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"The [=GaMERCaT=]" is a webcomic about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a cat who is a gamer]]. The webcomic centers on the adventures of [=GaMERCaT=], his sidekick the Annoying Fairy (a parody of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]]), and his protege Glitch, a stray kitten he brought home one day, to whom he wants to teach all about gaming. Later comics introduce a formed "gang" of gamer cats. Alongside [=GaMERCat=] and Glitch are Sweet, the big tough guy, and Pixel, [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the female gamer cat]]. When not simply hanging out with the others, the two seem to fight over who should be the better influence for Glitch: Sweet wants him to play violent games to make him tough, while Pixel wants him to play cute friendly games to keep his innocence.

"The [=GaMERCaT=]" is created by artist Samantha Whitten a.k.a. Celesse. Many of the strips are parodies of popular video games. Others are centered on [=GaMERCaT's=] difficulty interacting with humans while getting and playing video games, or interactions between the cats.

It can be found [[http://thegamercat.com/ here]].
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!!Tropes associated with [=GaMERCaT=] include:

* {{Adorkable}}: [=GaMERCaT=] and Glitch mainly.
* AffectionateParody: Of various video games.
* ArtEvolution: In the earlier strips, [=GaMERCaT=] was drawn in a more simplistic way and had a very chibi look. Later comics have a more detailed art style.
* BadassMustache: The white stripes on Sweet's muzzle look like one.
* BadFuture: When Glitch sets the 3DS clock to the year 2050, [=GaMERCaT=]'s AnimalCrossing town is filled with dead trees, torrential rain, weeds and dead grass everywhere, and the animals no longer remember he exists.
* BerserkButton: [[http://tapastic.com/episode/27637 Try to read a walkthrough to play a game under [=GaMERCaT=]'s watch. Just try it.]]
** Don't hit on Sweet's sisters.
* BigBrotherMentor: [=GaMERCaT=] to Glitch.
* CalvinBall: Their custom Monopoly rules which make no sense at all, as a result of most of the game having been missing. They replace the Chance cards with {{TabletopGame/Pokemon}} cards, and the figures (except the boot) with {{VideoGame/Skylanders}} figures. And they only move one space at a time, since the dice are missing. And despite the chaotic mess, [[http://tapastic.com/episode/61546 it is freaking awesome]]
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Anonymouse haven't been seen in years.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Nano the kitten is shown to be quite clingy towards [=GaMERCaT=], whom she considers her "future boyfriend" despite his clear lack of interest.
* CovertPervert: [=GaMERCaT=], surprisingly enough. See DoubleEntendre below.
* CrushBlush: [=GaMERCaT=] the first time he sees Pixel.
** Nano to [=GaMERCaT=].
* CuteKitten: Glitch is utterly adorable. This even kicks off an entire story arc, as when [=GaMERCaT=] realizes how much girls find Glitch adorable, he uses Glitch to his advantage to pick up girls.
** Played with in Nano's case.
* CutenessProximity: Pixel's reaction to Glitch.
* CuteAndPsycho: PlayedForLaughs with Nano.
* DoubleEntendre: When [=GaMERCaT=] tries flirting with a female cat he finds out she also likes videogames so he asks her if she wants to ''try out his custom joystick'' [[note]](in the first version of the strip he just said "joystick", but the line got [[{{Bowdlerization}} eventually toned down for being a bit too suggestive]])[[/note]]. Obviously, [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom she doesn't take it well.]]
* ExpositionFairy: Played with, "Annoying Fairy" is a parody of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]] but is a bad role model, as she once encouraged [=GaMERCaT=] to binge on junk food, (Mainly for the free game codes) and then insults him when he becomes overweight, and pressured [=GaMERCaT=] into buying a Zelda game (In which he didn't seem to want in the first place) as well as a strategy guide. And tried to corrupt Glitch by giving into Gamer Greed.
* FaceOfAThug: Sweet has this effect on Nano: when he randomly pops up to see what's going on, she runs away terrified by his intimidating appearance. Cue a perplexed Sweet and an extremely amused [=GaMERCaT=].
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: [=GaMERCaT=]
** TheLancer: Glitch
** TheBigGuy: Sweet
** TheSmartGuy: Annoying Fairy
** TheChick: Pixel
* FluffyTheTerrible: Sweet.
* JerkassWithAHeartOfGold: Sweet is a bully [[note]]Though Bully is debatable, since it was [=GaMERCaT=] who started the fight by snatching the last Xbox1 which Sweet did grab first, as well smacking Sweet in the face with the box while doing so [[/note]] who is almost about to beat up [=GaMERCaT=], except Glitch enters the room, causing an awkward standstill. Not only does Sweet refuse to harm [=GaMERCaT=] in front of a little kid, but he also takes up Glitch's offer to play Wii U with them. In turn causing a truce between the two older cats.
* {{Gainaxing}}: When [=GaMERCaT=] plays Franchise/TombRaider, he finds himself as Lara Croft and her inconveniently large breasts. When he tries to move them out of the way they end up smacking him in the face.
* HeroicBSOD: Let's just say telling [=GaMERCaT=] he'll never be able play every videogame in existence isn't a good idea.
* HighOnCatnip: When [=GaMERCaT=] and Glitch start playing with cat toys containing catnip, [[http://tapastic.com/episode/92736 things go exactly like you'd expect]].
* IconicItem: [=GaMERCaT=]'s red bandana (and red scarf in the winter).
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Glitch is this in spades.
* {{Irony}}: The comic jokes that the reason Captain Toad can't jump is because his backpack is too heavy. This is actually the canon reason, though not stated in-game.
* MassivelyNumberedSiblings: Sweet has eight sisters, and who knows how many brothers he has as well? Justified that he is a cat after all.
* {{Meganekko}}: Pixel.
* MySisterIsOffLimits: When [=GaMERCaT=] tries to hit on a female cat, Sweet angrily comes to her rescue explaining she's his sister and makes it very clear that he'd better back off and give up on trying to date his seven other sisters as well.
* NearlyNormalAnimal: [=GaMERCaT=] is of the "Largely Normal Animal" variety. He's smart enough to play video games but whenever he tries to speak, humans only hear a bunch of "meows". Though, cats in this universe are capable of [[http://tapastic.com/episode/25613 writing]] [[http://tapastic.com/episode/74698 on paper]] and [[http://tapastic.com/episode/5296 running a online videogame support chatroom]]
--> "On the internet, nobody knows you're a cat."
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Pixel attempts to snap [=GaMERCaT=] from his addictive holiday gaming frenzy spurred by the Fairy by giving him some ToughLove in the form of telling him that he'd never be able play all the games. The result is the above-mentioned BSOD.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Glitch is still a kitten more than a year after his introduction. [[CuteKitten Not that it's a bad thing]].
* OpaqueLenses: Pixel does this sometimes.
* PerpetualFrowner: Sweet.
* PrecociousCrush: Nani towards [=GaMERCaT=].
* PunchedAcrossTheRoom: What [=GaMERCaT=] gets for his... not-so-subtle flirting [[http://tapastic.com/episode/108416 here]].
* RealMenWearPink: When playing SuperMario3DWorld, Sweet chooses to play as Peach.
* SleepCute: When [=GaMERCaT=] sees Glitch getting sleepy, he puts him to bed. Glitch climbs out of his bed and cuddles with [=GaMERCaT=].
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: One story arc, is with Sweet and Pixel fighting over what games Glitch should play, in which [=GaMERCat=] asks Glitch what he personally wants to play. Cue them playing Monopoly, with their own rules.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: [=GaMERCaT=] finds out that a stray kitten (who later is named Glitch) has a Game Boy because someone threw it in the garbage can he lives in. He proceeds to complain how sad that is... that someone threw away a perfectly working Game Boy. The kitten agrees.
** When [=GaMERCat=] has gone bananas in organizing his plan for maximizing his purchasing and playing of all the new games coming out for the holidays, Pixel and Glitch recruit Sweet to help snap him out of it. Instead, Sweet comments [=GaMERCat=] has done all of his work for him before asking [=GaMERCat=] something he has "an algorithm for."
* TheBusCameBack: Nyan first appeared during the interviews for a fourth member of the gaming group. A year later in real-world time, she showed up again, and revealed her name is actually Nano.
* TheComicallySerious: Sweet is always grumpy no matter what. It's especially hilarious when he's shown running around dressed as Peach. Though his character seems to be evolving into a stoic badass.
* ToughLove: Pixel tries this on [=GaMERCaT=] to snap him back into sense, comparing it to quickly ripping off a bandage. [[HeroicBSOD It backfires]].
* VomitIndiscretionShot:
** Glitch vomits while he tries to look cute for [=GaMERCaT=]'s owner. He still adopts him.
** It happens again in [[http://www.thegamercat.com/2013/08/almost-cute/ this strip]], ruining another attempt at cuteness.
** Another instance, with a [[http://tapastic.com/episode/37571 'special guest'.]] Kittens in this comic seem to have a bit of a barfing problem.
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