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Real Identity: Selina Kyle
Appearances (BTAS): The Cat and the Claw, The Cat and the Claw Part Two, Perchance to Dream, Tyger, Tyger, Cat Scratch Fever, Almost Got 'Im, Catwalk, Batgirl Returns, You Scratch My Back, Cult of the Cat and Chase Me
Appearances (GG): Lapbat, More Than One Way, Precious Birthstones, The Three Babes, Lady-X, Hold That Tiger, Miss Un-Congeniality, Cat-n-Mouse, Bat'ing Cleanup, Catsitter, Gotham Noir, Ms'ing Action, Gotham in Pink, Gotham in Blue, A Cat in the Hand, Jailhouse Wreck, Honor Among Thieves, No, I'm Batgirl!!!, and Cold Hands, Cold Heart
Appearances (BTAC Comics): The Darker Knight
Skills: Burgarly, Hand to Hand Fighting, Gymnastics, and Whips
Voiced By: Adrienne Barbeau
Selina Kyle is another facet of Gotham City's rich socialite community. Independantly wealthy and stunningly beautiful, Kyle is often known for giving donations to and being an advocate for animal protection organizations. She is primarily geared towards wild cats.
At first, few people were privy to Selina Kyle's alter-ego, Catwoman, a master thief. However, Catwoman only chose to ransack from her fellow rich whom she recognizes as idle and corrupt. Catwoman scales the condos and towers with a catsuit equipped with retractable razor sharp claws. Catwoman has gymnastic prowess, some fighting ability and a collection of whips. She is often also aided by her favorite pet cat, Isis.
While attempting to procure land for a wild cat preserve, Kyle encountered opposition from Multigon International but luckily, also started a friendship with Bruce Wayne. Multigon was a front for the terrorist Red Claw, who managed to deduce Catwoman's secret identity. Batman did, as well. Together, Catwoman and Batman prevented Red Claw from unleashing a plague. However, Batman made sure Catwoman was arrested, too.
Selina Kyle was unmasked publicly and stood trial. The judicial system was lenient for her part in saving Gotham and was given early parole in lieu of giving up her Catwoman identity. Unfortunately, Kyle remained a magnet for trouble. She was kidnapped and transformed into a cat-like metahuman by the renegade scientist Dr. Dorian and uncovered a scheme by Roland Daggett to unleash a new strain of disease transmitted by stray animals.
A life without crime began to nag at Kyle. When she was approached by the Ventriloquist and Scarface, Kyle was amused but later obliged. Soon enough, in the Gotham City Museum heist, Scarface double crossed her and stole rare stuffed animals for his own profit. Catwoman promptly exacted her revenge but was convinced by Batman not to.
Soon enough, Catwoman was part of another set up, this time by Roland Daggett. Daggett, bankrupt after his failed stray animal plan, decided to steal a prized jade cat statue and frame Catwoman. Catwoman enlisted the help of Batgirl and the two were caught by Daggett. Luckily, Dick Grayson, then Robin came to their rescue. Catwoman attempted to take the statue for herself and leave Daggett to fall into a vat of his own chemicals. In the end, Catwoman was arrested but managed to carjack a squad car and get away.
She fled the States and disappeared for some time. Kyle resurfaced in Argentina where she stole the Cat's Eye Emerald. Unable to smuggle it herself, she slipped it into one of a South American gun runner's shipment bound for Gotham. Kyle returned to Gotham and manipulated Nightwing into helping her find the right shipment. However, Batman was keeping tabs on her for awhile and set her up with Nightwing in order to find the Emerald and return it to its rightful place.
Catwoman then managed to antagonize the Cult of the Cat after stealing from them. Catwoman attempted to infiltrate the estate of the Cult's leader, Thomas Blake in order to steal more. Batman intervened and almost blew her cover. She adapted her plans and knocked out Batman and later betrayed the Cult to save him. After a gene spliced cat was let loose, Catwoman managed to slip away as the police arrived. She fled the States again, this time to Paris, France wth much of the Cult's own stolen jewelry in her possession.
However, Catwoman couldn't stray far from Gotham City. Her relationship with Batman was something of an ill-fated romance. Selina Kyle loved Batman but didn't care much for Bruce Wayne. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne had some affection for Selina Kyle but knew as Batman, he was obligated to bring Catwoman to justice. Their complicated relationship leaves for leniancy, often since Catwoman is technically not a hero nor a villain. Catwoman will be either, when the situation suits her to her advantage. On behalf of an anonymous client, Penguin hired Catwoman to steal the Shawl of Magdalene from the Order of St. Dumas. She completed her job but became a target of the Order's champion, Azrael.
Batman chased Catwoman roof to roof after she stole a crown. Batman contemplated if Tim Drake was right and he took his time chasing Catwoman. She taunted Batman and threw her bag up in the air. Batman threw out a line with a Batarang affixed and snagged the crown. She blew him a kiss but before she could escape, Azrael captured her with a bola and swung away with her. Batman briefly considered he was the mystery stalker from the last few weeks but concluded he was a new player. Batman fired his grapnel line and followed. Azrael activated his Sword of Sin and cut a water tower stand. Batman disengaged his line from the falling tower and quickly fired it off again. In an alley, Azrael tossed Catwoman into a trash can and demanded the Shawl of Magdalene. She couldn't believe he wanted that "rag." He became agitated and pointed his sword at her head then promised he never kids. He mused the loss of eye would get his point across. Batman intervened.
Catwoman extricated herself from the bola. Batman ordered her to tell him about the Shawl. She admitted she stole it from some monastery. Batman told her the Shawl of Magdalene was sacred to the St. Dumas priests and it was supposed to have healing properties. Catwoman teased she should put it over his heart. Batman grabbed her wrist and told her to get serious, a vengeful God ruled over the Order and they would have no mercy on her. She revealed she was hired to steal it and no longer had the Shawl. Batman warned her to tell him who hired her and offered protection. She complied and was taken into custody by the Gotham City Police Department. Commissioner Gordon was concerned Batman requested a 24 hour guard for her. He stated trouble was already here. Batman convinced Azrael to drop his pursuit of Catwoman in place for going after the middleman, the Penguin.
The eternal chase between Batman and Catwoman continued for some time until he drove her away along with Batgirl and Robin. Though not specific, Catwoman eventually retired as Catwoman for good.