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 Fanservice purposes more than anything else. Though the label may be attached to any girl-fight, a true cat fight generally lacks finesse/combat skill. The combatants may take the fight seriously, as usually they arent trying to titillate an audience or amuse each other, but for whatever reason, heavy blows, complex throws, and joint locks are generally not used. 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. Depictions that are Played for Laughs 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 cat fight. A good rule of thumb is that if weapons are involved (except for their own fingernails and the occasional handbag), it ain't this trope. A battle to the death between two women is never a cat fight.
Compare Designated Girl Fight, where females automatically square off in a combat situation that also involves males. In such cases, 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 literal.
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 cat fights are the bread and butter, though they rarely degrade into "Rolling Around" pseudo-fights. Not related to the Cock Fight or the cartoon Big Ball of Violence.
- 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...
- Ditto for the Ginger-vs-Mary-Ann cat fight commercial for "The Real Gilligan's Island" that even adds in the same gag as above, but with pies.
- 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.
- Averted at the end of the first Roberta arc in Black Lagoon. Revy and Roberta agree to a fist fight after trying to kill each other with guns for the better part of the arc and being confronted by Balalaika. Dutch and Benny place bets on who will win the fight, since both women are consummate badasses and they know not to get between them; but Rock, who just thinks that this trope is happening, is completely aghast at what is going on and tries to talk them down, only to get an angry "STAY THE FUCK OUT OF THIS!" from both women. The fight in question is a vicious knock-down-drag-out brawl and goes on for some time, neither of them giving up or looking too good by the end of it.
- Bleach: 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 cat fight. 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!'
- 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...
- 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 angry!"
- 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.
- It should be noted that Angewomon digivolves from Tailmon, a cat Digimon. And if we consider the expanded canon, LadyDevimon can digivolve from the corrupted version, BlackTailmon, making this an almost-literal case.
- 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.
- 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.
- The only fight where Mai Shiranui actually did well in Fatal Fury was against a female, Panni. Subverted 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 either kills or seriously wounds her.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hanaukyō Maid Team 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.
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.) Of course, any fight scene with Robin is rare, as her Hana Hana no Mi Devil Fruit power means it can only end quickly and one of two ways. (Either with the enemy's death by her breaking his neck, or her defeat when an enemy nullifies the power; there really aren't many ways to expand on that.)
- 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 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 and almost completely Played for Laughs.
- A very early episode 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.
- Surprisingly uncommon in Ranma ½, 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.
- 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).
- Eri and Yakumo from School Rumble fought over Harima at the school play.
- Although the fight was actually because circumstances had resulted in Yakumo playing the evil magician against Eri's prince with Harima as the sleeping princess. On the other hand, Eri got annoyed at Yakumo's refusal to lose like she should have.
- In the Soul Eater manga and anime, the busty Catgirl Blair fights with a similarly chesty mouse witch. Despite both knowing powerful magic, onlookers are thrilled to no end to see that they simply wind up cat fighting anyway. Prelude includes them standing chest to chest with each other and going for gropes on said bosoms.
- Between Satsuki and Misuzu in chapter 58 of Strawberry 100%.
- 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.
- Yoko and Adiane's fight in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (and Gainax cranked the fanservice up in the movie).
- There's a major one in Toradora!. It's not meant as Fanservice and it's a subverted case since the two opponents do their very best to beat each other into a bloody mess and wooden swords are used in the first half of the fight. It's still awesome to witness. The two fighters are Taiga and class rep Sumire. Watch episode 16 for the fight.
- Mostly averted in Mobile Fighter G Gundam. Allenby almost always fights male opponents, and the time she fights another Action Girl, the duel itself is taken seriously in-story since the other girl is Rain and she's fighting Allenby to de-brainwash her.
- In My Hero Academia, Pro Heroines Midnight and Mt. Lady get into one of these during an interview in a talk show, when the latter takes a jab at the former due to her age. We don't get to see it, but Mineta, who is watching the program on TV, is very pleased.
- Wonder Woman Volume 2 issue #175, features a gigantic battle between Wonder Woman's massive army of female heroes vs Circe's massive army of female villains. The massive battle took place all over Manhattan. Even the name of the issue is called "Girl Frenzy".
- Batman has his Distaff Counterpart Batgirl face off largely against female enemies. Particularly Catwoman.
- The Catwoman comic book was made of this, especially when Jim Balent was doing the art.
- Post-Crisis Supergirl got into several Cat Fights with Power Girl, Wonder Girl and even a dark version of herself in the first issues of her book.
- It almost happens in Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man. Lois Lane and Mary Jane Watson nearly get into one when MJ wrongly thinks that Lois is flirting with her boyfriend. Lois even tells her hide her claws.
- Ultimate Spider-Man had Elektra versus Black Cat. The issue was even titled Cat fight.
- He even hangs a lampshade on it. As the fight goes on, he quickly grows less concerned with actually doing something or moral quandaries to simply stare for a moment or two. Stepping in gets him kicked off a building.
- Wonder Girl and Arrowette's mothers beating each other up in Young Justice #7. Max Mercury (of all people) decides to just stick around and watch.
Max: Dubbilex, when you've been around as long as I have, you know that the only worthwhile things you can bring to a cat fight are popcorn and a drink.
- Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) once had Bunnie Rabbot and Rouge the Bat get into a completely gratuitous fight. It wasn't even a side thing, it was the entire point of the story and even got featured on the issue's cover.
- Played with in New Avengers The Reunion; Mockingbird replies to the female Scientist Supreme of AIM's offer of We Can Rule Together with a headbutt to the nose (which was at least partially motivated as Mockingbird believed at the time that the Scientist Supreme just caused the death of her ex husband (who she still has feelings for) Ronin/ Hawkeye /Clint). This leads to the following dialogue and lampshade.
Scientist Supreme: Please, Morse, are we not above cat fighting?
Mockingbird: This isn't a cat fight, this is me kicking your ass.
(proceeds with ass kicking)
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) comic #10, two mares crushing on Big Macintosh gets into a cat fight. They even hiss and even arch their backs like cats to intimidate each other.
- The Simpsons: Subverted in an issue where Mr. Smithers becomes Homer's assistant. He and Marge get into increasingly petty arguments, and at one point it looks like Marge has start attacking him, complete with hissing... only they've been distracted by two actual cats fighting outside.
- In the typical Bad Girl Comic, fights between their Dark Action Girl characters are generally played for fanservice and rarely get into truly brutal territory as they do with the (usually non-human) mooks they face. You might see Vampirella, Purgatori, and Lady Death swinging swords at each other, but you will not see them hacking each other's limbs off.
- Lampshaded in Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four, by Kara when she squares off to fight Badra.
Power Girl: I've never really met a woman who I could turn loose on. I mean, Mala and company are nice, if they're not going two-on-one against you. But there's really nothing like going up against somebody of your own sex. It's fairer. It's more invigorating. I haven't gone a round with Diana, except maybe for some arm-rassling, and I haven't even done that with Fury. But you and me? Why, I can just see us both pulling hair, punching faces, kickin' and scratchin' to beat the band. I'll bet the men would just love it. The first Kryptonian-Hatorian catfight. What do you say?
- In Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, everything is allowed in Supergirl/Satan Girl's final battle, even cat-fighting.
They tumbled away from the gravitational pull of the planet they had landed on, and kept fighting in the void. They smashed at each other, kicked, chopped, and catfought, and each of their blows would have torn the side out of a mountain. Both of them worked at speeds which would have made them a blur to an observer, had there been any.
- The One I Love Is...: Asuka and Rei had three, all of them were about Shinji and all of them happened off-screen:
- The first of them happened in chapter 5, while Shinji -the POV character- was trapped into the Sea of Dirac -an alternate dimension-. Asuka wanted to mask her growing worry so she said things she did not mean, and Rei took offense. When Shinji returned, Rei's left cheek was badly bruised and Asuka had a black eye and a cut on her lower lip.
- The next happened in chapter 7, during the month Shinji spent absorbed into his robot and it was narrated in the side-story "Friends or Rivals". Asuka went to Rei's apartment and they got into a fight. After beating the crap out of each other, ruining Rei's living room and being taken to NERV med bay they realized they had done something very stupid and made up.
- The last happened a while before the epilogue. Rei was wasting her life and Asuka went to her house to have a serious talk with her. When Asuka came back to her and Shinji's apartment she brought Rei along, and both girls were bruised and exhausted.
- In Superman story Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, Kath and Sybilla have a rather brutal fight over Alan Kent.
- Thousand Shinji: Asuka and Rei got into a very violent one in chapter 14 when Rei attempted to seduce Asuka's boyfriend Shinji.
- The entirety of the "Alien versus Time Traveler" arc of You Got HaruhiRolled! is one big cat fight between Yuki and Mikuru.
- In the Naruto fanfic The Somewhat Cracked Mind Of Uchiha Itachi
And thus the Future Kunoichi of Konoha Showdown became the Legendary Academy Girls Catfight of Doom.
- In chapter thirty-six there is a (implied) Cat Fight between Anko and the nameless Hokage Secretary. Ebisu is supposed to be involved, but he's torn between running and watching. The rest just watch and comment. Justified as it IS a Tournament Arc.
- There was also one in chapter six, between the four main girls of the Konoha 12 plus one against nearly every other girl in the academy, after the former trounce the latter in a competition.
- In Hotspring Souls!, the Slayer of Demons and Garl Vinland routinely have these. The two are not only grown men, but also knights!
- Going Another Way features one between Asuka and Rei of all people. Essentially, Shinji and Rei are already in the beginning stages of a relationship, but Asuka shows interest in Shinji as well while dismissing Rei. Things blow up after Asuka slaps Rei in front of the entire school. The fight itself is not shown, but the aftermath is quite impressive.
- Kara of Rokyn: Every so often, Kara and her rival wrestlers resort to biting, scratching and hair-pulling.
When she faced Kara, Jasmine was all business. "I'm gonna knock you outta your panties, babe," she snarled as they circled.
"Glad somebody reminded you to wear yours," retorted Kara. That got to Jas. They closed and started pulling hair.
The catfight tactics turned the audience on, and the howls and foot-stomping were never higher. The girls rolled around on the mat, Jasmine trying to bite and scratch. Kara elbowed her hard under the chin. Jasmine fell back, grabbing at the place where she'd been hit.
- In Out Of The Ashes, Aisha and Takana throw down a few times against one another. Considering the raw strength of a Ctarl-Ctarl and their aggressive, territorial personalities, it makes sense.
- At one point of The Unfantastic Adventures of Bizarro No. 1, Bizarro Wonder Woman and Bizarro Supergirl have a public cat fight outside of the "Green" House.
- Mega Man Reawakened: Roll and Tron get into one in Arc 4, chapter 1.
- One Girl With Ten Brothers: In "Loud vs. McBride", several of the Loud brothers' friends showed up to Linka and Claudia's kickboxing match just because they wanted to see two girls fighting each other. The brothers took advantage of this by charging their friends with money to attend.
Loki: When Lynn told us you were fighting Claudia, we literally had to call up our friends to watch with us. People love a good cat fight.
- Invoked in The Darwin Chronicles. Jean and Emma have not fought -pysically- over Scott so far, to Logan's massive disappointment.
Logan: "I was waiting for them to start rolling around the floor clawing each other. Maybe ripping at each other's clothes."
- In Shazam fanfiction Here There Be Monsters, Beautia Sivana lunges at her sister Georgia and starts hair-pulling as soon as they meet.
It was Beautia who hurled herself forward first, claws out.
"You scum-sucking, bottom-feeding, buck-toothed little!" she yelled at Georgia, just as she hit her. Sivana and Junior were agape as Beautia bore her half-sister to the floor and started pulling hair with her.
- Stress Relief: Averted with the fight between Agents Carolina and South Dakota. On two separate occasions, they get into fights. However, considering the two are Freelancers, their fights are portrayed as outright brawls. The second time they fight is absolutely brutal, to the point of tables being knocked around and genuine murderous intent from both sides. Considering the fact that the second time Carolina was fighting South was because she raped C.T., she was in no mood to hold back. The only person who takes any pleasure in watching it is Wyoming, and he enjoys watching people fight regardless. Everyone else is trying to stop them from murdering each other. 479-er does treat the first fight flippantly despite being fairly rough and only stops it because they have to strap in on their flight to the Mother of Invention.
- Francesca and the Monster's Mate have one in Mad Monster Party. Sounds of actual cats fighting play during it.
- Lampshaded in 8 Women: A cat fight between two members of the all-woman cast turns into an ambiguous homoerotic display.
- Bandidas: Maria (Penélope Cruz) and Sara (Salma Hayek) throw down in a church over the money they robbed, which Maria wants to use to help the poor, and Sara wants to keep because it belonged to her father.
- Black Mama, White Mama has several cat fights 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.
- 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.
- Horrifically subverted in Cabin Fever: Patient Zero. A bikini-clad protagonist and a female scientist do get into a brawl over control of the sole boat off the island, but as both of them are in the late stages of the flesh-eating virus being studied on said island and thus kind of falling apart, the result is bloody and gruesome Fan Disservice.
- The rather sleazy, exploitative Call Her Savage has a typical hair-pulling, clothes-rending Cat Fight between Clara Bow and Thelma Todd.
- In Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow asks to speak with T'Challa, but his female bodyguard threatens her. T'Challa, with a giant grin on his face, says that it would be fun to watch them fight, but he's willing to hear her out.
- Subverted in a film actually titled Catfight. The two main characters get into three separate all-out brawls in which they punch, kick, and use improvised bludgeoning weapons to inflict serious damage.
- The 1934 Cleopatra takes this literally. The burlesque dinner theater stage show Cleopatra stages for Antony has three hot slave girls, dressed as cats. Fighting.
- 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 razor blades tied into her hair), the other women fight in typical cat fight style. And somehow all the women's tops get torn off during the fight.
- In the 1939 Western Destry Rides Again, there is a long, rather rough cat fight between saloon singer Frenchy (Marlene Dietrich) and Lily Belle, with scuffling, hair-pulling, dress-tearing, punching, wrestling, scratching, kicking and rolling on the floor. Destry eventually breaks the fight by pouring a bucket of water on them.
- 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.
- 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.
- In From Russia with Love, the second James Bond film, the hero is taken to a Gypsy settlement outside Istanbul, where he is invited to watch a judicial trial by cat fight between two half-naked young ladies over the right to marry the Gypsy chief's son. Later, Bond sleeps with both girls in order to pacify them and end their feud. This has absolutely no relevance to the plot, by the way. The cat fight 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.
- The Gatling Gun: When The Mole Leona tries to flee the camp, Martha chases after her and catches her. The two women tumble to ground: rolling over and over, hair pulling and wrestling.
- There is a surprisingly physical cat fight between Bill and Lola in Go West, Young Lady.
- 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.
- Near the end of Judge Dredd there's a brief cat fight between Judge Hershey and the villainous henchwoman Ilsa. Hershey is wearing her tight-fitting Judge's uniform and Ilsa is wearing black leggings.
- 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 cat fights.
- 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.
- There's a truly masterful one in the 1934 So Bad, It's Good sexploitation/horror film Maniac involving baseball bats and hypodermic needles.
- 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 cat fight it was, too.
- Mystery Men has a scene where two women dressed as Wonder Woman get into a fight that becomes this. This being Mystery Men, its Playedfor Laughs. Anyways, it's down played as we don't get to see it, nor them.
- In Outlaw Women, Ellen gets into a full blown hair-pulling, face-slapping, fingernail-scratching cat fight with the wife of the patrons after Ellen has taken him for everything he has.
- 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!
- In The Ramrodder, Tuwana and Lucy get into a rolling-on-the-ground, hair-pulling catfight over Rick.
- In the Pam Grier blaxploitation movie Sheba, Baby, the protagonist infiltrates a cocktail party held by the main crime boss. She deliberately picks a fight with another female guest, which leads to a catfight with slapping, clawing, and tearing at clothes (true to the genre, Sheba pulls down the top of the other woman's dress, exposing her bra). The other guests are standing around, glasses in hand, cheering the combatants on.
- Shrooms: When tensions between Lisa and Holly boil over—undoubtedly helped along by the drugs—they get into a tussle of pushing, shoving and grappling each other, which results in them overbalancing and rolling down the side of the hill. The fight comes to an abrupt end when a Peek-a-Boo Corpse lands on top of Lisa.
- So Close has a somewhat playful example between the Lovely Angels Sibling Team protagonists. Lynn (Shu Qi) is having a relaxing bubble bath that is interrupted by her younger sister Sue (Zhao Wei) who brought a camera with her, planning to film Lynn naked for blackmail material. Lynn answers with a literal Bath Kick, kicking the camera out of Sue's hands and starts catfight over possession of the camera, with plenty of She-Fu while Lynn wears only a Modesty Towel for most of it (although Sue manages to snag it off for a brief Toplessness from the Back shot).
- Director Stephen Sommers is a big fan of cat fights.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In Swashbuckler, there is a catfight between Jane and the wench Alice, when Jane discovers Alice is wearing her necklace (actually given to her by Captain Lynch). After much rolling on the floor, hair pulling, Clothing Damage, etc., Jane eventually ends the fight with a right hook to Alice's jaw.
- In Tabu, Reri and another island girl get into a hair-pulling fight by the river. Their sarongs get very wet and clingy.
- 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 cat fight. The extreme, stereotypical masculinity of their fight is what made it funny, since they were both dressed in long gowns with petticoats.
- True Lies has a cat fight between Helen and Juno in a runaway limousine.
- 2 Days in the Valley features a fight between Teri Hatcher and Charlize Theron that was featured heavily in the advertising campaign.
- Parodied in Undercover Brother: Once a cat fight breaks out between Sista 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.
- Underworld (2003): Subverted in the second film when Selene (Kate Beckinsale), a Death Dealer with literal centuries of experience, faces off against two recently-turned female vampires whose only seeming purpose is as "entertainment". The entire affair doesn't last more than 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!"
- In the 1923 silent film Zaza, Gloria Swanson gets into a couple of cat fights with her rival. In the second one, they tear off most of each other's clothes. Subverted on a third-occasion when Swanson's character chases down her rival... only to apologize for their previous encounter.
- 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 cat fights 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 jousting 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.
- In the Jessica Christ series, God Himself turns out to be a big fan of these. Not only did He first take an interest in Jessica's mother because He saw her beat up another woman, but when she gets into another fight over a decade later (with the same woman, no less), He strictly forbids Jessica from interfering.
Jessica: Should I try to break them up?
God: NAH. JUST ENJOY IT.
Jessica: I think I should break it up.
God: THOU SHALT NOT BREAK UP THIS MEGA HOT CATFIGHT!
- Name any show by Aaron Spelling.
- Famously, one of the main draws of Dynasty (1981), including a famous one where Alexis and Krystle fighting in the mansion pond.
- The Avengers (1960s) 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 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!
- In the Blake's 7 episode "Gambit", Cally and Jenna stage a cat fight in a crowded bar to cause a distraction. The result is hilarious.
- Parodied in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Initiative", with possibly the only cat fight 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 cat fight 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 cat fight 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 cat fight tactics.
- Lampshaded in "What's My Line, Part 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]
- Despite the lampshading, it's really a case of combat pragmatism; Buffy uses these tactics in conjunction with real fighting.
- 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.
- The spy comedy Chuck is notable for its Designated Girl Fight, pitting the blonde, scantily clad Sarah against the many Dark Action Girl or the female Villain 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. It's somewhat mitigated by the fact that some of these fights especially the ones against Smooth Lau ("Chuck Versus the Best Friend"), Heather Chandler ("Chuck Versus the Cougars") and Sofia Stepanova ("Chuck Vs The Suitcase) end up incredibly brutal and avert Beauty Is Never Tarnished.
- A cat fight (or, as Brenda puts it a "bloody woman's fight") between Criquette and Brenda after the latter throws the former out of the house in the parody series Le Cur a ses Raisons. It then devolves into the parody of an epic fight complete with attack names screamed left and right and epic sound effects.
Brenda: "CAPILLAR ATTACK!"
- 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 cat fight than in the rest of the campaign.
- A new guy Buddy (Jack Black) insinuates himself into the study group and fondly recalls memories together, including Britta and Annie cat fighting in cheerleader outfits - which he admits may have been a daydream of his.
- Doctor Who:
- "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.)
- "School Reunion" has current companion Rose and former companion Sarah Jane get into a purely verbal version. In the end, they come to a (very giggly) compromise when they start comparing the things about the Doctor that bug them, which in turn makes him wonder if them getting along isn't worse for him, since now they seem to be in conspiracy against him. In the words of Mickey Smith:
Mickey: Oh mate, The Missus and the Ex! Welcome to every man's worst nightmare.
- 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.
- 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.
- Monica invites Joey's girlfriend Janine to "take this outside" after she insults Chandler. Unusually, the two men break it up before it can get started, but when the situation escalates again, they eagerly head off to watch.
- Monica fights with Rachel, and later Rachel and her sister Amy in "TOW Rachel's Other Sister".
- Subverted in the Game Shakers episode "The Girl Power Awards". The boys, who invented the awards, claimed in case of a tie, the girls would have to fight for it. Babe and Kenzie talk with the other two girls who tied with them and act as if they agreed to fight to the amazement and glee of the boys. Instead, they go after the boys.
- 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.
- Averted in Season 2 when she tries this with Lauren, who is a star wrestler and a Brawn Hilda. Lauren literally wipes the floor with her.
- GLOW: The Show Within a Show is centered on female wrestling and the titillation that it provides viewers. The director calls it "porn you can watch with your kids." In the first episode, an actual cat fight breaks out between two women in the ring, and the other wrestlers can't tell if it's real or not.
- Gossip Girl has Serena vs. Blair in season 2. Some clothes ripping included.
- Also the one in Season 1. Straddling and hockey outfits included.
- 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.
- 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?"
- 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.
- The team for the reality show Impossible Heist staged a full-on shirt-ripping, hair-pulling cat fight 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- In Lost Girl, Bo gets into one with Zeus of all things (yes, that Zeus). It's a cat fight because Zeus has possessed the body of a hot blonde while on Earth, both women are wearing gorgeous dresses including heels, and they duke it out in a decidedly unrefined style on the floor of Bo's home. The whole scene provides a pretty jarring contrast to the power and grace that Bo usually displays in hand-to-hand combat.
- MADtv 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."
- 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 cat fight.
- 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 cat fight the guard was primed to enjoy it and not notice what else was going on.
- The two fiancées of a now dead Marine. Tony points and shouts "Chick fight!" and McGee records the whole thing. McGee shows the video to Abby who says, "I can't believe I missed it!"
- Abby and Ziva get into a brief slapfight over Ziva's seeming lack of concern for Gibbs' well-being, which thoroughly freaks out McGee, who knows exactly what both women are capable of.
- NTSF:SD:SUV::: The resident female Fair Cop on the team fights a stripper on stage (since obviously, her male colleagues can't, which gets a Lampshade Hanging of its own). Both the crowd and her colleagues cheer.
- 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.
- 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 sweet 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.
- 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 cat fights 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.
- On an episode of Roseanne, an argument between Jackie and Roseanne (about Jackie wanting to be a cop, and Roseanne trying to dissuade her) turns into this.
Dan: Excuse me! Is this a sex thing? Because if it is, I'll go get my camera, and we can forget about those magazines.
- He then proceeds to pretend to be a ringside announcer, until they both order him to leave.
- Averted with great force in Terminator: 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.
- Brilliantly done in the "My Lucky Charm"/"My Hypocritical Oath" episode of Scrubs: Elliot Reid and Carla Espinosa get into a cat fight 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 makes a "Rawr" noise in another episode, Todd eagerly bursts into the room and yells "Cat fight!?" Disappointed, he warns her to "be more careful about using that noise."
- Addressed and ultimately subverted in one Seinfeld episode. Elaine's office is demolished 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 cat fight instead. By the end of the episode she emerges after having been beaten to a pulp offscreen in an only marginally-related cat fight, for which she receives even less sympathy after revealing that the aggressor was Raquel Welch.
Elaine: What is so appealing to men about a cat fight?
Jerry: Because men think if women are grabbing and clawing at each other there's a chance they might somehow...kiss.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 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.
- In Season 3 of Shameless (US), Veronica gets into a fight with Kevin's wife for not only being a bitch who made Kevin believe that her nephew could potentially be their son, but also so Veronica could get her to sign the divorce papers.
- in an episode of Sledge Hammer!, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stargate Atlantis:
- The show 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.
- 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.
- Survivor: During a reward challenge on Heroes vs Villains, Danielle and Amanda get into a fight over a clue to a hidden immunity idol. Cody, the lone male on the reward, enjoys the view with some popcorn.
- 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.
- 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.
- Victorious: One episode involved a reality show being filmed at Hollywood Arts. The protagonists learn that show is largely staged and are encouraged to act out in order to make the show more dramatic. As part of this, Jade and Tori pretend to have a cat fight.
- Waterloo Road is starting having roll-around-on-the-floor fights between two girls in school uniform about once every two episodes.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?: In a game of Dead Bodies note in the theme of Charlie's Angels (Ryan is Bosley, Kathy Greenwood is an Angel and the audience member is a villainess torturing Bosley).
Kathy!Colin: You can't do that to Bosley without the Angels around! I'm going to fight you! Fight you fight you fight you! Using the martial arts I know so well!
Villainess: Well I am going to fight you!
Ryan!Colin: Yeah, hot!
- Wonder Woman: Averted. There are several times in which Wonder Woman fights another woman ("The New, Original Wonder Woman", "Wonder Woman Meets Baroness von Gunther", and "Formicida" among others), but none of her fights have the hair pulling, eye scratching, and lack of skill associated with the trope. The show went out of its way to clearly show that Wonder Woman was the heroine and when she fought, it was to take down her opponent, man or woman.
- 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 cat fight 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 cat fight. 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, given how this trope is used. A bit of shipping 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.
- Also parodied in Mojo Nixon's video for "Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child." The titular Debbie has an unconvincing Jello-fight with Tiffany.
- Kathrine's "Catfight" is sung from the perspective of someone instigating one, so to it's a serious affair to her.
- Notoriously averted in the music video for Mylene Farmer's "Libertine": the fight features hitting a head with a bottle, swinging a firepoker and blood flying around. Bonus points for the video actually being highly erotically charged (unsurprisingly, if you know who libertines are). Same goes for "Pourvu Quelles Soient Douces", sequel to "Libertine" (despite even featuring some mud).
- While the "Apartment Wrestling" circuit that cropped up in the 1950s did feature some legit amateur bouts, most of the matches were worked, as most pro wrestling was by that time, and "cat fights" were the best known, to the point That Other Wiki uses "apartment wrestling" as a redirect to "cat fight". Incidentally, the phenomenon didn't start for the purpose of customer titillation but rather to cure the boredom of housewives who liked to imitate pro wrestlers they saw on television, similar to the even less respected phenomenon of Backyard Wrestling. Then someone figured out they could make money selling pictures of theses "matches" and soon affluent fans were paying women to come to town for private apartment matches. The circuit's biggest "boom" period came in the 1970s when The Fabulous Moolah sold pictures of her students in apartment rooms for Bill Apter's magazines after Stanley Weston convinced Apter that Sex Sells.
- A staple of defunct Professional Wrestling federation ECW (pre-Revival), to the point that commentator Joel Gertner's shrieks of, "CATFIIIIIIIIIGHT!" became a Catchphrase second only to Joey Styles' wails of, "OH MY GOD!"
- FMW had a few during its "World Entertainment Wrestling" era as the actual women's division it had been famed for shrunk in favor of valets and celebrity guests. It ended up calling on other promotions, including ECW ironically, for women who could wrestle proper matches.
- Jim Cornette believes men make better managers than women because whimpy men tend to be more punchable and that women who can't wrestle are best for this trope. That said, on shows he has anything resembling an authoritative position, such as SMW, Ohio Valley, TNA or Ring of Honor, he's made his preference for actual matches between trained women athletes than for cat fights visible. His lamentation being there are simply less of those athletes available since Fabulous Moolah stopped working as a trainer.
- Ring of Honor did feature some cat fights during its early years, mostly between The Lovely Lacey and Becky Bayless, representing rival splinters of Special K. Given Special K's gimmick was being too strung out to wrestle properly, it fit them. Otherwise, even Allison Danger and Ariel from the exotico Christopher Street Connection had matches with joint locks, stiff strikes and hard impacts, even in the former's fan service heavy encounters with Alexis Laree. Post Special K, Lacey herself had a violent feud with Daizee Haze.
- Averted by the "Cathouse Brawl" Ohio Championship Wrestling booked between Lexi Lane and Sassy Stephie, even though it was billed as a "cat fight". The two had hated each other for years, there were no holds barred, and Lexi ended up legitimately injuring Stephie.
- Parodied at CHIKARA Grit and Glory, May 18, 2008. There was a mixed tag match with Sweet 'N' Sour Inc. (Sara Del Rey and Bobby Dempsey)note vs. Chuck Taylor and Daizee Haze, and it was the guys who got into a cat fight.
- Alicia and Lady Jaguar had a brutal, bloody feud in LLF during 2014 but it wasn't just brutal and bloody; they also had an oil fight.
- Subverted at the World Wrestling League's 2014 Navidad Corporativa event. It is common for talent in non wrestling roles to have these kind of "fights" with each other but "La Diosa" Habana was left on a stretcher after an altercation with Mistress Glenda Lee.
- Halfway through the first act of Kristina från Duvemåla, Kristina and Ulrika have a cat fight 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 13 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.
- A Midsummer Night's Dream has Helena and Hermia threatening one: "I am not yet so low But that my nails can reach unto thine eyes".
- One erupts between Sandra and Annie in The Play That Goes Wrong when Sandra returns midway through Act 2 and attempts to take her part back from Annie.
- 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, Tifa escapes from a gas chamber and runs on Junon's canon until she can't go any farther. Scarlett, who has her dead to rights and could have ordered her guards to shoot her, decides to slap Tifa. You're then tasked with slapping Scarlett more than she can slap you.
- BloodStorm 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 V.G. is an all girl fighting game series about an MMA competition for combat waitresses. 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 covered in bruises and scratch marks.
- The titular Rumble Roses duke it out in fetish wear and use fanservice ladden grapples and submission holds. XX upped the ante by including "Queen's Match" mode, where the winner gets to humiliate the loser either by making them dance, or spanking them in the ring.
- This is the name of the Catfight Fighting Game... except it fails on many aspects.
- 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 cat fight with Fury over Levin's affections, but Fury doesn't seem very interested.
- The entire point of Rose & Camellia, taken to the ultimate power.
- Referenced in 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!
- Dragon Age:
- 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.) By saying "Are there any good seats left?", in one case.
- Of course the Cat Fights minigame in Yakuza 0 play out like this, though they can get surprisingly vicious as fighters will occasionally break out some of Kiryu's Heat Actions, but with less crunchy sound effects and showers of hearts to downplay the brutality of the attacks.
- Dead Fantasy is an epic cat fight 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 Battle 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 cat fight a couple times in "Beach Brawl".
- Julie and Asia get into it in 'VRcade'.
- Played with in Oglaf. Vanka challenges Greir to a sex fight... they immediately set about wrestling and ripping each other's clothes off in a hilariously serious manner.
- Played to hilarious effect in Planet Zebeth. When Kabs' programming error causes two Samii to appear with only one armor suit between them, they promptly enter into a missile-fueled cat fight over who gets to keep it. Kraid, reptilian perv that he is, takes great delight in watching.
- General Protection Fault featured two cat fights. The first took place at the climax of the Surreptitious Machinations Arc, in which Ki and Trudy fight each other while trying to reach Nick first, Ki so that she can reveal Trudy's schemes to him, and Trudy so she can stop Ki from doing so. Later on, Ki and Sharon got into an argument over a minor detail of a project, and became enraged and wrestled each other before overhearing Dwayne say to Nick that the project was cancelled.
- Spoofed in an Irregular Webcomic! poll, where the options for the question "who would win in a catfight?" were mostly anthropomorphic cats, like Top Cat, but also included all the Catwoman actresses.
- Fletcher Apts takes the term "Catfight" to its most literal sense, as a battle rages between two crazy feline females, Becca and Zoe, as they fight tooth and claw to win the right to court the hulky rock-star heartthrob Bill. Bill, being strapped down to his bed during the debacle, doesn't appear to have much say in the matter.
- In DDG everyone is mostly too afraid of 'Netta to get into a cat fight with her, but Zip does manage it in this strip
- Sluggy Freelance:
- In a strip some guys actually complain that some women are having a cat fight without letting them get a good look at it. The fight itself isn't actually that Fanservicey, though.
- Played straight in another strip, however, where Torg imagines Zoe, Sasha, and Oasis as characters from a Fighting Game.
- Sasha's method for infiltrating a meeting of baddies is to knock out and impersonate the only female baddie there. When her victim wakes up, this trope appears with a vengeance. And yes, the dudes do break out the popcorn.
- Done thrice in Dubious Company.
- Tiren spends most of the arc angsting over Walter being courted by Sakura. Tiren finally manages to give him Valentines Day chocolate only to get immediately one-upped by Sakura. Tiren lunges at her and Gilligan Cut to Izor reprimanding everyones poor behavior.
- In the Festival of Veils arc, Mary suspects Raque has kidnapped Elly. Raque and Elly are about to turn the corner and bump into Mary and Sue. Raque hears them and shoves Elly into a nearby doorway.
- Later in the Festival Arc, Mary gets into one with the Queen. Sue wonders where Tiren is and then argues with Elly over who should stop them.
Sue: You need to control your wife before those two kill each other.
Elly: ME? You stop your sister! I'm not getting in the middle of that!
- In Our Little Adventure, two female characters caught by a Confusion spell — which causes nonsensical behavior and sometimes forces victims to fight random targets — get into a cat fight. One victim likes cats, and the other hates cats, and that's the "basis" of the fight.
- In this strip of Treading Ground Arne has set up a kiddie pool full of gelatin desert believing that at some point during the day, some of the women at the party will voluntarily invoke this trope and have a jello cat fight, fourteen strips later he is proven right.
- Ennui GO!: A PTA meeting turns into a brawl between Adelie and another parent, complete with clothes coming off.
Bella: Why do you come to our PTA meetings? You don't have a kid.
Izzy: *munching popcorn* For this exact reason.
- In Rascals, although one of them is a literal cat, Chrissy dukes it out with Amanda on the tennis court as seen at the start of this page .
- 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 cat fight 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.
- College Saga parodies this by having the female party-member and the female villain "bitch"-slap each other. In a turn-based battle.
- Played for Laughs by Tess Masazza in the Italian Webseries Insopportabilmente Donna, where she is shown engaging in hilarious fights with other girls who wrong her (mainly because they hit on the guy she is infatuated with).
- The Nostalgia Critic: Gender-inverted with Devil Boner and Benny in Cinderella: Old vs. New, where they have a Testosterone Poisoning fight over Hyper's affections. It ends when they find out they both love Ever After.
- Empress He and Empress Dong in Farce of the Three Kingdoms.
- In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Cindy Vortex and Green-Skinned Space Babe April the Gorlock get into a cat fight after Cindy sees April locking lips with Jimmy (granted, the alien was simply performing the "Gorlock seal of trust", a non-sexual battle bonding ritual from her home planet. Cindy did not know this - hence the ensuing claw-fest). Lampshaded by the fact that Sheen screams out "Catfight! Catfight!"
- In The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Prince Achmed and his flying horse land in a castle occupied by five beautiful, apparently pretty horny women. They all kiss him, but when they start brawling with each other over Achmed's attention, he gets back on the horse and flies away.
- In the American Dad! episode "The Magnificent Steven", Roger manipulates Hayley and Francine into one-upping each other until a cat-fight inevitably breaks out, all so he can film it and win a t-shirt from a website devoted to mother-daughter cat-fights.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: The closest this Y7-rated kids' show ever got to one was a short Mud Wrestling match between Katara and Toph in the third season, and both girls kept all their clothes on for it. Every other time, a fight between the female characters were just plain fights.
- Gender Inverted on Batman: The Brave and the Bold—Booster Gold, Guy Gardner and Aquaman get into a three-way battle, and Fire seems quite intrigued.
Fire: Ooh, guy fight.Ice: So immature.
- In Clone High, it unsurprisingly happens when Cleo and Joan are forced to live in the same room. Gandhi and JFK decide to join in when they see them fighting in their underwear.
- Family Guy The episode, "I Am Peter, Hear Me Roar" had Peter sent to Sensitivity Training and coming back as some kind of bizarre hybrid of Straw Feminist and gossipy housewife. A cat fight between Lois and the sensitivity coach snaps him out of it.
- Played for laughs in Futurama a couple of times. For example, in the episode "Jurassic Bark", Fry is motivated by a chance to resurrect his long-dead dog and he completely ignores Leela and Amy wrestling in skimpy outfits. A few other times, the men are quite happy to watch a cat fight.
- Lampshaded in the Gargoyles episode "High Noon" when Elisa has a cat fight with Demona.
Coldstone: Well, this is diverting.
Macbeth: You don't know the half of it.
- In G.I. Joe it got fairly silly with Scarlet, Lady Jaye and the Baroness, women who have throughout the show displayed advanced martial arts skills, whenever they fought each other... straight for the hair.
- The Haunted World of El Superbeasto not only includes an extended cat fight scene, but a Hard 'N Phirm song (called Cat Fight, appropriately enough) to go along with it.
- Justice League Unlimited unless it's a robotic or monstrous foe.
- One episode featured a lengthy, violent, conspicuously HitFlash-free fight between Supergirl and her evil clone Galatea. Horribly brutal, yes, but considering they're both very well-built women it still tickles the inner corners of the viewers minds.
- However, this was later one-upped by the episode "Grudge Match," whose entire plot can be summed up as "We force gorgeous women to wrestle for half an hour." Featuring members like Black Canary (aka The Blonde Bombshell), Huntress, and Vixen, and culminating with a four-on-one match against Wonder Woman (who dominates), the fights were actually marketed as cat fights in-universe as a way to cash in through the "Glamor Slam". It even ends with Huntress and Black Canary (who had a physical and verbal altercation in a prior episode) about to fight again—just for the hell of it.
- On Kim Possible, Kim fights all her own battles, against male and female bad guys, as she's really the only combatant on her team. However, the only human opponent who ever even comes close to really landing a blow is the villainess Shego. The guys do try, but she's simply too good for them. These fights are generally played straight, but considering that one episode included the two mud wrestling, it's safe to say that the powers that be are aware of the appeal. One of the movies had them in evening gowns— slit up the side for ease of movement.
- The '60s stop-motion Monster Mash Mad Monster Party has a cat fight between hot babe Francesca and The Monster's Mate Phyllis Diller— complete with dubbed-in meows.
- In the Popeye cartoon "Never Kick a Woman", an athletic female self-defense instructor (modeled after Mae West) puts the moves on Popeye and pummels Olive Oyl - who then downs a can of spinach and lays into her, first growing cat ears and whiskers and hissing angrily!
- The Powerpuff Girls had a notable one in "Something's a Ms." between Miss Bellum and Sedusa. It ended with them falling into a swimming pool.
- Zigzagged in the Sealab 2021 episode "Splitsville": The two Debbies and Yumi end up getting in one over Quinn. However, while the bar patrons got a good view of the fight in universe, the viewers of the show didn't, thanks to an overturned table blocking their view. Still, the girls were very vocal about what happened, especially when their tops ripped off.
- On The Simpsons, there is an arcade at the Kwik-E-Mart called "Catfight", with such moves as "hairpull".
- Also mentioned on "Tennis the Menace" where Homer thinks that tennis is "the sport where chicks whale on each other" (which is foxy-boxing) and in "Lisa on Ice" (the episode where Lisa joins the hockey team after getting a notice stating that she's failing gym) where Homer tells Lisa that, according to the Bible, girls should stick to girl sports, such as hot-oil wrestling and foxy-boxing.
- Marge and her old high school friend Chloe get into a cat fight in the backyard when Lisa becomes impressed with Chloe's success. Homer rushes out and announces that they don't have to fight over him, and Marge replies they're not.
- Played with in Superman: The Animated Series. Harley Quinn and Mercy have Hate-At-First-Sight moment. While there is torn clothing (and the occasional cat yelp) it's indicated to be a brutal fight.
- And another aversion to the trope that unlike most male witnesses - Lex Luthor and The Joker continue their negotiation, not paying an iota of attention to the carnage. The camera doesn't pay any attention to the girls either.
- Teen Titans: "Date With Destiny" featured a classic cat fight between Starfire and Kitten on the prom's dessert table. Tip: Never date a guy with a girlfriend who can shoot lasers out of her eyes.
- Raven and Terra's mud wrestling match. Granted, they really were trying to kill each other.
- Happens in the "Celebrity Manhunt Reunion Special" of Total Drama Action with Heather and Gwen on the Celebrity Manhunt gossip show. Also Celebrity Manhunt's co-host Josh gets excited whenever he sees one as he happens to be a huge fan of them.
- The Japanese opening for Transformers Animated showed Arcee and Blackarachnia fighting each other at one point. Ironically, the two characters actually never saw each other in the actual show at all!
- Winx Club had the fight of Bloom vs Diaspro. Though it wasn't played for Fanservice, nor as a Designated Girl Fight (as most combatants in the show are female), it did get more physical than the usual magic duels common to the series, and men did stand motionless enjoying the fight.