But black cats are also pretty iconic if you didn't know it already. They appear in tv shows, films, and make for some of the best historic photographs. We thought Black Cat Appreciation Day was the purrfect day to debut this list of iconic black cats, whether animated or real-life, to show that black cats aren't as in the shadows as everyone thinks!
While the burgeoning teen witch, Sabrina, was the lead character on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Salem was pretty much the star of the show (if you ask us.) Salem Saberhagen is Sabrina's snarky BFF that also happens to be a black cat. Even though Salem's technically a male witch trapped in a cat's body, he is paws down the king of catitude. He's full of sass, sage advice dating back to the 1500s, and plenty of snark.
For kids that grew up on the '90s, it just wouldn't be Halloween without watching Hocus Pocus! If you've ever come across a black cat named Binx, it's likely you can trace that name back to this movie. Binx is another "person trapped in a cat's body," and like Salem he is full of wisecracks and snarky jokes. But he's also full of heart and helps save the day - er, night.
The 90s really couldn't get enough of their magical teen girls, could they? Luna is the ally and mentor of Sailor Moon (or Usagi, depending on which translated version you watch). It turns out that black cats make the purr-fect sidekicks for magical teen girls. Who knew?
Jiji is another onyx-furred familiar, this time more feline than human! Starring in Kiki's Delivery Service, Jiji is the feline companion to Kiki, another young magical girl on her way to becoming a full-fledged witch.
Appearing the original Star Trek, Isis was technically a feline shapeshifter that accompanied a man named Seven on a secret mission. Though apparently Seven's pet cat, Isis was more: she communicated with him through telepathy, and understood his spoken words. She accompanied him wherever he went and watched out for him. We're just here for the GIFs of Spock holding a cat.
Of course, there are real-life black cats that have made hiss-tory.
Henry Behrens and his Black Cat
While we don't know the name of the cat in this iconic photograph, it features a delightful scene of "The World's Smallest Man", Henry Behrens, dancing with his inky feline friend circa 1895.
While there's some debate as to whether Tuxedo cats qualify as black cats or not, we've decided to include Simon on this list! Simon is the only cat to receive a Dickin Medal, a medallion awarded to the work of animals in wartime. Simon was the ship's cat about the HMS Amethyst, for his heroism in the line of duty and the disposal of many ship rats despite injury.
And we can't forget about our Instagram favorites!
Willow the Squishy Cat
Willow is a talented kitty of many faces! She's most known for her Instagram appearance as an Avocado Kitty!
Princess Monster Truck
You can't think of famous Instagram kities and not include the beautiful Princess Monster Truck.
Mamba, The Vampire Cat
That's NosferPAWtu, thank you! Mamba is a long-fanged kitty known for his punny sense of humor and his vampiric fangs.
Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!
What do you think? Did we miss any iconic black cats? Let us know in the comments!