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This is a list of wearers of nekomimi (Japanese 猫耳, literally cat ear(s)). Catgirls and catboys are found in various fiction genres and in particular Japanese anime and manga.


Catgirls who are always in possession of cat ears and a cat tail

  • Chaton and Merilo from MÄR
  • Thunder Nyan Nyan, thunder type Duel Monster, Lady Panther, Beast-Warrior type Duel Monster and Nekogal # 1, beast type Duel Monster from Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois and all the Galette member from Dog Days.
  • Soo-katoa in the Trigun series in episodes over a period of about 3 seasons. She derives pleasure from yarn, and shows other signs of being a catgirl, even though she is discreet and tends toward avoiding making waves and generally being the focus of attention.
  • Nina from Words Worth. In addition to cat ears and tail, some parts of her body are covered with fur.
  • Yuiko Hawatari and Hitomi Shinonome from Loveless
  • Haineko (Spirit Form) from Manga/Anime Bleach

Nekomusume

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

  • Xiao from Dark Cloud (a cat turned into a human)

  • Shunran, Karan and Toran panther demon from InuYasha
  • Neko from K
  • Yoriko from Da Capo (a cat turned into a human)
  • Natsuki Sasahara from Hyper Police. She is the daughter of Egyptian Goddess Bast.

Catgirls who are always in possession of cat ears but who are either seldom or never in possession of a cat tail

  • Aisha Clanclan from Outlaw Star - she also transforms and gets a tail, and can go beyond that to turn entirely into a tigerlike cat.

  • Mao from the PlayStation 2 game Shining Tears (no tail, but natural cat ears and catlike agility)
  • Nozomi Kiriya in Mayoi Neko Overrun! has cat ears that looks like her hair, but no tail. She also has human ears.

Non-catgirls who transform into catgirls

  • 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.

Non-catgirls who are witnessed wearing catgirl costumes on a regular basis

  • Azusa Nakano from K-On!
  • Chiyoko Nakayama from Shugo Chara
  • Kohaku from Melty Blood (she has several animations as a catgirl)
  • Maya from Geobreeders (she can look like a catgirl, though she usually chooses not to)

  • Ryoko from Tenchi Muyo!, is often seen wearing a cat tail belt in the OVA series. She can move the tail at will, as if it was really a part of her body. Ryoko often has the mannerisms of a catgirl.

Catboys

  • Ritsuka Aoyagi and Yayoi Shioiri from Loveless

Real cats which possess human traits

Western catgirls

  • In The Destroyer book 32, 'Killer Chromosomes' and then again in book 117, 'Deadly Genes', Remo Williams, the destroyer, faces off against a female mastermind who has genetically modified herself with tiger DNA with plans on similarly transmuting the entire human race.
  • Hellcat from Avengers (comics) (this Hellcat is an alternate reality version from the "Hero's Reborn" limited series)

  • Hermione Granger, who takes Polyjuice potion and temporarily has catlike features (ears and a tail) in the Harry Potter series.
  • Nefer-Tina from Mummies Alive! has cat-like battle armor inspired by Bastet, but she also became a real catgirl in the episode "Paws"
  • Nyara from Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series (the result of her father's blood magic)

Live-action depictions of catgirls


Webcomic depictions of catgirls

  • Miyaneko Gato from Angel Moxie
  • Naveed Catlos from Zap!

Others

  • Bast aka Bastet, Ubasti, and Pasht The Egyptian goddess of cats. Sometimes she is depicted as an ordinary cat or a woman with the head of a cat.[2]
  • Black x Pink, an online catgirl drawing wearing a black and pink cropped jacket by Naru Nanao
  • Bobcat, a super villain from the City of Heroes online role playing game.
  • Chibi-neko from The Star of Cottonland is a physically a cat but is always drawn as a catgirl; this 1979 work is credited with popularizing the catgirl character type[3]
  • Kagaya-hime from the novel Fudoki by Kij Johnson (a tortoiseshell cat that transforms into a woman and assumes the role of a warrior)
  • Kami Osbank, a Turkish woman who is secretly a member of a hidden feline humanoid race known as the Pride, who possess tails, retractable claws, heightened senses, strength and agility, and leopard-like tracks of spots running along their limbs and torsos. Their prehensile tails possess cartilage and muscle rather than bone, and thus with practice can retract to the base of the spine and allow the Pride to live hidden among humans (The Pride, by Edie Bingham)
  • Max from Dark Angel (TV series) (she looks human but is spliced with feline DNA, as are the other members of the X-5 group)
  • Mynx, a super hero from the City of Heroes online roleplaying game.
  • Neko (a staff member) and the species Kera'sha from the book series Dragon Tamers
  • Neko from Keroro Gunso is a cat that transforms into a catgirl in two episodes and the cat humanoid alien Space Kumiko Watanabe

  • Odd Della-Robbia from Code Lyoko (while not technically a cat/human hybrid, Odd's form on the virtual reality Lyoko includes over-sized 4-fingered paw-like hands and a prehensile tail - he also displays cat-like-reflexes and mannerisms, has called himself 'a giant purple cat' and has been seen to meow)
  • Rena, or Reena, from Genesis of Aquarion Even though she is not a catgirl in the usual sense, she has cat-like teeth, and the ribbon she wears in her hair resembles cat ears.
  • SeeU, a Vocaloid, her cat ears/nekomimi are speakers.
  • Sekhmet (also spelt Sachmet, Sakhet, and Sakhmet; Greek name: Sacmis), The Egyptian goddess of war and protector of the Pharaoh. She was envisioned as a fierce lioness, and in art, was depicted as such, or as a woman with the head of a lioness, dressed in red, the colour of blood.
  • Taokaka from BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger. She has a real cat tail and is always wearing a large coat that obscures her true face, only exposing red eyes and a row of teeth.
  • A race of sapient genetically engineered catpeople has appeared in several episodes of the newest Doctor Who series in the episodes dealing with the setting of New New York
  • Katy/Chao from Unico. Is actually a cat that gets turned into a human girl.
  • Toralei Stripe from Monster high

References

  1. Chapman, Edgar L. (1984). The Magic Labyrinth of Philip José Farmer. Wheeling, IL: Whitehall Company. p. 42. ISBN 0-89370-158-0. 
  2. Erin Barrett, Jack Mingo (2002-08-30). Cats Don't Always Land on Their Feet. pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-1-57324-721-4. 
  3. Script error

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