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->''"Let's kick some tail!"''

->'''''"Bingo!"'''''

''SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron'' (or, simply, ''SWAT Kats'') was a Creator/HannaBarbera American animated television series created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay, two brothers from UsefulNotes/{{Montreal}}. The show ran on {{TBS}} and in syndication from 1993 to 1995, and it also occasionally airs on Creator/CartoonNetwork's sister network {{Boomerang}}. There were a total of 23 original episodes over two seasons, with one special ClipShow episode capping the series off. The story takes place in a fictional city ("[[CityOfAdventure Megakat City]]") inhabited by [[TalkingAnimal Anthromorphic felines]] (known as "Kats") and chronicles the adventures of two BadassNormal {{Superhero}} [[HeterosexualLifePartners Best Friends]] [[TheyFightCrime who fight]] [[SuperVillain super-crime]] under [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]].

[[BoisterousBruiser Chance "T-Bone" Furlong]] and [[BadassBookworm Jake "Razor" Clawson]] were once two humble officers of the Enforcers, teaming up as the [[AcePilot pilot]] and [[GuyInBack Radar Intercept Officer]] of a fighter jet in the Enforcers' Air Force Squadron--until they accidentally destroyed their command headquarters and caused sizeable amounts of damage while in pursuit of a criminal. Their former superior, [[JerkAss Commander Ulysses Feral]], stuck them in long-term community service in a military junkyard until Chance and Jake managed to pay off their debt... which, considering their salaries, was likely to be never. (Never mind that the incident was Feral's fault in the first place; see OnlyICanKillHim for more details.)

Working at the salvage yard, Jake and Chance realize that people--including the Enforcers--throw a lot of perfectly useable stuff away; using their mechanic skills, they put discarded military equipment and weapons to their own personal use, building a [[CoolPlane high-tech fighter-jet]] (named "The Turbokat", which bears a striking resemblance the U.S. Navy F-14 Tomcat, except with three engines and VTOL capabilites) to get back in the air and fight the numerous villains that are plaguing the city. Complete with [[CustomUniform new uniforms]], [[CoolMask masks]], [[HomemadeInventions cool gadgets]], [[CodeName codenames]], an ElaborateUndergroundBase, and occasional help from allies (like Deputy Mayor [[{{Moe}} Callie Briggs]] and Feral's niece [[ActionGirl Felina]]), they kick mucho super-villain tail and generally do it with style.

The RoguesGallery includes, but is not limited to: the criminal mastermind [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dark Kat]], the undead sorcerer [[TimeTravel Pastmaster]], mutated sociopathic Kat-turned-snake [[MadScientist Doctor Viper]], and [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robotic mafia gangsters]] Mac and Molly (better known as the Metallikats).

Episodes of the show followed a one-shot format, featuring completely self-contained stories and certain overarching themes and villains. The {{Status Quo|IsGod}}, however, ''does'' change every now and then, and only very few of the bad guys get JokerImmunity. On occasion, if the bad guy pushes them too far, our heroes ''will'' shoot to kill, and several villains -- like [[spoiler:Mutilor, The Giant Bacteria, The Red Lynx and The Metallikats (at least for a while)]] -- found this out the hard way.

Unfortunately, ''SWAT Kats''' attempts to break out of the AnimationAgeGhetto came too soon for many people, and the series took criticism for its violent content. Even before that, the show underwent extensive ExecutiveMeddling during its first season, forcing the creators to insert several inherently silly and "kid-ified" stuff aimed at younger audiences (which clashed horribly with the show's dark premise). This changed in the second season, since the first season's good ratings enabled the series to get an AnimationBump (and a slight makeover) that resulted in a DarkerAndEdgier style which proved to be a better fit for the show.

The show was cancelled after its second season, passed over in favor of Turner's "What A Cartoon!" project (which gave birth to future Cartoon Cartoons such as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', and ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo''). At the time of its cancellation, ''SWAT Kats'' was one of Hanna-Barbera's highest rated syndicated shows, and there were three unfinished episodes in production (as well as established outlines for up to seven more episodes), which all got left hanging. While Turner is often quoted as saying that Hanna-Barbera had plenty of other cartoons which didn't "encourage kids to shoot people", it's a leap to deduce that he cancelled SWAT Kats, as he was actually referring to ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''. [[note]]"On Beavis and Butt-head 'We have more cartoons than anybody: The Flintstones, The Jetsons, the Smurfs, Scooby-Doo. They're nonviolent. We don't have to worry that we're encouraging kids to kill each other-like some of the other cartoon programs do.'" –Ted's excellent speaking engagement, Albert Kim, Apr 21, 1995, Entertainment Weekly.[[/note]] Christian Tremblay, co-creator of ''SWAT Kats'', denies Turner had anything to do with the cancellation: "We have respect for Ted Turner, because of him, we got the show financed back in 1993, and I like the guy. The decision to stop the show was not his but more executives way below him."

The show has a very strong cult following that continues to this day, becoming the source of numerous fan sites, a fair amount of fan fiction, and even online [=RPGs=]. What makes ''SWAT Kats'' fansites different from other shows' fansites? They developed a good reputation for their interlinking and close cooperation, which means most fansites will provide resource lists/links to most of the other fansites--and almost all of these sites, including a wiki dedicated to the show, ''are regularly updated to this day''. This dedication remains a standing testament to the show's popularity.

''SWAT Kats'' suffered from not having any true home video release following its demise (except for a pitiful handful of VHS tapes). Once the series was moved from Cartoon Network to Boomerang, that network's ever-changing schedule made it hard to figure out when/if they were showing it. In December 2010, the Warner Archive program started offering the complete series on DVD as an "on-demand" release, but stopped in 2011 due to unspecified issues (likely the fact that syndication cuts were used for the [=DVDs=]). Episodes were--and still are--widely circulated over the Internet, however, so it's not hard to watch the series if you're interested.

Although the series was short-lived, it got an official game on the SNES in August 1995.

This show has a [[Characters/SWATKats character sheet]].

There is currently a campaign to bring the show back into production with both fan based and official initiatives. Most information and history about it can be found at [[http://skrevival.blogspot.com/ this]] blog.
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!!Tropes

* AbnormalAmmo: 99.9% of the weapons carried on the Turbokat, sometimes referred to as [[MonsterOfTheWeek Missile of the Week]].
** In fact, the Turbokat only rarely ever uses normal missiles; there's even a button on Razor's control panel marked "[[LampshadeHanging Plain Old Missile]]".
** This actually became a plot point in "Razor's Edge", where Razor believes he blew up a warehouse and injured two innocent bystanders. The first indication that the whole thing is a set-up, is that the missiles were non lethal, yet the warehose clearly blew up.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: How Dr. Viper gets around town.
* AcePilot: T-Bone, with Razor as his GuyInBack.
* AcousticLicense: Used quite a bit. Sometimes they would avert it, by having aircraft-to-aircraft conversations take place via radio or video comms channels, but oftentimes people would just say things, and the SWAT Kats would be able to somehow hear them inside their active supersonic jet. Really, the noise from the Turbokat was just severely played down or outright eliminated in a lot of circumstances, otherwise talking and sound effects would just be blared out by engine noise.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe the Turbokat's engine was built to be near-silent for sneak attacks?]]
* ActionGirl: Felina Feral.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Averted with Cybertron, played straight with [[spoiler:Zed.]]
* AirborneAircraftCarrier: Featured twice, in differing forms: in "Cry Turmoil" and "When Strikes Mutilor".
* AirVentPassageway: In "Destructive Nature".
* AlienInvasion: "The Ci-Kat-A", "When Strikes Mutilor".
* AliensAndMonsters
* AllThereInTheManual: Promotional material made it clear that Dark Kat was actually a judge in Megakat City, who used his position to help protect his criminal side job. This was never explored in the series. For that matter it was never even ''mentioned''. Very little was known about Dark Kat at all save for his status as a criminal mastermind, and his penchant for using odd, demonic looking hench-things he called Creeplings.
* AllUpToYou: Done awesomely with Cybertron in "The Deadly Pyramid". SWAT Kats and The Enforcers are elsewhere, and he is forced to defend Callie from two giant mummies all by himself.
* [[AlmightyJanitor Almighty Mechanics]]: Chance and Jake.
* AmazonBrigade: Turmoil's gang, which may or may not have been a ShoutOut to [[ComicStrip/ThePhantom Sala and her Sky Pirates]]. Turmoil herself is most definitely a ShoutOut to [[StreetFighter M.Bison]].
* AnimalSuperheroes: Of course.
* AnimationBump: Season 2. Not only was the animation of much better quality, the style more closely matched the tone and feel of the series. This isn't to say that the animation in the first season is bad (quite to the contrary), it just went from good to ''great''.
** Somewhat similarly, four of the episodes in the first season[[labelnote:list]]"The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice", "Night of the Dark Kat", "Metal Urgency" and "Katastrophe"[[/labelnote]] clearly had a lot more money spent on them than the others, with more detail and smoother animation. The same company (Creator/MookDLE) went on to animate the entire second season.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Pastmaster's TimeTravel watch and Tome of Time spellbook ("The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice"), and the Jeweled Headdress of Katchu Piccu in "The Deadly Pyramid".
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Happens about six times every five seconds. There's the Megasaurus Rex, The Giant Bacteria, The Giant Mummy, The Cyclops in "Bride Of The Pastmaster", Rex Shard the Crystal Giant, The Madkat, The Mutation City Monsters (and a giant Dr. Viper himself), The Giant frikkin' ''alien mothership'', Dark Kat's Giant Black Widow, Turmoil's Giant Airship, The Giant Mutated Scorpions, Volcanus, and that's not even mentioning all the Giant Robots. Whew.
* AttackPatternAlpha In the event they're being followed by a heat-seeking missile, the SWAT Kats have "Plan Z" - which involves shutting down the engines ''in midair'' and launching a decoy missile to draw the heat-seeker off. Understandably, Razor hates this plan.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Most of the customized weapons in Razor's arsenal.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: "SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron". Also pretty much everyone and everything associated with them, and for bonus points the names sometimes start with "Mega" or "Turbo".
** "Chance Furlong" and "Jake Clawson" are some pretty cool names too.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:The Metallikats (twice!) and Dr. Viper. Despite being a ghost, the Red Lynx probably qualifies as well.]]
* {{Badass}}: Pretty much every hero and villain in the series.
* BadassBookworm: Razor.
* BadassLongcoat: Feral, especially after he [[spoiler:kills the Metallikats]]. Hard Drive also gives off a badass vibe, even if he doesn't do much with it.
* {{Badbutt}}: Razor and T-Bone are borderline cases, but also sprinkled liberally throughout the show itself.
* BadFuture: The [[IronicEpisodeTitle oh-so-ironically-named]] "A Bright And Shiny Future".
* BambooTechnology: Apparently, all-natural volcanic gas works just fine for jet fuel.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: T-Bone and Razor in their pilot suits (but ''not'' in their civilian clothes, curiously enough), as well as Dark Kat and Dr. Viper (who's also a HalfDressedCartoonAnimal). Proven useful when the SWAT Kats are able to use their foot claws easily. Otherwise averted -- the rest of the characters are {{Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal}}s.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Averted for the most part. When the Turbokat heads out into space – or when the heroes are engaged in some high-altitude dogfighting – the SWAT Kats are show wearing oxygen masks. Except when they’re not. Presumably the Turbokat cockpit has some level of artificial atmosphere but since the masks have a tendency to appear and disappear between shots, especially in the first few episodes, it’s hard to tell.
* BerserkButton: Jake and Chance are this to each other if someone tries to hurt one of them. And if you so much as scratch a single hair on Callie's head, they'll ''both'' be on your ass. Also, shooting down Felina's plane with the hi-tech laser in your alien Mothership? Baaaaaad idea. Feral's gonna bring his entire frickin' ''squadron'' around for a house call.
** For all their bickering and insult-trading, [[HappilyMarried Mac and Molly]] (the Metallikats) really do care for each other. You hurt one of them, the other will be out for blood.
* {{BFG}}: Appears here and there in the series, mostly used by the villains. The SWAT Kats themselves use one to make a dramatic entrance in "Night Of The Dark Kat".
* BigBadEnsemble: Dark Kat, Dr. Viper, the Metallikats and the Pastmaster. These villains made repeated appearances and were treated as serious threats each time. Each also tends to have something that makes them stand-out from the one-off villains. (Dark Kat, for example, played a role in the heroes' origin.)
* BigDamnHeroes: Guess who? Feral and Felina also get this honour sometimes.
* BigNo: Callie in "Night of the Dark Kat", while putting Megakat City's money to good use by using a bag of cash to bring down Dark Kat.
** Some of the villians (including Dark Kat and the Pastmaster) also do this when defeated by the SWAT Kats.
* BlankWhiteEyes: The SWAT Kats have them; so do many members of the RoguesGallery.
* BlatantLies: "The ENFORCERS can handle this!"
* BlondesAreEvil: Turmoil, and to a lesser extent Lt. Steele. Averted with Callie.
* BloodlessCarnage: Even though characters get beaten to hell and back all the time, there's practically never any blood. On the plus side, there are explosions that blow up entire characters, though.
** One of the few times we see blood is when T-Bone gets bit by a mutant leech.
* BodyguardBabes: Turmoil's army is only female.
* BodyHorror: What happens to Morbulus in "The Giant Bacteria", as well as the fate of anyone bitten by the alien bugs in "The Ci-Kat-A".
* BrickJoke: "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats" opens with our heroes making fun of Commander Feral by [[DonutMessWithACop claiming that he's flying his helicopter to a donut shop]]. And sure enough, in the end Feral reappears with a donut and a cup of coffee, which SWAT Kats make him spill.
* BriefcaseBlaster: In "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats", the evil MirrorUniverse version of Callie carries a gas gun in her briefcase.
* BusFullOfInnocents: "The Deadly Pyramid", plus a TRAIN full of innocents who are eaten by "The Giant Bacteria".
* CapeBusters: The Enforcers on occasion.
* CatchPhrase: Razor's "Bingo"!
** "'''BRING ME CHOPPER BACKUP!'''"
** "SWAT KATS!! COME IN!"
*** "Yes, Miss Briggs?"
** "The ENFORCERS can handle this!"
*** Hilariously lampshaded in the MirrorUniverse episode "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats" when Mirror!Feral uses the same phrase: "Now there's a statement that ''[[InSpiteOfANail transcends dimensions]]!''"
* CatsHaveNineLives: Referenced several times throughout the series.
* TheCavalryArrivesLate: Seems to be part of the Enforcers' M.O.
* ChainsawGood: The Shredder Missiles from "The Deadly Pyramid".
* ChaseScene: At least once an episode.
* ChekhovsGun: The chili pepper in "The Wrath of Dark Kat".
* TheChosenOne: In "Bride of the Pastmaster", Queen Callista believes Razor to be this. Later subverted when she admits that there were not one, but ''two'' heroes, so it becomes more of a case of a Chosen ''Two''.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Whenever the different villains team-up, this is almost always the case.
* CityOfAdventure: Megakat City.
* ClarkKenting: The SWAT Kats used to work for Feral, but he can't figure out their identities. This in spite of the fact that the SWAT Kats have the same body types as Chance and Jake, and they're the pilot and gunner of a fighter jet... like Chance and Jake.
** Vaguely understandable, seeing as how Feral probably had very little interaction with Chance and Jake ever, except the few minutes discharging them from the service.
* ClearMyName: "Night of the Dark Kat". Also [[spoiler:"Razor's Edge"]], even though it's actually T-Bone and Felina who go looking for answers.
* ClipShow: "SWAT Kats--A Special Report".
* CodeName: "T-Bone" for Chance and "Razor" for Jake.
* CoolBike: The Cyclotron and the Sandkat.
* TheCommissionerGordon: Callie Briggs.
* ContestWinnerCameo: While there was no actual contest, Dr. Konway from "Mutation City" was based on a fan who sent the Tremblays numerous fan letters.
* ConvectionShmonvection: Flying around inside a volcano...right above the lava... piece of cake!
* ConveyorBeltODoom: Dark Kat tries to kill the heroes with one in "Night of the Dark Kat". [[ComplexityAddiction He should]] [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption have]] [[BondVillainStupidity known better]].
* CoolGarage: The Hangar.
* CoolMask: The SWAT Kats' mask covers the entire top of the head and face, and is usually accompanied by a helmet for added protection.
* CoolPlane: The Turbo Kat. Even more so because it's based (physically, anyway) on the already cool real-life F-14 Tomcat (of ''Film/TopGun'' fame), with the level of tech turned UpToEleven. The damn thing can HOVER like a Harrier jumpjet, after all. Even the [[AceCombat Falken and Wyvern]] could legitimately get jealous.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Tiger Conklin from "Caverns Of Horror".
* CrazyEnoughToWork: A CatchPhrase of sorts for Razor.
* CrazyPrepared: You name it, the SWAT Kats have a gadget/mod for it.
* CutLexLuthorACheck: Notable in that this trope is in effect on both sides of the law. The Kats' Rogues Gallery has its share of insane geniuses, but its also worth pointing out that all of the Kats' gadgets were built out of ''junkyard trash''. '''Including the high-performance jet'''.
* CyberPunk: Hard Drive, the "technology pirate".
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster: Mac and Molly Mange.
* DamselInDistress: Callie sometimes, although she never goes down without a fight. Also Ann Gora once in "Caverns Of Horror".
* DarkerAndEdgier: "The Giant Bacteria" has the highest number of on-screen deaths in a single episode (see BusFullOfInnocents above). This also marks the beginning of T-Bone & Razor's [[spoiler:"Kill if everything else fails"]] policy. Quite a punch, consider this was the show's first completed episode (it was second in broadcast order). Then there's Season 2 compared to Season 1.
* DatingCatwoman: T-Bone's relationship with Turmoil.
* DeathTrap: "Night Of The Dark Kat".
* DestinationDefenestration: The Metallikats do this to Callie when she reveals that she was the one who denied their parole. [[spoiler:Good thing the SWAT Kats were there for one of their BigDamnHeroes moments...]]
* TheDeterminator: Both SWAT Kats.
** Also Feral.
* DieHardOnAnX: "Destructive Nature" is ''Film/DieHard'' with {{Man Eating Plant}}s.
* DirtyCoward: Lt. Steele. At litterally EVERY chance, he tries to take over his boss Feral's job.
* TheDocumentary: "SWAT Kats--A Special Report".
* DontCelebrateJustYet: From "The Metalikats", when T-Bone and Razor pull a "Plan Z". {{Lampshaded}} with "We're not out of the woods yet."
* DrillTank: The Turbo Mole from "Caverns of Horror".
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Mac Mange and T-Bone.
* DubNameChange: The Hindi dub of the show, for Indian audiences, had some hilarious name changes. Chance and Jake became Bholu and Billu (child-like, innocent nicknames), while T-Bone and Razor became Bade Meow (Big Meow) and Chote Meow (Small Meow) repsectively, a play on a Film/BadBoys inspired Bollywood film Bade Miyan Chote Mian. The Pastmaster was called something that meant King of Demons.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Mutilor attempts to do this after he's defeated. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The Hangar.
* EmergencyTransformation: The origin of the Metallikats.
* EnemyMine: A villainous example by the end of "Katastrophe". Though their [[LegionOfDoom alliance]] has fallen apart, Dark Kat, Dr. Viper and the Metallikats still have one thing in common: the SWAT Kats.
-->"Choose now, my villainous friends! Who do you hate more - me or the SWAT Kats?!"
* EnterEponymous: "Enter the Madkat".
* EpisodeTitleCard
* EveryCarIsAPinto: And they '''all''' explode.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Enforcer Sergeant.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: The SWAT Kats and The Pastmaster for Callie and Queen Callista.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Dinosaurs are ''all'' over the place, mostly because of the Pastmaster. Even some of the robotic designs are dino-inspired.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: The Pastmaster rings up a buncha zombies in his first appearance. Why? Just 'cuz!
* EvilIsHammy: Pretty much every villain except the alien Ci-Kat-A, the demon Volcanus, and the [[AIIsACrapshoot corrupted AI Zed]]. Everyone else is clearly having a lot of fun being evil at some point or other.
* EvilLaugh: Dark Kat, Viper, The Metalikats, Madkat, The Red Lynx, Mutilor, Turmoil... seems to be a mandatory requirement if you want to be a bad guy.
* EvilTwin: In "The Dark Side Of The SWAT Kats", for T-Bone, Razor and [[spoiler:Callie.]]
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Razor to [[spoiler:Mutilor]], doubles up as yet another CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* ExtraEyes: Morbulus from "The Giant Bacteria". Lampshaded by Razor: "Hey, he ''does'' have eyes on the back of his head!"
** "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny No excuses!]]"
* FaceHeelTurn: Both [[spoiler:Zed ''and'' Dr. Greenbox.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyViolence[=/=]FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: The series had plenty of both, which presumably led to the ExecutiveMeddling, although both of these tropes got ''more'' frequent over time, not the other way round. There's a theory that the creators were going for something closer to their original concept as the series went on, which suggests that the ExecutiveMeddling was at the ''beginning'' of the show--probably because HB was skeptical as to how it was going to be received. Its high ratings and popularity, however, may have enabled the Tremblays--and Glenn Leopold, who wrote the majority of the episodes--to wriggle free from some of the meddling, hence the DarkerAndEdgier Second Season
* FiveRoundsRapid: This is ALWAYS the Enforcers' one and only solution to a problem.
* {{Foil}}: All over the place. There's T-Bone and Razor to each other, then there's Felina and Commander Feral, Felina and Callie, Callie and Mayor Manx, and also Mac and Molly (at least when they're not trying to kill each other).
* ForScience: Even the non-villainous scientists and engineers in Megakat City seem pretty cavalier about the risks and consequences of their work.
* FourFingeredHands: The entire cast.
* FriendOnTheForce: Felina Feral.
* FungusHumongous: Dr. Viper's ravenous half cat, half mushroom assistant in "Katastrophe".
* FurryConfusion: Anne Gora wears earrings in the ''human'' position, apparently fixed to her jaw.
** Or they just dangle really low.
* FurryReminder: The series has quite a few, such as scenes in which the characters mention (or actually cough up) hairballs.
* GadgeteerGenius: Razor.
* GatlingGood: The gatling cement gun introduced in the first episode itself, which makes itself useful throughout the series (although not much).
* [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Getting Crud Past The Radar]]: Madkat attacks Mayor Manx on a golf course just after the mayor has made a putt. Madkat [[ShapeShifting turns into a giant beach ball-type head]] and declares that [[FreudWasRight he wins]] "because my ball is bigger."
** One of the mobsters smuggling catnip in "The Metalikats" has clearly just tested his shipment. He [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything rubs specks of it from under his nose]] with a spacey expression, claiming it's "the good stuff."
*** Also Katscratch (the mobster boss) begins giggling stupidly and batting the little catnip ball with his finger. He's clearly under the influence.
* GiantEyeOfDoom: "Mutation City".
* GirlFriday: Callie to Mayor Manx.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In "The Ci-Kat-A", a Giant Bug gets knocked off the Turbokat and is seen plummeting towards the rotorblade on an Enforcer chopper; the camera then cuts back to the other one that's still hanging onto the [[CoolPlane cool jet]].)
** In "Chaos in Crystal", Rex Shard turns various people and objects into crystal, including a corrupt prison warden who falls over and shatters. At the end of the episode, everything that's been crystallized is shown turning back to normal--except the warden, whose ultimate fate is never explicitly revealed.
** ShadowDiscretionShot from "The Giant Bacteria", which shows the titular bacteria eating a cow and its owner in shadow. Apparently even showing the scene in ''shadow'' was [[AnimationAgeGhetto too much]]; the farmer's demise was cut from the episode's broadcasts (but put back in for the DVD).
* GoshDangItToHeck: "Crud" and "Tail" are the usual choice of swear-words in the show.
* GRatedDrug: "The Metallikats" starts with a band of mobsters smuggling, you guessed it, catnip.
** Also, when Chance and Jake throw themselves down the couch to get some testosterone-filled entertainment, they bring out a six-pack of... not beer, but condensed milk.
*** Turmoil also breaks out the milk (and wineglasses) to share a toast with T-Bone.
** And in "Bride of the Pastmaster", Queen Callista has a servant bring goblets of milk for her dinner with Razor.
* GuyInBack: Razor acts as one in the Turbokat, with T-bone as the pilot.
* Creator/HannaBarbera
* HeterosexualLifePartners: The SWAT Kats/Chance and Jake.
* HighOnCatnip: One episode opens with a gang of mobsters smuggling, well, catnip. Specifically, it shows a gang member who has clearly just tested his shipment proclaiming it "the good stuff" and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything rubbing powder from under his nose.]]
* HighSpeedMissileDodge: Multiple examples. Subverted in "A Bright And Shiny Future", in which [[spoiler:the SWAT Kats of the future are killed by FiveRoundsRapid.]]
* HonourBeforeReason: Feral's response to the Metallikats' offer to give away the identities of the SWAT Kats in exchange for their freedom: "I don't make deals with ''criminal scum''."
** That earned Feral the respect of many fans.
** In the real world this can be considered the opposite. If he did accept, he would be accepting a bribe from a known criminal, which is a very serious crime. Guess there's no Internal Affairs in Megakat City
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Callie and Felina (and to a lesser extent Ann Gora and Dr. Sinnian) look basically like humans with tails, cat ears, and modified noses. Male kats are given much more exagerated proportions and fur.
* HumongousMecha: The bridge robot from "A Bright And Shiny Future", and the two robots piloted by the Metallikats in "Metal Urgency". Zed also turns into this after he [[spoiler:goes Evil.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: "The Giant Bacteria" has Viper letting loose a few of these on Morbulus, like "Quite an eyeful, isn't it?" and "We see eye to eye, Morbulus!"
* TheHyena: Chop Shop may or may not be a literal one. [[spoiler:For all of his 5 minutes in the series.]]
* HypercompetentSidekick: Describes Callie to a T.
** The Enforcer Sergeant.
* HyperspaceArsenal: How many missiles did they have in that freakin' jet?!
** Though in at least one episode they DO actually run out of missiles.
*** Another episode implies that they DO restock their missiles between missions.
** Not to mention additional vehicles like the bikes, hovercraft, drill-tank and so on.
*** The bikes are implied to be part of the seats of the Jet as part of their customizations. Also in the episode with the drill-tank, they ''saw'' on TV miners needing their help and loaded the drill-tank into their jet.
*** Lampshaded by Mutilor, when the Turbokat's cool customizations lets them follow him into space.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: The Pastmaster kidnaps Queen Callista (in "Bride of the Pastmaster"), and then her [[IdenticalGrandson lookalike descendant]] Callie Briggs (in "The Deadly Pyramid"), in separate attempts to marry them. The SWAT Kats rescue the withered wizard's intended victim both times. [[NoYay Thank God]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Subverted in "Mutation City". Razor immediately realizes that T-Bone is no longer in control of himself and without any hesitation, leaves him pinned to the wall with a spider missile.
* IdenticalGranddaughter: Taken to the extreme - Princess Callista is Callie Briggs' ''ancestor'', but they're both completely identical.
** Except for [[ClarkKenting Callie's glasses]], which the Pastmaster (who's in love with Callista) doesn't notice until "The Deadly Pyramid".
* IdiotBall: The {{Muggles}} and The Enforcers from the show often carry this around.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After getting trapped in the past in "Bride of the Pastmaster", T-Bone and Razor trick out the Turbokat with whatever's at hand, including ''pepper stew''.
** Callie also does this during her ActionGirl AwesomeMoments. In "The Wrath of Dark Kat", she saves the SWAT Kats by hitting the titular villain with one of the money bags he'd stolen. In "The Ci-Kat-A", when alien-possessed scientist Dr. Harley Street is trying to "recruit" her, Callie says "I don't think so!" and smashes him on the head with her briefcase.
* IncrediblyLamePun: From "Bride Of The Pastmaster": "The Hangar. That's just where we... hang out! Heh heh."
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: The elderly kats Razor accidentally injures in "Razor's Edge" are doing a good job of layering on the guilt and tearing his self-esteem apart when they taunt "You'd never be able to stop Dark Kat." No one up until this point knows that Dark Kat is behind the episode's attacks. [[spoiler:This clues Razor in that the two kats are neither injured nor elderly, and the event was ''not'' an accident.]]
* InMediasRes: The show goes straight to the action; no backstory, no origin. Until "The Wrath Of Dark Kat" (the third episode broadcast), we don't know how we got there.
* InSPACE!: One could describe the series as "If ''AceCombat'' got a FurryFandom cartoon."
* InTheBack: "A Bright And Shiny Future" had ''three'' double-crosses: [[spoiler:one by the Metallikats, one by the Pastmaster, and one by the SWAT Kats themselves.]]
** Weird. "Katastrophe" ''also'' had three different ones: [[spoiler:Dark Kat always planned to screw over everybody, so Viper anticipated that and decided to screw him first, and he recruited the Metallikats to screw Dark Kat with him. Also averted, in the sense that Dark Kat thought he could force the Metallikats to do his dirty work for him and screw Viper first. Please do not take any of these statements literally. If you do, considering we're talking about robots and mutated monsters, keep a bottle of BrainBleach handy. Thank you for visiting TVTropes. Have a nice day.]]
* {{Irony}}: While the show was allegedly cancelled due to the violence, the classic Creator/HannaBarbera shows weren't exactly clean either. First, there's the [[ValuesDissonance racial and chauvinistic attitudes]] you'd normally see in cartoons from the 50s through the 70s, and even the 80s. For more specific examples though, you have WesternAnimation/YogiBear stealing peoples' food, WesternAnimation/TopCat's mooching, a {{retcon}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''' second season that [[spoiler:George and Jane were never actually married due their priest being a ConMan, [[UnfortunateImplications interpret that how you will]], making Judy and Elroy bastards]], and ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' taking on issues ''way'' outside of its scope and premise, with more out there. Whereas the SWAT Kats were hard working characters applying their skills to protect innocent people, with equipment they made ''solely'' by rebuilding junked machinery, while also helping them in their day jobs.
** It's even sillier considering Creator/HannaBarbera were one of the main studios to start making action adventure cartoons like ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhost'' and ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest''.
** The worst part is the whole thing is vaguely hypocritical: Violence was cited as one of the main reason the network pulled the plug despite the show's high ratings. However, the violence in ''SWAT Kats'' is stylized and largely not imitative (consider how hard it would be to fight a giant bacteria monster with a VTOL-capable jet), compared with other Creator/HannaBarbera series which feature stunts and slapstick violence that kids could easily recreate on their own.
* Well, the real reason it was canceled was because of H-B's focus and resources going towards the "What-A-Cartoon" project. Nowadays, the "violence" on SWAT Kats is fairly mild compared to some of the other stuff on TV.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Really, what was Pumadyne expecting when they made a device that ''[[AppliedPhlebotinum disables all weapons]]''? To say nothing of what might have happened [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity if the Enforcers had started abusing it]].
** Doctors Zyme and Hackle have good intentions on their side, but that doesn't help a bit when dealing with the fallout of their attempts to benefit kat-kind, a.k.a. ''Dr. Viper and the Metallikats''.
* KansasCityShuffle: At the end of "A Bright And Shiny Future", Feral and Felina [[spoiler:provide a distraction using the Turbokat while the SWAT Kats sneak in to get up close and personal with Mac and Molly.]]
* KilledOffForReal: Surprisingly often [[AnimationAgeGhetto for a cartoon]]. So it's a fair point when, in "The Metallikats", Feral says, quote, "Mac and Molly have been dead for months." To which another guy exclaims, "No, no, they ain't dead!"
* KillerRobot: The Metallikats; also, the MechaMooks from "A Bright and Shiny Future" and [[spoiler:Zed]] from "Unlikely Alloys".
* TheLadette: Felina Feral.
* LanternJawOfJustice: Commander Feral. And his hair-cut is ''fierce!''
* LeitMotif: Almost every major character. T-Bone & Razor had one, as did Commander Feral. So did Viper, and Dark Kat. Heck, even The ''Turbokat'' has its own LeitMotif.
* LiterallyShatteredLives: The fate of [[spoiler:Warden Meese]] in "Chaos in Crystal".
* LockAndLoadMontage: Apart from happening in the series, this can also be seen in the intros for both seasons.
** Part of the LockAndLoadMontage from the first season became part of the intro for the second season.
* LoveTriangle: Callie and The SWAT Kats. One of the reasons Felina was introduced in Season 2 was to intentionally avert this on further episodes. It kinda-sorta backfired: now, instead of one triangle, fans started shipping two entirely different ones: One involving the SWAT Kats and Callie, and other involving The SWAT Kats and Felina. What do you even call that? A parallelogram with two sets of boobs?
** Many fans pair up Razor with Callie and T-Bone with Felina (or the other way around). That is, [[HetIsEw when they aren't pairing up]] [[HoYay T-Bone with Razor]] and [[LesYay Callie with Felina (or Abby Sinian, or Ann Gora, for that matter)...]]
* MacrossMissileMassacre: "Night of the Dark Kat", "When Strikes Mutilor".
* MadScientist: Dr. Viper.
* ManEatingPlant: Dr. Viper's specialty.
* MarsNeedsWater: The plot of "When Strikes Mutilor".
* MeaningfulName: In gangster slang, a "moll" is the female associate of a gangster, and were often criminals themselves; it is also short for "Molly", as in Mange.
** Commander Feral, who is a Grade-A GeneralRipper.
* MegaMicrobes: "The Giant Bacteria".
* MirrorUniverse: "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats".
* MegaCorp: Pumadyne are a more neutral version of this trope, they have the tech to build mechs and [[WaveMotionGun giant guns]].
* MoreDakka: The Enforcers, ''always''. Razor also uses this twice: once each in "When Strikes Mutilor" and "Razor's Edge".
* MonsterClown: Mad Kat.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: One of the series' central tropes.
** Lampshaded in "Unlikely Alloys".
-->'''Razor:''' "What's that? Monster of the week?"
* {{Mummy}}: "The Deadly Pyramid".
* NameTron: The Cyclotron
** And Cybertron.
* TheNeidermeyer: Lt. Commander Steele.
* NerdsAreSexy: According to some fans, Callie Briggs practically defines this trope.
** So does Jake, to a certain extent.
*** Unsure why. Does ''any'' woman with glasses, regardless of profession, count as a nerd, now? Callie's really more management than full-on nerd. Dr. Sinian would seem to fit this description better.
*** A better example is Callie seeming to fancy Jake, who is unabashedly nerdy, as stated above.
* NeverMyFault: Feral unfairly blames Jake and Chance for the damage to Enforcer HQ, even though it's his own fault the incident happened (he interfered with their attempt to catch Dark Kat, because he couldn't accept someone else might catch the crook).
** The Swat Kats themselves follow in Feral's footsteps when their goofing around allows Morbulus to easily escape and they (and Callie) blame it on Feral, despite the fact that Feral had not even arrived at the scene when Morbulus made his escape.
* NeverSayDie: Sometimes averted, though.
** Those [[{{Bowdlerise}} poor]] [[RedShirt RedShirts]], though...
** In "Mutation City" Razor prepares to go after a sinking T-Bone and growls "If you drown, buddy...I'm gonna kill you!"
** In "The Origin of Dr. Viper" a dead Elrod Purvis is stashed in a morgue with a clearly-labled DOA toe-tag (Dead On Arrival, for those who don't know). The morgue is also clearly labeled and referenced as such in dialogue.
** "Mac and Molly Mange have been dead for months!"
** If you keep count you can find, conservatively, 73 deaths in the first season ALONE. Some of which are pretty brutal. Not counting the casualties when Chance and Jake's Enforcer jet crashes into the headquarters. Additionally, there are 3 or 4 times where Feral should have died--them's some [[PlotArmor safety equipment]]. Hot damn. All the deaths, or even the near-fatal injuries are never mentioned.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: David Litterbin, the TalkShow host from "Enter the Madkat", is obviously based on Creator/DavidLetterman.
* NonIndicativeName: Dr. Greenbox. Originally, he was to be a botanist, in which capacity his surname would make sense; his field of expertise was later changed to "generic tinkerer" who works with machines, rendering his pun-tastic surname meaningless.
* NotMyDriver: How the Metallikats kidanp Manx and Callie in one episode.
* NotTheFallThatKillsYou: In "The Giant Bacteria", Razor and T-Bone drop Morbulus into the ocean from what has to be at least a hundred feet up.
* NoWaterproofingInTheFuture: Averted with the Metallikats, at least in their first appearance - Callie tries to defeat them with a fire hose. It didn't work.
** PlayedWith in "Razor's Edge" with Dark Kat's Black Widow. The outside was waterproof, but the inside was not.
** Averted again in "SWAT Kats Unplugged", where in a fit of improvisational tactics, the SWAT Kats try to knock over a water tower so that it falls onto the pursuing Hard Drive's jet and stalls out his engines, but it doesn't work.
* NukeEm: Attempted by Dark Kat in "The Wrath of Dark Kat".
* OffScreenTeleportation: Madkat. Subverted in that he does this both on ''and'' off screen.
* OneHeadTaller: Molly to Mac.
* OnlyICanKillHim: Played unapologetically straight - The SWAT Kats are the only ones who can win the fight. Everyone else, since, unlike our heroes they don't have gigantic testicles of steel, fails miserably. [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Every. Single. Time.]] Without fail.
** Also, this trope plays an important role in the SWAT Kats' origin. While they were still Enforcers, Jake and Chance had missile lock on Dark Kat's craft. Unfortunately, Feral insisted on capturing the villain personally, and his interference resulted in Dark Kat escaping, Enforcer headquarters being damaged, and Jake and Chance not only getting [[TurnInYourBadge thrown off the force]], but ''blamed for the ensuing property damage'' '''by Feral''' and [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned As Garbagemen]] - in the Enforcers' personal junkyard. Two justifiably pissed-off ex-pilots + several dozen acres of abandoned government surplus = SWAT Kats.
** The Red Lynx can only die if he's killed by the descendant of the pilot who originally defeated him. Turns out to be [[spoiler:Mayor Manx]], of all people. Which causes some problems, to say the very least.
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Callie's full name is Calico Briggs.
** You can count the number of times T-Bone and Razor's real names (Chance and Jake, respectively) are used on one hand. In fact, they aren't even mentioned until the second episode "The Giant Bacteria"
* OnlyTheChosenMayWield: "Bride Of The Pastmaster".
* OurLichesAreDifferent: The Pastmaster.
* [[PapaWolf Uncle Wolf]]: Feral may seem harsh and quick-tempered, but he genuinely loves his niece and would do any think to protect her. In fact, he tried to prevent her from joining the Enforcers for just that reason.
* PettingZooPeople: The entire cast.
* PlanetLooters: A band of alien pirates came to Earth to steal its waters.
* PoliceAreUseless: Back-and-forth. The Enforcers are a fairly effective police force formed to fight super-terrorists such as Dark Kat. They do a damn fine job in "The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice". [[BadassNormal Without the SWAT Kats' plane and gear]] and only conventional gas grenades and a convenient tar pit, they took out a bloody ''[[TyrannosaurusRex tyrannosaur]]'' and were just this side of getting the Pastmaster on their own. But it seems that the show takes place during their "fall from glory";
** 1). The quality of their equipment is falling - the Turbo Kat is built out of the Enforcers' ''garbage'' but easily outperforms their current gear.
** 2). Its leadership is becoming overconfident - T-Bone and Razor were Enforcers until Feral pulled an absolutely ''stupid'' OnlyICanKillHim on Dark Kat (imagine two nobodies nearly catching bin Laden when some big shot was around) and blamed them for the ensuing property damage. Feral got a bit better, and by the time of the show proper is more professional. But Lt. Commander Steele is an extrapolation of this that nearly screws the entire city.
*** Result? The Enforcers CantCatchUp to two hardcore {{Badass}}es and the enemies that show up to challenge ''them''.
* PutOnABus: Lt. Commander Steele. Apparently, Steele's ineptitude eventually got him replaced by Feral's more competent and able-bodied niece Felina, and he has not been seen since.
** Also, Burke and Murray from season one, despite their apparent stated role as Chance and Jake's "babysitters", disappear completely by the time season two rolls around with no explanation given.
* PunnyName
** Ann Gora, Dr. Abby Sinian, and Dr. N. Zyme.
** Metallikats is a portmanteau of "Metallic" and "Cats" and a reference to the Heavy Metal Band "Metallica".
* RedAlert: Scramble alarm type, the alert that always sounds when Callie uses her emergency communicator to them.
* RedShirtArmy: The Enforcers.
* RedOniBlueOni: Chance/T-Bone and Jake/Razor.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* [[RidingIntoTheSunset Flying Into The Sunset]]: "The Giant Bacteria" ends this way.
* RidingTheBomb: "Destructive Nature". Complete with a "Yeeeeeeeeeeeee-haaa!" from Razor, and Razor also does so in "Wrath of the Dark Kat" as he disables the bomb midflight.
* RobotBuddy: Cybertron from "The Deadly Pyramid".
* RoguesGallery: See above.
* RoguesGalleryShowcase: "Katastrophe", "A Bright and Shiny Future".
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: In the first episode the two heroes hold a contest on how many g's they can take before passing out, and refer to their records as '10 seconds at mach 5'. Which is meaningless, because how many g's one takes isn't determined by speed but by acceleration. You're probably taking quite a bit of g-forces if you're making a turn at mach 5, but unless you mention how sharp the turn is the g forces could range from non-existant to instantly fatal.
** Well, in the writers' defense, it can be pointed out that their centrifuge device or whatever was going around in circles, which means they do have a definite turning angle set, which is their benchmark for testing g's.
* SealedEvilInACan: Pastmaster in "The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice".
* SelfConstructedBeing: The "micro-brain repair unit" featured in "Unlikely Alloys".
* SexySecretary: Callie shares some aspects of this character trope, but she's actually the ''Deputy Mayor!'' (And basically does the mayor's job for him, which makes her a HypercompetentSidekick.
* ShipTease:
** There were a few hints that Ann Gora's relationship with her cameraman Jonny was more than just professional.
** Then there was that scene where Callie flirtily says "Bye, Jake." right after Chance bragged (out of earshot) about her "obviously" digging him. RuleOfFunny, yes, but a tease nonetheless.
* ShootingGallery: The SWAT Kats have one in their lair.
* ShowAccuracyToyAccuracy: The ''SWAT Kats'' action figures were all redesigned from the characters' TV versions. Most drastic change: Dark Kat was apparently a [[HollywoodCyborg cyborg]], a revelation the show never even hinted at.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Pumadyne]], anyone?
** There's another, more subtle one in "Unlikely Alloys", when Mac [[Film/CaptainEO descends towards the camera from the ceiling]], supported by various wires.
** Two of the cyclopes in "Bride of the Pastmaster" have [[Film/The7thVoyageOfSinbad horns on their foreheads]].
** Nobody mentioned [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Cybertron]] yet?
* SittingOnTheRoof: T-Bone and Razor at the end of "Mutation City". The city is flooded, after all.
* SkunkStripe: Felina's hair color.
* SkyPirate: Turmoil.
* SlashFic: Tons of them involving the main characters, both male and female.
* SlasherSmile: Most of the villains do this at least once. Strangely, the SWAT Kats do it fairly often, including in most of the publicity artwork. Just check out the page pic.
* SonicStunner: The Banshee missiles. Further, their performance is what gives T-Bone the idea that saves the day in "Chaos In Crystal".
* SpacePlane: The Turbokat, literally. It can bust out ''four additional engines'' and go into space.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In "The Wrath of Dark Kat", Steele insists his name is spelled with two E's, implying it is "Steel." However when we see his nameplate on his desk in "Enter the Madkat", it's spelled "Steele." Most fans take the latter spelling as the correct one, despite Steele's apparent preference. [[WildMassGuessing Possibly the nameplate is a misprint the Enforcers didn't bother to correct]]?
** Or Steele was refering to the middle of his name: Steele vs Steale.
** Actually, it's referring to the word "stele", which is a type of writing implement. He wants his name spelled with two e's because then it's a type of strong metal, as opposed to something like a pen.
* SpiderTank: Dark Kat has one in ''Razor's Edge''.
* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: Dr. Viper.
* TheStarscream: Lt. Steele.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: In "Night of the Dark Kat", Hard Drive questions Dark Kat's decision to put the SWAT Kats in a ConveyorBeltODoom DeathTrap instead of killing them outright. ("I still say you should’ve let me fry those two!") Dark Kat should have listened to him.
* StealthPun: The Turbokat has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Variable-sweep_wing variable-sweep wing design]]. The most well-known plane in RealLife with such a design is the F-14 ''Tomcat''. Though it may not exactly be a pun as a ShoutOut, as the Turbokat shares a LOT with the F-14 besides the wings. In fact, the only real differences are the additional engine, the ability to hover, a ([[BiggerOnTheInside ludicrously massive]]) internal bay, and to a lesser extent, the paint job. Razor's station in the back seat actually looks like a real-life Tomcat RIO console.
* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Rex Shard.
* SuperHero
* TakeThat: Madkat a.k.a. Lenny Ringtail, and his catchphrase, and being cast as a villain who takes [[Creator/DavidLetterman David Litterbin]] hostage, is a not-so-subtle dig at his (real-life counterpart's) rival at the time, Jay Leno.
* TalkingAnimal: The entire freaking population.
* TanksForNothing: The only purpose the Enforcer tanks serve is getting stomped by the MonsterOfTheWeek so the heroes can save the day.
* TenMinuteRetirement: "Razor's Edge".
* ThatPoorPlant
* ThisIsADrill: Drillbit missiles, the Turbomole.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Burke and Murray.
* [[TimeForPlanB Time For Plan Z]]: It involves shutting off the Turbokat's engines in mid-flight to lose heat-seekers. Razor hates Plan Z.
** And to make it worse, they even have a decoy missile to help. The writers apparently never heard of flares.
* TitleSequenceReplacement: When the series was originally broadcast, some first season reruns used the second season TitleSequence.
* ToastedBuns: The jetpacks in "Unlikely Alloys".
* TotallyRadical: The phrase "Radical Squadron" is part of the series title, but never used in the show itself.
** Ironically, while it was TotallyRadical in a meta sense, within the show, they ''are'' a radical squadron - [[VigilanteMan in the "radical measures" sense of the word.]]
** "Radical" was used a few times in the second season.
* TransformationSequence: From Chance and Jake to T-Bone and Razor.
* TrappedInThePast: In "Bride Of The Pastmaster".
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: "The Dark Side Of The SWAT Kats".
* {{Unobtainium}}: Aggresite from "Caverns Of Horror". Also played straight in "When Strikes Mutilor" with ''water'', of all things. Turns out plain old aqua is actually unobtanium for aliens, which is the reason for Mutilor's attack on Earth (Yeah, yeah, "Haven't they heard of ice?").
* VillainTeamUp[=/=]LegionOfDoom: The "Alliance of Evil" between Dark Kat, Dr. Viper and The Metallikats in "Katastrophe".
** "A Bright and Shiny Future", meanwhile, sees a brief alliance between the Pastmaster and the Metallikats.
* VillainessesWantHeroes: Turmoil wants T-Bone.
* WeaponizedCar: Jake and Chance convert one of their tow-trucks into the heavily-armed Thunder Truck in "When Strikes Mutilor".
* WeirdnessMagnet: Megakat City. Aliens, Monsters, Dinosaurs, Mobsters, Robots, ''Mobster Robots''... where do these people come from?
* WhereDoesHeGetAllThoseWonderfulToys: From the military-owned junkyard, that's where!
** Played straight in a few cases. Razor says that a couple of his missiles are diamond-tipped. Who the hell would throw away diamonds, or even diamond dust?!
*** Unless they're industrial diamonds, which are usually artificial.
* [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What Happened To The Cat]]: Specifically, the farmer in "The Giant Bacteria". He simply disappeared after an awkward cutaway from him to Dr. Viper. The mystery was finally solved when a scene of him [[spoiler:being fed to the creature by Viper]] was re-added to the episode on the Warner Archive DVD release.
** There was this old kat whose car would occasionally be repaired by Chance and Jake, but she was so unsatisfied with their work, that she threatened to report them to the Megakat Autoclub, twice. She appears once a season, but no reason is given for her disappearance.
* WhatTheHellHero: "Razor's Edge". [[spoiler:Granted, it really ''wasn't'' his fault.]]
** In "The Giant Bacteria", the SWAT Kats manage to defeat and capture a villain named Morbulus. Instead of holding him until the authorities got there or even going over to said authorities to hand Morbulus over, they decide to just mess around with both Morbulus and Feral and just drop the villain in the water. Of course, Morbulus takes advantage of this and escapes before the enforcers get there. They never get called out on it by anybody other than Feral, who is actually right about the SWAT Kats screwing up this time around. Not only do the SWAT Kats get pissed and act like whiny children by blaming Feral for Morbulus getting away, but to make it worse, even Callie acts like a bitch and tries pinning the blame on Feral for the whole thing.
*** What makes it even harsher is that it is only the second episode of the series, so it leaves a bad impression on the heroes (as well as Callie) very early in the series. Thankfully, nothing of that level happens afterwards in the series.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: As revealed in the episode "The Ci-Kat-A", which is about giant insectoid aliens, T-Bone is terrified of bugs.
* WhyWeCantHaveNiceThings: A priceless historical site gets obliterated in "The Deadly Pyramid." Granted, it wasn't entirely their fault.
* WireDilemma: {{Lampshaded}} ''and'' {{averted}} in In "The Wrath of Dark Kat".
-->'''Razor:''' Piece of cake, just remember, "always cut the red wire." [''opens the bomb, sees they're '''all''' red''] Augh, Dark Kat, you miserable psycho!
** [[spoiler:He ends up guessing. Whaddaya know, it worked!]]
* TheWomanBehindTheMan: It's pretty clear Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs is the one who really runs the city.
** Which is a good thing, considering how lazy and incompetent Mayor Manx is.
*** Except when it comes to shooting down high-tech fighter planes piloted by ghosts, of course.
** It's even {{Lampshaded}} in "The Metallikats" where Callie tells the titular villains that she, not the mayor, denied their parole.
-->'''Callie:''' Manx hasn't done an ounce of paperwork around here for years!
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals
* XtremeKoolLetterz: Starting with the title.
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