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A literal case of Kick the Dog from Garfield.

"If cats looked like frogs, we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are."

Cats get a bad rep.

While cat and dog owners can cite a truckload of quirks on both ends of the spectrum, when both species are featured in fiction, you are far more likely to find an outright cruel, nasty, and otherwise vicious cat character. Both sets of animals will have vices, but a dog is more likely to do harm unintentionally. A cat enjoys causing trouble. Parts of this have to do with traditional traits that even cat lovers admire — independence and pride for some equals lack of love for the owners and aloofness for others. As a result, many writers who like cats, such as the late Terry Pratchett and Paul Gallico, play into the trope by presenting their pet as something of The Chessmaster, expertly manipulating humans.

It certainly doesn't help considering highly-marketable, small creatures are typically the kind of things cats see as prey. Dogs aren't exempt from this behavior in real life but are rarely portrayed as predatory in fiction. Since mice (and birds) are often depicted as being intelligent, the express desire to eat them becomes a type of cannibalism and is therefore evil. Protagonist cats rarely eat mice (rats, on the other hand...). Notably, the real threat that mice present — their ability to overpopulate, consume stores, and carry dangerous parasites, which is the original reason we bred cats in the first place — is seldom mentioned in fiction. Nor is the fact that a whole category of dogs — terriers — also kill small, cute rodents.

Unlike cats, dogs are rarely portrayed as evil unless the cast specifically only features dogs and antagonists are needed (the obvious exceptions, of course, being the tropes of the evil tear-'em-to-pieces junkyard dog, the psychotic poodle and the Hellhound). When they are genuinely annoying, this characteristic is given to stereotypical small yappy breeds that reflect their owners. In real life, it says more about a dog's training as many owners of small dogs continue to treat them as puppies rather than full grown dogs who need to be disciplined.

Much of this no doubt descends from Medieval European folklore associating cats with successful spinsters and later witches or other forces of evil. At the same pyres witches were burned, cats were burned too. Cats in general have been associated with women and, since Most Writers Are Male, they have often been used for misogynistic stereotypes where cats have negative traits associated with women but dogs are presented with positive traits associated with men. This stereotype even extends to the Male Gaze, where cats are seen as having sex appeal. The old saying says that dogs are a man's best friend, so men who own cats are thus seen as pussies and not "real" men. Many women (especially lesbians, who were often historically spinsters by necessity) have attempted to re-appropriate the "Crazy Cat Lady" stereotype as a positive identity.

Simultaneously, there is a grain of "truth" to this trope. "A deadly game of cat and mouse" is often a very real situation; cats not taught to hunt properly by their mothers often appear to clumsily toy with their prey before killing it, and even veteran mousers will play with their quarry before killing and consuming them, in order to avoid being bitten, since the saying is correct that "even a cornered mouse will snap at a cat" (but only when the mouse is aware of the cat; meanwhile, a cat that ambushes a mouse by surprise will kill it instantly, which is why cats are experts at hunting by stealth and secrecy). Cats are also infamous for hunting and killing for fun (for a primitive value of the word fun), even when they're not going to eat the prey (though given that among the other animals known to do this are humans and the only ones who really enjoy it at that, we don't really have much room to give cats grief about it). Note that this doesn't make cats "mean" — they don't have any understanding of morality in the first place; you know, like most animals. In addition, cats' "hunting for fun" is a result of a trait present in all predators — an instinctive drive to hunt creatures that register as prey. The difference is that wild predators are typically hungry enough to eat their catch when they're done, while the need to conserve resources and avoid injuries limits how much time and energy they can afford to expend chasing everything they see; cats, being well-fed and sheltered, don't experience these limiting factors. Notably, this is true for other domestic predators as well — cats are simply let out on their own more often, and thus have more chances to chase prey. A dog or ferret in the same situation is no less prone to killing "for fun" (cf. Dogs Hate Squirrels).

Another issue is that Most Writers Are Human. We read human emotions into animals, usually unintentionally, and the cat equivalents of "friendly" and "happy" don't change their facial expressions. Their default expression of "you would be repulsive if you weren't so boring" heavily colors our idea of what goes on inside their heads — they seem either aloof or pushy. This is largely due to a lack of understanding. Cats use their tails to express emotions, and have a wide range of different "tail expressions"; for instance, an erect tail with a small curve on top is the cat equivalent of a smile.

Do note that this trope is frequently averted in works created in the Middle East and perhaps even the greater Islamic World, as cats were thought to have been first domesticated there and were the favorite animal of the Prophet Muhammad. Cats instead are playful pets and tend to roam the streets without much hassle, catching vermin as a bonus, and therefore the relationship they would have with friendly dogs in most works is inverted in that region and cultural sphere. Also, because dogs are seen as unclean in Islam, Heroic Canines, Villainous Felines tends to be inverted there.

The Right-Hand Cat is the Diabolical Mastermind's most popular pet of choice. Could also be the reason that All Witches Have Cats; an evil witch should have a mean Familiar.

Contrast Cute Kitten (though it can go hand-in-hand with this when Cute Is Evil), but, generally, Cuteness Equals Goodness, so this trope is mostly Played for Laughs with the evil being barely above Poke the Poodle level. In general, kittens tend to be less affected by this trope adult cats are, since they are seen as cute and innocent and therefore "good." Consequentially, if a dog is chasing an adult cat, the dog is usually the hero, but if a dog is chasing a kitten, the dog is often the villain. This trope doesn't always apply to big wild cats in the quite same way it applies to domestic cats; lions, for example, are often portrayed as heroic because of the whole King of Beasts thing, and tigers have a similar reputation in many Asian cultures. They may still get the Predators Are Mean treatment, though, especially in stories about animals. Compare Reptiles Are Abhorrent for a similar stereotype and treatment towards reptiles, Hair-Raising Hare for another similar stereotype and treatment towards similar-sized mammals, and The Napoleon for the similar treatments towards small creatures in general.

Note that when cats just are not mean in some cases, that's Not a Subversion. Also, if the story features only cats and some happen to be the bad guys, that isn't this trope fully either.

Compare Dogs Are Dumb and Killer Rabbit. Overlaps with Cats Are Superior, especially when Dumb Is Good. May also, in some cases, lead to Cats Are Snarkers, though the two tropes can exist independently of one another. Not to be confused with CATS (although he is also pretty mean).

If the dogs are mean instead of dumb, then it's Beware of Vicious Dog. Of course in real life (and in many Eastern portrayals), even the mean cats can be targeted by these kinds of dogs, Angry Guard Dog or not.


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  • „Kérem a következőt!”: All the big cat characters: the Jaguar and the Panther are serial killers (since they are predators), the Tiger seems to be some kind of mafia boss running a casino, while the Lion is a tyrannical King of Beasts. However, averted with the Wildcat, who is simply a narcissistic Dreadful Musician.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Against the Dark Force, the goats arrive in the cat-populated Qimao Kingdom and find themselves being turned into aggressive cat-like versions of themselves by the cats, leaving only Paddi and Wolffy to defend themselves.

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  • Kamineko, that cat who keeps attacking Sakaki in Azumanga Daioh. In the cat's defense, Sakaki seems to have an aura that makes cats hate her, with one exception. Mayaa is the antithesis of this trope: a wild-born Iriomote cat who not only is the first cat to permit Sakaki to pet it, but, initially meeting, actively seeks her affection, proving utterly devoted to Sakaki. To drive home this point, Mayaa later drives off Kamineko and a small horde of cats in her defense. The fact that Kamineko gathered up the cats just to attack Sakaki and Chiyo-Chan seems to point to the conclusion that it was just a jerk. Furthermore, in the last episode, when Sakaki apologizes to it for trying to pet it all the time without taking its feelings into account, it walks up to Sakaki, allows her to move her hand toward its head as though to let her pet it... then bites her without any warning. Word of God has confirmed that it's not that Kamineko hates people, it's just that Sakaki's cold, tough demeanor makes cats think she's going to hurt them. Wild cats, however, are obviously not scared that easily.
  • Cage of Eden takes place on an island full of extinct animals where Everything Is Trying to Kill You, so naturally vicious prehistoric cats are hazard for the heroes. They also end up facing a genetically-engineered "chimera" with three saber-toothed tiger heads.
  • Totsuzen! Neko No Kuni Banipal Witt (a.k.a. Catnapped!!) takes place in a world populated by anthropomorphic cats. Two children are brought there by the cats to save them from the boy's kidnapped dog, Papadoll. Exposure to the cat world's sun has turned the dog into a rampaging monster being used as a weapon by Princess Buburina to take over the entire cat realm. But really only Buburina and Doh-doh (sort of) are bad.
  • In Cat Shit One, aka Apocalypse Meow, the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army are portrayed as cats, while the American soldiers are portrayed as rabbits.
  • Cat Soup The cat siblings beat the pig who rescues them from a flood senseless. This is AFTER they had already taken pieces of the same to feed themselves. In the original TV show, they seemed to have been taught to hate the pigs, so it doubles as a form of Fantastic Racism.
  • In the manga Cerberus, one of the Kuzure (malevolent animal spirits that take the form of demonic creatures that feed on human souls) is a two tailed cat monster (or nekomata) who tried to find the current Gravekeeper (the protagonist sharing his body with a Hellhound tasked with subduing Kuzure), assuming that he was too weak to put up a fight. He gets his two-tailed butt kicked by the Shrine head Yoyo, who swings it around with its own tails, outpaces it in speed, and seals it with a three-bar seal, smashing its head into the ground Inuyasha-style.
  • Arthur from Code Geass creates a running joke by always making trouble for Suzaku, usually by biting him and nobody else. Interestingly, though, Arthur actually seems to like Suzaku; the official website for the second season says that he bites out of love (which is something that some cats do, making that Truth in Television). To go further, Arthur once attacked an enemy combatant whose gun was pointed at Suzaku, and in the final episode, we get a brief scene of Arthur patiently watching over Suzaku's grave. Aww. Arthur also makes trouble for Lelouch by unwittingly making off with his Zero mask.
  • Izutsumi of Delicious in Dungeon is a cat chimera and is pretty rude and selfish when she first meets Team Touden. Fortunately she begins to come round and treat them all better fairly quickly when they in turn treat her well. At one point, she briefly gets rendered docile magically, which results in her acting even more like a pet cat, becoming incredibly touchy-feely and affectionate (but only to Marcille; she bats away other people).
  • Delicious Party♡Pretty Cure: Godatz, the leader of The Bundoru Gang, has his lair located on a cat-shaped hill, and his visor when speaking to his subordinates is feline-like.
  • Digimon:
    • Digimon Adventure:
      • Tailmon/Gatomon was originally introduced as the Big Bad's Right-Hand Cat, beating the shit out of all seven of the protagonists' Digimon with little effort in their first encounter and mercilessly hunting down the eighth Chosen. Of course, she then turned out to have a Freudian Excuse, did a Heel–Face Turn, became the partner of Hikari Yagami/Kari Kamiya (whom she found she simply couldn't kill when they first met), and became decidedly not mean.
      • The Kamiya/Yagami family's pet cat Miko. In the original movie, little Tai makes the mistake of defending Koromon for eating Miko's food, which results in rather nasty-looking scratches for boy and Digimon.
    • Digimon Ghost Game:
      • The Betsumon from Episode 32 are a huge pack of nasty, remorseless Identity Impersonators in Tailmon/Gatomon suits who revel in isolating their victims by replacing them in their lives and wiping out whole swathes of people and Digimon from existence this way, gleefully rubbing into their faces that they're isolated when nobody recognizes them anymore.
      • The Bastemon in Episode 55 is the definition of this trope in Digimon form. Unlike her Digimon Xros Wars: The Young Hunters Who Leapt Through Time counterpart, Bastemon is an arrogant Digimon who wants to reverse the relationship between cat and owner, and uses her Helter Skelter dance to turn cats into frightening, hissing Nekomata monsters who can control the bodies of humans to perform dangerous acts like walking on narrow, high-up spaces. When she gathers enough victims, she hoards all of them to a pet cemetery where she forces anyone who can't act like a cat to dig their own graves and seeks to turn a person who passed her test into her own Human Pet.
  • Doraemon: Nobita in the Wan-Nyan Spacetime Odyssey is set in Wan-Nyan country, a city populated entirely by andromorphic felines and canines, and both the Big Bad Nekojara and his dragon Nyago are felines, who intends to abandon the entire city's population in the dawn of an Apocalypse How before fleeing to the world of mankind to enslave humans. Though it's subverted with the film having feline characters on the side of good, like Nekojara's Persian cat henchwoman Sharmee who eventually pulls a Defector from Decadence to help the heroes, and the canine protagonist Hachi being adopted and raised by cats.
  • Beerus from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie. He is the God of Destruction, and all off the Kais fear him, even Shenlong. Also, he has a really bad temper and tried to destroy Earth just because Buu wouldn't let him have 1 or 2 Pudding cups. And he's the strongest villain in DBZ history. Except for his master, Whis, who is stronger than he is. He also reduced King Kai's planet to its current Fun Size after King Kai beat him in a video game.
  • Kyo from Fruits Basket is a subversion, being a bitter jerk initially glance but actually being a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. He's basically hated by his own family for being the cat of the zodiac and he is also saddled with a curse that turns him into a hideous and apparently horrible smelling demon should he ever not wear his magical bracelet. The curse stems from the cat of the zodiac legend disagreeing with God. Turns out, he didn't want to live forever. His charming personality doesn't exactly help either. Of course, he gets the girl in the end. Kyo's got pretty good reasons to be the way he is. His skittish personality comes from his mother killing herself for "giving birth to a monster" and being told "I Have No Son!" by his traumatised and also mentally unstable father right after that, who handed the kid to Kyo's uncle, Kazuma. Also he, just like Yuki, was a victim of the also mentally unstable Akito's psychological abuse, and later blamed himself greatly for the death of Kyoko, Tohru (the girl)'s mother, which he witnessed. So, he's not an angel, but he ain't evil: more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold with quite the Freudian Excuse.
  • Go Go Itsutsugo Land! features a grumpy cat who often indirectly causes trouble for the characters.
  • Hamtaro: Due to most of the main characters being hamsters, this trope is in play:
    "Watch out for those cats, you know they're smarter than you think/But when we work together, we can make their plans sink!"
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Tama and Shiranui play this well and are particularly antagonistic towards the main character. Though they do show occasional benevolent sides, they like to be played for their mean side. Shiranui seems to take over this role (when not used for Cuteness Proximity), while Tama plays more to the Funny Animal aspect.
    • And Isumi's great grandmother uses cats in her first appearance when she's a villainess after Hayate. Afterwards, she becomes an ally and doesn't seem to use cats anymore.
  • Hellsing: Warrent Officer Schrodinger may act all nice and friendly, but don't let that fool you. After all, he's a nazi.
  • IGPX: Immortal Grand Prix features Luca, a cat whom with Amy has a technologically available mental link. Though the cat is opinionated and realistically cat-like (okay, he does have an attitude), he is neither a villain nor a hero in most instances.
  • One of the better filler arcs in Inuyasha has Panther demons as antagonists to the group of heroes. What makes it funny is that the leader of their tribes butted heads with Inuyasha and Seshomaru's father, who is a dog demon. So it's literally cats vs dogs.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: In general, cats are portrayed less positively than dogs throughout the series. This is allegedly because creator Hirohiko Araki dislikes them, due to a bad experience with one as a child.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable:
      • Stray Cat, a British shorthair, makes it way into the Kawajiri house where it got impaled by shards of glass. However, since it was struck by the Stand Arrow beforehand, it survived by transforming into a planimal that could shoot a Bubble Gun of compressed air towards anyone it deems a threat. It was treated rather fairly, though, and even gets a happy ending when it's adopted by Okuyasu.
      • Yoshikage Kira's Stand, Killer Queen, looks like a bizarre humanoid cat. The Stand's appearance might be a reflection of Kira's predatory nature. Even aside from that, Kira has many cat-like mannerisms; his fingernails grow, clawlike, when he starts feeling the urge to kill, he's very finicky and vain, and he's prone to Lecherous Licking. He also happens to be Stray Cat's original owner before Okuyasu freed it from him.
    • The JoJoLands: Jodio and the team take notice of a stray cat wandering around while they are stealing a diamond from the villa, seeming inconspicuous at first until it shows itself to have a Stand and attacks the group.
  • In Kodomo no Jikan, Kuro is often drawn with cat ears or as a humanoid black cat. Kuro is a Yandere lesbian who has kicked her 23 year old teacher in the nuts at least 30 times because her crush (Rin, her best friend) has a thing for him.
  • Twin Cat Girl Familiars Liesearia and Lieselotte from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's are downplayed examples. They constantly tease Chrono and playfully threaten to eat Yuuno (who can transform into a ferret, an animal that cats prey on). Then they purposely break poor Hayate by killing her family in front of her while disguised as her friends (although they did have a reason for doing so).
  • In both Bakeneko arcs of Mononoke, the antagonist takes the form of a giant, monstrous cat. Subverted with the fact that both times, they were created from humans being assholes. The first arc's bakeneko started as a cute, friendly kitten whose only violent act was in defense of its owner. Overarching moral? Cats are sweet, innocent, and only ever want to help.
  • New Voices In The Dark: Souichi's sister adopts a wandering young cat, which unfortunately catches Souichi's interests. When Souichi gets blamed for harassing the cat, he vows revenge by placing a curse on Colin (as the cat was named). In the beginning a sweet, playful kitty cat, Colin became steadily more violent and ugly until... Colin gets better and Souichi gets what he deserves.
  • Odd Taxi: Sakura Wadagaki, a black cat is revealed not only as a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, but she's also the murderer of the missing girl.
  • Outlaw Star:
    • The Pirate girl with two cats tries to kill the crew after unknowingly befriending their young second-in-command.
    • The universe's local catlike humanoid aliens, the Ctarl-Ctarl, are typified as egomaniacal, violent jerks. However, one of them is a loyal ally of the heroes.
  • Puchi Puri Yuuchi (a.k.a. Petite Princess Yucie) has an episode where Glennda, princess of the Demon Realm, has to fight Cait Sith, an evil cat attacking her realm and turning everyone there into cats. The Cait Sith (fairy cat) is a Celtic mythological character, and is generally regarded as at least untrustworthy if not outright evil, so this appears to be a Japanese interpretation of a legend from the other side of the world.
  • Even Pokémon: The Series contains its share of examples:
    • Meowth is famous for being the third member of the Team Rocket trio. Meowth plays with this trope, as the Team Rocket trio are so pathetic that the viewer may actually feel sorry for him. Also, he does have some moments where he displays his nicer side, such as making sure a Skitty he met got to May since he knew its life would consist of getting sent flying a daily basis.
    • Giovanni is regularly seen with a Persian by his side.
    • A member of Team Galactic was in possession of an especially mean Purugly.
    • Meowth's backstory has him trying to impress a female Meowth he was in love with by, over a period of months, painstakingly learning how to walk on two legs and speak a human language. She rejects him, calling him a freak and saying that he still has no money. Even later, when he fought a Persian for her (and won!), she still thought he was a freak and chose the Persian over him. Said Persian may or may not count. While he did try to force Meowth to rejoin his gang, he took the female Meowth in when her owner abandoned her and, prior to all this, gave Meowth a fish when he was so hungry he thought baseballs were food.
    • Mewtwo was rather nasty for a while during Pokémon: The First Movie.
    • Of course, this is all ultimately subverted in the games, where you (the protagonist) can catch and train these Pokemon yourself. This is also subverted in later Pokemon movies due to Pokémon: The First Movie ending with Mewtwo having a Heel–Face Turn.
  • In Reborn! (2004), Gokudera's animal box weapon, a wild cat named Uri, is shown to have a horrible temper, constantly scratching and biting him.
  • In Rent-A-Girlfriend, this trope applies in a sense to Chizuru, who's a good person at heart, despite often being rather harsh with Kazuya and her affectionate behavior while serving as a rental girlfriend being an act. When she puts her foot down with Kazuya, such as when she insists that he take the stairs while she uses the elevator at the hot springs, she often takes on a feline appearance, with cat-like eyes and sometimes even a paw with claws out instead of a hand. In Chapter 160, Kazuya even calls this type of behavior "cat mode," (compared with her pleasant rental girlfriend self, which is "girlfriend mode.")
  • Due to her past experience of being toyed around by a cat and having watched too many 'dog' detective TV series (whereas a cat is often the villain), in the words of Shinkuu, "Cats are enemies of all Rozen Maiden!"
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The first season has an episode where Luna, a talking cat, is menaced by a horde of non-talking cats. A big fat cat saves her and develops a crush on her, but from there, things get complicated; the other non-talking cats are clearly jerkoffs, though.
    • Shingo, Usagi's young brother, was bitten by a cat when he was just a baby, giving him a phobia of them until Luna comes along. Even after he gets over his fear, they're still far from his favorite animal.
    • Then there is Tin Nyanko, who, despite being a member of an evil organization, seems to really relish in being bad. It's kind of funny, since she is half healed and has a split personality.
    • At her worst, Luna has her moments of being this. Most of Luna's exasperation came from dealing with Usagi's immaturity, but there were times when she was just mean to her for no reason. She does the same thing to Artemis too, but shows far more violence in dealing with him.
  • Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann starts off as mean. Gainax has stated that he is a Beastman comprised of cat and shark genetics. Subverted in that he's just following orders, and he does a Heel–Face Turn later.
  • In GoLion/Voltron, Jaga The Blue Cat is an able and wicked familiar for Honerva/Haggar, likely blinding Shirogane/Sven before he was killed/disabled. Add to that, the Space Mice are definitely justified in fearing being devoured by this monster, who came from a world where it was bathed in Human blood. On the minus side, any sighting of the Blue Cat told the force that something was up, so its ability to spy (ala Laserbeak) was later limited.
  • Ratso Catso from Wowser practically defines this trope, in ways that would actually make Garfield proud.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Johan's Crystal Beasts are on the good guys' side, but Amethyst Cat is a clear example of Good is Not Nice. The first time she's seen, in Johan's exhibition duel with Judai, she taunts Judai and mentions how "tasty" he looks. (Of course, seeing as her effect as a card is one which makes her a direct-attacker, being "nice" likely wouldn't work.)
  • Saya, the black kitten in "Black Cat Saya", one of the short stories of the horror anthology, Zekkyou Gakkyuu (Screaming Lessons). The cat is adopted by the teenage Ayako, shapeshifts into Ayako's mother and terrifies her when they're left alone together. It turns out Saya is a spirit and she's doing this as Revenge for Ayako telling her father to leave her to die when Saya was struck by their car. In the end, she murders the protagonist the same way and shapeshifts into her.
    • There's a extra side story after that set twenty years later that implies that Saya killed the parents sometime later and still using their abandoned house as its hideout. She's now posing as a teacher and seems to have taken up eating humans.

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  • Angel Catbird: After Strig becomes the titular superhero, he comes across a baby bird whose mother is begging Strig to return it to its nest. However, there's also a bunch of cats around who beg Strig to eat it or play with it, or let them have it. Strig decides to return the baby to its nest, which the cats don't take kindly too, calling him rude names over it. They come around eventually, though.
  • Bamse: Averted with Jansson. While he can be harsh and mischievous, he's actually very nice.
  • Subverted in Billy the Cat, where the eponymous character, who ironically started as a mean and vicious brat, ends up being reincarnated as a cat, and becomes actually a better person while being a cat. Almost all real cats portrayed around him are portrayed as at worst neutral, and at best friendly. The only exception is the villain, Sanctifer, and even he is revealed to have a Freudian Excuse later in the series.
  • Roque Ja (or "Rock Jaw") from Bone may not be necessarily evil, but he is definitely not on the side of the protagonists.
  • Chlorophylle: Célimène is a white cat who likes to kidnap and ransom mice.
  • Cubitus: Cubtius' nemesis is Sénéchal, the neighbour cat. Despite being depicted as mean and sneaky it must be said that Cubitus himself also often resorts to mindless violence against Sénéchal.
  • Although he is rather gruff and snarky, a bit coarse, and something of a womanizer, Desmond Farr (Tiger-Man) from The DCU remains good-hearted overall, and a hero.
  • Dungeon: The Early Years: Michael (Jean-Michel in the original French) The Dragon. When the readers are introduced to him, he's busy whipping a servant girl in order to force her into having sex with him.
  • Fritz the Cat: Fritz is this trope Up to Eleven. His only interests are sex and drugs and he doesn't care at all about the people around him.
  • Green Lantern: The anger-powered Red Lanterns have Dex-Starr, a blue house cat, as their most sadistic and malicious member (Word of God right there). Not an alien cat. A totally normal cat. From Brooklyn. Apparently possessed of an incredible amount of Brooklyn Rage! This is subverted in a spotlight on Dex-Star which explains why he's so angry. A gang of thieves killed his human, and he wants revenge on them. Yep, a cat with loyalty.
    Dex-Starr/Dexter: I find one who hurt you. I kill. I good kitty.
  • In the Justice League International days, team member Power Girl kept a mangy, ill-tempered tabby that lived seemingly just to make life hell for everyone on the team: tearing up the team's base, sleeping on The Flash's head, trying to eat Blue Jay...
  • When the Knights of the Dinner Table get particularly angry with B.A., they tie him up suspended from the ceiling and leave him to the tender mercies of his cat Colonel Prowler.
  • Lunar Girl And Scarlet Sparrow: Lunar Girl and Scarlet Sparrow get a call to what turns out to be a cat that was stuck up a tree... that's already been gotten down by a fire fighter. When the cat is returned to the little girl who owns it, it hisses and start scratching her face.
  • MAD:
    • MAD did a kiddie show parody complete with a typical cartoon — eight panels of back-and-forth violence between a cat and mouse on an Itchy and Scratchy level. A kid in the audience expresses the lessons he's learned — that "cats are ugly and bad, and mice are cute and good, and mice always win in the end, and I'm going to bring a bunch of mice into my house, and I'm gonna kill Mom's Siamese cats, and..."
    • Another small panel had a situation where cats are used as guide-dogs for the blind. Said cat leaves the unwitting man on the ledge of a many-story building.
  • Art Spiegelman's comic Maus, a narrative of the author's father's struggle to survive The Holocaust wherein the Nazis are drawn as cats and Jews as mice. But that's justified in that the other cat stereotype is that they hunt mice, and it makes a good analogy for the Holocaust. More than that, there is an artistic point. Nazi propaganda films drew analogies between Jews and rats. Spiegelman depicts the Jews as mice — who are typically portrayed as cute and sympathetic in fiction — rather than rats — typically villainous and revolting. By doing so, he can show how weak and manipulative the propaganda was (in one edition, he even cites an excerpt of a Nazi-era German newspaper lambasting Mickey Mouse).
  • The Sandman (1989): "A Dream of a Thousand Cats" certainly belongs on this list. The alternate world involves cats being free to hunt and eat humans whenever the mood takes them. The reason they don't anymore is because enough humans got together to change the world into its present state. A possibility exists that the cats could change it back... but have you ever tried to get just one cat to do anything?
  • Shazam!: Mr. Tawky Tawny sometimes causes a scare for being a humanoid tiger, but anyone who takes the time to know about him will realize that he is a perfect gentleman and a wonderful person to know. However, don't piss him off. The guy is a tiger.
  • In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW), a mutant cat, Old Hob, is their first major enemy ( He mutated after trying to eat Raphael). Before his transformation, he's shown as a stray cat who is abandoned by his owner, giving him some depth. He's visually based on Scratch from old cartoon, video games and toy line: both "Old Scratch" and "Old Hob" are nicknames for the Devil.
  • Spider's two-headed mutant cat from Transmetropolitan resembles her caretaker in being every bit as nasty and vicious-tempered, and is every bit as much a chain-smoker, too (she prefers unfiltered Russian cigarettes). However, like Spider, she is also friendly to people who treat her properly.
    Spider: Cat, kill the assistant's boyfriend.
  • Usagi Yojimbo:
    • While many cat characters avert this trope like most notably Tomoe Ame, who is a heroic samurai, there are plenty of characters that live up to it, such as the Neko Ninja Clan, who mainly serve the Big Bad Lord Hijiki, and the aforementioned Tomoe's cousin or more accurately, sister, Noriko, who is a complete and utter Sadist.
    • Some of the minor villains are cats, like Oda, who betrayed the Asano family, making both Lady Asano's and Gen's lives living hells, Kagemaru who betrayed and ousted Chizu as head of the Neko Ninja clan, Rodriguez, who treats hara kiri like a sideshow attraction, and even an obakeneko that Usagi, Tomoe, and Gen fight in one story.
  • In We 3, the cat character is cold and uninterested in humans, and frequently wants to just run off. The loyal, but intelligent, Dog leader must continually pull rank to force him to stay.

    Comic Strips 
  • Beetle Bailey: Sgt. Louise Lugg's cat Bella has a tough, nasty attitude, and is extremely pampered.
  • Bloom County: Berke Breathed's Bill the Cat is much too versatile a character to be placed under this trope. However, a Sunday Outland strip features Bill and Opus, lounging in a kiddie pool, while Opus rambles on... Lampshading this trope, he asks Bill his opinion on the stereotype of dogs being faithful, unconditional creatures while cats are mean, selfish, and narcissistic...all the while, Bill is setting up wires attached to a machine to electrocute the unsuspecting Opus. He changes his mind at the end, though, after Opus mentions he doesn't believe all that nonsense.
  • Dilbert:
    • Catbert is probably the living embodiment of this trope. After so many of his fans, independently, named the character, Scott Adams wanted a reason to keep the character, and came up with Catbert being hired as the Director of Human Resources. His rationale was that a cat was perfect for HR... and would bat you about before downsizing you. (In Adams' own words, "Cats are cute and cuddly and don't care whether you live or die".)
    • Of course, Dogbert isn't much better. In fact, Dogbert is often shown to have the personality traits of a typical cartoon cat.
  • Rivalling Greebo as a personification of this trope and badass is Horse from Footrot Flats, a bad-tempered semi-stray who chases off dogs several times his size. Incidentally, he's based on a real cat that used to hang around the author's home. According to Dog, Horse's mother was a one-eyed, hook-handed alley cat, and his father a Barracuda. Horse himself believes he is the son of a Leather Jacket. And not just any leather jacket: one of the jackets of the local biker-gang (owners of his mother). Ah Horse, the only animal who could give Major the pig-dog what-for.
  • Garfield:
    • Garfield is a strange case. He'll squash sentient spiders without a second thought, he'll kick Odie off the table, devour talking houseplants without a second thought while they beg for mercy, and he'll abuse Jon in many creative ways (although Jon doesn't know... or does he?) like stealing Jon's dinner, hitting Jon in the head with his food bowl to indicate he's hungry, biting Jon's arm, locking Jon outside the house in the worst situations possible (e.g. Jon's wearing only underwear, Jon's in bunny pajamas, Jon is naked) and at one point he even slipped a Habanero pepper in Jon's eclair and then shut off the entire water system in the house with just a wrench. But, at least in the series and animated specials, he's a hero who will go out of the way to save his friends. If anything, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. In one strip, Garfield admits that the reason he doesn't like dogs is because dogs are so friendly. (Meaning friendly to the point of cloying.) Of course, Garfield has met his fair share of dogs that are downright mean.
    • As his character page on this site suggests, Garfield's Adaptational Nice Guy may be because cartoons and movies aren't just four panels where Garfield does something dickish and it ends there, leaving a lot more room for consequences and development.
    • Garfield's grandfather is this trope played straight. He seems to have shed Garfield's few virtues as the result of age.
    • Nermal, the self-proclaimed "World's Cutest Kitten" and Garfield's nemesis, trades on his cuteness to win affection from Jon while simultaneously shafting Garfield. It's later revealed that Nermal isn't really a kitten and he just looks like one because he intentionally stunts his growth with coffee and cigarettes.
  • Add "proudly ignorant" and you have Bucky Katt from Get Fuzzy. And he doesn't chase mice. Most of the other cats in the strip are pretty amiable. Especially Mac Manc McManx and Chubby Huggs.
  • Heathcliff is a Silent Antagonist to most dogs in his neighborhood — for some reason Animal Control seems to have deputized him — and is erratically violent towards humans. Mice he keeps alive provided that they worship him.
  • In Peanuts, there's Snoopy's arch-enemy — The Ghost neighbour cat World War II, who appears to be nothing but a mindless brute. Or maybe not mindless at all. He tends to have a weird sense of humor that he displays by ripping holes in Snoopy's doghouse in funny and ironic shapes. For example, after Snoopy tells him that he "wouldn't know a fiddle from a bass drum", he rips a hole in the doghouse shaped like a violin. What makes this concept even funnier is that Snoopy (who, being a dog, should really be the bane of a cat's existence) is genuinely terrified of WWII, and moments after taunting him, will always transform into a Miles Gloriosus. It's implied that Snoopy has good reason to fear WWII, though. He's no ordinary cat. Peppermint Patty (a Tomboy who can hold her own in fights with boys her own age) once described him as "a dog in a cat suit", and got a good beating when she engaged him in a fight even when Snoopy tried to help her.
  • Snuffles from Pearls Before Swine. Played for laughs.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In Cat and Mouse in Partnership, a cat pretends to be friends with a mouse, only to eat her up at the end.
  • In "The Cat on the Dovrefell", the trolls think they have been attacked by a real large and ferocious cat. It's really a bear.
  • In Carlo Coloddi's Pinocchio one of the villains is a blindness-feigning beggar cat (Gideon in the Disney version/Basilio in Alexei Tolstoy's Soviet re-telling), who serves as the companion and criminal accomplice to the fox. He is depicted as not to be very intelligent, mostly repeating fox's lines and carrying out his orders.
  • In Princess Carpillon, a cat kills the queen.
  • In Schippeitaro, they are evil forest spirits that demand Human Sacrifice.

    Fan Works 
  • The Bolt Chronicles: Mittens spends the first part of "The Blackbird" salivating over the thought of eating the title character. Subverted when Mittens feels sorry for the bird when it flies into a window and knocks itself out — she eventually wishes it well when it comes to and flies away.
  • Similar to many of her canon incarnations, in the Dusk to Dawn series, Catwoman trained several of her pet cats, most notably Lupin and Diamant, to steal for her, but the vicious and oh-so aptly named Satan takes the cake. At the end of the first book, Satan finds something he likes: Damian's puppy, Titus.
    Damian: You named your pet after the devil?
    Selina: Mmm-hmm. I was gonna go with Attila, but then I thought that might go over too many heads.
  • Bardiel from Fading Into The Stolen Light is essentially this trope incarnate. An Animalistic Abomination in the shape of an immense hairless feline, he spends most of the story making creepy sexual advances on Asuka and generally torturing her into insanity.
  • PMD: Another Perspective: Purrloin, the Pokemon that the Rocket grunt becomes, is feline in appearance. She doesn't bother hiding her opinion that Pokemon are tools, and shoves Blazy into the path of an attacking Pidgeotto after telling her to not dodge its attacks. While she does this to activate Blazy's Blaze ability and make her Ember attack stronger, she doesn't explain why until after pushing the Cyndaquil.
  • Ruby Pair: In "Welcome to Urth", Keef brings a cat to Zim's base to try and gift it to Tenn. It promptly attacks Zim, who has to chase it off.
  • Tanya in the Metal Gear fanfic Stray can be a vicious little creature, although she intersperses a few affectionate moments with the unprovoked clawings.
  • A Wild Badfic Appeared! Commentaries: Keahi/Kei, Elio's Litten, with a good dash of Troll. Since he was apparently based off of Tom from Peep and the Big Wide World, it's kind of a given. At one point, he insinuates he wants to eat Pueo, Selene's Rowlet, and he also ignores Robin and Scouter's warnings to not tell their trainers about the birds and the bees. Twice. And of course, he also falls into Cats Are Snarkers.

    Films — Animation 
  • Played incredibly straight with the Cat Beast from 9. Not an actual cat, per se (more of a cybernetic steampunk jaguar-thing), but it's still modelled on a cat and is probably the most ruthless little bastard you'll find on this page.
  • In All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, Satan himself is an evil, anthropomorphic cat named Red. The theological implications for cats are probably better unspoken.
  • In the An American Tail movies, all the cats (except Fievel's friend Tiger) are bad guys, looking to exploit and/or eat the heroic, downtrodden mice. The second movie included a good-natured dog, voiced by Jimmy Stewart. This movie runs this into the ground too. Every antagonist in the film is a cat, from the Cossacks at the beginning to the American gangsters at the end. It should be noted that this is the entire reason Tiger was added to the film: Don Bluth wanted to avoid implying that cats were somehow Always Chaotic Evil.
    "For there are no cats in America / And the streets are paved with cheese!
    There are no cats in America / So set your mind at ease!"
  • Played straight and then subverted in Arrietty. Sho's cat, Niya, initially, is mean and predatory towards Arrietty, but he ultimately makes peace with her.
  • In the Show Within a Show in Bolt, all cats are the Right Hand Cats of Dr. Calico and aren't just mean, they're downright villainous. The cats who play Dr Calico's pets are pretty mean outside set, enjoying taunting Bolt and exploiting his belief that the show is real for their own entertainment. Subverted with Mittens. Bolt sees all cats as servants of Dr. Calico early on, though he eventually grows to become friends with Mittens. Mittens herself fulfills this trope intially, behaving like a Mafia don toward the local pigeons, bullying them into bringing her food scraps in exchange for not getting eaten, but soon starts to drift away from it as the film progresses. She turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and a Broken Bird whose relationship with Bolt leads them to become Fire-Forged Friends. It's addressed in a surprisingly mature way. When Bolt realizes that this trope simply isn't true (at least, not to the extent he's been trained to think), it's the first major step in his Character Development. And while it's only Sub Text, it's implied a few times that Mittens suffers from Fantastic Racism as a result of this perception. Furthermore, it's implied that Mitten's behavior before meeting Bolt was an act pretending to be a jerk to stay alive, i.e. she only bullied the birds because she's declawed and can't hunt.
  • Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night has Dolph, who chased all the mice out of Oberndorf, and is now after the titular duo.
  • Zero from Captain of the Forest is a criminal mastermind cat who intends to destroy the forest.
  • The Hungarian movie Cat City presents the cats as international gangsters, while the mice run the police and the Secret Service/MI5 organization, complete with their own James Bond.
    • The only feline character who subverts this trope is Cathy, the daughter of one of the villains' henchmen, who's actually friends with a mouse.
    • And then the sequel introduced Moloch, a demonic cat...
  • Lady Tremaine's cat, Lucifer, from the Disney version of Cinderella. Not only does he try to eat the eponymous heroine's mice friends, he even delights in tormenting the poor girl herself, particularly if you note Cinderella III, where he is turned human and loves the idea of sending Cinderella to her doom. He's a boss in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (he's normal-sized; it's just that you fight him as Ven, who is shrunk to the size of a mouse for the level). In Cinderella II: Dreams Come True he's replaced by Pom Pom, who's basically the same, only white-furred and female.
  • Murdstone and Aunt Betsey (intially) from David Copperfield (1993) since this adaptation uses World of Funny Animals. Davey, his mother and Agnes are aversions.
  • The only TRULY evil cat in the German-animated film Felidae is Pascal/Claudandus, who is the one behind the murders in the first place. Oh, and he killed a human too...
  • Unsurprisingly, The Great Mouse Detective has an example, with the cat Felicia acting as Ratigan's equivalent of a Shark Pool.
  • Ice Age:
    • Soto for wanting to kill a human infant out of revenge for said baby's tribe killing half his pack for their skins. The surviving members of his pack count too, including Diego, before his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Shira from Ice Age: Continental Drift counts as well, at first.
  • Disney's The Jungle Book (1967) has both an antagonistic (Shere Khan) and friendly (Bagheera) feline character, but this is hardly Disney's invention. Shere Khan became a downplayed version in TaleSpin. This was taken back again even further in The Jungle Book 2, while Shere Khan from the original film was more villainous than his TaleSpin counterpart, he at least had some plausible affable and whimsical traits to make him a somewhat likable villain. In the sequel, he is embittered into a scary-ish Super-Persistent Predator.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • The villain is, of course, a cat (albeit the rare, endangered snow leopard) while the hero is a cuddly panda, trained by a red panda and a seemingly harmless turtle. In addition, while none of the Furious Five are particularly sanguine toward Po intially, the one who is the most cruel, strict, and disapproving is...Tigress. However, by the time of the events of Kung Fu Panda 2, she has more than gotten over it. Tai Lung was a Cute Kitten when he was a baby, so we can have sympathy for him at least at that point.
    • Played straight by the Wu Sisters, who are described as "the most feared and notorious villains who ever terrorized China" and who are snow leopards.
  • Lady and the Tramp has the twin evil Siamese cats who manage to wreck the house in their 2 and a half minutes of leaving their box, try to steal milk from the baby, and then frame Lady for all of it when she tries to stop them, and they don't even get a comeuppance. By contrast, the worst most dogs (even the ones in the Pound) seem to muster up is roguish and/or misunderstood, with the exception of the strays who attacked Lady.
  • Scar from The Lion King (1994) deserves a mention, though he was the only evil lion in the movie. Outright evil aside, of course, Simba and Nala have no qualms with mistreating Zazu. And once you get to the sequel, they up the ante with a Capulet-Montague-esque feud between Pridelanders and Outlanders, complete with massive public shaming and assault against by the former against anyone exiled, while the latter outright brainwash their cubs into treating everyone different from them as the enemy.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: Makunga, the evil Scar-lookalike lion villain.
  • Nefer-Kitty of Moses: Egypt's Great Prince is the Jerkass pet of Moses's brother Ramses, and is always at odds with Moses' dog Tut.
  • In The Mousehole Cat the Great Storm Cat is this but the titular Mowzer is an aversion.
  • Honest John's feline stooge, Gideon, in the Disney version of Pinocchio. At least once, he tries to hit Pinocchio on the head with a mallet, only to be stopped by the fox, who thinks that the cat's idea is too crude. On the other hand, Pinocchio is one of the few Disney films produced during Walt's lifetime that has a truly nice cat: Figaro, which might suggest that Walt didn't always detest cats.
  • Brutus, the bully's cat from Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown, is a great example, always trying to eat Woodstock until Snoopy decks him.
  • Cat is the villainess of Robin Robin who wants to eat the heroes, who are mice and birds. She's also downright sadistic about it.
  • In Robinson Caruso AKA The Wild Life the animal half of the cast is menaced by a couple of vicious pirate cats.
  • The werecats in Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island.
  • Chloe in The Secret Life of Pets is a downplayed version, being snarky and at times, rude, but still being a friend to the main characters and several other characters. Played straight with every other cat in the movie, though.
  • The Secret of NIMH:
    • Cats aren't just mean, they're horror incarnate. This is unsurprising, given the purpose of the farm cat is to eat the rodents in the field, who happen to be the protagonists. What is weird, though, is that Dragon (the cat) is the only animal who doesn't ever say anything, and actually comes across as a big, dumb animal. Even the owl gets to speak (and is even more terrifying for it. Nothing like a creature big enough to be a freaking dragon, and wise to boot). What is very interesting about this is that, in the scene where Mrs. Fitzgibbon is hanging out the laundry and Dragon is sleeping near the back step (a scene which takes more of an omniscient camera view than the first-person view of the mice), he doesn't come across nearly so horrifying. Part of this may be due to him being drugged at the time, but it also comes across as him seeming a normal cat here but a monster in all his other scenes because that is how a cat would look and sound to a mouse.
    • Played straight again in the sequel, to an extent, anyway. Troy and Muriel are more anthropomorphic and bumbling than Dragon. Also, they have been experimented on by the Big Bad into doing his evil deeds. They ironically seem to be the only villains to meet their demise at the end of the film.
  • Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron has a mountain lion that downplays this trope. It's rather vicious in that it chases and tries pouncing on a foal before Spirit leaps in and even scratches at Spirit while jumping him from behind, but it's also a predator looking for a bite to eat.
  • The Disney Animated Canon version of Tarzan has Sabor, a vicious leopard that practically borders on terrifying. She kills Kala's baby and Tarzan's parents and is strong enough to put up a huge fight against a silverback gorilla. Not only that, but she practically comes across as a feline Ax-Crazy with her bulging eyes and spastic mannerisms. The Legend of Tarzan features Queen La who themes herself around leopards... and is one of Tarzan's deadliest foes.
  • Your Friend the Rat:
    Remy: A dog, a man's best friend, looks up to man. A cat looks down on man. We rats see ourselves as equal to man...
  • Zootopia: Mayor Lionheart is a downplayed version of the trope. He is shown to be narcissistic and an inconsiderate boss to his Assistant Mayor and comes across as a Sleazy Politician. However, as the savage predator crisis first starts up, his actions, while illegal and of questionable morality, show that he was not only concerned with his own reputation and position, but genuinely wanted to keep the city safe, protect the mammals from themselves and from reprisal until a cure could be found and was quite aware of the panic it would cause if the general public found out that predators were going savage for unknown reasons.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In an interview about Alice in Wonderland (2010) , Tim Burton claimed that his dislike of cats is why the Cheshire Cat is so much more creepy and unsettling in this version than the original animated movie. He still isn't a villain, though, instead filling the same Chaotic Neutral role he did in the original. The Bandersnatch, which is portrayed as an ugly, scraggly-haired, leopard-like creature, also counts as a subversion, since it starts out serving the Red Queen but later joins Alice.
  • Babe likewise features mostly good-hearted dogs (even Rex turns out to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold). Naturally, there is a scheming cat, although the story gives a suspiciously noticeable disclaimer that there are many perfectly nice cats in the world.
  • The 2011 Korean horror film, The Cat, MIGHT be an example of this. A murdered woman's cat, Bi-dan, is the only witness to her death. Of course, when the protagonist So-yeon takes it in her care, weird shit starts happening. She investigates the mystery when she finds her friend, who also recently got a cat, dies too. Of course considering Asian horror's tendency for Shyamalan style twists, this may be subverted.
  • This is one of the reasons why the titular feline from the 2003 film adaptation of Dr. Seuss's book, The Cat in the Hat, was denounced by people as the worst incarnation of the character. In the original book, he was mischievous and fun-loving without even the slightest hint of malice, but in the film, he was horribly flanderized into a dirty-mouthed, perverted Jerkass.
  • Cats & Dogs:
    • Cats and Dogs rode this trope into the ground, with evil cats using a mouse army to take over the world, while the dogs are secret agents bent on saving it; this has apparently been the state of affairs for the entirety of human history, bordering on Always Chaotic Evil.
    • The sequel introduces some good cats. Its villain also double-subverts the trope by having a Freudian Excuse.
  • Cat's Eye: Discussed. Amanda's mother distrusts General because of the old wife's tale that cats steal children's breaths, but General turns out to be one of the most straightforwardly courageous and heroic kitty-cats in fiction. Especially at the end, when he uses a record player to throw the troll into the fan.
  • Lucifer from Cinderella (2015). Downplayed as he's less blatantly sadistic here than in the animated film. He's portrayed as a regular cat who doesn't have the capacity to actively spite Ella or keep her locked in her room, but he is the only animal in the house who tries to hurt the other animals, spending the entire movie trying to eat the mice.
  • In Dr. Dolittle (the Eddie Murphy film), the sick tiger is about to commit suicide on behalf of this trope, and Dolittle is forced to think of an example of a positive depiction of a tiger in popular culture in order to convince the tiger to change his mind. The tiger himself is depicted as surprisingly gentle and kind, with the only 'meanness' being due to a shard of bone in his head pressing in on his brain.
  • In Gramps Is in the Resistance, set in World War II, German General Spontz owns a Russian Blue that he rescued from the Eastern front, Oberfeldwebel Gustav. Who proves rather foul-tempered, scratching his own master when introduced; Spontz blames it on the cat being full of himself ever since the Führer gave him the Iron Cross. Later, Gustav also attacks Michel Taupin while he's trying to eavesdrop on Spontz.
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man: when Scott Carey shrinks to six inches and has to live in the dollhouse, guess what animal breaks his dollhouse apart and tries to eat him?
  • I Shot Jesse James features a brief scene where a mountain lion tries to attack Robert Ford and his partner Soapy. Bob shoots it before it can get to them, though.
  • Unlike in the books, in the live-action film of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the White Witch had white Siberian tigers among her group, presumably to contrast Aslan, the Jesus Lion.
  • From MouseHunt, Catzilla is the pet of your nightmares. It's apparently unkillable (they unsuccessfully gassed it twice in the animal shelter), permanently kept in a sealed container because it's so vicious and is portrayed as a Godzilla-like monster from the mouse's perspective. In fact, when Ernie puts the box down Catzilla's paws punch through the wood with ease and walk around with Catzilla still inside, just so he can hide outside the mousehole. When the mouse investigates, he breaks out of his container, and roars like Godzilla. Making it all the more impressive when the mouse proceeds to Break the Badass.
  • The main antagonist of Napoleon (1995) is an Ax-Crazy feral cat who believes every animal she sees to be a mouse, and tries to harm the main puppy protagonist.
  • In Nightwalkers, this trope was subverted: cats are the only ones who can sense and destroy the evil aliens/monsters and several cats heroically sacrifice themselves to save humans.
  • Nine Lives features a jerkass who works through his issues after becoming a cat.
  • The zombified Church in the Stephen King film Pet Sematary (1989) is a pretty nasty piece of work, but only after he's killed, taken to the eponymous "sematary", and Came Back Wrong.
  • In Scary Movie 2, a mean cat goes so far as to attack the heroine with a broken bottle.
  • Stephen King's Sleepwalkers, although as in the example above, the ones that are mean are the evil werecats, normal cats are hostile toward them and, again, many of them sacrifice their lives fighting them.
  • Played with in Stuart Little. The pet cat Snowbell starts very antagonistic towards the heroic mouse Stuart, even trying to eat him and kill him, but later is shown as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and, when his street cat friends from the alley want him to eat Stuart to be In with the In Crowd, he ultimately sides with Stuart. Played straight in the novel, however — see above.
  • Torture Garden: In "Enoch", Colin Williams frees a cat from a grave. Under the influence of this cat—which Colin believes to be an evil spirit and witch's familiar in the form of cat—he commits murder for the cat, who has a taste for human blood. In exchange, the cat provides him with riches.
  • The basic premise of The Uncanny is that cats are not only mean, they are downright bloodthirsty and will not hesitate to extract fatal vengeance on humans who wrong them. Partially averted in that everyone the cats kill or harass is an Asshole Victim.
  • The Voices is about the insane Jerry hearing voices, including those of Bosco and Mr Whickers (respectively a dog and a cat) acting as a variant of Good Angel, Bad Angel. While the dog is a Cloudcuckoolander's Minder, the cat is a selfish asshole who constantly belittles his owner. When Jerry ends murdering a colleague he has a crush on, the cat explains how killing is fun and tries to make Jerry do it again.

  • Terry Pratchett liked this trope:
    • Subversion: Maurice, the talking cat from Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, is a feline Jerk with a Heart of Gold: he's greedy, sneaky, and sarcastic, but, despite his protests to the contrary, he does care about the eponymous intelligent rats he's been hanging out with. He also makes it a point to check that the mice and rats he hunts can't talk before eating them, out of guilt for gaining his own sentience by eating one of the talking rats. He even gives up one of his nine lives to Death in order to save Dangerous Beans.
    • Played straight with Greebo, Nanny Ogg's cat in Discworld. He is a nasty, foul-tempered force of nature who is king of Lancre's cat population (and father of most of it), and it's generally agreed that the only thing that can slow him down is a direct meteor strike (though Nanny thinks he's an adorable little kitten). This is a cat who terrorises animals wherever he goes (bears climb trees when he turns up, and he's mentioned as having dragged in "half a wolf" once). The crowner, though, is when he once ate a bat-form vampire and later killed another after it used him as a pillow. For context, Discworld vampires are effectively impossible to kill without special equipment, fire, or dismemberment. The only things he's really scared of are elves, Feegles, and You (Granny Weatherwax's kitten, who very quickly turned out like her owner) — and if cornered, he will viciously attack elves. When he ends up in human form, he's described as resembling "the more louche kind of buccaneer" who, incidentally, "emitted a kind of greasy sexuality in the megawatt range." Since this description and later official art depicted him as looking exactly like Euron Greyjoy, this turned out to be Hilarious in Hindsight.
    • Guilty, Mrs. Tachyon's semi-feral pet from the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy, could give Greebo a run for his money in the sheer viciousness department. Due to spinal issues and loss of half a leg, the mangy tomcat would spin uncontrollably as he charged, biting his own tail whenever centrifugal force swept it into his face.
    • The Unadulterated Cat uses this as one of the major topics of the book.
  • Paul Gallico's novel The Abandoned has Dempsey, a very brutish tom cat with loads of fighting experience. The other cats avoid him at all costs and only Peter (who is really a human boy) is daring enough to stand up to him, getting eviscerated to near-death for his troubles.
  • Achoo!: Subverted. Six cats appear to be fighting, but they're only playing tug-of-war.
  • In the Alcatraz Series, the narrator claims that "Kittens are cute so that they can draw you in, then pounce on you for the kill. Seriously. Stay away from kittens."
  • All American Pups: Puffy and Mr. Purr, the local cats, love teasing Fritz and making nasty comments to the other pups.
  • In George Orwell's Animal Farm, the farm cat is lazy, greedy, and self-serving (she's last seen 'helpfully' volunteering to teach the mice Animalism). Of course, since the whole story is a metaphor for the Stalinist Soviet Union, whether that makes her a villainess or not is up in the air.
  • In the Avatar trilogy, Kelemvor Lyonsbane was cursed to become a gigantic, man-eating panther whenever he performed a good deed without receiving a reward for it. (This, of course, was not the original intention of the curseit was meant to force his evil ancestor to do good deeds and never be rewarded for it, lest he turn into the evil panther. The curse, can't find any sins to punish in his evil ancestor's newborn baby, inverted itself. Sucks to be Kelemvor.)
  • The titular Kitty in Bad Kitty is a grumpy brat who throws hissing, scratching temper tantrums at the slightest provocation, like not having her favorite foods or getting a gift on her birthday. Because of the trouble she's caused, her Uncle Murray hates cats entirely. This is downplayed as the series progresses, though, as the other cats in Kitty's neighborhood are much nicer, and it's revealed even Kitty herself Used to Be a Sweet Kid until she was separated from her mother.
  • Robert E. Howard's thoughts on the matter are evident in the title of his tract about cats, "The Beast from the Abyss".
  • Lady Jane in Charles Dickens' Bleak House.
    KROOK: Hi! show 'em how you scratch. Hi! Tear, my lady!
  • In Stephen King's short story "The Cat from Hell", the titular cat kills several people, one guy by leaping into his mouth, and the guy chokes to death as the cat crawls down his throat. It's implied that the cat is out for revenge against a tycoon whose company experimented on cats and killed thousands of them in the process.
  • A glass cat is a Brown Note in Cat In Glass by Nancy Etchemendy.
  • Chrestomanci: Played with.
    • In Charmed Life, the main character's fiddle is turned into a very irritable cat (who turns out to be an embodiment of one of the protagonist's nine lives. Oops.)
    • In The Lives of Christopher Chant, Christopher steals and later befriends an ill tempered cat named Throgmorten who delights in frightening and tearing up just about everyone but Christopher.
  • In The Cinder Spires, there are sentient cats who make up part of the cast. By human standards, cats are unbelievably arrogant, condescending and self-centered to the point that only extremely open-minded cats can understand that humans have different priorities and ways of thinking than cats and aren't just stupid.
  • A Clockwork Orange: Alex is attacked by a bunch of furious cats when attempting to rob a woman's house. But then, considering Alex is a Villain Protagonist, the cats could be considered heroic vigilantes.
  • In The Dog Stars, the main character has a Big Friendly Dog as his only companion. Late in the book, he gets into a violent confrontation with a crazy old cat couple. In contrast to the dog's loyalty, the cats start drinking their master's blood before he's even died.
  • Implied in the German children first-read picture book Eins Zwei Drei Vampir by Nadia Budde (although only implied, since all the monsters do nothing than posing, actually). Besides traditional monsters (vampire, skeleton) some usual (shark) and less usual (tick) animal suspects show up... and a cat.
  • The Enchanted Files: Diary of a Mad Brownie / Cursed features Bubbles, the Carhart family cat, who is notorious for his viciousness — when he's first mentioned, it's in a letter from the vet's office saying they can no longer accept him as a patient because he tends to badly injure the employees, and three have threatened to quit on the spot if he ever comes back. He becomes somewhat better behaved after Angus manages to ride on him and reveals he can speak cat language.
  • Ethan Frome contains a cat that symbolizes the unrelenting presence of Zeena, the eponymous character's oppressive and extremely unsympathetic hypochondriac wife. The cat instigates the symbolic 'shattering' of his marital stability when it breaks Zeena's treasured pickle dish.
  • The gnomes of Gnomes trust all animals except the house cat, which "is not a member of the natural animal world and is completely unreliable." Why this doesn't apply to other domestic animals, or to wild cats, is never explained.
  • The book Grumpy Old Men: A Manual For The British Malcontent contains a long, particularly surreal, and rambling rant about cats. An extract:
    Here's a clue about cats: tigers. Are tigers bastards? Yes. And what are tigers? Just big cats. Therefore cats are tigers only smaller. Therefore they are bastards. Here's another clue. Lions. What do lions do? Lie around all day and then, when they're bored, jump a giraffe and eat it. Cats don't even do that. Ever see a cat jump a giraffe? No. Why? Because we've cossetted them and welcomed them into our homes and invented cat food, just for the idle bastards.
  • Pete the Barncat from Hank the Cowdog often teases and takes advantage of Hank and the other characters. Other cats aren't shown to be much better.
  • Hannah Swensen's cat Moishe has never gotten along with her mother, Delores, for some reason. Including spreading a pair of stockings the first time they met (with her in them). And the odds are if the phone rings and Moishe reacts poorly, Delores will be the caller 90+% of the time.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Filch's cat Mrs. Norris, who has an uncanny knack for finding students out of bed and alerting Filch.
    • Later in the series, though, we see Dolores Umbridge's fluffy cat Patronus, which is undeniably evil simply because SHE is evil. She has also owned sickeningly cute dinnerware with enchanted cat pictures on them, but no living animals.
    • Subverted with Crookshanks, who Ron initially sees as evil because of his hatred of Scabbers the rat which is because he can tell that Scabbers is actually an untrustworthy Animagus. In the end, it is revealed that he had good intentions all along and even helped the human protagonists with things they wouldn't otherwise have been able to do (get into The Shrieking Shack for Prisoner of Azkaban's big reveal).
    • An aversion is Professor McGonagall, more or less The Lancer to Big Good Dumbledore, who has a cat Patronus and the Animagus form of a tabby cat (with eyeglass markings around its eyes) too. Between them, various characters in the series demonstrate the gamut of cat personalities from malicious to beneficent.
  • Prim's cat Buttercup from The Hunger Games, a Jerk with a Heart of Gold to everyone who isn't Prim in feline form. Katniss and he finally bond after Prim's death.
  • Subverted in The Island of Doctor Moreau: while the leopard-man's behavior is sinister and a puma hybrid kills Moreau himself, it's the hyena Mix-and-Match Critter that's the true beastman villain of the piece. (Even cats have better press than some species...)
  • Jaine Austen Mysteries: Prozac can be a real pain for Jaine sometimes.
  • Johannes Cabal and the Fear Institute: Justified in the Dreamlands, where cats are diabolical, eerily intelligent little murder machines because that's the popular conception of them in the waking world. This is of little consolation to the man who's Eaten Alive by a horde of cats for accidentally killing a kitten.
  • In the Larry Niven's Known Space universe, the Kzinti as a whole aren't exactly known as being gently pacifistic, what with starting a bunch of wars with various species — in particular, humanity. On the other hand, individual Kzin can be more heroic, or at least less frightening and outwardly 'evil', such as Speaker To Animals, especially after they get their asses handed to them by humanity and lose the war. (Wars. The humans by the time of the main Known Space series are no longer seriously worried about the Kzinti, because "the Kziniti always attack before they're ready." This turns out to be a major plot point in the Ringworld series.) Of course, Kzinti aren't literally cats, but they're described as evolved from felinoid predators something like Earthly plains cats.
  • In The Last Battle, from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Ginger is a very cunning cat who plots with the Calormenes to trick the other Narnian animals into following the false Aslan. Aslan himself is, of course, an aversion, since he's pretty much a lion version of Jesus.
  • Played with in Magic Kingdom of Landover: although he is often arrogant, dismissive, mocking of those with lesser intelligence or understanding, snarky, and acting on his own whims and initiative, Edgewood Dirk remains a loyal ally when he is truly needed and provides Ben Holiday, Willow, and Mistaya with plenty of insight, wisdom, and helpful advice. His cryptic replies and bouts of indifference are as much because of his being a True Neutral, and one of The Fair Folk of the setting, as his species.
  • Partially subverted in Patricia Highfield's short story "Ming's Biggest Prey"—Teddie is abusive to Elaine, and tries to drown Ming, but Ming clearly resents anyone and everyone who takes Elaine's attention away from him.
  • P.J. O'Rourke wrote the following in Modern Manners: An Etiquette Book for Rude People:
    “Cats are to dogs what modern people are to the people we used to have. Cats are slimmer, cleaner, more attractive, disloyal, and lazy. It's easy to understand why the cat has eclipsed the dog as modern America's favorite pet. People like pets to possess the same qualities they do. Cats are irresponsible and recognize no authority, yet are completely dependent on others for their material needs. Cats cannot be made to do anything useful. Cats are mean for the fun of it. In fact, cats possess so many of the same qualities as some people (expensive girlfriends, for instance) that it's often hard to tell the people and the cats apart.”
  • In Steven R. Boyett's Mortality Bridge they're so mean that when they die they are recruited to become demons in Hell.
  • Mouseheart: Played straight with Queen Felina and her band of ferals, who terrorize the subway stations of Brooklyn and force Rat King Titus to offer up rodents for them to hunt and kill for their own amusement. Averted with Ace however, a cat who befriends Hopper, and even helps defeat Felina.
  • Subverted in Michael Ende's The Neverending Story in the character of the lion Grograman. Yes, all land around him is turned into scorching deserts and no one can touch him without being burnt to a crisp, but this is an involuntary part of his nature and not a sign of malice or inner evil. When Bastian, protected by the AURYN, can speak with him, Grograman comes across as a quite personable, even friendly, beast, and rather melancholic due to his enforced solitude, ignorance about his origin, and painful (daily) Transformation Sequence. Grograman is treated as a brave companion by Bastian to the point he wants the lion to come with him on his journey (which Grograman points out to him is sadly impossible, since he takes the desert with him wherever he goes).
  • Subverted thoroughly in Michael Ende's The Night of Wishes: Mauritzio di Mauro, devoted pet of the evil sorcerer planning the world's undoing, is, in fact, a spy sent out to stop him. Too bad he is so naive, incompetent, and inclined to believe the best about everybody in the world that he long since was discovered and duped into believing that the man truly was good.
  • Mogget in the Old Kingdom series takes this to epic Deadpan Snarker heights. And that's with his collar on; without it, you should probably start running. Fast. Of course, Mogget only looks like a cat, but there was probably a reason for picking that shape.
  • Petaybee: while the cats are on the good side, they are portrayed as belligerent at best and vicious at worst.
  • Happens to the family cat after its "resurrection" in Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary. But even before, the main character doesn't want to neuter him, because he likes him "lean and mean", and thinks that cats are "gangsters of the animal world, living outside the law".
  • The Paul Jennings short story "Picked Bones" features a nasty, horrible cat that scratches someone up so badly that they need '35 bandaids' and which tries to smother a grown man.
  • Since mice make up about half the cast, it's no surprise that most of the cats in Redwall are antagonists. The first one we see Tsarmina, the Big Bad of Mossflower (she kills their father and frames her brother Gingivere for it). Her uncle, Ungatt Trunn, is the villain in the book Lord Brocktree. Other cats appeared as villains in High Rhulain, serving as the army of that book's villain, Riggu Felis.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Tybalt, the self-styled Prince of Cats, is a selfish, callous Jerkass.
  • The children's book series Rotten Ralph is about a cat who delights in causing trouble.
  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: One of the eponymous stories is about a cat. That should be enough to tell you all about that cat.
  • Shaman Blues: The Old Ones have a giant cat that loves to toy with Witkacy's soul before playing with it as if it was its chew toy.
  • In Catherynne M. Valente's Space Opera, an alien is horrified to find out that not only are cats sentient, but the only thing stopping them from discovering space travel and wiping out every other species in the galaxy For the Evulz is that it would interfere with nap time.
  • The abusive alley felines in The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her To Fly, by Luis Sepúlveda.
  • The novel Stuart Little plays this absolutely straight (in contrast to the film), with Snowball the cat attempting to trick the family into thinking Stuart has decided to act like a mouse instead of a human. Later, he convinces an alleycat friend of his to try and kill Stuart's love interest, Margot the sparrow. Book Snowball is actually quite the Card-Carrying Villain.
  • Survivor Dogs: The dogs are the protagonists while sharpclaws are very minor characters. Dogs have a bad opinion on sharpclaws, thinking they're sadistic and annoying.
  • In Saki's short story "Tobermory" the eponymous cat magically becomes able to talk, and horrifies a group of party guests by tattling on all the sins that he's been spying on over the years. But what Tobermory has forgotten is that cats are mean, but Humans Are the Real Monsters.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • J. R. R. Tolkien personally liked cats (case in point: The Adventures of Tom Bombadil), but because of the mythological tropes that he consciously used, the only times they appear in The Lord of the Rings are as minions of evil forces — most notably, as Queen Berúthiel's feline spies. Sauron himself was even originally conceived as a "Prince of Cats", and the Eye of Sauron is described as "cat-like" a few times.
    • In another case this is invoked in the comparison of Shelob to a cat who has no faith to her feeder (in this case Sauron who calls her this to his amusement) and doesn't recognise him as a master and only cares for herself merely accepting his treats (in this case his prisoners). Their relationship is based on mutual opportunism. However this comparison also makes Sauron appear like any human owner so it merely highlights Shelob's lack of subservience its not to be taken literally.
    • In The Book of Lost Tales, a "Just So" Story is provided to explain why cats are that way, after the defeat of Tevildo (the aforementioned Prince of Cats and precursor of Sauron):
      Indeed afterward Melko heard all and he cursed Tevildo and his folk and banished them, nor have they since that day had lord or master or any friend, and their voices wail and screech for their hearts are very lonely and bitter and full of loss, yet there is only darkness within and no kindliness.
    • Tolkien's poem Cat from "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil" suggests cats are that way because they have an ancestral memory of being wild lions and hunting humans, and resent being forced into tame domesticity.
  • Since Watership Down has rabbits as its protagonists, the cats are indeed scary antagonists ("Can you run? I think not!"). Dogs (and foxes), by contrast, are just contemptible and disgusting. (The culture-hero El-ahrairah sets one up for a thorough Humiliation Conga.) However, Hazel manages to embarrass a cat into giving up chasing him, and Bigwig beats one in a fight and trains the whole warren to be able to do the same. There's an aspect of Truth in Television to this: cats normally focus on smaller prey such as mice, while rabbits are often the targets of hunters who use dogs. Thus, from a rabbit's perspective, dogs would indeed seem more threatening.
  • In The Wild Ones, Sixclaw is a homicidal maniac who is not only responsible for killing Kit's parents, but also desires to murder any of the Wild Ones he finds. And unlike Titus, his only motivation for doing so is because it pleases him.
  • In The Wonderful Adventures of Nils the cat nearly kills Nils after he is shrunk, to avenge all the times Nils pulled his tail.
  • This essay even touches on the problem of their corrupting kittens.

    Live-Action TV 
  • All Creatures Great And Small has Boris, a cat who never got inoculated without a fight.
  • Angel: The "Big Cat" Gunn saw who served as the Conduit to the Senior Partners, in the form of a panther.
  • The Avengers (1960s): In "The Hidden Tiger", several prominent business men are mauled to death, leading to speculation that a big cat like a lion or a tiger is on the loose. In reality, the Villain of the Week has discovered a way to turn the domestic felines of the country into vicious killers.
  • The Babylon 5 episode "Deathwalker" plays with this trope in spades: the Dilgar were basically a race of Nazi-like humanoid felines responsible for massive genocide and experimentation on sentient beings. However, they ended up extinct when their sun went nova, as they had been forced back to their homeworld.
  • Bewitched: An early episode called "Ling Ling" has Samantha turn the eponymous Siamese cat into a beautiful Asian woman when Darrin is struggling to find a model for his "Jewel of the East" campaign. Ling Ling puts on a charming, sensual facade, which causes Wally the photographer to fall in love with her. When Samantha tells her to lay off, Ling Ling reveals that she intends to seduce Wally in exchange for his pampering.
  • The Drew Carey Show: when Nora gushes about her many cats, another character asks her:
    You know they're going to eat your eyes when you die alone?
    Nora: I try not to think about that.
  • Farscape: The Veneks initially appear to be a straight example of the trope, given that they're a vicious race of Cat Folk encountered attacking a settlement of nuns in a vast and seemingly unstoppable horde. However, once Crichton can sit down and talk with their general, it turns out that they're not Always Chaotic Evil, just desperate: their traditional water wells have dried up, and the only available replacement is blocked by the settlement, hence why they attacked so violently. Plus, though they do suffer from Unstoppable Rage, they can be reasoned with — to the point that in the original timeline, the story ended with the Veneks and the nuns making peace, and a monument being erected to the cessation of hostilities. Unfortunately, Crichton screws everything up, first by accidentally getting the peacemaking Venek general killed, then by convincing the horde that there's a Peacekeeper army defending the place; as a result, the whole thing ends with the settlement being massacred right down to the children, and the monument is transformed into a memorial to the senseless slaughter.
  • One episode of Flashpoint has a couple of characters make reference to an incident involving a mean cat that happened on some past call. We never learn any details.
  • Friends: Rachel once bought a hairless sphinx cat because her grandmother had one who was nice. Unfortunately the one Rachel buys hisses at her and scratches her when she tries to play with it.
  • Gilmore Girls: Kirk once bought a cat, which he also named Kirk, that keeps viciously attacking and scratching him every time he enters the room "without announcing himself". At one point, he tried hiding from Cat Kirk by stripping naked and jumping in the bathtub because Cats Hate Water, only for Cat Kirk to jump in after him anyway.
  • Grimm:
    • A species of cat like Wesen called Klaustreich, who are a race of Domestic Abusers, who are infamous for their abusive treatment of their victims.
    • Also the cat Adalind used to deliver the potion that sent Juliette into her coma. It later clawed its way out of its carrier and hung from the ceiling waiting for Rosalee.
    • A few other feline Wesen who are not very nice: Mauvais Dentes (sabertooth tiger; the only ones seen are, respectively, a bounty hunter in the service of the Royals who kills two Federal agents, and a member of Black Claw), Yaguaraté (jaguars who tend to be gangbangers, although a few nice examples are shown), and Löwen (lions who are known for their aggressive tendencies and domineering nature).
  • Horrible Histories is hosted by a talking rat puppet, who, naturally, isn't a fan of cats. Especially not in one segue when a loud and angry meow is heard, chasing him offscreen.
  • In the iCarly episode "iMove Out", the petographers have a cat named Harmu, who tries to claw Spencer's face out every time he sees him. In another episode, Sam mentions having a possibly-rabid cat.
  • The Munsters: Played for Laughs; the family's cat is a normal-looking black cat, until it roars.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: In "Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders", Mike and the Bots watch a movie in which a magical spell gone awry sends an ordinary house cat into a vicious frenzy of claws and teeth against its owner, prompting Mike to quip, "So, this is like any cat, then."
  • Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: The Cheshire Cat befriended Alice during her last visit to Wonderland but has since decided that she would make a better meal than a friend.
  • While he's more a Chaotic Neutral poster child, The Cat from Red Dwarf can be callous, self-serving, greedy, and foolish. But he's still one sharp looking cat, pun fully intended.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Salem is a warlock who was turned into a cat for trying to take over the world. He's given up on the world domination, but is still the snarker and comes up with several get-rich-quick schemes.
  • Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation has a cat that rather skirts the line. Spot is very close to Data, and he manages to show her quite a bit of affection in his own muted way. note  With the rest of the crew, she has gained a reputation for being ill-tempered and aggressive. It's not clear, however, how much of this is true and how much is exaggerated; the series only references a single specific instance of her attacking someone. In the scenes where she's actually shown interacting people other than Data, she mostly acts indifferent towards them.
    • Reginald Barclay got along extremely well with Spot, much to everyone's surprise.
    • Though the feeling is decidedly not mutual, she also seems to at least tolerate Worf; in one episode, she allows him to hold her — rather awkwardly, to boot — without so much as a meow of protest. (A deleted scene in Star Trek: Nemesis would have shown that Worf was taking care of Spot after Data's temporary death.) Which is Fridge Brilliance: if there's any humanoid species that cats would relate to and vice-versa, it makes a great deal of sense that it would be Klingons. Though it may also be because, as demonstrated in one episode of the show, he's quite allergic to cats.
  • The X-Files: The episode "Teso Dos Bichos" has sewer killer pussy cats as its monsters of the week. Said cats are summoned up by a jaguar spirit connected to a female shaman's skeleton. They mew and hiss very loudly, kill people, stack them in a sewer, attack Mulder and Scully — a pair of very tough FBI agents — and hurt them quite severely.

  • "The Cat With 2 Heads!" by The Aquabats! is about a science experiment gone wrong resulting in the creation of the eponymous mutant feline, which subsequently tries to eat its creator. Of course, if you spent most of your life kept in a box and being bombarded with radiation until you turned into a two-headed mutant, you'd be pretty mean and angry too.
  • "All in a Mouse's Night" by Genesis. The cat is not only so clumsy it takes itself out while attacking the mouse, it then vainly attempts to save face by making up a bullshit story about a "monster mouse" overpowering it.
  • Lemon Demon: "Kitten is Angry" is a song about an adorable but dangerous and bad-tempered kitten who "knows tae kwon do".
    When she's content she purrs
    She thinks the house is hers
    But you won't like her when she's angry
    No, you won't like her when she's angry
  • Pet Shop Boys "I Want A Dog", which first appeared as a b-side on their single "Rent" and was later remixed by Frankie Knuckles for their album "Introspective", extols the virtues of dogs as loyal, affectionate defenders whilst containing the lyrics, "Don't want a cat/Scratching its claws all over my habitat/Giving no love and getting fat." Interestingly, other PSB songs ("Suburbia" and "I'm Not Scared") use dogs to depict more sinister forces.
  • The Timbuk 3 song "Facts about Cats":
    Cats will be cats, and cats will be cruel
    Cats can be callous, and cats can be cool
    Cats will be cats, remember these words
    Cats will be cats, and cats eat birds
    • The song is metaphorical, though, using "cats" in the hepcat slang sense of "guys."
  • While not a literal cat so much as it is a split personality represented by a cat, Tron Cat, one of Tyler, the Creator's many alter egos, is probably also his most sadistic.
  • The 1989 Hair Metal song "Kitten's Got Claws" by Whitesnake likens a sexy young woman to a cat and describes her as sadistic — albeit in a "desirable" way rather than a truly evil way ("She'll tear your heart out...She'll tease and please you... she's a heart attack!")

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Icelandic Jólakötturinn, or Yule Cat, is described as a horrible creature that eats children with no new clothes for Christmas.
  • There was a legend that cats can kill a baby by sucking breath. It's not true in the least.
  • Japanese Mythology: Zigzagged in the Japanese legend "The Boy Who Drew Cats". After a boy training to be a priest is expelled from the temple because of his compulsion for drawing cats (which he does inappropriately, marking up books and decorative screens) he seeks shelter in a large temple that seems deserted, but unbeknownst to him is haunted by a goblin spirit. Before turning in for the night, he draws lots of cats on the walls, and then, remembering the advice that his former mentor gave him ("avoid large areas, stick to small") goes to sleep in a small cupboard. He wakes up in the middle of the night to the sounds of a violent fight. In the morning, when he peeks out of his hiding place, he finds a huge goblin-rat, dead, and the cats he had drawn have blood on their mouths and claws. (The story implies that while the cat-spirits he created were certainly mean, they came to life to protect him and fight the wicked goblin, making this a clear example of Dark Is Not Evil and possibly Good is Not Nice.)
  • From an LA Times article about snow leopards:
    Snow leopards are revered, feared and even hated by nomads. Mongolians have a strong dislike for cats in general, and many recite well-known proverbs such as "If you feed a cat, they'll eat you next", or "Cats are always watching you, waiting for you to die."
  • In Kabbalah, there is an order of Qliphoth called Agshekolah (approximately "disturbers of souls") that are usually depicted as giants with cat heads.
  • Cats are considered one of the "evil" animals in Zoroastrianism and (wrongfully) considered part of the "wolf" species. Zoroastrianism splits animals into benevolent and malevolent as with everything else, with most predators in the evil part. This believe lead cats to be killed or at least be forbidden in many cities and normally not taken as pets which in many cases lead to Iranian cities to be overrun by plagues of rodents forcing the magi (Zoroastrian priests) to loosen up the cat taboo (later records show that cats were common in Iranian cities probably for this reason). Dogs on the other hand were considered part of the good and benevolent animals. Interestingly this is exactly the opposite Good Animals, Evil Animals arrangement of Islam: Muslims consider cats to be blessed (due to the apocryphal believe that Muhammad was a Kindhearted Cat Lover) whilst dogs although not considered evil are considered unclean and not allowed to be held as house pets, which completely changed the tides on pet ownership in Iran after Islamization.note 

  • This is the theme of Bad Cats: Swarms of cats have descended upon some suburban location and have assembled a party there with no concern for the locals who already live there.

  • In the pilot episode of The Lost Cat, the protagonist is directed to "The House of Lost Cats" and warned that it's a dangerous place from which few return. He finds that the cats have completely taken over the house, trapping the owner inside. The cats overwhelm him and nearly chew off his foot. Their intent seems to be more mysterious that outright malicious, however.

  • In one John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme sketch, the RAF's secret weapon in WWII, that lets them detect German bombers in the dark, isn't radar, it's cats. Except the cats aren't interested. The boffins somehow manage to explain Nazism to them, and this makes things worse, as the cats decide they're in favour of it.

  • One of the most bizarre examples, as documented by Baseball's Funniest Bloopers as "Attack of the Killer Kitten", involved a game delay caused by a kitten in the Seattle Kingdome's outfield in 1984. Groundskeeper injuries, and hilarity, ensue.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Battletech: Clan Smoke Jaguar played this trope very well, being named after a big cat species. Of all the Clans, they were the meanest and most aggressive. They never allowed freeborn, naturally born, as opposed to the trueborn, warriors into their ranks, seldom took prisoners, and frequently responded to insurgencies against their iron-fisted rule on the planets they captured by massacring entire cities. This attitude ended up backfiring on them badly, however. When the Inner Sphere decided to show that they were a force to be reckoned with, they did so by targeting the Smoke Jaguars for destruction. With no allies due to decades of bullying the other Clans and an industrial base that couldn't sustain the losses they'd taken during the invasion of the Inner Sphere, the Smoke Jaguars were completely helpless against the onslaught and wiped out completely.
    • The animal the Clan gets its name from qualifies too. The smoke jaguar was an Earth jaguar that was genetically modified for increased size and fierocity. The pre-Clans released them on Strana Mechty and other worlds in the Clan Homeworld cluster, where they promptly hunted numerous native animals to extinction. They exhibited a shocking hunting tactic: charging straight at potential prey with no attempt at stealth or subterfuge whatsoever, and they would keep hunting as long as there were more animals they could kill. Task Force Serpent considered hunting them to extinction as part of their campaign to destroy every trace of Clan Smoke Jaguar, but decided that that was going too far.
  • The Dark Eye: Zantim, violent demons resembling bipedal tigers, are known to embody the worst traits associated with felines, especially in their tendency to cruelly toy with their prey instead of killing it cleanly.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In 3.5, it's a frequent joke that cats are the greatest enemy of humanity. Statistically, a common housecat could kill a first-level human peasant better than half the time. In defence of the cats, there is nothing in the rules indicating they want to kill humans. They are just surprisingly good at it. Gleefully lampshaded in this OOTS strip, where Belkar's beloved housecat eviscerates a first-level character with one slash.
    • A more specific example within the franchise: the rakshasa, evil demonic tigers inspired by the creatures of Indian myth. Being Lawful Evil, they can be trusted to keep their word, but good luck getting them to give it and not find some way to weasel out of it. They are generally evil Tricksters who delight in manipulating and betraying mortals.
    • In the Ravenloft setting, there’s the Cat of Felkovic, a powerful figurine of wondrous power — in this case, a tiny onyx statuette of a cat that can turn into a living sabre tooth tiger. The Cat is actually a potent ally of Good, created to hunt and fight vampires. But no mistake, when actually fulfilling this purpose, it’s very, very mean.
  • Everdell: The Bellfaire Expansion Pack introduces player powers represented by different species of workers. While most of the ability names have positive or neutral connotations, the Cat worker's ability is called "Bossy" and lets you place a worker on a spot already occupied by an opponent's worker. (The only other exception to the "positive or neutral connotations" thing is Rats being "Obnoxious".)
  • Pathfinder: Elananxes are feline fey who embody the worst traits associated with cats, being cruel and fickle beings who deliberately prolong their hunts to savor their prey's pain and fear.
  • Pugmire: Heavily discussed and deconstructed. The dogs central to the story certainly believe Cats Are Mean, and they are scapegoated and vilified. More open-minded dogs acknowledge that cats are simply very different in ways that create constant misunderstandings.
    • The companion game Monarchies of Mau shows things from the cats' perspective, shedding a bit more light on the philosophical differences between the species. Dogs highly value unconditional loyalty, cats also value loyalty but view it as something that has to be earned, it's not uncommon for a cat to be born to one House and join another while most dogs wouldn't even think of it; Pugmire is a strong centralized empire while the Monarchies are a loose coalition of city-states; dogs worship Man while cats believe Man worshipped them; most dogs are too polite to talk about the scheming of their noble families, cats embrace political skulduggery as a way of life.
  • World Tree (RPG): Sleeth are the most innately amoral primes, with little concern for things like morality, duty, honor or kindness. They enjoy hunting and toying with their prey, and possess an innate tendency for cruelty — a kind Sleeth is one who is only cruel to foes and small animals, and being indiscriminate in one's cruelty is seen as a minor vice at best.

  • In Edmond Rostand's Chanticler, the farm's treacherous cat plots with the Blackbird and the predators of the night against the titular rooster.
  • The opera The English Cat by Hans Werner Henze: the cats are running the Royal Society For the Protection of Rats (!), but behind the charitable facade, they are all for money and fame — and they don't mind getting red in the claws.
  • Older Than Radio, even apart from cats' reputation in European folklore: In Maurice Maeterlink's 1908 play L'Oiseau Bleu (later filmed as The Blue Bird), the children are aided by a dog and a cat. Guess which one betrays them?
  • Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet is nicknamed "prince [or king] of cats" by Mercutio, whom he eventually kills. Much depends upon interpretation, though; some productions play him as one more victim of the Feuding Families.

    Video Games 
  • One of the characters in Adiboo: Magical Playland is a stray cat that sometimes tries to attack the birds.
  • AdventureQuest Worlds:
    • You get to fight a giant cat as the first boss of the Giant Tale storyline.
    • Maximilian Lionfang's armor is based off of a lion. Plus, he tortured the staff of Artix Entertainment, captured the Spirit of Frostval and several Frostval presents with a snow globe he took from Garaja, performed his Kick the Dog moment of burning the gifts, and even crossed the Moral Event Horizon by knocking the snow globe containing the Frostval Spirit herself out of the hero's hands and shattering it, even though she could not be killed because she was an IDEA.
  • In ANNO: Mutationem, when walking through Skopp City, Ann comes across a cat who tosses a bottle at her from above.
  • Arcana Heart: Mike, Yoriko's kitty staff. Actually a sealed Demon King whose head looks like a kitty's. Will attack anyone who mocks him, anyone who looks at him funny, anyone he thinks mocked him or looked at him funny, and dogs.
  • In Aviary Attorney, this seems to apply to a lion, who gets really threatening when accused of murder. In fact it's the defendant, a house cat, who's the real villain. Later a lioness borders the trope, being testy and simmering with rage, but she tries to be a Reasonable Authority Figure.
  • In Balthazar's Dream, cats are some of the enemies Balthazar faces in the Dream Land.
  • BattleBlock Theater: A boat full of people gets stranded on an island inhabited by anthropomorphic cats, who imprison you and force you to cross several deadly obstacle courses for their enjoyment. Some cats also appear in the obstacle courses as Mooks.
  • In BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, Kokonoe acts this way towards Hazama in his gag ending, especially whenever he starts repeatedly sneezing uncontrollably due to his horrible allergies to cats, which, as suggested from her, are rather severe. (It Makes Sense in Context because in the actual story, Hazama was way meaner and Kokonoe had a justified grudge on him.) She tends to play it straight more often than not, though, as Kokonoe can be a major bitch at times, and her treatment of Tager often borders on abuse.
    Kokonoe: Hmmm. I have to say, I kind of like the way your voice sounds right now... Are you crying? Is this the result of a suppressed fight-or-flight response constricting your airway?
    Hazama: No, this is *Sneeze* *Sneeze* I'm just allergic to—*Sneeze*
    Kokonoe: Allergic to cats? Oh, an antigen-antibody reaction. You're experiencing anaphylactic shock, huh?
    Hazama: Just stay right where you are, all right?! You're freaking me out!
    Kokonoe: Oh, you look so damn scared... Your face looks like a balloon, and you've got some sort of liquid oozing out of just about every hole in it... Ahaha! This is wonderful! Suffer some more! He he he...
  • Brain Dead 13: In one scene when a black cat encounters Lance, it will get into a cat fight and slice his head into bits. Ouch!
  • The Carmen Sandiego series has Carmen's pet cat, Carmine, who shows up every now and then to taunt the players in certain games or lie on Carmen's lap.
  • Castle Crashers:
    • Cats guard both sides of the gladiator arena and swipe at you if you get too close.
    • One of the bosses is a giant "catfish" that's more cat than fish, to the point of spitting hairballs.
  • Catlateral Damage is a game where you play as a cat that has decided to wreck your human's house by knocking things off shelves and breaking stuff. There are a number of different reasons that your character will give for deciding to do so, and they're all petty, like the water in your dish not being fresh enough or being cranky after oversleeping.
  • Cave Story: All the cats are enemies; one boss, a machine called Monster X, is revealed to be a cat upon defeat. There are NPC dogs in the game that are your allies.
  • Chrono Cross might be one of the most exaggerated examples; Lynx, the main villain, is a six foot tall anthropomorphic panther.
  • At the end of Creature Crunch, the last obstacle preventing Wesley from leaving Dr. Drod's mansion is a giant, menacing cat.
  • In Cthulhu Saves the World, Ultharians are violent race of aliens resembling green cats that aim to Take Over the World by abducting cows and turning them into Bovinators for their army. However, one lone Ultharian named Paws defected to the heroic side and assists Cthulhu in saving the world from his own warmongering kind. In-game, cybercats appear as enemies, and in the end of chapter, Paws' Evil Twin Pawz appears as a boss.
  • Dark Souls has the Great Felines — huge, Glasgow Grin-sporting monstrosities that make disturbing, yowling noises (basically, they sound like very, very angry house cats) and can devour the Player Character in one gulp.
  • In Dead Rising 2, there's Snowflake the Tiger. Luckily, Chuck can actually tame her and give her to his daughter as a pet. Although, that does not really present the feline as downright mean; she is very likely just trained by the psychopath boss that way. And she was hungry.
  • Death Road to Canada:
    • Cats are bad news all around. The game states that after the Zombie Apocalypse started, cats turned feral, and it's not joking: feral cat attacks are a common morale- and health-draining (but not lethal) event when you're car-less, and recruitable cats have a nasty habit of instakilling survivors regardless of their health or mauling everyone in the car (non-lethally) if the cat's morale goes too low, which it often will be because their morale is capped at 2 less than normal, and they always have 0 loyalty.
    • Even rare character G*rf, a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo of Garfield, doesn't escape this: his Attitude is always 0, and if his morale dips too low, the group will be locked on a very nasty and long siege; worst part is, this isn't a one-off and will recur every single time G*rf has low morale.
    • There is one single exception to this trope in the entire game, and that is Oscar, "the nicest cat in the world", who has a 2% chance to replace a regular cat. Oscar has its morale capped at 1 above normal, so it will never cross the Despair Event Horizon and hurt other survivors. He also doesn't have to be Bribed With Food to recruit.
  • Double Pug Switch has a cat named Sker as the Big Bad.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, a demon takes the form of a cat and tries to possess a little girl. The PC can save the girl or let the demon go on its merry way.
  • In Dusty Revenge and Dusty Raging Fist, feline bandits are a recurring enemy type who attacks you on sight with either revolvers or painful-looking gauntlets. Though the first game subverts it with one of Dusty's minor allies being a feline Fortune Teller named Gladdius.
  • Earthworm Jim: One enemy is the aptly named Evil the Cat, who the creators describe as evil in its purest form. He rules the planet Heck, which, as you can probably guess, is Evil's vision of what Hell is. His Animated Adaptation counterpart is slightly more complex, liking to balance the odd movie night and romantic affair with the duties of torturing and killing innocents and attempted complete destruction of the universe.
  • In The Elder Scrolls series, the Khajiit religious tradition interprets Mehrunes Dagon, the Daedric Prince of Destruction, as a kitten. "For what is more destructive than a young cat?"
  • Fallen London: The Starveling Cat is a pseudo-legendary beast usually reported on in the form of doggerel in the sidebar ranging from comedic ("The Starvelling Cat! the Starvelling Cat! look what it did! to your nice new hat!") to haunting ("The Starvelling Cat! the Starvelling Cat! it knows what we think! and it doesn't like that!"). If you manage to obtain it, it apparently follows you around "telling vicious lies" about you, reducing your Persuasive just by having it in your inventory, and (apparently) eating all your food. Some storylets concerning it suggest your character is forced to keep it locked in a cupboard. You can attempt to communicate with it and get clawed, or get rid of it by fobbing it off on someone you consider a friend via the game's mailbox system (if they adopt it, the narration reports the news with the words "may God have mercy on our souls"). An owner can also release it to fend off rats infesting your home, but this causes some inexplicable and permanent side effects.
  • Free Icecream: The killer owns a black cat that can be seen napping with the duster. If the girl tries to take the duster from him, he'll hiss and swipe his claws at her.
  • FreezeME: The Big Bad is Fat the Cat, a big, mean cat who wants to create a dog-free world. To the point of kidnapping innocent dogs.
  • Fur Fighters' main antagonist is a massive cat. He leads an army of dumb bears which you can't help but feel are being taken advantage of. Averted with Juliette (who is firmly one of the good guys) and her husband Claude (who is OK, just a bit of a snob).
  • Game & Watch: The one in Chef who shows up only to shove a fork in one of the falling food items and mess up your timing.
  • In Gibbous - A Cthulhu Adventure, the protagonist, Buzz, accidentally uses the Necronomicon to give his cat, Kitteh the ability to speak; something said cat is not very happy about, as cats are not supposed to be understood. As it turns out Kitteh is both extremely rude and snarky:
    Kitteh: You know how you humans always stereotype us cats as being selfish?
    Buzz: [embarrassed] Yeah, sorry about that.
    Kitteh: [completely unashamed] Don't be. In my case, it's entirely accurate.
  • Glider: Bad Cat was the last and hardest obstacle in the original game (much like a Final Boss, except that the Glider games never had Boss Battles). Bad Cat was brought back in color for the Glider PRO house "AutoPilot", where it has apparently knocked over a fishbowl.
  • Cougars appear in Grand Theft Auto V, and they kill you with one blow instead of two. Unlike the hilariously unrealistic jump-and-swipe from Red Dead Redemption, they do a realistic pounce and bite onto your neck. They appear in locations where you don't see coyotes, and can even appear in the outskirts of Los Santos, where they attack pedestrians.
  • Home Alone (Sega): The Country House has a cat in it that attacks Kevin, Harry, or Marv if they get near it.
  • Match-Three Game Juice Jam has "Splat the Cat!" levels where a very fat, gangster-looking cat introduces himself by shoving other characters out of his way. He's the only feline character (so far), the only "evil" character, the only one without a food-themed name or outfit (which makes sense since what you need to match to beat him varies) and his levels are the only ones note  that resemble a boss fight with appropriately tense music, a health bar for the boss, and the boss throwing obstacles at you.
  • Kirby and the Forgotten Land: One of the Beast Corps bosses, Clawroline, is a female humanoid leopard. Her weapons include the claws that she uses to attack the Kirby series' titular hero with and which gave her the name Clawroline. However, her antagonistic attitude is due to her and the rest of the Beast Pack being controlled by Fecto Forgo. Once their influenced is dealt with, Carol turns out to being a much nicer cat.
  • In The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, while the player is tiny, they have to watch out for the cats that will take a swipe at them.
  • Metal Gear: A recurring antagonist, Revolver Ocelot, is named for the jungle wildcat. In his appearances as a young man, Ocelot talks at length about the feline's virtues, such as never letting his prey escape. This of course stands in contrast to the protagonist, Snake, and his affinity for dogs.
  • Monster Hunter brings us the Melynxes, the black-furred Evil Counterpart to the Felynes (who avert this trope). While they don't hurt you directly, they will try to steal your items on sight. So you're trying to use your last healing item and—Mega Potion stolen. You fainted. No continues remaining. Quest failed. However, if you have Felvine, they will try to steal that instead, and you can divert their attention to an enemy monster by hitting said monster with a Felvine Bomb.
  • Night Delivery: There's a cat on the dumpster near the apartment building. If you try to interact with it, it will swipe at you. You can placate it with a can of tuna.
  • Ninja Battle Heroes: One of the enemy types in the game is white cat ninjas who throw ninja stars at Saizo.
  • No More Heroes: Jeane the kitten turns out to be pretty harsh and blunt beneath her cute exterior once she suddenly gains the ability to talk in Travis Strikes Again, but it's downplayed in III.
  • Pilgrim (RPG Maker): The Giant Cat wants to eat the sentient mouse next door and will threaten to eat Akemi once she helps him catch the mouse, but then says he was kidding, and aside from that he does not pose a treat to Akemi.
  • Pokémon:
  • Purple features a cat-shaped type of demons who attack player by throwing explosive thread-balls at him.
  • Yuki in QP Shooting (and more recently 100% Orange Juice!) is the head of the Waruda gang and often enjoys tormenting other people with petty acts, such as stealing QP's pudding or Yuuki's hand puppets. She contrasts with the aforementioned QP, who's the main heroine of her games and is a dog girl to boot.
  • Red Dead Redemption series:
    • Red Dead Redemption features deadly cougars that can end you and your horse quick with just a few swipes of their claws. And if that wasn't enough, they like to sneak up on you.
    • Red Dead Redemption II makes the cougars seem deadlier, announcing their arrival with a snarl before running up to you. Once they catch you, they'll maul you in a realistic way and may kill you in two blows (or even one if you're unlucky). Heck, they can even pounce on you while you're skinning your latest kill! It's not just cougars either; panthers and Florida panthers (subspecies of cougar) make their homes in the swamps and forests of Lemoyne, ambushing you while you may be looking for it.
    • One legendary animal is the Legendary Giaguaro Panther, recognizable by its maroon-colored fur and visible spots. What makes it deadly is that it'll often be hiding in the shadows of the trees, stalking you as you stalk it.
  • Satisfactory has Arachnophobe mode, which changes all the in-game alien spider monsters into corrupted cat heads, invoking this trope.
  • Shadow of the Wool Ball features an entire planet inhabited by evil cats who invade the peaceful hedgehog planet.
  • According to the trailer, someone on The Sims 3: Pets development team is definitely a dog person. During the trailer, dogs see off burglars, share the odd, bemused Aside Glance with the viewer, and rescue Little Timmy from Bullies. Cats? They eat the pet fish, give their owners the runaround at bathtime, and shred the furniture, hissing and spitting all the while and never bothering to make eye contact. The only ones they seem to like are the horses.
  • Sly 2: Band Of Thieves: Constable Neyla, a double-crossing feline who appears nice during the beginning of the game, only so she can get in on the Cooper Gang's plan, and later orders them to be arrested.
  • Sonic The Hedgehog:
    • Averted with Blaze the Cat. Despite her cold and somewhat temperamental nature, she is a well intentioned protagonist and tones down a little following Character Development.
    • Big the Cat is also an aversion being a gentle and easy-going guy, albeit one who isn't very bright.
  • In Star Wars Legends, the Tusken Raiders of all people fall into this. While normally The Faceless due to their taboo against exposed skin, in Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II they're revealed by a group living offworld without full masks to be Cat Folk with flat, vaguely feline faces and drooping jowls. They're also vehemently racist, as in Knights of the Old Republic you have the opportunity to converse with them for the first time and learn that their hostility towards all other species is because they believe themselves to be Tatooine's Master Race. In fact, merely suggesting that they could share a common ancestor with humanity is enough to turn the whole tribe into an Angry Mob. All this time, Anakin Skywalker was being literal when he said they were "like animals".
  • Stay Tooned! both plays this straight with Pixel and Chisel, who enjoy causing mischief and will do anything they can to stop you from getting the remote, and inverts it with Fiddle, who leaves encouraging messages and even a few hints to the player.
  • Super Mario 3D World: Because the game possesses an all-around cat-theme with the introduction of the Cat Bell Power-ups, the cat-based enemies of the game include Cat Goombas, Cat Bullet Bills, Cat Banzai Bills and the final boss, Meowser, the One-Winged Angel form of Bowser.
  • Tail Concerto: The Black Cat Gang revolves around a group of kittens stealing stuff and causing trouble. Mildly subverted in that they are not really evil, just mischievous and misled by a Tsundere leader, who in turned was fooled by a Con Man into attacking dog people.
  • Vampyre Story: Mona persists in thinking of Pyewacket, the Baroness' old familiar, as a cute, harmless little kitten. The local rats think of her as twenty pounds of furry death. When you finally meet her, she is not actually hostile, but she is considerably less fluffy than Mona would like to believe.
  • The Way of Cinnamon has Wu-Long, the Big Bad who invaded Cinnamon's home and imprisoned his family.
  • Wing Commander.: The Kilrathi Launching unprovoked attacks on peaceful ships and dropping bioweapons on helpless planets (among other things) generally doesn't count as "playing nice".
  • A Witch's Tale has the Cheshire Cat. He's the most antagonistic Wonderland character towards Liddell, and he has fun scaring her or teasing her.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • Dark Secrets Of Garry's Mod: Exaggerated in Garry's Mod Sötét Titkai 2 where KillerTankHUN was raped to death by a cat.
  • Goodbye Kitty: Black Kitty, who interestingly enough is trying to kill another kitty.
  • Mittens the crime solving cat from Filmcow (on YouTube): quite likely far more evil than every other cat on this trope page combined.
  • The hovercat from Water-Human. As the name implies, it's an unholy union of cat and hovercraft which speaks in Creepy Monotone. And crushes people.
  • In the animated short Yellow Cake, cats aren't just mean, they're imperialist bastards!

  • Adventurers!: Not direct, but when the word "Cat" comes up in a game of evil Scrabble, you know someone's saying something. Well, you can't see the rest of the word...there could be an "s" there.
  • In Afganisu-tan, The Taliban and Al-Qaeda are represented by stray cats who have taken over the poor girl's house.
  • Angel Moxie: Miya invokes this against a bulldog.
  • Captain SNES: The Game Masta: "I thought about giving Blue a happy ending, but then I remembered something. Cats are jerks."
  • Mecha takes on the form of a cat in Circumstances of the Revenant Braves. Initially, he appears to be a decent individual, but we soon find out that his ethics and motivations are at least somewhat questionable.
  • Commander Kitty: Zigzagged, where CK eventually goes from an unrepentant Jerkass to an Only Sane Man who'll actually stick up for his crew when push comes to shove, but is still prone to jerk moments even after his Character Development.
  • In Crossed Claws, the rabbit community of the Hollow certainly believe this. Of course, the first cat we actually meet is a total sweetheart bordering on Cute Kitten territory. A shame about her caretakers...
  • Cthulhu Slippers: Lord Wuzzy, Head of Marketing, is a kitten the size a bus. Even the other monsters fear Wuzzy. As a favor to one of the main cast Wuzzy murders, dismembers and then eats the personification of internet hate, although not before leaving a bit of it on the doorstep, as is custom.
  • This Dissonance comic shows how cruel cats are when they act cute. Cats are morbidly playful.
  • Spark, the talking cat from Dominic Deegan, is the main character's pet and familiar. Though he's obviously a protagonist and very devoted to Dominic, Spark can still be a mischievous and downright self-absorbed little bastard at times. He has his moments.
  • Eerie Cuties: the vampire queen has... quite a cat.
  • An unusually crude example can be found in Errant Story — the main character, Meji, is a sorceress who has a flying, talking cat by the name of Ellis as her familiar. The "talking" bit is the clincher, though, since his use of language could make sailors blush — he's constantly making crude suggestions, sexual references, and inappropriate jokes. For obvious reasons, Meji regularly applies a fireball or thunderbolt to him, but since he's Made of Iron, it doesn't really deter him to any significant degree...
  • Faux Pas has 144 cats considering Randy the red fox their personal toy. They take turns in dropping him in an old well, tying him up, or turning him into a giant yarn ball.
  • One of the protagonists of Furry Fight Chronicles is Nyarai, a cheetah woman who is physically and verbally violent, with a short temper and a nasty attitude to boot.
  • Karate Bears have a sidekick, Kat, who is very cruel on occasion.
  • Lackadaisy: this may or may not count, considering Word of God has stated that the characters are more "humans in cat form" than straight up anthropomorphized cats, but every single character in Lackadaisy has at least one semi-psychotic trait. Rocky is bordering on Psychopathic Manchild, Freckle is Ax-Crazy, Mordecai is a cold-blooded Psycho for Hire, Viktor is a Retired Badass with a tendency of beating the hell out of Ivy's various boyfriends, Nina has shades of My Beloved Smother mixed with Mama Bear, and even gentile Mitzi has a well hidden ruthless streak.
  • Little Tales:
    • Feep seemed to be the devil incarnate, once throwing up when a priest blessed her.
    • The author changed her avatar's species from an anthropomorphic cat to an arctic fox because of this trope.
    • Inversely, her new cat Joy is, well, named Joy for a good reason.
  • Living with Insanity has a cat who isn't just mean, she helped the robot head attempt world domination and enjoys castrating trekkies.
  • In Luminary Children, a cat reports to the GU that Conny is a Luminary Child, apparently well aware that this means he's going to be executed.
  • In Ménage ŕ 3, Zii says her cat Lita hates everyone. However, the cat seems to take an immediate liking to Gary and even sleeps in his arms. Lita pretty much belongs to Gary now. Of course, Gary is allergic to cats (though he is apparently on medication).
  • Subverted in Mr. Lovenstein with Milo the cat
  • Neko from Neko the Kitty Comics.
  • The Night Belongs to Us: Macintosh can be pretty cranky. See the interlude from his POV, especially when a seriously-wounded Hank is returned to the apartment.
  • In Off-White, a snow leopard causes trouble for a group of sledders because it was offended at them for intruding into its territory.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Resident Heroic Comedic Sociopath Belkar adopts a cat, one formerly owned by a Magnificent Bastard (Lord Shojo). Do evil people like cats or do cats like evil people?
    • Mr. Scruffy has proven his true alignment by mercilessly (and gorily) slaughtering a level 1 commoner gladiator. (Okay, one might argue he was trying to defend his owner and was unaware the latter was in no danger at all.)
      Elan: I can't tell if the cat is a good influence on Belkar, or Belkar is a bad influence on the cat.
      Haley: Both I think, but it probably still averages out somewhere south of Neutral.
    • And, later... poor, poor YukYuk: the kobold might have had retribution coming... but that is Evil. But, again, you could lay that mainly at Belkar's door. Maybe.
  • The Perpetual Aquarium: Cloudie the Kadoatie (i.e., cat on neopets), who lives this trope (although somewhat understandably at times). Snowie, another kadoatie, is a bit of a subversion.
  • The Petri Dish: Zigzagged. Thaddeus John Euphemism and a cat swap bodies. Thaddeus does stereotypical "mean cat" things in the cat's body and concludes that cats are "buttheads" even though the actual cat was never mean.
  • Downplayed in Precocious. Though it's probably no coincidence that the three nicest Gemstone kids are dogs (well, two dogs and a wolf), while Dionne (said to have no soul) is a cheetah.
  • Purple Pussy will break off your fingers and jam a cigarette in your eye just for giggles.
  • PvP has the aptly named "Scratch Fury, Destroyer of Worlds" (they let the teenage intern name him). Scratch is a house cat owned by Skull the Troll, who was zapped by an intelligence machine. Once he gained human intelligence, he became increasingly power-mad and megalomaniacal, plotting world domination and general enslavement of humanity (and usually being foiled by his cat instincts). The author, as a response to people telling him how much like their cats Scratch was, broke the trend when his cat instincts actually caused a plan to work — his cat desire to kill birds and small animals and his human intelligence resulted in Scratch going on a minor animal killing spree culminating in the brutal murder of a junkyard dog. The author's response was how many of your cats have beaten a junkyard dog to death with a nail board?
  • Questionable Content has Mieville, Dora's cat, which seems nice enough, but always seems to suggest murder as an option. He also likes to take catnip and watch The Wizard Of Oz. The "murder" thing was Dora projecting though. Since then, however, Mieville has demonstrated that he is sufficiently evil (or at least sufficiently creepy) to render even Pintsize catatonic...* cough*
  • The Lizard people in Restaurante Macoatl are afraid of cats, it been said that cats enslaved and ate them, so when one gets into the restaurant chaos ensued.
  • This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, taking the bonus strip (mouse on red button) into account.
    • This later comic plays around with it: feline law is cruel and brutal, demanding that an acceptable kill must be given to the one who provides lodging. Actual cats can be compassionate and regretful over the deeds they are forced to do.
  • Scurry: the antagonist cats seem to hunt the mice more for sport than for food. Titan seems to hold a grudge against Wix the mouse for daring to actually escape from him.
  • Sluggy Freelance: The Evil are kittens who are literally the spawn of Satan, and which have a tendency to kill people if they don't get their milk.
  • Something*Positive: It's implied that Choo Choo Bear and Twitchy Hug get up to some evil stuff off-camera...until Choo Choo arranges to have Twitchy Hug assassinated. On camera.
    • Early in the strip, Choo Choo was shown smothering a kitten, much to the girls' horror, but he has mostly regressed to just panty-stealing and being a background character recently. Twitchy Hug was assassinated mainly because he was getting increasingly psychotic — he killed a hooker in a throwaway gag strip, was seen dragging a body through the house in another strip, and was about to attack Davan when he was killed himself. He also had Mickey-Jesus' head in a jar on top of the fridge.
    • In strips where Choo Choo Bear answers the Fourth-Wall Mail Slot, he's shown to have utter contempt for the readers, the other characters, and the cartoonist. Of course, he also wears a smoking jacket and talks instead of going "Murr!". And is a recurring character in Something Positive.
      • This isn't the same Choo Choo Bear. The cast page lists in-universe Choo Choo Bear and the anthropomorphic Choo Choo Bear separately, and explicitly says they're not the same character. Of course, the smoking jacket Choo Choo Bear still fits the trope.
    • In these two strips, Choo Choo's son, Woogie, claims that all cats are evil, soulless monsters forged in "hell's hate furnace" that condition their "owners" to associate abuse with love.
    • Given how cats act in this comic when not provoked, guess what happened to a guy who tied up a cat and talked about throwing it in the river afterward.
    Cat-to-English Translation: I am your God, and your pain is my altar. Now, Worship!
  • Squid Row ruins one of Randie's paintings, impenitently.

    Web Original 
  • Grumpy Cat deserves a mention, although she isn't evil so much as, well, grumpy.
  • There is an internet meme which shows how a cat and a dog view their respective existences. The cat carefully plots revenge on and escape from its human captors. Meanwhile, the dog will say things like "Walk! YAY! Food! YAY! Pet! YAY! Outside! YAY!"
  • A common theme in dog and cat pictures is the cat sitting squarely in the middle on an enormous dog bed, with the poor dog (usually three or four times bigger than the cat) making do with the cat's bed or looking pleadingly at their owner.
  • In the script for The Light of Courage, Majora's Mask is repeatedly described as a cat-like face.
  • In the Orion's Arm setting, the Queen of Pain is exactly what you'd expect to get if you took a terrified, furious, half-dead cat, uplifted it five times in a row, and gave it the body of an Eldritch Abomination.

  • Babylon Bee: According to this article, cats wants humans to go back to work so they can get back to doing the mysterious things cats do when their owners are away, such as plotting world domination.
  • The Reddit communities /r/CatsAreAssholes and /r/CatsBeingAssholes are dedicated entirely to this trope.
  • Dusty the Fat, Bitter Cat was a long-time columnist in the Internet wrestling community. He started on parody site ScoopThis as a satire of cynical, snark-laden wrestling columns (with the cat character thrown on because "on the internet, nobody knows you're not a cat"), and would accuse other columnists of also being cats based on the sheer cynicism and hate they displayed in their columns. He became more of a straight example of these columns as he bounced around to other sites. He eventually applied for a position on WWE's creative team, and came very close to getting the job.
  • SCP Foundation:
    • SCP-511: a living, cat-shaped mass of debris, flesh, and rot. It's always surrounded by hordes of cats and makes them very unpleasant. SCP-511s are made by the cats. The cats made it because they hate us.
    • SCP-607 is a gray cat named Dorian who can transfer any injury it sustains to its current owner. This includes fatal injuries, from which Dorian will simply resurrect and bond with another owner shortly afterwards. Ordinarily this wouldn't be too terrible, except the cat keeps deliberately putting itself in danger, so that its owner can be hurt or killed. It's left up in the air whether the cat is really suicidal or is just being a dick.
  • Trollcats is pretty much Cats Are Mean meets Refuge in Audacity.

    Web Videos 
  • Ask That Guy episode 33: Question? How can I kill my family and frame the cat?
  • One of JesuOtaku's cats (the calico) isn't very friendly, as seen in the review for Fruits Basket.
  • In the LG15: the resistance video "Feline Feariousness", Reed rants about how cats are evil, manipulative, and steal souls, and finishes by urging viewers to "Get rid of your cat, before your cat gets rid of you!"
  • Played straight with "The Mean Kitty Song", until the last verse. Sparta is quite aggressive but Mr. Safety says right out that he's not fighting, he's just showing love.
    The one big thing I forgot to mention/was that he wasn't fighting./He just wanted attention.
  • Ozzy Man Reviews: "Cats being dodgy" is a video with footage of cats behaving like nature's biggest ass-holes. There is a cat who attacks a toddler, a cat with demonic hiss, a cat who will not share food with other cats, a cat knocking stuff down for the lolz, or a cat bullying a much larger dog and the like.
  • This video, titled "Talking Cat Turf War", features a cowering tuxedo cat at the mercy of a hostile tabby cat.
  • Steve Cash's Talking Kitty series showcases its main character, Sylvester, who'd rather have the house to himself. He once threatened to cut the dog's neck and attempted to force two other cats out by getting the landlord to evict the family!
  • This video is a case of "Kittens are Mean". Warning: you may Squee a little when one of the kittens growls at its grandma.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Dawdle the Donkey: Subverted with Archie, who is a friendly cat and a member of the core cast. However, in "Dawdle And The Intruder", another cat plays this trope straight. It's chased Archie out of his tree, and steals any food Dawdle and Rola offer Archie.
  • Aladdin: The Series had a Cat Girl villain named Mirage, and also a trickster deity named Chaos who took the form of a winged cat. (Not exactly "mean" unless you make him angry, which Genie pleaded with Aladdin and Jasmine not to do.)
  • An episode of American Dad! has Steve finding a stray cat and caring for it, and no matter what Steve tries to do, the cat always goes into a violent berserk rage against him. Another episode had Stan getting a new dog that was crushed to near-death by a band of pirate cats in a hot air balloon.
  • Amphibia: Zig-zagged. Anne's pet cat Domino can be quite vicious, attacking the Plantars and leaving them in scratches and bruises. On the other hand, she also gives a congratulatory pat on the head to Polly when the Plantars finally succeed in getting her to the vets, showing that it's Nothing Personal.
  • Arthur:
  • You only need to watch one episode of Atomic Betty to see it was obviously written by a cat hater. Not only is the series' Big Bad Maximus I.Q. a feline version of Ming the Merciless bent on conquering the galaxy (and his sidekick Minimus looks pretty catlike too), Betty has an antagonistic relationship with her mother's cat Purrsy (who looks almost exactly like the aforementioned Big Bad).
  • Parodied on Atomic Puppet. AP is absolutely convinced that Bubbles, the pet cat of Joey's dad, is a supervillain named Disastro bent on taking him down from the inside, whereas in reality, Bubbles is simply just a ditzy cat. However, it gets played straight in "AP vs. Disastro II" when Bubbles is turned into an evil genius actually bent on destroying AP.
  • Subverted in the 2006 revival of Biker Mice from Mars. The main antagonists are an evil race of cat-like aliens known as the Catatonians, and the most prominent Catatonians on the series are an aggressive Genius Bruiser named Cataclysm, his Small Name, Big Ego younger brother Hannibal T. Hairball, and a Mad Scientist named Dr. Catorkian. However, the episode "Surfer Cats of Saturn" has the Biker Mice get mistakenly teleported to Saturn and they find a tribe of surfing Catatonians who defected from their race because they detested their evil ways.
  • Scratch, the wildcat in The Biskitts, always trying to eat the heroes.
  • CatDog: Cat doesn't quite fit the trope: he is a heroic character, and has had quite a few moments of kindness and generosity. He has a definite jerk streak, though. Contrast the cats from the episode "The Cat Club", who are borderline feline supremacists who have a desire to wipe out dogs.
  • One of the two Big Bads in Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers is feline crime boss Fat Cat. (Originally, he was a pet belonging to Aldrin Klordane, the villain in the Five-Episode Pilot.) One of his henchmen, Mepps, is also a cat. In the pilot episode, Fat Cat and his main henchmen deal with the Siamese Twins, a pair of felines that scare even him. In one episode, Fat Cat's French cousin is the villain. (Finding out that the guy is Fat Cat's cousin is more than enough to make Monterey Jack not like him.) Also, when Gadget becomes a human's good luck charm (or so he thinks), his cat becomes jealous enough to kill, her being his previous charm. (Of course, in a show where the heroes consist of two chipmunks and two mice, it's natural that some villainous cats are going to show up.)
  • In Classic Disney Shorts, the regular antagonist of Mickey Mouse (and Co.) is Peg-leg Pete, a rather large, imposing bully-of-a-cat. The anthropomorphic dog, Goofy, is amiable, simple-minded, and good-natured, and Pluto is just...a dog.
    • Peg-leg Pete later becomes Black Pete in the Disney films, the boorish villain.
    • In the Alice Comedies Disney made before creating Mickey, Pete is a nondescript bearlike creature. Alice is also accompanied by a non-villainous cat named Julius.
      • In House of Mouse, there is some proof that Pete is a cat, as evidenced by Mickey telling Pluto that Pete's the only cat he's allowed to chase.
      • Also, Pete's a villain (albeit an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain) in the Kingdom Hearts games, though you do meet his Steamboat Willie version, who's more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold. This particular version of Pete is also seen in Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
      • Pete's especially villainous in Disney's The Prince and the Pauper.
      • Pete is usually mean when he appears with Goofy (e.g. Goof Troop), but not necessarily evil, generally fitting the "grumpy, boorish neighbor" stereotype rather than being an actual villain. And he occasionally even crosses into Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
      • The 1937 short The Worm Turns both supports and subverts this. Mickey is a chemist who creates a courage formula which turns weak characters into courageous ones, which means they Took a Level in Badass. He first uses it on a less anthropomorphic mouse being tormented by a cat, and then when Pluto chases said cat, Mickey uses the formula on the feline, who proceeds to open a can of whoop-ass on the dog. This work is especially interesting in that it inverts the normal pecking order of the classic American cartoon "food chain" step by step; mouse to cat to dog to dogcatcher (here played by Peg-Leg Pete).
    • The main villain of the first act of Goliath II is a tiger named Rajah (no relation to the nice, similarly-named tiger from Aladdin), who is constantly trying to eat the titular elephant. He is ultimately defeated by being tossed into a crocodile's mouth, but later crawled out unharmed and ran away, never to be seen again.
    • Downplayed and subverted with Figaro. In Pinocchio he is a cute feline character who was not really mean, just a bit bratty and impatient. However after gaining a star role in some of the Classic Disney Shorts, Figaro was portrayed as a slightly mean-spirited character, usually acting as a rival for Pluto. However, he usually didn't exceed much past being rather rambunctious and moody.
  • The Crazy Old Cat Lady, a recurring Villain of the Week in Codename: Kids Next Door, is a Crazy Cat Lady both literally and figuratively, being half-human, half-cat and owning a large amount of cats who follow her every evil command, even having the ability to Make My Monster Grow on herself.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    • Katz. He has a smooth voice and a composed demeanor, but this does nothing to hide a fact that he's a sociopath who frequently lures people to their death under the guise of running a business. He's one of Courage's deadliest foes.
    • Kitty initially appears to be this trope but is a zigzagged example, as it turns out she has a legitimate grievance against some dogs, but she took it out on poor Courage, and she warms up after Courage saves her "friend" Bunny.
  • Craig of the Creek:
    • Gus has only appeared a few times, but always causes trouble when he does. In one episode, he even threatens to put Craig's grandfather in the hospital, claiming he did the same to his own owner.
    • J.P's cat, Goo, on the other hand, averts this trope completely. The only time she shows any antagonism is when J.P. tries to take away her favorite toy.
  • DC Super Hero Girls 2019: Unlike the comics, played very straight with Dex-Starr. Here, he has no Dark and Troubled Past, he's just an evil, bad-tempered cat, who savages everyone who comes near him. What finally draws in the Red Lantern ring is Jessica Cruz's endless, unwanted attempts to find a home for him.
  • In Devil May Care, cats are supposedly the only truly evil creatures in Hell. In the premiere episode, they actually attempt to overthrow the Devil himself.
  • On The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy once sent Wanda on a Snipe Hunt, by wishing that she train a cat. The cat only ends up scratching her.
  • Family Guy:
    • When Brian leaves in "Brian: Portrait of a Dog", the Griffins get a new cat. In the cat's first appearance, it hisses at the family from the top of the fridge and throws fireworks. Peter later notes how he loves their new cat with his back revealing plenty of claw marks.
    • Exaggerated in "Brian the Closer": At one point, Brian says "Well, for the next 72 hours, I'm gonna be harder to find than a nice cat." The Cutaway Gag that follows shows that a cat named Mittens has used its poop to spell out "WAY TO MISCARRY" in the litterbox for its owner to read.
    • "Family Cat" has the Griffins adopt a cat named Pouncy much to Brian's displeasure. Naturally, Pouncy turns out to have sinister motives and plans to turn Meg into a Crazy Cat Lady. According to Quagmire, all cats want to do this to their human owners.
  • In Father of the Pride, Sierra has a rebellious, stuck-up personality and Sarmoti is extremely rude and insulting towards Larry (despite saying in one episode that he still loves him and the whole family no matter what).
  • Fluffy Gardens: Played straight with Fudge and Lily, twin kittens who enjoy to pull pranks on other characters, but averted with the wise and intelligent Paulo.
  • Most cats in Foofur are mean, except Fencer. In an episode when Fencer decides to live among cats he can't get used to their evil ways and remains with the dogs.
  • One Futurama episode "That Darn Katz!"
    Thubanian Leader: On the whole, Earth's society is useless. But they do have these things called "antique rugs" that are great for peeing on.
  • Inverted with Fraidy from Fraidy Cat. He is the exact opposite of mean. In fact, he’s a very timid cat who sometimes does the right thing.
  • Garfield:
  • Heathcliff & the Catillac Cats:
    • Heathcliff is another antiheroic feline; while a likeable guy, he also tends to pick fights, steal fish, and generally cause trouble. Oddly, he befriends mice like Garfield does.
    • His co-stars The Catillac Cats go back and forth on this trope. Riff Raff and Hector are rambunctious alley cats, and Cleo's personality changes with each new writer, but Wordsworth is harmless, Mungo is a Gentle Giant, and all of them have Jerk with a Heart of Gold moments.
  • Inspector Gadget, Dr. Claw's cat Mad Cat definitely fits this.
  • One of Johnny Test's enemies is Mr. Mittens, an evil cat endowed with heightened intelligence similar to Johnny's dog, Dukey, who in his debut episode tries to transform the entire town into cats.
  • In Josie and the Pussycats, Sebastian the cat is definitely mean.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat is described by the other characters as "evil, sadistic, cruel, hypocritical, egoistic, and psychopathic" and spends his time finding new ways to bully the people around him.
  • The Kappa Mikey episode "Lily Meow" features a devious, scheming, Devil in Plain Sight kitten named Kello who uses his cuteness as a weapon.
  • The Copycats in the 80s music-themed animated show Kidd Video, that looked like a series-long MTV video. The Copycats were the main henchmen of the series' Big Bad.
  • Kid vs. Kat is Exactly What It Says on the Tin, with the antagonist being an alien feline bent on world domination who looks like one of those hairless cats.
  • Kim Possible has two: Princess the Robo-Cat and Sassie the Puma.
  • An episode of King of the Hill deals with this trope. Hank signs up to care for the pet of an army commander, assuming immediately that "Pet" means "Dog". When he's assigned a cat, named Duke, Hank is portrayed as cheated and humiliated for it. Further, Duke himself is mean and ill-tempered, making life a living hell for his good-natured caretakers. Bill meanwhile, winds up taking care of a dog through the same program, who winds up not only being loyal and well-behaved, but makes Bill successful with the opposite sex. Subtle.
  • Krypto the Superdog has to deal with Mechanikat, Snooky Wookums, and Isis. Even his feline sidekick, Streaky, can come across as a bit of a jerk sometimes. Though if you lived with a girl like Andrea, you'd probably have the same personality...
  • One of the bullies in Lenny & Sid is a huge female cat named Hilda.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • Sylvester is a (bit) more buffoon-like than even Tom of Tom and Jerry, to the extent that he can even be endearing. Tweety may seem innocent and plays up the cute angle, but is, to some extent, a Devil in Plain Sight, despite being the hero, as he has a real malicious streak (especially in the very early Tweety shorts, like A Tale Of Two Kitties). When Sylvester appears in shorts without Tweety, he is sometimes the hero.
      • In fact, in one cartoon, Sylvester went to Birds Anonymous to try to give up his habit of chasing birds. By the end of the cartoon, he appeared to have succeeded, but ironically, his sponsor relapsed.
      • Sylvester arguably came off as the most sympathetic Looney Tunes antagonist, given that, unlike others that were directly antagonistic or criminals, most of Sylvester's actions didn't exceed past that of a normal cat (in some cases, he was established as half-starved and desperate for food). It's worsened in that, similar to the Tom and Jerry example, the universe seems skewed to punish Sylvester: when not labelling him a monster and a cad for trying to catch an innocent little bird, he is being branded a coward and a joke for NOT catching another (supposedly) smaller defenseless animal. And of course, there were plenty of moments mice, birds, and dogs tortured him unprovoked.
      • His son, Sylvester Jr, while rather snobbish and condescending to his father's bumbling, is pretty tame too.
      • Chuck Jones did a few cartoons where Sylvester, as Porky Pig's pet cat, is the only one who can see horrific attempts on their lives from evil mice, or abduction by space aliens, and here he's The Voiceless and can only communicate through ineffectual pantomime to the doubting Porky.
    • Chuck Jones' Claude Cat was eventually recast as a mean antagonist to the much cuter Frisky Puppy and/or Pussyfoot the Kitten. He even changes appearance in the recasting, going from soft and rounded to scraggly and angular like Wile. E. Coyote.
    • The cartoon “Puss ‘n Booty” has one of the nastiest cats alive in Rudolph. He’s more cunning than Sylvester (since he’s able to deceive his mistress into believing that a canary he ate flew away) and far less buffoonish. He suffers Laser-Guided Karma when the newest canary, Petey, not only outwits him but is implied to eat Rudolph at the end! No tears are shed for the cat.
  • Love, Death & Robots: In "Three Robots", cats are implied to have wiped out humanity after being given thumbs and no longer needing them to open their food cans.
    X-BOT 4000: Why did humans even consort with these murder-machines?
  • Ziggo, the pet cat of Panthea from the first season of Mia and Me is basically mean to anyone who isn't Panthea. He's also one of the few animals in the series who doesn't get along with Mia, although he is slightly less hostile towards her.
  • Mighty Mouse cartoons used "Cats are Evil" as their main premise. (One that stood out was his Arch-Enemy, Oil Can Harry.)
  • In Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Cat-themed Plagg is lazier and more aloof than most of the other kwamis. He's not outright mean, but he's certainly not the constant source of good advice that Tikki is.
    • In the original plan, Cat Noir was a character named Felix Agreste, who was supposed to be standoffish and rude when not in the suit, and manipulative when in the suit. (In the show proper, however, the prototype character got split in two: Adrien Agreste, who is now Cat Noir, doesn't have a mean bone in his body; and while Felix Fathom is certainly mean, he has, outside of his name, no real association with cats.)
  • Toralei Stripe the werecat in Monster High, moreso in her early appearances.
  • Mummies Alive!: The episode "Paws" has the Egyptian Cat Goddess Bastet as the Villain of the Week. She turns every cat in the city of San Francisco against humans and brainwashes one of the heroes into being her slave.
  • Rarity's pet cat Opalescence in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can be nasty to just about anyone except Fluttershy, the resident Friend to All Living Things. Rarity herself is sometimes just asking for it, like when she's innocently insensitive to what makes her pet feel uncomfortable, but Opal's attitude is pretty indiscriminate towards everyone. She occasionally shows affection toward her owner.
  • Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks: Mr. Jinks, the frenemy of Pixie and Dixie.
  • All cats in Pound Puppies (1980s) are mean, especially Catgut, the main villain's Right-Hand Cat.
  • An episode of The Powerpuff Girls involved a faceless Bond-style villain who was, in fact, being mind controlled by his Right-Hand Cat, the true villain. This incident turns off Professor Utonium from cats. It gets a Call-Back seasons later when Ms. Keane leaves him because they disagree about cats.
  • Manx, a pretty mean ally cat and one of Slimer's villains in Slimer!, the Lighter and Softer Spin-Off of The Real Ghostbusters.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • Played straight with Ren and Stimpy in the episode, "Who's Stupid Now?", as a consequence of the Personality Swap plot. And then subverted at the end, when it turned out Stimpy was only acting, and praises Ren with "You're the greatest!", along with everybody else.
    • Played straighter in the episode "The Littlest Giant", with two giant cat bullies who taunt and laugh at the eponymous giant (Stimpy) and cause him to run away. It should be noted that Stimpy is a cat himself.
  • Robot Chicken:
    • Robot Chicken condensed this entire trope into one thirty-second skit: a cat, sitting at the top of a staircase, deliberately trips its owner. Big, flashing letters declare "Cats Are Jerks". We then get the tripping in super slo-motion, just to make the point.
    • In a much later skit, several officials discuss why there was a cat at many disasters such as Kennedy's assassination and Hurricane Katrina (and also the above sketch). They conclude that they are being manipulated by cats. When one asks, "what can we do?", the scientist reveals himself as a cat, responds "YOU CAN DO NOTHING!", and shoots them all. Then a big "Cats are Jerks" pops up.
  • Custard, next door neighbour cat to Roobarb is the resident Deadpan Snarker, spearheading heckling to Roobarb's antics and even cheating or sabotaging some of his schemes personally. They have moments as Vitriolic Best Buds where he shows he's not a complete heel however.
  • Fluffy, Angelica's cat from Rugrats. She is particularly mean in her introduction episode where she trashes Tommy's living room just for fun.
  • Samurai Jack has the Imikandi, a race of feline warriors hired by Aku to kill Jack, and only spare him because they are impressed with his fighting skill. Then, in Season 5, there are a group of tiger-like monsters representing the Daughters of Aku, which are defeated in an epic battle with a wolf representing Jack. Even the otherwise friendly titular Creature from "Jack and the Creature" has shades of this trope, as it takes on a more feline appearance when it gets angry.
  • In The Secret Files of The Spy Dogs, dogs are the heroes, so cats are often the villains.
  • Pidsley the cat in Shaun the Sheep is clearly the main antagonist of the second season, though not evil, more like a prick, as the show is very light-hearted.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Parodied. The Show Within a Show "The Itchy & Scratchy Show" features a subversion — Itchy and Scratchy magnifies the degree of sadism with which Jerry treated Tom. Itchy and Scratchy just removes the "he started it" justification. Scratchy the cat is dumb and nice, believing Itchy to be his friend, while Itchy conspires to kill him for no reason whatsoever. Sometimes, Scratchy, the cat, tries to team up with Itchy, the mouse. Itchy usually takes this opportunity to launch an appallingly violent surprise attack.
    • In one Halloween Episode, they genuinely teamed up to chase after Bart and Lisa (who had been drawn into their world via a TV remote powered by plutonium), after Scratchy actually saw the two of them laughing at Itchy's pranks, and they both thought it was mean.
  • The Smurfs (1981) wouldn't argue about this. Gargamel has a really nasty cat named Azrael who views them the same way most cats do mice.
  • Subverted and inverted with the mother puma and her kittens in the "Woodland Critters Christmas" episode of South Park. The pumas turn out to be good, while the Christmas Critters, who are Woodland Creatures, turn out to be evil and are raising The Antichrist.
  • Played straight in the Sports Cartoons that used to air on Nickelodeon during commercial breaks. The blue cat, in every cartoon except for one, is an unfair cheater who almost always gets his come-uppance by either the hippopotamus or the pig.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series both subverts this trope and plays it straight. On the one hand Lt. M'Ress, a purrfectly nice Cat Folk alien who resembles a maned bipedal lioness, joins the Enterprise crew. However, "The Slaver Weapon" introduces the Kzinti (see Known Space in Literature above) into the Star Trek universe, and they're just as warlike as in the original stories.
    • Much later, Star Trek: Lower Decks gave us Dr. T'ana, another Caitian who serves as the CMO of the Cerritos; she can definitely be a Dr. Jerk (and swears a lot), but isn't completely heartless. She's more or less an overgrown alley cat wearing a lab coat; her Furry Reminder will kick in when funny, such as her going into heat and wanting a box to play in, or scratching and hissing at Tendi when the latter attempts to give T'ana her medical scan. There's also a Kzinti ensign onboard, who isn't mean either (aside from acting kinda stuck-up in one episode, and by the end he wises up).
  • The Zygerrians in Star Wars: The Clone Wars were a race of Cat Folk whose species hat was slavery (which meant they thrived under The Empire later on).
  • While the actual space!cats in Star Wars Rebels run the gamut from nice to mean, Director Dave Filoni makes an analogy using this trope to explain the attitude and behavior of Chopper, the resident troll droid.
    Dave: "If Artoo is your favorite dog, then Chopper is the cat."
  • SWAT Kats takes place on an alien planet inhabited by anthropomorphic cats. Thus, some of them are good and some evil. The Rogues Gallery of villainous cats in the series includes Dark Kat (Big Bad crime boss), Doctor Viper (a half-reptilian Mad Scientist), the Metallikats (married gangsters brought Back from the Dead as Killer Robots), Hard Drive (a computer hacker with the ability to override machinery and travel through Cyberspace with a special jacket known as a Surge Coat), the Pastmaster (a Time Traveling sorcerer), and Madkat (a Monster Clown with magical powers).
  • Zig-zagged in TaleSpin. Shere Khan is a ruthless businessman with some questionable morality when it comes to his work, but otherwise has a very strong sense of honor and integrity (he's even willing to admit when he's wrong). He also has a (grudging) respect towards Baloo. He's more along the lines of True Neutral or possibly Neutral Evil, since he's more interested in profit than anything of true malice.
  • Kitty, the psychotic Devil in Plain Sight cat from Taz-Mania.
  • The Shape Bandit from Team Umizoomi is very clever and tricky when stealing shapes, but not mean. In fact, the reason why he stole all those shapes in the first place is because he wanted to build a house to live in Umi City. When that was done, he inverts it altogether by never stealing shapes again.
  • The Thing: The Yancy Street Gang's cat Roscoe in "The Thing Goes to the Dogs", who aids the gang in their plan to kidnap Ronald Radford's dog Countess.
  • In ThunderCats (2011), this is exaggerated and Played for Drama, as Thundera's Proud Warrior Race, the Cats, rule their empire under the jingoistic presumption that Cats Are Superior. 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. There are some exceptions to the rule, young Rebel Prince Lion-O and his ThunderCats among them, but the Cats' cruelty proves a Fatal Flaw for Thundera as a whole.
  • Tom from Tom and Jerry is shown to be a cruel, self-centered, and devious Buffoonish Tomcat. Granted, there are notable exceptions to this. One example involves, him growing to care about Little Quacker (a duckling) and saving him from cooking himself alive. (It Makes Sense in Context.) Afterwards, he affectionately hugs him, starts crying a river of Tears of Joy, and the two are later seen happily swimming together in a pond.
  • Touché Turtle and Dum Dum: "Dog Daze," "Catch as Cat Can," and "Kat-Napped" feature trouble-making felines who respectively cause problems for a dog, a mouse, and a canary, necessitating the turtle and sheepdog's intervention.
  • Ravage from Transformers is a Decepticon leopard/puma.
  • In one Underdog story, the villain was Overcat, an Evil Overlord who ruled a whole planet of cat people, who wanted to invade Earth for their milk. (Serious Business to them, as it was a staple of their diet and the wells they got it from had run dry.) This guy was not only mean, he was nearly a match for Underdog as far as physical strength and super-powers were concerned. (Rare among his enemies, who tended to be Mad Scientists and others who relied on diabolical technology.)
  • In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Stray", Wander befriends a seemingly innocent kitten named Li'l Bits who is actually a bounty hunter hired by Lord Hater. "The Catastrophe" later sees Li'l Bits pretending to be a clumsy Cute Kitten named Baby Cakes while she brainwashes people who watch her cute videos into giving her their money.
  • In What About Mimi?, Mimi's cat Wimbledon is pretty vicious and people often end up covered in bandages after dealing with him.
  • Xiaolin Showdown: Pretty much all the felines in the series are portrayed as evil (several characters even mention that they don't like cats).
    • Katnappé, a cat-themed villain, uses genetically altered super kittens as weapons against the monks. They may look cute, but are very vicious.
    • Chase Young has an army of jungle cats as his Right-Hand Attack Cats. They turn out to be warriors he defeated and stole the powers from. After turning Omi to the Heylin side and convincing him to stay even after regaining his good Chi, Chase turns Omi into a cat. Although he growls at the other monks initially, he ends up subverting this because he still has his consciousness and doesn't want to fight for the Heylin side, only staying because he swore loyalty to Chase Young when he wasn't himself. During the soccer showdown, he plays on the Xiaolin team before turning back into a human.

  • Invoked with the word "catty". While it can mean "resembling a cat", it's much more common meaning is "malicious and mean-spirited."


The Cheshire Cat

The ever-smiling Cheshire Cat is quite the odd character, able to disappear and reappear at will and even bend his body as he pleases.

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