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The SWAT Kats
The show's eponymous heroes. Jake Clawson and Chance Furlong, were Enforcers until an, er, misunderstanding with Commander Feral got them kicked off the force and demoted to garage mechanics. However, they used the military salvage that's regularly dropped off at Jake & Chance's Garage to become Razor and T-Bone, aka the SWAT Kats—two high-tech heroes who defend MegaKat City from an endless parade of super villains, Aliens and Monsters.
Tropes associated with both SWAT Kats:
- Abnormal Ammo: Let's see, they use missiles with functions such as electric shocks (Megavolt/Scrambler), sonic emitters (Banshee), wire clippers (Wire-Clipper), capture nets (Octopus, Spider), drills (Drop-Tops, Moles, Drill-Bits, Cookie Cutters), and buzz saws (Buzzsaws, Groundhogs, Shredders, Slicers). And who could forget the cement-shooting machine guns?
- Badass Normal: They have no special powers, just their brains, guts and technology.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: In their pilot suits.
- Blank White Eyes: In their SWAT Kats outfits.
- Cool Helmet: Their helmets are stylish.
- Cool Plane: The TurboKat, which they built out of scrap metal and spare parts.
- Destructive Savior: For all the good they do, they cause a lot of damage while fighting their enemies.
- Distressed Dude: They've both been captured and tied up by the villains here and there.
- Fingerless Gloves: Both SWAT Kats wear them.
- Irisless Eye Mask Of Mystery: Jake Clawson and Chance Furlong have normal irises while working in Megakat City's scrapyard. However, when villains threaten MegaKat City, they wear bandannas tied around the tops of their heads that make their eyes seem irisless, an understandable precaution to prevent Commander Feral or any of his Enforcers from recognizing them.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: You can pretty much count the number of times their real names have been used on one hand.
- Those Two Guys: They stick together like all the best duos should.
T-Bone, aka Chance Furlong
Voiced by: Charlie AdlerThis fearless air ace is the best—and toughest—pilot in the sky. T-Bone's flying and fighting skills make him "a criminal's worst nightmare" in the air or on the ground.
Tropes associated with T-Bone:
- Compressed Vice: He has a few phobias that are introduced in an episode and then never come up again:
- His fear of insects in "The Ci-Kat-A." Never before mentioned, and never comes up after the episode. Weirder still, nothing is done with it in the story - situations you'd think they were setting the phobic T-Bone up for (being cocooned and later snatched out of the Turbokat by the Ci-Kat-A) involve Razor, instead, and T-Bone never really needs to face, or overcome, his fear.
- His fear of swimming in "Mutation City." He does overcome this, although it never gets mentioned again. Jake, at least, was unaware of this phobia and an explanation is offered for why it's never come up before, because Chance simply never talked about it out of embarrassment.
- Dating Catwoman: In "Cry Turmoil", T-Bone is genuinely attracted to Turmoil ("She's kind of cool, in a nasty sort of way"), but his duty to stop her is clear.
- Distressed Dude: In "Night of the Dark Kat," he and Razor get captured and tied up.
- Genius Bruiser: He's really strong, and the best pilot anywhere.
- Man Child: T-Bone is shown enjoying Scaredy Kat cartoons (in numerous episodes) and reading the comic book Kat Kommandoes (in "A Bright and Shiny Future"). He shows disdain for more adult humor like "The David Litterbin Show."
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Razor's blue.
- Super Drowning Skills: He can't swim, and stubbornly refused to learn how to, even when it would save his life. He ends up learning to save Razor from drowning near the end of "Mutation City."
Razor, aka Jake Clawson
Voiced by: Barry GordonThe SWAT Kats' "High Tech Edge", Razor is an inventor who creates the team's vehicles and weapons. An effective fighter, Razor is also a "sure shot" who can nail the most elusive criminal with the TurboKat's missiles, which contain such gimmicks as circular saws, drill bits and capture nets.
Tropes associated with Razor:
- All There in the Manual: Jake's surname, Clawson, is never mentioned once in the entire series.
- Catch Phrase: "Bingo!", which he often shouts when his missiles connect.
- Compressed Vice: His tendency to cheat in his competitions with T-Bone. It only is shown in "The Wrath of Dark Kat."
- Distressed Dude: In "Night of the Dark Kat," he and T-Bone get captured and tied up. Later in "Cry Turmoil" he is put into manacles.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He's constantly stated to be the best shot of the two.
- My God, What Have I Done?/10-Minute Retirement: In "Razor's Edge", after he accidentally injures an elderly couple. Or so he thinks—it turns out to be another of Dark Kat's Evil Plans.
- Oblivious to Love: Is almost completely oblivious to Callie's feelings towards him.
- The Smart Guy
Megakat City Government and Law Enforcement
Voiced by: Jim CummingsThe In-Name-Only leader of Megakat City, an old-fashioned pol who sounds like W.C. Fields with an Irish accent. He's cowardly and slightly corrupt, he wears an unconvincing toupee, and he puts at least as much effort into his golf game as running the city, but he's basically a likable comic relief character... usually.
Tropes associated with Mayor Manx:
- Angrish: Whenever he's angry.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Whenever he's scared.
- Dodgy Toupee: It doesn't even match what remaining hair he's got left, and its constantly flying off is a frequent Running Gag.
- Distressed Dude: Seems to be his only real function in the show from a plot standpoint much of the time.
- Last Name Basis: Mayor Manx's first name is never revealed.
- Lovable Coward: When danger gets too close, you can always find him... running and hiding.
- Dirty Coward: The lovable part is completely thrown out the window in "The Giant Bacteria", when he and Callie are fleeing the titular monster and a helicopter shows to lift them to safety. Callie reaches the rope ladder first and barely even begins to climb when Manx actually shoves her off so he can climb first.
- Mayor Pain: Of the Incompetent variety.
- Office Golf: Unless he's at the course.
- Only I Can Kill Him: In "The Ghost Pilot", he learns that since he's a descendant of war hero the Blue Manx, he's the only one who can destroy the ghost of Red Lynx.
- Scotireland: His accents is sometimes Scottish and sometimes more Irish.
- Taken for Granite: Of the non-rock variety. In "Chaos in Crystal," he was one of Shard's victims and got turned to crystal.
- Took a Level in Badass: In "The Ghost Pilot", he finally shoots down The Red Lynx when Razor tells him that if he doesn't, he won't get re-elected. His brief burst of courage doesn't last, though.
- Ultimate Authority Mayor: We never see a civil servant in the series higher up the political food chain than him (like a governor), and Commander Feral seems to answer directly to him and him alone.
- The Unintelligible/Angrish: When he's angry or afraid (both of which are often), Manx tends to just blather nonsensical gibberish.
Commander Ulysses Feral
Voiced by: Gary OwensThe leader of the Enforcers, Feral is courageous and honest, but he's also arrogant, ill-tempered, narrow-minded, stubborn and rude. Worst of all, he regards the SWAT Kats as reckless vigilantes who are as dangerous as the villains they fight. Ironically, he's also indirectly responsible for the formation of the SWAT Kats in the first place; see Nice Job Breaking It, Hero/Only I Can Kill Him for more details.
Tropes associated with Commander Feral:
- The Brigadier: Insofar as the Enforcers are very military-like in function, although Feral is a little more acerbic than most such characters who fit this trope.
- Brutal Honesty: Diplomacy is not one of Feral's virtues.
- By-the-Book Cop: By the time of the series. It's a bit muddier in the backstory.
- Can't Catch Up: He's a fairly good officer, if a bit pigheaded at times, but he's out of his league when dealing with the villains the SWAT Kats face.
- Catch Phrase: "This is Feral! Bring me chopper backup!"
- "The Enforcers will handle this!"
- Determinator: He may not be able to ever keep up with the SWAT Kats and their various rogues, but that sure as heck doesn't stop him from trying.
- Distressed Dude: A few times, most notably in "The Wrath of Dark Kat" wherein he's bound and gagged.
- Enemy Mine: He may not care much for the SWAT Kats, but he can and will work together with them when the situation calls for it.
- Honor Before Reason: He wants to arrest the SWAT Kats and expose their identities in the process, but is not willing to break the law to do it. At the end of Metal Urgency, when the Metallikats' offer to give away the vigilantes' identities in exchange for their freedom, his response is this:"I don't deal with scum."
- When a surprised Callie Briggs question why he refused the offer, his response:"Donít make a big deal about it. I just didnít want to owe those two hoods anything."
- When a surprised Callie Briggs question why he refused the offer, his response:
- Inspector Javert: Commander Feral is portrayed as this, though...
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: He does have a point: the SWAT Kats are unsanctioned vigilantes illegally operating in the city, using city property.
- Jerkass Has a Point: His main issue with the SWAT Kats is the reckless endangerment and damage they cause when trying to apprehend villains.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He has his moments of this.
- Last Name Basis: Feral's first name isn't revealed until very late in the series.
- Never My Fault: He kicks Jake and Chance off the force and reassigns them to the salvage yard to punish them for wrecking Enforcer headquarters and letting Dark Kat escape, when everything was really his fault for interfering with them to begin with.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero/Only I Can Kill Him: While they were still Enforcers, Jake and Chance had Dark Kat's ship cornered. Unfortunately, Feral insisted on capturing the villain personally, and his interference resulted in Dark Kat escaping, Enforcer headquarters being damaged, and Jake and Chance getting thrown off the force—and deciding to become the SWAT Kats.
- Top-Heavy Guy: Bulky upper body, stick-thin legs.
Deputy Mayor Calico "Callie" Briggs
Voiced by: Tress MacNeilleMayor Manx may have the title, but Callie, his attractive young troubleshooter, is the one who really runs Megakat City. (Which is a good thing, considering how lazy and incompetent Manx is.) She's also the SWAT Kats' most powerful ally, although the TV series never revealed how their friendship started. Callie has a secret communications link with the SWAT Kats that allows her to call them into action, and she defends the heroic pilots whenever Commander Feral criticizes them. Callie copes with danger better than Manx or Feral, because she's braver than Manx and smarter than either of them.
Tropes associated with Callie:
- Badass Bureaucrat: When the occasion calls for it. See Improvised Weapon User below.
- Briefcase Blaster: Her Mirror Universe self had a briefcase with the capacity to shoot out knock-out gas.
- The Commissioner Gordon/Regular Caller: Callie alerts the SWAT Kats whenever a supervillain or giant monster is making trouble in Megakat City.
- '80s Hair: Callie's hair is huge.
- Geeky Turn-On: Brains, beauty, courage and compassion—what's not to like?
- Girl Friday/Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Mayor Manx.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Callie has this, plus fur of gold. Most fans love her.
- Improvised Weapon User: She becomes one during her Awesome Moments as a temporary Action Girl. In "Night of the Dark Kat", she saves the SWAT Kats by hitting the eponymous 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.
- Oblivious to Love: Zig-zagged. On one paw, she is unaware that Chance has feelings for her, and only considers him a friend. On the other paw, she gives Jake a rather flirty send-off in one episode. Hard to tell, really.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: As noted above, Callie's full name is Calico Briggs. It's only used occasionally.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: In marked contrast to Manx and Feral.
- She's Got Legs: Does she ever, the Fandom in particular seems obsessed with Callie's legs.
- The Woman Behind the Man: A rare heroic example.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Despite only being Manx's assistant, if she wants something done then the mayor will find himself doing it. Also, as noted above, she can handle herself in a fight.
Lieutenant Felina Feral
Voiced by: Lori AlanIntroduced in the second season, Felina is a gung-ho Enforcer who happens to be Commander Feral's niece. Her uncle tries to keep her out of danger, but this feisty warrior woman insists on storming into the thick of each battle. Like Callie, Felina realizes that Megakat City needs the SWAT Kats and is willing to work with them.
Tropes associated with Felina:
- Affirmative Action Girl: She was added in Season 2 so there would be more girls in the cast.
- Friend on the Force: To the SWAT Kats.
- Skunk Stripe: She has white sideburns for... some reason.
Lieutenant Commander Steel
Voiced by: Hal Rayle
"Yes sir! It's an inspired plan, sir!"Feral's other second in command. Steel(e?) is an arrogant and inexperienced officer who wants Feral's job, but doesn't want to have to actually work to earn it. In his first appearance he actually betrayed Feral in an effort to get him killed by Dark Kat so he could become the commander. Somehow, Feral let him stay, and he appeared one more time to (legally) take over Feral's job when Feral was captured by Madkat. His performance in this capacity consisted of sitting on his butt and dismissing people out of hand.
Tropes associated with Steel:
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite living in a world that regularly features supervillains, giant monsters, mutations and magical phenomena, when Katzmer (the antique store owner) tries to warn him about Madkat, Steel dismisses him as a crank immediately.
- Badass Longcoat: Like Feral, he wears a greatcoat, but it doesn't do much for him in the "badass" department.
- The Neidermeyer: He is quite incapable of running anything, much less the Enforcers; in his second appearance, he basically just sits at his (Feral's) desk and ignores robbery complaints.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: Prior to betraying Feral, he compliments him incessantly. He reverts back to this mode after his betrayal is uncovered.
- Put on a Bus: He doesn't appear or even get mentioned in the second season. Instead, his role as Feral's second in command is filled by Felina. One wonders what ultimately became of him. Feral most likely fired him.
- Spell My Name with an "S": In "The Wrath of Dark Kat," he insists his name his Steel "with two E's," but when we see his nameplate in "Enter the Madkat," it says Steele with three E's. Nobody is quite sure which is the correct spelling. Not even Steel(e) apparently.
- The Starscream: A rare example where the character wants to take charge of a heroic organization. That said, Steele isn't very heroic and is more interested in giving orders.
Voiced by: Ed Gilbert (most of Season 1), Jim Cummings (Rest of Season 1/all of Season 2)
"Yes sir!"Tough, capable, (mostly) humorless Enforcer officer. When Felina isn't around, it's usually this guy who acts as Commander Feral's right-hand man.
Tropes associated with the Sergeant:
- No Name Given: He is never called anything other than "sergeant," even in the model sheets.
- No Sense of Humor: Toyed with. Despite usually being super serious, he occasionally can crack a pun or joke.
- Off Model: Bizarrely, in the episodes "Enter the Madkat" and "Katastrophe" he looks different than in every other episode he appears in, and even wears a different Enforcer uniform. By season two, he's back to his pre-"Madkat" appearance and uniform.
- The Quiet One: He rarely speaks except to growl out orders.
Voiced by: Candi Milo
"This is Ann Gora of Katís Eye News, live from the site of a spectacular disaster!"This Kat's Eye News correspondent often risks her life to cover the SWAT Kats' adventures.
Tropes associated with Ann:
- A Day in the Limelight: Ann gets more important roles than usual in "The Ci-Kat-A" and "Caverns of Horror".
- Ms. Exposition: Ann's reports are often used to bring the audience up to speed on the plot.
- Punny Name: Her name is pun on "Angora", a breed of domestic cat.
Voiced by: Mark Hamill
"Annie, not my camera!"Jonny is the faithful but longsuffering Kat's Eye News cameraman. Almost always seen with Ann, Jonny is more cautious than her but rarely speaks out against her ideas, which typically get her into trouble - and sometimes him right along with her!
Tropes associated with Jonny:
- Action Survivor: He is frequently involved in action scenes but never does anything heroic, really.
- Affectionate Nickname: The only one who gets away with calling Ann Gora "Annie"
- All There in the Manual: The initial "K" is only mentioned on the model sheets.
- Butt Monkey: Bad things tend to happen to his video camera.
- Cool Shades: Mirrored purple sunglasses.
- First-Name Basis / Mysterious Middle Initial: Just what does the "K" stand for, anyway?
- Real Men Wear Pink: Well, okay, purple, but still.
- Suddenly Voiced: Although he utters a small cry of surprise in "Chaos in Crystal," it wasn't until "The Ci-Kat-A" that he finally spoke.
- Sunglasses at Night: Except for "Caverns of Horror", he always has his sunglasses down over his eyes, even in nighttime scenes.
- Surfer Dude: He has some elements of this, given the era of the show.
- Totally Radical: His voice and some of the things he says root him pretty permanently in the early 90's.
- Undying Loyalty: To Ann.
Dr. Abby Sinian
Voiced by: Linda GaryA historian and archaeologist who works as the curator of the Megakat City Museum of History. She occasionally helps the SWAT Kats and Callie Briggs gather information on supernatural villians.
Tropes associated with Abby:
- Adventurer Archaeologist: In her first two appearances, she is only ever seen in and around the museum. In "The Deadly Pyramid", though, she is actually out on a dig searching for the lost pyramid of the title.
- Lab Coat Of Science And Medicine: Often with the collar turned up.
- Punny Name: Her name is a play on the Abysinnian breed of cat.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Abby" or "Abi"?
- Abby, going by one model sheet, although it's annoyingly mostly illegible due to the Cartoon Network logo.
- The script for the unfinished episode "Succubus!" (where she has an important supporting role) and the recent book The Art of SWAT Kats, which includes scans of pages from a story outline for "The Deadly Pyramid," give it as Abby.
Voiced by: George Hearn
"Such senseless violence. It's all so disheartening."An elderly inventor who used to work at the Pumadyne weapons lab. He came to feel guilty about his role in creating superweapons, so he quit to concentrate on peaceful projects, such as bringing back dead people by transferring their memories into robot bodies. When two drowning victims washed up near his home, he used them as test subjects—only to realize that he'd created the Metallikats. Hackle hopes to correct this error by recapturing the robot gangsters so he can "program out all [their] criminal tendencies". Hackle's other inventions include Cybertron, the Robot Buddy who assists the SWAT Kats in "The Deadly Pyramid".
Tropes associated with Professor Hackle:
- Actual Pacifist: Which is why he doesn't just dismantle the Metallikats when he gets a chance.
- The Atoner: Hackle says that he wants history to forgive him for creating superweapons.
- Last Name Basis: His first name is never revealed, even on his model sheet.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Hackle's creation of the Metallikats shows that he is, at the very least, a dangerously naive victim of Genre Blindness. Never mind his using two strangers in prison uniforms as test subjects; he was trying to save their lives, after all. But then he leaves them alone with a Weaponized Car and a cache of arms, even after Mac says "I've never felt so powerful, like I could rip apart this town with my bare claws!"
- It's All My Fault: In the alternate future in "A Bright and Shiny Future", he blames himself for not dismantling the Metallikats when he had the chance.
Burke and Murray
Tropes associated with Burke and Murray:
- All There in the Manual: Early promotional material says they're brothers, but this isn't mentioned in the show.
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Burke is basically a big oval with arms and legs, while Murray is essentially a midget.
- First-Name Basis: We never learn their last name.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: And it's mutual. They don't like Chance and Jake and Chance and Jake don't like them, but due to proximity (i.e., they also work at the salvage yard and are tasked with supposedly babysitting them), they're sort of stuck with each other.
- Put on a Bus: They don't appear in the second season.
Dr. N. Zyme
Voiced: by Paul Eiding
"Just think of the benefit to katkind!."A kindly scientist who works at Megakat Biochemical Labs and was once Dr. Viper's former lab partner. A gentle but forgetful soul, Zyme wanted nothing more than to make the world better for katkind. Instead he inadvertently created Dr. Viper, and like his counterpart, Professor Hackle, saw his dreams turn into a nightmare. In "The Giant Bacteria," he tried to assist Feral in battling Viper's bacteria monsters and (probably) got eaten by one of them.
Tropes associated with Dr. Zyme:
- All There in the Manual: His first initial "N," which creates his Punny Name, is given in his episode model sheets.
- Distressed Dude: Gets tied up in two different scenes in "The Origin of Dr. Viper."
- Hartman Hips: A Rare Male Example.
- Lab Coat Of Science And Medicine: The old-timey kind with the very high collar that buttons off to one side.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Played with. His and Purvis' flawed plant growth formula are what turn his greedy partner into Dr. Viper, dooming Megakat City to a neverending stream of hackneyed Mad Scientist plots and even getting poor Zyme himself Killed Off for Real. Oddly, he never blames himself for it, or has the finger pointed at him by anyone. Commander Feral even flat-out tells him, "It wasn't your fault, Dr. Zyme."
- Punny Name: "Enzyme."
Dr. Lieter Greenbox
Voiced: by Robert Patrick ("Chaos in Crystal"), Nick Chinlund ("Unlikely Alloys")An inventor who was originally hired by Warden Meece of the Megakat Maximum Security Prison to design a diamond-mining machine. It's what turned convict Shard into a crystal monstrosity. Later, he developed a "micro-brain repair unit," which the Metallikats stole and used to repair themselves. It then became "Zed," a sentient giant robot, which Greenbox... for some reason... suddenly decided to help destroy Megakat City.
Tropes associated with Dr. Greenbox:
- FaceĖHeel Turn: After he realizes he inadvertently helped create actual artificial intelligence, he becomes a generic Mad Scientist and turns against the SWAT Kats.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: This seems to be the only workable theory for why he suddenly goes nuts and decides to start helping Zed.
- Non-Indicative Name: His name "Greenbox" (i.e. greenhouse) is an artifact of how writer Lance Falk originally intended to use him, as a botanist. When his profession changed, his name didn't.
- Punny Name: Falk gave him the first name "Lieter" to turn his name into some kind of weird play on "litterbox," which makes even less sense. It's also a Shout-Out to the James Bond character Felix Leiter.
- Although the pronunciation is different and there's some disagreement over how Greenbox's first name is spelled. See below.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Lieter" or "Leiter?" A sketch of him in his lab coat from "Unlikely Alloys" calls him "Leiter Greenbox," although this surely would mean his first name is pronounced like "Lighter," whereas it's said like "Liter." Then again, names aren't always pronounced how they're spelled so maybe it is "Leiter." There's also the possibility that whoever jotted the name down just mixed up the I and E.
- Taken for Granite: He got turned to crystal by Shard. He got better after the SWAT Kats reversed everything Shard had done.
- Unexplained Recovery: Twice. First after he's returned to his normal state along with everyone else Shard crystallized, and again after T-Bone severs the connection between him and Zed, and he just sort of acts mildly worn out.
"It's too dangerous, Annie!"Al is the Kat's Eye News helicopter pilot.
Tropes associated with Al:
- Put on a Bus: Although the news copter appears many times, Al isn't seen in the second season.
The Rogues Gallery
Dark Kat and his Creeplings
Voiced by: Brock Peters (Dark Kat), Charlie Adler (Creeplings)Dark Kat is a criminal mastermind whose muscular body, hood, cape, and resonant voice give him an imposing physical presence. He specializes in plotting, scheming, and manipulating others into doing his will, but is more than capable of fighting when necessary. Dark Kat's goal is to destroy Megakat City and replace it with a "capitol of crime" called Dark Kat City, "where lawlessness is the law of the land!" His henchmen are an army of demonic little bat-like creatures called Creeplings.
Tropes associated with Dark Kat:
- Big Bad: Arguably the most powerful and ambitious villain in the entire series.
- Bomb Throwing Anarchist: Essentially his goals in a nutshell. Wants to cause chaos and turn Megakat City into a lawless nightmare, or just wants to flatten it.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: In "Night of the Dark Kat", he chooses to simply strap the Swat Kats to a Conveyor Belt-O-Doom and leave them to die while he and Hard Drive go about their plan. Hard Drive even remarks that Dark Kat should have just let him fry them.
- Card-Carrying Villain: As noted. His ultimate goal is to destroy Megakat City and replace it with his "capitol of crime" Dark Kat City.
- Cool Plane: His Doomsday Express.
- Evil Plan: Like any good villain, he uses one or more on the list in his quest to ultimately destroy Megakat City.
- Flaw Exploitation: Part of his plan in "Razor's Edge". He tricks Razor into thinking that he injured two elderly civilians, knowing his guilt would cause him to quit crimefighting.
- In the Hood: Although his face is visible, his neck isn't. His head basically appears to simply be floating inside of his hood.
- Shrouded in Myth: Is the only member of the Swat Kats' rogues gallery not to be given a definite backstory. (Promotional material for the series stated that by day, he was a Megakat City judge that helped keep his true life well-hidden, but this wasn't referenced in-show.)
- Visionary Villain
Voiced by: Frank Welker
"I can see it all now. A spectacular new Megakat City! No more ugly metal and plastic, only beautiful swamp, ruled by me! Dr. Viper's Megaswamp City—it will be so beautiful!"This slimy scientist (and walking biohazard) started out as Elrod Purvis, a greedy, unscrupulous biochemist. When he tried to steal Viper Mutagen 368 from the idealistic colleague who had co-created it with him, the formula killed him, then revived him as a half-kat/half-reptile monstrosity—and he likes it that way. To make his twisted dream of Megaswamp City a reality, Viper mutates ordinary plants, reptiles and insects into hideous, kat-eating monsters under his control.
Tropes associated with Dr. Viper:
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: He temporarily becomes a giant in "Mutation City".
- Back from the Dead: Was reanimated by the chemical that splashed on him and killed him in the first place.
- By the Lights of Their Eyes: How he's frequently introduced, including in his very first appearance.
- Came Back Wrong: Of course, he wasn't exactly a decent man to begin with.
- Evilutionary Biologist: Hell. Yes.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: More than any of the other villains, probably.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He's usually wearing only a lab coat and nothing else.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Albeit one that appears to be several sizes too large for him.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: He could do gardening with his enormous, spadelike chin!
- Mad Scientist: According to the "Secret Files of the SWAT Kats," little fact files which sometimes were shown at the ends of certain episodes, his aactual occupation is "Evil Biochemist."
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Half-kat, half-snake.
- Never My Fault: While trying to run away with a stolen sample of the Viper mutagen, Purvis lets the bottle break and blames Dr. Zyme for making him do it.
- Prehensile Tail: Multiple times in the series, he can use his long, snakelike tail to grab objects and people.
- Snake Talk: If there's an "S" in a sssentence, expect Dr. V to draw it out. Ssss!
- That Man Is Dead:Dr. Zyme: Is that you, Purvis?Dr. Viper: Not anymore! Just call me Viper. Doctor Viper. (cackles)
- Visionary Villain: See his quote above.
- We Will Meet Again: As he escapes at the end of "The Origin of Dr. Viper", he promises that "You haven't seen the last of Dr. Viper!"
Voiced by: Neil Ross (Mac) and April Winchell (Molly)
Molly: "The Metallikats are runniní this city now! And as soon as we finish some personal business—"
Mac: "Like rubbiní out that crud Mayor Manx!"
Molly: "—weíre gonna tear up this town like a scratchiní post!"Also known as the married gangsters Mac Mange and Molly Mange. These feline felons died while escaping from Alkatraz prison, but Professor Hackle, who had no idea who they were, found them and transplanted their minds into powerful robot bodies. The result: two heavily armed mechanical mobsters with attitudes.
Tropes associated with The Metallikats:
- Arm Cannon: They're armed (ha) with forearm-mounted weapons which are called multi-weapons.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Yeah, they fight almost constantly. But when one of them is hurt, the other goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
- Back from the Dead/Unexplained Recovery: Twice! First Professor Hackle revives them, then they survive getting zapped by Feral in "Metal Urgency".
- Badass Longcoat/Nice Hat: When they wear clothes at all.
- Cats Are Snarkers/Deadpan Snarker: If they're not insulting each other, they're insulting the SWAT Kats. Or Mayor Manx. Or Commander Feral. Or...
- Cool Car/Weaponized Car: Their Metallikat Express.
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : If nothing else, they really do love their work.
- Drives Like Crazy: Mac certainly does. Molly even declares him the worst driver in history. Mac rationalizes how he drives thusly: "I don't have to drive well in this little hot rod! Everyone else jumps outta the way!"
- Happily Married: More or less.
- Killer Robot: Having the minds of two unrepentant gangsters probably has something to do with it.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Though they actually are married.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Bonnie and Clyde as wisecracking Funny Animal Killer Robots.
- Outlaw Couple
- Shock Collar: In "Katastrophe", Dark Kat and Dr. Viper keep the Metallikats in their Legion of Doom by attaching "neuro scramblers" to their necks.
- Super-Powered Robot Meter Maids: There's no real reason that the bodies Professor Hackle gave them should be so heavily equipped for combat and crime. Professor Hackle just creates superweapons as a hobby without really considering what they'll be used for.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Mac is pretty stocky, while Molly towers over him.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: From what we see of them in a flashback, Mac was stout and big-lipped before he became a robot. Molly, on the other hand...
- Weaponized Car: Their Metallikat Express.
Voiced by: Keene CurtisAn ancient sorcerer whose magical pocket watch functions as both a Time Travel device and a weapon that shoots energy beams. This medieval miscreant wants to return present day Megakat City to its Middle Ages incarnation of Megalith City, but he's also known for creating "time vortexes" to bring monsters from the past (like dinosaurs and mummies) into the present to do his bidding. And when he's not doing that, he's sending the SWAT Kats into the past or future in his latest effort to get rid of them.
Tropes associated with The Pastmaster:
- Artifact of Doom: He has three of them: his watch, his Tome of Time spellbook ("The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice"), and the Jeweled Headdress of Katchu Piccu ("The Deadly Pyramid").
- Evil Luddite: He hates everything about modern technology, and his usual plans revolve around either trying to send Megakat City back to the Dark Ages or trying to return back home. Of course, this doesn't stop him from teaming up with the Metallikats to make a Bad Future where machines rule.
- Everything's Deader with Zombies: He rings up a buncha zombies in "The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice". Why? Just 'cuz!
- I Have You Now, My Pretty/Love Makes You Crazy: He kidnaps Queen Callista (in "Bride of the Pastmaster"), and then her 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. Thank God.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In "Bride of the Pastmaster". By tampering with the timestream, the Pastmaster accidentally brings the SWAT Kats to his time, thus fulfilling the prophecy. Oops.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A skeleton kat-wizard.
- Really 700 Years Old: In "The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice", he mentions that he's been "imprisoned... for 800 years."
- Red Baron: His real name is never given.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: If only those grave robbers in "The Pastmaster Always Rings Twice" had picked another cemetery to desecrate...
- Skull for a Head: After a fashion. Not as much as the Red Lynx, though. He weirdly still has hair, his nose and cat ears though.
- Squishy Wizard: Depending on the Writer. Sometimes, he is just as physically weak as he appears; other times, he is surprisingly strong and tough.
- Time Travel: This is his main tactic.
Voiced by: Rob PaulsenA cyberpunk "technology pirate" who wears a "surge coat" that gives him the power to steal secured computer files, control vehicles, and turn into a Pure Energy form that can travel through power lines. The suit has one other interesting feature: when Hard Drive puts it on, his normal hairstyle automatically changes into a mohawk!
Tropes associated with Hard Drive:
- An Offer You Can't Refuse: How Dark Kat coerces him into helping him.
- Badass Longcoat: The surge coat, which gives him his powers, doubles as this, at least visually.
- Blank White Eyes: In his case, they become yellow when he activates the surge coat.
- Clothes Make the Superman: Without the surge coat, he's just a normal cat.
- Energy Beings: He can become one when it suits him.
- Red Baron: We never learn his real name.
Voiced by: Roddy Mc Dowall
"Iím a tough act to get off the stage!"Insane comedian Lenny Ringtail, whose mind snapped when he was turned down as a Talk Show host in favor of David Litterbin, lets himself be possessed by the vengeful ghost of a medieval court jester who suffered a similar rejection centuries ago. The result is Madkat, a wisecracking, shapeshifting harlequin who uses his magical powers to kidnap "the king, queen, knight and jester" (aka Manx, Briggs, Feral and Litterbin), then vanish into thin air before the SWAT Kats can stop him.
Tropes associated with Madkat:
- Attack Its Weak Point: It's revealed all the dingle-bells on Madkat's jester's cap must be destroyed to stop him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Okay, so he's not very deadpan, but he's definitely a snarker.
- Demonic Possession: He takes over the body of Lenny Ringtail.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: Even before he possesses the body of Jay Leno Expy Lenny Ringtail, Madkat's got a serious jawline.
- Large Ham: Once Madkat possesses Ringtail. You can almost imagine the glee Roddy McDowall was having playing someone like Madkat. He's The Joker with the powers of Bat-mite.
- Monster Clown: What was your first clue?
- One-Shot Character: For a villain who appeared in only one episode, he has quite a fan following. Due to this, he's the only one shot villain to get a level in the video game.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His ghost haunts a creepy-looking jack-in-the-box in an antique shop.
- Reality Warper: Not unlike The Joker during the Emperor Joker storyline.
The Red Lynx
Voiced by: Mark Hamill
Red Lynx: "Manx is mine!"During "Mega War II", enemy air ace The Red Lynx was the most dangerous pilot in the sky—until he met his match in the heroic Blue Manx, who finally shot him down. Decades later, The Red Lynx's plane is recovered and displayed in the Megakat Museum of History, an event which somehow revives his vengeful spirit. The so-called "ghost pilot" goes after the closest living relative of The Blue Manx—Mayor Manx, the flier's great-grandson, who happens to be in the middle of a re-election campaign.
T-Bone: "Over my dead body!"
Red Lynx: "Mineís already dead!"
T-Bone: "Over my dead body!"
Red Lynx: "Mineís already dead!"
Tropes associated with The Red Lynx:
- Ace Pilot: As noted above, he is an awesome pilot. He would have to be to fight a jet on even terms in an old biplane.
- Always Someone Better: He's actually a better pilot than T-Bone. Not only that, but T-Bone actually learned most of what he knows about dogfighting by studying him.
- Back from the Dead: Returns from the grave after his biplane is dredged up by some construction workers and taken to the museum.
- Goggles Do Nothing: Although he is seen with his flight goggles down over his eyes in the historical footage from the war, he never actually uses them in the present day (likely because he's dead and needs no eye protection) and they just sit up on his hat for decoration (or he doesn't care enough about his appearance to remove them).
- Only I Can Kill Him: See the Mayor Manx section for more details.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name/Putting on the Reich: Averted completely. Despite being repeatedly described as "the most evil pilot in history" and having what amounts to a German accent and dying in a war that was an Expy of World War II, he has more in common with Imperial German fighter pilots from World War I, both in name, dress and choice of aircraft.
- Red Baron: Not only is he an expy of the Trope Namer, but he's known only by his two nicknames—his real name is never revealed.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His motivation for coming Back from the Dead.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Debatable. Although he targets Mayor Manx because he's named Manx and Manx's great-grandfather is the one who shot him down, the episode is maddeningly unclear whether the Red Lynx even realizes this is a different member of the Manx family.
- Skull for a Head: Like the Pastmaster, though, he inexplicably still has kitty cat ears.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Averted. See above.
Mutilor and Traag
Traag: "The desert planet Sahabi will pay handsomely for the water we steal this day."Mutilor is an four-armed, vaguely lobster-like alien Space Pirate. Traag is his sycophantic aide-de-camp. Together, they and their mooks attempt to drain all the water from the SWAT Kats' world and sell it to a desert planet.
Mutilor: "And if this world perishes in the process, itís just business."
Mutilor: "And if this world perishes in the process, itís just business."
Tropes associated with Mutilor and Traag:
- Cool Ship: Mutilor stole his mothership from the Aquians, a kat-like race of Technical Pacifists.
- Evil Sounds Deep: With Michael Dorn playing Mutilor, what else would you expect?
- Large Ham: Mutilor stands out in a series full of them.
- Outside-Genre Foe: Even in this series, it's hard to find a bad guy who is an alien, let alone an enemy not remotely cat related.
- Space Pirates: Mutilor is actually proud of this.
- Sycophantic Servant/Yes-Man: Traag.
- Worthy Opponent: How Mutilor regards the SWAT Kats."It was so refreshing to clash with true warriors. Itís a shame I must destroy you."
Voiced by: Kath Soucie
"From now on, the skies belong to Turmoil!"Turmoil is a harshly beautiful villainness in a Nazi-like uniform. She attempts to conquer the skies of Megakat City with an Airborne Aircraft Carrier, an Amazon Brigade of female fighter pilots, and a disorienting "vertigo beam". When T-Bone withstands these obstacles, she's so impressed (and smitten) that she offers him a job as her flight commander—but first he must prove his loyalty by killing Razor.
Tropes associated with Turmoil:
- Airborne Aircraft Carrier: She's the captain of a massive flying warship, complete with its own armada of fighter jets.
- Amazon Brigade: All of her fighter pilots—and her crew in general—are women. She never met a man who could match them...until she saw T-Bone in action.
- Dating Catwoman: Her relationship with T-Bone.
- Does Not Like Men: A subtle example, in that her whole crew is female, and she's specifically mentioned that she never met a male pilot who could match them. Subverted, however, in that she's obviously not above admitting that T-Bone's an impressive pilot...or falling in love with him, for that matter.
- Femme Fatale: Especially noteworthy, as she was the only independent female villain of note to show up in the series.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: Puts T-Bone into this position to determine his loyalty.
- Just a Stupid Accent: She speaks in a vaguely Russian-like accent.
- Red Baron: You guessed it—no real name given.
- Sky Pirate: She uses a vertigo-inducing ray emitter to disable any aircraft over Mega Kat City, threatening the city unless she's paid a weekly protection fee.
Voiced by: John Vernon
"More company, eh? Well, thatís okay! Iíve got plenty of pain to go around!"Shard is a brutal thug who winds up at Megakat Maximum Prison, whose greedy warden enriches himself by using the convicts to mine precious gems from the nearby mountains. When Shard has an accident with an experimental diamond mining machine, it somehow transforms him into a crystalline giant whose touch turns people and objects into crystal... and that's only the beginning of his new powers.
Tropes associated with Rex Shard:
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Focuses the sun's rays through his hand to create a solar laser beam.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: He used to be just another convict. Then he got super-powers.
- The Magic Touch: Everything Shard touches turns into crystal, either brittle and fragile or hard as a diamond.
- Meaningful Name: A guy named Shard in an episode titled "Chaos in Crystal" winds up with crystal-based powers and a crystalline appearance. Who'd have thunk?
- Miracle-Gro Monster: Shard is originally only transformed into a being made of diamond. When he is knocked into a room full of diamonds, he absorbs them into his body and becomes a giant. Later, he becomes even larger right before the final battle.
- No Ontological Inertia: Once Shard is de-powered, everything he crystallized reverts back to normal, starting from the last object he touched.
Voiced by: Jim Cummings
"You'll have to do better than that, SWAT Kats, to catch Morbulus! Or... die trying!"One of the SWAT Kats' first onscreen enemies (their second, in fact), Morbulus was a jet pilot who literally had eyes in the back of his head, giving him 360-degree vision and making him difficult to take by surprise. After being defeated by the SWAT Kats, he becomes a Disposable Vagrant for Dr. Viper, who mutates him into that episode's Fifty Foot Whatever.
Tropes associated with Morbulus:
- Beard of Evil: He is in fact the only character (besides a briefly-seen blacksmith in "Bride of the Pastmaster") who has a beard.
- Bit Part Bad Guy: Due to his getting killed soon after he's introduced.
- Disc One Final Boss: He seems to be the episode's major villain...
- We Hardly Knew Ye: ...but Dr. Viper soon puts a stop to that.
- Extra Eyes/Eyes Do Not Belong There: The aforementioned second pair of eyes in the back of his head. He even wears flight goggles with extra lenses. Interestingly, he's also one of the few characters in a show full of felines with slits for pupils (in all four eyes!).
- Faking the Dead: How he escapes the Enforcers.
- For the Evulz: Why he seems to be bombing oil refineries.
- Not the Fall That Kills You: Twice he gets dropped from great heights. The first time, he's grabbed out of the sky by the SWAT Kats, stopping his fall so suddenly he should've broken his neck and back. Afterward, they let him go from a lower height and he drops into the ocean.
- Stock Underwear: He has to ditch his clothes at one point, and winds up in purple boxer shorts and a wifebeater.
- Throwing the Distraction: He escapes from the Enforcers by taking his clothes off underwater, then reassembling them to make it look like he's still in them. Overlaps with Giving Them the Strip somewhat.
Voiced by: Nancy LinariAn unused villainess that would've debuted in "Succubus!" (a.k.a. "The Curse of Kataluna"), Katrina is a wealthy heiress and a major investor in Megakat City. She owns Moorkroft Manor and the Moorkroft Philharmonic Hall. Described in Glenn Leopold's script as "mysteriously beautiful," she is in reality an evil succubus who drains the life from her victims. She tries to do so to Commander Feral.
Tropes associated with Katrina:
- Alpha Bitch: Since she's a succubus, it sorta comes with the territory.
- Benevolent Boss: She surprisingly treats her servants quite well.
- Big "NO!": She utters one when she is defeated.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She may seem nice, but she is anything but.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: She is describing as writhing in ecstasy and issuing forth "gasping moans" as she drains her victims' life energy.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: After being told Felina is on to her, she sends Otto and Laszlo to go dump the body of her latest victim to get Felina away from the house and set a trap for her, knowing Felina is watching her and will follow them. It works and Felina gets captured.
- Eye Beams: She is described as firing "lasers" from her eyes.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Sure, a life-sucking creature disguised as a woman doesn't sound bad to any ears, but it was pretty ballsy directly calling Katrina a succubus (y'know, the same species as Morrigan Aensland) in a kid's show.
- This would appear to be the reason behind changing the episode's name from "Succubus!" to "The Curse of Kataluna" (although the name Kataluna doesn't appear anywhere in Leopold's script).
- Has a Type: All three of her on-screen victims (Feral, a dockworker and a construction foreman) are big, muscular men.
- Horny Devils: A feline-flavored one.
- Life Drinker: She drains her victims (all male) until they are nothing but lifeless husks. If this is done after she has aged into an old woman, she'll be instantly restored to youth and beauty.
- No Body Left Behind: But only because she ages into dust when she is prevented from completely draining Feral.
- One-Winged Angel: She transforms into a hideous demon at the end.
- Race Against Time: She has to finish draining Feral before the next lunar eclipse or she dies.
- Rapid Aging: She is prone to this if she goes for too long between feedings.
- Really 700 Years Old: She is not as young and pretty as she seems to be...
- Serial Killer: As of the beginning, she has killed at least six people in Megakat City.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She can transform into a huge demonic beast if she feels like it.
- You Have Failed Me: Said verbatim to her pet, a ferret which turns into a three-headed monster, after he fails to kill Callie, Felina and Dr. Sinian. However, she doesn't harm him.
Otto and Laszlo
Voiced by: ?Unused henchmen who would've appeared in "Succubus!" (a.k.a. "The Curse of Kataluna"). Otto is Katrina Moorkroft's chauffeur, and Laszlo is her butler. There is also a third servant who isn't named. All three turn into gargoyles.
Tropes associated with Otto and Laszlo:
- Battle Butler: Both of them, although only Laszlo is an actual butler.
- Co-Dragons: To Katrina.
- Eye Beams: Like Katrina, they shoot "lasers" from their eyes.
- Life Drinker: They, and the third servant, get extended life from the male victims of their employer. Which would appear to make them incubi, as all three are males.
- No Body Left Behind: They disintegrate into dust when Katrina dies.
- Not So Harmless: Initially, they and the gargoyles seem to be separate characters. The gargoyles abduct Katrina's victims for her, while Otto and Laszlo are just creepy servants. But when Felina attempts to arrest them, they reveal they and the gargoyles are one and the same by turning into them. Oops.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: When in their monster forms.
- Really 700 Years Old: Unlike Katrina, it is unknown how old they are. One assumes that they've been with her a sufficient amount of time that they, too, are older than they appear, although unlike her they're not subject to any Rapid Aging - that we see.
- Undying Loyalty: To Katrina.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Again, like their employer, they are capable of transforming, although into creatures described as gargoyles rather than demons.