Playing With / Cats Are Mean

Basic Trope: Cats are presented as evil or mean, especially compared to dogs.
  • Straight: Sneaky, manipulative Alex the Cat constantly causes trouble to the simple-minded Bob the Dog for no apparent reason.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • Alex is just misunderstood: he does like Bob, but gets unpleasant when his private sphere is invaded, which Bob does all the time.
    • Alex was raised as an Only Pet, causing him to be very territorial as he is not used to sharing.
    • Alex is very afraid of dogs. So he tries to be mean and show him whose boss in order to intimidate him.
  • Inverted:
    • Cats are universally presented as caring and understanding animals, while dogs are generally annoying, territorial, short-tempered, and noisy.
    • Even better: Cats being portrayed as victims of meanies.
  • Subverted: All cats Charlie the Pet Owner has previously owned have been nasty to him, but Doris the Cat turns out to be a peaceful and loving creature.
  • Double Subverted: ...until he also gets himself a dog, failing to notice that THAT was what pissed all his previous cats off.
  • Parodied: Alex constantly tries to tick off Bob, but he is so naive and simple-minded that he thinks Alex just wants to be friends.
  • Zig Zagged: Cats seem to have Tsundere as a species trait.
  • Averted: Cats are not depicted as any nastier and meaner than any other animals.
  • Enforced: The producer is a dog owner, so he forced the writers to give all heroic roles to dogs, whereas cats were given all the evil roles.
  • Lampshaded: "Who cares that I am being nasty to everyone 90% of the time if I can cure headaches by purring?"
  • Invoked: Alex is generally a nice kitty, but he deliberately acts up because Charlie doesn't pay attention to him.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • "Stop insulting me already - please. Cats are not universally evil, why do you even think that?!"
    • A cat with a Hair-Trigger Temper tries to gain control over its anger issues and become a better person.
  • Discussed: "I dislike cats, they're all mean." "What will you say next - that All Germans Are Nazis?"
  • Conversed: "That's one of those shows written by people who never owned a cat."
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