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Black Cat Detectivenote , based on the novels by Zhu Zhixiang, is a Chinese animated children's television show made from 1984 to 1987. It's beloved by children and adults alike.

The show largely consists of Hei Mao kicking ass and taking names. Hei Mao is not unlike Dirty Harry, except that instead of being a cop who is committed to justice but not the rules, he's committed to justice in a world that has no rules. Hei Mao has a Badass Crew of other cats and pigeons who are very competent and disciplined. The other most frequent character seems to be known only as OneEar, an evil mouse who wears a bandage on his head because he lost his left ear during a police raid. The mice, on the whole, are thieving, evil, dirty and greedy.


The show is quite different from American children's shows because characters, both good and bad, frequently get permanently killed as animal behaviours are usually plot points for this show. Just one example would be the scene where a couple of baby animals get eaten alive by an eagle.

The animation series ended on a cliffhanger, which wouldn't be continued until the movie came out in 2014, 20 years later.



  • Animated Adaptation: It's adapted from the novels by Zhu Zhixiang.
  • Anyone Can Die: Bad guys, innocent bystanders and even some of the good guys.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: AKA "The moral of the story."
  • Badass Crew: Hei Mao Jing Zhang's subordinates are shown to be very competent and disciplined. If Hei Mao orders them to do something, they will do that, period.
  • Badass Mustache: Well, actually they're whiskers. But Hei Mao strokes them as if they were.
  • Car Fu: Hei Mao and his men can do Motorbike Fu and then Helicopter Fu
  • Cats Are Mean: Zigzaged. Hei Mao and his crew are brutal cops but on the other hand, they never maul anyone who didn't deserved it, and when some innocent is in danger, nothing will stop them from rescuing the halpless victim.
  • Cool Bike: All members of the police force ride one extremely cool bike that can also transform into an even cooler flying bike.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: When the elephant... eats... bricks... it made sense at the time, okay?
  • Commissar Cap: Hei Mao wears one, giving how he's in charge.
  • Cowboy Cop
  • Crapsaccharine World: It's a cute and colorful world where the local bad guys are evil, cowardly, amoral grade A+dicks ready to rob, kidnap, murder or eat the locals. The only reason this isn't Crapsack World is because of Hei Mao and his men.
  • Crazy Consumption: In one episode, an Hippo, a boar and an elephant raid a little village to eat their ... adobe bricks. Extreme Omnivore to the extreme, yessir.
  • Dirty Coward: Ear, along with the other mice. Taunt the police every chance they get but run with soiled pants the moment Hei Mao fires a shot.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: During one episode, a big, brutal rat staged a successful attack against the police's H.Q and crowned it by biting the neck off of Hei Mao's Lieutenant, then nailing a taunting note to his corpse with a dagger. You can guess Hei Mao's reaction to this.
  • Edutainment Show: Every episode, Hei Mao is sent to investigate mysteries that are based on actual animal behavior.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Funny Animal: All of them.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted by Hei Mao's men, as they always wear their safety helmets and their headgear actually protects them from harm. Played straight with Hei Mao, as he wears a cool Commissar Cap instead.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: "Ear" seems to get his name from the occasion when Hei Mao Jing Zhang shot a bullet at him, and missed. But the bullet, actually curves in mid-air, chases Ear, and then pierces Ear's ear, causing it to fall off. I guess that's why his name is not "Ears". Did ya.. Did ya see what I did there?
  • Magic Bullets
  • The Movie
  • Not Me This Time: After the first three episodes had OneEar as a reoccurring villain, when the fourth episode had an incident where a praying mantis gets brutally maimed to death on his wedding night, a day after OneEar is spotted lurking through the mantis' community and stealing corn from them, sure enough everybody is quick to assume OneEar is the killer. He isn't.
  • Papa Wolf: Don't harm Hei Mao's men.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Hei Mao is willing to take a few things on consideration before mauling or arresting someone. For example, in one episode a female praying mantis had killed and devoured her groom, and Hei Mao decided to let her go because he knew she wasn't evil and was only following her species' natural mating instincts.
  • Shown Their Work: During one episode, the police is called to investigate a murder. Once Hei Mao's crew arrive, they immediately isolate the crime scene, then carefully take pictures of the body and collect evidence before bagging the victim's remains and taking them to the police HQ to run a forensic analysis to determine the cause of death.
  • White Gloves: Hard to say if this is it or not, because Chinese police officers actually do wear white gloves.
  • Your Size May Vary


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