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Simon's Cat is an animated web cartoon series by the English animator Simon Tofield, begun in 2008.

Each episode revolves around the adventures of the eponymous house cat, who uses increasingly heavy-handed tactics to get his owner's attention. The series is hand drawn and then animated in Adobe Flash. There have also been four published books and a series of Daily Mirror strips featuring the titular cat in comic form, as well as two apps.

Cat owners will attest to many of the behaviours seen.

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  • All Cloth Unravels: In "Christmas Yarn", the cat gets a thread of Simon's sweater stuck in his mouth as Simon walks out of the house, with the expected result.
  • Animals Lack Attributes: Averted; the cats in this series are drawn with anuses. However, their anuses are drawn as dots or circles rather than the usual "x" or asterisk shape.
  • Anthropomorphic Zig-Zag: The cat is rather more human-acting when his owner isn't around.
  • Art Evolution: Nothing too dramatic, but Tofield's drawing style has gone through a bit of this over time.
  • Aside Glance: Episodes tend to end on these.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: The cat has a pretty short attention span, unless food is involved.
    • Seen in "Screen Grab", in the beginning. The cat gets annoyed at being woken up by the kitten playing with a feather, and bops him on the head, only to start playing with the feather himself a second later. You can almost hear the dialogue: *bop* "Stop interrupting my na — ooh, a feather!"
    • Chloe (the female cat with the heart on her collar) is prone to this, especially when butterflies are involved.
  • Attention Whore: While it's usually with the prospect of food in mind, the cat will go to any lengths to be the object of Simon's attention, and will dispose of any opposition (eg. the TV, the computer).
  • Author Avatar: Simon, naturally.
  • Batter Up!:
    • How the cat eventually wakes Simon up in "Cat Man Do".
    • What the cat uses to "defeat" the vacuum cleaner in "The Monster".
  • Big Brother Instinct: Seen (temporarily) by the cat towards the kitten in "Showdown".
  • Birthday Episode: "Purrthday Cake"
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Simon just can't catch a break with the cat around.
    • When the cat isn't the only animal in the short, the cat ends up being the one to suffer.
  • Catchphrase:
    • More like a Catch Action — the cat points to his open mouth and meows, a gesture that usually means "Feed me!"
    • The cat also does it to the food itself if it's alive, as seen in "Icecapade" and "Screen Grab".
  • Cats Are Mean: Subverted. He can be mischievous, but rarely is he ever intentionally malevolent. Most of the time, the cat just wants attention and/or food. It's just that, well, see Insane Cat Logic below for details.
  • Cats Hate Water:
    • Played straight with the cat and averted with the kitten in "April Showers".
    • Also played straight in "Bathtime", where the cat leaves home after Simon bathes him.
  • Cat Up a Tree: "The Tree"
  • Christmas Episode: "Santa Claws", "Fowl Play", "Christmas Presence", "Catnip", "Little Box", "Christmas Yarn"
  • Clip Show: "A Day in the Life"
  • Companion Cube: The lawn gnome.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Of the most adorable kind.
  • Composite Character: The cat is based on several real-life felines that Tofield has owned been owned by.
  • Cone of Shame: "Pug Life"
  • Continuity Nod:
    • One of the increasingly bizarre array of objects pulled from under the fridge in "Hidden Treasure" is the baseball bat from "Cat Man Do". The cat even pauses to examine it before throwing it aside. He also uses the bat in "The Monster" to smash the vacuum cleaner.
    • The squeaky bird toy first seen in "Santa Claws" turns up in a couple later shorts.
  • Cute Kitten: The eponymous cat. Also the kitten introduced in "Double Trouble" and the female cats seen in the Valentine's Day episodes.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • The cat is visibly horrified when the hedgehog begins trying to eat one of the snails racing in "Ready, Steady, Slow!" Even going so far as to cover the eyes of the lawn gnome.
    • And then again when the female cat eats a butterfly in "Butterflies".
  • Fainting: The cat passes out on learning of the kitten's neutering operation in "The Snip".
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: Seen in "Hot Water".
  • Groin Attack: An accidental one in "Fast Track".
  • Halloween Episode: "Scary Legs", "Scaredy Cat", "The Monster", "Spider Cat", "Spooked!"
  • Hates Baths: The kitten, as seen in "Muddy Paws".
  • Heavy Sleeper: Simon, as seen in "Cat Man Do".
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Simon's Cat does some mean things but he is pretty heroic when it comes to saving friends and defeating Jazz who is worse than him.
  • High on Catnip: "Catnip"
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: In "Showdown", the cat gets angry enough at Jazz knocking the kitten off the fence he swipes the big cat off. After making sure his little brother is okay, the cat pushes him off himself.
  • I Meant to Do That: It's a cat.
  • Infant Sibling Jealousy: Ever since Double Trouble, Cat had a conflict with Kitten due to the fact that Simon himself turns his attention to the kitten instead of him, making the cat really envy of him.
  • Impact Silhouette: Seen in "Snow Business". Justified in that it was soft snow he landed in.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Most of the cat's actions boil down to "Getting my owner's attention = Food!". More specifically "Hit with bat = Food!", "Unplug computer = Food!", "Turn off TV = Food!". To the cat, any action he performs will end up providing him food.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: Introduced in the "Beyond the Fence" advert.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: The kitten does this in "Double Trouble". After plopping into the "surrender" position (lying flat on his back) in response to the cat hissing at him, the kitten waits until the cat closes his eyes and gloats over his victory, then deftly throws a pillow at him, nearly knocking him off the couch.
  • It's All About Me: He's a pet, so it's granted he can't really act considerate, but the cat endlessly and sometimes rather elaborately pesters Simon to dote over him, and now.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The cat. He is quite mischievous most of the time, but he has his moments where he's affectionate.
  • Jump Scare: "Scaredy Cat"
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Simon would have to be one, to tolerate the cat's shenanigans with such patience.
  • Look Behind You:
    • The cat uses this to get away from a chatty hedgehog in "Cat Chat".
    • And again to distract a bird during a snowball fight in "Snow Business".
    • Simon himself uses this with the cat in "Box Clever".
    • And the cat uses this on Simon in "Fast Food".
  • Made of Plasticine: Some things in the house break more easily than one would expect. Most prominently seen in the "Santa Claws" episode, where the cat strips all the branches off a Christmas tree.
  • Mirror Scare: In "Mirror Mirror", when the kitten appears at the very end.
  • Mrs. Robinson: In "Lovestruck", Kitten ruined Cat's date, only to be attracted by Chloe herself when Cat was launched into the air by an umbrella with hearts.
  • No Name Given: Neither the cat nor the kitten have been named in-universe.
  • No True Scotsman: Comes into play in "April Showers." After the kitten starts playing in the rain, you can briefly see the cat facepalm, like he's thinking, "What kind of cat are you?"
  • Oh, Crap!: The birds in "Kitten vs. Birds" have this reaction when they hear the kitten's stomach rumble. Apparently they'd forgotten that the little cat they'd been making fun of is still a cat, which are known to eat birds. Of course, the kitten is so innocent he doesn't even think of eating them, but they don't know that.

  • Origins Episode: "The Beginning" shows Simon's adoption of the Cat when they were both younger.
  • Paranormal Episode: The Halloween short "Spooked!" has the cat seeing, well, something in Simon's bedroom, causing Simon to freak out a little. Finally he laughs and waves it off, leaving the room... after which something causes a lamp to move and the bedclothes to ripple. Cue Snowy Screen of Death.
  • Properly Paranoid: In "Off to the Vet", when Simon notices the cat has an injured paw, he quietly goes through the house locking every exit, knowing the cat will flee if given the chance.
  • Pun-Based Title: Most of the episodes have one.
  • Rearrange the Song: Done for each episode as a kind of Couch Gag.
  • Rummage Fail: When the cat is trying to retrieve the ball from under the fridge in "Hidden Treasure".
  • Self-Deprecation: Simon's animated avatar is frequently depicted as being somewhat dim and a little bit of a goofball.
  • Share the Male Pain: The cat's fainting reaction to the kitten's neutering in "The Snip."
  • Shown Their Work: Simon has obviously watched his cats carefully to get every motion of the animated furballs very realistic.
  • Shout-Out: In "Screen Grab", the voiceover for the nature documentaries is a Shout-Out to David Attenborough, and the commentator for the motor racing is a Shout-Out to Murray Walker, the famous voice of Formula One.
  • Silence Is Golden: It's a cat, so it's not going to talk other than the usual meows, growls, trills, etc. Any speech from Simon is minimal and usually grunts or sighs, but occasionally he'll utter a word or two. In "Window Pains", he actually utters a full sentence: "What're ya doin'?"
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Jazz, the neighbor persian cat introduced in the "Borderline"/"On the Fence"/"Showdown" trilogy.
  • Snowy Screen of Death: "Spooked!" ends with this.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Simon freaks out over one in "Scary Legs", and then a whole bunch of them in "Spider Cat".
  • Splash of Color: The red laser dot in "Laser Toy".
  • Spoiled Brat: As mentioned the cat will constantly pester or even abuse Simon for its needs. To put it into perspective, one cartoon he trips Simon over because he was taking too long to walk his food over to him. Despite this, he is more likely an Anti-Hero
  • Stock Scream: A Wilhelm Scream turns up in "Scaredy Cat".
  • Story Arc: The three-part "Jazz Trilogy" in 2018, and the four-part "Missing Cat" special in 2019.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: You wouldn't expect a British work to have one of these, but "Fast Food" is presented as such.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: The cat briefly gets his tongue stuck trying to get to a fish in a frozen pond in "Icecapade".
  • Valentine's Day Episodes: "Smitten", "Butterflies", "Tough Love", "Dinner Date", "Head Over Heels"
  • Vicious Vac: From the cat's perspective, in "The Monster".
  • Wimp Fight: The fights between Simon's Cat and Jazz usually take this form since they're cats. Hence the name, The Cat Fight.
  • Yawn and Reach: Attempted by the cat, without success, in "Head Over Heels”.


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