Commander Ulysses Feral
With all due respect, Deputy Mayor, your SWAT Kats are a menace. They belong in a cell.
Commander Ulysses Feral is the by-the-book, well-intentioned leader of Megakat City’s paramilitary Enforcers who are tasked with defending the city against a host of threats.
Oftentimes uncompromising in his outlook towards criminal activity, Commander Feral has no time for what he deems reckless hotshot vigilantes, like the SWAT Kats. This has frequently put him at odds with Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs, who has made her support of the SWAT Kats no secret.
This, in addition to his blatant dislike of Mayor Manx (calling Manx a coward and a fool on many occasions), has often forced Feral to stand alone. While he has occasionally put out notices to arrest the SWAT Kats, Commander Feral isn’t blind to their actions in saving Megakat City, and is mostly content to allow them to leave the scene and lambast them to the media.
A lean, tough, by-the-book police veteran, Commander Feral displays his militant, power-hungry ways to prevent anyone from going around him. However, the SWAT Kats go around, up and over him. Furious that the SWAT Kats always end up doing his job, Feral boils over seeing his Enforcers look bad against Megakat City’s many villains.
Commander Feral has frequently and publicly advocated for the arrest of the SWAT Kats, frequently labeling them as lawless vigilantes who cause more harm than good. Feral has even gone so far as to put out an APB for their arrest on at least one occasion, though Deputy Mayor Callie Briggs cited Feral’s potential embarrassment and bruised ego as his motivations for doing so. Despite this, Feral just as frequently also allows the SWAT Kats to leave the scene undeterred if they’ve just helped capture a dangerous criminal. Feral’s devotion to the law overshadows his rivalry with the SWAT Kats, as was shown when the Metallikats offered to reveal the identities of the masked duo if Feral would let them go free, which Feral adamantly turned down.
Commander Feral has an unnamed brother, and his niece, Lt. Felina Feral, is shown to be a part of the Enforcers during the show’s second season. Due to her headstrong actions and occasional disregard for orders, Commander Feral has stated he would remove her from the force, but his brother would never speak to him again.
Feral was originally going to be the one Turmoil fell in love with in Lance Falk’s original script for Cry Turmoil. As written by Falk, Feral would’ve been fired from his job as the Enforcer commander by Manx after failing again, and he would’ve thrown in his lot with Turmoil and her crew. Unlike T-Bone in the finished episode, Feral’s turn to evil would’ve been genuine. He would’ve turned against Turmoil at the end of the episode when she lost, claiming he’d been pretending the entire time, when in reality he’d only betrayed her to save himself. The episode would’ve shown a darker side to Feral’s personality.
In the unfinished episode Succubus! (also known as The Curse of Kataluna), Feral met and fell in love with wealthy heiress Katrina Moorkroft. He didn’t notice he’d begun to drastically age at an accelerated rate the more time he spent with her. However, Felina did, and she and Callie Briggs sought the assistance of Dr. Abby Sinian, who discovered that Katrina was in reality an evil succubus. Feral, however, refused to believe them, and even planned to propose to Katrina. During the night of an eclipse, Katrina transformed into her true form and tried to fully drain Feral, however he was saved by the SWAT Kats and his niece, and reverted back to his normal self in the hospital.