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** This was quite common among the shows writers. The storyboards for "Enter the Madkat" described Katzmer the antique store owner as being based off of Creator/KeyeLuke in '"Film/Gremlins'', while the script for "Chaos in Crystal" says Warden Meece and Dr. Greenbox are based off of M. Emmet Walsh and Creator/WoodyHarrelson, respectively.

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** This was quite common among the shows writers. The storyboards for "Enter the Madkat" described Katzmer the antique store owner as being based off of Creator/KeyeLuke Keye Luke in '"Film/Gremlins'', '"Film/{{Gremlins}}'', while the script for "Chaos in Crystal" says Warden Meece and Dr. Greenbox are based off of M. Emmet Walsh and Creator/WoodyHarrelson, respectively.

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** This was quite common among the shows writers. The storyboards for "Enter the Madkat" described Katzmer the antique store owner as being based off of Creator/KeyeLuke in '"Film/Gremlins'', while the script for "Chaos in Crystal" says Warden Meece and Dr. Greenbox are based off of M. Emmet Walsh and Creator/WoodyHarrelson, respectively.


** Simlarly, except for Smitty and the unnamed guy who appears in "Enter the Madkat" and "Katastrophe" (called "Sergeant #2" in the storyboards) all Enforcer sergeants use the same character design as Sgt. Talon. This makes it difficult to tell if the sergeant in question is intended to be Talon or not unless he speaks.



* SwampsAreEvil: Megakat Swamp, the domain of Dr. Viper, is one seriously disturbing place.

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* SurveillanceStationSlacker: Security in Megakat City is often lax:
** The sergeant in "Night of the Dark Kat." Despite reassuring the NewMeat that if anyone tries to break into the defense center that the Enforcers will stop them, he's shown asleep at his desk minutes later while Hard Drive is helping himself to all the computer data. He has to be awakened by the burglar alarm.
** The guard outside the top secret research lab in Puma-Dyne in "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats" is snoring soundly when both the good and evil sets of SWAT Kats sneak in.
** Emil in "The Origin of Dr. Viper" is either reading comic books of sleeping while manning the front desk at Megakat Biochemical. At least ''his'' excuse is he's elderly. Nevertheless, he allows Dr. Viper to literally slip in under his nose.
-->'''Callie:''' Tight security...
* SwampsAreEvil: The Dead Forest, a particularly polluted part of Megakat Swamp, Swamp and the domain of Dr. Viper, is one seriously disturbing place.


* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Enforcer Sergeant.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The main Enforcer Sergeant.Sergeant (even though he does have a name - [[AllThereInTheScript Talon]]).



* HypercompetentSidekick: Describes Callie to a T. Also the Enforcer Sergeant.

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* HypercompetentSidekick: Describes Callie to a T. Also the Enforcer Sergeant.Sergeant Talon, especially in comparison to Steel.



** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the main Enforcer sergeant. According to the script for "Destructive Nature," his name is Talon. Talon is also the name of one of the prison guards in "Chaos in Crystal."



** Callie's full name is Calico.
** Metallikats is a portmanteau of "Metallic" and "Cats" and a reference to the Heavy Metal Band "Metallica".

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** Callie's full first name is Calico.
** Metallikats "Metallikats" is a portmanteau of "Metallic" and "Cats" and a reference to the Heavy Metal Band "Metallica".


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** A combined name pun version: Two of the random Enforcer pilots are named Burge and King, i.e. "Burger King."

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** A dual drop down kick by T-Bone and Razor against two converted MASA guards in "The Ci-Kat-A."

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* RebuffTheAmateur: Commander Feral repeatedly tries to get the SWAT Kats to let '''[[BoldInflation the Enforcers]]''' handle the threat of the week. They never listen, and PoliceAreUseless against supervillainous threats anyway.


* {{Animesque}}: Season 2 appears to have taken some eastern influences with its animation.

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* {{Animesque}}: Season 2 appears to have taken some eastern influences with its animation. Ironically this was before anime had become more mainstream down in the west. Being one of the earlier examples of this trope.

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** Callie's full name is Calico.


** 1). The quality of their equipment is falling - the [=TurboKat=] is built out of the Enforcers' ''garbage'' but easily outperforms their current gear.
** 2). Its leadership is becoming overconfident - T-Bone and Razor were Enforcers until Feral pulled an absolutely ''stupid'' OnlyICanKillHim on Dark Kat (imagine two nobodies nearly catching UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden when some big shot was around) and blamed them for the ensuing property damage. Feral got a bit better, and by the time of the show proper is more professional. But Lt. Commander Steel is an extrapolation of this that nearly screws the entire city.

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** 1). The quality of their equipment is falling - the [=TurboKat=] is built out of the Enforcers' ''garbage'' but easily outperforms their current gear.
** 2). Its leadership is becoming overconfident - T-Bone and Razor were Enforcers until Feral pulled an absolutely ''stupid'' OnlyICanKillHim on Dark Kat (imagine two nobodies nearly catching UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden when some big shot was around) and blamed them for the ensuing property damage. Feral got a bit better, and by the time of the show proper is more professional. But Lt. Commander Steel is an extrapolation of this that nearly screws the entire city.

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* SavedByThePlatformBelow: Pilot T-Bone gets thrown into a pit full of spikes by Dark Kat. Razor is able to fish T-Bone out of that pit, where he was clinging to a small outcrop of rock.

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* OhCrap: When Dark Kat reveals he's wired the place to blow with only seconds left. The heroes quickly get the hell out of dodge before the explosion.


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* TakingYouWithMe: At the end of "Katastrophe", Dark Kat tries this when he, Viper, and the Metallikats get captured in their own hideout.
--> '''Dark Kat:''' If I lose, EVERYONE LOSES! ''(pulls out a timer with seconds left)''
--> '''Razor:''' Crud! The whole place is wired to blow!
--> '''Feral:''' MOVE!

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* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Between the SWAT Kats and Feral at times. Also between Dark Kat, the Metallikats, and Dr. Viper in "Katastrophe"
--> '''Dark Kat:''' Choose now, my villanous friends! Who do you hate more? Me or the SWAT Kats!?
--> '''Mac:''' ... We'll settle with you later, Dark Crud!
--> '''Molly:''' First things first!

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** The SWAT Kats' Glovatrix gauntlets. "Glove of Tricks".

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