Salem Saberhagen: the cat, the myth, the GIFs

In the spirit of Halloween, the Vanguard has decided to publish a selection of GIFS featuring our favorite, beloved black cat: Salem Saberhagen.

If you’re old enough to have watched ’90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch growing up, you’d know that Salem is a black cat who lives with Sabrina Spellman and her two quirky aunts—all of whom happen to be witches.

Except Salem is a witch trapped in a cat’s body, a sentence given to him for attempting to take over the world.

Here’s to you, Salem! Enjoy!

Best of Salem Saberhagen GIFS

“It’s that time of year again, children: Halloween.”

“I will not be ignored!”

“As long as long as you drop everything and stay focused on me. I should be fine.”

“Quoth the raven, ‘Bite me.'”

Sabrina: “Salem, do you think the Witches’ Council will grant the time reversal?”

Salem: “I’m the wrong witch to ask. They weren’t very lenient with me. Sentenced to a hundred years as a cat…and for what?”

Sabrina: “I don’t know. For what?”

Salem: “Oh, like any young kid, I dreamed of world domination. Of course, they really crack down when you act upon it.”

“You listening, witch?”

“Let’s give a big, warm welcome to sadness.”

“A tassel? Don’t toy with me, you saucy minx.” [plays with tassel]

Pilgrims: “Witch! Witch!”

Salem: “Pilgrims! Pilgrims!”

“Twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping…one cat crumbling. Turn it off…TURN IT OFF!”

“How do you like my new litter box?” [maniacal laughter]

“Halloween… is it just a date on the calendar that people from England don’t know about? Or is it a state of mind? Or a state of being? I frankly don’t know. But come along on our Halloween journey, and maybe by the end, we’ll all know… is this lining real satin?”

Sabrina: [Reading letter] “Forget my name. I’ve joined the French Foreign Legion. Love, Salem.”

[Salem stuck in the cat door sobbing].

Salem Saberhagen as Tom Cruise from Risky Business.