Western Animation / Felix the Cat


"Felix the Cat,
The wonderful, wonderful cat.
Whenever he gets in a fix,
He reaches into his bag of tricks...
Felix the Cat,
The wonderful, wonderful cat.
You'll laugh so much, your sides will ache,
Your heart will go pitter pat,
Watching Felix, the wonderful cat!"
Felix the Cat Theme Song, late 1950s

One of the longest lasting animated cartoon characters, Felix the Cat, created by animator Otto Messmer, made his 1919 theatrical debut as one of several cartoon components in Paramount Screen Magazine split-reels, then graduated to a standalone series in 1922. He was the star of an experimental TV broadcast in 1928, and the basis for a classic (but unauthorized!) wall-clock design. Felix's adorable appearance, witty personality, love of high living, and comically versatile tail helped him achieve a level of popularity that he maintained until 1929, when Mickey Mouse's sound cartoons started to grow in popularity and studio founder/CEO Pat Sullivan refused to produce sound films, not helped by his descent into heavy alcoholism due to his wife's apparent suicide, and his subsequent death.

After a short lived attempt at a Felix revival with sound and color during 1936 via Van Beuren Studios, the cat's theatrical career was once again put on ice, although he remained a popular character in newspapers and comic books. Eventually migrated to a popular TV series in the very late 1950s and early 1960's, run by former Fleischer and Famous animator Joe Oriolo, who had served as an assistant for Messmer on his Felix comics. Despite having virtually nothing in common with the original cartoons, these TV shorts were a smash hit, and ultimately immortalized Felix as a pop-culture icon. Jack Mercer, better known as Popeye, did all the character voices in the Trans-Lux Felix series.

Pat Sullivan, who ran the studio that made the Felix cartoons claimed during his lifetime to have invented Felix himself, but in truth he had virtually nothing to do with creating the character or actually drawing the cartoons or comics (according to Hal Walker, one of the original artists on the silent cartoons, he was barely ever present at his own studio). This conventional wisdom lasted until the 1960s, at which time the Sullivan estate's controlling interest in Felix was bought out. Due to no longer having to placate Sullivan's heirs, surviving staffers named longtime lead animator Otto Messmer as Felix's actual creator. Tellingly, later Felix collections and shows give Otto Messmer full credit for creating the character (along with Joe Oriolo as the series "Godfather" for reviving the character) and give only a grudging mention of Sullivan in passing, not even listing him as a creator of Felix in the end credits of The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.

Apart from Messmer, the best-known Felix developer was Joe Oriolo, Messmer's assistant from the 1940s onward. Oriolo took over production of Felix comics and managed the Trans-Lux TV series himself, creating Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks and beloved bad guys such as The Professor, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder.

During the mid-1980s, Felix co-starred with fellow cartoon icon Betty Boop in a short-lived comic strip written and drawn by Mort Walker (better known as the creator of Beetle Bailey) and his sons. Felix also starred with his friends and foes in cartoon creation software shipped with Apple Macintosh Performa computers. In 1991, he got his big screen break in Felix the Cat: The Movie, which was written and directed by Don Oriolo in an attempt to bring the series back into the limelight, but it was both a critical and box office flop, being sandwiched between a whopping three animated features (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Amblin's An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, and Don Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle), although VHS rentals and TV airings allowed the film to gain a minor cult following.

In 1995, Don Oriolo teamed up with studio Film Roman to produce another revival of the Felix series, this one being an attempt to bring the series back to its urban, surrealistic roots, called The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. It was shown on CBS Saturday mornings after Felix appeared in commercial bumpers on that network. It was one of the most expensive shows produced by the studio, but it sadly underperformed in ratings, and was cancelled only 8 episodes into its second season.

After the end of Twisted Tales, the Felix series had a couple brief revivals, from Japanese/American-produced Baby Felix & Friends to the 2004 direct-to-video special Felix the Cat Saves Christmas, but then fell off the radar afterwards. There were a couple more direct to video holiday specials planned for the series, but they never saw the light of day. Don Oriolo, the former owner of the character, attempted to make a CGI revival of the series for TV, but nothing ever came of it.

In June 2014, the rights to Felix were bought by DreamWorks Animation (and then acquired by NBCUniversal in 2016 when they bought out DreamWorks Animation), but Don Oriolo says he is still involved with what they do with the character. So far, Dreamworks is only using the character as a fashion brand, and there don't seem to be plans to make a new cartoon series with the character.

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Notable Felix the Cat films:

Media Featuring Felix The Cat:

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     Animated Cartoons 
  • Felix the Cat (1919-30): The silent (and, by 1929, sound cartoons) that started it all. Paramount Pictures distributed the earliest cartoons from 1919 to 1921, while Winkler distributed the shorts from 1922 up to 1925, the year when Educational Pictures took over the distribution of the shorts. In 1928, Educational ended distribution and several shorts were reissued by First National Pictures. Copley Pictures distributed the sound cartoons from 1929 to 1931.
  • Van Beuren Felix the Cat (1936): A very brief three short revival of the series, made by the Van Beuren cartoon studio and distributed by RKO as part of Van Beuren's Rainbow Parade cartoon series.
  • Trans-Lux Felix the Cat (1959-61): Joe Oriolo's made-for-TV revival of the series. It ran for around 120 episodes, and was syndicated in the 90's.
  • The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (1995-97): A made-for-TV revival produced by Film Roman and aired on CBS, that attempted to be an amalgam of the Messmer and Oriolo eras of the series.
  • Baby Felix and Friends (2000-01): A Spinoff Babies Anime series, animated by the now-defunct Radix for a release in Japan, lasting 65 five minute episodes.

  • Felix the Cat (1923–66) The Felix the Cat newspaper comic strips, which ran for decades. A Sunday strip was also released alongside it, but was discontinued around 1943. The Sunday comics and comic books were always drawn by series creator Otto Messmer (although the newspaper comics up to 1929 were only partly drawn by Otto himself, with art recycled from the cartoons for artist Jack Bogle to use until Otto Messmer completely took over art duties from him) with artists Jim Tyer and Joe Oriolo moonlighting on them now and then. The daily strip ended in 1951, and Otto retired from the comic books around 1954, with his former assistant Joe Oriolo taking over the art work from then on.
  • Felix the Cat (1938–47): The original Felix the Cat comic books.
  • Felix the Cat (1948–61): The second run of the Felix the Cat comics. Initially distributed by Dell for the first 19 issues, but jumped to Toby Press and then Harvey Comics for the remainder of their run. Dell started a new Felix comic series a year after Harvey ended their run on the series, but it lasted only 12 issues.
  • Felix's Nephews Inky and Dinky (1957–58): A 7 issue spinoff of the Harvey Felix the Cat comics, starring Felix's nephews Inky and Dinky.
  • Betty Boop and Felix (1984–88): A crossover newspaper comic featuring Betty Boop, with Felix starring as her house pet in place of her dog Pudgy. The comic was distributed by King Features Syndicate and was written by Brian, Morgan, Greg and Neal Walker, the sons of Beetle Bailey creator Mort Walker. Curiously, Felix does not talk in this comic, and the Magic Bag is absent.
  • The New Adventures of Felix the Cat note  (1991): A 7 issue comic revival of the series.
  • The Nine Lives of Felix the Cat (1991–92): A five issue series distributed by Harvey Comics.
  • Felix the Cat in Black and White: An 8 issue series, reprinting original Felix stories in a cheaper B&W format.
  • Nine Lives to Live: A Classic Felix Celebration by Otto Messmer: A 1996 compilation book covering many of the 1920's and early 1930's newspaper comics.
  • Otto Messmer's Felix the Cat Keeps On Walkin' (1991): A compilation of the 50's era Felix comic books.
  • Felix: The Great Comic Tails: A compilation book by Yoe Books, bringing together several of the 50's era comic book stories.


  • Felix: The Twisted Tale of the World's Most Famous Cat (1991): An esteemed history book about the series and its artists prior to the early 90'snote  authored by esteemed animator and animation historian John Canemaker.

     Live Action TV 
  • Felix the Cat Live (1972–85): One of the most obscure parts of the Felix series, a live action TV show featuring the cat (portrayed in costume). Read more about it here.

     Video Games 
  • Felix the Cat (NES, Game Boy): A tie-in game released in the early '90s, based on the Trans-Lux era series.
  • Big Top's Cartoon Toolbox, starring Felix the Cat (1994): A cartoon maker starring the Trans-Lux era characters, released exclusively for Macintosh Performa computers.
  • Baby Felix Creativity Center (1997): A PC art game.
  • Baby Felix Halloween (2001): A Game Boy Color platformer game tie-in to Baby Felix & Friends.
  • Baby Felix Tennis (PlayStation): A tie-in game based on the Baby Felix & Friends cartoon.

This series provides examples of:

    General Tropes for the whole Franchise 
  • Alternate Continuity: The Felix series has several different continuities in it:
    • The Silent Era Felixnote , which is unmistakably set in a surreal, comedic caricature of 1920's urban culture, with some fairy tale and fantasy elements sandwiched in. Felix is portrayed as a nomadic Anti-Hero who acts on his own in the bulk of these cartoons, with recurring side characters being kept minimal and only sporadically appearing. The newspaper comics and comic books are all derived from this era, but there is an overlapping period between them and the Oriolo Felix due to Joe Oriolo taking over the art and writing chores for them around 1954 and running them up to the early 60's.
    • The Van Beuren Era Felix, which is set in Disney-esque, pure fairy tale settings with little of the surrealism and absolutely none of the urban nature of the Silent era shorts. This Felix is portrayed as a meek little kid who gets overwhelmed by large casts of oneshot characters. This is also the shortest lasting incarnation of the character, lasting a meager three short cartoons.
    • The Joe Oriolo (and later, Don Oriolo) Era Felix (sometimes referred to as the Trans-Lux Felix), the longest running and most well known incarnation of the series. This era has such a different art style, tone, and set of characters and locales from the Silent cartoons that the only thing that ties them together is that they both star Felix the Cat, and even then, the Oriolo Felix has a considerably different personality than the Silent era Felix. Felix occasionally gets to use his surreal abilities from the silent cartoons (such as detaching his tail to use it as a disguise in "The Magic Bag", and morphing it into a fist to punch back arrows in "Felix Out West") but they're downplayed in favor of using the benefits offered by the Magic Bag of Tricks, which was introduced in this series. The Movie, Baby Felix & Friends, Felix The Cat Saves Christmas and the NES video game are also set in this continuity.
    • The Twisted Tales of Felix series, which attempts to be an amalgam of the Silent and Oriolo eras of the series, being a retro cartoon throwback to the original Felix cartoons, as well as cartoons of the 1930s, such as those by Fleischer Studios. The Felix of this series is fully aware that he's a cartoon character.
    • The Betty Boop & Felix newspaper comics, where Felix acts as a normal, non speaking house pet to Betty Boop, basically replacing Pudgy the dog from Betty's own cartoons.
    • And then you have the oddity that is Felix the Cat Live!, a very obscure live-action TV show which has almost no ties to any of the previous continuities (although the classic theme song is still used), and portrays Felix the Cat in live action costume.
  • Art Evolution: Felix has gone through several redesigns as the franchise ran its course. His early design was almost foxlike in appearance, with a big snout and corners that could poke out the eye of a tiger. By 1924, animator Bill Nolan redesigned Felix into his more familiar rubber hosed form in order to make him cuter looking and easier to animate. The design used in the Joe Oriolo cartoons and almost all Felix works afterward (save Twisted Tales of Felix, which reuses the Bill Nolan design) is a slicker take on Felix's classic rubberhose appearance, giving him longer legs and stylizing him more.
  • Badass Adorable: Felix isn't necessarily the fighting type, but when push comes to shove, he can and will fight back, and he pretty much always comes out on top, with or without the Magic Bag.
  • Breakout Character: Felix was originally conceived as a oneshot character for the film Feline Follies, which was made solely because another animator was tardy with his work for the Paramount Screen Magazine, and Pat Sullivan and Otto Messmer agreed to fill in with a cartoon of their own. Felix's debut was so well liked by audiences that it immediately took off as a hit, graduated to his own standalone series and became one of the most iconic and influential cartoon characters of all time.
  • Captain Ersatz: Felix probably has the most ersatzes of any fictional character, including Bosko, The Talk-Ink Kid, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and Foxy. Ironically, one of them (i.e. Mickey Mouse) would totally dethrone Felix in popularity. Ironically, Felix himself was heavily based on Charlie Chaplin.
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. Felix is a jovial, helpful character in all of his incarnations, even in his rascally silent years, and rarely ever does anything that could be considered mean.
  • Cat Stereotype: The "black cats bring bad luck" stereotype is subverted with Felix. Indeed, his very name (Latin for "luck") alludes to it.
  • Cute Kitten: Felix is downright adorable looking.
  • Disney Fication: The Van Beuren and Joe Oriolo era of the series gave this treatment to the franchise, throwing out the surreal and darker elements of the Silent era films in favor of more cutesy style cartoons and Black and White Morality. In fact, the director of the three Van Beuren shorts, Burt Gillett, was a former animator and director at Disney. The Joe Oriolo Felix is even given a Mickey Mouse-esque falsetto voice. Twisted Tales briefly tried to avert this by going into a more surreal, Denser and Wackier direction, but its failure in ratings and turbulent production (namely then-owner Don Oroilo's dislike of the first season and its utter lack of ties to his fathers take on Felix forcing his hand into its creative process in the second season) ultimately caused the franchise to relapse back to the softer Joe Oriolo incarnation of the character, both before and after Twisted Tales was cancelled.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Feline Follies is so different from the rest of the series, that one would be surprised to believe its the debut of Felix, who is a relatively normal housecat named Master Tom in the cartoon. Heck, the silent cartoons are so drastically different from the rest of the Felix series in tone and style that the only thing that ties them together is that they all star Felix. Also, there was no Magic Bag of Tricks at first—that iconic element of the series wasn't introduced until the Joe Oriolo era, when the series was 40 years into its life. There are also very few major or recurring characters aside from Felix himself and Kitty Kat, and no recurring antagonists—often, there wasn't any real antagonist at all in the original films. The pure fantasy elements of the later Felix cartoons were also not as ubiquitous in the silent cartoons.
  • Era-Specific Personality: Felix's personality is all over the place throughout the franchise. You have the rascally silent era Felix, the meek, kiddy Van Beuren Felix, the jovial and genial Joe Oriolo Felix, the teenager like Twisted Tales Felix, etc.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: In nearly all incarnations of the series, Felix's world has talking animals and humans living alongside each other in contemporary settings, with fantasy characters like King Neptune and Old King Cole appearing, surreal or sometimes supernatural phenomenon like ghosts, fairies and evil witches appearing, and Felix sometimes using a Magic Carpet as a transport. The Oriolo era keeps the fairy tale and fantasy elements, but also introduces science fiction elements like a mad scientist who wants Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks, a Brain in a Jar robot who lives on the moon, and the occasional encounter with friendly aliens like Martin Martian. It should be noted that that this element wasn't as prominent in the silent cartoons as it was in the later Felix series, as the early cartoons were more of a surreal cartoon caricature of 1920's urban culture than outright fantasy, but there were a handful of episodes that were pure fantasy (I.e. Felix in Fairyland).
  • Friend to All Living Things: One of the most enduring traits of Felix through the series is his kind hearted, altruistic nature; if someone is in need of aid, be it a kid baseball player who got wrongfully thrown in jail and needs a stand-in for his game, Uncle Tom at the mercy of Simon Legree, a clown about to commit suicide, a lost pet elephant who needs to be returned to her Rajah, or a Princess whose kingdom was overthrown by an evil dictator and his army of robots, he will not hesitate to help, and he shows virtually no signs of maliciousness or veangefulness (although he was a lot more rascally in his silent cartoons). At most, he just gets agitated at someone whenever they wrong him. He even holds no ill will towards his arch enemy, the Professor, and even helps him out if he winds up in trouble.
    • The Van Beuren Felix plays this trait up even more; in the opening of "The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg", Felix is handing out gold coins by the bucketful to the local poor, thanks to the help of his golden goose and her endless supply of golden eggs. And when the goose gets kidnapped by Captain Kid, her eggs are the last thing on Felix's mind—he's genuinely concerned for her safety, and he even tries to put up a fight against the pirate before he captures her.
    • In certain levels of the NES video game, Felix gets the ability to ride on turtles and dolphins if you grab a power-up, and they help him by attacking enemies for him.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Nearly all of the characters have their hands drawn this way.
  • Funny Animal: Felix is this in virtually all incarnations of the series, save in his earliest appearances and Betty Boop & Felix, where he was portrayed as a normal housecat.
  • Irony: He's a black cat who helps anyone he can, an utter defiance of the stereotype of black cats bringing bad luck. Granted, Felix doesn't always have the best luck himself (especially in the silent films), but it's the thought that counts.
  • Long Runner: Felix has been around since 1919, making him the oldest surviving animated cartoon star, and he's done a lot to earn that reputation; are talking about a character who has starred in over 200 theatrical cartoons (most of which have not survived), well over 200 episodes during the Trans Lux era, two modern TV revivals (with a third one seemingly in the works), a feature length movie and a direct-to-video film, decades worth of newspaper and magazine comics, an absolutely monstrous amount of merchandise, and a live action kids' series to top it all off.
  • Medium Awareness: The Silent era Felix is implied to be aware he's in a cartoon, considering he can manipulate the symbols and words he thinks up to his advantage, such as in "Felix Saves The Day", where he climbs up four question marks he created to reach a jail cell. Twisted Tales makes it absolutely clear that Felix knows he's a cartoon character—"The Underwater Kingdom" even has him remembering one of his past cartoon adventures, specifically the Van Beuren era short "Neptune Nonsense".
  • Minimalist Cast: In the Silent and Joe Oriolo cartoons, the cast is basically reduced to Felix himself and a couple other characters at best, with the odd recurring extra. Felix is the only major character in the bulk of the Silent cartoons, as Otto Messmer felt it was important for the series to have his personality be the center of attention and not get overwhelmed by a cast of extras. Even the handful of recurring characters present, like Kitty Kat and Felix's nephews Inky and Dinky, were only sparsely used in the original cartoons. And the Joe Oriolo cartoons only have Professor, Poindexter, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder as major recurring players. There's the odd side-character that pops up now and again, such as Vavoom and Martin the Martian, but their appearances are infrequent at best. The Van Beuren shorts had Felix alone as a major player, with a rotating cast of new side characters around him. Averted with Twisted Tales of Felix, as that series has a much larger cast of major and supporting characters.
  • Minimalism: Both the silent cartoons and the Joe Oriolo cartoons have very simplistic cartoon artwork. The original cartoons in particular usually have backgrounds with almost no detail at all except for a few basic shapes.
  • Negative Continuity: Nearly all of the Felix cartoons and comics have no continuity at all—for starters, Felix committed suicide in his first film, but is back no worse for wear in future films. The Oriolo era is the sole exception, varying between having some very light continuity going on in them to having no continuity at all, due to some of its episodes having story elements that completely contradict each other. Twisted Tales has the occasional continuity nod here and there, but it mostly falls back on negative continuity as well.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Felix never has a consistent job throughout the franchise, due in part to the fast and loose continuity and varying settings and timelines of some of the cartoons. In Felix Turns the Tide, he works for (or lives with) a Deli shop owner, and joins up with the army in the same cartoon. In "Felix in Hollywood", he lives with a starving actor and eventually gets a job as an actor himself. In episodes that star Poindexter like "Felix Babysits", the Professor hires Felix as a babysitter, and in other episodes even hires him as a lab assistant. In "Stone Age Felix", he's briefly seen holding an office job, but in episodes like "Detective Thinking Hat" and "The Invisible Professor", he acts as a private detective. In an episode of Twisted Tales, "Five Minute Meatball", Felix works as a meatball delivery boy.
  • Rogues Gallery: The silent cartoons rarely had any real villains at all, and certainly no recurring ones, but starting with the Joe Oriolo cartoons, the series started building up a modest group of villains to challenge Felix. The Professor, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder, all hailing from the Oriolo cartoons, are considered the main antagonists of the franchise, accompanied by a few minor or oneshot villains like General Clang, Gulpo (King of the Blobs), the ranch owner Bart and The Duke of Zill. Twisted Tales added a few new villains, such as Peking Duck, The Sludge King, Jeepers Creepers and Oscar.
  • Rubberhose Limbs: The Trope Maker, introduced by both Otto Messmer and Bill Nolan in the original silent cartoons. The standard character designs for the series rely on this, but some characters avoid the template, such as the stylized, UPA-esque characters introduced in the Oriolo era series.
  • Significant Name: Felix's name is Latin for "Luck", which fits the characters defiance of the "black cats bring bad luck" stereotype.
  • Sliding Scale of Animal Cast: The series mostly falls into type 3 (Animal Cast With Humans As Minor Characters), but the Joe Oriolo cartoons fall into type 5 (Equally Human and Animal Cast), and Betty Boop & Felix and Felix the Cat Live fall into type 6 (Human Cast With Animal Protagonist).
  • Sliding Scale of Animation Elaborateness: The silent cartoons are basically pre-TV Limited Animation, while the Joe Oriolo cartoons, Twisted Tales, Baby Felix & Friends and Felix The Cat Saves Christmas fall into the "Planned limited television Animation" side of the scale. The Van Beuren shorts and The Movie land on the "Traditional Animation in regular feature films" part of the scale.
  • Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism: The series mostly falls on the Funny Animal part of the Animal Anthropomorphism scale. The occasional character, like Candy from Twisted Tales, fall into the Petting Zoo People category.
  • Sliding Scale of Continuity: Most of the franchise falls into Level 1 (Negative Continuity) but the Joe Oriolo cartoons and Twisted Tales occasionally fall into Level 3 (Subtle Continuity) while still having mostly nonexistent continuity.
  • Sliding Scale of Endings: The silent cartoons and Twisted Tales tend to end with bittersweet and occasionally downer endings, sometimes ending with either a Happy Ending or just No Ending at all. The Joe Oriolo cartoons always end with a Happy Ending without exception.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: It varies between each series. The silent cartoons and Twisted Tales varied between both sides, but mostly leaned towards the Cynicism side of the scale, but the Joe Oriolo cartoons land squarely on the Idealistic side of the scale.
  • Sliding Scale of Realistic Versus Fantastic: The series lands squarely on the Surreal end of the scale, especially in regards to the Silent cartoons and Twisted Tales.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Felix falls right on the silliness end of the scale.
  • Sliding Scale of Visuals Versus Dialogue: The series zigzags between both ends of the scale. The silent and golden age cartoons are heavily dependent on visuals (especially the Silent cartoons by necessity, which only had sporadic dialogue in the form of speech balloons). The Joe Oriolo cartoons are heavily dependent on dialogue, since they used Limited Animation. Twisted Tales went back in forth between using both approaches.
  • Suddenly Voiced: In the later B&W cartoons when they briefly upgraded to sound, he is technically given a voice, but it's a very unintelligible one. The three Van Beuren shorts and the Tras-Lux TV cartoons give him more consistent voice work, especially in the latter.
  • Static Character: While Felix's personality is inconsistent throughout the various series, one thing that does stay consistent is that Felix never undergoes character development in any of them. The same goes for every other character in the series. This is because, like with many other old cartoons and comics, the series focus is always on self contained gag episodes with little to no continuity between them, making character development moot.
  • Thinking Tic: In many of the Silent cartoons and at least a few times in several of the other continuities, Felix will perform his famous "Thinking Walk", where he paces around, leaning forward with his arms behind his back while he thinks about what to do next.
  • Universal-Adaptor Cast: Felix can show up in any place or time, past or present, depending on what the stories demand. Otto Messmer cited this as a major aspect of why the series was so popular.
    Otto Messmer: "...he could be an alley cat one time, save the day for the losing Yankee Baseball Club the next, and then be the pet of a rich princess. He would go to Arabia, to Mars - not just the barnyard. That's what made him famous."
  • Vague Age: Like many famous cartoon characters, Felix's age is never made clear in any of the cartoons. This is most notable in the Joe Oriolo television series, where he is shown to be living by himself and is trusted by the Professor to look after his nephew Poindexter, but is occasionally referred to as a kid. The Van Beuren shorts consistently portrayed him as being kid like in personality, but apparently old enough to own his own house and run his own business.
  • Walking the Earth: Felix is a nomad most of the time, frequently traveling all around the Earth, and he doesn't have a consistent place of residence in any of the series.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Felix himself isn't too unusual of a character as far as a talking and walking cat goes, but he attracts a lot of bizarre events and characters his way throughout a lot of his cartoons.
  • White Gloves: Averted. Felix is notable for this and demonstrates why this is a problem.

    Tropes Related To The Silent and Golden Age Felix Cartoons and Comics 

  • Animation Bump: The series got much more refined in its animation as time went on. The early cartoons were very stiff and rather crudely made. But come the 1922-1924 period, when Messmer starting hiring more animators, including the esteemed Bill Nolan, the animation got much more rubbery, fluid and appealing.
    • The three Van Beuren Studios Felix shorts are fairly well animated and feature lavish color and backgrounds, and as such are a considerable animation upgrade from the original cartoons—no surprise, considering their director, Burt Gillett, was a former Disney animator and director.
    • For a more specific example, "Bold King Cole", the third and last of the Van Beuren shorts, has an impressively animated staircase scene that moves in perspective.
  • Anthropomorphic Shift: In his very earliest incarnation (as "Master Tom" in 1919's "Feline Follies"), Felix is shown as being a regular house cat. By the 1920s, he walks upright and talks, even though he's still the pet of humans. In the handful of Felix cartoons made in the 1930s, he's shown living in a society of anthropomorphic animals, and actually keeps pets.
  • Artistic License – Physics: In "Eskimotive", Felix and an (unnamed) little kitten are playing around and blowing bubbles. Eventually, the kid gets trapped in a giant bubble and is sent flying all the way up to the North Pole, where the bubble freezes in mid-air and safely drifts to the ground without popping. In real life, while it technically is possible to freeze a bubble, a bubble that large would have popped well before its moisture could've been frozen, especially if it was hanging in mid-air.
  • Bankruptcy Barrel: In "Felix in the Swim", after Felix and the kid's clothes get eaten by a goat, they go home in barrels. It's pretty odd, since they had both been in swim trunks when their clothes got eaten, and Felix hadn't been wearing clothing to begin with.
  • Baseball Episode: "Felix Saves The Day", which has the bulk of the cartoon centered on a baseball game.
  • * Bedsheet Ghost: In Felix the Ghost Breaker, the "ghost" (actually a traveling salesman in disguise) takes on this appearance.
  • Big Budget Beef-Up: The Van Beuren era Felix shorts had much higher budgets than any of the Silent era shorts, and thus have very fluid animation, vivid backgrounds and colors and have a level of polish to them that sometimes borders on Disney quality animation.
  • Cat Concerto: In "Forty Winks", Felix conducts his friends in a chorus outside a guy's house.
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: In “Felix Doubles for Darwin”, Felix is pacing around hungrily in the opening, and remarks “I'd give eight of my lives for a square meal!”
  • Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: Felix meets and imitates Chaplin in Felix in Hollywood.
  • Chaste Toons: Perhaps the earliest example, as the kittens Inky and Dinky (the latter renamed Winky in the Joe Oriolo comics) were introduced as Felix's sons in 1926, then suddenly retconned as nephews in 1930. A few pre-1930 comics were even reprinted with the familial relationship changed.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In "Felix the Ghost Breaker", the ghost scares off a donkey from the farmers barnhouse. In the ending, when its revealed the ghost is really a salesman in disguise, the agitated farmer whistles for his donkey, who returns on the spot and proceeds the kick the salesman into the air, sending him flying to the moon.
  • Cheesy Moon: Present for a gag in a 1920's Felix sunday strip. Felix decides to help out a struggling cheese vendor by climbing a tower and pulling the moon directly out of the sky like its a wheel of cheese, which the shopowner gratefully chops up and begins selling. Unfortunately, he is arrested shortly afterward—the crime being that he's selling Moonshine!
  • Constantly Curious: Otto Messmer described boylike curiosity as being a major trait of Felix's personality, which often ends up getting him into one adventure after another.
    Otto Messmer: "I used an extreme amount of eye motion, wriggling eyes and turning his whiskers, and this seemed to be what hit the public - expressions! I think instead of just having him chase a lot of things around and bumpin' each other, which might be funny, I made him act as a little boy would wonder... how high is that star, how deep is the ocean, what makes the wind blow? I used all those things for a theme."
  • Cute Little Fangs: Felix is sometimes drawn with these.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: In "Uncle Tom's Crabbin", Felix faces off against the original whiplash, Simon Legree, who is the villain of the cartoon.
  • Deranged Animation: One of the oldest examples. Shorts like "Felix Woos Whoopee" and the climax of "Felix Dines and Pines" are as weird and surreal as anything Fleischer Studios ever did.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: The nightmarish climax of "Felix Dines and Pines", where Felix eats way too much stuff, topping it off with a shoe and gets a stomachache induced nightmare from it, including being chased by a monster, encountering Santa Claus (who turns into a monster), running down a spiral tunnel, and then getting chased by a giant chicken that turns into an old man, a mouse, a bandito, a giant boot, and then a fish as the ground turns into an ocean!
  • Disney School of Acting and Mime: Felix is one of the earliest examples of using this in animation, and it's justified, since almost all of the original B&W films were silent cartoons. Otto Messmer had studied actor Charlie Chaplin extensively (even working on a cartoon series based on him prior to creating Felix) and realized how important it was to get this kind of expressive acting into drawings. While the cartoons do employ speech balloons for the characters to talk, a lot of the personality is conveyed through the broad, hammy poses and animation.
  • Downer Ending: Felix's first theatrical short ends with him sucking on a gas pipe after he gets kicked out of his home and finds out his girlfriend already has kittens.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: The ending of "Felix Doubles For Darwin".
  • Fat Girl: Felix helps one lose weight in "Felix Wins Out", and he tries to rescue one in "Felix Lends a Hand".
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Inverted in "Gym Gems", where a boxer ties up Felix and uses him as a punching bag, knocking him around hard enough that he flies right out of the building.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: The opening of "Bold King Cole" had Felix singing the lyric "We laugh and play, it keeps us gay, nature and me!". In the 1930's, the word Gay had a different connotation than today, meaning "happy, carefree, joyful".
  • Haunted Castle: The castle in "Bold King Cole", which is inhabited by ghosts of King Cole's ancestors.
  • Hypno Fool: In the opening of Felix the Hypnotist, a hypnotist tries out hypnosis on Felix and a mouse, which allows a mouse to beat up Felix. Felix, despite his defeat, is intrigued by this and steals the mans book on hypnosis to learn how to do it himself.
  • Idea Bulb: Quite often seen in the silent cartoons.
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Felix Goes West", this happens when Felix is thrown through a door by an angry house owner.
  • In-Name-Only: The Van Beuren era shorts have virtually nothing to do with the original cartoons save for starring Felix himself, who is characterized fairly different than in the past.
  • It's Been Done: Parodied in "Felix In Hollywood", Felix invents what he thinks is a new act, but in reality has already been done by Charlie Chaplin, who indignantly scorns Felix for allegedly stealing his act. This also doubles as a Mythology Gag, since Otto Messmer had worked on a series of silent Charlie Chaplin cartoons in the past, and Felix was initially inspired by Charlie Chaplin.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In "Felix the Ghost Breaker", when the ghost is attacking Felix in the dark, it stops to get very close to the camera point its finger directly at the audience, implying that he's going after them next once he's through with Felix.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: In a Sunday comic, Felix is harassed by a rather nasty lightning bolt that actively follows him, even vaporizing a house he tries to seek shelter in (save for the doorknob he was holding in his hand). Felix turns the tables on it by attracting the bolt to a mousetrap, which allows him to harness it as a power source and sell it.
    • In "Bold King Cole", it can slice through a cloud like a knife, turn Felix's head into a lightbulb, play a piano, and even destroy ghosts!
  • Lighter and Softer: The Van Beuren shorts have none of the urban tone, dark or vulgar gags or surreal nature of the original silent cartoons.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: In the ending of "Felix the Ghost Breaker", the ghost is trapped at gunpoint by Felix and is revealed by the farmer to be a salesman trying to scare him into buying something from him. The farmer summons his donkey (who had been scared off earlier by the "ghost"), and the donkey kicks the salesman the butt, sending him flying into the moon in the end.
  • Medium Blending: "Felix Saves The Day" has still photographs for backgrounds in some shots, and it even has live action footage at some parts (but the animation and live action do not interact).
  • Miles Gloriosus: In "Bold King Cole", Felix encounters Old King Cole, who brags about his supposed heroics but then runs an hides from anything he perceives as a threat. Eventually, the spirits of past kings get tired of his bragging and proceed kidnap him, strapping him to a machine to "knock the wind out of the old windbag", and Felix has to face his own fears to rescue him.
  • Mood Whiplash: The opening of "Bold King Cole", where after the first few seconds of Felix singing a very upbeat song, backed up by some very colorful scenery, suddenly cuts straight into a nasty storm scene.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: The Silent era Felix is unmistakably the hero of the cartoons, but he's not without his vices—he's not above pulling strings to get what he wants, such as his first newspaper comic involving bribing some mice to invade a man's house so that he can get a job and food from him in exchange for catching the mice, and even in cartoons where he has a wife and kids (such as in "Flim Flam Films"), he has no shame in flirting with another kitten nearby.
  • No Antagonist: The bulk of the Silent/Golden Age cartoons had very few if any clear cut villains for Felix to deal with. They're mostly centered in Felix being a cat trying to survive and find food in a selfish, rough n tumble world.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Felix is heavily based off of Charlie Chaplin, and The Tramp himself appears in Felix in Hollywood.
  • Overly Preprepared Gag: Punch line from Felix The Cat- Felix Doubles For Darwin takes several minutes to set up.
  • Painting the Medium: A few of the old strips had gags involving Felix's speech balloon, be it him literally eating his own words or using his speech balloon for a...well, literal balloon.
    • In another early newspaper comic, Felix is searching for a monkey that escaped from a zoo. Felix ponders where it is, failing to notice that the primate is right behind him, and is resting it's hand on his speech balloon!
    • In "Eskimotive", when two Inuits are revealed to be kissing under the moonlight, they want their privacy, so one of them pulls down the skyline like a sheet of black paper.
  • Pepper Sneeze: In "Felix Pinches The Pole", Felix is searching for food and comes across a house where a man is about to eat a chicken dinner. Felix tries to reach for it, but the man shoos him off by throwing a pepper shaker at him. Felix notices the label on it and decides to sprinkle it all back at him, making the man sneeze his chicken right out the window and into Felix's clutches.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: In "Uncle Tom's Crabbin", Felix travels into the deep south and meets Uncle Tom. Not long after, Felix faces off against Simon Legree, who was angered at Tom's music waking up him, promptly whipping him (off-screen) and smashing his banjo apart. Felix is on Tom's side the whole cartoon, quickly improvising a new banjo for him, and when Simon's wrath is incured again, Felix has Legree chase after him. When Legree fails to catch Felix, he sicks a hunting dog on Felix, which the cat proceeds to beat to a pulp.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Felix sometimes falls into this in the silent cartoons and comics. He is unquestionably the protagonist, but he's not above doing something shady to get what he needs to survive, especially since he's often homeless and has to scavenge for food. In his newspaper comic debut, he tries to get a job as a mouse catcher, but is given the boot by a houseowner. Felix is so indignant, that he figures out a plan—he steals a wheel of cheese from a truck nearby, and bribes some local mice with it to terrorize the owner of the house. The fearful owner offers Felix a job and food on the spot.
  • Public Domain Animation: Many of the silent cartoons are public domain.
  • Pun-Based Title: "April Maze" is a play on the months April and May being close together, and the phrase "April showers bring May flowers", given a lot of the episode switches between stormy weather and sunny weather.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Felix's simple, round design set the standard for cute cartoon animals ever since.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: "Felix the Ghost Breaker" is centered on Felix trying to save a farmers house from a pesky ghost who is haunting it. It turns out that it's a traveling salesman who is trying to scare the farmer into buying something from him.
  • Seadog Peg Leg: Captain Kidd steals "The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg" in the 1936 cartoon. He duels ably with Felix at first, until his peg gets stuck in a knothole on the pirate ship's deck.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: In Felix Out Of Luck, the whole conflict is set into action because Felix's owner put up a fake sign to trick bill collectors, which Felix thinks is a real sign that she's left town.
  • Show Within a Show: In "Flim Flam Films", Felix and his sons sneak into a movie theater in the back, and the film they watch in the theater turns out to be a Felix the Cat cartoon! His nephews think its the real Felix about to be eaten by a lion in the cartoon though, and they ruin the screening by leaping into and tearing up the film screen. After getting thrown out of the theater, Felix gets them to stop crying by suggesting they all make their own movie instead!
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: Happens to King Cole when he's kidnapped by an army of ghosts in Bold King Cole.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Subverted in "Neptune Nonsense", when King Neptune accuses Felix (who was trying to find a friend for his pet goldfish) of trying to kidnap fish so he can cook and eat them. Felix exasperatedly explains to him that he doesn't eat fish.
  • Stock Animal Name: This cat is called Felix, one of the most generic names to give to a cat.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: Felix is apparently able to breathe underwater in "Neptune Nonsense", per Rule of Funny.
  • Talking Animal: Felix himself, and many other characters in the series.
  • That's No Moon!: In Felix Doubles for Darwin, Felix arrives in South Africa and tries climbing up what he thinks is a tree—but it quickly turns out its the thick leg of a giant bird, which quickly reveals its presence and chases after him.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Felix and his sons use this kind of disguise to sneak into a movie (Felix had the money, but the theater wouldn't allow cats in it) in "Flim Flam Films". Felix accidentally blows the disguise inside the theater, so they're forced to run back outside, and then sneak into the theater by squeezing through a wire near the back door.
  • Traveling-Pipe Bulge: The "Felix Doubles for Darwin" short has a whole scene of Felix traveling through the entire transatlantic cable and then back again, pursued by apes.
  • Visual Pun: In a 1920's Felix Sunday strip, Felix decides to help out a struggling cheese vendor by climbing a tower and pulling the moon directly out of the sky like its a wheel of cheese, which the shopowner gratefully chops up and begins selling. Unfortunately, he is arrested shortly afterward—the crime being that he's selling Moonshine!
  • Villain Song: "You Talk Too Much, You Never Shut Up" from "Bold King Cole".
    • Captain Kidd and the rest of the pirates in "The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs" get a particularly good one:
      Oh, we take what we want and we want what we take
      For we’re pirates out hunting for treasure!
      If we need any gold, we steal it away,
      Robbing widows and orphans of pleasure!
      We fight with our hands, we cuss and shoot,
      We’re mean and we’re bad from our hats to our boots.
      We take what we want and we want what we take
      For we’re pirates out hunting for treasure!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In "Bold King Cole", whatever happened to those guests that the King was boasting to?
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In "Felix Pinches the Pole", Felix is on the search for good and successfully snags a piece of chicken from a local. But just when he sets down to eat, a giant snake comes rolling along and gobbles the thing whole, leaving Felix destitute.

     Tropes related to the Joe/Don Oriolo Felix Cartoons and Comics 
  • A Day in the Limelight: Vavoom Learns How To Fish has side-character Vavoom as the central protagonist, as Felix is largely taken out of action by trying to seal a leaking dam as Vavoom tries—and fails—to warn the nearby town about it.
  • Abnormal Ammo: In "Detective Thinking Hat", Felix uses a toy gun when he becomes a Junior G Man, which uses Soda Pop, Grape Juice and Water as ammunition.
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: In "Instant Money", Rock Bottom is trying to get into Felix's house because Professor's counterfeited money was pouring into Felix's house due to a mishap on Rock's part. Felix slams the door in his face and immediately begins barricading the door to his house. Unfortunately, he left the window open, so Rock Bottom gets inside and helps Felix build the barricade until he realizes Rock is right behind him.
  • Adapted Out: None of the recurring characters from previous Felix cartoons and comics appear in the Joe Oriolo cartoons. They're all replaced by a new cast of ancillary characters for Felix to interact with.
  • Affably Evil: The Professor, who due to his eccentric, absentminded personality, is more of a petty nuisance than an outright menace to Felix most of the time. Their rivalry is sometimes thrown aside altogether in certain episodes.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: In "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", Rock Bottom tries to escape from Felix in the art museum by using this tactic. It doesn't work, because not only can Felix clearly hear him travelling through the air conditioning vent, the vent is so small that Felix can see Rock's burly form squeezing its way through. He forces Rock out by setting the temperature so low, that Rock slides out the vent, frozen solid in an ice cube.
  • All Just a Dream: The ending of "Stone Age Felix".
  • Alas, Poor Yorick: In "Felix Out West", the Professor tries to blow up a pinnacle Felix is trapped on with a bomb, failing to realize until after the fact that Felix escaped using the Magic Bag as a helicopter. After the rubble settles, Professor quips "Alas poor Felix, I knew him well."
  • Amateur Sleuth: Felix becomes a junior G-Man in "Detective Thinking Hat", and ends up tracking down and bringing in Rock Bottom.
  • And I Must Scream: Professor tries to pull this on Felix in "Stone Making Machine"—he tries to capture Felix and turn him into a stone statue with the eponymous machine. But when Rock Bottom goes off to kidnap Felix, he accidentally grabs a stone statue an artist made of Felix in his house (it was dark, so Rock couldn't see that well) and Felix, who thinks he's stealing his statue, trails behind him. They find out their mistake and capture Felix (who had snuck into the lair) and try to turn Felix into a statue for real, but Rock Bottom, who was supposed to keep Felix from stepping outside the machine, turns his back because he can't bear to watch Felix get turned to stone, which gives Felix a clear shot at an escape before the machine activates.
  • Animated Series
  • Anti-Villain: Bart, the ranch owner Felix and Poindexter meet in Out West With Big Brownie. While he crosses the line by trying to kill both Big Brownie and his cub Little Brownie by using a rigged trap, he has an understandable reason for why he wants to get rid of the bears (Brownie had recently gone on a small rampage at his ranch, although that was an accident) with his character flaw being that he simply won't listen to reason when Poindexter tries to explain that Brownie isn't evil, but misunderstood.
  • Anything but That!: In "Stone Making Machine", Felix is trapped inside of Professor's greenhouse, and Professor reveals that he's trapped in there with his man-eating plant, Leopard Lilly, news that Rock Bottom reacts with horror to.
    Professor: Stop, Rock! Leave him to Leopard Lilly!
    Rock Bottom: No! No, boss! Not Leopard Lilly!
    Professor: Yes, Leopard Lilly!
  • Artistic License – Physics: In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder has a built in helicopter rotor in his head, which he uses to flee the meteor he sent flying towards earth. Granted, the characters can breathe in space on the meteor with no problems, but there's still no air in space, so how could it even work? And in the same episode, Poindexter's attempt to build an anti gravity device blows up and sends him hurtling to the surface of the moon, where his labcoat serves as a parachute to slow his descent. While the moon has a little gravity, there's no atmosphere, so the parachute tactic shouldn't have worked.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Abominable Snowman", Felix and Professor encounter the eponymous snowman, who is a skyscraped sized monstrosity that both Felix and Professor are left at the mercy of.
  • Audience Shift: The original silent cartoons were made for general audiences (leaning towards adult in some of their subject matter) while these cartoons were aimed exclusively at kids instead.
  • Bag of Holding: The Magic Bag of Tricks.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In "Venus and the Master Cylinder", both Felix and Professor have no problem breathing or talking whenever they're launched into the vacuum of space.
  • Bears Are Bad News: in Out West With Big Brownie, Felix and Poindexter encounter Big Brownie, a giant, brown bear who causes trouble for Felix, Poinsy and the ranch owner Bart at the start of the episode. But as Poindexter insists, it turns out Brownie isn't bad, just clumsy and misunderstood.
  • Bedsheet Ghost:
    • In "Ghostly Concert", Felix is trapped on a haunted ship, where its revealed Professor is commanding a legion of these kind of ghosts to go after him.
    • In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor and Rock Bottom dress up as one to scare Felix away from Redbeard the Pirate's gold. Felix quickly catches on to the disguise when he realizes the "ghost" has two heads and four legs. Later on, they open the treasure chest, which releases the real Redbeard's Ghost (who also looks like a bedsheet ghost), who scares Professor and Rock Bottom away.
  • Behind a Stick: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Rock Bottom spies on Felix by hiding behind a wooden pole nearby, which is much smaller than his burly form.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The Professor is the main villain of the series, but he's not very good at it most of the time, and he isn't even that villainous most of of the time—the bulk of his crimes amount to petty thievery or just screwing around with Felix, and he'll ruin his own schemes just as often as Felix can stop them. In some episodes, he isn't even an enemy to Felix.
  • Big Bad: The Master Cylinder doesn't appear as frequently as Professor, but he's actually a legitimate threat and almost always up to some evil scheme. In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", he even tries to destroy the Earth with the meteor.
  • Birthday Episode: "Public Enemies One and Two" is revealed to be this at the end—despite what Felix thinks, Professor and Rock Bottom aren't out to do crimes that day, but meant to throw a surprise party for Felix, who had forgotten it was his birthday. Poindexter, Martin the Martian and even the Master Cylinder join in for the party.
  • Black and White Morality: Whereas the original cartoons tended to have grey morality, the Trans-Lux series is crystal clear in its morality. Felix is unambiguously a good guy, while Professor, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder, hapless villains as they are, are unmistakably the bad guys and always painted in the wrong.
  • Bound and Gagged: Inverted in "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", where Felix captures and traps Rock Bottom for the police by tying him up in some French Tapestry at the museum he's working for. Rock Bottom manages to get out only because by sheer chance, a swarm of moths comes flying along and decide to feast on the tapestry, eating away enough of it for Rock Bottom to break loose.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: In "The Magic Bag", Felix defeats the Professor's robot by whistling for his Magic Bag to summon a giant kangaroo, which proceeds to mop the floor with the robot in a fight.
  • Brain in a Jar: In "Master Cylinder, King of the Moon", Master Cylinder he describes himself as a disembodied brain contained within an electro-mechanical body.
  • Broad Strokes:The Joe Oriolo Felix cartoons have some light continuity going on in them, with some episodes bridging directly between each other (i.e. "Do It Yourself Monster Book" ends with Felix on a raft in the ocean, which is where we find him next in the following episode, "Blubberino the Whale"). Poindexter's UFO, made in "The Flying Saucer" (one of his first appearances), pops up several times throughout the early episodes. With that said, some episodes fall into outright Negative Continuity. The reason for this is because the episodes were designed so that stations could either air them as standalone episodes, or air them as chapters that would form a complete "story" when aired in proper order.
  • Call Forward: In "Baby Felix & Friends", Master Cylinder is a goon of the Professor's – in the Trans-Lux series, he was a former student of the Professor's who left to become King of the Moon.
  • Canon Foreigner: All of the characters save Felix in the Trans-Lux cartoons were created exclusively for the series, with the recurring characters from the previous Felix cartoons and comics being Adapted Out. Even Rock Bottom, who is loosely based on Butch the Bully Bulldog, a minor villain from the Felix comics, is basically a new character.
  • Captain Obvious: A lot of the dialogue in the Trans Lux series is pure exposition or the characters stating the obvious or whats already happening or happened in the plot. Its justified by the fact that the series was aimed at kids, each episode was originally aired in two parts (which partially justifies a quick recap at the start of the second part) and the ultra low budget animation and rushed schedule would've precluded a lot of Show, Don't Tell techniques anyway.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The Professor and Rock Bottom are well aware that they're bad guys, and just roll with it. Rock Bottom even brags about it in "Detective Thinking Hat" after Felix calls him to warn him that he's under arrest.
    "Another cop! Why do they always pick on me! Can I help it if I'm a crook? I am just a product of my genes. My chromosomes are made of jumpin' beans. My ego is in panic, I'm almost schizophrenic! I'm insecure and live beyond my means!"
  • Catch Phrase: Felix's "Righty-o!" catchphrase was introduced in this series, usually spoken by the cat at the end of each episode.
  • Chaos Architecture: The appearance, size and location of Professor's lab tends to vary from episode to episode. In some episodes, his lab is downright massive labyrinth, while in other episodes it tends to be the size of an average house.
  • Child Prodigy: The Professor's nephew Poindexter, who is friends with Felix. He reads literature well beyond his age level, builds robots, invents a shrinking and growing potion of his own accord, and even builds a space-worthy UFO with all the effort of putting together a LEGO set. But he still has a childish personality, so Professor hires Felix to babysit him time and time again.
  • Christmas Episode: "Felix Saves Christmas", a 2004 direct-to-video film which is centered on Felix, true to the title, attempting to save Christmas.
  • Composite Character: According to Don Oriolo, the Professor was not inspired by any specific character from a previous Felix property, but was an amalgam of various "professional" characters who popped up throughout the Felix the Cat comics.
  • Cool Plane: In "Electronic Brainwasher", Felix escapes from the Professor's Lab by turning his Magic Bag into a large plane with a rocket engine, complete with the bag's polka dotted patterns spread across it.
  • Counterfeit Cash: In "Instant Money", Professor creates a formula that allows water to be turned into gold coins. Unfortunately, Rock Bottom blows the scheme by messing around with the water pipes in a way that sends the money to Felix instead. Professor and Rock Bottom resort to breaking into Felix's house to fix their mistake, but Felix finds out about their counterfeiting rig and immediately calls the police on them, getting Professor and Rock Bottom arrested. On top of that, Professor can't repeat it again because Rock Bottom had mistakenly burned the papers with the formula beforehand.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In "Into Outer Space" Felix finds out that the Professor has rigged his whole lab so that bars will pop up to block any door, window or any possible other way to escape—even a nearby mousehole seals itself before Felix can squeeze into it!
  • Cute but Cacophonic: Vavoom the Eskimo, a pint sized little fellow who has a voice so booming and loud, it can cause avalanches!
  • Death from Above: In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder has hijacked a meteor and has sent it hurtling towards Earth, with the impact site being Professor's lab. Felix and Poindexter take the Flying Saucer to it and try to reverse its path with Poinsy's Atomic Jet Pusher, but Master Cylinder steals the device and kidnaps him, escaping and leaving Felix for dead, pinned to a rock by a detachable claw while the meteor continues hurtling towards Earth. Felix manages to break free, and ties Poindexter's flying saucer to the meteor to redirect it towards a crater and inside the moon, where it explodes harmlessly.
  • Deranged Animation: The episodes animated by Jim Tyer (such as "Felix the Cat Suit", "The Gold Fruit Tree" and "The Gold Car and County Fair") tended to have much more exaggerated, weirder animation than anything in the rest of the revival series.
  • Deus ex Machina: According to Don Oriolo, the Magic Bag was created for the Trans-Lux cartoons to partly serve as this and because Trans-Lux wanted Felix to be someone who could solve anyone's problems by any means. The series also had crushing deadlines (they had hours to write the scripts for each episode, and had to turn out a few episodes every week) so there wasn't any time to overthink or analyze the stories.
    "The Magic Bag was an element created to give an easy way out in the five-minute [TV] episodes... it replaced the piercing of the fourth wall in simpler terms for a series with such a limited budget. They wanted a "younger" show. That's why Jack Mercer spoke in slow deliberate tones. Felix was to be everybody's best friend—-who could solve any problem anyone had, even if it meant taking the easy way out with the Magic Bag."
    • In "Felix's Gold Mine", Professor and Rock Bottom actually succeed in reaching the Gold Mine and stealing money from it right in front of Felix—but when they're sliding down the tightrope they used to get up there, it turns out two birds have how nested on it, which they end up sliding onto. The birds carry them away, and they're so startled by this, that they drop the money into the air, robbing themselves of a victory.
    • In "Venus and the Master Cylinder", Pointdexter has been taken hostage by Master Cylinder and his forced to work for him in his lab. He manages to escape by the fact that a potion he was making randomly explodes, launching him away and breaking the chain of his iron ball.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Stone Age Felix", Felix gets fired from his office job and thrown out (as in, thrown out the window near the top of a 12 story building) for being 1 minute late!
  • Dumb Muscle: Rock Bottom, the Professor's lackey and regular foe to Felix. He's not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, and in "Felix Meets Vavoom", he admits he's aware of it.
    Rock Bottom: Excuse me, boss, I forgot what I'm supposed to do. I'm so stupid!
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Rock Bottom might hate Felix, but he doesn't really want to see him dead. In "Stone Making Machine", when he thinks he's captured Felix in a bag (actually a statue of him) and Professor is about to turn on the machine, Rock breaks down in tears at the idea of turning Felix into stone. Professor comforts him with a pat on the back and a pep talk that it's for the better of mankind. Later on, when Felix is trapped in Professor's greenhouse, Rock Bottom reacts with horror when Professor reveals Felix is trapped in there with his man-eating plant, Leopard Lilly—although he laughs along with Professor at Felix's misfortune not a minute later.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song, which brags about Felix being funny and using the Magic Bag of Tricks to get himself out of a fix.
  • Extendo Boxing Glove: In the NES video game, Felix uses this (which comes out of his Magic Bag) as his default attack.
  • Expy: The Magic Bag was meant as a streamlined replacement for another magical prop Felix used in the past, specifically a flying carpet that occasionally popped up in the silent films, and regularly appeared as a means for Felix to travel in the later comic books.
    • Rock Bottom was loosely based on a minor villain in the comics, Butch the Bully bulldog. Trans-Lux wanted Joe Oriolo to create more ancillary characters for the series, so he reached back to Butch for inspirations.
  • Furry Confusion: From 1919 through the mid-1950s, stories alternated between showing Felix as either a Talking Animal pet in a human home or a Funny Animal master of his own house. Only with the Trans-Lux TV series was Felix established as a Funny Animal for good. Amusingly, in "Felix the Cat Suit", Felix owns a normal housecat with kittens in his home.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the Trans-Lux series episode "The Glittering Jewels", the Professor states that he feels like a jackass after his and Rock Bottom's first scheme at stealing the Crown Jewels is thwarted. In context, it's because Rock Bottom was dragging along a wooden horse to hide the professor while he was stealing the jewels, and when it gets blown up by a guards rifle, the horses head is stuck on top of Professor.
  • Genre Shift: The original silent cartoons were basically urban surrealism with topical based humor. The Joe Oriolo cartoons go in the opposite direction and become pure kids fantasy (which, to be fair, was a direction identical to the direction many of the Felix the Cat comics, especially the later ones, followed).
  • The Good Guys Always Win: In the Trans Lux TV cartoons, Felix always wins against the professors schemes, and if not that, the Professor and Rock Bottom's schemes fall apart anyway, be it because of their own stupidity or just sheer bad luck. The Professor never once scores a long term victory against him—-not that he could, since the magic bag wouldn't work for him anyway. Subverted in "Penelope the Elephant", where Rock Bottom does manage to score a brief victory over Felix, but it doesn't pay off for him.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: There are episodes (usually without the Magic Bag) that have the Professor employing Felix as a babysitter for Poindexter.
    • In "Felix Out West", after Felix rescues Professor from a tribe of Indians who tied him up to a giant T-Bone Steak, the Professor lets bygones be bygones and enjoys a nice steak meal with Felix.
    • In "Public Enemies One and Two", Professor and Rock Bottom throw a surprise birthday party for Felix. No tricks here—everyone has a good time. Poindexter, Martin the Martian and even the Master Cylinder join the party for the heck of it.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In "Stone Age Felix", Felix feels the world is moving too fast for him, so he finds the residence of Father Time (who lives in a local clock shop) and tries to pull a lever on a machine of his to slow down time. Unfortunately, Felix pulls the lever back all the way and breaks it, which causes time to revert all the way back to the stone age. Fortunately, the whole episode turns out to be a dream. Interestingly, it's one of the few episodes where Felix himself drives whats going on—all of the villains and the Magic Bag are completely absent.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: The opening narration for "The Magic Bag" describes Felix's personality as "gay, carefree". In the past, the word gay had a different connotation than today, meaning "happy, carefree, joyful"
  • Harmless Villain: Both Professor and Rock Bottom are either so nonthreatening, incompetent or just plain unlucky in their villainy, that they're barely a threat to Felix at all. They'll do themselves in with their schemes as often as Felix can stop them. This was part of the reason Master Cylinder was eventually introduced to the series—they had to present something resembling a real threat to Felix.
    • Not-So-Harmless Villain: With that said, there have been a few episodes and moments where the Professor gets his act together and proves he can definitely be a legitimate threat to Felix. In "Into Outer Space", he completely corners Felix in his lair by sealing off every possible exit (including a mousehole)—Felix only gets away because of a big lapse in judgement on Professor's part (namely, helplessly launching him off into outer space, which ultimately works out in Felix's favor). In "Blubberino the Whale", he sicks a killer shark after Felix and keeps him on the run. In "Captain No Kiddin", he keeps Felix on the ropes in a swordfight, successfully corners him on the bow of his pirate ship and knocks Felix's sword out of his hand. In "The Vacation Mirage", Professor has the deck completely stacked against Felix with his powerful Mirage maker, separating him from his Magic Bag in the middle of a very hot desert, and constantly tormenting him with a barrage of illusions that are so realistic, that Felix is powerless to break them—it was only by sheer dumb luck that he manages to defeat Professor (he stumbles across his lost bag and turns it into a plane, which accidentally crashes into the invisible machine).
  • Heroic Canines, Villainous Felines: Inverted. Felix is the hero, while Rock Bottom, one of the Professor's minions, is (usually) evil.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Due to how hastily written the Trans-Lux episodes were and the series rather loose continuity, Professor's relationship with Felix is constantly in flux. One episode, he's just after the Magic Bag for his own ends, with Felix just being an annoying obstacle to that goal. In episodes like "The Vacation Mirage", he is portrayed as downright sadistic and goes out of his way to torment Felix, even after he's separated from his Magic Bag. And yet in other episodes, he willingly hires Felix (who always seems to be willing to give Professor the benefit of the doubt) as a babysitter to watch over Poindexter, or hires him as a lab assistant, where he just acts grouchy at worst to Felix.
    • Though not to the extent of Professor, Rock Bottom varies between being a crook that Felix has to stop, a bully who just wants to antagonize Felix, or just a grouchy neighbor at worst to Felix.
  • The Hero: Felix the Cat in this series, who is about as free of vice as a hero can get. He's basically a boy scout in personality.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Oil and Indians Don't Mix", Professor and Rock Bottom discover that Felix's desert diner sits directly on top of an oil site, so after taking care of Felix (by posing as an indian tribe and then knocking Felix stiff with a strong smoking pipe) they set up an oil rig and begin drilling. Their pipe misses several oil hotspots (which unwittingly tear through the ropes binding Felix inside the diner) until it strikes one—unfortunately for them, the subsequent oil spout is so strong, that it carries them directly into the air, leaving them unable to reap the benefits of their oil. Felix has a laugh at their expense nearby.
  • Human Cannonball: In "Felix's Gold Mine", Professor tries to launch Rock Bottom up to the summit where the eponymous gold mind is located by using a cannon, but he's too big to fit inside of it. The Professor decides to launch himself up instead, only to completely miss the summit—fortunately for him, he had a parachute on hand.
  • Humongous Mecha: In his initial appearance in "Master Cylinder, King of the Moon", Master Cylinder is a very large robot who can easily grab both Felix and Poindexter in one claw. The only flaw of this was that he was immobile and used a nearby wall socket as his power source (which Felix uses to defeat him by simply unplugging him). In that episode, he used a very extendable arm claw to work around his immobility. In later appearances, he got a smaller, much more mobile body and an on-board power source so he could move around freely and make sure that Felix couldn't just unplug him again to beat him.
    • In "King Neptune's S.O.S.", Professor and Rock Bottom build a giant octopus robot to steal King Neptune's gold. Felix is on vacation, but Neptune summons him for his help, which Felix quickly accepts. After briefly getting trapped in a jellyfish and escaping, Professor has the octopus robot grab a sword and chase Felix around for the climax. Felix finally has enough and manages to tie together all of the robots tentacles by his own hands, which allows him to turn in the Professor and Rock Bottom to King Neptune.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The Trans-Lux series loved using loads of wordplay humor, particularly in the earlier episodes.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks (which is strongly implied in some episodes to be sentient due to its loyalty to Felix) is one of the most well known aspects of Felix the Cat, but it didn't appear in the franchise until this series, 40 years after Felix made his debut.
  • I Lied: In "Venus and the Master Cylinder", Professor gets an 1,000,000$ offer from the Master Cylinder (who now resides on Venus) to take Pointdexter under his wing for a year. Once they get there, Master Cylinder chains him to a ball and scoffs at the idea of actually offering Professor that much money, tying him to a rocket and launching him away.
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Detective Thinking Hat", Rock Bottom smashes through his office door like this to run away from Felix, who has shown up unharmed in his office after being thrown into a cement mixer.
  • Innocent Aliens: In some of the space themed episodes, Felix befriends a nice alien named Martin the Martian, who is always willing to help out Felix whenever the situation calls for it.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man:
    • In "The Magic Bag", Felix gets shrunk down to about the size of an apple by Professor for the bulk of the episode.
    • In "Felix Babysits", Felix gets shrunken down to microscopic size by Poindexter, and he gets attacked and almost eaten by an amoeba named King Gulpo.
  • In-Name-Only: The Trans-Lux TV series has nothing in common with the original Felix shorts aside from the title character, and even this Felix is considerably different in personality than the silent era Felix.
  • Joker Jury: In "How to Steal a Gold Mine", Professor disguises himself as a judge and tries to prosecute Felix, but it falls apart when his disguise is blown.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Felix The Cat Finds The Golden Bug", Rock comes across and throws a harmless baby buzzard off the mountain on orders from Professor. He even mocks it by saying that it had better learn to fly before it hits the bottom. Thankfully, Felix saves it before it hits the ground.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Master Cylinder is a lighter example—he was introduced into the (child aimed) series as this to offer something resembling a legitimate threat to Felix, which wasn't really offered by the hapless villainy of Professor and Rock Bottom. While his victory streak is the same as Professor's and he's a Laughably Evil personality, he is not a Harmless Villain. He gets the edge over Felix right off the bat in most of his appearances, both Felix and Professor are at his mercy whenever he appears, and he offers threats bigger than just the petty thievery the Professor's crimes consist of—for example, In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", he comes dangerously close to destroying the Earth with a meteor he hijacked. On top of that, while Professor has an on and off rivalry with Felix, Master Cylinder is almost always hostile and antagonistic towards the cat.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: The Joe Oriolo Felix the Cat cartoons have little to none of the surreal, urban qualities of the silent Felix the Cat cartoons.
  • Leitmotif: An instrumental of the Felix the Cat theme pops up in the cartoons as one for Felix.
  • Licensed Game: There is a Felix The Cat game for the Nintendo Entertainment System, which is a fairly good platformer with enjoyable music and crisp graphics. It was also remade for Game Boy.
  • Lighter and Softer: Like the Van Beuren shorts, the Trans Lux TV cartoons have none of the urban tone, dark or vulgar gags or surreal nature of the original silent cartoons. Part of this was because of content restrictions imposed on TV cartoons of the time, and because of mandates imposed by Trans-Lux; they wanted the new Felix to exclusively be a kids show, hence why Jack Mercer spoke in slow deliberate tones. Felix was to be everybody's best friend who could solve any problem anyone had, even if it meant taking the easy way out with the Magic Bag.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: The Magic Bag of Tricks is implied to be sentient, and most of the time, it works for Felix and only Felix. The handful of times Professor manages to get his hands on it, the bag will violently resist every attempt he makes to use it. Felix can even whistle for it to come back to his side—in "Felix Out West", it even morphs into a rabbit and hops back to Felix, licking him on the face like a dog before it turns back to normal. With that said, Poindexter did figure out how to use the Bag in "Martin the Martian Meets Felix the Cat", but that was only so he turn it into a portal to Mars so he could meet Martin, so it's not that Professor is outright incapable of using it so much as the bag knows he's a bad guy and won't allow him to exploit its powers.
  • Magic Hat: Felix's iconic Magic Bag of Tricks, which is an actual bag. Despite what the famous theme song tells you, The Magic Bag wasn't in all the 1950s episodes; it featured in about thirty percent of that series. Joe Oriolo was wise not to overuse it; it made for some funny situations, but it also made Felix borderline infallible. Even in episodes where it does appear, it's often used as a last resort or Mundane Utility, with Felix using his wits to address the bulk of his problems.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: This is the weapon of choice for the recurring character Vavoom. His voice is strong enough to shatter boulders, create avalanches and drill tunnels through solid rock. In Vavoom Learns How To Fish, a man tries to trap Vavoom under a garbage can and sit on it, but Vavoom uses his voice to blow him away so hard, that according to bystanders with telescopes, he’s been sent flying into orbit.
  • Man-Eating Plant: In "Stone Making Machine", Felix unwittingly goes into Professor's greenhouse to evade Professor and Rock Bottom, unaware that Professor has a nasty surprise waiting for him in the form of a carnivorous plant named Leopard Lilly.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: In "Detective Thinking Hat", Felix dresses up as a Junior G Man and is about to shoot his toy gun at the mirror to try it out—only for his reflection to squirt water back at him first!
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: In "Penelope the Elephant", Rock Bottom technically gains a victory over Felix by kidnapping and returning the Rajah's elephant to him ahead of Felix—but because of exchange rates, the reward money of 50,000,000 bakshees that was offered turns out to be a meager ten cents.
    • In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor and Rock Bottom successfully steal the pirate treasure chest Felix found—but upon opening it, they find out there's nothing inside it, save for Redbeard's Ghost, which appears and scares Professor and Rock Bottom away.
  • Motive Decay: In some episodes, Professor's goal to steal Felix's Magic Bag is superseded by other matters, be it due to bouts of sadism or his absentmindedness.
    • For example, in "Into Outer Space", Professor traps Felix and has a clear shot at getting the Bag (despite admitting that it won't work for him) but instead he decides to launch Felix into outer space along with the bag for the heck of it.
    • In "Felix's Gold Mine", Felix loses his Magic Bag when it falls off the pinnacle he's trapped on—Professor gets the bag, but he can't use it, so he ditches it and tries to use other means to reach the summit where Felix's mine is.
    • In "The Vacation Mirage", he separates Felix from the Magic Bag, but instead of going after the bag, he spends the rest of the episode sadistically tormenting Felix with his barrage of realistic mirages.
  • Motive Misidentification: In "Felix's Gold Mine", Felix gets trapped on top of the summit where his gold mine is hidden when his Magic Bag falls down below. The Professor tries to exploit the bag to get up there and steal Felix's gold, but fails, so he opts to use a Human Cannonball and then a tightrope tactic to reach the summit. Felix, meanwhile, misinterprets the whole thing as the Professor trying to rescue him.
  • The Movie: Felix the Cat: The Movie, which is set in this series.
  • Near Villain Victory: While Professor and Rock Bottom never earned a true victory over Felix, they've come pretty close on occasion. In "Oil and Indians Don't Mix", Professor and Rock Bottom succeed in setting up an Oil Rig near Felix's diner and strike black gold, but the subsequent spout of it is so strong, that they're sent flying helplessly in the air, unable to claim Felix's oil. In "Felix's Gold Mine", Professor and Rock Bottom nearly win out over Felix, only to their plan to be foiled by a Deus ex Machina (namely, two birds that abruptly show up and carry them away, causing them to drop their money in surprise).
    • In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder comes dangerously close in his goal of destroying the Earth with a meteor. Felix only narrowly averts disaster by breaking free of Cylinder's trap and using Poindexter's spaceship to drag and fling the meteor into the moon, where it harmlessly explodes on impact.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike the Silent era Felix, this Felix is a clear cut good guy with no significant vices of his own. Most of the time, he's just minding his own business and isn't even driving the plot of his own cartoons, which are sprung into action by Professor and Rock Bottom. He's so nice, that even if Professor spent a whole episode hounding him for his bag, if Professor winds up in a bad situation of his own (such as getting captured by Indians in "Felix Out West"), Felix will let bygones be bygones and rescue him.
  • No Antagonist: The episode "Relax a Lawn Chair". Its one of the very few episodes in the Trans-Lux series where all the other characters except Felix are absent. Not even the Magic Bag is present. The entire episode is centered on Felix trying constantly to set up his new lawn chair.
  • No Indoor Voice: Vavoom the Eskimo. He was a pint-sized eskimo who's shout of "VAVOOM!!!!" could cause an avalanche.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: In "The Invisible Professor", the Professor grabs a sword and tries to go at Felix for foiling his scheme to rob a king of his possessions. Felix easily sidesteps the Professor's attack, and by chance, there was an electrical socket right behind him, which Professor's sword gets stuck into it, promptly electrocuting him.
  • Non-Indicative Name:
    • Despite the title of The Professors Committed No Crime!, It turns out the Professor actually is trying to commit a crime—the police chief is rightfully suspicious that Professor hasn't committed any crimes for a while, and sends Felix to investigate him, believing he's up to something.
    • Despite mentioning his name in the title, The Professor is not mentioned and does not appear at all in "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", where Rock Bottom acts as a solo villain against Felix.
    • In "Vavoom Learns How To Fish", Vavoom doesn't spend the episode learning how to fish as much as he spends it trying—and failing—to warn the nearby town about the leaking dam.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: In "Stone Age Felix", Felix is fired from his office job and gets thrown out near the top of a 12 story building—but he lands basically unharmed. Justified, since he's a cat, who are known to be able to survive high falls, and it turned out he was dreaming the whole thing anyway.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: In "Instant Money", Professor uses a formula to create money out of water, but Rock Bottom stupidly burns the paper with the formula on it when he rolls it up to light it like a cigarette.
  • Officer O'Hara: In "Instant Money", Professor and Rock Bottom are cornered by a squad of cops for counterfeiting, all of whom have stereotypical Irish accents.
  • Offscreen Teleportation:
    • In "Detective Thinking Hat", Rock Bottom tries to do away with Felix by tossing him inside of a cement mixer. He returns back to his office thinking Felix is out of his hair, only to find Felix sitting in his chair, no worse for wear. Rock Bottom freaks out and runs all the way across the country to try and evade Felix—only to get lured by Felix into a "Hit the Dummy" carnival game.
    • In "Blubberino the Whale", while Felix evades the shark the Professor sent after him, the eponymous whale shows up and eats Felix alive. Once inside, he meets up with Professor, who somehow made it all the way inside before Felix, and found time to disguise himself as King Neptune to fool Felix.
  • Off Screen Villain Dark Matter: Professor is somehow able to build and get access to equipment and a large lab that allows him to commit all of his crimes, even though many of the series plots involve him trying to commit robberies. It's not clear if he's strapped for cash or just plain greedy.
  • One-Winged Angel: In "Felix Babysits", Poindexter uses his growth formula to return Felix back to his normal size—unfortunately, the ravenous amoeba that was trying to eat Felix, King Gulpo, gets some of the formula too, letting him catch up to Felix in size. Then he drinks even more of Poinsy's formula and grows so massive, that he can barely fit inside of the Professor's lab. Before anything gets too bad, Felix saves the day by using Poindexter's shrinking formula—the thing that got Felix into this mess in the first place—and throws it at King Gulpo, which quickly reduces him back to his original microscopic size.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Professor likes to use these, and Felix tends to fall for them.
    • One example is disguising himself as an old lady in "Into Outer Space" and disguising himself as King Neptune (by simply wearing an obvious fake beard) in "Blubberino the Whale".
    • In "Felix and the Mid-Evil Ages", when he sets up a trap to lure Felix into a Time Machine disguised as a photo booth, he doesn't even try to disguise himself aside from wearing a red cap—and Felix falls for it anyway! And once they reach the Middle Ages, Professor disguises himself as a king, but he blows his cover to Felix by chastising Rock Bottom by name.
    • In "The Professor's Instant Changer", he builds a hologram device that disguises himself as a rosebush (which Felix squirts a fire hydrant at, thinking the bush needs water), a pine tree (which gets struck by lightning from a subsequent rainstorm), and then a lawn chair (which Professor quick changes into a cactus when Felix tries to sit on it) but his limbs and mustache are still visible.
    • In "The Magic Bag", Felix manages to fool one the Professor's robot by turning his tail into a big mustache (which he calls "My Professor disguise!") and making his voice sound more hoarse.
  • Plot Hole: In "Blubberino the Whale", Felix is stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean and starving. The thing is, Felix has his Magic Bag on hand, which he can use for any situation or purpose he needs—-in fact, he turns the bag into a gyrocopter at the end to defeat the eponymous whale. And in "The Magic Bag", we can see the bag is capable of creating food too. Why didn't Felix just use the bag to return back to the mainland in the first place, or at least just conjure up a meal for himself then and there?
  • Pokémon Speak: Recurring character Vavoom speaks this way. He is only capable of saying his name in a loud, booming voice. This unwittingly creates a conflict in Vavoom Learns How to Fish, as he's unable to warn the nearby town about the leaking dam, since his voice just sends them flying and makes them think he's a nuisance.
  • Power-Up Food: In the NES tie-in game, Felix has a power-up system that allows him to stack abilities at four different levels, starting with a boxing glove, then getting a magic wand, then a car that shoots out horn honks as attacks, and then a tank. The only downside is that each power-up as a time limit for use. The good news is that in addition to getting these power-ups, you can also collect Milk Bottles to refill the timer for each power-up.
  • Quicksand Sucks: In "The Professor's Instant Changer", Professor sends Felix reeling by tricking him into sitting on himself when he's disguised as a lawn chair (which Professor turns into a cactus) which causes Felix to fall and get stuck in a quicksand pit. Fortunately for Felix, there's also a conveniently short landline right above him, and he's able to reach it—while he gets electrocuted, it also triggers an explosion that frees Felix and sends him flying through the air.
  • Reality Warper: In "The Vacation Mirage", Felix decides to take a vacation to the desert, but the Professor has built a Mirage Maker device that is a very powerful device—despite it being an illusion maker, the illusions it creates are just as convincing as the real thing, and Professor uses it throughout the episode to seperate Felix from his bag and then torment him to his hearts content. Fortunately, Felix finds his bag and when he turns it into a plane and flies off, he unwittingly crashes into the Mirage Maker (which Professor had turned invisible) which makes it go haywire and swamp Professor with dozens of illusions surrounding him.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Professor has impressive intellect and is capable of building impressive equipement, including a Time Machine in one episode. Instead of selling or mass producing the items to get money, he wastes most of it on trying to steal Felix's bag of tricks or commit robberies.
  • Ridiculous Exchange Rates: In "Penelope the Elephant", Rock Bottom kidnaps a lost elephant from Felix that he intended to return to her Rajah for a 50,000,000 bakshee reward. Rock Bottom makes it there ahead of Felix, but to the formers shock, it turns out the reward money is worthless—50,000,000 bakshee is only worth 10 cents in American money.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Although no-one speaks in rhyme constantly, in the Trans-Lux series characters spontaneously burst into rhyme the way characters in other cartoons might burst into song.
  • Running Gag: The Trans-Lux series had The Professor literally beating himself up over his failures, often using contraptions solely designed for the purpose of self-flagellation.
  • Save the Villain: In "Felix Out West", the bulk of the episode has Professor hounding Felix for his bag in the desert, only to get captured by some (friendly) indians, who tie him up to a giant T-Bone steak. While Professor had it coming, Felix feels the need to help him out anyway, so he sneaks up and unties Professor, and they both carry off the steak as they escape. Both Professor and Felix let bygones be bygones and enjoy a nice steak lunch together.
  • Self-Guarding Phlebotinum: The Magic Bag of Tricks is more than capable of defending itself from Professor should it fall into his hands. It has been to violently attack or backfire on Professor whenever he tries to exploit its abilities.
  • Selective Magnetism: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor uses a magnet to steal Felix's treasure chest away from him, with the magnet not affecting the metallic motor of Felix's motorboat.
  • Sentient Vehicle: At the end of The Professors Committed No Crime!, The Professor's airplane is inexplicably revealed to be this out of nowhere in the ending, and he turns against Professor on a whim.
  • Show Within a Show: Used as an meta joke in a couple episodes. In "Venus and the Master Cylinder" and "King Neptune's S.O.S.", Felix can be seen in possession of Felix the Cat comic books.
  • Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness: Professor and Rock Bottom fall in the "Dividing line between nominal heroes and villains' part of the scale due to both of them being completely ineffective villains, while Master Cylinder falls onto the Permanently Unsympathetic scale for always doing evil for the hell of it.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: Professor and Rock Bottom hover between None and Low, but lean more towards None. Master Cylinder falls into the Credible part of the scale.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Professor and Rock Bottom fall into the Local Area Threat part of the scale, which isn't saying much. Master Cylinder is shown to be a Planetary Threat in "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", but is usually a Local Area Threat most of the time, since his targets are usually limited to Felix and co.
  • Spinoff Babies: "Baby Felix & Friends".
  • Static Character: Due to the series loose continuity and rigid status quo, none of the characters ever undergo any character development.
  • Stand-In Portrait: In "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", Rock Bottom uses this tactic to sneak into an art museum Felix is working at as a watchman.
  • Stock Animal Diet: In "Stone Age Felix", when Felix is scrambling to get ready for work, his sole breakfast is drinking from a milk bottle.
    • In the NES game, Felix can collect milk bottles to refill the timers on his power-ups.
  • Stock Footage: Due to the series very low budget, bits of animation would be frequently recycled throughout the series, such as Felix's humming walk from the opening of "The Magic Bag", his classic "Thinking Walk" from the same episode, and many of the explosions would use the same abstract, plaid like patterns each time. And even when Master Cylinder moved from the moon to Venus, Venus uses the exact same backgrounds used inside the Moon where Cylinder previously lived.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The Magic Bag, which can summon or turn into anything Felix needs, was designed for this very purpose, since Trans Lux had a mandate that Felix had to be able to help anyone out in any way possible, even if it meant taking the easy way out in a story with the tool. Joe Oriolo wisely made sure not to overuse it though—many episodes don't feature the bag at all, and even episodes that do have it tend to use the Bag as a last resort or for something more mundane.
  • Strictly Formula: The series stories can mostly be narrowed down to a few formula stories, although there are a few exceptions, mainly the few episodes that only star Felix himself (such as "Relax a Lawn Chair", "Stone Age Felix") or the odd episode where the villains aren't committing a crime for a change (i.e. "Public Enemies Number One and Two"):
    • The most common is that Professor tries to steal the Magic Bag, commit a robbery or just torment Felix for the heck of it, sometimes with Rock Bottom helping him.
    • Professor hiring Felix to babysit Poindexter, which tends to lead to Poindexter getting him into trouble or causing trouble for Felix.
    • The Master Cylinder tries to kidnap Poindexter so he can exploit him for his own ends.
  • Stupid Crooks: Both Professor and Rock Bottom are very incompetent criminals, and always end getting their schemes bungled, often by their own hand.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: In "King Neptune's S.O.S.", Felix, Professor and Rock Bottom can all breathe underwater without any problems. Averted in "Felix the Cat Finds A Golden Bug", where Professor and Rock Bottom are shown to be wearing scuba gear while clinging to the bottom of Felix's motor boat.
  • Super-Persistent Missile: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor's submarine launches a homing torpedo at Felix's motorboat, and even after it goes flying through the air, the torpedo is still trailing right after him. Felix defeats it by luring it back towards the Professor's submarine.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Professor's laboratory, which usually looks like a giant observatory.
  • Tank Goodness:
    • In the climax of "Felix in the Mid-Evil Ages", Felix wins the duel against the Professor by turning his Magic Bag into a very large yellow tank, which Professor crashes his metal horse right into.
    • In the NES game, one of Felix's power-ups is being able to ride a mini-tank, which shoots out rubber balls that can kill any enemy in the game in one hit and make short work of bosses, at the cost of a slow firing rate and its shots flying in an arc.
  • Threatening Shark: Professor sicks one after Felix in "Blubberino the Whale", with it even using its fin like a buzzsaw to tear through Felix's raft. Felix defeats it by turning his Magic Bag into an anvil, which breaks the "blade" and sends the shark packing.
  • Time Machine: In "Felix and the Mid-Evil Ages", Professor uses a Time Machine to send Felix back to the Middle Ages so he and the cat can duel for the Magic Bag of Tricks.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: In "Into Outer Space", the episode starts with Felix about to be crushed by a giant wall trap the Professor has set for him, with Felix saying the tropes name vertabim. Fortunately for Felix, there's only three walls to crush him, with a clear spot for him to escape from the crushers, and he's able to run off safely.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Unlike the Professor, Rock Bottom actually did manage to score a victory over Felix, but it didn't pay off for him in the long run. In "Penelope the Elephant", a Rajah's pet elephant, Penelope, has gotten lost and he offers a 50,000,000$ bakshee reward for her return. Felix finds her and intends her safe return, but Rock Bottom kidnaps her and ties up Felix, and makes it to the Rajah's palace to claim the money reward. He is promptly given it—but it turns out 50,000,000 bakshees is only worth 10 cents in American money. He's so flabbergasted at this, that he angrily throws the meager award aside and goes into shock.
  • Tin-Can Robot: The Master Cylinder, a recurring villain in the Trans-Lux shorts who is the self-proclaimed "King of the Moon" and the Professor's former pupil before an accident destroyed his original body.
  • Tree Buchet: In “Felix the Cat Finds A Golden Bug”, Professor uses this to launch Rock Bottom (who is using palmtree leaves as makeshift wings) into the air.
  • Treasure Map: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Felix finds a treasure map hidden inside an old book about Redbeard the Pirate, which leads him to an island with the treasure on it, with Professor and Rock Bottom in tow.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: In The Professor's Committed No Crime!, the Professor's airplane becomes sentient out of nowhere and turns its back on Professor.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In "Do It Yourself Monster Book", Professor disguises himself as a dinosaur named Dinah so that he can mess around with Felix and get to the bag. When Felix meets "her", he doesn't seem remotely bothered by the fact that he's talking to a giant dinosaur, just distrustful of who she is. Then again, he is a talking cat who carries a magic bag around...
  • Villainous Crossdresser: In "Blubberino the Whale", Professor briefly disguises himself as a mermaid with a bowl of fruit just to tease the marooned and starving Felix. He quickly sheds the disguise and sicks a shark after Felix.
  • Visual Pun:
    • In "Felix Out West", while Professor is spying on Felix through a monitor, he catches a glimpse of Chief Sitting Bull (an actual bull dressed like an indian chief). When Felix is travelling through the desert, Professor arrives and poses as a Sioux Indian, launching a barrage of arrows at Felix from afar, causing the cat to remark "Sioux Indians! I'll sue them!" Later on, Professor is captured by actual Indians, and another Indian chief orders his men to tie the Professor to a steak—-as in, a giant T-Bone steak, as opposed to a wooden stake.
    • In "Felix the Cat Finds A Golden Bug", Professor and Rock Bottom are both sent hurtling into a jail cell due to sliding around on a broken piece of a glacier. After they're locked up, while still on the glacier, they both remark that they're "We're on ice!" and "We're in the cooler!"
  • Volumetric Mouth: Vavoom is the Ur-Example.
  • When Trees Attack: In "The Professor's Instant Changer", Professor disguises himself as a tree using his Instant Changer device. Felix gets annoyed at the tree disguise and unwittingly whacks professor with a wooden stake, which allows Felix to reclaim his Magic Bag—but also prompts Professor (still disguised as a tree) to chase after him. Felix tries to counter him by turning his Bag into a buzzsaw, but Professor counteracts this by turning the tree disguise into a boulder, which quickly wears out the buzzsaw. Felix counters this in turn by lighting dynamite by the "boulder", with the explosion hurling Professor back to his lab.
  • Wraparound Background: The series tended to use these due to the low budgets. In "Felix the Cat Suit", there's a blooper where one of these backgrounds was so small, you can clearly see the cutoff point in the artwork where the background loop begins and ends!

Alternative Title(s): Felix The Cat