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This article is about the plush toy. For other uses, see Vampy Cat.
Vampy Cat! Grrr! Argh! He'll love you to death!
―Vampy Cat slogan[src]

Vampy Cat was a character of a vampire cat, manufactured as a plush toy by Santorio Corporation.

History

During the vampire craze, the Vampy Cat plush toy was commercialized as a new variant of “Happy Cat”, with a high number of pre-orders.[1]

The Vampy Cat was initially used as disguise for the Swell to access hosts for their possession, as orchestrated by a group of vampires in Japan. After the demons were defeated by Satsu, Kennedy, and the Slayer Organization Tokyo headquarters, pro-vampire spokeswoman Harmony Kendall was interviewed about the attack, and vampires came out as martyrs from the situation.[1]

The general public never knew about the initial plan, its demonic characteristics simply used as background for the Vampy Cat character in its commercial. According to it, he was a “huggably soft vampy cat” an old Oni demon gave a young girl named Sachiko, as solace for being bullied by three young boys. When the harassment returned, the Vampy Cat took revenge in a vicious attack against the bullies, and their suffering brought the girl’s joy back.[2]

The Vampy Cat eventually became commercially available as a normal toy. Andrew Wells kept one in his apartment,[3] and Joyce Harris had one plush toy as well.[4] Related products were also available, such as a spatula with a Vampy Cat face.[5]

Behind the Scenes

  • The Vampy Cat is a parody of character Hello Kitty, produced in turn by Sanrio. Artist Georges Jeanty has described the Vampy Cats as “cute, plush-like dolls that were an obvious reference to Hello Kitty, but with a vampire twist.”[6]
  • Jeanty also revealed to also have designed a female Vampy Cat, wearing a skirt and hat in addition to the vest and cape, although never used in the comic books.[6]

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Swell
  2. Vampy Cat Play Friend
  3. The Core, Part Two
  4. One Year Later
  5. One Girl in All the World
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Season 8 Library Edition, Volume 3"