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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 only female gamer cat]] until Nano came along. 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:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Nano to [=GaMERCaT=], not because she's ugly but because [[{{Lolicon}} she's too young for him]], is into really dark stuff like ''DarkSouls'', can be [[StalkerWithACrush really super creepy]], and is [[TheGlomp suffocatingly affectionate]].
* {{Adorkable}}: [=GaMERCaT=] and Glitch mainly.
* AdjustingYourGlasses: When Pixel is getting ready to play Guitar Hero. One paw, complete with OpaqueLenses.
* AffectionateParody: Of various video games.
* AnnoyingVideoGameHelper: [[invoked]] The Annoying Fairy, as she is meant to be a pastiche of [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Navi]].
* 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.
** His eyes now also have color when they go wide. They are now green.
* BadassMustache: The white stripes on Sweet's muzzle look like one.
* BadFuture: When Glitch sets the 3DS clock to the year 2050, [=GaMERCaT=]'s ''VideoGame/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.]]
** And don't ever tell him you're not going for all the trophies/achievements in your game.
*** Seems to be Pixel's trigger, too.
** Don't hit on Sweet's sisters.
* BigBrotherMentor: [=GaMERCaT=] to Glitch.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: [[{{VideoGame/Undertale}} Sans]] doesn't so much as break the fourth wall as he does ''relax on it'', the lazy bum. [[http://www.thegamercat.com/comic/what-wall/ He uses the panel corners as a hammock and casually walks off-comic after jumping off the panel.]] Poor Gamercat is left hopelessly confused.
* 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]]
* CerebusRollercoaster: {{Downplayed}}. The comic is mainly comedy, but there have been a couple episodes here & there that had no punchline or comedy to speak of.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Anonymouse haven't been seen in years.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Nano is shown to be quite clingy towards [=GaMERCaT=], whom she considers her "future boyfriend" despite his clear lack of interest.
--> '''Nano''': HUSSIE! THIS IS MY FUTURE BOYFRIEND AND IF YOU DON'T BACK OFF [[VideoGame/DarkSouls I WILL DESTROY YOU WITH MY SUNLIGHT SPEAR! PRAISE THE SUN!!]]
** DamselInDistress: [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]]. As he argues with Sweet, Nano visualizes [=GaMERCaT=] as this by imagining him being held hostage à la Pauline in the original ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' arcade game (with Sweet as the big bad ape & herself as Jumpman/Mario, of course). She promises [=GaMERCaT=] she will rescue her "fair prince", even though [=GaMERCaT=] was even shown wearing Pauline's dress.
* 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
** TheSixthRanger: Nano
* FluffyTheTerrible: Sweet.
* FurryReminder: The comic has this in spades. It's what makes the "cat" part of "Gamercat" relevant and keeps the comic from just being about some friends who play games.
** [=GaMERCaT=] [[TheLegendOfZelda reluctantly accepts a subquest to rescue chickens]]... but brings them all back to their owner as a cat would bring his master prey: dead.
** Don't hog a demo kiosk for too long while [=GaMERCaT=] is waiting behind you for his turn. He ''might'' just run out of patience, hop up onto the kiosk in front of you, and start cleaning his... you know.
** When we first meet Glitch, he's playing one of the classic ''{{Pokemon}}'' games on GameBoy. His entire team is Magikarps, because he likes fish.
** When [=GaMERCaT=] shows Glitch and Nano the classic videogame {{VideoGame/Pong}}, both instinctively run to the TV screen and try to catch the moving dot with their paws. Made even funnier by Sweet and [=GaMERCaT=] commenting on how today's "kids" have no self-control.
*** Even [=GaMERCaT=] himself isn't immune to this, though: In another ''Portal2'' parody, [=GLaDOS=] lures him into a trap with a laser pointer, and it works.
*** [[SubvertedTrope Neither Glitch nor [=GaMERCaT=] seem to care too much for other typical cat toys or catnip, though.]]
** Malcolm discovers a bunch of games he doesn't remember buying, and [=GaMERCaT=] & the Annoying Fairy quickly come up with a solution: Have [=GaMERCaT=] vomit on Malcolm's jacket, which will take long enough that Malcolm will get more worried about his jacket than the games he doesn't remember buying. What sets [=GaMERCaT=] off? ''E.T.'' for Atari 2600.
** Glitch embarrasses the hell out of [=GaMERCaT=] in front of a pretty girl cat at the park by saying the first thing that came to mind:
--> '''Glitch:''' One time Gamercat threw up his dinner in his food bowl then ate it again.
** When [=GaMERCaT=] and Glitch want Malcolm to preorder the PS4 & XboxOne, they try to motivate him the only way cats know how - by bringing him the latest dead thing they found. [[CaptainObvious For some reason]], he doesn't appreciate it as much as a cat might have.
** After Pixel introduces him to the magic of taking selfies, especially selfies with friends, [=GaMERCaT=] decides to take his first selfie with Malcolm... who is using the bathroom at the time.
*** He also gets addicted to Instagram and jokingly says one of the pictures was taken at the beach... but it's obviously his litterbox.
** Outside of games, the cats can only be understood by each other. Everyone else hears what they say as "meows".
* 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.
** Most prominently [[http://www.thegamercat.com/comic/guitar-zero/ when she's about to play Guitar Hero,]] in combination with AdjustingYourGlasses.
* PerpetualFrowner: Sweet.
* PrecociousCrush: Nano 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.
* ShipTease: Quite a bit between [=GaMERCaT=] and Pixel, most notably on [[http://tapastic.com/episode/62880 Privy-See]] and [[http://tapastic.com/episode/237544 Enabler]].
** Taken a step further in [[http://tapastic.com/episode/240582 True Love]] and [[http://tapastic.com/episode/250069 Mistletoe Mayhem]].
* 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=] about playtime timespan between releases, something [=GaMERCat=] 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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