Created By: Auxdarastrix on September 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Auxdarastrix on September 9, 2011
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Cat Folk

Feline Fantastic Sapient Species

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Cat Folk are Fantastic Sapient Species that are based on felines. They generally have a body type resembling felines to one degree or another, and are sometimes named after Real Life feline species. They can be science-fiction aliens or fantasy races. In terms of appearance, they can fall anywhere on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism from fully animal looking to barely non-human, however they must be sapient, non-human, and a distinct species from Real Life animals. While Cat Folk have been depicted with a variety of behavoiral and cultural characteristics, it is common to base at least some of their behavoir on feline Animal Stereotypes. Cat Folk based on predatorial big cats such as lions, tigers and panthers, for example, are generally depicted as being exceptionally strong and agressive, with a Proud Warrior Race culture.

This is closely related to Intelligent Gerbil (science fiction aliens based on animals), Petting Zoo People and Little Bit Beastly. There can be overlap between this trope and Cat Girl, however only Little Bit Beastly of examples of Cat Folk should also be listed under Cat Girl, and Cat Girl examples should only be listed if they represent an entire distinct species. Also, unlike the Cat Girl trope, Cat Folk have no particular tendency towards being female. Most species are gender balanced in terms of demographics, and the relative frequency and importance of males or females depends on the setting and the author rather than a general convention.

Feline therianthropes and humans that shapeshift into cats should be listed under Werecat or Animorphs. Humans that are merely dressed up as cats should not be listed here, but under Cat Eared Headband. Cartoon Funny Animals and Talking Animals should generally not be included if they are intended to represent actual Real Life species, or if they are in a Furry Fandom style world where every person is represented by an animal. Therefore, the likes of Garfield, Felix the Cat, and Prince John in Disney's Robin Hood would not count for this trope.

Not the be confused with the movie Cat People.

Examples Include:

Anime and Manga
  • Catnapped! has anthropomorphic cats from the planet Banipal Witt.
  • The French Manga-style comics Dreamland has the Cat Kingdom, with most of its people specialized in trade and marketing. With one or two Mega Neko for Asskicking Equals Authority and a cute little cat with a moustache as a King.
  • The Exceed from Fairy Tail.
  • The Ctarl Ctarl from Outlaw Star are a race of cat-people who can shapeshift into big alien feline beasts. They are depicted as being a particulary pasionate and often violent speciesl
  • The Marvel Universe has the Cat People, who were created from housecats by ancient sorcerers. The Avengers character Tigra got her powers from them.
  • Among the humanoid animals in the future of Jack Kirby's Kamandi are a race of honor-driven tiger people; Final Crisis tied their culture's origins to Captain Marvel character and proud Cat Fellow Mr. Tawky-Tawny, "the Civilized Tiger."

Comics

Film

Live-Action TV
  • The Sisters of Plentitude in the Doctor Who episodes "New Earth" and "Gridlock".
  • On Red Dwarf, the ship's cats evolved over the eons into a Little Bit Beastly species of very vain humanoids, one of whom is a main character.

Literature
  • The Honor Harrington books have Treecats, a six-legged telepathic species resembling Terran cats.
  • The Kzinti in Larry Niven's Known Space books are an aggressive alien species resembling bipedal big cats in looks and personality.
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover stories: the cat-men (or cat-people).
  • C. J. Cherryh's Chanur series has the Hani species which are essentially bipedal intelligent terrestrial lions.
  • John Ringo's Into the Looking Glass novel features the Mreee (pronounced the way a cat yowls when you stomp it's tail) who look like three-foot tall anthropomorphic housecats whose native language sounds like "cats stuck in a barrel."
  • A. E. Van Vogt's Voyage Of The Space Beagle had a cat-like alien called Coeurl.
  • The tigers in the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Year of Intelligent Tigers. They're just intelligent tigers who have Bizarre Alien Biology, lay eggs, and have two opposable thumbs on each paw.
  • The Klees of Eelong in The Pendragon Adventure are giant, bipedal cats, and the dominant species in that world.
  • The Hrrubans in Anne McCaffrey's Doona books.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a number of examples, including the Trope Namer Catfolk, a nomadic Beast Man species reminiscent of lions, found in the Races of the Wild rule book.
    • Another nomadic leonine Dungeons & Dragons species are called the Wemic. They are centauroid lions. Wemics are excellent hunters and fighters. They do not make settled homes, but generally follow the herds they hunt for food, in the manner of a lion pride.
    • The rakasta from the Mystara setting are another anthropomorphic cat-people in D&D, the most known subrace resembling domestic cats with very un-domestic personalities. A Dragon Magazine article featured a vast array of rakasta subraces, from alley cats to ocelots and lions to smilodons.
    • While Pathfinder doesn't have a straight-up "cat race" as of yet, it does have maftets, a race descended from Sphinxes.
    • The tabaxi are a race of leopard people who live in tropical jungles. The Forgotten Realms Spin-Off setting Maztica featured a race of jaguar people also called tabaxi; it explained that the name of the leopard-tabaxi from the Realms was pronounced "ta-bax-ee" while that of the Maztican jaguar-tabaxi was pronounced "ta-bash-ee", but no justification was given to how two different species of cat-people on opposite ends of the world could have the same name.
    • 4th Edition's Player Handbook 2 includes the decidedly feline-looking Razorclaw Shifter, descended from weretigers.
    • The Tibbit race, which are Small humanoids with cat ears and markings as if their skin were fur; they can also turn into a full cats in the manner of a werecat.
  • Traveller Tabletop RPG has the Aslan.
  • Magic: The Gathering has a number of cat races, including the cat warriors
    • The lionlike leonin from the world of Mirrodon, on the other hand, are considered a separate race from the leopard-, jaguar-, or tiger-like cat warriors of Dominaria (though cards that benefit cats work for both). Their ruler in the Mirrodin novels was Raksha Golden Cub.
  • One of the factions in Alkemy is the Khaliman Republic, a middle-eastern-style nation... populated entirely by anthropomorphic cat people.
  • Star Fleet Battles: Lyrans (lynx) and The Kzinti.
  • Starfire board game: Khanate of Orion

Video Games
  • The Elder Scrolls has a race of bipedal cat people called the Khajiit, although they have a subrace that looks like common housecats.
  • Avernum has the Nephilim, a furry, feline race renowned for their sharp senses and ability to see in the dark.
  • The Kilrathi, a species of feline bipeds, are the primary enemies is much of the Wing Commander series.
  • The Ronso of Final Fantasy X are a race of muscular, anthropomorphic feline humanoids from the world of Spira.
  • The Mithra from Final Fantasy XI are an Little Bit Beastly race that also qualify for Cat Girl.
  • World of Warcraft has recently introduced the Tol'vir: a race of centaur-like beings with lion bodies and feline faces, crafted by the Titans from stone (and turned into flesh by the Old Gods).
  • Age of Wonders II has a cat-folk race called Tigrans.
  • Master of Orion series has an entire empire of cat-people, the Mrrshan, which were known for being one of the most aggressive and militaristic races throughout the series.
  • The Wizardry series has had Felpurr, humanoid cats described as descended from house cats, stretching back to 1990 in Wizardry 6: Bane of the Cosmic Forge. Felpurr are known for having one of the best stat lines in the game, reaching many elite professions with fewer attribute points than any other race. Particularly favoring speed and personality, they overshadowed even hobbits as the best thieves and bards in the series.
  • EverQuest has the Vah Shir.
  • The Quest for Glory series has the Katta, a race of cat-like humanoids. It also has the Liontaur people, which are basically lions shaped like centaurs.
  • Another Proud Warrior Race Guy example is Dantom, a tiger-person boss from Shining Force CD.
  • BlazBlue has a few examples; The Kaka Clan are essentially an almost always female race of Cat Girls who wear hoods. There are also the Grimalkin, although the only ones we've seen are Jubei ( who's DNA the Kaka were genetically engineered from) and his daughter Prof. Kokenoe, who's half human (or half human looking Witch Species anyway).
  • In Darkstalkers, Catwomen are a Cat Girl style of Cat Folk that are their own distinct race of semi-human monsters. One of their more prominent members, Felicia, is a playable character.

Web Comics

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • September 6, 2011
    thegrenekni3t
  • September 6, 2011
    CaveCat
  • September 6, 2011
    KTera
    • The Elder Scrolls has a race of bipedal cat people called the Khajiit, although they have a subrace that looks like common housecats.
  • September 6, 2011
    Kayube
  • September 6, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    In Samurai Jack there is a race of lion-people who are Proud Warrior Race Guys. They are commissioned by Aku to hunt Jack and succeed in doing so, only to let him go out of respect.
  • September 6, 2011
    JonnyB
    The Kilrathi in Wing Commander.
  • September 6, 2011
    shinehro
    The Beast Laguz from Fire Emblem are all either Cat-people, Tigers-people, or Lions-people. Until they discovered the long lost Wolf Tribe in the sequel.
  • September 6, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    This is already covered in other tropes like Cat Girl, Petting Zoo People, and Funny Animal. Some of the examples are already on these pages, further removing need for a specific species page for felines.

    Making species pages when you can put the examples under existing pages is a bad idea. It opens the door for a million different "furry race" pages and isn't needed anyway as the tropes we already have are more than enough to hold all the examples.
  • September 7, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Web Comics:
  • September 7, 2011
    desdendelle
    The nomadic leonine Dungeons And Dragons species are called Wemik and they're centauroid lions.
  • September 7, 2011
    Troper2011
    • In the episode "Magicats" of She-Ra, She-Ra and Catra stumble upon a civilization of magical cats.
  • September 7, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    ^^Catfolk are found in the Races of the Wild supplemental.

    ^^^The problem is that Cat Girl has been misused for things that it is not.

    Besides, we already have Lizard Folk, Pig Man, Fish People etc.

    Anyway, one person objecting does not give them the right to discard a trope, unless they are someone like Fast Eddie. Give this time and lets' see what the consensus is. If need be I can take it to a trope repair shop vote.

  • September 7, 2011
    Lyendith
    The French Manga-style comics Dreamland has the Cat Kingdom, with most of its people specialized in trade and marketing. With one or two Mega Neko for Asskicking Equals Authority and a cute little cat with a moustache as a King.
  • September 7, 2011
    Ronka87
    The Quest For Glory series has the Katta, a race of cat-like humanoids. It also has the Liontaur people, which are basically lions shaped like centaurs.
  • September 7, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Manga: The Exceed from Fairy Tail.
  • September 7, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    Another Proud Warrior Race Guy example is Dantom, a tiger-person boss from Shining Force CD.
  • September 7, 2011
    Bisected8
    The Kajit from The Elder Scrolls appear to be mentioned twice on the list...

    • Blaz Blue has a few examples; The Kaka Clan are essentially an almost always female race of Cat Girls who wear hoods. There are also the Grimalkin, although the only ones we've seen are Jubei ( who's DNA the Kaka were genetically engineered from) and his daughter Prof. Kokenoe, who's half human (or half human looking Witch Species anyway).
  • September 7, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Sorry, I was doing a mass removal of non-Cat Girl examples from Cat Girl as well as copying from Intelligent Gerbil, and seem to have copied the same species from two different locations without realizing it.
  • September 7, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    This trope is summed up entirely by Intelligent Gerbil and the other furry related tropes. "Take a terrestrial animal, make it anthropomorphic, bipedal, and sapient, but rather than derive their behavior from humans with the occasional Furry Reminder, instead derive the majority of its characterization and culture from the terrestrial animal's behavior."

    We don't need a trope for this. All examples fit under existing tropes. If it bothers you that they are under the wrong one, move them.
  • September 7, 2011
    3tails
    The mistakes need to go under tropes we already have because I'm sure there are places they will fit. There is no reason to make a new trope when fixing a few examples will work.

    This sounds a lot like Repair Dont Respond but on a larger scale. Instead of a polite natter in reply to mistakes, this is trying to make a whole new trope in reply.

    This post is in reply to "This is being proposed in response to the massive misuse of Cat Girl and Mega Neko to refer to creatures that do not meet the definitions of those tropes" in the first post.
  • September 7, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    This is more than "a few mistakes". This is several dozen examples indicating that his trope has value in its own right. We already have multiple genus (using the term loosely) specific subtropes, such as...

    Pig Man Lizard Folk Fish People The Reptilians Snake People Peacock Girl Cthulhumanoid Our Mermaids Are Different

    Futhermore, the fact that many other tropes have previously incorrectly listed Cat Girl as the catchall for cat people indicates that there is a demand for a cat specific page. As are the three hats I've gotten so so far. Also, the creating of clearly cat-oriented trope is more likely to attract the right kind of examples and decrease shoehorning under the one clearly named cat person example than something like "Intelligent Gerbils" which on the surface looks like something about rodents. There were far, far more incorrect uses of Cat Girl (before I cut them all) than there were correct uses on the other tropes for this. The existence of Cat Girl as a Sub Trope for Little Bit Beastly also provides additional precedent for this.

  • September 7, 2011
    lamoxlamae
    Ourmermaids Are Different is pointing out differences between species. It's not a species page and doesn't fit in with the other examples given. It's kind of like pointing out The Fair Folk are not like Tinkerbelle for reference reasons.
  • September 7, 2011
    aurora369
    Anime And Manga: Ctarl Ctarl from Outlaw Star. A race of cat-people who can shapeshift into big alien feline beasts.
  • September 7, 2011
    BooleanEarth
    ^^^ and ^^ I would agree, but I think the misuse of both Cat Girl and Mega Neko derive from the same gap in tropes. This could find under existing tropes, but it's a valid Fantastic Sapient Species Trope and subtrope of Petting Zoo People. Invoking The Same But More Specific here provides grounds to prevent these examples from spilling over into entries where they don't belong, which is clearly what's happening.
  • September 7, 2011
    3tails
    If you don't like the title Intelligent Gerbil you should petition to fix it instead of making a new trope. They are just Petting Zoo People for the most part.

    You could always add in a little mention that having more than an ear and tails makes them a Petting Zoo Person or Funny Animal and not a Cat Girl. This should help people not make mistakes. Also, there are three or four pages the examples can go on so there's only a few examples for each. Also many examples listed came from pages we already have and are on the right page.

    Just because similar pages already exist is not a reason to make a new page. If the examples are split up, how many would go under each trope? There are not so many new ones to need a new section or even a new page. Many examples listed here are already on the right pages.

    Hats can be rigged by adding a hat yourself and by asking friends to add hats. There's enough to talk about here that it should be discussed more before being launched. Hats aren't everything. Having a "complete" looking page is not enough reason to launch when we don't need this page.
  • September 7, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    ^^^ Our Mermaids Are Different emphasized the variety of mermaids, but like all Our Monsters Are Different it serves as the default page for listing anything from that species. That is why it has the more generic Mermaid and Mermaids And Sea People as alternate names, and why mermaids examples on this wiki are almost invariably connect to that trope and not Petting Zoo People or Little Bit Beastly.

    ^The TRS has already determined to keep the Intelligent Gerbil name. It isn't just a matter of disliking Intelligent Gerbil. It is about creating a trope that has some overlap with Intelligent Gerbil, which itself is listed as a Subtrope of Petting Zoo People. Intelligent Gerbil is specifically about the behavior of extraterrestial science fiction races. Not all my examples are extraterrestial science fiction races. Petting Zoo People is about a specific type of look. Not all my examples fit that look. Futhermore, all three existing tropes already encourage using animal-type specific subtropes. Until recently, all three listed Cat Girl as subtrope. I'm merely providing a correct trope to serve it its place.

    The majority of examples here were not in the right spot, and I haven't even begun to get around to going through the 1500 wicks of Cat Girl to clean that up yet.
  • September 8, 2011
    Arivne
    The Star Fleet Battles and Starfire examples in Video Games belong under Tabletop Games.

  • September 8, 2011
    SalFishFin
    Another Dungeons and Dragons example: The Tibbit race, which are Small humanoids with cat ears and markings as if their skin were fur; they also count as Werecats.
  • September 8, 2011
    X2X
    Video Games
    • In Darkstalkers, Catwomen are their own distinct race of semi-human monsters. One of their more prominent members, Felicia, is a playable character.
  • September 8, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    one of these turns up as a background character in Exiern's spoof of You All Meet In An Inn arc.
  • September 8, 2011
    DaibhidC
  • September 9, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Thinking I should switch the picture with one for the tripple-breasted cat girl stripper.

    Just kidding.
  • September 9, 2011
    OmarKarindu
    Anime and Manga
    • The sapient, talking Meowth who hangs out with Team Rocket in the animated Pokemon adaptations is an odd singular example; other Pokemon seem to be sapient and could presumably become the same, but only the feline Meowth actually taught himself to speak English and is treated like a human. Still later, when another sapient, speaking mon was introduced, it was the similarly feline Mewtwo.

    Comic Books
    • The Marvel Universe has the Cat People, who were created from housecats by ancient sorcerers. The Avengers character Tigra got her powers from them.
    • Among the humanoid animals in the future of Jack Kirby's Kamandi are a race of honor-driven tiger people; Final Crisis tied their culture's origins to Captain Marvel character and proud Cat Fellow Mr. Tawky-Tawny, "the Civilized Tiger."

    Live Action TV
    • On Red Dwarf, the ship's cats evolved over the eons into a Little Bit Beastly species of very vain humanoids, one of whom is a main character.
  • September 9, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    ^Actually the Red Dwarf example is Rubber Forehead Aliens, not Little Bit Beastly.

    I'm divide on Meowth. He seems to be an example of an exceptional individual rather than a species or race.
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