Work At Walt Disney And In My Free Time I Draw Star Wars Characters And Their Cats:
…I was slightly disappointed at first that Darth Vader and Cat were not featured. Then I realized that he would probably share custody of Padme’s cat (who IS featured).
Then I realized: Padme is depicted as having a black cat with gold eyes.
Padme’s cat IS Darth Vader.
@darthrevaan who, like me, loves imagining various characters transformed into cats.
All I can think of is those stories where [character’s] beloved cat inexplicably turns into a handsome young man overnight because their fairy godmother waved her magic wand
In other words, I love it
…you know me. Any talk of any of our favorite OT3 somehow gets wrangled into a *real* OT3 in my head (long live obianidala!)
…I now have the mental image of cat!Anakin dragging home a scruffy!homeless!cat, because - because Anakin’s *Anakin*, even though he’s a cat, and this poor scruffy cat obviously needed help - cat!Anakin watched him for a while after he became aware that there was another cat in the neighborhood, and everything bad that could happen seemed to happen to this poor cat.
The first time cat!Anakin saw him, Scruffy was running away from dogs. He managed to escape them by getting stuck in a tree. No one rescued him/got him out of the tree - cat!Anakin checked, he was there for two days before he fell from the branch he was perched on, presumably out of hunger. Then Anakin found Scruffy going through the garbage bins next-door, only to be forced to run away *again* when the owner came out and started yelling at him. Then Anakin found him staring almost longingly at the children playing on the playground in the nearby park - only for two of the bullies to come after the poor cat and pick him up by the tail, heedless as the feline twisted and yowled and *screamed*, and no one came to help…
Anakin ended up pretty much dragging/bullying the poor cat to come back to Padme’s house with him.
…later on, Anakin gets turned into a human, and he and Padme live happily together, with Scruffy, their faithful cat, who has the mildest, sweetest temparmant or any cat (or person) they’ve ever met.
…it takes a series of *Very* implausible circumstances for them to figure out that ‘Anakin’s’ cat, the pet of a man who used to be Padme’s cat, is also a transformed human. (The irony!) This is complicated by the fact that Scruffy, who had an *infinitely* harder time then Anakin did, has pretty much forgotten his real (True) name (trauma and the mental equivalent of a two-by-four *directly* to the brain might do that to one) and, due to the aforementioned trauma, pretends very hard that he was never anything other *then* a cat. (It helps him cope).
(I’m thinking that somehow, in this ‘verse, instead of being killed by Palpatine, the Jedi were all turned into cats instead. …also, very few of them survived because they kept trying to be ‘people’ (and dying) and not ‘cats’.)
(…also, because people might object if Palpatine issues an order to officially Kill All The Jedi, but they’ll just think he’s weird/go along with it if he issues an edict to Kill All Stray/Ownerless Cats.)
The Jedi all being turned into cats that is perfect ha now I’m just imagining everyone waking up one morning like “where the hell did the Jedi go???”
Poor Obi-Wan, he’d try so hard to just blend in and catch space mice and find a nice family, but his life is pain apparently. Of course Anakin drags him home. How could he not - he’s Anakin.
Obi-Wan probably has to pretend very hard that he doesn’t remember anything when Anakin gets turned into a human, that he doesn’t remember the traumatic sensation of changing, of waking up in a strange and unfamiliar body and trying to learn how to survive. He has to try very hard not to remember what it feels like to be human, all the things he can now watch Anakin re-learning.
Until they find that fairy godmother again and get her to wave her wand over Obi-Wan….
Methinks that Obi-Wan has a touch of Librarian Syndrome (of Discworld fame!) Except rather then simply liking his new shape more, it’s more along the lines of a very poor response to PTSD - if he pretends he isn’t human, if he pretends that he wasn’t anything MORE, if he pretends that once upon a time he *wasn’t* safe and cared for and not hungry and warm, it hurts that much less.
Honestly, Palpatine was probably able to spin it as the Jedi ‘abandoning the Republic’. And, to be honest, no one really would have thought to connect the sudden expansion of the Republic’s feral cat population with the disappearance of the Jedi - Palpatine’s crackdown on the rampart cat problem and his insistence on *drastically* shortening the time period homeless animals could be held by animal shelters before being put down would not have been connected with the sudden and complete absence of Force-Users. (Let’s face it, we all knew he was Evil.)
Obi-Wan probably thought that he was hallucinating after cat!Anakin dragged him to Padme’s house. His interactions with other cats probably consisted of them running him off their territories, so he was startled when the bigger black cat not only did *not* try and hurt him, but took him someplace warm and safe and started taking *care* of him. And suddenly, he has food, he has a soft place to sleep (Padme lets them sleep on her *bed*. Oh, how long since he last slept on an actual *bed*?) and the black cat tries to feed him and curls up with him and purrs with him all the time. To be honest, he’s probably the happiest he’s been in - just about as long as he lets himself remember.
Personally, I’m wondering how they found out that he wasn’t really a cat but another transformed human. And how *Anakin* would react to that knowledge.
Okay, but like, this is so perfect. And imagine if Obi-Wan weren’t quite so traumatised by everything:
Because Anakin, after he returns to his human self – of course he wants to help out the rest of the Order, right? So at one point Anakin and Padmé are brainstorming in the living room or something, and Anakin says, “I wish I could help them, I just don’t have any way – even when I was a cat, I couldn’t tell, you know? At least, I don’t think I could. I might – “
And then there is just. This resounding crash. So Ani and Padmé turn around, and there’s a vase shattered on the floor and Scruffy. And he’s just giving them that look, that universal cat look that says you are a fucking moron, but amped up to a thousand.
So Anakin chases him out of the room and cleans up the mess, because of course he doesn’t get it. But after the third time Scruffy breaks something – always when they’re discussing the conundrum of the Jedi-cats – Padmé starts to get it. Ani’s still being obtuse of course, trying to shoo Scruffy out of the room, but Padmé walks over to him, and looks him in the eye – his big, clever, kind eyes – and says, “Obi-Wan?”