Video Game: Copy Kitty

Your Action Cat Girl, now in cyberspace, with acid and steroids!

Copy Kitty is an action platformer game by Azure Lazuline and Raibys that combines cute kittens, deadly weaponry and robots, and lots of Scenery Porn. It is currently at version 1.81.

One day, Cat Girl Boki receives a present from her uncle Savant—a military training VR program called "Flux". Not long after Boki activates it, Savant appears and tells her the program is intended to enhance her ability to copy other abilities, even though Boki thinks it's lame. Even so, she will use her power to trash several thousands of robots and perhaps the occasional boss.

The game can be found on the Entanma Project website or IndieDB.

The Greenlight campaign to get the extended Turbo Edition on Steam was a success. That edition contains more levels, a better database, and Savant as a second playable character. For now, you can get it here for $10.

Tropes:

  • Action Bomb: You can't believe how many types of these enemies alone in the game. List includes:
    • Exploder Exchikkes. They will blow up in your proximity. The stronger variant will actively chase you and leaves poison clouds after they explode.
    • Gertars. They're these small seedlings that can latch onto you and explode if you don't quickly remove them.
    • Desoucks. Whenever you destroy them, they release electric balls that bounce around. The strongest variant adds in a huge electric surge.
    • By a stretch, the Blast Indmais. They're immobile landmines, but the description says that they have an AI, albeit a simple one.
    • The strongest version of Flier Inensi also counts. They fly and drop bombs, and if they die, they will fall and explode.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Some of the song titles have the same first letter.
  • Air Jousting: Savant and Drill Arikan does this in their decisive clash.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of the game's info on backstory, setting, and other infos are only in the Turbo Edition database, which basically acts as a manual.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Boki's primary ability.
  • Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: The entire game is one big example of this trope.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: If you keep losing to a boss (or some levels), Savant will pop in to give you a hint.
    • Also covered in Instant-Win Condition below, you still win a mission (or unlock the next five waves in Endless mode) if your projectile destroys the last marked enemy, even after you disintegrated (but not before the result screen shows up).
    • If you get hit after you destroy the last target, the damage isn't counted.
    • If you run out of weapons in endless mode, a Tasbeht will appear and you can destroy it to receive a random weapon.
  • Apocalypse How: Atomic Maszylg's entry mentioned the destruction of Planet Syndomera. This was later mentioned again in the pre-level dialogue for the Skies of Syndomera level.
  • Ascended Meme: In raocow's first playthrough of this game, he repeatedly used his "Destroy the World!" Catch Phrase. Come version 1.0, there's an achievement named after it.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Some bosses take more damage when hit in a certain area, such as Yolomacho's head.
  • Attack Reflector: Mirror Leethees can reflect most of your attacks. Defeat them, and you will get their power.
    • If you time it right, you can send an enemy's projectile away (or even back at them) by kicking it (or clawing it if you're riding a Virs). One modifier/cheat allows you to do it indefinitely regardless of timing.
    • Deflector Blade (Quick+Light+Force) is this. Just swipe an oncoming projectile, and they'll return to their sender.
  • Awesomeness Meter: Practically the combo meter, but considering the gameplay and visual style of the game, this can be counted as one.
  • AzuRai Hard: Deserves its own classification. Hard Mode will make you cry. Even the puny Magna Exchikke boss becomes a force to be reckoned with.
  • Back from the Dead: The beginning of the fight with Mutant Vaerzet has the Vaerzet rising up after decaying.
    • Desibon, the boss of the Forest world in endless mode has the ability to do this.
  • Background Boss: The first phase of Maszylg's boss fight.
  • Badass Boast:
    • The database entry for Exgal.
      I am the claw that tears all asunder. Pathetic creatures of flesh and steel alike will fear my wrath. After being torn limb from limb, my foes will be set ablaze with the fires of the Underworld. My powers know no bounds. Let all those who stand in my way be reduced to dust and ash.
    • Boki gets one of her own against Aekros.
      Boki: Go ahead, keep using your overpowered weapons and invincibility shield, it'll just make me stronger!
  • Badass Mustache: The strongest variant of the greljant enemy has one of these made out of flame jets.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Does Not Like Shoes: Boki's barefoot. Sort of. Her feet are coated in green crystal because of her diet. Incidentally, its color (which matches her hair) indicates what weapon she's wielding.
  • Barrier Warrior:
    • The Gehligrukai variants:
      • Guardian Gehligrukai enemies can create a barrier to protect themselves and other enemies, with stronger variants have barriers that push you away.
      • Valkyrie Gehligrukai's barrier is smaller, but it can suck you in so that they can attack you with their swords.
      • Fallen Gehligrukai takes this Up to Eleven where its barrier is on fire (with pentagrams to boot) which hurts you, all while it shoots out wall-piercing lasers in an outward circular pattern.
      • Throne Gehligrukai takes it up even more, as it can make enemies turn completely invincible within a large radius. If it's attacked, it can retaliate with a homing laser spread that can be tricky to dodge until you figure out its trick.
    • Mirror Diamond Leethees and their stronger variant, the Darkshine Leethee. The former can enclose its body to create a reflective surface, while the latter deploys a barrier that absorb shots and return them at you tenfold.
  • Battle Aura: Each weapon you equip not only changes the color of your hair and feet, it also emits some sort of aura. Most prominently seen if you equip Harvester.
  • Battle in the Rain: The battle with Yolomacho is set in the rain.
  • Beam-O-War: Two of 'em: Savant vs Drill Arikan with drills at the end of their duel, and Boki vs the core of Aekros.
  • Beam Spam: Quick+Plasma variants does this.
  • Behemoth Battle: Fortress Virs vs. Giga Dengrahx. What mech you control depends on who you're playing as.
  • Berserk Button: Just take up Arikan's sword and fight them fairly. They don't take it lightly if their opponent refuses to do so or flat-out cheats.
  • BFG: Gunner Thremnats carry giant laser cannons bigger than their entire body, but they're incapable of turning around.
  • BFS: The Astral sword. It may not seem that big, but compared to Boki, it certainly is.
    • The Prism Blade (Quick+Light+Plasma) might count. It has the longest reach of any of the blade weapons.
  • Bigger Bad: The Cybers are oft-mentioned as the enemy Zoincailla is facing, but are never seen in-game. The enemies in the game are simulated versions of "Constructs" the Cybers use as foot soldiers. On the artist/writer's Deviant Art page you can see a few designs for them.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • Exgal's text is actually decodable, and doing so reveals that its database entry has some rather... interesting things to say. See Badass Boast above.
    • Aekros also has decodable text. It also bears the inscription "Caelestis Lives On" on its main body.
  • Black Knight: Exchikkalibur's motif for hard mode.
  • Blade Lock: More like drill lock in case of Savant vs. Drill Arikan.
  • Blatant Lies: The Upgrade modifier's description claiming it slightly makes the default Boki Beam stronger.
  • Blown Across the Room: Some attacks have the capacity to do this, sending you flying into the opposite wall should you get hit. This occurs for all attacks if there's a sandstorm happening.
  • Blow You Away: Tornado, although it's more like 'suck you in'.
  • Bonus Boss: The terrifying Exgal, Eldritch Abomination extraordinaire. Version 1.8 added a Hard Mode version of the fight, against an even greater foe: the Cybers' ultimate weapon, which Exgal is a mere shadow of, Aekros.
  • Bonus Level of Heaven: The Hard Mode version of the Extra World is filled with bright lights, cheerful music, fluffy clouds, and lots of greenery. Do not confuse this for the game going easy on you. To really hammer it home, there's a laundry list of challenges to complete before the game even lets you attempt it.
  • Boss Arena Recovery: All mooks that are spawned by the bosses will always drop weapon powerups, allowing you to have an infinite supply of weapons.
  • Boss In Mooks Clothing: Virs, which are giant brickwork robots with a vicious claw attack that can fling Boki across the room, lots of projectile spamming potential, and a powerful homing projectile. They also take a ton of hits before going down, and that was only the vanilla version. To emphasize this, the very first time you encounter them, the boss music plays.
  • Boss Subtitles: The endless mode bosses have this.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: In the database, the Blue Diamond Leethee and the Pirhibyt are stated to dislike ninjas and hammers respectively. The Ejector Leethee, which is a combination of those, hates ninjas with hammers.
  • Bullet Hell: The game has the tendencies to turn into this, especially in Pandemonium Mode. To balance it out, Boki herself has access to several screen-covering attacks.
  • Bullet Time: Most projectiles that get near the Yinimros will be slowed down.
  • Cannon Fodder: The Makyrooni enemies are a literal example. They were described as being used as ammo for cannons.
  • Cast from Hit Points: One of the Ulsev's weapons drain your health every time you fire it.
  • Catfolk: Boki is a member of the 'Kitera' race, which is a race of cat people living in caves. See more on the Verbal Tic entry below.
  • Cherry Tapping: After you destroy Exchikkalibur's armor, the Magna Exchikke inside it will fall down defeated, and you can jump on it to destroy it (jumping on enemies is by far the least damaging attack in the game).
  • Child Soldier: Heavily implied to be the plan for Boki. FLUX is a military training program, and Savant thinks Boki has the power to save Zoincailla, which is why he made a customized version (this game) to train her.
  • Climax Boss: Arikan isn't the Final Boss anymore, but they're still built up over the course of one world and are the more unique and exciting battles in the game.
  • Collision Damage: Previously, only a few enemies didn't do this, but it was patched so that, generally, enemies without prominent spikes or sharp bits on them have to actually attack you to cause damage.
  • Colossus Climb: In order to reach Fortress Virs' weak point, you have to climb it.
  • Combinatorial Explosion: The amount of distinct weapons in this game is just staggering. There are 165 possible weapon combinations (120 triple weapon combinations + 45 double weapon combinations) for each character, and that's not counting the 10 base weapons, solo weapons, boss-specific weapons, and the flame/freeze talisman effects. Also, all weapons (base and solo) have different visual variations that carry over to the combination depending on what enemy you got it from.
  • Concept Art Gallery: The game has one.
  • Cores and Turrets Boss: The insides of Fortress Virs and Giga Dengrahx is this. For a twist, it's the cores themselves that do the attacking first, and will only summon backup after a certain amount of health has been drained (invincible turrets for Fortress Virs, and floating mines for Giga Dengrahx).
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Hoo boy. If said Concept Art Gallery is any indication, the Cybers are just as bad as or worse than Exgal, who is already pretty scary and powerful.
  • Counter Attack: Satellite Konthets are assigned to a particular enemy, and any attack on that enemy will cause them to fire Hit Scan lasers (though with a slight delay) in retaliation. Fortunately, it takes a while before they can do it again, and if the target dies they become inert.
  • Cranium Ride: Sort of. Nebwaht projects a platform above itself while active, and Vopila/Inensi can be ridden on from the top.
  • Critical Annoyance: Awesomely subverted. The HP Warning isn't a "sound" per se, it's an additional instrument layered over the soundtrack. It's proven quite popular among players, to the point where it was added as an option in the Sound Test menu, and shows up twice in the OST.
  • Cyberspace: The setting of the game.
  • Cypher Language:
    • Anything related directly to Exgal is written in an entirely different text. They're just plain English, only the font is changed into something eldritch-y to mess with the players.
    • Another cypher language is used for Aekros. It is plain English as well, but written backwards.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Exgal's dark power comes from one of these. He can't use it in full, so it's split among his Ulsevs. And then Boki copies Exgal's powers and uses it herself...
  • Deadly Disc: The yinimro enemies can shoot gears that can fling you across the screen. Boki herself can copy it.
    • The gomotra enemies are literally just razor pinwheels that try to attack you. You can copy their power in the form of Buzzsaw Roll.
    • Ghemzaw, the boss of the Cave world in endless mode. It's a giant sawblade protected on one side.
  • Degraded Boss: Played with. The first level that introduces you to the Virs mechs plays the boss battle theme. Afterwards, they ocassionally appear as just strong enemies.
  • Depth Perplexion: Some enemies have the ability to phase through walls for no apparent reason.
  • Determinator: Blade Arikan shows a shade of this if you beat him with a Virs.
  • The Dev Team Thinks of Everything: If you get severely injured in the tutorial (which you will most likely have to be trying to do, considering it's the freaking tutorial) you actually won't be able to go below 1 health, meaning you can't die. This changes the conversation with Savant after the level, where he reminds you that the rest of the game won't be so easy.
    • Also, it's possible to beat 'Very Large Robots' without piloting one of the Virs mechs. This will cause Boki to complain about the level's difficulty, and Savant to hint that you should have just used one of the robots instead.
    • The whole Arikan battle is chock-full of this.
      • Beat Arikan with any cheat, and they'll call you a dishonorable scum. Lose to them the same way, and they'll berate you.
      • If you beat Arikan with a Virs, the ending dialogue is different than the usual "You dishonorable scum!"
      • Lose to Arikan using any construct, and they'll call you a traitor.
      • Start a battle against Blade Arikan with a Yolomo of the Sun Fist, and he'll challenge you to see if fists are better than swords.
    • The ways you could refuse Arikan's challenge yield interesting results. Here's a list of things you can do to get different reactions:
      • Shoot them, and they'll ask if you'll fight with your hands.
      • Jump on Blade Arikan, and he'll get pissed off and called you immature.
      • Kick Blade Arikan, and he'll ask if you'll fight with your feet.
      • Wait for too long, and they'll get impatient.
    • If you exit the game immediately after running it without doing anything, Savant will point it out and ask if you ran it accidentally.
    • One of the messages displayed when you exit the game is actually the exact amount of explosions the player caused.
    • The Throne Gehligrukai's tune actually changes to fit the music currently playing. Yes, that includes the Arikan-only battle music that doesn't appear anywhere else by default.
    • True to its name, Fireworks (Explode+Split+Remote) always changes color every time you fire it.
    • One of the Burst Krijyl's dialogue has it mention the actual time of the player's system clock.
  • Directionally Solid Platforms: In Endless mode, you can pass through the transparent platforms in the wrong direction, but only by kicking them until they break.
  • Double Jump: One of Boki's primary ability. One powerup lets her jump multiple times in the air indefinitely.
  • Dual Boss: The Kumalo boss becomes this in Hard Mode.
  • Earn Your Fun: The hard mode bosses are just as fun as they are hard, but you have to beat a certain number of stages to unlock them, and to get to a stage's hard mode, you have to complete it on normal first.
    • Some cheats also require some not-so-easy challenges to beat, such as clearing 100 waves in endless mode, or making a combo with all 10 weapons.
    • In order to access the hard levels of the extra world, there are a few things you have to complete, including:
      • Beating the extra world itself on normal difficulty.
      • Beating 90 missions on hard difficulty.
      • Beating wave 80 in endless mode, which means going through all the worlds at least once.
      • Getting 200,000 points in endless mode.
      • Getting 50,000 points in pandemonium mode.
  • Easter Egg: If you keep scrolling down on the "other stats" window, a Disaro will greet you.
    • Boki's room has some posters that are actually character designs from the creator's DeviantArt.
  • Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: The levels in Mission Mode aren't too tough, with only a small handful of particularly challenging ones, but the bosses are very tough. This is increased exponentially in Hard mode.
  • Eat Dirt Cheap: In the creator's website (later shown in Turbo's interview section), it's revealed that Boki eats emerald.
    • The only way to repair your damaged Virs is to claw through the terrain. Considering that Virs is a brickwork robot, this isn't too far-fetched.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Exgal, Savant's attempt at simulating a dark power on par with (or worse than) what he intends for Boki to fight in reality. Its form and attacks differ wildly from everything else in the game, it has an utterly absurd amount of health, and even its name in-game along with the mission name for its boss fight is written as some kind of foreign, ancient text. (Curiously, the three Ulsevs it spawns are written in plain English).
    • Boki (unintentionally) copies the power of each Ulsev; each absorption is followed by the music slowing down with a deeper pitch and FLUX's graphics and HUD going crazy (not the Copy Kitty game itself, don't worry), eventually culminating in what looks like Boki calling upon all the powers of hell to destroy the boss. Her success causes FLUX to crash and her to be passed out on the floor of her bedroom. Considering Boki managed to do this even though the boss was designed to not have its powers be copyable, this experience was quite sobering to Savant, who makes sure never to make something like that again.
    • The Turbo Edition gives a little more info on this: the dark power is known as "The Vestige of the Lost" and is believed to be calling on the powers of fallen gods and unleashing, for a brief moment, their wrath on the world. Boki "calling upon all the powers of hell" is actually a pretty apt description.
    • raocow's reaction sums it up pretty nicely.
    • Oh, and try reading its database entry. Just try it.
    • The Art Gallery includes several pieces showing what kind of abominations the Cybers can create if they get serious, and a few of them make even the dark power mentioned previously look tame. They also seem to be named after demons and some of mythology's nastier gods. Here is one such monster, named Asmodeus, depicted fighting an entanma. Some of the Cybers also fit this description.
  • Electric Jellyfish: Dynamo Krijyl and Invert Krijyl. The endless mode has Ancient Krijyl, the boss of the Volcano world, but it's not electric.
  • Elite Mooks: Many enemy types have more powerful models. The endless mode takes this Up to Eleven by introducing boss mooks. Even the way they appear looks like how a boss appears.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Makyroonis, which is a ball-shaped penguin.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: If you reach a huge combo, you start radiating rainbow aura, and your attacks get a power boost.
    • Some of the weapons have rainbow colors.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: Blade Arikan, especially after the 1.6 update, where he was given his own boss theme, Starfruit Samurai.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: This happens a lot in the game. One modifier makes the sparkles multiply.
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Boki's aerial blade attack and combo finisher has her spinning the blade around. Taken Up to Eleven with Tumbling Blade (Quick+Light+Tornado), where if you do an aerial attack, Boki will spin for a very long time, effectively making her into a turbine of death. The best part is that you can prolong it with a second jump if you haven't done a double jump already.
    • The 1.8 update changes Boki's Diving Kick move into a drilling kick. It's even more powerful than the regular kick, and it can pierce through enemies. One modifier allows her to do this in any direction.
  • Evil Knockoff: Exgal, of all things, is actually a corrupt, hollow copy of the true ultimate weapon: Aekros.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: One achievement is called 'Kick the Fortress Virs in the face'. It requires you to...well...
  • Faceless Eye: The konthet enemies. They're literally robotic eyes that shoot laser at you.
  • Fallen Angel: The motif for the Fallen Gehligrukais. See Barrier Warrior above to see its details.
  • Fantastic Fighting Style: In the website, it is revealed that Boki is an expert on 'Kwondai' (obviously a made-up name derived from the real-life Taekwondo). However, since the purpose of Savant's simulation (thus, this game) is to train her on using her special powers, she doesn't use any fancy moves. Her kick is probably the closest thing we can get to a demonstration of Kwondai.
  • Final Boss: Blade Arikan in the free version. The Turbo version has the Fortress Virs and Giga Dengrahx. The creators have hinted though that those two are not the intended actual final boss, and there will be something even more impressive coming in a later update.
  • Flaming Sword: Get a flame talisman while equipping Blade.
    • There is actually a real combination for a flaming sword (Quick+Light+Explode) that is called Rampage Blade. It's a flaming sword that blows up on impact.
    • Astral's 3-hit combo finisher is this. The move is even named Incinerator.
  • Flunky Boss: While all bosses (minus Arikan) have mooks in their arena, Magna Exchikke takes the cake for being described as less dangerous than the mooks it spawned.
  • Foreshadowing: Goes as far back as previous versions. The ending cutscene after you beat Blade Arikan shows Savant summoning Exchikkalibur's armor (the Fortress Virs if you beat him on hard mode), something that didn't show up until the Turbo version was completed.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: Everywhere. Only a few select enemies hit you with a Hitscan. You can also gain this through some of the weapon combinations.
  • Fusion Dance: Before most of the boss fights, a Tuner Hixant appears and absorbs the surrounding enemies to form the boss.
    • Ejector Leethees. They're a combination of Blue Diamond Leethees and Pirhibyts. If you destroy it, a Pirhibyt will appear.
    • Desibon, the boss of the Forest world in endless mode can easily be identified as a combination of a Fwaffen, Pokkaf, and Nabbel.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: An instance of All There in the Manual — Canonically, Boki's copying power works just by being near something with a supernatural ability, but this wouldn't mesh well with the intended gameplay, so she picks up weapon powerups in-game instead.
  • Geo Effects: Some weapons become more powerful underwater (it's Wave and Light). Bounce gains buoyancy if fired underwater, but will simply bounce on the surface if it's fired from the surface.
    • There are also different weathers with different effects. To list:
      • Rain, which is pretty much the same as underwater, but you're not drowning. Explode-based weapons will be reduced in power and blast radius.
      • Thunderstorm, which is pretty much rain with occassional lightning strikes.
      • Sandstorm, which makes everything that hit you fling you away.
      • Cyclone, which spawns tornadoes across the screen, and if you ride one, you'll be randomly thrown away.
      • Wind, which accelerates your running speed and powers up wind-based weapons.
      • Sunny, which powers up Explode-based weapons, but it also reduces the power of water-based weapons, to the point of evaporating them after a short distance being shot.
  • Goomba Springboard: You can do this to enemies, but special mention goes to the Konsoob, where it's so bouncy you can actually be flung around if you stomp them.
  • Goomba Stomp: Added in version 1.2, for very minor damage. It's generally a lot more effective to shoot them or even kick them, but it prevents you from falling onto an enemy you didn't see and getting damaged.
    • You can also do this if you're riding a Virs or Dengrahx. Justified, as they're so heavy.
  • Gone Horribly Right/Gone Horribly Wrong: Exgal, who Savant created to simulate what Boki might have to fight in the future, and it's easily the most dangerous boss in the game. What makes it go wrong however is that Savant programed it to have abilities impossible for Boki to copy. Not only does she copy these abilities, but she combines them to create something that crashes the FLUX and leaves her unconscious.
  • Graceful Loser: Beat Arikan on hard mode, and they'll acknowledge your strength, and even calling you a master during the final clash.
  • Grenade Spam: Anytime Quick and Remote are combined.
  • Half The Bot He Used To Be: When killed by a blade weapon, a Thremnat will undergo a dramatic slow-mo bisection before exploding.
  • Having a Blast: The Explode weapon, especially when thrown into a pool of lava.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: Just the mere concept of combining weapons that you steal from enemies into more devastating ones is awesome enough. Boki doesn't seem convinced at first, though. It took her a whole battle with a giant mecha and controlling it to destroy another to realize the extent of her power, and she finally admitted it was awesome.
    • The Virs robots can be damaged enough to become disabled, without destroying the actual control crystal - and because that crystal works through magic, Boki can copy it in order to take control of the entire robot!
  • Hell Fire: One of Exgal's powers.
  • Hitscan: Rare, but it happens:
    • Satellite Konthet lasers are a delayed form of this.
    • Most weapons that contain both Quick and Tornado make the primary shot hit instantly, making them very useful against enemies who move unpredictably.
    • Ver. 1.6 added a modifier/cheat where you can have almost every weapon act as a hitscan.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum:
    • Savant mentions that he has significantly weakened his own powers to put himself roughly at Boki's level. After all, how else can he test how challenging the simulation will be for her? He comments after the Final Boss that using his real powers, he could have ended the fight in seconds and not had to do all that tricky stuff.
    • The Hypercube Krijyl that appears in the game is noted to be at only a fraction of the firepower of a real one. Savant did this when he realized that Boki's copy power wasn't yet at the level where she could copy city-busting laser beams or portals.
  • Homing Lasers: Force+Plasma does this, with additional powers giving additional properties.
  • Honor Before Reason: Blade Arikan's database entry states that he'd be a far more effective weapon if he didn't insist on fighting honorably.
  • Humongous Mecha: The Virs mechs. Boki can hitch a ride on one after dealing enough damage.
    • Taken Up to Eleven with Boki's Turbo final boss, which is a Virs mech in the size of a fortress. It's even aptly named Fortress Virs. Of course, you get to ride it once you beat it.
  • Idle Animation: Boki will yawn if you leave her idle for too long.
    • Savant will take off his hat to scratch his head if you leave him alone for a bit.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Boki's main problem is that she's too busy fawning over other entanmas with cool powers, and in turn gets jealous of them. This is what shaped Boki's power and made her the copycat that she is.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Savant's clothes, made of Unmoving Plaid, complete with its own in-universe justification.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Savant fights with a... computer screen. Regardless, it isn't any ordinary computer screen, it's a computer screen made by hacking reality itself. Also, in his duel with Drill Arikan, he declares that the Astral sword is much too analog a weapon for his tastes and reconfigures it into a drill.
  • Incendiary Exponent: The Flame Talisman powerup covers all of your attacks in fire.
  • Insectoid Aliens: Savant is an ant-like humanoid. In fact, there's a whole race of them called the 'Ploctite'. See more on the Parental Abandonment entry below.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha: The Virs mechs.
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The Ninja Waihnts.
  • Instant-Win Condition: As long as you eliminate all the targets in Mission Mode, it doesn't matter if Boki dies. It's literally possible to be killed, but complete the mission because a shot you fired beforehand kills the last target. One of the challenges even requires you to kill an enemy after you've already died.
    • If you die in Endless Mode, but still manage to take one of the bosses down with you, you still unlock the next five waves.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Boki has a Ploctite friend named Tonzid. Judging by how they interact, they seem to be Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • Invincibility Power-Up: The Shadow Metal powerup grants you temporary invincibility.
  • Invincible Minor Minion: Any enemy colored metallic gray and black is rendered completely invincible. This can range from the downright useless Makyroonis to the nigh-deadly Eclipse Virs.
  • I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Boki doesn't think too much about replacing the Virs control mechanism with herself.
    Boki: Couldn't any other entanma have done what I did?
    Savant: Or perhaps you don't give yourself enough credit, hm?
  • Joke Character: There are two modifiers/cheats that allows you to play as either a Yinimro or a Yolomo, which aren't too bad (Yinimros can float indefinitely, have short-range teleport, and they shoot out the powerful Gear weapon, while Yolomos can do uppercuts and can also float, albeit slowly). Activate both, however, and you'll play as a Vopila. It can't jump, it can be flipped over easily, and its only attack is the recoil-heavy Cavitation Beam. Good luck playing as one. Did I also mention that you can't get any powerups while playing as them? Up until 1.6, that even included health!
    • Lethal Joke Character: If you activate the Bandana and Yolomode modifiers, you'll play as the mighty "Yolomo of the Sun Fist". It can charge up a hadouken beam, its uppercuts destroys terrains, propels you, and shoots a projectile, and it has long-range rapid flaming kicks that can also destroy terrains. Its double jump makes up for its lack of hovering. If all that still doesn't convince you, watch it as it defeats the final boss.
    • There's also the Yinimro modifier. Along with being able to move anywhere on the screen regardless of terrain, its gear attacks pass through walls and mow through enemies while dealing considerate damage, along with a handy teleport to help you out of tight situations to make up for its slow movement speed. If that wasn't enough, it wraps a time-slowing field around itself when projectiles get near, giving you a lot of time to react and teleport out of the way. Fun to play as, but the lethal-jokiness really shows when you turn on the Upgrade modifier along with it, turning your Alpha Yinimro into a Gamma Yinimro that shoots supersized cogs that deal even more damage.
  • Jump Scare: Played with. The Orzinavs only appear if you get close to them. This makes them a terrifyingly good Paranoia Fuel. However, you can tell where one's hiding with enough scrutiny by looking for small, faint red auras.
  • Kaizo Trap: Don't stand on the same space as Yolomacho after you defeat it.
  • Kick Chick: Boki's only melee attack is kicking. She can do it in various ways, like doing a Roundhouse Kick and a Diving Kick. One powerup even makes her kicks explosive.
    • The 1.8 update changed her Diving Kick into a drill kick. One modifier even allows her to do it in any direction.
  • Kill Sat: The Burst Krijyl and Hypercube Krijyl.
    • The Orbital Laser (Light+Tornado+Plasma) combination, although there is no satellite to be seen firing it, and Boki only acts as the beacon.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Blade Arikan's fate if you beat him using a Virs.
  • Killer Rabbit: Most of the enemies are this. Most notably Philyks, where they are described as being deliberately cute to deceive their enemies.
  • King Mook: The bosses in Endless Mode, although they only appear on the fifth and ninth wave of every world, as the tenth wave contains an actual boss.
    • Taken more literally with Jumbo Exchikke, the boss of the Cyberspace world in endless mode. As its name suggests, it's just your typical Exchikke, only scaled up much bigger, and is even less of a threat than Magna Exchikke.
  • Laser Blade: Quick+Light will do this, with any third powers giving enhancements like shadow fighters and Sword Beams.
  • Last Chance Hit Point: Nothing can kill Boki unless she's already at 1 hitpoint remaining, and any attack that puts her in such a state even gives her more invulnerability frames than normal.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: Some of the levels have lava.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Savant thinks that robotic bunnies are silly, and questions about who designed them.
    • This interview has Boki scoffing at the idea of her whole life being fake.
  • Leitmotif: Ver. 1.6 added one for Arikan.
  • Let's Play: raocow has his thumbs in this pie, too.
  • Level Editor: Another feature of this game. There are even three user-made level packs that can be found on the creators' website.
  • Light Is Not Good: Throughout the game, you will encounter the Gehligrukai enemies, which are shaped like angels, but acts just as nasty as the other enemies.
    • Exalted Exchikkes, which are Exchikkes that shine brightly and can split into four balls of light and ram you. Though the description said they're not powered with light magic, instead they just have fancy light shows.
    • The entire extra world on hard mode can be considered as one. Whereas the normal mode is a set of hell-themed levels, the hard mode is a set of heaven-themed levels filled with angels and fluffy clouds, but can definitely kick your ass harder than the normal mode. It all culminates on the boss, Aekros, a lost superweapon from an ancient civilization now seized by the Cybers, but has the look of a seraph. To hammer it home, this is what Exgal is supposed to be based on.
  • Little Miss Badass: Boki is a 15-year old Cat Girl. You think she's all cute and defenseless? She'll hand your rear on a silver platter with her Fantastic Fighting Style. And that's not even counting her weapon-combining powers.
  • Lost Technology: Aekros, a guardian weapon of a long-lost civilization, now reprogrammed into serving the Cybers. They tried to mass-produce it, but that only resulted in Exgal.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: One of the weapon combinations lets you do this (Force+Explode+Quick). It's aptly named 'Gatling Rocket'.
  • Magitek: The enemies are clearly robots, but some of the description says that they are powered by magic. Most prominently are the Shadow Exchikkes, the Virs mechs, and the Symbiotic Vaerzet.
  • Malevolent Architecture: Terrain in Endless Mode constantly regenerates and changes. While this helps if the player or other enemies have been laying waste to the landscape until Boki can't reach enemies at the top of the field, this also comes with unfortunate side effects, like causing the floor beneath Boki to suddenly disappear right out from under her, making it hard to hit enemies with weapons that don't pass through walls, or boxing her in and forcing her to kick and shoot her way out (which is a great time for enemies that phase and shoot through walls to take pot shots at her.)
  • Meaningful Name: Uncle Savant.
  • Merchandise-Driven: In-universe, there is the "Love Bunny" plushies. Boki has one in her room.
  • Mercy Invincibility: Boki gets one whenever she's hit. When she's down to 1 hp, she gets a long one.
  • Mirror Boss: Inverted with the fight with Arikan. The player is mirroring them.
    • Exgal teaches us that this isn't always a good idea...
  • Monster Compendium: The game has its own enemy/boss database that not only displays information, but also keeps track of how many times you've killed/been killed by that enemy.
  • Mook Maker: Hoagalls and Fwaffens. If you kill one, it'll sometimes drop a solo weapon that lets you create whatever Mooks they were making to fight for you.
  • Morph Weapon: The Astral weapon is described as being a configurable weapon. It just so happens that Blade Arikan and Boki prefers it as a sword.
    • In Savant's version of the battle, he morphs it into a drill. Then again, he's going against Drill Arikan.
  • Nice Hat: Savant's top hat, which shares the Unmoving Plaid motif with his clothes, and can actually damage enemies after disintegration.
  • No Fair Cheating: There are in-game "modifiers" that do things like give you infinite health and ammo, or make the game look like a shiny kaleidoscope. The game outright tells you that using certain cheats will disable score saving and content unlocks, but if you fight the final boss with any cheat that gives you an unfair advantage, he calls you dishonorable scum when you kill him!
    • Taken Up to Eleven if you fight him with a Virs. He flat-out vows to destroy you.
  • Not So Above It All: Savant comments in his tutorial that causing huge amounts of destruction within the game is a great deal of fun for him as well. At the very end of the game, he also creates a level that beats itself, requiring no input at all from the player, just because he can.
    Savant: First rule of life in Zoincailla: there can always be a bigger explosion.
  • Oculothorax: Inkoyo, the boss of the Factory world in endless mode. It's a beefed-up konthet with several weapon orbs connected to it. You have to destroy the orbs first before you can damage the boss itself.
  • Off with His Head!: How Yolomacho meets its end.
  • One-Hit Kill: Harvester, when you're using it against Mooks.
  • One-Hit Polykill: Plasma can pull this off handsomely, although it takes skill to line up due to the very narrow beams. Also, it's not exactly one hit, but Tornado goes through things too and can wipe out multiple enemies in a single shot.
  • Organic Technology: While most of the enemies and bosses are robots, there are also some that are made of organic materials. Most prominently is the Symbiotic Vaerzet. It was stated to be made of mostly organic materials.
  • Parental Abandonment/Interspecies Adoption: The website revealed that Boki was abandoned as a child, and she never knew her real parents. Instead, she was raised by Savant's older sister.
  • Pinball Projectile: The Bounce weapon. Doubly so if you combine it with a weapon that negates its obedience to gravity. Taken Up to Eleven if you add in Wave as well, since not only it bounces off the surface, but a second projectile is created that goes through the terrain.
  • Planet Heck: Extra World is very dark and evil-looking, with enemies wielding Black Magic, and Exgal waiting on the final level.
  • Power Copying: Boki's power is essentially stealing the power from enemies and adapting it to her own, not to mention combining said powers into more devastating weapons.
    • The Seeker Orzinav can pick up weapon drops left around and copy the attacks of those who dropped it.
    • Savant can simulate others' powers, but it's not nearly as effective. It takes him weeks of intense research to successfully simulate a single power, while Boki can do it instantly and much more accurately. The only reason he can copy everything in the game is because he wrote the game, and therefore knows all of the simulated powers inside and out already.
  • Power Crystal: What powers the Virs mechs and the Dengrahxes.
  • Power Glows: The more combo you rack up, the more powerful you get, and you'll gain a glowy rainbow aura to go along with that.
  • Power Strain Blackout: Using all three of Exgal's powers together does quite a number on Boki.
    • The duel with Blade Arikan on normal mode wipes her out pretty good, but on hard mode, she's got energy to spare.
  • Promoted to Playable: Savant gets this treatment for the Turbo version.
  • Pun: There are several, though Word of God says they're completely unintentional.
    • 'Kitty' is basically another way of saying 'cat'. Therefore, the title could be translated as 'Copy Cat'. Boki herself is a more literal example.
    • Savant is a bug-like creature who is an expert on computers. Thus, Savant is a literal computer bug.
    • The 'plot' for Savant's gameplay is that he was testing the simulation first before handing it to Boki. Savant is bug testing the game.
    • As covered in Meaningful Name above, Savant is indeed an ant.
    • Is Savant Boki's uncle, or is he her antnote ?
  • Reality Warper: Savant's main power is this, demonstrated by and manifested in his computer screens he can summon out of thin air. It's actually a single spell that he can "reprogram" to do pretty much whatever he wants, so long as he knows how to "program" that functionality.
  • Recoil Boost: Yolomos use the recoil from their attacks to fly around.
    • If you kick a Konsoob, you'll be flung away. In fact, the 'Konsoob Olympics' level revolves around this.
  • Recycled Soundtrack: Two of the game's songs are actually remixes of two songs from Another World's Chaos, AzuRai's first endeavor at making video games.
  • Reflecting Laser: Any time you add Bounce into a laser-type weapon combination.
  • Required Secondary Powers: In order to be able to combine powers, Boki of course needs to be able to copy them first.
  • Roboteching: Adding Force to any combination will result in this.
  • Rules Of Cute And Cool
  • Samus is a Girl: The database reveals that the Gunner Thremnat, Valkyrie Gehligrukai, and Drill Arikan are all female. The Valkyrie is even stated to hate being mistaken as a 'he'.
  • Scenery Porn: Which puts The Matrix to shame.
  • Segmented Serpent: Eadrarm, the boss of the Nebula world in endless mode. It's a giant snake robot with electric wings and segments connected with electricity. When it's damaged enough, it will drop off its segments and become more agressive.
  • Self-Deprecation: In the intro of the Dandelion Grove level, Savant momentarily leans on the fourth wall to question about who designed the robotic bunnies, as he found it silly.
  • Self-Duplication: One of the weapon combinations (Remote+Quick+Light) let Boki do this. It's aptly named One-Kitty Army.
    • To an extent, Paradox Blade (Light+Quick+Split). It creates two shadow fighters, one in front and one behind.
    • The One-arm and Three-arms Dayelos can do this. They start off as one before duplicating themselves into three.
    • Paradox Yinimros can create shadow clones of themselves, in which they shoot out gears at you.
    • Savant can also do this if he uses the Split weapon.
  • Serial Escalation: This trope definitely applies if you beat the free version first before beating the Turbo version. The final battle moved from being a sword duel to destroying a giant mecha on foot.
  • Shapeshifting: The Seven-arms Dayelos can transform into any enemy.
  • Shock and Awe: Light (short for Lightning).
  • Shoryuken: The Yolomo enemies have the ability to do this. Boki herself can get this power from them.
  • Shout-Out: has its own page.
  • Sinister Scythe: The Weapon of Choice for the Harvester Orzinavs.
    • Although it doesn't look like it, one of Exgal's powers is this.
  • Smart Bomb: Subverted with Supernova, which actually just covers a specific radius around the player upon use that almost effects the entire screen if used in the middle of it. Also, some Tornado combos have the capacity to be this.
  • Sound Test: The game has one, complete with an adjustable 'critical health' sound layer.
  • Speaking Simlish: Added in version 1.6.
  • Spider Tank/Tank Goodness: The Dengrahx tanks. It's a tank on bug legs, with a sharp front plow and an extendable mouth that can bite and breathe fire. Oh, it can also fly and fire missiles as well.
    • Even more so with Giga Dengrahx. It utterly demolishes all the bosses you've encountered before, all at once.
  • Sticky Bomb: Bounce+Remote does this to enemies.
  • Super-Cute Super-Powers: Zerynex Omega's "intimidation tactics".
  • Sword Beam: Tidal Blade (Quick+Light+Wave) unleashes a stream of Wave shots at either the combo finish or when you're doing an aerial attack. The beam triples in quantity underwater.
    • One of Astral's main attacks is this.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: Pyphora, the boss of the Sky world in endless mode. It's a critter that quickly teleports to a safer location if it spots you or is attacked. To make matters worse, it can shoot projectiles that can't be blocked or destroyed, only swatted away.
  • Teleport Spam: Yinimros and its variants. They always teleport before attacking you.
    • Five-arms Dayelos also does this, although their movement range is fixed onto one spot.
    • Savant can also do this, but it's limited to an amount of times before it has to recharge.
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Yolomacho, especially the hard mode variant, where if you shoot its front, instead of 'reflect', it goes 'muscle'. Even on the stats screen, its manliness is listed as 10/10.
  • Theme Naming: The soundtrack is named after fruit.
  • This Is a Drill: Savant's Light+Tornado combo.
    • Also the Weapon of Choice for Savant's battle against Drill Arikan.
    • The Kazaader enemies are this. They burrow themselves in the ground or ceiling, and will only surface when you get right within its range.
    • Terebryll, the boss of the Desert world in endless mode. It alternates its standing point on the ceiling or on the ground by drilling through. It can also shoot its drills.
  • Trick Bomb: The Remote combinations.
  • Try Everything: Encouraged — the more you stick with one combination of powers, the weaker that particular combination gets, so frequently swapping out powers and exploring the myriad ways destruction can be wreaked is rewarded.
  • Turns Red: Several bosses kick it up a notch when their health falls below 50%. The stand-out cases are Exchikkalibur and Arikan, who gain a very significant power boost, but in their cases it's not really a good idea, since the player can copy that too. Savant even suggests tricking Exchikkalibur into powering up, specifically so Boki can gain enough power to break its shields.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: The grand finale of the Bonus Bonus Boss is a mid-air duel in shmup form.
  • Unlockable Content: Completing the achievements will grant you either Bragging Rights Reward, more concept art, or even cheats.
  • Unmoving Plaid: Savant's clothes.
  • Variable Mix: Several levels have the same basic music, but with different instrumentation, which you can hear changing between them. Most noticeable in Endless Mode, where the song has several different layers that change with the style of the battlefield.
  • Verbal Tic: Boki, being a Cat Girl, occasionally adds some 'meow' at the end of her sentences.
  • The Verse: Zoincailla. Here's a more detailed explanation.
  • Victory Pose: Whenever you beat a boss, Boki or Savant will strike one of this.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: The game is very lighthearted, intended to make the player feel adventurous and powerful. The very vibrant color palette and the enemy designs further support this (with a few exceptions, particularly the Orzinavs). However, the Bonus Boss Exgal breaks all the sweet saccharine. It's represented as a gigantic skull bathed in dark aura, is completely invincible, and the only way to defeat it is to absorb the hellish powers of its subordinates.
  • Warmup Boss: The Magna Exchikke. It's just a bigger version of the exchikke enemies you found in the game. The game even said that the actual threat is the minions it spawned.
    • Even moreso with the endless mode's first world boss, the Jumbo Exchikke. Magna Exchikke at least has something going with it, what with having a slight difference in design and being able to spawn minions. The Jumbo Exchikke is literally an enlarged sprite of the typical exchikke, and managed to be even less of a threat than the puny Magna Exchikke.
  • Wave Motion Gun: Burst Krijyl, as well as a few of the 3-weapon combinations Boki has access to, particularly the Plasma variants.
    • Savant also has access to this, thanks to the Wave+Plasma variants.
  • What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Boki is very, very convinced this applies to her. She's very, very wrong.
  • What the Hell, Player?: If you use cheats in the fight against Arikan, they call you out on it.
    • If you shoot them, they'll eventually get pissed and destroy the sword they gave you, forcing you with your Basic Beam.
    • If Boki approaches the sword with a Virs, it will be destroyed, and Blade Arikan vows to destroy the mech you're riding.
  • Whip It Good: One of the solo weapon drops is this. Comes in many variations, including a vine whip, an electric whip, and a tentacular whip.
  • Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Nabbels will break in half after taking enough damage, but the two halves will continue to function independently; sometimes a broken Nabbel can be more trouble than a whole one.
    • Omega Kumalos can detach their heads from the rest of their body, transforming into a flying demon eye.
  • Willfully Weak: Savant intentionally reduced his own power to Boki's level in order to test the Flux simulation.
  • The Worf Effect: In order to show how powerful the Fortress Virs and Giga Dengrahx are, once you gain control of one, bosses you've fought before appear in front of you, and you can pretty much destroy them with simple attacks.
  • Worthy Opponent: Arikan. They're also the only bosses that doesn't outright insult or condescend you (unless you're cheating) and will pay you due respect if you best them. Even Savant, who notably has an almost frightening level of hatred for the Cybers and their creations, develops a certain respect for Arikan after a couple of duels. Not surprising, given that they're based on Meta Knight.
  • X Meets Y: Bangai-O (target-based mission) meets Kirby 64 The Crystal Shards and Gunstar Heroes (weapon combining) meets Mega Man Network Transmission (graphical style and the cyberspace setting).
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The...thing Boki summons using all three of Exgal's cursed powers to defeat it. The simulation can't handle it and promptly crashes, and so does Boki.