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Cat Folk are Fantastic Sapient Species that are based on felines. They generally have a body type resembling felines to one degree or another, and are sometimes named after Real Life feline species. They can be science-fiction aliens or fantasy races. In terms of appearance, they can fall anywhere on the Sliding Scale of Anthropomorphism from fully animal looking to barely non-human, however they must be sapient, non-human, and a distinct species from Real Life animals. Unlike Catgirls, Cat Folk have no particular tendency toward being female.

While Cat Folk have been depicted with a variety of behavioural and cultural characteristics, it is common to base at least some of their behaviour on feline Animal Stereotypes. Cat Folk based on large predatory cats, such as lions, tigers, and panthersnote  are generally depicted as being exceptionally strong and aggressive, with a Proud Warrior Race culture. Those based more around domestic cats are often depicted as selfish, arrogant and vain, with their fighting styles bent more towards dirty fighting, speed and agility. Sometimes, both types are depicted as highly sexual.


This is closely related to Intelligent Gerbil (science fiction aliens are commonly based on animals), Beast Man, and Little Bit Beastly. There can be overlap between this trope and Cat Girl, however only examples of Cat Folk that fall under Little Bit Beastly should also be listed under Cat Girl; Cat Girl examples should only be listed here if they represent an entire distinct species.

Feline therianthropes and humans that shapeshift into cats are werecats. Humans that are dressed as cats have on an Animal-Eared Headband. Cartoon Funny Animals and Talking Animals are not this trope, as they are intended to depict Real Life animals, however anthropomorphic they may be.

Not to be confused with the movie Cat People or the Cat-Person webcomic.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cat Planet Cuties has the Catians, an alien race of creatures resembling Catgirls. Females enter their first heat at the age of 16. They are enemies with a race of dog-eared people.
  • Catnapped! has anthropomorphic cats from the planet Banipal Witt.
  • Digimon: Leomon and various related (read Palette Swap) subspecies all resemble half-naked anthropomorphic lions that wear leather pants with a sword attached to the belt. BanchoLeomon is a slight variation that's dressed up as a stereotypical Japanese hooligan including a tattered school uniform jacket, and GrapLeomon is in a full cybernetic armor. The only exception is SaberLeomon who is a quadrupedal sabertooth cat.
  • One of the many species inhabiting the Earth of Dragon Ball. Notable examples include Puar and Karin. We have also Beerus (from Universe 7) and his brother Champa (from Universe 6), Destroyer Gods from Dragon Ball Super.
  • The French Manga-style comics Dreamland has the Cat Kingdom, with most of its people specialized in trade and marketing. With one or two Mega Nekos for Asskicking Equals Authority and a cute little cat with a mustache as a King.
  • The Exceed from Fairy Tail are a race of big-headed, often Amazing Technicolor Wildlife cats with bird wings. Strangely for a race based on cats, they lay eggs.
  • Fighting Foodons has Clawdia, an anthropomorphic cat with pink fur and is a skilled chef. She was once a human but was cursed and became the feline that she is at the beginning of the series. That being said, she is the only anthropomorphic cat in the series.
  • Cyantropes in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? are a race of cat-based beastmen. Like all beastmen in this series, they are Little Bit Beastly, which measn they are effectively a species on Cat Girls.
  • In Macross Delta, the Little Bit Beastly natives of the planet Voldor are descended from felines modified by the Protoculture.
  • The first such example of Cat Folk in One Piece is Pekoms, a crew member of on of the four pirate emperors, Big Mom. He is a lion-man with a Devil Fruit ability which allows him to become a turtle. Pekoms comes from Zou, an island full of Beast Men called minks which includes several Cat Folk, such as the Jaguar mink Pedro of the Treetops and Boss Cat Viper, a large feline who co-leads the nation alongside Duke Dogstorm.
  • The Ctarl Ctarl from Outlaw Star are a race of cat-people who can shapeshift into big alien feline beasts. They are depicted as being a particularly passionate and often violent species.
  • Space Dandy's Meow is technically called a Betelgeusian, but everybody he meets just calls him a "space cat". Meow isn't his actual name, but Dandy and QT couldn't be bothered to pronounce his real one.
  • Inuyasha has the panther youkai. They resemble humans but have panther tails. However, their ruler looks like a giant, humanoid panther in its true form.
  • Sword Art Online: The Cait Sith race of Alfheim Online are designed intentionally this way, complete with feline ears and tail. Fittingly enough, if literally translated their name means "Cat Fairy". Another parallelism of the franchise with Otherland where there is a race with elvish / feline features called Sith.
  • In Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure, Planet Rainbow is populated by aliens who resemble cats walking on two feet. All of them have the natural ability to shapeshift, as well. Yuni, a.k.a. Cure Cosmo, belongs to this race, though she prefers to stay in her more humanoid Cat Girl form (she keeps the ears and tail when she shifts). One of the villainous Notraiders, Aiwarn, accidentally turned the rest of Planet Rainbow to stone, leaving Yuni as the last of her kind. Her primary goal for the series is the recover the Star Color Pens that will allow her to return the planet's people back to normal. Aiwarn's Battle Butler, Bakenyan, additionally resembles a bakeneko. This is Yuni in disguise infiltrating the Notraiders, though she based the disguise on another cat person, named Hakkenyan.

    Asian Animation 
  • White Cat Legend: The main protagonist, Li Bing, is a cat demon serving under empress Wu Zetian of the Tang dynasty. According to legend, a cat grows a new tail every 9 years until it has nine of them. When it passes the age of 81, they grow into a cat demon capable of devouring humans and taking on their form at will.

    Card Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering: Humanoid cats have appeared throughout the game's history and in multiple worlds. As they go by different names depending on their plane of origin, unlike other in-game races, it's not very clear whether they belong to separate species or just very distinct cultures.
    • The cat warriors of Dominaria were the very first Cat Folk to appear in the game. Dominaria is also home to the Nishoba, humanoid saber-toothed cats the size of ogres.
    • The leonin are a recurring race of lion-like cat folk who go by the same name on multiple planes. They are usually aligned with White mana — the color of order, law and structure — and live in clan-based societies with a strong emphasis on loyalty and honor.
      • Mirrodin's Leonin inhabited the Razor Fields in a number of proud and warlike clans, and were ruled by Raksha Golden Cub. Like all other Mirran races, they were left on the brink of extinction after the Phyrexian conquest of Mirrodin.
      • Leonin are also found in Theros, where they live in disorganized tribes in the wilderness beyond the city-states. They used to be as proud and orderly as other leonin, but were driven away in disgrace due to their support of the tyrannical Archons who used to rule over the plane.
    • Alara, a plane shattered into five shards representing the five colors of magic, is home to a race of cat-people called the Nacatl hailing in the towering jungles of the Green shard, Naya. They resemble a great variety of real-life felids, including lions, leopards, tigers and so on. They used to rule Naya, but a civil war caused them to split into two groups, one that held onto the civilized ways of their ancestors and another than preferred to live like wild animals in the jungle. Once the shards merged again, some nacatl moved into the White shard, Bant, and began to call themselves leonin. Ajani is a leonin Planeswalker from Naya, resembling a white humanoid lion.
    • The Asian-inspired plane of Tarkir is home to Rakshasas, anthropomorphic demonic tigers note  who wield powerful dark magic, based off of a race of catlike demons from Hindu myth.

    Comic Books 
  • The Aldebarans from Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars.
  • DC Comics:
    • Among the humanoid animals in the future of Jack Kirby's Kamandi are a race of honor-driven tiger people; Final Crisis tied their culture's origins to the Captain Marvel character and proud Cat Fellow Mr. Tawky-Tawny, "the Civilized Tiger."
    • The potion-transformed Desmond Farr, otherwise known as Tiger-Man.
    • The Karnans are a subjugated race of cat folk in the Vega System, the same system Starfire hails from. Omega Men member Tigor, whose actual name is Toghurrhu, is a Karnan. The males look more alien but the females creep towards Little Bit Beastly.
    • Tomcat/Tomas Bronson turns into a Werepanther
    • Cheetah from Wonder Woman
  • Marvel Universe:
    • The Cat People, who were created from house cats by ancient sorcerers. The Avengers character Tigra got her powers from them.
    • In the Bad Future of Earth X, Black Panther has been transformed into a humanoid panther by Terrigen Mists. He’s still largely the same personality wise.
    • In one issue of X-Men, Beast met a feral mutant who was half human and half feline in appearance. Despite appearing to be about 20 years old, she also showed signs that she was dying of old age. After Jean Grey probed her mind and was unable to find any sort of human-like intelligence, Beast realized that she was, in fact, a cat who'd mutated to be humanoid rather than a human who'd mutated to have a more feline appearance. He released her so that she could live her remaining days in the wild that she'd always known.
  • The Felim in Nexus are a race of Little Bit Beastly aliens, who also qualify for Cat Girl.
  • Shakara: Valentine, a swaggering alien Professional Killer, recalls how he hooked up with a feline Femme Fatale client in his memoirs.
  • Orube in W.I.T.C.H. has feline-like features. This is a relatively common characteristic on her homeworld of Basiliade (the second inhabitant of Basiliade to appear, Luba, is even more cat-looking than her), but not universal, as shown by the very first of them to appear, the Oracle Himerish, being externally identical to humans.
  • Cougar from Youngblood is a Half-Human Hybrid: his father was the king of an isolated African civilisation of cat people, and his mother is human.

    Fan Works 
  • The cats are just one of many species that populate the world in Diaries of a Madman.
  • The Svenjaya in The Keys Stand Alone. They're described as a cross between elves and cats, and are a Slave Race on the Flying Island of Tipaan. Except for being furry and hissing in anger once in a while, they don't seem to have many catlike traits. The four, George in particular, love them for being smart, dryly humorous, and musical.
  • Mr and Mrs Gold: Inspite of the name, Werecats are nothing like werewolves. They are a cat-like humanoid species with magical capabilities, most notably their magic nine lives. Katja the Puss in Boots is one such werecat.
  • Master Shard/Tang Shen in Shards of a Memory was turned her into a cat-person via mutagen.

    Films — Animation 
  • My Little Pony: The Movie (2017): Capper, one of the main secondary characters, is an Abyssinian, the franchise's version of humanoid cat people. Generally, he resembles an upright cat more than he does a catlike humanoid — besides his hair and hands and a broadly anthropomorphized face, his body is mostly catlike; he even has fully digitigrade legs and claws at the tips of his fingers.
  • Ne Zha: Shen Gongbao was a leopard spirit, and when revealing this to Ao Bing briefly turns into a humanoid leopard.
  • Treasure Planet: Amelia's species is a bit of an odd example: going by the ending, the females of the species are somewhat alien-looking cat people, but the males (like Dr. Doppler) are dog people instead.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • The tarrie-cats of Clive Barker's Abarat, a species of oversized, intelligent speaking tabbies.
  • In Bone Song by John Meaney, they are featured among the inhabitants of Tristopolis; in particular, when the protagonist is wounded and brainwashed, he recovers with the help of a catwoman nurse.
  • Karina's race in Cat Karina by Michael G. Coney. They are one of several races on a future Earth genetically engineered by humans from animal species.
  • C. J. Cherryh's Chanur Novels has the Hani, a species who are essentially bipedal intelligent terrestrial lions.
  • Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover stories: the cat-men (or cat-people).
  • A major focus of Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen series is on the fight for the Lemurian, anthropomorphic cat-monkeys, survival. The Lemurians are first called cat-monkeys and monkey-cats (depending who you asked aboard the ship) before the term 'Cat is agreed upon as the appropriate diminutive. This species resembles cats so much that in the fifth book "Rising Tides" The humans in the Isles of New Britian, roughly where Hawaii should be, treats them as felines with the males showing disdain on the whole, and females lovingly cooing and stroking their fur.
  • The brownies in Cornelia Funke's Dragon Rider are described as humanoid catlike beings who love mushrooms and are experts in cultivating them. The same also applies to their four-armed Asian cousins, known as the Dubidai.
  • The Chelgrians in Iain M. Banks's Culture book Look to Windward (2000).
  • The Honor Harrington books have Treecats, a six-legged telepathic species resembling Terran cats.
  • John Ringo's Into the Looking Glass novel features the Mreee (pronounced the way a cat yowls when you stomp its tail) who look like three-foot tall anthropomorphic house cats and whose native language sounds like "cats stuck in a barrel."
  • One of the races in the Kadingir series is the Tidnums, eight-foot tall anthropomorphic felines who devote their lives to war, food and naps. They have excellent empathy senses, to the point that they can easily feel enemies nearby, but they aren't very adept at other mental abilities such as telepathy.
  • The Kzinti in Larry Niven's Known Space books are an aggressive alien species resembling bipedal big cats in looks and personality. Or at least, their personality is derived from cat stereotypes. They are not strictly speaking bipedal cats — their physical features include a naked ratlike tail, ears resembling "pink parasols" or cocktail umbrellas and an almost ferret-like torso with ribs down to the pelvis, but the overall impression is catlike, and that's what they're most often compared to in the books.
  • The Toralii in Lacuna are basically this, with a side order of Proud Warrior Race.
  • The Hrrubans in Anne McCaffrey's Doona books.
  • Nohar Rajastan, from the Moreau Series is an anthropomorphic tiger, and the setting includes 'moreaus' based on several other felines.
  • Andre Norton:
    • The People in Breed to Come are a race of sapient cats descended from modern Earth cats.
    • In Forerunner Foray, Yasa is a feline-evolved race; she is sensitive to scents, purrs, and totally self-absorbed albeit very practical about it.
    • The Salariki, who progress with astonishing rapidity from being primitive Proud Warrior Race Guys (Plague Ship) to sophisticated members of the interstellar community (Android at Arms).
  • The Klees of Eelong in The Pendragon Adventure are giant, bipedal cats, and the dominant species in that world.
  • Perry Rhodan has the Kartanin, who start out as a "plucky new species" making trouble for the at the time somewhat united races of the Milky Way galaxy when both sides are after the same unobtainium which for the Galactic species is at the time mostly a new curiosity while to the Kartanin it's vital to the functioning of their society and their defense efforts against their enemies (it provides female Kartanin with psychic powers) and are eventually revealed to be descended from advance scouts from another universe trying to lay the groundwork to one day transfer their entire home galaxy — where those of their species left behind still live in the then-present day — into ours to escape an artificially accelerated heat death in theirs.
  • Councilman Broft in Play Places, who has claws, orange fur, pointy ears, and a tail.
  • The Sekoi of Relic Master are very feline in appearance and mannerism, save that they are obligate frugivores. "Cat-" is used as a slang prefix regarding their culture.
  • The Rogue King has the katess.
  • Lisanne Norman's science fiction series Sholan Alliance has (often psychic) humanoid cat-people as one of the main races of the setting, alongside humans and lizard-people. As they manage to be biologically compatible with humans, there are several interspecies pregnancies as a result of the frequent alien-human-alien three-way relationships.
  • The Togorians, Trianii, Cathars, Farghul and Catumans (among others) of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. The Kumumgah (more famously known as Sand People or Tusken Raiders) have been reported to look slightly catlike under their bandage-masks; other than being savage, however, they do not correspond at all to pantherine creatures. And the Bothans are sometimes described as feline but look more like civets (small, weasel-shaped carnivores that are closely related to cats).
  • The Solaricans from Theirs Not to Reason Why are a fairly standard example.
  • The Sphinx race in Sergey Lukyanenko's Today, Mom! is a race of feline humanoids living on Venus. In the Film of the Book Asiris Nuna, they look mostly human with slight facial features reminiscent of cats and dreads. Their dress and architecture are reminiscent of Ancient Egypt. Shidla is a Sphinx who figures the most in the book and is the only one seen in the film. He snarls a lot and likes to call everyone "kitty". "Dog" is, apparently, an insult to his people. Like cats, they can see in the dark very well. In the film, Shidla dodges missiles Neo-style.
  • Uhura's Song features the Eeiauoans and their relatives the Sivaoans.
  • Robert Westall's Urn Burial has the Fefethil; a race of anthro-cats who look like humanoid cheetahs, complete with cat-ears, tails and eyes but human-esque hands and fingers (albeit with retractable claws still).
  • A. E. van Vogt's The Voyage of the Space Beagle had a cat-like alien called Coeurl.
  • Doctor Who Expanded Universe
    • Eighth Doctor Adventures:
      • The tigers in The Year of Intelligent Tigers. They're just intelligent tigers who have Bizarre Alien Biology, lay eggs, and have two opposable thumbs on each paw.
      • The Besiddians Dreamstone Moon, who have five rows of teeth, but are otherwise described very much as humanoid cats, including purring when they're happy.
    • Doctor Who Missing Adventures: The Cat People in Invasion of the Cat People.
  • Instrumentality Of Mankind: Downplayed; most Underpeople, including catfolk, appear almost indistinguishable from humans, but vary greatly in how much of the non-human ancestry comes through, and at least one Lion underperson shows up in "The Dead Lady of Clown Town" who had fur, a mane, and claws.
  • Star Wars Legends: The Felacat look like humanoid cats.
  • All Tomorrows: The Killer Folk, one of many Human Subspecies, convergently resemble felines with their saber teeth, muzzle-like jaws, pointed ears, spotted body hair, and possibly paw-like feet.
  • The Death Gate Cycle: Tiger-men, some of the many kinds of monsters native to the Labyrinth, resemble outsized tigers capable of walking on their hind legs and provided with opposable thumbs. They're capable of dropping to all fours when running and are skilled climbers, but rarely enter forests due to their longtime enmity with the local Savage Wolves. They're also enthusiastic hunters and capable of crafting tools and using simple magic, but they rarely use this for more than crippling their prey — they prefer to kill their targets with their own fangs and claws.
  • Sekhmet: The Kanji's are a race of this along with being a Proud Warrior Race.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: One episode has Jha'dur, the last warmaster of the Dilgar and last surviving Dilgar in general.
  • Defiance: The Irathient definitely have some cat-like facial characteristics, although this is less defined than in most examples.
  • Doctor Who:
  • The Proud Warrior Race of the Venek are lion-like warrior aliens in Farscape. Also an example of Cats Are Mean.
  • Grimm has both cat-like and lion-like Wesen; the cats are typically cunning and scrappy while the lions are forceful, proud and charismatic. They've mostly shown up as enemies.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Lion's Den", Peter Shotwell is the coach of the Lewisborough High School wrestling team, which is in the middle of a major losing streak. His old friend Jon gives him a supposedly all-natural performance enhancing drug called Neuroflex 500 which has yet to receive FDA approval. When Peter gives the drug to his team (including his son Morris), their strength and stamina dramatically improves. However, the drug has serious side effects and the team begin to exhibit animal characteristics such as fangs, sharp claws and eyes similar to those of a cat. These physical changes are accompanied by a marked increase in their aggressive tendencies. When Peter presses him for more information, Jon admits that Neuroflex 500 is laced with the DNA of a big cat and that it is not supposed to be having this effect. He speculates that the boys' transformations have been so dramatic because of the increased hormonal activity in teenagers compared with adults.
  • On Red Dwarf, the ship's cats evolved over the eons into a Little Bit Beastly species of very vain humanoids, one of whom is a main character.
  • Ultraman Leo had the Magma, brutal aliens with Shapeshifter Weapon powers who destroyed Leo's homeworld of L77 at the beginning of the series and quickly become known as among his most infamous foes.


    Tabletop Games 
  • Alkemy: The Khaliman Republic is a middle-eastern-style nation... populated entirely by anthropomorphic cat people.
  • Blue Planet: Cat hybrids were an early attempt to create Super Soldiers by adding elements of cat DNA to humans, giving them fur, slit pupils, cat ears, and claws, among other things.
  • Dungeons & Dragons :
    • The Catfolk, a nomadic Beast Man species reminiscent of lions, found in the Races of the Wild rule book.
    • The Wemic are a species of centauroid lions, with purely leonine lower bodies and the torsos and heads of humanoid lions. Wemics are excellent hunters and fighters who do not make settled homes, but generally follow the herds they hunt for food in the manner of a lion pride.
    • Mystara: The Rakasta are another species of anthropomorphic cat-people, the most known subrace resembling domestic cats with very un-domestic personalities. A Dragon Magazine article features a vast array of rakasta subraces, from alley cats to ocelots to lions to smilodons.
    • Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and Oriental Adventures have cat hengeyokai as character race.
    • Forgotten Realms:
      • The tabaxi are a race of leopard people who live in tropical jungles and are driven by an intense curiosity for the world, and have a not underserved reputation for having sticky fingers; they're very good at climbing and hiding, and running very fast. Maztica features a race of jaguar people also called tabaxi; the name of the leopard-tabaxi from the Realms is pronounced "ta-bax-ee" while that of the Maztican jaguar-tabaxi is pronounced "ta-bash-ee". However, no justification is given to how two different species of cat-people on opposite ends of the world have essentially the same name. They were eventually and unsurprisingly retconed into being two populations of the same race — in 5th Edition, the ones in the main setting are emigrants who left Maztica for reasons they don't discuss.
      • Of note is the city of Nathlekh, called the "City of the Cats", entirely populated by werelions, weretigers, and wemics and ruled over by a council of greater lammasu called the Council of Cat Lords. The city is devoted to the worship of Nobanion (Aslan under another guise) and Sharess (AKA Bastet), with hidden cults devoted to Malar.
    • 4th Edition's Player Handbook 2 includes the decidedly feline-looking Razorclaw Shifter, descended from Weretigers.
    • The Tibbit race, which are Small humanoids with cat ears and markings as if their skin were fur; they can also turn into a full cats in the manner of a werebeast.
    • The Guardinals are a race of extradimensional creatures of Incorruptible Pure Pureness who take on the forms of anthropomorphic animals. Their leaders are leonals, or catfolk lions. Pathfinder expanded the race, gave it a new name, and made their leaders draconian creatures, but kept the leonals.
    • 5th Edition adds leonins, anthropromophic lions available as a player character race, who are known for their ability for having a terrifying roar.
  • Exalted:
    • It is not uncommon for beastmen, chiefly in the deserts of the South or the jungles and forests of the East, to resemble felines such as panthers, lions and tigers.
    • The herd guardians, a servitor race created by the Solars of the First Age to serve as ranchers and game wardens for their sacred cattle and hunting preserves, are a downplayed example. They were for the most part fully human, but had the eyes, claws, legs and strictly carnivorous diets of lions.
  • GURPS covers this subject in multiple ways in different settings and supplements, as appropriate. For example:
    • GURPS Dungeon Fantasy simply has cat people as yet another playable race.
    • The Madness Dossier has the lion-headed ugallu, Mesopotamian Monstrosities who serve the horrifying Anunnakku as warriors.
    • Transhuman Space has a couple of types of cat-person bioroids (manufactured organic beings), evidently created by or for people with a thing for the idea. (Some are fighters and some are sex toys, and the former get very annoyed at being mistaken for the latter.)
  • Magic: The Gathering has several cat races, all typed as regular cats. Most examples, such as the Leonin and Nacatl, are in Green, White or both and tend to be Noble Savages, Proud Warrior Race Guys or some combination of both. The Rakshasa of Tarkir, typed as cat demons, are instead ancient and cunning schemers.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Catfolk, known in their own tongue as amurrun, are a race of humanoid cats native to southern Garund, whose wanderlust often leads them to every corner of the world. Their art is notoriously inconsistent, and has portrayed them as everything from long-limbed humans with feline claws, ear and eyes to full-on bipedal cats. This inconsistency was eventually worked into the species' lore; individual catfolk can run the whole spectrum of anthropomorphism, varying wildly between regions and families.
    • Maftets resemble winged humans with feline eyes and big cats' legs — usually lions', sometimes leopards' and rarely other felines' — and are believed to be related to sphinxes.
    • Agathions, the Neutral Good outsider race, resemble anthropomorphic animals of various species. Leonals resemble lions, and in personality are fierce hunters of evil beings who relentlessly stalk their targets before taking them down with tooth and claw.
    • Starfinder: The pahtra, one of the Veskarium's subservient races, are cat-like humanoids from the jungle planet of Vesk-6, formerly Pulonis. Shaped by the planet's jungle environment, enormous mountains, and powerful magnetic storms, the pahtra are excellent survivalists and are one of the only races in the Veskarium that have maintained any sort of autonomy.
  • Rifts:
    • There is an entire city of various types of cat people in South America, rule by three cat people gods.
    • The Emerin are sapient tabbies about six feet tall.
    • Ramen are giant humanoid catfolk that serve Ra.
  • Twilight Imperium: Every edition has featured a member of the Emirates of Hacan on the cover, a race of sapient bidpedal Lions. Perhaps unexpectedly they are the mercantile race of the game, focusing on economics, trade and diplomacy, though they can wage war like anyone else.
  • Warhammer: While they're never given central focus, mention is made at several points of a race of tiger-men native to the Kingdoms of Ind. They live in the depths of its thick rainforests and are viewed as noble if fickle beings by the people of Ind, who give them offerings of meat and rice and refuse to attack them even when attacked first. The tiger-men themselves are described as being equally likely to defend a village or caravan from attackers as they are to utterly destroy it themselves.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has the felinids, a rare strain of abhumans constricted to a single planet in the Imperium. They're effectively just a tiny piece of background lore, listed alongside other types of abhumans in a few books. What they look like at all is unknown due to a lack of offical artwork, and exactly how catlike they do (or don't) look is entirely speculative.
  • Rym is home to the Hoomiku; alien cat-people with Super Intelligence who crashed in the deep deserts of the dying world of Rym centuries ago, and who have been focused on repairing their ship so they can leave ever since.


    Video Games 
  • Age of Wonders II has a cat-folk race called Tigrans who resemble humans with feline heads, claws and tails. They are allied with other feline creatures, such as sphinxes and manticores, which they have access to as high-tier units.
  • Albion: The Iskai look like cat people at first glance, but then not so much. They have a weird and elaborate set of characteristics: tall and thin humanoids with fur, a muzzle like a great cat's, huge eyes, differently-coloured long hair on their heads, digitigrade paws, bony hooks instead of claws, some gratuitous spikes at the elbows, bony ridges on their face, a telepathic forehead organ, four nipples/breasts, and a Prehensile Tail.
  • Avernum has the Nephilim, a furry, feline race renowned for their sharp senses and ability to see in the dark.
  • BlazBlue has a few examples; the Kaka Clan are essentially an almost always female race of Catgirls who wear hoods. There are also Jubei, whose clan was wiped out by the Black Beast (and whose DNA the Kaka were genetically engineered from) and his daughter Prof. Kokonoe, who's half human (or a half-human-looking Witch Species anyway).
  • In Darkstalkers, Catwomen are a Cat Girl style of Cat Folk that are their own distinct race of semi-human monsters. One of their more prominent members, Felicia, is a playable character.
  • Diablo II has the Sabre Cats (later named Lacuni in the lore). According to the manual they are not normally considered aggressive, however have been acting strangely since the Dark Wanderer showed up so now mindlessly attack the player just like everything else in the game.
  • Dofus: The Ecaflips are cat people and possess some feline traits. They also appear in the sequel game Wakfu, and in the cartoon of the same name.
  • Dwarf Fortress: A number of cat-based animal people — bobcat, cougar, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, ocelot and tiger men — in the shape of people with their animal counterpart’s head, tail and coat pattern can spawn in savage biomes. Like all other aboveground animal races, they’re not considered full intelligent races in-game and are essentially bipedal animals, although they can become citizens of an established civilization.
  • Earth and Sky: The Big Bad is a member of a catlike alien species.
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The Khajiit are a feline race hailing from the deserts of Elsweyr in southern Tamriel. There are seventeen known sub-breeds of Khajiit, referred to as furstocks: a Khajiit's furstock being determined by the phases of the moon under which they were born, and the appearance of the various furstocks can vary wildly.
      • On one end are the Alfiq, who are the size of house cats and cannot speak, but do understand language and are reportedly powerful spell casters.
      • Then there are several humanoid varieties of Khajiit, such as the Ohmes and Ohmes-raht (who appeared in Arena and Daggerfall), which are commonly mistaken for Bosmer (wood elves) due to their extremely humanoid appearances — Ohmes-rhat have light fur and tails; Ohmes straight-up look like slender elves. The Suthay-raht, who appear in Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, are still bipedal but much more feline — they have full fur, digitigrade legs, tails, catlike heads and claws. Other furstocks include the Cathay (much like the Suthay-raht, but with plantigrade legs), as well as other resembling lynxes, jaguars and tigers.
      • On the other end of the spectrum are the Senche and Senche-raht, who are quadrupeds with ape-like proportions and can be mounted by their comrades as Beasts Of Battle.
      • Further, it's implied that all sub-species are capable of breeding with one another. The resulting offspring isn't determined by either of the parents' breeds and instead depends on the phases of the moons under which it is born. Culturally, the Khajiit (with their cross-continent merchant caravans and propensity for stealth, and being the frequent victims of Fantastic Racism) draw heavily from the Roma. Their language, Ta'agra, has no word for "rules", which can obviously lead to issues in the lands of other cultures where the Khajiit's actions may be interpreted as "theft". Finally, as a race, the Khajiit are highly susceptible to Moon Sugar addiction (as well as its more potent derivative, Skooma).
    • The Ka Po' Tun are a race of "tiger folk" hailing from the continent of Akavir. As they have not yet made an appearance in-game, it is unknown to what extent they may be similar to the Khajiit. Their culture is implied to be similar to the Chinese, with their Tiger-Dragon God-Emperor, Tosh Raka, having similarities to Mao Zedong. They are also obsessed with becoming dragons.
  • In EverQuest, from day one the Kerrans existed. They are a race of tribal, ancestor-worshipping cat-people. Sharing the continent of Odus with the Erudites, despite neither race being inherently evil they intensely detested each other.
    • In the fourth expansion, Shadows of Luclin, the Vah Shir were added to the playable races. They are large cat-people, more advanced than the Kerran, and native to the moon of Luclin.
    • Less important are the Kejekans, a mountain-dwelling subspecies of Kerran.
  • EverQuest II has the Kerrans, which are not quite the same as EQ1 Kerrans. In EQ2's backstory, the moon of Luclin was destroyed, killing the vast majority of Vah Shir. Those who were in Norrath when the catatostrophe happened began interbreeding with the Kerrans, and over time the Kerrans became larger and stronger like the Vah Shir had been. Their bodies are covered in fur with colors and patterns denoting their lineage.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Final Fantasy X: The Ronso are a Proud Warrior Race of muscular, anthropomorphic feline humanoids from the world of Spira.
    • Final Fantasy XI: The Mithra are a Little Bit Beastly race that also qualify for Cat Girl.
    • Final Fantasy XII: Marquis Ondore's attendants are members of a species called the Rev, tailless cat-like humanoids with very angular features. Final Fantasy Tactics A2 adds a variety of Rev called the Revgaji, which look more human-like and have horns. The only playable one of these is Cid and he's treated as a Bangaa for the purposes of game mechanics. The games never reveal much about either variety beyond their respective appearances.
    • Final Fantasy XIV as of its third Expansion Pack features both the Miqo'te, a racial expy of the Mithra, with an option to play as catboys as well as girls, as well as the Hrothgar, another expy of FFX's Ronso, though only playable as men.
  • In Fire Emblem, the Beast Laguz tribe are based on both variations of cats: the smaller, quicker ones are based on house cats, while the larger ones are based on wild cats.
  • In Gems of War, the inhabitants of the Pridelands are often some sort of feline/humanoid combination; the Pride Hunter and Rex Warrior are lion-esque, while the Shadow Hunter is black-panther-esque. (There are also sabertooth lions, but they're just that, not cat folk.)
  • Grandia II: Mareq's race has Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism, with males that are huge smelly Beast Men and female that are delicate Cat Girls. They also have a strong sense of smell, which is an important plot point in the game.
  • Guild Wars has the Charr, who play to the tiger end of the spectrum, as an enemy in the first game and a playable race in the second game. Narrative-wise, they're basically the settings equivalent of orcs; they are highly disciplined soldiers and the most technologically sophisticated race in the setting, going full bore steampunk as opposed to the other races' more traditional fantasy looks and magitek. Played with a little in that they aren't just anthropomorphic felines. Most have body structures more reminiscent of a gorilla than a human and they spot unique features such as horns and two sets of ears.
  • Kingdom Hearts III: Sora in his Monster form in the Monstropolis world is very cat-like in appearance, with a few elements of fish.
  • Iron Realms has a tiger-like race.
  • The Last Remnant has the Sovani race: tall, four-armed bipeds with lots of cat-like features.
  • League of Legends: Rengar is a leonine humanoid whose backstory and motivations are more than a little reminiscent of a Predator. His Headhunter skin further drives this point home.
  • The Longest Journey Saga has the Zhid, a catlike humanoid race with yellow fur.
  • Master of Orion series has an entire empire of cat-people, the Mrrshan, which were known for being one of the most aggressive and militaristic races throughout the series.
  • General Shindara in Namu Amida Butsu! -UTENA- represents the Tiger in the Eastern Zodiac, but he behaves like a house cat. He even spices his speech with copious nyas.
    Shindara: Namu Amida Butsu! UTENya!
  • Both Ni no Kuni and its sequel have the grimalkin, a race of cat people, who live in the kingdom of Ding Dong Dell.
  • Nomad (AKA Project Nomad) has the Phelonese, a stuck-up matriarchal race of felines. Unfortunately, you have to deal with them, if you want to get the Quietus missiles, which can One-Hit Kill almost any ship in the game. They'll bring up their superiority every chance they get. Oh, and don't get in a fight with them, or they'll use those same missiles against you. At this point, it'll depend on other systems, such as thrusters (how fast can your ship turn to get them in front of you), targeting sensors (how fast can you get a lock), and missile loaders (Quietus missiles are notoriously slow to load). Shields at this point are useless, given the nature of the weapon.
  • Octopath Traveler has the Cait enemies, feline creatures that walk upright and wear jaunty traveling clothes.
  • Paladins: Tiberius is a tigron, a warrior from a race of cat-like humanoids.
  • Pokémon Sun and Moon:
    • Incineroar, the final evolution of the Fire starter, Litten. It is a muscular, humanoid wrestling tiger that is based on Tiger Mask.
    • Zeraora, the final Mythical Pokémon to be released in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon is a bipedal cat Pokémon that resembles Incineroar but is much thinner and has control over electricity rather than fire.
  • The Quest for Glory series has the Katta, a race of cat-like humanoids. Quest for Glory I also has the feral Cheetaur, cheetahs shaped like centaurs, as strong enemies. It also has the Liontaur people, which are basically lions shaped like centaurs. Rakeesh in Quest For Glory II, III, and V is a major friend and supporting character of the Hero. Finally, Quest For Glory III has the Leopardmen, a secretive tribe in the jungle.
  • Ratchet & Clank: The Lombaxes are bipedal, catlike aliens with a strong affinity for weapons and technology. With an exception or two, such as Ratchet himself, the entire species has been hunted into extinction (or has fled to an alternate dimension, rather) by Emperor Tachyon.
  • Shining Force Gaiden Games: Dantom is a Proud Warrior Race Guy tiger-person boss.
  • Solatorobo: The Felineko are a race of Cat Folk who follow several cat stereotypes, such as being fiercely independent, quite aggressive, moody, calculating, agile, and naturally skilled at magic. They come in several different breeds, from common house cats to tigers.
  • Star Trek Online has the Caitians and the Ferasians, the latter being copyright-friendly versions of the Kzinti. Their backstory implies they were once the same race, but the Ferasans did extensive genetic modifications.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic features the Cathar, a mostly Republic-aligned race of humanoid felines. The first Non-Player Companion of the Republic Trooper class is a Cathar trooper Aric Jorgan. Knights of the Old Republic also has a Cathar party member with Juhani. The species hat is that they are fierce fighters, loyal to a fault, and tend to run hot and cold emotionally with HairTriggerTempers by human standards. If you've made them angry, they'll come at you, claws out. If you get past the prickly exterior and earn their loyalty and trust, they're incredibly sweet. Many of them also speak with accents resembling Slavic.
  • Wing Commander: The Kilrathi, the primary antagonists through much of the series, are bipedal felinoids evolved up from lion-analogues on Kilrah, with their evolution outlined in broad strokes in Voices of War.note 
  • Wizardry has had Felpurr, humanoid cats descended from house cats, since Wizardy 6 in 1990. They're known for having one of the best stat lines in the game, reaching many elite professions with fewer attribute points than any other race. Particularly favoring speed and personality, they overshadowed even hobbits as the best thieves and bards in the series.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • The Tol'vir are a race of centaur-like beings with lion bodies and feline faces, crafted by the Titans from stone (and turned into flesh by the Old Gods).
    • The Warlords of Draenor added the Saberon, a species of bipedal (but with the ability to run on all fours) saber-tooth cat people. They live in various independent tribes and are extremely hostile to everyone, with a few exceptions. At level 100, feral druids can take a talent to transform into one, in place of their standard cat form, with added benefits.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X: The Wrothians are a Proud Warrior Race of these with a very Japanese-inspired culture.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: The Gormotti are a more anthropomorphized take on the concept compared with the Wrothians, having pointy ears, claws on their fingers and toes (and a resulting preference for open-toed sandals), and some fur on their limbs but otherwise looking like humans.
  • Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon: The Felinid species, which includes Admiral Amelia, are a species of Humanoid Aliens with cat-like features.


    Web Original 
  • The Chakat species, which are hermaphroditic felinoid taurs genetically engineered to be disease resistant and empathic. They are able to breed with all of the other taurs except Quange, which are horse-based. This is probably because chakats are the best of many species brought together, but none of the used species were equine. It also created a powerful maternal instinct that can manifest as a rage brought on by threatening to harm their children, which one xenophobic vixen discovered the painful way.
  • The Stallonians in the Monster World series by deviantArt's monstermaster13.
  • Mahu: The Ti'Haraan in "Frozen Flame" are a a proud race of lion-like people, scattered and weak after the destruction of their home.

    Western Animation 
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! has gamma radiation make Black Panther develop feline features in one episode.
  • The Batman: The Animated Series episode Tyger, Tyger features Tygrus, a feline humanoid created by a Mad Scientist, who kidnaps Selina Kyle (Catwoman) and converts her to a humanoid cat to serve as Tygrus' mate. Transformed, she is human-sized but naked, furred, pointy-eared, slit-eyed, pink-nosed, whiskered, long-tailed and has (barely visible) fangs.
  • Egyxos has Sekhmet and Bastet, both are catlike humanoids with pointed ears, slit-shaped pupils, whiskers and thick fur.
  • Elena of Avalor: The jaquins are a less anthropomorphic take on this trope, being a four-legged race of cats with parrot wings and feathers on their elbows, tail tips, cheeks, and heels. Strangely for a race based on cats, they lay eggs.
  • Final Space: The Ventrexians are a race of human-sized bipedal cats, and Avocato at least yowls like a cat when hurt or surprised and, according to Gary, enjoys milk.
  • The Legend of Tarzan: The leopard-men look like a race of humanoid leopards. Subverted in that the leopard-men turn out to be normal leopards all along.
  • Mega Man: The Lion Men.
  • My Little Pony TV Specials: The eponymous villain of the second short, Escape from Catrina, is an anthropomorphic cat. She looks more like a humanoid with catlike characteristics than an upright cat, with very humanoid anatomy and human hair.
  • Rick and Morty:
    • In "Look Who's Purging Now", the duo visits a planet inhabited by humanoid cat aliens who live in an Old West-style culture. Oh, and they experience a night of brutal purging once a year.
    • There's also Rick's friend Squanchy, who resembles a scraggly short bipedal cat with a ratlike tail and has the ability to transform into a deadly hulking werebeast-like form with a special serum.
  • In Samurai Jack, Aku travels to an alien planet populated by a Proud Hunter Race of cat-people. He enlists a group of them to hunt down and capture Jack, and they are actually successful, but they respect any prey who can give them such a test of their hunting skills and let him go right after.
  • In the She-Ra: Princess of Power episode "Magicats", She-Ra and Catra stumble upon a civilization of magical cats, known as Magicats, that wear clothes and can switch between humanoid bipedal and fully-feline quadrupedal forms. The 2018 reboot has Catra as a member of this species, though she (and presumably others of her race in this series) now lack that transformation ability.
  • Star Trek: The Animated Series
    • Lieutenant M'Ress is a Caitian, a catlike humanoid alien species with pointed ears, slit-shaped pupils, whiskers, a tail and thick fur (usually including a mane). In addition to physical traits, Caitians are curious and have a hunter's instinct. Some of the surrounding supplementary materials at the time indicated they were an off-shoot of the Kzinti.
    • The Kzinti in "The Slaver Weapon", an adaptation of the Larry Niven short story "The Soft Weapon". Niven wrote the episode as well.
  • Dr. T'Ana of Star Trek: Lower Decks is also Caitian.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars redesigned the Zygerrian race into a race of feline humanoids similar to the Cathar. However in contrast to the Cathar who were shown to be quite frequently enslaved in Star Wars Legends material, the Zygerrians' species hat is that they built a powerful empire through their slave trade that was demolished by the Jedi during the Old Republic, and they sought to rebuild it by joining the Separatists.
  • Certainly the entire population of Megakat City in SWAT Kats. Most of the characters with names have Punny Name handles involving cat species or features, such as T-Bone and Razor's real names, Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson respectively, Commander Ulysses Feral, more-so with his neice, Lieutenant Felina Feral, Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs (Callie is short for calico) and Mayor Manx.
    • The episode "When Strikes Mutilor" includes a kat-like race of pacifist aliens called the Aquians.
  • ThunderCats (1985). More so in ThunderCats (2011), where they've gone from Little Bit Beastly to Beast Folk.
  • Wakfu has the Ecaflips, a race of anthropomorphic cat people, whose gimmick is their high luck. Ecaflip demigods even have the advantage of being able to reincarnate nine times.
  • While Orube doesn't appear in the animated version of W.I.T.C.H., Luba does at the start of season 2.
  • Space Ghost encounters Brak and Sisto.


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