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Cats Are Snarkers

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Calvin: From now on, the world's going to know exactly what I think of it!
Hobbes: Yes, you've certainly been the model of self-restraint and understatement up until now.
Calvin: Well, no more. [beat, as he turns to glare at Hobbes] And I've also resolved not to put up with sarcastic tigers.
Hobbes: If I see any, I'll tell them.

Many traits associated with cats, including cleverness and contemptuousness (among others), tend also to be associated with Deadpan Snarkers — coming mainly from the association with cats as being aloof, unaffected, coming off as superior, and being associated with sense and grace. As such, it only makes sense that some works would have some cats be among their most sarcastic characters, whether as verbally-sarcastic talking cats or as Silent Snarkers. This could sometimes involve a cat as a Snarky Non-Human Sidekick.

Note that this trope isn't JUST about domestic cats, or even about cats that look like domestic cats either. It could apply to bigger cats as well.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • In the second Sally the Witch series, Sally has a talking cat named Dabdab and he's pretty snarky.
  • Both Luna and Artemis from Sailor Moon are masters of snark, especially when dealing with their respective less-than-devoted protégés Usagi and Minako.
  • Yoruichi from Bleach is quite sarcastic in her cat form... and her human form. Let's just call her a Deadpan Snarker in general.
  • Pokémon: Meowth, that's right!
  • Koneko Toujou from High School DXD. She is a Cat Girl, and most of her sarcastic remarks tend to go towards Issei Hyodo, whom she at first disliked, but later warmed up to and ultimately fell in love with.
  • Carla from Fairy Tail. Happy can also be a smartass, usually toward Lucy, but it's usually not as much snark as giggling mockery.
    • Also Lector and Pantherlilly.
  • While the title character from Kimba the White Lion is an Ideal Hero, he occasionally says a snarky line when he's talking with his enemies.
    Bella Dona: Now tell me, Kimba: What happened to that turtle?! If you don't tell me where that turtle is, I'm going to... I'm going to...
    Kimba: You're going to be punished by Tonga for letting him escape? (smiles)
  • Toyed with in the "Nekotalia" strips of Axis Powers Hetalia. There are all kinds of cats there, but the only one who really fits in is Tama a.k.a. Japaneko... and that's when he's not ranting about tuna.
  • Mao from Darker Than Black. Mostly because he misses being human.
  • A lot of the cats in Cat Paradise are like this, including the main character's cat, Kansuke. Kaen is just plain mean, though.
  • A Cruel God Reigns: Nadia's cat, Octavian.
  • Amanojaku from Ghost Stories is the snarkiest character on the show.
  • Sakamoto of Nichijou displays traits of this after the professor makes him a scarf that allows him to talk.
  • Meow of Space Dandy, though he constantly reminds Dandy he is NOT a cat, but a Beetlejucian.

    Comic Books 
  • Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch in several adaptations. It should be noted that in those adaptions, Salem was originally a warlock who tried to take over the world and was turned into a cat as punishment. In the original comic, he was just Sabrina's pet cat who occasionally had magical powers.
  • Hairball from Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers.
  • John Blacksad, in tandem with his Film Noir Private Detective persona.
  • Katten Jansson ("Katten" means "The Cat") from the Swedish comic Bamse is a small black-and-white cat (and one of few non-anthro animals in the series) whose best friend is an equally-snarky mouse. They switch between snarking at each other and teaming up to snark at the world in general.
  • Rusty Duncan from Sunnyville Stories is always ready to make jokes and witty replies.
  • The cat from The Rabbi's Cat is an atheist and mocks the Rabbi for believing in anachronistic unscientific and allegorical stories as literal truth and yet wants to convert to Judaism and have a Bar Mitzvah in order to be able to associate with the rabbi's daughter. He also convinces the Rabbi's master who takes the religion more seriously still that he is god, and has come as a test, that obviously he isn't a cat because cats can't talk. Then when the man is kneeling and weeping, he says "no, I was just messing with you, I'm just a talking cat."
  • Susan Peardew from Wild's End gets the best snark and the best facial expressions.

    Comic Strips 
  • Garfield, of course.
    Jon: You know Garfield, I get the feeling you're a cat with a little cynic in you.
    Garfield: That's not true! I'm a cynic with a little cat around me.
  • Hobbes the imaginary and/or covertly-real (depending on how you interpret him) tiger from Calvin and Hobbes is arguably the most frequent Deadpan Snarker in the series. (Interestingly enough, author Bill Watterson claimed his pet cat partly inspired the portrayal of Hobbes, but he didn't specify whether or not this included the snarky personality.)
    Calvin: "Live for the moment" is my motto. You never know how long you've got! You could step into the road tomorrow, and wham, you get hit by a cement truck! Then you'd be sorry you put off your pleasures! That's why I say "live for the moment." What's your motto?
    Hobbes: "Look down the road."
  • Bucky from Get Fuzzy who, like Garfield, has a sidekick who exemplifies Dogs are Dumb.
  • Palmtop in Safe Havens has more or less settled into this role.

    Fan Works 
  • Light's Familiar Cleo from NoHoper:
    Light: You know what? I'm going to name you.
    Cleo: "Name me"? What do I need a name for? I am the best, how can anyone not know who I am? And you, what do you need a name for? You are so recognisable, you are unforgettable!
    Light: And what's that supposed to mean?
    Cleo: Nothing. I just think names are stupid. All you need to know is that you are a can-opener, and I am the Great-I-Am!
    Light: Well, you deserve a name, you know, one that doesn't invoke cries of "blasphemy".
  • The moment the bobcat outlaw Delilah Rangler first appears in Old West, she shows herself to be habitually sarcastic.
    Delilah: Surprised you don't know me, honey... and here I thought I was quite infamous. Well, I was until this new Sheriff stole my thunder.
    Beans: Stole your—?
    Delilah: Don't worry, sweet-eyes, it went over your head.
  • Once the animosity between them (particularly on her side) settles down, this pretty much describes a great deal of the interactions between Tai Lung and Tigress in A Different Lesson, but it's the snow leopard more than any other character who is the most sarcastic in the story.
    • One of the first things he says to Shifu, after the red panda visits him in his cell following the Final Battle from the first movie and claims he wants to help:
    Tai Lung: Oh, really? Is that why you're here? To come and kiss my wounds and make them all better?
    • And during his morning trip to the village with Tigress to pick up supplies (during which he has to carry all the baskets), the villagers all panic, scream, and run when they see him, leading to this response from her, followed by a thought from him he was very wise to keep to himself:
    Tigress: I can't believe you...what did you think was going to happen?
    It was on the tip of his tongue to blurt out one of his typical sarcastic comments—in this case, that he'd had no idea the villagers had never laid eyes on her this early in the morning, though she was indeed a terrifying sight so soon after rising.
  • In the second Weasley Girl novel, Crookshanks is Suddenly Speaking when Ronnie learns the Animal Talk Charm. Turns out that not only does he talk like the Artful Dodger, but he's about as cheeky and sarcastic as him too.

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    Live-Action TV 

  • Humphrey the Downing Street Cat, as portrayed in the BBC Radio 4 series Political Animals, elaborately takes the piss out of his famous human owners.
  • The title character of 1996 science fiction comedy series Seymour the Fractal Cat is pretty snarky, though he could have picked it up from any of the show's other major snarkers: his two previous owners and the computer that granted him sentience.

  • Moppet and Poppet in the opera Paul Bunyan are snarkers in a philosophical way, quoting Peer Gynt.

    Video Games 
  • Sissel from Ghost Trick is certainly a snarker, though even he doesn't find out he's a cat until the very end of the game.
  • Sulpher, from Mana Khemia: Alchemists of Al-Revis, isn't the Mana of Snark, but only because he's actually an ordinary house cat.
  • The Cheshire Cat from American McGee's Alice personifies the snarkishness, although "Snark" in that game has a quite different meaning.
  • Carol from Freedom Planet is pretty snarky.
    Carol: Well this stinks, how are we going to get more money?
    Lilac: We'll think of something. What I want to know is why Spade's working for Mayor Zao.
    Carol: Mm, buttloads of cash.
  • Kyle Kitcat, from Kyle & Lucy: Wonderworld, is described as a snarker in his official character art.

    Web Animation 
  • In RWBY, Blake is a cat-type faunus, and fittingly she's the team-member who's most often letting loose with a snarky remark (usually at Weiss).

    Web Comics 
  • Krosp in Girl Genius. Also a Snarky Non-Human Sidekick.
  • Charlene and Leonard in Horndog.
  • Grape Jelly Sandwich, and to a lesser extent Maxwell in Housepets!
  • Spark of Dominic Deegan mostly prefers to make lame puns.
  • Lola And Mr Wrinkles: Mr. Wrinkles has no problem with being sarcastic around Lola, such as calling her "Sherlock" after she doesn't immediately understand why (being a Sphynx cat) he's not happy about the snow.
  • Vanex from Zoophobia.
  • Percy the cat from Sinfest is quite snarky too. Naturally, she's paired with an idiotic dog.

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    Web Videos 
  • Sylvester, from this YouTube video.
  • Sad Cat Diary has cats writing entries into their diaries of things they consider tragic, with such entries stating how their food is a little less full, how the authorities wouldn't open the door to the garden, or how the authorities had removed the black pants. Contrasted with Sad Dog Diary, which has entries that call the dogs' owners "Dearest Human" and lament that they don't know if "Dearest Human" cleans their genitals or knows how to poop. Also, while they trust their cat friends, the cats are assholes to the dogs.

    Western Animation 

Alternative Title(s): Cats Are Snarky


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