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Anthropomorphic cats or feline-themed human characters are heavily sexualised

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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.

There is a very strong overlap with Classy Cat-Burglar. See also Cat Girl, although they vary in their degree of sexualisation, with some being platonically "cute".


Examples:

Anime And Manga

  • In Ranma , 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.

Comic Books

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.

Literature

  • 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.

Live-Action TV

  • 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.

Music

  • The Cure's "The Love Cats" consists mostly of a whole string of feline metaphors for sex, including semi-orgasmic cat noises.

Video Games

  • 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.

Web Animation

  • 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.

Western Animation

Feedback: 24 replies

Jan 9th 2018 at 4:07:21 PM

  • The eponymous character from Black Panther. It doesn't hurt that he's portrayed by Chadwick Boseman, but Black Panther is also Prince T'Challa of Wakanda. He is young, handsome, wealthy, smart, and also a badass superhero who fights in a skintight black super suit.

Jan 9th 2018 at 5:38:02 PM

^EDIT: nevermind, got beaten to it

Jan 9th 2018 at 5:41:08 PM

  • In Miraculous Ladybug, one of the protagonists is Cat Noir, a cat themed superhero. He's a Chick Magnet in both his civilian and superhero identities.

Jan 10th 2018 at 12:56:14 AM

"X Are Y" are often a poor structure for tropes, making them a target for aversions. In this case, "Sexy Cat Person" would probably be a better name. This also opens up the way for a more focused trope description, where the examples can show how common the trope is rather than the description trying to tell it.

A stab at a revised description:

A cat-themed character who is described as very sexy or depicted very sexually within the context of the work.

The cat theme can take various expressions. It might be including physical characteristics of cats, like claws, ears, a tail, or slitted eyes, but it can also be a cat-human shapeshifter, or even simply frequent associations and comparisons with cats when describing the character.

The sexiness can also take various expressions, and be linked to both physical characteristics and behaviour. The sexual aspect should in either case be important and central to the character, and also make the character stick out in relation to the rest of the cast.

Jan 10th 2018 at 1:17:12 AM

Thanks kjnoren.

I wouldn't add Black Panther until the film's come out and we can see how much Female Gaze there is.

Jan 10th 2018 at 1:32:06 AM

Literature:

  • In the October Daye books, Tybalt is the king of the local Court of Cats and a cat shape-changer. When he is first introduced, he is explicitly described as "basically walking sex appeal".

Jan 10th 2018 at 5:48:04 AM

  • 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.

  • On the male side for Marvel, Black Panther is usually drawn to be far more lean and slender than the typical beefcake male characters.

Jan 10th 2018 at 4:44:35 AM

  • Averted in Doctor Who episode "New Earth", which features feline Nuns.

Jan 10th 2018 at 5:15:06 AM

Anime and Manga

Jan 10th 2018 at 6:52:43 AM

  • Sakhmet from The Wicked And The Divine is based on the Cat Girl god of Egyptian mythology and is possibly the most promiscuous and sexy of the Pantheon. She has various partners, and cares for little other than pleasing herself.

Jan 10th 2018 at 7:10:20 AM

Video Games:

  • Capcom has made some cat girls in its games that are highly sexualized to fit in this trope:
    • The most known example is Felicia from Darkstalkers series, which is one of the most known characters of the series along with Morrigan Aensland, and as her, Felicia has been highly sexualized since the beginning, having only some thin lines of fur hiding her "female parts."
    • Another example, but less known, is Yellow iris/Yellow Beast from Battle Circuit, an obscure Beat Em Up from this company, in which this girl wears nothing but a green corset and a belt. And that's all. She has also some cameos in other Capcom games and artworks, most notably as an Alternate Costume for Felicia in Marvel Vs Capcom 3.
    • A non-Cat Girl example (at all) is Cat Lady Beauty from Cannon Spike, one of the bosses of the game, in which she's a human with a haircut that resembles cat ears and has an Absolute Cleavage white costume.

Jan 10th 2018 at 7:23:51 AM

  • Sawyer from Cats Don't Dance. Though not sexualised per say, she does boast a rather curvaceous body, is a very skilled dancer and is the love interest to Danny.

Jan 10th 2018 at 10:27:24 AM

Compare Snakes Are Sexy for another animal often sexualized.

Jan 10th 2018 at 11:54:22 AM

  • Constable Neyla from Sly 2: Band Of Thieves, the purple tiger who was an Interpol officer turned traitor, becoming the main antagonist. She is rather curvaceous sporting only a small bra top and short shorts.

Jan 10th 2018 at 11:54:54 AM

Jan 11th 2018 at 1:43:28 AM

  • Examples section
    • Added a line separating the Description and Examples section.
    • Namespaced work names.
    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.

Jan 11th 2018 at 5:38:12 PM

  • 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. Two players who are members of the race, Silica and Sinon, are attractive girls who are also part of Kirito's Unwanted Harem.

  • RWBY features Blake Belladonna, a faunus girl with cat ears. She has wooed guys before and dresses in a partially revealing outfit.

Jan 11th 2018 at 10:56:09 PM

  • Blair from Soul Eater is a magical cat who can change between human and cat form at will. In human form she's a woman in very skippy clothing who flirts with any man she sees.

Jan 12th 2018 at 2:17:42 AM

Re the Sword Art Online case - see the thing I put in the write-up about works with multiple feline characters only a few of whom fit this. How significant are the other Cait Sith characters in the story?

Jan 12th 2018 at 6:34:31 AM

^There's like one other named Cait-Sith to ever appear in the anime if memory serves correct, and remains a very minor character.

EDIT: Also adding, in the non-canon games characters have frequently emailed on how cute the cat ears and tail are on Silica and Sinon, with attempts to feel them.

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