[[caption-width-right:350:Lions and tigers and [[PowerGlows blue]] [[TechnicolorFire fire]], [[Film/TheWizardOfOz oh my!]]]]

->''"Wanna be a lion''
->''Everybody wanna pass as cats."''
-->-- [[Music/{{Counting Crows}} Counting Crows]], "Mr Jones"

Let's face it: Cats are a huge part of the human experience. [[CuteKitten They make things cuter]], [[RightHandCat they complement schemes to take over the world]], [[CatGirl their ears and tails are often added to the human form]] (and indeed, [[UncannyValley the feline face itself has long been described as vaguely humanoid in appearance]]), but there's another class of cat altogether. Ever since the first anthropoid was dragged off and eaten by a sabertooth, the large cats have invoked fear and awe in the hearts of humans. They've become the symbols of kings, empires, even gods and demons. Their pelts are gorgeous and carry with them a sense of awe. And, obviously, they have a profound impact on humans and the fiction they produce.

See [[Analysis.PantheraAwesome its Analysis page]] for ways this trope applies to specific cats.

See CoolCat for when this applies to regular cats. Lions also get their own page as the KingOfBeasts. Also note OurGryphonsAreDifferent, when big cats (specially lions) are [[MixAndMatchCritters mixed]] with other awe-inspiring creatures, [[NobleBirdOfPrey the birds of prey]]. Despite the popular name, the [[UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife Tasmanian Tiger]] (more accurately, the Thylacine) is not a cat, but a marsupial.

While this trope is about big cats, it should not be confused with MegaNeko, which is about cats that are ''exceptionally'' large for their species.

Also not to be confused with the metal group Music/{{Pantera}}, which is indeed awesome, but not feline.


[[folder:In General / Multiple Types]]
* The Magnum Double [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqJ3LhRwVCE Release the Beast]] commercial has a black panther, a tiger, a jaguar, and a male and female lion. And a ThreateningShark.

* ''Manga/AnimalLand'' features several of these among its animal cast. They range from Kurokagi, a gigantic lynx, to lions the size of small skyscrappers.
* From ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', the true forms of Kerberos and Spinel Sun.
* Byakko from ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. He is one of TheFourGods, and his animal form is a white tiger. Made even more awesome by the fact that his humanoid form is a white-haired {{Bishounen}}.

* Creator/StanWinston's ''Realm of the Claw'' comic strip prominently featured a clan of god-like anthropomorphic cats of various species. With only a handful of comics and the passing of its creator, it's hard to examine it further beyond its preservation-versus-exploitation story concept and its rather [[RoyallyScrewedUp messed up royal-divine feline family]] (a very apt summary is avaialble [[http://quoththeravennevermore13.blogspot.com/2006/03/realm-of-claw.html here]]). However, the figures remain very detailed in typical Stan Winston style and feature, among other things, [[http://www.collector-actionfigures.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/AF-015962/ Nakuru the cougar]], [[http://www.collector-actionfigures.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/AF-238019/ Tare the leucistic leopard]], [[http://www.collector-actionfigures.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/AF-349824/ Tswana the melanistic leopard]], [[http://www.collector-actionfigures.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/AF-655407/ Kaela the cheetah]], [[http://www.collector-actionfigures.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/AF-397969/ Zynda the lynx]], and [[http://www.collector-actionfigures.com/dash/universe/catalog_item/AF-356623/ Sabyr the sabertoothed cat]].

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5952595/1/Why_and_were Whys and Weres]], the werewolves of Überwald realise - belatedly - that they are not the only were-creatures on the Disc. For, from out of Darkest Howondaland, the Leopard Society has stirred and come to town. And when a werewolf meets were-leopards, never has the phrase "they fight like cat and dog" been more appropriate....
* All the cat shifters in [[http://shiloh.tvheaven.com/hall.html this]] series of paranormal themed ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' fics. Except maybe Chet, who people tend to laugh at because his fur is a patchwork of various cat coat patterns.

* In the 2011 movie ''Film/WeBoughtAZoo'', although the movie is about the zoo in general, the animal that gets the lion's share of the story focus is tigers. A male lion also makes an appearance. Jaguars are also mentioned but they never showed up.
* Similarly, although multiple animals appeared to converse with, the Eddie Murphy remake of ''Film/DrDolittle'' focused a great deal on a tiger and the movie's climax revolved around an operation to save his life, with the doctor's conversational talent critical to making this possible (first by identifying what was wrong with him, then being used to help soothe and calm him while he was being operated on).

* Naturally, both Shere Khan (tiger) and Bagheera (melanistic leopard) of Creator/RudyardKipling's ''Literature/TheJungleBook'' (and all of their various adaptations) fit into this category.
* The moor cats of ''Literature/{{Shannara}}'' are a fictional species resembling the panther with the ability to blend into their surroundings. They are a match for most of the franchise's monsters, including the werebeasts and the Shadowen.
* Creator/AlanDeanFoster's works:
** In ''Kingdoms of Light'' a spell transforms a bird, a terrier, a snake and three cats into humans to return color to the drab Kingdom of Gowlands after it was taken over by an evil warlock and his goblin hordes. During the FinalBattle all the animals transform into larger wild animal counterparts of their respective species. The bird turns into a firebird, the terrier into a large wolfdog, the snake into a reticulated python, and the three cats into a lion, a panther, and a leopard respectively.
** The ''Literature/JourneysOfTheCatechist'' series has Ahlitah, a hybrid of lion and cheetah, who possesses his father's strength (the lion), and his mother's speed. He basically serves as TheSnarkKnight throughout the series, and TheBigGuy for the first book.
** ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'' doesn't have many feline characters appear, but among those which do many cats are {{Mooks}} for the bad guys: one, the sadistic Sasheem, is the first mate for PirateParrot Corroboc; and the heroic, badass, DualWielding Amazonian tigress with a Southern drawl, Roseroar, becomes a great ally to the hero of the series.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', the cats' mythology says that they're descended from a [=LionClan=], [=TigerClan=], and [=LeopardClan=], and they have folk tales about these Clans (which WordOfGod says are just stories - the big-cat Clans did not actually exist). One big cat does actually make an appearance in the series - a mountain lion that preys on the local cats, who have dubbed him "Sharptooth".
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series and its YoungAdult spinoff ''Literature/StephanieHarrington'':
** The hexapuma, a six-legged felinoid that only vaguely resembles Earth "big cats", and can grow up to three meters long, massing several hundred kilograms when mature. To the other six-legged felinoids, the Treecats, they're known as "[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Fangs]]", and even with high-powered human rifles (civilian, anyway) can take several shots to kill.
** Treecats themselves deserve an honourable mention here; they're not much larger than an Earth housecat, but they can do a remarkably good impression of a self-propelled buzzsaw if threatened.
* In the ObsidianAndBlood trilogy, people born on the day of the Jaguar in the Aztec calendar can summon jaguar spirits. Most people can only manage insubstantial kittens, if that; but someone with enough training can summon a war-beast capable of splitting bone with its claws.
* In [[Literature/MoreauSeries ''Forests of the Night'']] and the sequel ''Fearful Symmetries'' the hero is Nohar Rajasthan, an 8-foot anthropomorphic tiger.
* Although, as the title indicates, it mostly focuses on lions, ''Literature/{{Lionboy}}'' also features other types, such as tigers and leopards.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', numerous fictional species of great cat appear. Westeros has the shadowcat, an animal resembling our snow leopard, except striped like a tiger. Essos has the hrakkar, a lion-like steppe cat, presumably social, like the lion.

* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (and by extension, ''Franchise/PowerRangers'') that have any animal theme at all will have at ''least'' one big cat in the mix. Special notice goes to ''Gekiranger''/''Jungle Fury'', in which "big cats" were the ''de facto'' theme: the three core Rangers had tiger, cheetah, and jaguar powers, the BigBad was a lion, and one mentor type, Sha Fu/Master Mao, is apparently a caracal. The only exceptions were ''Kakuranger''/''Mighty Morphin[='=]'' Season 3, the dinosaur-themed ''Abaranger''/''Dino Thunder'' and ''Kyoryuger''/''Dino Charge'', and bird-themed ''Jetman'' - though they ''did'' manage to throw a sabertooth into the other dinosaur season, ''Zyuranger''/''Mighty Morphin[='=]'' Season 1.
* ''Series/KamenRiderOOO'' has this as [[EvilGenius Kazari's]] AnimalMotif, with ''Lion'', ''Tora (Tiger)'', and ''Cheetah'' Core Medals.
* ''Series/BigCatDiaries'' focuses on the lives of three real big cat families each season - a cheetah family, a lion pride and a leopard family. You get to see the real-life awesomeness of these cats in this show, although with just how ''hard'' it is to be a wild animal.
* Kitty the black cat, one of the pets of ''Series/TheMunsters'' looks like a normal cat at first but he roars like a lion. Pretty Awesome.
* Peter Criss of Music/{{KISS}} was a "Catman". ([[LegacyCharacter current drummer Eric Singer also uses that make-up]])

* The playfield for {{Atari}}'s ''Pinball/MiddleEarth'' pinball is dotted with several exotic cats, all of which are large, fanged, and ferocious.

* The Bastet werecats from ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse''. There are nine tribes, each based on folk depictions of the animals. Simba werelions style themselves as natural leaders, Swara werecheetahs are messengers, Khan weretigers are warriors and heavily involved with the ''Hengeyokai'', Bagheera werepanthers/leopards are judges/justice-dealers, Pumonca werecougars are travellers, Qualmi werelinxes are mystics/riddle-lovers, the Ceilican are faerie-touched Eurasian wildcats, and the Bubasti are mysterious Egyptian black cats. Unfortunately, the Bastet as a whole are difficult for players to portray. They're solitary by nature except for the Simba and Khan, but only in the context of an African or Asian setting. And like other Changing Breeds, they're an ill fit for the social dynamic of a werewolf pack. This does not stop players with SpecialSnowflakeSyndrome from insisting on playing one.
* The Lyran Empire in ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles'' names all its ship models after species of big cats, e.g. the Tiger cruiser, Saber-Toothed Tiger mauler, Cheetah frigate...
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Rakasta, humanoid big cats who come in much the same types as ''Werewolf'''s Bastet.
** {{Catfolk}} appear in both 3rd Edition and ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}''. They seem to be based roughly off of lions in the former, leopards in the latter.
** Third Edition also featured numerous feline based prestige classes, usually centered around gaining the ability to transform into cats, gain catlike senses or other traits, or summon various types of felines. Or any combination of the above.
* Cats of some size has been a potential animal companion since Third Edition. In 3.5 specific kinds could be picked at higher levels at the cost of not gaining the full animal companion levelling boost, in ''Pathfinder'' from level 1 druids can have big cats (representing the big big cats, like lions and tigers) or small cats (representing smaller big cats/not-strictly-big-cats-but-larger-than-housecats cats, like cheetahs and leopards) as animal companions (rangers, when they get their animal companions, are limited to small cats, but given even those end up roughly human-sized and terrifyingly strong, agile and armoured compared to their non-companion relatives...).
* TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}: Played with, with the Aslan. The Aslan ''look'' like lions, however they are not even mammalian and act like many tribes of humans do.
* ''TabletopGame/AnimaBeyondFantasy'' has Arturia, the white lion that was the companion of Zhorne Giovanni, the first Emperor and Dakku, a black panther in '''lots''' of steroids that's the companion of Lucanor Giovanni.
* ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'':
** The Sylvan Morigami Alsei, which is a gigantic plant-like tiger.
** Naturia Leodrake has the highest attack power among the Naturia, but has no effects whatsoever. It later becomes Leoh, Protector Beast of the Sacred Tree, who is enhanced with the armors worn by the "Constellar" and the "Evilswarm", respectively. Leoh is also a shortened version of "Leodrake". Gao is one Level higher than "Naturia Leodrake" and has 100 more ATK and DEF.
** The very purple, very humanoid Panther Warrior is probably meant to be a melanistic leopard, but it's hard to say. It's a four-star monster with a fairly high attack rating, but one that comes at a price (requiring tributes every time it attacks).
** Soul Tiger, a soul-eating ghost tiger, is a four-star monster with no attack power, but a very high defense rating of 2100 at no price.
** Amazoness Tiger is another four-star tiger monster with the potential to balloon up to a beefy 2700 attack rating just by being around other Amazoness cards.
* A fair number of units in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' are named after big cats. They tend to be much more dangerous than their size implies.
** Oddly enough, many examples share a very specific weight class--35 tons. This specific category includes light Battlemechs such as the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Panther Panther]]'', the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Adder Puma]]'' (properly known as the ''Adder'' in Clan circles), the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Cougar Cougar]],'' the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Ocelot Ocelot]],'' and the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Jaguar Jaguar]]''.
** There is also the larger ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Lynx Lynx]]'' medium Battlemech.
** ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Tiger Tiger]]'' and ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Puma_%28Combat_Vehicle%29 Puma]]'' tanks.
** Aircraft with Panthera family names include the ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Cheetah Cheetah]]'' light fighter and ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Lion Lion]]'' and ''[[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Leopard Leopard]]'' {{DropShip}}s.
** An honourable mention must go to the infamous [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Timber_Wolf_%28Mad_Cat%29 "Mad Cat"]], so named because the targeting computer of a Mechwarrior encountering them in battle for the first time couldn't decide if it was a ''Marauder'' or a ''Catapult'' and kept switching the letter code in the HUD between MAD and CAT. The nickname stuck.

* ''{{Transformers}}''. Every group of animal-based 'bots will have at least one cat in the mix, sometimes breaking the only-one-of-each-type rule that most such teams would be expected to have. (The original Predacons have a lion and a tiger, the early Maximals have a tiger and a cheetah). Even several series with mostly vehicle types tend to have a kitty as one of the few animal-based 'bots.
* VideoGame/PrimalRage's toyline had the, well, toyline only Slash Fang, a character who was supposed to show up in the cancelled sequel, and showed up in the novelization of the story. He's a giant two-legged sabretooth tiger, as his name implies.

* The BonusBoss in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', [[spoiler: Sanae Hanekoma]] Panthera Cantus. His noise form is a PaletteSwap of Tigris Cantus and Leo Cantus at the same time.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn]]'' has the [[{{Animorphism}} Beast tribe laguz]] which consist of lions, tigers, and "domestic" cats, among other things. King Caineghis (lion), Skrimir ('nother lion), Giffca ('''nother'' lion) and Ranulf (cat) are the most badass of the bunch. The backstory has [[PrecursorHeroes the White Lion, Soan]], who's [[HalfHumanHybrid halfbreed descendent]] is a recruitable MasterSwordsman in both games.
* ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar'' went nuts with the were-felines as the series progressed. It started with Gado (lion) and Long (tiger), then introduced Shina (leopard), Shenlong (another tiger), and Uriko (CatGirl).
* Coeurls in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series tend to appear as large cats with long whiskers, and have a powerful psychic attack.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has the charr, who are playable in ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. Also, they have [[HornedHumanoid horns.]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series and its sequel MMO ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''
** Large cats are particularly associated with night elves. Priestess of the Moon heroes and huntress units in ''Warcraft III'' rode Nightsaber[[note]]Think of a black panther, but with a tiger instead of a leopard or jaguar, and sabre-toothed[[/note]] mounts, and these same animals became the racial mount for night elves in [=WoW=]. In addition, night elf hunter characters start with a nightsaber as their pet when they are first created.
** Druids learn [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Cat Form]] early on the in the game, which is the form that allows them to deal melee damage. Night elf and worgen druids become panthers, trolls become tigers, and tauren become lions.
** Lions feature heavily in the heraldry of the humans as well. Anduin Lothar, a legendary human warrior from the Kingdom of Stormwind, was called the "Lion of Azeroth," and a lion emblem is front-and-center on the crest of the Alliance, one of the two major playable factions. [[FridgeLogic Many players have pointed out that this makes little sense, as no lions can be found on the Eastern Kingdoms, the continent where humans hail from]].[[note]]When asked about this, the devs' retort was that Uther Pendragon's crest had dragons on it, but there were none of those in England![[/note]]
** The Shado-Pan, an elite society of Pandaren warriors and monks introduced in ''Mists of Pandaria'', use [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife variously-colored]] tigers as mounts. Players can ride them as well upon reaching sufficient reputation with the faction.
** Also introduced in ''Mists'' was Xuen the White Tiger, one of the four [[PhysicalGod Celestials]] who watch over the continent of Pandaria. Xuen embodies the "warrior spirit" of Pandaria and especially the Pandaren.
** Finally, many, many varieties of Cat exist for hunter characters to tame. They can be found all over the world, and some are unique in some fashion and highly sought after.
** The ''Legion'' expansion introduces panther Wild God[[note]]An alternate name for the Ancients[[/note]], Ashamane. Her fangs form a pair of daggers which Feral Druids use as their artifact weapons, which alters their Cat Form to look like her.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'' series:
** ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresIII'': The whole package of big cats appears with Asian Dynasties expansion. Jaguars, cougars, lions, tigers, white tigers, snow leopards and leopards, in the form of black panthers. They are all quite nasty to face, especially the ones available as trainable units.
** ''[[VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII Age Of Empires II: The Conquerors]] only has jaguars. And the elite unit of Aztec Civilization is Jaguar Warriors.
* VideoGame/PrimalRage's cancelled sequel was to have a giant sabretooth tiger amongst the pantheon of pre-historic gods, named Slash Fang.
* The Ronso, a ProudWarriorRace of tribal, one-horned big cats found in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'''s Spira.
* The Umbra Witches in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' can use the Beast Within to turn into felines so they can run faster. Bayonetta can turn into a Panther, Jeanne into a Lynx and Rosa into a tiger.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline'' includes Senche cats native to Elsweyr and Valenwood. They come in several forms, including Senche-Tigers, Senche-Panthers, and Senche-Lions. While they are not related to the CatFolk Khajiit, they are commonly found as Khajiit pets and guard animals. While other races see them as little better than wild animals, Khajiit are said to "sense an intelligence" in them that the other races do not.

* ''Webcomic/{{Panthera}}'', [[CaptainObvious clearly]]. It's about a bunch of teens with attitude who can use magic to transform into giant feral cats.
* One of the shapeshifting Beings in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'' is normally a tiger. In spite of the usual one-species-only limit on its kind, it can also turn into certain related cats like a leopard and an Iberian lynx. (The reasons are only apparent if you study ancient Greek and Sanskrit.)
* ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'': From the first page, this FurryWebcomic has featured a tiger Kiedran. Recently, it added a snow leopard barkeeper and her shy but adorable young daughter.
* ''Webcomic/TheSuburbanJungle'': The star, [[SpeciesSurname Tiffany Tiger]] is , [[CaptainObvious of course a Siberian tiger]]. One of her coworkers, Dover, is a cheetah. The owner of the local watering hole is a lion. Tiffany's sister, Comfort, and Dover eventually get married [[SpinOffspring and their daughter winds up getting her own comic]].

* ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'' has Nigerian lava cats.
* A series of YouTube videos that showed that big cats can (and do) ''sometimes'' behave like large versions of domestic cats. (Which, biologically, they basically are.) For example, this one that shows them [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J11uu8L8FTY playing in cardboard boxes]].

* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' have its {{Beastfolk}} [[{{Catfolk}} Cats]] who tend to work under the principle of AnimalThemeNaming[=/=]ADogNamedDog.
* WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther, who would go under Black Panthers if he weren't, you know, pink.
* The Mutates from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' were [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] and [[MadScientist Sevarius's]] attempt to recreate the eponymous creatures via LegoGenetics; they used DNA from various big cats as the best counterpart for a gargoyle's strength and agility, and the finished Mutates each resemble a different big cat- panther (Derek Maza/Talon), lioness (Maggie), mountain lion (Fang) and tiger (Claw).
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': Cringer/Battlecat is a tiger, specifically an Eternian tiger which means his coat's background colour is green and his stripes are yellow.

* Big cats, but especially the Lion, are amongst the most common devices in heraldry.
* The German Army has gotten in on the trope via ThemeNaming of their armored vehicles: [[FragileSpeedster Pumas]] and [[LightningBruiser Panthers]] and [[TankGoodness Tigers]], oh my. [[UsefulNotes/WeAreNotTheWehrmacht Leopard II tanks]] are the most modern in the series. (The whole "big cat" thing might have something to with the fact that the German word for armor in general is ''panzer''...) There was also a Lynx light recon tank in Hitler's menagerie. This trope is somewhat subverted in that - seemingly having run out of cat names - the ''very'' largest tank fielded by the Germans, at way over 100 tons, was called the '''''Maus'''''.
* Apple has codenamed [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X#Versions every version of OS X from 10.0-10.8]] after one of the big cats. (''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' even pointed out [[http://xkcd.com/1056/ sabretooth tigers need to come next]]... but to everyone's disappointment, Apple decided to switch to [[LocationThemeNaming names of places in California]], starting with the Mavericks surfing area. It's a shame we're never going to get a [[https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-f0Lh3-XTb9k/TiiIARisVKI/AAAAAAAAAFE/bgsYlXMIgj4/w506-h480/This%2Bdefinitely%2Bneeds%2Bto%2Bbe%2BApple%2526%25238217%253Bs%2Bnext%2BMac%2BOS%2Brelease%25E2%2580%25A6-2.png Mac OS X Ocelot]]).
* [[CoolVersusAwesome Pitting lions and]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_versus_lion tigers against each other]] has been a common theme throughout history in both literature and real life, ranging from scholarly comparisons to actual arranged fights.
* Lions are a favorite heraldic symbol competing with [[NobleBirdOfPrey eagles]] in popularity. Some heraldic artists TakeAThirdOption and use a Gryphon which is after all both an eagle and a lion so to speak. Venice used the "Lion of St Mark" (a winged lion) as a national symbol and England uses a Lion. You would think such conspicuously nautical powers would prefer a Marlin or some other badass nautical critter. No matter.
* Related to the above, the Royal Coat of Arms of England has three lions, and those have represented the country or the UK everywhere, from coins of the pound sterling to several emblems of English national sports teams (such as the England football one - the UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague also had a a lion at their logo before a rebrand).
* Unusually badass Sherpas are honored with the title of "Tiger".
* Whether it's positive [[IntimidatingRevenueService or not]], it's up to you: in Brazil, the nickname since 1979 for the income tax is "lion", originating from a campaign from the local IRS associating said tax with the animal.
* The [[{{Mayincatec}} Aztecs]] had [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaguar_warrior Jaguar Warriors]].
* Two of the Shaolin Animals are big cats, the Tiger (brute strength) and Leopard (agility/stealth). Actually, technically 3, if you count Snow Leopards (in addition to the main 5 animals).

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''
** Kitty's uncle Specklerex is a spotted Lion, most likely actually a Leopon (Leopard/Lion Hybrid).
* Hienkel the Chimera in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' transforms into a Lion/Human hybrid.
* [=GaoGaiGar=] in ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' is made of a robotic lion named Ghaleon and other mecha. Gai Shishio's (its pilot) last name means "Lion King".
* ''Anime/BeastWarsII'' had ''[[Characters/TransformersGeneration1Autobots Optimus Prime]]'' (Convoy in Japan) expy and white lion ''Lio Convoy'' leading that series' group of Maximals (Cybertrons).
* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
** Provides an extensive family of lion-based {{Mons}}, all of which are afflicted by a [[RunningGag Running]] MythologyGag: if you see one in an incarnation of the franchise, it's a pretty good bet that he'll be a literal SacrificialLion. The most well-known and founder of the gag is Leomon of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and ''Anime/DigimonTamers''; other lions include [[Anime/DigimonFrontier Loewemon]], [[Anime/DigimonSavers BantyoLeomon]], [[Anime/DigimonXrosWars MadLeomon and Apollomon]]. All these characters died at some point; Apollomon [[UpToEleven even died twice!]]
** Some other examples that exist outside of the "running gag": Baihumon, one of ''Digimon''[='s=] [[TheFourGods Four Sovereigns]]; Mihiramon, the Tiger Deva from ''Digimon Tamers''; Lynxmon, who is also [[PlayingWithFire on fire]]; and many, many more.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** Leo Aioria wears the Leo Gold Cloth, based off the zodiac sign. His eyes and explosive personality are often compared to that of a lion, and he's [[InSeriesNickname nicnkamed]] "The Golden Lion".
** His {{Expy}} ancestor from ''Manga/SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas'' Leo Regulus, as well as his ParentalSubstitute and former Leo Saint Ilias.
* In the old anime ''Beast Fighter'', Shinichi Kuruma can [[MixAndMatchCritters transform into a mishmash of animals]], a lion being one of them.
* Leone in ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' wields the Imperial Arms "Animal King: Lionelle", which gives her lion-like features as well as enhanced physical strength.
* Kerberos/Kero from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', specially in his true form.
* Teika from ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki''.
* Mila-Rose from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* Leonmichelle and Gaul from ''Anime/DogDays''.
* Season 3 of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' had minor villain Purson, a man with a lion's head and a [[MakeMeWannaShout lion's roar]].

* In ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'', Usagi's sensei is a lion. It also features cat-ninja. His previous master also appeared to be a lion.
* Living in the savanna with a pride of lions is what turned [[ComicBook/SecretSix Catman]] from a joke-villain into an incredible badass.

[[AC: FanWorks]]
* George [[VoluntaryShapeshifting does a lion]] at one point in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' to knock Aurion over while she's wielding the mind-controlling sword Brox's Kiss. He had intended to knock the sword from her grasp, but she kept hold of it. Being an ActualPacifist and still fairly new at this shapeshifting stuff, he finds himself clueless as to what to do next, since he's obviously not going to chew her face off. At least his paws on her chest prevented her from screaming out an order to her minions.
** Having learned his lesson, the next time he needs to do something like this (in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''), he becomes a gorilla, though this also proves problematic since he can't talk in this form and he desperately needs to tell Paul something.

* The 1965 movie ''Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion'' and the 1966 spin-off TV show ''Daktari'' both featured Clarence, a male lion who happened to be cross-eyed. In the movie, he's captured after raiding the livestock of a village -- it's discovered that due to his crossed eyes he sees double and cannot hunt wild game. He's taken to the local vet clinic and adopted by the veterinarian's daughter. The TV show focused more on the vet, his family, and dangers-of-the-week (often poachers or criminals trading in wild animals,) but Clarence was still a major character.
* ''SecondhandLions''.
* In ''Film/{{Jumanji}}'', the game conjures a huge male lion to menace the protagonists. Alan traps it in a bedroom and it spends the rest of the movie sleeping, only getting out near the end.
-->'''Peter:''' [reading the Jumanji rhyme] His fangs are sharp, he likes your taste. Your party better move post-haste.
* Samson and his son Ryan the Lion from 2006 movie ''WesternAnimation/TheWild''.

* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Aslan -- [[CrystalDragonJesus Jesus Christ is a lion]], [[MemeticMutation get in the wardrobe!]]
** Another lion was petrified for most of the first book. He eventually fights alongside Aslan in the final battle against the White Witch after being freed.
* ''Born Free'': book in 1960, film in 1966. A lioness, raised from a cub in captivity, is rehabilitated to life in the wild. In the late 50's the idea of rehabilitating captive animals for successful life in the wild was not widely accepted or attempted. The Adamsons may have been the first to try it.
* Lions (called "Numa") appeared in several of Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'' stories.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", the title tower has lions in the garden to guard it.
* David in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' acquired this morph and for a while displaced Jake as the only big cat in the group. They even had a big cat showdown [[spoiler: where David nearly killed Jake when Jake's usual bite-the-neck tactic didn't work thanks to the mane.]]
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''Literature/DrawOneInTheDark'', Tom and Kyrie are aided by a mysterious lion, which they deduce has to be a shape-shifter, like them.
* ''Zamba'', the story of Dr. Ralph Helfer's tame lion who was his first and biggest example of successful affection training, and a star of numerous TV commercials and movies in the 60s and 70s.

* Old Tokusatsu show ''Kaiketsu Lion-Maru'', whereas the protagonist is a mystical swordsman named Shishimaru who can turn into an even more fearsome swordsman with the head of a lion, called 'Lion-maru'.
* ''Series/UltramanLeo'', complete with the theme song verse "The eye of the lion is shining" and a lion's head (it ''roars'' in Episode 2) standing in for Leo's home planet in the L-77 nebula.
* As noted above, ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' tend to include a lot of big cats in their series, and a large majority of them are lions. See the entry in KingOfBeasts for details.
* The house pet of ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'' is an adult lion. For them is like a kitty, of course, and he behaves as such. But for the unfortunate visitants is very often the reason why they end running scared out of the property BennyHill style.

* Music/CountingCrows' song "Mr. Jones" contains the lyrics "I want to be a lion / We all want to pass as cats."
* Commander Meouch of Music/TupperWareRemixParty is a humanoid lion who can play the bass like no other.

* One of Hercules's Twelve Labors is killing the powerful Nemean lion that's apparently invulnerable. When no weapon seemed to harm it, he choked the lion to death. Then, he used its own broken off claw to skin it, and wore the pelt as armour.
* The Greek goddess Cybele is sometimes shown riding a chariot drawn by lions.
* David, in Literature/TheBible, bragged to Goliath about killing lions with his sling and staff as a shepherd.

* Wrestling/GeorgeHackenschmidt's RedBaron was "The Russian Lion." He was born in UsefulNotes/{{Estonia}}, but it's not a case of FakeNationality, since, at the time he was born (1877), Estonia was part of the Russian Empire.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho used the RedBaron "Lionheart" prior to coming to Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1999. His Boston Crab FinishingMove, later renamed the "Walls of Jericho", was [[AnimalThemeNaming called]] the [=Liontamer=], and his second-rope moonsault is called the "[=Lionsault=]".
* DistaffCounterpart: The Japanese woman wrestler Wrestling/LionessAsuka.

* The [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball Detroit Lions football team]]. Considering [[FailureHero their typical performance]], it's a subversion.
* The [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball Brisbane Lions]] of Australian rules football.
* In the other big four American sports, most teams with a regal name have a lion as mascot (Los Angeles Kings, Sacramento Kings, Kansas City Royals) and might have them right in the logo (Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals).
* In UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball, there's Usefulnotes/MajorLeagueSoccer's Orlando City S.C. (and DistaffCounterpart Orlando Pride) and Brazil's Sport Recife.

* Wemics, the tribal liontaurs of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* The White Lions are chariots used by the High Elves of TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}, drawn by (you guessed it) white lions.
* ''TabletopGame/KingsOfWar'' has Basilean Grand Master Gnaeus, who rides on a lion.

* In the PlayWithinAPlay in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', Thisbe is menaced by a lion.

* Liontaurs, the official [[PettingZooPeople race]] of the land of Tarna in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII''. Most of them are badass warriors or mages and obsessed with honor and glory. One of the main characters of the game is Rakeesh the paladin, who is a sort of mentor to the hero.
* ThatOneBoss from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Sho Minamimoto as Leo Cantus.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Growlithe and Arcanine has characteristics of lions; Entei resembles a lion more, but the Shinx family is obviously based on them.
** The Litleo family is another candidate for this trope; most notably Pyroar.
* Slash Beast from ''VideoGame/MegaManX4'' has a lion design despite his name. His Japanese name (Slash Beastleo) shows it, though.
* Jax's Animality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'', a lion.
* The "Garu" breed introduced in ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 4'' is a humanoid lion.
* Leonyx, from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestMonstersJoker2'', is a colossal, humanoid lion that dualwields swords. He is also one of the [[OlympusMons strongest monsters in the entire game]]. ''He's [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Leomon]] on steroids''.
* In freeware video game ''VideoGame/{{Stranded}}'', you could encounter [[MisplacedWildlife lions]] in the deserted island where you are marooned.
* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series background lore, werelions are a type of [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent were-creature]] most commonly found in Elsweyr, Black Marsh, and Cyrodiil. They've yet to make an appearance in-series, however.

* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1732 SCP-1732]]. Apparently, the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus was in actuality a sentient talking lion...who took a decidedly hands-on (paws-on?) approach to Christian dissidents.

* ''Disney/TheLionKing''
* In the Disney version of ''Disney/RobinHood'', Prince John and King Richard are depicted as lions (Richard with a mane, John without).
* ''Lambert the Sheepish Lion'' wherein Lambert was mistakenly delivered to a flock of sheep by a confused stork and grows up thinking himself to be a [[ObliviousAdoption funny-looking sheep]] until the day when he saves the flock from wolves.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Tangath Toborn]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}''.
* Kalus from ''WesternAnimation/HotWheelsBattleForce5''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and its [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', young protagonist King Lion-O is, respectively a LittleBitBeastly or {{Beastfolk}} member of a race of ''{{Catfolk}}'' where Lions have right to rule as KingOfBeasts.
* TransformersGenerationOne:
** Razorclaw, the leader of the Predacons
** Steeljaw, the Recordabot
* ''WebAnimation/WeeblandBob'': "Where can you see lions? Only in Kenya! Come to Kenya, we've got lions!"
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has his Lion (that's his name), a mysterious, silent, magical lion that Steven found in the desert. Lion seems to have all sorts of powers, like a [[PersonOfHolding pocket storage dimension in his mane]], [[MakeMeWannaShout can unleash sonic roars]], WalkOnWater, [[TeleportersAndTransporters open portals to places by roaring]], and is implied to have been linked to Steven's mother (an alien who gave up her physical form to have him, and passed her magical gem to him, making him half-human). The fact that Lion's fur is pink contributes to this idea.

* Tony the Tiger, longtime mascot for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal. ("They're grrrrrreat!")
* Esso gas stations (the forerunner to today's Exxon Mobil) had a popular advertising campaign in the '60s featuring a cartoon tiger and the slogan, "Put a tiger in your tank." They even gave out little (fake) tiger tails to attach to the back of your car.

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Tama from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', an [[MisplacedWildlife African white tiger]]. Possibly North Eastern Africa, in the land bordering Eurasia. While still far removed from their normal habitats, hunting for food and being driven away by man could account for the journey and explain why he was found orphaned (parents killed, finally, after being driven so far South)
* In ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' one of Gosunkugi's cunning plans to expose Ranma's fear of cats was to set a tiger on him. There is also the character of Lime who is descended from Tigers (on his mother's side).
* Tigrerra from the first ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' season.
* The tiger-demon Byakko from the early ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' arcs.
* Similarly there's the Byakko from Onmyo Taisenki, Kogenta and Rangetsu (a white and black tiger respectively, though Rangetsu has white stripes instead).
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' has the Libra Saint Dohko, who is represented by a tiger motif and has even a tiger tattoo on his back. Since he's the teacher of Dragon Shiryu, this is meant as a symbol of [[TigerVersusDragon balance]]. From Anime {{Filler}} there's Ohko, Shiryu's rival, created to display the same premise (predating Dohko's revelation of his tiger motif).
* Ryo Sanada from ''Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (Anime/RoninWarriors)'' has Byakuen aka White Blaze, his white tiger pet.
* Dr. Gein from ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ To X'' has a trio of robot marionettes based off TheFourGods, with Byakko (an humanoid white tiger) being one of them.
* Kotetsu T. Kaburagi from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has tigers as his AnimalMotif. His name has the kanji for tiger in it; his {{superhero}} persona is Wild Tiger; the scriptwriter has stated that he had the tiger of the Chinese zodiac in mind when he wrote his character; he even has a tiger ''cellphone background''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Might Guy uses a move called Afternoon Tiger to defeat Kisame, which is a taijutsu move that fires a massive pressure bullet in the shape of a tiger's head.
* ''Manga/TigerMask'', of course.
* ''Manga/BlueExorcist'''s mangaka has drawn the titular main character Rin as a tiger and in general he seems to have a lot of cat traits added to him. As a bonus, Rin uses [[TechnicolourFire Blue]] [[HellFire Flames]] as part of his status as the resident AntiAntiChrist...which is hilarious when compared to the current trope image.
* Aileen Rao in ''[[Anime/YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 0]]'' has a pet tiger, to which she threatens to kill Anzu if Yugi loses to her in Raijinhai.

* Mr. Tawky Tawny in the ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}'' franchise. He's an urbane and well mannered humanoid tiger who chooses to live in Human society. That said, if he is forced to fight, then he is deadly in combat with his strength, fangs and claws.
* The obscure Silver Age [[Creator/DCComics DC]] hero, Desmond Farr aka Tiger-Man, a sometimes-associate of Guy Gardner. Originally one of a pair of twins with a {{Synchroniz|ation}}ed PsychicLink, he ends up becoming a tiger after ingesting a special potion, in order to track down his twin who has lost his mind to the same potion. Eventually, after both are cured, the PsychicLink is broken, and his twin dies in a later incident, Desmond somehow inherits his brother's tiger powers and becomes one permanently.

* In the ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8649007/1/Kitsune-s-Power Kitsune's Power]], the titular hero ends up befriending the Tigers of the Forest of Death and riding them on missions and into battle.
* In the PeggySue fanfic ''FanFic/ChuninExamDay'', Naruto's newfound family decide that they need animal sidekicks. One raid into the Forest of Death later...

* ''Film/TheHangover'' has four drunken guys dealing with, among other problems, a tiger in their hotel suite, and how to get it back to its [[TheTysonZone owner]] in one piece.
* ''Film/TwoBrothers'' is about the adventures of two tigers in 1920's French Indochina.
* Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia film series:
** ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'': White tigers can be seen in the White Witch's army, contrasting with the good lions.
** ''Film/PrinceCaspian'': Standard orange tigers side with the good guys.
* MarilynMonroe wears a spangly tiger-striped gown during the "piano fantasy" scene in ''Film/TheSevenYearItch''. It's ''very'' stylized (the black stripes look a lot like lightning bolts).

* In ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', [[BigBad Shere Khan]] is a Bengal tiger that was born with a withered leg, thus lacking the "fearful symmetry" of Blake's Tyger. He regards himself as the lord of tigers (apparently the meaning of his name) but is really a coward and a bully. He's still a dangerous and scary man-eating tiger and proves to be quite [[ManipulativeBastard cunning and manipulative]]. He also frequently undergoes AdaptationalBadass in most adaptations.
** His ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' [[CorruptCorporateExecutive counterpart]], however, is [[MagnificentBastard decidedly less so]].
** In ''Disney/TheJungleBook'' Disney adaptation, Shere Khan is a Badass Bengal tiger and KnightOfCerebus who is [[TheDreaded feared by everyone in the jungle]] and [[CurbStompBattle can easily defeat]] other animals such as bears and wolf packs. He certainly lives up to the name "king of tigers" and this trope. Taken even further in the sequel.
* The second Literature/WinnieThePooh book, ''The House at Pooh Corner'', introduced Tigger, who is not vicious at all, but overly enthusiastic and, like Hobbes, fond of pouncing on those he likes. The fabled Jagular are not so friendly, though they are never actually seen.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Jake's preferred battle morph, and the only big cat in the main team.
* ''LifeOfPi'' is mostly "[[{{Robinsonade}} a boy stranded on a boat]] [[ABoyAndHisX with a Bengal Tiger]] [[FluffyTheTerrible named Richard Parker]]." Said tiger is mostly done through computer graphics in TheFilmOfTheBook.
* Creator/WilliamBlake's Tiger is awesome indeed.

* [[NonHumanSidekick Ruh]] in ''Series/{{Beastmaster}}''.

* "Hunting Tigers Out in Indiah", a venerable music hall song covered by Music/TheBonzoDogBand.

* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Hobbes is Calvin's best friend, but has no reservations about stalking and pouncing him.

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* The ''Tiger Mask'' manga series spawned a wrestling gimmick of the same name. It was first used by Wrestling/SatoruSayama. Then Wrestling/MitsuharuMisawa got it and it eventually became a LegacyCharacter.
* The Wizard (Wrestling/KingCurtisIaukea) called Wrestling/HulkHogan "the rare, white Bengal tiger" on the October 14, 1986 ''WWF Prime Time Wrestling.'' Iaukea later became the Master of the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in 1995, and he, [[Wrestling/KevinSullivan "The Taskmaster" Kevin Sullivan]] and [[Wrestling/TheBigShow the Giant]] would again refer to Hogan that way.
* While known in his home promotion of World Class as "The Modern-Day Warrior," and in WWE as "The Texas Tornado," [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily Kerry Von Erich]]'s RedBaron in Japan was "''Tora no Tsume''" ("Tiger Claw.")

* The Detroit Tigers baseball team and the Cincinnati Bengals football team.
* Many schools, especially in the U.S., tend to have tigers for mascots. Two Southeastern Conference schools, Auburn University and LSU (Louisiana State University), are probably the best-known examples.
* The UANL Tigers soccer team from Monterrey, Mexico.
* The [[UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball Richmond Tigers]] of Australian rules football.
* [[UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion Leicester Tigers]], a noted English rugby union club.

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Weretigers, which are the second most powerful lycanthropes, but generally neutral, meaning they're more interested in being left alone.
** Rakshasas (loosely based on demons from Hindu myth) are ever-reincarnating fiends that resemble humanoid tigers.

* The PuzzleBoss from ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', Mitsuki Konishi as Tigris Cantus.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has Gekigami, the lightning-god, who is an enormous white tiger. There are also smaller (though still larger than Amaterasu) orange tigers found in various areas.
* Neon Tiger from ''VideoGame/MegaManX3''.
* [[FluffyTheTerrible Snowflake]], the zombie-slaying tiger in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2''.
* Kotaro, the CoolPet of Byakko and boss in Ayame's storyline in ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}} 2''.
* ''VideoGame/CannonDancer'' has a tiger {{mook}} appear in two stages.
* The "Woren/Furen" clan from ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' is a race of tigermen. In terms of individuals, we have [[CatGirl Katt]], Tiga (''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII''), Rei (''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'') and Cray (''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'').
* The boss Fenrir in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' appears as a large Behemoth-type enemy with the head and fur of a white tiger(in spite of being named after a giant wolf).
* ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast'' has the protagonist becoming a weretiger in one level.
* ''Jagged Alliance 2'' features Bloodclaws, huge wildcats roughly double the size of a normal tiger. Some characters shout "Tiger!" when they see one approaching. They are mostly encountered in wilderness sectors as well as in a arena of some sort, where they can be released from their cages. Bloodclaws, despite only being able to attack in close combat, are very dangerous enemies even for well-armed mercenaries. They are fast and take multiple hits to kill. Loading hollow-point ammunition is strongly advised.
* Growlithe, Arcanine, and Electabuzz from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' have traits of tigers. The Legendary pokemon Raikou is an actual tiger with traits of saber tooth cats.
** Litten's final evolution, Incineroar is a tiger/wrestler.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' already had an example of this in KoOhKi, a badass tiger and one half of the Guardian Beast machines that form RyuKoOh, but one of the more recent games further introduced KyuukiOh, who is ALSO a very big and badass tiger monster. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj9nDPi7uK0 See him in action yourself.]]
* ''VideoGame/EvilIslands'': Tigers appear in both of the two first islands.
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMario3DWorld'' [[spoiler:[[BigBad Bowser]] gets his own Cat PowerUp form with the appearance of a tiger]].
* In the ''Rajas of India'' DLC pack for ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings II'', Indian rulers can organize tiger hunts. Killing one yourself nets you a nice prestige bonus. At the same time, it's entirely possible for the tiger to turn the tables on the hunter and make you into its prey instead.
* Shou [[MeaningfulName Tora]]maru of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has a tiger motif, and fanart often shows her accompanied by a very large tiger.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'': CoolOldGuy Québec is a tiger. Though he uses a cane, he's still quite capable of kicking ass.
* In the ''Franchise/StarOcean'' series, Highlanders, native to the planet Roak, are said to have evolved from tigers, and have a similar genetic relationship to their Felpool cousins that Neanderthals had to humans.
* ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII''[='=]s third DownloadableContent has Aava the King's Pet, who is a gigantic tiger coated in ice, can cast powerful ice-related spells, and is initially invisible, meaning you won't know what the hell is causing those roars until you undo its invisibility. Later in the same DLC, you can also meet Lud and Zallen, two massive tigers coated in darkness with similar casting powers as Aava and the added bonus of wreathing themselves in darkness [[TurnsRed once their health goes down]].

* ''Webcomic/TheMeek'' has Dagre, a giant tiger-like spirit with glowing eyes and far too much neck. He likes to [[http://www.meekcomic.com/2010/05/17/2-36/ push people over the line to madness.]] Sleep tight...
* ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'' has the shapeshifting Being owned by Ann Walker, who usually keeps it in tiger form because (a) it's intimidating and (b) it matches her hair.

* [[http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee132/Animus_photo/Demotivator/1204261031939.jpg Tiger Cavalry]]. Fuck your {{bears|AreBadNews}}.
* [[MisplacedWildlife "Where can you see tigers? Only in Kenya! Lions and tigers only in Kenya!"]]
** [[spoiler:The "remix" version by Weebl and Bob animator Peabo features the fine print disclaimers "Good luck actually finding tigers in Kenya" and "Not sure about the tigers".]]
** [[TakeThat Forget Norway!]]

* The ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Riddle of the Gold" had a tiger hunt, where the hunters became the hunted.
* ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'': A monstrous, scary, and dangerous beast is loose in the city... no, it's just a misplaced white tiger loose in the sewers, frightened and running, but no less dangerous. [[spoiler:They manage to un-misplace it safely.]]
* Tigress, the most fearsome of the Furious Five, in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''.
* Rajah, in Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' and [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries spin-offs]]. Although [[AllAnimalsAreDogs he acts more like an oversized housecat]]. Tigers don't live in the Middle East today, but there was once a subspecies of tiger called the Caspian tiger, which was found as far west as Turkey and Iraq. [[AccidentallyCorrectWriting It is unlikely that the filmmakers knew this.]]
* [[EnsembleDarkhorse Rath]] of ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''.
* A family of tigers appear as background characters in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''.
* One of the animals Mad Madam Mim turns into during the WizardDuel from ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'' is a pink tiger with purple stripes (the tail eventually becomes part of that of a rattlesnake).
* Tigertron from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* A tiger can be seen hugging the nephews near the end of the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' opening theme.
* The WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} animated short ''Tiger Trouble''.
* Tygra from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Tiger, as is Bengali, a White Tiger.
* Rampage, the Predacon from TransformersGenerationOne (not to be confused with the WesternAnimation/BeastWars Predacon Crab of the same name).
* Cool Cat, a late-'60s ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' character [[{{Expy}} who should in no way be mistaken for the Pink Panther]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' for some reason actually featured [[MisplacedWildlife tigers living in Africa.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', ComicStrip/ThePhantom could call upon "the power of ten tigers" to fight evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa'' has [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Giant Realistic Flying Tiger.]]
* Jay Ward created ''WesternAnimation/CrusaderRabbit'', a very early TV cartoon series; a sort-of proto Rocky the Squirrel, and sidekick Rags the Tiger, his Bullwinkle.

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Chocolove (aka Joco) [=McDonnell=] in ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has a jaguar spirit.
* One episode of ''Manga/PetShopOfHorrors'' featured a jaguar, in an episode about an underground South American terror cell seeking to overthrow the current regime and restore the glory of their ancient civilization. Complete with the ancient religion, which is where the jaguar came in: she was attached to the family of the cell's charismatic leader. At one point she fell out of a helicopter, and D jumped after her; [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou they were rescued mid-air by a condor...]] yeah.

* ''Jaguar God'' from Verotik.

[[AC: FanWorks]]
* A jaguar makes a brief appearance in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World''. It breaks a lot of teeth when it tries to bite NighInvulnerable Paul, which makes him feel terribly guilty. After it runs off, Spectrem does NOT endear himself to Paul or George when he talks about how he would have mounted the jaguar's pelt on his wall.

* A black she-jaguar becomes the [[BigDamnVillains unlikely savior]] of a fleeing slave in Mel Gibson's jungle thriller ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}''.

* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} minus Tobias, still unable to morph at the time, used jaguar morphs in "The Forgotten" but they were never used again because they were sario rip morphs and unusable afterward.

* In ''Series/TheSentinel'', Jim occasionally sees his spirit animal, a black jaguar. A two-part episode shows his EvilCounterpart's spirit animal, a spotted panther.

* For the cover of a Music/TheRollingStones album, a photographer planned on having Mick Jagger sitting in a convertible with a jaguar. This proved to be EXTREMELY dangerous, so they had to build a partition out of fiber glass to keep Mick (or maybe the jaguar?) safe. While this was happening, the photographer took a photo of the jaguar's face, then drew on his viewfinder where the jaguar's eyes and nose were. Then he took some shots of Mick on the same frame of the roll as he did the Jaguar. [[http://mickjaggerofficial.tumblr.com/post/13844585262/leopardprintmick This]] is the result. This was before photoshop.

* The Jacksonville Jaguars football team.
* In UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion, a jaguar appears on the crest of Argentina's national federation. However, the country's national team is nicknamed ''Los Pumas'' instead of ''Los Jaguares''.
** The ''Jaguares'' name (without the article ''Los'') is now attached to Argentina's Super Rugby franchise, which began play in 2016.

* King and Armor King from ''{{Tekken}}'' both use jaguar masks and [[TheUnintelligible speak exclusively through roars]].
* Kung Lao's Animality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''.
* The main character is guided by a talking jaguar in AmazonTrail. It intervenes to scare off two conquistadores that have cornered you (if you didn't take the other option, tricking them into eating a powerful laxative).
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Maplestory}} Maplestory's]]'' Wild Hunter class lets you ''ride one'' while shooting all sorts of arrows and artillery. If you decide to get off, you can also have it attack while you shoot from a safe distance. [[TalkingAnimal If NPC Blackjack is any indication, they also talk.]]

[[AC:Web comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ThreeJaguars'', three jaguars are indeed the main characters.

* Black jaguars were seen chasing Kuzco in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'', the villain controls a giant jaguar statue to terrorize the city.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TimeWarpTrio'', the kids go back in time to the ancient Mayan civilization. They are kidnapped by soldiers who take them to be eaten by jaguars.
* Baby Jaguar from ''WesternAnimation/GoDiegoGo''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'', Jaga is a {{Catfolk}} Jaguar.
* Ravage in ''TransformersGenerationOne'' is stated to be a (black) jaguar.

* The Jaguar sports car (usually pronounced Jag-u-ar in the commercials).

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'''s Rob Lucci can transform into a half leopard or full leopard.
* ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'': The people of Shutra often kept snow leopards as pets and considered them to be excellent guards. Einhart (a direct descendant of the last king of Shutra) has a snow leopard ''[[CuteKitten kitten]]'' [[EmpathicWeapon device]].

* One of the errands in ''TabletopGame/NinjaBurger'' is walking the store's pet leopard. Why your store has a pet leopard is never explained.

* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' is a comedy starring CaryGrant, Katharine Hepburn, and a leopard. Oddly enough, [[MisplacedWildlife Baby was from South America, the natural home of jaguars, and actual cat used WAS a jaguar, despite the dialogue]].
* Luchino Visconti's [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]] of ''The Leopard''; see more under Literature.
* ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild''. "I'm Siri, the clouded leopard." And quite the antagonist too. Her and Spike's point/counterpoint song is awesome.

* In Lynda Robinson's ancient Egyptian mysteries, King Tutankhamun is often accompanied by Sa, a black leopard, as a protector.
* [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy1 Beware of the leopard!]]
* Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's ''Il Gattopardo'', named for the Salina [[AnimalMotifs family's coat of arms]]. Although the English-language translation renders the title as ''The Leopard'', "serval" would be more accurate.
* Stelmaria, the snow leopard daemon of Lord Asriel in ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''.
* Leopards bear the standard and crown of Aslan in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe.'' They are also seen fighting in his army against the White Witch.
* The presence of tame Leopards were a big factor in the belief that the man in the mountain had access to heaven in ''Literature/TheAlamut''. It's only later pointed out that this isn't particularly heavenly and it's only the viewers inexperience that makes it seem so.
* Uraza of ''Literature/SpiritAnimals''. One of the fifteen [[PhysicalGod Great Beasts]], and patron of the realm of Nilo.

* Not as common among U.S. colleges as other big cats, but a few can be found, most notably Lafayette College.
* In rugby union, the Leopards Rugby Union represents most of South Africa's North West province. The senior team competes in the Currie Cup, the country's main domestic competition.

* Ose, a bipedal leopard, is a recurring demon/Persona in the ''ShinMegamiTensei'' series.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'', Purrloin's evolution Liepard speaks for itself (although it's actually a leopard cat, not a leopard).
* The Leopardmen in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIII'', who are a race of cunning [[ShapeShifter shape changers]] and magic users who can make themselves appear as upright leopards and live in the dark jungle. They value intelligence and stealth and are proof that DarkIsNotEvil.
* Ernst from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' is a wereleopard.

* In ''Webcomic/OffWhite'', a malevolent snow leopard causes trouble for a group of sledders.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2007-11-08 a leopard puppet to play off how a leopard can not change its spots.]]

* Sabor, from Disney's ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'' and, subsequently, ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''.
* Tai Lung, the BigBad in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', is a snow leopard.
** The Wu Sisters are clouded leopards.

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* Creator/JayneMansfield probably [[TropeCodifier did more than any other celebrity]] to make leopards sexy, thanks to the leopard-spotted bikini she began wearing in public semi-regularly in the late 1950s.
* Bodybuilder Angelo Siciliano - whom you probably know better as "Charles Atlas" - also was famous for [[ManInABikini wearing leopard-print bikini briefs]].

[[folder:Generic Black Panthers]]
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* Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. His Zanpakutou name is 'Pantera', thus he turns into a bipedal panther-like humanoid. He gets black hands and feet, but the rest of his new form is standard [[GoodColorsEvilColors Hollow white]].
* In ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha TheMovie 1st'', instead of turning into an ordinary MegaNeko, the little kitty that encounters a [[MineralMacguffin Jewel Seed]] instead turns into a giant, demonic, black panther, with white markings, bony protrusions, and large bat wings.
* ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Spinel Sun's true form is a panther with blue butterfly wings. He is the DarkerAndEdgier {{Expy}} of Kero.

* Black panthers inspired Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/BlackPanther and The Black Panther Party (separately).
* The 1942 horror classic ''Film/CatPeople'' is about a Serbian woman who fears that whenever she gets jealous or sexually aroused, she will turn into a black panther and attack her loved ones. The first scene in the movie is the woman at a zoo, sketching a picture of a black panther.

* [[GentlemanThief Ronan]] from Philippa Ballantine's ''Digital Magic'' has the CodeName "Panther" because he spends a lot of time in [[VoluntaryShapeshifter the form of a black panther]]. [[spoiler: Turns out he's [[OurFairiesAreDifferent Puck]] from the first book, ''Chasing the Bard''; the panther was one of his favorite forms.]]
* In ''Literature/TheJungleBook'', Bagheera the black panther was born in captivity but escaped into the jungle, becoming one of its most feared and respected predators. His cunning and bravery make him one of the best teachers a young man-cub could ever want.
* In ''Literature/TheMoomins'', the Hobgoblin rides a flying black panther. The panther gets a few lines in the TV series.

* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'' a black panther represents Wolfram and Hart's senior partners in the white room.
* On ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', the Lady of the Lake is cursed to turn into a massive winged panther every night.

* Model Amanda Lear leads a roaring panther on a leash on the cover of Music/RoxyMusic's ''Music/ForYourPleasure''.
* Music/TheWeeknd uses a black panther to symbolize him in his "MANIA" short film.

* [[TabletopGame/TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]] of the ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting has a magical pet panther named Guenhwyvar.
** In D&D as a whole, there's the Displacer Beast, a panther with tentacles on its shoulders. Most notable for being hard to hit, because it's actually several feet away from where you ''think'' it is.
** There is also the massive black panther which Kelemvor of the ''Avatar Trilogy'', now god of the dead, transformed into as a result of his HereditaryCurse.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Numenera}}'' has the Sarrak, which appears to be a panther with a sphere of energy for a head and mind control abilities.
* ''TabletopGame/KingsOfWar'' features Basilean panter cavalry.

* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' [[SNKBoss boss]] Rugal Bernstein has a pet panther named Rodem which appears with him on occasion, and some comics also give him a very loose leopard motif. Similarly, fellow boss (Original) Zero has a genetically engineered black ''lion'' pet named Glaugan that also assists him in battle as a striker.
** Rugal's children, Adel and Rose, have a pet panther ''kitten''. Presumably it's Rodem's baby.
* Panther Caroso of the Star Wolf Team from ''VideoGame/StarFox''.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', monsters called Cheetaurs roam the forests at night, which actually are more like huge panther-creatures. There's also the [[KillerRabbit cute little kitty]] owned by the old lady in town, that turns into a giant panther if you try to harm its owner.
* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'' features ridable black panthers with EyeBeams. They're actually the most normal species in the game's setting.
* Eugene Gallardo from ''VideoGame/TalesOfRebirth'' is a Gajuma in form of a Black Panther. And he is the token CoolOldGuy. And badass.
* Black Orchid from ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'' can morph into a panther for some of her special attacks.
* Panter Flauclaws from ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 2''.
* Chronos "Evil" Lait from classic video game ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe 3'', the most powerful character in the game, mainly due to his super move in which he lunges across the screen in an unstoppable and unblockable attack.
* Nargacuga, of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' fame.
* Awilix from [[Videogame/Smite]] has her pet Zuku. He can become a jaguar, however, with her Blood Moon skin
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' has Sooba, Cale's black panther which appears to be almost sentient.

* The ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Pursuit of the Po-Ho" had a magnificent black panther snarling as Dr. Quest performed his GodGuise act. It was also featured in the opening credits.
* Whether Ravage from ''WesternAnimation/{{Transformers}}'' is a jaguar or a panther depends on who's writing... in Japan, his ''name'' is Jaguar but in a manga he sometimes masquerades as a human called the "Black Panther Man!"
* Data Seven from ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}''.
* Attacat from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}''.
* WesternAnimation/ThePinkPanther is this, except he's pink instead of black.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'', ComicStrip/ThePhantom's daughter Jedda had a pet black panther named Keisha.
* Panthro from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Black Panther.
* Captain Quarry (an obvious clone of Bagheera) is a vicious mercenary-for-hire in Disney's ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has ex-con Jack Crowley (voice of Creator/MichaelKeaton) painting a mural for Springfield Elementary showing a [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]]-like female warrior riding on what appears to be a panther (it's actually a puma, the school mascot, but it sure looks like a panther). The kids love it, but Principal Skinner is disgusted: [[WhatAnIdiot "The female form has no place in art!"]]

* Panthers are actually melanistic leopards.
* The Black Panther Party For Self Defence, which took its memorable signature animal from an area high school football team.
* The Carolina Panthers football team.

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* Disney's ''Charlie the Lonesome Cougar''.
* ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'' has a mountain lion chase Shadow and Chance midway through the movie.
* ''Film/PumaMan''. "[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 He flies like a moron...]]"
* ''Film/WhosThatGirl'' has a rare cougar (a Patagonian ''felis concolor'') that Louden Trott has to deliver to a Mr. Bell, whom Nikki Finn takes a liking to and even tames, calling him "Murray". It even comes to Nikki's rescue a few times, and at the end of the movie chases after her bus with his mate.

* ''Series/TwentyFour'', [[TrappedByMountainLions obviously]]
* In an episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Hal and the boys realize they've wandered onto an artillery range when a mountain lion blows up.
* Steve French in ''Series/TrailerParkBoys''.

* Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld seems to keep one as a pet in one Dos Equis ad.
* Ford Motor Company perched one atop their dealership sign logo back when they were still building the Cougar.

* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy once pretended to be one, and pounce on its victim. (The last step did not work well.)

* Before taming his horse, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Widow-Maker]], Pecos Bill rode one of these.

* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Florida Panthers hockey team]].
* The Argentina national UsefulNotes/RugbyUnion team is nicknamed ''Los Pumas'', despite a jaguar appearing on their crest. Apparently, when the team visited South Africa in the 1960s, a local reporter mistook the jaguar for a puma, and the (mistaken) nickname stuck.
* Many U.S. schools are nicknamed after this animal, in one form or another. Notable examples are [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Brigham Young University]], better known as BYU (Cougars), the University of Houston (Cougars), Pennsylvania State University (Nittany Lions), the University of Pittsburgh (Panthers), and the University of Vermont (Catamounts).
* The UNAM Pumas soccer team from Mexico City.

* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'':
** You can find cougars, or rather, [[DemonicSpider the cougars will find you]].
** They return for ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' where they lose some of their demonic traits. While still capable of OneHitKill, they're scared off by cars (as opposed to RDR where they could easily kill a horse). Also protagonists have easier time killing them thanks to [[MoreDakka modern weapons]] and [[LimitBreak special]] [[BulletTime abilities]].
* Mountain lions are used as the main {{mooks}} in Stage 2 of ''VideoGame/{{Prehistorik}} Man'', with a spotted one being the one Sam is looking for.
* In Psychonauts, Camp Whispering Rock had pyrokinesis using cougars that could set you ablaze from a distance.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Despite its name, the Persian has more in common with these than actual Persians.
** Absol, debuted in ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', has its traits drawn from ''and'' is partially inspired by cougars,
* Nidalee from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' was raised by cougars and trained by them to be a warrior of the jungle, and can even transform into one.

* Louie the Mountain Lion, Goofy's archnemesis from the WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts and ''WesternAnimation/HouseofMouse''.
* Pounce in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers''. Also Quickswitch is stated to be (among his 6 modes) a flying Puma.
* Pumyra from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Puma.

* Chester Cheetah would like you to know it's not easy being cheesy. [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Oh, God, there's no fucking drummer better than Neil Peart!]]

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* The Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} Jasper is a cheetah.

* ''ComicBook/GoldDigger'' prominently features Brittany Diggers, a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werecheetah]]
* Franchise/WonderWoman regularly fights super-villainess Cheetah.

* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' features a scene where Harold and Kumar encounter an escaped cheetah. Then they get STONED with it. Then ride it.
* The Walden Media film version of ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' had cheetahs in Aslan's army.
* Duma, from the movie with the same name.

* [[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Pern's]] southern continent is home to large feline predators, which apparently derive from semidomesticated cheetahs released by the original colonists. As Pern's native terrestrial predators had mostly been wiped out by Thread, these cats had no competitors and could afford to evolve a greater body size.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' The Weakness had cheetah morphs.
* One [[Literature/{{Deryni}} Torenthi]] ambassador makes his first appearance at Kelson's court with his pet hunting cheetah draped across his back (and the back of his horse) impersonating a cape.

* The Cheetah People from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "Survival".

* The Free State Rugby Union, representing the South African province of the same name, calls both of its primary teams—the Super Rugby side for which it provides most of the players, and the senior provincial side that competes in the domestic Currie Cup—the Cheetahs.

* ''Cheetah Hunt'' at [[Ride/BuschGardens Busch Gardens Tampa]] is a thrilling high-speed roller coaster naturally themed around cheetahs.

* Kung Lao's Animality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' is a cheetah.
* ''VideoGame/Action52'' was supposed to be a launch pad for a new series, the Cheetahmen. As there was never any Cheetahmen franchise, it's not hard to guess how well that went.
* The Eeveelution Jolteon and the Legendary Pokémon Suicune from ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' share many traits with cheetahs. The Electric-type Jolteon even has [[FragileSpeedster speeds comparable to cheetahs]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'', Cassis the racer with a slight resemblance to [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kamina]] is a cheetah.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Pharaoh}}'', it's possible to improve your status in the kingdom by sending dimplomatic gifts (read: BribingYourWayToVictory), cheetahs being among the high-end choices

* [[Music/TheStooges Iggy Pop]] would [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers like to remind you that he is a streetwalking cheetah]] [[IncendiaryExponent with a heart full of napalm]].
* Cheetor from ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''.
* A cheetah appears as a background character in ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' has main cheetah character Fuli, the Fastest member of the titular Guard.
* Cheetara from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Cheetah.
* A cheetah is one of the good guy football players in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks''. It's the fastest on the field, but his pants/lower fur keep falling down.

* In medieval Persia and India, tame cheetahs were status symbols, the equivalents of fast sports cars today. Kings, emperors, princes and high-ranking officials would keep cheetahs to hunt gazelles and deer. The Persians even taught cheetahs to [[RuleOfCool ride on horseback behind their trainers]] until they got close enough to their prey. At one point Mughal princes would keep hundreds or even thousands of hunting cheetahs and the fastest cheetah of all would be treated like royalty herself and carried to the hunting grounds upon an elephant with musicians and trumpeters announcing her arrival, while the less successful cheetahs would be kept hungry in order to make them more competitive. Unfortunately, since it's nearly impossible to breed cheetahs in captivity, this cheetah-hoarding resulted in making the cheetah extinct in India and nearly destroyed Iran's population entirely.

* Bubastis, Adrian Veidt's lynx-like creature in ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}''.

* The Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, until they became the Charlotte Hornets in 2014.
* Many U.S. schools with the nickname "Wildcats", with some of the more notable examples being the University of Arizona and University of Kentucky. It's such a common name that [[TheWildcats we have a page just for this phenomenon]].

* VideoGame/{{Bubsy}} the Bobcat
* Wild Jango from ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission''.
* ''VideoGame/UnRealWorld'' features the Lynx at top of the food chain. It is incredibly agile, resilient enough to shrug off a couple of arrows before approaching the hunter. It can kill an average person (including you, the protagonist) with a single blow, posing as a serious threat in a world where [[RogueLike death is permanent]]. It is no surprise that Lynx fur is the most prized commodity by foreign merchants. It has been somewhat toned down in the more recent versions of the game, though.
* BigBad (actually, TheDragon) [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Lynx]] from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''.

* ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'': Lalli's luonto is a lynx, which is quite appropriate as his behaviour was already quite cat-like before this was revealed.

* WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}} D. Bobcat
* A constellation shaped like a grinning bobcat's face appears briefly during the song "Colors of the Wind" from ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''.
* Lynx-O of ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a {{Catfolk}} Lynx.

* Comicbook/{{Empowered}} has [[CatGirl Ocelotina]] who is supposed to look like an Ocelot, but because of some in universe ignorance looks more like a black panther.

* PrivateDetective ''Honey West'' has a pet ocelot, named Bruce.

* It's not entirely clear why [[Franchise/MetalGear Revolver Ocelot]] chose that particular codename.
** Presumably to reinforce his obsession with the American WildWest.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'', ocelots are a mob found in jungles, can be tamed with raw fish, and [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes creepers are scared of them]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'':
** [[TheGunslinger Béluga]] is a lynx and [[SwordAndGun Calua]] is an ocelot (who seems to be lacking in the spots). Naturally, [[EvilIsCool they're members of the antagonistic Kurvasz.]]
** The Lions, {{Precursors}} to the [[CatFolk Felineko]], did not rely on [[CatsAreMagic magic]] like their descendants, due to their sheer physical strength.

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': Cheryl, the secretary, is revealed to be independently wealthy and has a pet baby ocelot. Archer quickly falls in love with the little guy.
* Dr. Doofenshmirtz of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' was known to be raised by ocelots in his HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood.

* Creator/SalvadorDali allegedly kept a pet [[http://www.tierraunica.com/.a/6a00e551962103883301127966b77828a4-500wi ocelot]] on his adventures.

* In the early translations of ComicBook/XMen comics into French, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s name was changed to Serval (the wolverine is called "glutton" in French). Yes, really. Thankfully it's back to Wolverine these days.

* In P.C. Hodgell's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'', heroine Jame has a hunting-cat, Jorin, as a BondCreature. He's identified as an "ounce", which is in modern times generally associated with the snow leopard (''uncia uncia''), but the author has clarified that she means the older definition of that word, which applied to any spotted wild cat, and he's actually supposed to look like a serval. Jorin is blind from birth, but manages to see through the mind-link, borrowing his mistress' vision.

[[folder:Iriomote Cats]]
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* Played with in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''. While Mew Ichigo's cat features technically come from the Iriomote yamaneko, a highly endangered mountain cat, this only matters to the actual ''story''. Once she gains {{Shapeshifting}} ([[InvoluntaryShapeshifting sort of]]) to transform into an animal, however, it seems to be a generic housecat. Granted, real Iriomote cats are about the size of a housecat and could easily be mistaken as one, especially if one didn't expect to see an endangered wildcat...
* [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Sakaki]] adopts an Iriomote yamaneko (or possibly vice versa) near the end of ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''.
* ''Literature/TheMoonOfGomrath'': The ''palugs'' are a pack of what might be ''related'' to the native wildcat of the British Isles, but are larger, have a greater pack intelligence, and something of the sabre-toothed about them.

[[folder:Saber-Toothed Cats]]
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* [=SaberLeomon=] of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' franchise, who was actually the Mega-level form of the lion-based Digimon Leomon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.
* The motif of the sacred robes/armors used by the twins Cid and Bud in ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' are inspired by saber-toothed cats.
* In the third ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' movie, EVA Unit 02 gets a sabertooth cat Beast Mode to go with Asuka's already-present [[AnimalMotifs cat motif.]]

* Zabu, pet/companion/[[Creator/MarkWaid prehistoric version of Captain America's shield]] of Ka-Zar.
* Catilla was an Autobot Pretender in Marvel's run of ''ComicBook/TheTransformers''. He was a robot that turned into a mechanical sabertooth cat, with a Pretender shell that looked like an organic sabertooth cat.

* In Creator/RobertEHoward's Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Literature/BeyondTheBlackRiver", Zogar summons a sabre-toothed tiger. Which happens to be prehistoric even in Conan's time, adding to the horror for the prisoners.
* Clare Bell's Clan Ground series features a race of intelligent sabertoohs called the Named, and their unintelligent counterparts, the Unnamed.
* The young adult ''Lionboy'' series by Zizou Corder stars a number of felines, ranging from domestic cats to the leopard who gives the eponymous protagonist his ability to [[SpeaksFluentAnimal speak fluent Cat]] (and learns how to speak fluent Human!) through [[HandWave a blood exchange]] to the tigers of [[HistoricalDomainCharacter real life cat trainer Mabel Stark]] to a whole pride of lions he rescues from a circus and returns to Africa, but the most startling and audacious example is the cat eventually named [[MeaningfulName Primo]]: a humongous sabretoothed cat created by the resident evil MegaCorp through [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetic engineering]] as part of their experiments to [[PoisonAndCureGambit use cat allergies and the medication to treat them]] [[WithholdingTheCure to monopolize the economy]]. Contrary to his appearance, though, he acts only as [[TheWoobie a very sad character]], being the LastOfHisKind and, at one point, manipulated into appearing as the Lion of St. Mark so as to prop up the crumbling rule of the Doge of Venice.
* The ExpandedUniverse of Franchise/StarWars has "Tusk-cats": giant saber-toothed felines [[HorseOfADifferentColor used as mounts]] by the people of Naboo, as well as for herding livestock and guarding estates.

* Featured prominently in Creator/{{BBC}}'s ''[[Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs Walking with Beasts]]'', and the sequel ''Prehistoric Park''.
* Appeared as the threat of the week in one episode of ''Series/{{Primeval}}''.
* The Smilodon Dopant from ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' blurs the line between this and MegaNeko by virtue of its user being a cat.
* The motif of [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger TigerRanger]] and [[ShesAManInJapan his]] American counterpart, the [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Yellow Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger]]. Naturally, this extends to their mecha, Guardian Beast [=SaberTiger=]/ Sabertooth Tiger Dinozord.

* The [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Nashville Predators hockey team]] has a saber-toothed cat as a mascot.

* Ogres in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' capture and tame Sabertusks (the teeth are on the lower jaw). The Mournfangs are big enough for ogres to ride.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has a Carnodon, a vicious lion-maned creature with huge fangs.

* Great Sabrecats are a staple monster of the VideoGame/DragonQuest series, but can also be befriended in a few of them. A Great Sabrecat cub is the first monster to join you in VideoGame/DragonQuestV, and the reward for a sidequest in VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII is a bell that summons a sabrecat for your character to ride on, multiplying your movement speed on the world map tenfold (said sabrecat is also part of a rather TearJerker subplot with his former master).
* [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Raikou.]]
* Sabre Cats (both the normal brown variety and the tougher Snowy Sabre Cats) can be found in the wilds of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim''... if they don't find you first.
* The Option B AssistCharacter in ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' is a saber-toothed tiger robot (or robo-panther, as its known in English...)
* Barioth of ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'':
** Sabertooth tigers (in-game they're just called tigers) are regular enemies of various levels. For their level, they're stronger than many other monster types, as they have strong attacks, their Roar attack causes paralysis and is AoE, and they're too fast to effectively run away from.
** One of the Shinjin notorious monsters you fight in "Sky," Byakko, is a unique color scheme and larger model of the typical sabertooth tiger enemies. Of the four Shinjin, Byakko is usually regarded as the toughest to fight, due to him having Roar, aggravatingly high evasion, and his Claw Cyclone being able to one-shot pretty much everything that isn't a tank.

* Diego, the resident badass of the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movies.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' brings along a MixAndMatchCritter known as the Saber-Toothed Moose Lion. RidiculouslyCuteCritter as a baby. Creature of the damned when it's all grown up.
* The aptly named Smildon of ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}''.
* Grune from ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' is a unique case. He has [[RedRightHand only one]] giant tooth.
* TheFlintstones apparantly own a small saber-toothed cat who serves as their equivalent of a cat. It only appears in the show's opening and credits sequence however.
* One episode of WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}} had the characters facing SpacePirate Smilodons.

* ''Franchise/{{Zoids}}'' features a number of Liger-type HumongousMecha, traditionally as the Zoid piloted by the main character. Most notable are the [[BeehiveBarrier Shield Liger]], [[BladeBelowTheShoulder Blade Liger]], [[MultiformBalance Liger Zero]] and [[KatanasAreJustBetter Murasame Liger]].
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', the Varia boss Xanxus has a liger named Bester, who is a mix of the Sky Lion and Storm Tiger. Xanxus increases the awesome by rhetorically asking who decided mixed breeds are inferior to pure breeds, insulting his royal opponent.

* ''Film/NapoleonDynamite'' drew an [[BlatantLies amazingly realistic]] sketch of one.

* ''Webcomic/GetMedieval'' had a traveling menagerie from Spain - which included, amongst other things, a deceased cameleopard, a half-tiger, half-lion mix [[RuleOfFunny named]] [[PunnyName 'Estelle']], and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a spaceship.]]