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[[caption-width-right:197: It's FilmNoir....with cats!]]

->''"Greetings and salutations, friends. Sit back in your seats, look hard, and listen, because I've got a story to tell, and it's not going to be pretty."''
-->-- '''Francis's opening narration'''

''Felidae'' is the 1994 German animated film based upon a book of the same name by Akif Pirinçci, a German-Turkish author. Thanks to the internet, the film has gained something of a cult status.

The story of ''Felidae'' centers on a male cat named Francis as he and his owner, Gustav (nicknamed "Gus" by Francis), move into a new home of unknown location. Upon investigating his new home, Francis not only meets the sarcastic Manx stray named Bluebeard, but he also encounters the body of a murdered cat (as Bluebeard points out, it's the fourth murder that occurred in the past few days). It's not long until Francis begins to unravel the mystery surrounding the murdered cats, a strange cult known as the "Claudandus Sect", and the meaning behind the enigma known as "Felidae."

[[AnimationAgeGhetto Despite being an animated film,]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids it is]] ''[[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids definitely]]'' [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids not for kids]]. The film contains [[{{Gorn}} graphic violence]], [[DerangedAnimation disturbing images]], adult language, and cat sex. Yes, ''cat sex''.
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!!Tropes:

* AbandonedLaboratory: [[spoiler: Gus and Francis' house was used as a small-scale research lab with cats as the test subjects.]]
* AllDogsArePurebred: A rare case of this trope being used for cats. Most of the characters in the book are explicitly described as being of one particular breed or another (exceptions being Francis and Joker). Strangely, "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Shorthair European Shorthair]]" seems to be used as a synonym for "Domestic Shorthair/Longhair" (basically cats of mixed ancestry, also called "moggies"), despite the European Shorthair being a recognized breed. This is justified by "[[ScienceMarchesOn Cat Breeding Marches On]]" as in the late 80s early 90s, when the firs books were published, this usage was fairly common, and then the later books [[TheArtifact just rolled with it]]. Breed appearances can be hinted in the film adaption, but the art style makes some of them rather ambiguous.
** Bluebeard is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maine_coon Maine Coon]], though his tail has been removed, which makes him look more like a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manx_%28cat%29 Manx]]. He also possesses short fur in the film.
** Felicity is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_blue Russian Blue]], though in the movie she possesses longer fur.
** Isaiah is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_%28cat%29 Persian]].
** Kong is an enormous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayan_%28cat%29 Himalayan]], also known as a Colorpoint Persian, though he looks more like a [[{{Gonk}} gorilla mated to a bobcat]].
** The Hermanns are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Shorthair Oriental Shorthairs]], though they are both inbred mutants and thus barely recognizable.
** Pascal is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havana_Brown Havana Brown]], though his movie appearance bears next to no resemblance to the breed. [[spoiler: He fits the bill slightly better as a young cat, though.]]
** As for Francis, a dream sequence in the second book suggests he is a European Shorthair (though this is questionable, as his coloration was ''very'' odd in the dream), and being mistaken for a wildcat hints that he's probably a gray or brown tabby, rather than the bicolor shown in the movie.
** Joker may be any large long-haired breed, as he appears/is described as being huge, long-haired, and white.
** Nhozemptekh had the body shape and face of an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Shorthair Oriental Shorthair]] and some of the color-pointing and features of an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abyssinian_cat#/media/File:Valentino.jpg Abyssinian]], thought to be the one of the oldest domestic cat breeds.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude:
** These are some ''smart'' cats, able to perfectly understand humans, read, and work a computer. It's mentioned, however, that all of these things take some time and practice to learn, and some cats don't bother learning anything past human speech. [[JustifiedTrope This intelligence is kind of required for a murder mystery, anyway.]]
** Francis is shown as being [[TheSmartGuy extremely smart]], even among other such [[AmplifiedAnimalAptitude smart cats]], so careful reasoning probably got him to where the data was stored ([[spoiler:Claudandus]] apparently wasn't savvy enough to bury it ''too'' deeply), and from there [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish he just made an educated guess as to what the password could be.]] It's not so much a case of the learning time being shortened as it is Francis [[FridgeBrilliance simply being able to use what little technical knowledge he had efficiently.]] The whole issue is much clearer in the book, as Pascal actually spends some time teaching Francis how the computer is used, and [[spoiler: the data for the "Felidae" project was stored close to the catalog of neighborhood cats.]] Also, it's heavily implied both in the book and in the movie that [[spoiler: Claudandus ''wanted'' Francis to find those files because he wants Francis [[PassingTheTorch to be his successor]].]]
** The cats are also shown to choose what they wish to learn based on their interests. Francis is quite intrigued in the movie and first book by Pascal's use of a computer, and in the second book by Ambrosius being able to not only read, but ''write'' by dipping his claws in ink and carefully scratching the letters onto paper.
* AnimalsLackAttributes: Despite the sex, violence, and casual talk of male anatomy, played straight most of the time. A few cats, however (such as Bluebeard) have sketched anuses, perhaps to emphasize their earthier nature.
* AnimalTalk:
** The cats can communicate with each other and understand humans. Humans, however, can't understand them, and are completely oblivious to the murder mystery scenario. [[spoiler: Claudandus was actually able to talk to Preterius by imitating human language, though.]]
** Ambrosious in the second book claims to be able to speak to the animals of the woods, though it's unclear if he's being truthful or merely making it up. A mouse caught shortly thereafter reveals that he can talk in the cats' language.
** Francis's conversations with the wildcat tribe and [[spoiler:the lynx]] reveal that all felines (at least smaller felines) speak the same language (which makes sense, seeing as how most felines use extremely similar vocalizations and body language).
** Further cemented in ''Salve Roma!'' when Francis travels to Rome. Aside from an occasional region-specific phrase, feline language is the same the world over, so Francis has no trouble communicating with the local cats.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Pascal, who acts very friendly towards Francis and even seems to help him, despite being the cat version of a militant [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics Eugenicist]]]].
%%* AntiVillain: [[spoiler: Claudandus/Pascal, once his backstory is revealed]].
* AnyoneCanDie: [[ForegoneConclusion Francis]] and [[spoiler: Bluebeard]] survive, but other than that, the book/film doesn't discriminate much, whether you're [[spoiler:the BigBad (Claudandus/Pascal), TheDragon (Joker), a DirtyOldMan (Deep Purple), a pregnant female (Solitaire), or arguably the most sympathetic character (Felicity).]]
* ArcWords: The title is brought up in conversations a couple of times. [[spoiler: including the name of the breeding/genetics program Claudandus is running.]]
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Preterius, the mad doctor that experimented on many cats, is eventually killed when a deranged Claudandus shreds his throat open]].
%%* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYCr2B6QH2I Felidae]] by Boy George
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler:Claudandus deliberately stops hiding his victims in order to lead Francis to discovering his scheme and eventually becoming his successor. The first part of the plan succeeds, the second fails.]] Might also contain elements of XanatosSpeedChess. Since the whole plan ''completely'' relies on the completely contingent element of [[spoiler: Francis ''deciding'' to take over Claudandus' position (which he refuses)]], it might even qualify as OutGambitted.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The final confrontation between Francis and [[spoiler: Claudandus AKA Pascal]] has this due to [[spoiler:Claudandus knocking over a computer monitor]]
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: Subverted. Claudandus was the real personality the whole time, he only used his Pascal persona to follow through with his plans, which he drops during his fight with Francis once he's been found out.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Francis: Smart and loyal, he comes to care about the cats around him. [[spoiler:And a murderous fighter when finally cornered by Claudandus.]]
** Pascal: Intelligent, literate, soft-spoken, eager to help, [[spoiler:eugenicist, mass murderer.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Claudandus, AKA Pascal, is behind all the killings, and behind a genetics program that wants to undo domestication]].
* BigEater: Bluebeard, more so in the film, especially after the catacomb scene. "All I want is a hot meal beside a warm fire. What I want is codfiissssshhh..."
* BittersweetEnding: The movie falls under this. The book's ending is slightly darker, but still manages to avoid DownerEnding status.
* BodyHorror: The fate that many cats had to suffer under Dr. Preterius, [[spoiler: including Claudandus/Pascal]].
* BodyOfBodies: The NightmareSequence Gregor Mendel forms amidst a massive mound of dead cats.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Francis's story is being narrated to us, the readers/viewers.
%%* TheBully: Kong and the Hermanns [[spoiler: until the death of Kong's dam, Solitaire.]] (How are they acting like bullies?)
* CharactersAsDevice: The kitten Pepeline, whose purpose is to reveal that [[spoiler: Claudandus is still alive.]] Though her character is more fleshed out in the book. She doesn't even share her name in the movie at all!
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Pepeline, who CannotTellALie. [[spoiler: She provides the clue that Claudandus is in fact alive, and that if Joker is not Claudandus, he at least knows his real/fake identity.]]
* CatsAreSnarkers: Francis and Bluebeard snark a lot during their conversations, even when dealing with potential foes.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Ziebold. Not only he's Dr. Preterius' former assistant but also the person that saved [[strike:Pascal]] Claudandus from the lab as well as his current owner. He is also obsessed with Gregor Mendel, which is where Claudandus got his idea in the first place -- and the final clue for Francis to tie in that Claudandus IS Pascal, and yet he's TheFaceless]].
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Claudandus/Pascal, given his genetics program that is working on, and it is actually working]].
* CloudCuckooLander: Isaiah, the guardian of the dead. [[spoiler: His information provides several hints to solving the mystery, including a connection between Joker and Claudandus.]] He is a more sympathetic example than most. He's spent his whole life believing that he was destined to guard the dead. When Francis come, Isaiah thinks Francis is going to kill him because Isaiah believes that he has sinned for going outside. Also, there's this line when Francis is asking Isaiah questions about the dead bodies he received-
--> Francis: Were there any that were pregnant?
--> Isaiah: Many... oh yes, many...
* CoolOldGuy: Pascal is incredibly smart, friendly, and charismatic, and seems genuinely interested in helping find the killer. [[spoiler:Which is himself.]]
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler:Felicity, with her neck bitten ''and'' her head torn off. Solitaire, with her neck bitten ''and'' her womb opened, spilling out the amniotic fluid, sack and fetuses of the pregnant cat, and Claudandus AKA Pascal, with his body opened, eviscerating him.]]
* {{Cult}}: The Claudandus Sect, built around [[spoiler:Claudandus as a messianic figure that ascended to heaven following Preterius' experiments. Truth is Claudandus is actually alive.]]
* DarkMessiah: [[spoiler:Claudandus/Pascal. Claudandus is presented as a messianic figure by Joker to the Claudandus Sect, and as a possible savior. Claudandus, as Pascal, is trying to save cats, but has to kill many for his genetics program to work]].
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Francis.
%%** Bluebeard as well.
* ADegreeInUseless: In the book, Gustav is an Egyptologist, can't find a job, and no one wants to buy his books, so he has to write pornography for cheap magazines to make a living. [[spoiler:In later books, he became more successful.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The first book does this often, probably due to translation.
* DerangedAnimation:
** Francis's psychedelic dream of Gregor Mendel using thousands of cat corpses as marionettes takes the cake.
** There's that dream he has in the beginning in which Francis meets Professor Preterius.
%%* DescriptionPorn: If you cut out all of it, the book would be half as long.
%%* DetectiveAnimal: Francis, given that it's half the premise of the book.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** [[spoiler:Claudandus]]'s plans to create a race of "genetically perfect" cats while murdering those he considers to be inferior. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Sound familiar?]]
** In one dream, after seeing a film about a scientist creating a race of "super-cats" Francis sees {{God}}/The {{Ubermensch}}, who calls himself "Felidae," meaning all of catkind, as gold/blonde-haired and lapis/blue eyes. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
** In this movie, the mysterious Felidae cats are essentially a stand-in for "Aryans".
** The concept of "Felidae" seems close to Nietzsche's "Ubermensch" (Super-Man).
** Fans of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series notice that how [[BiggerBad Scourge]] kills [[BigBad Tigerstar]] is almost the same way that Francis kills [[spoiler: Claudandus,]] except it's much more bloody and gory.
* {{Dubbing}}: The film was dubbed in English as well, on the spot, which was obviously done to help it reach a wider audience.
* EldritchAbomination: Gregor Mendel in Francis' infamous dream. The book somehow makes it ''even worse.''
* ElectricTorture: Used on the cats by the Claudandus cult. It's seen by certain cats as a way to "see who's chicken".
* EvilutionaryBiologist: Preterius, and [[spoiler:his subject, Claudandus. Particularly the latter given his breeding/genetics program he was running]]
* EvolutionaryLevels: Claudandus seems to think he's helping to create a "superior" breed of cats.
* TheFaceless: None of the humans in the film are shown above their shoulders. Except:
** In Francis' first dream, where Dr Preterius is shown, albeit with a black hole and demonic eyes for a face.
** In the video footage hidden in the basement, which shows Dr Preterius and his two assistants fully. And even then, Preterius is the only one who is seen ''unmasked''.
* FallenHero: [[spoiler:Claudandus is seen as a Hero and a Messiah figure (not a MessianicArchetype though) by the Claudandus Sect. Might be interpreted as fallen from the viewers/readers point of view when we find out his [[TraumaCongaline backstory]] -- Although by then, he has gone far from being a WellIntentionedExtremist]].
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath:
** There's a ''lot'' of these in the film, including [[spoiler:Felicity]] being beheaded, a female cat having her own young ripped from her womb, several cats with their throats torn out, and [[spoiler:Claudandus]] getting disemboweled at the end.
** In the book, [[spoiler:Claudandus]] also gets his throat torn out instead.
** [[spoiler: Felicity]]'s death is a bit more tragic in the book, because [[spoiler:we see Felicity's owner crying over her dead body]].
** [[spoiler: Preterius's]] death. While not shown, both the book and movie versions were rather disturbing. The movie simply gave us a torn throat, while in the book, [[spoiler: Claudandus leaped into his mouth, tore his way down his throat and ''ripped his way out through Preterius' intestines!'']]
* FantasticRacism:
** Bluebeard often refers to humans as "Can-Openers", and thinks the only thing mankind is good at is opening cans of food for cats.
** Also, [[spoiler:Claudandus wants to create a master race of cats to overthrow the humans]].
** Felicity mentions that cats can adapt to anything save a dog kennel.
** Bluebeard complains at one point about a new breed of cats moving in and taking over the neighborhood.
** As it turns out, [[spoiler: the new breed is specifically being bred to lose its domestic nature and overthrow humans one day. After the mastermind's death, though, the newcomers begin to integrate with the other cats more, losing their ferocity while it's still in its early stages.]]
* FatAndSkinny: Francis' owner Gustav, and his (only) friend Archie.
* FinalSpeech:
--> [[spoiler:'''Claudandus''': ''So much darkness in the world, so much darkness, Francis. No light. Only darkness. [[KnightTemplar And there is always someone who will take it upon himself]]. Always. Always. Always. [[HeelRealization I have become evil,]] [[FallenHero but once I, too, was good...]]'']]
** Which can be interpreted as both regret of how his life [[StartOfDarkness turned out to be after]] [[TraumaCongaLine being the subject of Preterius' experiments]] and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo justification for his actions]].
* FirstPersonSmartass: Francis narrates the books, making at times ''very'' snarky comments about the things happening, and especially about the habits of his owner. Occasionally he crosses over to NostalgicNarrator as if he was telling the story somewhere in the future but it's never specified.
* FreudianExcuse: The reason [[spoiler:Claudandus, AKA Pascal]] commits murders is because of experimentation by Dr. Preterius.
* ForegoneConclusion: Based on the opening narration, the readers/viewers already know that Francis will make it out alive in the end.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: [[spoiler: Claudandus, AKA Pascal, given that he was lowly stray cat that was experimented on and became the BigBad]].
* {{Gonk}}:
** Kong is approximately three times larger than any other cat in the film, has a lower jaw that juts out extremely far, and looks more like a cross between a bear and a buffalo than a cat. His henchmen, Herrmann and Herrmann, also qualify to some degree.
** One of the Herrmanns has crossed eyes. The book explains that both Herrmanns are Oriental Shorthair mutants, and crossed eyes used to be fairly common among many Oriental breeds, [[JustifiedTrope justifying]] Herrmann's appearance.
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Felicity seems to believe that evil doesn't exist.
* {{Gorn}}: Relatively rare, but a few scenes gallop straight across this line. [[spoiler:Particularly true of Felicity's beheading, Solitare having the kittens gutted out of her, and Claudandus' evisceration by Francis at the end.]]
* GrumpyOldMan: Deep Purple. He ends up being the fifth victim, and an essential clue to the link of the murders.
* GuttedLikeAFish: [[spoiler: This is how Francis finished off Claudandus in the movie. In the book, Francis bit Claudandus' jugular vein.]]
* {{Heaven}}: [[spoiler: Francis]] gets a look at the feline heaven after [[spoiler: being shot at the end of the second book. He's saved from the brink of death before the stay becomes permanent.]]
* HeKnowsTooMuch: The reason why [[spoiler: Felicity was killed.]]
* HollywoodAcid: [[spoiler: The InfoDump experiment log states that the acid in the skin-glue Doctor Preterius was working on was strong enough to dissolve bone, and completely destroyed the brain of the first test subject.]]
* HollywoodAtheist: [[spoiler: Subverted. Claudandus is a misotheist.]]
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler: Claudandus/Pascal tells Francis that he had no choice but to kill in order for his breeding program to succeed]].
* IHaveManyNames: In one of Francis's dreams, he sees a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything golden cat with blue eyes]]. "I'm the Prophet, I'm the Human, I'm the Beast, and I am also... [[TitleDrop Felidae]]."
* InfantImmortality:
** Averted. Dams and their kittens die all over the place.
** In the original novel, Francis has a nightmare where Deep Purple pulls a kitten out of his torn, bleeding throat, throws it against the wall, pulls out another kitten which bursts like a red paint balloon, and proceeds to splatter more kittens from his throat.
%% * InsufferableGenius: Francis, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold though he does have redeeming qualities.]] (What makes Francis insufferable? What are these redeeming qualities?)
* IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow: When Francis uses the term "fornication" to note the similarities between Sascha and Deep Purple's deaths, Bluebeard replies, [[DeadpanSnarker "Back in my day, we use to call it screwing."]]
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: Claudandus kills Felicity, a completely innocent, crippled cat, just to make the case personal to Francis.]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Likewise, [[CatsAreMean huge, hulking, bully Kong]] is shown to have [[HiddenDepths something of a soft side]] when he [[spoiler:mourns the death of his pregnant mate, Solitaire]].
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: [[spoiler:Claudandus]] to Francis when he finally discovers who the killer is.
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: [[spoiler:Joker is killed, as it is possible he would reveal the truth behind Claudandus.]]
* KillTheCutie: [[spoiler: Poor Felicity is killed to prevent Francis from getting more clues.]]
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler:Claudandus]] presents himself like this, especially in the book, to justify [[spoiler:his breeding/genetics program.]]
* LargeHam: Joker, as the prophet and leader of the Claudandus sect is prone to histrionics, more so in the German version.
* LastOfHisKind: Eight [[spoiler:the lynx.]] He was part of a group brought from Canada to Germany to help boost the native population, but with their normal food source no longer available to them, the group quickly dwindled from starvation and being shot after they attacked livestock in desperation. It's possible that a few of them survived, but Eight has no clue where they are and has resigned himself to being alone for the rest of his life.
%%* LetMeTellYouAStory: "[A]nd it's not going to be pretty."
* MadScientist: Preterius. Though, he's more of a rambling drunken scientist as his failures on his research piled on and on.
* MadeOfPlasticine: The cats get ripped apart rather easily, it seems. This is most obvious in the climax when [[spoiler: the BigBad gets his entire guts and ribs ripped open from a single claw across the stomach, though Francis reopened the scar from when Preterius vivisected Claudandus. Several times. His stomach was practically paper-thin by then.]]
* MadnessMantra:
** "HYBRID PLANT EXPERIMENTS!" Dream Gregor raves out this while controlling undead marionette cats.
** In the novel, there's the Deep Purple nightmare sequence. "Get them to prescribe some pills for immortality and creams for potency! For potency! For potency! For potency!" Now imagine kittens being pulled out of his torn throat and slammed against the wall.
* ManOfWealthAndTaste: [[spoiler:Ziebold, Pascal's owner and former assistant to Preterius is described as such, with a very posh loft, fancy paintings and whatnot.]]
* MasterRace: [[spoiler: Claudandus/Pascal believes that the only superior life forms are "the wonderful, mighty Felidae", and that others are "stupid and victims of their fate."]].
%%* MatureAnimalStory
* MeaningfulName:
** Felicity means "great happiness".
** Kong is, well, gigantic.
** Claudandus is the Latin for "he who must be closed". [[spoiler: Closing him - [[BodyHorror literally]] - was what Preterius was trying to do]].
* MoralDissonance: Felicity says that "humans are the kindest creature there is" in the same space as "Claudandus was viciously tortured by humans." The break between these two realities is at the center of the book's plot. It also points out the irony of Felicity's views on humans considering it's heavily implied that she is blind due to humans experimenting on her in the past.
* MotiveRant: Quite a lengthy one, in which [[spoiler: Claudandus details how HumansAreBastards, and why he created [[MasterRace Felidae]] in order to overthrown humans.]] This is more prevalent in the book.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName:
** [[spoiler:Claudandus, since he tries to create a master race of cats and is willing to kill for it.]]
** The book is a bit more nuanced, because the motivations and origins of [[spoiler:Claudandus]] are explained in more depth. Depending on your perspective, he is [[WellIntentionedExtremist simply trying his best to make cats strong enough so they'll never be test subjects to any human again.]]
* NecessarilyEvil: [[spoiler:"I was forced to kill, Francis- I had no choice- to preserve the racial purity that this new Felidae required."]]
* NietzscheWannabe: [[spoiler: Claudandus. Just read his rant about how HumansAreBastards]]. And while certainly acting as a NietzscheWannabe up to his final confrontation with Francis, the meaning behind his FinalSpeech is open for debate - was it a HeelRealization?
* NightmareDreams: Francis has several of them, ranging from heavily symbolic to heavily disturbing.
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler: Claudandus in regards to the humans he hated. Becoming a monster like Preterius and killing those that would ruind his breeding program.]]
* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: How Felicity is found.]]
* PantheraAwesome: [[spoiler: Eight from book two]] is a Canadian lynx. Not really so big as most examples of this trope, but still much larger than most of the characters.
* PassingTheTorch: [[spoiler: Claudandus's original intention towards Francis.]]
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: Francis guesses the password on Pascal's computer fairly easily - it's [[spoiler:Preterius, the name of the scientist whose experiments set Claudandus/Pascal down the path of evil.]]
* PetTheDog: Interestingly, every human character is shown to have (or have had) good qualities. Even [[spoiler: Preterius]] was somewhat kind to his test subjects (at least in the book - it's not really shown in the movie) before his project started falling apart around him. One of the few exceptions would be Saffron's owner, from book two, who took delight in starving and torturing his cats - Saffron's brother [[spoiler: died of dehydration]] thanks to him. Francesca also fails to get any [[PetTheDog such moments]], but she's not evil per se - just really domineering, pushy, and a hypocrite.
* PoeticSerialKiller: [[spoiler: Claudandus' philosophy is rather nihilistic though, since it involves wiping his own race as it currently exist so a new stronger MasterRace can rise from its ashes.]]
* PopStarComposer: The score was done by Art of Noise member (and Academy Award winning composer) Anne Dudley.
* PosthumousCharacter :
** [[spoiler: Dr. Preterius, especially in the book.]]
** Claudandus [[spoiler: [[FakingTheDead until you find out not only he's alive]], but also the BigBad.]]
** [[spoiler: Crazy Hugo (aka the Black Knight) and his mastiff]] from the second book. Thanks to [[spoiler: Ambrosius]], many characters believe they might still be alive.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone:
** The main characters are cats so spend a lot of time sleeping and tend to get [[RealDreamsAreWeirder cryptic, or occasionally downright weird, dreams that may or may not predict something]] (mostly they do) or give them odd ideas. Generally speaking the cats in the Felidae books ''believe'' in the power of dreams and Francis is no exception.
** In the film and first book, [[spoiler: it is revealed that Pascal purposefully gave Francis most of his dreams, presumably through subliminal suggestion.]] No explanation is given in later books.[[note]]It's generally considered poor practice to use dreams as a guide in mystery stories, which may be why later books use even more surreal imagery than the first - it gives the impression that thinking about the case is what's causing Francis's nightmares.[[/note]]
* {{Pun}}: '''Cat'''acombs. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Bluebeard in the English dub of the film. "If that's a joke..."
* PurpleProse: Francis feels the need to describe everything, and we mean ''everything'' in graphic detail. In the first book he went on for about five paragraphs about what his owner ''feeds him''.
* RecycledInSpace: It's a FilmNoir '''WITH CATS!'''
* RedOniBlueOni: Francis (blue) and Bluebeard (red). They argue several times in the movie but are otherwise good friends with one another.
* ReligionOfEvil: The cult of Claudandus, at first glance. [[spoiler: It's rather innocuous in the end, but provides cover for Claudandus to run his breeding program because everyone believes he's dead.]]
* SanitySlippage:
** Dr. Preterius. The descent from a sympathetic scientist who just wanted to achieve something, to a belligerent, insane man is more prevalent in the novel.
** [[spoiler: Claudandus/Pascal has a minor burst of insanity. See VillainousBreakdown]].
* SatelliteLoveInterest:
** Alcina from book two. She meets Francis only once, during which they mate, but Francis apparently loved her very much [[spoiler: and is heartbroken when he finds she's been murdered.]] Felicity might count as well, as her part is extremely similar (sans the mating), but between the two Felicity was much friendlier.
** It should be noted that cats, by nature, typically aren't very romantic (mating in both book and film is a pretty casual affair), but a few characters do show signs of real love for a favorite mate.
* SecretKeeper :
** [[spoiler: Joker. Who is well aware about the truth behind Preterius and his experiments, that Claudandus is alive, responsible for the murders, the reasons behind 'em and his other identity. He even willing accepts dying at the teeth of Claudandus to keep the secret safe when Francis starts closing in on him.]]
** In book two, this role is filled by [[spoiler: Ambrosius, who is fully aware that the Wild Ones are the murderers. He even aids them by pretending to be the Black Knight and drawing suspicion away from them.]]
* SexoPhone: Used during Nhozemptekh's introduction (otherwise known as the "cat sex scene").
* ShoutOut: Gregor Mendel and his theories of genetics are a big part of the plot, to the point he's almost a PosthumousCharacter. (And he's absolutely terrifying in Francis' dreams.)
* ShownTheirWork: The author knows quite a bit about cats. This is shown not only in the books themselves, but in notes supplied at the back of the books to explain in detail some aspects of feline behavior and biology that are only given passing mention in the main story. He also has a good understanding of Mendelian genetics, one of the major elements of the plot. Also, back-breeding is a real phenomenon.
* ShutUpHannibal: In the first book, Francis delivers one to [[spoiler: Claudandus/Pascal,]] during the latter's MotiveRant.
-->'''Francis''': [[NotSoDifferent You're the one who's really a human being!]] You think just like they do! You act just like they do! You only want to repeat all the misery they have brought to the world. You're dreaming not of real change but of establishing a new dictatorship paid for with hundreds and thousands of dead from your own ranks. and tell me what kind of a role you've thought up for the other animals species in your oh-so-very-wonderful never-never land? Come on, answer me!
* SinisterMinister: Joker, who is one of the leaders of the "Claudandus Sect". He's well-aware of what's really going on and [[spoiler:he allows Claudandus to kill him to prevent the secret from being revealed.]]
* SlasherSmile: One of the Hermanns' always carries this.
%%* StrawLoser: Gustav to Francis. Deep down, however, Francis really does care for his clumsy owner.
* SuperBreedingProgram: [[spoiler: Claudandus/Pascal plans to breed cats back to their original, ferocious form. He eliminates those that get in the ways of his plans]].
* ToiletHumor: "Bluebeard was here." Said after urinating near a house. This is only done two times.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler: Felicity, a kind and blind cat, is killed just to obfuscate Francis.]]
%%* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Kong's cohorts, Hermann and Hermann.
%%* TragicVillain: Depending on your perspective, and given his backstory,[[spoiler: Claudandus/Pascal]].
* TokenEvilTeammate: Kong. He almost ''kills'' Francis at one point.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: "'No! No! No!' Pascal bellowed, his eyes burning with impotent rage and hate. 'There are no good people! They're all the same! Don't you understand that?! Animals are good human beings, and human beings are bad animals!'"]]
%%* VitriolicBestBuds: Francis and Bluebeard.
* TheWatson: Bluebeard becomes this in the movie, so that Francis can explain his discoveries to him instead of having to narrate his thoughts all the time.
* WeHardlyKnewYe:
** [[spoiler: Felicity, who was killed off after only a few minutes of screentime.]]
** [[spoiler:Alcina]], in yet another parallel to [[spoiler:Felicity]], also only shows up alive once.
** Also showing up alive only once is [[spoiler:Father Joker]], though he allowed himself to be executed.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the movie, we never get to see what happens to any of the side characters (it's possible that Francis's "new friend" is Nhozemptekh, but the character design is slightly different so this is unlikely). The novel subverts this by giving information in the epilogue. It's at least implied in the movie that [[spoiler: Bluebeard]] survived, though not confirmed.
* WickedCultured: [[spoiler:Pascal/Claudandus fits this to a T. Surrounded by fine art and classical music, uses a modern (for the time) computer, eats only the finest sweetmeats, friendly and helpful...and a mass murderer.]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** Arguably [[spoiler:Claudandus]]. He only [[spoiler:developed his insane plan after being tortured by Preterius]]. The "Destroyer of Worlds" part is much more present here than the "Woobie" part though. Also, this trope is more present in the book than in the movie.
** The second book gives us [[spoiler: the wildcat tribe]]. Being [[spoiler: brought into strange territory where they found it almost impossible to survive]] is what fueled the rage towards humans and domestic creatures alike, and eventually what led to the murders. As with [[spoiler: Claudandus]] above, this is an arguable case.
* YouAreNumberSix: Eight from the second book.

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