The Origin of Dr. Viper
He was planning to steal the formula, Commander. And when it all spilled on him, the shock to his system must’ve been too great. - Dr. N. Zyme
Dr. Zyme and his partner Dr. Elrod Purvis co-develop Viper Mutagen 368. While attempting to steal the chemical, Purvis spills it on himself and seems to die, but the flawed formula causes him to revive as Dr. Viper.
With SWAT Kats nearing its end, the mystery surrounding one of its major villains is finally solved in this flashback story.
Dr. Zyme (who was killed in “The Giant Bacteria”) and his partner Dr. Elrod Purvis co-develop Viper Mutagen 368, a regenerative growth formula that the “idealistic fool” Zyme wants to donate to Megakat City but the greedy Purvis wants to sell to the highest bidder. While attempting to steal the chemical, Purvis spills it on himself and seems to die, but the flawed formula causes him to revive as the murderous mutant we all know and hate.
And when Viper endangers Zyme, Mayor Manx, Deputy Mayor Briggs and Commander Feral with his giant mutant mosquitoes, only the SWAT Kats can rescue them all. Easily the best of the SWAT Kats shorts, this is so densely packed with characters and subplots that it easily could have been expanded to a full-length episode. But then, how could we live without “Volcanus Erupts!”? A-.
Animato summary written by Mark Lungo
Quite frankly, Mr. Clawson, I'm looking to hire out bodyguards for myself while I'm conducting my business in Megakat City. My assistant insisted on a police escort so I naturally thought of Chance. But since you both are no longer with the Enforces and you have the proper background, I would like to hire you."
"Bodyguards?" Jake repeated. "Do you mind explaining to me, Ms. Furfax, exactly why you would be needing them?"
With a small motion, Tawny had a card in her hand and smoothy handed it to Jake. "Furfax Industries is one of the biggest privately owned technological engineers in the world just short of government owned facilities like Pumadyne. As CEO, that alone makes me a target.
"But my main concern while here is that page three story."
"The trial?" Jake asked.
Chance's face darkened with disapproval.
"I'm not allowed to go into the details, but I am going to be a witness at the trial. The Bombays are a very powerful mafia family, both here and in Purrson Heights. I've already had several attempts on my life, trying to scare me away from testifying. I won't sugar coat it, Mr. Clawson, if you take the job, chances are you will be in danger. I have already lost my previous bodyguards to gunshot injuries. No fatalities as of yet, but-"
"But there's always a first time," Jake responded.
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In 1993, Hanna-Barbera released SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, an animated action show taking place in the world of Megakat City. It was based on characters created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay. Despite early cancellation in its second season, the series remains popular with an active fanbase. In the United States it can occasionally be found in syndication on the Boomerang Cable Network.