List of fictional cats and other felines

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This is a list of fictional cats and other felines and is a subsidiary to the list of fictional animals. It includes a limited selection of notable felines from various works, organized by medium. More complete lists are accessible by clicking on the "Main article" link included above each category.

In literature[edit]

This section deals with notable cat characters that appear in literature works of fiction including books, comics, legends, myths, folklore and fairy tales. Any character that appears in several pieces of literature will be listed only once, under the earliest work.

Cheshire Cat from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Character Earliest Appearance Notes
Cheshire Cat Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Sometimes raises philosophical points that annoy or baffle Alice. It does, however, appear to cheer her up when it turns up suddenly at the Queen of Hearts' croquet field, and when sentenced to death baffles everyone by having made its head appear without its body, sparking a massive argument between the executioner and the King and Queen of Hearts about whether something that does not have a body can indeed be beheaded.
Crookshanks Harry Potter The pet cat of Hermione Granger. He is described as having a "squashed face," which was inspired by a real cat Rowling once saw[citation needed], which she said looked like it had run face first into a brick wall, most likely a Persian. Hermione buys Crookshanks from a shop in Diagon Alley out of sympathy, as nobody wants him because of his behaviour and his squashed looking-face. Rowling has confirmed that Crookshanks is half Kneazle,[1] an intelligent, cat-like creature who can detect when they are around untrustworthy people, explaining his higher than normal cat intelligence and stature.
Snowbell Stuart Little Snowbell is cat belonging to the Little family, of which Stuart is the youngest son. Snowbell has a malevolent attitude toward Stuart, though her behavior is tempered by her familial obligations. When the Little family adopt a bird named Margalo, Snowbell plots to kill her, predicating her departure. Stuart follows, and his pursuit comprises the second half of the story.
Trillion the Three-Headed Lion Beast Quest Trillion is a large, three-headed lion that cannot swim. He lives in the Central Plains. Tom, with the help of Tagus, defeats Trillion, and Tom goes through the Lion's Gate into Gorgonia, home of the wizard Malvel.

In comics[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Krazy Kat Krazy Kat One of the first cats to star in a comic strip; the protagonist of the eponymous strip by George Herriman. Sweet and good-natured and simple, adores the scheming, wily, antisocial Ignatz Mouse even though Ignatz constantly plots against him.
Garfield Garfield Garfield is an orange, fuzzy, tabby cat born in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant (later revealed in the television special Garfield: His 9 Lives to be Mama Leoni's Italian Restaurant) and immediately ate all the pasta and lasagna in sight, thus developing his love and obsession for lasagna.[2][3] As an adult he is fat and lazy but extremely intelligent and fond of wisecracks in thought bubbles, with his owner Jon Arbuckle serving as a comic foil for him.
Heathcliff Heathcliff A boisterous and chubby but athletic tabby cat prone to wisecracks, causing physical mischief, chasing mailmen, and overturning garbage cans. Other felines from the strip include: The Catfather.[4]
Bucky B. Kat Get Fuzzy Oversized, overaffectionate cartoon cat

Tomato is a scarlet-furred female cat, the faithful feline companion of Magnus, the great Robot Fighter. They live in an apartment in North Am. 1A, mentor to Magnus, likes Tomato and does the Blofeld thing with her.

In legends, myths, folklore and fairy tales[edit]

Puss meets the ogre in a nineteenth-century illustration by Gustave Doré
Character Origin Notes
Maneki Neko Various folk-stories A common Japanese sculpture, often made of ceramic, which is believed to bring good luck to the owner. The sculpture depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed—many times at the entrance—in shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning.
Puss Puss in Boots Originally titled Le Maître Chat or Le Chat Botté, this French fairytale is about a cat who uses trickery and deceit to gain power, wealth and the hand of a princess in marriage for his penniless and low-born master.

In media[edit]

This section deals with notable cat characters that appear in media works of fiction including film, television, animation and puppetry. Any character that appears in several pieces of literature will be listed only once, under the earliest work.

In film[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Mr. Bigglesworth Austin Powers A parody of Blofeld's cat from James Bond films
DC That Darn Cat! A wily, adventurous Siamese tomcat who lives with two young women, suburbanite sisters Ingrid and Patti Randall, whose parents are traveling abroad at the time of the story. In the 1997 remake the cat is a grey and white tabby.
Jake The Cat from Outer Space A cat-like alien. His real name is Zunar-J-5/9 Doric-4-7.
Pickles The Ladykillers (2004) An orange tabby cat who belongs to Ms. Munson, a major character in the movie. Pickles frequently escapes from Ms. Munson's house and this is very distressing to her.
Piewacket Bell, Book and Candle The Siamese familiar to Kim Novak in the 1958 film by Richard Quine, also starring James Stewart, Ernie Kovaks and Jack Lemmon.

In television[edit]

Character Origin Notes
The Cat Red Dwarf A Felis Sapiens which evolved from a domestic housecat, is played by Danny John-Jules in the BBC TV science fiction sitcom.
Salty Caroline in the City Caroline's cat played by Tiki, the cat from the 1993 film Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey.
Spot Star Trek: The Next Generation Data's Somali cat seen in Star Trek: The Next Generation[5]
Vienna Rising Damp A black and white cat owned by the lead character Rigsby, often trod on and tripped over and often hangs around the lodging house
Ferguson New Girl Winston Bishop's cat, a Scottish Fold, that he took from his ex-girlfriend, Daisy. At first wanting to kill the cat saying "An eye for an eye, a cat for a cat" (“What’s the other cat?” “My heart.”) when she cheats on him. He later decides to keep Ferguson, since Daisy's actions wasn't the cat's fault, and in the end of the episode saying to Daisy, "I deserve better. And so does Ferguson. I'm keeping the cat." (Season 3, Episode 2)
Salem Sabrina the Teenage Witch

In animation[edit]

Character Origin Notes
Cake Adventure Time A gender/species swapped version of "Jake the dog" from the Cartoon Network show "Adventure time"
Tom Tom & Jerry A gray/blue cat who has a love-hate relationship with Jerry Mouse.
Sylvester Looney Tunes Black and white cat who commonly carries out predatory schemes on Tweety and Speedy Gonzales.

In video games[edit]

This section deals with notable characters who are prominently featured in various video game titles, either as main characters or notable supporting characters.

Character Game Platform(s) Notes
Big Sonic Adventure Dreamcast A large, purple anthropomorphic cat with yellow eyes and long ears. Big is laid-back[6] and easygoing, which is reflected in his speech.[7] Strong but gentle[7] and a little slow,[8] he lives a normally peaceful life in the jungle with his best friend "Froggy."[7] He loves fishing, and he is never without his favorite rod and lure.[6]
Blinx Blinx: The Time Sweeper XBOX A young Time Sweeper who is main protagonist of Blinx the Time Sweeper. He's featured as a support character in Blinx 2. His enemies mostly include Time Monsters and the Tom Tom Gang.
Cait Sith Final Fantasy VII PlayStation Cait Sith (ケット・シー Ketto Shī?, pronounced Kett Shee)[9] is a robotic talking cat who is friendly, but often unreliable[10] and speaks with a Scottish accent. In Final Fantasy VII, he rides on the back of an unnamed robotic moogle.

See also[edit]

List of cats Non-fictional cats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rowling, J. K.. "J. K. Rowling's Official Website". Crookshanks. Retrieved 30 June 2007. 
  2. ^ "Garfield". Garfield.com. December 14, 1984. Retrieved July 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ Phil Roman (Director), Lorenzo Music (Voice) (1988 (television), 1993 (VHS)). Garfield: His Nine Lives [Television production] (Television (Original), VHS). Fox Home Entertainment.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Rovin, p. 117.
  5. ^ Fiona Kelleghan (2005), "Cats", The Greenwood encyclopedia of science fiction and fantasy 1, pp. 105–107, ISBN 978-0-313-32951-7 
  6. ^ a b Sega (1999). "Characters: Big the Cat". Sonic Adventure Instruction Manual. Sega. "pp. 28" 
  7. ^ a b c Sega (2004). "Team Rose". Sonic Heroes Instruction Manual. Sega. "pp. 11" 
  8. ^ Sega of America. "Big's official character profile from Sega of America". Sega of America. Archived from the original on 2005-03-05. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  9. ^ Smith, Dave (2008-03-25). "Final Fantasy VII: Top 10 Characters". IGN. IGN Entertainment. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  10. ^ Final Fantasy VII Game Manual Character Description page (PAL version) Page 6
  • Rovin, Jeff. The Illustrated History of Cartoon Animals. New York: Prentice Hall, 1991, ISBN 0-13-275561-0.

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