Felidae/YMMV

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  • Adaptation Displacement: Yes, Felidae was based on a book.
    • Also, there are actually six books (the first one being the one made into a film). However, only the first two have been translated into English.
      • Which is really too bad, because most of them are very good reads.
      • Adding insult to injury, the translated editions of those two books are now out of print, and thus only limited numbers of used copies are available.
    • There is a version on Kindle though.
  • Complete Monster: Pretorius and Pascal/Claudandus.
  • Crosses The Line More Than Twice
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The entire soundtrack. Shun the nonbeliever!
  • Cult Classic: The film has a lot of fans online.
  • Ear Worm: "I was happy, unfettered and free..." GAH! The main theme of the song sung by Boy George (Yes, that Boy George) is bound to get stuck in your head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Felicity only appeared for a few minutes before she got decapped and yet has a good fanbase (see Shipping below).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Francis/Felicity.
  • Fridge Logic: Comes up between books 1 and 2. The one that hits the hardest is the Company of the Merciful vs. Jesaja. Both the Company and Jesaja live underground. The Company have gone blind from living in the darkness, but Jesaja has not. While Jesaja seems healthy enough with no sun, the Company have to sunbathe briefly every day to avoid getting rickets. It must be noted that it's never specified just how long Jesaja stayed underground, but the whole situation feels rather fishy.
  • High Octane Nightmare Fuel: Where do we start...
    • Here.
      • For those who don't want to watch the video, here's a summery- this nightmare sequence takes place in an apocalyptic like setting, with piles of cat corpses littering the scene. Suddenly, Gregor Mendel pops out of one pile and begins to give hints to Francis as to who the murderer might be. Then he proceeds to use crosses as marionette strings on the corpses and control the decomposing kitties. Ain't that just lovely?
  • Ho Yay: More evident in the books, but the friendship between Francis and Pascal might come off as this to some.
    • Kong and Francis can give off this vibe, at least in the English movie dub. Kong even calls Francis "cutie pie."
      • He also disparages Francis and implies he's Bluebeard's gay lover.
  • Large Ham: Joker, though mostly in the German version.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Claudandus does have some fans in the web. Not many though.
  • Moral Event Horizon: If Claudandus hadn't cross the line with Felicity's murder, then he did so with Solitaire, who was pregnant at the time. It all becomes moot as shortly after, we find out that the murders have been going on for years and many victims were young or pregnant, thus crossing the line much earlier than we had expected.
  • Nausea Fuel: Plenty of it. This movie is not for the faint of heart.
  • Shipping: The most popular pairing in the fandom seems to be Francis/Felicity even though Felicity is decapitated only minutes after she is introduced in the film and Francis's mate ends up being Nhozemptekh AKA "The cat who had sex with him in the movie."
    • That's because of what Felicity is. Unfortunately, she's also a Sacrificial Lamb who is Too Good for This Sinful Earth.
    • Funny enough, Nhozemptekh is not even mentioned in the second book.
      • She is mentioned, albeit extremely briefly, towards the very end of the book. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Francis comments on all the sex he's had with her. Francis's ship for the second book is Alcina, a wildcat. She is murdered partway through the book, leaving Francis rather devastated.
        • Francis apparently has a fetish for undomesticated females...
          • Well, they are the ones that are most easily available, and least likely to be spayed.
  • Tear Jerker: Given the nature of both the film and the books, how hard any potential Tear Jerker moment hits is highly subjective. One of the strongest is the story told to Francis by the lynx in the second book, and the sad fate he's resigned himself to.
  • What Do You Mean It's Not for Kids?: Yeah, it's an animated movie about kitties... and gruesome murder! And surrealistic, disturbing nightmares!
    • Not to mention cats fucking like rabbits. Or rather, like cats, which is to say, loudly and violently.
    • The cult that holds suicide pacts. Francis even Lampshades this- "What I was watching wasn't exactly a scene out of The Aristocats."
    • Depends on the viewer. This troper saw the film when she was like 8-9 years old, and found it only mildly weird. And didn't even realized what was wrong with it until a friend pointed out.
  • The Woobie: Felicity
    • The lynx from the second book. He was brought to Germany from Canada with a group of other lynxes to repopulate the wild. However, since the Canadian lynx's primary food source, the snowshoe hare, was no longer available to them, some members of the group starved to death. A few others were shot by farmers after they attacked livestock in desperation, and the remaining lynxes eventually scattered. He's now alone, and will probably remain so for the rest of his life.
    • Francis. Moreso in the books, wherein the things he sees and goes through have a much more obvious effect on him - more than once he breaks down crying. (Can you really blame him?)
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Arguably Claudandus. He only developed his insane plan after being tortured by Preterius. The "Destroyer of Worlds" part is much more present here than the "Woobie" part though. Also, this trope is more present in the book than in the movie.
    • The second book gives us the wildcat tribe. Being brought into strange territory where they found it almost impossible to survive is what fueled the rage towards humans and domestic creatures alike, and eventually what led to the murders. As with Claudandus above, this is an arguable case.