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Felix the cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
Whenever he gets in a fix
He reaches into his bag of tricks
Felix the cat
The wonderful, wonderful cat
You'll laugh so much your sides will ache
Your heart will go pit-a-pat
Watching Felix...
The wonderful cat
—>-The series' iconic Theme Tune
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The second incarnation of the long running Felix the Cat cartoon series, directed by Fleischer and Famous animator and Otto Messmer prestige Joe Oriolo, and distributed by Trans-Lux from 1959 to 1961.

While the series is a revival of the classic cartoon feline, there are considerable differences between it and the original B&W and color cartoons that preceded it, to the point where the similarities begin and end with Felix's name and design. The Felix of this series has a considerably different personality than the Silent era Felix, being more genial and youthful than the rascally Anti-Hero of the original cartoons. The art style, while as minimalist as ever, eschews the comic strip like aesthetic in favor of a more stylized UPA-esque approach to go in hand with its low budget, made-for-TV nature. A fantasy tone is still present, but virtually none of the urban surrealism or grey morality of the original cartoons are present, with the stories mostly being lighthearted good vs. evil stories aimed at children. Felix occasionally gets to use his surreal abilities from the silent cartoons, namely his Cartoony Tail, but they're downplayed in favor of using the benefits offered by a new introduction to the series, the Magic Bag of Tricks, a tool that can change into anything Felix needs at any time. The Oriolo revival scrapped the few recurring characters who appeared in Felix's past, but it also introduced several new players to the series, including the Professor (whose foolish obsession with stealing the Magic Bag or money drives many of the stories), Rock Bottom (Professor's thuggish, dimwitted crony), Poindexter (Professor's brilliant and genial, if occasionally bratty, nephew) and Master Cylinder (an evil cyborg and former pupil of Professor who rules over the moon as king and loves to kidnap Poindexter and try to take over or blow up the Earth), along with bit players like Vavoom (an impish kid with an extremely powerful voice) and Martin the Martian (an intrepid alien weilding a 4th Dimensional Cube who should not be confused with Marvin the Martian).

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The series has some precense in comic books, but nowhere to the extent of the classic series. It also bears noting that years before this series made it to air, Joe Oriolo, who took over art duties of the comic books and newspaper comics by 1954 after Otto Messmer retired (who had already transitioned the comics into a Lighter and Softer direction by the 1940's and 50's), was starting to move the franchise into the style of this series, creating some overlap between the classic era and Oriolo era of Felix. The later Harvey Comics-distribited Felix the Cat comic books and Dell's short-lived 1962 Felix comic revival tied in to the TV cartoons and incorporated characters from Trans-Lux series into them. In the 1990's, Don Oriolo launched a short lived revival of the Oriolo series in the form of a comic book called The New Adventures of Felix The Cat, which ran for 7 issues, with another comic series, Felix the Cat in Black and White running alongside it for 8 issues. Many oneshot comics based on the series would follow in the years after.

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To say the least, this part of the series is by far the most well known version of Felix the Cat and continues to influence the rest of the Felix series, including the 90's revival The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. This take on the series is continued to this day under the watch of Joe Oriolo's son and former owner of Felix, Don Oriolo, and current owner Dreamworks Animation (who are in turn under the ownership of NBC/Universal).

Also see Felix the Cat: The Movie, Baby Felix and Friends and Felix the Cat Saves Christmas, which are all set in the same continuity as this series. An NES and Game Boy tie-in video game to this series was made by Hudson Soft and released in 1992 and 1993 as well.

Characters for this series can be found in their own section of the Felix The Cat character sheet.

Has a recap page here.

Tropes related to the Joe/Don Oriolo Felix Cartoons and Comics

  • Abnormal Ammo: In "Detective Thinking Hat", Felix uses a toy gun when he becomes a Junior G Man, which uses Soda Pop, Grape Juice and Water as ammunition.
  • Absurdly Ineffective Barricade: In "Instant Money", Rock Bottom is trying to get into Felix's house because Professor's counterfeited money was pouring into Felix's house due to a mishap on Rock's part. Felix slams the door in his face and immediately begins barricading the door to his house. Unfortunately, he left the window open, so Rock Bottom gets inside and helps Felix build the barricade until he realizes Rock is right behind him.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Felix is changed from a rascally Anti-Hero to a genial, easygoing everyman in this series.
  • Adapted Out: None of the recurring characters from previous Felix cartoons and comics appear in the Joe Oriolo cartoons. They're all replaced by a new cast of ancillary characters for Felix to interact with.
  • Ad-Break Double-Take: Lampshaded in "Felix Meets Vavoom"; after the commercial break, Rock Bottom basically asks Professor to do a recap of the first half of the episode for him, noting that he forgot because of how stupid he is.
  • Affably Evil: The Professor, who due to his eccentric, absentminded personality, is more of a petty nuisance than an outright menace to Felix most of the time. Their rivalry is sometimes thrown aside altogether in certain episodes.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: In "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", Rock Bottom tries to escape from Felix in the art museum by using this tactic. It doesn't work, because not only can Felix clearly hear him travelling through the air conditioning vent, the vent is so small that Felix can see Rock's burly form squeezing its way through. He forces Rock out by setting the temperature so low, that Rock slides out the vent, frozen solid in an ice cube.
  • Aliens are Bastards:
    • General Clang, a minor lackey who is Master Cylinder's second-in-command. He's an alien and a bad guy who willing serves Master Cylinder in his schemes, including times when he wants to kidnap Poindexter. In "Master Cylinder's Spacegram", he also backstabs Master Cylinder so he can invade the Earth all on his own.
    • The unnamed Martian from "The Martian Rescue", who tries to eat Felix alive, and after he invited him into his home and offered him food too.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Played straight with Martin the Martian, General Clang and two other friendly martians that Felix encounters on Mars. Averted with the unnamed martian from "The Martian Rescue", who can only speak unintelligible words to Felix.
  • Alternate Continuity: The series is an In Name Only take on the Felix character that is clearly set in a continuity distinct from the Silent and Golden Age Felix cartoons.
  • All Just a Dream: The ending of "Stone Age Felix".
  • Alas, Poor Yorick: In "Felix Out West", the Professor tries to blow up a pinnacle Felix is trapped on with a bomb, failing to realize until after the fact that Felix escaped using the Magic Bag as a helicopter. After the rubble settles, Professor quips "Alas poor Felix, I knew him well."
  • Amateur Sleuth: Felix becomes a junior G-Man in "Detective Thinking Hat", and ends up tracking down and bringing in Rock Bottom.
  • And I Must Scream: Professor tries to pull this on Felix in "Stone Making Machine"—he tries to capture Felix and turn him into a stone statue with the eponymous machine. But when Rock Bottom goes off to kidnap Felix, he accidentally grabs a stone statue an artist made of Felix in his house (it was dark, so Rock couldn't see that well) and Felix, who thinks he's stealing his statue, trails behind him. They find out their mistake and capture Felix (who had snuck into the lair) and try to turn Felix into a statue for real, but Rock Bottom, who was supposed to keep Felix from stepping outside the machine, turns his back because he can't bear to watch Felix get turned to stone, which gives Felix a clear shot at an escape before the machine activates.
  • Animated Series
  • Anti-Villain: Bart, the ranch owner Felix and Poindexter meet in Out West With Big Brownie. While he crosses the line by trying to kill both Big Brownie and his cub Little Brownie by using a rigged trap, he has an understandable reason for why he wants to get rid of the bears (Brownie had recently gone on a small rampage at his ranch, although that was an accident) with his character flaw being that he simply won't listen to reason when Poindexter tries to explain that Brownie isn't evil, but misunderstood.
  • Anything but That!: In "Stone Making Machine", Felix is trapped inside of Professor's greenhouse, and Professor reveals that he's trapped in there with his man-eating plant, Leopard Lilly, news that Rock Bottom reacts with horror to.
    Professor: Stop, Rock! Leave him to Leopard Lilly!
    Rock Bottom: No! No, boss! Not Leopard Lilly!
    Professor: Yes, Leopard Lilly!
  • Artistic License – Geography: In "Abominable Snowman", the global view of Earth when Professor is travelling labels the entirety of the North Pole region as Alaska (while there is a North Pole in Alaska, it's only a small town).
  • Artistic License – Physics: In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder has a built in helicopter rotor in his head, which he uses to flee the meteor he sent flying towards earth. Granted, the characters can breathe in space on the meteor with no problems, but there's still no air in space, so how could it even work? And in the same episode, Poindexter's attempt to build an anti gravity device blows up and sends him hurtling to the surface of the moon, where his labcoat serves as a parachute to slow his descent. While the moon has a little gravity, there's no atmosphere, so the parachute tactic shouldn't have worked.
  • As You Know: The second half of each episode has a quick recap of what happened just moments ago in the first part of the episode. The reason for this is because the shows episodes were originally aired in two parts, so a quick recap was warranted since the second part of the episode wouldn't always follow up the first part right away. The DVD rerelease of the cartoons edits both parts of the episodes together into single episodes, making the recaps come off as very superfluous.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In "Abominable Snowman", Felix and Professor encounter the eponymous snowman, who is a skyscraper sized monstrosity that both Felix and Professor are left at the mercy of.
  • Audience Shift: The original silent cartoons were made for general audiences (leaning towards adult in some of their subject matter) while these cartoons were aimed exclusively at kids instead.
  • Bag of Holding: The Magic Bag of Tricks.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: In "Venus and the Master Cylinder", both Felix and Professor have no problem breathing or talking whenever they're launched into the vacuum of space.
  • Bears Are Bad News: In "Out West With Big Brownie", Felix and Poindexter encounter Big Brownie, a giant, brown bear who causes trouble for Felix, Poinsy and the ranch owner Bart at the start of the episode. But as Poindexter insists, it turns out Brownie isn't bad, just clumsy and misunderstood.
  • Bedsheet Ghost:
    • In "Ghostly Concert", Felix is trapped on a haunted ship, where its revealed Professor is commanding a legion of these kind of ghosts to go after him.
    • In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor and Rock Bottom dress up as one to scare Felix away from Redbeard the Pirate's gold. Felix quickly catches on to the disguise when he realizes the "ghost" has two heads and four legs. Later on, they open the treasure chest, which releases the real Redbeard's Ghost (who also looks like a bedsheet ghost), who scares Professor and Rock Bottom away.
  • Behind a Stick: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Rock Bottom spies on Felix by hiding behind a wooden pole nearby, which is much smaller than his burly form.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The Professor is the main villain of the series, but he's not very good at it most of the time, and he isn't even that villainous most of of the time—the bulk of his crimes amount to petty thievery or just screwing around with Felix, and he'll ruin his own schemes just as often as Felix can stop them. In some episodes, he isn't even an enemy to Felix.
  • Big Bad: The Master Cylinder doesn't appear as frequently as Professor, but he's actually a legitimate threat and almost always up to some evil scheme. In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", he even tries to destroy the Earth with the meteor.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In "Abominable Snowman", Felix immediately makes a quick ski chase to rescue Professor, but it doesn't work out.
  • Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: Felix and Professor encounter a king size variety of the latter in "Abominable Snowman".
  • Birthday Episode: "Public Enemies One and Two" is revealed to be this at the end—despite what Felix thinks, Professor and Rock Bottom aren't out to do crimes that day, but meant to throw a surprise party for Felix, who had forgotten it was his birthday. Poindexter, Martin the Martian and even the Master Cylinder join in for the party.
  • Black and White Morality: Whereas the original cartoons tended to have grey morality, the Trans-Lux series is crystal clear in its morality. Felix is unambiguously a good guy, while Professor, Rock Bottom and Master Cylinder, hapless villains as they are, are unmistakably the bad guys and always painted in the wrong.
  • Bound and Gagged: Inverted in "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", where Felix captures and traps Rock Bottom for the police by tying him up in some French Tapestry at the museum he's working for. Rock Bottom manages to get out only because by sheer chance, a swarm of moths comes flying along and decide to feast on the tapestry, eating away enough of it for Rock Bottom to break loose.
  • Boxing Kangaroo: In "The Magic Bag", Felix defeats the Professor's robot by whistling for his Magic Bag to summon a giant kangaroo, which proceeds to mop the floor with the robot in a fight.
  • Brain in a Jar: In "Master Cylinder, King of the Moon", Master Cylinder he describes himself as a disembodied brain contained within an electro-mechanical body.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The series occasionally does this. For example, in "The Mouse and Felix", the eponymous mouse stops the cartoon from doing the typical Iris Out just so the audience can get one little glimpse of him.
  • Broad Strokes: The Joe Oriolo Felix cartoons have some light continuity going on in them, with some episodes bridging directly between each other (i.e. "Do It Yourself Monster Book" ends with Felix on a raft in the ocean, which is where we find him next in the following episode, "Blubberino the Whale"). Poindexter's UFO, made in "The Flying Saucer" (one of his first appearances), pops up several times throughout the early episodes. With that said, some episodes fall into outright Negative Continuity. The reason for this is because the episodes were designed so that stations could either air them as standalone episodes, or air them as chapters that would form a complete "story" when aired in proper order.
  • Canon Foreigner: All of the characters save Felix in the Trans-Lux cartoons were created exclusively for the series, with the recurring characters from the previous Felix cartoons and comics being Adapted Out. Even Rock Bottom, who is loosely based on Butch the Bully Bulldog, a very minor and unnamed-on-panel oneshot villain from the Felix comic books, is basically a new character.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The Professor and Rock Bottom are well aware that they're bad guys, and just roll with it. Rock Bottom even brags about it in "Detective Thinking Hat" after Felix calls him to warn him that he's under arrest.
    "Another cop! Why do they always pick on me! Can I help it if I'm a crook? I am just a product of my genes. My chromosomes are made of jumpin' beans. My ego is in panic, I'm almost schizophrenic! I'm insecure and live beyond my means!"
  • Casual Interstellar Travel: Very casual in this series; Professor's spaceship and Poindexter's flying saucer allow them to travel to other planets with all the effort and time of going on a Sunday drive.
  • Catch-Phrase: Felix's "Righty-o!" catchphrase was introduced in this series, usually spoken by the cat at the end of most of the episodes.
  • Chaos Architecture: The appearance, size and location of Professor's lab tends to vary from episode to episode. In some episodes, his lab is downright massive labyrinth, while in other episodes it tends to be the size of an average house.
  • Child Prodigy: The Professor's nephew Poindexter, who is friends with Felix. He reads literature well beyond his age level, builds robots, invents a shrinking and growing potion of his own accord, and even builds a space-worthy UFO with all the effort of putting together a LEGO set. But he still has a childish personality, so Professor hires Felix to babysit him time and time again.
  • Christmas Episode: Felix the Cat Saves Christmas, a 2004 direct-to-DVD film which is centered on Felix, true to the title, attempting to stop Christmas from being ruined by Professor.
  • Composite Character: According to Don Oriolo, the Professor, who was a newcomer in this series, was not inspired by any specific character from a previous Felix property, but was an amalgam of various "professional" characters who popped up throughout the Felix the Cat comics.
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: In the original broadcasts, each episode was split into two parts with a cliff hanger at mid point, and the narrator would say "What will happen to Felix in the next exciting adventure of Felix the Cat?" and in the next part, the theme song would play again before the second half (hence why each second half of an episode does a recap of the previous half). These parts were cut in the late 70's by tv stations trying to add more commercials, and the DVD releases of the show use these syndicated edits.
  • Comically Lop Sided Rivalry: The Professor's rivalry with Felix, which is completely one sided on his part (Felix is an easygoing fellow who just sees Professor as a nuisance at worst and otherwise a neighbour, and he is never the instigator of the conflict when the mad scientist is around) and never, ever works out in his favor.
  • Cool Plane: In "Electronic Brainwasher", Felix escapes from the Professor's Lab by turning his Magic Bag into a large plane with a rocket engine, complete with the bag's polka dotted patterns spread across it.
  • Counterfeit Cash: In "Instant Money", Professor creates a formula that allows water to be turned into gold coins. Unfortunately, Rock Bottom blows the scheme by messing around with the water pipes in a way that sends the money to Felix instead. Professor and Rock Bottom resort to breaking into Felix's house to fix their mistake, but Felix finds out about their counterfeiting rig and immediately calls the police on them, getting Professor and Rock Bottom arrested. On top of that, Professor can't repeat it again because Rock Bottom had mistakenly burned the papers with the formula beforehand.
  • Crazy-Prepared: In "Into Outer Space" Felix finds out that the Professor has rigged his whole lab so that bars will pop up to block any door, window or any possible other way to escape—even a nearby mousehole seals itself before Felix can squeeze into it!
  • Creepy Crossdresser: In "Blubberino the Whale", Professor briefly disguises himself as a mermaid with a bowl of fruit just to tease the marooned and starving Felix. He quickly sheds the disguise and sicks a shark after Felix.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Vavoom the Eskimo, a pint sized little fellow who has a voice so booming and loud, it can cause avalanches!
  • A Day in the Limelight: Vavoom Learns How To Fish has side-character Vavoom as the central protagonist, as Felix is largely taken out of action by trying to seal a leaking dam as Vavoom tries—and fails—to warn the nearby town about it.
  • Death from Above: In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder has hijacked a meteor and has sent it hurtling towards Earth, with the impact site being Professor's lab. Felix and Poindexter take the Flying Saucer to it and try to reverse its path with Poinsy's Atomic Jet Pusher, but Master Cylinder steals the device and kidnaps him, escaping and leaving Felix for dead, pinned to a rock by a detachable claw while the meteor continues hurtling towards Earth. Felix manages to break free, and ties Poindexter's flying saucer to the meteor to redirect it towards a crater and inside the moon, where it explodes harmlessly.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Subverted in "Captain No Kiddin'". When Captain No Kiddin (Professor in disguise) offers Felix his hand in friendship after 8-Ball the Octopus is defeated, Felix tries to shake hands, but the Captain immediately pulls out a lobster to attack him.
  • Depending on the Writer: Due to the very rushed production schedule, aspects of the characters personalities and story elements can be very inconsistent, most notably with the fact that Professor is Felix's archnemesis one day, and then asking him to babysit his nephew on friendly terms another day.
  • Deranged Animation: The episodes animated by Jim Tyer (such as "Felix the Cat Suit", "Do It Yourself Monster Book", "The Gold Fruit Tree" and "The Gold Car and County Fair", "The Exchanging Machine" and "The Hairy Berry Bush") tended to have much more exaggerated, weirder animation than anything in the rest of the revival series. "Stone Age Felix" unintentionally has some of this in one scene due to recycling some of Tyer's animation from "Do It Yourself Monster Book".
  • Deus ex Machina: According to Don Oriolo, the Magic Bag was created for the Trans-Lux cartoons to partly serve as this and because Trans-Lux wanted Felix to be someone who could solve anyone's problems by any means. The series also had crushing deadlines (they had hours to write the scripts for each episode, and had to turn out a few episodes every week) so there wasn't any time to overthink or analyze the stories.
    "The Magic Bag was an element created to give an easy way out in the five-minute [TV] episodes... it replaced the piercing of the fourth wall in simpler terms for a series with such a limited budget. They wanted a "younger" show. That's why Jack Mercer spoke in slow deliberate tones. Felix was to be everybody's best friend—-who could solve any problem anyone had, even if it meant taking the easy way out with the Magic Bag."
    • In "Felix's Gold Mine", Professor and Rock Bottom actually succeed in reaching the Gold Mine and stealing money from it right in front of Felix—but when they're sliding down the tightrope they used to get up there, it turns out two birds have how nested on it, which they end up sliding onto. The birds carry them away, and they're so startled by this, that they drop the money into the air, robbing themselves of a victory.
    • In "Venus and the Master Cylinder", Pointdexter has been taken hostage by Master Cylinder and his forced to work for him in his lab. He manages to escape by the fact that a potion he was making randomly explodes, launching him away and breaking the chain of his iron ball.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Stone Age Felix", Felix gets fired from his office job and thrown out (as in, thrown out the window near the top of a 12 story building) for being 1 minute late!
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In "Detective Thinking Hat", Rock is lured into a trap by Felix with a hole that offers a free look at 16 gorgeous girls.
  • Dumb Muscle: Rock Bottom, the Professor's lackey and regular foe to Felix. He's not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, and in "Felix Meets Vavoom", he admits he's aware of it.
    Rock Bottom: Excuse me, boss, I forgot what I'm supposed to do. I'm so stupid!
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder tries to blow up the Earth with a meteor he hijacks.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Rock Bottom might hate Felix, but he doesn't really want to see him dead. In "Stone Making Machine", when he thinks he's captured Felix in a bag (actually a statue of him) and Professor is about to turn on the machine, Rock breaks down in tears at the idea of turning Felix into stone. Professor comforts him with a pat on the back and a pep talk that it's for the better of mankind. Later on, when Felix is trapped in Professor's greenhouse, Rock Bottom reacts with horror when Professor reveals Felix is trapped in there with his man-eating plant, Leopard Lilly—although he laughs along with Professor at Felix's misfortune not a minute later.
  • Expository Theme Tune: The theme song, which brags about Felix being funny and using the Magic Bag of Tricks to get himself out of a fix.
  • Extendo Boxing Glove: In the NES video game, Felix uses this (which comes out of his Magic Bag) as his default attack.
  • Expy: The Magic Bag was meant as a streamlined replacement for another magical prop Felix used in the past, specifically a flying carpet that occasionally popped up in the silent films, and regularly appeared as a means for Felix to travel in the later comic books.
    • Rock Bottom was loosely based on a minor villain in the comics, Butch the Bully bulldog. Trans-Lux wanted Joe Oriolo to create more ancillary characters for the series, so he reached back to Butch for inspirations.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Professor's attempts to steal and use Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks will always end in failure. Even if he gets ahold of the bag, it will never obey him, making his efforts to steal it completely pointless.
  • Friend to All Living Things: True to Felix's character, he's nothing but compassionate and affable to everyone around him, and he's even genial to Professor when he's not committing crimes. In "The Termites of 1960", he's upset at the idea that he's killed a little termite. The only person Felix shows complete animosity towards is Master Cylinder, and for very good reason.
  • Furry Confusion: From 1919 through the mid-1950s, stories alternated between showing Felix as either a Talking Animal pet in a human home or a Funny Animal master of his own house. Only with the Trans-Lux TV series was Felix established as a Funny Animal for good. Amusingly, in "Felix the Cat Suit", Felix owns a normal housecat with kittens in his home.
  • Genre Shift: The original silent cartoons were basically urban surrealism with topical based humor. The Joe Oriolo cartoons go in the opposite direction and become pure kids fantasy (which, to be fair, was a direction identical to the direction many of the Felix the Cat comics, especially the later ones, followed).
  • The Good Guys Always Win: In the Trans Lux TV cartoons, Felix always wins against the professors schemes, and if not that, the Professor and Rock Bottom's schemes fall apart anyway, be it because of their own stupidity or just sheer bad luck. The Professor never once scores a long term victory against him—-not that he could, since the magic bag wouldn't work for him anyway. Subverted in "Penelope the Elephant", where Rock Bottom does manage to score a brief victory over Felix, but it doesn't pay off for him.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: There are episodes (usually without the Magic Bag) that have the Professor employing Felix as a babysitter for Poindexter.
    • In "Felix Out West", after Felix rescues Professor from a tribe of Indians who tied him up to a giant T-Bone Steak, the Professor lets bygones be bygones and enjoys a nice steak meal with Felix.
    • In "The Golden Nugget", after Felix, Professor and Rock find out the gold nugget they were all after is fake, they trade it in for a bowl of soup and share it all between themselves.
    • In "Public Enemies One and Two", Professor and Rock Bottom throw a surprise birthday party for Felix. No tricks here—everyone has a good time. Poindexter, Martin the Martian and even the Master Cylinder join the party for the heck of it.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: In "Stone Age Felix", Felix feels the world is moving too fast for him, so he finds the residence of Father Time (who lives in a local clock shop) and tries to pull a lever on a machine of his to slow down time. Unfortunately, Felix pulls the lever back all the way and breaks it, which causes time to revert all the way back to the stone age. Fortunately, the whole episode turns out to be a dream. Interestingly, it's one of the few episodes where Felix himself drives whats going on—all of the villains and the Magic Bag are completely absent.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: The opening narration for "The Magic Bag" describes Felix's personality as "gay, carefree". In the past, the word gay had a different connotation than today, meaning "happy, carefree, joyful"
  • Harmless Villain: Both Professor and Rock Bottom are either so nonthreatening, incompetent or just plain unlucky in their villainy, that they're barely a threat to Felix at all. They'll do themselves in with their schemes as often as Felix can stop them. This was part of the reason Master Cylinder was eventually introduced to the series—they had to present something resembling a real threat to Felix.
    • Not-So-Harmless Villain: With that said, there have been a few episodes and moments where the Professor gets his act together and proves he can definitely be a legitimate threat to Felix. In "Into Outer Space", he completely corners Felix in his lair by sealing off every possible exit (including a mousehole)—Felix only gets away because of a big lapse in judgement on Professor's part (namely, helplessly launching him off into outer space, which ultimately works out in Felix's favor). In "Blubberino the Whale", he sicks a killer shark after Felix and keeps him on the run. In "Captain No Kiddin", he keeps Felix on the ropes in a swordfight, successfully corners him on the bow of his pirate ship and knocks Felix's sword out of his hand. In "The Vacation Mirage", Professor has the deck completely stacked against Felix with his powerful Mirage maker, separating him from his Magic Bag in the middle of a very hot desert, and constantly tormenting him with a barrage of illusions that are so realistic, that Felix is powerless to break them—it was only by sheer dumb luck that he manages to defeat Professor (he stumbles across his lost bag and turns it into a plane, which accidentally crashes into the invisible machine).
  • Heroic Canines, Villainous Felines: Inverted. Felix is the hero, while Rock Bottom, one of the Professor's minions, is (usually) evil.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Due to how hastily written the Trans-Lux episodes were and the series rather loose continuity, Professor's relationship with Felix is constantly in flux. One episode, he's just after the Magic Bag for his own ends, with Felix just being an annoying obstacle to that goal. In episodes like "The Vacation Mirage", he is portrayed as downright sadistic and goes out of his way to torment Felix, even after he's separated from his Magic Bag. And yet in other episodes, he willingly hires Felix (who always seems to be willing to give Professor the benefit of the doubt) as a babysitter to watch over Poindexter, or hires him as a lab assistant, where he just acts grouchy at worst to Felix.
    • Though not to the extent of Professor, Rock Bottom varies between being a crook that Felix has to stop, a bully who just wants to antagonize Felix, or just a grouchy neighbor at worst to Felix.
  • The Hero: Felix the Cat in this series, who is about as free of vice as a hero can get. He's basically a boy scout in personality.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Oil and Indians Don't Mix", Professor and Rock Bottom discover that Felix's desert diner sits directly on top of an oil site, so after taking care of Felix (by posing as an indian tribe and then knocking Felix stiff with a strong smoking pipe) they set up an oil rig and begin drilling. Their pipe misses several oil hotspots (which unwittingly tear through the ropes binding Felix inside the diner) until it strikes one—unfortunately for them, the subsequent oil spout is so strong, that it carries them directly into the air, leaving them unable to reap the benefits of their oil. Felix has a laugh at their expense nearby.
  • Hulk Speak: In "Abominable Snowman", the Snowman's one line "Me, snowman!" uses this syntax.
  • Human Cannonball: In "Felix's Gold Mine", Professor tries to launch Rock Bottom up to the summit where the eponymous gold mind is located by using a cannon, but he's too big to fit inside of it. The Professor decides to launch himself up instead, only to completely miss the summit—fortunately for him, he had a parachute on hand.
  • Humiliation Conga: Professor getting put through the ringer by Felix at the end of "Felix The Cat Suit".
  • Humongous Mecha: In his initial appearance in "Master Cylinder, King of the Moon", Master Cylinder is a very large robot who can easily grab both Felix and Poindexter in one claw. The only flaw of this was that he was immobile and used a nearby wall socket as his power source (which Felix uses to defeat him by simply unplugging him). In that episode, he used a very extendable arm claw to work around his immobility. In later appearances, he got a smaller, much more mobile body and an on-board power source so he could move around freely and make sure that Felix couldn't just unplug him again to beat him.
    • In "King Neptune's S.O.S.", Professor and Rock Bottom build a giant octopus robot to steal King Neptune's gold. Felix is on vacation, but Neptune summons him for his help, which Felix quickly accepts. After briefly getting trapped in a jellyfish and escaping, Professor has the octopus robot grab a sword and chase Felix around for the climax. Felix finally has enough and manages to tie together all of the robots tentacles by his own hands, which allows him to turn in the Professor and Rock Bottom to King Neptune.
  • Hurricane of Puns: The Trans-Lux series loved using loads of wordplay humor, particularly in the earlier episodes.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks (which is strongly implied in some episodes to be sentient due to its loyalty to Felix) is one of the most well known aspects of Felix the Cat, but it didn't appear in the franchise until this series, 40 years after Felix made his debut.
  • I Lied: In "Venus and the Master Cylinder", Professor gets an 1,000,000$ offer from the Master Cylinder (who now resides on Venus) to take Pointdexter under his wing for a year. Once they get there, Master Cylinder chains him to a ball and scoffs at the idea of actually offering Professor that much money, tying him to a rocket and launching him away.
  • Impact Silhouette: In "Detective Thinking Hat", Rock Bottom smashes through his office door like this to run away from Felix, who has shown up unharmed in his office after being thrown into a cement mixer.
  • Innocent Aliens: In some of the space themed episodes, Felix befriends a nice alien named Martin the Martian starting with "Martin the Martian Meets Felix the Cat", who is always willing to help out Felix whenever the situation calls for it.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man:
    • In "The Magic Bag", Felix gets shrunk down to about the size of an apple by Professor for the bulk of the episode.
    • In "Felix Babysits", Felix gets shrunken down to microscopic size by Poindexter, and he gets attacked and almost eaten by an amoeba named King Gulpo.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Professor may be a crook, he's also one of the most pathetic villains in all of western animation. In over 120 episodes of his series, he never earned a single victory over Felix the Cat and almost never even comes close, and couldn't have won anyway since the Magic Bag of Tricks won't work for him. Personality wise, he's a petulant Manchild who throws tantrums and literally tortures himself over his failures. His crimes also tend to be really petty misdeeds like cornering the market on rubber for toys. On top of that, Felix himself rarely even takes him seriously as a bad guy, just seeing him as a friendly enemy or nuisance at worst.
  • In Name Only: The Trans-Lux TV series has nothing in common with the original Felix shorts aside from the title character, and even this Felix is considerably different in personality than the silent era Felix.
  • Innocent Aliens: Martin the Martian, a friendly little alien that Felix and Poindexter ocassionally encounter in the cartoons. The friendly martians that Felix meets on Mars on a couple occasions count to, as they help Felix fight Master Cylinder and General Clang with disguises. Averted with the unnamed Martian from "The Martian Rescue", who tries to eat Felix whole.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Professor is a shameless card-carrying crook and an unpleasant person to Felix, but he's not rotten to the core. He genuinely loves his nephew Poindexter and is even willing to bury the hatchet with Felix whenever his ward needs a babysitter...
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: ...and Professor is practically a saint compared to his former pupil Master Cylinder. It should speak volumes of the cyborg's character that even Felix (and sometimes even Professor) hate him. He's an arrogant, nasty and cold-blooded bully and egomaniac who shows no remorse for any of his actions, and is perfectly willing to kidnap and enslave Poindexter to create rocket fuel to build an army for him to invade Earth, has expressed desire to experiment on Felix, and is sometimes even willing to blow up the Earth just for the hell of it. And whereas Professor varies between foe and uneasy ally to Felix and is by and large a pitiful comedic villain, Master Cylinder is a Knight of Cerebus who is almost always evil and hostile towards Felix and is enough of a threat to have Felix at his mercy in just about every encounter they have. Any sympathetic qualities shown always have an ulterior motive to them; he's occasionally shown to have a mutual relationship with his former mentor Professor, but even then he's willing to backstab Professor to further his own ends. To give another idea of just how rotten to the core he is, when Poindexter saves him from being stranded in space and invites him to stay as a guest in his uncle's lab in "The Atomic Rocket Fuel", Master Cylinder shows his gratitude by immediately capturing Poindexter and roping him into another scheme, and then hijacking Professor's lab for his own plans. There is exactly one moment in the series where he's portrayed sympathetically—in "Public Enemies No. 1 & 2", where he inexplicably attends Felix's birthday party and celebrates it with everyone else. The only thing that keeps him from being a Hate Sink is just how goofy and ineffective of a villain he ultimately is.
  • Joker Jury: In "How to Steal a Gold Mine", Professor disguises himself as a judge and tries to prosecute Felix, but it falls apart when his disguise is blown.
  • Kick the Dog: In "Felix The Cat Finds The Golden Bug", Rock comes across and throws a harmless baby buzzard off the mountain on orders from Professor. He even mocks it by saying that it had better learn to fly before it hits the bottom. Thankfully, Felix saves it before it hits the ground.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Master Cylinder is a lighter example—he was introduced into the (child aimed) series as this to offer something resembling a legitimate threat to Felix, which wasn't really offered by the hapless villainy of Professor and Rock Bottom. While his victory streak is the same as Professor's and he's a Laughably Evil personality, he is not a Harmless Villain. He gets the edge over Felix right off the bat in most of his appearances, both Felix and Professor are at his mercy whenever he appears, and he offers threats bigger than just the petty thievery the Professor's crimes consist of—for example, In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", he comes dangerously close to destroying the Earth with a meteor he hijacked. On top of that, while Professor has an on and off rivalry with Felix, Master Cylinder is almost always hostile and antagonistic towards the cat.
  • Lampshade Hanging:
    "Excuse me, boss, I forgot what I'm supposed to do. I'm so stupid!"
    "Another explosion! We'll never get that secret rocket fuel!"
  • Later Installment Weirdness: The Joe Oriolo Felix the Cat cartoons have little to none of the surreal, urban qualities of the silent Felix the Cat cartoons.
  • Leitmotif: An instrumental of the Felix the Cat theme pops up in the cartoons as one for Felix.
  • Licensed Game: There is a Felix The Cat game for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy, which is a fairly good platformer with enjoyable music and crisp graphics.
  • Lighter and Softer: Like the Van Beuren shorts, the Trans Lux TV cartoons have none of the urban tone, dark or vulgar gags or surreal nature of the original silent cartoons. Part of this was because of content restrictions imposed on TV cartoons of the time, and because of mandates imposed by Trans-Lux; they wanted the new Felix to exclusively be a kids show, hence why Jack Mercer spoke in slow deliberate tones. Felix was to be everybody's best friend who could solve any problem anyone had, even if it meant taking the easy way out with the Magic Bag.
  • Literal Metaphor: In the Trans-Lux series episode "The Glittering Jewels", the Professor states that he feels like a jackass after his and Rock Bottom's first scheme at stealing the Crown Jewels is thwarted. In context, it's because Rock Bottom was dragging along a wooden horse to hide the professor while he was stealing the jewels, and when it gets blown up by a guards rifle, the horses head is stuck on top of Professor.
  • Lone Wolf Boss: Gulpo (King of the Blobs) from "Felix Babysits". He's not affiliated with Professor or Master Cylinder, he's just a ravenous amoeba who was unwittingly made a threat by Poindexter's shrinking and growth formulas.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: The Magic Bag of Tricks is implied to be sentient, and most of the time, it works for Felix and only Felix. The handful of times Professor manages to get his hands on it, the bag will violently resist every attempt he makes to use it. Felix can even whistle for it to come back to his side—in "Felix Out West", it even morphs into a rabbit and hops back to Felix, licking him on the face like a dog before it turns back to normal. With that said, Poindexter did figure out how to use the Bag in "Martin the Martian Meets Felix the Cat", but that was only so he turn it into a portal to Mars so he could meet Martin, so it's not that Professor is outright incapable of using it so much as the bag knows he's a bad guy and won't allow him to exploit its powers.
  • Lull Destruction: There is a lot of the dialogue in the Trans Lux series, and most of it is pure exposition or the characters stating the obvious or whats already happening or happened in the plot. Its justified by the fact that the series was aimed at kids, each episode was originally aired in two parts (which partially justifies a quick recap at the start of the second part in their original airings, not so much on the DVDs) and the ultra low budget animation and rushed schedule would've precluded a lot of Show, Don't Tell techniques anyway.
  • Mad Scientist: The Professor, an eccentric grouch whose modus operendi is to steal Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks to study it and use it for his own ends.
  • Magic Hat: Felix's iconic Magic Bag of Tricks, which is an actual bag. Despite what the famous theme song tells you, The Magic Bag wasn't in all the 1950s episodes; it featured in about thirty percent of that series. Joe Oriolo was wise not to overuse it; it made for some funny situations, but it also made Felix borderline infallible. Even in episodes where it does appear, it's often used as a last resort or Mundane Utility, with Felix using his wits to address the bulk of his problems.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: This is the weapon of choice for the recurring character Vavoom. His voice is strong enough to shatter boulders, create avalanches and drill tunnels through solid rock. In Vavoom Learns How To Fish, a man tries to trap Vavoom under a garbage can and sit on it, but Vavoom uses his voice to blow him away so hard, that according to bystanders with telescopes, he’s been sent flying into orbit.
  • Man-Eating Plant: In "Stone Making Machine", Felix unwittingly goes into Professor's greenhouse to evade Professor and Rock Bottom, unaware that Professor has a nasty surprise waiting for him in the form of a carnivorous plant named Leopard Lilly.
  • The Man in the Mirror Talks Back: In "Detective Thinking Hat", Felix dresses up as a Junior G Man and is about to shoot his toy gun at the mirror to try it out—only for his reflection to squirt water back at him first!
  • Magic Versus Science: The conflict of the series often revolves around the stubborn Professor trying to use his contraptions and intellect to steal Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks to either study it or use it for his own ends, but Felix always ends up coming out on top.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: In "Penelope the Elephant", Rock Bottom technically gains a victory over Felix by kidnapping and returning the Rajah's elephant to him ahead of Felix—but because of exchange rates, the reward money of 50,000,000 bakshees that was offered turns out to be a meager ten cents.
    • In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor and Rock Bottom successfully steal the pirate treasure chest Felix found—but upon opening it, they find out there's nothing inside it, save for Redbeard's Ghost, which appears and scares Professor and Rock Bottom away.
  • Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: The series, which often has science fiction elements due to Professor and Master Cylinder, lands firmly in #1 (Science in Genre Only).
  • Mohs Scale of Violence Hardness: The show lands squarely on level 1.
  • Motive Decay: In some episodes, Professor's goal to steal Felix's Magic Bag is superseded by other matters, be it due to bouts of sadism or his absentmindedness.
    • For example, in "Into Outer Space", Professor traps Felix and has a clear shot at getting the Bag (despite admitting that it won't work for him) but instead he decides to launch Felix into outer space along with the bag for the heck of it.
    • In "Felix's Gold Mine", Felix loses his Magic Bag when it falls off the pinnacle he's trapped on—Professor gets the bag, but he can't use it, so he ditches it and tries to use other means to reach the summit where Felix's mine is.
    • In "The Vacation Mirage", he separates Felix from the Magic Bag, but instead of going after the bag, he spends the rest of the episode sadistically tormenting Felix with his barrage of realistic mirages.
  • Motive Misidentification: In "Felix's Gold Mine", Felix gets trapped on top of the summit where his gold mine is hidden when his Magic Bag falls down below. The Professor tries to exploit the bag to get up there and steal Felix's gold, but fails, so he opts to use a Human Cannonball and then a tightrope tactic to reach the summit. Felix, meanwhile, misinterprets the whole thing as the Professor trying to rescue him.
  • The Movie: Felix the Cat: The Movie, which is set in this series.
  • Near-Villain Victory: While Professor and Rock Bottom never earned a true victory over Felix, they've come pretty close on occasion. In "Oil and Indians Don't Mix", Professor and Rock Bottom succeed in setting up an Oil Rig near Felix's diner and strike black gold, but the subsequent spout of it is so strong, that they're sent flying helplessly in the air, unable to claim Felix's oil. In "Felix's Gold Mine", Professor and Rock Bottom nearly win out over Felix, only to their plan to be foiled by a Deus ex Machina (namely, two birds that abruptly show up and carry them away, causing them to drop their money in surprise).
    • In "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", Master Cylinder comes dangerously close in his goal of destroying the Earth with a meteor. Felix only narrowly averts disaster by breaking free of Cylinder's trap and using Poindexter's spaceship to drag and fling the meteor into the moon, where it harmlessly explodes on impact.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike the Silent era Felix, this Felix is a clear cut good guy with no significant vices of his own. Most of the time, he's just minding his own business and isn't even driving the plot of his own cartoons, which are sprung into action by Professor and Rock Bottom. He's so nice, that even if Professor spent a whole episode hounding him for his bag, if Professor winds up in a bad situation of his own (such as getting captured by Indians in "Felix Out West"), Felix will let bygones be bygones and rescue him.
  • No Antagonist: The episode "Relax a Lawn Chair". Its one of the very few episodes in the Trans-Lux series where all the other characters except Felix are absent. Not even the Magic Bag is present. The entire episode is centered on Felix trying constantly to set up his new lawn chair.
  • Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: This drives the conflict of "Out West with Big Brownie". The eponymous bear, in an act of clumsiness, unwittingly scares Felix and the local ranch owner, who work together to try and drive out the bear. Poindexter, however, realizes that Brownie isn't evil and tries to convince both of them to stop. Felix is eventually won over when Brownie saves him from a swarm of angry bees that he dropped while trying to use them on Brownie, but Bart, the ranch owner, refuses to believe the bear is anything more than a menace, and kidnaps his cub to lure the bear into a rigged boulder trap.
  • No Indoor Voice: Vavoom the Eskimo. He was a pint-sized eskimo who's shout of "VAVOOM!!!!" could cause an avalanche. He seems incapable of saying anything but that word in a loud, booming voice.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: In "The Invisible Professor", the Professor grabs a sword and tries to go at Felix for foiling his scheme to rob a king of his possessions. Felix easily sidesteps the Professor's attack, and by chance, there was an electrical socket right behind him, which Professor's sword gets stuck into it, promptly electrocuting him.
  • Non-Indicative Name:
    • Despite the title of The Professors Committed No Crime!, It turns out the Professor actually is trying to commit a crime—the police chief is rightfully suspicious that Professor hasn't committed any crimes for a while, and sends Felix to investigate him, believing he's up to something.
    • Despite mentioning his name in the title, The Professor is not mentioned and does not appear at all in "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", where Rock Bottom acts as a solo villain against Felix.
    • In "Vavoom Learns How To Fish", Vavoom doesn't spend the episode learning how to fish as much as he spends it trying—and failing—to warn the nearby town about the leaking dam.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You: In "Stone Age Felix", Felix is fired from his office job and gets thrown out near the top of a 12 story building—but he lands basically unharmed. Justified, since he's a cat, who are known to be able to survive high falls, and it turned out he was dreaming the whole thing anyway.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: In "Instant Money", Professor uses a formula to create money out of water, but Rock Bottom stupidly burns the paper with the formula on it when he rolls it up to light it like a cigarette.
  • No-Sell: In "Out West with Big Brownie", despite Felix and Bart attempting to use a hive of wild bees to drive out the eponymous bear, Big Brownie, Brownie effortlessly defeats the bees once they're released and fly towards him—they fall limp to the ground as soon as they collide into him. Doubles as Truth in Television: bears have very tough hides in real life, so bee swarms usually don't bother them.
  • Officer O'Hara: In "Instant Money", Professor and Rock Bottom are cornered by a squad of cops for counterfeiting, all of whom have stereotypical Irish accents.
  • Offscreen Teleportation:
    • In "Detective Thinking Hat", Rock Bottom tries to do away with Felix by tossing him inside of a cement mixer. He returns back to his office thinking Felix is out of his hair, only to find Felix sitting in his chair, no worse for wear. Rock Bottom freaks out and runs all the way across the country to try and evade Felix—only to get lured by Felix into a "Hit the Dummy" carnival game.
    • In "Blubberino the Whale", while Felix evades the shark the Professor sent after him, the eponymous whale shows up and eats Felix alive. Once inside, he meets up with Professor, who somehow made it all the way inside before Felix, and found time to disguise himself as King Neptune to fool Felix.
  • Off Screen Villain Dark Matter: Professor is somehow able to build and get access to equipment and a large lab that allows him to commit all of his crimes, even though many of the series plots involve him trying to commit robberies. It's not clear if he's strapped for cash or just plain greedy.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: The polka-dot patterns of Felix the Cat's Magic Bag of Tricks was based on some wallpaper Joe Oriolo had and often used to glue to the cels of the bag of tricks.
  • One-Winged Angel: In "Felix Babysits", Poindexter uses his growth formula to return Felix back to his normal size—unfortunately, the ravenous amoeba that was trying to eat Felix, King Gulpo, gets some of the formula too, letting him catch up to Felix in size. Then he drinks even more of Poinsy's formula and grows so massive, that he can barely fit inside of the Professor's lab. Before anything gets too bad, Felix saves the day by using Poindexter's shrinking formula—the thing that got Felix into this mess in the first place—and throws it at King Gulpo, which quickly reduces him back to his original microscopic size.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Professor likes to use these, and Felix tends to fall for them.
    • One example is disguising himself as an old lady in "Into Outer Space" and disguising himself as King Neptune (by simply wearing an obvious fake beard) in "Blubberino the Whale".
    • In "Felix and the Mid-Evil Ages", when he sets up a trap to lure Felix into a Time Machine disguised as a photo booth, he doesn't even try to disguise himself aside from wearing a red cap—and Felix falls for it anyway! And once they reach the Middle Ages, Professor disguises himself as a king, but he blows his cover to Felix by chastising Rock Bottom by name.
    • In "The Professor's Instant Changer", he builds a hologram device that disguises himself as a rosebush (which Felix squirts a fire hydrant at, thinking the bush needs water), a pine tree (which gets struck by lightning from a subsequent rainstorm), and then a lawn chair (which Professor quick changes into a cactus when Felix tries to sit on it) but his limbs and mustache are still visible.
    • In "The Magic Bag", Felix manages to fool one the Professor's robot by turning his tail into a big mustache (which he calls "My Professor disguise!") and making his voice sound more hoarse.
  • Plot Armor: Trans-Lux explicitly stated that Felix always had to win against Professor and the other villains in the end, no exceptions.
  • Plot Hole: In "Blubberino the Whale", Felix is stranded on a raft in the middle of the ocean and starving. The thing is, Felix has his Magic Bag on hand, which he can use for any situation or purpose he needs—-in fact, he turns the bag into a gyrocopter at the end to defeat the eponymous whale. And in "The Magic Bag", we can see the bag is capable of creating food too. Why didn't Felix just use the bag to return back to the mainland in the first place, or at least just conjure up a meal for himself then and there?
  • Pokémon Speak: Recurring character Vavoom speaks this way. He is only capable of saying his name in a loud, booming voice. This unwittingly creates a conflict in "Vavoom Learns How to Fish", as he's unable to warn the nearby town about the leaking dam, since his voice just sends them flying and makes them think he's a nuisance.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The source of the conflict in "Vavoom Learns how to Fish" is that Vavoom can't warn the nearby town about the leaking dam because he can only say his name, and Felix can't warn them until it's too late because he was tied up trying to keep the dam leak from getting worse, and he was counting on Vavoom to try and warn the town in his steed.
  • Quicksand Sucks: In "The Professor's Instant Changer", Professor sends Felix reeling by tricking him into sitting on himself when he's disguised as a lawn chair (which Professor turns into a cactus) which causes Felix to fall and get stuck in a quicksand pit. Fortunately for Felix, there's also a conveniently short landline right above him, and he's able to reach it—while he gets electrocuted, it also triggers an explosion that frees Felix and sends him flying through the air.
  • Real After All: In "Abominable Snowman", at first Professor is just faking the existence of the Abominable Snowman as part of his scheme to get Felix's bag, but he ends up encountering the real deal.
  • Reality Warper: In "The Vacation Mirage", Felix decides to take a vacation to the desert, but the Professor has built a Mirage Maker device that is a very powerful device—despite it being an illusion maker, the illusions it creates are just as convincing as the real thing, and Professor uses it throughout the episode to seperate Felix from his bag and then torment him to his hearts content. Fortunately, Felix finds his bag and when he turns it into a plane and flies off, he unwittingly crashes into the Mirage Maker (which Professor had turned invisible) which makes it go haywire and swamp Professor with dozens of illusions surrounding him.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Aside from a handful of new cues, such as Felix's theme song and leitmotif, the bulk of the shows music consists of stock music cues composed by Winston Sharples for his previous work at Famous Studios.
  • Reed Richards Is Useless: Professor has impressive intellect and is capable of building impressive equipment, including a Time Machine in one episode. Instead of selling or mass producing the items to get money, he wastes most of it on trying to steal Felix's bag of tricks or commit robberies.
  • Ridiculous Exchange Rates: In "Penelope the Elephant", Rock Bottom kidnaps a lost elephant from Felix that he intended to return to her Rajah for a 50,000,000 bakshee reward. Rock Bottom makes it there ahead of Felix, but to the formers shock, it turns out the reward money is worthless—50,000,000 bakshee is only worth 10 cents in American money.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Although no-one speaks in rhyme constantly, in the Trans-Lux series characters spontaneously burst into rhyme the way characters in other cartoons might burst into song.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Barney, the King of the Leprechauns, a minor recurring character. While he does seek out the aid of Felix to save his people from Professor and Rock, he makes sure to work right alongside Felix to help stop the crooks.
  • Running Gag:
    • The series often had The Professor literally beating himself up over his failures, often using contraptions solely designed for the purpose of self-flagellation.
    • There's also a recurring joke about Felix having his own comic book and TV show in the cartoons.
    • Poindexter frequently making potions that blow up in his face. Master Cylinder even hangs a lampshade on it in "The Exchanging Machine".
  • Save the Villain:
    • In "Abominable Snowman", Felix tries to pull this off, but he ends up in the clutches of the Snowman as well.
    • In "Felix Out West", the bulk of the episode has Professor hounding Felix for his bag in the desert, only to get captured by some (friendly) indians, who tie him up to a giant T-Bone steak. While Professor had it coming, Felix feels the need to help him out anyway, so he sneaks up and unties Professor, and they both carry off the steak as they escape. Both Professor and Felix let bygones be bygones and enjoy a nice steak lunch together.
    • In "The Atomic Rocket Fuel", Poindexter rescues Master Cylinder, who was stranded in space, but he quickly regrets it.
    • In "North Pole Jail Hole", Felix and Walter Walrus are forced to save Professor and Rock when they end up adrift in the arctic water.
  • Self-Guarding Phlebotinum: The Magic Bag of Tricks is more than capable of defending itself from Professor should it fall into his hands. It has been to violently attack or backfire on Professor whenever he tries to exploit its abilities.
  • Selective Magnetism: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor uses a magnet to steal Felix's treasure chest away from him, with the magnet not affecting the metallic motor of Felix's motorboat.
  • Sentient Vehicle: At the end of The Professors Committed No Crime!, The Professor's airplane is inexplicably revealed to be this out of nowhere in the ending, and he turns against Professor on a whim.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In "The Golden Nugget", the eponymous nugget turns out to be fake and is only worth a bowl of soup, rendering the entire conflict between Felix, Professor and Rock pointless.
  • Shout-Out: In "The African Diamond Affair", while fishing for diamonds, Rock Bottom says "Diamonds is rock's best friend!"
  • Show Within a Show: Used as an meta joke in a couple episodes. In "Venus and the Master Cylinder" and "King Neptune's S.O.S.", Felix can be seen in possession of Felix the Cat comic books.
  • Sliding Scale of Antagonist Vileness: Professor and Rock Bottom fall in the "Dividing line between nominal heroes and villains' part of the scale due to both of them being completely ineffective villains, while Master Cylinder falls onto the Permanently Unsympathetic scale for always doing evil for the hell of it.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Effectiveness: Professor and Rock Bottom hover between None and Low, but lean more towards None. Master Cylinder falls into the Credible part of the scale.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Professor and Rock Bottom fall into the Local Area Threat part of the scale, which isn't saying much. Master Cylinder is shown to be a Planetary Threat in "Master Cylinder Captures Poindexter", but is usually a Local Area Threat most of the time, since his targets are usually limited to Felix and co.
  • Spinoff Babies: The early 2000s Anime Baby Felix and Friends.
  • Static Character: Due to the series loose continuity and rigid status quo, none of the characters ever undergo any character development.
  • Stand-In Portrait: In "A Museum, The Professor and Rock Bottom", Rock Bottom uses this tactic to sneak into an art museum Felix is working at as a watchman.
  • Status Quo Is God: None of the characters undergo any character development, Felix is guaranteed to always defeat Professor, Rock and Master Cylinder, and Professor will never succeed in keeping and using the Magic Bag of Tricks.
  • Stock Animal Diet: In "Stone Age Felix", when Felix is scrambling to get ready for work, his sole breakfast is drinking from a milk bottle.
    • In the NES game, Felix can collect milk bottles to refill the timers on his power-ups.
  • Stock Footage: Due to the series very low budget, bits of animation would be frequently recycled throughout the series, such as Felix's humming walk from the opening of "The Magic Bag", his classic "Thinking Walk" from the same episode, and many of the explosions would use the same abstract, plaid like patterns each time. And even when Master Cylinder moved from the moon to Venus, Venus uses the exact same backgrounds used inside the Moon where Cylinder previously lived.
  • Story-Breaker Power: The Magic Bag, which can summon or turn into anything Felix needs, was designed for this very purpose, since Trans Lux had a mandate that Felix had to be able to help anyone out in any way possible, even if it meant taking the easy way out in a story with the tool. Joe Oriolo wisely made sure not to overuse it though—many episodes don't feature the bag at all, and even episodes that do have it tend to use the Bag as a last resort or for something more mundane. Better yet, some episodes (such as "The Vacation Mirage" or "Vavoom Learns how to Fish") create a source of conflict by separating Felix from his bag or have Felix forget to bring his bag altogether, ensuring he can't just use the bag to instantly solve the conflict.
  • Strictly Formula: The series stories can mostly be narrowed down to a few formula stories, although there are a few exceptions, mainly the few episodes that only star Felix himself (such as "Relax a Lawn Chair", "Stone Age Felix") or the odd episode where the villains aren't committing a crime for a change (i.e. "Public Enemies Number One and Two") or episodes where Professor and Rock are absent and Felix is accompanied by another character (i.e. "Vavoom Learns How to Fish", "Out West With Big Brownie"):
    • The most common is that Professor tries to steal the Magic Bag, commit a robbery or just torment Felix for the heck of it, sometimes with Rock Bottom helping him.
    • Professor hiring Felix to babysit Poindexter, which tends to lead to Poindexter getting him into trouble or causing trouble for Felix.
    • The Master Cylinder tries to kidnap Poindexter so he can exploit him for his own ends or just torment Felix and co. for the heck of it.
  • Stupid Crooks: Both Professor and Rock Bottom are very incompetent criminals, and always end getting their schemes bungled, often by their own hand. Professor in particular either never realizes the Magic Bag of Tricks will never work for him and thus his efforts to steal it are pointless, or he's just too stubborn to quit trying to find a way how.
  • Super Not-Drowning Skills: In "King Neptune's S.O.S.", Felix, Professor and Rock Bottom can all breathe underwater without any problems. Averted in "Felix the Cat Finds A Golden Bug", where Professor and Rock Bottom are shown to be wearing scuba gear while clinging to the bottom of Felix's motor boat.
  • Super-Persistent Missile: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Professor's submarine launches a homing torpedo at Felix's motorboat, and even after it goes flying through the air, the torpedo is still trailing right after him. Felix defeats it by luring it back towards the Professor's submarine.
  • Supervillain Lair: The Professor's laboratory, which usually looks like a giant observatory.
  • Taken for Granite: Professor tries to turn Felix into stone by using a machine in "Stone Making Machine", but he fails due to Rock bungling things up.
  • Tank Goodness:
    • In the climax of "Felix in the Mid-Evil Ages", Felix wins the duel against the Professor by turning his Magic Bag into a very large yellow tank, which Professor crashes his metal horse right into.
    • In the NES game, one of Felix's power-ups is being able to ride a mini-tank, which shoots out rubber balls that can kill any enemy in the game in one hit and make short work of bosses, at the cost of a slow firing rate and its shots flying in an arc.
  • Threatening Shark: Professor sicks one after Felix in "Blubberino the Whale", with it even using its fin like a buzzsaw to tear through Felix's raft. Felix defeats it by turning his Magic Bag into an anvil, which breaks the "blade" and sends the shark packing.
  • Time Machine: In "Felix and the Mid-Evil Ages", Professor uses a Time Machine to send Felix back to the Middle Ages so he and the cat can duel for the Magic Bag of Tricks.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Unlike the Professor, Rock Bottom actually did manage to score a victory over Felix, but it didn't pay off for him in the long run. In "Penelope the Elephant", a Rajah's pet elephant, Penelope, has gotten lost and he offers a 50,000,000$ bakshee reward for her return. Felix finds her and intends her safe return, but Rock Bottom kidnaps her and ties up Felix, and makes it to the Rajah's palace to claim the money reward. He is promptly given it—but it turns out 50,000,000 bakshees is only worth 10 cents in American money. He's so flabbergasted at this, that he angrily throws the meager award aside and goes into shock.
  • Tin-Can Robot: The Master Cylinder, a recurring villain in the Trans-Lux shorts who is the self-proclaimed "King of the Moon" and the Professor's former pupil before an accident destroyed his original body.
  • Tree Buchet: In “Felix the Cat Finds A Golden Bug”, Professor uses this to launch Rock Bottom (who is using palmtree leaves as makeshift wings) into the air.
  • Treasure Map: In "Redbeard the Pirate", Felix finds a treasure map hidden inside an old book about Redbeard the Pirate, which leads him to an island with the treasure on it, with Professor and Rock Bottom in tow.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: In "The Professor's Committed No Crime!", the Professor's airplane becomes sentient out of nowhere and turns its back on Professor.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: In "Do It Yourself Monster Book", Professor disguises himself as a dinosaur named Dinah so that he can mess around with Felix and get to the bag. When Felix meets "her", he doesn't seem remotely bothered by the fact that he's talking to a giant dinosaur, just distrustful of who she is. Then again, he is a talking cat who carries a magic bag around...
  • Villains Act, Heroes React: Professor and Rock are almost always the instigator of the conflict whenever they appear. Felix is usually just minding his own business and gets drawn into his foes latest scheme, and is either forced to stop their schemes when he finds out about them, or is anticipating that they're concocting another scheme. There is exactly two instances in the series where Felix instigates the conflict, and even those were accidents—in "Friday the 13th", Felix accidentally dropped a bucket of red paint on Rock while he was having a superstition crisis and got the bully to gun for him the rest of the episode, and in "Stone Age Felix", where Felix unwittingly sends himself back in time by trying to slow down time itself by manipulating Father Time's machine, but breaking the lever in the process.
  • Villain Exclusivity Clause: The bulk of the cartoons follow this premise with The Professor and Rock Bottom; due to the series zigzagging between having Negative Continuity and Broad Strokes, almost every episode deals with the crooks trying to either steal Felix's Magic Bag of Tricks, committing crimes to enrich themselves, or just cause misery to the cat for the hell of it and failing miserably and comically every single time. The series does have a secondary antagonist in the form of Master Cylinder, who was the former pupil of Professor, but he only appears infrequently, and Professor always appears in each episode with him as well, even if he's not on Cylinder's side. There are very, very few episodes in the series that don't star one or the other as the villain, and the ones that don't either star a one off villain or some other source of conflict for Felix.
  • Villain of the Week: The lions share of the plots are set into motion by either Professor, Rock Bottom or Master Cylinder, but the series also has a handful of oneshot foes who aren't affiliated with the main villains:
    • Gulpo from "Felix Babysits", a ravenous amoeba that tries to eat Felix after Poindexter shrinks him, and then tries to eat Felix and Poinsy when he's accidentally enlarged.
    • The unnamed Martian from "The Martian Rescue", who crash lands near Felix's house and tries to eat him alive.
    • Bart, the ranch owner from "Out West With Big Brownie", although he's more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist who isnt intentionally trying to be evil.
  • Visual Pun:
    • In "Felix Out West", while Professor is spying on Felix through a monitor, he catches a glimpse of Chief Sitting Bull (an actual bull dressed like an indian chief). When Felix is travelling through the desert, Professor arrives and poses as a Sioux Indian, launching a barrage of arrows at Felix from afar, causing the cat to remark "Sioux Indians! I'll sue them!" Later on, Professor is captured by actual Indians, and another Indian chief orders his men to tie the Professor to a steak—-as in, a giant T-Bone steak, as opposed to a wooden stake.
    • In "Abominable Snowman", The North Pole is literally represented by a giant pole. Later on, when Professor is watching the news about Felix, his eyes literally turn green with envy.
    • In "Felix the Cat Finds A Golden Bug", Professor and Rock Bottom are both sent hurtling into a jail cell due to sliding around on a broken piece of a glacier. After they're locked up, while still on the glacier, they both remark that they're "We're on ice!" and "We're in the cooler!"
  • Volumetric Mouth: Vavoom is the Ur-Example.
  • The Walls Are Closing In: In "Into Outer Space", the episode starts with Felix about to be crushed by a giant wall trap the Professor has set for him, with Felix saying the tropes name vertabim. Fortunately for Felix, there's only three walls to crush him, with a clear spot for him to escape from the crushers, and he's able to run off safely.
  • When Trees Attack: In "The Professor's Instant Changer", Professor disguises himself as a tree using his Instant Changer device. Felix gets annoyed at the tree disguise and unwittingly whacks professor with a wooden stake, which allows Felix to reclaim his Magic Bag—but also prompts Professor (still disguised as a tree) to chase after him. Felix tries to counter him by turning his Bag into a buzzsaw, but Professor counteracts this by turning the tree disguise into a boulder, which quickly wears out the buzzsaw. Felix counters this in turn by lighting dynamite by the "boulder", with the explosion hurling Professor back to his lab.
  • Worm Sign: In "Abominable Snowman", Professor leaves this in the snow (and later the ground) when he's running away from the abominable snowman.
  • Wraparound Background: The series tended to use these due to the low budgets. In "Felix the Cat Suit", there's a blooper where one of these backgrounds was so small, you can clearly see the cutoff point in the artwork where the background loop begins and ends!

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