag for his own ends, with Felix just being an annoying obstacle to that goal. In episodes like "The Vacation Mirage", he is portrayed as downright sadistic and goes out of his way to torment Felix, even after he's separated from his Magic Bag. And yet in other episodes, he willingly hires Felix (who always seems to be willing to give Professor the benefit of the doubt) as a babysitter to watch over Poindexter, or hires him as a lab assistant, where he just acts grouchy at worst to Felix.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's a bad guy for sure (sans the odd day where he needs Felix as a babysitter or assistant), but he's so pitiful, incompetent and unlucky at actually being a villain, that you almost feel bad for him sometimes.
- Jerk Ass: Even when he isn't fighting over the Magic Bag, Professor tends to act grouchy and unpleasant towards Felix.
- Kick the Dog: In "Blubberino the Whale", he disguises himself as a mermaid with a bowl of fruit to lure Felix, who was marooned and starving in an ocean, towards him, only to ditch the disguise and throw the fruit away, all while laughing at his misfortune and then sicking a killer shark after the cat.
- In "The Vacation Mirage", he's easily at his most sadistic—even after he separates Felix from his Magic Bag, he goes out of his way to torment him with his Mirage Maker, all while he's clearly drying up in the hot desert heat.
- Literal Ass Kicking: In "Into Outer Space", after he botches two attempts to get the Magic Bag from Felix, he builds a contraption to kick himself in the butt for his failure.
- Mad Scientist: He spends most of his time creating inventions to try and help him steal Felix's bag of tricks.
- Man Child: Despite his intellect, he acts very childish for his age, even throwing tantrums when he fails to get Felix's bag.
- Meaningful Name: His dubious full name, Professor Nutty Nut-Meg, given his eccentric personality.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: He's a villain who goes by "Professor".
- No Name Given / Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Zig-Zagged; He is normally just called "The Professor", and the episode "Captain No-Kiddin" even made fun of this, showing that he can't even remember his real name. However, "The Invisible Professor" and some merchandise gives his full name as Professor Nut-Meg, but this is usually forgotten—even the official website for the series just gives his name as The Professor. And in the German dub, he was called Professor Besserwisser (German for Know-It-All).
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Professor is somehow able to build and get access to equipment and a large lab that allows him to commit all of his crimes, even though many of the series plots involve him trying to commit robberies. It's not clear if he's strapped for cash or just plain greedy.
- Running Gag: If he fails in getting the bag of tricks, chances are he'll have a machine laying around his lab made solely to beat himself up for his failure. If not that, he'll substitute with whatever else is handy, such as smashing his head against a wall in "Into Outer Space" or whacking himself with a wet mackerel in "Blubberino the Whale".
- Villain Song: In Felix The Cat Saves Christmas, he sings a song called "It's Not Easy Being Mean".
- Wicked Cultured: Subverted. In "Felix Babysits", he's fancily dressed up to pretend that he's going to the Opera house while Felix babysits Poindexter, but a slip of tongue makes it clear that he's actually going to watch a wrestling match.
Debut: Felix Babysits (1959)
Voiced by: Jack Mercer (Trans-Lux TV series), Alice Playten (The Movie), Cam Clarke (Twisted Tales), Toshiyuki Morikawa (Baby Felix, Japanese voice), Don Oriolo (Baby Felix, English Dub and Felix Saves Christmas)The nephew of The Professor. In contrast to his eccentric, grouchy uncle, Poindexter is very benevolent and kind, even if he has an occasional bratty streak that gets the better of him. He is also gifted with a brilliant mind for a child his age, with an incredible IQ of 222 and impressive technical and scientific skills. While he does help his uncle in his schemes to steal Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks willingly, he's also a lot more chummy with Felix himself most, if not all, of the time, and he'll just as often work against his uncles schemes to help the cat. Felix tends to get hired as his babysitter on nights where Professor wants to go out on his own.
Tropes associated with Poindexter:
- Adaptational Villainy: While usually depicted as being on good terms with Felix, he is fought as a boss twice in the NES video game.
- Affectionate Nickname: Felix sometimes calls him "Poinsy".
- Bratty Half-Pint: In "Felix Babysits" and "Baby Pill", he messes around with Felix just so he wont have to put to bed.
- Chaste Toons: He's basically Professor's son in all but relativity. We never get to see his parents, and Poinsy presumably lives with his uncle. However, In Felix The Cat Saves Christmas, he's shown to now be living in his own house and lab, independent of his uncle.
- Child Prodigy: He is gifted with a brilliant mind and an impressive IQ of 222, and in one episode even built his own fully-functional UFO as casually as putting together a LEGO set. But he still has a childish persona, and the Professor requires Felix to babysit him time and time again. This trait also makes him a frequent target of Master Cylinder, who wishes to exploit Pointdexter's intellect for his own ends.
- Demoted to Extra: In Twisted Tales, he is almost completely absent from the first season save for a cameo appearance in News Blues. He's bumped back up to a recurring character in season 2.
- Evil Nephew: Averted; Poindexter is the polar opposite of his uncle in personality.
- Improbably High I.Q.: He's a little kid with an incredible 222 IQ.
- Minion with an F in Evil: He is usually very kind and benevolent, and is on very friendly terms with Felix the Cat despite his uncles animosity towards him. He even helps him when the Professor isn't around to watch.
- Morality Pet: When he's around, he tends to bring out the better side of Professor.
- Nice Guy: Even when he's doing a misdeed, he's unfailingly polite and genial, and always addresses Felix as Mr.
- Satellite Character: He is rarely seen acting on his own, almost always accompanying either the Professor or Felix.
- Shrink Ray: In "Felix Babysits", Poindexter creates a potion that he uses to shrink Felix down to microscopic size so that he can stay up late to study.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He wears glasses and is intelligent.
- Running Gag: Poindexter has a bad habit of making potions that tend to be very explosive, although he always comes out unharmed by them. In a few instances, this actually allowed him to escape the clutches of the Master Cylinder.
Debut: Detective Thinking Hat (1959)
Voiced by: Jack Mercer (Trans-Lux TV Series), Billy West (Twisted Tales), Kōichi Nagano (Baby Felix, Japanese voice) Dave Coulier (Felix Saves Christmas)The Professor's sidekick (at least when Poindexter isn't around or when he's with Felix) and occasionally a lackey for Master Cylinder, who happens to be a bulldog. He's a shameless crook and bully. He's not exactly a thinking fellow and he almost always takes every word the Professor says seriously.
Tropes associated with Rock Bottom:
- All Men Are Perverts: In his debut episode, "Detective Thinking Hat", Felix at one point lures him into a trap using a sign promising a free peek at 16 gorgeous girls.
- Bully Bulldog: He is a bulldog and he is antagonistic.
- Card-Carrying Villain: In "Detective Thinking Hat", after Felix warns him via phone that he's about to show up to arrest him, he freely admits he's a crook."Another cop! Why do they always pick on me! Can I help it if I'm a crook? I am just a product of my genes. My chromosomes are made of jumpin' beans. My ego is in panic, I'm almost schizophrenic! I'm insecure and live beyond my means!"
- Cigar Chomper: He constantly has a cigar in his mouth.
- Depending on the Writer: While he's usually a minion of the Professor, some episodes, one being his debut, depicts him as an independent villain. Some episodes depict him as being under the employment of Master Cylinder as well.
- Decomposite Character: As with Professor, the Twisted Tales incarnation of him was ordered by Don Oriolo to be retconned into a different character from Joe Oriolo's Rock Bottom, but the show was cancelled before he and Professor could make more appearances.
- Demoted to Extra: As with the Professor, he is almost entirely absent from Twisted Tales, save for "Attack of the Robot Rat", where he appears alongside the professor, but in heavily redesigned form.
- Dogs Are Dumb
- Dumb Muscle: And he's aware of it, as pointed out in "Felix Meets Vavoom".Rock Bottom: Excuse me, boss, I forgot what I'm supposed to do. I'm so stupid!
- Even Evil Has Standards: Rock might hate Felix, but he doesn't really want to see him dead. In "Stone Making Machine", when he thinks he's captured Felix in a bag (actually a statue of him) and Professor is about to turn on the machine, Rock breaks down in tears at the idea of turning Felix into stone. Professor comforts him with a pat on the back and a pep talk that it's for the better of mankind.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a very deep, gravelly voice.
- Expy: The character was loosely based on the Butch the Bully character from the 1950's Felix the Cat newspaper comics. Trans-Lux wanted more ancillary characters for the made-for-TV cartoons, so Joe Oriolo reached back to that character when thinking up Rock Bottom.
- Heel–Face Revolving Door: Though not to the extent of Professor, Rock Bottom varies between being a crook that Felix has to stop, a bully who just wants to antagonize Felix, or just being a grouchy neighbor to Felix at worst.
- Kick the Dog: In "Felix The Cat Finds The Golden Bug", Rock comes across and throws a harmless baby buzzard off the mountain on orders from Professor. He even mocks it by saying that it had better learn to fly before it hits the bottom. Thankfully, Felix saves it before it hits the ground.
- Meaningful Name: He's a pugnacious thug (and does a rather poor job at being one too), and not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree either.
- Team Rocket Wins: Unlike the Professor, Rock Bottom actually did manage to score a victory over Felix, but it didn't pay off for him in the long run. In "Penelope the Elephant", a Rajah's pet elephant, Penelope, has gotten lost and he offers a 50,000,000$ bakshee reward for her return. Felix finds her and intends her safe return, but Rock Bottom kidnaps her and ties up Felix, and makes it to the Rajah's palace to claim the money reward. He is promptly given it—but it turns out 50,000,000 bakshees is only worth 10 cents in American money. He's so flabbergasted at this, that he angrily throws the meager award aside and goes into shock.
- Villainous Glutton: He is depicted this way in Felix the Cat Saves Christmas. He is easily distracted by a Christmas dinner inside a family's house and at one point Felix and Poindexter sneak past him by giving him a steak.
Debut: Master Cylinder, King of the Moon (1959)
Voiced by: Jack Mercer (Trans-Lux TV series), Peter Newman (The Movie), Patrick Pinney (Twisted Tales), Kōichi Nagano (Japanese voice), Don Oriolo (Baby Felix, English Dub)
"End of the line for you. You are the grass and I'm the lawnmower."A cyborg that resides inside of the moon (sometimes moving to the planet Venus and Mars), where he reigns supreme as King. He was initially a pupil of the Professor until his original body was destroyed in a chemistry lab accident, leaving him a disembodied brain contained within an electro-mechanical body. He briefly served as a minion for the Professor during Felix's younger years, but he eventually left of his own accord to become the self proclaimed King of the Moon. Personality wise, he is an arrogant, nasty and cold blooded egomaniac, often kidnapping Poindexter to further his own ends and even wishing to experiment on Felix in his debut, and he even goes as far as trying to destroy the earth in one episode for the heck of it. He is such a threat that both Felix and Professor are at his mercy whenever the encounter him. And whereas Professor varies between foe and uneasy ally to Felix, Master Cylinder is almost always evil and hostile towards him. He's occasionally shown to have a mutual relationship with his former mentor Professor, but even then he tends to turn his back on Professor to further his own ends. In some episodes, he has a minion in the form of a helmeted squid alien named General Klaang.In Felix The Cat: The Movie, The Duke of Zil built a Master Cylinder of his own to command his legions of Cylinder robots, presumably inspired by the one in Felix's own dimension.
—The Movie incarnation of the Master Cylinder
Tropes associated with the Master Cylinder:
- Achilles' Power Cord: In his first appearance, Felix defeated him by simply unplugging him from a nearby wall socket. He presumably got a different power source in later appearances so he could move around freely, and also make sure that Felix couldn't pull that off on him again.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the NES video game, he's apparently working for the Professor again and pops up as a boss twice. He is barely as big as Felix, and has a ridiculously simplistic attack pattern and weak stamina.
- Alien Invasion: In Twisted Tales of Felix, he makes a return in The Extraterrestrial Robot, where he teams up with an unnamed alien to take over Earth.
- Alternate Universe Reed Richards Is Awesome: In the Oriana universe, the Duke is responsible for building Master Cylinder (basically a beefed-up version of his assembly line 'bots), sorta similar to how Cybermen in Doctor Who are both alien and man-made, depending on the timeline.
- Art Evolution: In his first appearance, he's a very large robot, but in subsequent appearances he switched to a smaller body. In "Martin the Martian Meets Felix the Cat", he gets another redesign, giving him legs, an even smaller body, and a metallic mouth, which he handwaves as being a new, more compact body. Twisted Tales mostly uses his standard look, but with subdued changes like making his eyebrows more prominent, changing his claws into hands and giving him a little wheel to roll around on.
- Big Bad: While he doesn't appear as much as The Professor, he earns this title much more than him. Unlike the Professor, who has an on and off rivalry with Felix, Master Cylinder is always villainous towards Felix and up and to no good.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: He is sometimes drawn with these (why he would have them is another story) but some episodes just show his eyes.
- Brain in a Jar: In his debut Master Cylinder, King of the Moon, he describes himself as a disembodied brain contained within an electro-mechanical body. Apparently, his original body was destroyed in a chemistry lab explosion.
- The Bus Came Back: He is absent from the bulk of Twisted Tales of Felix, but makes a brief return in season 2 as the villain of The Extraterrestrial Robot. He also makes a cameo appearance on a book in "Nightmare on Oak Street".
- Evil Is Hammy: He has a Laughably Evil, boisterous and arrogant personality.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": He doesn't seem to have a real name beyond his title. When he reunites with Professor in his debut episode, he tells him his name as if Master Cylinder was always his name.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Not in the Trans Lux show, where he speaks with a wheezy, Irish accent, but definitely in Twisted Tales. Zill's Master Cylinder has a rather deep voice too.
- For the Evulz: Whereas Professor is usually driven by clear cut goals, namely his foolish obsession with getting Felix's magic bag and monetary gain, Master Cylinder is a bully and an egotist who is just out to cause trouble to anyone unlucky enough to cross his path or be his target. And In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", he decides to send a giant meteor hurtling towards Earth to destroy it. Why, you ask? Because he can.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Duke of Zill's Master Cylinder comes completely out of left field in the movie, and it isn't even explained how the Duke knew about the Master Cylinder from Felix's dimension.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: In "Public Enemies One and Two", Master Cylinder shows up as a guest for Felix's surprise birthday party. It's probably his only appearance where he isn't committing evil—he unironically joins in on the fun Felix and co. are having.
- Humongous Mecha: In his debut episode, he was large enough to easily grab Felix in his claws, but he quickly abandoned this form for a smaller, more compact and mobile body. The Duke of Zill's Master Cylinder is about as tall as a two-story building, and easily dwarfs the main universe Master Cylinder when compared side by side.
- I Lied: In Venus and the Master Cylinder, he tricks Professor into letting Pointdexter work under his wing for a year on Venus in exchange for a 1,000,000$. Once Professor drops off his nephew, the latter is quickly enslaved and Cylinder laughs at the idea of giving Professor anything, quickly tying him up to a rocket and launching him out into space.
- Knight of Cerebus: Master Cylinder is a lighter example—he was introduced into the (child aimed) Trans-Lux series as this to offer something resembling a legitimate threat to Felix, something not really offered by the hapless villainy of Professor and Rock Bottom. While his victory streak is the same as Professor's and he's a Laughably Evil personality, he is not a Harmless Villain—he at least gets the edge over Felix right off the bat in most of his appearances and offers threats bigger than just the petty thievery the Professor's crimes consist of—for example, In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", he comes dangerously close to destroying the Earth with a meteor he hijacked. On top of that, while Professor has an on and off rivalry with Felix, Master Cylinder is almost always hostile and antagonistic towards the cat.
- Load-Bearing Boss: In The Movie, the defeat of Zill's Master Cylinder results in all of the smaller Cylinders used by the Duke of Zill exploding.
- Mad Scientist: Has shades of this, considering he's built his own equipment on the moon and is able to modify his robotic body, but he's not a full blown one like Professor. He flunked chemistry class while serving as Professor's pupil (which explains how he accidentally blew up his original body in a lab), and Cylinder usually resorts to kidnapping Poindexter to do his dirty work - most prominently, proper fuel production.
- Meaningful Name: True to his name, he is a giant mechanical cylinder. It goes further in the movie, where Cylinders are expanded to become a whole legion of robots built by the Duke of Zill, which he is the most powerful of.
- Off Model: He has a visible mouth in "Public Enemies One and Two". Some episodes, like "The Exchanging Machine" also draw him with noticably smaller eyes.
- Punny Name: His name is an obvious play on actual Master Cylinders. Joe Oriolo, the showrunner of the TV Felix cartoons, was a big car enthusiast and probably couldn't resist using this wordplay.
- Tin-Can Robot: He's a giant, robotic cylinder—need we say more?
- Took a Level in Badass: The Duke of Zill's Master Cylinder is much more intimidating looking and sounding than the regular Master Cylinder, being the size of a two story building (a comparison chart in the film shows that the Duke's Cylinder easily dwarfs the main universe Master Cylinder in size) sporting a booming, deep voice, a glowing blood-red visor, sharp spikes on its head and sharper claws on its hands. Subverted however, by the fact that Felix beats him in 14 seconds by throwing a(n apparently) magic book at him.
- Voodoo Shark: In The Movie, The Duke of Zill based his giant Master Cylinder off of the one in Felix's dimension to serve as his ultimate weapon and the source of power for his mass produced cylinder army. The movies tries to Hand Wave it by showing the Duke's blueprints, which have a comparison chart between the main universe Master Cylinder and Zill's take on him, but this opens up a big Plot Hole—the Duke didn't have access to Dimensporter technology, so how could he have possibly known about or seen the Master Cylinder in Felix's universe?
- Weaksauce Weakness: In The Extraterrestrial Robot, Felix manages to send Master Cylinder packing—by threatening him with a meager can opener. He promises to return while fleeing.
- Weird Moon: The outside of the Moon he resides on looks typical, but the inside of it has a breathable atmosphere with a lush, thriving jungle. He later moved to Venus, and it has flora and fauna identical to the moon (by virtue of recycling backgrounds).
Debut: General Clang and The Secret Rocket Fuel (1960)
Voiced by: Jack Mercer (Trans-Lux TV series)A minor recurring villain, he is an alien who serves as a lackey for Master Cylinder.
- Aliens Are Bastards: He's an alien and a bad guy who willing serves Master Cylinder in his schemes, including times when he wants to kidnap Poindexter.
- Teleportation: In "General Clang and the Secret Rocket Fuel", he has a portable teleporter (a small box that he can zip open) which he uses to kidnap Poindexter.
Debut: Felix and Vavoom (1960)
Voiced by: Jack Mercer
Tropes associated with Vavoom:
- A Day in the Limelight: Vavoom Learns How To Fish has him as the central protagonist, as Felix is largely taken out of action by trying to seal a leaking dam as Vavoom tries—and fails—to warn the nearby town about it.
- Cute but Cacophonic: Moreso in his early appearances, when his underbite wasn't so obvious.
- Improbable Weapon User: His VOICE is his weapon!
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His voice is strong enough to shatter boulders, create avalanches and drill tunnels through solid rock. In Vavoom Learns How To Fish, a man tries to trap Vavoom under a garbage can and sit on it, but Vavoom uses his voice to blow him away so hard, that according to bystanders with telescopes, he’s been sent flying into orbit.
- Pokémon Speak: Vavoom is only capable of saying his name in a loud, booming voice. This unwittingly creates a conflict in Vavoom Learns How to Fish, as he's unable to warn the nearby town about the leaking dam, since his voice just sends them flying and makes them think he's a nuisance.
- Shout-Out: His name is borrowed from a classic Jackie Gleason phrase, "Va-va-va-voom!"
- Volumetric Mouth: The Ur-Example.
Martin The Martian
Debut: Martin the Martian Meets Felix The Cat (1961)
Voiced by: Jack Mercer (Trans-Lux TV Series)Martin the Martian is a minor recurring character in the Joe Oriolo Felix cartoons. He is a friendly alien who likes travelling by using his 4th Dimensional Space Capsule (a transparent cube) and tends to help Felix whenever he's in the clutches of Master Cylinder. He is also on good terms with Poindexter, who had already met Martin well before Felix did.And no, he's not related at all to Marvin the Martian (who was unnamed in his original cartoons)
- Alliterative Name: Martin the Martian.
- Innocent Aliens: He's a very nice guy and hit it off with Felix as soon as he met him. He's always more than willing to lend Felix or Poindexter a hand when the Master Cylinder gives them trouble in space.
Gulpo, King of the Blobs
Debut: Felix Babysits (1959)
Voiced by: Jack MercerA oneshot villain who appeared in Felix Babysits. He is a large amoeba and the self proclaimed "King of the Blobs". He tries to eat Felix after he's been shrunken down to microscopic size.
- The Bus Came Back: Despite being a minor villain, he returned as a boss for the NES tie-in game.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: Felix manages to defeat him by dousing him in the same shrinking formula Poindexter used on Felix in the first place, returning Gulpo back to his microscopic size.
- I'm a Humanitarian: He tries to eat Felix alive when he first encounters him, but Felix socks him in the stomach and runs away.
- One-Winged Angel: Poindexter unwittingly makes him big enough to barely fit in Professor's lab by accidentally sprinkling him with the same growth formula that he used to restore Felix back to normal.
- Villain of the Week: He only appeared in one episode of the series (and made a brief return as a boss in the NES video game) and vanished after that.
Big Brownie and Little Brownie
Debut: Out West With Big Brownie (1960)Big Brownie is a giant brown bear who lives out in the wildnerness. He briefly scares Felix and Bart, the owner of a ranch, and Bart tries to do away with him. It quickly becomes apparent that Brownie ultimately means well. He also raises a little cub, who Poindexter nicknames Little Brownie.
- Bears are Bad News: Subverted. Big Brownie may cause some property damage in his episode, but he isn't evil, just clumsy.
- No Sell: Despite Felix and Bart attempting to use a hive of wild bees to drive out Brownie, the bear effortlessly defeats the bees once they're released and fly towards him—they fall limp to the ground as soon as they collide into him. Doubles as Truth in Television: bears have very tough hides in real life, so bee swarms usually don't bother them.
- The Voiceless: Neither of them are given any dialogue.
Debut: Out West With Big Brownie (1960)
Voiced by: Jack MercerA ranch owner who Felix and Poindexter briefly hang out with, who wants to get rid of Big Brownie the bear, understandably out of fear of him and out of anger for him unwittingly terrorizing his ranch.
- Anti-Villain: While he crosses the line by trying to kill both Big and Little Brownie by using a rigged trap, he has an understandable reason for why he wants to get rid of the bears, with his flaw being that he simply won't listen to reason when Poindexter tries to explain that Brownie isn't really evil.
- Eyes Always Shut: His eyes are drawn like this.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: His attempt to bait Big Brownie with his cub backfires when the boulder Little Brownie was tied too falls off the cliff and lands directly on his house below, smashing it to pieces.
- Villain of the Week: While not really evil, he's technically the episodes antagonist and makes his sole appearance in it.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He goes out of his way to try and kill Brownie because he assumes the bear is nothing but trouble, despite Poindexter trying to reason with him. He even rigs a booby trap with Brownie's cub so that both of them can be killed from a high fall.
Characters from Felix the Cat: The Movie
The Duke of Zill
Debut: Felix The Cat: The Movie (1991)
Voiced by: Peter NewmanThe villain of The Movie. He was once the Oriana Kingdom's head scientist until a freak lab accident got him disfigured(?) and suddenly have a desire to overthrow his niece, Princess Oriana, as the ruler.
Tropes associated with The Duke of Zill.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Even before the accident scarred him, the Duke was expressing disaffection with the current government. He also carried a rad scepter.
- Beard of Evil: Before his lab went plooey, he was sporting a brown goatee.
- Big Bad: He is the main antagonist of the movie.
- Bloodless Carnage: In the origin story, the Duke doesn't seem too fazed by the explosions, apart from the soot. But Oriana explains his body needed to be rebuilt from scratch, hence why he wears a life support suit.
- Captain Ersatz: Gee, Mysterio sure is a cool villain, isn't he? Oh, wait a minute...
- Emperor Scientist: The Duke was disfigured when an early attempt at inventing a Cylinder robot blew up his laboratory. After his banishment, he builds and commands a mass produced army of these Cylinders, which he uses to invade and conquer Oriana.
- Evil Uncle: He is Princess Oriana's uncle.
- The Faceless: With the exception of a brief glimpse of his original human form, we don't see his face at all in the movie, which is completely hidden by his glass helmet-fishbowl thing. Strangely, one trailer for the form showed that his eyes were originally meant to be visible, but this didn't make it into the final film for reasons unknown.
- Freak Lab Accident: The Duke was a little overconfident in his Cylinder's energy reserves. It's hinted by Oriana that this accident is what drove him over the edge.
- Freudian Excuse: Was possibly driven insane by the accident that left him permanently trapped inside a life support suit.
- Gass Hole: Toxic gas is constantly streaming out of his helmet
- Knight of Cerebus: He and his army of cylinders were a far darker and greater threat than anything Felix had faced up to that point.
- Mecha-Mooks: His vast Cylinder army.
- Ominous Opera Cape: I dunno, this Zil guy looks suspicious somehow.
- Pragmatic Villainy: Most of his subjects in The Land of Zill seem quite happy under his rule, he provides them with fun and entertainment and states that they can do whatever they want—as long as they remember who the boss is.
- Sequel Hook: Upon his defeat in the film, he disappears and says "I'll be back." Fortunately, Princess Oriana closed the dimensporter "for good" out of fear he'll invade Earth, making it unlikely he'll ever return.
- Villain with Good Publicity: All the creatures in The Land of Zill worship him, because they believe he is a god
- We Can Rebuild Him: He looks pretty normal, apart from the freaky iron helmet, but the Princess assures us that he's a machine.
Debut: Felix The Cat: The Movie (1991)
Voiced by: Maureen O'ConnellThe Princess of the land of Oriana from The Movie.
Tropes associated with Princess Oriana:
- Another Dimension: Where her land, Oriana, resides.
- Distressed Damsel
- Dumb Blonde: You'd be thinking of her as this too if you found out she disposed of her kingdom's army.
- Good Is Dumb: See above for one reason why.
- Interspecies Romance: Between Felix and Oriana in the movie.
- Steam Punk
- Swiss Army Tears: It's her single tear that got Felix to go to her dimension to save her.
Debut: Felix The Cat: The Movie (1991)Pim was Wack Lizardi's minion in charge of finding new things for the circus. He succeeded in tricking Felix's into giving up his magic bag. After being mistreated so, he helped Felix escape. He knew about the head hunters and their ruler, the head head hunter.
- Heel–Face Turn: Pim starts off as a minion of Wack Lizardi, but later joins Felix and Oriana in their quest to defeat The Duke of Zill.
Debut: Felix The Cat: The Movie (1991)
Voiced by: Peter NewmanThe secondary villain from The Movie, Wack is the ringmaster of a circus where Princess Oriana and later Felix are held captive and forced to perform.
Tropes associated with Wack Lizardi:
- Circus of Fear: Although his circus isn't as scary as it is weird.
- Disney Villain Death: Falls from a floating bubble and lands on top of his circus tent, bringing the whole thing to the ground.
- Evil Redhead: He's got tufts of red hair on his head and he's not exactly very nice.
- Large Ham: To be expected, since he's a ringmaster and his job would therefore require him to be theatrical.
- Lizard Folk: He's a lizard man.
- Pointed Ears
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Reptilian and one of the bad guys.
- Repulsive Ringmaster: Yeah, he ain't easy to look at for long periods of time.
- Right-Hand Cat: His pet is a squeaking lizard head mounted on a stick that he uses as a whip and is never seen without.
Characters from The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat
Debut: The Sludge King (1995)
Voiced by: Phil HayesFelix's dim-witted best friend.
Tropes associated with Roscoe:
- The Ditz: He's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. This is especially made apparent in "The Sludge King", where the scenes of him thinking are accompanied by visual gags of his brain sleeping or kicking his temple real hard.
- Fat Cat: He's a cat and has quite a thick gut.
- Fat Idiot: He's fat, and not very smart either.
- Put on a Bus: To date, his only appearances are in Twisted Tales, and in none of the other Felix series.
- Simpleton Voice: Speaks in the tone of voice often used to indicate a character's not very bright.
Debut: The Sludge King (1995)
Voiced by: Jennifer HaleRoscoe's sister and unrequited recipient of Felix's affections. Every time Felix has a chance to win her heart, she instead falls for another man.
Tropes associated with Candy Kitty:
- Demoted to Extra: Her appearances became less frequent in the second season.
- Expy: She replaces Kitty Kat (who was Adapted Out of Twisted Tales) as Felix's love interest in this series, although the affection is completely on Felix's part.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She has red hair and Felix has the hots for her.
- Interspecies Romance: In "The Sludge King", it turns out her boyfriend is the human computer animator Felix encountered earlier in the episode.
- Ms. Fanservice: She's clearly meant to be very hot in-universe, especially from Felix's POV.
- Petting Zoo People: She's basically a cats face and tail plopped onto an attractive human figure.
- She's Got Legs: Her legs are often uncovered.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: She easily towers over Felix.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: She's a bombshell, which stands in stark contrast to her nerdy boyfriend, who is completely unattractive in appearance.
Voiced by: Cree Summer
Sheba is a friend of Felix the Cat and recurring side character.
- Jive Turkey: She talks in this kind of lingo.
- Just Friends: This is her relationship with Felix.
- Sassy Black Woman: Not in appearance, but definitely in voice and personality.
Debut: Step Right Up (1995)
Voiced by: Tony JayAn evil duck in a fez who wants to swipe Felix's magic bag of tricks.
Tropes associated with Peking Duck:
- Big Bad: While he only appears in two episodes, the fact that he fills in for the Professor as the villain obsessed with taking Felix's bag of tricks and is seen in the opening laughing evilly after saying "Showtime" suggests that he was initially intended to be the series' main antagonist, or at least a recurring villain.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Other than a mention in "Dueling Whiskers", he is completely absent from the second season. This was due to an order from Don Oriolo, who wanted most of the new side characters of Twisted Tales scrapped to make room for the Oriolo era characters returning in the second season.
- Evil Laugh: He cackles maniacally during his brief appearance in the show's opening.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Given he was voiced by Tony Jay, he has a deep voice that just oozes evil.
- Feathered Fiend: He's an evil duck.
- Ironic Name: His name is taken from a Beijing duck dish recipe.
- Jerkass: When not focused on taking Felix's bag, he generally seems to enjoy ruining people's fun just because.
- Yellow Peril: He's basically a G-rated variant of this. He's named after a Beijing duck recipe and dresses rather exotically, and he has two sumo wrestlers as henchmen. Not to mention his feathers are literally colored yellow.
One-Ton and Moo Shoo
Debut: Step Right Up (1995)
Voiced by: Jim Cummings (One-Ton), Kevin Schon (Moo Shoo)A pair of sumo chickens who aid Peking Duck in his evil schemes.
Tropes associated with One-Ton and Moo Shoo:
- Big Guy, Little Guy: One-Ton is big as a house, while Moo Shoo is very tiny.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Other than One-Ton making a brief cameo in "Background Details", neither of them appear in the second season.
- Co-Dragons: They are Peking Duck's two henchmen.
- Dumb Muscle: One-Ton is very strong, but also not all that smart.
- Feathered Fiend: They're chickens and work for Peking Duck.
- Hulk Speak: One-Ton speaks in third person and in incomplete sentences in "The Big Hunt".
The Sludge King
Debut: The Sludge KingA oneshot villain who lives in the sewers and commands a small legion of grimy minions.
"Welcome to my sewer, cat. I am supreme ruler of all that you see. I own this foul pit of darkness, for I am, the very mighty, Sludge King!"
- Black Eyes of Evil: He has black, iris-less eyes to match his gruesome appearance.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a deep, gravelly voice.
- Gonk: Just look at it him. He's a walking creature made of sewer sludge and ugly as sin.
- Monster of the Week: A grimy, slimy creature who Felix has to deal with for the day.
The Mad Doctor and LeadFanny
Debut: Attack of the Robot Rat
Voiced by: Pat Fraley (Mad Doctor), Billy West (LeadFanny)Two villains, one an eccentric mad scientist and another a dumb mutt, who both live in a derelict apartment and want to steal Felix's Magic Bag.If these characters sound familiar, that's no accident—both characters were originally meant to be the shows take on Joe Oriolo's Professor and Rock Bottom, but were retconned into separate characters on orders from Don Oriolo, then-owner of Felix. They were intended to make more appearances in Twisted Tales, but the show was cancelled before that could happen, leaving "Attack of the Robot Rat" as their sole appearance in the show. A staffer on the show revealed that if they had made more appearances, their changed names would have been The Mad Doctor and LeadFanny.And no, the former should not be confused with that Mad Doctor.
- Adaptational Name Change: They're Professor and Rock Bottom, but their names were changed on orders from Don Oriolo.
- Decomposite Character: They were both originally meant to be the shows take on Professor and Rock Bottom, but Don Oriolo was so angered at how drastically their appearances and personalities were changed, that he ordered them to be retconned into unrelated characters.
- Humongous Mecha: The Mad Doctor builds a giant robot rat to chase down Felix and steal his Magic Bag, but Felix mops the floor with it.
- Mad Scientist: The Mad Doctor, who, even when living in an apartment, manages to build a giant robot inside of it.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Lead Fanny's voice is based on Harvey Fierstein.
- Punny Name: Leadfanny, a play on dogs leading with their butts. And also Rock Bottom.
- Shout-Out: LeadFanny's design is heavily inspired by the Terry Toons character Dimwit the Dog.
- Take That!: Both characters are clearly meant to be parodies of the original Joe Oriolo characters, as was the episode they appeared in.
- You Don't Look Like You: LeadFanny looks absolutely nothing like Rock Bottom. Likewise, The Mad Doctor barely has any resemblance to Professor.
Debut: Phoney Phelix (1996)
Sheba: "You are not Felix the Cat."
Oscar: "I am so Felix the Cat! Oh, I'm Felix the Cat, the wonderful, wonderful cat..."
Voiced by: Jeffrey TamborOscar is a minor villain whose sole appearance was in the episode "Phoney Phelix", serving as one of the most pathetic foes Felix has ever faced. A wannabe cartoon star who met failure at every step of the way, Oscar sought to climb his way to stardom by hijacking Felix's own cartoon, despite being a painfully obvious impersonator.
- Harmless Villain: Even Professor and Rock Bottom are more threatening than this guy. The worst thing he does to Felix is tie him up, and he's far too incompetent to be anything more than a pest. Felix effortlessly outsmarts him.
- Hostile Show Takeover: He tries to pull this on Felix's own cartoon by kidnapping him, tying him up and impersonating him, but it fails miserably.
- Identity Impersonator: He tries to be this to Felix, but he looks, acts and sounds absolutely nothing like Felix and doesn't even attempt to make his sham seem convincing. All of Felix's friends except Roscoe instantly see right through his act.
- Simpleton Voice: He speaks in a deep, dopey sounding voice.
- Shout-Out: His name is a reference to Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple", which about two opposite roommates, a neat freak named Felix and a slob named Oscar Madison. "Oscar" therefore was a perfect name for a Felix the Cat impersonator.
- White Gloves: Unlike Felix, he distinctly wears these.