''Cloudscratcher'' is a TalkingAnimal webcomic that takes place in a WorldInTheSky where civilization rests atop the highest mountains and broadest plateus, which chronicles the adventures of the LaResistance movement who fly the airship Cloudscratcher in their fight against the serpentine [[TheEmpire Margoth Empire]]. The main characters are the easily-excitable cat mechanic Felix and the [[ChildSoldiers child soldier]]-turned-defectee snake Ixia, with the rest of the crew consisting of The Captain... The Captain, first mate and "trump card" Alice, pilots [[ChivalrousPervert Burt]] and [[TheAce Jacques]], communications officer [[CoolBigSis Delia]], chef and [[SuperStrength primary muscle]] Sally, priest/doctor and fellow Empire defectee Sogaat and "apprentice mechanic" [[CoolOldGuy Scotty]].
Up till now their main opponents have the overall ineffectual [[QuirkyMinibossSquad West Bravo]], but when the Empire's so-called "hero" [[AxCrazy Borzax]] is placed in charge of West Bravo to whips things into shape and finish off the Cloudscratcher crew once and for all...
''Cloudscratcher'' is written to be a GenreThrowback to the TalkingAnimal cartoons of the 80s and 90s from the likes of Disney and Creator/DonBluth, with ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' being the clearest influence. Speaking of high-flying DieselPunk stories, the comic also draws heavily from the ''TabletopGame/CrimsonSkies'' series.
Join the adventure [[http://www.cloudscratcher.com/ here]].
!!This webcomic provides examples of:
* AcePilot: All of the Cloudscratcher crew, though especially Alice. Even the captain, though not a fighter pilot, is one of the few airship pilots [[spoiler: who can handle the turbulence below the cloud cover.]]
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: The ''Cloudscratcher'' has a hanger bay for their biplanes.
* BewareTheNiceOnes / PsychopathicManchild: Agathoth is described like so.
* TheCaptain: Take a wild guess.
* CaptainErsatz: Future character Valentine is confirmed to be one of "Smooth Criminal"-era Music/MichaelJackson.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Ixia's super strength comes from her TrainingFromHell.
* ChessMotifs: To a small extent. Alice has a quite a few similarities in role to the Queen, naturally making The Captain the King, Burt and Sally being Rooks and Sogaat a Bishop.
* ChildProdigy: Felix in regards to machines, to the point where CoolOldGuy Scotty is ''his'' apprentice.
* CoolBigSis: Delia is an adoptive one to Felix.
* TheDragon: Narkethoness to Borzax and Agathoth to Emperor Vox, almost literally considering they're serpents.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Captain. The crew don't refer to him by name and the cast page doesn't give him a name, just "The Captain". Though General Leon refers to him as [[http://www.cloudscratcher.com/comic/chapter_4/cs_comic%204-06c.html "O'Connell".]]
* FantasticRacism: The Serpent Empire discriminates heavily against "Furballs", conversely General Leon thinks that "good" serpents like Sogaat are the exception rather than the rule.
* GadgeteerGenius: Felix, as stated above.
* HeelFaceTurn: Ixia at the story's beginning (though this was always her intention) and Sogaat prior to its beginning. Nyx might be headed this way.
* InterspeciesAdoption: Felix (cat) was adopted by the Captain (dog).
* KnightOfCerebus: Borzax, though having the courtesy to make his mark relatively early in the story.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Major Noggos' character.
* NiceHat: Valentine. Comes with being a Smooth Criminal homage.
* SkyPirates: Confirmed to be in future chapters.
* SuperStrength: Sally, even in comparison to regular bovines.
* SuperStrongChild: Ixia, though mainly as a result of her Child Soldier status.
* TeamDad: The Captain, especially towards Felix.
* TrainingFromHell: Ixia was exposed to this by Agathoth. He might live to regret it ...