Western Animation: CatDog
One fine day with a woof and a purr,
A baby was born and it caused a little stir
No blue buzzard, no three-eyed frog,
Just a feline, canine, little CatDog
Alone in the world was a little CatDog!
was an animated series that first aired on Nickelodeon
in 1998 and ran for three seasons. It is the 8th Nicktoon
created for the channel.
The story revolved around CatDog, two conjoined twins who were a cat and a dog respectively
. Cat was the sophisticated one, being into things such as the Opera and cleanliness. Dog, on the other hand, was much more laid back than his brother and enjoyed going on adventures and eating. The episodes revolved around Cat and Dog's daily adventures of living with each other and trying to avoid harassment from a gang of three dogs named the Greaser Dogs and their neighbor (who lives in one of the walls of their home) Winslow, a blue mouse.
It was one of the bleakest Nicktoons, being a Sadist Show
set in a Crapsack World
. As a result, most people familiar with the show either liked or disliked it
, and it became one of Nick's most polarizing programs. Nevertheless, it does have a decent following.
The show now reruns in the block The '90s Are All That
. The series is currently released in DVD by Shout! Factory
Has a character page
and a recap page
This animated TV show provides examples of:
- Abnormal Ammo: Due to how CatDog's digestive system works, if Cat eats several small items, Dog can shoot them out of his nose with machine-gun force. They mainly use candies for this.
- A Dog Ate My Homework: Cat tries to make money off this in one episode by letting people hire Dog to eat their homework for them. Even the President (Rancid again) asks them to eat his speech. However, Dog suffers a moral crisis before he can do so, so Cat has to eat it. Nobody believes that a cat could eat homework, so Rancid is booed off the podium and goes back into the clowning business.
- Aesop: Noteworthy subversion is when Cat teaches Dog not to eat meat as animals are his friends. Dog then starts seeing plants asking him to be his friends, so he started eating rocks, but they asked him to be friends too........eventually, he resorted to eating Cat because he is his brother, not his friend. In the end, Dog gets to eat meat from steak plants instead.
- A Head at Each End: The whole premise of the show.
- All Just a Dream: In "Shriek Loves Dog", Cat plans to make Dog and Shriek fall for each other, hoping that the Greaser Dogs will thereby leave him alone. The rest of the episode is Cat's dream of what the consequences are: Dog marries Shriek, which causes the Greaser Dogs to move into their house and generally making Cat's life a living hell.
- Also happens in "Dem Bones." The episode seemingly ends with CatDog in museum jail, but it turns out to be just a dream Cat had.
- Alliterative Name: Rancid Rabbit and Evil Eric (Mean Bob's archenemy).
- Alternative Continuity: The movie ignores some of the events and continuity of the show. This was possibly done to make the movie more accessible to viewers who weren't fans of the show.
- Ambiguously Gay: Eddie the Squirrel
- Animal Jingoism: The Greasers hate cats, and this is one of the reasons why they regularly beat up CatDog.
- Animation Bump: The episode "Fetch" was made to be shown before the Rugrats movie, so it has theatrical-quality animation. This is very evident in the coloring of the characters.
- Anthropomorphic Food: Mr. Depot in "All You Can't" Eat appears to be a taco. Also Heinz, Esperanza, Frank and the rest of the minor food characters in "Meat, Dog's Friends."
- April Fools: "Kooky Prank Day." Cat is on the receiving end of every prank in Nearburg, but by the end, he's turned the tables with a very impressive, very complex prank.
- Art Shift: The episode where CatDog dream of themselves as separate animals.
- The theatrical short, "Fetch," has more detailed animation and layouts, with shading and such.
- Attack Pattern Alpha: Cat-Dog Wheel!
- A Wonderful Half-Life: A well-named example of a subversion. Instead of imagining a world without themselves, they imagine a world without each other.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Cat has moments like this towards Dog, usually when Dog's been utterly humiliated.
- In "Full Moon Fever," Dog turns into a wolf-like form in the full moon. Cat decides to let Dog "get it out of his system" and he ends up joining the Greasers. Dog passes their initiation test, making Cat miserable all the while. He passes and they accept him, and even give him a tail by putting a plunger on Cat's head. Dog then looks at how miserable his brother is... and changes to his normal self because he doesn't want to see his brother suffer.
- Ax-Crazy: Cat in the episode "Monster Truck Folly". Although it could also count as a Crazy Awesome.
- Babysitting Episode: In one episode, they have to babysit Cliff's niece. She eventually gets lost and when Lube comes to pick up the baby, they pass off Winslow as the baby and go look for her. They manage to get her back in enough time that Cliff doesn't find out.
- Bad Future: Accidentally created when Cat made fun of Winslow for being small and puny, resulting in his distant descendant becoming an Evil Overlord. Disproportionate Retribution much?
- Baseball Episode: In "The Unnatural," CatDog competes in a baseball game. Cat is a terrible player, but Dog isn't. Cat eventually gets the idea to pretend he is Dog and vice-versa so he'll look like a better player. In the end, he takes off his mask and tries to hit the ball himself... but he fails. However, Cat realizes that he's good at other things and decides that he doesn't need to be a good baseball player after all.
- Beach Episode: In "Surfin' CatDog," CatDog goes to the beach and competes in a surfing contest against the Greasers. They win.
- Berserk Button: Eddie & Rancid Rabbit in Let The Games Begin
- Be Yourself: Tough-acting tomboy Shriek tries to make herself "a real woman" so that Dog will take notice of her. It backfires when every guy except Dog ends up hitting on her.
- Big Eater: Dog. Though Cat has put a lot of fish away at times.
- Big "NO!": Near the end of "The Golden Hydrant", Cat yells one when Dog, the Greaser Dogs, and Eddie walk towards him as he crave the real Golden Hydrant inside a crocodile.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor
- Boot Camp Episode: CatDog gets a military-style experience... at a clown school.
- Carnivore Confusion: Deconstructed. Dog goes insane after realizing that all the meat he's been eating has been living people that he hangs out with all the time.
- Cartoon Creature: Mr. Sunshine. Lampshaded on several occasions where no one is sure what kind of creature he's supposed to be.
- Word of God has it he was originally meant to be a monkey.
- Catchphrase: Several:
- Cat: "Bee-yoo-tee-ful!", "It just doesn't get any better than this!", a sarcastic "Terr-riffic", and "MY BODY MY BODY MY BODYYYYAAAGH!!!"
- Dog: "Hi-ho-diggety!", "Two heads are more than one!" and "I smell trouble!" when acting as Dog the Mighty
- Winslow: "What are you, nuts?", and "Sheesh Louise!"
- Rancid: "What, what, what?!" and "Leaping lumbago!"
- Lola: "Hola, I am Lola!" and "Unbelieveable!"
- Randolph: "And I love it!"
- Canada, Eh?: Mervis and Dunglap.
- Cats Are Mean: Cat serves as a minor example, as he is more a greedy and self-centered jerk than cruel or vicious. He's even had his own moments of kindness and generosity. The cats of the Cat club however play this straight to a frightening degree.
- Cats Are Superior: If either of the duo tries to accomplish something due to egotistical concerns, it's Cat. In general, he is also much more cunning and calculating than Dog. However, this means squat when Karma seems to have it out for him throughout the whole series, and rightfully so.
- Cats Hate Water: Cat definitely fits this trope.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: In one episode, Dog accidentally unleashes Cat's other eight lives, and they have to get them back.
- Chaotic Stupid: Cat will make anyone mad when the town has a crisis, even the police.
- Chaste Toons: This show had a lot of them.
- Rancid's niece Rancine appeared in the Christmas Episode, and is a spoiled brat.
- In "Back to School" we meet the Greasers' nephews, Biff, Squeak and Bartholomew. The latter is actually smarter than his uncle Lube.
- Brat and Runt, Winslow's nephews, appear in "Harasslin' Match." They start out nice to CatDog but after they kick Winslow out, they become even worse than him to the point that they want Winslow back.
- The Chew Toy: Played as straight as can be with Cat. Nearly every character has the odd bout of extremely bad luck however.
- Christmas Episode: Rancid's niece Rancine wants CatDog for Christmas. Cat sells themselves to Rancid because he'll get a sports car if he does, and Santa (who'd already been disillusioned with the Christmas spirit) gets so angry about it he cancels Christmas. When Nearburg hears about it, they're all pissed off at CatDog. Thankfully, they manage to set everything right in the end and even get the Greasers to stop pounding them to celebrate Christmas.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Dog.
- Clown School: There is an episode where the titular duo go to clown school. It's played like a boot camp, with a drill instructor and parachute jumping.
- Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere: When your girlfriend looks like a pizza, maybe you should stop for a snack...
- To make preparations for a dancing contest, Cat puts an overweight Dog on a diet so he will be fit enough for the competition. This was often met with many setbacks because Dog kept hidden stashes of food which he ate while exercising. Eventually, under threat of disqualification, Dog relents and loses enough weight for the competition. This backfires where a starving Dog starts to hallucinate his surroundings as food (he envisions his dancemates as pizza pies and drum sticks as chicken legs). Dog finally breaks and proceeds to devour not only the buffet, but his dance mates and the entire theatre!
- Cone of Shame: Dog gets one in "Cone Dog." Cat discovers he can hear far-away things closer because of it, and decides to use it to blackmail people with their secrets. He then goes mad with power and starts to blackmail the entire world, putting Dog in ever-increasing Cones of Shame until he's in a dome-sized one.
- Conjoined Twins: CatDog.
- Conspicuously Light Patch: In the taco restaurant in the episode "All You Can't Eat" where CatDog crawl under the floor tiles and you can see the path they take outlined on the tiles, for example.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Rancid Rabbit usually holds this position no matter where he is.
- Counting Sheep: In "Shepherd Dog", Cat has trouble sleeping at the beginning of the episode. After Dog becomes a successful sheep herder, his duties are no longer needed and the sheep are to be sent to the slaughterhouse. After the duo rescue the sheep, they bring them home where Dog uses them to help Cat get to sleep by jumping over the bed one at a time.
- Crapsack World: Nearburg, probably because of Rancid.
- Crazy-Prepared: Cat is the only person in the entire town who has a Species License.
- Creator Cameo: Peter Hannan voices a character holding on to a Mean Bob balloon that got loose in the episode "Talking Turkey."
- He also sings the theme song, and plays Pete the Polecat in "The Ballad of Ol' 159."
- Crush. Kill. Destroy!: Winslow's X-Terminator 3000 in the episode "The Pet", a red robot with a laser and pilot controls inside its head. It shouts "Exterminate and Destroy" and attempts to kill Roachie and CatDog.
- Darker and Edgier: "The Great Parent Mystery" is definitely more serious than the series.
- Dark Horse Victory: CatDog and Mindy Wonderful are climbing a mountain, and the first to the top will have the mountain named after them. The winner is Dunglap.
- Deadpan Snarker: Winslow and Cat.
- Depending on the Writer: Is Cat a Jerk Ass that deserves his Butt Monkey treatment, or just a mildly sarcastic and cynical guy who gets unfairly tortured by the rest of the universe?
- Deranged Animation
- Diabolus Ex Machina: One of too many examples: CatDog accidentally create an extremely delicious candy that gives them worldwide fame and fortune. At the very end, it's revealed that it also has the unintended side effect of making people go bald, and everyone hates them again.
- Dinosaur Doggie Bone: There's one episode where Dog steals all the dinosaur bones from the Nearburg museum.
- The Ditz: Lube and Dog
- Dogs Are Dumb: Dog fits this trope perfectly.
- A Dog Named Dog: And a cat named Cat.
- Dumb Is Good: Cat is intelligent and a bit of a Jerk Ass, and acts as the show's key Butt Monkey. Dog for the most part is well intentioned but causes twice as much chaos via accidental stupidity and is a walking Karma Houdini (that said, there are times where Dog gets away with being a genuine Jerk Ass).
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In The Great Parent Mystery, after their hardest quest yet.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Lube has a completely different character design in the pilot episode.
- Ears as Hair: The Better Bottoms rabbit wears his ears in a sleazy ponytail style.
- The Eeyore: Mr. Sunshine
- Enemy Mine: Happens at least twice with the Greasers.
- In "Let the Games Begin," both CatDog and the Greasers end up in the dog pound. Rancid Rabbit says he'll let them go if they compete in the dog pound Dogathlon against a team from Farburg. They fight amongst each other and lose the events until they decide they have to work together to get out of the situation.
- In "New Cat in Town," CatDog makes friends with a giant cat who's out for revenge on the Greasers. They manage to trap the Greasers, but it then turns out that the giant cat was a robot controlled by Eddie the Squirrel, who goes insane and decides to enslave Nearburg. CatDog and the Greasers have to team up to stop Eddie, and eventually they do.
- Episode Title Card
- Expository Theme Tune: "One fine day with a woof and a purr..."
- Expy: The Odd Couple's 1975 Animated Adaptation The Oddball Couple also featured the adventures of a neatnik cat and slovenly dog, albeit as separate entities.
- Fantastic Racism: If the constant beatings Cat receives from the Greasers primarily for his species doesn't count then one episode's upper class cult of cats with Nazi-esque plans to exterminate dogs certainly does.
- "Fantastic Voyage" Plot: Done in several episodes where Cat eats several objects, Winslow- and a fish named Veronica and has to venture inside Dog to get her.
- Fat Bastard: Rancid Rabbit.
- Fat Idiot: Rancid Rabbit (again).
- Feud Episode: There's quite a few. "Dog Come Home" features Dog deciding to leave Cat and live on his own. They reconcile by the end of the episode.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: Happens a few times.
- In "You're Fired," when CatDog manages to get entry into a classy restaurant, Dog can't keep away from the chili peppers. They cause Cat to belch out flames, which helps him attract his "soulmate" Tallulah by broiling her steak for her. It soon backfires when he accidentally burns her pet dog into ashes.
- In "Spaced Out," CatDog gets trapped in a movie, and to destroy the enemy forces, Cat gulps down a box of Dog's favorite candy, Red Hot Lip Smackers, into his mouth and uses Dog as a pistol to burn the alien ships.
- The Fool: Dog frequently causes multiple catastrophes and Amusing Injuries with his stupidity though more often than not fate is on his side and leaves him unscathed (and then punishes Cat twice as hard for the both of them).
- Foreshadowing: Early in The Movie, Dog makes a comment about remembering his and Cat's mother's "four eyes" and their dad's "slimy green skin." The dad is a frog who hides himself in the mother's face.
- Fourth Wall Mail Slot: A short in the first episode featured a mail segment. When they had no mail, Dog resorted to making up a question and answering it. In the end, though, it turns out Winslow was hiding the mail from them.
- "Gift of the Magi" Plot: Happened in the episode "Brothers Day", then subverted when Dog sold Cat's gift after buying it to buy something for himself. More specifically, Dog gave up his pool of mud that he and Cat wrestled in to buy Cat a loufa case. Cat sold his loufa to get Dog a mud wrestling costume. Dog reveals that he sold the loufa case and got Cat a mud wrestling outfit as well, because "I looked up the recipe for mud, and it's really easy to make!"
- G-Rated Drug: Whatever Eddie had to make him go hyperactive.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: This exchange between Rancid and Lube:
Rancid: (after giving orders) "Now show some class!"
Lube: *turns around and drops his pants*
Rancid: "I SAID CLASS!
- In "Winslow's Home Videos", the short that aired before the Rugrats movie, Cat tells Dog that the tacos he's eating have to "pass through our colon."
- The first line of the theme tune, really.
- Do NOT call Cat a pussycat.
- The title card for "Cliff's Little Secret" shows Cliff coming out of a closet
- In the song everyone sings during the Parents Day activities in "The Great Parent Mystery," one time they say "Scratch our Nuts."
- Cat looking through a telescope at the night sky, telling Dog that he's trying to admire some 'heavenly bodies'.
Dog: "Wow, you can see the BEACH from here? Lemme see!!"
- After CatDog was swallowed by Veronica, Dog asked Cat how to get out of Veronica's stomach. Cat then replied "Dog. You don't want to know."
- Come to think of it, the entire scene where Cat is lying awake in bed while Dog is asleep, the unbearable desire to eat Veronica he is experiencing, the creepy, dirty thoughts he has, trying to keep himself from eating Veronica, telling himself that he has self control, and that Dog would never forgive him, and finally acting on these thoughts and eating Veronica...that can all be taken another way, if you replace the word "eat" with the word "rape," it gets fairly disturbing.
- God Guise: An episode had CatDog land on a tropical island and get mistaken for a god called the Great Meow-Woof. Rancid Rabbit, the previous god, was not happy and tried to run them off the island.
- Grand Finale: The Movie titled "The Great Parent Mystery".
- They still made 5 episodes after that, which were not aired in the USA until years after the fact.
- Gratuitous Spanish: Lola, the Peruvian Vampire Ticks, and Esperanza.
- Gym Class Rope Climb: In "Back to School," Cliff is the gym teacher, and takes joy in making the students do this. Cat manages to do it successfully, however, humiliating Cliff in the process.
- Happily Adopted: CatDog themselves.
- Halloween Episode: Dog is bitten by a Peruvian vampire tick and turns into a vampire. Cat, who's wearing a garlic lei for his costume, is not affected. Lola tells Cat that this can be reversed if he soaks Dog in garlic juice by the twelfth stroke of midnight. Over the course of the episode, everyone turns into vampires, but Cat manages to soak everyone in garlic juice before the time is up. Winslow ends up being bitten by a werewolf and everyone running for their lives
- Heroic Dog: Dog tries to become a literal one in "Dog the Mighty." He's not that good at it until the end, when he manages to really save the day.
- Hidden Depths: Each of the Greasers has at least one trait they kept secret or never bothered telling anyone about.
- Historical In-Joke: "The House of CatDog" features a few of these. To protect their house from destruction, CatDog claims that their house was the site of the invention of fire, the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and a visit by The Beatles.
- Horrible Camping Trip: In "CatDog Campers," CatDog have to camp outside to win the Forest Fire Boy of the Year award. It doesn't go well, as they start feuding, and eventually a storm comes up and destroys the tent. Winslow manages to save them from falling off the cliff outside their home, but at the Forest Fire Boys meeting, he reveals he became a member of the troop and wins the award for what he did. Cat gets so angry he ties Dog's ears in a knot, and it's such a good knot, Scoutmaster Rancid Rabbit takes the award away from Winslow and gives it to CatDog instead.
- Hypocritical Humor: Dog could be the poster child of Innocently Insensitive, obliviously causing endless pain and misery for Cat. The odd point Cat does something selfish at his expense however, he is quick to take offense.
- Ice Hockey: Rinky Dinks
- Idiot Hero: Cat (although, he is meant to be smart).
- Idiot Houdini: Dog to extreme levels.
- Impossibly Delicious Food: "CatDog Candy" from the episode of the same name. Unfortunately, it also makes you go bald.
- Inevitable Waterfall: In The Great Parent Mystery.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Rancid Rabbit holds a different job whenever he appears? Dentist, dog catcher, fast food restaurant manager, you name it. Taken to its logical extreme where he is seen working as a teacher and a traffic cop in the same episode. Cat is absolutely stunned.
- Informed Species: Eddie hardly looks like a squirrel.
- Lola is apparently a whip-poor-will. This◊ is what Lola looks like. And this◊ is what a whip-poor-will looks like.
- Interspecies Adoption: Catdog's parents are a frog and a sasquatch. They were all separated from each other during a storm. When Cat questions how they could be their parents, their dad tells them that it doesn't matter, because parents are parents, and they loved them both. Dog does notice that it seems he got his nose from his mother though...
- Jail Bake: Subverted. A bunch of inmates receive a file, but Shriek uses it on her fingernails and then uses said fingernails to pick the lock.
- Jerkass: Lots and lots of characters. Rancid Rabbit, The Greaser Dogs and Winslow are some of the most obvious examples. Even Cat and Dog can arguably be these depending on the episode (Cat more often than not, as he has jerkass traits).
- Jerkass Has a Point: Considering how dumb, destructive, and uneducated Dog can be it's no wonder Cat can be a grouch sometimes.
- Kafka Komedy: This is the closest Nickelodeon ever came to "Schadenfreude: The Animated Show" arguably until Invader Zim. Much of the humor is based around the misery and utterly awful life of the main characters, juxtaposing Dog's blissful, optimistic ignorance with Cat's anguished, cynical resignation.
- Karma Houdini: Most of the cast (even Cat) has gotten away with some particularly ruthless action at least once. Dog may be the most consistent example, having constantly gotten away with destroying aspects of his twin's life or getting him in trouble (though the fact most of the antagonists are cat-despising dogs that go lenient on Dog may have something to do with). Granted however a lot of the time, Dog is merely being stupid than actually callous, though not always.
- Keet: Dog.
- Kids Are Cruel: Back to School
- Killer Rabbit: Let The Games Begin!
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: The occasional human pops up in a few episodes.
- Living Toys: The Mean Bob action figures in "The Collector".
- Lonely Rich Kid: Shriek Dubois.
- Made-for-TV Movie / The Movie: CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery.
- Mailman Vs Dog: The plot of "Fistful of Mail" revolves around this trope.
- Man Child: Dog
- May Contain Evil: Rancid Rabbit's yelling voice in CatDog Divided & Let The Games Begin.
- Meat-O-Vision: Dog suffers this after going on a diet. See Cold Turkeys Are Everywhere.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Lube is part of the Greaser Gang who endlessly torment Catdog, but is also the noticeably stupider and more docile out of the three, having at least a few occasions he acts obliviously friendly or is just otherwise too ineffectual in his bullying.
- In "Lube in Love" he isn't even the villain. CatDog seem to be on a friendly relationship with him, letting him fix their car, and even help him try to meet someone who he's fallen in love with.
- Mistaken for Apocalypse: In "The End," though another bad omen appears.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: CatDog
- Mole Miner: A gopher lives under CatDog's house, claiming ownership of anything underneath it.
- Mouse Hole: Winslow lives in one of these.
- Multiple Head Case: CatDog. Subverted, as they're conjoined twins.
- The Napoleon: Winslow and Eddie the Squirrel
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Rancid Rabbit
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Randolph is a dead ringer for Cary Grant.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: CatDog usually receives this from the Greasers. Cat mostly gets this when Dog is running, but many, many episodes imply or show that both of them are getting the crap beaten out of them.
- No Indoor Voice: Rancid Rabbit, Shriek, and Eddie The Squirrel.
- Odd Couple
- Oh, the Humanity!: In "Fire Dog," Dog says "Oh, the humidity" when he thought that he's losing hope on stopping a farm fire.
- One-Winged Angel: Rancid of all characters pulls this off in "Sumo Enchanted Evening", when the now heavily overweight CatDog attempt to brush off Rancid's ridiculously high buffet bill, Rancid responds by ripping off his suit, revealing a girdle—which upon releasing causes him to expand to a positively massive sumo wrestler, and promptly duels them one on one.
- Only Sane Man: Mervis & Dunglap
- Passing Notes in Class: When CatDog gets sent back to high school to get their diploma, Cat tries to pass a note to his teacher, whom he had a crush on when they went to high school together. She catches him and forces him to read the poem to everyone else, causing Cat to melt into a puddle. Dog, however, thinks the poem was beautiful.
- Pec Flex: Dog does this in "Pumped."
- Ping-Pong Na´vetÚ: Somehow Dog is smart enough to know the ethics against cheating and doing schoolwork but not to realize that dragging his conjoined twin across the street may cause slight physical harm.
- This is slightly less so when you realize that he is a dog. Dog is usually not in control of his instincts, and like most dogs, can't control themselves when they chase the garbage truck or the mailman.
- Plot Allergy: In "Sneezie Dog," Dog suddenly develops an allergy. They go to the doctor, who thinks that Dog may be allergic to Cat. Winslow decides to help Dog out, and takes the opportunity to torture Cat, as usual, up to shaving him bald and placing a brick wall between them. Eventually they find out Dog is actually allergic to Winslow, and they shave him bald as payback.
- Polar Opposite Twins: CatDog.
- Real Greasers Take Ballet: Cat finds out Cliff takes ballet in one of the episodes. Toward the end, Cliff shows CatDog and the Greasers just how brutal ballet really is.
- That's not surprising. Many football players take up ballet to improve their balance, stamina, and flexibility.
- Sadist Show: Yes, sometimes, heavily implied in the bad luck's Cat.
- Safety Worst: "Safety Dog." Cat tries to make Dog safer by showing him a safety video. Dog is scared by the video and becomes so paranoid he encases himself in a bubble when he goes outside. Cat has to turn his brother back to normal after seeing what happened.
- Saw Star Wars 27 Times: In the episode "Spaced Out", Dog wanted to see Mean Bob in Space, Part 12 for the 73rd time. Dunglap also wanted to see the movie for the 74th time in the same episode.
- School Yard Bully All Grown Up: In "Fistful of Mail," it turns out the new mailman on CatDog's route is the paperboy who used to taunt Dog when he was a puppy.
- Script Wank: An in-universe example where Cat teaches Dog not to eat meat as animals are friends. It's a buildup point for the related Aesop to be subverted.
- Serious Business: What happens to people who break the rules at Rancid's pool? He puts them in his own prison and forces them to do manual labor. On his pool.
- In Full Moon Fever, Cliff says, of Dog, "Gobble gobble, one of us."
- In another episode, Cat reads a "poem" that contains "Roses are red, violets are purple / Sugar is sweet and so is maple syruple", a line from Roger Miller's song "Dang Me".
- The episode Geekers is pretty much one giant one to The Warriors.
- In the episode where Cat plays Abraham Lincoln in a community theatre musical, the lyric the nurse sings when Lincoln is born is "It's a boy Mrs. Lincoln...it's a boy!" Gee...sounds familiar...
- In the Halloween special, Dog has been turned into a vampire. When he's unconscious, he mutters the names of famous actors who've played vampires, including Bela Lugosi, Klaus Kinski and Christopher Lee.
- "All About Cat" has a title and plot that parodies the film All About Eve.
- In "Vexed of Kin," Cat and Dog's frog father crosses the street in a parody of Frogger which ends with their Sasquatch mother—rendered in similar graphics—following him across the street, causing a widespread series of car collisions and accidents due to her girth.
- Slap Stick: A lot of it, usually directed towards Cat, but everybody on the show has gone through it at one point or another.
- Spoiled Brat: Shriek
- Status Quo Is God: It just doesn't get any better than this!
- Stock Ness Monster: Bessie the Lake Monster in The Great Parent Mystery.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Cat
- Small Name, Big Ego: Cat.
- Smug Snake: A suitably reptillian one appears as a super-fast mailman, the first mailman that Dog is unable to defeat. Dog eventually gives him what he deserves at the end.
- Take That: Cliff's secret shame is that his real name is Clifford.
- Tempting Fate: "It just doesn't get any better than this!". Oh, it's about to get a lot worse.
- Terrible Trio: The Greaser Dogs
- The Tooth Hurts: When CatDog visits the dentist, they learn that whatever one does to his teeth affects the other's instead, as Cat has brushed his teeth all day which gave his brother perfect pearly whites. However, Dog ate mostly garbage which rotted out his brother's. This eventually escalates into a full-on battle, with each side trying to destroy the other's teeth.
- This Loser Is You: Cat.
- Those Two Guys: Mervis and Dunglap.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Happened a LOT more often than this page'd have you think. For example, in "Dog Ate It," Dog's eaten everything in the dance hall and made Cat's date break up with him (understandable, as Dog ate her sister)... but Randolph loved what they did so much he gives them the trophy for Best Dance!
- Time Travel Episode: "CatDog 3001," where they're sent into the future to save the people there from Winslow's giant evil descendant.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Their parents.
- Tomboy: Shriek. The other two Greasers had to do a
Double Take QUADRUPLE TAKE when she finally confirmed she was a girl.
- Cat's occasionally hinted at, but unrequited, crush on Shriek is probably the only exception to the reactions everyone but her parents displayed at this revelation.
- Tsundere: Shriek
- Too Dumb to Live: Dog, The Greasers, & Rancid Rabbit.
- Toilet Humor: Mostly happens in many terrifying moments.
- Totem Pole Trench: The Ingrid Twins
- Trapped in TV Land: "Spaced Out." After being dragged to Dog's favorite movie for the 70th or so time, Cat tries to stop the movie but gets sucked into it instead. Mean Bob, the star, gets destroyed and they have to take his place, managing to do a good job at it.
- Two Beings, One Body: CatDog, of course.
- The Unfavorite: Cat worries that he is this in "Vexed of Kin."
- Ungrateful Bastard: Cliff & Rancid Rabbit
- The Unreveal: The Great Parent Mystery. What, were you expecting biological parents?
- Unstoppable Rage: Happens when Cat snaps at a Monster Truck Rally.
- Could also qualify as a Crowning Moment of Awesome, as Cat clobbers everyone who's screwed him over in past episodes, especially at the end when he destroys Cliff's Monster Truck with a single punch.
- He also clobbered Mervis, Dunglap and Lola, all of whom were their friends.
- Dog in "Pumped".
- Villain Protagonist / Temporarily a Villain: Cat.
- Vocal Evolution: In the earliest episodes, Dog's voice is noticably deeper and rather nasally.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Several characters refer to this trope as "Porkfat", named after the weaksauce weakness of the in-universe movie character, Mean Bob.
- Went to the Great X in the Sky:
Shriek: You're going to that great big litter box in the sky!
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Rancid Rabbit, Eddie The Squirrel & The Greaser Dogs in Rinky Dinks
- Cat, being a cat, hates water.
- A majority of dog characters (Dog, the Greaser Dogs, etc.) are terrified of ticks.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Rancid Rabbit
- According to one episode, he doesn't change jobs. He has all the jobs. All of them. In that episode, Rancid is a dog catcher and is trying to catch Dog. He then decides to use his mayoral powers to grant himself a search warrant.
- Working on the Chain Gang: Characters are seen breaking blocks of chlorine tabs for violating the rules at the public pool.
- Yank The CatDog's Chain: And how! They create a successful candy, and everyone goes bald! They finally move their house to a beautiful lake, but Rancid drains it at the last minute! They think they beat a childhood rival to the top of the mountain, but it's revealed a third party beat them both! If it just doesn't get any better than this, it won't.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Cliff and Shriek attempts this to Eddie by dropping him into the crocodiles after he retrieves the Golden Hydrant for him but Eddie survives from his injuries.