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|“||I wish you hadn't done that.||„|
|~ Katz's catchphrase.|
Katz is the main antagonist of the Cartoon Network series Courage the Cowardly Dog. He is a red anthropomorphic cat who is Courage's arch-nemesis.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
A Night at the Katz Motel
Katz makes his first appearance in the first episode of the series, A Night at the Katz Motel. When Eustace, Muriel, and Courage are returning home from their vacation they stumble upon the Katz Motel and go inside to stay for the night. Then they meet Katz at the counter. He asks them to sign their names on a sheet of paper but then stops after seeing Courage. He points to a sign which reads "No Dogs Allowed". Distraught, Courage is taken outside to stay. As Eustace and Muriel settle themselves in, Katz opens the door behind him, revealing a giant web housing large spiders. He tells them that their dinner has arrived, referring to Courage and his owners. He then walks away after telling the spiders to clean their web, due to how filthy it is. Katz watches over Eustace as he is sleeping and watches Muriel from the tap as she's bathing. He then lets out a spider into the bathtub to eat her. Meanwhile, Courage is sitting outside moping until he catches a glimpse of Katz's shadow. Katz's arms reach out from behind a corner and he places down a small wooden box and opens up the lid, thus letting out a spider to eat Courage. Luckily, Courage escapes and is safe, but not until he finds Eustace tied up in a web about to be eaten by a giant spider. Katz closes the door behind Courage sarcastically asking, "Leaving so soon?". Courage then picks up Eustace and throws him at Katz knocking him down, with Katz uttering, "I wish you hadn't done that". Courage runs out of the room being chased by Katz. After rescuing Muriel from the spider, Courage runs into another room to escape from Katz, but Katz corners him. Courage is trapped and Katz offers him a quick ball game before he kills Courage. While playing, Katz reads a book about spiders and drinks a cup of tea. After beating Courage, Katz grabs his neck saying, "Now you're going to learn why no one ever checks out of the Katz Motel" and raises up a spider which he prepares to kill Courage with, while at the same time laughing maniacally. However just before Katz kills him, Muriel whacks him over the head with a tennis racket, knocking the nefarious feline straight out and falling on the floor.
In this episode, Katz is running the exclusive Klub Katz on an island, where Eustace, Muriel, and Courage are washed ashore after a luxury cruise goes awry. He takes Muriel and Eustace to the spa, which of course has "No Dogs Allowed." When Courage sees Katz come out with his owners, Muriel and Eustace have been transformed into a washing machine and a wrecking ball, respectively matching their personalities, as Eustace is always grumpy, arrogant, and destructive, while Muriel does a lot of work.
Katz pits them both against each other in an abandoned coliseum where he runs a machine for applause while he watches from Eustace's chair which he salvaged from the shipwreck. Courage goes into the spa to turn himself into a helicopter and rescues Muriel with the help of a magnet from the coliseum. Eustace, noticing Katz has his chair, takes a whack at the feline, only to destroy his chair when Katz dodges. He continues to chase Katz around trying to hit him, while Katz tries to suggest therapy and reason in vain. The episode is a spoof of The Island of Doctor Moreau, in which a sinister vivisectionist turns humans into half-animal creatures.
In this episode, Katz has his own candy store, Katz Kandy. The 43rd Annual Nowhere Sweet Stuff Contest is coming up, and he has won second place every year to Muriel, a fact that saddens and frustrates him. He whips up a jam monster to kidnap Muriel so he can get her to tell him her secret ingredient. Courage comes along for the ride with Eustace not far behind following and eating a jam trail left by the monster.
While inside Katz's lair, Muriel refuses to willingly give him the secret to her recipes. He puts her on a candy cane over a taffy pulling machine and binds Courage with other taffy. Katz threatens Muriel to tell him her secret or he will pull the lever, which will lower her into the machine, which will pull her into a taffy. Courage manages to eat his way out of his binds and fight with Katz while back in the candy store, Eustace is beating the jam monster. Katz gets the upper hand in their bought though, and challenges Courage to a staring match when it becomes too easy for him to win.
Courage holds up even with Katz egging him on to blink until Eustace enters the lair, effectively startling Courage enough to make him blink. Katz tosses Courage into a different machine that makes Courage into a candy cube. Katz goes back to the candy canes where now both Eustace and Muriel are, and fights Eustace while hanging onto the candy cane trying to use his legs to pull Eustace down into the taffy machine and vice versa. Courage rolls to the lever and the candy cane Katz is on goes down into the machine, and Katz is pulled among the green taffy, still asking for the secret ingredient. Before they leave, Muriel tells him that if he must know, it's vinegar. Katz 'cheers' that it's vinegar. He makes it to the Sweet Stuff Contest, but he loses first place to Muriel yet again, and this time, he's his own entry, for he is shown as a green piece of taffy shaped akin to a hotdog wiener.
Katz Under the Sea
In this episode, he is the captain of the SUB Standard Cruise submarine, the vacation submarine for those who feel overworked. Muriel, who is being overworked by Eustace, takes Courage there in need of a break. After appointing Muriel as his first mate for making tea, Katz says "No Dogs Allowed" and tosses Courage to the side. Courage, of course, stows away in another passenger's luggage. Courage masquerades as a ventriloquist doll, which fools Katz for enough time for Courage to figure out that Katz is planning to have the submarine blow up once they reach the bottom of the sea. Katz mistakes Muriel's complaints about the smell of the explosive 'Tea-N-Tea' for confirmation that she is a spy sent out to thwart his plans for blowing up the sub. He reveals that he plans to swim to safety while he ruins SUB Standards Inc.'s cruise so that his own Katz Submarine Cruise will get all the underwater vacation business. So once again, he is crushing his competition. Unable to find help, Courage tries to stop Katz, who is about to make his getaway, himself. Katz realizes he's a dog, and during their tumble, Courage breaks the lever that sets the course of the submarine on a collision course with the seafloor, much to Katz's joy. Katz escapes into the ocean, but then finds himself swallowed by a shark. While Courage manages to save everyone, Katz is left in the belly of the shark demanding not to be eaten.
Ball of Revenge
Katz appears for the final time in "Ball of Revenge", along with all of the other villains whose plans were foiled by Courage. Called to the farmhouse basement for a secret meeting by a jealous Eustace, he and the others make a plan with Eustace to get rid of Courage for good and have their revenge. Once they capture Muriel, she resists screaming (which is the bait to get Courage to come to her rescue). Katz begins his own brand of torture for her, by mixing the whites and colors in the washing machine and adding a ton of bleach as well. This effectively makes her scream, and Courage does race downstairs where he is jumped by them. Katz suggests a bit of sport before he slowly dies, which Courage is forced to accept. The sport is Dodgeball. It's them against Courage, with Muriel and Eustace as spectators and Le Quack as the referee in Courage's last big showdown with his enemies. Katz throws a ball with spikes at Courage, who evades getting hurt by it. Katz is then shocked and disgusted by the unrefined weremole, who eats his dodgeball. During the game, Katz helps his teammates, and pulls out a flame thrower when Courage is on his last legs and is about to lose. Muriel encourages Courage that there must be something he is good at, which gets him thinking. Then, sucking in much air, Courage does the thing Katz and all his foes have helped him perfect the entire series: Scream! Courage screams so loud that the ground shakes, and Katz, along with all his teammates, fall into a hole created by the chasms of shaking ground that the scream made, except for Le Quack, who vanished after the halftime show.
Katz is a red anthropomorphic cat, with purple dots around his body and on his nose, with very very bright yellow eyes.
He is slender and has a long tail. Interestingly, he usually doesn't have eyebrows, but at times, they just appear out of nowhere, like in "A Night at the Katz Motel".
He has different clothes for each time he wants to con someone, matching the temporary businesses he specializes in in that episode. Interestingly enough, in "Katz Kandy", he doesn't have a special disguise.
During his Mr. Katz disguise, he has a white shirt with black buttons on it, with a flower, he has a white tie and a light blue-ish shirt inside of it.
This disguise is somewhat similar to the Mr. Katz one; he has a button shirt and a tie, the shirt remains white, but the buttons yellow are this time, and instead of a white tie, he has a blue tie, his hat looks like a classic captain-hat, it is white on the biggest part of the hat, but also has blue and yellow colors. This one also doesn't have pockets.
This one is nearly identical to the regular one, the only differences being that he has a snorkel and a pack on him that he uses to swim. This and Captain Katz are in the same episode, Katz under the Sea.
Ball of Revenge
In this episode, he has a rugby-football shirt and shorts, he uses spiky footballs to throw at Courage as a weapon.
The main humor and characteristic of Katz is that he is the polar opposite of Courage; while Courage is pure good, Katz is pure evil. Because of this, while he does have some funny moments, every episode featuring him is more serious in nature. Every time he appears, Katz proves he has no morals even when he isn't trying to kill people.
Out of all the villains in the series, Katz is one of the most infamous for his cruelty. Despite his affable facade, he takes a sadistic delight in killing/maiming others and goes out of his way to torment Courage during their conflicts. Furthermore, as mentioned above, he is the opposite of Courage in every way. Unlike Courage, who never harms people unless he has to, Katz enjoys pulling of schemes with no regard for anyone else's safety. Therefore, he is one of the evilest villain of the entire series. He also loses his affable side whenever dealing with some who disgusts him, as shown whenever he looks down on others.
But even though he is pure evil, he is still civilized and well-mannered as shown when he called The Weremole an "unrefined beast". In Katz Kandy, he is already tired of always being second place, so he kidnaps Courage and Muriel to force them to reveal the secret ingredient, which is revealed to be vinegar. Katz is devastated when he has to settle for second place again, and directly says so to the viewers.
Powers and Abilities
- Intelligence: Katz is extremely intelligent, he is very good at scamming oblivious people, as seen when he constantly scams Muriel and Eustace Bagge, and it's the main trait he is good at. Courage is portrayed as very stupid and dumb, whether Courage really is stupid or the cartoon is just making the viewers think this is debatable as he has a great track against even his smarter foes.
- Manipulation: Same thing as the intelligence, he is very good at getting people to do what he wants, and as also mentioned before, he often cons Muriel and Eustace, but even Courage who is much smarter than Katz gives him credit for, sometimes falls for his scams, he nearly turned Courage into a cylinder-formed candy, and almost killed both Muriel and Courage in Katz Under the Sea.
- Survival Skills: Even though often getting what he deserves in the end of each episode, he manages to get out and escape death. This is due to the negative continuity of the show.
- Business Knowledge: Mixing his intelligence and manipulation skills, and you got this, he is brilliant at getting people to his resorts and other businesses only to use them and get money.
- Sadism and Torture Methods: He has many torturing skills upon his sleeves, in Ball of Revenge, the last episode he is in, he is seen throwing spike balls at Courage and loves seeing him scream in pain, also in every episode he is in he enjoys "A little sport before slow dying", which is to make Courage feel even more pain. Overall, his personality can be summed up with that he is very sadistic and intelligent, and shows that he is a good opposite of Courage who tries to avoid hurting people unless he has no choice.
- There is a fan theory that the reason the cartoon is so dark is that it is focused on how Courage sees the world, and how the world is structured in his mind, and Katz isn't one person, but symbolizes some strange humans that Courage meets. But this fan theory is somewhat debunked considering the directors stated themselves why it is so dark is because it is a parody on Gothic Horror.
- Of all the episodes that Katz was in "Ball of Revenge", is the only one that does not have his name in the title.
- Katz is one of the most popular villains in Cartoon Network, as well as one of it's most evil villains of all. Fans love to hate him because of his charming nature and standing on in an already dark show.
- Katz is ranked seventh in the Top 10 Greatest Cartoon Network Villains of All Time by WatchMojo.
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