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[[caption-width-right:350:Catwoman -- in Action! As drawn by [[http://www.justsayah.com/ Adam Hughes]].]]

Catwoman is a fictional character associated with Creator/DCComics' ''{{Franchise/Batman}}'' franchise. Historically a supervillain, the character was created by Creator/BillFinger and Bob Kane, partially inspired by Kane's second cousin by marriage, Ruth Steel. Kane, a frequent movie goer also mentioned that Jean Harlow was a model for the design. The character first appeared as '''The Cat''' in ''Batman'' #1 (Spring, 1940), joint second-oldest of Batman's long-term Rogue's Gallery along with the Joker, who was introduced in the same issue. The code name Cat-Woman (sic), and the first of her cat-suits were introduced in issue #2. Her civilian identity of Selina Kyle was introduced in subsequent appearances.

The character had regular appearances in the Batman titles for much of the Golden Age, both as a villain, and as a reformed criminal (or at least attempting to reform.) She disappeared from the franchise for over a decade in ''"Detective Comics''" #211 (September, 1954), for fears that her depiction violated the recently introduced [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]]. In 1966, over a decade later, the character was revived for the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' television series.

The character turned popular again and revival in the comic books soon followed. Starting with ''"Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane''" #70 (November, 1966). Where she uses magic to turn ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' into a cat. ComicBook/LoisLane then gets to fight Catwoman to rescue her love interest. Regular adventures of this version continued to the [[TheEighties 1980s]]. With an Earth-One version of Catwoman firmly established, the DC staff then reintroduced the original as part of the Earth-Two AlternateUniverse. Or at least its backstory. According to ''"DC Super-Stars''" #17 (November, 1977), the Golden Age Catwoman eventually married Batman. She was killed while performing OneLastJob. Her daughter Helena Wayne, donned the cape of the ComicBook/{{Huntress}} to avenge her death.

ComicBook/PostCrisis, Catwoman got a revamp in the ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'' storyline (1987), which established a new background for Selina as a former prostitute who learned martial arts and the art of burglary to improve her life. She got a mini-series of her own in 1989. Then a regular Catwoman series started in September, 1993. From the [[TheNineties 1990s]] until 2008 (with a brief gap around the turn of the century), Catwoman featured in an eponymous series that cast her as an anti-hero rather than a supervillain. In 2009 this was replaced with a ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' title that put her in a morally-ambiguous team with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. In 2011 this was dropped and a new ongoing ''Catwoman'' title (again casting her as more of an anti-hero than a villain) began as part of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} universe-wide revamp.

Outside of the comics, the character has featured in a multitude of Batman-related media. She was a recurring villain in the iconic Adam West ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series, famously portrayed by several different actresses including Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt. She was a major character in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and appeared as a villain in both ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' and ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. The character was featured in ''Bat Man of Shanghai'', a series of {{Wuxia}}-inspired AlternateUniverse shorts on the WesternAnimation/DCNation block that [[RaceLift reimagined Catwoman as a Chinese thief]] in the [[TheGreatDepression 1930s]]. For the AnimatedAdaptation of ''Batman: Year One'', she was voiced by Creator/ElizaDushku. Camren Bicondova plays a young Selina, a street kid mostly known by the nickname "Cat", in the series Series/{{Gotham}}.

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's been 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 Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse and ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'' that ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames. She might appear in a Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse adaptation of ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens''.

She has also appeared in numerous video games, specifically featuring as a playable character in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', both ''VideoGame/LegoBatman'' games, ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOriginsBlackGate'', ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'' and ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.

The character has been one of Batman's most enduring love interests, and is seen as [[OneTruePairing the most natural one to him]] to the point that [[spoiler: she and Batman are now engaged]] as of DCRebirth.

Many modern writers have also interpreted her activities and costumed identity as a response to a history of abuse.

!!Works that she has appeared in:
* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns''
* ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne''
* ''ComicBook/CatwomanWhenInRome''
* ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens''
* ''ComicBook/BlackestNight''
* ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''
** ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily''
* ''ComicBook/BatmanRebirth''
!!The character provides examples of:

* AbsoluteCleavage: Some versions (including her ''Videogame/BatmanArkhamCity'' incarnation).
* AbsurdlySharpClaws: She wears gloves with diamond-tipped claws.
* AbusiveParents: Her mother Maria Kyle was a distant parent who preferred to spend her time with cats and commits suicide when Selina and Magdalene were very young. Her alcoholic father, Brian, was cold to Selina for resembling her mother (whom he resents for dying) and eventually drinks himself to death.
* ActionGirl: One of the first examples in Batman if not all of comics.
** DarkActionGirl: Depending on what side, if any at all.
%%* ActionMom
* AffablyEvil: She's the ''least evil'' villain in most stories.
* AllWomenAreLustful: Selina's first run-in with Superman [[http://i111.photobucket.com/albums/n152/Runespoor7/BraveBold016-06precut.jpg has pretty humorous results.]]
* AnimalThemedSuperbeing: Except for the ''super'' part. She's skilled enough for {{Roofhopping}}, sure, but she has no superpowers.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Considering that she has both AntiHero ''and'' AntiVillain entries here she definitely qualifies.
* AmnesiacDissonance: Earth-2 Catwoman had been suffering from amnesia during her criminal career. When she recovered, she was willing to go to prison for her crimes. Later, during a story where Batman sprang her from jail to help him, she revealed that she had made up the amnesia to make her HeelFaceTurn plausible; in reality, she had wanted to quit.
* {{Anti Hero}}ine / {{Anti Villain}}ess: One of the earliest examples thereof. We can never figure out which side she's on. [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Anywhere from Anti-Villain Type I to Type IV]]. Yeah, Selina's kind of...complicated. She has settled down since the 90s as an ally, but nonetheless retains her career as a professional thief, which is why she's still a criminal. She also isn't as merciful as Batman when it comes to fighting villains, if they should die, oh well.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Catwoman has difficulty believing her sister Maggie is possessed by a demon.
* ArchEnemy: Black Mask became this to her in her 2000s solo series.
* BadassInDistress: She frequently gets captured and Batman has to rescue her. 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.
* BadassNormal: Quick combatant, has the ability to [[LeParkour roof hop]] (which ignites hers and Batman's iconic roof chasing), took lessons in martial arts and acrobatics (with some self-training involved), and overall has come to be able to fend for herself incredibly well, expertise resembling that of the Bat-Family members.
** 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 Franchise/{{Superman}} and Franchise/WonderWoman.
* TheBeastmaster: Limited to felines. She has been shown to have a knack for dealing with not only house cats, but also [[PantheraAwesome big cats]], such as lions. Her empathy is so great it extends to ''hyenas''.
--> '''Catwoman''': Funny thing about hyenas, Ivy -- They're a lot closer to '''''cats''''' than most people realize.
* BelligerentSexualTension: With Batman. And the new Catwoman. And, DependingOnTheWriter, occasionally with Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}.
* BerserkButton: It's best not to hurt any cats around her, but especially not the ones she personally owns. Also best to avoid hurting women and children exspecially her sister Maggie. She has a [[BigBrotherInstinct big-sister instinct]] that you do ''not'' want to get on the wrong side of.
* BettyAndVeronica: The (relative) Betty to [[TheVamp Talia al Ghul]]'s (relative) Veronica. ''Gotham City Sirens'' states that they are the only two women that hold a place in Batman's heart.
* BiTheWay: An arc during the Genevieve Valentine run in the ComicBook/New52 era revealed that Selina is bisexual. There had been much fanservicey LesYay innuendo during earlier eras of the comic, but this arc treated it much more seriously and implied that she herself had only recently realized it. Though in Rebirth she marries Bruce Wayne.
* BigBad: [[spoiler:Surprisingly, she's shown to have become this to Batman by the time of ''[[ComicBook/BatmanEternal Batman Eternal]]'', having single-handedly taken over the entire criminal underworld of Gotham, from grifters to supervillains.]]
* BikerBabe: When she's shown driving a motorcycle at least.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Even as an AntiHero she tends to do some ethically questionable things, but she's got nothing on some of the villains she goes up against.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Brunette to Ivy's Redhead and Harley's Blonde in ''Gotham City Sirens''.
* BornLucky: The New 52 version seems to get out of dangerous situations with skill, quick-thinking, but most importantly jaw-dropping '''''luck'''''!.
* BreakoutVillain: A DC Comics famous case and one of the early occurrences in the Batman RoguesGallery along with ComicBook/TheJoker to become an EnsembleDarkhorse, coming out of it as one of the most iconic characters in popular culture (and arguably Batman's most iconic [[LoveInterests Love Interest]] in turn). She's gotten a variety of action, animated, and video game portrayals, along with an array of merchandise and inspired costumes galore, has given birth to some tropes, and managed to get her own series, elevating her to {{Anti Hero}}ine status (even seen as part of the extended Bat-Family, if inconsistently). You'll be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard of Catwoman. Considering she was introduced as an [[EvilIsSexy off the mill villain]] with barely any depth to her and who disappeared for over a decade at one point, she's definitely made her mark.
* [[ByronicHero Byronic Heroine]]: A very RareFemaleExample.
* 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.
* CatFight: Her own series is filled with these. Then again, what did you expect?
* CatGirl: 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.
* CatsAreMean: Her pet Isis usually helps her steal valuables.
* ChronicVillainy: She's tried to quit the criminal lifestyle before, but something about it always drags her back in.
* ClassyCatBurglar: One of the most triumphant examples, if not the TropeCodifier.
* CombatPragmatist: Comes as no surprise being a BadassNormal in the Batman mythos. 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 ages. She even wore combat boots for a while.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Adam Hughes draws her as Creator/AudreyHepburn ([[http://adamhughes.deviantart.com/art/Catwoman-83-Detail-144639873 example]]).
* ContinuitySnarl: No one is quite sure what Catwoman's backstory really is. Is she an orphan turned thief, an amnesiac air stewardess, a prostitute, a socialite, a product of an abusive marriage, the daughter of Carmine Falcone, or some combination thereof?
* 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.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Subverted, really. In most incarnations, she knows about this, and steals for thrills more than anything else.
* TheCynic: She has no hope for things to get better in the world.
* DatingCatwoman: The TropeNamer. Though from her side of the relationship, shouldn't it be "Dating Batman"?
* DeadpanSnarker: Selina has ''sass'', and most of her dialogue can drip of snarkiness in basically all adaptations of her one way or another. The BatmanArkhamSeries in particular has gradually taken this trait UpToEleven.
* DeathSeeker: Controversially introduced as an element of her personality for the ComicBook/{{New 52}} version.
* 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. Even her ethnicity has been retconned back and forth, with Selina either being Cuban, Italian, or a mix of the two. Currently, writers seem to be sticking with the story that she was orphaned after the deaths of her parents, and grew up in an orphanage in Gotham's narrows before turning to a life of crime.
* {{Dominatrix}}: In at least one version of her backstory, she worked as one before becoming a thief, and supposedly picked up [[WhipItGood her preference for whips]] after using them on her "customers". Though not all writers like to acknowledge that bit of her backstory, her current costume design (skintight black latex, with a whip for a weapon) still pretty clearly invokes a {{Dominatrix}} vibe.
* 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.
* DressedLikeADominatrix: Surprisingly, the famed villainess-turned-antiheroine Catwoman's appearances in comics didn't fit this trope until after the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV series. In the late 1960s she first got a weird green scaled catsuit with gloves and high-heeled boots, and then a campy black leather leotard with light blue tights, high-heeled buccaneer boots, and opera gloves. After some time spent wearing her original costume, and a gray fursuit (thanks, Creator/FrankMiller), she got a new variation on this trope -- a purple catsuit with black leather thigh-high boots and black opera gloves. Only in 2002 she got a black leather catsuit that first appeared in the TV series. In most of her appearances she wields a whip. Ironically, during the Miller run she was retconned into working as an ''actual'' {{Dominatrix}} -- but her costume at the time was the aforementioned fursuit, which didn't fit this trope.
* DuctTapeForEverything: In the Pfeifer run, she carried a roll of duct tape on her person. It came in handy during her fight with ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} and she frequently used it to restrain enemies and hostages.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In her first appearance, she was billed as "the Cat" but didn't wear a cat-themed costume, just a green dress, although she did disguise herself as a much older woman for a few panels. She also shot a guy, which was {{retcon}}ned out as she had a stated [[ThouShaltNotKill no-kill]] policy basically through the Bronze Age.
* EasilyForgiven: Averted with ComicBook/{{Zatanna}}. Selina still hates her for the events of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'' (or more precisely, her actions thereafter).
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Despite being AmbiguouslyEvil, she's completely disgusted with most of Batman's other foes.
* EvilFeelsGood: She commits crime because she gets a rush out of stealing valuable artifacts.
* EvilIsSexy: [[InvokedTrope Invokes]] this every chance she gets. She's certainly one of the most famous examples, too.
* FemmeFatale: One of the more classic examples, though the influence has decreased a bit over the years.
* {{Foil}}: To Talia Al Ghul, Batman's other most prevalent love interest. They are both dark-haired, green-eyed women on the wrong side of the law who gleefully use their sex appeal as a weapon. Beneath the surface, however, they're perfect opposites; Selina, an AntiHero, is a thief who won't take a life unless there is no alternative, and has been known to play [[JustLikeRobinHood Robin Hood]] for the downtrodden of Gotham with her loot, and Talia, an AntiVillain, is an international terrorist who has been instrumental in many plots of mass-murder. Selina had only herself to answer to as an orphan trying to survive day-to-day on the streets, while Talia grew up in luxury as the daughter of Ra's Al-Ghul but spent her life being indoctrinated into his extreme philosophies. Selina revels in freedom and chaos, Talia preaches destiny and her father's grand plans. This also extends to their relationships with their younger sisters: Selina loves Maggie unconditionally and is never hesitant to drop everything if she needs her help, but Talia and Nyssa are usually [[CainAndAbel at each others' throats to a homicidal degree]].
* FormFittingWardrobe: Always as Catwoman.
* FriendlyEnemy: Simply put, she's not ''evil'', she's just an unapologetic criminal.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: All cats, at least. [[ComicBook/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.
* GiveHerANormalLife: This is most of the reason why Selina gave up her daughter Helena for adoption. Alternative, writers got rid of Helena upon realizing that a baby would be inconvenient for a fast-and-loose thief.
* GoKartingWithBowser: The entire ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' series is this. Either that or her relationship with Batman... or both.
* 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.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: An established part of her personality that seems to work for her.
* HellBentForLeather: Her costume is made of leather and very skintight.
%%* HelloNurse
* HiddenDepths: This born and bred rabble from the wrong side of Gotham loves reading classical literature in her downtime.
* 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.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: An element of her past that has been in and out of continuity since Frank Miller added it.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Gives such a speech to Batman during the ''Hush'' arc. It doesn't work.
* IHaveBoobsYouMustObey: She's well known for using her looks to get her way.
* IHaveManyNames: Has gone through quite the aliases. Before her secret identity was finally revealed in Batman #62, she had gone by the names of Marguerite Tone, Elva Barr, Belinda, and Madame Moderne. In the One Year Later story arc, she uses the assumed name of Irena Dubrovna to hide her identity, which in turn provides a ShoutOut to the character in the 1942 film ''Cat People''.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: The main reason why she acts as a criminal.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Only in ''The Dark Knight Returns''. She has ''not aged well'' for some reason or other there.
* IndyPloy: The New 52 version of Selina uses these a lot. In fact she straight out admits she doesn't plan but handles most things by the seat of her pants.
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: Selina poses as one in ''The Dark Knight Rises'' to steal Bruce's fingerprints and his mother's necklace.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Her defining characteristic has her act as a villain, but with some care for those who're helpless.
* KarmaHoudini: In her very first appearance (when she was still '''The Cat'''), Batman straight out allowed her to escape his custody, even foiling Robin's attempt to stop her... solely because he had the hots for her. Once Catwoman became an antihero, Batman started looking the other way when she does her thing, since she protects Gotham in her own way.
* KindheartedCatLover: The "kindhearted" part may not be obvious, but she has at least a dozen cats, all of which she loves. She frequently donates money she obtains from her heist to animal shelters.
* KissKissSlap[=/=]SlapSlapKiss: Her relationship with Batman involves a lot of fighting and kissing.
* LastGirlWins: In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', she's the last love interest introduced in the series and ends up finally starting a relationship with Batman.
* LegacyCharacter: [[MoralityPet Holly Robinson]] briefly took over as Catwoman.
** As a lesbian, Holly also counts as an AffirmativeActionLegacy.
** A new Catwoman appears in the ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' ongoing series. She's the daughter of Multiplex, an unrelated enemy of ComicBook/{{Firestorm}}.
* LickedByTheDog: In "Hush", and by Superman's dog, no less.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Played with for quite a while. Even before Selina learned who he was, she and Bruce Wayne were sometimes depicted as close friends and even, at times, romantically involved, even though Selina 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 attraction to Batman.
* MafiaPrincess: In some versions, she's the daughter of Carmine Falcone. In others, she's the daughter of Rex Calabrese.
* MamaBear: If you hurt women, kids, or animals around her, good luck making it to the end of the day.
* MasterOfDisguise: Each of her solo series have shown Selina to be extremely good with disguises and infiltration jobs.
* MayDecemberRomance: With several men including Wildcat, and Slam Bradley Sr.
* MeaningfulName: "Selina" sounds like a portmanteau of "Selene" (Greek goddess of the moon) and "Felina" (catlike).
* MoralityPet: Holly Robinson.
* MostCommonSuperpower: DependingOnTheArtist. She was one of the ''most'' exaggerated examples at one point, but has since gone back to something more realistic. Jim Balent's tenure as the artist on her 90s solo title stands out as the most ridiculous example.
* MsFanservice: She is a woman who goes around in tight leather and spends a lot of her time flirting with everyone around her. Even before she wore her now trademark catsuit, she was still quite sexualized. As if to spell it out to readers, in ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'' she escapes a death trap that ripped up her outfit...and shows off an insane amount of skin!
* MuggedForDisguise: Often done by Selina when she needs to go undercover as part of a heist.
* NotMyDriver: In #50 of the ComicBook/New52 series, Killer Croc pulls this on Penguin to take revenge on him for having called a CarnivalOfKillers on Selina.
* OddFriendship: With Alfred Pennyworth. He's an loyal butler and she's a morally ambiguous thief. Yet the two get along surprisingly well, with Alfred covering for her more benign crimes, [[spoiler:like stealing her wedding dress]] and Selina helping Alfred keep Bruce from becoming completely consumed by his cape crusading. In the latter case two will happily collaborate to occasionally messing with Bruce to remind him of his humility.
-->'''Alfred:''' You took that rather far, Ms. Kyle. You're lucky cats have...
-->'''Catwoman:''' [[NoJustNoReaction No, Alfred. Just no.]] You're better than cat jokes.
-->'''Alfred:''' Heh, I've always liked you, Ms. Kyle.
* OnlySaneWoman: Her obsession with cats aside, Selina is regarded as the only Batman Rogue who doesn't have serious psychotic issues. Lampshaded frequently even in the Bronze Age.
* OneTrueLove: ''Gotham City Sirens'' states that she is one of the only two women Batman has ever truly loved (the other being Talia al Ghul), and Batman's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove in the ''Hush'' arc confirms that she is the love of his life. This concept is explored further in DCRebirth, where her relationship with Batman is stronger than ever before and the two are [[spoiler: engaged]].
* PetTheDog: Her main {{Morality Pet}}s are children and cats, and sometimes members of the Bat family.
* PirateGirl: Capitana Felina, the {{Elseworlds}} version of Catwoman in ''Batman: Leatherwing''.
* PrivateDetective: Slam Bradley, a legacy character from the earliest issues of Detective Comics. He's pretty much straight out of the 1930s.
* RapeAsBackstory: Several Post-crisis origins.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Her visual depiction in the comics along with her GreenEyes, with little to no changes to the status quo, except the [[AdaptationDyeJob few times she's been blonde]]. How pale she is can also sometimes vary.
* RightThroughTheWall: An issue of the ComicBook/{{New 52}} Catwoman series has Selina fighting a cop in his apartment. In order to avoid arousing suspicion, she covers the cop's mouth and begins making [[TheImmodestOrgasm loud, sexual noises]] so that the neighbors think there is simply some rough sex going on, rather than a brutal fist fight.
* TheRival: She's had more than her fair share of encounters with Comicbook/WonderWoman's enemy, the Cheetah.
* {{Roofhopping}}: Especially when being chased by Batman.
* SatisfiedStreetRat: When her backstory involves being TheRunaway or an urchin, Catwoman considers the fact she carved out a life for herself on the rough streets of Gotham, and came out a ClassyCatBurglar, something to be regarded with awe rather than pity.
* SaveTheVillain: Parodied at the end of the "Relentless" arc. Black Mask has [[spoiler:blown up the community centre Selina funded, tortured her brother-in-law to death and driven her sister permanently insane, had one of her best friends run over with a car, and announced his desire to torture her to death]]. After a brutal fight, Selina kicks him off the balcony of his penthouse, but he manages to grab hold of the parapet with one hand.
-->'''Black Mask:''' Help... Help me. C'mon, you won, OK. Help me up.
-->'''Catwoman:''' God, you're even crazier than I thought. ''(stands and watches as he loses his grip and falls)''
* SensualSpandex: Her 90s outfit more than anything, as well as her animated ones.
* SeriesContinuityError: Ed Brubaker's run reintroduced Holly Robinson, Selina's room-mate and sex-work protegee from ''Batman: Year One'' and ''Her Sister's Keeper'', as her new sidekick. Unfortunately, Holly had previously been killed off, after being given completely different CharacterDevelopment as a mob wife, in a story from the ''Action Comics Weekly'' anthology series. Rather than make any attempt at {{Retcon}}, Brubaker simply acknowledged the error in a short LeaningOnTheFourthWall comedy piece included in the ''Catwoman: Secret Files and Origins'' one-shot. He admitted both in the piece and in interviews that he simply hadn't known about Holly's death, given the relative obscurity of the comic where it happened. The intervening ''ComicBook/ZeroHour'' CosmicRetcon provides an easy in-universe explanation for fans who really want one.
* SexyCatPerson: She is arguably the TropeCodifier in Anglophone culture, being cat-themed and hugely associated with fanservice.
* ShadowArchetype: Of Batman. Animal-themed motif costumed prowlers of the night with double identities? Yes.
-->'''Catwoman:''' You are part of the night, just like me. We’re not afraid of the dark–-we come alive in it...we're thrilled by it.
* ShamelessFanserviceGirl: She's always using her sexuality as a weapon.
* SheFu: Being trained in acrobatics, it's no surprise that it's her most common and standard fighting style in majority of her representations, she even provides the page picture as of now.
* ShesGotLegs: Legs, meet miles.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, she often tries to get the two to admit their feelings for one another or voice jealousy.
* ShrinkingViolet: ''Only'' the "Batman Returns" and "Catwoman" film depictions show that Catwoman was a shy office worker before becoming her true self.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: She's very cynical and frequently calls out Batman and his sidekicks on their optimism.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She's attracted to Batman because of the good inside of him and how he risks his life to save others, including her, out of selflessness.
* 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]].
* SmugSmiler: Every time we see her face she usually sports one of these to show how smart she is. It's mostly because she knows she's a KarmaHoudini.
* SpyCatsuit: ''Both'' the TropeCreator and TropeNamer.
* StickyFingers: She's got a pretty bad case of Kleptomania. This is why Catwoman has never fully reformed. She doesn't just steal things she needs or even things she wants; she steals to show off her skills at stealing, she steals things for her next job that involves stealing something that could be acquired much more easily through legal means, she can be hired to steal things, and she's even Batman's go-to-person when he needs something stolen for him.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Especially since she began wearing black leather catsuits. Treated literally in the DC Showcase animated short in which Catwoman impersonates a stripper - and all she has to do is go on stage in her regular costume and take it off.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Both invoked and subverted during the same story arc. [[spoiler:Hush cuts out her heart and hooks her up to life support in a deliberate attempt to hurt Batman in the worst way possible. However, when she gets her 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 his name]].
** According to ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' (which has [[ContinuityNod Continuity Nods]] to the ''Hush'' arc), the whole experience left her with an apparent ''psychological'' scar, where, despite the physical wound being healed, she still feels weak.
* TheTease: Catwoman is well-known for using her sexuality as a weapon. The most obvious case is her flirting with Batman.
* ThouShaltNotKill: For most of her career, Catwoman has tried to avoid killing anyone (one of the reasons the creators were able to make her into more of a sympathetic villain and it was easy for her to cross into hero territory, even being accepted by the moralistic likes of Franchise/{{Superman}}). But when it comes to really reprehensible people like [[spoiler: Black Mask]], she will do so (although not without regret, as the spoiler-protected example continues to haunt her for many issues afterwards).
* TokenEvilTeammate: Sometimes fills this role for the Batfamily.
** Also in the New 52 JLA. Because of her criminal record, her membership is hidden from the public.
* TricksterGirlfriend: Tends to be this for Batman, which is natural given that they are on the opposite sides of the law.
* TrueLoveIsBoring: Why Selina and Bruce have not been happy together in most of adaptations (barring possibly ''The Dark Knight'', and just possibly). And why Selina possibly can't find someone else.
* {{Tsundere}}: She can be very harsh towards Batman, but she'll usually be the first to open up emotionally to him.
* UngratefulBastard: If anyone ''but'' Batman rescues her, she won't return the favor.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: She usually ''never'' ends up with Batman.
* UnstoppableRage: Black Mask found out just how bad an idea it was to piss off Catwoman.
%%* TheVamp: Before Ivy came along, that is...
* VaporWear: Certain artists draw her costume in such a way that there's no way she's wearing anything under it. [[ComicBook/GothamCitySirens Guillem March]] is a big offender. Paul Gulacy did several panels in his period as artist that outright showed her naked before putting the catsuit on.
* VictoryIsBoring: It's just not fun if Batman is never there to give chase.
* VillainousCrush[=/=]VillainessesWantHeroes: Her lust for Batman. And ''Superman'', but that's PlayedForLaughs.
* VillainousFriendship: Sometimes she's friends with Poison Ivy.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Takes over the mob in order to clean up the streets of Gotham.
* WhipItGood: She's specifically mentioned on more than one occasion that she picked it because she didn't want a weapon that would be easy to turn against her if she was disarmed.
* WildCard: She's on her own side and moral standards.
* 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.]]
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: Batman knows there's good in her, but it's really hard to see.