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Characters: Cat's Eye
The character list for the manga Cats Eye.

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     Cat's Eye 
The Kisugi sisters and their allies in heist.
Tropes associated with multiple members of the group:
  • Action Girls
  • Animal Motifs: No, really?
  • But Not Too Foreign: The Kisugi sisters have a German father and a Japanese mother. They don't look like Europeans at all.
    • Partially subverted by Hitomi: as a child she was blonde like her father and grandmother, and halfway during the series she has to dye her hair due the return of blonde strands in her hair.
  • Calling Card: A literal calling card with a stylized cat and the words Cat's Eye on it, left to mark their success or to send messages, including what will be their next heist. It's part of their attempt at contacting Michael Heintz.
  • Classy Cat Burglars: And cat-themed to boot.
  • Crimefighting with Cash: Sort of: the Kisugi sisters are filthy rich, and use their money to finance their thefts, help people when they can (and at least once this made them even richer), and to expose a sale of fake painting by paying for a squadron of F-15 to move the real ones from New York to Japan and then exhibit them the next door from the fakes' sale.
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: The Kisugi sisters could be very successful professional athletes in multiple disciplines, art critics, actresses, police officers and, in Ai's case, as a scientist, yet they only use these abilities to steal.
    • Subverted with their skills as art critics: Ai used her knowledge of arts (that is noted to be superior to her sisters') to unmask a sale of fake paintings.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The Kisugi's sister father disappeared in a fire when they were children, with all his paintings being stolen and themselves and their mother being hunted down by the killers until they managed to disappear.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: One of their favourite tricks is to disguise themselves as generic police officers, with Rui disguising herself as Toshio in a memorable occasion (leading to him being Mistaken for Gay due Rui's inability to act manly) and Hitomi taking Mitsuko's place in multiple occasions (including two in the same chapter).
  • Fountain of Expies: Pretty much every female Phantom Thief is at least somewhat based on the Kisugi sisters. The most prominent expies are Kasumi Aso from City Hunter (a professional thief who only steals on commission and for good reasons, who looks like Hitomi and ends up working at the Cat's Eye cafe for good measure) and Alex from Totally Spies! (based mostly on Ai's personality, with her same name in the French dub).
  • Fiction500: The properties of the Kisugi sisters include a gigantic golf club, and they can casually create a pharmaceutical company capable of buying out half the Japanese market.
  • Five Thieves Band
  • Hero Insurance: They don't have it, but they don't even have to pay for the immense amount of collateral damage they leave behind.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Hitomi and Rui have metallic versions of their calling cards to throw at people. Also, they have weaponized the paper version.
  • Latex Perfection: Including gloves with fake fingerprints.
  • Masters of Disguise
  • Meaningful Name: Cat's Eye is the name of Michael Heintz's favourite cocktail, that he invented himself. Naming the gang and the bar Cat's Eye is part of their call for him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ai just a little less than her sisters, but they all qualify.
  • Parental Abandonment: The Kisugi sisters' father, Michael Heintz, was apparently killed in a fire when they were little (Ai was so young she didn't even know his face), and their mother died sometime later. The search for their father drives half of the plot.
  • Phantom Thieves
  • Refuge in Audacity: They get away with most of what they do because the police won't expect them to be that crazy. Among what they do, they have a coffee house called Cat's Eye placed right behind a police station, and that includes half the personnel of the police station among their patrons.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Subverted: the sisters and Nagaishi are filthy rich, yet the sisters work at a bar and Nagaishi is a powerful businessman.
  • Roof Hopping
  • Rule of Cool: Many of Cat's Eye's heists refuses functionality specifically to call for more attention. It's part of their attempt at contacting Michael Heintz.
  • Secret Identity: The Kisugi sisters' identity as both Cat's Eye and the daughters of Michael Heintz are kept secret. On the other hand, at one point of the manga Hitomi's Cat's Eye persona admits being Heintz's daughter...
  • Serious Business: Art in general and paintings in particular. Faking paintings and selling them as the original is a good way to get on their shit list.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: For the Rat, who was the most famous Phantom Thief of Japan before they started stealing.
  • Spy Catsuit
  • Stuff Blowing Up: They tend to use generous amounts of explosive whenever they're sure they won't hurt anyone.
  • Voice Changeling
  • We Help the Helpless: Sometimes they stop and help people for no reason other than they can and it's the right thing. For example, the pharmaceutical company mentioned above was created to get Mitsuko out of a forced marriage.
  • Where Do They Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: Ai builds some of them, and the rest (and the parts for Ai's inventions) are bought with their insane wealth.

Hitomi Kisugi
The main protagonist and the middle sister. Her love story with Toshio drives most of the plot.
Tropes associated with Hitomi:
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: She takes offense when it looks Toshio is going to ravish her but actually isn't, or does something pervert to her by accident and explain that he would have not done it if he could have chose.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Partially subverted: as mentioned above, she's the only one of the sisters who partially looks like she has a German father.
  • Christmas Cake: She's implied to fit the age part, but doesn't really care.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl
  • Daddy's Girl: Toshio is noted to really resemble her father.
  • Dumb Blonde: When in her Blonde Cat's Eye persona she tends to act like a valley girl, remaining extremely competent all the time.
  • Hello, Nurse!
  • The Hero
  • Identical Grandmother: Hitomi is a dead-ringer for her German paternal grandmother, except for the hair and eye colour (she has black hair and brown eyes, while the grandmother had blonde hair and green eyes). Halfway during the manga she invokes this by dying her hair, wearing green lenses and presenting herself to Toshio as a member of Cat's Eye and Michael Heintz's daughter while standing right next to a portrait of her grandmother.
  • Jerkass Fašade: At the start of the manga she claims she's still dating Toshio only to get informations for their heists, partly in an attempt to convince herself of this. She stops pretending after willingly botching an heist to save Toshio's career.
  • Rule of Cool: Even more than her sisters, Hitomi does extremely dangerous things during the heists to grab even more attention.
  • Secret Identity Identity: When the girls decide to try and make Toshio join Cat's Eye, Hitomi tries to seduce him into joining as the Blonde Cat's Eye, only to discover she's jealous of her blonde persona... And the Blonde Cat's Eye is jealous of Hitomi. She also wonders what's wrong with her.
    • In the end, the situation is solved when Hitomi admits to herself and to Toshio that everyday's Hitomi and the Blonde Cat's Eye are just sides of Hitomi's personality.
  • Super Speed and Super Reflexes: She's by far the fastest and most agile character in the series, with Rui once wondering if she was even human.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: In her Blonde Cat's Eye persona she loves to invoke this on Toshio, stating there's a bond, created by fate, between herself, Heintz and Toshio... Alluding to the fact Toshio will become Heintz's son in law if he marries Hitomi.

Rui Kisugi
The older and wiser of the Kisugi sisters.
Tropes associated with Rui:
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: She once disguised as a man to prove she could, and Mitsuko fell for her at first sight. Also, she once disguised herself as Toshio... And was sexier than the real thing.
  • Beauty Mark: A mole on her cheek, right near the lips
  • Christmas Cake: Subverted: she has the age, but she doesn't care in the slightest.
  • Even the Girls Want Her
  • Femme Fatale: Subverted: she looks like one, but doesn't act the part unless it's for an heist or to prank Toshio.
  • Fixing The Game: Don't bet against her at anything that involves her throwing or spinning something, she can calculate how much strength she needs to use to get her desired result. She has been shown doing this with French-style roulette, American-style roulette, and Russian Roulette (the guy who bet against her on the latter soiled himself when Rui grabbed the gun on his turn and showed he was about to kill himself).
  • Hello, Nurse!: In-universe she's considered the most beautiful woman around.
  • Identical Mother: she looks like her mother, right down to the mole.
  • The Lancer
  • The Leader
  • The Prankster: She often pranks her sisters and makes ludicrous claims just for the hell of it.
  • Promotion to Parent: She acts as a mother for her sisters.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Hitomi/Toshio.
  • Ship Tease: With Toshio.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Very tall, to the point she was surprised to find out that Toshio is slightly taller.

Ai Kisugi
The youngest of the Kisugi sisters, still an high school student.
Tropes associated with Ai:
  • Bokukko: An early example.
  • The Chick: She's the less capable of the girls when it comes to stealing, relegating her to support roles.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: More pronounced in the anime, but still present in the manga.
  • Genius Ditz
  • Hello, Nurse!: Rather beautiful, even if not as her sisters. Ironically, she's the one with the most in-universe fans, as Hitomi and Rui are so beautiful that they subdue their admirers with their presence alone.
  • Hidden Depths: She's a ditz and quite childish. She's also the finest art critic in the series, and can recognize a very good fake from the original with a single glance.
  • Identical Mother: She's growing up very similar to her mother and oldest sister, only without the mole.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: A particularly extreme example, as the only thing she needs to graduate from 'cute girl' to 'drop-dead gorgeous woman' is to squint her eyes: by making her eyes appear smaller her face is much more mature, and her natural good looks do the rest.
  • The Smart Girl
  • Wrench Wench

Sadatsugu Nagaishi
An old friend of Michael Heintz. He administrates the girls' immense properties and sometimes helps for the heists.
Tropes associated with Nagaishi:

Moriya
Another friend of Heintz, who was supposed to care for his daughters but didn't find them before they disappeared.
Tropes associated with Moriya:
  • An Arm and a Leg: Lost the left arm during one of the many assassinations attempted on him by the Cranaff Syndicate.
  • Parental Substitute: Wanted to be this, but the Kisugi sisters disappeared on him before he could start doing it.
    • Still manages to be one for Ai.
  • Put on a Bus: Disappears with no apparent reason at the end of the arc that introduced the Cranaff Syndicate, and his role is taken by Nagaishi.

     Anti-Cat's Eye Special Squad 
Formerly part of the first squad of the Inunari Precint, they are the guys assigned to arrest Cat's Eye.
Tropes associated with the entire squad:

Toshio Utsumi
Cat's Eye main foe, and Hitomi's boyfriend since high school.
Tropes associated with Toshio:

Chief Murakami
The chief of the cops assigned to arrest Cat's Eye. Passes most of his time berating his men for their latest failure.
Tropes associated with Murakami:

Mitsuko Asatani
An elite officers who moved to the Inunari Precint from the headquarters, and Hitomi rival in love.
Tropes associated with Mitsuko:

Takeshi Hirano
A young officers who idolizes Toshio.
Tropes associated with Hirano:
  • Berserk Button: Don't touch his glasses.
  • Cool Bike: Has an Harley Davidson.
  • Cowboy Cop: Has this attitude, and a large revolver to go with it.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: As Takeuchi said, flirting with Rui means you'll never go back at the Cat's Eye for fear of getting shot. God helps you if you are being clingy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a trigger happy idiot, but give him a clear shot and he'll hit the target or do a Bullet Outline, depending on what's appropriate for the situation.
  • '80s Hair: Sports a rather impressive mullet. It got him mistaken for a rapist murderer and kicked in the face by Takeuchi (who didn't know him yet and then Lampshaded it once he knew him)... And he still continues with it.
  • Face of a Thug: He looks more like a Yakuza than a cop. Endlessly Lampshaded, with Hitomi neutralizing him by crying he was a pervert and a murderer during a chase (him swinging his Hand Cannon didn't help his case).
  • Gun Nut: Rather obsessed with guns in in general and his Hand Cannon in particular. He's even called a gun nut to his face...
  • Hand Cannon: Doesn't carry the standard issue .38 Special revolver (either the Smith & Wesson Model 36, the S&W Model 37 or the New Nambu M60) but the Smith & Wesson Model 686 chambered in .357 Magnum (can still fire the .38 Special), and is rather good with it.
  • Likes Older Women: Madly in love with Rui.
  • Security Sunglasses At Night: Always wears his sunglasses due his insecurities. That, and he has ridiculous small eyes.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ships Toshio and Hitomi... So Toshio will stay away from Rui!
  • Those Two Guys: With Takeuchi.
  • Trigger Happy: Most of his problems come from his tendency to shoot too often than it's safe. Got the rather justified nicknames "Gun Nut" and "Mad Shooter" for that...
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Again, with Takeuchi.
  • Yakuza: Gets often mistaken for one due his fashion sense.

Takeuchi
An old friend of Toshio since the police academy, was transferred to the Inunari Precint only after a few chapters.
Tropes associated with Takeuchi:

Juzo Unno
An old but experienced officer, assigned to the Anti-Cat's Eye Squad due his embarrassing habits.
Tropes associated with Unno:
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Even more than the rest of the squad: he's a pervert with the habit of travelling on trains without ticket (he'll steal someone else's) and casually pickpocketing people, and a scary competent cop who dealt with a dangerous criminal by stealing the magazine of his gun (with the train ticket, of course) and luring him where he knows there's half a dozen other cops.
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Five-Finger Discount: He's an expert on pickpockets, and a capable pickpocket himself.
  • The Matchmaker: His hobby.
  • Name's the Same: Has the same name of a famous Japanese science-fiction author.
  • Only Known By His Nickname: His real name is known, but almost everyone calls him Shige.

Kizaki
Toshio's replacement in the first squad. Later transferred to the Anti-Cat's Eye squad due an undisclosed screw-up.
Tropes associated with Kizaki:

     The Cranaff Syndicate 
The men who tried to kill Heintz to get his paintings, composed by his disciples and various buyers.
Tropes associated with the Cranaff Syndicate:
  • Chekhov's Gun: A number of paintings and jewels stolen by Cat's Eye before their introduction are revealed to have been in possession of Syndicate members at the moment of the heist.
  • Kick the Dog: After apparently killing Heintz they tried to do the same with his family and friends.
  • Killed Off for Real: Various members of the Syndicate die facing the girls, and the survivors are blown up by Cranaff.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Aside for Cranaff, they initially decide that Cat's Eye cannot be Heintz's vengeful children because they're females.
  • The Syndicate

Cranaff
Heintz's main disciple, and the leader of the group. He's also Heint'z twin brother.
Tropes associated with Cranaff:

Hiroyuki Seguchi
The Syndicate's most prominent member, a rich man with political connections.
Tropes associated with Seguchi:
  • Butt Monkey: He appears three times. The first time, he gets arrested (he gets out thanks to his connections and money), the second time Ai sends him crashing in the Inunari Precint and makes him believe his car was possessed by a ghost, and the third is covered under Humiliation Conga.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He first appears as the unnamed Jerkass owning a museum targeted by Cat's Eye. Various chapters later, Cat's Eye warns the police they'll steal a supposedly burned painting from him, thus introducing the whole Cranaff Syndicate.
  • Fat Bastard
  • Frame-Up: Tries to frame Cat's Eye for murder. The police sees through it as he described Cat's Eye as a group of tall men (Cat's Eye including at least one woman was not known outside of the police yet), but they let him do it to have the chance of getting evidence against him and try and arrest Cat's Eye too.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In his final appearance he confided in a group of armoured dog to kill at least the member of Cat's Eye whose smell they had sniffed (Ai). Ai successfully dodges the the armoured dogs in the garden and uses them to deal with his men inside the mansion.
    • Happens to the armoured dogs too: some of them are neutralized when they hit each other with the spikes on their armours.
  • Humiliation Conga: His last appearance has his mansion devastated by Ai fending off armoured dogs and axe-wielding cops trying to save her, one of the outer walls is destroyed by Ai to run away with a painting, then he's arrested for the murder he tried to pin on Cat's Eye, the attempted murder of Cat's Eye and perjury, and Toshio decides to humiliate him further by revealing the police saw through his frame up since the start and that Cat's Eye is composed by women.
  • Killed Off for Real: Subverted: he's the only member of the Cranaff Syndicate who is not confirmed as having been blown up by Cranaff or being otherwise dead.
  • Put on a Bus: After the failed frame up he's arrested for murder and attempted murder, and isn't seen again.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money! and Connections: In his first appearance he's caught in possession of various stolen paintings and arrested. In a later chapter we see Toshio complaining for his release and the disappearance of the evidence, obtained either due corruption or his political connections, or both. He later uses his money to get away with some other crimes, before being arrested again for murder and attempted murder.
  • Super-Persistent Predator: Invoked: after seizing a piece of Ai's clothes, he has a group of armoured dogs smell it so they'll chase Cat's Eye until they murder the member who lost the piece of cloth. Ultimately subverted, as Ai uses the armoured dogs to neutralize his guards before defeating them.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: In his final appearance. Before then, any foe faced by the girls was easily fooled and defeated, Seguchi included. Then Hitomi nearly dies to steal a painting from him, the painting is revealed being a fake on live TV, he convincingly frames Cat's Eye for murder (the police sees through it only because they know Cat's Eye is a band of women while he described them as tall men), and Kamiya and Ai are nearly killed by his armoured dogs.
    • Also, his first confrontation with Cat's Eye involved the girls getting in a desperate fight with a Giant Mook tough enough to shrug off being hit on the head with a bottle.

     Other Villains 
Assorted villains with some impact on the story.

Ambassador of the Country S
A foreign ambassador implicated in arts smuggling.
Tropes associated with the ambassador:

The owner of the illegal casinos, Kusumi
The owner of a chain of underground casinos and of the 'Cranaff' painting "Dangerous Woman", that Hitomi plans to win from him. Keeps secret his identity and gender.
Tropes associated with Kusumi:
  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Accepts Hitomi's stakes of an undisclosed but ludicrously high amount of money against the painting "Dangerous Woman".
  • Affably Evil: She may be a criminal, but that's only because her casinos, administrated honestly and with fair play, are illegal.
  • The Casino: Owns at least three of them one of which on a ship. They're all illegal.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Realizes that Hitomi and Rui (who is being her croupier) are most probably members of Cat's Eye upon seeing them.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The Reveal surprised Hitomi, Rui (who had earlier befriended her) and most of the casino personnel.
  • Graceful Loser: Immediately pays the stakes upon losing, and offers a trip back to shore. Her caretaker, on the other hand, needs to be threatened with a torpedo...
  • Noble Demon: The only reason she is a villain is because she is a criminal and owns casinos (illegal under Japanese law).
  • Properly Paranoid: Chooses her croupier at the last moment to insure fairness, and, upon realizing that her chosen croupier Rui is most probably an accomplice of Hitomi and capable of sending the ball wherever she wants, she has their game played the French way, with bets placed after the wheel is spun. Hitomi and Rui still manage to fix the game.
  • Worthy Opponent: Picks her opponents in bets among the best and luckiest players of her casinos. To challenge her, Hitomi had to cheat her way into simulating having almost impossible luck.

Shin Kaibara
A mysterious criminal mastermind who is trying to move a treasure from Japan to the US.
Tropes associated with Kaibara:
  • Ambiguously Gay: Looks and acts straight, yet he continuously says that Toshio is exactly his type. It's not clear if he's serious or just doing it to creep out Toshio.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He acts as a gentleman while threatening to murder Cat's Eye.
  • Handicapped Badass: Crippled in both legs.
  • Karma Houdini: He's ultimately foiled, but escapes arrest and disappears.
  • Name's the Same: According to Word of God he's not the Big Bad of City Hunter, only a different criminal mastermind with his same face, antics, fashion sense and one more crippled leg more.

     Other characters 

Tsukasa Hojo
The author himself.
Tropes associated with Hojo:

Masato Kamiya
A rival thief and occasional accomplice of Cat's Eye, nicknamed the Rat by the police. Initially tries wooing Hitomi, but starts dating Mitsuko near the end of the manga.

Tetsu Kono
Ai's schoolmate and boyfriend.
Tropes associated with Kono:

Michael Heintz
A genius painter, and the Disappeared Dad of the Kisugi Sisters. Their main goal is to find him.
Tropes associated with Michael Heintz:
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Cranaff's Cain.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Near the end of the manga it's revealed he did decipher his daughters' call, but is staying on the run due the Cranaff Syndicate and him knowing the location of the the Athenai Aphrodite, a statue that hundreds of art collectors are willing to kill for, and how to recover it. The girls recover the statue and give it back to the Greek government specifically to eliminate this reason.
  • Disappeared Dad
  • Faking the Dead: Twice: first during World War II, and then after his disciples betrayed him and tried to murder him and his daughters.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Why he's still on the run.

Kazumi
Another of Ai's classmates, and her rival in love.
Tropes associated with Kazumi:
  • Alpha Bitch: Mild example.
  • Brutal Honesty: And poor Hirano and Takeuchi are at the receiving end of it.
  • Not So Harmless: At first she's only annoying due her attempts at seducing Kono, and the only reason she gets involved in the story is that she photographed Hitomi as Cat's Eye by chance (the camera was set to photograph the moon, so she only got a silhouette). Then she sees one of the Cat's Eye in action, recognizes her as Hitomi, and starts helping Mitsuko...
  • School Newspaper Newshound

Keiko Natsume
A girl Toshio saved from a fire when she was eleven. Now older, she arrives in Tokyo to marry him.
Tropes associated with Keiko:
Castle in the SkyCharacters/AnimeA Certain Magical Index

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