Western Animation: Catscratch
From left to right: Gordon, Mr. Blik, and Waffle riding in a car-turned-spaceship to get some moon rocks for a barbecue pit. And THEN it gets weird!
Old Mrs. Cramdilly had three cats, all from the same mother, whom she loved very much. So, when she died, she gave them her house, her fortune, and her butler, Hovis.
Now, they spend their days hanging out in their awesome house, drinking root beer, and facing off against anything from the vastness of space to a zombie horde to those jerks next door.
Yeah, we know, it's that kind of show
It's a loose lighthearted
adaption of one of Doug TenNapel
's earlier works, a comic named Gear
. Catscratch was a Nicktoon
made in 2005, and the 21st overall. Although the show had its decent ratings, it only lasted for a season
, but that season was stretched out over two years. It then got a short run on Nicktoons Network before being cancelled again. Since then, it's lain forgotten among the other castaway shows of Nickelodeon.
The three cats are best described as thus:
- Mr. Blik: The de facto leader. Greedy, self-serving, and envious. Basically, a Small Name, Big Ego in cat form.
- Gordon Quid: An inexplicably Scottish cat, who has a huge crush on Human Kimberly, the girl next door with a unicorn obsession.
- Waffle: A goofy cat who's fascinated by everything. And we mean everything. Though his favorite things would be the word Splee and his pet newts, lead by Gomez.
This series has examples of
- All-Loving Hero: Waffle. A giant cat-hating dog? Waffle makes friends with it.
- Always Someone Better: Blik is often upstaged by Sixth Ranger Katilda, who moves into the neighborhood later in the show. She's as good a leader as him, slightly more conniving, and has a much better (and saner) attitude toward things in general.
- Ambiguously Brown: Human Kimberly.
- Ambiguously Gay: Is Hovis a good example? What about Champsly?
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?:
Mr. Blik: Look! (points to moon rocks)
Waffle: A finger!
- Bad Ass: Gordon
- Badass Adorable: Arguably, Katilda
- Balloon Belly: The cats in the Root Beer Episode
- Batman Can Breathe in Space: In the pilot.
- Bears Are Bad News: In the show's intro, Mr. Blik gets eaten by a bear. Who turns out to be a recurring character. Who causes trouble for the cats in most cases.
- Blackmail The episode "Blik Mail". Blik is very uncomfortable with his brothers knowing of his doll, Commodore Nougat.
- Big Fancy House: The mansion.
- Big Eater: Gordon
- Body Horror: Gordon, when suffering from allergies.
- Brick Joke: A particularly well done example. In the pilot, Gordon tries to convince Blik to not enter a barbecue contest by telling him an old Scottish tale that involves the Duke Irk Splee trading his heart to a seal woman for moon rocks to make perfect barbecue ribs (and it gets even sillier). Waffle's interpretation of the Aesop is to never trust a seal woman. in the 14th episode, Gordon turns the attacking Banshee to stone using a falsetto voice (look, just roll with it), and the Banshee statue cracks open to reveal ...a seal woman.
- Broke Episode: Waffle once spent the entire fortune on valuable vases so he could play with the bubble wrap. This forces the cats to go work in the mall. Luckily, they return the vases with the receipts at the end of the episode.
- Brown Note: Gordon's 'Song of the Sea'. It's not too damaging to living matter, but it cracks walls, breaks glass bottles, turns banshees to stone, and rips beards off.
- Butt Monkey: Hovis.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Gordon with Kimberly. Later Mr. Blik with Katilda, and vice versa
- Catch Phrase:
- Waffle: Splee!
- Blik: Yeah!
- Gordon: Great Gopher!
- Cloudcuckooland: There's a secret door in the mansion that houses an impossible world. Naturally, Waffle's the king of this land.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Waffle. He'd eat donuts right off of donut trees and likes smelling flowers painted on shirts.
- Coincidental Accidental Disguise: Gordon has a violent allergic reaction to broccoli (that doesn't actually debilitate him in any way), which coincidentally makes him look exactly like the monster from a movie his brothers were watching. Later, Gordon has a different reaction to chocolate, which makes him looks like another monster from a comic book his brothers were reading.
- Comic Trio: Mr. Blik is the schemer, Waffle is stupid, Gordon is powerless
- Composite Character: The Catscratch version of Gordon could arguably be called this for The Gear version (personality and coloring) and Simon (physique and eating habits).
- Cool Car: Gear and the Chumpy Chumps' car
- Cool Pet: Waffle's newts.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: When Waffle has to drive Gear in a race against the Chumpy Chump Boys due to height regulations, he's at first completely useless. Then, his pet newt Gomez ends up on the Chumpy Chumps car. He then becomes a ridiculously good Drives Like Crazy driver, who can even steer with his tail.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hovis. So very much Hovis
- Defeat Means Friendship: The Kraken.
- Deus ex Machina: Double subverted in the pilot. By an absurd series of events, Blik ends up at the barbecue with a plate of nicely baked ribs in time for them to be judged. But, they were cooked in rocket flames so they taste like rocket fuel. But, Blik still 'won' the Worst Baked Ribs ribbon, so it all ends happily
- The Ditz: Waffle when he's at his worst.
- Don't Try This at Home: Make fools out of an "Exclusive" Country Club.
- Elephant in the Living Room: Michelle The Mammoth
- Expy: Mr. Blik is basically similar to Rodeny J. Squrriel. Katilda is the equivlant to Anna Hottenmeyer. Hovis is the Poopsmith.
- Face-Heel Turn: Spoofed by Waffle, when he is convinced that he's become evil and goes on to build a castle lair next door, spoofing a crapload of villain cliches along the way.
- Feuding Families: The Chumpy Chump brothers and the cats.
- Five-Man Band
- Freudian Trio: Waffle's Ego, Blik's Id, Gordon's superego.
- Friend to All Living Things: Waffle. Besides being able to speak Newtuguese, Waffle has befriended pretty much every animal on the show. Except bees. And of course the bear.
- Funny Foreigner: Gordon
- Furry Confusion: A quick joke in one episode involves the cats getting a job in a pet shop (Furry Confusion as it stands) and Mr. Blik encountering a non-anthropomorphic kitten. He wonders aloud what the heck it even IS before simply tossing it aside and walking away.
- Geeky Turn-On: Mr. Blik once temporarily fell in love with Kimberly after she insults him.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Pronounce the word, and you'll get it.
Blik: Hovis, from now on, you will call us cats-tronauts.
Hovis: That sounds painful.
- In one episode, Waffle took a magazine quiz that told him he was a dog, so he started acting like one. He semi-offscreen 'humps' Hovis' leg.
- Not to mention an entire episode about Gordon wanting a larger tail after being laughed at by the neighbors.
- Female neighbors, to be specific. And he was significantly comforted when his crush said she liked it.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Kraken's mom.
- Halloween Episode
- Huge Schoolgirl: One of Kimberly's 9-year-old friends is inexplicably a giant.
- In Name Only: Taken Up to Eleven, since even the name itself changed.
- Interspecies Romance: Gordon & Human Kimberly, it's one-sided on Gordon's part.
- In the Name of the Moon: "In the name of the Highland Quid clan, feel my sting!"
- Inherently Funny Words: Splee
- It Runs in the Family: The Highland Quid clan is quite fond of beards. Yes, even the women. Yes, even the babies.
- It Tastes Like Rocket Fuel
- Killer Rabbit: The last episode had a duck that Gordon feared from his childhood. The other two ignore his fears until it's proven that the duck is actually a competent fighter.
- Large Ham: Mr. Blik
- Leitmotif: Charlotte, a Huge Schoolgirl and one of Kim's friends, has a rather imposing one.
- Lethal Chef: Again, Mr. Blik.
- Lighter and Softer: Gear, this series' original source material, is outright Grim Dark on its own, let alone when compared to Catscratch.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: 3 out of 4 animals can talk. And no one ever finds that weird.
- Liz Lemon Job: Hovis. So very much Hovis
- Lovable Coward: Mr. Blik, most of the time.
- Made of Iron: The cats. In the first couple of episodes, they fall from the height of a skyscraper and from the outer atmosphere.
- Man Child: Waffle
- Man in a Kilt: The entire Highland Quid clan.
- Mars Needs Women: Gordon loves Human Kimberly, who is human. Gordon is a cat that thinks he is Scottish.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Waffle's moon-gravity basketball dunking.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Gear. Considering the first episode had it converted into a spaceship in less than an hour, you learn to expect this. Driving through the Atlantic Ocean, giant drill, whatever is needed, Gear had it.
- Nice Hat: The important hat from the first episode.
- Nintendo Hard: Apparently, Spindango Fundulation is this. Justified, as it's really a test made by an alien race to see who would be mighty enough to defeat the other evil alien race.
- Nightmare Sequence: Waffle has a couple when he's temporarily convinced that he's evil.
- Not So Above It All: Hovis normally acts reasonable and Genre Savvy enough, but he tends to make snarky comments whenever he finds a way to throw jabs at Mr. Blik, such as joining the fun of calling him "Mr. Pickles" when his fur turned green.
- Old Retainer: Hovis.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: The cats once tried to sneak into Kimberly's sleepover to get some root beer (they ran out). The disguises consisted of wigs and dresses. This would actually be half-plausible if they weren't cats.
- Perspective Magic: One of the aspects of the world inside the secret door.
- Pet Heir: Guess who.
- Power Incontinence: Blik temporarily gets magnetic powers from static buildup in his fur. As the episode progresses, it slowly grows more powerful and more uncontrollable, to the point that it was dragging large freight ships towards Blik.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Parodied
"101 Signs that You are Evil. Sign #1: You are friend of snakes. Whew! Good thing you're a newt."
- Rich Idiot with No Day Job: The explanation for why the cats have so much time to goof off.
- Selective Magnetism: Averted big time. When Blik accidentally gets uncontrollable, increasingly stronger magnetic powers, everything starts flying at him, up to giant freight ships.
- Well, technically it's played straight. At that level of magnetism, he would have probably been pulling iron from the ground beneath him.
- Species Given Name: Human Kimberly is human.
- Sphere Eyes
- Rule of Funny: The reason for everything.
- Selkies and Wereseals: In one episode, the banshee that's haunting the Highland Quid Clan is in fact a selkie (called a "seal woman" in the show) under a curse.
- Servile Snarker: Hovis.
- Shout-Out: The cats ride in a ridiculously awesome car named Gear, a shout out to the inspiration of the show.
- Sibling Rivalry: The cats, quite often.
- Slow Clap: Played with near the end of "Love Jackal". After Hovis' band finishes playing their (rather mediocre) music, the three cats each slowly begin to clap...and no one else joins in. Meanwhile, Waffle goes "Whoo!"
- Smart Ball: Waffle occasionally states the definitions of words like fulcrum or gimlet, as if he was a judge at a spelling bee contest.
- Snap Back: Mr. Blik has died on two occasions (first getting eaten by sharks and second getting eaten by a giant meteor worm) and has come back in the next episode fine.
- Space Whale: Wish-Granting Space Kraken, actually. Get it right!
- Spared by the Adaptation: Gordon and Waffle, in keeping with the Lighter and Softer tone of the show and its general absence of continuity.
- Stalker with a Crush: Katilda.
- Suddenly Always Knew That: Dear Mrs. Cramdilly used to have a collection of medieval weaponry.
- Tastes Like Diabetes: In-universe example. Due to Gordon stuffing a cutesy diorama in the Earth's core (again, just roll with it), the entire earth becomes this, with Gordon becoming Godchu without the lightning, Blik becoming a doll, and Waffle becoming a flower. Then, the cuteness collapses on itself and things start turning south...
- Team Chef: Gordon, and a very good one as long as his food's not too...Scottish.
- Televisually Transmitted Disease: Gordon's 'allergies'
- Terrible Trio: The Chumpy Chump Brothers
- The Ditz: Waffle
- The Grays: The Halloween episode aliens.
- The Jeeves: Hovis
- The Noseless: Gordon, Waffle, and Mr. Blik all lack one.
- This Is My Side: One episode has the house split up between the cats.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the original comic, Mr. Blik (then Mr. Black) was - at the absolute worst - somewhat impatient and sarcastic. The show turned him into a selfish, hot-headed jerk.
- Too Dumb to Live: Gordon refuses to believe he is allergic to broccoli, despite doctors flatly telling him as such repeatedly just because Kimberly gifted him with some, not knowing of his allergy.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Well, favorite drink. The cats like root beer enough to (1) have an entire vault dedicated to the drink and (2) disguise themselves as girls and sneak into a child's sleepover to get it.
- Transplanted Character Fic: What Catscratch is to Gear.
- Tsundere: Katilda is closest to Type B. She's usually a relatively nice cat (a bit crazy, but nice) but when it comes to Blik, things tend to get violent.
- Uncle Pennybags: All the cats. Well, they don't actually give out money, but they're okay for the most part.
- Undisclosed Funds: The cats are rich. How rich, we don't actually know.
- Vapor Ware: The DVD.
- Vetinari Job Security: When Blik temporarily moves out to live with hobos, Waffle and Gordon enjoy time without Blik bossing them around. But, then they realize that Blik, being the bossy de facto leader, was the only one who knew how to do important things like use the remote or use the telephone.
- Or sign Hovis' paychecks.
- Walk Into Camera Obstruction:
- "Bringin' Down the Mouse" Twice. With Squeakus when he walking to Waffle about to tie him up. Again when Waffle is attacking Gordon after Squeakus tricks him.
- "Slumber Party" with Mr. Blik when he and his brothers begin looking for Root Beer in the store.
- The War Room: Apparently, cats' mansion has one.
- Wall of Weapons: In the finale of the "allergies" episode, there is an entire arsenal of various weapons.
- World of Chaos: Again, secret door. The place runs on cartoon physics.
- Zany Scheme: Pretty much any scheme that the cats come up with.
- Zombie Apocalypse: Waffle inadvertently causes one of those by grabbing the wrong book on a bookcase. He then defeats them with Frickin' Laser Beams.
Gordon: Laddie, I said blue cookbook, green room. Green cookbook, blue room is... The Scottish Book of the Dead!
Waffle: Oh. That explains the long and mysterious incantation with sour cream.