Nyan Cat Wiki

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See Nyan Cat (video) for the video by Saraj00n.

See Nyan.cat (website)

Nyan Cat, also rarely called "Pop Tart Cat", is an 8-bit animation depicting a gray cat with the body of a cherry Pop-Tart flying through outer space.


Nyan Cat is the name of an animation uploaded on April 2 2011, and became a viral internet sensation. The design of Nyan Cat was inspired by my cat Marty, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge but lives on in spirit. I am the original artist behind the iconic GIF and have remastered the image for its 10 year anniversary.

—Chris Torres, creator of Nyan Cat

A 1400x1400 remaster of 12 Frames was created on February 10 2021 to celebrate Nyan Cat's anniversary.

Though the gif was created by prguitarman, its popularity spike was due to a YouTube User named Saraj00n pairing it with Momo's "Nya Nya Nya!" song and uploading it, where it immediately became a hit.

Nyan Cat has an arch nemesis named Tac Nayn, one of the oldest known Nyan Cat spoofs. The common theory that Nyan Cat and Tac Nayn are related or twins has not been confirmed nor denied by FrankieDudeUltimate or prguitarman, but the idea is very often brought up in fan creations!

Some of these spoofs can be seen on Nyan.cat. The rest can usually be found on YouTube or DeviantArt, although some creators have chosen to upload their Nyans directly to this wiki*, and not any other site.

*Information on all of the different kinds of Nyan Cats can be found on this wiki, under the Nyan Cat Variations category.


Nyan Cat's Page

Nyan Cat has the original theme song on an infinite loop, whilst an animated G.I.F. file of Nyan Cat without the rainbow trail or background flies over a rainbow embedded onto the website. The stars that fly across the screen are also embedded. The three options highlight in pink, and the gif image saves as "original.gif" and the preview icon on the "Pick a Flavor" bar also saves under this. Nyan Cat also has two different pages: the main page, and the page simply titled Original. These pages have few differences, however the main page can be taken by other nyans at certain times of the year such as Halloween.

Nyan Cat in Fan Fiction


In most fan-fiction, Nyan Cat is seen as a cute, friendly cheerful cat that protects Planet SR6.98-002 also known as the Earth. This concept originally came from NYAN BATTLE. Nyan Cat does not hesitate to battle an offender who injures another Nyan, even if the one responsible happens to be another Nyan themself.


In most fan fiction, Nyan Cat has many special abilities, most of them being multicolored and very powerful.

Can become a rainbow comet

The ability of rainbow blast

Razor Whiskers

Nyan Cat's Rainbow Rage

  • Rainbow Hudoken (When using Rainbow Rage)
  • Super Strength (When using Rainbow Rage)
  • Light Super Form (stronger than Rainbow Rage. (Gains ability when emotionally hurt)
  • Light Rocket Comet (When in Light Super Form) (Can send foes flying into their own evil planets and destroy them)

Fiction Works

Nyan Cat has been used in many fan fiction works! There are stories, fan art, games, websites and more.

See some of them below, or visit the Fanon Category.

Nyan Battle

Nyan Cat falls in Love

Nyan Cat falls in Love Again

Fan-made Nyan History

Nyan Cat: Lost in Space Game


Nyan Talk: List your favorite and hated nyans


  • Nyan Cat's gender is male, yes
  • Nyan Cat had an appearance in Scribblenauts - the developers did not realize that Nyan Cat was in fact copyrighted material and the creator of Nyan Cat sued them, therefore Nyan Cat will not make an appearance in Scribblenauts again.
  • In the game StrikeForce Kitty 2, there is a Nyan Cat costume you can put on your kittens.
  • Nyan Cat appeared in a commercial for bottled water.
  • Another character, Fiesta Spider was made by prguitarman, but didn't get as much popularity. He also created "8-bit Fail Whale", a mascot of Twitter.
  • Nyan Cat was such a popular meme, that it featured on "best internet memes" lists.
  • They are heard in the 2021 Film The Mitchells vs The Machines when Katie shows her video to dad.
  • Sara June, the uploader of the viral Nyan Cat video, is now a comedian.
  • The Nyan Cat animation was posted on the daily comics site known as LOL-COMICS. The same creator of the website, Christopher Torres, also known by the moniker "prguitarman" online, had posted the original gif of Nyan Cat on April 2nd, 2011.
  • The original drawing of Nyan Cat was based on the creator's own Russian Blue cat, Marty, and was drawn after receiving two separate suggestions for a cat, and a pop tart during a Red Cross charity drawing event on a live stream. Chris decided to merge the two suggestions of a cat and pop tart together, and create the well known nostalgic Nyan Cat.
    • Many video game developers began to create assorted Nyan Cat games, such as Nyan Cat Lost in Space, Snake Nyan Cat, Nyanicorn (Robot Unicorn Attack variant), Nyan Cat Fly, Nyan Cat Space Journey and many more.
      • Furthermore, a site listing all the Nyan Cat games while also hosting one of its own is located at Nyan-Cat.com.
      • Many Nyan Cat games have also been released onto mobile platforms, enabling the use on various smartphones.
        • And one more thing, A small tech demo of Nyan Cat will work on the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) which has also been created, it currently runs on many NES emulators.
  • Nyan Cat has also been referenced in "Buffalo Bison Revenge" a game developed by Juicy Beast Studios.
  • On a Sunday, May 29th, the PBS website was hacked by a group called "LulzSec", and several of the website properties were defaced with Nyan Cat related images.
  • YouTube once enabled a custom flash player for the original Nyan Cat video that showed an animated mini Nyan Cat flying across the progress bar with a rainbow trail. Unfortunately, a global update caused the video player to be permanently removed.
    • On June 24th, 2011 InstantElevatorMusic (@instantelevator) released a Nyan Cat Progress Bar, a modification for Windows default progress bars.
      • Furthermore, on 19th of July, 2011, Nikos Lykousas (@dummydev) released NyanSliders for jailbroken apple devices, a tweak which aims at replacing any slider in iOS with an animating Nyan Cat leaving rainbow trail, similar to the original YouTube progress bar.
  • On February 18th, 2021, Nyan Cat's original creator, Chris Torres sold a Nyan Cat NFT on the digital art marketplace Foundation. Later on, Know Your Meme then interviewed Torres about the NFT and sale where he shared his reaction and thoughts on meme crypto art.


  • Nyan Cat's relationship with others has always been positive, even with enemies such as Tac Nayn. If someone offended him, he wasn't even upset.
  • He tries to resolve all conflicts but won't hesitate if forced into violence. Due to his peaceful nature he avoids fighting as much as possible.
  • He is seen being a friend to all beings, even humans, but not everything persists. If necessary he may kill his friend's abuser, which adds dramatic nuances to the character.