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Nightmare City is a series of two Flash animations created by Clairvoyance. In a nutshell, they feature cats (and one human girl) fighting to protect a virtual world from an Ax-Crazy blue cat who wants to trap them in the world forever. The animations are both music videos and feature no sound apart from the song and very little dialogue - most of the story is told through the visual.

The first movie, Nightmare City, features The Hero (an orange, male cat) fighting against the blue cat while protecting his supposed girlfriend, a pink cat. The two of them conspire to leave the virtual world together, but the pink cat remains behind at the end of the video to confront the blue cat, while the orange cat promises to return soon. A hidden scene accessible through an Easter Egg in the Flash version shows a boy (who looks vaguely similar to the orange cat) waking up in some kind of machine, confirming that the city is a virtual reality. The song used is "Southern Cross" by Japanese band 403 Forbiddena.


The second movie, Nightmare City: Catastrophe, picks up where the first movie left off. We see that the blue cat had survived the pink cat's attack on him at the end of the first video (or possibly was resurrected somehow), and has now recruited a team of minions. A small resistance group battles said minions, while the hero returns to face off and ultimately defeat the blue cat, though not without cost... The song used is "Northern Lights" by 403 Forbiddena.


This series provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Most of the cast. Only Orange Cat and Pink Cat are canonically gendered, though the most ambiguous is the shaggy-haired blond Fighter Cat, who could be male or female but isn't specified.
  • Awful Truth: As delivered by Brown Cat: Pink Cat isn't a person, she's a part of system controlling Nightmare City.
  • Ax-Crazy: Blue Cat. Might be a bit of a Blood Knight too, given how much he seems to enjoy fighting Orange Cat.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Translating the Japanese on the screen provides more information about the plot, including referencing the fact that the city is virtual and hinting that Pink Cat is part of the program and not real. An English version of the video, made by Clairvoyance, exists for those who don't speak Japanese.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Orange Cat successfully destroys the all-controlling system of Nightmare City and defeats Blue Cat, freeing the people trapped in the system, but at great cost as deleting the system means deleting Pink Cat, too.
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  • Crapsack World: Nightmare City itself, especially in Catastrophe.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Blue Cat handily defeats or at least holds off Orange Cat multiple times. Orange Cat stomps him back after absorbing Pink Cat's soul energy.
  • Declaration of Protection: Orange Cat to Pink Cat at the start of Nightmare City.
    "I will guard you from all!"
  • Destination Defenestration: An unfortunate White Cat after taking a lunging gut-punch from Fighter Cat is sent flying through a pane of glass and off the roof to his death.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: Orange Cat. Twice. Both times involving him manifesting a sword.
  • Elite Mook: Baton Cat, a White Cat with a unique green energy weapon and serves Blue cat hunting down the resistance. He almost takes out Pistol Girl in Catastrophe, only to be vaporized by a timely rocket-propelled grenade from other resistance members.
  • Energy Bow: Pink Cat's special power, giving away that she's part of the program, just like Blue Cat.
  • Eyes Always Shut: A common design feature, thanks to simplistic faces. The White Cat squad in particular never opens their eyes.
  • Foreshadowing: "Thank you... but I can't go with you."
    • Note also that Pink Cat stops just before the border to Nightmare City, on the inside.
    • She is also able to summon glowing weapons. Only the NPCs can summon those types of weapons.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Inverted, the normally heroic X-on-cheek scar is instead found on the homicidal and sadistic Red Cat.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Most of the male (or at least implied-male) characters are melee warriors (Blue Cat, Orange Cat, Brown Cat, the White Cats) while the two notably female characters (Pink Cat, Pistol Girl) use ranged weapons.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Pink Cat sacrifices herself to save Orange Cat's life. Orange Cat then apparently absorbs her soul, causing him to be able to turn into his human form (though still with cat ears) and defeat the villain.
  • Hope Crusher: Blue Cat, after he successfully kills Pink Cat. There's a shot of him gloating while a mother and children are visibly terrified and dismayed at this outcome.
  • Kiss Me, I'm Virtual: The end to Nightmare City: Catastrophe shows that the pink cat that the hero fell in love with was actually just a program in the virtual world, which explains why she couldn't leave at the end of the first video.
  • La Résistance: There seem to be a few disorganized ones opposing Blue Cat and his White Cat minions.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Nightmare City itself seems to be this, as an Easter egg shows humans placed into pods that then transmit their minds into the city. This doesn't seem to be by choice, as Orange Cat suggests to 'get out of this fake city.'
  • Mooks: The White Cats, a band of minor enemies who serve Blue Cat and only do two things—harass less important (non-combat) characters and get their butts kicked by the martial arts specialists in the resistance.
  • No Name Given: No one in the series is given any explicit names during the videos. For the purposes of this page their basic descriptions (pink cat, orange cat) are being treated as proper nouns.
  • Oh, Crap!: A fair few.
    • Orange Cat seeing Blue Cat about to jump down on them at the bridge.
    • The White Cats about to get their asses kicked by the martial arts resistance group.
    • Red Cat realizing he didn't actually disarm Pistol Girl, who shoots him in the face.
    • Blue Cat after Orange Cat's final transformation.
  • Parrying Bullets: Or energy arrows, rather, as Blue Cat uses his cleaver to parry Pink Cat's attacks.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: After Blue Cat kills Pink Cat, the sky goes from a starry nightscape to ominous red with swirling clouds.
  • Sadist: Red Cat. Sure, Blue Cat might be out to get Pink Cat, but Red Cat is the one who's always smiling and seems to be actually having fun drawing blood and terrorizing the resistance.
  • Shaping Your Attacks: Characters who are part of the system itself seem to have the the ability to do this, forming weapons out of nothingness. This is one of the giveaways that Pink Cat is also part of the program.
  • Take It to the Bridge: The climax of Nightmare City occurs on top of a large suspension bridge, where Blue Cat overpowers Orange Cat and seemingly dispatches him.
  • Taking the Bullet: Pink Cat for Orange Cat, when Blue Cat throws his cleaver in Catastrophe.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Blue Cat throws his giant energy cleaver at Orange Cat but Pink Cat takes the blow, dying in the process.
    • Red Cat likes to throw his energy knives as an attack since it's good for injuring a group of people.
  • Traintop Battle: Brown Cat and Baton Cat have one in Nightmare City. Brown Cat loses, but survives.
  • Was Once a Man: Potentially Pink Cat, who showed her human form at the end of the series, which might have meant that she used to be a human at some point.