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Walking, talking, ''purring'' class. She doesn't steal; she liberates. She doesn't lie; she fibs. She steals from the rich and gives to... herself, but she's so [[SexyCatPerson graceful and easy on the eyes]] that you'll want to let it slide.

When TheHero first meets her, on a rooftop or a darkened bedroom, he'll be paralyzed with indecision -- should he arrest her or ask for her number? This dilemma is usually short, as she takes advantage of his distraction to escape/knock him out.

Bonus points if she has a cat theme, is named "Katherine", "Kitty", or "Felicia", or makes bad feline puns.

She doesn't always wear a SpyCatsuit, but if she does she wears it well.

Either way, Classy Cat Burglars are sophisticated and highly skilled. They target only the finest items (and best-protected) for "liberation", and pride themselves on leaving little or no clue on how they accomplished their burglaries. A fair number of them are independently wealthy and couldn't care less about the money; they just want a good challenge. (Detectives understand that a well-guarded, priceless item is the best bait in the world for these sleek critters). The actual term "cat burglar" comes from the notion that such a person is quiet as a cat (one that never claws its way up the drapes, gets into fights with the dog or [[{{Metaphorgotten}} tears your refrigerator to bits]]).

Like her [[DistaffCounterpart spear counterpart]] the GentlemanThief, this felonious feline usually regards the police with a certain amount of disdain and condescension, and frequently leaves behind [[CallingCard "calling cards"]] announcing who performed the crime. With a WorthyOpponent, she may have a less adversarial relationship, verging at times on friendship. If the opponent is of [[FoeYay the opposite gender]] (or [[LesYay not]]) this may be fraught with FoeRomanceSubtext.

Compare PhantomThief. If the hero is very, very (un?)lucky, may result in DatingCatwoman.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/CatsEye'' is run on this trope, as the main characters are a trio of Classy Cat-Burgling sisters. They tick nearly all the boxes: showing incredible sophistication, sneaking through even the toughest defenses, wearing [[SpyCatsuit skin-tight jumpsuits]] with [[CombatStilettos built-in high heels,]] leaving a CallingCard even as they give cops the slip, and the hot middle sister is even dating one of the detectives assigned to find them.
* Psiren in [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. Additionally, she has to pull down a zipper on her suit to reveal her transmutation circle just above her chest. Note that her actions are ''praised'' by the locals as the place that the episode takes place in is doomed and all the publicity is revitalizing the town.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'': [[MsFanservice Fujiko]] is an international jewel thief and [[FemmeFatale a seductress]], who's made Interpol's most wanted list. Though [[DependingOnTheWriter her character has undergone multiple iterations]], she's usually portrayed as Lupin's female counterpart, which has naturally placed them at odds with each other. Though they've teamed up just as often and, on occasion, [[DatingCatwoman they've even been lovers.]] She eventually got her own series to showcase her skills: ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine''.
* Train Heartnet from the anime ''Manga/BlackCat'' is an assassin and a rare male example of a criminal with a cat theme. The series title is his alias and he shamelessly sports a fluttering black cloak and a bell on a red string as a necklace.
** Also Rinslet, who doesn't have a cat theme but definitely fits all of the main requirements.
* Chiko in ''Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces'' is one of these in training. She tends to sometimes cross into action girl territory, though.
* The Major pretends to be one of these in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' episode "Cash Eye", in homage to the above ''Manga/CatsEye'', leaving a similar calling card. The faked heist itself is pure ''Film/OceansEleven''.
* Nami of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a master thief, being able to steal items off of her victims without them noticing. In fact, her AnimalMotifs is a cat, the animal most associated with being sneaky.
* Meimi's mother, Eimi, from ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' used to be a thief named Fallen Angel who fit this trope rather well. Her daughter, on the other hand, is [[JustLikeRobinHood more the Robin Hood type]].
* The ''very'' efficient thief and MasterOfDisguise Masami Hirota [[spoiler: (or better said, Akemi Miyano)]] in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is very beautiful and looks ''really'' pretty whether dressed [[LadyInRed in red]] or [[WomanInWhite in white]], but she's less traditionally fanservicey than many examples of this trope. Also unlike others, [[spoiler:she didn't act on her own will, but as a member of a local evil organization. And when [[DefectorFromDecadence she tried to leave]]... ''they killed her''.]]
** She's more of a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]] in every way - rather than any of the classic "calling cards" or glamorous museum robberies, she participated in a rather brutal bank robbery.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} is perhaps the ultimate incarnation of this trope.
* Felicia Hardy, Marvel's ComicBook/BlackCat, also plays up this theme.
* Maggie the Cat from ''ComicBook/JonSableFreelance''.
* The Fox from ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}''. Actually a subversion, in that while she ''appears'' classy, her personality is very trashy and uncouth.
* ''TheBlonde'', star of series of erotic comics by Italian artist Franco Saudelli.
* In ''[[AdeleBlancSec Adèle Blanc-Sec]]: Le Mystère des profondeurs'', Georgette Chevillard, who wears a skin-tight black costume that shows off her matronly bulginess, is a parody of this trope.
* Kitsune in ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo''. Also her apprentice Kiyoko (who [[FunnyAnimal happens to be a cat]]).
* The Mink from ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme''.
* She misses the animal theme but this is the ''civilian'' job of Lorelei (little sister of Amora the Enchantress) from ''Comicbook/TheMightyThor'' series of books. She finances her lifestyle by robbing high-end casinos and such with style (SpyCatsuit included). Given that she is also a fairly powerful Asgardian witch she really could do worse, but what for?

[[folder:{{Film - Animation}}]]
* Kitty Softpaws from ''WesternAnimation/PussInBoots''. She is also literally a cat.

[[folder:{{Film - Live Action}}]]
* Danielle (Brigitte Auber) in Creator/AlfredHitchcock's ''Film/ToCatchAThief'', complete with cat theme.
** John Robie (Cary Grant) from the same movie used to be a male example of this trope.
** A decade later, Hitchcock directed ''Film/{{Marnie}}'', which is told from the point of view of the Classy Cat-Burglar (Tippi Hedren).
* Virginia "Gin" Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) in ''Film/{{Entrapment}}''.
** Bonus points for the [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3223751168/nm0001876 natural]] CatSmile.
* Maggie Cheung turns into one for a night in ''Film/IrmaVep''.
** Which is based on a French silent film serial called ''Film/LesVampyres''. The Character of Irma Vep may be the Ur Example.
* A minor version in ''When Brendan Met Trudy''. Trudy is attractive, initially mysterious and seems a capable enough thief, but she is also [[TheLadette extremely uncouth]], working class and definitely in it for the money.
* Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman (Creator/AnneHathaway) in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''.
* Yenicall likes to think she is this in ''Film/TheThieves'', but she is probably a little too trashy to qualify.

* Although she is also a BarbarianHero(ine), Conina from Literature/{{Discworld}}'s ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' is a good example of it.
* Keira the Thief in the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels; she's one of the most talented thieves in the Jhereg crime syndicate, to the point where any unsolved burglaries are usually attributed to her, and she's polite and classy when speaking to others. [[spoiler:She also has no need of wealth, as she is the immortal sorceress Sethra Lavode, who took up the guise in order to gain intelligence on the syndicate and kept it up when she discovered that committing the thefts without using her powers gave her the first real challenge she'd had in tens of thousands of years.]]
* Sandra Paris, a.k.a. the White Queen, Nick's sometimes rival in the Literature/NickVelvet short stories of Edward D. Hoch.
* Kat from ''Literature/HeistSociety'' by Ally Carter is actually named after this trope. The author was inspired by the phrase and decided to write a book about a burglar that was actually a "Kat." Kat mainly steals expensive paintings that are under high security. She also has that moment where all the male characters get distracted from their heist because she looks so drop dead gorgeous.
** Though her cousin, [[MsFanservice Gabrielle]], probably plays this trope straighter than Kat.
* Kitai in the second book of ''Literature/CodexAlera''.
* The Literature/InDeath series: Magdalana is presented as this in ''Innocent in Death''. However, it gets subverted when it's revealed that she is a thief and not as classy as she pretends to be, with Roarke pretty much saying so to her face.
* In Creator/MichaelConnelly novel ''Literature/VoidMoon'' Cassie fits this role but is a slightly more realistic version of this character in that she doesn't pull impossible heists, instead focusing on much smaller targets. She and her partner robbed high rollers at a casino before being caught and having her partner killed.
* ''Red Hot and Reckless'', a ''Harlequin Temptations'' RomanceNovel that is the 3rd in a series called "The Bad Girls Club". The lead heroine is Nicole Bennett, a very sexy and clever thief, who often wears leather, [[DatingCatwoman and there's lots of sexual tension with a former cop named Alex]].
* Libby Craddock from ''Texas Kidnappers'' by Creator/JTEdson. Her exact level of classiness depends upon her mood.
* Tracy in Creator/SidneySheldon's ''If Tomorrow Comes'' becomes one after overcoming a TraumaCongaLine that leaves her unable to find legitimate work. She works for an employer who assigns her to targets that range from {{Jerkass}} to outright corrupt, and besides the usual cat burglar hijinks uses her talents as a MasterOfDisguise to snooker unsuspecting targets, to the point that Interpol thinks her work is that of an all-girl gang. Her romantic interest? A rival GentlemanThief!
* Female [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn]] tend to have elements of this, due to mostly be noblewomen in a DeadlyDecadentCourt. The males, of course, fall under GentlemanThief instead.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Gwen Raiden in ''Series/{{Angel}}'' gets bonus points for pure class and a [[ShockAndAwe ''shocking'']] [[IncrediblyLamePun personality]].
* Amanda from ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' and ''Highlander: The Raven''. Given that she's a thousand years old, it can be assumed she's basically the best thief alive. She's said that it's rarely about the money (she couldn't spend her worth if she lived another thousand years), just the fun of it all.
* Bela from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' Season 3.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In a slight subversion, [[spoiler:The Unicorn]] from the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Unicorn and the Wasp" becomes a lot less classy when she's exposed.
** Played straight with Lady Christina de Souza in ''Planet of the Dead'', whose class derives from the fact that she is an English aristocrat.
** River Song (Creator/AlexKingston) wears a [[http://i1098.photobucket.com/albums/g366/SpecklesP/rivercat.jpg black bodysuit]] when she breaks into the museum in "The Pandorica Opens."
** In the classic series, there were plans for the never produced season 27 for Ace to go to Gallifrey for Time Lord training and be replaced by a heroic cat burglar.
* Vala Mal Doran of ''Series/StargateSG1'' was something of a failed cat burglar. In addition to failing to steal the Prometheus and a Goa'uld Naquadah bomb, she fails to seduce Daniel Jackson. Repeatedly. And Lt. Col. Mitchell. And Teal'c. But mostly Daniel. Even getting to the point of ''possibly'' stealing a gigantic well-defended armed and heavily populated ship single-handedly is pretty damn cool. If she'd chosen anyone besides Daniel to tie up she probably would have made it. Plus, as she points out, the Goa'uld Naquadah bomb was inside alien technology she'd never seen before and...well...she rushed it. And she did eventually seduce Daniel and discovered he was resisting before because he thought she wasn't as interested in him as he was in her. Plus she's played by Claudia Black, so she's gorgeous.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', when Saffron tries this act on Mal. [[spoiler: It fails.]]
* The "Taffy" imprint in the ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' episode "Gray Hour," first in Echo and then in Sierra (who helps rescue Echo after she gets mindwiped by cell phone).
* Yves Adele Harlow from ''Series/TheLoneGunmen''.
* Max from ''Series/DarkAngel'' fits this role when she tries to steal from Logan. In what has to be a ShoutOut to Catwoman, she goes after a statue of Bast and even explains its significance.
** Max is a [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]] CatGirl herself.
** One could argue the same for Alec. They both go after the same object in one episode.
* Parker from ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' stole the Hope Diamond and put it back because she was ''bored.'' [[NoSocialSkills She's not entirely classy, though.]]
* Marian from ''Series/RobinHood'' dresses up as the Night Watchman in order to steal from the rich and give to the poor, years before Robin himself was doing it.
* Abby in the 2011 series of ''Series/CharliesAngels''.
* The ''Series/{{Castle}}'' ep "Eye of the Beholder" gives us a "reformed" one in Serena Kaye (note the nominal resemblance to [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]]).
* Katherine "Kat" Hillard of ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was more of a [[MindControl Mind Controlled]] [[TheMole Mole]] than thief when she first appeared, but besides transforming into a cat and a cat ''monster'', she was pretty classy.
* ''Series/{{Hustle}}'': Stacey certainly adopts this persona when the gang set out to "steal" the priceless Star of India. Tight black clothing used, of course.
* Al Mundy from ''Series/ItTakesAThief1968'' is a RareMaleExample.

* The girls of {{Music/AOA}} are this in the MV of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEYOyZVWlzs "Like a Cat"]]

* The jewel thief from the ''Pinball/PinkPanther'' pinball (a loose adaptation of ''The Return of the Pink Panther'').

* Goldshot, Angela's character in [[Podcast/{{Fandible}} Fandible's]] [[http://paradigmconcepts.com/rotted-capes/ Rotted Capes]] game. Former supervillain cat burglar, before the zombie apocalypse rendered ostrich-egg-sized jewels and antique ''objets d'art'' worthless. Now, she fights for survival and ''ersatz'' cocktail parties. Master archer and equestrienne. Her costume was designed by Vera Wang.

* Lady Lilian Hawthorne, a.k.a. "Janus", from the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audio adventure ''[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWhoSpecialsTheVeiledLeopard The Veiled Leopard]]''.

* The short-lived musical ''Theatre/DratTheCat!'' is about a debutante who becomes a cat burglar for the thrill.
* Averted with "Macavity the Mystery Cat" in ''Theatre/{{Cats}}''. His introduction provides the page quote for GentlemanThief but on stage he is just a rambunctious bully.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ms. Fortune from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''.
* Ruby from ''VideoGame/BraveSoul''.
* Rouge the Bat from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series. [[ShoutOut Intentionally modeled on Batman and Catwoman.]]
* Certain portrayals of ''Franchise/CarmenSandiego''.
* Sandra from ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'' presents herself as a classy catburglar specializing in jewel theft, but the truth is much darker. The Jumi race's "cores" are gemstones, and Sandra is collecting Jumi cores. [[spoiler:She doesn't care if the Jumi who's core she's trying to steal is still alive, either.]]
* Ms. Mowz from ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' is a world-famous badge thief and, ironically, ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a mouse]]''.
* Zoya from ''VideoGame/{{Trine}}'', who kicks off the main story when she tries to steal the titular artifact.
* The background animation for the ''VideoGame/{{DJMAX}}'' song "Star Fish" focuses on one.
* Adelle from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''.
* Kasumi Goto of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', also a PhantomThief.
* Kay Faraday, self-proclaimed Second Yatagarasu in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', is going for this. Given that she's an excitable teenager who [[spoiler: doesn't even know the truth about the first Yatagarasu]], she's got a ways to go.
* The Thief units from ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' are a much more brightly coloured than usual version of this. Their clothing consists of a cross between a [[HighlyVisibleNinja brightly coloured]] BlatantBurglar getup and a CatGirl [[StealthPun costume]] (knee high striped socks, cat eyed goggles instead of a mask, cat pawed boots and gloves, etc).
-->"Mind if I steal your heart? ♥"
* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'' has Melynxes. Though not so much classy as cute, but they even have their own "cat's paw" weapon to steal your stuff with.
* Cath from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' wants to become a mix of this and a PhantomThief.
* [[GratuitousNinja Marino]] from ''VideoGame/MegaManXCommandMission'' is one of these. [[GainaxBounce She's bouncy.]]
* Nabooru from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''. She may be a thief, but she won't steal from women and children and she refuses to kill. This trope could apply to all the Gerudo, really.
* You play as one in ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'': a FallenPrincess (as in actual royalty) who is forced by circumstances to embark on a career path of a high-profile thief (as well as sometimes [[HighClassCallGirl courtesan]], sometimes [[ProfessionalKiller assassin]]).
* Cate Archer from ''VideoGame/NoOneLivesForever'' used to be a classy cat burglar before she joined UNITY as a spy. In fact, it was her stealing Bruno's wristwatch from him (a top-class spy in his day) that lead him to ask her to join UNITY. In the PS version, there are flashback levels that allow you to play her when she was a cat burglar.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GuildOfDungeoneering''. Cat Burglars dress like skinheads and spew cat puns whenever they can.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'': Ann Takamaki, a PhantomThief in a skin-tight red SpyCatsuit who wears a cat mask over her face and goes by the codename "Panther".
* Surprisingly, one of these shows up in ''VideoGame/LoveNikkiDressUpQueen''. [[spoiler: It's Lisa, the AloofDarkHairedGirl who was introduced as a stage manager; she plans on stealing a legendary and very pricey gown known as the Star Sea.]]

* ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' sets a cunning trap for the [[http://www.angryflower.com/beauti.gif Beautiful International Diamond Thief]] so he can choose the second of the options listed. He just wants to try DatingCatwoman.
* In ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'', it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler: next door neighbor Jen is an internationally known jewel thief, and this is why Quantum Cop won't date her. It turns out that clues about this go back for years.]]
* [[http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=440 Mrs. Flavors]] from the conspiracy arc of ''Webcomic/TheIllustratedGuideToLaw''.
** Gets even better when they all get arrested. The FBI agent who's interrogating her says, "Broke out of jail again, did you? [[WorthyOpponent You are amazing]]....The way I see it, everyone else was just your backup. '''You're''' the star of this show."
* The central character of ''Webcomic/{{Bandette}}'' is this, although as the comic is aimed at a young female audience she's much less sexualised than most examples.
* Hazel in ''Webcomic/SamandFuzzy'' seems to be pretty much this so far.
* Hints have been dropped that this is how Galatea is supporting her lavish lifestyle in [[GayParee Paris]] in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.''

[[folder:Web Original]]
* At [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Hazard, of The Masterminds. She also has the 'classy' British accent that sometimes slips under stress.
** The Imp, throughout her career as a supervillain [[spoiler:(and, later, as an art teacher)]], makes it her goal to embody this. While she doesn't play up the FemmeFatale angle as much, she nonetheless makes it a point to enact her crimes with style and panache, and doesn't hesitate to rib her heroic counterparts on a regular basis. [[spoiler: She also plays her part in an example of DatingCatwoman.]]
* Jeremy Archer from ''Literature/ShadowOfTheTemplar'' is pretty much a RareMaleExample of this trope on top of being a GentlemanThief as well.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Ashley alias Katnappe from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
* Viper from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', well at least until her HeelFaceTurn...
* Nightshade from ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}''.
* Shego in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' is generally seen as a thief when not being employed or being in vacation. In fact, the one episode Kim forgot about crime fighting due to amnesia, Shego spent the episode stealing stuff, instead of taking over the world stuff.
* The Cougar from ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', an elderly version who repeatedly hits on the younger League. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar We'll let you figure out the joke.]]
* Naughty Kitty from ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'', who is also a literal cat burglar, as in she steals rare cat breeds. She also does cat-like things sometimes, such as spitting hairballs.
* Dana Por from ''WesternAnimation/{{Slugterra}}'' plays this one straight - [[RecycledInSpace but with SLUGS!]] [[spoiler:And a Shadowtech MacGuffin.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieSpySquad'' has one of these as the main villain, who's eluded every regular agent thus far. She appears to be Barbie's age or younger.

[[BrickJoke ...wait... "tears your refrigerator to bits"?]]