Should we stop this?! Joey:
What? Are you out of your mind? Let's throw some Jell-O on them!
A battle between two or more female combatants that differs from the Designated Girl Fight
only in that it's invoked for Perverse Sexual Lust
purposes more than anything else. Though the label may be attached to any girl-fight, a true Catfight generally lacks finesse/combat skill
, and is more likely than not intended to titillate in-universe. A telltale real life sign that a cat fight is about to ensue is if a woman reaches up to take her earrings off before it actually starts, and as such talking about taking one's earrings off can be used as a verbal threat. Expect the combatants to seize and tear each other's clothing and/or hair. A staple of the Jiggle Show
. More humorous
depictions may be punctuated with a cat screech
to drive the point home.
The more brutal or dramatic the fight, the less likely it is to be considered a catfight. A good rule of thumb is that if weapons are involved, it ain't this trope. A battle to the death between two women is never
In a combat situation involving both male and female participants, the females will automatically square off with each other
. If only one male is involved, he will simply stand by and watch the two women beat each other senseless. If it's a more comedic series, several male characters may stop to watch the fight and Pass the Popcorn
; bonus points if said males are enemies.
If two Catgirls get into a fight, this Trope may apply, in which the name becomes very
The less human the opponent is, of course, the less this trope applies. The Cute Monster Girl
still does, though.
See also Wouldn't Hit a Girl
, Girl-on-Girl Is Hot
, Designated Girl Fight
, Foe Yay
, Fanservice Faux Fight
, and especially Interplay of Sex and Violence
. Just Add Mud to get Mud Wrestling
. Compare: Panty Fighter
, where Catfights are the bread and butter, but they rarely degrade into "Rolling Around" pseudo-fights. Not related to the Cock Fight
or the cartoon Big Ball of Violence
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- Great taste, or less filling? Irrelevant, as the audience for a Miller beer commercial is Distracted by the Sexy: two women wrestling in a fountain. Should be little taste, more outfit filling...
- A later commercial poked fun at the previous one, with two buff guys taking their shirts off... and then deciding to talk about it for a while. Cue Smash Cut as we see two women in a bar talking about how that would make a great beer commercial, with their boyfriends rolling their eyes.
- Ditto for the Ginger-vs-Mary-Ann catfight commercial for "The Real Gilligan's Island" that even adds in the same gag as above, but with pies.
Anime & Manga
- Yoko and Adiane's fight in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (and Gainax cranked the fanservice up in the movie).
- Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02 both featured fights between Angewomon and (two different) LadyDevimon near their respective climaxes. Much hairpulling and slapping ensued.
- Izzy in the dub lampshades it: "I feel like I shouldn't be watching this..." In the original Japanese and the Latin-American dub, he instead said "Women are something to be very afraid of, when they're scared!"
- During the first cat fight, Angewomon angrily rebukes AtlurKabuterimon for trying to help her or catching her when she got thrown around (for which he apologises), and Angewomon's partner Hikari was actively encouraging Angewomon to hit LadyDevimon harder.
- Digimon Savers averts the trope, having the female antagonist Nanami instead face off against genius / lancer Touma in a battle of wits, while the female protagonist Yoshino (and her partner Lalamon) face off against Ivan, who has something of a crush on her. Both fights still had plenty of Fanservice, this being the Digimon series where they decided to kick the fanservice up a notch.
- Bleach as a few examples:
- Putting aside the fact that one has a literal cat form, the battle between Soi Fon and Yoruichi. Both their special attacks just happened to need to blow away clothing and being the only two characters with no ranged attacks. However, it's also subverted, in that while it has its shade of fanservice, it's actually a very brutal fight.
- In a bizarre example that starts off comedic but ends on a very serious note, when Charlotte Cuulhorne fights Yumichika Ayasegawa, he keeps acting like they're having a catfight. Yumichika is so far from amused by this that it's not even funny (for him, that is; for the reader, it's hilarious... at least until it gets serious).
Cuulhorne: 'Beautiful Charlotte Cuulhorne's final, holy, wonderful, pretty, super-magnum sexy, sexy, glamorous... cero!'
Yumichika: 'That's just a normal cero!'
- The only fight where Mai Shiranui actually did well in Fatal Fury was against a female, Panni. Slight subversion in that, while it was a one-on-one girl duel and had quite the fanservice, Mai not only wins, but BRUTALLY curb-stomps Panni and kills her.
- Heavy Metal L Gaim: Amu and Leccee get into them constantly over Daba. Usually they use their fists but they are not reluctant to use mechas to settle it. One of them happened during a strategic meeting -with hair pulling included- as the leader of La Résistance just watched stunned.
- In One Piece, Nami tends to most often be paired off in fights against female opponents. The most famously Fanservice-y has to be her fight against Kalifa and, to a lesser extent, Miss Doublefinger. (For whatever reason, this trope seems not to apply to Robin, who was once The Dragon to Crocodile and has not only fought men but was once held captive and beaten by one.)
- While Robin's no slouch in terms of looks, she tends to play second in Fanservice to Nami, especially post-timeskip. Part of this is that she's unorthodox and usually doesn't fight in the usual way; her power is to grow body parts out of the walls.
- For the record, Kalifa fights by fondling her opponent—she has soap-based powers, so she makes the opponent lose friction by applying her soap all over their body. This, of course, leads to scenes where Kalifa feels all over Nami, including up her skirt.
- Tashigi most often fights men (except for when she faces Robin), and Vivi tends to fight both men and women (even though she typically can't do anything without the Straw Hats backing her up, and her opponents typically don't hit her- for example, Crocodile merely threatens to dry her up if she resists).
- Bizarrely played with by Ivankov. In order to fight Impel Down's chief guard, Sadi-chan, he used his Devil Fruit powers to transform himself into a woman.
- In the Soul Eater manga and anime, the busty Catgirl Blair fights with a similarly chesty witch. Despite both knowing powerful magic, onlookers are thrilled to no end to see that they simply wind up catfighting anyway.
- Surprisingly uncommon in Ranma ˝, given that it's a Unwanted Harem Anime about teenaged martial artists.
- Parodied slightly in a chapter called "Women's battle at the open-air onsen!" Ranma and Herb, both of whom are trapped in female form, do battle at the hot springs, while Ryouga and Mousse watch. Since neither combatant can really land a hit on the other, Mousse deadpans that it's a very boring duel (Ryouga, on the other hand, is more appreciative).
- Probably because Mousse, as well as being Blind Without 'Em, can't even see that well WITH 'em.
- Happens often in Chrono Crusade since there's a lot of female characters and the main character is a Hot-Blooded Nun. She gets into fights with her superior, with Satella, with a Dark Action Girl...
- Eri and Yakumo from School Rumble fought over Harima at the school play.
- In Fairy Tail, villain Vithaldas deliberately creates one of these between Lucy and Juvia, by using his magic to seize control of Lluvia's mind and force her to attack Lucy (despite the fact that he could control them both if he'd wanted). As you might imagine, he makes it as titillating as possible, although it's actually not bad from the reader's perspective.
- Later, after Erza and her Edolas counterpart exhaust all their magic, they end up in little more than underwear. Even so, they resort to hand-to-hand combat in a battle of wills and ideas, with Erza ultimately convincing her counterpart that magic isn't everything.
- A very early episode of the Pokémon anime involved Misty and Giselle at each other's throats. Ash wanted to step in and calm them down, but Brock told him no, and that getting in the middle of a cat fight was not a good idea.
- In Best Wishes the new female lead Iris often gets into a fight with her rival Georgia especially after her first appearance. So far, they have spent the entire time at Don's tournament taunting each other and being each other's throat.
- Played with and subverted in Air Master. There are a few fancervicey fights, but in general male characters have no compunctions whatsoever about fighting Maki with all their strength (one or maybe two even succeed at knocking her out), and female-against-female battles end up very, very brutal and definitely not "sexy" more often than not.
- There's a major catfight in Toradora!. It's not meant as Fanservice. It's still awesome because the two opponents do their very best to beat each other into a bloody mess. The two fighters are Taiga and class rep Sumire. Watch episode 16 for the fight.
- Girls Bravo: Fukuyama deliberately invokes this by hosting his private underground "Girls Fight!" tournament, where the rules are simple: the competition is women only and combatants must wear progressively smaller swimsuits as they advance in the rankings. He even made the semi-final bout between Kosame and Kirie a mudwrestling match, with each of them wearing string bikinis.
- As all the combatants in Freezing are female...that said, despite there being plenty of Clothing Damage and Panty Shots, it's rather disturbing seeing how downright brutal the fights are. Bodies tend to be shredded just as much as the clothes.
- Similarly, when women fight each other in Ikki Tousen, not only their clothes and panties end up either exposed or destroyed, but the girls beat the everloving shit out of each other, sometimes to almost lethal degrees. (i.e.: Ryoumou and Hakufu's fight - specially when Hakufu's Dragon kicks in -, when Ryuubi gets possessed by her Dragon and said Superpowered Evil Side skewers Ryuubi's own friends Kan'u and Chouhi. and Ryoumou almost being slain by Ten'i and her arrows.)
- Hanaukyō Maid Tai La Verite episode 2. After Ryuuka and Mariel end up tied in their competition, they break the tie with a "swimsuit cavalry battle" in the mansion's indoor pool. Each of them rides three other people, and the one who has their head band taken away loses.
- In Persona 4: The Animation, Ai Ebihara slaps Chie Satonaka. Their cat fight have them childishly pulling on each other's cheeks, making this a rare overlap with Wimp Fight.
- Ayeka and Ryoko get into at least one Cat Fight in every piece of Tenchi Muyo! media. They start off with the superpowers but usually end with childish cheek pulling.
- The fight between Ryoko and Ayeka in episode 4 of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki actually starts with Ayeka slapping Ryoko after she dared her to show off her body to Tenchi. Ryoko then slaps Ayeka twice. One a normal slap and the other a backhand. Then they fight with their powers.
- In episode 25 of Jewelpet Sunshine, this trope happens figuratively and literally with Garnet and Diana fighting over Dian.
- Kill la Kill, interestingly enough, averts this, possible the one Fanservice trope it doesn't use, even with it's use of Weaponized Clothing Damage. All of the fights involving Female characters are intense, epic, and often brutal throwdowns that generally leave both sides scarred, bruised and bleeding, sometimes to disturbing degrees.
- Racket Girls. Well, it's a film devoted to female wrestling, but they take it to a whole new level when two women dressed as cats wrestle!
- Parodied in Undercover Brother: Once a catfight breaks out between Sistah Girl and White She Devil, Undercover Brother and two (male) mooks are seen watching it... while (after a few cutaways) sitting in an armchair with popcorn and a drink, enjoying themselves immensely.
- In the James Bond film From Russia with Love, Bond is taken to visit some Gypsies, who proceed to stage a formal catfight between two half-naked young ladies over a man for his benefit. Later, he apparently sleeps with both of them. This has absolutely no relevance to the plot, by the way.
- It is signaled by the immortal line "It must be settled ... the Gypsy Way."
- Averted in the original book, where this was a brutal, unarmed fight to the death between two women who are both vying for the affections of one man, with no titillation involved.
- That also involved both girls ripping each other's clothes off.
- This scene may have been referenced in the fight between Bond Girl Jinx and Villain's Girl Miranda Frost in Die Another Day. Although that was more of a sword fight rather than hand-to-hand combat, it did end with Frost's death.
- Subverted in The Hunger Games with the fight between Katniss and Clove. Two teenage girls in tight-fitting clothing might be sexy if the setting wasn't one where they're out to kill each other. It's wince-worthy to watch them do everything short of knock each other's teeth out trying to gain the upper hand.
- Near the end of Judge Dredd there's a brief catfight between Judge Hershey and the villainous henchwoman Ilsa. Hershey is wearing her tight-fitting Judge's uniform and Ilsa is wearing black leggings.
- Completely subverted in Kill Bill. Despite the fact that the Bride mostly battles other women, none of her fights includes hair-pulling or scratching but rather full-on punches, kicks, head-butts, swords, knives and other serious implements of pain. In short, the fights are too convincing and too brutal to be seen as catfights.
- In the original Total Recall (1990) the heroine Melina fights it out with the villainous henchwoman Lori. Both acquit themselves quite well, although the male protagonist eventually has to come to Melina's rescue.
- Evie's flashback thing in the middle of The Mummy Returns, where she duels Anuk-sa-Namun. The point seems to have been that the winner would guard the pharaoh, and the loser would guard the bracelet.
- Director Steve Sommers is a big fan of cat fights. The one in Van Helsing between Anna Valerious and Aleera isn't quite as Fanservicey as the Mummy Returns fight, if only due to the participants wearing slightly more than gold bikinis.
- Sommers' later film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra averts with the Scarlett vs. Baroness fight. Although the fight involves two hot women, one wearing a Spy Catsuit, it is brutal.
- Black Mama White Mama has several catfights between the two main characters, as well as with other inmates in the women's prison where the film starts. Being an Exploitation Film remake of The Defiant Ones WITH WOMEN, it's really not that surprising. After their escape things get more serious and they have to fight real enemies in a much more deadly manner.
- Coffy has an (in)famous example where the title character (Pam Grier) fights a room full of call girls at a party, while the men present watch and cheer them on. While Coffy is rather good at fighting (and fights dirty, with razorblades tied into her hair), the other women fight in typical catfight style. And somehow all the women's tops get torn off during the fight.
- "Manos" The Hands of Fate has one among all of the Master's wives...and it goes on for a long, long, long time.
- And a boring, nonsexy catfight it was, too.
- The rather sleazy, exploitative Call Her Savage has a typical hair-pulling, clothes-rending Cat Fight between Clara Bow and Thelma Todd.
- Mortal Kombat: Annihilation has Mileena and Sonya Mud Wrestling.
- True Lies has a catfight between Helen and Juno in a runaway limousine.
- The sole reason the otherwise worthless movie Bandidas was ever made was to show a five-minute catfight between Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek.
- The Brain That Wouldn't Die
- Mystery Men has a scene where two women dressed as Wonder Woman get into a fight that becomes this.
- This being Mystery Men, its played for laughs. Anyways, subverted as we don't get to see it, nor them.
- Lampshaded in 8 Women: a catfight between two members of the all-woman cast turns into an ambiguous homoerotic display.
- Outlaw of Gor. Princess has to fight the Leather Women.
- One Million Years BC.: Raquel Welch and Martine Beswick, in animal-skin bikinis.
- French James Bond spoof OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies has Agent 117 nearly intervene in the fight, then pause to enjoy it after clothes start coming off.
- There's a truly masterful one in the 1934 So Bad, It's Good sexploitation/horror film Maniac involving baseball bats and hypodermic needles.
- Francesca and the Monster's Mate have one in Mad Monster Party sounds of actual cats fighting play during it.
- Subverted in the The Three Stooges movie "The Outlaws Is Coming", where Annie Oakley and Belle Starr get into a parodical old-west style knock-down-drag-out fistfight in the middle of the muddy street, rather than a stereotypical catfight. The extreme, stereotypical masculinity of their fight is what made it funny, since they were both dressed in long gowns with petticoats.
- In The Broadway Melody, Hank gets into a hair-pulling fight with Flo, a rival chorus girl, which quickly becomes a hair-pulling brawl with all the other chorus girls. Hilarously, the film cuts to a shot of all their long, shapely legs as they fight each other.
- Underworld. Subverted in the second film. Twice. In the span of ten seconds.
- Miriam Aarons and Sylvia Fowler have one in The Women when Sylvia learns that Miriam is the woman her husband has been seeing and going to marry after their divorce. Miriam walks away with a bite on her leg and her shorts pulled off, but Sylvia suffers a slight nervous breakdown and starts smashing anything she can get her hands on while screaming "I HATE EVERYONE!"
- Delightfully subverted in Dredd, where the female villain appears to have been brought along for this express purpose, but the heroine just headshots her without blinking.
- Dale and Aura in Flash Gordon. On a bed, with pillows being used as weapons. Justified since this is after Aura's Heel-Face Turn and she's trying not to hurt Dale, who assumes she's still evil and attacks her.
- Probably the most famous scene of The Legend of Frenchie King, between Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale. Although unlike most examples, there's some serious punching and wrestling going on, almost no slapping and absolutely no hair-pulling.
- In the 1950's Gina Lollobrigida vehicle La Donna Piu' Bella Del Mondo (Beautiful But Dangerous), Lina furiously storms into the dressing room of her rival Manolita, who's hidden a razor blade in the makeup kit of Lina's partner Carmela and caused her to cut herself. Lina, still in her fancy showgirl lingerie attacks Manolita right in the middle of a photo session.
- J.T. Edson, an English author of westerns, seemed to have a positive fetish for this trope and shoehorned it into a surprising number of his novels (and once included a collector who had paintings of catfights that had occurred in previous novels).
- Most female characters in The Wheel of Time have at one time or another had to repeatedly tell themselves that they are too mature to engage in such behavior. Most notably Elayne's reaction to Min's prophecy about having to share Rand with two other women and finding out that her friend Min is the second, her other friend Aviendha is the third. And that Aviendha has already slept with him.
- Parodied/lampshaded in Thud!, when Angua's nerves get the better of her and she attacks female vampire Sally in an underground tunnel. Sally points out that they are both female, naked, and covered in mud, so if they are going to fight, they should find some men and charge admission.
- Averted in The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, wherein most characters won't hesitate to hurt a woman if she's perceived to be dangerous and said women often give as good as they get. Played straight, however, in perhaps the only scene where the heroine is able to physically overpower her opponent. Both parties lacking functional weapons, the fight involves "wrestling and punching and hair pulling" before the protagonist is able to pin the other girl down. A male character who arrives on the scene initially declines to offer help in favour of watching the show.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: The Vigilantes end up having this among themselves in the book Hide and Seek. They were bitter and angry over everything. This was just what they needed to let it all out. Sure, they were sporting bruises afterward, but at least they were willing to work together again.
- A Deeper Blue includes one between Britney, Greznya, and an undercover Katya including a lot of Clothing Damage. It was fake, used to help Greznya break contact with Katya after an information drop, to not reveal the mission.
- Example that is almost Older Than Print: Bradamante and Marfiza dishing it out in Orlando Furioso. It began as joisting and ended with hair-pulling.
- Averted in Last Sacrifice. When Rose and Angeline (Dawes) of the Keepers get into a fight, it is depicted as prolonged and serious. Not used to turn on the male characters watching them.
Live Action TV
- Usually subverted on Smallville, in which even girl fights often turn out to be quite brutal, like the one with Lana vs. Chloe in Delete. Tess and Lois Lane get a straight one in Doomsday, though.
- The spy comedy Chuck is notable for pitting the blonde, scantily clad Sarah against the female antagonist of the week. Sarah has fought in a variety of Fanservice costumes like a pseudo-Bavarian miniskirt with plunging neckline, a short satin robe with flesh colored underwear, revealing evening gowns, and a black catsuit.
- One two-part episode of Mission: Impossible required this trope for the mission to succeed. A guard had to be distracted at a critical moment during a prison escape so Cinnamon Carter and a guest-star agent spent the better part of two episodes setting up their "rivalry." When they finally did start the catfight the guard was primed to enjoy it and not notice what else was going on.
- Brilliantly done in the "My Lucky Charm" episode of Scrubs: Elliot Reid and Carla Espinosa get into a catfight in the cafeteria. Then the Todd interrupts, "Ladies! Please! Stop!"... then pulls up a chair, sits down and says "Continue."
- And soon after, rips his shirt apart and yells "I'm going in!"
- When Carla staff makes a "Rawr" noise in another episode, Todd eagerly bursts into the room and yells "Catfight!?" Disappointed, he warns her to "be more careful about using that noise."
- Name any show by Aaron Spelling.
- Famously, one of the main draws of Dynasty, including a famous one where Alexis and Krystle fighting in the mansion pond.
- In one episode of Cheers, two women vie for Woody's attention and start fighting. The others start chanting "Cat fight! Cat fight!", until the actual fighting turns out to be disappointing, at which point the chanting changes to "Kitten fight! Kitten fight!"
- They got to see one in a later episode "One Hugs, The Other Doesn't" between Frasier's ex-wife Nanette and his current one, Lilith.
- At the end of Primeval series 2, between Abby and Caroline, though both have genuine issues (Caroline was the Femme Fatale sent by Leek to use Adorkable and at that stage, naive, Connor to get into the ARC/ get info on the team and Abby was the protective best friend love interest. Connor tries to break this up and be the better man, while Leek is watching and enjoying and gets whacked in the face, much to Leek's amusement. Eventually Connor succeeds in breaking it up, and he retorts he didn't do it for Caroline (who had been pretending to be his girlfriend). This confirmed Abby and Connor's mutual attraction which was a long lasting plot point, making this possibly the worlds only plot crucial and fanservice cat fight.
- The lack of skills part was averted - both Abby and Caroline had been shown to be proficient martial artists before, and their skills were on full display.
- Addressed and ultimately subverted in one Seinfeld episode. Elaine is attacked by a female coworker, but no one believes her, even with a menacing message on her answering machine. In fact, all the men hearing about this are turned on by the idea of a catfight instead.
- Juliet and Kate had a semi-serious throwdown on LOST. In the mud, while handcuffed to each other. Not the show's proudest moment.
- Not the show's proudest moment, but certainly one of the show's more alluring.
- They fought earlier in the episode, but it was a one-sided curb stomp where Juliet knocked Kate on her ass despite Kate having the element of surprise.
- Maddie and London on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
- In the Eureka episode "Purple Haze," Alison and Beverly (both under the influence of an inhibition-lowering drug) get into it. The fight isn't over a man — it's because Beverly blabbed professional confidences about Alison over the town's PA system.
- Parodied in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Initiative", with possibly the only catfight in the series, between Vampire Harmony and Xander — at the time the only male member of the group (other than Giles). The fight, in classic catfight fashion, begins with a bitchslap and continues into shin kicking, name calling, and hair pulling. It finally ends in a stalemate and an agreement never to mention it to anyone.
Xander: Harmony, it's been great catching up. Really, I'm just gonna pick up the tattered shreds of my dignity and go home.
- The Harmony-Xander fight is made even more awesome by the comedic use of slow motion and epic fight music.
- The reason that Harmony vs. Xander is the only catfight in the series is because girl-on-girl throwdowns in the series in general (and there are quite a few of them) are deadly serious affairs that feature little in the way of typical catfight tactics.
- Lampshaded in "What's My Line, Pt. 1" when Buffy and Kendra fight:
Struggling for control of an axe.
Buffy: Don't make me do the chick fight thing.
Kendra: "Chick fight"?
Buffy: You know...
(Buffy digs her fingernails into Kendra's hand. Kendra yelps, and Buffy grabs Kendra's hair, and pulls her off balance.)
- The two fiancees of a now dead Marine on NCIS. Tony points and shouts "Chick fight!" and McGee records the whole thing. McGee shows the video to Abby who says, "I can't belive I missed it!"
- And in another, Abby and Ziva get into a brief slapfight over Ziva's seeming lack of concern for Gibbs' wellbeing, which thoroughly freaks out McGee.
- In Friends Monica fights with Rachel, and later Rachel and her sister Amy in "TOW Rachel's Other Sister".
Chandler: That fight was totally arousing.
- Rachel and Monica in "The One After The Superbowl". Phoebe, who is a much more skilled fighter, manages to subdue both of them.
Phoebe: You know what, if we were in prison, you guys would be like my bitches.
- One episode of Stargate SG-1 ends with a doofus-scientist character daydreaming about Carter and another woman fighting over him. Fantasy-Jack stops him from breaking it up.
- In The Big Bang Theory, Penny and new neighbor Alicia's rivalry over her leading Raj, Leonard, and Howard on culminates in a "What're you gonna do about it, bitch?"
- Somewhat Lampshaded by Wolowitz:
Howard: Oh, my God ...GIRLFIGHT! [pins Leonard's arms behind his back]
Leonard: What're you doing?
Howard: I know you, you're stupid enough to break it up!
- Stargate Atlantis has one with knives, ending in a surrender.
- There's also a MALE version where Ronon and Teal'c are beating the shit out of each other with a massive crowd cheering at them. And yes, it IS played for fanservice; fanservice for girls but still, the two most muscular guys of the franchise in tight workout clothing and positively dripping with sweat? Draws a lot of Female Gaze.
- Robin and Lily start to get into one of these in How I Met Your Mother before Ted stops them.
Barney: Ted, no! You never break up a girl fight! NEVER! * punches hole in the wall*
- BRO CODE ARTICLE 26: "A bro will, in a timely manner, alert his bro to the existence of a girl fight."
- Subverted when one of Marshal's coworkers tells Lily that she kissed him, and Lily proceeds to administer a terrifying beatdown on the woman "trying to move in on her man." Marshal swears at that moment never to try and make his wife jealous again.
- A really weird one happens in The Middleman, when Wendy fights the villain of the week, who's stolen the body of the Middleman himself. Leading to a rare boy-girl catfight.
- Averted with great force in The Sarah Connor Chronicles in the truly brutal, and emotionally wrenching, fight to the death between Jesse and Riley.
- And the one between Cameron and that other terminator who she twisted up like a pretzel.
- The Avengers episode "The Living Dead", between Mrs. Peel and a female guard.
- Topping this, The New Avengers episode "Angels Of Death" has Joanna Lumley's Purdey taking on not one but two gorgeous female opponents (played by Caroline Munro and Pamela Stephenson), after Gambit's basic decency prevents him hitting women and they beat the bejasus out of him.
- In the That '70s Show episode "Cat Fight Club" Jackie gets fed up with Laurie's insults and starts a fight with her. Fez suggests they should pour water on them.
- In an earlier episode, Eric's female partner for a class project, Stacy, has an obvious crush on him, but Eric thinks Donna doesn't really pay attention to this. Kelso suggests early in the episode that Stacy and Donna should mud wrestle for Eric. At first Eric responds, "Kelso, that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard." Then he thinks about it (a Dream Sequence occurs) and then says, "Kelso, that's the smartest thing I've ever heard."
- In the episode "Mother's Little Helper", Eric and Hyde say that girls can't play fight, because it always turns into a real one. Jackie and Donna try to prove them wrong, and end up proving them right.
- Gossip Girl has Serena vs. Blair in season 2. Some clothes ripping included.
- Also the one in Season 1. Straddling and hockey outfits included.
- Mad TV did it on a parody of NBC's remake of the Bionic Woman called "The Les-Bionic Woman" between Jane [Crista Flanagan] (as a butch les-bionic woman) and Sarah [Nicole Parker] (as a lipstick les-bionic woman). Subverted when during the fight (which shows the two in many suggestive positions), Sarah tells Jane that the doctor who made her bionic was their enemy, and Jane grunts, "So why are we fighting each other?" and Sarah replies, "Fighting? I'm not fighting."
- Oz. Prison guards Diane Wittlesey and Claire Howell get into a fight that puts both women in the hospital ward, after Howell placed a false sexual harassment charge against Unit Manager Tim McManus (who'd had affairs with both women). When Warden Glynn asks what they were fighting about, Tim just replies, "Me" earning him a "You've got to be kidding me" look from Glynn.
- Star Trek: Enterprise. In the Mirror Universe episode, a scantily-clad T'Pol and Hoshi have a knife fight while exchanging snarky comments about each others' sex lives.
- In the second season opener of Legend of the Seeker Cara and Triana have one. That Cara is naked and wet from her bath and Triana is in skin tight red leather and played by Charisma Carpenter pushes the Fanservice factor Up to Eleven.
- Actually, the fight between Cara and Triana was nothing compared to the cat fight between Kahlan and Cara in Season 2, Episode 16 "Desecrated". There is bitch slapping, shoving, hair pulling and in the end, they're both breathing hard...with Kahlan lying on the floor. Needless to say, there was also a lot of eyesex involved.
- Waterloo Road is starting having roll-around-on-the-floor fights between two girls in school uniform about once every two episodes.
- Relic Hunter. Sydney Fox (Tia Carrere) and the enemy agent (played by Roberta Angelica) have a cat fight. With mud. The two guys stop, watch, and comment. Lampshaded when Sydney looks over and asks, "You boys enjoying the show?"
- In Robin Hood the rivalry between Isabella and Kate eventually culminates in what is possibly one of the worst catfights ever to be taken seriously. Despite the fact that both women are armed with swords and daggers, they resort to slapping and hair-pulling, all whilst exchanging barbs on whom Robin loves the most.
- In a deleted scene from the The Thick of It specials, Robyn and Terri have a squabble... while Jamie chants "fight, fight, fight" and starts pushing their jackets off their shoulders.
- In an episode of Blake's 7 Cally and Jenna stage a catfight in a crowded bar to cause a distraction. The result is hilarious.
- The fight between Alex & Megan in The Sentinel.
- When Glee's Santana gets sufficiently angry with another girl, one of these is sure to ensue.
- Her first fight was with Mercedes in the first season, but was broken up before things got out of hand. But in the second season, she slaps the piss out of Quinn for exposing her breast surgery and the two go at it.
- The team for the reality show Impossible Heist staged a full-on shirt-ripping, hair-pulling catfight in a casino, in order to distract a blackjack dealer. It allowed them to switch the cards for a rigged deck and cheat the house.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyles The Lost World: Veronica gets drugged into mindless order following in one episode which nearly leads to her killing one of her friends. Marguerite appears in the right moment and gets into a fight with her. It ends in Mud Wrestling as they land in the only mud pit around. Veronica wins the fight.
- Claire vs. Elle in Heroes. Unusually, this comes to a stalemate - Elle has Claire pinned to the ground under her electric blasts, but Claire's never going to succumb due to her healing power - that's broken by Sandra giving Elle a soaking.
- Fresno parodied the Soap Opera cat fight by making it like a barroom brawl instead.
- Horrible Histories: Not shown, but very much talked about in the Roman funeral sketch:
"My uncle Centillus had it written into his will that he wanted a fight to the death between two beautiful women... His funeral's in ten minutes."
"That's disgus... can I come?"
- Las Vegas features a verbal variation between Sam Marquez and Monica Mancuso when they first meet in the third season. Any ambiguity as to whether it's intended as one is dropped out the window when two cats screeching are heard over the soundtrack. The guys later remark that they really regret that they missed it, so it's also in-universe fanservice.
- in an episode of Sledgehammer, Sergeant Dori Doreau is dragged into a mud-fighting arena in a seedy bar to prevent Sledge getting the worst of it from two professional mud-fighting babes. Actress Anne-Marie Martin later reflected that at one point, every episode appeared to feature a cat-fight between Doreau and a female perp.
- In the Doctor Who serial "Ghost Light," Ace and her Girl of the Week get into a couple of cat fights. In the second, the other girl literally tackles Ace onto a bed. The DVD special features mention several times how much the male cast and crew enjoyed watching all this. (Although Sophie Aldred mentioned that they apparently all missed the practice session where the other girl accidentally pulled Sophie's top off.)
- Community - as Annie and Britta compete raising money for oil-spill relief, their animosity toward each other's technique (and whole personality by association) comes to a head and they start wrestling in a puddle of oil. They make up with the common understanding that men are pigs, having raised far more money in the brief catfight than in the rest of the campaign.
- The Dance Hall Crashers have a song called "Catfight" — a subversion, in that it's about how stupid it is that men are entertained by female drama.
- "We bout to throw them blows/We bout to swang them thangs/It's about to be a what? Girlfight"
- Though the song itself isn't about a Catfight, Or is it?. New Zealand band Kids of 88 has this video and it's not just an awesome catfight but it's an awesome cat fight in SLOW MO. But they still had to throw in a little Ho Yay while at it.
- Julie Brown's "Girl Fight Tonight!"
- Pendulum's "Showdown" music video is about a catfight. It's brutal though.
- Parodied by the Groovecutters, a North London-based dance act. Filmed in a warehouse in Edgware, North London, the video can be seen here and qualifies as a Crowning Moment of Funny as well, given how this trope is used. A bit of Les Yay is used, but not for Fanservice purposes. However, the girls in the video, Talia Santo and Carly Harrop are Ms. Fanservice, but with Hidden Depths; they are intelligent women, but this is a Downplayed Trope, given that Fanservice is the point. Also, No Such Thing as Bad Publicity comes into play too.
- College Saga parodies this by having the female party-member and the female villain "bitch"-slap each other. In a turn-based battle.
- A staple of defunct Professional Wrestling federation ECW (pre-Revival), to the point that commentator Joel Gertner's shrieks of, "CATFIIIIIIIIIGHT!" became a Catch Phrase second only to Joey Styles' wails of, "OH MY GOD!"
- Jim Cornette believes there is nothing worse than pretty girls trying to have a wrestling match and that there is more money to be made by simply putting pretty girls in cat fights...that said, shows Cornette booked for had many more women in wrestling matches than cat fights and many of those were women people would consider pretty. While doing OVW commentary Jim went so far as to boast Passion would out wrestle not just most other women but most guys and while promoting Ring of Honor expressed desire to have Sara Del Rey compete on the show... perhaps Cornette has a different definition of pretty? Maybe he was alluding to something deeper when he said "try", as well as when he used the word "girls" instead of "women"? Who knows?
- Halfway through the first act of Kristina frĺn Duvemĺla, Kristina and Ulrika have a catfight song - complete with tearing each others' clothes apart - called "Löss" ("Lice") about which one of them brought lice onto the ship to America. The song fell flat in the English-translated concert version: although the lyrics were almost identical, the fanservice was removed. So yeah.
- In The Women, when word gets out that Miriam is about to marry Sylvia's ex-husband, the two women get into a vicious scuffle, culminating with Miriam kicking Sylvia in the shin and Sylvia biting Miriam on the arm. (Paulette Goddard, who played Miriam in the 1939 film version, was left a permanent scar from doing this scene.) Many productions have Crystal and Sylvia about to start another one at the very end of the show.
- There's one in Wicked after Fiyero leaves Glinda for Elphaba. Nessarose was just killed, and, far as Elphaba knows, Glinda was either somehow involved or too absent-minded to stop it.
- In Thirteen Kendra and Lucy get into a fight after Lucy steals Kendra's boyfriend, Brett. Although Brett breaks it up.
- "Fight Over Me" from No No Nanette, a number sadly omitted from revivals.
- In the various Street Fighter media (especially the UDON comics) Chun-Li and Cammy have a surprisingly large amount of fights, and in the Capcom vs. SNK games Chun-Li usually winds up fighting Mai Shiranui quite frequently as well.
- Khelgar has quite an entertaining reaction to the threat of the two female wizard bullies trying to beat up their classmate, a sorceress (who, by definition, has an insanely high Charisma score and is thus really, really hot), with spells outside your character's uncle's inn in Neverwinter Nights 2.
- In Final Fantasy VII, after Tifa escapes from a Death Trap, Scarlett was waiting for her on top of a cannon. Did she pull a gun out? no. Did she click a remote and bring in a giant bot to squish her? No. She proceeds to slap Tifa, and you get into a bitch-slapping mini-game in which the goal is for Tifa to slap her more often.
- Blood Storm would introduce a fight between two female characters with 'Catfight!'.
- Dead or Alive is a series with a predominantly female cast and is best known for its fanservice; especially given some of the costumes they wear. So pretty much ANY girl-girl match-up amounts to one.
- Advanced Variable Geo is an all girl fighting game series about a MMA competition for combat waitresses duking it out for the title of world's strongest. While there's no actual Clothing Damage in-game, the loser of each match is depicted having their uniform shredded to varying degrees with their faces are covered in bruises and scratch marks.
- In Haunting Ground Daniella will bitchslap Fiona while chasing her. One awesome scene is called like that too.
- This is the entire point of the Rumble Roses series.
- This is the name of the Catfight Fighting Game.
- In a deleted scene of Knights of the Old Republic II, there are two female characters who are attracted to a male player, and the one he has a lower Influence score with will attack the other on Malachor.
- Mira also rebuffs any advances a male player makes by telling him she doesn't want to have to beat up Visas and the Handmaiden.
- Gender-inverted, but the effect is the same, when it comes to Atton trying to kill Mical over a female Exile.
- Amusingly averted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War: Sylvia tries to initiate a catfight with Fury over Levin's affections, but Fury doesn't seem very interested.
- The entire point of Rose & Camellia, taken to the ultimate power.
- Mass Effect 2: A scripted fight between Miranda and Jack breaks out during the second half of the game, and Commander Shepard is tasked with resolving it, one way or another.note
Joker: Commander, Jack and Miranda are in the middle of a...disagreement. Can you head it off before they tear out a bulkhead?
Shepard: I'll deal with it.
Joker: (as Shepard walks off) Take pictures!
- If a male Grey Warden in Dragon Age: Origins is brave/unlucky enough to start a romance with both Leliana and Morrigan, he can expect them to spend most of their time together sniping at each other and coming just short of a fully on brawl.
- In Dragon Age II, there's at least two almost physical fights between Aveline and Isabela—one if you bring Isabela along for the Long Road quest, the other later on in the front room of the Hawke estate. Hawke breaks up both of them just in time. (And is especially hilarious about it if he/she is a smartass.)
- In the TGWTG Year One Brawl, when Spoony and The Nostalgia Chick face off against Bennett the Sage and The Chick With The Goggles, Spoony suddenly switch places with the Chick so that he and Bennett can take pictures while the girls have a catfight offscreen.
- In the audio commentary, Doug Walker mentions that the girls wouldn't agree to the gag unless the fight happened offscreen.
- There was a planned male version where Spoony and Bennett would pillow fight while the girls took pictures, but it had to be cut because people couldn't stop laughing while filming it.
- Dead Fantasy is an epic catfight featuring Tifa, Rikku and Yuna versus Hitomi, Ayane and Kasumi. Both sides get more help later. And later it crosses rather drastically into Fan Disservice, especially with what happened to Tifa.
- In the Halo machinima Pre Game Lobby, one of the protagonists and recurring antagonists get in one of these. After the fight, one of the bystanders says "Did anyone else have an orgasm watching that?" causing an achievement popup to appear saying "Got a tissue?".
- This ScrewAttack death match between Felicia and Taokaka takes it to its most literal degree. Both combatants are Catgirls.
- Portica and Killdra from DSBT InsaniT nearly get into a catfight a couple times in 'Beach Brawl'.