- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Catra from the 2018 Netflix series She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. The original version can be found here.
|~ Catra's most famous catchphrase.|
|“||Threats only work on someone who has something to lose. But me? I've already lost it all.||„|
|~ Catra to the Crimson Waste denziens.|
She is the deuteragonist villain of the first season, the secondary antagonist of the first season finale and the second season, the deuteragonist villain of the first half of the third season, and later the main antagonist of the second half, one of the two secondary antagonists of the fourth season and the deuteragonist of the fifth and final season. She is the Force-Captain of Hordak's Evil Horde (a position previously held by Adora before she defected). Catra later becomes second-in-command of the Horde after Shadow Weaver's imprisonment.
Catra was Adora's childhood best friend and is obsessed with her, as she has feelings for Adora, but in the first season, Catra felt hurt and betrayed when Adora joined the Rebellion and became She-Ra. She is She-Ra's arch-rival-turned-lover during the war for the first four seasons, but reforms in the fifth and final season when Horde Prime arrives and joins the Rebellion against him. Catra reconciles with Adora, and they fall in love.
She is voiced by AJ Michalka.
Most of Catra's past is unknown, only that she has feline origins and is not a typical Etherian. At some point in her early life, she was left as an orphan under unknown circumstances. She was eventually taken in by the Horde as an infant, primarily raised by Shadow Weaver alongside Adora to become a child soldier.
One day Catra believed that Adora had chosen a girl named Lonnie as her best friend, therefore Catra hits her then runs into a hiding spot. Adora goes to find Catra to resolve the incident, and is clawed across the face by her as well. When Adora comes back later to try again, she is finally able to comfort her, but when she asks Catra to go apologize to Lonnie so they can all be friends, Catra gets angry again and shoves Adora to the floor, jumps on her stomach, and flees, screaming that she will never ask forgiveness from anyone.
After participating in a training session against the princesses in her devious way and a rather cold encounter with Shadow Weaver, Catra convinces a newly appointed captain Adora to sneak out of the Fright Zone on a pod for a ride in the forest. During the getaway, Adora falls but Catra finds her later, noting that she seems distracted by something. Still later, Catra notices that Adora is gone and and Shadow Weaver coldly ordered herm to bring Adora back. She tracked her down while swarming a village, only to find that her old friend had decided to alienate the Horde, a choice further heightened by the revelation that Catra already knew of their side's atrocities. Adora's betrayal of the Horde hurts Catra inside.
Catra is subsequently made Captain of the Horde due to Adora's defection and confronts her former childhood friend more than once, also having to be reluctantly paired with Scorpia. On one occasion, Catra helps Adora and Glimmer escape the Fright Zone due to her old bond with Adora, but during an adventure between the two young women that leads them to relive their childhood memories, Catra realizes she's always been in Adora's shadow and decides to put the past behind her. When Shadow Weaver turns against the Horde, Catra manages to neutralize it by smashing the Black Garnet bonding gem of her former mother figure with one claw strike.
Gaining more rank and rising in the graces of Hordak, Catra pursues her ambitions by continuing to fight the Rebelion. During an infiltration by Glimmer and Bow, she is captured and tied up by them. Throughout her captivity, Catra takes pleasure in fooling Glimmer and nearly hurts Bow by throwing him off a cliff but becomes angry when Glimmer accuses her of pushing Adora to leave her because of her cheeky personality. Following Shadow Weaver's escape, Catra attempts to hide it from Hordak, only for him to find out and then tortures Catra before locking her up for her failure.
About to be banished to Beast Island as punishment by Hordak, Catra is instead banished to the Crimson Waste thanks to Entrapta's insistence on lightening her sentence. Not only does Catra get away with it, but also brings the Sword of Protection back to Fright Zone. As Hordak is about to complete his portal with the sword as its master key, Catra deliberately prevents Entrapta from reporting a failure in the portal and sending her to Beast Island, even threatening Scorpia with the same fate if she dares to speak.
The portal's activation causes reality to shatter, creating a false reality where Catra lives a happier life but when her true memories return while being infected with the false reality's negative energy, Catra once again confronts Adora at the threshold of reality crumbles, blaming her for everything she's been through but Adora coldly rectifies that Catra hurt herself because of her own choices and mistakes. Once reality has been restored, a returned to normal Catra flees with Hordak, not without looking one last time at Adora fixing her with a dark look that frightens Catra like never before, a sign that their old friendship no longer exists.
Catra takes full control of the Horde army after forcing a Hordak still broken by Entrapta's alleged betrayal to make her his second in command. She also gains the allegiance of a shapeshifting creature named Double Trouble. Despite the Horde continually gaining in conquest, Catra remains dissatisfied and takes things far too seriously, thus being very cold with her former cadet comrades. Her frustration also turns on Scorpia whose continued optimism only angers Catra further and ends up also scaring away her only remaining friend, further destroying her mentally.
When Hordak eventually finds out that Catra lied to him about Entrapta's fake betrayal, he violently attacks him through the entire fortress but using his cunning and Hordak's feelings of inferiority for his master Horde Prime, Catra succeeds to beat him and immobilize him. Following this grueling fight, Catra finds herself confronted by Double Trouble, proving to be a double agent for the Rebelion whose efforts allow the princesses to literally crush the entire Horde instantly. At the same time, Double Trouble cruelly makes Catra realize through their shapeshifting power that she has been continuously destroying herself by driving everyone around her away. Soon after, Glimmer confronts a demoralized Catra who has finally accepted her ultimate defeat and begs Glimmer to finish her off. Suddenly, Horde Prime arrives on Etheria and teleports everyone in the battle area. The dastardly tyrant plans to wipe out Glimmer and the entire planet but Catra convinces him that he can instead use the super-weapon in Etheria, which can only be activated with all of the living princesses, sparing Glimmer's life.
In "Horde Prime", Catra is first briefly seen spying on Glimmer, who is being imprisoned in a cell. Later, she is summoned by Horde Prime, whom she finds upon his arrival in a brief state of stasis during which he viewed the memories of Hordak, thus learning the name of Catra and the resentment of his ‘brother’ Hordak. Horde Prime then questions Catra about its usefulness until the feline woman reminds her that she is the only one who knows how to use Etheria's super-weapon. Unconvinced, Horde Prime asks if Catra would swear to help him, which she swears with some fear.
After that, Catra comes to taunt Glimmer about her situation, so the captive mocks the situation being not very different from Catra’s, until they are interrupted by clones who announces that Horde Prime has invited them both to dinner. In the dining room, the atmosphere is quite eerie, especially after Horde Prime has revealed that the dishes served came from planets he ruthlessly destroyed. The tyrant then shows live recordings of Etheria via his robots attacking a village and confronting the rebellion. When the robots are about to execute Adora, Glimmer begs Horde Prime not to do so because for the super-weapon to work, it also needs She-Ra. Horde Prime gives in, having had the information he wanted to know.
After Glimmer is returned to her cell, Catra commends Horde Prime to use the princesses' predictable attachment to Glimmer against them. Horde Prime lets Catra know that she is also predictable while revealing that he understood that Catra still cares about Adora, the feline tries to deny it, but Horde Prime does not believe it for a second. Intimidated, Catra asks him what he intends to do and Horde Prime informs her that even if he no longer needs her for the operation of the super-weapon, everyone has a place in his empire, while calling her "little sister".
In "Launch", Catra spies on Glimmer from outside the cell, which is not visible to Glimmer. A clone scolds her for not respecting Horde Prime's orders which are to not speak with Glimmer. Horde Prime takes control of the clone and repeats his orders in less hostile ways before Glimmer is taken away by the clone.
Once Glimmer returns to the cell, Catra returns to see her, disabling optical camouflage. Glimmer is not happy to see her and because of the horrors that Horde Prime showed her, she throws a tray of food on the barrier and then orders Catra to leave. As Catra leaves, Glimmer resumes her calm, apologizes to her, and asks her to stay for a little. Catra agrees and the two Etherians crouch against the cell’s barrier.
In "Corridors", it all starts with a flashback to Catra’s youth, which did not go very well. In the present, Catra observes a planet attacked by the Horde, then goes for a walk. To his discomfort, the Horde Prime clones keep following his movements. After sowing them, Catra comes across another clone who warns her that she is in a forbidden zone and unlike the other clones, he calls her by name. Realizing that the clone is none other than refurbished Hordak, Catra admits that it feels good to see a familiar face again until Hordak behaves like a standard clone, pushing Catra to go.
Catra then visits Glimmer on the pretext that she was bored, although Glimmer guesses that if she comes or even despite the prohibitions of Horde Prime it is only because she feels alone. Catra and Glimmer then begin to bond by talking about what they would do when they return to Etheria, as well as some happy memories of Adora. Beginning to feel remorse, Catra tells herself that there is nothing for her on Etheria.
Later, Catra takes two spinning clones from a teleportation room. On leaving, she comes across a clone quickly controlled by Horde Prime who demands the presence of the feline. Escorted into the throne room and surrounded by the threatening looks of the clones, Catra learns from Horde Prime that a ship has left Etheria. Suspected by Horde Prime of being aware of something, Catra continues to pretend that she does not care about Adora and that she is only her enemy. Horde Prime is not fooled because he can see that she is trying to protect her and that he is aware that she has continued to go see Glimmer despite his prohibitions. Horde Prime orders her to make Glimmer speak but Catra claims that the queen does not trust her, while repeating her being resentful for Adora. Out of patience, Horde Prime asks Hordak to show the reconditioning ceremony, which brutally erases his recent conversation with Catra. Horrified by what she saw, Catra was again ordered to question Glimmer by the more threatening Horde Prime.
Obliged to obey, Catra goes to see Glimmer and guesses from Glimmer's reaction when she talks about the ship that Adora is on.. Glimmer begs her to say nothing to Horde Prime, only for Catra to coldly admit that she's just going to let things happen then Glimmer tries to convince her that Horde Prime will eventually get rid of her when she is rendered useless to him. Catra claims that she will find a way out but Glimmer continues to dissuade her because Horde Prime will end up destroying everything with the heart of Etheria. Catra realizes that Glimmer is telling the truth before being begged to do one good thing in her life, something that seems to touch Catra until she rejects this feeling by claiming that Glimmer doesn't know anything about her and to go away.
Giving information to the clones so that they can spot the ship, Catra is congratulated by Horde Prime who promises her that she will gain a rank much higher than the creatures of her species, as she always wanted. Leaving, she remembers the good old days when she and Adora was inseparable and seeing a young version of Adora promise her that she would always be her friend, Catra ended up finally realizing her mistakes, then went to rescue Glimmer, claiming that she wants to do a good thing in her life.
After facing three clones, they arrive in the teleportation room where Catra programs it so Glimmer will teleportas close as possible to Darla, while choosing to stay behind because she has nothing left. Having managed to contact Adora, Catra informs her that she will send her Glimmer and warns her not to come because Horde Prime is waiting for her. As she is overwhelmed by the clones, Catra sincerely apologizes to Adora for everything she did to her before teleporting Glimmer.
Captured and taken before Horde Prime, Catra laughs at what he can do to her since he has lost Glimmer and that he will never get his hands on Adora. Always sure he will win, Horde Prime tells her that he has other plans for Catra.
In "Save The Cat", Catra was brainwashed by Horde Prime and fitted with a chip on her neck to become part of Prime’s hivemind. When Adora confronts Horde Prime, the latter shows her what he has done with Catra before a fight begins between the two former enemies. With Adora no longer having the power of She-Ra following the destruction of the sword in the previous season, Catra easily gets the better of her and injures her. Adora, however, manages to damage the chip by pushing Catra’s neck against a wall, damaging the chip, and succeeds in transforming into She-Ra again. Then defeats the forces of Horde Prime, heals Catra’s injuries inflicted upon her by Prime, before taking her back to Darla with Bow and Glimmer.
In "Taking Control", Catra is still recovering from the traumatic experience, but her damaged chip is causing her nightmares and Adora keeps coming to check on her. During another visit from Adora when she had just had another nightmare, Catra bickers again with Adora because of her benevolent nature while refusing to see the others, especially Entrapta who is also on board and who is the only one who can remove her chip. Adora eventually grows fed up with Catra’s anti-social nature and Catra claims that everyone hates her but when Adora claims she never hated her, Catra sulks back into her loneliness.
As soon as it is discovered that Catra's chip is being used as for Prime’s benefits, Adora once and for all forces Catra to confront her past misjudgments and finally have her chip removed by Entrapta, even if she wants to run away from her problems. Realizing the reality, Catra nevertheless begs Adora to stay close to her. After seeing traumatic flashes of Etheria falling into Prime's hands, Catra tells Adora that she wants to go home, which Adora promises before going to confront the droids in space. After the chip is removed, Catra thanks Entrapta and apologizes for what she did to her. Entrapta easily forgives Catra. Later, Catra joins the full gang on the ship and to her delight is accepted as one of them.
Catra spends the rest of the season alongside the group, and finds a feline-like creature named Melog in the ruins of planet Krytis that only she comes to understand before returning to Etheria. Catra nevertheless finds it difficult to fit in with the rest of the Rebellion princesses due to her past behaviour or her arrogant and pessimistic personality. On a mission in the Fright Zone, Catra is attacked by a chipoed Scorpia under Horde Prime's mind control and in the end, Perfuma begins to help Catra overcome her abandonment issues and negativity.
Upon meeting Shadow Weaver again, Catra feels bitterness towards her former maternal figure. Joining the group to retrieve a safety device that can stop the Heart of Etheria, things do not improve between the old acquaintances since Shadow Weaver tries to separate Catra and Adora as she feels their relationship is hindering She-Ra. In the tunnels of Mystacor, having set out on a quest to find the ‘Crystal of Arxia”, Adora activates a fire trap, causing Catra to deliberately jump into the fire to save Adora, though the trap turns out to be an illusion. In the end, Adora becomes the carrier of the failsafe but at the cost of possibly having to sacrifice herself to stop Horde Prime, but once again breaking Catra's heart who chooses to leave with Melog sooner than lose Adora again.
In "Heart Part 1", after only a day, Catra's running away comes to a halt when Melog no longer supports Catra's decision, literally sitting on top of her to pressure her into admitting how she really feels about Adora. Catra ends up saying that she thinks Adora doesn't want Catra as much as Catra wants Adora, letting her heart speak. And after witnessing Horde Prime beginning to infect the planet, Catra returns to the Rebellion camp, only to find only Shadow Weaver who informs her of the departure of the "Best Friends Squad" for the heart of Etheria. Reluctantly, Catra asks Shadow Weaver to teleport her to where the others are, remembering Shadow Weaver's escape three years earlier.
There, Catra finds Bow and Glimmer turning back after Adora decides to sort things out on her own. Remembering that she once promised Adora to always watch over her, Catra decides it's time to honor her promise by staying in the Heart while Bow and Glimmer go to battle against the princesses still controlled by Horde Prime. Glimmer then hugs Catra, telling her to take care of Adora. Bow officially integrates Catra into the Best Friends Squad, and Catra parts ways with Melog, asking it to watch over her friends.
In "Heart Part 2", Catra saves an injured Adora from a security monster once belonging to the First Ones, then covers her back while Shadow Weaver takes Adora to the heart. Following the fierce struggle, Catra seemingly manages to defeat the creature but a holographic projection of Horde Prime taunting the former force captain allows the monster to grab Catra by the ankle and nearly devour her until Shadow Weaver intervenes. . Sheltered behind a magical barrier, a wounded Catra in her right leg is joined by Adora and the two girls helplessly witness Shadow Weaver dying to destroy the monster, leaving them in tears.
As they finally reach the heart, Adora fails to transform into She-Ra due to the Horde Prime virus but the device should work anyway. Realizing what is about to happen, Catra refuses to leave if it means losing Adora once more. Unfortunately the infection gains the heart, putting Adora in a weakened state, causing her to pass out. Adora dreams about a possible future where she and a now adult Catra live together in Bright Moon just before Horde Prime invades her mind. Catra pleads with Adora to wake up, bringing up her inability to give up things or even Catra and eventually admitting her romantic feelings towards her. Catra's confession of love allows Adora to wake up and confirm her reciprocated feelings. The two former enemies share a kiss, allowing the magic in Adora combined with the device to literally heal all of Etheria. Following the total destruction of Horde Prime, Catra approaches Scorpia to apologize but she doesn't have time to fully speak as Scorpia gives her a big hug, having already forgiven her. She then finds Adora and they lovingly embrace, both happy that it is finally over. Glimmer and Bow come out from behind and all four of them collapse on the ground, laughing. Adora then offers to her friends that they go on a new journey to bring magic back to the entire universe, which the other three happily agree to.
Catra is a slender, tan-skinned person of feline origins with athlete body physics. She has angular features, such as a pointed chin, straight nose, and slanted almond-shaped, heterochromatic eyes in the shades pale yellow (Left) and turquoise (Right). She features three freckles on her cheeks, soft curving dark eyebrows, and a thin fiendish smile with fanged teeth.
Due to her feline display and ancestry, she is depicted as a young woman with sharp claws on her hands and toes, small fangs, large, black, catlike ears, and horizontal markings on her arms and three on her back that resemble a tabby cat's stripes. She also sports wild, slicked back, spiked, grayish-brown hair held back behind a cat-inspired reddish-brown headpiece.
She wears a two-toned orange leotard tank top over torn reddish-violet leggings that wrap around the foot, exposing her toes and heels. Additionally, she's seen in two belts, the thicker of the pair sporting the Horde symbol, and, as the show progresses, we see her sport the Force Captain pin on her shirt over her heart.
At the time she sided with Adora, Catra wore a fusion between her two previous outfits, no longer wore her iconic tiara and now had short hair.
|“||Double Trouble: Whoa, I knew this would get a rise out of you, but, still, you really are obsessed, aren't you, kitten? You know, it took me a while, but I finally figured out your character. You try so hard to play the big, bad villain, but your heart's never been in it, has it?
Catra: What--? What are you? Stop. Stop it.
Double Trouble: People have hurt you, haven't they? They didn't believe in you. They didn't trust you. Didn't need you. Left you. But did you ever stop to think maybe they're not the problem? It's you. You drive them away, wildcat.
Catra: Why are you doing this?
Double Trouble: It's for your own good, darling. We both know this was never what you really wanted.
|~ Double Trouble analyzing Catra's twisted personality.|
Catra is a fairly teasing, lazy, irritable, cynical, disrespectful, impulsive, and provocative person. Although she got along with her best friend Adora before she left the Horde, Catra doesn't seem to be able to be friends with anyone else since an early age.
In her childhood, Catra was already a lonely person, even if she enjoyed the company of Adora with whom she spent time having fun. Because of Shadow Weaver’s mistreatment and favoritism away from Adora, Catra developed a feeling of inferiority because she believed she was living in Adora’s shadow and that would later make her a selfish, power-hungry person that always needs to prove herself to be the best.
As Force Captain, Catra remains largely focused on the success of the Horde, without ever really having a good time. It gets worse as her rank increases, Double Trouble even notes that Catra takes the war against rebellion too seriously. After she lost Scorpia's friendship, Catra suffered a psychological breakdown. In the end, her all-consuming ambition was finally shattered when Double Trouble betrayed her and made her realize that she never stopped hurting herself by rejecting everyone and behaving like the villain she never was.
Following the total failure of her conquest of Eternia within the Horde and Double Trouble destroying her psychologically, Catra began to question herself to the point of doubting her life choices. She also bonded with Glimmer due to their similarity in making a lot of misjudgment and pushing their own friends away. Finally regretting her past actions and realizing that Adora has always been there for her, Catra chooses to risk her life to save Glimmer's while tearfully apologizing to Adora for all she has done.
After her release from Horde Prime's mind control, Catra struggled to fit in with the group, acting in her typically anti-social ways even when Adora wanted to help her, wanting to be left alone, claiming that everyone hates her and calling Adora an idiot when she said she never hated her. Catra however ends up facing her mistakes after Adora is told to grow up, first sincerely apologizing to Entrapta and becoming touched when the Princess of Dryl forgave her without hard feelings, she would also be touched by the group the accepting among them.
From there, Catra reverted to her teasing personality of her time as a cadet but retained a certain vanity and a bit of her pessimism. She was not happy to see Shadow Weaver again due to her long bitterness towards her but cried when her mother figure sacrificed her life. At the end of the series, Catra finally confesses her romantic feelings for Adora and reconciles with Scorpia, while being up for new adventures with Bow, Glimmer, and Adora. In the end, Catra finally found happiness after all the times.
- Catra appearance in the show is very different from her original design. In this case, she's more of a humanoid cat. She retains her typical tiara which in the original series allowed her to turn into a purple panther. During the last season, she stops wearing it.
- Catra is the first villain role of AJ Michalka.
- This is the first version of Catra to be LGBTQ.
- Like most real life cats, she does not like water.
- Despite being the antagonist, Catra is the main deuteragonist of the series as a whole, due to her romantic relationship with Adora.
- This is the most popular version of the character.
- Unlike her original counterpart, Catra has a better relationship with Scorpia, although this relationship has deteriorated since the season 3 but it is restored in the last season.