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Butch Cat is a anti-hero of the animated series Tom and Jerry. He was initially, an antagonist and, but later, he join to the good side. He is a black and white alley cat who is Tom and Jerry's friend and former arch-nemesis.

Biography

Butch is created by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and he first appeared in the short, Baby Puss (1943), alongside Topsy and the already-established Meathead.

Butch is a coarse rival to Tom as well. In the short, Springtime for Thomas (1946), he was known simply as "Dream Boy" (after Jerry's fake letter from Toodles), and he acted as Tom's rival for Toodles' affection.

Butch is not only a love rival to Tom, but a coarse opponent in simple competitions such as sports – for example in Tennis Chumps (some say Tom’s opponent there isn’t really Butch).

In “A Mouse in a House”, Butch did compete with Tom for the catching of Jerry. He and Tom co-operated at their best to catch Jerry. Unfortunately they both failed, making Jerry still the " untouchable one".

However, Butch is also the leader of the alley cats (usually Lightning, Topsy, and Meathead) who are friends with Tom and, at times, join in him in tormenting Jerry.

Butch also appears in the Tom and Jerry Tales series. In the episode Beach Bully Bingo, he appears in red swimwear. He also appears more muscular, having well trained pecs and stomach muscles. He also flexes his arm muscles and slightly appears to have abs. Some people thinks that this muscular bodybuilder cat who is as strong as Spike isn't the same as Butch.

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