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->''"Everybody wants to be a cat, because a cat's the only cat who knows where it's at."''
-->-- '''Scat Cat''', ''Disney/TheAristocats''

Sometimes CatsAreMean, sometimes [[CuteKitten cats are cute]], ([[TakeAThirdOption sometimes]] [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs they're]] [[CuteIsEvil both]]) but if there's one thing all cats exude, it's cool. Cats stride around with a collected confidence and utter grace, always one step ahead of the curve without a care in the world. And why not? From their perspective, [[CatsAreSuperior they run the world without ever having to get up from their nap.]]

And in fiction, this is no exception: evil or no, cats are graceful, collected and unshakably cool - the shades-wearing cool cat who never misses a beat is a popular version, as is the witty cat who never has to stop relaxing, or the impeccably collected feline, but the most dominant trait is that air of never having to lose their confident demeanor.

If combined with CatsAreMean, this can result in [[CatsAreSuperior cats being aloof.]] Even so, evil cats are often AffablyEvil for precisely this reason. Cats are often associated with jazz music for this reason as well (as seen in ''Disney/TheAristocats'' for example), stemming from the fact that the word "cat" was used in 1930's and 40's jive slang to mean generally anyone who was cool.

Combining with CuteKitten can result in [[BadassAdorable cats being both cool and cute]].

Sometimes, the cool cat is a [[SexyCatPerson Sexy Cat]] as well.

Not necessarily a CoolPet. For big cats with badass qualities, see PantheraAwesome. Contrast BuffoonishTomcat.



[[folder: Advertising ]]

* Cheetos' shades wearing, fun loving mascot Chester Cheetah.
* Tony the Tiger from the Frosted Flakes commercials, of a more "role model" sort of a "cool."
* Morris the Cat, from the old 9 Lives commercials.
* During the 1990s, in Jamaica, there was a soda ad on TV for the local Desnoes and Geddes (D&G) soft drink brand. The mascot for that series of cartoon ads was a cat aptly named Kool Kat, complete with shades and all. (Whenever he drank a soda, he got varying powers that ranged from invisibility to shape-shifting.)


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The eponymous cat from ''[[Manga/TonnuraSan Tonnura-San]]''. Wise, gentlemanly and absolutely [[TheCharmer charming]].


[[folder: Comics ]]

* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}, especially in situations where he's not either the aggressor or the guy being put down. His ability to sit around impassive with a smirk and a quip is often the funniest part of the strip.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* A major theme in ''Disney/TheAristocats'', from upbeat wanderer Thomas O'Malley, to collectedly refined Duchess, to swingin' hep cat Scat Cat, the moral of the story is "nothing keeps a good cat down."


[[folder: Films -- Live Action ]]

* Film/CoolCatSavesTheKids ''tries'' to invoke this trope. YMMV on whether it succeeds.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Pixel from Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/TheCatWhoWalksThroughWalls'' and sequels.
* Basically everyone from ''Literature/WarriorCats''.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The Cat from ''Series/RedDwarf''
* Salem the cat from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' - and he thinks he's even cooler than he is.
** And in the AnimatedAdaptation, he almost manages to be.


[[folder: Music ]]

* Several songs on the subject:
** Squeeze had "Cool for Cats"
** Helix has "Six Strings, Nine Lives"
** Music/TheCure had "Love Cats," which extolled many virtues of how cool cats are.
** Stray Cats had "Stray Cat Strut. "
* Music/{{Helloween}}'s "Crazy Cat". Might or might not be about ''ComicBook/FritzTheCat''.
* Smooth jazz band The Rippingtons have a sunglasses and beret-wearing anthropomorphic cat as their mascot, who appears on each of their album covers.
* "Summer in the City" recorded by The Lovin' Spoonful:
-->Cool town, evening in the city
-->Dressed so fine and looking so pretty
-->Cool cat, looking for a kitty
-->Gonna look in every corner of the city

%%[[folder: Theater ]]
%%* Basically everyone from ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* [[spoiler:Sissel]] from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick''. He even has [[spoiler:the shades]] to prove it.

[[folder: Web Comics ]]
* Percy from [[Webcomic/{{Sinfest}} Pooch and Percy]] is a perfect of the "cats are cool" via "cats are aloof," where he ''thinks'' he's too cool for everyone around him, and acts accordingly.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther is the quintessential example, of the "never has to lose his cool" variety - even in cartoons where he's the ButtMonkey, he always keeps his silent wit and rhythmic step.
* The titular character from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball''.
* There actually was a late-'60s ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' character named Cool Cat - a beatnik tiger who was a very obvious {{expy}} of the Pink Panther.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''' Sylvester Cat occasionally plays with this, particularly in cartoons where Tweety isn't involved.
* ComicStrip/{{Heathcliff}}, from the newspaper comic of the same name and the animated series ''WesternAnimation/HeathcliffAndTheCatillacCats'' (which featured an entire gang of Cool Cats as a supporting feature).
* On the note of a CoolCat gang, WesternAnimation/TopCat and Company, particularly Spook.
* Tom (of ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' fame) attempted to become a CoolCat in order to woo a female in "The Zoot Cat".
* Crazy Legs from ''WesternAnimation/BanjoTheWoodpileCat''.
* Dandi Andi, from ''WesternAnimation/BabarAndTheAdventuresOfBadou''.