Catra is the villain of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. She is the second-in-command, formerly a Force Captain, of 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 realized 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. However, thanks to the psychoanalysis of the treacherous Double Trouble, she became dejected with herself. During the Season 4 finale, she was transported on Horde Prime's ship, along with Glimmer. She is said by the creators to be 17-18 years old.
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. As a partial appearance after returning from the void in Season 3, the right side of her face, upper right torso, and right arm of Catra are all a very deep black, with purple cracks surrounding those parts as well. In this form, Catra's right eye is also dark purple.
In Season 4, she has a new outfit and hairstyle. Her hair is a little longer, and swept back, as opposed to her previous hairstyle which was scruffier and wilder. She wears a reddish leotard, with a garment that covers her collar and right arm, with her left arm bare. It has a red diamond on the right shoulder, and she also wears a black fingerless glove that reaches midway of her forearm. On her waist, she has of sort of burgundy leggings and a black belt, with some sort of blackleg sleeve which runs from her feet to about halfway up her thighs. She is barefoot, per usual.
Catra's personality is a bit hard to define, as it has been changing over the course of the series.
In the opening episodes, Catra has shown to be a bit of a slacker (she showed up late to a training exercise, and it was not for the first time either). She also seems to be a thrill-seeker, complaining about how boring the Fright Zone was, needing to blow something up, and extreme excitement at taking a Horde ship for a thrill ride. While on the said ride, when Adora advises saving fuel for the return trip, Catra brushes this off, saying it's a future problem. However, it's also shown that Catra is a bit callous, showing no issue to the Horde's destructive behavior when it attacks an innocent town, and not thinking twice about striking her own best friend, Adora, with a Stun Gun multiple times to bring her back.
After becoming Force Captain, a darker side of Catra is unveiled. Though she doesn't outgrow her slacker tendencies (she doesn't attend orientation or do her paperwork, both which cost her), she proves a skilled strategist and manipulator, using their former friendship to distract Adora so she can kidnap Glimmer and Bow. She then uses the former to threaten Bright Moon into surrendering. She lies to persuade Entrapta into assisting her, a move that wreaks havoc on the ecosystem and almost allows her to take Bright Moon and replace Shadow Weaver as Hordak's Number 2. In Season 3, she convinced Hordak that Entrapta, who he had begun to show feelings for, had betrayed him. This also has the effect of reassuring her position within the Horde after her failures in Season 2.
In many ways, it is her relationship with her makeshift family, Adora, and Shadow Weaver, that defines her. Despite her abusiveness, Catra still sees Shadow Weaver as a mother figure and craves her approval. This is something she has yet to outgrow. Towards the end of Season 1, Catra fights and defeats Shadow Weaver, replacing her as second-in-command in the Horde. This seems to imply Catra has moved beyond her need for Shadow Weaver's approval. However, in Season 2, Catra has her locked up and is still visiting her. Later, when Hordak asks why Shadow Weaver has not been executed, Catra offers a flimsy excuse. Shadow Weaver later uses this to trick Catra into giving her her Sorcerer's Guild badge, which she uses to escape, showing that Catra still has a love for Shadow Weaver. At the end of Season 3, when Shadow Weaver is leading the Princesses in an assault on the Fright Zone, Catra at one point pleads with Shadow Weaver, asking if she ever cared. Shadow Weaver, of course, had her in a magic bind, so this may have been Catra lying out of a situation.
Catra's situation on Adora has gone from friendly to ambiguous to negative over the course of the show. At the beginning, Catra and Adora are seen jesting in the locker room, and later, taking a joy ride on a ship they borrowed without asking. Further, Catra is seen sleeping curled up at the foot of Adora's bed (which has a drawing of Adora and Catra's faces) at night, showing how close they are. However, when Adora defects, Catra gets Adora's promotion. Catra benefited from Adora's absence. Thus begins her descent into darkness. Their first meeting after this is the fight for the Salineas Sea Gate, where Catra leads an assault on Salineas. Catra spends her time mostly mocking Adora, before being driven off by Mermista. Things truly begin to get ambiguous during Princess Prom. Catra exploits Adora's former friendship to capture Glimmer and Bow. However, during the following rescue, Adora gets separated from the Sword of Protection. Catra then gives Adora back the sword and lets her escape unmolested. In the episode "Promise", Catra and Adora meet again, and start out civil and friendly with each other, even helping each other against the defenses of the First Ones' Temple. However, the Temple also shows Catra and Adora's past as children, as well as causing them to relive some painful memories. This seems to cement a rage in Catra, saying that Adora was a hero and that 'every hero needs a sidekick'. This implies that Catra has come to believe that Adora only saw her as a second, and was being a hero for the sake of glory. In the episode "White Out", Adora gets the upper hand on Catra, although Catra doesn't seem particularly bothered, expressing the belief that Adora won't strike her. When Adora attacks and defeats her under the influence of the Corrupted First Ones' Disk, she shows shock and fear at Adora's rage, proving that she truly didn't believe Adora would strike her. After Adora is subdued by Scorpia, she spends time mocking Adora's unconscious form. In Season 3, after being effectively banished by Hordak, Catra wastes no time in establishing her control over the residents of the Crimson Waste. This could show a fondness for power and control, but when Scorpia suggests staying and noting how Catra hated the Fright Zone, Catra (having captured Adora) chooses to go back anyway, upon Catra learning that Shadow Weaver (their mother figure) visited Adora after leaving her. Returning to the Fright Zone, only to be attacked by Shadow Weaver, and hearing that Adora was right about the dangers of Hordak's plan to open a portal, and it makes her snap, causing her to attack Entrapta and lie to Hordak to get the portal open, despite it meaning suicide for her and the destruction of everyone and everything on the planet. In the resulting time/space collapse, Catra and Adora fight, Catra telling Adora all the while how it was her presence that caused all this. This could be one of two things, either an inability to take responsibility for her actions or hatred for Adora.
However, the true nature of Catra's descent is covered in the episodes "Razz" and "Promise". In these episodes, it shows that Catra may have never truly made friends with the rest of her squad. Since Shadow Weaver never loved her, Adora was the only one who showed her any affection. When Adora left her, she felt betrayed by the only one who ever loved her, and this was juxtaposed by her own rise to power. This has caused to Catra to increasingly see Adora, who was always loved by everyone, as the obstacle between her and success. This is what caused her actions at the end of Season 3. Catra's failures were something she linked with Adora's increasing return to her life.
In Season 4, her emotional walls begin to crumble from genuine guilt over what she had done to Entrapta and with Scorpia leaving the Horde as Adora did before she and she goes into a depression. Even when the Horde started winning the war she was still not happy, which caused her to lash out and then break down in tears. Ultimately, it was[Double Trouble who betrayed her and revealed to Catra that she had been deceiving herself all this time about what she wanted and that she alone was the reason everyone abandoned her which made her completely despondent.
Powers and abilities
Catra, as the rival to She-Ra, is an extremely powerful character, having beaten virtually every character in the series, and dethroned both Shadow Weaver and Hordak.
- Master Strategist: Catra has, time and again, shown to have a brilliant strategic mind; outwitting, outmaneuvering and physiologically exploiting Adora, the Princess Alliance, and even Hordak. In fact, most of the victories won by the Rebellion have been due to the overwhelming power of the Princesses, as opposed to any sort of strategy. When facing off against a stronger opponent, Catra does not meet force with force but rather attacks their weak point.
- Cat Physiology: Due to her physiology, Catra possesses many cat-like traits such as sharp claws, enhanced strength, and agility.
- Enhanced Strength: Catra appears to be stronger than the average Etherian, although not stronger as Adora in She-Ra form.
- Enhanced Agility: Catra is able to jump, run and climb much better than a typical Etherian like Adora. Her speed is her main advantage. She can also block arrows in flight.
- Enhanced Senses: Catra can see, hear and smell much better than the typical Etherian. As shown when she was able to pick up Entrapta's scent through the ventilation.
- Claws: Catra's fingernails are retractable claws sharp enough to cut into metal.
- Balance: Catra has a great sense of balance, as shown in her battles with Adora.
- Stun Baton: Catra wields a stun gun when going up against Adora.
- Whip: She starts using a whip during Season 3 after she defeats Tung Lashor, but later gets incinerated by Glimmer in "Pulse".
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. You can see Catra's affection for Adora as Catra purrs several times when greeting her. 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 Princess Prom. 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 trying to seduce Adora, including putting Adora's leg in between hers and such, showing the two to have a much closer dance than the other partners, even though Adora is angry and uncomfortable with this close sexual contact.
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 1, although both are still slightly nostalgic from their past relationship, Catra still continues on her path to destroy the Princess Alliance and make everything Adora loves come crashing down.
During the end of Season 3, after she regains her memories while in the false reality, Catra lashes out at Adora, blaming her for the catastrophe, but Adora says, in the end, that it was Catra that pulled the lever so she is the only one to blame for the consequences of her own choices, ending with "now live with it" before finally knocking Catra down. In the end, Adora manages to reinstate the normal reality and to destroy Hordak's portal emerging from it as She-Ra, but both Catra and Hordak manage to escape in the confusion, Adora giving Catra a cold, frightening stare that clearly scares her.
Catra largely avoids directly fighting Adora in Season 4, instead using Double Trouble to manipulate her. In their brief encounter in "Flutterina", Catra tries to taunt Adora after trapping her but quickly retreats when Adora manages to overcome her traps. Adora still appears in her nightmares, asking her why she is doing what she does (implying that Adora acts more or less as her consciousness). After Scorpia abandons her, Catra finds herself confronted with her abandonment issues from when Adora left her. When it comes to Double Trouble's turn to betray her, they make a point to highlight her obsession with Adora by taking her form and taunting Catra while reminding her it was ultimately her own actions that led to Adora giving up on her for good.
Catra has been working with Scorpia since becoming a Force Captain. Their first meeting did not go well, with Scorpia enthusiastically greeting her as "Kitty" and Catra becoming immediately disturbed by this. Throughout the series, Catra has been constantly annoyed by Scorpia's upbeat attitude and clueless persona. She frequently addresses her dislike of Scorpia's perkiness in conversation and often tells her not to "Be so you." She was shocked to learn that Scorpia was a princess, let alone tied to the Black Garnet. Nevertheless, she is competent enough to go on missions with Scorpia, albeit at her own expense.
Scorpia is constantly trying to express her like of Catra, to which the latter either doesn't pick up on or just exploits. Later in Season 2, it was quite possible Catra's slowly beginning to open up to her but usually ends up denying it once Scorpia notices and becomes extremely eager. In Season 3, when Scoripia sees Catra happy for the first time she almost convinces Catra to leave the Horde and stay in Crimson Waste this ended with Catra blushing, albeit with a frustrated attitude.
She fights it back due to Entrapta being favored by Lord Hordak and Shadow Weaver betraying her yet again when she escaped the Fright Zone. Eventually, she is seen pointing a stun gun at Scorpia, treating her more like a subordinate, trying to suppress anything she sees within her as weak (i.e. her care for others).
When Scorpia left the Horde, she was devastated and continued to bottle up the frustration from constantly feeling abandoned by others. Further, it leads her to a notable paranoia, yelling at others and frightened of what they might say of her.
In the Season 4 finale, Scorpia is the final form that Double Trouble used when they reviewed Catra's "character", making her giving in to her despair.
Catra lied to Entrapta that her friends abandoned her, which led to her switching sides. At first, she was glad that the princess was improving the Horde's weaponry, albeit with some annoyances at Entrapta's upbeat, bubbly, and hyperactive personality and scientific mannerisms. But when Hordak began favoring Entrapta, Catra showed obvious resentment. Eventually, when Entrapta said Adora was right about the portal not being safe, she snapped, used her stun gun on Entrapta, and had her sent to Beast Island. She then deceived Hordak by saying she betrayed him by letting the other princesses into the Fright Zone. In Season 4, she has guilt-inducing nightmares about what she had done to her, but she went with the lie until the truth was revealed.
Shadow Weaver is the one who took care of Adora and Catra from when they were young. However, it is shown that Shadow Weaver blames Catra for everything and always shows hatred towards her.
The clear display of Shadow Weaver's favoritism with Adora over Catra is shown as early as Episode 1, barely ten minutes into it. Shadow Weaver downgrades Catra's equal success with Adora's performance and shuts her into silence when Catra rightly shows visible hurt at her callous remark. Later, when Catra is informed that she isn't allowed to aid Adora in a battle, she openly asks her friend why Shadow Weaver doesn't like her. When Catra and Adora get into trouble, Catra is the one who bears the harsh punishment for the two of them. Because of this abuse, Catra is often openly blunt and disrespectful towards Shadow Weaver to reflect her feelings when they interact. In early episodes, there is not one instance where they do not show disdain for the other.
Despite her cruelty, Catra actually cares about Shadow Weaver somewhere deep down, because she was the one who raised her and despite the manipulation and abuse, she craves her affection and approval as a result of having been consistently put down. Catra later rendered her powerless and took her place as second-in-command, but Shadow Weaver manipulated Catra into providing her the means to regain some of her powers and escape, something that especially made Catra feel despaired and betrayed afterward.
After she learned Shadow Weaver went to Bright Moon, both her mind and heart began to fill with more anger and hatred than ever before. When Shadow Weaver returned to the Fright Zone to rescue Adora, Catra broke down in tears. In season 4, Shadow Weaver's form was used by Double Trouble to successfully break Catra's spirit.
She was afraid when she first met her leader, Lord Hordak, but he made her a Force Captain which she was both shocked and elated about. At the end of Season 1, Hordak recognized her achievements and made Catra his second-in-command, but when she tried to cover up Shadow Weaver's escape, he punished her with his gravity generation device. He was originally going to send her to Beast Island, but instead sent her to the Crimson Waste to get First Ones' tech (after the insistence of Entrapta), thinking she would not return, but she did and gave him Adora's sword, which was the key to completing his portal. She later deceived Hordak into believing Entrapta betrayed him by letting the other princesses into the Fright Zone in order to hide the fact Catra sent her to Beast Island.
Season 4 starts out rather frightening with her attacking and defeating Hordak, and effectively taking functional control of the Horde and telling him that they are doing things her way now. Throughout the season, they still communicate like he is in charge, but she does at one point yell at him for his unwise strategy. In "Princess Scorpia", Hordak is looking for one of Entrapta's records to complete a then-unnamed weapon. Hordak falls into despair at one point, saying how he needed her, Catra says that he doesn't need Entrapta, how they (Hordak and Catra) are strong without them. This cajoles him to finish the project without the notes. With his suit's new cannon Hordak went out into the field more and thanks to its power, Catra's tactical abilities became less valuable (which did not sit well with her), but they continue to work well together expanding the Horde's territory. When Catra launched an attack, she informs him about She-Ra's absence and that the princesses were in chaos; this pleases Hordak and congratulates her on a job well done.
However, when Double Trouble reveals to Hordak the truth about Entrapta's supposed betrayal, Hordak tries to kill Catra. During their fight, she pointed out that Horde Prime believes that Hordak's existence is a "mistake" and said she was the one really running things in the Horde. She then claimed she didn't need "him" and disabled his suit, defeating him. Double Trouble then used Hordak's form to torment Catra with the painful truth about why everyone left her. With his mind-wipe at the end of the season, any relationship, good or bad, comes to an end.
Lonnie, Kyle, and Rogelio
Catra was never on friendly terms with the other training cadets. They distrusted and disliked her, mostly because of her slacker tendencies and blunt personality. Because they all liked Adora, Catra always felt second-best and therefore harbored resentful feelings towards them and her former friend. These feelings, twisted with the hurt and betrayal from Adora's defection and otherwise, no companionship from anyone else, would prove to be the catalysts for Catra's claw to power.
Upon becoming Force Captain, Catra was quick to claim authority over the other cadets. Some of them, namely Lonnie, were clearly dismayed by this but didn't put up a fight or protest. She typically shows annoyance over their bungles and failures, like Kyle.
They ultimately had enough of her cruelty and selfishness and left the Horde.
Glimmer and Catra have a very turbulent and toxic relationship characterized by childish taunting as they oppose each other. Although they do not interact much until Season 2, Glimmer and Catra share many parallels when it comes to their personalities, relationships with other characters, and motivations. Even Noelle Stevenson compares the two girls.
Personality-wise, both Glimmer and Catra are determined, hot-headed and sensitive young girls, striving for the approval of their respective mother-figures. While Glimmer receives validation through healthier methods, and Catra is manipulative and conniving, both characters are products of their environments. Catra is quick to ridicule not only Glimmer but Bow as well, in their attempts to be 'morally righteous' about kidnapping her.
Likewise, Glimmer seems rather aggressive against Catra as the former is quick to attack upon seeing her. Their relationship is shown to be comical, as Catra is not hesitant to antagonize Glimmer upon being captured in "Ties That Bind", with actions such as licking her arm to create a diversion, dodging Glimmer to deplete her powers and ridicule her ideology. Catra typically refers to Glimmer as "Sparkles" during their interactions, and Glimmer calls Catra "the worst" whenever a dangerous situation ensues out of the latter's doing, specifically in "White Out".
After Double Trouble's betrayal and thorough psychoanalysis leave her despondent, Catra reaches the point that she flat out tells Glimmer to hurry up and kill her. Glimmer ultimately chooses to spare Catra and instead attempts to stop the awakening of the Heart of Etheria. When both are transported to Horde Prime's ship along with Hordak, Catra personally stops Horde Prime from killing Glimmer by letting him know about the power of the Heart of Etheria and how important the princesses are to it. At this point Double Trouble already made Catra realize she wasn't actually interested in making power plays, so while Glimmer may have simply been a package deal in ensuring Catra's survival, there is also the implication she decided to help someone for once.
Catra's relationship to Bow is mainly centered around hostility. As Bow is an ally of the Rebellion and Adora's friend, he is her enemy by proxy. Usually, in their encounters, she immediately attacks him on sight. Catra captured him and Glimmer during the episode "Princess Prom" and held them hostage as bait to capture Adora. Nevertheless, despite all her previous actions against him, he was obviously ill-at-ease about holding her prisoner in "Ties That Bind", and even suggested letting her go. He attempts to be friendly and tries to start up a conversation with her, but she rebuffs him and knocks him off the side of a cliff.
In terms of personalities, Catra is Bow's opposite.
Catra was impressed by Double Trouble's shape-shifting powers and hired the mercenary. Unlike with Scorpia or Entrapta, Catra seemed interested in having a genuine friendship with the mercenary and often appeared happy when speaking with them. Catra was grateful enough when Double Trouble pulled her out from fallen debris that she thanked them unprompted. Although, she was visibly dismayed when Double Trouble made it clear they were only sticking with her for the money. After Scorpia left, Catra became mentally unstable, trying to reach out to anyone who she remotely considered a friend, Double Trouble included.
Catra was relieved when Double Trouble returned to the Fright Zone and trusted them enough to follow their advice to have her forces attack Bright Moon. Unfortunately, this was ultimately a poor decision as Double Trouble went to Hordak and told him everything about Catra's betrayal, and had purposely given Catra the information so the Rebellion could take out the Horde in an ambush attack. They later confront Catra, and psychoanalyze her personality, much to the girl's horror. Double Trouble transforms into Adora, Catra, Shadow Weaver, Hordak and Scorpia, telling Catra that it's her own fault where she ended up and that she has driven away everyone around her. They explain to her that the Horde's forces have been destroyed and everything she has worked for will be torn down, leaving Catra so distraught to the point of which she tells Glimmer to kill her.
Before they met, Catra used Horde Prime's incoming approach to motivate Hordak into conquering Etheria before he arrived. When she was teleported on to his ship, she spoke up and informed him about the Heart of Etheria in order to convince him to spare Glimmer and not destroy the planet. Catra was likely motivated mostly by self-preservation as she heard that Horde Prime didn't want word getting out of his "brother's botched conquest" and she told Prime that he needs her to know how to use the weapon.
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 orphaned 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.
Catra begins as a Horde soldier alongside her best friend, Adora, and the other cadets, Rogelio, Kyle, and Lonnie. To celebrate Adora's promotion to Force Captain, they go out on an excursion on a stolen skiff in the Whispering Woods. Things get out of control and Adora falls off the skiff, and unknown to Catra, her friend receives visions, to which Catra questions as to whether she's brain-damaged. Although the two girls return to the Fright Zone, Catra is asked by her friend to cover for her while she sneaks out. Catra is forced by Shadow Weaver to return Adora to the Fright Zone, But in doing so, the Horde attacks a civilian town. Catra is shocked by Adora's choice of defection and is visibly hurt that she chose Bow and Glimmer over her. As a result, they become estranged.
In Adora's absence, Catra is promoted by Hordak to Force Captain, something she gleefully accepts. Shadow Weaver makes her primary objective to bring Adora to the Fright Zone. While still holding onto the hope that Adora will return to her, Catra travels to the kingdom of Salineas with Scorpia and the other cadets to carry out the mission. She mocks Adora as She-Ra and expresses her disbelief that she abandoned her for "dress up games and a light show." She attacks Adora until Mermista uses a wave to smack her off the cliff.
In "In the Shadows of Mystacor", Catra is summoned by Shadow Weaver to stand guard outside her sanctum while the latter uses her magic to go after Adora. After her mentor fails, Catra realizes the way to capture Adora is to go after the ones she cares about, namely, Bow and Glimmer. In the following episode, Catra reluctantly allies herself with Scorpia to come up with a plan to capture Adora in order to keep her position as Force Captain and at the same time, increase her rank in the Horde. Scorpia suggests they attend Princess Prom, as, the latter being a princess, has received an invitation. Under the guise of esteemed guests, they infiltrate the palace in the Kingdom of Snows to abduct Bow and Glimmer while taking the Sword of Protection.
The Rebels infiltrate the Fright Zone to rescue the captives. Upon their escape, Catra returns the sword to Adora, though alludes to another motive for doing the act. She gleefully watches Shadow Weaver's punishment from Hordak for inviting the enemy attack, the former having taken the credit for Catra's work two episodes before. Catra and Scorpia are followed by Emily, Entrapta's robot, before finding Entrapta herself hiding in the vents. during the interrogation, Catra manipulates Entrapta into joining the Horde by claiming her friends left her behind in a similar manner of how Adora abandoned her. When Entrapta educates them on the power of First Ones' tech, Catra eagerly goes to look for the source provided Scorpia keeps an eye on the prisoner. She eventually finds the source but unexpectedly ends up in the same place Adora goes to visit Light Hope.
Catra sneaks in behind her but ends up accidentally triggering the security alarms, causing giant spider robots to chase the two girls. They find themselves trapped in a corridor to which Adora inquired as to her presence. Catra coldly asks as to where her friends are with a notable tone of jealousy and doesn't seem remorseful when Adora confronts her over her previous actions. Eventually, they find themselves in a simulation over memories from their childhood: young Catra and Adora messing with Horde soldiers, a training exercise, and a dark experience for Catra with Shadow Weaver. In both real-time and the simulation, they both bicker over Catra's view over the two of them, with it ending up with Catra yelling to Adora she wished the latter would never come back. In another simulation, Catra watches her young self be consoled by Adora and promise her they will always be together. At this moment, Catra feels like Adora broke her promise and abandoned her, and she goes to find Adora dangling over a chasm. Catra callously tells her that she would've been better off if they never met and she'll miss her, before leaving her to die. When she arrives at the Fright Zone she gives Entrapta the First Ones' Data Crystal. As she walks away a look of guilt appears on her face when Scoripa says what great friend she is.
In an act of vengeance Catra severed Shadow Weaver's connection to the the Black Garnet and took her prisoner.
Catra uses the Black Garnet and Entrapta's technology to weaken the Whispering Woods and leads an invasion force on Bright Moon. During the Bright Moon Battle Catra leads She-Ra away from everyone else. Just as the Horde is about to destroy Bright Moon the other Princesses arrived to turn the tide of the Battle.
She-Ra regains the sword and restores the balance of the Runestones and drives the Horde army out of Bright Moon. Despite the failed invasion Catra pointed out how much progress the Horde has made so Hordak's decides to reward Catra for her achievements by replacing Shadow Weaver as his new second-in-command.
Catra sent Horde Robots ungraded by Entrapta to attack the Princesses while the Whispering Woods was still regrowing itself. After the mission failed she went to visit Shadow Weaver in her cell.
She was taken prisoner by Bow and Glimmer in an attempt to rescue Entrapta and made it difficult for them during the journey back to Bright Moon when she was freed by Scopia she revealed to Bow and Glimmer that Entrapta was willingly helping the Horde much to their dismay and Catra's amusement.
Catra, Entrapta, and Scorpia are sent to the frozen wastes to excavate First Ones technology, pursued by Adora, Glimmer, Bow and Sea Hawk. Having learned of the First Ones virus disc which Entrapta restored, Catra uses it to infect Adora. After seeing the results Catra planned on making She-Ra a weapon for the Horde. Giant worm robots created by the First Ones to guard the site are also infected and attack the excavation camp, forcing the two groups to work together despite Catra's refusal to allow the disc to be destroyed. After Scorpia rescued her they share a moment when Catra shares her blanket to protect them from the cold.
When Hordak ordered her to send Shadow Weaver to Beast Island, Catra was bewildered by the situation; as Scorpia pointed out Shadow Weaver never shown her kindness let alone love, but she still wanted to keep the woman who raised her from going to Beast Island. When Catra visited Shadow Weaver again she asked her mother figure why she was never good enough for her. After their conversation, she left with what she thought was a touching moment between the two only to return and find that Shadow Weaver used her by using the Sorcerer's Guild badge Catra had sneaked in for her to teleport out of her cell which devastated Catra, causing her to go into hysteria, howling in despair and anger.
After Shadow Weaver's escape, she tried to cover up her mistake only to be punished by Hordak.
Catra woke up in Shadow Weaver's former cell. Scorpia tried to break her out but Catra refused and called the guards. Hordak decides to send her to the Crimson Waste to retrieve First Ones tech believing she would not return.
After a female goon failed to intimidate her she was recruited by Catra along with her friend. Then Catra defeated Tung Lashor and took his whip and henchmen.
After they captured Adora, Scopria suggested that she and Catra stay in the Crimson Waste and lead it because she was actually happy. Catra learned from Adora that Hordak was from another world and was trying to use a portal machine to bring the Horde Armada to Etheria. Catra claimed she was not against a bigger Horde army and asked Adora how she knew Hordak's plan anyway. When she leaned that Shadow Weaver told Adora and was in Bright Moon, she became unhinged and told Scorpia that they were returning to the Fright Zone.
Catra arrived in Hordak's sanctum with Adora as her prisoner, presented Hordak with her Sword revealing it to be the key to the entire planet and can be used as the final piece to Hordak's portal. When Shadow Weaver, Bow and the princesses invaded the Fright Zone, she was subdued and she lamented on how Shadow Weaver abandoned her then came to rescue Adora and vowed to open the portal. After she escaped her captors she pushed Scorpia out of the way and ordered Entrapta to go in Hordak's sanctum and activate the machine, but when Entrapta said Adora was right about opening a portal being too dangerous, Catra went mental and incapacitated Entrapta and sent her to a transport to Beast Island, then threaten to do the same to Scorpia if she stepped out of line. When Hordak asked where Entrapta was, she responded with "Who do you think let the princesses in?" After Hordak bought the lie they continued with trying to open the portal. During the fight and despite Adora's warning Catra pulled the lever and activated the machine.
Catra with no memory of what happened, appeared in a reality were she and Adora are still friends and Shadow Weaver actually shows her affection. When the false reality began to collapse she got her memory back and attacked Adora. When the true reality was restored, she fled from the scene with Hordak.
Catra went to Hordak's sanctum still wrecked by the portal's destruction and asked her leader why they weren't doing anything but he lashed out on her and told her the only reason she was still alive is because his distress beacon to Horde Prime got through. Later she appeared on Hordak's throne wearing a new outfit. She subdued Hordak and told him that they should conquer Etheria before Horde Prime arrives because as she pointed out "He doesn't sound like the type to accept failure."
During a mission to retrieve Mara's Ship she encounters Double Trouble who offers their services to the Horde. Catra decides to test the Shapeshifter by having them pose as her to see if they could fool Adora who she grew up with, which they did, so Catra hired Double Trouble on the spot.
Catra has a nightmare about what she did Entrapta, Adora glaring at her, asking why she did it and the Portal pulling her in. She wakes up and scratches Emily after the bot startles her. Catra has Double Trouble pose as a young girl named Flutterina to infiltrate Bright Moon.
Catra orders Scorpia to find Entrapta's notes. Later, Scorpia offers a damaged recording chip to Catra,but Catra (not knowing Scoppia actually lied to protect Emily) erupts in anger at Scorpia's failure. Scorpia tells Catra she is a "bad friend", finally giving up on Catra and deserting. Meanwhile she and Hordak decide that they don't need anyone else and increase their efforts to defeat the Rebellion.
After the Horde captured Salineas they began invading all the coastal towns, but Catra wonders why she still wasn't satisfied with winning so she contacted Scorpia to talk about it only to realize she wasn't answering. When she returned to the Fright Zone she leaned that Scorpia had left the Horde which disheartened Catra.
As the Horde expands their territory she keeps thinking she sees Scorpia, becomes paranoid, gets frustrated because Double Trouble hasn't reported in, and has been lashing out at Rogelio, Kyle, and Lonnie more so than usual. Hordak tells Catra of a successful mission, Catra also reports that she has also made tremendous progress. After Hordak's transmission ends it is revealed that Catra had destroyed everything in the room in a fit of rage and then she drops to her hands and knees crying.
During the season finale Catra tried thanking Rogelio, Kyle, and Lonnie for all their hard work but then berates them after Kyle accidentally damages a drawing Scorpia made of herself, Catra and Entrapta then angrily orders them to leave. It was just then that Double Trouble came in, Catra, trying to hide her relief that they had returned, asked where they have they been. Double Trouble said that they were "held up" in Bright Moon then reported that The Princesses Alliance was in disarray and She-Ra was missing, so Catra ordered an attack on Bright Moon. Hordak had just learned that Catra had deceived him about Entrapta and lured her into a trap in order to destroy her.
After she defeated Hordak she saw Adora; this upsets Catra and says she could not be here and take this from her now. It was then revealed to be Double Trouble who finally figured out Catra's "character" and took Catra's form saying that her heart was never into being "The Big Bad Villain", Catra told them to stop but they continued by taking the form of Shadow Weaver, Hordak, Adora again and Scorpia all the while telling Catra that she drove everyone away and has no one to blame but herself. Then Double Trouble showed her via transmitted video that her forces were destroyed, demoralizing Catra even further. Double Trouble finally told her the reason behind their betrayal was not personal but rather for their own survival because the Rebellion had just gotten the upper hand and reveals that they have an ancient superweapon they were going to use against the Horde and then left Catra broken and alone. Glimmer finds the melancholic Catra who tells her to just end it when she saw the Heart's effects on Glimmer.
Catra was teleported on Horde Prime's ship along with Glimmer and Hordak, where she convinces Horde Prime to spare Etheria by telling him about Glimmer's connection to the superweapon at the center of the planet.