We love black cats for their glossy fur, shining eyes, and marvelously mischievous personalities! And as it turns out, we’re not the only ones. There are many famous black and tuxedo cats who have been star characters in the media, and some have even become historical icons that are recognizable worldwide.
It’s October, so especially now, we love to show our appreciation for our witty, mysterious, beautiful furry friends. Sadly, these gorgeous creatures are the least likely to be adopted from shelters, probably due to ages-old superstition. That’s why we’d like to sing their praises and share how wonderful they really are!
Below, check out these 13 famous black cats, from nostalgic TV characters to classic historical icons.
1. Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch
If you watched comedies from the late 90’s and early 2000’s, you probably loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But the real star of the show? Salem, the teen’s snarky, cheeky black cat that lends a hefty dose of humor to the show.
2. Sylvester from Looney Tunes
Technically he’s a tuxedo, but he deserves a mention! This Looney Tunes star is one of the cartoon’s most iconic characters in all his lisping, Tweety Bird-chasing charm.
3. Felix the Cat
He starred in his own cartoon in 1919 and is still one of the most easily recognized cartoon characters out there. With his wide smile and big eyes, this kitty “spoke” with his expressions during the silent film era.
4. Binx from Hocus Pocus
A nostalgic movie from the 90’s, this favorite Halloween flick includes the wise and memorable Binx. Cursed with immortality, he aids the protagonists, which leads to the witches’ defeat.
5. Blackie, the world’s richest cat
Blackie’s antiques-dealing owner left him $12.5 million in 1988, according to Guinness World Records. What would a cat would do with all that money? Who knows. However, his human also donated large portions of his fortune to three cat-based charities.
(Note: not actual picture of Blackie)
6. Cole from Cole & Marmalade
Through cute video clips and pictures, these feline siblings promote adoption, spay & neuter. Join their many loyal Instagram followers!
7. Snowball II from The Simpsons
Named after Snowall I, who was white, black cat Snowball II was succeeded by three other “Snowballs.” Though she played a small roll, being on one of the most successful cartoons of all time is no minor feat.
8. The Cat from The Cat In The Hat
This story was (and is!) part of millions of children’s picture book collections! Is it any surprise that the lovable main character is a whimsical black and white cat?
9. The cat from Coraline
Though nameless (because cats can identify each other without names), Coraline’s black cat plays a key role in this dark animated film. As she travels from the real world to the Other World, her wise kitty keeps an eye on her and advises her along the way.
10. Lucifer from Cinderella
He may be devilish, but we’ve always loved Lucifer for being so fantastically feline. He naps, glares, stalks, and even gets the dog in trouble. Maybe it’s Cinderella who never gave him a fair chance!
This butt-kicking Marvel superhero perfectly personifies a black cat’s powerful, yet mysterious ways. Plus, she marches to the beat of her own drum, one of the things we love most about our feline friends.
12. Rocky from the Magnificats
Mostly-black Rocky is one of 7 Magnificats, aka, Britain’s most famous cats! This rescue is known as a tough guy, and the “Godfather” of the group. He may be the strong silent type, but he always watches out for his family!
13. Pluto from “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
While we’re saddened by Pluto’s fate in this grisly tale, the short story’s namesake character doesn’t let his murderer get away with the crime. We cat lovers know that this feline’s seemingly supernatural powers aren’t a “curse,” but rather, justice!