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* At the end of ''VideoGame/CreatureCrunch'', Wesley has to get past a giant cat in order to exit Dr. Drod's mansion. To do so, he must eat something to transform and snuff out eight of the cat's nine lives.


* ''Westernanimation/UncleCrocsBlock'': This is the premise of ''Fraidy Cat''. Fraidy is already nervous because he's on his final life, and it doesn't help that the ghosts of his eight previous incarnations keep appearing to him if he (even accidentally) intones their number. At least one of these ghosts, who was an undertaker in life, hopes to bring Fraidy over to the afterlife. The worst one is Cloud Nine, a PsychoElectro storm cloud who tries to electrocute poor Fraidy. Pretty morbid for a kids' show, eh?

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* ''Westernanimation/UncleCrocsBlock'': This is the premise of ''Fraidy Cat''. Fraidy is already nervous because he's on his final life, and it doesn't help that the ghosts of his eight previous incarnations keep appearing to him if he (even accidentally) intones their number. At least one of these ghosts, who was an undertaker in life, hopes to bring Fraidy over to the afterlife. The worst one is [[{{Cumulonemesis}} Cloud Nine, Nine]], a PsychoElectro psychotic storm cloud who tries to electrocute poor Fraidy. Pretty morbid for a kids' show, eh?


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* In the dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]], Gatomon makes several references to having nine lives.



* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'': In the English dub of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 02]], Gatomon makes several references to having nine lives.



* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', [[CatGirl Blair]] has her soul eaten by the protagonists. She survives and explains it by saying "Do you know how many souls cats have?". In a later chapter, she's stuck inside a massive pressure cooker in the Flying Duchman's Nidhogg Factory, supposed to be hot enough to melt down a soul. When she shows up on a subsequent page without a scratch after the process, the only explanation she offers is "Because I'm Blair".
* In the ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' dub by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]], Mew Zoey's powers include nine lives, apparently. This might have been foreshadowing for the GrandFinale; since they lost the license, we'll never know.

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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', ''Manga/SoulEater'': [[CatGirl Blair]] has her soul eaten by the protagonists. She survives and explains it by saying "Do you know how many souls cats have?". have?" In a later chapter, she's stuck inside a massive pressure cooker in the Flying Duchman's Nidhogg Factory, supposed to be hot enough to melt down a soul. When she shows up on a subsequent page without a scratch after the process, the only explanation she offers is "Because "because I'm Blair".
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': In the ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' dub by [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment 4Kids]], 4Kids]] dub, Mew Zoey's powers include nine lives, apparently. This might have been foreshadowing for the GrandFinale; since they lost the license, we'll never know.



* ComicBook/{{Wildcat}} of the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' possesses the ability to return from the dead, a total of nine times. These "nine lives" are characteristic of the mythical properties of average house cats. Ted apparently acquired this power when the magician Zatara altered a curse placed on him by the villain King Inferno. He at one point believed he had used up all nine lives, but (in a RetCon) the sorcerer Mordru (while disguised as Doctor Fate) later informed him that he always has nine lives unless he is killed nine times in a single "cycle".
* In the French-Belgian comic book ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'', one of Frigg's winged cats gets killed in battle and later returns unharmed, invoking this trope upon its second appearance.
* The Creator/ECComics story "Dig That Cat...He's Real Gone!" (''The Haunt of Fear'' #21) had a doctor discover that a cat does have nine lives thanks to a special gland, and also discover that he can transfer it into a human. He performs the process on a man, and they then go into show business. (Cause you know, [[CutLexLuthorACheck that's the only possible use for it.]]) The man becomes "Ulric the Undying," and does things like leaping over Niagra Falls and getting the electric chair. For his grand finale (his eighth life) he'll be sealed into a coffin and buried alive for three hours. As he lies there, he reflects on the whole experience...and then realizes [[spoiler: that the process of transferring the gland also killed the cat... Which means that gland only gave him ''eight'' lives.]]
* There's a story in the ''ComicBook/{{Flight}}'' series of comics that shows a cat frolicking around and being followed around by what appear to be a bunch of ghostly kitties. When the cat misses a step and falls to its death, it's revealed the ghost cats are actually his previous used-up lives. In an interesting variation, the previous lives actually ''do'' something to help bring him back to life, one filling his air with lungs, another mending his broken bones, with even one just smoothing out his rumpled fur. The story ends with the cat waking back up and continuing on his merry way, his lives still following him.
* Lampshaded by Black Cat in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. When she turns up alive again Spider-Man asks how and she responds with "I could make a 'cats have nine lives' joke, but frankly it's beneath me."
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} sometimes refers to nine lives when she narrowly dodges death.
* The Batman foe, Catman, was for some time absolutely convinced that his cape would give him nine lives. Although others don't believe it, he was known for an uncanny knack for surviving the unsurvivable.
* One ''Weird War Tales'' comic had a story where a soldier rescues a cat, at which point a mysterious wizened figure tells him he's been gifted 9 lives by the cat. He disbelieves at first but right afterwards he survives an event that should have killed him. He then promptly starts wasting his 'extra' lives in foolhardy heroic stunts in hopes to look good. Soon he's down to one life again and decides to stop wasting them, only to heroically sacrifice himself to save some innocents. At that point, we see a cat bound away from the crater left by the grenade he smothered and the mysterious figure appears again. The soldier is told he's been granted one last gift due to his selflessness -- he becomes a cat.
* In ''Comicbook/BatmanBeyond'' the daughter of Comicbook/{{Firestorm}} villain Multiplex becomes the new Catwoman. The "nine lives" concept is how she ties her MesACrowd powers into the cat theme.
* In ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'', Finster creates a monster that seems to combine this trope with the classical hydra: a nine-headed cat creature that can regenerate as long as its heads are intact, meaning the Power Rangers have to cut off all nine heads in order to put it down for good. They even lampshade it by outright treating the monster as if it had nine lives and ticking them off each time they eliminate a head.

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* ''Franchise/TheDCU'':
** ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'':
*** ''Comicbook/BatmanBeyond'': The daughter of the Comicbook/{{Firestorm}} villain Multiplex becomes the new Catwoman. The "nine lives" concept is how she ties her MesACrowd powers into the cat theme.
*** Catman was for some time absolutely convinced that his cape would give him nine lives. Although others don't believe it, he's known for an uncanny knack for surviving the unsurvivable.
*** ''ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}'': Selina sometimes refers to nine lives when she narrowly dodges death.
** ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'':
ComicBook/{{Wildcat}} of the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' possesses the ability to return from the dead, a total of nine times. These "nine lives" are characteristic of the mythical properties of average house cats. Ted apparently acquired this power when the magician Zatara altered a curse placed on him by the villain King Inferno. He at one point believed he had used up all nine lives, but (in a RetCon) the sorcerer Mordru (while disguised as Doctor Fate) later informed him that he always has nine lives unless he is killed nine times in a single "cycle".
* In the French-Belgian comic book ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'', one of Frigg's winged cats gets killed in battle and later returns unharmed, invoking this trope upon its second appearance.
* The Creator/ECComics story
Creator/ECComics: "Dig That Cat...Cat... He's Real Gone!" (''The Haunt of Fear'' #21) had has a doctor discover that a cat does have nine lives thanks to a special gland, and also discover that he can transfer it into a human. He performs the process on a man, and they then go into show business. (Cause you know, [[CutLexLuthorACheck that's the only possible use for it.]]) The man becomes "Ulric the Undying," Undying", and does things like leaping over Niagra Niagara Falls and getting the electric chair. For his grand finale (his eighth life) he'll be sealed into a coffin and buried alive for three hours. As he lies there, he reflects on the whole experience... and then realizes [[spoiler: that the process of transferring the gland also killed the cat... Which which means that gland only gave him ''eight'' lives.]]
lives]].
* There's a ''ComicBook/{{Flight}}'': One story in the ''ComicBook/{{Flight}}'' series of comics that shows a cat frolicking around and being followed around by what appear to be a bunch of ghostly kitties. When the cat misses a step and falls to its death, it's revealed the ghost cats are actually his previous used-up lives. In an interesting variation, the previous lives actually ''do'' something to help bring him back to life, one filling his air with lungs, another mending his broken bones, with even one just smoothing out his rumpled fur. The story ends with the cat waking back up and continuing on his merry way, his lives still following him.
* ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'': Finster creates a monster that seems to combine this trope with the classical hydra: a nine-headed cat creature that can regenerate as long as its heads are intact, meaning the Power Rangers have to cut off all nine heads in order to put it down for good. They even lampshade it by outright treating the monster as if it had nine lives and ticking them off each time they eliminate a head.
* ''ComicBook/{{Thorgal}}'': One of Frigg's winged cats gets killed in battle and later returns unharmed, invoking this trope upon its second appearance.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'':
Lampshaded by Black Cat in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''.Cat. When she turns up alive again Spider-Man asks how and she responds with "I could make a 'cats have nine lives' joke, but frankly it's beneath me."
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} sometimes refers to nine lives when she narrowly dodges death.
* The Batman foe, Catman, was for some time absolutely convinced that his cape would give him nine lives. Although others don't believe it, he was known for an uncanny knack for surviving the unsurvivable.
*
''ComicBook/WeirdWarTales'': One ''Weird War Tales'' comic had a story where a soldier rescues a cat, at which point a mysterious wizened figure tells him he's been gifted 9 nine lives by the cat. He disbelieves at first but right afterwards he survives an event that should have killed him. He then promptly starts wasting his 'extra' "extra" lives in foolhardy heroic stunts in hopes to look good. Soon he's down to one life again and decides to stop wasting them, only to heroically sacrifice himself to save some innocents. At that point, we see a cat bound away from the crater left by the grenade he smothered and the mysterious figure appears again. The soldier is told he's been granted one last gift due to his selflessness -- he becomes a cat.
* In ''Comicbook/BatmanBeyond'' the daughter of Comicbook/{{Firestorm}} villain Multiplex becomes the new Catwoman. The "nine lives" concept is how she ties her MesACrowd powers into the cat theme.
* In ''ComicBook/MightyMorphinPowerRangersBoomStudios'', Finster creates a monster that seems to combine this trope with the classical hydra: a nine-headed cat creature that can regenerate as long as its heads are intact, meaning the Power Rangers have to cut off all nine heads in order to put it down for good. They even lampshade it by outright treating the monster as if it had nine lives and ticking them off each time they eliminate a head.
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* ''Franchise/StarTrek Customizable Card Game'': The personnel card for [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Spot]] (Data's pet cat) gave Spot nine lives. This, in addition to Spot's other abilities, made Spot a LethalJokeCharacter.
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* There is a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' book, ''ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives'', later turned into a [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials TV special]], revolving around this, though it was more reincarnations than anything. (The Garfield we know best is #8.)
* Occasionally came up in ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''. In one strip, Ignatz asks Krazy if he has life insurance. Krazy responds that he has three of his lives insured--"When I get rich I'll insure the other six."

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* There is a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' book, ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': ''ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives'', later turned into a [[WesternAnimation/GarfieldSpecials TV special]], revolving revolves around this, though it was it's more reincarnations than anything. (The Garfield we know best is #8.)
* ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat'': Occasionally came up in ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''.comes up. In one strip, Ignatz asks Krazy if he has life insurance. Krazy responds that he has three of his lives insured--"When I get rich I'll insure the other six."



* Referenced in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':

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* Referenced in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': Referenced, an extended to big cats, when Hobbes mentions having lost five of his own lives.



%% * PlayedWith in ''Fanfic/PlanetOfTheCats'' with the number of chapters being nine.

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%% * PlayedWith in ''Fanfic/PlanetOfTheCats'' %%* ''Fanfic/PlanetOfTheCats'': PlayedWith, with the number of chapters being nine.



* At the end of Cordell Barker's animation of ''WesternAnimation/TheCatCameBack'', [[spoiler:Old Mr. Johnson accidentally [[HoistByHisOwnPetard blows himself up]] while trying to get rid of the titular cat. [[WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath His ghost]] laughs at it due to being free from its torment - only for ''his own falling body'' to squish it flat, causing ''nine'' cat ghosts, each with numbered robes, to emerge from under his corpse. They then proceed to chase Mr. Johnson off into the sky while he screams in terror the whole way, presumably to continue pestering him ''[[FateWorseThanDeath for the rest of eternity]]'']].
* The ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' cash-in sequel was titled ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat''. We only see four or five lives, though. And it's probably all supposed to be a hallucination... [[MindScrew or something...]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', after Diego the [[PantheraAwesome smilodon]] has a DisneyDeath he comes back saying "Nine lives, baby!".
** In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'', Squint exclaims towards Shira that "her nine lives are over" when he finds out that she [[HeelFaceTurn switched sides.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'', Spike mutters at one point, "Cats...they got nine lives! While dogs have to cram seven years into one! Now THAT bites!"

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCatCameBack'': At the end of Cordell Barker's animation of ''WesternAnimation/TheCatCameBack'', end, [[spoiler:Old Mr. Johnson accidentally [[HoistByHisOwnPetard blows himself up]] while trying to get rid of the titular cat. [[WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath His ghost]] laughs at it due to being free from its torment - -- only for ''his own falling body'' to squish it flat, causing ''nine'' cat ghosts, each with numbered robes, to emerge from under his corpse. They then proceed to chase Mr. Johnson off into the sky while he screams in terror the whole way, presumably to continue pestering him ''[[FateWorseThanDeath for the rest of eternity]]'']].
* The ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' cash-in sequel was titled ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat''. ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'': This comes up in regard to the ''Smilodon'' characters in a few occasions.
** After Diego has a DisneyDeath in the first movie, he comes back saying "Nine lives, baby!".
** In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'', Squint says that Shira's nine lives are over when he finds out that she [[HeelFaceTurn switched sides]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat'':
We only see four or five lives, though. And it's probably all supposed to be a hallucination... [[MindScrew or something...]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', after Diego the [[PantheraAwesome smilodon]] has a DisneyDeath he comes back saying "Nine lives, baby!".
** In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'', Squint exclaims towards Shira that "her nine lives are over" when he finds out that she [[HeelFaceTurn switched sides.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'',
''WesternAnimation/RugratsGoWild'': At one point, Spike mutters at one point, "Cats..."cats... they got nine lives! While dogs have to cram seven years into one! Now THAT bites!"



* In the movie ''Film/NineLives2016'', Creator/KevinSpacey gets trapped inside a cat's body and has to make up for his past mistakes within a week.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', Creator/TimBurton took it literally - Catwoman took eight occasions when she should have died. These include [[DestinationDefenestration three considerable falls]] that would likely have killed a normal person, four bullets that should have seen her bleeding to death and a massive [[TakingYouWithMe self-inflicted]] [[ShockAndAwe massive electric shock]] that was fatal for the other person involved. Burton blurred the lines with a MaybeMagicMaybeMundane approach.

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* In the movie ''Film/NineLives2016'', Creator/KevinSpacey gets trapped inside a cat's body and has to make up for his past mistakes within a week.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'',
''Film/BatmanReturns'': Creator/TimBurton took takes it literally - -- Catwoman took takes eight occasions when she should have died. These include [[DestinationDefenestration three considerable falls]] that would likely have killed a normal person, four bullets that should have seen her bleeding to death and a massive [[TakingYouWithMe self-inflicted]] [[ShockAndAwe massive electric shock]] that was fatal for the other person involved. Burton blurred the lines with a MaybeMagicMaybeMundane approach.approach.
* In ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', the BigBad challenges Mr. Roper, one of the competitors in the tournament, to pull the cord on a guillotine with a cat's neck in said guillotine. Instead, Roper picks the cat up and says, "Now you've got eight left."
* ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'': Sassy references the idea after barely surviving going over a waterfall:
-->'''Sassy''': "Was that my sixth life? Meh, I'll just say it was my fourth."



%% * ''Film/TheThreeLivesOfThomasina''
* In ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'', Sassy references the idea after barely surviving going over a waterfall:
-->'''Sassy''': "Was that my sixth life? Meh, I'll just say it was my fourth."
* Alluded to by Adlai Stevenson in ''Film/ThirteenDays'' when he says, "I'm an old political cat...but I've still got one life left."

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%% * ''Film/TheThreeLivesOfThomasina''
* In ''Film/HomewardBoundTheIncredibleJourney'', Sassy references the idea after barely surviving going over
''Film/NineLives2016'': Creator/KevinSpacey gets trapped inside a waterfall:
-->'''Sassy''': "Was that my sixth life? Meh, I'll just say it was my fourth."
* Alluded
cat's body and has to by Adlai Stevenson in ''Film/ThirteenDays'' when he says, "I'm an old political cat...but I've still got one life left."make up for his past mistakes within a week.



* In ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', the BigBad challenges Mr. Roper, one of the competitors in the tournament, to pull the cord on a guillotine with a cat's neck in said guillotine. Instead, Roper picks the cat up and says, "Now you've got eight left."

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* In ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', the BigBad challenges Mr. Roper, ''Film/ThirteenDays'': Alluded to by Adlai Stevenson when he says "I'm an old political cat... but I've still got one life left."
* ''Film/TheThreeLivesOfThomasina'': The titular cat resuscitates after dying
of the competitors tetanus. She only goes through two lives in the tournament, to pull movie, though -- the cord on third one is a guillotine metaphor for her life with a cat's neck in said guillotine. Instead, Roper picks the cat up and says, "Now you've got eight left."her new family.



* Referenced in ''Literature/CharmedLife'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones: the main character has nine lives, so his nickname is Cat.
* A prequel, ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'', introduces a breed of cats that literally have nine lives.
* The cats in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/FelineWizards'' series have nine lives ''via'' a form of reincarnation where they keep some but not all of their memories. Occasionally, they'll get [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence a tenth one]].
* Scandal, the wizard's talking cat offsider in the ''Literature/MajykByAccident'' books by Creator/EstherFriesner. In one of the books he also loses half a life, the other half of which gets returned in the form of a kitten.
* Maurice of ''Literature/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' not only has nine lives, he haggles with Death over them. [[spoiler: Maurice [[HeroicSacrifice dies from wounds inflicted while taking out Spider the Rat King]], and meets Death who comes to take away one of his lives and the life of Dangerous Beans, one of the talking rats who had also been killed in the struggle. Maurice asks him to take away two of his lives, instead. Death decides since he'll be [[BalancingDeathsBooks leaving with two lives anyway]], he does as Maurice asks.]]
* The book series ''Literature/TheNineLivesOfRomeoCrumb'' takes this quite seriously; if a cat is left in near-death condition for too long, it can lose up to and including all of its lives at once.
* Creator/ErinHunter's ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series features a variation: only Clan leaders have nine lives, which they receive from their ancestors on ascending to the position. And there are still instances in which a Clan leader can lose multiple lives from a single injury, sometimes even all nine (which actually once happened to [[BigBad Tigerstar]]). It's been made a little bit more complex than just being given nine lives. Whether or not lives are simply subtracted or not given at all is a matter of circumstances.
* ''Six Lives of Fankle the Cat'' by George Mackay Brown, is a work one that uses the "reincarnation" version.
* In the second ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' book, the guardian of an ancient artifact is a cat that must be killed 9 times. Each of its incarnations is more deadly than the last.
* This was one of the abilities of the title character of the series ''Literature/TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'' as the reincarnated princess of a race of cat people. In the first three books, she lost three of her lives. And then the series got cancelled.
* One of the poems in the book ''Captain Beaky and His Band'' by Jeremy Lloyd is about the ghost of a ginger cat (in plimsoles and a paper hat) describing how he lost all nine lives.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' trilogy, a cat describes the Eleusian rites as trying to find the secrets of cats. Which is to say, cats can be reborn nine times without drinking from Lethe. (They figure if you blow it nine times, you had best start over with a clear slate.)
* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}} Series 2000'' book ''Cry of the Cat,'' an evil cat has been given nine lives by an experiment, but is still vengefully annoyed when the protagonist accidentally costs him one of them. It can also [[spoiler:replenish lost lives by taking them from others, turning them into cats in the process]].
* In ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'', the Wobblebug claims that tailors are like cats, in that they also have nine lives, which is how he got his fine clothing. He saved the ninth life of a tailor, who in gratitude, made the clothes for him free of charge.
* In the ''Literature/{{Liavek}}'' story "The Green Cat", a suicidally-inclined girl is in possession of a cat, and [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep cannot honorably die and leave the cat uncared for]]. She resolves to have her luck (a sort of natural magic) bound to the cat, which means she will die when the cat does. But the magician who does it binds her luck to the cat, not the cat's body, and cats in this universe prove to have nine incarnations...
* Felines (anthropomorphic cats) in ''Literature/TideLords'' don't have nine lives, but their immortal masters can resurrect them if they die. The actual limit depends on the severity of the wounds and the individual feline; none of the immortals are sure where everyone else got the number nine.
* In the Literature/OctoberDaye series, one of the boons of being the local King or Queen of Cats is more than one life, but not as many as nine. Tybalt doesn't share the ''exact'' number.
* Lampshaded in ''Court Martial'' by Creator/SvenHassel. Two Section have to get rid of a troublesome Gestapo agent who's blackmailing them. After a number of unsuccessful attempts have landed the Gestapo agent in hospital, Porta and the others decide to pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. And after what you've been through, [[RasputinianDeath you seem almost as immortal!]] So we're going to do a scientific study: [[AnimalAssassin cat vs. man!]]"

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* Referenced in ''Literature/CharmedLife'' by Creator/DianaWynneJones: the main character has nine lives, so his nickname is Cat.
* A prequel, ''Literature/TheLivesOfChristopherChant'', introduces a breed of cats that literally have nine lives.
* The cats in Creator/DianeDuane's ''Literature/FelineWizards'' series have nine lives ''via'' a form of reincarnation where they keep some but not all of their memories. Occasionally, they'll get [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence a tenth one]].
* Scandal, the wizard's talking cat offsider in the ''Literature/MajykByAccident'' books by Creator/EstherFriesner. In one of the books he also loses half a life, the other half of which gets returned in the form of a kitten.
*
''Literature/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'': Maurice of ''Literature/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' not only has nine lives, he haggles with Death over them. [[spoiler: Maurice He [[HeroicSacrifice dies from wounds inflicted while taking out Spider the Rat King]], and meets Death who comes to take away one of his lives and the life of Dangerous Beans, one of the talking rats who had also been killed in the struggle. Maurice asks him to take away two of his lives, instead. Death decides that, since he'll be [[BalancingDeathsBooks leaving with two lives anyway]], he does as Maurice asks.]]
* The book series ''Literature/TheNineLivesOfRomeoCrumb'' takes this quite seriously; if "An Alley Cat with One Life Left" by Jack Prelutsky is about a cat is left in near-death condition for too long, it can lose who's down to his last life after giving up to and including all of its lives at once.
eight others.
* Creator/ErinHunter's ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series features a variation: only Clan leaders have nine lives, which they receive from their ancestors on ascending to the position. And there are still instances in which a Clan leader can lose multiple lives from a single injury, sometimes even all nine (which actually once happened to [[BigBad Tigerstar]]). It's been made a little bit more complex than just being given nine lives. Whether or not lives are simply subtracted or not given at all is a matter of circumstances.
* ''Six Lives of Fankle the Cat'' by George Mackay Brown, is a work one that uses the "reincarnation" version.
* In the second ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' book, the guardian of an ancient artifact is a cat that must be killed 9 times. Each of its incarnations is more deadly than the last.
* This was one of the abilities of the title character of the series ''Literature/TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'' as the reincarnated princess of a race of cat people. In the first three books, she lost three of her lives. And then the series got cancelled.
* One of the poems in the book
''Captain Beaky and His Band'' by Jeremy Lloyd Band'': One poem is about the ghost of a ginger cat (in plimsoles and a paper hat) describing how he lost all nine lives.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' trilogy, a cat describes ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}'':
** ''Charmed Life'': Referenced:
the Eleusian rites as trying to find the secrets of cats. Which is to say, cats can be reborn nine times without drinking from Lethe. (They figure if you blow it nine times, you had best start over with a clear slate.)
* In the ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}} Series 2000'' book ''Cry of the Cat,'' an evil cat
main character has been given nine lives by an experiment, but is still vengefully annoyed when the protagonist accidentally costs him one of them. It can also [[spoiler:replenish lost lives by taking them from others, turning them into cats in the process]].
* In ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'', the Wobblebug claims that tailors are like cats, in that they also have
nine lives, which is how he got so his fine clothing. He saved the ninth life nickname is Cat.
** ''The Lives
of Christopher Chant'' introduces a tailor, who in gratitude, made the clothes for him free breed of charge.
* In the ''Literature/{{Liavek}}'' story "The Green Cat", a suicidally-inclined girl is in possession of a cat, and [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep cannot honorably die and leave the cat uncared for]]. She resolves to have her luck (a sort of natural magic) bound to the cat, which means she will die when the cat does. But the magician who does it binds her luck to the cat, not the cat's body, and
cats in this universe prove to that literally have nine incarnations...
* Felines (anthropomorphic cats) in ''Literature/TideLords'' don't have nine lives, but their immortal masters can resurrect them if they die. The actual limit depends on the severity of the wounds and the individual feline; none of the immortals are sure where everyone else got the number nine.
* In the Literature/OctoberDaye series, one of the boons of being the local King or Queen of Cats is more than one life, but not as many as nine. Tybalt doesn't share the ''exact'' number.
* Lampshaded in ''Court Martial'' by Creator/SvenHassel. Two Section have to get rid of a troublesome Gestapo agent who's blackmailing them. After a number of unsuccessful attempts have landed the Gestapo agent in hospital, Porta and the others decide to pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. And after what you've been through, [[RasputinianDeath you seem almost as immortal!]] So we're going to do a scientific study: [[AnimalAssassin cat vs. man!]]"
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* The poem "An Alley Cat with One Life Left" by Jack Prelutsky is about a cat who's down to his last life after giving up eight others.

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* The poem "An Alley Cat with One Life Left" by Jack Prelutsky is about ''Literature/CourtMartial'': Lampshaded. Two Section have to get rid of a cat troublesome Gestapo agent who's down blackmailing them. After a number of unsuccessful attempts have landed the Gestapo agent in hospital, Porta and the others decide to his last life pay a friendly visit with a wildcat in a cage. "As you know, cats have nine lives. And after giving what you've been through, [[RasputinianDeath you seem almost as immortal!]] So we're going to do a scientific study: [[AnimalAssassin cat vs. man!]]"
* ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'': In the second book, the guardian of an ancient artifact is a cat that must be killed nine times. Each of its incarnations is more deadly than the last.
* ''Literature/FelineWizards'': Cats have nine lives ''via'' a form of reincarnation where they keep some but not all of their memories. Occasionally, they'll get [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence a tenth one]].
* ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'': In ''Cry of the Cat'', an evil cat has been given nine lives by an experiment, but is still vengefully annoyed when the protagonist accidentally costs him one of them. It can also [[spoiler:replenish lost lives by taking them from others, turning them into cats in the process]].
* ''Literature/{{Liavek}}'': In "The Green Cat", a suicidally-inclined girl is in possession of a cat, and [[MilesToGoBeforeISleep cannot honorably die and leave the cat uncared for]]. She resolves to have her luck (a sort of natural magic) bound to the cat, which means she will die when the cat does. But the magician who does it binds her luck to the cat, not the cat's body, and cats in this universe prove to have nine incarnations...
* ''Literature/MajykByAccident'': Scandal, the wizard's talking cat offsider. In one of the books he also loses half a life, the other half of which gets returned in the form of a kitten.
* In ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz'', the Wobblebug claims that tailors are like cats, in that they also have nine lives, which is how he got his fine clothing. He saved the ninth life of a tailor, who in gratitude, made the clothes for him free of charge.
* ''Literature/TheNineLivesOfChloeKing'': This is one of Chloe's powers as the reincarnated princess of a race of cat people. In the first three books, she loses three of her lives. And then the series got cancelled.
* ''Literature/TheNineLivesOfRomeoCrumb'' takes this quite seriously; if a cat is left in near-death condition for too long, it can lose
up eight others.to and including all of its lives at once.
* ''Literature/OctoberDaye'': One of the boons of being the local King or Queen of Cats is more than one life, but not as many as nine. Tybalt doesn't share the ''exact'' number.
* ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'': A cat describes the Eleusian rites as trying to find the secrets of cats. Which is to say, cats can be reborn nine times without drinking from Lethe. (They figure if you blow it nine times, you had best start over with a clear slate.)
* ''Six Lives of Fankle the Cat'' uses the "reincarnation" version.
* ''Literature/TideLords'': Felines (anthropomorphic cats) don't have nine lives, but their immortal masters can resurrect them if they die. The actual limit depends on the severity of the wounds and the individual feline; none of the immortals are sure where everyone else got the number nine.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' features a variation: only Clan leaders have nine lives, which they receive from their ancestors on ascending to the position. And there are still instances in which a Clan leader can lose multiple lives from a single injury, sometimes even all nine (which actually once happened to [[BigBad Tigerstar]]). It's been made a little bit more complex than just being given nine lives. Whether or not lives are simply subtracted or not given at all is a matter of circumstances.



* In ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', the main characters once had to deal with a cat-turned-warlock who would become more powerful each time he was killed; his ultimate goal was to be killed nine times, which he figured would make him immortal. To defeat him, he had to feel the pain of all his nine deaths at once.
* In ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'' episode, "Dig that Cat...He's Real Gone," a cat's gland is implanted into the brain of a homeless man named Rick, giving him eight chances to cheat death. He soon gets greedy and uses his newly found gift for profit by becoming a top carnival act. On his seventh life, Rick is buried alive for a circus act, confident that he will have one life left. [[spoiler: However, as he thinks about his successes, he comes to the realization that the cat that was used to give him his nine lives died AFTER the experiment, meaning he only had EIGHT LIVES instead of nine. Cut to his men shoveling the last pile of dirt onto his coffin, unable to hear Ricks screams of terror down below]].
* In the pilot of one of the attempts for an American remake of ''Series/RedDwarf'' they turn The Cat into a female, fearless warrior with nine lives.
* In episode two of ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'' Marion has used almost all his nine lives (in tragically amusing ways, including [[TheGrimReaper Death]] killing him by accident) and is desperate to survive one more day to complete the JailbaitWait so he can make love to the kitten he has fallen for. Naturally this is easier said than done.
* This comes up in an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Salem learns that he has nine lives rather than six, and so he decides to do dangerous acts like eat poisoned sushi. At the end, he finds out that he has only one life left and freaks out.
* In one episode of the old ''Series/Batman1966'' TV show, Batman and Robin watch Catwoman [[DisneyVillainDeath fall into a chasm]]. Later they are wondering if she survived and Batman comments, "Cats are said to have nine lives." It's revealed she did. The villain appeared in exactly nine two-part episodes of the show, and each defeat (which usually meant an arrest) resulted in her symbolically losing one. Although she never truly died, the ninth time was considered her final defeat, as far as the show was concerned.
* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' did a sketch about ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' being turned into a gritty dramatic film about working class cats reminiscent of ''Film/BillyElliot'' and ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' in response to the former being turned into a "toe-tapping musical". "The police shot Gerald!" "But he's got nine lives..." "They shot him nine times!"

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* ''Series/Batman1966'': In ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', the main characters once had to deal with a cat-turned-warlock who would become more powerful each time he was killed; his ultimate goal was to be killed nine times, which he figured would make him immortal. To defeat him, he had to feel the pain of all his nine deaths at once.
* In ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt''
one episode, "Dig that Cat...He's Real Gone," a cat's gland is implanted into the brain of a homeless man named Rick, giving him eight chances to cheat death. He soon gets greedy and uses his newly found gift for profit by becoming a top carnival act. On his seventh life, Rick is buried alive for a circus act, confident that he will have one life left. [[spoiler: However, as he thinks about his successes, he comes to the realization that the cat that was used to give him his nine lives died AFTER the experiment, meaning he only had EIGHT LIVES instead of nine. Cut to his men shoveling the last pile of dirt onto his coffin, unable to hear Ricks screams of terror down below]].
* In the pilot of one of the attempts for an American remake of ''Series/RedDwarf'' they turn The Cat into a female, fearless warrior with nine lives.
* In episode two of ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'' Marion has used almost all his nine lives (in tragically amusing ways, including [[TheGrimReaper Death]] killing him by accident) and is desperate to survive one more day to complete the JailbaitWait so he can make love to the kitten he has fallen for. Naturally this is easier said than done.
* This comes up in an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch''. Salem learns that he has nine lives rather than six, and so he decides to do dangerous acts like eat poisoned sushi. At the end, he finds out that he has only one life left and freaks out.
* In one episode of the old ''Series/Batman1966'' TV show,
Batman and Robin watch Catwoman [[DisneyVillainDeath fall into a chasm]]. Later they are wondering if she survived and Batman comments, "Cats are said to have nine lives." It's revealed she did. The villain appeared in exactly nine two-part episodes of the show, and each defeat (which usually meant an arrest) resulted in her symbolically losing one. Although she never truly died, the ninth time was considered her final defeat, as far as the show was concerned.
* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'' did ''Series/Charmed1998'': The main characters have to deal with a cat-turned-warlock who becomes more powerful each time he's killed; his ultimate goal is to be killed nine times, which he figures will make him immortal. To defeat him, he has to feel the pain of all his nine deaths at once.
* ''Series/TheChasersWarOnEverything'': A
sketch is done about ''Theatre/{{Cats}}'' being turned into a gritty dramatic film about working class cats reminiscent of ''Film/BillyElliot'' and ''Literature/{{Trainspotting}}'' in response to the former being turned into a "toe-tapping musical". "The police shot Gerald!" "But he's got nine lives..." "They shot him nine times!"



* ''Series/{{Mongrels}}'': In episode two, Marion has used almost all his nine lives (in tragically amusing ways, including [[TheGrimReaper Death]] killing him by accident) and is desperate to survive one more day to complete the JailbaitWait so he can make love to the kitten he has fallen for. Naturally this is easier said than done.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'': In the pilot of one of the attempts for an American remake, the Cat is turned into a female, fearless warrior with nine lives.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'': In one episode, Salem learns that he has nine lives rather than six, and so he decides to do dangerous acts like eat poisoned sushi. At the end, he finds out that he has only one life left and freaks out.
* ''Series/TalesFromTheCrypt'': In "Dig that Cat... He's Real Gone", a cat's gland is implanted into the brain of a homeless man named Rick, giving him eight chances to cheat death. He soon gets greedy and uses his newly found gift for profit by becoming a top carnival act. On his seventh life, Rick is buried alive for a circus act, confident that he will have one life left. [[spoiler: However, as he thinks about his successes, he comes to the realization that the cat that was used to give him his nine lives died AFTER the experiment, meaning he only had EIGHT LIVES instead of nine. Cut to his men shoveling the last pile of dirt onto his coffin, unable to hear Rick's screams of terror down below]].



* From the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody "[[Film/TheMatrix The Faketrix]]," parodying the AGlitchInTheMatrix scene:

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* From the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'': The parody "[[Film/TheMatrix The Faketrix]]," Faketrix]]", while parodying the AGlitchInTheMatrix scene:scene, a cat walking by nine times is nothing odd -- they've got nine lives, after all -- but one walking by ''ten'' times is a good cause to panic.



'''Underdone:''' Whoa!! There goes the same cat for the TENTH time!\\

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'''Underdone:''' Whoa!! Whoa! There goes the same cat for the TENTH time!\\



* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', Bastet werecats have access to a powerful rite that grants them nine lives. However, the rite can only be performed once and the player has no idea if it was successful until she dies, since the ''storyteller'' makes the roll. In a subversion, each resurrection deteriorates the cat somewhat: you lose a permanent Willpower point which can never be raised past the new level, just enough health is healed to put you above death, and you still have to remove yourself from the circumstances causing/following your death and could very well die a second time doing so. And the spell won't bring you back if your death reduced your body to [[ChunkySalsaRule chunky salsa]] or a pile of charred bones, nor will it work if you die from old age or Vampiric embrace, nor if your permanent Willpower would be zero (such as from previous resurrections).

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* In ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', Bastet werecats ''TabletopGame/CallOfCatthulhu'' takes this literally. The PC (player cats) have access to a powerful rite that grants them nine lives. However, the rite can only be performed once and the player has no idea if it was successful until she dies, since the ''storyteller'' makes the roll. In a subversion, each resurrection deteriorates the cat somewhat: you lose a permanent Willpower point which can never be raised past the new level, just enough health is healed lives to put you above death, and you still have to remove yourself from the circumstances causing/following your death and could very well die a second time doing so. And the spell won't bring you back if your death reduced your body to [[ChunkySalsaRule chunky salsa]] or a pile of charred bones, nor will it work if you die from old age or Vampiric embrace, nor if your permanent Willpower would be zero (such as from previous resurrections).face dark eldrich powers with.



** First edition had, in the Fiend Folio, a creature called the Guardian Familiar. It resembled a cat and had to be killed nine times to stay dead, and the description suggested this could be the source of the story that cats have nine lives.
** In ''AD&D'' this was the special power of the domestic rakasta (the rakasta subraces were all based on different cat species, and each had a different "energy surge" power). Domestic rakasta can use their energy burst to avoid death, but can only do so nine times in their life. (Which would actually give them ten lives, because of the fencepost error.)
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek Customizable Card Game'' by Decipher, the personnel card for [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Spot]] (Data's pet cat) gave Spot nine lives. This, in addition to Spot's other abilities, made Spot a LethalJokeCharacter.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCatthulhu'' takes this literally. The PC (player cats) have nine lives to face dark eldrich powers with.
* In ''TabletopGame/MonarchiesOfMau'' the {{Uplifted|Animal}} cats have turned this superstition into a tenant of their religion in the form of {{Reincarnation}}. The question of whether reanimation as a zombie counts towards their nine lives occasionally causes conflicts between [[{{Necromancer}} Mancers]] and Ministers.

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** First In the first edition had, in the Fiend Folio, ''Fiend Folio'', a creature called the Guardian Familiar. It resembled Familiar resembles a cat and had has to be killed nine times to stay dead, and the dead. The description suggested suggests this could to be the source of the story that cats have nine lives.
** In ''AD&D'' ''AD&D'', this was is the special power of the domestic rakasta (the rakasta subraces were are all based on different cat species, and each had has a different "energy surge" power). Domestic rakasta can use their energy burst to avoid death, but can only do so nine times in their life. (Which would actually give them ten lives, because of the fencepost error.)
* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek Customizable Card Game'' by Decipher, the personnel card for [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Spot]] (Data's pet cat) gave Spot nine lives. This, in addition to Spot's other abilities, made Spot a LethalJokeCharacter.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCatthulhu'' takes this literally.
''TabletopGame/MonarchiesOfMau'': The PC (player cats) have nine lives to face dark eldrich powers with.
* In ''TabletopGame/MonarchiesOfMau'' the
{{Uplifted|Animal}} cats have turned this superstition into a tenant tenet of their religion in the form of {{Reincarnation}}. The question of whether reanimation as a zombie counts towards their nine lives occasionally causes conflicts between [[{{Necromancer}} Mancers]] and Ministers.Ministers.
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'': Bastet werecats have access to a powerful rite that grants them nine lives. However, the rite can only be performed once and the player has no idea if it was successful until she dies, since the ''storyteller'' makes the roll. In a subversion, each resurrection deteriorates the cat somewhat: you lose a permanent Willpower point which can never be raised past the new level, just enough health is healed to put you above death, and you still have to remove yourself from the circumstances causing/following your death and could very well die a second time doing so. And the spell won't bring you back if your death reduced your body to [[ChunkySalsaRule chunky salsa]] or a pile of charred bones, nor will it work if you die from old age or Vampiric embrace, nor if your permanent Willpower would be zero (such as from previous resurrections).



* The battle with Evil the Cat in the first ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' game plays this trope to the hilt. Every time he's shot, a numbered ghost flies away, and after the ninth time, the battle ends.
* Video game hero VideoGame/{{Bubsy}} is a bobcat, starting with nine [[VideoGameLives (video game) lives]].

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* ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/9-lives 9 Lives]]'' has a cat as player character.
* ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'':
The battle with Evil Guppy/Dead Cat item gives the Cat player nine lives. It also has the side effect of setting your max health to one once you get it, and every death afterwards. This can make the game more difficult in the first ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' game plays this trope Womb/Scarred Womb and subsequent levels as Isaac becomes a OneHitPointWonder if he lacks The Wafer item, which lets him take half-damage. The Dead Cat becomes more useful with the UpdatedRerelease ''Rebirth'' as it lets Isaac use the "Suicide King" card for its helpful effects despite its high cost[[note]]Kills Isaac and spawns 10 consumables and items relevant to the hilt. Every time he's shot, a numbered ghost flies away, room's item pools around the location of use.[[/note]] and after the ninth time, the battle ends.
* Video game hero VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}
still giving several lives to fall back on. It's also ''extremely'' useful for The Lost, who is a bobcat, starting OneHitPointWonder anyway, so the downsides don't really matter.
* ''Webcomic/BladeKitten'': Played with. Though DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist for Kit (she merely gets sent back to the last checkpoint she touched
with no health or money loss), you get an achievement if you [[DoWellButNotPerfect let her die nine [[VideoGameLives (video game) lives]].times on the same level]].



* Auriaya, a boss in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', is accompanied by a Feral Guardian (basically a big angry panther) which will respawn when killed. Precisely eight times. The achievement for killing it and then defeating her is called "Nine Lives".
* Referenced and parodied in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''. Death complains that squirrels are even more annoying for him than cats, because squirrels have as many lives as they think they can get away with. Later in the game he's seen attempting to kill Catfish as they apparently have the same amount of lives as their furry namesakes.

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* Auriaya, a boss in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', is accompanied by a Feral Guardian (basically a big angry panther) which will respawn when killed. Precisely eight times. ''VideoGame/{{Bubsy}}'': The achievement for killing it titular hero is a bobcat, and then defeating her is called "Nine Lives".
starts with nine [[VideoGameLives (video game) lives]].
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'': Referenced and parodied in ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay''.parodied. Death complains that squirrels are even more annoying for him than cats, because squirrels have as many lives as they think they can get away with. Later in the game he's seen attempting to kill Catfish as they apparently have the same amount of lives as their furry namesakes.



* Played with in ''Webcomic/BladeKitten''. Though DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist for Kit (she merely gets sent back to the last checkpoint she touched with no health or money loss), you get an achievement if you [[DoWellButNotPerfect let her die nine times on the same level]].
* In ''VideoGame/Fallout3'', while you don't meet cats, it is common knowledge that radiated cats have 18 half-lives (a physics joke: half-life is an important concept in nuclear physics), as said by your robot butler.
* There's an old Amiga/Atari game out there called ''[[http://www.mobygames.com/game/9-lives 9 Lives]]'', with a cat as player character.



* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'': The battle with Evil the Cat in the first game plays this trope to the hilt. Every time he's shot, a numbered ghost flies away, and after the ninth time the battle ends.
* ''VideoGame/Fallout3'': While you don't meet cats, it's common knowledge that radiated cats have 18 half-lives (a physics joke: half-life is an important concept in nuclear physics), as said by your robot butler.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVII'', Rosella can help a black cat in Ooga Booga and receive one of its nine lives as a reward. Since it's impossible to actually lose ''KQ VII'', this may seem pointless. [[spoiler:During the game's climax, Rosella's LoveInterest Edgar is killed by the BigBad Malicia; using the life on him gets you the GoldenEnding while failing to so (or not obtaining the life to begin with) gives you a BittersweetEnding instead.]]



* The Guppy/Dead Cat item in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' gives the player 9 lives. It also has the side effect of setting your max health to one once you get it, and every death afterwards. This can make the game more difficult in the Womb/Scarred Womb and subsequent levels as Isaac becomes a OneHitPointWonder if he lacks The Wafer item, which lets him take half-damage. The Dead Cat becomes more useful with the UpdatedRerelease ''Rebirth'' as it lets Isaac use the "Suicide King" card for its helpful effects despite its high cost[[note]]Kills Isaac and spawns 10 consumables and items relevant to the room's item pools around the location of use.[[/note]] and still giving several lives to fall back on. It's also ''extremely'' useful for The Lost, who is a OneHitPointWonder anyway, so the downsides don't really matter.
* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVII'', Rosella can help a black cat in Ooga Booga and receive one of its nine lives as a reward. Since it's impossible to actually lose ''KQ VII'', this may seem pointless. [[spoiler:During the game's climax, Rosella's LoveInterest Edgar is killed by the BigBad Malicia; using the life on him gets you the GoldenEnding while failing to so (or not obtaining the life to begin with) gives you a BittersweetEnding instead.]]
* In ''Sylvester and Tweety in Cagey Capers'' on the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, Sylvester begins the game with nine lives. On losing a life, a soul is seen fleeing his body with a cry of "[[CatchPhrase Sufferin' Succotash!]]" but unlike in most games that have lives, play flows [[NoSell as though nothing happened]].



* This is referenced in ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch2'' when the cat yo-kai Jibanyan says that he would commit a HeroicSacrifice nine times for his ex-owner Amy if he had to.
* Sonic references Big the Cat having nine lives as an insult in ''VideoGame/TeamSonicRacing''.

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* In ''Sylvester and Tweety in Cagey Capers'' on the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis, Sylvester begins the game with nine lives. On losing a life, a soul is seen fleeing his body with a cry of "[[CatchPhrase Sufferin' Succotash!]]" but unlike in most games that have lives, play flows [[NoSell as though nothing happened]].
* ''VideoGame/TeamSonicRacing'': Sonic references Big the Cat having nine lives as an insult.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Auriaya is accompanied by a Feral Guardian (basically a big angry panther) which will respawn when killed. Precisely eight times. The achievement for killing it and then defeating her is called "Nine Lives".
* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch2'':
This is referenced in ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch2'' when the cat yo-kai Jibanyan says that he would commit a HeroicSacrifice nine times for his ex-owner Amy if he had to.
* Sonic references Big the Cat having nine lives as an insult in ''VideoGame/TeamSonicRacing''.
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* Played with in ''Webcomic/PragueRace''. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is attracted to cats because [[spoiler:they have nine deaths]].

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* ''Webcomic/PragueRace'': Played with in ''Webcomic/PragueRace''.with. [[TheGrimReaper Death]] is attracted to cats because [[spoiler:they have nine deaths]].



* ThoseTwoBadGuys in ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' are two werecats that get killed several times during the comic.
%%* Jacinda and her grandmother in ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf''.

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%%* ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf'': Jacinda and her grandmother.
* ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'': ThoseTwoBadGuys in ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' are two werecats that get killed several times during the comic.
%%* Jacinda and her grandmother in ''Webcomic/MyRoommateIsAnElf''.
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* The cat in the Creator/VanBeurenStudios cartoon "Dinnertime" almost loses his nine lives from falling, but he climbs back up through the air to get them. A nearby dog who was drinking beer sees this, [[NoMoreForMe looks at his bottle, and then drops it]] and runs off in fear.
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' had the Chameleon try to murder Kitty by blowing her up one for each of her nine lives. Interestingly, there were a total of ten explosives on hand. He probably wanted to make sure she was dead.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' used this several times.
** One notable appearance was in "Dough-Ray-Meow", which had a cat being done in by a parrot, who tells him he would've inherited a large sum of money if he wasn't dying, "and you can't take it with you!" Upon hearing this, the lives fly back into his body and he sits up, saying "If I can't take it with me, I'm not going!"
** Friz Freleng's 1941 short "Notes to You" has Porky Pig being kept from sleep by [[CatConcerto an alleycat's singing]]. At the end of the cartoon he dispatches the feline with a shotgun...only to have all nine of the cats' ghosts serenading him. (The same premise and gag were [[RecycledScript re-used]] in Freleng's 1948 short "WesternAnimation/BackAlleyOproar", with Sylvester as the pesky cat and Elmer Fudd as the would-be sleeper.)
** Freleng's 1954 short "[[WesternAnimation/SatansWaitin Satan's Waitin']]" has Sylvester gradually losing all nine of his lives in pursuit of Tweety; they're shown lining up together on a bench in a FireAndBrimstoneHell presided over by a devil-dog.
** In Frank Tashlin's "WesternAnimation/TheStupidCupid", [[DrivenToSuicide a cat shoots himself]] after [[InterspeciesRomance the dog chasing him is struck by Cupid's arrow]]. He falls down, and we see a white version of him labeled "2". He shoots himself, falls down, and we see another white version, but with the number "3". And so on...
** In Chuck Jones' ''[[WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven Angel Puss]]'', a cat disguises himself as a ghost to trick Sambo. After he is found out, Sambo chases after him and shoots him...and is promptly scared away by nine ghostly cats ("And dis time brothuh, us ain't kiddin'").
** Sylvester lampshades this in "Rebel Without Claws" when the firing squad for Tweety shoots him instead ("It's a good thing I've got nine lives. With ''this'' army I'll need 'em!")

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* The cat in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'': This probably isn't the Creator/VanBeurenStudios cartoon "Dinnertime" almost loses his nine lives from falling, case with Catwomen, but he climbs back up through the air {{Yakuza}} boss Hideo Katsu decided not to get them. A nearby dog who was drinking beer sees this, [[NoMoreForMe looks at his bottle, and then drops it]] and runs off in fear.
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'' had the Chameleon try to murder Kitty by blowing her up one
take chances. Fortunately for each of her her, that's when [[SaveTheVillain Batman shows up]].
--> '''Katsu:''' It is said cats have
nine lives. Interestingly, there were a total of ''(To his henchmen.)'' Destroy her ten explosives on hand. He probably wanted to make sure she was dead.
times over!
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' used this several times.
** One notable appearance was in "Dough-Ray-Meow", which had a cat being done in by a parrot, who tells him he would've inherited a large sum of money if he wasn't dying, "and you can't take it with you!" Upon hearing this,
''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': A magic cloak that gives the wearer nine lives fly back into his body and he sits up, saying "If I can't take it with me, I'm not going!"
** Friz Freleng's 1941 short "Notes to You" has Porky Pig being kept
supposedly originated from sleep by [[CatConcerto an alleycat's singing]]. At Egyptian cat goddess. Needless to say, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} wants it (as do Two-Face and others).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bunnicula}}'': Bunnicula scares Chester so often that he literally dies of fright. His other eight lives return and try to save him from dying.
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'': In one episode, while cleaning out
the end attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them to be soda, he starts drinking from one of the cartoon he dispatches the feline with a shotgun...only to have all nine of the cats' ghosts serenading him. (The same premise bottles, before Cat yells at him and gag were [[RecycledScript re-used]] in Freleng's 1948 short "WesternAnimation/BackAlleyOproar", with Sylvester as the pesky cat and Elmer Fudd as the would-be sleeper.)
** Freleng's 1954 short "[[WesternAnimation/SatansWaitin Satan's Waitin']]" has Sylvester gradually losing all nine of
[[SoulJar explains to him that he keeps his other eight lives in pursuit of Tweety; they're shown lining up together on a bench in a FireAndBrimstoneHell presided over by a devil-dog.
** In Frank Tashlin's "WesternAnimation/TheStupidCupid", [[DrivenToSuicide a cat shoots himself]]
the jars.]] Dog then spits out the life he was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to go after [[InterspeciesRomance them ''Franchise/{{Ghostbuster|s}}'' style.
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts:
** "WesternAnimation/PlutosJudgementDay" features angelic cats representing lost lives of an individual ([[ValuesDissonance black]]) cat appearing in Hell.
--->One little, two little, three little angels,\\
Four little, five little, six little angels,\\
Seven little, eight little, nine little angels,\\
All that's left of Uncle Tom!
** "WesternAnimation/TheWormTurns": When Pluto corners
the dog chasing him is struck by Cupid's arrow]]. He falls down, cat and we see a white version closes in for the kill, the cat's nine lives emerge from its body, in the form of him labeled "2". He shoots himself, falls down, and we see another white version, but cat ghosts, each adorned with the number "3". And so on...
** In Chuck Jones' ''[[WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven Angel Puss]]'', a
numbers 1 through 9 on it. Mickey sprays the courage-maker formula on the cat disguises himself just as a ghost to trick Sambo. After he the last life is found coming out, Sambo chases after him and shoots him...all the other eight jump back in as the cat gets a boost of courage and is promptly scared away by nine ghostly cats ("And dis time brothuh, us ain't kiddin'").
** Sylvester lampshades this in "Rebel Without Claws" when
goes on the firing squad for Tweety shoots him instead ("It's a good thing I've got nine lives. With ''this'' army I'll need 'em!")offensive against Pluto.



* Similar to the ''Looney Tunes'' examples, in one cartoon of ''WesternAnimation/TheInspector'', [[DontWakeTheSleeper the Commissioner was trying to sleep, with the Inspector keeping everything quiet]], a noisy cat being his biggest problem. In the end, the Inspector shoots the cat, but its nine lives make noise as they drift away, leaving him to deal with the Commissioner's wrath.
* The Disney animated short ''WesternAnimation/PlutosJudgementDay'' featured angelic cats representing lost lives of an individual ([[ValuesDissonance black]]) cat appearing in Hell.
-->One little, two little, three little angels,
-->Four little, five little, six little angels,
-->Seven little, eight little, nine little angels,
-->All that's left of Uncle Tom!
* One ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' episode features a mad scientist who harnesses "the secret of a cat's nine lives" to create eight clones of himself.

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* Similar ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'': In at least one episode, Eek is shown to have a card with his nine lives marked on it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': In one episode , after being fed up with Catman continuously hurting himself in his delusional attempts to be a hero, Timmy tells that he's down
to the ''Looney Tunes'' examples, in last of his ninth lives and that he needs to stop with the dangerous activities. It works, but then Timmy has to help him find another cat-themed calling.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamousFred'': Concludes on the discovery Fred had only used up eight of his nine lives.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': ''[[ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives His 9 Lives]]'' depicts the concept as cats being reincarnated. At the end of the special, when Garfield is cheated out of his ninth life because of an unfair situation, he ends up getting nine more lives, and manages to score the same deal for Odie the dog.
* ''WesternAnimation/HermanAndKatnip'': In "Naughty But Mice", Herman thoroughly dispatches the cat that has been eating his friends, only to be greeted by nine ghosts rising from the grave to chase him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheInspector'': In
one cartoon of ''WesternAnimation/TheInspector'', cartoon, [[DontWakeTheSleeper the Commissioner was is trying to sleep, with the Inspector keeping everything quiet]], a noisy cat being his biggest problem. In the end, the Inspector shoots the cat, but its nine lives make noise as they drift away, leaving him to deal with the Commissioner's wrath.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat has been stated several times to have nine lives.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' uses this several times.
** "[[WesternAnimation/CensoredEleven Angel Puss]]": A cat disguises himself as a ghost to trick Sambo. After he is found out, Sambo chases after him and shoots him...and is promptly scared away by nine ghostly cats ("And dis time brothuh, us ain't kiddin'").
** "Dough-Ray-Meow" has a cat being done in by a parrot, who tells him he would've inherited a large sum of money if he wasn't dying, "and you can't take it with you!" Upon hearing this, the lives fly back into his body and he sits up, saying "If I can't take it with me, I'm not going!"
** "Notes to You" has Porky Pig being kept from sleep by [[CatConcerto an alleycat's singing]]. At the end of the cartoon he dispatches the feline with a shotgun... only to have all nine of the cats' ghosts serenading him.
The Disney animated same premise and gag are [[RecycledScript re-used]] in Freleng's 1948 short ''WesternAnimation/PlutosJudgementDay'' featured angelic cats representing lost "WesternAnimation/BackAlleyOproar", with Sylvester as the pesky cat and Elmer Fudd as the would-be sleeper.
** "Rebel Without Claws": Sylvester lampshades this when the firing squad for Tweety shoots him instead ("It's a good thing I've got nine lives. With ''this'' army I'll need 'em!")
** "WesternAnimation/SatansWaitin" has Sylvester gradually losing all nine of his
lives in pursuit of an individual ([[ValuesDissonance black]]) Tweety; they're shown lining up together on a bench in a FireAndBrimstoneHell presided over by a devil-dog.
** "WesternAnimation/TheStupidCupid": [[DrivenToSuicide A
cat appearing in Hell.
-->One little, two little, three little angels,
-->Four little, five little, six little angels,
-->Seven little,
shoots himself]] after [[InterspeciesRomance the dog chasing him is struck by Cupid's arrow]]. He falls down, and we see a white version of him labeled "2". He shoots himself, falls down, and we see another white version, but with the number "3". And so on...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNinthLifeOfShermanPhelps'': Sherman is a cat who's unknowingly lost
eight little, nine little angels,
-->All that's left
of Uncle Tom!
* One ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'' episode features a mad scientist who harnesses "the secret of a cat's nine lives" to create
his lives. Those eight clones are trying to kill him because they can't enter Heaven until he loses his ninth.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': In "Terminal Stimpy", it is revealed that Stimpy[[note]]Who apparently knows how to count... [[NegativeContinuity at least]] [[DependingOnTheWriter in this story]].[[/note]] has already died 7 times and has only two lives left. [[TooDumbToLive Being Stimpy]], he wastes another life and spends the rest
of himself.the cartoon going through the FiveStagesOfGrief.
* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'': Parodied during a sketch where a cat, about to be hanged, tries to trick the hangman.
-->'''Cat:''' I regret that I only have one life to give for my country.\\
'''Hangman:''' Yeah, nice try. [[GenreSavvy Get nine nooses!]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNinthLifeOfShermanPhelps'', a cartoon originally from Creator/{{YTV}} and also seen on the Nicktoons TV Film Festival, Sherman is a cat who's unknowingly lost eight of his lives. Those eight are trying to kill him because they can't enter Heaven until he loses his ninth.
* In at least one episode, ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' was shown to have a card with his 9 lives marked on it.
* Pursuant to ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'':
** There has been an occasion where Tom was killed so thoroughly, he watches his other eight lives go by on clouds as angels as he rises toward heaven.
** The time Tom was literally scared to death multiple times in succession -- the numbered spirits dragged each other along by clinging to the tail of the one in front, and when Tom smacked into a wall while running in terror, the spirits kept going and reentered his body.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNinthLifeOfShermanPhelps'', ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'': One episode features a cartoon originally from Creator/{{YTV}} and also seen on the Nicktoons TV Film Festival, Sherman is mad scientist who harnesses "the secret of a cat who's unknowingly lost cat's nine lives" to create eight clones of his lives. Those eight are trying to kill him because they can't enter Heaven until he loses his ninth.
himself.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In at least "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS15E9IAnnoyedGruntBot I, Doh-Bot]]", this trope is mentioned during Snowball II's funeral. Lisa wrote her a poem.
-->'''Lisa:''' I wrote this poem for you. It's called "Cat Math".\\
''Four paws, plus
one episode, ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat'' was shown to have a card with his 9 tail, plus nine lives marked on it.
equals one special cat.''\\
''One special cat minus nine lives equals one sad little girl.''
* Pursuant to ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'':
** There has been an occasion where Tom was killed so thoroughly, thoroughly that he watches his other eight lives go by on clouds as angels as he rises toward heaven.
** The time One time, Tom was is literally scared to death multiple times in succession -- the numbered spirits dragged drag each other along by clinging to the tail of the one in front, and when Tom smacked smacks into a wall while running in terror, the spirits kept keep going and reentered reenter his body.



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', while cleaning out the attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them to be soda, he starts drinking from one of the bottles, before Cat yells at him and [[SoulJar explains to him that he keeps his other eight lives in the jars.]] Dog then spits out the life he was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to go after them ''Franchise/{{Ghostbuster|s}}'' style.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': In "Terminal Stimpy", it is revealed that Stimpy[[note]]Who apparently knows how to count...[[NegativeContinuity at least]] [[DependingOnTheWriter in this story]].[[/note]] has already died 7 times and has only two lives left. [[TooDumbToLive Being Stimpy]], he wastes another life and spends the rest of the cartoon going through the FiveStagesOfGrief.
* This is the premise of ''Fraidy Cat'', a segment of the Creator/{{Filmation}} AnimatedAnthology ''Westernanimation/UncleCrocsBlock''.[[note]]And which appears to be in the PublicDomain.[[/note]] Fraidy is already nervous because he's on his final life, and it doesn't help that the ghosts of his eight previous incarnations keep appearing to him if he (even accidentally) intones their number. At least one of these ghosts, who was an undertaker in life, hopes to bring Fraidy over to the afterlife. The worst one is Cloud Nine, a PsychoElectro storm cloud who tries to electrocute poor Fraidy. Pretty morbid for a kids' show, eh?
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' a magic cloak that gives the wearer nine lives supposedly originated from an Egyptian cat goddess. Needless to say, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} wanted it (as did Two-Face and others).
* This probably wasn't the case with Catwoman in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', but {{Yakuza}} boss Hideo Katsu decided not to take chances. Fortunately for her, that's when [[SaveTheVillain Batman showed up.]]
--> '''Katsu:''' It is said cats have nine lives. ''(To his henchmen.)'' Destroy her ten times over!
* Parodied during a sketch on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', when a cat, about to be hanged, tries to trick the hangman.
-->'''Cat:''' I regret that I only have one life to give for my country.\\
'''Hangman:''' Yeah, nice try. [[GenreSavvy Get nine nooses!]]
* The ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' special ''[[ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives His 9 Lives]]'' depicts the concept as cats being reincarnated. At the end of the special, when Garfield was cheated out of his ninth life because of an unfair situation, he ends up getting nine more lives, also managing to score the same deal for Odie.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat has been stated several times to have nine lives.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamousFred'': Concludes on the discovery Fred had only used up eight of his nine lives.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot": This trope is mentioned during Snowball II's funeral. Lisa wrote her a poem.
-->'''Lisa:''' I wrote this poem for you. It's called "Cat Math".\\
''Four paws, plus one tail, plus nine lives equals one special cat.''\\
''One special cat minus nine lives equals one sad little girl.''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HermanAndKatnip'' short "Naughty But Mice," Herman thoroughly dispatches the cat that has been eating his friends, only to be greeted by nine ghosts rising from the grave to chase him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bunnicula}}'': Bunnicula scares Chester so often that he literally dies of fright. His other eight lives return and try to save him from dying.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', after being fed up with Catman continuously hurting himself in his delusional attempts to be a hero, Timmy tells that he's down to the last of his ninth lives and that he needs to stop with the dangerous activities. It works, but then Timmy has to help him find another cat-themed calling.

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* In one ''WesternAnimation/TUFFPuppy'': An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', while cleaning out has the attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them Chameleon try to be soda, he starts drinking from murder Kitty by blowing her up one for each of the bottles, before Cat yells at him and [[SoulJar explains her nine lives. Interestingly, there were a total of ten explosives on hand. He probably wanted to him that he keeps his other eight lives in the jars.]] Dog then spits out the life he make sure she was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to go after them ''Franchise/{{Ghostbuster|s}}'' style.
dead.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': In "Terminal Stimpy", it is revealed that Stimpy[[note]]Who apparently knows how to count...[[NegativeContinuity at least]] [[DependingOnTheWriter in this story]].[[/note]] has already died 7 times and has only two lives left. [[TooDumbToLive Being Stimpy]], he wastes another life and spends the rest of the cartoon going through the FiveStagesOfGrief.
*
''Westernanimation/UncleCrocsBlock'': This is the premise of ''Fraidy Cat'', a segment of the Creator/{{Filmation}} AnimatedAnthology ''Westernanimation/UncleCrocsBlock''.[[note]]And which appears to be in the PublicDomain.[[/note]] Cat''. Fraidy is already nervous because he's on his final life, and it doesn't help that the ghosts of his eight previous incarnations keep appearing to him if he (even accidentally) intones their number. At least one of these ghosts, who was an undertaker in life, hopes to bring Fraidy over to the afterlife. The worst one is Cloud Nine, a PsychoElectro storm cloud who tries to electrocute poor Fraidy. Pretty morbid for a kids' show, eh?
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' a magic cloak that gives the wearer Creator/VanBeurenStudios: The cat in "Dinnertime" almost loses his nine lives supposedly originated from an Egyptian cat goddess. Needless falling, but he climbs back up through the air to say, ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} wanted it (as did Two-Face get them. A nearby dog who was drinking beer sees this, [[NoMoreForMe looks at his bottle, and others).
* This probably wasn't the case with Catwoman in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', but {{Yakuza}} boss Hideo Katsu decided not to take chances. Fortunately for her, that's when [[SaveTheVillain Batman showed up.]]
--> '''Katsu:''' It is said cats have nine lives. ''(To his henchmen.)'' Destroy her ten times over!
* Parodied during a sketch on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'', when a cat, about to be hanged, tries to trick the hangman.
-->'''Cat:''' I regret that I only have one life to give for my country.\\
'''Hangman:''' Yeah, nice try. [[GenreSavvy Get nine nooses!]]
* The ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' special ''[[ComicBook/GarfieldHis9Lives His 9 Lives]]'' depicts the concept as cats being reincarnated. At the end of the special, when Garfield was cheated out of his ninth life because of an unfair situation, he ends up getting nine more lives, also managing to score the same deal for Odie.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat has been stated several times to have nine lives.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamousFred'': Concludes on the discovery Fred had only used up eight of his nine lives.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot": This trope is mentioned during Snowball II's funeral. Lisa wrote her a poem.
-->'''Lisa:''' I wrote this poem for you. It's called "Cat Math".\\
''Four paws, plus one tail, plus nine lives equals one special cat.''\\
''One special cat minus nine lives equals one sad little girl.''
* In the ''WesternAnimation/HermanAndKatnip'' short "Naughty But Mice," Herman thoroughly dispatches the cat that has been eating his friends, only to be greeted by nine ghosts rising from the grave to chase him.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bunnicula}}'': Bunnicula scares Chester so often that he literally dies of fright. His other eight lives return and try to save him from dying.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', after being fed up with Catman continuously hurting himself in his delusional attempts to be a hero, Timmy tells that he's down to the last of his ninth lives and that he needs to stop with the dangerous activities. It works, but
then Timmy has to help him find another cat-themed calling.drops it]] and runs off in fear.


* Creator/ErinHunter's ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series features a variation: only Clan leaders have nine lives, which they receive from their ancestors on ascending to the position. And there are still instances in which a Clan leader can lose multiple lives from a single injury, sometimes even all nine (which actually once happened to [[TigBad Tigerstar]]). It's been made a little bit more complex than just being given nine lives. Whether or not lives are simply subtracted or not given at all is a matter of circumstances.

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* Creator/ErinHunter's ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series features a variation: only Clan leaders have nine lives, which they receive from their ancestors on ascending to the position. And there are still instances in which a Clan leader can lose multiple lives from a single injury, sometimes even all nine (which actually once happened to [[TigBad [[BigBad Tigerstar]]). It's been made a little bit more complex than just being given nine lives. Whether or not lives are simply subtracted or not given at all is a matter of circumstances.


* Creator/ErinHunter's ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series features a variation: only Clan leaders have nine lives, which they receive from their ancestors on ascending to the position. And there are still instances in which a Clan leader can lose multiple lives from a single injury, sometimes even all nine. It's been made a little bit more complex than just being given nine lives. Whether or not lives are simply subtracted or not given at all is a matter of circumstances.

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* Creator/ErinHunter's ''Literature/WarriorCats'' series features a variation: only Clan leaders have nine lives, which they receive from their ancestors on ascending to the position. And there are still instances in which a Clan leader can lose multiple lives from a single injury, sometimes even all nine.nine (which actually once happened to [[TigBad Tigerstar]]). It's been made a little bit more complex than just being given nine lives. Whether or not lives are simply subtracted or not given at all is a matter of circumstances.


Why cats are often depicted having nine lives can be explained by the fact that during the ancient times, the number nine was considered a mystical and lucky number, the sum total of the "trinity of trinities", also being due to their associations with magic and their tendency to survive considerable falls and their noted agility seen when they dodge death. In popular culture, though, the expression is used more literally. In many, many cartoons this gets visualised by also showing nine souls flying around (with their corresponding number written on them) making cats souls look more special by being part of a united entity. Cats will often be seen dying many spectacular deaths until [[OutOfContinues only one life remains]].

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Why cats are often depicted having nine lives can be explained by the fact that during the ancient times, the number nine was considered a mystical and lucky number, the sum total of the "trinity "[[RuleOfThree trinity of trinities", trinities]]", also being due to their associations with magic and their tendency to survive considerable falls and their noted agility seen when they dodge death. In popular culture, though, the expression is used more literally. In many, many cartoons this gets visualised by also showing nine souls flying around (with their corresponding number written on them) making cats souls look more special by being part of a united entity. Cats will often be seen dying many spectacular deaths until [[OutOfContinues only one life remains]].

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* ''Advertising/ClaudeTheCat'' has the titular cat warn humans that unlike him, we only have one life.


** In Frank Tashlin's "The Stupid Cupid", [[DrivenToSuicide a cat shoots himself]] after [[InterspeciesRomance the dog chasing him is struck by Cupid's arrow]]. He falls down, and we see a white version of him labled "2". He shoots himself, falls down, and we see another white version, but with the number "3". And so on...

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** In Frank Tashlin's "The Stupid Cupid", "WesternAnimation/TheStupidCupid", [[DrivenToSuicide a cat shoots himself]] after [[InterspeciesRomance the dog chasing him is struck by Cupid's arrow]]. He falls down, and we see a white version of him labled labeled "2". He shoots himself, falls down, and we see another white version, but with the number "3". And so on...


* Maurice of ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' not only has nine lives, he haggles with Death over them. [[spoiler: Maurice [[HeroicSacrifice dies from wounds inflicted while taking out Spider the Rat King]], and meets Death who comes to take away one of his lives and the life of Dangerous Beans, one of the talking rats who had also been killed in the struggle. Maurice asks him to take away two of his lives, instead. Death decides since he'll be [[BalancingDeathsBooks leaving with two lives anyway]], he does as Maurice asks.]]

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* Maurice of ''Discworld/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' ''Literature/TheAmazingMauriceAndHisEducatedRodents'' not only has nine lives, he haggles with Death over them. [[spoiler: Maurice [[HeroicSacrifice dies from wounds inflicted while taking out Spider the Rat King]], and meets Death who comes to take away one of his lives and the life of Dangerous Beans, one of the talking rats who had also been killed in the struggle. Maurice asks him to take away two of his lives, instead. Death decides since he'll be [[BalancingDeathsBooks leaving with two lives anyway]], he does as Maurice asks.]]


* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', while cleaning out the attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them to be soda, he starts drinking from one of the bottles, before Cat yells at him and [[SoulJar explains to him that he keeps his other eight lives in the jars.]] Dog then spits out the life he was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to go after them ''Film/{{Ghostbuster|s}}'' style.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', while cleaning out the attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them to be soda, he starts drinking from one of the bottles, before Cat yells at him and [[SoulJar explains to him that he keeps his other eight lives in the jars.]] Dog then spits out the life he was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to go after them ''Film/{{Ghostbuster|s}}'' ''Franchise/{{Ghostbuster|s}}'' style.


** Subverted twice, in "Trap Happy" (played for laughs) and "Heavenly Puss" (played for drama) as no other lives emerge from his body after he's done in.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', while cleaning out the attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them to be soda, he starts drinking from one of the bottles, before Cat yells at him and [[SoulJar explains to him that he keeps his other eight lives in the jars.]] Dog then spits out the life he was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to go after them ''Film/{{Ghostbuster}}'' style.

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** Subverted twice, in "Trap Happy" (played for laughs) and "Heavenly Puss" "WesternAnimation/HeavenlyPuss" (played for drama) as no other lives emerge from his body after he's done in.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', while cleaning out the attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them to be soda, he starts drinking from one of the bottles, before Cat yells at him and [[SoulJar explains to him that he keeps his other eight lives in the jars.]] Dog then spits out the life he was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to go after them ''Film/{{Ghostbuster}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbuster|s}}'' style.


* In ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', Dog starts drinking from a bottle in one episode, and Cat yells [[SoulJar "That's where I keep my other lives!"]] Dog spits out what he's drinking...and somehow the other lives escape and they have to chase after them.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', while cleaning out the attic, Dog stumbles upon a box containing eight jars. Thinking them to be soda, he starts drinking from a bottle in one episode, and of the bottles, before Cat yells at him and [[SoulJar "That's where I keep my explains to him that he keeps his other lives!"]] eight lives in the jars.]] Dog then spits out what he's drinking...and somehow the life he was drinking, which then becomes active before releasing the other seven. The lives then escape and they have start terrorizing Nearburg, prompting Cat and Dog to chase go after them.them ''Film/{{Ghostbuster}}'' style.


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', after being fed up with Catman continuously hurting himself in his delusional attempts to be a hero, Timmy tells that he's down to the last of his ninth lives and that he needs to stop with the dangerous activities. It works, but then Timmy has to help him find another cat-themed calling.


* ''Disney/TheAristocats'':

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* ''Disney/TheAristocats'':''WesternAnimation/TheAristocats'':



* The Disney animated short ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay'' featured angelic cats representing lost lives of an individual ([[ValuesDissonance black]]) cat appearing in Hell.

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* The Disney animated short ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay'' ''WesternAnimation/PlutosJudgementDay'' featured angelic cats representing lost lives of an individual ([[ValuesDissonance black]]) cat appearing in Hell.


* [[ThisIndexMeows Call of Catthulhu]], takes this literally. The PC (player cats) have nine lives to face dark eldrich powers with.

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* [[ThisIndexMeows Call of Catthulhu]], ''TabletopGame/CallOfCatthulhu'' takes this literally. The PC (player cats) have nine lives to face dark eldrich powers with.


* The Guppy/Dead Cat item in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' gives the player 9 lives. It also has the side effect of setting your max health to one once you get it, and every death afterwards. This can make the game more difficult in the Womb/Scarred Womb and subsequent levels as Isaac becomes a OneHitPointWonder if he lacks The Wafer item, which lets him take half-damage. The Dead Cat becomes more useful with the UpdatedRerelease ''Rebirth'' as it lets Isaac use the "Suicide King" card for it's helpful effects despite it's high cost[[note]]Kills Isaac and spawns 10 consumables and items relevant to the room's item pools around the location of use.[[/note]] and still giving several lives to fall back on. It's also ''extremely'' useful for The Lost, who is a OneHitPointWonder anyway, so the downsides don't really matter.

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* The Guppy/Dead Cat item in ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac'' gives the player 9 lives. It also has the side effect of setting your max health to one once you get it, and every death afterwards. This can make the game more difficult in the Womb/Scarred Womb and subsequent levels as Isaac becomes a OneHitPointWonder if he lacks The Wafer item, which lets him take half-damage. The Dead Cat becomes more useful with the UpdatedRerelease ''Rebirth'' as it lets Isaac use the "Suicide King" card for it's its helpful effects despite it's its high cost[[note]]Kills Isaac and spawns 10 consumables and items relevant to the room's item pools around the location of use.[[/note]] and still giving several lives to fall back on. It's also ''extremely'' useful for The Lost, who is a OneHitPointWonder anyway, so the downsides don't really matter.

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