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Lightning is an orange cat who first appeared in the 1948 short Old Rockin' Chair Tom as Tom's rival. Lightning is named as such because in his first short, he practically moved at the speed of lightning. In later cartoons, Lightning often appeared as one of Tom's alley cat friend/foes. he is either depicted as a house cat or an alley cat.

He also made appearance in 1960s era in Switchin' Kitten & Catty-Cornered.


Lightning is known as laid-back, impatient, gluttonous, hard-working, tenacious, manipulative, negative, ingenious, no-nonsense and fast. He always hangs out with Tom, Butch, and the other cats.


Lightning Cat has orange fur and white paws and green eyes. In at least two of his appearances, his tail is shown tied in a bandage similar to Meathead Cat. In most of his appearances, he physically resembles Butch Cat, although his character design varies within appearances. He was seen with a lighter face in his later appearances in the classic era in cartoons like Muscle Beach Tom and Mucho Mouse, He is given a Siamese-like appearance in Catty-Cornered with light tan fur and black ears and tail.

In The Tom and Jerry Show (2014), he has blue eyes instead of green ones.


Tom and Jerry

Spike and Tyke

The Tom and Jerry Show (2014)

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Season 3

Tom and Jerry in New York

Season 2

Film Appearances


  • Lightning resembles Meathead (most notably in Saturday Evening Puss), though the two are not the same and have appeared side-by-side in a few cartoons.
    • However, in most of his later appearances, including Tom and Jerry in New York, Lightning shares the same design as Butch.
  • His voice in The Tom and Jerry Show episode "Missing in Traction" is very similar to that of the late Jerry Stiller, while his voice in Tom and Jerry in New York resembles that of Bear, the titular character from the Jim Henson puppet television series Bear in the Big Blue House.