Le Chat ("The Cat") is a Belgian comedy comic strip-style (though still considered a traditional comedy comic book in Europe) series by Philippe Geluck, that started in 1983. It is notable for having a very simple, almost minimalistic art style but having very well-written humor.
It stars an anthropomorphic cat wearing a suit, tie and glasses. Most of the comics are him making a speech on many subjects and coming to a conclusion. There are many variations, and some installments don't include The Cat at all, often showing old-timey engraving realistic art with very dissonant humor dialogue/captions.
Le Chat contains examples of:
- Art-Style Dissonance: Some old encyclopedic realistic art is sometimes used with humorous dialogue, caption or a graphical modification.
- Barefoot Funny Animal: Wears a suit and tie, but no shoes.
- The Comically Serious: The Cat, of course.
- Deadpan Snarker: Very deadpan.
- The Faceless: When The Cat interacts with beautiful human women, they are usually drawn just from the back. The Cat explains that this is because the artist is bad at drawing women's faces.
- Informed Species: The Cat looks more like a fat grey man with a very big nose and some pointy ears on top of his head.
- Interspecies Romance: Sometimes dates human women.
- Let's Meet the Meat: One full-page comic has The Cat as a butcher, who serves his own body to a customer, cutting his tail, then his legs, then his arm, then inserting his whole body in a meat grinder.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The Cat likes to make big profound speeches about stuff, but often just says nonsensical bullshit.
- Look-Alike Lovers: When his wife appears, she tends to be drawn as a female clone of himself.
- Mercy Kill Arrangement: Played for Laughs after the Cat fills almost an entire page with abominable cat puns and he wakes up.The Cat's Wife: What is it, dear?
The Cat: I had a horrible nightmare where I took the path of cheap laughs!
The Cat's Wife: Oh don't be silly, you know I'd have you put to sleep before that could ever happen.
The Cat: You promise?
- New Technology Is Evil: The Cat wonders in one strip if mobile phones are dangerous for health? They are, if you are gravely injured alone in the forest, and that the phone's battery is dead.
- Out-of-Character Moment: The usually deadpan Cat is on the floor laughing when he learns that a man tried to send counterfeit money by fax machine.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: The Cat wears a nice suit.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: The Cat fancies himself an intellectual.
- The Stoic: The Cat rarely ever shows any emotion.
- Stock Animal Diet: The Cat sometimes tries to eat mice, fitting the stereotype.
- Stoic Spectacles: Certainly.
- Strong Family Resemblance: His wife and children look very similar to him (depending on the comic, though).