List of catgirls

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A catgirl is a female character with cat traits, such as cat ears, a cat tail, or other feline characteristics on an otherwise human body.

This is a list of examples of catgirls in various media. The archetype is particularly common in Japanese anime and manga, where commonly referred to as neko (猫, literally cat) or nekomimi (猫耳, literally cat ear(s)).

Catgirls who always have cat ears and a cat tail[edit]


Nekomusume (猫娘?), (literally "cat-daughter") meaning "cat-girl".

Catgirls who always have cat ears but not always a cat tail[edit]

Characters who transform into catgirls[edit]

  • Haru Yoshioka from the Studio Ghibli anime The Cat Returns transforms into a cat when she is brought to the Cat Kingdom.
  • Kisa Sohma from Fruits Basket transforms into a tiger from the zodiac when hugged by a guy or whenever her body is under a lot of stress.
  • Minea from Vassalord is an android maid who can transform into a Persian cat. She spends most of her time in her cat form, only transforming when necessary to carry out her duties around the house or to attack someone.
  • Rose from +Anima, a Cat +Anima; her fingernails turn into claws and she gains catlike speed. She also has two tiger-like stripes on her cheeks and a stripe on her forehead.
  • Shampoo from Ranma ½ transforms into a cat when splashed with cold water.
  • Starfire from Teen Titans transforms into a cat in the comics when hit with a ray that causes evolutionary regression, suggesting that her race evolved from cats, or cat-like extraterrestrial creatures; additionally, she becomes a cat in the anime in the episode Bunny Raven.
  • Uriko from Bloody Roar 2 and subsequent games (not a catgirl in the first game).
  • Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach has the ability to transform herself into a black/dark blue cat as a matter of will (ironically, she is often mistaken for a male in this form as a result of her cat form's deep voice).
  • Ichigo Momomiya from Tokyo Mew Mew transforms in her Mew Mew form, which gives her black cat ears and a black cat tail, and her ears and tail pop up when she gets extremely excited, or is under immense stress. She transforms into a cat when she is kissed.
  • Tsubasa Hanekawa from Bakemonogatari transform when Sufficient amount of stress is accumulated.
  • Rin Tohsaka transforms to Kaleido Ruby when in the possession of the magical Kaleidostick Ruby stick in Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya. When she transforms she gains Black Cat ears and tail.
  • Phantas-Moon is a magical cat girl parody of Arcueid Brunestud in Carnival Phantasm. In Phantas-Moon form, she gains white cat ears and tail.

Non-catgirls who regularly wear catgirl costumes[edit]

Male examples[edit]

  • Ritsuka Aoyagi and Yayoi Shioiri from Loveless

Western examples[edit]

Live-action depictions of catgirls[edit]



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