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Animation writers often use a cat's coat color, coat length and texture, and/or breed to determine its personality.

When a white cat is paired with an orange, black or black-and-white cat, the white cat is usually female and the non-white cat is usually male. The monochrome type of pairing-- black or black-and-white with white-- is more common in cartoons made in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation.

Long-haired cats, usually Persians and Angoras, are often portrayed as prestigious or high-class.

In fiction, whenever there are kitten sibling characters, they usually each have a different fur color. A black or grey kitten, an orange kitten, and a white kitten seem to most popular for triplet kittens, essentially serving as a feline equivalent of BlondeBrunetteRedhead.

Sometimes, a cat's breed is used to determine its personality by making it a kind of voiced ethnic or nationality stereotype, especially if the name of the breed has a country in it. This often has little to do with how the breed really acts, as anyone who has cats will attest. Breed stereotypes are rarely done with cats since breed variations aren't always as striking and well known.

Compare and contrast with this Trope's species counterpart, DogStereotype, which is only about breed.

!Cat Stereotypes

!!Cat Coat Color, Marking, and Pattern Stereotypes:

'''White:''' Usually all-white in fur color, can sometimes include extreme high grade white spotting cats with nonwhite patches restricted to the ears, the top of the head, and the tip of the tail at most. [[note]]The all-white fur pattern can either be a result of pink-eyed (or complete) albinism (very rare), blue eyed albinism (rare), most extreme form of white spotting (rare), or the dominant white gene (most common). The dominant white gene trumps all other coat color genes.[[/note]]:
* Generally good, particularly if paired against a black cat. Kind, nice, and refined. Often upper-class and rich. An alternate portrayal of a white cat is as a TheMentor. Can alternately be antisocial. Can also be shy or nervous. Usually female when paired with an orange male cat. Almost always have blue eyes in fiction, though the deafness associated with blue-eyed white cats is rarely mentioned.
* These are often, but not always long-haired in fiction.
* Most fictional Sphynx cats have this skin tone or a van-patterned one.

'''Red, Orange, or Ginger:''' Either one or more shade of orange, yellow orange, light orange, or yellow [[note]]There are no actual nonagouti (that is, solid-colored) red or cream cats. Red and cream cats that are genetic nonagoutis have muzzles that are orange or cream like the rest of their bodies and those that are genetic agoutis have white or whitish muzzles, but both are tabbies even if they look solid-colored.[[/note]] Can occur with or without white-spotting; the white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, light yellow, or any combination of two or more of those; the pattern of the white spots can be a locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, or van.
* Heroic and humble. Usually male in fiction regardless of whether there's another cat present, but especially when paired with an all-white cat. Can also be LovableRogue types. Scrappy, wisecracking, comic releif and maybe a bit spirited, [[HotBlooded fiery]], tricky, and clever. Also portrayed as irascible alley cats. Can be lazy or fat. Can be laid back, friendly, and/or affectionate, but can alternately have a bit of a temper. Female cats with this coat color tend to be more laid back than males with this coat color, but can alternately be flighty.
** Sometimes a cartoon cat would be made orange to make it obvious that it is a male character– like bows on girl characters.
* The usually male part is partially justified as orange cats are a little more likely to be male than female. [[note]]Specifically, the gene for red/orange fur is located on the X chromosome. A normal male cat will only have one X chromosome and one red gene = red/orange fur. A female has to inherit genes for red fur on both X chromosomes in order to become a red/orange cat -- one red gene and one non-red gene will result in a tortoiseshell or calico coat.[[/note]]
* If the orange/ginger cat has a van pattern, it is a likely to be female as male in fiction.

'''Cream or Buff:''' Can occur with or without white-spotting, the white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, light yellow, or any combination of two or more of those; the pattern of the white spots can range from locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, and van. [[note]]The cream coat color is the dilute version of the orange/ginger one.[[/note]]
* A female cat in female cat male cat romantic pairing that is not an all-white furred cat is most often this color or lilac. Like orange fur, cream fur is somewhat more likely to be male than female, but cream is done on female cats more because it looks more female.

'''Black:''' Either solid-black (whether blue black, purple black, grey black, jet black, or brown black) or black with more than one shade of black, dark brown, grey, or dark grey; no white, off-white, light tan, light beige, light grey, or flesh-color beyond a locket, muzzle, or facial "mask" [[note]]The black coat color is the nonagouti version of the brown/black tabby one.[[/note]]:
* In RealLife, they're associated with [[AllWitchesHaveCats witches]] and bad luck. [[note]]Black cats are bad luck in the US and Catholic Europe, but they're good luck in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Asia.[[/note]] This carries over into fiction, where black cats are often evil, villainous, or unlucky. Also often magical or mysterious. Antisocial, less extreme personality. Alternately, they are stubborn and friendly at the same time, good natured, placid, companionable, and sociable, are said to be good hunters, and have a tendency to roam.

'''Dark Colors:''' Either dark brown (genetically solid chocolate), dark grey (genetically solid grey/blue), brown/black tabby with dark brown, dark greyish brown, dark brownish grey, or dark grey ground color, black torties, dark brown torties, or brown/black tabby torties with dark ground colors; no white, off-white, light tan, light beige, light grey, or flesh-color beyond a locket, muzzle, facial "mask," mitted pattern, or tuxedo pattern:
* Usually plays the "evil and villainous" black cat stereotypes.

'''Black and White:''' The white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, light yellow, light tan, light beige, light grey, or any combination of two or more of those; the pattern of the white spots can be a locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, or van pattern.
* They tend to be quite unsuccessful, yet always brave and hopeful. Black and white cats with this stereotype are usually male. In other words, they're IdiotHero wannabes. Can also be portrayed as the average Joes among cats. They are also said to be even tempered, placid, and can make real lap cats, though they can also be wanderers. Black and white cats with low grade white spotting (like tuxedo or mitted) can sometimes play the typical black cat stereotypes above. Kittens with a low grade variant of this color (like tuxedo or mitted) are often portrayed as nondescript. Female cats with this coloring are often portrayed as snarky. The black and white cat stereotype is completely different for kittens and female cats than for tomcats.

'''Grey or Blue:''' Can occur with or without white-spotting, the white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, light beige, light grey, or any combination of two or more of those; the pattern of the white spots can range from locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, and van. [[note]]The grey coat color is the dilute version of the black one.[[/note]]
* Often older, wise, and/or a [[TheMentor mentor]]. Can also be fat, mellow, peaceable, calm, and/or lazy. Can alternately be mischievous and a bit frantic. Can sometimes be mean and/or snarky, or just screw with people or obfuscate stupidity. Light grey cats can play all-white cat stereotypes as much as they can play the typical grey cat stereotypes.

'''Lilac:''' Can occur with or without white-spotting, the white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, light beige, light lilac, or any combination of two or more of those; the pattern of the white spots can range from locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, and van. [[note]]The lilac coat color is the dilute version of the chocolate one.[[/note]]
* A female cat in female cat male cat romantic pairing that is not an all-white furred cat is most often this color or cream.

'''Tabby:''' Can occur with or without white spotting; the white part can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, light beige for both tabbies, light tan for brown tabbies, and light grey for blue/grey tabbies, or or any combination of two or more of those; the pattern of the white spots can range between locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, and van. [[note]]There are the six basic types of tabby or agouti patterns: mackerel or striped, broken mackerel, classic or blotched, ticked with or without leg, neck, and tail stripes, and spotted. Also, grey/blue, lilac, fawn, and cream/buff tabbies are the dilute versions of brown/black, chocolate, cinnamon, and red/orange/ginger tabbies respectively. There are also silver and golden tabbies.[[/note]]
* Aloof, bored, superior, and/or snarky. Alternately finicky. Usually hyperactive and kind of dumb, with ADD tendencies. Usually extremely friendly as well. Can also be laid back, calm, very affectionate, and more sociable, sometimes relaxed to the point of being lazy. Blotched or classic tabbies tend to be placid, comfortable homebodies while their striped or mackerel cousins tend to be more independent. Can also play the orange cat "heroic and/or humble" stereotype.

'''Tortoiseshell (Tortie) and Calico:''' Can occur with or without white spotting; the white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, or any combination of two or more of those; the white spot patterns can range between locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, and van. [[note]]The size of the patches varies from a fine, speckled pattern to large areas of color. If tortie without white spotting or with only a locket, the patches are usually look fine and speckled or look brindled. If calico, the patches are usually large and distinct. With torties with low grade white spotting (mitted or tuxedo), the patch size would be somewhere in between.[[/note]]:
* Are usually female and sort of spunky but kind, nice, and refined (like white cats). Can alternately have "tortitude"; that is, be strong-willed, a bit hot-tempered, fiercely independent, feisty, unpredictable, and talkative. These traits seem stronger in torties than in calicos.
* The first part is TruthInTelevision; male cats can only be tortoiseshell or calico if they have an extra X chromosome (a.k.a. Klinefelter's Syndrome), have chimerism, or have mosaicism. [[note]]Tortoiseshell cats with medium or high grade white (like bicolor, harlequin, and van) spotting are called calico, those with low grade white spotting (like tuxedo and mitted) are called tortoiseshell and white, tortie and white, or even torticos, and those without white spotting or just have lockets are simply referred to as tortoiseshells or torties. Tabby torties are called torbies, tabby torticos (tortie and white) are sometimes called torbicos, and tabby calicos are sometimes called calibies. Dilute versions of this coat pattern (like grey/blue, lilac, or fawn and cream instead of black, chocolate, or cinnamon and red/orange/ginger) are called dilute tortoiseshells.[[/note]]
* In picture books aimed at young children, male tortoiseshell cats are common. In interviews, the author's excuse tends to be "Yes, I know, but..."
* Calicoes may play Japanese NationalAnimalStereotypes, especially if the calico in question is also a Japanese bobtail.

'''Shaded and Chinchilla:''' There are two variants of this coat color, Silver shaded and chinchilla and golden shaded and chinchilla. [[note]]The silver variant (with the Inhibitor gene and the Wide Band gene) has a white undercoat with grey-tipped fur and the golden variant (with the Wide Band gene only) has a gold or apricot undercoat with dark brown or black tipped fur. The Chinchilla variant is also called tipped.[[/note]] This pattern is most common in Persians.
* Often upper-class and rich. Usually Persian and have most or all the stereotypes associated with them. Usually long haired as well. Almost always have sea green eyes. Often portrayed in the same or similar manner as white cats since silver chinchilla ones ones look superficially white all over.

'''Colorpoint and Lynx Point:''' Can occur with or without white spotting; the white spots can be stark white, off-white, flesh-colored, or any combination of two or more of those; the white spot patterns can range from locket, tuxedo, mitted, bicolor, harlequin, and van. [[note]]Colorpoint or solid colored point includes seal/black, chocolate/champagne, and cinnamon and their dilute variants, blue/grey, lilac/platinum, and fawn. Lynx point or tabby point includes brown/black, chocolate, cinnamon, and red/orange/ginger/flame and their dilute versions blue/grey, lilac, fawn, and cream. Tortie and torbie point cats are colorpoint and lynx point cats with a tortoiseshell pattern respectively.[[/note]]
* Tend to be extroverted, spirited, inquisitive, clever, talkative, and highly active. Generally, such cats have personality traits and stereotypes similar to those of the Siamese, though modified by the traits and stereotypes of the other breeds involved if they are involved.
* These are cats with a temperature sensitive form of partial albinism in which the cat has color expressed on the legs, feet, tail, face, and ears. [[note]]Point, Himalayan, or Siamese has maximum contrast between points and body color and blue eyes, Mink or Tonkinese has moderate contrast and turqoise eyes, and Sepia or Burmese has the least contrast and green or gold eyes.[[/note]] These markings are associated with cat breeds such as the Siamese, Ragdolls, Ragamuffins, Birmans, and various Siamese crossbreeds (including the Balinese, Burmese, Colourpoint Shorthair, Himalayan, Javanese, Ocicat, Oriental Shorthair and Longhair, Snowshoe, and Tonkinese).

!!!Cat Breed Stereotypes:

* Generally seen as the showy, rich, snooty, upper-class type. Tend to be {{Right Hand Cat}}s. Persians in fiction are almost always white or shaded/chinchilla-patterned, often with snow-themed names. In RealLife, they tend to be sweet, affectionate, and even-tempered, unlike their snooty Hollywood portrayal.
* Persians are occasionally depicted with Iranian NationalAnimalStereotypes.

* Often portrayed as [[CatsAreMean mean]], sometimes even by cat standards. The wedgeheaded or "modern" Siamese are depicted as ill-tempered, bratty, aristocratic and showy, like the Persian. The Applehead or "traditional" Siamese are depicted more neutrally, looking more like typical cats, but may still [[CatsAreMean be just as mean]]. Most writers are unaware that the Appleheaded Siamese exists at all, so the former will be used more often. In RealLife, both types are nothing like their Hollywood portrayal, being one of the most affectionate and energetic among the cat breeds. (If a [[CuteButCacophonic bit noisy.]])
* Siamese are sometimes portrayed with Southeast Asian or Chinese NationalAnimalStereotypes.

'''Sphynx/Hairless cats:'''
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute Not as cute as fluffy kitties]], [[CatsAreMean so they're not as nice]]. If the RightHandCat isn't a Persian, it's this. When CatsAreMean is invoked, Sphynx cats are often used, because the general public (or at least some small children) don't find hairless cats attractive, and therefore will [[BeautyEqualsGoodness not sympathize with them.]][[note]]In real life, Sphynx cats tend to be extremely sociable and affectionate, at least partly due to the fact that their hairlessness makes them more vulnerable to both cold weather and harsh sunlight, and therefore more dependent on humans.[[/note]] More positive portrayals will portray the Sphynx as UglyCute, energetic, and/or a CloudCuckooLander. Fictional Sphynx usually have white or van-patterned skin tones. Usually female. Often portrayed as not being born hairless, but losing their fur through accidents.

'''Scottish Folds/Highland Folds:'''
* Adorable, oafish, lovable {{fat cat}}s.

'''Maine Coons, Siberians and Norwegian Forest Cats:'''
* Large, longhaired cats who are tough survivors and skilled hunters, but {{gentle| giant}} in personality. Usually male.

'''Russian Blues.'''
* They're known for their short, but thick hair. The colour is actually a distinct shade of grey, but they can appear as blue in animations or comics. They're known to be calm and very intelligent.
* Russian Blues are sometimes portrayed with Russian NationalAnimalStereotypes.


!!Cat Coat Color, Marking, and Pattern

* Morris the Cat from the ''9-Lives'' cat food commercials was a red tabby. He probably [[TropeCodifier created the stereotype]] for them. Aloof, bored, superior, snarky, ''and'' finicky.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Naota's cat in ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' fits the old, fat, and lazy grey cat stereotype.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Yoruichi transforms from a human woman into a black cat. Even by ''Bleach'' standards this is very weird magic. Shapeshifting isn't a normal ability and how she can do it has never been explained.
* Gatomon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' follows the White Cat sterotype a little: Generally good, female, and often paired with an orange friend. Subverts it that's she not upper class or rich, and instead of an orange cat, she's paired up with an orange hamster/bat thing.
* ''Manga/ChisSweetHome'': Chi fits the "friendly" and "hyperactive" tabby stereotypes. Kurono/Blackie is a black cat, but [[TallDarkAndSnarky his personality]] [[SubvertedTrope seems to be a mix of the "orange" and "gray" stereotypes]]. Alice is orange and white, but plays the showy white cat stereotype more. [[spoiler:Cocchi from the manga is very much a black-and-white sterotype: IdiotHero wannabe and SmallNameBigEgo.]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' has Luna, who subverts the usual black cat by being very much a good kitty; both she and Artemis are both examples of TheMentor so he fills that white cat stereotype but not really any others except possibly the 'rich' one as his 'owner' Minako Aino's family is shown living in a large house like Usagi's (Luna's 'owner') which in central Tokyo, and in the Azabu-Juuban Ward in particular means you are quite well off but as it's never played up (compared to the catless Ami Mizuno) he doesn't ''really'' fit that one. Their daughter, Diana, is grey and fits the mischievous stereotype.
* There is a black cat in ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' that the BigBad uses to stalk Ririka and tell him what she is doing.
* ''Anime/AgathaChristiesGreatDetectivesPoirotAndMarple'': In one of the episodes, a black cat crosses someone's path. In keeping with British and Asian tradition, it is associated with good luck.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Mr. Hubert from ''ComicBook/BillyTheCat'' is a mentor white cat.
* Salem from ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' is traditionally a completely orange cat. However, due to the 90s show he is always black nowadays, usually with some sort of white markings. He's a sarcastic, somewhat mischievous cat who is actually a warlock [[BalefulPolymorph cursed to live as a cat]] due to the crimes he committed. He's also Sabrina's {{familiar}}.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GayPurree'': Jaune Tom (a yellow-orange male cat with orange stripes), Mewsette (an all-white female cat), and Meowrice (a villainous black and white tuxedo male cat).
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'': Thomas O'Malley is a LovableRogue orange or cinnamon male cat and Duchess is an upper-class, all-white female cat. Also, Toulouse (an orange male kitten) and Marie (an all-white female kitten) fit orange cat and white cat stereotypes respectively. However, Berlioz (a grey male kitten) doesn't fit any of the grey or black cat stereotypes.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'': Danny (an orange male cat) and Sawyer (a white female cat). Sawyer has orangey brown eyes unlike the white cat stereotype however.
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': Oliver the cat is orange, and is one of the nicest characters in the movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'': Tiger (orange) is the one good cat. In the first sequel his love interest is light grey.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies, Puss in Boots is a swashbuckling, wisecracking orange cat.
** In ''Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos'', there is Gonzalo, a calico cat with a scrappy temper.
* Lucifer from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' is dark grey and grey (or dark brown and beige/tan DependingOnTheArtist) with a black head and off-white muzzle, and fits both black and grey cat stereotypes by being [[CatsAreMean evil]], [[FatCat fat]] and lazy.
* Mittens from ''Disney/{{Bolt}}'' is a snarky black-and-white cat.
* In the film of ''WesternAnimation/{{Felidae}}'', the wise Felicity is portrayed as an off-white cat with blue eyes. She's not deaf; she's blind. She's stated to be a Russian Blue, which is consistent with her behaviour.
* ''Animation/CatCity'': Mr. Gatto, the high-class mafia boss, is a fat white Persian. Teufel, the dark grey cat, certainly means bad luck. Safranek, the ginger cat is the most humble and the least mean of the main cat characters.
* Mochi from ''Disney/{{Big Hero 6}}'' is a male calico Japanese bobtail cat who is very sweet, affectionate, docile, and quite [[FatCat chubby]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Milo of ''Film/TheAdventuresOfMiloAndOtis'' is an orange and white cat who is always getting into mischief. Also a male. [[spoiler:The female cat who has his kittens is white.]]

* Throgmorton from ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'' is a loveable rogue orange cat (although he starts out evil-tempered, bullying and anything but lovable). Bethi is a gentle white female, and the favorite cat of the Goddess.
* From Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series:
** Granny Weatherwax's cat You is a pure white kitten, full of purity and innocence. Note that You's purity and innocence is of the same kind as her owner's. This is why when You comes around, Greebo hides.
** Nanny Ogg's cat Greebo, on the other hand, is grey, and is older, wiser, and pure malevolent evil. Greebo used to be young. Those days he was a satiny black, and pure malevolent evil on top of distilled sexy (for cats). The latter is actually still true, if his [[HumanityEnsues human form]] is any indication. Of course, he's also a MemeticMolester... he's said to be every one of a kitten (not You, who actually managed to ''intimidate'' him)'s paternal ancestors for ten generations. Yikes.
** Maurice in ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' is "a sort of mucky tabby", but considers ''dyeing'' his fur to become a "lucky black cat".
* ''Literature/TheWorstWitch'' has a tabby cat ... the only not-black cat in the entire school, who is also terrified of her FlyingBroomstick.
* Naturally, since ''Literature/WarriorCats'' features an entirely feline cast of hundreds of characters, this trope will show up a lot. Some of the more prominent examples:
** '''White:''' Most white cats tend to be good, with the exception of Snowtuft, a Dark Forest cat, in the fourth series. Whitewing in particular tends to be gentle and kind. Whitestorm is one of the earliest stereotypical TheMentor characters. The ''Warriors'' series does make note of the fact that white cats with blue eyes often tend to be deaf; one character comments that one of her first litter was, Fireheart is thankful that his nephew is not, and Snowkit was a deaf kit who died because he couldn't hear the others warning about a hawk.
** '''Red/Orange/Ginger:''' For the "heroic and humble" type, there's the main character of the first series, Fireheart/Firestar, who is named for his bright orange fur. There's also his grandson, Lionblaze, one of the protagonists of the third and forth series. For the "spirited" type, Firestar's mate, Sandstorm, is known for her sharp tongue and temper. Their daughter, Squirrelflight, also has a sharp tongue (and is especially wisecracking as an apprentice), is explicitly compared to fire, and her warrior name reflects her flighty nature. A character named Red in the Super Edition ''[=SkyClan=]'s Destiny'' is also a fiercely independent young female.
** '''Black/Dark-colored:''' If there's a villain, chances are it's a dark brown tabby male - Brokenstar, Tigerstar, Hawkfrost, Dodge (even a few other characters such as Thistleclaw were mistakenly referred to as dark brown once or twice) - and it wasn't until fans pointed out just how many of them there were that the authors added a female tortoiseshell villain. Other villainous dark-colored cats include Scourge (black) and Darkstripe (dark gray with black stripes). Some examples of stubborn black cats include Tall Shadow and her brother Moon Shadow from the prequel series.
** '''Black and white:''' There's not too many standouts with this fur color, so this apparently fits the "Average Joe" part of the stereotype. Tallstar (at least as seen in the main series, not his Super Edition) is an example of an even-tempered character.
** '''Gray/Blue:''' Bluestar and Yellowfang are old, wise mentors (and Yellowfang is snarky, too). Graystripe is mellow, mischevious, and a BigEater.
** '''Tabby:''' A large percentage of the cast is tabby. The most common stereotype is the "aloof/snarky" one, with Jayfeather, Longtail, and Speckletail being some examples.
** '''Tortoiseshell:''' The spunky but kind stereotype tends to come up most; notably, Sorreltail. Most tortoiseshells are female, but two males do appear: Redtail and Sol.
** The shaded/chinchilla and colorpoint/lynxpoint fur patterns do not appear commonly, if at all.
* Inbali Iserles' ''[[Literature/TheTygrineCat Tygrine Cat]]'' series is also one with a great many feline characters:
** '''White:''' Etheleldra is a female [[TheMentor mentor figure]].
** '''Red, Orange, or Ginger:''' Mati, the HumbleHero, has a red coat. The stereotype is somewhat averted in that, being an Abyssinian, his appearance is regarded by other characters as highly unusual.
** '''Black:''' examples of both stereotypes existó Hanratty is a villain, while his brother Pangur is stubborn but well-intentioned and mentions that he roamed far distances in the past.
** '''Black and white:''' Domino is a friendly "average Joe" who helps TheHero despite having no real skills.
** '''Tabby:''' Ria and Binjax are superior/snarky silver tabbies.
** '''Tortoiseshell:''' Jess is a sweet-tempered but brave and independent young female.
* In ''Literature/OldPossumsBookOfPracticalCats'':
** In "The Song of the Jelicles", Jellicle cats are black-and-white, and fit the "even-tempered and placid" stereotype ... until the Jellicle Moon rises and they go to the Jellicle Ball.
** In "The Old Gumbie Cat", Jennyanydots's coat "is of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and leopard spots" and she kind of fits the "hyperactive" stereotype, being a bustling ApronMatron, with multiple projects on the go to civilise the household pests.
* ''Literature/TailchasersSong'' stars Fritti Tailchaser, a ginger tabby with a white mark on his forehead.
* The protagonist of ''Windrusher'' is a male, orange tabby named "Tony" (aka "Windrusher").

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Salem the warlock-turned-cat in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' is a snarky black cat familiar to the titular teenage witch, Sabrina. Interestingly, Salem from the ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' comic book is traditionally an ''orange'' cat (though the original oneshot had him as a black cat) but in the 90s was made into a black cat.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Subverted with ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}. He's orange, but even though he has heroic moments sometimes, he's snarky and lazy as opposed to humble. He does play the aloof and snarky tabby stereotypes straight, though.
* ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}} is an orange male cat.
* ComicStrip/KrazyKat is a black cat of AmbiguousGender which seems very unlucky for being in love with Ignatz Mouse who throws bricks at him/her/it with perverse delight though he/she/it doesn't seem to mind.

* The UC Berkeley Newscenter article, [[http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/10/23/cat-color/ Don't be so fast to judge a cat by its color, study warns]] talks about how cats in real life are judged by their fur color.
* The Pet Peoples Places article, [[http://www.petpeoplesplace.com/resources/articles/cats/28-cat-coat-color-linked-to-temperament.htm Is Cat Coat Color Linked to Temperament?]] talks about how a cat's fur color is stereotypically associated with a certain personality.
* Catster's article, [[http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-behavior-breeds-stereotypes-racial-profiling-cats Are You a Racist When It Comes to Cats? 8 Stereotypes Based on Breed and Markings]].
* The Journal of Cartoon Overanalyzations blogpost, [[https://cartoonoveranalyzations.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/from-the-archives-chromatic-sexism-and-animated-felines/ Chromatic Sexism and Animated Felines]].
* Kul World Daily Drivel's blogpost, [[http://kulworlddailydrivel.com/2013/01/09/stereotypical-cats-an-introspective-look-at-racism-and-prejudice-in-america/ Stereotypical Cats: An Introspective Look At Racism and Prejudice In America]]
* Cats on Film's blogpost, [[http://catsonfilm.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/white-cat-of-evil/ White Cat of Evil]] talks about the recent stereotype of white and chinchilla-patterned, usually longhaired cats being evil and/or a RightHandCat.
* [[http://www.fastcompany.com/3037267/pet-week/why-ginger-cats-took-over-hollywood Why 2014 is The Year of The Ginger Cat]] talks about why the orange tabby is so common in live action movies the New Tens. It also talks about which kind of cats were common for live action works in a given time period. In the Sixties, the Siamese was in vogue and in the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties, the Persian and Himalayan was in vogue.

* ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'': Most of the cats don't fit any colour stereotypes but, in the video version, there are three cats who do.
** Victoria is the only all-white cat. Her role is performed mainly through dance, where she's implied to be a symbol of grace and innocence, and is extremely sensitive to the moods around her. Her coming-of-age moment sends all the cats into a frenzy. In the filmed stage production, her dance and reaction scenes are often paired with the black Mistoffelees for colour contrast.
** Skimbleshanks is a ginger tom. He's an engaging, cheeky cat who has a reputation for being the hero of the railways; the cats believe the trains only run smoothly because Skimbleshanks is there to keep the humans in line and on the job by either fixing all the problems that crop up or alerting the humans to issues so that they can fix the problems in time. His one flaw is described as being his temper, which gets triggered by disorder; he can be quite draconian about ensuring everything and everyone is kept in order so that the trains can run smoothly.
** Mistoffelees is the only all-black cat, described as being black from his ears to the tip of his tail. [[note]]The realities of stage production, where lighting tends to wash out all-black costumes means that the Mistoffelees cat is usually portrayed as a tuxedo cat to bring the costume to life; the cat himself, however, is described as being all-black[[/note]] He is the most mystical cat, capable of manipulating light, telekinesis and producing electricity from his paws. He is implied to have some hypnosis, illusion and voice-throwing abilities, he does possess a psychic sixth sense, and is revealed to be capable of teleporting others or himself. In the Invitation to the Jellicle Ball, his dance is paired with the all-white Victoria for colour contrast.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has the prim pink Delcatty, the obese grey Purugly, and the devious purple Purrloin. Then here's Incineroar, a red/black tiger {{heel}} wrestler...
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendaryStarfy'' the cat costumes you can buy are an orange tabby for Starfy and a completely white one for his sister Starly.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* WebAnimation/CatFace is a male white, blue-eyed (though you can only tell if you look closely) floating cat with a French-ish accent; he's generally arrogant and bossy, generally always complaining or [[CloudCuckooLander saying nonsense]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebOriginal/LOLCats I Can Has Cheezburger?]] has Ceiling Cat (the lolcat deity), who is orange and dwells in the ceiling, and his counterpart, the soul-eating Basement Cat, who is black and lurks in the basement. In a similar vein we have Longcat, who is white (and female) while her 'evil' counterpart [[SdrawkcabName Tacgnol]] is black.
* Roast Beef of ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'' is colored gray in official materials, but plays with the stereotype in that he's depressed and pessimistic just as often as he is snarky.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'': Heathcliff (an orange male cat, as in the comics) and Sonya (an all-white female cat). Averted with Cleo (a cream-colored female cat with [[FurryFemaleMane long orange hair]]), however.
* ''WesternAnimation/FelixTheCat'':
** The "black cats are bad luck" stereotype is subverted with the most famous fictional black cat, Felix. Indeed, [[SignificantName his very name]] (Latin for "luck") alludes to it.
** Both of the female cats he is paired with have all-white fur.
* ''WesternAnimation/BadLuckBlackie'' plays around with the idea of the unlucky black cat. The eponymous Blackie uses his bad luck to protect a whitish shaded silver kitten (gender undetermined) from a BullyBulldog. In the end [[spoiler:the bulldog neutralizes the bad luck by painting Blackie white, but the white kitty paints himself black and gives the dog his comeuppance.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** Sylvester is the codifier for the unsuccessful black and white cat stereotype.
** The ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoon, "Hep Cat" shows a male black cat with a white muzzle and white paws and an all-white furred female cat.
* ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget'' villain Dr. Claw has a grey RightHandCat with black and white stripes and white paws who is usually shown as having as mean a streak as its owner.
* Scratchy from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' ShowWithinAShow ''WesternAnimation/TheItchyAndScratchyShow'' plays the unlucky part of the black cat stereotype.
* ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'':
** Tom, a grayish-blue cat with white patches, was sometimes shown as lazy or mean, and did sometimes torment Jerry for fun, but it depended on the episode.
** If Tom likes a molly she will almost always be completely white furred.
* Fat Cat from ''WesternAnimation/ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'', a gray-furred BigBad, had the fat and mean part down.
* WesternAnimation/{{Pete}} from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts is an evil, fat, black cat. [[MickeyMouse Guess who's]] his archnemesis!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': Stimpy is a fire-engine red cat, and the nicest character on the show (if not particularly bright), and has a white or off-white front and InnocentBlueEyes.
** The Creator/JimmyDurante cat he's partly based on, in the Looney Tunes short "WesternAnimation/AGruesomeTwosome", is an aversion of this stereotype.
* Black Cats are bad luck is played completely straight in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', where a curse that changes Puss' fur black is enough to cause him to become TheJinx. He meets some naturally black cats that are just as unlucky, so the bad luck is implicit in the fur color, not the curse.
* The Creator/{{Disney}} short ''Lorenzo'' is about a spoiled white Persian who makes fun of a feral, black colored bob-tailed cat. The black cat has magical powers and jynxes the Persian's tail to have a mind of its own.
* Plagg from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' is a spirit that resembles a black cat, and has many of the stereotypical traits. He's the literal incarnation of bad luck and destruction, mysterious, laid-back, sarcastic, and has a tendency to wander around and poke at things.
!!Cat Breed

* The ''[[GourmetPetFood Fancy Feast]]'' cat food has a white Persian as a mascot.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime actually portrayed both Meowth and Persian (a Pokémon that looks [[PantheraAwesome a bit like a cougar, unlike its namesake]]) as the mascots for Team Rocket.
* Alice in ''Chi's New Address'' is a Highland Fold, but she isn't one bit fat or oafish.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Pizzazz from ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' has a Siamese cat. The cat is a normal cat - not anymore 'evil' than normal - but their owner is a JerkAss with a temper.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/TheAristocats'' features the rare example of colorful ethnic cat breed stereotypes, featuring a Russian cat (Billy Boss), a Siamese (Shun Gon), an English cat (Hit Cat), and an Italian cat (Peppo). However, in terms of outlook and personality, they were all pretty much beatniks/hippies, and they played the ethnic stereotypes up a lot more than the cat breed ones (Shun Gon, for example, had buck teeth, played the piano with chopsticks, and at one point slammed a cymbal onto his head like a coolie hat).
* ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' features two mean wedge-headed Siamese cats named Si and Am. They're twins. [[DontExplainTheJoke Get it?]]
* Tiger the Persian/Himalayan cat on ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge'' is snooty and standoffish. Bonus points for having the voice actor be of Persian (Iranian) descent.
* The 2006 stop-motion adaptation of ''Music/PeterAndTheWolf'' had the cat portrayed as an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKSseW-tZEA overweight persian]] whose attempts to catch the bird end in him in the frozen lake, cold and sopping wet. And then the bird poops on him.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/CatsAndDogs''
** Has a Russian Blue cat who not only has a Russian accent but also acts like a spy movie villain.
** Kitty Galore from the sequel is an evil Sphynx cat.
* Inverted in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films, where BigBad Blofeld carries around a [[RightHandCat white persian cat]] wherever he goes.
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' Blofeld inversion is parodied in the ''Film/AustinPowers'' films, where Dr. Evil originally also has a white Persian (but after a cryogenic accident it ends up hairless).
* Subverted in ''Film/ThatDarnCat''. "D.C.", a Siamese, is initially shown as very naughty, but is really an adventure-loving AntiHero.
* The ''Film/StuartLittle'' movies have Snowball, a white Persian, who doesn't really fit either of those types exactly: he'd like to ''think'' he's high-class and refined, but really isn't, and personality-wise he's more of a grey (though he starts off as a villain before his HeelFaceTurn).

* The Siamese stereotype is subverted with Koko in ''Literature/{{The Cat Who|Series}}...'' series, who, like real life Siamese, tends to be bright, friendly, inquisitive, and mouthy.
* The Siamese stereotype is also subverted with the eponymous Siamese Literature/SkippyjonJones, who, like real life Siamese, is bright, friendly, and inquisitive.
* The "bratty, showy, and aristocratic" part of the Siamese stereotype is played straight in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' Super Edition ''Firestar's Quest''. When trying to recruit cats to join the new [=SkyClan=], he encounters two Siamese females who are disdainful of the idea of living wild.
-->"What, us?" Rose's eyes opened wide. "You're joking, of course."\\
"Us live in a ''cave''? With no warm blanket?" Lily added. "No creamed chicken?"\\
"To chase mice and ''kill'' them?" Rose's tongue rasped delicately over one brown paw. "How vulgar!"
* ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Storm From the Shadows]]'' introduces Honorverse readers to Dicey, an enormous Maine Coon. (At least, Michelle Henke ''thinks'' he's a Maine Coon; he's of rather indeterminate origin.) Dicey was "adopted" (read: won at a game of cards) by Henke's steward, Chris Billingsley, hence his name. He fits the "tough survivor" breed stereotype perfectly, when he's not busy demanding affection from his chosen humans, Michelle herself first among them. He also has a penchant for stealing doughnuts.
* ''Literature/TheTygrineCat'' has a mean Siamese and a snooty Persian as part of an AllOfTheOtherReindeer scenario.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One With The Ball" had Rachel get a sphinx cat called [[FormallyNamedPet Mrs Whiskerton]], which she becomes convinced actively hates her. However, it's mentioned that the reason Rachel bought Mrs Whiskerton is because her grandmother owned a very affectionate sphinx that Rachel had loved.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Bucky the Siamese in ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' is just plain nasty to dog Satchel and owner Rob, and is a lot stupider than he thinks himself to be.
* Fleshy the Sphynx in ''ComicStrip/RobotmanAndMonty'' has the "positive" depiction as one strange cat (in a strange strip).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''Film/JamesBond'' Blofeld inversion is also parodied, and then ''inverted again'', in a ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' episode, where the girls rescue a seemingly innocent white Persian from a mad scientist, only to discover that it's really the ''cat'' who was evil and the scientist was under his control.
* The Siamese cats in the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''.
* Kat from ''WesternAnimation/KidVSKat'' is a mean alien that resembles a Sphynx cat.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has TalkingAnimal Fu Dog face off against Yan Yan, a female hairless sphynx cat and longtime (as both have been fighting over a lucky coin during many famous periods in history such as the Ming Dynasty, 1793 France during the Revolution, 1917 during the Battle of Keilbergmelen in Germany, and even during the sinking of the ''Titanic'') enemy who masqueraded as pet of Haley's arch-rival and SpoiledBrat Olivia Mears under the UnfortunateName of Miss Tinkles during Show-and-tell.
* The short series of ''WesternAnimation/Cat22'' cartoons played with this and dog stereotypes. 22 himself is a bad luck magnet and a black shorthaired cat; he's a secret agent, so mysterious is kind of a given, but he's polite to a fault and very loyal. One of his fellow agents is a Siamese that is a bit of klutz and the GirlNextDoor. A rogue in the cat versus dog war is a hairless cat who just wants peace, and he's very kind and a FriendToAllLivingThings.
* The titular character in the Disney short ''Lorenzo'' is a fat pet Persian who teases feral cats from his window.