[[caption-width-right:350: [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter The Ur-Chibi.]] ]]

A long running CashCowFranchise mascot in Japan.

Created by Creator/{{Sanrio}}, this little cat has been marketed in America just as long as she has been in Japan. For many of us, this was our first taste of anime [[SuperDeformed chibi]] art, and we didn't even know it yet. Unlike American cartoon animal mascots (like Snoopy, Garfield, or Mickey Mouse), she ''started out'' as a marketing icon, with actual media (including quite a few cartoons and VideoGames, including an MMORPG) all coming later.

Contrary to popular belief, she ''does'' have a mouth, it's just like Comicstrip/{{Dilbert}}'s: very small and not drawn often. Usually. [[http://www.prattle.net/prattlepix/kitty-mouth.jpg It's more commonly seen when she's animated,]] just like Dilbert's.

One of the most heavily merchandised things on the planet, creating all forms of insane craze in Singapore and Philippines when Hello Kitty dolls were attached to Happy Meals. Strangely enough, [[ButNotTooForeign her biography states that she was born and raised in London]]. Yep. Uh-huh. Then again, the character was originally a British fashion label.

In Japan, she has {{merchandising}} all over the place ([[PinkProductPloy usually pink]]), including {{Fairytale Wedding Dress}}es. Think this is a joke? See [[http://forladiesbyladies.com/index.php/2009/03/20/hello-kitty-weddings-goodbye-to-good-taste/ here]] and [[http://www.kittyhell.com/2009/11/23/hello-kitty-wedding-dress/ here]].

[[folder:Works That She Has Appeared In]]
[[AC: AnimeAndManga]]
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', China is fond of Shinatty-chan, a Hello Kitty rip-off.
* Kitty also starred in various Sanrio [=OVAs=] in both the '80s and the '90s. More notable ones would be the Sanrio World of Animation [=OAVs=] (in which were compiled into a TV series in the US during the '90s. The Hello Kitty [=OVAs=] were released in Video and DVD in Japan. But as of 2012, they're all out of print. Good luck looking at the original episodes in Japanese online.
* Also, she appears in the eyecatches of ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody''.
* In 2011, she surfaced in a two-DVD set called ''Growing Up With Hello Kitty'' that aims to teach children about things such as good manners, playing nicely with friends and other pro-social lessons. It's actually both reasonably good and fairly well-reviewed, and employs tropes such as GoodAngelBadAngel as part of its stories.
* She had a brief cameo in ''Anime/TheFantasticAdventuresOfUnico''.

[[AC: ComicBooks]]
* Parodied in the "Swell" issue of the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Season 8'' comic series, which has "Vampy Kitty" dolls that are actually part of a demonic TheWormThatWalks gestalt entity, with a huge misogynistic streak.

* In ''Literature/LonelyWerewolfGirl'', Agrivex (a young fire demon) has a number of Hello Kitty clothes, and [[RummageSaleReject wears Hello Kitty pyjamas to go shopping]] in Camden Market. Her fashionista Aunt is suitably horrified by this.

* In ''Film/IronMan3'', Tony proudly wears a Hello Kitty wristwatch loaned to him from a young friend. Smooth as ever, he chats up women with his "limited edition" watch.

* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', when Saul gives Jesse a Hello Kitty-designed phone in Season 5B.
--> '''Jesse''': Seriously, Hello Kitty?\\
'''Saul''': Seriously? It's free.

* Nekomura Iroha, a Music/{{Vocaloid}} from AH-Software, was created in cooperation with Sanrio for its 50th anniversary. Iroha's costume is Hello Kitty-themed, and she is described as a Hello Kitty fangirl.
* Was the namesake of a 2013 Music/AvrilLavigne song about her OccidentalOtaku-ness...that became extremely controversial (and critically panned overall) due to debates on where to draw the line at cultural appropriation when it comes to Japanese culture (particularly UsefulNotes/{{Kawaisa}}) and female Western celebrities.

* Her own series of video games, including VideoGame/HelloKittyRollerRescue for the Gamecube, VideoGame/HelloKittySeasons for the Wii, and HelloKittyOnline, an MMORPG.
** She has her own ''UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast'', which came in both blue and pink.
* ''[[http://monchil.jp/ Monchil: Mega Monster Cosplay Collection]]'' developed by Creator/{{Cave}}, complete with a variant of Kitty whose face is melting off
* There are a few kiddie ride designs featuring Hello Kitty that was released in Japan, and two designs released in Europe.
* As a ShoutOut, [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]] has a Skitty Poké doll called Hi Skitty.
* She appears in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'' as an unlockable Mystery Mushroom costume added via one of the game's event courses along with My Melody.

* ''Webcomic/HelloCthulhu''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: ''Hello Kitty'' meets Creator/HPLovecraft. (Turns out, she's [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth Too]] TastesLikeDiabetes [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth For Yog Sothoth]].)
* The King of Town in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' dresses as Hello Kitty for [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/ween08.html Halloween 2008]]. "I dressed up as my favorite candy!"
-->"Uh, I'm pretty sure those were erasers."
* One of the ongoing problems with Jade in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is her intense love for all things HelloKitty. A bit much. since she's 14.
* Hello Kitty 40,000: [[http://onastick.net/sitz/images/HK40K.jpg In the grim future of Hello Kitty, there is only war]]

* Mentioned in the original ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' webcomic. 4000-year-old China takes a Hello Kitty head from Japan home, thinking it's cute, and shows it to his boss...who promptly declares she doesn't have a mouth and tries to draw one on it. China's [[BerserkButton reaction]] is hilarious. Later, a Hello Kitty ripoff in China would become "Shinatty-chan".
** Himaruya mentioned that he'd seen Hello Kitty ripoffs in China, and not only did they have visible mouths...the smiles were oddly nihilistic. "It's like Hello Kitty if she had murderous intent."
* The monster in the darkness of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' uses a Hello Kitty umbrella.
* The handbag given to Sniper to [[ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest aid him on his quest]] in ''Webcomic/RomanticallyApocalyptic'' bears a suspiciously similar design. It turns out not to be much use.

* ''WesternAnimation/HelloKittysFurryTaleTheater'' ran for 13 episodes back in '87. This show made the voice acting debut of the one and only Creator/TaraStrong.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''Make Love, Not Warcraft'', Butters mentions "Hello Kitty Island Adventure" as his favorite computer game.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode 'Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo', a Hello Kitty factory can be seen (and heard) from the family's room.
** In the MMORPG episode, Marge decorates Bart's dungeon with Hello Kitty merchandise via expansion pack, which causes him to kill Marge's character.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' has a parody called Sayonara Pussycat.

[[folder:Tropes Exhibited by Hello Kitty Herself]]
* ActionGirl: Kitty is very fond of this, as contrast to Mimmy's GirlyGirl.
* ArtEvolution: Her design evolves within each generation. Her current design is done by Yuko Yamaguchi.
* BigWhat: Hello Kitty reacts to this in "Going To The Bathroom", when finding out Fifi went home.
-->'''Mimmy:''' Fifi went home, Kitty. she says maybe we can play later.
-->'''Kitty:''' [[BigWhat WHAT?!]] Ah!!
* {{Crossover}}: A few plushies have Kitty dress up as famous fictional characters like [[Manga/OnePiece Tony Tony Chopper]] (Likewise, there's a plushie of Chopper wearing a HK hat), [[Franchise/StreetFighter Chun-Li, Akuma]], [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Asuka Langley Soryu]], [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]...
** Not to mention the (in)famous HK X Music/{{Kiss}} merch line.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The [=OVA=]s that were released in the '90s had a lot of recognition over the character's development. Some of them goes to the line on Kitty and Mimmy barging into adult matters.
** ''Furry Tale Theater''. Hoo boy. The only Hello Kitty series to have a set of villains, and the stories are compressed version of films like StarWars and Film/{{ET}}.
** The crossover merchandise with rock band Kiss could very well count, when compared to typical Hello Kitty merchandise.
* DemotedToExtra: Mimmy gets very little merchandise, despite being almost identical to Kitty, which would allow companies to use the same molds with only a minor change. Even Ty, which has the Beanie Baby license and has made a rather unbelievable number of variations of Kitty herself, has yet to make Mimmy despite how easy it would be to just sew a bow on the other side.
* FleetingDemographic: Young girls and teenage women. And sometimes.......otakus.
* FunnyAnimal
* FurryConfusion: She's a cat....and she has a pet cat called Charmmy. ......[[MindScrew what?]]
* FurryDenial: It has been stated by her creator that Kitty isn't an actual cat, but a little girl... Who looks like a cat.
* GenkiGirl: Kitty, again.
* GirlyGirl: Mimmy.
* IdenticalTwinIDTag:Kitty and Mimmy are both twins, well [[AlwaysIdenticalTwins rather identical to be exact]]. The only difference to tell them both is their ribbons.
* ImplausibleDeniability: Somehow, she is ''[[http://www.people.com/article/hello-kitty-not-a-cat not a cat]]'' simply because she [[FunnyAnimal doesn't walk around on all fours.]]
* ALessonLearnedTooWell: In "Replying Properly", Kitty learns to always answer when called, but then answers when someone calls her name during hide and seek. Also, in "Going to the Bathroom" she learns the importance of going to the bathroom before leaving the house or before bed, but then goes to the bathroom before ''everything''.
* LostAesop: The episode "Replying Properly". It begins with an obvious Aesop of "always reply when someone calls your name", but then it turns into "slang is bad" (like when Mama says, "Shouldn't you say 'yes' instead of 'uh-huh'?"), which escalates when a monster appears who gets bigger when he hears "Yeah, what?", but smaller when he hears "yes". Then, Hello Kitty [[ALessonLearnedTooWell answers when someone calls her name during hide and seek]] at the end.
* LuckyCharmsTitle
* MerchandiseDriven
* MultipleDemographicAppeal: Much like any other Sanrio series.
* NeverSayDie: Surprisingly [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in "The Sleeping Princess" from ''Hello Kitty and Friends'', where Kitty herself warns the BigBad that the princess will "die of sorrow."
* NoMouth: Subverted, Kitty's mouth does usually pop up in animation.
* PottyDance[=/=]PottyEmergency /(implied) PottyFailure: Kitty goes through all three in "Going to the Bathroom" from ''Growing Up with Hello Kitty''. Her PottyFailure is not onscreen, but you can tell because, in the next scene, her clothes are in the washer. Mimmy and Fifi only do the first, as both go to the bathroom when they need to.
-->'''Kitty''': Ohhh, BUT I REALLY HAVE TO GO!!!!!
-->'''Mimmy and Fifi''': ''(gasp)''
-->'''Kitty''': ''(cries)'' MOMMA!!! ''(The scene then cuts to a washing machine with Kitty's clothes in it.)''
* RealNameAsAnAlias: WordOfGod states the twin's real names were Kitty White and Mimmy White.
* SeriesMascot
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Largely falls into FunnyAnimal and CivilizedAnimal.
* {{Tomboy}}: Kitty's this to Mimmy's GirlyGirl.