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Lucifer, often mispronounced Roosifee, is a non-anthropomorphic, but sentient, cat.
Description[edit | edit source]
A fat black cat with a wide mouth and a bright green leer, the surprisingly clever Lucifer was once the cat of Lady Tremaine, endlessly chasing Jaq and Gus and the other mice through the Old Château. Though fairly lazy, Lucifer was willing to do his mistress's evil bidding on occasions. He later briefly lived in Cinderella's Castle before washing up on Grandma Duck's Farm as part of his ongoing quest to capture and eat Jaq and Gus. He has also occasionally been ‘employed’ by Scrooge McDuck as a mouser in his Money Bin, although he proved fairly incompetent at it, his weight making him ill-suited to long chases through the piles of coin (Lucifer's preferred hunting style being ambushing his prey).
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Lucifer was created in 1950 in Cinderella, loosely based on Cinderella's cat who is mentioned in some versions of the original fairy tale. Animator Ward Kimball based part of his appearance and movements on his own ill-tempered pet, Feetsy.
The story The Fleaing Feline uniquely depicts Lucifer as not only a talking cat, but an extremely articulate one at that (though it's unclear whether he is truly speaking English like Jaq and Gus, or if he is merely "speaking cat" and Tinker Bell can understand him due to being a pixie). In all other appearances, Lucifer merely meows and growls, despite decidedly intelligent behavior. It is possible that Lucifer retained the ability to talk (which he did not have originally) from being briefly transformed into a human in the alternate timeline formed by Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
Lucifer bears a remarkable similarity in body shape and body language to the Cheshire Cat, which can largely attributed to their sharing an animator in Ward Kimball, as well as to an unnamed cat (also 'voiced' by June Foray) who appears in Ben and Me, and may be Lucifer's ancestor.