Satire has always been popular in Turkey. Despite being published in a conservative Middle Eastern country, Turkish humor magazines enjoy a high level of tolerance, which allows Turkish comic book artists to explore violence, nudity and profanity without reserve.
First serialised in the monthly humor magazine L-Manyak ("L-Maniac") in 1996, Serafettin the Bad Cat (usually called "Shero") is a resident of Cihangir, a rather seedy neighborhood in İstanbul. Armed with a short temper, violent disposition and bulletproof eyebrows, the Bad Cat defends the weak against evil... when he's not sexually harassing female cats or overindulging in cheap wine.
He was named after the late cat of his creator, Bulent Ustun. An animated film depicting his exploits was released in February 2016.
This series provides examples of:
- Cats Are Mean: Shero has anger-management issues.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Shero himself is one, conceived when his mother sat on his calibate / artist father Tonguç's semen.
- Revenge Before Reason: A comic book artist living in Cihangir (based on Bulent Ustun himself) goes insane when Shero rapes his cat. He chases Shero with guns, knives and axes but ends up getting killed himself... only to return from the dead and renew the chase, again and again.
- Tear Off Your Face: Shero does this to a man once: "You know what this is? It's a claw. Now you might be wondering what it's good for. Let me show you."