Webcomic / The GaMERCaT

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"The GaMERCaT" is a webcomic about a cat who is a gamer. The webcomic centers on the adventures of GaMERCaT, his sidekick the Annoying Fairy (a parody of Navi), and his protege Glitch, a stray kitten he brought home one day, to whom he wants to teach all about gaming. Later comics introduce a formed "gang" of gamer cats. Alongside GaMERCat and Glitch are Sweet, the big tough guy, and Pixel, the only female gamer cat until Nano came along. When not simply hanging out with the others, the two seem to fight over who should be the better influence for Glitch: Sweet wants him to play violent games to make him tough, while Pixel wants him to play cute friendly games to keep his innocence.

"The GaMERCaT" is created by artist Samantha Whitten a.k.a. Celesse. Many of the strips are parodies of popular video games. Others are centered on GaMERCaT's difficulty interacting with humans while getting and playing video games, or interactions between the cats.

It can be found here.

Tropes associated with GaMERCaT include:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Nano to GaMERCaT, not because she's ugly but because she's too young for him, is into really dark stuff like Dark Souls, can be really super creepy, and is suffocatingly affectionate.
  • Adorkable: GaMERCaT and Glitch mainly.
  • Adjusting Your Glasses: When Pixel is getting ready to play Guitar Hero. One paw, complete with Opaque Lenses.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of various video games.
  • Annoying Video Game Helper: invoked The Annoying Fairy, as she is meant to be a pastiche of Navi.
  • Art Evolution: In the earlier strips, GaMERCaT was drawn in a more simplistic way and had a very chibi look. Later comics have a more detailed art style. Hilariously lampshaded by Pixel when GaMERCaT complains about the face lift that Pokémon received.
    • His eyes now also have color when they go wide. They are now green.
  • Badass Mustache: The white stripes on Sweet's muzzle look like one.
  • Bad Future: When Glitch sets the 3DS clock to the year 2050, GaMERCaT's Animal Crossing town is filled with dead trees, torrential rain, weeds and dead grass everywhere, and the animals no longer remember he exists.
  • Berserk Button: Try to read a walkthrough to play a game under GaMERCaT's watch. Just try it.
    • And don't ever tell him you're not going for all the trophies/achievements in your game.
      • Seems to be Pixel's trigger, too.
    • Don't hit on Sweet's sisters.
  • Big Brother Mentor: GaMERCaT to Glitch.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sans doesn't so much as break the fourth wall as he does relax on it, the lazy bum. He uses the panel corners as a hammock and casually walks off-comic after jumping off the panel. Poor Gamercat is left hopelessly confused.
  • Calvin Ball: Their custom Monopoly rules which make no sense at all, as a result of most of the game having been missing. They replace the Chance cards with Pokémon cards, and the figures (except the boot) with Skylanders figures. And they only move one space at a time, since the dice are missing. And despite the chaotic mess, it is freaking awesome
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster: Downplayed. The comic is mainly comedy, but there have been a couple episodes here & there that had no punchline or comedy to speak of.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Anonymouse haven't been seen in years.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Nano is shown to be quite clingy towards GaMERCaT, whom she considers her "future boyfriend" despite his clear lack of interest.
    Nano: HUSSIE! THIS IS MY FUTURE BOYFRIEND AND IF YOU DON'T BACK OFF I WILL DESTROY YOU WITH MY SUNLIGHT SPEAR! PRAISE THE SUN!!
    • Damsel in Distress: Parodied. As he argues with Sweet, Nano visualizes GaMERCaT as this by imagining him being held hostage à la Pauline in the original Donkey Kong arcade game (with Sweet as the big bad ape & herself as Jumpman/Mario, of course). She promises GaMERCaT she will rescue her "fair prince", even though GaMERCaT was even shown wearing Pauline's dress.
  • Character Development: GaMERCaT was once very critical of the way mobile games work compared to console games (paying to play as you go rather than buying the whole thing up front for the cost of a regular game), but as he explains the model to Glitch he doesn't seem to mind it too much anymore. He probably became more tolerant of it because of how Pixel introduced him to mobile gaming.
  • Covert Pervert: GaMERCaT, surprisingly enough. See Double Entendre below.
  • Crush Blush: GaMERCaT the first time he sees Pixel.
    • Nano to GaMERCaT.
  • Cute Kitten: Glitch is utterly adorable. This even kicks off an entire story arc, as when GaMERCaT realizes how much girls find Glitch adorable, he uses Glitch to his advantage to pick up girls.
    • Played with in Nano's case.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Pixel's reaction to Glitch.
  • Cute and Psycho: Played for Laughs with Nano.
  • Double Entendre: When GaMERCaT tries flirting with a female cat he finds out she also likes videogames so he asks her if she wants to try out his custom joystick note . Obviously, she doesn't take it well.
  • Exposition Fairy: Played with, "Annoying Fairy" is a parody of Navi but is a bad role model, as she once encouraged GaMERCaT to binge on junk food, (Mainly for the free game codes) and then insults him when he becomes overweight, and pressured GaMERCaT into buying a Zelda game (In which he didn't seem to want in the first place) as well as a strategy guide. And tried to corrupt Glitch by giving into Gamer Greed.
  • Face of a Thug: Sweet has this effect on Nano: when he randomly pops up to see what's going on, she runs away terrified by his intimidating appearance. Cue a perplexed Sweet and an extremely amused GaMERCaT.
  • Five-Man Band:
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Sweet.
  • Furry Reminder: The comic has this in spades. It's what makes the "cat" part of "Gamercat" relevant and keeps the comic from just being about some friends who play games.
    • GaMERCaT reluctantly accepts a subquest to rescue chickens... but brings them all back to their owner as a cat would bring his master prey: dead.
    • Don't hog a demo kiosk for too long while GaMERCaT is waiting behind you for his turn. He might just run out of patience, hop up onto the kiosk in front of you, and start cleaning his... you know.
    • When we first meet Glitch, he's playing one of the classic Pokémon games on Game Boy. His entire team is Magikarps, because he likes fish.
    • When GaMERCaT shows Glitch and Nano the classic videogame Pong, both instinctively run to the TV screen and try to catch the moving dot with their paws. Made even funnier by Sweet and GaMERCaT commenting on how today's "kids" have no self-control.
    • Malcolm discovers a bunch of games he doesn't remember buying, and GaMERCaT & the Annoying Fairy quickly come up with a solution: Have GaMERCaT vomit on Malcolm's jacket, which will take long enough that Malcolm will get more worried about his jacket than the games he doesn't remember buying. What sets GaMERCaT off? E.T. for Atari 2600.
    • Glitch embarrasses the hell out of GaMERCaT in front of a pretty girl cat at the park by saying the first thing that came to mind:
    Glitch: One time Gamercat threw up his dinner in his food bowl then ate it again.
    • When GaMERCaT and Glitch want Malcolm to preorder the PS4 & Xbox One, they try to motivate him the only way cats know how - by bringing him the latest dead thing they found. For some reason, he doesn't appreciate it as much as a cat might have.
    • After Pixel introduces him to the magic of taking selfies, especially selfies with friends, GaMERCaT decides to take his first selfie with Malcolm... who is using the bathroom at the time.
      • He also gets addicted to Instagram and jokingly says one of the pictures was taken at the beach... but it's obviously his litterbox.
    • Outside of games, the cats can only be understood by each other. Everyone else hears what they say as "meows".
  • Jerkass With A Heart Of Gold: Sweet is a bully note  who is almost about to beat up GaMERCaT, except Glitch enters the room, causing an awkward standstill. Not only does Sweet refuse to harm GaMERCaT in front of a little kid, but he also takes up Glitch's offer to play Wii U with them. In turn causing a truce between the two older cats.
  • Gainaxing: When GaMERCaT plays Tomb Raider, he finds himself as Lara Croft and her inconveniently large breasts. When he tries to move them out of the way they end up smacking him in the face.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Let's just say telling GaMERCaT he'll never be able play every videogame in existence isn't a good idea.
  • High On Catnip: When GaMERCaT and Glitch start playing with cat toys containing catnip, things go exactly like you'd expect.
  • Iconic Item: GaMERCaT's red bandana (and red scarf in the winter).
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Glitch is this in spades.
  • Irony: The comic jokes that the reason Captain Toad can't jump is because his backpack is too heavy. This is actually the canon reason, though not stated in-game.
  • Massively Numbered Siblings: Sweet has eight sisters, and who knows how many brothers he has as well? Justified that he is a cat after all.
  • Meganekko: Pixel.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: When GaMERCaT tries to hit on a female cat, Sweet angrily comes to her rescue explaining she's his sister and makes it very clear that he'd better back off and give up on trying to date his seven other sisters as well.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: GaMERCaT is of the "Largely Normal Animal" variety. He's smart enough to play video games but whenever he tries to speak, humans only hear a bunch of "meows". Though, cats in this universe are capable of writing on paper and running a online videogame support chatroom
    "On the internet, nobody knows you're a cat."
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Pixel attempts to snap GaMERCaT from his addictive holiday gaming frenzy spurred by the Fairy by giving him some Tough Love in the form of telling him that he'd never be able play all the games. The result is the above-mentioned BSOD.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Glitch is still a kitten more than a year after his introduction. Not that it's a bad thing.
  • Oh Crap!: After Glitch gets the hang of the "freemium" model of gaming, he accidentally gets carried away and buys over a thousand dollars' worth of crap in the game. GaMERCaT only realizes this too late, resulting in this look.
  • Opaque Lenses: Pixel does this sometimes.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Sweet.
  • Precocious Crush: Nano towards GaMERCaT.
  • Punched Across the Room: What GaMERCaT gets for his... not-so-subtle flirting here.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: When playing Super Mario 3D World, Sweet chooses to play as Peach.
  • Ship Tease: Quite a bit between GaMERCaT and Pixel, most notably on Privy-See and Enabler.
  • Slasher Smile: Pixel pulls one off when she shows GaMERCaT what he used to look like.
  • Sleep Cute: When GaMERCaT sees Glitch getting sleepy, he puts him to bed. Glitch climbs out of his bed and cuddles with GaMERCaT.
  • Something Completely Different: One story arc, is with Sweet and Pixel fighting over what games Glitch should play, in which GaMERCat asks Glitch what he personally wants to play. Cue them playing Monopoly, with their own rules.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: GaMERCaT finds out that a stray kitten (who later is named Glitch) has a Game Boy because someone threw it in the garbage can he lives in. He proceeds to complain how sad that is... that someone threw away a perfectly working Game Boy. The kitten agrees.
    • When GaMERCat has gone bananas in organizing his plan for maximizing his purchasing and playing of all the new games coming out for the holidays, Pixel and Glitch recruit Sweet to help snap him out of it. Instead, Sweet comments GaMERCat has done all of his work for him before asking GaMERCat about playtime timespan between releases, something GaMERCat has "an algorithm for."
  • The Bus Came Back: Nyan first appeared during the interviews for a fourth member of the gaming group. A year later in real-world time, she showed up again, and revealed her name is actually Nano.
  • The Comically Serious: Sweet is always grumpy no matter what. It's especially hilarious when he's shown running around dressed as Peach. Though his character seems to be evolving into a stoic badass.
  • Tough Love: Pixel tries this on GaMERCaT to snap him back into sense, comparing it to quickly ripping off a bandage. It backfires.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
    • Glitch vomits while he tries to look cute for GaMERCaT's owner. He still adopts him.
    • It happens again in this strip, ruining another attempt at cuteness.
    • Another instance, with a 'special guest'. Kittens in this comic seem to have a bit of a barfing problem.

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