The Black Cat
The Black Cat was clearly inspired by the 1843 Gothic-horror story The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe. In said story, an alcoholic man and his wife have a menagerie of pets including a black cat named Pluto. In a drunken rage one night, the man uses a pen to carve out one of Pluto's eyeballs though he regrets doing so after. Unable to cope with the cat as a living reminder of his loss of control, the man kills Pluto by hanging it from the neck in the tree outside his house.
Following this event, the man's house burned down leaving him and his wife to find a new home. At this new home, they came upon a one-eyed black cat nearly identical to Pluto, albeit for a white patch on its chest which the man saw as being in the shape of a gallows. The couple took in this cat and gave it the name of Pluto in tribute to their old beloved pet though the husband was neurotically afraid of the creature. One night the man had a complete breakdown due to fearing the cat and his wife not believing him so he took a hatchet and murdered his wife.
The husband stuffed his wife's corpse in an out-of-use chimney within the basement and bricked over it. When police arrived, they began to hear a sound coming from the chimney which they noticed was recently bricked over. To the man's protest, they tore open the chimney and within found the wife's corpse with the one-eyed black cat sitting atop it. The man was subsequently arrested and it is ultimately left ambiguous as to if the cat was truly supernatural or a figment of his broken mind.
The Haunted Mansion
The One-Eyed Black Cat was the main antagonist of the Haunted Mansion in an unused script written by X. Atencio. Guests would have been warned by the Ghost Host at the beginning of the ride to beware of the cat as it is a powerful being which has a hatred of mortals. The red-glowing slit eye of the cat would watch guests throughout the attraction until eventually appearing as an undead cat's head. This head would then transform into the rotting corpse of a human as guests made their escape.
The Haunted Mansion
The Haunted Mansion: Frights of Fancy
The protagonist of this story, Sydney Campbell wears a t-shirt with the design of the one-eyed black cat on it.
- The Black Cat and the Raven are both Haunted Mansion characters based on paranormal animals from the literary cannon of Edgar Allan Poe.