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During any infiltration or stealth operation, the female lead will wear an impossibly tight catsuit. It's almost always black, may be shiny leather or latex. It's never a camo pattern, and it can't have pockets. There will often be [[ZipMeUp a single zipper on the front]], which will result in AbsoluteCleavage when it's unzipped. The suit will frequently be accompanied by [[CombatStilettos ridiculous high heels]]. If you see someone in one of these, there's little she can say to convince you she's not a spy or a fetishist (unless [[LatexSpaceSuit It's a Sci-Fi series]]).

The writers may try to justify it, saying it's a stealth garment with sensor defeating properties--so she's seductively slathered herself in AppliedPhlebotinum. It could be for freedom of movement (a CriticalResearchFailure if the outfit is leather). It could be that she just swam up to the facility and can't ditch the wetsuit. In reality, it's to make the inevitable climbing, shimmying, flipping and belly-crawling through a LaserHallway look [[{{Stripperiffic}} that much more like a lapdance]].

Shows up in most SpyDrama shows. Any action show that puts a female character through [[TheInfiltration an infiltration scene]] will use it. Mostly used with at least a wink these days.

Often extremely shiny, with vertical lines that accentuate the lady's...assets, against all logic.

'''Popular variations:'''
* A male character uses one, especially an attractive one. (see MrFanservice)
* It's some [[HighlyVisibleNinja very bright color]].
* The female spy shows up to the mission in normal, practical clothes, and males around her express disappointment.

A variant on this is the excessively {{stripperiffic}} outfits worn by female ninja in {{anime}} (see the female teachers from ''Manga/{{Naruto}})''. Another variant are leather motorcycle jumpsuits.

See also SuperheroesWearTights, ImpossiblyCoolClothes.
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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Erin Esurance, the female agent in the pre-2010 Esurance commercials, frequently sported one.
* Ali Larter sports a bright-yellow suit in the Absolut Citron advertisements/short films as her alter-ego Lemon Drop.
* Some of WilliamShatner's recent "Priceline Negotiator" ads have a girl named "Naomi Pryce" wearing one.
* In the first ad of T*Mobile's most recent ad campaign, their mascot-spokeswoman trades in her girl-next-door pink dress for a pink-and-black motorcycle jumpsuit. Justified in that she's going motorcycle riding (as a metaphor for the company's high-speed wireless network).
* Agent Maiya is seen wearing one in a UK advertisement for comparethemarket.com. Agent Maiya, it must be pointed out, is a ''meerkat''.
* A series of TV Commercials for Nationwide Insurance feature a leather-catsuited woman (played by actress Jana Kramer) backflipping around a house undoing the damage done, either by a burglary or by a fire.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Belldandy from ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'': is [[InnocentFanserviceGirl prone to wearing really tight racing leathers with heart patterns]].
* Angel of ''Anime/TheBigO'' will occasionally wear one of these. Like almost everything else she wears, it's bright pink.
* The special corps in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' wear a variation of these, their leader wears a kimono version (though {{Omake}} shows both her and Yoruichi in more standard ones).
* ''Manga/CatsEye'', anyone? Spy catsuits complete with Xtreme plunging necklines and ''built-in high heels'', for added stealth obviously.
** The same outfits are worn by [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ayumu]], Eucliwood, and Seraphim during a parody of the series in the ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'' OVA.
* Used rather bizarrely in ''Manga/DeathNote'', where professional thief Weddy wears a classic 60's style catsuit (built in high-heels and all) while infiltrating a building, for no apparent reason. Possibly justified in that the series artist has admitted basing her on stereotypical female spy archetypes, but it still clashes with the feel of the story.
* Celty from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''.
* In ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' the male characters also wear skin-tight jumpsuits. It's also worth noting that each outfit is so specifically designed that only the person it was meant for could wear it.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'', Major Kusanagi wears a spy catsuit that really is a stealth device, called thermoptic camouflage. In the movie at least, this technology is used fairly extensively, although she has to be ''nude'' to use it (or rather, a flesh-colored skinsuit. The suit leaves a noticeable neckline where her skin color contrasts with the suit's.) It's somewhat less drastic in other iterations, which look more practical.
** While the Major's normal combat wear shows more curves than the standard models, it's generally quite practical. The major exception to this is in the ''Stand Alone Complex the 2nd Gig'' episode ''Cash Eye'', which plays with the infiltration and espionage tropes, and repeated references to ''Ocean's Eleven'', and has her wear a catsuit that fits this trope to tee with little purpose. Perhaps the outfit let the android fetishist CorruptCorporateExecutive to mistake her for a combat android.
*** Although the episode does reference Cat's Eye (see below) with the 'Cash Eye' logo.
* Miu in ''Manga/HistorysStrongestDiscipleKenichi'' wears this for nearly every fight, which allows for the artists to outline every curve for her t&a even when they decide it should be reduced to just covering the essentials for the rating.
* In ''Characters/LupinIII'', one of [[MsFanservice Fujiko Mine's]] outfits is a black leather spy catsuit which she frequently [[AbsoluteCleavage doesn't zip up all the way]].
** Lupin himself wears this on occasion. One of the most iconic franchise images, Lupin running along the wall with spotlights following him, has the thief with only his face revealed.
* Natsuki Kuga in ''Manga/MaiHime'' sports the motorcycle variant.
* The [[NoNameGiven Belladonna Lily Woman]] in ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' wore one. All of her male compatriots wore [[BadassInANiceSuit suits]].
* Cure Muse in ''Anime/SuitePreCure''.
* Kidd Summers has one in ''Anime/PokemonLucarioAndTheMysteryOfMew''.
* The pilots in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' wear skin-tight plugsuits, the form only interrupted by attached equipment. The suit is actually vacuum sealed to their body and the specifically tailored to suit their personal body shape. This of course leads to embarrassment when Shinji gets dressed in a suit designed for a girl.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} (DCComics) almost always, but not always, wears these.
** Catsuits were first introduced by this legendary Bob Kane character after which they are named, and which would also influence the U.S. erotic fetish scene.
** Subverted in ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAndRobinAdventures'' #16 (a tie-in comic to the animated series), which introduced Catman as a villain inspired by Catwoman. So much that he wears Catwoman's rather feminine-looking catsuit, which looks rather comical on a male figure.
** [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Talia]] too, on DependingOnTheWriter. Batman tends to attract ladies in catsuits.
* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} wore a yellow and red catsuit and, later, the renown red catsuit. His suit was altered from a catsuit appearance to, quite literally, a "devil suit".
* The Black Cat (MarvelComics) also wears catsuits, unsurprisingly.
** And the ComicBook/BlackPanther counts as a male example.
* The catsuit is the basic uniform for agents in Marvel's spy agency ComicBook/{{SHIELD}}, for men and women (and, as seen in the 1990s miniseries ''NickFury vs SHIELD'', even pudgy overweight male administrators).
** Justified in that said catsuits are resistant to mundane blades (non-adamantium or energy blades, etc.), fireproof, and insulate the wearer from electrical shocks and extremes of heat and cold. They also have radar and infrared absorption capabilities (stealth), depending on the story.
** SHIELD agents, such as Agent [[{{Agent13}} Sharon Carter]], would also don white SHIELD tactical catsuits.
** Madame Hydra and Madame Viper, SHIELD nemeses, were known for their green/black catsuits.
** Comicbook/BlackWidow, originally an Iron Man/Daredevil/Avengers/SHIELD/Spider-Man nemesis and later a member of The Avengers and The Champions, wore catsuits as a constant, often working alongside SHIELD.
** [[MsMarvel Carol Danvers]], who did espionage work when she was depowered, noted that often, going unnoticed is less important than nobody remembering your face after you leave. Drawing attention to other areas can help with that.
** [[YoungAvengers Kate Bishop]], the second {{Hawkeye}}, wears a purple catsuit. Creator/MattFraction has stated this was a deliberate ShoutOut to Emma Peel, since he writes Kate and Clint with a similar dynamic to that of Steed & Peel.
* In Adam Warren's ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' comic, the heroine doesn't just wear a shiny skintight suit, it's a shiny skintight suit of power armor that tears like a wet hanky if she brushes against anything that has a point on it. Of course, his comic is a parody of all the tied-up, mostly naked superdamsels in distress he was drawing for commissions, but ''still''...
** "Empowered" goes well beyond skintight; the power suit is actually a membrane-thin piece of nothing that leaves the wearer effectively naked, while fighting crime in public. She can't even wear underwear. The point to 'Empowered' is to get your humiliation fetish in your ironically-titled supers fantasy.
*** It's also Justified in that the suit fragility is because of her body-image issues. If she could take pride in her body the suit would be tougher and thicker.
* Similarly to the ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' example, ArtificialHuman Girl One from ''TopTen'' wears what at first appears to be a full body catsuit. In reality, she's actually nude -- her creators gave her an aversion to clothing, while at the same time giving her body the ability to hide this fact via built in full body tattoo/bodypaint that she can control at will -- she typically looks like she's wearing a full body purple spandex catsuit with logos and patterns on it. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar They didn't explain this until several chapters in]].
* Oddly averted in ''Codename: Knockout'' -- though it's a spy parody practically made out of {{fanservice}}, the protagonist almost never wears her catsuit outside of covers.
* ArchieComics Betty and Veronica wear black catsuits when acting as "[[TeenSuperspy Agents B & V]]".
* TheBaroness in ''GIJoe'' wears this as her standard outfit in every incarnation. Scarlett of the Joes does as well, though hers is more of a leotard worn over tights.
** Also, Scarlett did wear a standard black catsuit with some armored parts in the live-action film.
* Jakita Wagner from ''{{Planetary}}'' wears one, likely in homage to Emma Peel.
* When she lost her powers and operated as "Diana Prince, Wonder Woman", WonderWoman sometimes wore a white catsuit (though less often than popularly imagined - much of the time, she simply wore "normal" all-white outfits including minidresses, pantsuits, etc).
* Jennifer Mays of ''TheMazeAgency'' wears one whenever she is on a stealth mission.
* The eponymous heroine's one piece racing suit in ''{{Chassis}}''.
* Femme Appeal from the ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' comic wears one. Hardly surprising, considering that she's a furry CaptainErsatz of Emma Peel.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Kensington ladies and Foxy Cleopatra from ''Film/AustinPowers'', obviously.
* If there was a point to the movie ''{{Entrapment}}'' beyond showing Catherine Zeta-Jones in one of these as she slinked through a maze of trip beams, it's not clear.
* Selene in ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' wears one of these constantly. She's not actually a spy (she's closer to an assassin), but often has to be stealthy - she is a vampire, after all. The sequel explains her instantaneous Vampire Healing Powers but never mentions the fact that her suit seems to heal itself as well.
* Trinity in ''Film/TheMatrix'' trilogy.
* This happens twice with characters played by Creator/AnneHathaway:
** Played straight and inverted in the 2008 ''Film/GetSmart'' movie. Agent 99 plays it straight through the laser field wearing a skintight dress. Max then copies her moves halfway through with a near-lampshade look over his shoulder. Which is not helped by the fact that a rat has gotten onto him.
** Based on a recent promo image, Hathaway's outfit as ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' appears to be little more than this. Bear in mind, Catwoman was the TropeCodifier.
* Cameron Diaz in ''Film/CharliesAngels'' movie adaptation wears an impressive shiny silver catsuit while climbing and jumping off a skyscraper.
* In movie adaptation ''NickFury : Agent of SHIELD'', starring David Hasselhoff, almost everyone wears a catsuit, including all SHIELD and HYDRA agents.
* In the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movies both the male and female X-Men wear the tight leather suits. The problem of mobility is pointed out in the DVD extra material by HughJackman as the suits created literal InsurmountableWaistHeightFence situations.
** Also Lady Deathstrike from the second film.
* Angie Harmon wears an impressive series of impressive catsuits, including the famous red catsuit, in ''AgentCodyBanks''.
* UmaThurman briefly wears a catsuit/motorcycle racer suit hybrid in ''KillBill Vol. 1''. This is a direct adaptation of one worn by Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon.
* Subverted in the Roger Moore thriller ''Film/NorthSeaHijack'' (released as "Ffolkes" outside the U.K.), where the eponymous character, upon discovering the wetsuit he will be using to infiltrate the hijacked North Sea oil platform to stop terrorists from blowing it up snarks, "A wet suit in vermilion. Just what one needs at night."
* In ''Film/JayAndSilentBobStrikeBack'', a quartet of jewel thieves posing as animal rights activists wear these to steal diamonds while the eponymous heroes are duped into freeing animals from the lab next door as a diversion. Also [[ParodiedTrope parodied]], in that the initial introduction to the suit-clad thieves is them explicitly showing themselves off to the camera with overblown, borderline ridiculous body poses to acknowledge how blatant the creators know the {{Fanservice}} is.
* ''Film/TheAvengers1998'': Mrs. Peel and her clone (Creator/UmaThurman) followed her predecessors' examples by wearing lots of skintight catsuits.
* ''Film/JamesBond''
** Averted in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', where in the FinalBattle, Camille is wearing a button-down, plain khakis, and sneakers, and has her hair in a ponytail.
** Wai Lin in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' spent the final combat sequence in a wetsuit. Justified, it was on a ship in the middle of the ocean. Bond was also in one.
* Worn by the team during the raid on the compound and in the VFormationTeamShot behind the closing credits in ''Film/AngelsRevenge''.
* Black Widow in ''Film/IronMan2'' wore this a couple of times in the movie. She even once changed out of her dress and into the suit in the back of a moving car.
** [[DistractedByTheSexy The driver nearly crashed the car]].
* The likely TropeMaker is Irma Vep in the 1915-16 French serial ''LesVampires''. Musidora, the actress who played Irma had been a circus acrobat and the catsuit is probably derived from her leotard and tights.
* Both Scarlett and the Baroness from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' wear these.
* Ironically subverted in the Halle Berry ''Film/CatWoman'' film. Patience dons a leather catsuit as part of her MakeoverMontage but she abandons it pretty soon and opts for something even more {{Stripperiffic}} - that does at least look like it offers more mobility.
* Kitten wears one of these in one of her many [[FantasySequence fantasy sequences]] in the film ''Film/BreakfastOnPluto''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Franchise/StarWars: Legacy of the Force: Invincible''; [[ActionGirl Jaina Solo]] more-or-less complains about how the suit she stole from a GAG soldier is more suitable for someone trying to draw some attention to themselves: ''...a full size too small, and snug in all the wrong places for a woman trying to avoid attention.''
** We also have a straight example in [[ActionMom Mara Jade Skywalker]] - made even more obvious in the Japanese covers for the ''NewJediOrder'' novels as well as that of ''Sacrifice''.
* ''TheExecutioner'': A male example is Mack Bolan's blacksuit, worn not only to hide him in the dark but also for its psychological effect.
* Mord-Sith in ''Literature/TheSwordOfTruth''. Skintight leather suits coming in brown, red, or white. At one point Richard sees one naked, and notes the only difference is color.
* As pointed out below, these crop up a lot in ''Warhammer40k'' fiction. In {{Literature/Eisenhorn}} and {{Ravenor}} "bodygloves" are popular for both men and women. Inquisitor Amberley Vail wears something a lot like one to fit into and interface with her PoweredArmor, and the sight is enough to distract even Literature/CiaphasCain from the prospect of imminent danger...
* Pookie, a Pervect bodyguard from ''MythAdventures'', wears one of these as her work clothes, along with a short cape. How much this qualifies as FanService depends on whether the reader is into bald, rail-thin women with green scales.
* In ''[[Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass Vorpal Blade]]'', Two Gun uses this to describe the skintight suits that [[PoweredArmor Wyvern]] operators have to wear when using their suits.
* Creator/RobertWestall's ''Literature/FuturetrackFive'' has Keri's motorcycle leathers. Frequently a zipper away from becoming Absolute Cleavage and regularly employed as a means to distract male policemen. So often used, during her career as a Racer, that's it gets referred to in-Verse as the Keri Roberts Victory Stretch And Yawn.
* Arya from ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' wears a black, leather suit. Brings up some serious MoralDissonance, because she's a vegetarian on the basis that she finds killing an animal for food cruel.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Rather persistently averted in ''Series/{{Alias}}'', where any given spy is much more likely to be in nightclub wear. There are also episodes featuring camo Army-style getups, various forms of local ethnic costume, and tourist gear. Somewhat effected anyway in that nearly all these costumes end up being form-fitting and flattering.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' has the female lead, Emma Peel, and Cathy Gale before her, in this outfit frequently. It didn't [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/emma.jpg look so out of place]] in the '60s. She also had a purple one. The character of Emma Peel was a direct mimic of The Black Widow character of the American Avengers, Honey West and Catwoman of the Batman stories.
** This was, essentially, the entire point behind the character. Her name alludes to it, even: Emma Peel ==> M. Appeal or Man Appeal. (Her original name was the less subtle 'Mantha Peel, but it was changed perhaps on account of being the unsexiest name in television history)
** In later Emma Peel seasons, this ended up as a JustifiedTrope. The actress insisted on switching from the black leather catsuit to a colored jersey version - just as skintight, but far more practical for gymnastically kicking {{mooks}} in.
** It worked in the '60s just because it was less {{Stripperiffic}} than modern versions, and looked like something a motorcycle-riding woman would wear. In fact, many male and female bikers wear something similar but more colourful right now. As the time went on, catsuits began to shine, reveal and tighten to the point of asphyxiation.
* One episode of ''WalkerTexasRanger'' had the rangers break into a vault (for some reason). The relatively minor female ranger does it because "She's the only one that can fit into the stealth suit."
* Wendy Watson in ''TheMiddleman''. Actually, she wears one in the opening credits, but "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown" is the first episode in which she wore one within the episode.
* Eartha Kitt wore in an episode of ''MissionImpossible'' where she guest starred as an acrobat-contortionist used by the IMF to crawl through the vents of a foreign embassy.
* ''HoneyWest'' often wore a bodystocking, predated many catsuits of the '60s, such as Emma Peel of the British Avengers TV series.
* Parker in ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' is fond of these... ''under'' street clothes or bulky harnesses that provide pockets and carabiner loops.
* In ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', [=McGee=] fantasizes about Kate in a catsuit in one episode.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'': In "Straits of Malacca", Mac wears a special forces-style wetsuit when boarding a cargo ship.
* Seen on Gugu Mbata-Raw in the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/undercovers_9089.jpg promo pics]] for ''Series/{{Undercovers}}''.
* [[Series/BionicWoman Michelle]] [[{{Jekyll}} Ryan]] wore one as [[Series/DoctorWho Lady Christina De Souza]] in ''The Planet of the Dead''
** And Wendy Padbury, as Zoe Heriot in the Second Doctor's era, wore a sparkly catsuit.
** And Jean Marsh, as Sara Kingdom in the First Doctor era, wore an Emma Peel-style catsuit. Unlike Zoe and Christina, her character was actually a bona fide spy, or at least an agent of a paramilitary organization.
* On ''Castle'', in "Undead Again", Rick and his daughter Alexis have been playing a single game of laser tag since she was five. At 18 and about to leave college, she tells him those days are over and she's grown out of it. Castle was already imminently quitting his adventures with Beckett and now realizes that he's losing his daughter as well. When she realizes how much she's hurt him, she later ambushes Castle, rappelling down from the ceiling in a catsuit to zap him. Cackling maniacally, she claims the whole thing was an act intended to catch him off-guard.
* Seven of Nine and T'Pol from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' aren't spies, but still wear catsuits.
** HandWaved for Seven - her part-Borg physiology required a specialised suit.
** Incredibly, T'Pol herself explained that her choice of clothing was largely based on her "appreciation for aesthetics". That's right, the MsFanservice StrawVulcan stated ''in-universe'' that she wore a catsuit purely out of vanity.
* Lynda Carter's Series/WonderWoman wore one on a couple of rare occasions in which it replaced her regular costume when she needed to go swimming (likely lampshading the fact that her regular costume ''was'' basically a swimsuit). It actually fits the trope name because in the TV continuity, Diana Prince worked for a spy organization.
* Kochanski in the ''Series/RedDwarf'' Season 7, Episode "Ouroboros" (later destroyed in "Duct Soup").
* In ''{{Smallville}}'', LoisLane once wore something like this complete with CombatStilettos while posing as the superheroine "Stiletto". She complained about the suit being uncomfortable and making squeaking sounds when she walked.
* In ''SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' when Sabrina's spy novel comes to life, one of her characters [[PunnyName Vivian Soontodie]] appears in one of these. Libby mistakes her for Valerie[[note]]Sabrina based all the characters on her friends and so they are played by the same actors[[/note]] and mocks her for wearing a catsuit. Vivian kicks her.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/BritneySpears sports this in music videos, "Oops I Did It Again" and "Toxic".
* September's backup dancers in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qux6PhqbBBU Cry for You]].
* The stand-in Emma Peel in XTC's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Da9sc6YDBo Mayor of Simpleton]].
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''Pinball/SecretService'', the agents in the Capitol Building shootout are all wearing this.
* Worn by Natasha Romanoff, ''a.k.a.'' the Black Widow, in Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/IronManStern Iron Man]]'', and prominently featured on the sides of the backbox.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Seen occasionally in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. Several Eldar have one, but it's pretty much standard issue for the Officio Assassinorum agents of the Imperium. Some employ chamaeleonic mimicry abilities, others have no special reason apart from being FetishFuel. In one of the newer novels, this tendency is repeatedly lampshaded when several characters can't keep their eyes from the girl-assassin brought up by a rather [[KillItWithFire puritanical]] [[ChainsawGood sect]] who would most likely kill them if she had any idea why they looked at her like that...
** And, of course, there's the Harlequins in their skin-tight acrobat leotard that emits hologram fields.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the ''catskin leather'' magic armor, which is described as a "supple suit of jet-black... leather armor" that grants the wearer several cat-themed bonuses (bonus to Acrobatics and Stealth checks, halved falling damage, [[CatsHaveNineLives saving the wearer's life]] at the expense of [[ClothingDamage being destroyed]]). (It's also not actually [[MadeFromRealGirlScouts made of cat skin]]... although it probably could be if a player really wants.)
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Maureen in ''Theatre/{{Rent}}''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Abyss Ranger alternate costume set in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' dresses everyone in the party up in these. They sort of look like sexy Power Rangers. Except Anise. She just looks awesome.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'''s Black Operations females wore skintight suits. In fact, their breasts jiggled when they walked. It was removed in ''Opposing Force'', an expansion. It's also worth noting that the ''males'' wore skin-tight black, too.
* Strangely enough, in ''Franchise/MetalGear'', the SpyCatsuit is the domain of [[http://i11.tinypic.com/4ujta9j.jpg male spies]]. The female spies get to wear [[http://i17.tinypic.com/5xz6dz6.jpg proper camo]], suits, military uniforms or flight suits. The Boss starts out in a proper BDU, but switches this for possibly the [[http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n291/celtic1962/THEBOSSsnakeeater.jpg a more "space age" type outfit]]. Eva in ''Metal Gear Solid 3'' plays this pretty straight though, complete with the front-zipper cleavage, which features prominently in first-person cutscenes.
** The character designer for ''Metal Gear Solid'' admitted that Snake and Raiden's outfits, particularly Raiden's, were inspired by looking at bondage gear, probably an admission that it was intended as FetishFuel. On the character art, he draws an arrow to Raiden's buttocks, [[MrFanservice explicitly pointing out where his underwear lines can be seen through his clothes]] - it's subtly visible on the in-game model itself.
** ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' has the Beauty and the Beast Corps. Every last one of whom are wearing a full spandex (actually nanotech) bodysuit covering what appears to be a complete neck-to-toe '''see-through''' latex catsuit. What's even more notable was that this wasn't even intended at first. Originally, they were supposed to be stark naked, but they had to edit it to catsuits because it would have given ''Metal Gear Solid 4'' an Adult Only rating.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', Rouge the Bat has a tight suit complete with a [[ChainmailBikini heart breastplate]].
** Replaced with a generic {{Stripperiffic}} outfit in ''Heroes''. In addition, in ''Anime/SonicX'' Rouge has a "stealth" version that's all black in some scenes(the [=SA2=] version has a good deal of white). It still has the pink heart breastplate(and the pink hearts on her [[CombatStilettos gogo boots]] for that matter) though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'''s Samus Aran wears a bright blue catsuit underneath her [[PoweredArmor Power Suit]]. This being ''Metroid'', however, you only actually get to play as her in it in three games, one of which is a ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' game.
** Also in said ''Super Smash Bros.'' game, [[Franchise/MetalGear Snake]] appears in ''his'' catsuit.
** [[VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} Captain Falcon]] as well.
* Cate Archer in ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' wears one of these on occasion, probably as homage to Emma Peel, as the game is an irreverent take on Sixties spy fiction.
* In ''VideoGame/SplinterCell'', the main character, a guy, wears a skintight black rubber suit. He often wears standard BDU pants on it, though.
** Fisher also wears flak jackets and other types of body armor [[http://www.the-nextlevel.com/features/events/pandora-tomorrow-world-premiere/sam-fisher.jpg over the spysuit]]
* Ryu Hayabusa from the ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' series got a sleeve-less ninja variation in the XBox prequel series, and it has become in one of the most iconic male examples in the medium.
* It's sister series, ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', also features some catsuits for good measure, both male and female. Apart from Hayabusa's own catsuit (which debuted in this series in ''Ultimate'') he most popular ones are Christie's WHITE catsuit and Kasumi's ninja catsuit in [=DOA5=] (which looks pretty similar to Hayabusa's). Not to forget Tina's infamous LITERAL catsuit.
* Joanna Dark in ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''.
** At least her catsuit had some armored parts.
* A few of the ''Franchise/TombRaider'' games have Lara in a cat suit.
* Quite a lot of the outfits for Nina Williams from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' are spy catsuits, given that she's an assassin.
* In ''{{Mercenaries}} 2: World in Flames''. Jennifer Mui's last unlockable costume is a catsuit with cleavage nearly reaching her navel. She will drop a LampshadeHanging when she puts it on. The male characters get a yellow chicken costume instead.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' DLC ''Operation: Anchorage'', one of the rewards for completing the simulation is the Chinese Stealth Armor, which gives the wearer a permanent [[InvisibilityCloak stealth field]] while sneaking. Although both male and female characters can equip it, the enemies who wear it are all males. Unlike most examples here, The Chinese Stealth Armor is a great asset to an infiltrator, which makes this a justification or subversion, depending on your angle. It is also present in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', although without its InvisibilityCloak capability.
** The main game also has the Leather Armor, although it doesn't affect one's stealth stats, and the Recon Armor.
** Averted by the Reinforced Leather Armor in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', whose male and female versions are equally modest. The Assassin Suit and Stealth Suit Mk II from the add-ons play this trope straight, as well as both increasing the player's Sneak skill, although the latter has [[HighlyVisibleNinja fluorescent white stripes]] giving it away.
* The Mrrshan spy from the first ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' game.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' has the shrouded armor for assassins.
* The [[{{Ninja}} kunoichi]] [[MsFanservice Kasuga]] from ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' wears an especially {{stripperiffic}} black catsuit complete with some impressive AbsoluteCleavage.
* [[FemmeFatale Miranda's]] outfit in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Something of a subversion, as it's actually white, then later played straight as it's upgraded to black. Miranda's outfit also has a cutout in the front stopping right above her breasts that is not commonly seen on outfits of this type. The second Appearance Pack DLC lets players swap out the catsuit for a far more practical suit of Cerberus armor.
** [[ClassyCatBurglar Kasumi]] has a similar outfit, but with less FanService.
** Every Quarian ever wears a skintight bodysuit, though they have [[BizarreAlienBiology a reasonable excuse]].
** Seems to be the normal outfit of Asari Commandoes. "Commando leathers" are mentioned a few times in explicitly fetishistic context.
** The [[ColdSniper Nemesis]] and [[HighlyVisibleNinja Phantom]] Cerberus troops of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' are women dressed in these, in sharp contrast with other Cerberus soldiers who are men in PoweredArmor.
** Ashley's alternate armor in 3 has some catsuit qualities to it. In the same game, there's Eva Coré, who's kitted out in the same catsuit as Miranda, which can then later be put on [[spoiler:EDI]] for no fathomable reason.
* The Ghosts in ''{{Starcraft}}'' got the [[http://images.wikia.com/starcraft/images/7/71/Ghost_SC-G_Cncpt1.jpg Hostile Environment Suit]] which is designed act like a wetsuit while being undetectable by thermal sensors. It also supports [[InvisibilityCloak Personal Cloaking]].
* Natalya wears one in the last location of ''DestroyAllHumans 2''. Lampshaded in one conversation, wherein Krypto asks her how she managed to fit in it. Her response? "Shoehorns and lubricant."
* [[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV C. Viper]], a CIA DoubleAgent wears a black catsuit with a [[SexyBacklessOutfit heart-shaped cutout]] in the back as one of her alternate outfits.
* ''Videogame/EvilGenius'' is a videogame in which [[VillainProtagonist you play]] as the eponimous [[BigBad Evil Genius]]. As the videogame is esentially a big parody of spy fiction the agents sent after you from the forces of justice are all very colorful an stereotypical, making this trope inevitable.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'', [[spoiler:Jill Valentine]] sports a dark purple one while under Wesker's control. She has subsequently appeared in it in ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
** Even after she's free from Wesker's control, she still wears it when aiding Josh Stone in the DLC, ''Desperate Escape''.
* Jenny sports a tight racing suit in ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution''.
* The Spy unit in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} 4'' look like this, at least in the later eras. In elder times, she wears a robe and false beard.
* ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} in ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' gets special mention for sporting one of these with the [[AbsoluteCleavage zipper down]], showing off her MostCommonSuperpower in sub-zero weather.
* Mitsuru in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' wears one underneath her [[PrettyInMink white fur]] [[BadassLongcoat coat]].
* In ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'', you can purchase a number of different catsuits from [[TheMafia the Family]]'s fences, with the FlavorText actually stating that the Family provides them to operatives for important break-in jobs. This being a D&D-based fantasy setting, the catsuits are actually enchanted to confer numeric bonuses to stealth skills (as well as having a decent defense rating), making them a great alternative to regular clothes and armor. The only downside is that you cannot wear them in public, or [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything the guards will identify you as a professional burglar on sight]]. While these regular catsuits don't have high heels, some high-level custom ones (like the Assassin's Waistcoat) do--but even then, their huge skill bonuses [[StatisticallySpeaking easily negate the high heels' -2 penalty on Move Silently skill]].
* In ''Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire'', the protagonists wear cutoff, short-sleeved police jackets over solid-color catsuits.
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* ''Webcomic/AxeCop'' wears a cat suit on night missions... [[http://axecop.com/index.php/acask/read/ask_axe_cop_67 To actually pretend being a cat]].
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' uses the second type of subversion during the ''Painted Black'' arc, where three female characters are put into brightly-colored catsuits for a infiltration / rescue mission. This is only clear in the colored strips, though, not the standard black-and-white artwork.
* Averted in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': While Haley inexplicably dons black leather in her role as sneaky leader of the Azure City Resistance, it actually is LESS revealing than her normal day-to-day outfit.
* Thae of ''OverlordAcademy'' is wearing one of these in her first appearance.
* Kestrel dons a black vinyl catsuit...in her fantasy in the toy store in an early ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' strip.
* When Zoe from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' tries spying on the cloner nerds, she dons one of these suits, seemingly because that's just what you do when you spy. [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=050627 It doesn't keep her from getting found out]] but it does have [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=050628 other]] [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=050630 uses]].
-->'''Bill:''' Oh no, Phil! I left this Project Mindswarm dossier out on the floor!\\
'''Phil:''' Gee, Bill! I hope nobody spies on it!\\
'''Zoe:''' ''I am not putting on my spy clothes!''
* In the Future Developments arc of ''{{SSDD}}'' Tessa wears a [[http://www.poisonedminds.com/d/20020408.html dark grey catsuit]] that's implied to provide some protection (though an Inlay's bullet penetrates it easily), and as she's putting it on she complains about how tight it is and that Dr. Cook only designed it so he could see her tits when she wore it.
* In ''TalesOfGnosisCollege'', Ashley Madder wears one of these (explicitly modeled on the ''maillot de soie'' worn by Irma Vep in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Vampires ''Les Vampires'']]) to infiltrate Professor Corwin's laboratory.
* ''Webcomic/ByTheBook'': Orc rogue Kazu's outfit.
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* Reach of the WhateleyUniverse wears one by the end of her introductory story. It's built by a deviser so it has all kinds of utility, even increasing her natural superpowers. She eventually gets [[LesYay her girlfriend Spark]] (the inventor) in one too.
* [[GentlemanThief Jeremy Archer]] from ''ShadowOfTheTemplar'' wears one while he's "working". [[MrFanservice It's slick material and skintight]]. While [[FBIAgent Simon]] doesn't approve of Jeremy's job, he ''does'' [[DatingCatwoman approve of the catsuit]].
* Deconstructed in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18591_the-5-most-impractical-aspects-superhero-costumes_p2.html this]] ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article, co-written by a professional cosplayer who knows first-hand how impractical they actually are (no storage space, material doesn't breathe, etc.)
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* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' wore an even less practical outfit on her missions. It must be [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Aeon%20Flux.jpg seen]] to be disbelieved.
** Turns out all Monicans wear this.
* Talia al Ghul's outfit of choice in ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Batman: The Animated Series]]''.
** Also Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}'s preferred outfit.
* In the ''Dial M For Monkey'' shorts on ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter's Laboratory]]'', the eponymous Monkey's Emma Peel-ish sidekick/[[{{Squick}} love interest]] Agent Honeydew wore one of these.
* Notably for a show about an ActionGirl, ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' uses this trope very sparingly with the main character. Her usual mission wear is more practical, although in the early seasons it [[BareYourMidriff bares her midriff]]. A "Stealth Suit" was introduced for the SeriesFinale, but it was retired in the PostScriptSeason because it was too much of a GameBreaker. Also, the overweight GadgeteerGenius Wade wears [[FanDisservice one of his own]].
** Her DarkActionGirl nemesis Shego plays this trope straight.
* Dr. Wakeman wears one in an episode of ''MyLifeAsATeenageRobot''. Its skintight nature is meant more for laughs than for FetishFuel, as it emphasizes her rear more than anything else; she needs to take off the mask in order for her to be recognizable.
* One episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic]]'' had Rainbow Dash wearing one when trying to [[ItMakesSenseInContext sneak back into the Ponyville Hospital in order to retrieve the Daring Do book she left there]], which makes her look more like a ninja.
** In a later episode, Twilight, Pinkie, and Spike each don into one in order to sneak into the Canterlot Archives.
** Pinkie dons one again in the beginning of The Crystal Empire Part 1, with ''SplinterCell''-style {{night vision goggles}}.
* Standard day-to-day wear for Agent K in ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Angel Dynamite wears when she breaks into Destroido in "Menace of the Manticore".
* On ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', the uniform worn by the three teenage girl spies is a shiny plastic catsuit. The stealth part of the trope is usually subverted, as each suit is of a unique bright color. At other times, the suits can change appearance to look like more ordinary clothing, subverting the skintight aspect of the trope.
** In one episodes, one of their gadgets were a "literal" catsuit, a skintight black suit with cat ears on the hood. It was specifically designed to give the wearer the nimbleness of a cat.
** The catsuits on ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingSpiez'' manage to be quite stealthier as parts of them are black along with the usual bright coloring. They also include shoulder and knee pads, unlike their predecessors.
* The usual outfit of Kitty from ''[[WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy T.U.F.F. Puppy]]''. Bonus points since she's, y'know, a cat.
* Molotov Cocktease from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''.
** Subversion No. 3 is played in the 3rd Season finale, when she shows up to help Brock and the Venture family while wearing her "off-duty" getup.
* Viper from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. Even if she's a [[InsistentTerminology ex-super thief]], she still wears it.
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