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Sometimes, different species, such as cats and dogs or foxes and rabbits note , are written so that they have a built-in and unquestioned animosity for no other reason than that they are stereotypically considered to be adversaries. A dog that doesn't chase cats will be considered "weird", even if they were raised together from birth. On the other hand, those same dogs will almost never chase after mice unless provoked. Those dogs will also chase squirrels.

Tiger Versus Dragon, Snake vs Frog and Dog vs Monkey appear to be more prevalent in Japanese media, since they're often alluded to in anime and manga. Tiger Versus Dragon started off as an allegorical representation of Yin and Yang, Snake vs Frog is based on an Edo Period "Rock-Paper-Scissors" style matchupnote , and Dog vs. Monkey is a stereotype that started when farmers used dogs to keep monkeys away from their crops. So, Dog vs Cat, Squirrel, and Monkey.


Real Life is more diverse. In general cats will flee from larger predators and dogs have an instinctual urge to chase whatever flees from them. But there are also cats who bully dogs. There are also plenty of cats and dogs who get along very easily and even like each other. Both will usually eat mice and rats (which also eat mice), although it is not uncommon for them to befriend the latter.

See also Cat/Dog Dichotomy, Dogs Hate Squirrels, Mailman vs. Dog, and Pets Versus Strays. Related to Elves Versus Dwarves, Fur Against Fang, Snake Versus Mongoose, Tiger Versus Dragon, Spinosaurus Versus T. rex, Bird vs. Serpent, Tanuki/Kitsune Contrast, Elephants Are Scared of Mice and Fantastic Racism. Can overlap with Stock Animal Diet if the relationship is a predatory one. Primate Versus Reptile may also count, a trope likely popularized by King Kong vs. Godzilla.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Boarding School Juliet, "black dog" is a slang term for Towan, and "white cat" for a Westerner, because the two countries have been fighting forever over absolutely nothing.
  • Cat Shit One is largely similar to the classic Holocaust story Maus, except it's a Japanese writer examining the Vietnam conflict. Americans are rabbits, Vietnamese are cats, Russians are bears, Chinese are pandas, French are pigs, and Japanese are monkeys (including an unflattering Author Avatar).
  • The Fox & Little Tanuki: Wolves and foxes are stated to have a long-standing animosity for each other, so much so that the Sun Goddess specifically sent wolves to subdue Senzou before sealing him away. In the present day, Senzou and Mikumo (a wolf in charge of watching over him as he raises Manpachi) have a pretty hostile relationship.
  • In Fruits Basket, Kyo and Yuki hate each other. Yuki is possessed by the spirit of the Rat from the Eastern Zodiac, while Kyo is possessed by the Cat (an animal who would have been part of the Zodiac had it not been tricked).
  • In Ginga: Nagareboshi Gin: Dogs and bears are mortal enemies. The whole plot revolves around the dogs gathering enough "soldiers" to battle the bears, and the actual battle itself. Though the protagonist is able to overcome this, as shown when he got upset after seeing another dog kill two innocent bear cubs.
  • Inuyasha: Played for Laughs with the animosity between Inuyasha (Half-dog-youkai) and Shippou (kitsune). In Japanese folklore, dogs and foxes hate each other and more than one secret kitsune wife has been outed by the clueless husband's loyal dog. Inuyasha is Shippou's favorite target for pranks and practicing his magic on, so Inuyasha tends to bite back.
    • There was also the time where a group of cat demons tried to revive their King who was defeated by Toga, and attempt to take revenge upon his sons since their father is dead. Both Koga and Rōyakan end up in the fight as well, essentially making this a fight between canines and felines.
    • Considering the above, this is completely averted with Bunza, a young lynx demon who Inyuasha goes so far as to call his "brother".
  • Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger: Monk the Monkey and Pochiro the Dog's rivalry is frequently lampshaded by their friends.
  • March Comes in Like a Lion: A one-panel gag uses the snake and mongoose rivalry as a visual metaphor for a heated argument between Rei and Nikaidou.
  • Medabots: The Anime of the Game features an odd and downplayed example: Spyke uses a DOG-type body medabot, which excels in ranged attacks, but pairs it with a Monkey medal, which usually specializes in hand-to-hand combat. As a result, despite its decent stats, he's an absolutely terrible robattler, since the lack of synchronicity makes his medabot barely able to function in combat. It's noted by Erika that dogs and monkeys don't get along despite being companions in Momotaro's journey. Still, despite being aware of the root of the problem, Spyke refuses to change the combination.
  • My Hero Academia: Lampshaded and defied in the second OVA. Tsuyu Asui, who has frog-like physical features and abilities, is best friends with a girl who has the head of a snake. The other characters comment how that shouldn't be possible in nature.
  • Naruto: The Snake vs Frog theme shows up with Jiraiya and Orochimaru, and later their respective students, Naruto and Sasuke. Jiraiya can summon giant frogs (and later teaches Naruto how to do so) and Orochimaru has a heavy snake theme, complete with slanted, snakelike eyes and the ability to summon snakes of varying sizes.
  • Pokémon: The Series:
    • The mutual hatred between Zangoose and Seviper (see below in Video Games) became a plot point in a Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl episode, when a far too single-minded pack of Zangoose attacked Jessie's Seviper repeatedly throughout the episode, ultimately threatening to push it (along with Jessie herself, the rest of Team Rocket, and half the heroes' Pokémon) off a cliff. A more notable case also in the Hoenn series episode "Zig Zag Zangoose" that again featured Jessie's Seviper and a Zangoose owned by the One-Shot Character of the week.
    • In "Showdown at Dark City", Electabuzz and Scyther are stated to be mortal enemy species. However, this is never mentioned again.
    • A downplayed case between Ash's Lycanroc and Torracat in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, who are dog and cat-like species respectively and Friendly Rivals.
    • Pikachu (a Pokemon mouse) is enemies with Meowth (A Pokemon cat).

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes features the ancient enmity between the Miaolings (cats) and the Woofians (dogs). It was later revealed to be because of something silly from when they still lived on the same planet.

    Comic Books 
  • Gear is about a war between four nations of small cats, larger cats, dogs, and insects, doing battle by means of Humongous Mecha!
  • Maus: The basis for the animal metaphor used to represent the persecution of the Jews under the Nazi regime. The Nazis are portrayed as cats, the Jews as mice; other nationalities are also portrayed as animals, depending on certain stereotypes of those nationalities and those animals.
  • My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights: In Issue #3, a group of Diamond Dogs immediately show hostility toward Capper, a humanoid cat, simply because he's a feline, despite Capper's call not to resort to "this kind of base primal nonsense".
  • DC Comics:
    • Teen Titans: In a parody of Marvel Comics' House of M and DC Comics' Identity Crisis, which both end with the revelation that a female character had undergone a Face–Heel Turn for flimsy reasons, an issue of Teen Titans shows the Funny Animal Superheroes of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! learning that feline former teammate Alley-Kat-Abra is responsible for various crimes, including the murder of Little Cheese the micro-mouse. The reason given is "I'm a cat! Cats hate mice!"
      • The trope is subverted in Captain Carrot and the Final Arc; the real murderer is revealed to be Alley's magically created Evil Twin, and the true Alley vows to resurrect Little Cheese. Interestingly, the story of Little Cheese's murder by Alley Kat Abra was apparently written under editorial fiat—Scott Shaw! (yes, the exclamation point is part of his name), the creator of the characters, when encountered at a Con, said that he was strongly opposed to the story idea, but told he had to do it anyway. The 'evil twin' retcon was his just revenge upon those editors after they'd gotten the boot.
      • Considering that on Earth-C, cats and mice don't hate each other (and any cat or mouse that did would be considered a bigot/speciesist), it makes the above-cited "reason" all the more out-of-character for Alley (and thus should've given reason for the Crew to be suspicious). Supporting this is one story where the Zoo Crew, while visiting other dimensions briefly, encounter one resembling Tom and Jerry; Alley found the sight of seeing "a planet terrorized by... primitive felines" to be disturbing.
    • Supergirl: In one series, it's revealed that the rivalry between cats and dogs is based on ancient cat-gods and dog-gods, a fight that still goes on in another realm today.
  • Blacksad has a rather dark twist on this in its second tome, Arctic Nation — the eponymous organisation is that world's equivalent to the KKK and paramilitary neo-nazi groups, only made up of white-furred or -feathered anthropomorphic animals who hate dark brown- and black-colored animals, even if the same species. There's also a less-seen Black Panthers equivalent for good measure.
  • Cubitus: Cubitus the dog and Sénéchal the cat are sworn enemies and rivals who take delight in beating each other up.
  • Tom Poes: No jingoism seems to exist between the animals based on their species. Tom, a white cat, gets along fine with Joost, the dog butler and Bullebas, the dog police chief.
  • The Wasp: Played for Laughs, but both the incarnations of the Wasp, Janet Van Dyne and her stepdaughter Nadia Van Dyne, established at different points they have an innate distrust of Spider-Man, entirely because wasps and spiders are natural enemies in the animal kingdom. Janet and Peter later become friends, and for some reason Nadia only distrusts Peter; she has no problem with his protege Miles Morales (who she's actually very friendly with).

    Comic Strips 
  • The Far Side has dozens of cartoons pitting cats against dogs, including the infamous "Tethercat" and one in which Pavlov conditions his dog to attack Freud's cat at the ring of a bell. One sketch published in The PreHistory of the Far Side has cat-shaped and dog-shaped protoplasms striking hostile poses at each other, with the caption "And cats and dogs have hated each other ever since."
  • Garfield:
    • The dogs (minus Odie) enjoy this, and he's asked them why on more than one occasion. They never come up with an answer.
    • Garfield also subverts this trope by befriending a mouse named Squeak (and letting him bring other mice over for house parties), much to Jon's annoyance. But he does play it straight with spiders.
    • In an early-80s strip, Garfield and Jon watch a movie about a lion attacking an African village that seems to be nothing but one graphic killing after another. Garfield unabashedly roots for the lion, even as Jon cringes and covers his eyes in horror.
  • In Peanuts, Snoopy has always hated cats. On many occasions, he has taunted the "stupid cat next door" only for the cat — whose name is eventually revealed as "World War Three" — to promptly scare him in return (usually shown as the unseen cat SWIPE!-ing a huge chunk out of the doghouse). The only time Snoopy ever beat that cat is when he thought Woodstock was in danger. He also once wrote a story called "Kitten Kaboodle" with basically no purpose other than hating on cats.
  • Pearls Before Swine: Played with, using the sensitive, intelligent character Zebra, whose never-ending efforts to reach detente with various predators (originally lions, more recently crocs) inevitably fail miserably. In one strip, he writes a moving letter asking why; the lions' response is "Yu taste gud!"

    Fan Works 
  • Savu0211's The Lion King comic The First King explains why lions and hyenas don't get along well. Generations ago, one of the Prideland's lioness' murdered a bunch of innocent hyenas, including the matriarch, in a rabies-induced madness. The hyenas changed from tolerant of the lions to hating them.
  • Kiba and Tamaki have an immediate hatred for one another due to their respective affinity for dogs and cats in Son of the Sannin. Well, they claim it's hatred. Everyone else (except Naruto) sees it as Belligerent Sexual Tension.

    Films — Animation 
  • An American Tail uses the old Cats vs Mice rivalry as a metaphor for the rich vs the oppressed immigrants in the late 1800's.
  • Disney:
    • In Bolt, Mittens tells Bolt that cats hate dogs — because secretly they want to be dogs. Throughout the film, she and Bolt echo cat/dog rivalry sentiments, addressing each other as "Dog" and "Cat" until their friendship grows. The Show Within a Show plays this up as well, giving its villain the name Dr. Calico and a fondness for cats — which, it's implied, he employs as spies.
    • The Lion King features a lion/hyena rivalry, which actually reflects the reality of the African savannahs to a certain extent. Though The Lion King inverts it, based on the old misunderstanding of their interactions. Newer research suggests that most of the time it's the hyenas who do the hunting and the lions who steal their kills, though both will freely steal from each other or other predators when given any opportunity.
    • Zootopia subverts the notion that foxes and rabbits are natural enemies. Initially played straight in that Officer Judy Hopps is raised to consider foxes as dangerous and untrustworthy, has a childhood experience where she is hurt by a fox, and is urged by her father to carry fox repellent. Yet her investigation forces her to work with Nick Wilde, a red fox, and while solving the case Judy gradually confronts her prejudices and she and Nick become best friends and, when Nick joins the ZPD in the epilogue, partners.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis: Averted, as the story is about a cat and a pug dog who are friends. However, this is seen as kind of an Odd Friendship by other animals.
  • Cats & Dogs:
    • The first film had unwaveringly heroic dogs constantly defending humanity from unchangingly evil cats throughout recorded history.
    • Subverted in the sequel, which features a cat agency dedicated to protecting humanity.
  • In Nico The Unicorn, mountain lions and unicorns are said to be natural enemies. This proves true when one kills Nico's horse mother.

    Folklore and Mythology 
  • Explained in an African folk tale. According to the story, Cat and Dog were once great friends and did many friendly things together. But then came hard times and Cat and Dog had to go their separate ways. Dog wandered off and Cat found a human family to shack up with. Dog eventually went to Cat and begged to be allowed in so he could get a decent meal. Cat took pity and directed Dog to his owner's brother, but not before extracting a promise that Dog not come back. Dog kept his promise for a while, but eventually either forgot or judged that circumstances rendered the promise moot, and shambled on back to see Cat. Cat was pissed, to say the least. So dogs aren't chasing cats because they hate cats-they want to be friends again, and cats still refuse to forgive.
  • According to the folk tale of Eastern Zodiac, during the race towards the Yellow Emperor or Buddha (Depending on the Writer) the Rat and Cat convinced the Ox to carry them through the waters but near the shore, the Rat pushed the Cat and it drowned (or in some versions survived but still missed the goal) thus the reason why Rats and Cats hate each other ever since.
  • In Buddhist mythology it is said that the bird-like Garudas and the snake-like Nagas were involved in a Forever War until Buddha managed to negotiate a truce.

  • The Cricket in Times Square: Averted, as a mouse (Tucker) and a cat (Harry) are best friends. A flashback book even averts Cats Are Mean by having Harry be the one to initiate the friendship in the first place. A later book even has the pair adopting an orphan puppy.
  • Discworld:
    • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents: Subverted in the story proper, as the talking cat and talking mice get along just fine, but Maurice became "amazing" in the first place by eating one of the talking rodents, although that was before he became intelligent, obviously).
    • The ancient enmity between rats and humans is also subverted. Between rats and terriers, not so.
  • Redwall has many varieties of this (though the animal characters are essentially humans with fur). Rats and mice have disliked each other from book one. Raptors are hostile toward prey species until they've been properly introduced. Four-legged predators (except for badgers and otters) are usually antagonistic throughout the story.
  • Reynard the Fox: Reynard is considered to be the rival of Isegrim the wolf.
  • Many other animals don't come off looking too good in the mythology of Watership Down. Dogs in particular are portrayed as incredibly stupid compared to the Guile Hero El-ahrairah. In this case it's because the story is actually told from the point of view of rabbits, who being prey animals see most other animals as horrifying and monstrous killing machines.
  • Dick King-Smith:
    • The Sheep Pig (filmed as Babe): Sheep and dogs are both convinced the other is irredeemably stupid, and sheep also refer to dogs as 'wolves', refusing to believe they have truly changed their nature.
    • Literature/Martin'sMice is about a cat who hates the idea of killing and eating mice and eventually tries to keep them as pets.
    • Ace uses the more conventional cats vs. dogs, with the Deadpan Snarker cat a more sympathetic character than the snobbish dog (who believes that being a corgi grants her some kind of royal status).
  • The Cat That Walked By Himself, by Rudyard Kipling, has it that after the cat can't resist giving a snarky answer, the dog declares that it will chase cats, and the story ends with the statement that this is why dogs to this day usually chase cats.
  • The Incredible Journey: Played with, with Bodger the bull terrier and Tao the Siamese. The two of them both hate (other) cats, and because of this are best friends, having bonded by terrorizing the local cat population together.
  • Tailchaser's Song: Played dead straight, as the cats even have a legend that serves as an Origin Story for the rivalry between their kind and dogs.
  • Erin Hunter:
    • Warrior Cats: Cats view dogs as either annoying and filthy (they don't cover their "dirt" like cats) or brutish predators when let loose. This is justified as, because they're feral cats, they don't have any socialization with dogs like kittypets do.
    • Survivor Dogs: Sharpclaws are not very dangerous to dogs, but they are annoying, especially their claws. Dogs also view them as sadistic animals who torture their prey.
  • A Dog's Way Home:
    • Bella defies this. Other characters think she's a typical cat chasing dog, but Bella gets along with cats because she was adopted by one as a young puppy. She even goes as far as to adopt an orphaned cougar cub while on her journey.
    • Bella's temporary "brother" Dutch, however, likes to chase cats. As a result, Sylvia keeps him on a leash because she has a nursing cat that Dutch is a danger to.
  • In The Place Inside the Storm, the Big Friendly Dog Rufus is not a fan of the robotic cat Xel. He keeps whining and whimpering and looking at his owner for permission to attack.
  • The Way of Kings (2021) by Louise Searl features the perfectly natural dislike between lions and hyenas. At least until a lion and a hyena get to know each other ...

    Live-Action TV 
  • Grimm: Several Wesen species are enemies; the wolf-like Blutbaden vs the pig-like Bauerschweins, the snake-like Lausenschlange vs the mouse-like Mauzhertz, etc.
  • Resident Alien appears to indicate a cephalopod rivalry. Harry enjoys Octopus’s many jokes aimed at cuttlefish, calling the species "so stuck-up."

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Cat A Little Game About Little Heroes explains that, 1000 years ago, cats won a three-way competition between cats, dogs, and humans, thus earning the right and responsibility to protect the last-place entry (humans) from evil. Dogs also love humans and protect them, but resent the cats for beating them.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Blink dogs and displacer beasts are ancestral enemies. Displacer beasts are panthers with tentacles growing out of their shoulders, making this the age-old war of cats and dogs.
    • Cessirids, wolflike monsters associated with illithids, and kaoulgrim, the hounds of the githyanki, despise each other and will always attempt to fight to the death when they meet.
    • Pegasi normally reserve their enmity for evil beings, but bear a particularly deep-seated hatred of griffins and hippogriffs due to their fondness for equine prey.
  • Mutants & Masterminds: Implied by the World of Funny Animals setting in Worlds of Freedom, which notes that Captain Thunderkat and Dr Metropomouse actually get along fine in a way that suggests this is surprising.
  • Pathfinder: Despite both races being mostly good and neutral, catfolk don't care at all for ratfolk. It's suggested that they think of them as vermin that they should be guarding the world against.
  • World Tree RPG: The doglike Cani and the feline Sleeth tend to get along very poorly, as per traditional cat-and-dog rivalries. Cani are intensely social, obsessed with social standing, and like people neatly sorted between leaders and followers; Sleeth find their social structures repugnant, and hate taking orders. Sleeth, alone among all prime species, can detect the smells the Cani social cues depend on; they also uniformly ignore them, which infuriates the Cani. The Cani's tendency to challenge each other and other Primes over authority also tends to induce violent reprisals from the much more high-strung Sleeth. Perdithorne, a species of lynx-like monsters, also dislike Cani more strongly than they do other primes.

    Video Games 
  • A little known one, but revealed in a Japanese guide book. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, certain pairs of animal villagers are less likely to get along. Those would be a cat and either a mouse or hamster, a dog and either a monkey or an ape, and a wolf and a sheep.
  • Battleborn: The boss of the DLC "Toby's Friendship Raid" is an anthropomorphic leopard seal alien and the nemesis of Toby the penguin alien. Fitting, since in real life leopard seals eat penguins.
  • Digimon: Tyranomon and Allomon are described as being heated rivals, in an extension of the rivalry media sometimes depicts between the predatory dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus and Allosaurus.
  • Earthworm Jim: The title character is an earthworm, and his nemesis Psycrow is an evil crow. Birds eat worms, obviously.
  • The premise of Jazz Jackrabbit is an interplanetary war between spacefaring turtles and rabbits, with explicit references to "The Tortoise and the Hare" in the supplementary materials.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass: The Ocean King, who resembles a whale, is tormented by the evil creature Bellum, a demonic squid.
  • Mad Rat Dead: Mad Rat hates cats, though this is a Justified Trope because cats obviously want to kill and eat him. Heart is the exception to this.
  • According to Mega Man & Bass, Snake Man "likes" Toad Man, while Toad Man dislikes Snake Man. Snakes eat toads in real life.
  • Mappy is a clever inversion of the usual "cat-and-mouse chase" scenario, in that you control the mouse police trying to catch cat burglars.
  • Minecraft: Certain animal mobs are inherently inimical to one another, and will attack each other on sight.
    • Wolves are central to a number of this rivalries. They will hunt down and kill any rabbit, sheep or fox they spot, leading to these creatures being pretty rare in biomes they share with wolves, although the foxes' higher speed will usually let them escape. If it cannot see any players, the Killer Bunny will target wolves and dogs, which will attack it right back.
    • Foxes and stray cats will also hunt down and kill rabbits, and polar bears will attack foxes as well.
  • Pokémon: Several types of Pokémon are noted to be natural enemies of one another; these are generally either based on traditional "animal rivals" or on predators and their prey. In these cases, you can actually witness the jingoism during horde battles, where you'll fight four of one and one of the other, with the four ganging up on the one and ignoring you as long as the odd one out is in the field.
    • Zangoose (a mongoose) and Seviper (a snake), are natural enemies who attack each other on sight, to the point where their rivalry seems to be the only trivia ever mentioned in their Pokédex entries. Despite this, they can breed with each other.
    • Heatmor (anteater) and Durant (ant). One attacks the other for food, the other retaliates in self-defence.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, you get to witness a similar rivalry between Mareanie/Toxapex (a crown-of-thorns sea star) and Corsola (an animate piece of coral). The former is a natural predator of the latter and when a wild Corsola calls for help, its cries will sometimes draw the attention of a Mareanie, which will proceed to ignore the player and attack the Corsola.
  • Senran Kagura features the Hanzo shinobi school, with a frog logo. Their most direct rival is the Hebijo school, symbolized by a snake.
  • Sierra: In one educational textgame (Apple II era), wolves eat foxes.
  • Splatoon features a rivalry between the surface-dwelling Inklings (squids) and the subterranean Octarians (octopi):
    • They were enemies in the Great Turf War 100 years ago, and the single-player campaign kicks off after the Octarians steal the Inklings's energy source. Relations used to be amicable before the Great Turf War, which started because of increasingly limited territory due to the rising seas.
    • Subverted with the release of Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion, which not only has Octolings migrating to the surface en masse out of a desire to integrate with Inkling society thanks to having their minds opened by the events of the Hero Mode campaigns, but reveals that most Inklings nowadays regard the Great Turf War as ancient history and have no issues with sharing their land (even if some of that is because most of them don't even know what Octarians actually look like). Indeed, relations have improved to the point where one of Inkopolis's most popular idols is actually an Octoling. A lot of the remaining tensions between the two species can be chalked up to the actions of just one individual (DJ Octavio, the Octarian overlord, is a noted user of Mind-Control Music and therefore it is possible the Octarians have literally no choice but to follow his call to war).
    • Splatoon 2 also features hostilities between Inklings and Salmonids. Historically roaving bands of Salmonids would raid Inkling societies, often leaving nothing behind, but technological advances sometimes aided by other parties with their own agendas against Salmonids have allowed Inklings to hold ground against those that simply Zerg Rush like zombies, leading some Salmonids to adpot more sophsticated weapons and strategies. This is not entirely unexpected, given schooling squid are hunted by schools of salmon.
  • Star Fox: Fox and his old rival Wolf embody the traditional rivalry of foxes and wolves in a space-age setting. Ditto with the series' Big Bad Andross, a primate, and the Big Good General Pepper, a dog. Both consider each other sworn enemies.
  • Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! has the Breezebuilders and Land Blubbers, which are based off of birds and grubs respectively. The two sides have been at war with each other for quite a while, and Spyro has to help them both in order to get their talismans.
  • Touhou Project: Averted with the three Cat Girls, who are in friendly terms with other characters of species usually enemy to cats. The first, Chen the Nekomata, is the servant of Ran Yakumo, a Kitsune, which is related to dogs. The second, Orin the Kasha, is best buds with Utsuho, a Hell Raven — thus, a bird. The third one is Shou Toramaru (actually a tiger), who is the master of the mouse youkai Nazrin.
  • Several species in Viva Piñata will fights if they get too close to each other. While most of them are predators and prey, other pairs, such as Barkbark and Kittyfloss (a dog and a cat), aren't.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Alluded to, as the Cat Girl Blake reacts with inexplicable hostility to Zwei, her roommates' puppy. Played for Laughs in the non-canon spinoff RWBY Chibi, where Blake is constantly hiding from Zwei and is, at times, horrified to be around him.

  • Bob the Angry Flower: Robots and bears are natural enemies. This makes as much sense as anything else in Bob the Angry Flower.
  • Ghost of the Gulag features a war between the Wolf Clan and the Boar Clan, as well as a tiger who despises them both but is forced to pick a side in the war.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court features Reynardine and Ysengrin, the fox and wolf of legend. While neither of them can really claim to be those animals anymore, Ysengrin was very upset to see Reynardine take the form of a wolf.
  • Girly has made that chickens and ducks are sworn enemies.
  • Pixie and Brutus: One strip shows Brutus' perspective on becoming a member of Pixie's family. When told she's a cat, he considers it even worse than if she were a small, yappy dog. Of course, that changes when he sees her.
  • In Poharex, the dinosaurs have a mortal enmity with the Rakair, a species of evolved rauisuchians. They also hate humans, though to a lesser extent.
  • In Homestuck, Jade can't help but growl and bark at Jaspersprite when he starts meowing, because the latter is a cat, and the former, through a very complex series of events, has the instincts of a dog.
  • Bob and George: Rush, Tango and Treble have this going on, even though they're all robots.
  • In Coyote Ville, Sean, a coyote, often hunts rabbits via Looney Tunes-style trickery.
  • The Glass Scientists: Jasper's reaction to a cat falling on his head suggests that werewolves and cats aren't exactly best friends.
  • Sheldon: Arthur the duck has a deep-seated loathing of chickens, which he consider to be profoundly evil beings and behind most of the world's troubles. This is rather peculiar, as he's the only intelligent animal in the setting — chickens are by and large perfectly normal animals.
  • Skin Deep: Marshall, a raven spirit animal, dislikes being misidentified as a crow, as he claims that crows are filthy animals.

    Web Original 
  • Reynard Noir The cat/dog rivalry is inverted here: Cassandra Cat and the technically canid Slylock Fox have an on again/off again romance. However, speciesm is fairly rampant amongst the population as a whole, especially in the case of predator vs. prey species or humans vs. nonhuman. Sayings such as 'blind as a bat' are even regarded as speciest slurs.
  • Lioden: Lions and hyenas are shown to have mutual animosity towards each other, with numerous encounters allowing you to steal from, antagonize, and outright attack the hyenas you encounter. Due to this, in the Lone Wanderer storyline it takes quite a while for your king and the striped hyena Laharu to come to trust each other even while they work towards a common goal.
  • Serina: The carnivorous badger-like Gravediggers and the herbivorous elk-like Antlears, in an evolutionary arms race toward intelligence due to the Gravediggers learning to construct increasingly complex traps to catch their prey and the Antlears learning to better escape and avoid their traps. This culminates in the two species becoming true sapients and waging war, with the Antlears emerging the victors and driving the Gravediggers out of their forests.

    Western Animation 
  • In Adventure Time, Dogs and the fictional Rainicorns are said to be enemies with one another, despite Jake and Lady Rainicorn in a relationship and eventually married. Unlike most examples, however, there's a reason: they fought over territories in the Crystal Dimension.
  • Animaniacs: Subverted in the "Rita and Runt" segments, in which Runt habitually goes into an aggressive posture/attitude at the mere mention of a cat yet is too stupid to recognize that his best friend Rita is a cat.
  • Babar has elephants and rhinoceroses as enemies. This is partially based on Real Life as both animals are known to be aggressive to each other in certain situations. Also it helps the traditional depiction of elephants as peaceful Gentle Giants and rhinos as violent Always Chaotic Evil, non of both depictions to be entirely fair.
  • Beast Wars: Despite not being actual animals but Transforming Mecha who can turn into them, the characters still sometimes display this. For example, cat-bot Cheetor snarls at Rattrap upon seeing his new beast mode and much later laments that he should never trust a dog when wolf-former Silverbolt betrays him.
  • Bojack Horseman, despite being set in a world where half of the cast are anthropomorphic animals, uses this mostly for one-off visual jokes. Season four has the first instance of it impacting the storyline in a real way, with Princess Carolyn (a cat) being uncomfortable to find out that her mouse boyfriend's family has a holiday dedicated to demonizing cats.
  • CatDog: The Greasers (a trio of dogs) hate cats with a passion, making it their hobby to beat up CatDog whenever they meet. Cat himself is shown to carry a strong hatred for Winslow (a mouse) too, though that might not be completely due to his natural instincts considering Winslow's personality. However, one episode did have Cat succumbing to his natural instincts and attempting to eat Winslow.
  • Dog City occasionally alludes to cat/dog rivalry, most notably in the episode "Cats 'N Dogs", in which Bruno is outraged that one of the apartments is going to be let to cats. It turns out to be a dog named Katz. His attempts to explain this to Ms Fluffé (herself a cat) manage to get him (briefly) fired. Meanwhile, the Ace Hart story involves a gang war between Bugsy and a cat mobster called Claude Badly.
  • Felix the Cat: Felix's relationships with mice range from friendly to Vitriolic Best Buds-ish. Notably, he has a mouse friend, Skidoo, living in his house.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Tweety and Sylvester. "I tawt I taw a puddy tat!"
    • The 1946 short Fair and Worm-er parodies the concept. A worm is being chased by a bird, who is being chased by a cat, who is being chased by a dog, who is being chased by a dogcatcher.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey. Here, the animals are sentient and speak and are anthropomorphic (some more than others) but the snake kid still fights with the mongoose kid only after learning from a documentary that they're natural enemies.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Parodied:
    • Heffer's grandpa (a wolf, see below) hates wallabies. The good news is, his eyesight isn't so good and he mistakes Rocko for a beaver. The bad news is, he's not too keen on beavers either.
    • Cats and turtles are said to be mutual enemies, without much explanation, in the episode "The Big Question"/"The Big Answer." This rivalry exists solely for the purpose of creating tension leading up to the marriage of recurring characters Filburt (a turtle) and Dr. Hutchinson (a cat).
    • One episode shows Heffer — a steer who was literally Raised by Wolves — being sent out to "bring an elk home for dinner". He ends up dating one.
    • Cane toads are an invasive species in Australia. Ed Bighead (a cane toad, according to Murray) is the cranky neighbor of Rocko, an Australian wallaby.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: "Pet or Pests" has Gary developing a mutual hatred for a worm SpongeBob takes in. Fitting as snails and worms in this show are the undersea equivalents of cats and dogs respectively.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Averted and lampshaded. Rahzar, a mutant dog, and Tiger Claw, a mutant tiger, surprisingly get along and admire each other's capabilities. Tiger Claw even mentions the cat-dog rivalry shouldn't affect their way of thinking. Then played straight when he admits he wouldn't mind eating Fishface.
  • In ThunderCats (2011), this is very much Played for Drama. Third Earth is presented as a "world of warring animals" where Thundera's Proud Warrior Race the Cats rule their empire as the self-styled Superior Species that brought order to their world. They've fought a generations-long war with the Lizards, and see little problem with enslaving those hungry Lizards they catch raiding their crops due to the Cats' systematic monopolization of arable land, even lynching them, if they feel like it. The "Alley Cats" of Thundera's slums think nothing of beating and mugging hapless Specific minorities like Dogs. All tailed Cats are themselves confined to the slums while tailless nobles live lives of wealth and privilege, and right-to-rule is granted only to Lions.
  • Tom and Jerry: Most cartoons fall into this. Jerry is chased by Tom, who is in turn chased by Spike solely because they are a mouse, cat, and dog respectivly. Yet at the same time they are shown to get along with each other fine until, or unless, something causes them to fight again. In one cartoon where Tom throws Jerry out he starts to miss him and is glad when he is actually back.
  • Hanna and Barbera later went on to create Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks (for The Huckleberry Hound Show), and Motormouse and Autocat (for the Cattanooga Cats show) which naturally have similar themes; the latter involving vehicles.

    Real Life 
  • It's extremely common for popular culture to portray exaggerated or otherwise unrealistic enmities between prehistoric animals, especially dinosaurs:
    • Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops are a famous case of this trope. Go into any dinosaur related media and you'll see this trope in action, the T. rex trying to eat the Triceratops while the Triceratops fights back with its massive horns. Truth in Television as well, since fossils of Triceratops have been found with T. rex bite marks on them. On the rare occasions T. rex isn't shown battling Triceratops, you can bet it will be going after either an ankylosaur or a hadrosaur instead. It will also often be depicted hunting Stegosaurus, despite Stegosaurus having died out about 80 million years before T. rex. Thanks to Jurassic Park, it has become popular for T. rex to battle against a pack of dromaeosaurs, especially with the discovery of contemporary large dromaeosaur Dakotaraptor.
    • On the subject of prehistory, you can expect Allosaurus to constantly hunt either Stegosaurus or Camptosaurus or sauropodsnote , Deinonychus to Zerg Rush against Tenontosaurusnote , the flying reptile Pteranodon to be snatched out of the sky by predatory sea reptilesnote , pliosaurs or mosasaurs to bite onto the neck of a plesiosaur, Velociraptor to do battle with Protoceratopsnote , Giganotosaurus to harass Argentinosaurus in a packnote , Sarcosuchus to attack and drag Suchomimus to its doom, Spinosaurus to face-off with Carcharodontosaurusnote  (or Sarcosuchus, though they didn't live at the same time), Troodon and ornithomimids to raid hadrosaur nests and flee from angry mothers, Gastornis to pursue and devour small horse-like ungulates like Hyracotheriumnote , C. megalodon to battle with large toothed whales like Livyatan, and saber-toothed cats to attack large herbivorous mammals like mammoths or giant ground sloths.
    • In older works and reconstructions, Tyrannosaurus would often be portrayed as at odds with or measured against Allosaurus, due to them being the two largest well-know meat eaters at the time, despite Allosaurus being about 80 million years more ancient to T. rex than T. rex is to us. Nowadays, Tyrannosaurus will often be compared to Spinosaurus, thanks to Jurassic Park III, but the anachronism is still there (not to mention that Spinosaurus is from an entirely different continent).
    • A particularly bizarre example; Ornitholestes was once commonly depicted as being a specialized bird eater (its name even translates to "bird thief"), and was often shown leaping into the air to grab Archaeopteryx out of the sky. After science marched on, this was revealed to be wrong for several reasons: 1. There's no evidence that Ornitholestes could jump like that 2. Ornitholestes and Archaeopteryx were separated by thousands of miles and 3. Research done later in the field of paleontology suggests that Archaeopteryx couldn't fly at all, meaning that even if Ornitholestes did hunt it, it would not do so in the manner commonly depicted.
    • Another example similar to the above would be Megalosaurus against Iguanodon, as they were the very first non-avian dinosaurs to be discovered by paleontologists. This has dropped out of practice in recent works, as the two animals were separated by millions of years. Depictions of Megalosaurus versus Iguanodon were also highly inaccurate from an anatomical standpoint, since at the time dinosaurs were assumed to merely be giant lizards and thus quadrupeds, while the actual Megalosaurus and Iguanodon were both bipedal (though the latter walked on all fours most of the time). The one large meat-eater that would have actually hunted Iguanodon in England was Neovenator, though Baryonyx (who is ironically related to Megalosaurus) would have eaten juveniles as evidenced from fossils.
  • Giant squids vs. sperm whales. Any work involving sea life would show these two struggling in the depths; the giant squid grapples the sperm whale with its arms and tentacles as the whale tries to devour the squid. Truth in Television, as dead sperm whales have been discovered with pieces of giant squids in their bellies, confirming that they're part of their natural diet, and both living and deceased sperm whales have been found with scratch marks and scars on their faces made by the suckers and beaks of their prey. However most portrayals of them fighting violently are probably exaggerated, especially seeing as the squid is actually quite a bit smaller than the whale and was most likely only fighting out of self-defense. Indeed, it is believed that giant squid essentially stand no chance of actually emerging victorious from such a "battle".
  • There are some predators who are indeed adapted to feed on a certain prey animal, and the prey animal typically develops defenses against the predators in order to keep themselves safe. In many of these cases, if the prey species goes extinct or is otherwise removed from the habitat, the predator species follows soon afterward.
  • Lions and hyenas are probably the best real-life example, with lions going out of their way to kill hyenas and frequently steal their food note  though lions will also kill and steal from leopards, African wild dogs, and cheetahs if they can catch them. Probably because killing and stealing from the competition is a good survival strategy.
  • Wolves will often go out of their way to kill coyotes. This has such a effect on their population coyote numbers plummet in areas where wolves are reintroduced. Coyotes are too small to properly retaliate, but will steal from wolf kills and kill wolf pups if given the chance, which is probably why wolves instinctively kill them in the first place. Though oddly enough, wolves also sometimes mate with coyotes. Coyotes are known to kill foxes in the same way because they compete for prey, although around urban areas they may coexist peacefully because of the abundance of garbage and other food. In turn, red foxes have a tendency to outcompete and outright kill other fox species, such as arctic foxes, when their ranges overlap.
  • Orcas frequently go out of their way to kill great white sharks, eating their livers for nutrients. Such attacks resulted in entire shark populations leaving the area even where it's heavily populated with seals which the sharks feed on. Some orcas even have great white shark liver as almost their entire diet.note 
  • While they can cohabitate somewhat peacefully if given enough space and raised together in captivity, American alligators and American crocodiles will frequently try to force the other out of their habitat or outright attack them if there is a size difference. Part of this is because while they are not at all closely related note , they do hunt similar prey and thus perceive each other as rivals. Multiple zoos do not house them together despite them cohabitating in the wild as the biggest males of the respective species will refuse to stop fighting until one kills the other, and have even been known to break into each other's enclosure to battle it out.
  • One of the worst feuds in nature is between owls and crows. Owls are vicious predators that eat other birds and crows are extremely smart. Crows and owls cannot be kept anywhere near each other in zoos and aviaries as they will immediately try to kill each other even if they have never seen one another before. Lions and hyenas can be friends if they are raised together, this is not the case with crows and owls.
    • Owls and eagles is also feudtastic like this.
  • Donkeys don't take kindly to coyotes. Or wolves. Or domestic dogs. Most canines in fact. There even are videos of donkeys killing hyenas. Donkeys will snap their necks with their mouths.


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Gary vs. Wormsley

Gary does NOT take a liking for worms that much, especially when SpongeBob brings home a wild one.

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