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In live-action film Cat Lady in the motion picture Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), portrayed by stuntwoman Linda Fetters. Katarina from Dark Angel Season 2 episode 5: “Boo”, played by Sarah Carter.
Kitty from the movie Monkeybone played by Rose McGowan Tiger Cub, a werecat from Night Watch In live-action television Allasandra in the Sliders episode: “This Slide of Paradise”, played by Melinda Clarke.
The Cat, from Red Dwarf Chloe, Alek, Jasmine, Valentina, from The Nine Lives of Chloe King are part of the Mai, a cat-like race descended from Bast. Dr. Katherine “Kat” Manx Power Rangers S.P.
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Awina from Philip Jose Farmer’s The Stone God Awakens Cheetah (comics) from DC Comics Catwoman from DC Comics C’Mell, from the 1962 science-fiction short story “The Ballad of Lost C’Mell”, a woman who was created from cat DNA.
 Nyara, a human who was transformed into a catgirl by his father’s magical experiments, from Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar book series
Kio’s life is pretty boring, until he meets Eris. Eris isn’t your average girl – she’s a cat alien from space! Eris is an explorer, on a mission to learn about the people on earth. And if one kemonomimi in his house wasn’t enough to complicate Kio’s life, Eris’s friends aren’t far behind her.
What if your teacher was a cat girl? In the Universe of Rosario to Vampire, this situation would be anything but remarkable. After all, the show takes place at Yokai Academy, a school exclusively for monster students. Shizuka Nekonome is the homeroom teacher of the protagonists.
In 1978, cat-girls were further made popular when the series The Star of Cottonland (Wata no Kuni Hoshi) started. By the 1990s catgirls were common in Japanese anime and manga. Cat-girls have since been featured in various media worldwide. Enough of a subculture has developed for various themed conventions and events to be held around the world, such as Nekocon.
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If you don’t know who she is, you might be looking at her pictures and wondering why she’s on this list. Nuku Nuku may be an android, but she is a cat girl in the most literal sense of the word – the brain in her head once belonged to an actual pet cat.
Some cat girls are more cat than human. Yoriko definitely falls into this category. After all, Yoriko was a once a cat herself! Through magic, she is transformed into a version of her owner with cat ears. The pet of an introverted girl named Misaki, she knows very little about other people. With her new humanoid body, she begins to explore and learn about the outside world. However, just because she looks like a human girl, doesn’t mean she knows how to behave like one. Yoriko is a classic and endearing cat girl character, and earns a spot on this list.
Japanese philosopher Hiroki Azuma has stated that catgirl characteristics such as cat ears and feline speech patterns are examples of moe-elements. Azuma argued that although some otaku sexual expression involves catgirl imagery, few otaku have the sexual awareness to understand how such imagery can be perceived as perverted. In a 2010 critique of the manga series Loveless, the feminist writer T. A. Noonan argued that, in Japanese culture, catgirl characteristics have a similar role to that of the Playboy bunny in western culture, serving as a fetishization of youthful innocence.
Nozomi doesn’t have anywhere to go, and her past is unknown. Takumi takes her in, but it isn’t all smooth sailing from the start. Like many felines, it takes time to earn her trust. Nozomi is a heart-meltingly adorable cat girl, and winds up on this list.
See also List of catgirls Animal roleplay Moe anthropomorphism References External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to Catgirls. Cat Girl at TV Tropes
The portrayal of cat-girls goes back until at least 1924 when Kenji Miyazawa (Japanese author of children’s literature in the early Shōwa period of Japan) created 水仙月の四日 (The 4th of narcissus month) where the first “Modern Day” Nekomimi Cat girl appears as 雪婆んご in the story, a beautiful, cat-eared woman. The first anime titled The King’s Tail (Osama no Shippo) involving cat-girls was made in 1949 by Mitsuyo Seo. In America, Catwoman and Cheetah were created by DC Comics that date back to 1940.
The new arrivals look much like the human inhabitants of their new planet, save for their ears and tails. Eris’s feline appearance also endows her with the power to make fast friends with the cats of Earth, and win over the hearts of viewers. Her irresistible feline charm earns her a top spot on this list.
5) Atsuko ‘Nuku Nuku’ Natsume – Bannou Bunka Neko-Musume (All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku)
A catgirl is a female character with cat traits, such as cat ears, a cat tail, or other feline characteristics on an otherwise human body. The list excludes anthropomorphic cats (e.g. Hello Kitty, Top Cat, The Cat in the Hat), humans dressed in cat costumes, and characters that fully transform between cat and human and not some in-between stage. It may include characters that wear a cat-themed costume, but only if has strong recognition as a catgirl by news sources, as with Catwoman, For franchise characters, they are listed by their originating media, with ones in manga and anime listed separately from television and film. Male catpeople, called catboys, are also included.
9) Alicia Rue – Sword Art OnlineEpisodes: 25Aired: July 8, 2012 to Dec 23, 2012
Nuku Nuku was a stray cat until she wound up being severely injured in an accident. It may have been curtains for this kitty – until her brain was put in a robot girl’s body! She’s still a cat on the inside, and now she must handle the newfound responsibilities that come with her android body. Nuku-nuku is a cat girl in the literal sense of the word.
“Stray Cats” might seem like an odd name for a bakery. Tsuzuki Takumi is a highschool student in charge of the shop, operating with the help of his sister. He is a kind person – perhaps a bit too kind. One day his big heart leads him to taking a literal stray cat into his shop.
Cat girl characters vary in just how feline they are in both appearance and behavior. Some of them sport ears and tails, but otherwise behave in an entirely human manner. Some of them are so cat-like that they wear collars and actually meow when they speak. Regardless of what kind of nekomimi you prefer, hopefully you’ll find an intriguing character on this list.
Shizuka is relatively laid back, sometimes to a fault. Sure sounds like a cat to me! She exhibits cat-like reflexes and speed. Her favorite food, little to anyone’s surprise is fish, and she meows when speaking from time to time. Shizuka’s fun-loving feline attitude earns her a spot on this list.
“Nya!” There’s something irresistible about the charm of nekomimi gals – that means girls with cat ears, for those that don’t know. Much like their animal counterparts cat girls are both independent and affectionate, winning us over in the same bizarre way our kitty companions do. It might be their finicky feline charm, or maybe it’s just the ears. In any case, cat girls have been featured in all sorts of anime for a long time.
Aisha Clanclan, a Ctarl-Ctarl, a catgirl race from Outlaw Star Alia and Lotte Liese from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s Anna Puma and Uni Puma, gynoid catgirls from Dominion Blair, a cat who can transform into a human and who exhibits cat-like attributes when in human form, from Soul Eater Catia, a race of catgirls from Cat Planet Cuties Chibi-neko from The Star of Cottonland is physically a cat but is always drawn as a catgirl.
This 1979 work is credited with popularizing the catgirl character type. Clawdia from Fighting Foodons Fam, a sorceress who has cat-ears and cat-tail from Ruin Explorers Himari Noihara, a bakeneko from Omamori Himari Ichigo Momomiya, who transforms into a catgirl, from Tokyo Mew Mew Koneko Toujou, a nekomata from High School DxD Leonmichelli Galette des Rois, of the Galette family, from Dog Days Merle, from The Vision of Escaflowne Miruru from I’m Gonna Be An Angel! Neko Musume, from GeGeGe no Kitaro Nuku Nuku, title character of All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, a catgirl android powered by a cat brain Nya-tan from Etotama Ropponmatsu model 2, a gynoid in the form of a catgirl, from Excel Saga Rou, Shii, and Maa from Nyanko Days Serval, from Kemono Friends Shizuka Nekonome, from Rosario + Vampire Taruto, from Magical Meow Meow Taruto Rem Galleu, from How Not to Summon a Demon Lord Various characters from Free Collars Kingdom.
They appear to each other as catboys and catgirls, but appear to humans as ordinary cats.
Nekomimi fans who haven’t heard of this series are surely in for a treat. Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto features an entire race of cat girls, who act as pets to their masters. Taruto is the main character of this series. In addition to be a pet cat, she is rumored to be royalty, and believes she possesses magical powers as well. There are a handful of series where nekomimi are treated more like domestic cats than people, and this is one of them. Like other cat girls, Taruto is often heard meowing or making other cat sounds to punctuate her speech. This spunky feline surely secures her spot on this list.
A catgirl (nekomimi: 猫耳, literally cat ear[s]) is a female character with cat traits, such as cat ears, a cat tail, or other feline characteristics on an otherwise human body. Catgirls are found in various fiction genres and in particular Japanese anime and manga.
Ichigo is a regular girl struggling with school, boys, and the trials and tribulations of being a secret super hero. Tokyo Mew Mew is a typical magical girl drama with a kemonomimi twist. The members of the Mew Mew Bridgade all have genetically enhanced super hero powers made possible by genetic splicing with animal DNA.
Cat girls have come to be a staple trope in the anime genre. The roles they are cast into vary from magical girls, to crime-fighting robots and, of course, pets. No matter the role they play, they consistently capture the hearts of audiences, and will be around for years to come. Feel free to share your favorite cat girl characters in the comments!
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The first time I ever heard an anime character say “nyo” or anything of the sort was in Di Gi Charat. Deijiko is a cat girl who ends every single sentence with that sound. Though you’d think it would get annoying, it’s actually quite endearing. She sports a big, adorable bell, a cat-eared hat and is also self-centered in the perplexingly endearing way all felines manage to be. Deijiko also has an adorable cat-girl side-kick, Puchiko. She’s one of the most well-known cat girls, earning her a spot on this list.
Cyan is a timid first year high school student who loves music. Often times she keeps quiet rather than speaking up for herself. The trajectory of her life takes a surprising turn when she is transported to an alternate universe centered around her greatest passion – music. Cyan is an idol who wears a maid outfit, as well as nekomimi. What’s not to love? She is one of the protagonists of the series, starring as both a guitarist and a vocalist for the band Plasmagica. This series also features other adorable kemonomimi, so if that’s what you’re after it’s worth a watch!
Miscellaneous Kitty Cheshire, from Ever After High dolls Toralei Stripe, Purrsephone and Meowlody, Catrine DeMew, and Catty Noir, werecat characters, from Monster High dolls See also
Blake Belladonna, a character of the Faunus race from RWBY Captain Amelia from Treasure Planet Catra from She-Ra: Princess of Power can transform into a panther and has telepathic control of cats ThunderCats, a race of cat-like humanoids, from the show of the same name
Sword Art Online is a series that takes place inside of a video game. In this game, there are all sorts of humans, as well as other races, making for a colorful cast of characters. What would such a series be without a token cat girl character? That’s where Alicia Rue comes in. Alicia Rue is the queen of a race of cat people in the universe of Sword Art Online, known as Cait Sith. As a ruler, she backs up her position of power with formidable prowess in battle. As the queen of the kitties, she earns a spot on this list.
Cyan, from Show By Rock!! Felicia, from Darkstalkers Johari, of the Leopardman race, from Quest for Glory III: Wages of War Kebako, from Cat Girl Without Salad!, a video game by Wayforward Technologies that originated as an April Fool’s joke Coyori, catgirl waitress in the video game Battle Fantasia Kit Ballard from Blade Kitten Kit Cats, also known as Felynns, a race of nekomatas from Disgaea series Kuu, from Wanko to Kurasou Miqo’te a race of catgirls from the video game Final Fantasy XIV Mitsue, a catgirl merchant NPC from Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny Ms.
Fortune from Skullgirls video game Nekos, a race of catgirls from Nekopara Norn from Atelier Iris Okoi, a bakeneko from Muramasa Rebirth Stella from VA-11 HALL-A Taokaka and Kokonoe from BlazBlue Tayutai, a race of catgirls from the visual novel Tayutama
Ichigo is sweet and caring, though she can be a bit dramatic at times. She always has her friends’ best interests at heart, and her deep sense of loyalty is more canine than feline. Ichigo may only sport cat ears and tail in her Magical Girl form, but genetically she is closer to a cat than most of us putting her on this list.
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