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Cat Folk are [[FantasticSapientSpeciesTropes 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 RealLife feline species. They can be science-fiction aliens or fantasy races. In terms of appearance, they can fall anywhere on the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism from fully animal looking to barely non-human, however they must be sapient, non-human, and a distinct species from RealLife animals. Unlike {{Catgirl}}s, Cat Folk have no particular tendency toward being female.

While Cat Folk have been depicted with a variety of behavioural and cultural characteristics, it is common to base at least some of their behaviour on feline AnimalStereotypes. Cat Folk based on large predatory cats, such as [[PantheraAwesome lions, tigers, and panthers]][[labelnote:*]][[Film/TheWizardOfOz Oh my!]][[/labelnote]], are generally depicted as being exceptionally strong and aggressive, with a {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} culture. Those based more around domestic cats are often depicted as selfish, arrogant and vain, with their fighting styles bent more towards dirty fighting, speed and agility.

This is closely related to IntelligentGerbil (science fiction aliens based on animals), PettingZooPeople, and LittleBitBeastly. There can be overlap between this trope and CatGirl, however only examples of Cat Folk that fall under LittleBitBeastly should also be listed under CatGirl; CatGirl examples should only be listed here if they represent an entire distinct species.

Feline {{therianthropes}} and humans that shapeshift into cats are {{Werecat}}s. Humans that are dressed as cats have on a CatEaredHeadband. Cartoon {{Funny Animal}}s and {{Talking Animal}}s are not this trope, as they are intended to depict RealLife animals, however anthropomorphic they may be.

Not to be confused with the movie ''Film/CatPeople'' or the ''WebAnimation/CatPerson'' series of Internet shorts.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo'' has the Catians, an alien race of creatures resembling {{Catgirl}}s. Females enter their first heat at the age of 16. They are enemies with a [[AnimalJingoism race of dog-eared people]].
* ''{{Catnapped}}'' has anthropomorphic cats from the planet Banipal Witt.
* The French Manga-style comics ''Manga/{{Dreamland}}'' has the Cat Kingdom, with most of its people specialized in trade and marketing. With one or two {{Mega Neko}}s for AsskickingEqualsAuthority and a [[HilarityEnsues cute little cat with a mustache as a King]].
* The Exceed from ''Manga/FairyTail''.
* The Ctarl Ctarl from ''OutlawStar'' are a race of cat-people who can shapeshift into big alien feline beasts. They are depicted as being a particular passionate and often violent species.
* One of the many species inhabiting the earth of DragonBall. Notable examples include Puar and Karin.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Among the humanoid animals in the future of Creator/JackKirby's ''ComicBook/{{Kamandi}}'' are a race of honor-driven tiger people; ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' tied their culture's origins to the ''[[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'' character and proud Cat Fellow Mr. Tawky-Tawny, "the Civilized Tiger."
* Creator/DCComics also has the potion-transformed Desmond Farr, otherwise known as Tiger-Man.
* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the Cat People, who were created from house cats by ancient sorcerers. ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' character Tigra got her powers from them.
* The Felim in ''Nexus'' are a race of LittleBitBeastly aliens, who also qualify for CatGirl.
* The Aldebarans from ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars''.
* Orube in ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' has feline-like features. This is a relatively common characteristic on her homeworld of Basiliade (the second inhabitant of Basiliade to appear, Luba, is even more cat-looking than her), but not universal, as shown by the very first of them to appear, [[spoiler: the Oracle Himerish]], being externally identical to humans.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The cats are just one of many species that populate the world in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Amelia's species from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'' has a feline looking Caitian admiral as a background character.
* ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' has a triple-breast catlike female stripper that meows and yowls exactly like a cat.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One episode of ''Series/BabylonFive'' has Jha'dur, the last warmaster of the Dilgar and last surviving Dilgar in general.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The leonine Tharils in "Warriors' Gate" and the Cheetah People in "Survival".
** Another feline folk species includes the Sisters of Plentitude in the episodes "New Earth" and "Gridlock" and Thomas Brannigan in "Gridlock".
* On ''Series/RedDwarf'', the ship's cats evolved over the eons into a LittleBitBeastly species of very vain humanoids, one of whom is a main character.
* The Irathient in ''Series/{{Defiance}}'' definitely have some cat-like facial characteristics, although this is less defined than in most examples.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Tigerishka's species in Fritz Leiber's ''The Wanderer''
* Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/ChanurNovels'' has the Hani, a species who are essentially bipedal intelligent terrestrial lions.
* Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's ''Literature/{{Darkover}}'' stories: the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cat-men]] (or cat-people).
* The Hrrubans in Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Doona'' books.
* The Chelgrians in [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]'s [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] book ''Look to Windward'' (2000).
* The ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' books have Treecats, a six-legged telepathic species resembling Terran cats.
* Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'' novel features the Mreee (pronounced the way a cat yowls when you stomp it's tail) who look like three-foot tall anthropomorphic house cats and whose native language sounds like "cats stuck in a barrel."
* The Kzinti in Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' books are an aggressive alien species resembling bipedal [[PantheraAwesome big cats]] in looks and personality. Or at least, their personality is derived from cat stereotypes.
* Creator/AndreNorton: the Salariki, who progress with astonishing rapidity from being primitive Proud Warrior Race Guys (''Plague Ship'') to sophisticated members of the interstellar community (''Literature/AndroidAtArms'').
* The Klees of Eelong in ''Literature/ThePendragonAdventure'' are giant, bipedal cats, and the dominant species in that world.
* Creator/AEVanVogt's ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheSpaceBeagle'' had a cat-like alien called Coeurl.
* The tigers in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novel ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers''. They're just intelligent tigers who have BizarreAlienBiology, lay eggs, and have two opposable thumbs on each paw.
* The Sphinx race in SergeyLukyanenko's ''Today, Mom!'' is a race of feline humanoids living on UsefulNotes/{{Venus}}. In the FilmOfTheBook ''Asiris Nuna'', they look mostly human with slight facial features reminiscent of cats and dreads. Their dress and architecture are reminiscent of Ancient Egypt. Shidla is a Sphinx who figures the most in the book and is the only one seen in the film. He snarls a lot and likes to call everyone "kitty". "Dog" is, apparently, an insult to his people. Like cats, they can see in the dark very well. In the film, Shidla dodges missiles [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]]-style.
* Creator/AndreNorton's The People in "A Breed to Come" were a race of sapient cats descended from modern Earth cats
* The Toralii in ''Literature/{{Lacuna}}'' are basically this, with a side order of ProudWarriorRace.
* The [[Literature/TheHanSoloTrilogy Togorians]], Trianii, Cathars, Farghul and Catumans (among others) of the ''StarWars'' [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]].
* Creator/RobertWestall's ''Literature/UrnBurial'' has the Fefethil; a race of anthro-cats who look like humanoid cheetahs, complete with cat-ears, tails and eyes but human-esque hands and fingers (albeit with retractable claws still).
* A major focus of Taylor Anderson's ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series is on the fight for the Lemurian, anthropomorphic cat-monkeys, survival. The Lemurians are first called cat-monkeys and monkey-cats (depending who you asked aboard the ship) before the term 'Cat is agreed upon as the appropriate diminutive. This species resembles cats so much that in the fifth book "Rising Tides" [[spoiler: The humans in the Isles of New Britian, roughly where Hawaii should be, treats them as felines with the males showing disdain on the whole, and females lovingly cooing and stroking their fur.]]
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/{{Warlock}} Forerunner Foray]]'', Yasa is a feline-evolved race; she is sensitive to scents, purrs, and totally self-absorbed albeit very practical about it.
* The tarrie-cats of Creator/CliveBarker's {{Literature/Abarat}}, a species of oversized, intelligent speaking tabbies.
* Karina's race in ''Cat Karina'' by Michael G. Coney. They are one of several races on a future Earth genetically engineered by humans from animal species.
* Nohar Rajastan, from the Literature/MoreauSeries is an anthropomorphic tiger, and the setting includes 'moreaus' based on several other felines.
* Lisanne Norman's science fiction series ''Sholan Alliance'' has humanoid cat-people as one of the main races of the setting, alongside humans and [[TheReptilians lizard-people]]. As they manage to be biologically compatible with humans, there are several [[HalfHumanHybrid interspecies pregnancies]] as a result of the frequent alien-human-alien [[PolyAmory three-way relationships]].
* The Solaricans from ''Literature/TheirsNotToReasonWhy'' are a fairly standard example.
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* One of the factions in ''Alkemy'' is the Khaliman Republic, a middle-eastern-style nation... populated entirely by anthropomorphic cat people.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The Catfolk, a nomadic BeastMan species reminiscent of lions, found in the ''Races of the Wild'' rule book.
** Another nomadic leonine is 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 ''Magazine/{{Dragon}} Magazine'' [[http://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?articleid=14141 article]] featured a vast array of rakasta subraces, from alley cats to ocelots and lions to smilodons.
** As of ''Bestiary 3'', ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has both standard catfolk and [[http://pathfinder.wikia.com/wiki/Maftet maftets]], a race descended from Sphinxes.
** Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and TabletopGame/OrientalAdventures had cat hengeyokai as character race.
** The tabaxi are a race of leopard people who live in tropical jungles. The ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' SpinOff setting ''Maztica'' featured a race of jaguar people ''also'' called tabaxi; it explained that the name of the leopard-tabaxi from the Realms was [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay pronounced]] "ta-bax-ee" while that of the Maztican jaguar-tabaxi was pronounced "ta-bash-ee". However, no justification was given to how two different species of cat-people on opposite ends of the world could have essentially 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}}.
** The Guardinals were a race of extradimensional creatures of IncorruptiblePurePureness who took on the forms of anthropomorphic animals. Their leaders were Leonals, or catfolk lions. TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}} expanded the race, gave it a new name, and made their leaders draconian creatures, but kept the leonals.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''
** The [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=16450 cat warriors]].
** The lion-like Leonin from the planes of Mirrodin and Alara 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 [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=73569 Raksha Golden Cub]]. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=174852 Ajani]] is a Leonin Planeswalker from Alara.
* The ''{{Starfire}}'' board game has the Khanate of Orion.
* ''StarFleetBattles'': Lyrans (lynx) and The Kzinti.
* The ''{{Traveller}}'' TabletopRPG has the Aslan.
* ''TabletopGame/Rifts''
** The Kirn in the ''Rifts: Manhunter'' supplement.
** There is an entire city of various types of cat people in South America, rule by three cat people gods.
** The Emerin are sentient tabbies about six feet tall
** Dragon-cats
** Ramen are giant humanoid catfolk that serve Ra.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The lions in the theatrical version of ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''AgeOfWonders II'' has a cat-folk race called Tigrans.
* ''{{Avernum}}'' has the Nephilim, a furry, feline race renowned for their sharp senses and ability to see in the dark.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has a few examples; The Kaka Clan are essentially an almost always female race of {{Catgirl}}s who wear hoods. There are also Jubei, whose clan was wiped out by the Black Beast ([[spoiler:and whose DNA the Kaka were genetically engineered from]]) and [[spoiler:his daughter]] [[MadScientist Prof.]] Kokonoe, who's half human (or a half-human-looking WitchSpecies anyway).
* The ''Franchise/BreathOfFire'' series has the Woren.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'', Catwomen are a CatGirl 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.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has a very diverse race of cats called the Khajiit. They vary from resembling very slightly cat-like humans or elves to the high end of LittleBitBeastly to full on PettingZooPeople. Only the last still show up in the series directly, but the first two types are still {{Canon}} despite no longer appearing in the games. Including breeds that have never actually shown up in the games but have still been mentioned in scholary treatises in-game, the Khajiit span the ''full'' extent of the sliding scale of anthropomorphism, right down to ones that aren't even ''bipedal''. Some of them could be mistaken for housecats.
* In ''VideoGame/EverQuest,'' one of the playable races later on are the Vah Shir, a species of anthropomorphic big cats.
* ''Videogame/EverQuestII'' has the Kerrans, which physically resemble large humanoid felines. Their bodies are covered in fur with colors and patterns denoting their lineage.
* The [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Ronso]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' are a race of muscular, anthropomorphic feline humanoids from the world of Spira.
* The Mithra from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' are a LittleBitBeastly race that also qualify for CatGirl.
* The Miqo'te from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', a racial expy of the above, with an option to play as catboys as well as girls.
* ''Iron Realms'' has a tiger-like race.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastRemnant'' has the Sovani race: tall, four-armed bipeds with lots of cat-like features.
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' 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 ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series has the Katta, a race of cat-like humanoids. It also has the Liontaur people, which are basically lions shaped like centaurs. Rakeesh in ''Quest For Glory'' II, III, and V is a major friend and supporting character of the Hero. Finally, ''Quest For Glory'' III has the Leopardmen, a secretive tribe in the jungle.
* Another ProudWarriorRaceGuy example is Dantom, a tiger-person boss from ''ShiningForce CD''.
* The ''VideoGame/StarOcean'' series has the Fellpool race.
* The Kilrathi from the ''VideoGame/WingCommander'' series, who are the primary antagonists through much of the series, are bipedal felinoids evolved up from lion-analogues on Kilrah, with their evolution outlined in broad strokes in ''Voices of War''.[[note]]The manual for the game ''Wing Commander Armada''[[/note]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{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.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has 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 [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]]).
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'', the Beast Laguz tribe are based on both variations of cats: the smaller, quicker ones are based on house cats, while the larger ones are based on wild cats.
* ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'''s Felineko are a race of Cat Folk who follow several cat stereotypes, such as being fiercely independent, quite aggressive, moody, calculating, agile, and naturally skilled at magic. They come in several different breeds, from common house cats to tigers.
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' features the Cathar, a mostly Republic-aligned race of humanoid felines. The first NonPlayerCompanion of the Republic Trooper class is a Cathar trooper Aric Jorgan.
* Rengar from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' is a leonine humanoid whose backstory and motivations are more than a little reminiscent of a Franchise/{{Predator}}. His Headhunter skin further drives this point home.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has the Charr, who play to the tiger end of the spectrum and, as a playable race in the second game, are highly disciplined soldiers and the most technologically sophisticated race in the setting, going full bore steampunk as opposed to the other races' more traditional fantasy looks. Played with a little in that they aren't just anthropomorphic felines, with horns, two sets of ears, and other physiological differences.
* The Iskai of ''VideoGame/{{Albion}}'' look like cat people at first glance, but then not so much.
* The Lombaxes of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' are a race of bipedal, catlike aliens with a strong affinity for weapons and technology. With an exception or two, such as Ratchet himself, the entire species has been hunted into extinction ([[spoiler:or has fled to an alternate dimension, rather]]) by Emperor Tachyon.
* ''Nomad'' (AKA ''Project Nomad'') has the Phelonese, a stuck-up matriarchal race of felines. Unfortunately, you have to deal with them, if you want to get the Quietus missiles, which can OneHitKill almost any ship in the game. They'll bring up their superiority every chance they get. Oh, and don't get in a fight with them, or they'll use those same missiles against you. At this point, it'll depend on other systems, such as thrusters (how fast can your ship turn to get them in front of you), targeting sensors (how fast can you get a lock), and missile loaders (Quietus missiles are notoriously slow to load). Shields at this point are useless, given the nature of the weapon.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has the Caitians and the Ferasians, the latter being copyright-friendly versions of the Kzinti. Their backstory implies they were once the same race, but the Ferasans did extensive genetic modifications.
* The Ecaflips in ''VideoGame/{{Dofus}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' are cat people and possess some feline traits.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Ferals.
* What looks like a tiger person turns up as a [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=43 background character]] in ''{{Exiern}}'''s spoof of YouAllMeetInAnInn.
* Tiger Keidran from ''TwoKinds''.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Tarquin's old adventuring party includes an as-yet-unnamed catfolk thief, seen several times in flashbacks.
* ''TheLawOfPurple'' has an alien race called the Nekojin. It's exactly what the Japanese says.
* The Felidians in ''Webcomic/{{Holystone}}''. Much like their [[LizardFolk reptilian counterparts]], they're not treated as being too different from anyone else.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the Itica are cat people who live in the jungles of Eastern Aison.
* The Stallonians in the Monster World series by deviantArt's [[http://monstermaster13.deviantart.com/ monstermaster13]].
* The Chakat species, which are hermaphroditic felinoid taurs genetically engineered to be disease resistant and empathic. They are able to breed with all of the other taurs except Quange, which are horse-based. This is probably because chakats are the best of many species brought together, but none of the used species were equine. It also created a [[MamaBear powerful maternal instinct]] that can manifest as a rage brought on by threatening to harm their children, which one xenophobic vixen discovered the painful way.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Aldebarans from the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/BuckyOHareAndTheToadWars''.
* The Krang from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}''.
* The leopard-men from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfTarzan''. Subverted in that the leopard-men turn out to be normal leopards all along.
* The Lion Men from the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' there is a race of lion-people who are {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s. They are commissioned by Aku to hunt down Jack and [[spoiler:succeed in doing so, only to let him go out of respect]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' episode ''Magicats'', She-Ra and Catra stumble upon a civilization of magical cats that wear clothes, and can switch from bipedal to quadrupedal locomotion.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries''
** Lieutenant M'Ress is a Caitian, a catlike humanoid alien species with pointed ears, slit-shaped pupils, whiskers, a tail and thick fur (usually including a mane). In addition to physical traits, Caitians are curious and have a hunter's instinct. Some of the surrounding supplementary materials at the time indicated they were an off-shoot of the Kzinti.
** The Kzinti in "The Slaver Weapon", an adaptation of the Creator/LarryNiven ''Literature/KnownSpace'' short story "The Soft Weapon." Niven wrote the episode as well.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats''. More so in ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011,'' where they've gone from LittleBitBeastly to BeastFolk.
* While Orube doesn't appear in the animated version of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Luba does at the start of season 2.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' has gamma radiation make Black Panther develop feline features in one episode.
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