YMMV Tropes for the Whole Franchise
- Adaptation Displacement: Modern audiences are far more familiar with the Oriolo incarnation of Felix the Cat than the silent-era Otto Messmer cartoons.
- Archive Panic: The series has been around for 98 years, so there's a lot of ground to cover if you want to experience the whole series. For animation, you have the original silent theatrical cartoons and the three Van Beuren era shorts (while many of the silent shorts are lost, quite a few survive and it can take a while to sit through the surviving ones), the 260 made-for-TV cartoons by Joe Oriolo (which run six to seven minutes each), a theatrical movie, the mid 90's revival cartoon series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat (which ran for 21 episodes, with three shorts in each one), the toddler aimed spinoff Baby Felix & Friends (which ran for 65 five minute episodes), and a 2004 direct to video Christmas special Felix the Cat Saves Christmas. The comics are where one will really start running into trouble—the Felix comics started in 1923, with the newspaper comics and comic books running a solid 40 year run up to the 1960's. And then you have the 80's newspaper comic crossover with Betty Boop to look out for (which has never been reprinted), and a short lived early 90's comic book revival. After that, you have a history book and some comic compilations, three video game tie-ins, the very obscure live action TV series Felix the Cat Live, and a monstrous amount of toys and merchandise to wrap it all up. Good luck!
- Big Name Fan: Surprisingly, Charlie Chaplin himself, who Felix was patterned after, loved the original Felix the Cat cartoons and envied the amount of control of timing animation allowed over live action. Fitting, since Otto Messmer had previously worked on a series of silent Charlie Chaplin cartoons in the past (which Chaplin also liked) and had studied Chaplin's films for reference, which proved as a ground zero of sorts for his Felix cartoons.
Otto Messmer: "I patterned him after Charlie Chaplin. The audience loved him. And so did Chaplin. The cartoon format let Felix do things that Chaplin couldn't do on film..."
- Broken Base: The reception of the post-silent era Felix cartoons are contested among the fanbase, particularly in regards to the TV-era Felix cartoons and the movie adaptation based on it. Some fans champion the Silent cartoons as untouchable masterpieces and consider the Trans-Lux Felix (and, to a lesser degree, the very short lived Van Beuren Felix) to be where the series entered a Dork Age, while some nostalgic fans unapologetically love the Van Beuren and TV Felix cartoons and consider the silent shorts to be mostly dated and boring. Twisted Tales of Felix, for better or worse, tends to land somewhere in the middle in reception.
- Dork Age: The franchise is considered to have gone into this post-Twisted Tales by fans, due to Felix lingering through generally mediocre spinoffs and tie-ins.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While Felix is still modestly popular in the US, he is very popular in Japan to this day, to the point that an entire spinoff, Baby Felix and Friends, was made for that country.
- Mainstream Obscurity: Felix is far from a forgotten character today, but not that many people have seen his cartoons or read his comics outside of baby boomers and animation buffs, not helping that he hasn't starred in any major new works in decades. He remains known simply by the power of inertia, since the series is so firmly rooted in the public consciousness and animation culture.
- My Real Daddy: While the bulk of the franchise up to the TV shorts attributes Felix as a creation of cartoonist Pat Sullivan, almost everybody today recognizes Otto Messmer as the real person behind Felix's creation and success, especially once information came to light that Sullivan had virtually nothing to do with creating Felix, or making the Felix cartoons (according to Hal Walker, one of the original artists on the silent cartoons, he was barely ever present at his own studio). The credits for The Twisted Tales of Felix go as far as to credit both Otto Messmer and Joe Oriolo as the creators of Felix, but completely leaves out mentioning Pat Sullivan.
- Signature Scene: Felix's "Thinking Walk", which is frequently used throughout his cartoons, is the most iconic piece of animation from the series. It has appeared in virtually all of the incarnations of the series.
YMMV for the NES/Game Boy Game Based on This Series:
- Anticlimax Boss: Professor's Spaceship is a ridiculously easy final boss if you know what you're doing. While he can be somewhat challenging if you fight him without power-ups, the room he's in gives you three opportunities to power-up off the bat, meaning you can get the tank and mop the floor with him in a hurry. On top of that, he has a very simplistic flight pattern and a slow firing attack that are very easy to dodge. In the Game Boy version, he's even easier due to how slow both he and his attacks move.
- Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At the end of World 5, Felix randomly fights an Evil Doppelgänger of himself. No explanation is given for who the impostor is, where he came from or if he's even affiliated with Professor. Not even the manual mentions who or what he is.
- Disappointing Last Level: World 9 (World 6 in the Game Boy version) is a rather generic, short space themed level that doesn't offer any new gimmicks. The third act lazily reuses the pyramid aesthetic from World 2-2 and 2-3, even though it's set on the moon and clashes with the previous two acts and final boss. The Game Boy version also cuts out the second act, making it even shorter.
- No Problem with Licensed Games: The Hudson Soft video game adaptation is a surprisingly enjoyable Mario clone, with fun gameplay and appealing graphics and music, with it's only real flaw being its very easy difficulty, underwhelming final level and very easy final boss. The same cannot be said for the Sega Genesis bootleg of it, which is a Porting Disaster with bad controls, and inexplicably features a frightening game over screen where Felix rips his face off.