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Webcomic / We Are The Wyrecats

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The armor keeps me steady
The head sees my future
The legs move me forward
The arms build my world
The spirit shares my future
Because we are ALL Wyrecats!

Technology has become a battleground. The armory of humanity has traded an arsenal of guns and drones for advanced one-man combat equipment known as XAG (eXoskeletal Augmentation Gear) armor. In the midst of this unstable world, a team of young, idealistic special needs students decides to join the fray with their own custom XAG armor in hopes of using their skills and superior technology to calm the advancing storm.

Five years later, things have only gotten worse and there’s so much lost time to make up for.

We Are The Wyrecats is the spiritual successor to Ruby Nation and takes place in the future of the same universe.


Examples of tropes in this webcomic:

  • A Million Is a Statistic: Lamar is very much against this notion back in the early days, but becomes more pragmatic about that as he’s faced with the unfortunate reality of his situation. He still maintains a disdain for this mindset despite being unable to defy it, however.
  • Anachronic Order: The comic opens with the main character waking up from a five-year coma with plenty of past events waiting to be fleshed out.
  • Art Evolution: Especially compared to the somewhat crude art style of its predecessor, Ruby Nation, the art has made major improvements in anatomical structure and coloring.
  • The Atoner: Lamar takes up this role in chapter five.
  • Batman Gambit: Jens knows just how to manipulate K.A. into doing his dirty work, simply by understanding her idealistic tendencies and how to direct them.
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  • Brain Uploading: As it turns out, Mela’s original body hasn’t been around for quite some time now.
  • Break the Cutie: A lot of the characters were much more idealistic in the flashbacks.
  • Body Horror: The serum meant to save K.A.’s life has some…unsettling effects on her appearance.
  • The Cameo: Jens aside, the other cast of Ruby Nation gets a brief appearance.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Lamarr wakes with a start from what seems to be flashback dreams of K.A. at the beginning of chapter five.
  • The Chessmaster: Jens, as K.A. unfortunately discovers.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Mela is delightfully odd.
  • Creator Thumbprint: Many themes present in the author's previous works are here as well. This includes Animal Motifs, deconstruction of the superhero genre, Idealism vs. Cynicism, characters with disabilities, and plenty of cats.
  • Cute Kitten: The kids have a lot of cats in their workshop. Mr. Percival isn't terribly fond of them, but the kids enjoy having them around.
  • Deadpan Snarker: K.A.’s father has a rather acerbic tongue on him.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Lamar's forces don’t take kindly to his suicidal tactics and verbal abuse, breaking his armor and leaving him for dead.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Lamarr hates being used as an Inspirationally Disadvantaged poster child. He also refuses to treat others with that kind of pity.
  • Giant Mecha: Shaped like beetles, no less.
  • Glowing Mechanical Eyes: The XAG suits tend to have these.
  • Handicapped Badass: All of the members of the Wyrecats have some sort of mental or physical disability. They also possessed—-and in fact developed—some seriously tough Powered Armor and did their level best to stand up to a global arms race.
  • Hero Does Public Service: Despite their idealistic pursuits turning out less-than-stellar, the Wyrecats try to do some good in the world by varying methods.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Averted. Lamar makes a suicidal attempt to take out the underwater base and save the others. Tadeo will have none of that.
  • Hobbes Was Right: Jens is of the mind that all of humanity must be carefully manipulated into fighting fake wars to be kept in order.
  • Interrupted Suicide: K.A. saves Erica from jumping off a bridge. The two later become friends.
  • Kid Hero: The Wyrecats is a team of high-schoolers. Or, at least, they were. The comic is quickly moving toward deconstructing this trope right from the get-go.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Lamar was by far the most pessimistic of the kids even before things fell apart.
  • Mundane Utility: Many of the features of the XAG armor are meant to be used as assistive technology. For example, Lamar has his speechbot, which allows the otherwise mute boy to communicate.
  • Nanomachines: One of the prevalent technologies of the setting. It’s also a nod to the fact this this is the same universe Ruby Nation takes place in.
  • Nerves of Steel: Tabbi has no problem letting Lamar have it when he mistakes her for a child. All while he’s holding her by the back of her shirt after effortlessly ripping her out of her suit like it was a sardine can.
  • Newhart Phone Call: K.A. walks in on her dad having a rather tense phone conversation with the government about the kid’s armor and weapons. We only see his side of it, but the implications are still clear.
  • Noodle Implements: The things Mela can imagine being used as a deadly weapon must be seen to be believed.
  • Our Souls Are Different: K.A. and Mela have a discussion about what exactly a soul entails.
  • Painful Transformation: K.A. gets a biological upgrade to make her more efficient. It’s…not pleasant.
  • Powered Armor: XAG armor is precisely this.
  • Properly Paranoid: Bryce behaves in an extremely paranoid manner due to his brain tumor. Given the depth of the conspiracies he’s involved in, however, his fears may not be entirely unfounded.
  • Realpolitik: What Jens has become in his Heel–Face Turn with his philosophy that humanity must be kept in control by a cycle of constant engineered wars.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Averted. K.A. sets out with this in mind, but settles down en route and instead has a somewhat different breakdown.
  • Sad Clown: Mela is generally the most outwardly cheerful member of the group, but her upbeat outlook seems to mask a lot of internal pain.
  • Sanity Slippage: During his lucid moments, he acts as Mission Control, but Bryce’s brain tumor is having some severe effects on his mental facilities that cause him to behave irrationally.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dealing with Mela turns out to be a little harder than anticipated and this mook decides there’s only one appropriate response.
  • Shipper on Deck: Bryce gets fed up pretty quickly with K.A. and Lamar's UST.
  • Sixth Ranger: Tadeo fills this role for the rest of the team, being that he wasn’t one of the original Wyrecats.
  • Trigger Happy: Tabbi is a bit quick to shoot first and ask questions later.
  • Shout-Out: K.A. and Erica are both fans of Doctor Who. The comic also has a few references to some indie webcomics.
  • Spiritual Successor: K.A. is a lot of like Ruby, the protagonist of the creator's previous comic. On a larger scale, this comic appears to be a spiritual successor to Ruby Nation as a whole and takes place in the same universe.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: While discussing the possibility of storing a soul as an AI, Mela is very quick to insist that she has not been using mammal brains to test her theory.
  • These Hands Have Killed: K.A.’s reaction to (albeit unintentionally) killing a mook.
  • The Scapegoat: Ignis itself turns out to be one, created by a manipulative government to keep people in line.
  • Technology Porn: The creator really likes to go into detail on the Wyrecat suits and what they are capable of. There are also multiple shots of the suits assembling themselves, revealing the inner workings beneath the armor.
  • The Topic of Cancer: Bryce’s health has been in worse shape than he initially led K.A. to believe.
  • Transhuman: Some of the characters could qualify for this even without their suits.
  • Underwater Base: Lamar’s base is located within the Mariana Trench.
  • Unwitting Pawn: K.A. to Jens. Averted for the other Wyrecats. They knew full well what he was doing before K.A. was recruited, but he had successfully backed each of them into a corner one way or another.
  • Wham Shot: A bit of footage reveals who has been behind the appropriation of military-grade enhancements…
  • What the Hell, Hero?: K.A. delivers a short but cutting one at the end of chapter four to Bryce.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: What the characters used to be. And what the story is trying its darndest to kick out of them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jens has no qualms about terrorizing a gifted child into designing his weapons and threatening his family if he doesn’t toe the line. Tabbi implies that she was subjected to even worse treatment when trying to escape.
  • X-Ray Vision: K.A.’s suit has this ability, though functionally, it’s more like thermal imaging.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: As much as she wishes it, the world really isn't the same place K.A. used to know.
  • Your Head Asplode: Mela. Good think she has backups.