The love-hate relationship anime fans have with the cat girl character trope is undeniable. Despite personal preferences, it remains one of the most widely adored character archetypes. Its popularity is such that fans incessantly implore Elon Musk to bring cat girls to life.
Engaging in a debate to determine the ultimate cat girl is futile, as a wise connoisseur once proclaimed, “There are no subpar cat girls.” Thus, it is time to embark on the challenging task of discussing the 30 greatest cat girls in anime history. To be candid, curating this list posed numerous obstacles that demanded careful consideration.
30. Persia from Gate
She works as a maid (obviously) and harbors a crush on Sergeant Kurata Takeo, a member of the JSDF. Fortunately, Takeo has a fondness for cat-like individuals, which adds to her appeal. However, aside from these details, there is limited available information about her.
Persia possesses commendable combat skills and adeptly employs her formidable claws and fangs in battle. Much like a feline, but on a grander and more powerful scale.
29. Taruto from Magical Meow Meow Taruto
The title alone reveals the protagonist as the central figure. This petite feline girl holds a firm belief in her identity as a princess hailing from a distant realm. Taruto’s insatiable passion for exploration often results in unintended misadventures.
Adhering to the conventional cat girl archetype, she adorably punctuates her sentences with the endearing expression “nya,” further amplifying her charm.
28. Misaki Sagisawa from Da Capo
Yet another maid cat girl has infiltrated the roster, and rest assured, this won’t be the final encounter. While Misaki appears to be your typical feline-inspired character, she is, in fact, inhabited by her own cat, Yoriko, within the game’s narrative.
Interestingly, in the anime adaptation, Yoriko transforms into a human resembling her owner, enabling her to embark on thrilling adventures beyond the confines of their home.
27. Melwin from Cat Planet Cuties
Introducing our inaugural representative from Cat Planet Cuties, Melwin shines as an officer who, though occasionally plagued by uncertainty, consistently proves herself highly capable and dependable. Serving under the esteemed Captain Kuune, she exhibits unwavering loyalty towards her superior.
Regrettably, akin to other petite characters, Melwin experiences feelings of inadequacy whenever her chest size is brought up, particularly given her race’s reputation for larger bosoms.
26. Catherine from Gintama
The enigmatic extraterrestrial feline figure in the renowned anime series Gintama tends to leave a favorable initial impact on most aficionados. This peculiar character, known as Catherine, assumes the role of a diligent employee at the Otose snack shop, evidently exerting herself to amass wealth.
Interestingly, her prior occupation involved engaging in thievery before being enticed into joining the establishment. Catherine communicates with a distinctive accent, although remarkably, those around her possess an uncanny ability to comprehend her intentions effortlessly.
25. Lin Xiao Mei from Shining Tears x Wind
Meet Xiao Mei, the delightful feline enchantress who owns an enchanting vintage emporium. Renowned for her insatiable curiosity, she possesses an uncanny ability to be captivated by the most intriguing wonders. Xiao Mei is also gifted with an agile wit, effortlessly engaging in banter no matter the circumstance.
In her past life, she was a modern-day Robin Hood, deftly pilfering treasures from the opulent Wyndria Castle and bestowing them upon the less fortunate denizens of the realm.
24. Chaika from Cat Planet Cuties
Moving on to our second feline lady from Cat Planet Cuties (and rest assured, there are more to follow). She exudes exuberance as an animated officer, relishing in leisurely pursuits and reveling in joviality with companions.
Similarly to Melwin, her bosom is petite, verging on non-existent. However, unlike Melwin, she radiates a profound indifference towards her stature, even reveling in boasting about her diminutive assets.
23. Sasahara Natsuki from Hyper Police
She embodies the central role in the classic series Hyper Police. Sasahara, a destitute individual, carves out her existence as a bounty hunter.
As a nekomata—an amalgamation of human and monster—she resides in the realm where creatures and humans coexist harmoniously. Just like any other protagonist, Sasahara exudes a compassionate spirit, staunchly defending the vulnerable.
22. Kuune from Cat Planes Cuties
She is the third representative from Cat Planet Cuties, serving as the captain of the Catian spacecraft that touches down on Earth.
Despite possessing one of the most prominent busts among the Catians aboard the ship, Kuune feels ashamed of her size. The situation exacerbates when Eris insists on her wearing unsuitable attire during the negotiation proceedings.
21. Yuni/Cure Cosmo from Star Twinkle PreCure
Yuni, known as Cure Cosmo, is a cat girl featured in a popular Precure series. Unlike her fellow Precures, Yuni prefers to work independently, not out of choice, but due to the overwhelming guilt she carries from being unable to save her home, Rainbow.
Consequently, she often rejects assistance from her comrades. Despite her initially distant demeanor, Yuni’s true nature shines through as a compassionate individual who wholeheartedly enjoys lending a hand to others.
20. Alicia Rue from Sword Art Online
A formidable sorceress plays a prominent role in Sword Art Online as the reigning sovereign of Cait Sith, one of the game’s nine races. She actively aids Kirito on his quest to reach the summit of the World Tree. Furthermore, Alicia establishes a strong alliance with the Sylph race within the game.
Notably, she displays a captivating fascination with Kirito, mirroring the attention bestowed upon him by countless other female characters in the series.
19. Felicia from Vampire Hunters
While she may not be classified as an anime cat girl per se, it’s worth noting that her origins lie within a revered Capcom classic, Darkstalkers. However, her prominence extends beyond the gaming realm as she takes center stage in a renowned OVA produced by Madhouse, Vampire Hunter.
Just as in the game, Felicia remains a formidable cat girl, unleashing her relentless combat skills against adversaries with an unwavering determination.
18. Shizuka Nekonome from Rosario + Vampire
Shizuka, an educator at Yokai Academy, assumes the role of overseeing the esteemed newspaper club. While imparting knowledge, she consistently emphasizes the importance of concealing their yokai form from unsuspecting humans.
Curiously, she often overlooks her own transformation, inadvertently revealing her feline essence. Similar to a cat’s affinity, she revels in savoring fish, particularly those procured from the human realm, and exhibits an endearing habit of appending “nya” to her statements.
17. Nuku Nuku from All Purpose Cultural Cat Nuku Nuku
Manufactured by Mishima Heavy Industries, Nuku Nuku stands as an android housing the intellect of a feline. Her purpose lies in being the closest companion to Ryuunosuke, sole scion of the Mishima Heavy Industries’ CEO.
However, Nuku Nuku often finds herself entangled in the disputes of Ryuunosuke’s parents. In an astonishing turn, she has acquired proficient skills in weaponry. Fortunately, her intentions remain benign, never posing a threat to the family.
16. Merle from Visions of Escaflowne
Merle, a cherished childhood friend of Fanel Van, holds deep aversion towards his growing bond with the clairvoyant Kanzaki Hitomi.
However, Merle’s unwavering loyalty to Van knows no bounds, driven by the absence of kinship in her life as an orphan. Consequently, she remains resolute in safeguarding Van, irrespective of the sacrifices required.
15. Petit Charat from Di Gi Charat
Known as Puchiko, she accompanies Dejiko on their adventures from the distant planet Di Gi Charat.
Puchiko takes on the persona of a serene feline girl, but her words spill forth uncontrollably, often leading her to unintentionally blunder. Adding to her charm, she has a tendency to conclude her sentences with an adorable feline sound, namely, “nyu.”
14. Dejiko from Di Gi Charat
Dejiko hails from the planet Di Gi Charat and embodies the complete antithesis of Puchiko. Bursting with exuberance, she radiates boisterousness, vivacity, and unwavering cheerfulness.
Her heart’s desire is to ascend the ranks as an illustrious idol. Similar to Puchiko, she concludes her statements with a feline-inspired utterance: “nyo.”
13. Ao Nanami from Yozakura Quartet
Despite her youth, Nanami is already an integral member of the Yozakura Quartet, drawing inspiration from the legendary Japanese demon known as Satori. Endowed with her demonic heritage, she possesses the extraordinary power to delve into the minds of others, effortlessly deciphering their thoughts.
In her Satellite mode, she transcends ordinary bounds, effortlessly tapping into the collective consciousness of the entire city. This unique ability renders her an indispensable asset to the quartet, amplifying their effectiveness manifold.
12. Nozomi Kiriya from Mayoi Neko Overrun
One fateful day, a mysterious cat girl materialized within the confines of a peculiar residence. Nozomi, a kuudere by nature, possessed a propensity for reticence, appearing devoid of emotion.
However, concealed beneath her stoic exterior lay a profound struggle—a genuine airheadedness that hindered her ability to articulate her innermost thoughts. Gradually, with the support of her cherished companions, she embarked on a transformative journey to acquire the skill of conveying her sentiments.
11. Cyan Hijirikawa from Show By Rock
Cyan had always perceived herself as an average girl, oblivious to the exceptional nature of possessing feline ears. However, a fateful day plunged her into the very game she adored, where she unearthed a startling talent for the electric guitar.
Moreover, she soon realized that this newfound ability held the key to safeguarding Midi City from the nefarious forces that loomed surreptitiously in the darkness.
10. Eris from Cat Planet Cuties
Presenting the conclusive portrayal of Eris in Cat Planet Cuties. As the protagonist, Eris exudes a vivacious, jubilant, and dynamic persona.
However, this feline individual is not only bright and capable, but also serves as a proficient officer aboard the spacecraft, possessing extensive expertise across diverse disciplines. Moreover, Eris displays an insatiable curiosity and profound fascination with our beloved planet Earth.
9. Chocola from Nekopara
Certainly, a Nekopara character would undoubtedly earn a spot on the list. Here we encounter Chocola, an exuberant individual who consistently brightens the day for her patrons. She possesses an innate curiosity that effortlessly captivates her surroundings.
In the event that someone dampens her spirits, Chocola swiftly reverts back to her customary, effervescent self. However, it is important to note that she too experiences moments of melancholy.
8. Blair from Soul Eater
Upon her initial introduction, Soul and Maka erroneously identify her as a witch, only to discover that she possesses the remarkable ability to assume a human form while being a feline at heart. In her human guise, she takes great delight in engaging in playful banter with Soul, relishing Maka’s ensuing reactions.
Occasionally, her flirtatious nature reaches heightened levels, pushing boundaries as she unabashedly presents herself in a state of undress, all in an effort to entice Soul. Nonetheless, Blair remains a fundamentally benevolent individual who exhibits a keen understanding of her companions’ sentiments.
7. Momomiya Ichigo from Tokyo Mew Mew
She embodies the essence of a feline-human hybrid and assumes the identity of Mew Mew Strawberry. As the distinguished leader of an extraordinary clique, its constituents are young females whose genetic makeup intertwines with that of endangered creatures.
Referred to as Tokyo Mew Mew, this assemblage diligently safeguards the city against all forms of peril. Given her pivotal role, her disposition mirrors that of other prominent protagonists.
6. Himari Noihara from Omamori Himari
Himari, a feline demon, delighted in playful encounters with Yuuto Amakawa, the protagonist of the tale, during their childhood. Her shapeshifting prowess enabled her to assume the form of a cat at will.
Moreover, she possessed a formidable skill known as “The Crimson Blade,” which allowed her to vanquish demons. Unveiling a long-kept secret, it emerged that Himari had harbored affection for Yuuto since their early years.
5. Vanilla from Nekopara
Despite being Chocola’s identical twin, Vanilla is her complete opposite. Serene, composed, yet gentle, she embodies the kuudere archetype.
She harbors deep affection for her sister and remains devoted, faithfully accompanying her on every endeavor. In the bustling Nekopara cafe, Vanilla assumes the duty of managing the bakery, showcasing her responsible nature.
4. Leone from Akame ga Kill
Leone, a cat girl within the esteemed Night Raid assassins, embodies the quintessential reliable onee-san figure. While her disposition remains laid-back and her demeanor free-spirited, her comrades find solace in her unwavering support in gathering crucial intel and exercising astute discernment amidst the most harrowing predicaments. Inherently adverse to injustice, Leone holds no qualms about exacting ruthless retribution upon those who perpetrate such wrongdoing.
3. Yoruichi Shihouin from Bleach
Yoruichi, an exceptional ex-Captain of the Soul Reapers in the beloved Bleach series, possesses remarkable skills in gathering data and acquiring intelligence. Additionally, her unique ability to transform into a cat adds to her prowess.
Yoruichi occasionally displays a playful and alluring demeanor towards Ichigo, exhibiting a common trait seen in cat-girl characters. However, it is worth mentioning that her interactions with Ichigo are consensual and never cross any boundaries. One of her devoted pupils, Soi Fon, deeply admires Yoruichi, but harbors feelings of resentment due to her sudden departure without any prior notice.
2. Koneko Toujou from High School DxD
Meet Koneko, a nekomata from High School DxD, who embodies the essence of a Kuudere. Silent and stoic, she reserves her words when necessary, often maintaining a mysterious aura. Despite her reserved nature, Koneko harbors profound affection for her comrades, although she rarely displays it.
Moreover, beneath her petite frame, lies an astonishing resilience and formidable physical prowess, making her incredibly challenging to unravel.
1. Hanekawa Tsubasa from Monogatari Series
Hanekawa’s feline alter ego manifests solely from overwhelming stress. This captivating cat girl possesses the power to discharge electrifying currents upon others.
She harbors a profound devotion towards her original self, willing to selflessly endure any pain to safeguard her. With unwavering optimism, she yearns for the day her counterpart discovers genuine happiness.