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"It's never been a game to me. I'm after something bigger... and no one is going to stop me."
Catra is the second-in-command, formerly a Force Captain, in The Horde and was Adora's best friend before her defection to join the Rebellion. Though she initially desired to bring Adora back into The Horde, Catra realised that Adora's absence created the opportunity for her to step out of Adora's shadow and prove her strength and cunning. Ultimately, she casts aside her former friendship in favor of her newfound strength and achievements, basking in the glory she has attained without Adora's aid.
Catra is a slender, tan skinned female of unknown feline origins. She has angular features, such as a pointed chin, straight nose and slanted almond-shaped, heterochromatic eyes in the shades ice blue (Right) and pale yellow (Left). She features freckles on her cheeks, soft curving eyebrows, and a thin fiendish smile. Due to her feline ancestry, she is depicted as a woman with sharp claws on her hands and toes, small fangs, large, black, catlike ears, and horizontal markings on her arms akin to a Tabby's stripes. She also sports wild, slicked back, spiked, gray-brown hair held back behind a cat-inspired reddish-brown headpiece. She wears a two-toned orange leotard tanktop over reddish violet torn 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.
Catra has been shown to have both many positive and many negative traits. Throughout the first bit of Season One she is seen to be slightly rebellious, sometimes stealing vehicles for her own use and talking about Shadow Weaver. She certainly isn't punctual, since in the first episode she doesn't even show up to her training on time, to which the other characters claim to have expected, although Adora sticks up for her. As she continued to grow throughout the season, she never gave up this rebellious trait, even going as far as to talk down to Shadow Weaver even after she was granted the position of force captain. Several other traits of hers were revealed, primarily through the second half of the season. She is portrayed to be very charismatic, winning Entrapta over at the Princess Ball (although this can be countered by acknowledging the fact that Entrapta has been shown to be sort of naive) and making Scorpia believe they were best friends even though they never really had talked before they were paired together. Despite some of the good traits, she is also depicted to be very creative and intelligent in her way of thinking, making it easier to manipulate others to do her deeds. She got into Scorpia's head by telling her her treatment by the other princesses wasn't fair after she had been told of Scorpia's backstory. This is most likely false empathy since Catra has a great disdain for the Princesses, which she never attempts to deny. Often she shows herself to be a good liar and actor, acting quite casual throughout the whole Princess Ball, talking with Entrapta and dancing with Adora, as she very well knows that her "friends" are setting heat bombs throughout Frosta's castle. Although at first she had saved Adora on some occasions when she nearly fell off a cliff, throughout the series she seems to get more and more colder to her ex-best friend to the point where she nearly lets her die, saying that she wondered where she'd be and how she'd be succeeding if Adora had never been in the picture. She continues on with the monologue even after Adora apologizes for ever making her feel lesser. Through this, it can be gleaned that Catra often doesn't feel remorse for her actions, and will do anything she has to - harm anyone she has to, please anyone she has to - in order to rise to the top of The Horde. over all she is smug and sassy
Adora is Catra's ex-best friend, and it has been shown that the two once shared an extremely close bond, growing up together as orphans in the Horde. Often Adora would comfort Catra when she was feeling sad and be optimistic about her when Shadow Weaver showed a great disdain for her. When Adora disappears, Catra is greatly concerned, but that all goes away when Adora reveals she's leaving the Horde and joining the Rebellion. At first, Catra is determined to get her back, but eventually this turns to vengeance as she is determined that Adora was part of her downfall and she now needs to rise. This leads to the two having several tense interactions, with Adora saving Catra from falling off a cliff and vice versa a few times. Although they were portrayed as best friends (now ex-best friends), there was some romantic tension depicted at the Princess Ball. Being the charismatic person she is, Catra shows up, surprises Adora, and then teases her by leaving a note in the trashcan and mindlessly walking about while Lonnie and the others plant heat bombs in the castle. Eventually, the dance begins, and Adora goes through several different partners, the first of which is Catra, who seems to be smug as if she arranged it to be so. The two dance together, but their dance is unlike the others, because Catra ends up being bold and dipping Adora and such, showing the two to have a much closer dance than the other partners.
While she does so, Catra is still teasing Adora viciously, eventually breaking the news that she had captured Bow indirectly. Much tension is left between them and Adora is shown to still care for Catra as she grabs her as she nearly falls off a cliff as aforementioned, but Catra quickly lets go. By the end of Season One, although both are still slightly nostalgic for their past relationship, Catra still continues on her path to destroy the Princess Alliance and make everything Adora loves come crashing down.
Catra has been working with Scorpia since becoming a Force Captain. She is also shown drawing Catra, Entrapta and herself calling them 'the three best friends'.
Shadow Weaver is the one who took care of Adora and Catra from when they were young, however it is shown as that Shadow Weaver blames on Catra for everything and always shows hatred towards her.
Entrapta started out as an enemy, but soon after the rescue mission to save Adora goes wrong and the Princess Alliance believes her to be dead, she is found inside one of the pipelines, building Emily (one of The Horde's robots she modified). She explains that she was hiding in the pipelines because she thought it would be easier for her friends to come find her. Entrapta realizes that the others aren't coming back to save her and decides to stay with Scorpia and Catra. Catra comforts her by saying they were left behind as well. Catra gets frustrated at her when she doesn't explain things using simple language.
Lonnie and Catra have not gotten along ever since they were young. When Catra becomes Force Captain, she decides to show off her new badge to Lonnie and the others. Lonnie is the only one that shows any disdain toward her. Later in Season 1, she becomes more neutral about her position and obeys any orders given without any backtalk.
The two have never shown a disliking toward Catra and obey the orders she gives during missions to attack the Rebellion.
Throughout Season 1, Hordak shows more and more liking to Catra, making her Force Captain and later -after the fall of Shadow Weaver- second-in-command.
She kidnaps the two in order to get hold of Adora and gain ground in attacking and defeating the Rebellion.
Powers and Abilities
Catra possesses many cat-like traits such as sharp claws, superior strength and enhanced agility. While she briefly wielded a stun baton against Adora, Catra mainly relies on her own natural abilities, using speed and agility to move around her opponents, catch them off guard, and get in close for quick attacks. Since she is not a confirmed Princess, she doesn't have any powers derived from a runestone or such and therefore can't really do anything supernatural. She may have enhanced hearing and balanced due to her having elongated cat ears and a slender tail, which usually provide felines such abilities.
Catra was raised by Shadow Weaver, alongside Adora, since she was a child. The two friends made a pact to always watch each other's backs, that way nothing bad could really happen to them. Despite their close friendship and occasional rivalry, Catra harbored deep jealousy and resentment towards Adora over the favoritism clearly shown for her by Shadow Weaver and the perceived notion that she was nothing more than Adora's "sidekick". Catra kept her true feelings hidden from Adora and instead portrayed an uncaring attitude towards achievements like making Force Captain in order to hide her own insecurities.
Season 1 Edit
At first, Catra is shown to have a very close and playful relationship with Adora with a subtle rivalry beneath the surface. After Adora is promoted to a Force Captain, they sneak out of the Fright Zone in order to explore the world beyond. When Adora ventures out a second time on her own, Catra attempts to cover for her. Shadow Weaver discovers the truth and assigns Catra to bring Adora back. However, when the two friends reunite, Adora refuses to return and chooses to side with the Rebellion, much to Catra's anger and confusion. Despite Adora's offer to join her, Catra rejects it and returns with the Horde.
In Adora's absence, Catra is promoted to Force Captain and assigned to work with Force Captain Scorpia in assaults against the Rebellion and hinder their efforts at reforging the Princess Alliance. During Princess Frosta's Princess Prom, Catra convinces Scorpia, who is also a Princess albeit shunned by the rest of the Princess community, to attend and take her as her guest. During the party, Catra takes advantage of Adora's narrow focus by distracting her, allowing Scorpia to set their secret plan into motion, which results in them successfully kidnapping Glimmer and Bow as well as stealing the Sword of Protection.
During a rescue attempt, Adora surrenders herself in order to save Glimmer. To Catra's dismay, Shadow Weaver voices her intent to demote Catra and replace her with Adora, once the latter's memories have been erased. Adora and Glimmer are able to escape, however, and Catra returns the Sword to Adora, allowing them to escape.
However, Catra and Scorpia later discover that Princess Entrapta was accidentally left behind from the rescue effort. Though the others believed Entrapta had perished, Catra manipulates Entrapta, who remains unaware of the former fact, that her friends had abandoned her and realizes Entrapta's potential usefulness upon seeing her technical skills first hand. In order to acquire First Ones technology for Entrapta to study, Catra ventures into the Whispering Woods and finds a First One site just as Adora arrives herself.
Catra stealthily follows Adora through the facility before stealing a data crystal, which sets off the alarms. Spider-like machines attack and pursue Catra, viewing her as an intruder, despite Adora's attempts to intervene and protect her. As they struggle to find a way out of the citadel, the technology simulates memories of their childhood before their eyes. During this, Catra angrily admits that she always lied about not caring about making Force Captain and had always resented Adora for being Shadow Weaver's "favorite" and always in the spotlight. She admits that she only returned the Sword to help them escape because she didn't want Adora to return to the Horde and end up being stuck in Adora's shadow once again. After being briefly separated, Catra comes upon Adora hanging off the edge of a gorge and her Sword out of reach. As she picks up the Sword, Catra muses that the Sword would surely not work for her, since she is not "special" like Adora. Despite Adora's pleas for help, Catra instead stands over her, confessing that she has realized that Adora leaving was the best thing that ever happened to her, as it has allowed her to become stronger than anyone could have predicted. She uses the Sword to slice the webbing Adora clings to, while remarking over how much she could have accomplished had she gotten rid of Adora much sooner, before tossing the Sword into the gorge and leaving her former best friend to her fate.
Upon returning to the Fright Zone, Catra gives the data crystal to Entrapta, allowing her to study it and work on integrating First One technology with their own. Hordak catches wind of this and, intrigued, gives Catra and her team his blessing to experiment on the Black Garnet runestone, much to Shadow Weaver's outrage. After a brief battle, Catra is able to defeat Shadow Weaver and activate their machine, causing catastrophic global weather phenomenons. Catra uses this opportunity to launch an attack on Bright Moon in order to destroy their runestone. She once again manipulates Adora into focusing solely on her rather than the important parts of the battle, however, Catra's army is defeated by the arrival of the Princess Alliance.
Despite their loss, Catra tells Hordak that she accomplished more and got closer to destroying Bright Moon than any other Force Captain and that her efforts have severely hindered the Rebellion's fortifications. Additionally, Entrapta knows more about First One tech than ever. Hordak, pleased and intrigued, promotes Catra as his second-in-command.
Season 1 Edit
Since the conclusion of Season 1, there has been a multitude of theories that have come to be shared about the future of this character, be it her origins or her future development. While these are primarily theories, and cannot be proved nor denied, they are integral to the community's perception of Catra.
- In the original series She-Ra, Catra's Mask was originally belonging to the Queen of the Magicats. Catra herself wasn't a Magicat, but in this new adaptation she possesses very similar attributes, so perhaps Catra is a Magicat and was either abandoned/banished by her people (Due to her appearance) or became the sole survivor of a Horde invasion of her homeland. If she is a survivor of a Horde attack, perhaps her discovering this could sway her to a different allegiance.
- Coincidentally, Catra looks more in line with the original series' Kittrina from the Cat people of Eternia. It is entirely plausible that she derived from Eternia and somehow managed to find herself in the completely different world of Etheria.
- Catra is actually a Princess who's possibly related to a feline queen of some sort, her mask has secret powers, as it originally belonged to the feline Queen until Hordak took it and imprisoned her, taking Catra to raise as their own in spite of the queen.
|She-Ra and the Princesses of Power's Characters|
|Best Friends Squad||Adora/She-Ra • Glimmer • Bow|
|Princesses and Rebellion||Perfuma • Mermista • Frosta • Netossa • Spinnerella • Angella • Seahawk|
|The Evil Horde||Catra • Scorpia • Shadow Weaver • Lord Hordak • Lonnie • Kyle • Rogelio • Grizzlor|
|Others||Castaspella • Swift Wind • Madame Razz|