Hello Kitty is one of the most recognisable cartoon characters ever made but what is the real story behind Hello Kitty and her creation?

Hello Kitty is a cartoon character that is recognisable the world over.

The cute little cat-like character has made a home for herself in countries around the world and has become a symbol of the cute kawaii culture.

However, despite her adorable exterior and near-universal popularity, a disturbing tale surrounding the origins of Hello Kitty exists online and claims that claims the character is actually the result of a deal with the devil.

But is this tale true or just a myth? What is the real story behind Hello Kitty?

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Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty is a cat-like cartoon character whose origins in cute kawaii culture have led to worldwide popularity.

The character, who even has her own backstory, forms the basis of an endless line of adorable merchandise and even stars in a range of TV shows, films and video games.

As a result of her longevity and popularity, Screen Rant labelled Hello Kitty as the second-highest-grossing media franchise of all time in 2019, behind only Pokémon.

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Hello Kitty’s supposedly disturbing origins

Spend enough time online and you’ll find dark origin stories and fan theories about even the most innocent and beloved characters and Hello Kitty is no different.

A tale, which comes courtesy of Scary for Kids, suggests that the Hello Kitty character may not be as cute and innocent as she seems and it’s all to do with her mouth or lack thereof.

The story claims that Hello Kitty is the result of a deal with the devil after a Chinese woman made a pact with Satan in order to save her daughter who was dying from cancer, specifically a cancer of the mouth.

After worshipping and praying to the devil, he instructs the woman to create the Hello Kitty character in return for saving her daughter’s life.

However, this tale is little more than a myth and Hello Kitty’s actual origins are much less supernatural.

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Real story of how Hello Kitty came about

Rather than through a deal with the devil, Hello Kitty was actually created by Japanese designer Yuko Shimizu in 1974.

Yuko created the Hello Kitty character for the company Sanrio which has specialised in Japanese cute kawaii culture since the early 1960s.

Understandably, Sanrio’s biggest asset is the Hello Kitty franchise, with it earning over $80 billion across its 46-year lifespan according to Screen Rant, but the company has been responsible for the creation of over 400 cute and cuddly cartoon characters over the years.

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