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, sonic emitters, wire clippers, capture nets, drills, and buzz saws. And who could forget the cement-shooting machine guns?
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.
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.
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."
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 Gordon
The 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 Turbo Kat's missiles, which contain such gimmicks as circular saws, drill bits and capture nets.Tropes associated with Razor:
The 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:
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.
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 The 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 Owens
The 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:
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.
Mayor 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:
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.
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 Alan
Introduced 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:
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.
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.
Voiced by: Ed Gilbert (most of Season 1), Jim Cummings (Rest of Season 1/all of Season 2)
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.
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:
A 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:
Abby, going by one model sheet, although it's annoyingly mostly illegible due to the Cartoon Network logo.
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.
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 are two annoying delivery men who bring salvage to Jake & Chance's Garage, always taking a moment to pester Clawson & Furlong about their status as officially disgraced ex-Enforcers.Tropes associated with Burke and Murray:
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:
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."
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:
Face-Heel 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.
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.
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:
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.)
"I can see it all now. A specactular 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 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:
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:
An 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.
A 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:
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:
Red Lynx:"Manx is mine!" T-Bone:"Over my dead body!" Red Lynx:"Mineís already dead!"
During "Megawar 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.Tropes associated with The Red Lynx:
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.
Badass: As noted above, he is an awesome pilot. He would have to be to fight a jet on even terms in an old biplane.
Traag:"The desert planet Sahabi will pay handsomely for the water we steal this day." Mutilor:"And if this world perishes in the process, itís just business."
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.Tropes associated with Mutilor and Traag:
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:
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.
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:
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.
"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:
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!).
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.
An unused villainess that would've debuted in "The Curse of Kataluna", Kataluna was described as a succubus, but not much past this is known.Tropes associated with Kataluna:
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 Kataluna a succubus (y'know, the same species as Morrigan Aensland) in a kid's show.