List of Top Cat characters
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This is a list of characters in the American animated television series Top Cat. Characters are listed only once, normally under the first applicable subsection in the list; very minor characters are listed with a more regular character with whom they are associated. Characters that appear in only one episode are not listed. This also includes information and characters from the feature film Top Cat: The Movie and the prequel film Top Cat Begins.
- 1 Core TV show characters
- 2 Minor TV characters featuring in the movie
- 3 Beverly Hills Cats characters
- 4 Movie characters
- 5 Begins characters
Core TV show characters
Top Cat and the gang. Left to right: Benny the Ball (foreground); Officer Dibble (Behind fence); Brain; Fancy-Fancy; Top Cat; Spook (foreground); Choo-Choo
Top Cat (or simply T.C.) is the yellow-furred, charismatic, and clever main character of the series. He wears a mauve pork pie hat and waistcoat. He often rips off and/or tricks minor characters, Officer Dibble, and even his own gang. He does respect the effort the gang does for him, but he often takes credit for it. That said, he is loyal to the gang and will help one of them if they need it. He also stops Officer Dibble from arresting him by lying to Dibble about how much talent Dibble has. He is voiced by Arnold Stang in the TV show, and by Daws Butler in Yogi's Ark Lark.
In the film, Top Cat: The Movie, he is again the main protagonist. His voice, by Jason Harris, is narrower and a bit lower-pitched. This version of the character has a romantic interest in Trixie. He also tells his gang that they only steal from people who deserve it. He is framed by Lou Strickland, who uses a robot look-alike to get him arrested, whereupon he is placed in a dog jail.
According to History, He is the first anti-hero on TV History.
Benny the Ball
Benny, a blue-coloured cat with a white sports jacket that fastens with a single button at his neck, is T.C.'s right-hand man; they share a close friendship. He is short, innocent, chubby, and naïve. His eyes are shown as black dots unlike the other cats who have white sclerae with black pupils. Benny may appear to be simple-minded, due to the fact that he always gives the game away, but he manages to ask the most logical questions during the gang's erratic endeavors. A number of episodes have focused on Benny, including "The Violin Player", "The Unscratchables" and "The Missing Heir". He also made a cameo appearance on Kid vs. Kat in "The Kat Whisperer". Benny the Ball is modeled after his voice actor Maurice Gosfield in the TV series. He was voiced by John Stephenson in Yogi's Ark Lark, Avery Schreiber in Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats, and Maurice LaMarche in Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law.
In the movie, he sometimes gets Top Cat and his gang in trouble, and his fandom of fictional musician Lazlo-Lazlo serves to introduce that character. In the film, his arms are slightly shorter and smaller, his voice, by Chris Edgerly, is a little bit clearer, and he is slightly more clumsy.
Choo-Choo (nicknamed Chooch by T.C. and the gang) is enthusiastic and devoted to T.C., even though often clueless as to what he is doing. He is a pink cat with a white turtleneck and is often depicted with the eyes of a Siamese cat. He lives at the fire house, as seen in the episode "Hawaii Here We Come". Choo-Choo is apparently a very skilled poker player, as stated by Top Cat in the episode "The Golden Fleecing". He had a couple of love crushes, as seen in "Choo-Choo's Romance" and "Choo-Choo Goes Gaga-Gaga", however, unlike Fancy-Fancy or Top Cat, Choo-Choo has very little courage when talking to females. His voice, by Marvin Kaplan in the TV series, is reminiscent of Woody Allen's. Lenny Leonard on The Simpsons is thought by some to sound like Choo-Choo.
Brain, an orange cat with a purple T-shirt with a black line, appears as a common assistant to Top Cat. Contrary to his name (which appears to have been given in jest or sarcasm), Brain is the dimmest-witted member of the alley gang, and is notorious for being unable to keep a secret. He is also portrayed as stuttering. He also seems to be in charge of the group's money (which they rarely have), and he runs up and down the road. Despite his apparent stupidity, he can sometimes say something brilliant, which T.C. instantly rephrases to make it sound like T.C. thought of it himself. He is voiced by Leo De Lyon in the TV series.
In the movie, his voice, by Jason Harris, is a little deeper, and he is made even more obviously stupid.
Fancy-Fancy also appears to be a common helper to Top Cat. He is laid-back, sweet-talking, handsome, and kind-hearted, and is regularly seen chatting up the ladies before leaving them when hearing the trashcan lid call that signals the gang to convene. A brown cat with a white scarf, his look and voice is based on Cary Grant. He is voiced by John Stephenson in the TV series.
In the film, which features robots as a plot device, he is able to disguise himself as a feminine robot. His voice is a bit narrower and more "fancy" than in the TV series. He also has a girlfriend, with whom he has an uneasy relationship. Matthew Piazzi voices him in the movie.
Spook, with olive green fur and a torn black tie, is one of the most streetwise members of the gang. He is a sweet-talking cat whose vernacular is based on that of a beatnik, inasmuch as he breaks up his sentences by interjecting the word "like" frequently. He is similar to Fancy-Fancy in demeanor and appearance and appears more fun-loving than kind-hearted. When the gang need some help with a situation, he usually steps up to the plate. Like Choo-Choo, he is a skilled poker player as stated by Top Cat in the episode "The Golden Fleecing". He is voiced by Leo De Lyon in the TV series.
In the movie, he sounds younger, his over-use of "like" is altered a bit, and he is a pool hustler. He has his longest speaking role in the movie, when he tells the gang about his friend who may be able to help them break Top Cat out of jail. Benjamin Diskin voices him in the movie.
Officer Charlie Dibble
Charlie Dibble is a New York Police Department officer whose beat includes Top Cat's gang's alley. His full name is discovered in the episode "T.C. Minds the Baby" where T.C. and the gang found an abandoned baby and named him Charlie after Officer Dibble. Though he usually resents the gang's presence in the alley, there are times when he respects and loves them. The gang, despite the many times they managed to trick Dibble, respect and care for him as well. During the episode "Dibble's Birthday," where T.C. wanted to sell all of Dibble's presents meant for his birthday, the rest of the gang refused to cooperate. They wanted to cheer Dibble up with a birthday party as he was feeling depressed, one of the rare moments in the series the others weren't willing to follow Top Cat's orders. In the end, T.C. has a change of heart and works together with the gang to cheer Dibble up and to give him his presents.
A recurring theme in the series is about Officer Dibble wanting T.C. to clean up the alley and to stay off his telephone. Unfortunately for Dibble, his attempts to convince T.C. usually don't yield the results he was looking for, but it never stops him from trying. Dibble's superior is Sergeant Murphy. Dibble is sometimes mocked with variations of his name by T.C., such of Dabble, Drubble, Dribble, and so on. In reference to this character, "Dibble" has been adopted as an English-language derogatory slang term for police officers. He is voiced by Allen Jenkins in the TV series, and by John Stephenson in Yogi's Treasure Hunt and Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats.
In the film, where he is voiced by Bill Lobley, his lifelong dream is to become the chief of police, and it is revealed that he works overtime at his police work to impress the current chief, who is due to retire. The movie gives various personal details about him, including that his birth date is December 18 (coinciding with that of Lou Strickland), his favorite food is tuna sandwiches, he enjoys fly-fishing, and he keeps a "lucky penny" (which is actually a nickel) in his shoe.
Minor TV characters featuring in the movie
Griswald is a bulldog who is sporadically seen in the show, often antagonizing Top Cat and his gang. He is vicious, but also gullible and dim-witted. He was once employed by the police to help Dibble with his beat. He is voiced by Don Messick in the TV series,
In the film, he starts out as an enemy of Top Cat, but is convinced by T.C. that he is, in fact, a cat, which Griswald believes due to his gullible nature. At the end, he is invited to stay with T.C. and become one of the gang. Griswald is voiced by Jason Harris in the UK version of the movie, and by Danny Trejo in the US release.
Lazlo-Lazlo (known as Lazlo-Lozla in the Spanish version) is a janitor-turned-musician. When Officer Dibble bought a record by him, the musical director of Carnegie Hall mistakenly thought it was Benny playing and took in Benny for his talent, before realizing that it wasn't Benny, but the janitor. Before being "discovered" in this manner, Lazlo was told to "stick to your broom" by Top Cat, after asking for advice. Despite being famous now, Lazlo still works by day as the venue's janitor, and cleans up after every show.
In the film, Top Cat and Benny see him again, when the Maharajah comes to watch him perform.
The Maharajah of Pookajee is a Middle Eastern gentleman, known for giving away rubies as tips, and is a huge fan of Lazlo-Lazlo.
In the movie, where he is named Pikachu instead of Pookajee, he helps Lou Strickland build his police robots. He also claims that Lazlo-Lazlo never misses a note and will bet all of his rubies on it. Top Cat instead bets him for his device, the Maharajahton 5000, which can transform into anything (MP3 player, pencil sharpener, suitcase, hair-dryer, etc.), having a plan to ensure Lazlo misses a note.
Police Chief Eugene Prowler
A newcomer to the street who immediately attempts to take control of the street, thinking himself to be the "Top Cat" and calling himself A.T.Jazz an abbreviation for All That Jazz.
Beverly Hills Cats characters
A cat of Beverly Hills, who is a golddigger wanting to marry a cat with lots of money, and is only seen in "Top Cat and the Beverly Hills Cats". Voiced by Teresa Ganzel.
These are the main original characters which appear only in the film, Top Cat: The Movie.
Trixie is a grey-blue female feline who works for Lou Strickland and his police robots and is Top Cat's crush. After she found out that T.C. is innocent, she decides to help Dibble and free Top Cat. She is voiced by Melissa Disney.
Lou Strickland is a greedy man and is the main antagonist in the film. Despite his ugly look, he claims to be the most handsome person of all time. In a parody of Robocop, the movie has him creating android robots to replace policy officers, because he thinks humans make mistakes that technology can prevent. After gaining control of the police department, he decides not to fire Dibble because they share the same birthday, and he needs someone to help activate the robots. He shows up as a VIP at the Lazlo-Lazlo concert, but gets his tickets stolen by Top Cat. He was voiced by Jason Harris in the British and Mexican releases of the film, and Rob Schneider in the US version.
A feared crime boss alligator, Mr. Big has his hands in every criminal activity and takes a 99% fee from every criminal operating on his turf. Dibble has been trying for a long time to apprehend him, and when Top Cat and Benny steal Mr. Big's diamonds, they end up as important witnesses in the case - prompting Mr. Big to offer $50.000 reward for Top Cat (and 95 cents for Benny) -resulting in a huge manhunt. In the end, Top Cat uses a similar strategy by luring the people on the manhunt into Mr. Big's lair and offering $50.001 for HIS capture.
Dibble's rather militaristic grandma, who is a sweet lady on the surface, but hoards weapons and ammo and knows how to handle them. Dibble smuggles Top Cat and Benny to her out of town when Mr. Big's goons are looking for them, and she ends up distracting the goons with grenades, hand-to-hand combat and even a tank she has hidden under her shed!
A homely old lady, she remains unaware throughout the movie about T.C.'s criminal activities. She makes some really terrible food but is very caring toward the cats.
Mr. Big's top henchman, a not very bright brown pitbull with anger issues. He leads the manhunt against Top Cat but is easily fooled when Dibble disguises him as a baby. He ends up defeated when T.C. simply hits him with a newspaper saying "BAD DOG!"
Mr. Big's henchwoman, a grey-furred kitty in a low-cut dress. She speaks little and is generally seen polishing her nails, but is an effective combatant. She ends up seduced by Fancy-Fancy when he starts speaking French to her (even though it is gibberish), though she breaks up with him during the credits.
A short, rat-like human henchman of Mr. Big. He generally ends up blown up or flattened in every encounter.
A blue kitty singer working in Mr. Big's bar, she ends up in possession of the necklace made out of the stolen diamonds. Benny sneaks into her dressing room and steals the jewels back, but ends up accidentally knocking her out with the door - and then having to impersonate her to sing in her stead.