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Amongst all the global issues, civil wars, financial crises, terrorism, a brand new threat appears...

We found it too hard to fight back...because...these Cats...are too cute.

Come to think of it, Cats have already invaded the internet too...We have the best information technology systems and use them to look at Cats.

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"Why is the new weapon a Cat?"

and he answered -

"Because I love Cats."

I remember my days as a kid, I wanted to be a major leaguer.

Now...Now I want to be a millionaire CEO of a Social Networking Service.

YES/NO

Whatever the answer is...I want to tell you one thing.

That's pretty much it.
— The game's introduction, summing up most of its story.

Yeah, it's THAT kind of game.

The Battle Cats (にゃんこ大戦争, Nyanko Daisensou) is a Tower Defence game released by PONOS corporation in 2014 with a 3DS port in 2016. The game stars a group of mutant Cats who are trying to take over the world. To do this, they buy other Cats and send them out of a base. Along the way, they fight Doges, Snaches, and other such enemies.

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Got all that? Good.

The core gameplay is simple. You can carry up to 10 different types of Cats with you. Your money builds up over time, and when you have enough, you can send out a Cat, which walks towards the enemy base and tries to knock it down. It then needs to recharge before it can be sent out again. Most battles, as is per the norm for this kind of Tower Defence, quickly devolve into whose Zerg Rush is stronger.

Despite the seeming simplicity, The Battle Cats has quite a lot of complexity. There are 9 Normal Cats, the Special Cats, and hundreds upon hundreds of Rare, Super Rare, and even Uber Rare Cats. With over 300 Cats to choose from, most of them costing Cat Food, it's a safe bet that you won't be deleting this one anytime soon.


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  • Animesque: The majority of the more human-like units are this.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Including but not limited to: bottles, IV stands, shovels, tins of Cat Food, drills, puppets, and Frickin' Laser Beams.
  • The Alcoholic: A few cats can be seen drinking, but Adult Cat takes the cake for biggest drunk. It gets so bad that his later forms replace the bottle with an IV stand and his True Form has him jailed for his own good. To emphasize: he was tied up for his own good because he drank 20 entire wine coolers!
  • Alpha Bitch: Apparently evoked with Celeboodle enemy, which is a haughty poodle. Turns into a stealth pun when you realize what a female dog is called.
    Female college student who enjoys chit-chat with her girls every afternoon at high end cafés. Her friends secretly hate her.
  • Allegedly Free Game: While the game already offers you enough cat units for free to win the game, Uber Rare Cats are usually hard to come by, even if you have the cash. If you know how to do the energy glitch however, you may bag yourself a lot of Cat Food for many rolls to come. You can also trade in 5 Cat Base upgrade orbs from the silver ticket gacha that you can no longer use to upgrade the Cat Base (i.e when the power they upgrade is at +10) for one Rare Ticket.
  • Animation Bump: The movement and attacks of the Uber Rare Cats and the Crazed Cats are noticeably more fluid than the normal Cats.
  • Anti-Climax: The final stage of Stories of Legend is nothing but a short, barren stage with a 9,999,999 health enemy base and a single, unbuffed Doge once the base reaches 1% health... as well as a torrent of heavily buffed Doges from all points of the game should the player take more than 200 seconds to win. Fortunately, the boss that comes after is much better.
  • April Fools: On March 31st, 2018 (April 1st in Japan,) an ad on the title screen lead to a fake news website announcing a rhythm game titled "School Cat Club Idol Heart Live Plus!" It also featured an ad for the movie 'Your Cat's Name' and some fake news headlines such as:
    • BREAKING: Gamatoto released from intensive care following Catamin overdose.
    • Popular DogeTuber "T. Bun-Bun" under fire after anti-Hippoe comments.
    • A Forbidden Romance?! Actress Cat & Beefcake Cat CAUGHT!
  • Arbitrary Minimum Range: Any cat or enemy with the Long Distance trait has greatly increased range in exchange for not being able to attack anything too close to it.
  • Arc Number: 222 (as well as other permeations of 2's) is used as the name of Killer Cat's unlock stage, on Prisoner Cat's uniform, and as the base HP on some stages, as well as on subtler things like the amount of damage Hermit Cat and Codename: Red Riding do per hit, and the amount of money dropped by Spacefish Jones and the aforementioned Hermit Cat.
    • This is because February 22 (2/22) is recognized as Cat Day in Japan.
  • Art Evolution: The backgrounds in the Cats of the Cosmos stages are noticeably more detailed than the older stages.
  • Artistic License – Biology: The enemy description for Ginger Snache mentions a thesis on reptilian hair care.
  • Ax-Crazy: Axe Cat, fittingly, is described as a "combat maniac".
  • Badass Adorable: A lot of the cats are quite cute looking, yet they are strong enough to take over the entire world, the future, the past and the universe
  • Bears Are Bad News: While Teacher Bear and Ursamajor may qualify, Assassin Bear definitely does so.
  • Bishōnen Line: Bahamut Cat's first form looks like a rather bestial dragon, while his second form looks a lot more menacing and monstrous. But when he finally evolves into Awakened Bahamut, he turns into a sleek humanoid with only a few draconian traits left.
  • Boring, but Practical: All cheap cats end up in this degree. While there are some area-cleaning bosses that can stop a blob wave of stronger cats in a few blows, anything cheap as a regular Cat can put certain bosses hanging until you build back enough forces to eventually push them.
    • Rocker Cat. Despite being a Rare Cat, its effect is pretty boring; just a high health, fast attacking meatshield. Yet, its high health and resistance effect against Angels make it very useful, especially when you get its true form.
    • Salon Cat doesn’t have any abilities (besides Weaken Immunity in her True Form) but she deals a decent amount of damage, is an area attacker and is spammable meaning that you can easily make a huge stack of her and deal a ton of damage to a lot of enemies.
  • Boss Rush: The Stories of Legend levels Kugel Schreiber and Atrocious Deco feature nothing but a collection of previously introduced bosses. For the first, it's THE SLOTH, two R. Osts, Dober PD, a 1% Ms. Sign, and Assassin Bear, while in the second, it's Berserkory, Razorback, Bun Bun Symbiote, and a tag team of Boraphim and Angelic Sleipnir.
  • Captain Ersatz: The game is known to show off their creations out of other genres as their collection. Justified, as most of them are joint-cooperation of their favorite anime and gaming companies and would gladly help advertise them if asked.
  • Cats Are Mean: The plot of the game is that cats are taking over the world. As the player controls these cats, this is also a case of Villain Protagonist.
  • Chainsaw Good: Lumbercat, the Evolved Form of Gardener Cat, wields one of these. It attacks extremely fast and can freeze and permakill zombie enemies, but it has surprisingly low attack power for a chainsaw.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Downplayed and a parody of it. Macho Legs Cat and Beefcake Cat fit the billnote , until they both get outlasted by their single-bodied Titan counterparts.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Enemies tend to come in a variety of colors. Some colors have weaknesses to certain cats. The colors are White, Red, Black, grey for Metal, purple for Zombie, yellow for Angelic, and light blue for aliens. The game also lumps floating enemies into their own category.
    • The Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Neon Genesis Evangelion collabs feature 'Witch' and 'Eva Angel' enemies that take more damage from and deal less damage to certain cat units only available from their respective collabs. Each collab also features a Cat Combo that boosts the effectiveness of said skills.
    • Version 6.5 introduces starred aliens, which are affected by anti-aliens units as normal, but have their own treasure sets obtainable in Cats of the Cosmos, as well as new abilities like Warp and Barrier.
    • 7.0 introduces 'Relic' enemies that first appear in 'The New Legends'. These are the first enemies to inflict the Curse status effect.
  • Critical Hit: A number of cats (and certain enemies) have a chance to do critical hits that are indicated by a sound effect and stars flying out of their target. Crits deal doubled damage and are the only thing capable of doing full damage to Metal Enemies.
  • Critical Hit Class: A number of Cats such as Space Cat, Catornado and Jurassic Cat have low damage but fast attacks designed to proc their crits at a very high rate. These cats are almost essential for taking on stronger Metal Enemies.
    • A similar category includes Cats who have very slow attacks or take a long time between attacks, but are guaranteed to land a critical when they hit.
  • Critical Status Buff: Some cats and enemies, among which include the Cat Units Togelan Pasalan and Alpacky, have the ability to survive a lethal strike with 1 HP, but get their attack massively boosted when they reach that threshold.
  • Crutch Character: Several.
    • One in particular is the Titan Cat, a textbook Mighty Glacier with a reasonable price and cooldown meant to hold on the front that is virtually immovable. Titan Cats are meant to teach players to stock up on powerful, expensive units and eventually becomes obsolete when unit slots have already been filled with similar roles. The crutch turns into a permanent staple when Titan Cat awakens into the Jamiera Cat.
    • Axe Cat as well for the Normal Cats. It has better stats and faster attack speed than the basic Cat, is strong against Red enemies, and is still cheap and fast to produce. While it makes a mockery of early-game stages, later on, stronger enemies will be able to overpower it easily, and its higher cost than the basic Cat makes Zerg Rush tactics using it difficult.
    • Ninja Cat has low cost, is spammable, has fast attack speed, and is strong against Red enemies. Later on, even Mooks will have no problem easily defeating a level 30 Flying Ninja Cat.
    • Samurai Cat suffers from the same problems, except it's even more expensive, and its True Form doesn't really help.
    • Cats In A Box are fast, powerful, and have an Area Attack. They will carry you through the game right up until Teacher Bun Bun. After that, their utility vanishes, at least until you get their True Form.
  • Cute Kitten: Most Cats are this, sort of. The Li'l Cats fit this even better.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The members of the Dark Heroes' Uber Set revolves around stealth, espionage, subterfuge and nightmares but are ultimately on the Cats' side. One of their strongest members are even inspired by the Batman himself.
  • Dark Knight: Dark Cat, the True form of Brave Cat, is this.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Cow Cat and its Crazed form has low attack power, but hits and moves three times faster than your regular cat. Later, several other cats can do this such as Hurricat.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Ururun Wolf's description shows that she joined the cat army because they defeated her.
    • A variety of cat units must be fought first before you can use them. This includes The Crazed Cats and their Manic forms, the third forms of Valkyrie Cat and Bahamut Cat, a young version of Dark Emperor Nyandam, Red Riding Mina, Miyamoku Musashi, Hermit Cat, Masked Yulala, and Mecha Bun Bun.
  • Deflector Shields: Used by some of the starred Aliens. They block all damage while deployed, and must be broken by damaging them past a certain threshold with a single hit. They range in strength, from General GreGory's 6000 to Le'Solar's 40,000, but special mention must go to Youcan and UltraBaaBaa with a barrier strength of 266,000. Certain units have a chance when they hit to break shields instantly, regardless of the shield's strength.
  • Degraded Boss: Very much so. Nearly every boss enemy will show up later demoted to a standard support mook.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Long-range cats (mainly Lizard and his variants) are a chore to build up due to their long cooldown, high cost, and general inability to fend for themselves. However, if you can stack enough of them them with cheaper and/or durable cats to defend them, they will be able to deliver stunning amounts of damage from a range where only a few enemies can hope to harm them.
  • Difficulty Spike: Into the Future is expected to be hard as it can get for experienced players, especially in the sequel episodes.
    • Also, beware the Assassin Bear.
    • Version 6.5 introduced the third set of story chapters "Cats of the Cosmos," which is a good deal harder than the Into the Future stages.
    • Upon completing Stories of Legend, you are able to access Uncanny Legends which has much more difficult stages and introduces the Relic enemies
  • Dual Boss: Many late-game stages will have the player fight two or more separate bosses at the same time. Exaggerated by the Crazed Lizard Cat stage, which features 3 of its unique boss enemy at the same time.
    • Taken to extremes by Li'l King Dragon Cat's stage, which can have up to eight bosses at the same time.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Nekolugas. They're so otherworldly that the game doesn't even know whether to call them cats or not.
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: As mentioned above, enemies have various types (White, Red, Black, Metal, Angel, Alien, Floating, Zombie, Relic), and certain cats have specialties that make them more effective on a specific type of enemy. These can include Knockback, Massive (deals x3 the usual) Damage, Insane (5/6x) Damage, Resistance (takes 1/4 the normal damage), Slowing, Freezing, and simply being Strong Against (deals 1.5x damage, takes 0.5x damage). Using the right Cats for the job is essential later in the game when colored enemies begin appearing much more.
  • Fake Ultimate Mook: CyberFace, seen only on the stage Steel Visage. It looks absolutely unbeatable at first glance, as it moves extremely fast, has a 99999 damage area attack, deals quadruple damage to the Cat Base, and fires a Level 8 Shockwave 90% of the time whenever it attacks, in addition to having the Metal trait that makes it take only 1 damage from any attack. The catch? It has only 299 HP, meaning that, while you can't necessarily perform a Death of a Thousand Cuts like you could with most metals, a single critical hit from nearly anything will do it in.
  • Fragile Speedster: Capsule Cat has the second-fastest movement speed of any Cat in the game, and does a decent amount of damage per hit, but has just 1 HP.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Certain Cats and enemies have the ability to fire wave attacks when they hit a target, doing extra damage to everything caught in the blast. Naturally, enemy shockwaves go much farther than Cat ones. Other Cats and enemies also only have a chance to do the shockwave with each hit, turning fights into luck-based missions.
  • Friendly Enemy: Even if the Doge and Cat armies clash in the world and beyond, Doge is still thoughtful enough to give Cat birthday gifts.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: A glitch in the 5.10 update caused the Plasma Crystals in Into the Future chapters 2 and 3 to have no effect, effectively tripling the strength of already difficult enemies.
  • Glass Cannon: Again, several.
    • Bahamut can do incredible amounts of damage, but has low-ish HP.
    • Kalisa, an impromptu Uber Rare void-sword bearer, moves fast and does great damage. However, it only takes a few hits from a miniboss to put her down quickly.
    • On the enemy side, Two Can, Tackey, and Hackey can all do incredible damage, but have far less health relative to their attack than most other enemies.
  • God Is Inept: God Cat is hungry, but feed him right and he'll give your cats a huge advantage.
    • Averted in Cats of the Cosmos, where he appears as the final boss in each chapter.
  • Guest Fighter: On occasion, the player can earn "cats" from other games and media. The English version includes 'Mr. Ninja', 'Survive! Mola Mola!' (both by PONOS), Metal Slug Defense, Mario Kart (to celebrate the launch of 'The Battle Cats POP!' on the Nintendo 3DS, 'Touch Detective Neo Mushroom Garden', Crash Fever, Pikotaro (who even made a cat-themed remix of 'PPAP,') and PowerPro Baseball, Mentori, Neon Genesis Evangelion (more specifically, Rebuild of Evangelion), Pokopang, Betakkuma, Fate:/stay night: Heaven's Feel, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion (originally appeared in the Japanese version featuring the the original anime.)
    • The Japanese version includes the ones above and some not available to English players, include the Japanese rock band Kishidan, Merc Storia, and Gudetama.
    • Version 6.0 introduced the Uber Rare set "Girls and Monsters," containing characters from the now-cancelled PONOS game 'GirlsMons.'
  • Guide Dang It!: A specific Special cat has an obscure method of unlocking. To unlock Flower Cat, you must open and close the right sliding door on the Cat Base menu repeatedly. If you hear a meow when opening the door, you're doing it right.
    • The method for unlocking it's true form is even more obscure. After beating Chapter 3 of Into The Future, the stage for unlocking the true form appears on the 2nd and 22nd of every month for 2 minutes at 2:22 PM. Thankfully, the Awakening Stage is the easiest one in the game, only spawning the Fireworks Guys, who never attack and die in one hit.
    • The strength magnification system, which essentially serves as a method of averting Villain Forgot to Level Grind. In every level where they appear, the stats of an enemy are set to a percentage of those of their first appearance.note  Nowhere in the game is this told to players, which gets especially Egregious when late-game Gimmick Levels feature weak enemies under a truly massive strength magnification, which may lead the player to underestimate them until it is too late.
  • Hard Mode Filler: All Stories of Legend stages have a 2-star mode which makes all enemies 20% to 50% stronger, and a 3-star mode which further increases the buff to 30%-100%. Downplayed by 4-star stages, which crank the buff even higher (0%-300%), but also only permit the use of Special and Rare Cats.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: The Levels are rated, from easiest to hardest, as Easy, Medium, Hard, Veteran, Expert, Insane, and Deadly. Recently, a new difficulty called Merciless was added, only limited to the hardest of hard levels like Taste of Success, Refusal Type (the hardest one), and all the Growing Strange stages.
  • Joke Character: Archer Cat has a weak, single target attack, low stamina, shorter range than Gross Cat, Lizard Cat, and Nerd Cat, is expensive, and has a long recharge time. The only good thing about him is his ability to deal massive damage to Floating enemies; even then, you are better off using something else. His True Form, Cataur, rectifies this somewhat.
    • The Li'l Cats have lower stats than their Normal equivalents, have no True Form, and have lower maximum levels. Unless you use them in the very early game, in which case they are a Disc-One Nuke. But not for long. Li'l Dragon Cat is a special case; while its stats are still low, 4-star stages that let it shine cause it to veer between this and Lethal Joke Character.
    • The Killer Cat, a black and red variant of the regular Cat unlocked in the Day of the Cat event, has the exact same stats as the regular Cat, but costs the most money out of any unit in the game, at a staggering $7500 in Stories of Legend mode! At least it's cheap to upgrade for easy User Rank points.
    • Bondage Cat, despite its decent health, is horrendous even for a Special Cat, due to its incredibly low DPS, short range, and high cost for what it is. Its True Form doesn't even help that much, only giving it a health boost and a Last Chance Hit Point, and it's still completely outclassed by Island Cat.
    • On the enemy side of things, Fireworks Guys only show up in a few special event stages, and are so weak (they have 1 HP and never attack), they can occasionally qualify for Helpful Mook status.
  • Karma Houdini: At no point, over the course of the game's Excuse Plot, do the Cats receive anything even remotely resembling punishment for all of the mayhem they cause.
  • Keystone Army: If the enemy base is destroyed, you automatically win and every enemy instantly dies. This trope works both ways, though. Watch out for those Zombies, Long-Distance enemies, and Warping!
  • Lady Not-Appearing-in-This-Game: Subverted. See that beautiful lady, with long slender legs, big wings and an awesome spear? You can actually get her!
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Some cats and enemies can survive a lethal hit with one hit point. This is represented during battle by a flashing icon of a muscleman. While useful against slow attacking opponents, it doesn't offer much defence.
    • If a Cat unit hits the enemy base before it spawns its boss due to HP loss but the blow would destroy the base, it'll be set at 1 HP. This generally happens when bringing an overpowered army to an easier stage.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are easily over a hundred different Cats across the five rarity categories. This also doesn't take into consideration the limited Cats or the variety of enemies.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: Possible to do if the player stacks up a lot of Hacker Cats. The enemy Sunfish Jones can do this as its primary means of attack.
  • Magic Knight: Swordsman Cat, one of the Rare set, and its evolved forms Sword Master Cat and Elemental Duelist Cat.
  • Magikarp Power: The game's jam-packed with units like this.
    • Nerd Cat has low health, a single target attack, and insane range; however, it also has a very unwieldy Arbitrary Minimum Range. Its evolved form, Hacker Cat, has an area attack and an easier-to-deal-with minimum range, and it only gets better when it evolves into Cyberpunk Cat.
    • Adult Cat has very short range, low health, mediocre attack power, and is expensive for what it is. Its true form, Prisoner Cat, despite gaining a minimum range, has much longer range and Splash Damage, making it much better.
    • Dom Cat is rather useless in its normal form, and can easily be replaced by other cats that are more effective on Reds. Its true form, Dark Lazer, has a much faster attack speed and is strong against both Blacks and Reds, making it very handy for mid-to-late Stories of Legend.
    • Evil Cat is expensive and has low stats for its price. While Gentleman Bros. isn't any stronger, it is a lot cheaper, making it easy to permanently freeze most Red enemies.
    • Apple Cat and its evolved form Face Cat are rather weak due to their single target attacks, even though they have a high chance to freeze Reds. The true form, iCat, has an area attack and boosts the freeze rate to 100%, skyrocketing it to Game-Breaker status.
    • Zig-zagged by the Ultra Souls set of Uber Rares. They’re pretty weak in their basic forms, having to Zerg Rush to be of any use. Their evolved and true forms are much stronger, becoming heavy attackers. However...
      • ...in a case where the Magikarp can sometimes be more powerful than the Gyarados, the basic forms can be useful on certain stages due to their low cost and fast production speed. In particular, Kasa Jizo is considered more powerful in basic form.
    • The Nekolugas are weak, slow, and expensive in their basic forms. Upon growing to level 10, they suddenly gain massively increased range and special abilities.
    • Mer-Cat, along with its evolved form Commando Cat, has low health, slow movement, short range, and is notable only for its surprisingly high attack power. Cameraman Cat, its true form, gains increased health, range, speed, and an Area Attack, cementing it as a very powerful spammable attacker.
    • Kotatsu and Sadako Cat are already decent units in basic form, but suffer badly from the typically high attack of late-game Floating enemies. The True Form, Octopus Cat, is granted the ability to completely nullify wave attacks, yet again completely breaking it.
    • Priest Cat and Monk Cat are nearly useless, mostly thanks to their poor range (only out-ranging Shy Boy and some of the cyclones), HP and single target attacks. Their True Form, Sanzo Cat, has more range, HP and an Area Attack making it very effective against short ranged floating enemies.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: All cats in their evolved form at level 10 are these. These will eventually be succeeded by their Awakened Form.
  • NEET: Sea Maiden Ruri from the "Girls and Monsters" Uber Rare set is described as one of these.
    A mermaid NEET from the mystic seas. Dreams of cute boys who'd risk drowning to save her. Tough vs. Red, weakens enemies.
  • Nintendo Hard: Zig-Zagged. Every Empire of Cats episode starts as easy as sweeping the floor with cats, until the first episode of Into The Future. Late Stories of Legend becomes brutally hard... ...that is, unless you can pony up the cash, but even then, it's by no means a cakewalk.
  • Not Completely Useless: Most of the true form Special Cats are this at best, due to their low maximum levels and not particularly useful special abilities. Using Catseyes can rectify this.
  • No Plot? No Problem!: Even the Excuse Plot that's thrown at you each time you start the game barely counts as a plot at all!
  • Oh, Crap!: Most units, from both sides, have a reaction like this when they get knocked back.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Cyclone stages as well as some of the Crazed Cats employ variation of Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna as their boss music.
  • One-Time Dungeon: Zombie variants of the Empire of Cats stage can only be played once, then they're gone for good. Downplayed by Facing Danger and Merciless XP/Taste of Success, which can only be played once every time they come around, but will eventually return after a few days.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Many Special Cats suffer from this problem; whatever they can do, another unit generally does better and less expensively.
    • PONOS seems to be slowly trying to avert this by giving them situational but still handy abilities. For example, Loincloth Cat gained the ability to sometimes break barriers in 6.5.
  • Play Every Day: Every time you start the game for the first time in a day, you earn a Cat Ticket that can be used to earn upgrades for the base cats and passive boosts. In addition, you can also earn other rewards for starting up during events. Also, to maximize the value of sending Gamatoto on expeditions, you have to check back at every 1, 3, or 6 hours, depending on how long you send him on an expedition.
  • Player Headquarters: The Cat Base. Buying upgrades with materials allows some minor customization, as well as the ability to use different types of Cat Cannons. These types include a cannon with slight knockback and damage, a beam that slows enemies, a lightning bolt that stops enemies, a shield that blocks enemies, a salt water cannon that damages Metal enemies based on their current health, a holy cannon that unburies, freezes and damages zombies based on their max health and a cannon that fully knocks back enemies and breaks barriers in an area
  • Punny Name: Quite a few of the enemy names fall under this, usually being a pun on the enemy's actual species: to list just a few, there's Kang Roo, Squire Rel, Mooth, Dagshund, Otta-smack-u, Bore, Rain D., Owlbrow, Camelle, H. Nah, R. Ost...
    • In the Japanese version, Necromancer Cat, the evolved form of Shaman Cat, is "neko ramansa" (say it fast.)
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Delinquent Cat summons a spirit to pummel his enemies, just like his inspiration.
  • Race Against Time: Certain levels behave this way, where if the enemy base isn't destroyed in a certain time, a wave of highly buffed enemies will overwhelm you.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Subverted. The Cat God is only in his 20s despite being a deity. This makes him unusable in Legend Stages, which take place before his birth.
  • Recurring Boss: Many of the bosses you defeat will return as bosses in a later level under a greater strength magnification.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Li'l Cats, because they're, well, little.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The opening to Stories of Legend claims that the "legendary Cats" were sealed away, and the present-day Cats are trying to free them. Considering what type of method they use to do this, as well as their Villain Protagonist tendencies...
  • Shout-Out: Has its own page Here
  • Skill Gate Character: Downplayed. Cow Cat moves and attacks very fast, making him excellent for plowing past scads of weaker enemies; i.e. what early levels tend to have. Later on, he becomes somewhat useless due to his low attack and endurance but keeps up as a denial unit if ever cheaper cats are left unused or under cooldown.
  • Shows Damage: All units have a specific amount of times they can be knocked back (knockbacks) before dying. Because each one occurs when the unit loses a certain percentage of health (e.g. 2 knockbacks mean that it will get knocked back at 50% and 0% HP), the more times something has been knocked back, the closer it is to death.
  • Status Effect: Some enemies (and some cats) can inflict these to their opponents. Examples include:
    • Weaken: Lowers attack power for a while. Indicated by a sword with a blue arrow pointing down.
    • Freeze: Prevents movement or attacking. Indicated by a stopwatch.
    • Slow: Lowers speed, but not attack rate. Note that "slow" means "speed reduced to 1" in this game. Indicated by a running stick man with a starburst outline around it
    • Knockback: Knocks back the afflicted unit. It also interrupts attack animations, making it useful against units with a long attack animation.
    • Warp: Introduced in 6.5 and (currently) only used by enemies. Acts as a stronger version of knockback that knocks cats further and temporarily removes them from the field. 8.3 introduced enemies that use a variant of Warp that moves cats closer.
    • Curse: Introduced in 7.0 and (currently) only used by relic enemies. Prevents units from using abilities which directly target enemy traits, such as inflicting status effects. Indicated by a green flame.
  • Scratch Damage: Metal Enemies have a trait that enables them to take 1 damage from all attacks except for critical hits.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: All of the Normal Cats have one. You get them from beating their respective stages.
    • Crazed Cat is a direct upgrade of his predecessor: he has much more health, higher damage, and much higher movement speed allowing him to get to the front lines faster.
    • Crazed Tank has more health than the normal one, and like the above unit has insanely fast movement speed.
    • Crazed Axe has immensely more health and damage than his normal counterpart, and retains the Strong vs. Reds trait that allows him to kill Red Enemies even faster than his previous self.
    • Crazed Gross retains it's long range, but it now has more HP and damage to boot. While it's cooldown is significantly longer, it makes up for this with an ability to create powerful Shockwaves with each attack, which only get more powerful once you unlock its True Form.
    • Crazed Cow has superior stats to the normal one in addition to truly insane movement speed. He also has an Area of Effect that allows him to plow hordes even faster.
    • Crazed Bird has longer range than the normal one, plus he has even more destructive power behind his strikes.
    • Crazed Fish has a much cheaper cost and like his predecessor boasts immense damage and health. In addition to his crushing stats against Reds, he has a chance to perform a Critical Hit - something only the True Form of his predecessor could do.
    • Crazed Lizard has a longer cooldown than the normal one, but makes up for this by being what amounts to a direct upgrade of it, having much more damage and HP while retaining the same range.
    • Crazed Titan shares his normal form's ungodly HP and attack power, except his attack/defense are both much higher. In addition, he has an additional 10% chance to unleash a devastating shockwave with each attack, which is further boosted to 15% in his True Form.
    • The unique Uber Rares offered in the Epicfest set (Shadow Gao and Dark Mitama) follow this trope. Not that their Uberfest counterparts were weak, mind you.
    • Crazed Moneko debuted in version 6.10. She does two quick attacks, and then a guaranteed critical hit after a few seconds.
  • Toon Physics: Cats that can levitate axes in front of them, Cats with creepy legs, Cow Cats, Bird Cats, Fish Cats, Lizard Cats, Titan Cats, and floating torso Cats.
  • Stripperific: A number of the female, Animesque characters have this going on, most infamously the Galaxy Gals.
    • The "Cats" from the "Girls and Monsters" Uber Rare set also fall into this category.
  • Totem Pole Trench: The true form of Evil Cat is this.
  • Troperiffic: This game doesn't shy on Anime stereotyping and explicit theme-genre expositions, which are written in Event maps and Cat descriptions alike.
  • True Final Boss: After beating Cats of the Cosmos chapter 3, a random stage in that chapter will let you battle against Filibuster Obstructa, a Starred Alien/Floating enemy with tons of knockbacks and an extremely long attack animation. Which is good because if it gets a single attack off, your base is toast, no matter where it is. Defeating it will unlock Filibuster Cat X
  • Turns Red: Several Cats and enemies have the ability to increase their attack power by a certain amount when their health drops below a certain percentage, making them much more dangerous when harmed sufficiently.
  • Unique Enemy: Enemies from monthly events and other special event stages tend to appear just once or twice. This also applies to most newly-introduced enemies, at least for a while.
  • Word Salad Title: Some of the level titles for the Stories of Legend stages make little sense, such as "Revolving-door Floats" and "Gestalt, Decay."
  • Zerg Rush: It's kind of the whole point of the game, and the only way to beat most levels.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: Zombie units, which can first be encountered in Outbreak stages after beating Empire of Cats chapter 1, have the ability to burrow under your units and can revive after being killed. The amount of times they can burrow and revive depends on the specific unit.

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