Western Animation / Fantomcat


Fantomcat is a 1995 animated series by Cosgrove Hall.

The series centres on the character Phillipe Lentheric Guerlain de Givenchy, the Duke of Fantom, a masked swashbuckling hero who thrived in 1699, in mortal combat with his nemesis Baron Von Skeltar. De Fantom was treacherously cast into a painting within the halls of his house, Castle De Fantom, and became trapped for centuries. As time passed, the area around Castle De Fantom became a bustling metropolis called Metro City, a city submerged in crime rings led by the fiendish arachnid Marmagora. It's then Fantomcat is freed from his prison and joins up with Tabitha "Tabs" Wildcat, a stern detective, MacDuff, a timid mouse, and Lindberg, a bumbling, acrophobic pigeon, to fight the evil that has grown in modern times.

Fantomcat ran for two seasons with the last episode broadcast in 1996. Despite being made by a British studio, it was animated in Spain.


  • Acrophobic Bird: Lindberg is terrified of heights so tries his best to never fly.
  • Alliterative Name: Vinnie the Vole.
  • And I Must Scream: Von Skeltar specifically allows Fantomcat to think when trapped in the portrait, claiming that he's being "merciful".
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Fantomcat obviously averts this while his nemesis, Baron Von Skeltar, plays it straight.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Our hero is named Phillipe Lentheric Guerlain de Givenchy, Duke of Fantom. The Detective Team opt to just call him "Fantomcat".
  • Bad Boss: Marmagora to Vile. See Cool and Unusual Punishment below.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Some of the background characters.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: When Vile screws up, Marmagora feeds him to her giant Man-Eating Plant.
  • Cool Sword: Fantomcat has an enchanted rapier called "Touché" which can respond to his beck and call.
  • Cowardly Lion: MacDuff was timid by nature but always came through when the other members of the Detective Team needed him.
  • Curse: The Fantom lineage suffers a curse where, every 400 years, when Comet Caractacus orbits the planet, a monster called the Mina Tiger comes to life and tries to kill a member of the Fantom family.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Fantomcat looks like he should be the show's villain, with his elaborate black cape and facial mask, but is unquestionably heroic.
  • Expy: Fantomcat has been called a cross between Zorro and Errol Flynn, with a dash of the French Anti-Hero Fantômas for flavor, and a backstory that owes something to Adam Adamant Lives!.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: We've got magic, ghosts, cyborgs, aliens, evil computers, mutant plants...all living in a World of Funny Animals.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Fantomcat came from the seventeenth century so his (understandable) ignorance about the modern day world often caused problems.
  • Giant Spider: Marmagora is a giant widow spider.
  • Huge Girl, Tiny Guy: Tabs is at least three times MacDuff's height.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: One episode had the good guys stick one on the evil henchman du jour's shoulder. It's spotted effortlessly by the Big Bad's second-in-command... through a visiophone.
  • Invisibility: Fantomcat's distinctive cape is enchanted to let him become invisible when he wishes.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: At the end of episode 8, "Great Balls of Fire", Tabitha tests to see if the petrified Mina Tiger is invulnerable. He isn't.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Gloria, Marmagora's pet, was one of these.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Vile the Bluebottle is pretty useless without Marmagora telling him exactly what to do.
  • Mundane Solution: After Fantomcat manages to narrowly defeat the Mina Tiger, and the rest of the Detective Team heads inside, Tabs decides to try something no Duke of Fantom has tried before: she smashes the now-petrified Mina Tiger to pieces, speculating whether that will end the curse.
  • Mythology Gag: The Comet that awakens the Mina Tiger is called Caractacus, the same name as the Big Bad of earlier Cosgrove Hall show Avenger Penguins.
  • Species Surname: Most of the characters had one.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Fantom" as opposed to "Phantom".
  • Taken for Granite: When Comet Caractacus is not in the night sky, the Mina Tiger slumbers as a stone statue. If defeated, he reverts to this stony form for the next 400 years.
  • When Trees Attack: Aside from Marmagora's pet Gloria, also invoked by the Monk, a preying mantis assassin from the second episode who disguises himself as a plant in order to ambush his victims.
  • World of Funny Animals