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History Comicbook / Catwoman

15th May '16 8:44:08 PM nombretomado
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On the film front, the character was portrayed by Creator/MichellePfeiffer in the 1992 film ''Film/BatmanReturns''. In 2004, a standalone Film/{{Catwoman}} movie starring Creator/HalleBerry was released, but the movie was a flop that had [[InNameOnly little in common]] with the comic character. She is played by Creator/AnneHathaway in 2012's ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', although she's only ever named on screen as "Selina Kyle" and "The Cat", with the name "Catwoman" only being used in merchandise and other supplemental materials - perhaps to [[OldShame sever ties from the aforementioned Halle Berry flop]] or possibly just because of the trend in both the MarvelCinematicUniverse and ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' that ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames.

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On the film front, the character was portrayed by Creator/MichellePfeiffer in the 1992 film ''Film/BatmanReturns''. In 2004, a standalone Film/{{Catwoman}} movie starring Creator/HalleBerry was released, but the movie was a flop that had [[InNameOnly little in common]] with the comic character. She is played by Creator/AnneHathaway in 2012's ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', although she's only ever named on screen as "Selina Kyle" and "The Cat", with the name "Catwoman" only being used in merchandise and other supplemental materials - perhaps to [[OldShame sever ties from the aforementioned Halle Berry flop]] or possibly just because of the trend in both the MarvelCinematicUniverse Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga'' that ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames.
14th May '16 8:33:48 PM wittylibrarian
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The character has been one of Batman's most enduring love interests, and is seen as possibly the most natural one to him. Many modern writers have also interpreted her activities and costumed identity as a response to a history of abuse.

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The character has been one of Batman's most enduring love interests, and is seen as possibly [[OneTruePairing the most natural one to him.him]]. Many modern writers have also interpreted her activities and costumed identity as a response to a history of abuse.
20th Apr '16 5:29:03 PM TheLaughingFist
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* ShipperOnDeck: For Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, she often tries to get the two to admit their feelings for one another or voice jealousy.
17th Apr '16 4:08:37 AM foxley
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* NotMyDriver: In #50 of the New52 series, Killer Croc pulls this on Penguin to take revenge on him for having called a CarnivalOfKillers on Selina.
3rd Mar '16 8:26:59 PM Warmachine3974
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* VillainousCrush[=/=]VillainessesWantHeroes: Her lust for Batman. And ''Superman''.

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* VillainousCrush[=/=]VillainessesWantHeroes: Her lust for Batman. And ''Superman''.''Superman'', but that's PlayedForLaughs.
3rd Mar '16 8:26:31 PM Warmachine3974
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* VillainousCrush[=/=]VillainessesWantHeroes: Her lust for Batman.

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* VillainousCrush[=/=]VillainessesWantHeroes: Her lust for Batman. And ''Superman''.
1st Mar '16 11:37:15 PM foxley
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* CarnivalOfKillers: In the "Run Like Hell" arc, the Penguin puts out a $1 million contract on Selina's head. This attracts a large number of Gotham's costumed criminals out of the woodwork to take a shot at her.
25th Jan '16 6:00:31 AM rafi
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* ActionGirl: One of the earliest examples in comics.
** ActionMom

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* ActionGirl: One of the earliest first examples in Batman if not all of comics.
** * ActionMom



* AntiVillain: One of the earliest examples thereof. Mixes traits of [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains all types]].
* AntiHero: All of her heroic appearances have elements of this. Yeah, Catwoman is kind of... complicated.

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%%* AmnesiacDissonance
* AntiHero: She isn't as merciful as Batman when it comes to fighting villains, if they should die, all well.
* AntiVillain: One of the earliest examples thereof. Mixes traits of We can never figure out which side she's on. [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains all types]].
* AntiHero: All of her heroic appearances have elements of this.
Anywhere from Type I to Type IV]]. Yeah, Catwoman is Selina's kind of... complicated. Though she has settled down since the 90's as an ally.



** Becomes an EmpoweredBadassNormal in ''DC vs. Mortal Kombat''.
** And in ''Videogame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' thanks to [[AppliedPhlebotinum enhancement pills]]. Gameplay-wise [[UpToEleven she's able to go toe to toe with]] the like of {{Superman}} and WonderWoman.

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** Becomes an EmpoweredBadassNormal in ''DC vs. Mortal Kombat''.
** And
Kombat'' and in ''Videogame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' thanks to [[AppliedPhlebotinum enhancement pills]]. Gameplay-wise [[UpToEleven she's able to go toe to toe with]] the like of {{Superman}} and WonderWoman.



* BelligerentSexualTension: With Batman.
* BerserkButton: Harming her loved ones is a sure way to see a very angry kitty.

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* BelligerentSexualTension: With Batman. \n And the new Catwoman. And, DependingOnTheWriter, occasionally with Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}.
* BerserkButton: Harming her loved It's best not to hurt any cats around her, but especially not the ones is a sure way she personally owns. Also best to see avoid hurting women and children. She has a very angry kitty.[[BigBrotherInstinct big-sister instinct]] that you do ''not'' want to get on the wrong side of.



%%* BikerBabe



* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Brunette to Ivy's Redhead and Harley's Blonde in ''Gotham Sirens''.



* CatGirl: Duh.

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* CatFight: Her own series is filled with these. Then again, what did you expect?
* CatGirl: Duh.Kind of. She's purely human in biological terms, though. Though in "Fables of the Bat-Man," one of the ''Legends of the Dead Earth'' Annuals DC did in 1996 (long story short, stories of how people on other planets post-Earth view Earth's heroes and villains) [[CompositeCharacter combined]] her with Poison Ivy and made her an actual CatGirl.



* ChronicVillainy: She's tried to quit the criminal lifestyle before, but something about it always drags her back in.



* CombatPragmatist: As an unofficial member of the Bat-Family, it kind of comes with the territory.

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* CombatPragmatist: As an unofficial member of a Bat-Family member, it's no surprise. This was also actually why she chose something as difficult to properly wield as a whip; if disarmed, she wanted something as unintuitive and difficult to use as possible so as to actually put her opponent at a disadvantage if they tried to use it against her.
* CombatStilettos: Had a penchant for these in some incarnations, though they got sensible through
the Bat-Family, it kind of comes with the territory.ages. She even wore combat boots for a while.



* CriminalAmnesiac: In UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, she was a CriminalAmnesiac, without even a villain talking her into it. A later {{Retcon}} said she'd made this up to facilitate her HeelFaceTurn.



* DamselInDistress: Selina has been put in these situations many times. Her ''only'' fear, in fact, is a world where she has to be rescued by Batman at every turn. She's scared of dependency. That's why she tries to be a DamselOutOfDistress.
* DarkActionGirl



* DependingOnTheWriter: Her relationship with Batman is this, especially now that they're together. Her and Bruce have been depicted as star-crossed soul mates, each other's booty call, and everywhere in between.
** Sometimes, Selina Kyle/Catwoman ''herself''. Along with her backstories. She's been seen through prostitution in the grim and gritty streets of Gotham, an orphaned (and problem) child whose parents committed suicide, a high socialite to sharing low apartments with others, an amnesiac airplane stewardess, a beaten wife who stole from her husband to gain control of her life, and more.



* FemmeFatale

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%%* FemmeFatale
%%* FormFittingWardrobe
* FemmeFataleFriendlyEnemy: Simply put, she's not ''evil'', she's just an unapologetic criminal.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: All cats, at least. [[KryptoTheSuperdog Krypto]] seems to have taken a liking to her as well.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Next to Dick, she's probably the one most able to call Bruce out and bring him back to his senses when he's gone over the edge. Most of the time, anyways.



* GogglesDoNothing: Subverted. Her latest costume has goggles that appear to be there for no reason other than making her look more like a cat. Look at the trope right below this one for the subversion.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: They give her night vision. And general eye protection, since her line of work tends to involve crashing through skylights and other potentially eye-unfriendly things.
* GreenEyes: And fits the character description, being mysterious and associated with cats.



* HelloNurse

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%%* HelloNurse
* HelloNurse HoistByHisOwnPetard: Selina's love of cats and shiny things was once used against her by the GCPD; at the scene of one of her robberies, they planted a fancy old cat statue that caught her eye. Catwoman didn't realize that the statue had a tracking device planted on it until she was nearly back at her hideout and getting swarmed by cops.



* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Gives such a speech to Batman during the ''Hush'' arc. It doesn't work.



* LickedByTheDog: In "Hush", and by Superman's dog, no less.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Played with for quite a while. Even before Selena learned who he was, she and Bruce Wayne were sometimes depicted as close friends and even, at times, romantically involved, even though Selena always ultimately gravitated towards Batman. What she thought about Bruce in contrast to Batman [[DependingOnTheWriter depends on the writer]] ranging from seeing him as a good guy but not a lasting fling to legitimately making a try at a relationship with him despite the attracting to Batman.



* MafiaPrincess: May or may not be the illegitimate daughter of mob boss Carmine Falcone - even she doesn't know for certain. She definitely didn't get any of the perks that normally come from this trope, though.

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* MafiaPrincess: May or may not be In some versions, she's the illegitimate daughter of mob boss Carmine Falcone - even she doesn't know for certain. She definitely didn't get any of Falcone. In others, she's the perks that normally come from this trope, though.daughter of Rex Calabrese.



* MamaBear: If you hurt women, kids, or animals around her, good luck making it to the end of the day.



* PetTheDog: Has a lot of pet cats that she shows genuine care for.

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* PetTheDog: Has a lot Her main {{Morality Pet}}s are children and cats, and sometimes members of pet cats that she shows genuine care for.the Bat family.
* PirateGirl: Capitana Felina, the {{Elseworlds}} version of Catwoman in ''Batman: Leatherwing''.



* RapeAsBackstory: Several Post-crisis origins.



* RivalTurnedEvil: She-Cat

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* RivalTurnedEvil: She-Cat{{Roofhopping}}: Especially when being chased by Batman.



%%* SensualSpandex



* ShadowArchetype: Of Batman.



* ShesGotLegs: Legs, meet miles.



* SlapSlapKiss: Has this with Batman, but ''she'' seems to have an affinity for it by making it happen all the time. She also likes the [[KissKissSlap reversed version]].



%%* SpyCatsuit



* StuffedInAFridge: Catwoman writers seem to enjoy using her to subvert the trope.
** Hush tried to use her to get at Batman by [[spoiler: ''cutting out her heart''. In retaliation, she steals every last cent he has]].
** Likewise, her response to Black Mask torturing her sister was [[spoiler: to kill him]].

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* StuffedInAFridge: Catwoman writers seem to enjoy using her to subvert StuffedIntoTheFridge: Both invoked and subverted during the trope.
** Hush tried to use her to get at Batman by [[spoiler: ''cutting
same story arc. [[spoiler:Hush cuts out her heart''. In retaliation, heart and hooks her up to life support in a deliberate attempt to hurt Batman in the worst way possible. However, when she steals every last cent he has]].
** Likewise,
gets her response heart back and recovers, ''she's'' the one who goes after Hush and hurts him in the worst way possible: by financially ruining him so utterly that he no longer has two cents to Black Mask torturing his name]].
** According to ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' (which has [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]] to the ''Hush'' arc), the whole experience left
her sister was [[spoiler: to kill him]].with an apparent ''psychological'' scar, where, despite the physical wound being healed, she still feels weak.



* TokenEvilTeammate: Sometimes fills this role for the Batfamily.



* UnstoppableRage: Black Mask found out just how bad an idea it was to piss off Catwoman.
* TheVamp: Before Ivy came along, that is...



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Takes over the mob in order to clean up the streets of Gotham.



* WomanInBlack

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* WireDilemma: [[spoiler:In issue #61 of her own series, she winds up having to defuse one of Film Freak's bombs. As it turns out, cutting ANY of the wires would shut it down, making this a subversion.]]
%%*
WomanInBlack
24th Jan '16 1:04:55 PM LentilSandEater
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* GiveHerANormalLife: This is most of the reason why Selina gave up her daughter Helena for adoption.
** Cynical readers believe the writers got rid of Helena upon realizing that a baby would be inconvenient for a ChaoticNeutral thief, and that Selina would have most likely gotten an abortion in the first place.

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* GiveHerANormalLife: This is most of the reason why Selina gave up her daughter Helena for adoption.
** Cynical readers believe the
adoption. Alternative, writers got rid of Helena upon realizing that a baby would be inconvenient for a ChaoticNeutral thief, and that Selina would have most likely gotten an abortion in the first place. fast-and-loose thief.
24th Jan '16 1:03:50 PM LentilSandEater
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* TheDon: The aftermath of ComicBook/BatmanEternal sees her becoming a mob boss. while on one side she has to make some ruthless decisions, she manages to do a lot of good for Gotham and helps rebuild it.
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