LondonKdS on Jan 9th 2018 at 3:32:24 PM
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LondonKdS on Jan 19th 2018 at 9:23:43 PM
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When it comes to animal symbolism, a major association of felines is with sex. Any feline-themed character is likely to be very sexually attractive and probably the most sexualised character in the work. This can range from actual Funny Animal cats, to characters who are to some degree feline-human hybrids, to alien or fantasy Cat Folk, to entirely human characters who have a cat theme. Because Most Writers Are Male, this usually applies to female characters, although there are male examples.
It's easy to see why: cats are graceful, gymnastic and flexible; they have a mercurial temperament; if they aren't neutered they make it obvious to everyone around when they're in heat; and even when not in heat, they have no shame in their love of being petted and stroked. It can't be a coincidence that "sex kitten" rapidly became a term for female sex symbols.
Note that for this to be the case, the character's sexiness and feline associations must both be unusual within the work - if a work has a cast made up mostly of anthropomorphic cats, don't add the sexy one.
Anime And Manga
- In Ranma ½, Shampoo is a beautiful Chinese warrior woman who aggressively pursues the protagonist, and turns into a cat whenever splashed with cold water.
- Fairy Tail: Erza's kitty-obsessed childhood friend Milliana began sporting an extremely revealing outfit and sexy attitude after she went through adolescence during the first Time Skip.
- Soul Eater: Blair is a magic cat who can shapeshift into a human. In human form she's a woman who dresses very skimpily and flirts with any man she meets. (In one Gender Bender story where she's temporarily changed into a man, she's just as sexy and sexually-active.)
- In Sword Art Online, the game Alfheim Online features a race of cat-like fairies called the Cait Sith, with members of the race bearing cat ears and tails. The only significant characters who are members of the race, Silica and Sinon, are attractive girls who are also part of Kirito's Unwanted Harem.
- The Trope Codifier in many ways is Catwoman, a morally-ambiguous villain-turned-hero and arguably the Ms. Fanservice of the whole DC universe.
- Marvel has Catwoman's Alternate Company Equivalent Black Cat, and Tigra, a furry half-feline heroine in a bikini with definite animal instincts.
- On the male side, DC's villain Catman spent decades as something of a C-list joke... until Gail Simone got her hands on him in Secret Six and reinvented him as a badass, frequently shirtless, bisexual Anti-Villain.
- Downplayed with DC's Starfire. She's an alien whose species evolved from cat-like creatures and she's a beautiful, flirtatious, Innocent Fanservice Girl in a skimpy costume who became notorious by having one of the earliest overtly post-coital scenes in a DC comic. However, there's relatively little feline about her appearance or personality, and the "evolved from cats" thing is rarely mentioned.
- The heroine of the Porn with Plot pioneering adult furry comic Omaha the Cat Dancer is an anthropomorphic feline stripper with frequent on panel nudity and sex scenes.
- Parodied in Empowered with Ocelotina, a cat-themed purported supervillainess who is basically a porn star.
- The IDW Angel post-show comics introduced an assassin named Dez, a female jaguar given the magical ability to shapeshift into a human. She was depicted as a Shameless Fanservice Girl with many nude scenes.
- In The Wicked + The Divine, Sakhmet, who incarnates the Egyptian Cat Girl war goddess, is the most sexualised and sexually active of all the gods, hardly caring for anything except physical pleasure.
Film - Animated
- The Shrek series and spin-offs has the seductive Puss in Boots and his Classy Cat-Burglar girlfriend Kitty Softpaws.
- Sawyer, the feline female character from Cats Don't Dance. Though not heavily sexualised, she does boast a rather curvaceous body, is a very skilled dancer and is the love interest to Danny.
Film - Live Action
- All of the major film versions of Catwoman - Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, and Anne Hathaway - were at least intended to be Ms. Fanservice.
- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier featured a humanoid feline alien woman in two scenes working as an exotic dancer at a seedy tavern on Paradise.
- The famous 1942 horror film Cat People expresses a major theme of fear of female sexuality in the story of a woman who (rightly or wrongly) believes that she will shift into a killer big cat if she becomes sexually active. It was remade in 1982 under the same title, and made much less ambiguous and much more graphically sexual.
- Discworld: When Nanny Ogg's cat Greedo is at times magically transformed into a human, he is described as a battle-scarred Hell-Bent for Leather tough guy exuding enough bad-boy sexuality to leave any non-lesbian woman who sees him practically catatonic.
- In the October Daye books, Tybalt is the king of the local Court of Cats and a cat shifter. When he is first introduced, he is explicitly described as "basically walking sex appeal".
- There's a very dark example in various works by the British SF writer Richard Calder, starting with the Dead Girls/Dead Boys/Dead Things trilogy. "Catgirls" in them are the result of a human mutation that makes them beautiful, instinctive and malicious Femme Fatales. They are also intensely masochistic, to the point of seeking out and enjoying their own Questionable Consent sexual murders.
- In the Doctor Who story "Survival", Ace's interactions with the feline Cheetah People are highly erotic and blatantly played as a lesbian sexual awakening.
- The Cure's "The Love Cats" consists mostly of a whole string of feline metaphors for sex, including semi-orgasmic cat noises.
- Felicia from Darkstalkers is one of the most notorious computer game examples, a voluptuous Cat Girl who is naked except for some stripes of white fur that look a bit like lingerie.
- Yellow Iris from the little-known Capcom side-scroller Battle Circuit is a curvy Cat Girl who wears nothing but a green corset and thick leather belt.
- In Cannon Spike, level boss Cat Lady Beauty is a sexy woman with a cat-ear-like hairdo and Absolute Cleavage, who becomes a giant cat monster when she Turns Red.
- In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Constable Neyla is a secretly Dirty Cop and surprise Big Bad. She is a tiger who wears a belly-baring tank top and cut-off jeans and uses her sexuality manipulatively.
- RWBY features Blake Belladonna, a faunus (part-human-part-animal) girl with feline physical and personality characteristics. She dresses in a rather revealing way, although she isn't especially sexually-active.
- In Miraculous Ladybug, one of the protagonists is Cat Noir, a cat themed superhero. He's extremely good-looking, a professional male model, and a Chick Magnet in both identities.
- In Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, a furry children's adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Femme Fatale Milady Dewinter is one of the few cats in an otherwise mostly-canine cast of characters.
- In Around the World with Willy Fog, a furry version of Around the World in 80 Days by the same people, Willy's sophisticatedly sexy love interest Romy is a cat.
- El Arca has Panthy, a Femme Fatale panther club singer with an Impossible Hourglass Figure.
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