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L-R: Naarah, Gideon, Elon

Nothing holds sacred, nothing holds true, everyone tries to make a fool out of you.

Cat Ghost is a Horror Comedy Web Original multimedia series by Kris Patrick of The Bedfellows fame. Most episodes consist of two parts: a YouTube video and a game that can be downloaded via a link in the description.

The videos generally revolve around a trio of characters. Elon, the titular cat, Naarah the titular ghost, and Gideon, a hedgehog. Elon and Naarah are witches and the series rotates between comedy and more surreal moments concerning the supernatural figures and forces the two have become entangled with. Though Gideon is often taunted and bullied by Elon and Naarah, he still tags along during their exploits.

The games are darker and more horror oriented than the videos, and often hint at the characters' backstory.

Some videos break from the usual format by not coming with a game. Some of these are done in Retraux pixelated video game style and feature characters from the backstory. Another features a Fourth-Wall Mail Slot with the characters answering questions from viewers.


The creators of the series have also collaborated with other Youtubers like Tony Crynight and Night Mind, with content exclusive to their channels.

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  • Adult Fear: Elon and Naarah suffering horrible deaths by being burned at the stake and drowning, respectively. Both were quite young at the time of their deaths, with Naarah being fourteen at the oldest.
  • All There in the Manual: While not named during the episode, the banana seen in the episode Banana is credited as Robert D.
  • And the Adventure Continues: At the end of Acceptance, a message appears:
    When one door closes another one opens. Elon's story is over but the Catghost universe continues.
    • The website now advertises a new upcoming video game called "The Legend Of Frog".
      • Unfortunately, The Legend of Frog was cancelled.
  • Apocalypse How Class X-4: Thanks to Gideon and his prolonged exposure to his doppelganger, he ends up causing the universe to explode, causing Naarah, Elon and himself to end up some sort of limbo.
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  • Arc Words: "Let Us Reunite", said by talking busts in the first game "Happy Birthday" and seen at the end of "Void 1".
  • Armor-Piercing Question: In the eighth episode, Judgement, Elon is asked, “Why did you run away?” She suddenly freezes up and is not able to answer the question.
  • Art Evolution: The first two episodes had 2D background art, with muted grays, blues and greens and an almost paper-cut like style. Starting with the third episode, the backgrounds became rendered in 3D and had much more saturated but darker colors, adding to the overall tone of the series.
  • Art Shift: Several episodes with have short portions where the art looks like that of an old arcade game, with pixel sprites and flickering lines.
  • Audience Participation: In 2018, before the release of "Catghost 8: Judgement", fans were invited to use a temporary feature on the website to record questions for the characters to answer and send them to the creators. The questions were responded to in the aforementioned "Catghost 8: Judgement".
  • Berserk Button: You better like Elon and Naarah’s jokes...
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Malone takes on the form of a large spider thing, who can make herself even bigger than Elon, a cat.
  • Bilingual Bonus: In the episode Judgement, Elon is asked whether she is truly good or just a monster. She responds with “¿Por qué no los dos?” Spanish for “Why not both?”
  • Braving the Blizzard: Starting in "Warmth", the characters are stuck dealing with a blizzard. They somehow escape into new forms in a new setting, but Elon returns to the original universe with Malone, and she ends up back in the blizzard, sleeping on a wagon with bodies frozen inside.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Gideon bids the audience goodbye at the end of the first episode.
    • Episode 8 Judgement has the characters answering fan questions. When asked what role the audience plays in the series, Naarah replies, “If a tree fell in the woods, and no one is there to watch it, is it entertaining?”
    • The same episode includes a question from an audience member complimenting the work and asking what inspired the series. Gideon immediately starts speaking in the voice of creator Kris Patrick, thanking them and explaining the series was a combination of his love of psychological horror and comedy. Naraah then speaks in Alexis Ruiz's voice, thanking everyone for watching and promising more content in the near-future. Elon asks what they're talking about, and Gideon and Naraah go back to their normal voices having no memory of what just happened.
    • In '"Acceptance'', Malone talks to Elon about all of the "continuity errors and sloppy writing", talks about how none of their reality is real and how Elon doesn't exist.
  • Burn the Witch!: Elon's human form was burned at the stake, shown through flashbacks and game-information.
  • Cats Are Magic: Elon can produce flames on her paws, curse others, and transform into a demonic creature. Although it likely she could do these things while she was still human.
  • Cats Are Mean: Elon, as mentioned above, bullies Gideon, and beyond that is quite vain, gloating about how much prettier than others she considers herself even when it makes Naarah uncomfortable.
  • Characterization Marches On:
    • In the first two episodes, Gideon is almost always grumpy and loves sleeping to the point that he describes being awake as "a curse", but from about the third episode on, he's often portrayed as happy in a dopey sort of way, is sometimes hyperactive rather than perpetually sleepy, and is more likely to mention how much he enjoys doing chores than how much he likes to sleep. Elon and Naarah had to force him to hang out with them in the first two episodes, but by "Catghost 4 Circle" he's the one annoying them by barging in on activities they intended to do without him.
    • Also, Elon was almost as immature as Naarah at first, doing things like laughing hysterically at her own cheesy knock-knock joke, while later she becomes the mother figure to Naarah's child, as evidenced by her scolding Naarah with the line "Do you know how worried sick I was" in "Catghost 6: Hole". Elon also took Gideon's place as the grouch of the three as the series went on, in contrast to her playfulness in the first two episodes.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: In the game Happybirthday, all interactable characters have a different text color.
    • The taller red skeleton, Elon, has red text.
    • The shorter gray skeleton, Naarah, has blue text.
    • Key has green text.
    • Gideon and the busts have white text.
    • When they were humans, Elon had red hair. She was burned to death with fire and can now produce fire from her paws. Narrah had blueish grey hair, was drowned in water, and is now in an all blue form that looks like bubbles.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Gideon in the episode Banana.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: As customary with witch trials, Elon was burned at the stake, while Naarah was drown via cucking stool.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Naarah is very childlike and cute because of it. She's aware of this too, in "Catghost 8" she says "I'm super cute and you totally know it!".
  • Dead to Begin With: Our main trio, as well as other characters who are mentioned, with the series following their lives in the Dark Forest, a place for those who cannot pass on. Gideon is the only one hinted at to be alive, however. As in the first episode, as the camera zooms out, it reveals for a brief moment while Gideon is playing the arcade machine, Elon and Naraah vanish. Somewhat Subverted as in-universe, they were never real to begin with.
  • Death of a Child: According to the jars seen in the game Banana, Naarah died when she was around fourteen, Robert (presumably) died when he was around eight, and an unseen character known as Azule died around the age of three. The last one is possibly a subversion, as a hidden webpage url in "Window" suggests that Azule was the name of Naarah's dog who got sacrificed, which, if true, would be a different trope.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Because Gideon didn’t understand a joke, Elon and Naarah curse him to be locked in a small cell until he can write a good joke. It takes him two years to do so.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: A location known as the Dark Forest serves as the setting for the first game and a scene from the third episode/game of Elon and Naarah in their human forms arguing about a ritual Elon wants to perform implied to involve the sacrifice of a dog that's implied to be Naarah's. It is described by Key, who is located within it, as "a place of the cursed" and, as mentioned previously, witchcraft is performed there. When asked about it in Episode 8, Elon says "Nobody should ever go into it, nobody needs to go into it, don't go into it!".
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Gideon waving goodbye to the audience at the end of the first episode. Since then, the fourth wall wasn’t acknowledged again, at least until the episode Judgement.
  • Elemental Motifs: Elon's human form was burned at the stake with fire, in her cat form she can conjure fire from her paws, and she could be considered to have a "fiery" personality. Naarah's human form was drowned in water, her ghost form looks like water bubbles, and she could be described as having a "bubbly" personality.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: The ending of the episode Key features the universe exploding.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: The fan named "Evil Naarah". She only appears twice, once in Tony Crynight's CatGhost Speed Paint and Episode 8 to verbally abuse Naarah by saying that Elon doesn't love her and that she's sinful and to call the viewers nosy respectively.
  • Fog Feet: Naarah has no limbs, so she flies everywhere and uses telekinesis to lift objects.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The secret ending in the game Banana leads to a hidden page on the official website hosting a painting of human Elon and Naarah sitting on a cliff overlooking a large body of water. This foreshadows the ending of the episode Key.
    • Both Robert and Malone spoke through Key in the game Happybirthday before they appeared in the episodes.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: The mysterious megalith known as "Key" responds to questions posed by players of "Happybirthday", the game released alongside the first episode. In addition, "Catghost 8" involves the characters answering questions from fans. The questions come in the form of recorded audio clips transmitted to the characters via a radio.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Plenty to go around.
    • In episode 1 Birthday, a blurry image of the Skinwalker appears in a single frame while the group is at Party Country.
    • In the second episode Knock, the word “excruciate” can be seen when Gideon is transported. The word can be used in the game that goes with the episode, also called Knock.
    • In episode 3 Window, when Elon opens the pocket mirror, a pentagram with words at each corner can be seen for one frame. When followed through the pentagram, the words read “They are far from here?”
    • In episode 4 Circle, when the pentagram is glowing, the phrase “Go east in bad times” can be seen very briefly. This is a hint for The Bad Ending in that episode’s game, Unholy Circle.
    • In episode 5 Banana, a single frame at the very end shows Elon in her demonic form.
    • The egg that was introduced in episode 6 Hole can be found hidden in the background of several shots of episode 7 Key.
  • Freudian Slip: When Elon is asked who the woman in the mirror is.
    Elon: Oh, nobody important. [beat] Wait a minute…
  • Game Face: Elon has an alternate, demonic form she uses to attack intruders into her home.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Elon and Naarah hang out with Gideon, even throwing him a birthday party and taking him to Party Country in spite of his protests, yet are also disgusted by him, a feeling they express through abuse. This may be because, when all three were alive, Gideon was the judge who sentenced Elon and Naarah to death.
  • The Ghost: Many characters mentioned in the game Banana have yet to be shown or even talked about in the series.
  • Ghost Amnesia: Implied to be the case with Gideon. Elon and Naarah have some recollection of their human lives, but Gideon claims to not remember anything before "being born" in purgatory.
  • Hidden Depths: When given a question in Judgement, Gideon replies with a surprisingly insightful and deep answer.
    Anon: I am alive? I know I'm alive...
    Gideon: Whether you exist or not is not important. What you DO with that existence is what is important.
  • Hollywood Psych: While all of this might have something to do with the current Gideon being a clone of the original, he claims to have a genetic disorder that strips him of the ability to feel fear, despite several instances in the past that proves what he said was not true. Afterwards, Gideon contradicts himself again by claiming he doesn't remember anything, when in Catghost 8, Judgement, at one point he states that he remembers being born.
  • Horror Hates a Rulebreaker: A mysterious entity only appears when Elon looks in a mirror. The only way to make it go away is for Elon to run away from her reflection.
  • Jump Scare:
    • In the games Happybirthday and Window, Naarah and Elon’s skeletons will suddenly pop up and close the game if the word “murder” is typed.
    • In the game Banana, Elon can jump out at you while in her demon form.
  • Killed Off for Real: Seems to be the case with Robert, since Elon cut him up and cooked him into pancakes while he was in banana form.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Elon, Naarah, and Gideon lived and died in the 17th century, with the former two being tried and executed as witches.
  • Mad Doctor: The game Banana mentions Dr. Crane, who apparently visits in the middle of the night to "make things right." However, according to Naarah, he's just "an old wive's tale to keep children from going out at night."
  • Madness Mantra: I miss you. I miss you. I miss you. I miss you…
  • Magical Romani: Elon and her mentor Malone traveled around Colonial America in a wagon, all the while practicing witch-craft. Elon's presence in Gideon, Beth, and Naarah's town brought fears of gypsy activity along with it.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Naarah is a young girl. Her name in Hebrew means “young maiden”
    • Gideon means “feller of trees” in Hebrew, and in episode 3 Mirror it’s revealed his favorite chore is collecting firewood.
    • Gideon is also the Rastafarian word for Armageddon. This meaning was fulfilled in episode 7.
    • Gideon and Elon are both figures from the Biblical Book of Judges. When he was alive, Gideon was a judge in the modern sense of the word. Elon was the person being judged when she was condemned to death for practicing witchcraft. They were both "judged" by the viewers in episode 8.
  • Mike Nelson, Destroyer of Worlds: Gideon and his clone accidentally bring about the end of the universe via prolonged contact with each other (i.e. passing salt and high fiving).
  • Mirror Monster: In Episode 3, Elon is frightened by a dark figure, first in a small pocket mirror then in several large connected mirrors.
  • Money to Burn: In "Catghost 9: Warmth", Gideon sits by a campfire fueled by burning dollars, or "paper notes" as they are referred to by Key and Naarah. In the art on the show's Patreon page, all three main characters sit by the same fire, albeit in different forms. Elon is a bat, Naarah resembles the jellyfish like thing from the Christmas livestream, and Gideon is a log.
  • Nightmare Face: Elon's demonic form includes a terrifying set of teeth and flaming eyes.
  • No Sense of Humor: Gideon cannot understand a simple knock-knock joke, which lands him in a small cell for two years.
  • Numbers Station: On Christmas Eve through Christmas Day 2018, the Cat Ghost youtube channel did a livestream called MBS-823905 X A F 37 (3370 kHz) - RTTY, the title of which is a radio reference. In it, the Evil Naarah face, this time on a jellyfish like body, recites strings of numbers in an artificial seeming tone that can be decoded into messages similar to the presumed use and purpose of numbers stations.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: Elon and Narrah's skeletons in the game "happybirthday" and Evil Narrah in the Tony Crynight Speedpaint video glitch onscreen eerily, with creepy static in the former case.
  • Only Sane Man: Gideon was the straight man for Elon and Naarah's antics in early episodes, although this role seems to be somewhat shifting to Elon, who tries to keep things in order as her friends just mess around.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Naarah cuddling, and later kissing Gideon while possessed. Lampshaded as she begins gagging when she comes to at the end of the episode.
  • Overly Long Gag:
    • Gideon joining Robert’s cries when he realizes he’s a hedgehog, until Elon, annoyed, interrupts them.
    • The two Gideons passing stuff to each other while eating dinner, each taking a really long time to ask for an item, and pausing when receiving the item. All while staying completely deadpan.
  • Playing with Fire: Elon is able to conjure fire on her paws, although she has only used it to light candles.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Elon and Naarah when they're angry and/or overly emotional.
  • Retraux: Anything taking place inside the "Party Country" arcade machine is this. The games are sometimes in this style as are certain scenes in the videos.
  • Rule of Three: Three main characters, three circles on Key’s marking, the Trinity seen in the game Knock, “three doors, three choices…”
  • Functional Magic: Theurgy type Elon and Naarah appear to be Wiccans. Notably, some of the rituals they perform are based off of actual religious practices. In Catghost 4 Circle, Elon and Naarah use a ritual in order to prevent the "bowels of evil" from leaking into the sanctuary. However, due to Gideon's meddling, the ritual goes wrong, and a being possesses Naarahs... ghost.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Gideon apparently remembers being born.
    • In "Catghost 8 Judgement":
      • Gideon yells "Are you not entertained?" a famous quote from Gladiator.
      • Elon says a line in Spanish “¿Por qué no los dos?” meaning “Why not both?”, which is a quote from a commercial for Old El Paso tacos.
      • Naarah says "In space, no one can hear you complain!" which is a reference to the Tag Line for Alien.
    • When a Youtuber covers the series in their videos, the Catghost team tends to reference them with images on secret pages of their website.
    • Robert D is a talking banana with a face who says the line "I'm a banana!", similar to the banana character in Rejected.
  • Skin Walker: The Skinwalker in this series is a recurring antagonistic force represented by a Nightmare Face that possesses or impersonates characters.
  • Something Completely Different:
    • The Void episodes, which are much shorter than the standard episodes, and are in the old-school pixely style.
    • Episode 8 Judgement is one long in-character Q&A
  • Special Thanks: At the end of the episode Circle, there is a special thanks to Beth. This becomes significant when it’s revealed she is the blue-haired woman speaking in the flashback.
  • Sudden Soundtrack Stop: In "Judgement", the looping music stops at several moments, emphasizing the character's responses to questions, either due to noteworthy responses, or just to add some blunt comedy. Lines spoken during these moments include:
    • Elon's statement that the woods are a bad place nobody should go into.
    • The sudden interruption by the skinwalker.
    • Naarah's long pause and harsh "No" when asked if the name "Beth" meant something to her.
    • Elon's claim that she wanted Naarah to leave when they first met.
    • Elon and Naarah gagging when asked what "libation" is.
    • Kris Patrick and Alexis Ruiz answering a question as themselves.
  • Take That!: One at YouTube theorist Noir Ascii in the episode Judgement.
    Noir Ascii: What does it all mean?note 
    Naarah: Uh, I think that’s your job. Hurry up and get to it!
  • Trial by Ordeal: Elon and Naarah were subject to cruel witch trials, such as Naarah being drowned to see if she was a witch who could float.
  • Unperson: Elon appears to be trying to make Robert this, for unknown reasons.
    Elon: What are you talking about? There is no banana.
  • Wham Episode: Episode 7, Key, the finale of the Creature Saga. Elon meets Key when venturing into the Hole, and is informed the world will end. Later, as Elon and Naarah sit together on a cliff, waiting for the inevitable, the two Gideons high-five, causing the world around them to disintegrate.
  • Wham Line:
    • From the above episode, we get this one from Key.
    • Later, we get this line from Naarah, finally confirming a wide spread fan theory once and for all:
    Naarah: Man, being dead… sucks.
    Elon: I refuse. To believe. I'm dead!
    Malone: It's much worse than that. [laughs] never existed in the first place.
  • Wham Shot: Again in the episode Key, human Elon and Naarah sitting side by side in the last few seconds of the episode.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Both Naarah and Bethany had blue hair when they were alive. However Naarah's was a much darker and subdued shade of blue compared to Beth's.

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Elon's Introduction

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