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In a world not too different from our own, humans share the planet with a mysterious servant species known as Beings. Shapeshifting, flying battle monsters, they have spent countless ages dueling each other in a contest with no end, known as the Game...

...which most of humanity has spent just as long ignoring. It's not really that interesting if you're not involved.

Into this contest stumble two Ordinary College Graduates, cheerful Bianca and skeptical Sparrow, when a Being on the run drops into their life. He's called Patrick in human form (or Spot, when he's a dog), and at Sparrow's insistence he makes a contract to serve Bianca in return for a place in their home. But mysterious figures are keeping an eye on Patrick, and the Game has a way of not letting you go.

(None of this would have happened if they'd gotten a kitten instead.)

But I'm A Cat Person is an original webcomic from And Shine Heaven Now creator Erin Ptah. The official description from the website is "what happens when you take a heap of shounen-power-up and mahou-shoujo tropes, dump them all in a blender, and then throw the blender away and make a sandwich instead."

Not to be confused with But I'm a Cheerleader. Also has nothing to do with actual Cat People.

Tropes found in this webcomic are:

  • Animal Testing: The experiments regularly done on Beings may or may not be comparable to this, depending on who you ask.
  • Apocalypse Cult: Timothy was raised in one.
  • April Fools' Day: April 1, 2013.
  • Armored Closet Gay: As of chapter 20, Bennett definitely is one. And now he's out of the closet, rather dramatically.
  • Art Shift: Flashbacks have different spot-coloring, white gutters instead of black, and in some cases are done in soft-shaded pencil instead of cel-shaded ink.
  • As the Good Book Says...:
  • Badass Adorable: A lot of the Beings have especially cute animal forms.
  • Batman Gambit: Congressman Bennett tries to pull one of these on Ann Walker, introducing a bill that will put limits on her with the assumption she will attempt to buy him off to get special treatment. She easily turns it around on him, playing on his one-note conservative rhetoric to trap him into inadvertently promising her some benefits.
  • Break the Cutie: Jany's entry on the character page of the comic lampshades the trope. And several of the Beings have demonstrated that they're highly vulnerable to breakage by abusive or out-of-control Masters.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Reseda. Not so much when she was known as Lily; it only began to come out after her then-Master died.
  • Cat Girl: Three cat-based shapeshifters: Reseda (a housecat), Blake (an "every big cat that isn't a lion", typically seen as a tiger), and a not-yet-introduced Lion. They typically stick to entirely-human or entirely-feline forms, but will sometimes sprout ears and a tail for the cuteness/weirdness/otaku-appeal factor.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Not that the comic didn't have some dark shades from the beginning, but around the second interlude (Walker's Travels) those shades turned a pitch, sinister black.
  • Christmas Episode: The first interlude, between chapters 4 and 5, consists of holiday-themed flashbacks for several of the characters.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Invoked in-universe by Ann Walker, who's always wearing a sleek red suit and pearl jewelry. (With a tiger accessory.) The woman knows how to get mileage out of having an iconic look.
  • Combat Stilettos: A realistic way to use them: Camellia rams her narrow heel on a would-be mugger's toes to get him to release her.
  • Corrupt Politician: Arthur Bennett tries to be this. He isn't as good at manipulation and ruthlessness as he'd like to believe, though.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Several of the Beings, including Reseda (gold), Cybele (pink), Kaguya (teal), and sometimes Patrick (brown).
  • Don't Call Me Master: Bianca to Patrick. (His refusal is one of the few stands he takes, though, so she goes along with it.)
  • Embarrassing Middle Name: Sparrow Elbereth Applebaum.
  • Expy: Several AU versions of characters from the artist's earlier works:
    • Miranda originated in The Eagle of Hermes.
    • Timothy and Reseda were last seen in And Shine Heaven Now.
    • Ann Walker is a derivative of Shine's version of Little Orphan Annie.
    • Several readers have identified Stuart Cohen as resembling (a sinister AU version of) Jon Stewart.
  • Eye Scream: Frederick Oliver, the former owner of the Tiger, has a long scar that passes over his right eye.
  • Facial Markings: Lightning has dark streaks down the sides of his face, loosely mimicking the coloring of his Bearded Vulture form.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Reseda and Patrick. Zig-zagged in the case of the Tiger, whose human forms seen so far include a little girl and a grown man. (It should be said that Beings are implied to be sexless and genderless, due to being shapeshifters, but Reseda and Patrick qualify for this trope since their currently favored human forms are female and male, respectively.)
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Taking into account the powers Beings have, they have the capability to be this.
  • Golem: One of the theories for what Beings are.
  • God Before Dogma: Timothy/Camellia, thanks to having spent several of his teenage years in a doomsday cult focused on Reseda. Identifies as a Catholic, but has a strong aversion to any imposition of one person's beliefs on another.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: The comic is all in greyscale except for green spot-coloring...and the eyes and hair (or, in Miranda's case, hair decs) of certain characters, mostly Beings and their Masters. If you see someone with colorful hair, odds are they're going to be important.
  • Healing Factor: Beings have this, within limits. Food and appropriate treatment will still make a difference in how quickly they recover. After a few thousand years of dealing with injuries, they can be pretty blasé about the gory details.
  • Hippie Jesus: Joshua ben Joseph, scruffy do-gooder who's into Eastern religions and civil disobedience.
  • Hippie Parents: Sparrow's mother.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Leave your weird fetishes out of this!
  • I Know Your True Name: Beings are unable to even say the names their Masters use to make Contracts, that's how little power they have in the relationship. Other magic in the series is related to the Contract names of both Beings and humans.
  • Ironic Name: Bianca, whose name means "white" in Italian, is black and proud of it.
  • Jewish Mother: Sparrow's mother has traits of this (even as an ethnically Jewish pagan), as does her mother before her.
    "And when is that lesbian separatist coven of yours going to give me some grandchildren, hmmm?"