From now on, the world's going to know exactly what I think of it! Hobbes:
Yes, you've certainly been the model of self-restraint and understatement up until now. Calvin:
Well, no more. (beat, as he turns to glare at Hobbes
) And I've also resolved not to put up with sarcastic tigers. Hobbes:
If I see any, I'll tell 'em.
Many traits associated with cats, including cleverness
(among others), tend also to be associated with Deadpan Snarkers
— coming mainly from the association with cats as being aloof, unaffected, coming off as superior, and being associated with sense and grace. As such, it only makes sense that some works would have some cats be among their most sarcastic characters, whether as verbally-sarcastic talking cats
or as Silent Snarkers
. This could sometimes involve a cat as a Snarky Non-Human Sidekick
Note that this trope isn't JUST about domestic cats, or even about cats that look like domestic cats either. It could apply to bigger cats
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- Both Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon are masters of snark, especially when dealing with their respective less-than-devoted protégés.
- Yoruichi from Bleach is quite sarcastic in her cat form... and her human form. Let's just call her a Deadpan Snarker in general.
- Pokémon: Meowth, of course.
- Carla from Fairy Tail. Happy can also be a smartass, usually toward Lucy, but it's usually not as much snark as giggling mockery.
- While the title character from Kimba the White Lion is an Ideal Hero, he occasionally says a snarky line when he's talking with his enemies.
Now tell me, Kimba: What happened to that turtle?! If you don't tell me where that turtle is, I'm going to... I'm going to... Kimba:
You're going to be punished by Tonga
for letting him escape? (smiles
- Toyed with in the "Nekotalia" strips of Axis Powers Hetalia. There are all kinds of cats there, but the only one who really fits in is Tama a.k.a. Japaneko... and that's when he's not ranting about tuna.
- Mao from Darker Than Black. Mostly because he misses being human.
- A lot of the cats in Cat Paradise are like this, including the main character's cat, Kansuke. Kaen is just plain mean, though.
- A Cruel God Reigns: Nadia's cat, Octavian.
- Amanojaku from Ghost Stories is the snarkiest character on the show.
- Sakamoto of Nichijou displays traits of this after the professor makes him a scarf that allows him to talk.
- Meow of Space Dandy, though he constantly reminds Dandy he is NOT a cat, but a Beetlejucian.
- Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch in several adaptations. It should be noted that in those adaptions, Salem was originally a warlock who tried to take over the world and was turned into a cat as punishment. In the original comic, he was just Sabrina's pet cat who occasionally had magical powers.
- Hairball from Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers.
- John Blacksad, in tandem with his Film Noir Private Detective persona.
- Katten Jansson ("Katten" means "The Cat") from the Swedish comic Bamse is a small black-and-white cat (and one of few non-anthro animals in the series) whose best friend is an equally-snarky mouse. They switch between snarking at each other and teaming up to snark at the world in general.
- Rusty Duncan from Sunnyville Stories is always ready to make jokes and witty replies.
- The cat from The Rabbi's Cat is an atheist and mocks the Rabbi for believing in anachronistic unscientific and allegorical stories as literal truth and yet wants to convert to Judaism and have a Bar Mitzvah in order to be able to associate with the rabbi's daughter. He also convinces the Rabbi's master who takes the religion more seriously still that he is god, and has come as a test, that obviously he isn't a cat because cats can't talk. Then when the man is kneeling and weeping, he says "no, I was just messing with you, I'm just a talking cat."
Films — Animation
- Jiji in the English dub of Kikis Delivery Service.
- Scar from The Lion King:
Simba: I'm gonna be king of Pride Rock!
Scar: Oh goody.
Simba: My dad just showed me the whole kingdom! And I'm gonna rule it all!
Scar: Yes. Well, forgive me for not leaping for joy, bad back you know.
Simba: Hey uncle Scar! When I'm king, what'll that make you?
Scar: A monkey's uncle.
- Mittens, from Bolt, is the character in the page image.
I will Super-Bark
you out of that tree! Mittens:
Go nuts. Let's see how that works out for ya.
Oh, the super-bark. Scary, scary.
- The Jungle Book
- The cat from Coraline fits this trope in both the film and the book.
- Diego from Ice Age. He is voiced by Denis Leary.
- Cat R. Waul and Miss Kitty from An American Tail: Fievel Goes West
- Pangur Ban from The Secret of Kells never speaks, but her expressions speak volumes.
- Francis and Bluebeard in Felidae.
- Master Tigress from Kung Fu Panda. Maybe. She's quiet and reserved and bottles up her resentment but is only questionably a snarker.
Films — Live-Action
- Salem, from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, mentioned in the Comic Books section.
- Morris The Cat, from the 9 Lives cat food commercials on the past.
- Humphrey the Downing Street Cat, as portrayed in the BBC Radio 4 series Political Animals, elaborately takes the piss out of his famous human owners.
- The title character of 1996 science fiction comedy series Seymour The Fractal Cat is pretty snarky, though he could have picked it up from any of the show's other major snarkers: his two previous owners and the computer that granted him sentience.
- In RWBY, Blake is a cat-type faunus, and fittingly she's the team-member who's most often letting loose with a snarky remark (usually at Weiss).
- Salem (again!), this time from Sabrina: The Animated Series.
- Garfield (again!), in Garfield and Friends — Lorenzo Music's deadpan delivery is what sells it.
- Cat from Little Bear.
- Azrael in The Smurfs, though he snarks in meows.
- Socrates from Adventures from the Book of Virtues.
- Fluffy Lopart from Handy Manny is a non-talking example.
- Another non-talking example would be Opalescence from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The timing of her meows and facial expressions combined give off this trope's feel. This applies especially well to "Sweet and Elite", where Rarity keeps talking to Opal about various things and Opal almost constantly responds in a Silent Snarker type way. Also the time that Sweetie Belle wonders aloud if she could be good with animals; Opal slices off part of her mane with Audible Sharpness and smirks as if to say "Lol, U mad?"
- Rita of Animaniacs.
- Custard from the 2003 Strawberry Shortcake version
- SpongeBob SquarePants's pet snail, Gary, who is analogous to a cat.
- Dodsworth was a very short-lived Warner Bros. character, appearing in only two shorts. He was a lazy, obese cat with Sheldon Leonard furnishing his snarks. As he allows an army of mice to steal food past him: "One 'o these days, I'm gonna have to get a mousetrap."