The SWAT Kats
You SWAT Kats have certainly managed to catch your share of villains. But tell us… why do you do it? - Ann Gora
Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson appear to be a couple of ordinary junkyard auto mechanics until trouble occurs in Megakat City.
In a flash they fly their high-tech Turbokat toward danger as T-Bone and Razor: the Swat Kats.
The city is run by the power-hungry Commander Feral and his Megakat Enforcers, a militant team of law officials. Jake and Chance were once Enforcers but Feral demoted them to working in the scrap yard, where the Swat Kats were born. Callie Briggs, the deputy mayor, contacts the Swat Kats whenever evil threatens.
Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron was created by Christian and Yvon Tremblay. Hanna-Barbera produced 23 episodes of the hardware-heavy action show, which debuted in 1993 and quickly developed a cult following.
Chance “T-Bone” Furlong and Jake “Razor” Clawson were members of Megakat City’s paramilitary law enforcement agency, known as the Enforcers.
While in pursuit of Dark Kat, one of the main arch-villains of the series, the two rebelled against Enforcer Commander Feral’s orders to fall back and leave Dark Kat to him. When they objected, citing their already-acquired target lock, Commander Feral used his jet to slap their wing, sending Chance and Jake’s jet crashing into Enforcer headquarters and allowing Dark Kat to get away.
In his anger, Feral discharged Chance and Jake from the Enforcers and reassigned them to work at a city salvage yard to pay for the damage to the Enforcer Headquarters.
Using discarded military parts and weapons from the salvage yard, Chance and Jake built themselves a three-engine jet fighter called the Turbokat, along with a handful of other vehicles. All these vehicles, along with a training area and other equipment is stored in a secret hangar below the yard.
They now patrol Megakat City as the SWAT Kats, defending it against any kind of menace that threatens the city. Their enemies include the criminal mastermind Dark Kat; the undead sorcerer the Pastmaster; the mutant evil genius Doctor Viper; and the robotic gangsters the Metallikats, among several others.
T-Bone and Razor keep their identities secret from everyone, and their closest ally is deputy Mayor Callie Briggs. Their methods do not endear them to Commander Feral, and the series often has the three clash. The Metallikats are the only characters in the series to learn their true identities, when they invade the secret hangar. In the second season, Lieutenant Felina Feral, who disagrees with her uncle’s view about the SWAT Kats’ activities, becomes another ally.