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Cats Are Snarkers
aka: Cats Are Snarky

Calvin: 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 and contemptuousness (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 as well.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • 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.
    Bella Dona: 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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."

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield, of course.
    Jon: You know Garfield, I get the feeling you're a cat with a little cynic in you.
    Garfield: That's not true! I'm a cynic with a little cat around me.
  • Hobbes the imaginary and/or covertly-real (depending on how you interpret him) tiger from Calvin and Hobbes is arguably the most frequent Deadpan Snarker in the series. (Interestingly enough, author Bill Watterson claimed his pet cat partly inspired the portrayal of Hobbes, but he didn't specify whether or not this included the snarky personality.)
    Calvin: "Live for the moment" is my motto. You never know how long you've got! You could step into the road tomorrow, and wham, you get hit by a cement truck! Then you'd be sorry you put off your pleasures! That's why I say "live for the moment." What's your motto?
    Hobbes: "Look down the road."
  • Bucky from Get Fuzzy who, like Garfield, has a sidekick who exemplifies Dogs are Dumb.
  • Palmtop in Safe Havens has more or less settled into this role.

    Fan Works 

    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.
    Bolt: I will Super-Bark you out of that tree!
    Mittens: Go nuts. Let's see how that works out for ya.
    (Bolt normal-barks)
    Mittens: 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 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.

    Radio 
  • 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.

    Theater 
  • Moppet and Poppet in the opera Paul Bunyan are snarkers in a philosophical way, quoting Peer Gynt.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • 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).

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 


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