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These are recurring characters in the books by Dr. Seuss. For characters belonging to a specific book, look at the TV Tropes pages for the particular book.

     The Cat in the Hat
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Perhaps Dr. Seuss's most famous character, the Cat in the Hat is an anthropomorphic cat who wears a candy-striped hat and is a real goofball, liking to cause chaos but always cleaning up afterwards. He features in The Cat in the Hat, The Cat In The Hat Comes Back, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, The Grinch Grinches The Cat In The Hat, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, and I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today.

     The Grinch
With this coat, and this hat! I'll look just like Saint Nick.
Another famous character, who features in How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, "The Hoobub and the Grinch", and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat.

An elephant who features in Horton Hears a Who!, Horton Hatches the Egg, and Horton and the Kwuggerbug.

The son of the Mayor of Whoville, who appears in Horton Hears a Who and his name is seen written on a present in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the book, he seems contented, but in the movie, he doesn't want to speak to his dad because he doesn't want to be mayor.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: In the book, his clothes are blue, but in the movie, they're black and grey.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: In the movie, he creates an elaborate noise-making machine.
  • Neologism: His word to make everyone hear the Whos is "yopp".
  • Odd Name Out: In the movie at least, he's the only one of his parents' children who doesn't have a name beginning with H (he's also the oldest and the only boy, so he sticks out like a sore thumb).
  • Outnumbered Sibling: In the book at least, he's the only boy in a family with ninety-six sisters!

Sally is the sister of the narrator in The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.

     Sally's brother/Conrad 
The narrator in The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back.

     Other Cats in Hats 
Several smaller hatted cats have appeared, all black and white like The Cat in the Hat. Two of them (a boy and a girl) are his children, while 26 of them are named "Little Cat [Letter]" after the letters of the alphabet and live under the hats of the previous one (like Little Cat Z lives under Little Cat Y's hat and so on.)
  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: They all wear hats.
  • Ambiguously Absent Parent: The mother of the Cat in the Hat's children is never alluded to.
  • Animals Not to Scale: Little Cat A is cat-sized, but all the other alphabet cats are smaller than regular cats, and the Cat in the Hat's children are the size of human children.
  • Funny Animal: All anthropomorphic cats.
  • Ms. Imagination: In the story "The Glunk Who Got Thunk", the Cat in the Hat's daughter thinks up very unusual creatures. Trouble is, whatever she imagines comes to life...
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: In Little Cat Z's head, he keeps a weird creature named Voom. Considering Little Cat Z is an anthropomorphic cat who is too small to see, he's certainly an unusual person.

The boy from Mc Elliot's Pool, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, and Marco Arrives Late.
  • Mr. Imagination: He likes thinking up very creative lies, like he was late for school because a bird laid an egg on his head and he was waiting for it to hatch, or he saw a parade on Mulberry Street.

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