What’s better than humans in video games? Animals in video games! Although there are many fantastic characters from other species, there are always a few who play a lot in the game world. One of the most common species you see is cats, ranging from loyal companions to independent characters.
The history of felines in video games spans decades, with some being at the forefront of a franchise while others make temporary cameos that still leave a lasting impact. It’s hard to determine which of these are truly the best as there are quite a few to choose from, but we’ve ranked some of the most iconic.
Mae (Night in the Woods)
When it comes to adventure games that have deep stories, it’s hard not to put Night In The Woods in the conversation of the best. The character at the center of this game is Mae Borowski, an anthropomorphic cat who deals with depression.
The plot revolves around Mae returning to her hometown of Possum Springs after deciding to drop out of college. What’s fascinating about playing as Mae is having to face her mental health issues head-on and navigate certain social situations while reconnecting with old friends.
Blinx (Blinx: The Time Sweeper)
Not every famous feline in the game has to come from a very popular property. Instead, seeing Blinx from Blinx: The Time Sweeper probably hits many early Xbox gamers right in their nostalgia.
The main protagonist of the first game, Blinx is an orange-haired striped cat who possesses many of the personality types that cats exhibit today. This includes being very stubborn, defying orders, treating teammates badly, and having a playful side all around him. We may never see Blinx in a game again, but it’s hard to find another character who truly defines “cat.”
Alvina (Dark Souls)
In the world of Dark Souls, it’s good to have a few characters who aren’t bent on killing you. But if you want to be on Alvina’s good side, be prepared to answer all of her questions with a resounding “Yes.” The big gray cat resides in a window in Darkroot Garden and can welcome you to the Forest Hunter alliance.
Joining the alliance could lead to quests that yield handsome rewards. Either way, Alvina is a unique character that takes a liking to the player and immediately makes joining an alliance like this that much more appealing.
Morgana (Persona 5)
Although he isn’t an actual cat, Morgana of Persona 5’s fame takes on a feline form that he constantly stays in as he seeks to figure out who he is. Of the many playable characters in the hit game Persona, Morgana is unique in that he suffers from amnesia and can’t quite remember his past.
Throughout Persona 5, you’ll learn more mysteries about the character and watch him evolve. Morgana can be a little annoying at times, but his charm lies in the fact that he genuinely cares about the Phantom Thieves.
Rover (Animal Crossing)
The world of Animal Crossing has always been a welcoming place since the moment players first set foot on the train two decades ago. Those who remember that moment know they were greeted by a cat who was just interested in getting to know you. It was Rover, a blue and white cat who was the first character you interacted with in most Animal Crossing games.
It was probably the first impression anyone had of the characters in the game, and Rover always made the player feel welcome and welcome in the friendly town they were about to move to.
Fat the Cat (Sonic the Hedgehog)
Sometimes people want to forget characters that are basically boring, but Big the Cat has made a name for himself enough in many Sonic the Hedgehog games that it’s hard not to feel for him.
Big likes to spend his life in the quiet areas of Mystic Ruins but may end up being called for help by his friends, which he is more than willing to do. Of course, he also has trouble keeping tabs on his best friend, Froggy. Perhaps his most iconic moments are in Sonic Adventure 2 as he runs around trying to fish Froggy from different locations.
Another character who isn’t actually a cat, Taokaka is a playable character in BlazBlue and serves as the guardian of his tribe’s village. Although she has an iconic look, the mystery surrounding Taokaka is that she never reveals her face. All that is seen of the character are her long blonde braids and the tan outfit with cat ears.
In terms of powers, his main characteristics are his magical abilities and his long metallic claws. She’s not one of the strongest characters in the franchise, but she’s definitely among the quickest and most agile.
In Okami, players spend the entire game playing as Amaterasu, a god who is a wolf. Despite the very canine focus on the main character, there are plenty of other animal gods in the game. Enter Kabegami, the celestial brush god who takes the form of a cat.
After climbing Catcall Tower, Kabegami will grant Amaterasu the ability to climb walls wherever there is a statue of Kabegami, which really opens up the exploration aspect of the game. Kabegami seems to have a rather friendly relationship with the main character and playing together is kinda cute.
Cait Sith (Final Fantasy VII)
One of the best franchises for quality character design is Final Fantasy, so it’s no wonder the series has a feline character that ranks pretty high. Cait Sith from Final Fantasy VII is a plush cat plushie that stands just three feet tall.
That said, he spends most of the game standing on a large plush Moogle. Both toys are actually controlled by Reeve Tuesti. Initially working as a fortune teller, Cait Sith joins the group to aid Cloud Strife and has the primary ability to command the Moogle to fight each of the villains they encounter.
It’s hard to choose the best of cats, but someone in the running is definitely Meowth. The iconic Pokemon not only made its first appearance in Generation One, but the creature made an even bigger name for itself as the main member of Team Rocket in the Pokemon anime.
Although his fiery personality doesn’t show up in the video games, Meowth is a solid creature to have on your team as you progress through the journey. Meowth has a solid Speed stat that will challenge his opponent. It also evolves into Persian, one of the coolest feline Pokemon in the game.
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