Not to be confused with Butch Dog from the Tex Avery Cartoons

Butch Cat is a Tom and Jerry character. He is a black and white alley cat whose appearance generally vary from a friend or ally to a rival of Tom Cat.


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Butch Cat dressed as a baby with Tom.

Butch was originally created by Hugh Harman for the MGM cartoon short The Alley Cat along with Toodles Galore; a character model sheet for the Short refers to him as "Tom".[1] His first appearance in the Tom and Jerry cartoons was Baby Puss (1943), alongside Topsy and the already-established Meathead.

Butch is a coarse rival to Tom as well. In the short, Springtime for Thomas (1946), he was known simply as "Dream Boy" (after Jerry's fake letter from Toodles), and he acted as Tom's rival for Toodles' affection.

Butch is not only a love rival to Tom but a coarse opponent in simple competitions such as sports – for example in Tennis Chumps (some say Tom’s opponent there isn’t really Butch).

In “A Mouse in a House”, Butch did compete with Tom for the catching of Jerry. He and Tom co-operated at their best to catch Jerry. Unfortunately, they both failed, making Jerry still the "untouchable one".

However, Butch is also the leader of the alley cats (usually Lightning, Topsy, and Meathead) who are friends with Tom and, at times, join in him in tormenting Jerry.

Butch also appears in the Tom and Jerry Tales series. In the episode Beach Bully Bingo, he appears in red swimwear. He also appears more muscular, having well-trained pecs and stomach muscles. He also flexes his arm muscles and slightly appears to have abs. Some people think that this muscular bodybuilder cat who is as strong as Spike isn't the same as Butch.


Since Butch has been in many appearances in the Hanna Barbara days and the modern days of Tom and Jerry, Butch has a wide range of behaviors.

Initially, Butch is a loud-mouth cat, a trait that continues to even modern series. He often talks, even when it has nothing to do with his business sometimes. His mischievous antic has sometimes provoked anger from Tom Cat and even Spike.

He is basically romantic, as you see in Springtime for Thomas, Casanova Cat, and other episodes. He's mean yet a jerk as you see in the episode The Beach Bully, The Devil You Know, and mostly the rest. However, in the Tom and Jerry show (2014), he was a bit of a scammer in Wish Bone. He traded Tom for his cat food, just for his bone he found in the trash. However, The Devil You Know, after he had a nightmare (Spoiler) he was being nice to mostly everyone yet becoming a bit overboard of his niceness causing Tuffy to go back to him in the middle of the night. (Spoiler)

Even too, he does get angry. In Frenemies, when Butch tried to apologize to Dollface after fighting, she dodged him as he tried to hug her. She went on Tom yet kissed his whole face, she said: "Yeah, well my dream said I could have any boyfriend I want." This caused Butch to be angry as he decided he wanted to go back to Toodles.

In another Season 4 episode called The Maltese Pigeon, when he threatened to slam a pigeon statue which literally had another pigeon in it, the narrator taunts and dares him to do it. He later asked if he's talking to him, the narrator agrees as he told him: "Yeah, you don't have the guts."

For this comment, you see Butch gets angry as he's a bit offended. Later on Butch states: "Are you calling me a chicken?". Insults of chicken talk his heard then that's where you see him angrier and get all tough. But however, after this incident, he gets slammed on the head by the pigeon which broke free from the concrete statue.


Butch is an alley cat with black fur and yellow and black eyes.

War of the Whiskers

Butch is a challenger, and is the fifth strongest of the eleven characters. his punches and kicks are similar to tom except faster.

When he wins, he will do a victory dance but when defeated, he collapses to the ground and slaps himself.



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