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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.
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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.
  • Koneko Toujou from High School D×D. 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.
  • 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)

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
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    Comic Strips 
  • The titular character of Garfield regularly snarks about everything surrounding him.
    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.
  • A Different Lesson: 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 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • Aladdin: Rajah, Princess Jasmine's pet tiger. He's especially snarky to any suitors of Jasmine (Aladdin in particular, since he's the only one that she liked back), probably out of jealousy.
  • Bolt: Mittens is known for being particularly snarky and sarcastic. She often quips at Bolt to bring him down a notch.
    Bolt: I will Super-Bark you out of that tree!
    Mittens: Go nuts. Let's see how that works out for ya.
    [Bolt normal-barks]
    Mittens: Oh, the super-bark. Scary, scary.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Tai Lung shows definite shades of this, particularly when meeting Po for the first time.
    Tai Lung: What are you going to do, big guy? Sit on me?
  • The Lion King (1994): Scar.
    Simba: I'm gonna be king of Pride Rock!
    Scar: Oh goody.
    Simba: My dad just showed me the whole kingdom! And I'm gonna rule it all!
    Scar: Yes. Well, forgive me for not leaping for joy, bad back you know.
    Simba: Hey uncle Scar! When I'm king, what'll that make you?
    Scar: A monkey's uncle.
  • The Secret of Kells: Pangur Ban never speaks, but her expressions speak volumes.
  • The cat in The Last Unicorn is very snarky, although he's also very poetic, so it's ok.

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    Literature 
  • Tybalt, who is often referred to "King of Cats", in the October Daye series. He is usually witty and snarky towards Toby.
  • Bunnicula: Chester is more notable for being a Conspiracy Theorist but he's also prone to eye-rolling quips when Harold's a little slow in keeping up with his theories.
  • Young Wizards:
    • The Cat-Wizards have developed an unofficial version of their Badass Creed for when they really aren't in the mood for the people they have to deal with.
      I will meet the terminally clueless today, idiots, and those with hairballs for brains, and those whose ears need a good shredding before you can even get their attention. I do not have to be like them, even though I would dearly love to hit them hard enough to make the empty places in their heads echo ...
    • Tualha. Right up to and including snarking in the Lone Power's face.

    Radio 
  • 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.

    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.
  • The Jackbox Party Pack: Mayonnaise, the feline host of "Split the Room" in Party Pack 5, occasionally makes snarky asides when describing the set-up for a scenario.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • Percy the cat from Sinfest is quite snarky too. Naturally, she's paired with an idiotic dog.

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    Web Videos 
  • 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 
  • Azrael in The Smurfs, though he snarks in meows and may not even be snarking.
  • Opalescence from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. The timing of her meows and facial expressions combined give off this trope's feel. This applies especially well to "Sweet and Elite", where Rarity keeps talking to Opal about various things and Opal almost constantly responds in a Silent Snarker type way. Also the time that Sweetie Belle wonders aloud if she could be good with animals; Opal slices off part of her mane with Audible Sharpness and smirks as if to say "Lol, U mad?" The only thing is, she is only like this when Fluttershy isn't around. When Fluttershy is around, Opal becomes a perfect little cat.
  • Sebastian from Josie and the Pussycats is yet another non-talking example. His suppressed chuckling at Alexandra's misfortunes is quite frequent.
  • Dodsworth was a very short-lived Warner Bros. character, appearing in only two shorts. He was a lazy, obese cat with Sheldon Leonard furnishing his snarks. As he allows an army of mice to steal food past him: "One 'o these days, I'm gonna have to get a mousetrap."

 
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