Top Cat (character)

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This article is about the main title character. For the TV series, see Top Cat (TV series). For other uses, see Top Cat.
Top Cat
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Top Cat in "Hawaii, Here We Come."
Species: Cat
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Benny the Ball
Choo Choo
Fancy Fancy
Officer Dibble
Yogi's Gang
Yogi's Treasure Hunters
First appearance: TC: "The $1,000,000 Derby" (1961)
Played by: Arnold Stang (1961-90)
Daws Butler (1972)
Tom Kenny (2000-02)
Jason Harris (2011, 2015, 2016)
Thomas Lennon (2021)
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Top Cat: The Movie
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Top Cat Begins
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Wacky Races
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Adam Strange/Future Quest Special
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Top Cat, often abbreviated to T.C., is an anthropomorphic cat and the smooth-talking main title character of the Top Cat animated television series. His voice was originated by Arnold Stang, using a similar Phil Silvers impression to Daws Butler.

Character description


TV series





Video games


Debut series

Crossover Era

Yogi's Ark Lark

The Treasure Hunt

Fender Bender 500

Misplaced in Beverly Hills

Harvey Birdman Represents

In the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "Mindless," Top Cat crashes at Harvey's place after being neutered. He was arrested for money laundering just outside Harvey's house.

Back in the New York Groove

Top Cat Begins

Wacky Reboot

Everyone's Back in Jellystone!

Top Cat in the Funny Books

Flintstones visit New York World's Fair

T.C. Joins the DC Universe



Main article: Top Cat (character)/Gallery

Behind the Scenes

  • Top Cat bares some similarities to Hokey Wolf, who came the same year in 1961, because both create schemes to get what they want and both have similar voices, despite them being voiced by two different people.
    • Although interestingly enough, Daws Butler represented the voice of Top Cat in the TV movie Yogi's Ark Lark, pilot of the Yogi's Gang TV series, as Arnold Stang wasn't available at the time. Since Daws was using a similar-sounding voice to Hokey, Hokey had no dialogue in the film, and this issue could have also been the main reason Top Cat didn't appear for the series.
  • According to a 1982 calendar, he was born on May 29.
  • On British merchandising, he's called "Boss Cat" instead of "Top Cat" because of a popular British cat food with the same name as "Top Cat" during the time.
  • Top Cat is very popular in Mexico under the name "Don Gato y su pandilla" (Mr Cat and his Gang), so much so that both Top Cat: The Movie and Top Cat Begins were produced by Mexican animation companies and was distributed by Warner Bros. Mexico.

In popular culture

  • In The Simpsons episode "The Day The Violence Died", Roger Myers Jr says that animation has always plagiarizes existing properties and without Srgt Blinko from The Phill Silvers Show, we wouldn't have Top Cat (which is true btw).