Pop culture has taught us that black cats aren’t bad from the start

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Black cats are often associated with all that is bad. And while the superstition that black cats bring bad luck has long been dispelled, those little black furballs with glowing, wide-eyed eyes don’t seem to shake the stigma, especially around Halloween.

October 27 is actually International Black Cat Day (yes, there is a day for everything and there is some controversy as to whether it is today Where August 17). And while the day is meant to draw attention to the fact that these feline friends aren’t actually the reincarnated devil, it serves as a PSA that black cats are disproportionately tossed in the books. (As Spruce Pets Reports, some animal shelters will not place black cats in homes during the month of October lest they be used in a sacrificial manner). It hurts.

The choice for Hollywood is to give them a name synonymous with Satan, but these furballs are more than scary stuff. To celebrate, here are our favorite black cats from pop culture.

Salem Saberhagen (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)

Image: Warner Bros

It wouldn’t be fair not to include (arguably) the most iconic talking black cat on ’90s television.

According to the Archie Comics comic book series, Salem, from Sabrina the Teenage Witch, was sentenced to spend 100 years as a cat by the Council of Witches as punishment for trying to take over the world. Her guardians in cat form are Sabrina’s aunts, Hilda, and by default, Zelda.

Salem’s name is evidently derived from Salem in Massachusetts, infamous for the Salem Witch Trial – a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in the late 1690s.

Although he seeks to dominate the world at every opportunity, Salem becomes a very good buddy for Sabrina.

You can look Sabrina the Teenage Witch to Paramount +.

Thackery Binx (Hocus pocus)

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Image: ScreenRant

Thackery Binx is a short haired black cat who paid the ultimate price for trying to protect his sister in the 1993 film Hocus pocus.

Next, a human boy was transformed into an immortal black cat in the 17th century after insulting one of the witches and returned to his old home every Halloween to prevent the sisters from returning.

Binx joins forces with Max, Dani and Allison to help rid the world of the Sanderson sisters when they return to Salem on Halloween night after Max lit the black flame candle and accidentally brought the witches back from among them. dead.

We are not sure Binx will make a comeback in Hocus pocus 2 because, you know, how the first one ended.

You can look Hocus pocus to Disney +.

Snowball II (The simpsons)

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Image: Fox

Snowball II was very creatively named after the first cat in the Simpson family, Snowball. Although the OG Snowball has white fur, Snowball II has black fur and yellow eyes.

Snowball II appeared after Snowball’s passing, keeping the name despite the black fur being sheer The Simpsons the irony of the chef’s kiss.

Snowball V must also be mentioned here, with Lisa simply claiming that the fifth cat in the family is the second.

Some anecdotes I learned while compiling this list are that while Snowballs were primarily “voices” through the original cat sound effects, Dan Castellaneta and Frank Welker often provided the effects. additional vocals.

How Lisa and Snowball V Became Best Friends is heartwarming:

You can catch The simpsons to Disney +.

Felix the cat

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Image: felixthecat.com

Felix made his debut in pop culture in 1919, making him the oldest kitten on our list.

He’s a children’s comedy cartoon character created during the silent movie era and is arguably one of the most recognizable cats of all time. Its name is partly derived from the Latin word for “happy” which makes us happy he was not treated like a typical “evil” black cat. Felix is ​​known to pull himself out of any situation with his magic bag of tricks. He is mischievous but has a heart of gold.

Felix has played many roles over his 100 years of service, including being the face of cat food, but here is some of his past work.

No streaming service in Australia seems to have Felix the Cat content, but there are plenty of clips through the ages on the internet.

Moon (Sailor moon)

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Image: TV Asahi

Luna has a very important job as an advisor to Sailor Moon and the rest of the Guardian Senshi throughout the animated series. When her crescent moon shines, the powers of Sailor Senshi are awakened.

This special feline friend can talk, although she has to hide it to pass as an average purple-black cat. Don’t try to put a bandage on her moon.

Luna’s anime debut was the first of the manga’s original character, her the wiki tells us.

You can see a season of the original Sailor Moon on Funimation.

Lucifer (Cinderella)

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Image: Disney

Black cats are associated with evil and we hate it. Disney cinema Cinderella unfortunately leans on this trope, with Lucifer, the black cat of the Tremaine family, endowed with a wicked and accomplice personality.

Like his masters, Lucifer is cruel to Cinderella. His plots usually involve sabotaging his bloodhound Bruno and chasing the castle mice in an attempt to devour them.

We like to think that Lucifer just didn’t have the opportunity to be a good guy.

You can catch Cinderella on, of course, Disney +.

Henry (Henri, The Black Cat)

Image: Will Braden

Honorable mention goes to Internet users’ favorite long-haired tuxedo cat, Henri, Le Chat Noir.

French for ‘Henry, the black cat’, this anguished little man starred in his own web-series of short films on the existential reveries of the cat Henri. Henri and his human Will Braden (the “thief filmmaker”) together produced 17 short films, which were screened millions of times.

Although Henri has since left us, spend in december last year, its legacy continues for anyone who has ever lived with a cat to appreciate the sheer daring of these creatures. He is also posthumously remembered on his Facebook, mostly making fun of “The White Fool” (the white cat Henry shared a house with).

His retirement movie hits even harder now, rest in peace, cranky little one.

Discover more of his short films via the Henri, Le Chat Noir Youtube channel.

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