The Werecat Lady, also known as the Cat Lady or Tiger Lady and as Euphrates, is the ghost of a human woman who was a werecat.
One of the "Happy Haunts" residing in the Haunted Mansion, the Werecat Lady's ghost dwells in one of the Changing Portraits. A seductive and mysterious-looking woman, she had the ability to turn into a large humanoid panther or tiger, an ability she retained as a ghost. In 2015, during the Sea Captain's occupation of the Mansion, the Werecat Lady sided with him alongside several other Changing Portraits, trying to capture interlopers on his behalf using her cat form.
Behind the scenes
The Werecat Lady first appeared as a part of the Haunted Mansion attraction in Disneyland, which opened in 1969.
The original Marc Davis concept art showed the Lady wearing white clothing and turning into a black panther. This was extended by Ed Kohn into a six-panel sequence of her slowly morphing into the black panther form, and, when this was shrunk back to two stages, Panel 1 and Panel 4 were kept, making the Lady's "transformed" stage a half-panther only. Later, when the Changing Portrait effects were redesigned, her clothing was made black and her feline form a white tiger to better fit the new aesthetic. Some people believe that the Tiger and Panther ladies are different characters, though this is obviously not the intention.
On the fansite Better Haunts & Graveyards, the Werecat Lady is dubbed Melanie Alexandria Charis (b. 1764), and said to be a member of the Gracey family. Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion instead proposes that her name be made Euphrates, in allusion to the Tigris and Euphrates.
Notes and References
- As shown in the main plot of Disney Kingdoms' Haunted Mansion.