The Japanese Bobtail Cat is what Hello Kitty was originally based off of! Some people say that it was based off of the animal, but most argue that she represents this cat figurine from Japanese folklore.


Hello Kitty was originally created in this outfit-Blue overalls, a pink and white striped shirt, and a pink bow!


Mimmy is Hello Kitty's sister! She is dressed in yellow overalls, a blue and white striped shirt, and a yellow bow on her right ear. Unlike her sister's bow, which is on the left ear!


Dear Daniel is Hello Kitty's handsome boyfriend, dressed in blue pants and a green shirt. He is fashionable but also sensitive. Daniel and Hello Kitty grew up together, but unfortunately he has to go away with his parents to travel for long periods of time.


This cartoon shows artist's different perspectives of Hello Kitty and how she evolves.


A more current view on Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters.


My Melody was released in 1975, shortly after Hello Kitty! She is very popular in Asia. Melody began as stationary, candy, and stickers and after becoming popular she evolved into a sweatshirt with a red hood.


Purin, which means "pudding dog", was introduced in 1996! He collects shoes and lives in a basket at his owner's home. Purin loves milk and soft foods.


Cinnamoroll was introduced in 2002. He is a puppy who lives in a cafe with lots of cinnamon rolls! He has his own manga series, an anime movie, and various animation shorts.


Angel Cat Sugar was introduced into 2002, also! Creators say she aims to inspire children to fulfill their dreams. She hosts many fundraising events, including a recent event sponsoring victims of the Tohoku earthquake in 2011. Angel Cat has published several picture books and is especially liked by preteen girls.