Re-Imagining Swat Kats
If there was one thing MegaKat city hated more then the criminal element, it was vigilantes.
Not that they hadn't had their fair share of effective citizen heroes, the most famous…now infamous…example being Dark Kat who served the people as a silent, thankless defender from the shadows for years. Then for reasons still unknown to the day he turned villainous, leading a wave of terrorism and violence unparalleled in the city's checkered history. After the fall of Dark Kat it was a nigh capital offense for regular civilians to carry firearms, operate military grade vehicles, or engage in any unsanctioned heroic activities whatsoever.
That would be the job of the government owned and operated Enforcers.
And it was this lone opportunity to serve their populace (as well as legally gain access to high-grade explosives, gunships and…well…guns) that appealed to childhood friends Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson, the former being a Brutal Ball player, the later originally a breaker's yard employee. Both came to the force with different outlooks, attitudes, backgrounds and beliefs but the driving desire to preserve the good and defeat evil at all costs united them and they became fast friends.
The problem was that The Enforcers was a government operations first, a law enforcement entity second. Red tape, regulations, and compromise dogged Chance and Jake's more aggressive approach to dealing with threats, made worse by their accumulated citations for excessive force and property damage. Unlike their fellows, the two inseparables believed in the safety of the living over the need to keep buildings intact or follow zoning laws. Their recklessness made them severely disliked by their commanding officer Feral, the son of a high-ranking military official who received his job just so he'd stop living off his family's wealth doing little besides. Feral also felt jealous of the nigh heroic status Chance and Jake received from the citizenry, knowing in his hearth that although he wore a uniform studded with medals he hadn't an ounce of true command in him.
It all came to a head when The Enforcers were sent to deal with none other then Dark Kat himself who threatened to blow up an office building and all inside of it unless sensitive research documents were delivered to his cronies. Feral, fearful of an incident if the hostages should be harmed, ordered full compliance with Dark Kat's wishes…but Chance and Jake intercepted a radio message that the villain planned to destroy the building and hostages anyway having received the documents to cover his escape. Unable to convince any to help they hotwired an older design jet and waged a two-person campaign against the terrorists, rescuing the hostages in the process. But as they prepared to leave Feral arrived to arrest them for insubordination, his anger being such that he actually jostled their plane so that they were forced to an emergency crash-landing on top of Enforcer Headquarters. They survived and no one was hurt by Dark Kat got away clean, and the damages for the destruction lead to massive debts and Chance and Jake resigning their commissions while Feral took all the credit for the rescue.
But Jake and Chance weren't quite beaten yet.
Paying off their debts to society by working in the salvage yard, the two devised a plan, to take the reigns again as crime fighters but outside of the system.
To become vigilantes.
But unlike Dark Kat they wouldn't allow their morals to be clouded by fame. They would build for themselves alternate personas to strike fear into the hearts of their enemies, but also keep their workaday selves from the adoration that could go to their heads. To that end Jake became Razor and Chance took on the role of T-Bone, both developing costumes to hide their identities and forming the duo they eventually christened:
The Swat Kats: Radical Squadron.
Luckily the salvage yard was full of quality materials for a trained eye like Jake's and an old rusted frame after several months of buffering and tinkering became the prototype for the fiercest and most reliable weapon in the Radical Squadron's arsenal: The Turbocat. Without the restrictions of Enforcer guidelines the two companions outfitted the vehicle with every weapon they could cram into it, all the armor they could pile on, and every gadget that occurred to them.
The lingering dishonor of Dark Kat was harmful to the Swat Kats at first, but after a few bold acts of gallantry they became locally recognized heroes, even overriding the respect for the formally endorsed Enforcers due to their higher success rate and flashier personalities. It's this rise in popularity that initially has Feral assigning a covert branch of his enforcers to investigate the Kats (called Cats Eye) but eventually he begrudgingly works alongside them, at the suggestion of Calico Briggs the Deputy Mayor, to a limited extent when more and more villains begin coming to light.
The likes of…
Originally Dr. Elrod Purvis, this unfortunate attempted to steal away with a regenerative compound because of his discovery of his terminal illness. When Enforcers were alerted he panicked and attempted to drink all of the formula, but died from its effects. But afterwards the matter of his body was mutated into a creature half snake, half cat which took the name Viper, and in its twisted mind its new mission became subjecting others to the ruinous compound, killing and transforming them in turn into monsters. His right hand mutant is one called Morbulus who has a third eye in the back of his head which also has thermostatic vision, making him nearly impossible to take by surprise on the ground or in the air when he flies his fighter.
The Enforcers were quickly overwhelmed by these Husks (or Mutes) but the Swat Kats luckily had a number of experimental devices to deal with them efficiently.
Mac and Molly Mange:
Condemned joyriding gangsters; these two rambunctious lovers were mortally injured in an escape attempt from Alkatraz. An underground surgeon working on an experimental procedure removed their brains and placed them in the cold metallic bodies of a butler and maid robot respectively. He had hoped to prove by cheating the ability for his robots to make intelligent decisions. He hadn't intended Mac and Molly to turn against him, destroy his mansion, wage a vendetta against the newly established mafia that took over from their old gang, and finally threaten the mayor himself for his part in sending them to death row. Dangerous enough in themselves with superfeline strength and weapons they built into their bodies, Mac and Molly also stole the plans for the scientist's robots…and now create assembly-line fashion a veritable race of 'Metalikats' who are utterly loyal and utterly lethal.
Thousands of years ago he ruled the land that is now Megakat city with an iron fist and the unholy power over time granted him by a pact with infernal forces. Now, resurrected, he leeches from time itself with his Chronarca: a device in the shape of a watch which draws into it the raw force of passing moments and allows him access to the amorphous threads of the time stream. His ultimate goal is to return Megakat city to an age of darkness when the strong ruled by the dark powers of magic, but this would require his being united with his tome, which also contains his splintered soul. As long as the book remains undamaged his body can take any punishment and regenerate.
He is constantly mingling destinies, pasts, presents, and dark alternate futures in his quest to regain what will make him whole…and subsequently give him ultimate power.
A mercenary and assassin, Hard Drive has possession of a 'Surge Suit' which allows him to scatter his material body into pure energy which can then race along any existing power chord, literally infiltrating machines and computer banks. He has gotten into bunkers through unbreakable by slithering in through light sockets and thermostats as well as pulled encrypted files on some of the highest tier data banks by just leaping into them and copying the information into himself.
Hard Drive can also cause at limited range a part of any material to transform rapidly into energy causing things to ignite, jolt, or even explode.
He has no qualms, no code, just works for anyone who can increase his 'download' of information written into his structure and appearing on his body as faintly glowing lines of code. His ultimate goal is to have the codes, files, and livelihoods of everyone in the city under his control so he can rule through total influence.
Supreme mob lord of Megakat city and principal purveyor of the narcotic called Catnip.
He has a claw in most illegal operations throughout Megkat.
A paranoid clown named Lenny Ringtail who was possessed in an asylum by a chaotic spirit from the age of darkness; he is less a villain and more a dangerous nuisance. MadKat has no real goal, no real desire and no real pattern to his crazed actions other then the promotion of absolute anarchy and confusion. Unfortunately for everyone he also possesses near godlike abilities to mold reality to his liking. An indication of his wacky nature is that one moment he could be threatening the city with destruction from a massive crushing jester head, and the next be attending a talk show interview on his memoirs.
A revenant from the Second Mega War, Red Lynx was once a lord of the Crimson Empire before being shot down in a duel with Blue Minx, an opposing ace pilot on the side of The Alliance. He was resurrected by the power of an artifact called The Razer Ruby: a relic from the age of darkness. Almost immediately he gained his old restored flier from the museum and set out on a mission of revenge against the descendants of his hated enemies. Razor has a bit of a hero worship for him (despite his being undead and deadly) as it was his daring and innovative maneuvers had inspired Jake since his cub years.
One of the Aquaians, a species of alien who settled the planet years before the Cats arrived, he resembles a giant lobster and is fully proficient in the hidden cache of weapons and machinery the Aquians left behind them. Although few of them remain, and those are billions of light years on other planets, Mutilor sill finds his advanced technology and colossal size of use in his never ending bid to control all the water in the world so he can eventually call in his people to haul it away for the colonization, and subjugation, of other planets.
A female villain and leader of a villainous squadron of sky pirates, she is the spoiled daughter of a famed inventor but no slouch as a dogfighter. She and T-Bone have a history neither will go deeply into, except that it's from Turmoil he initially gained his fascination with aeronautics.
The Dark Swat:
These were the Pastmaster's attempt to rid himself of the Swat Kats once and for all, and their continued nuisance indicates he might just have succeeded. Versions of T-Bone and Razor from an alternate dimension in which they took vengeance on The Enforcers and all of Megakat city for being disgraced, Blade and Ripcage are better equipped, better trained, and far more suicidally fearless then their counterparts. They are utterly ruthless, driven, focused and dangerously erratic, doing anything to ensure that even if they fail the heroes suffer in the aftermath. Despite this however Blade is still a bit of a prankster and the two have a begrudging respect for each other that makes them a formidable team.
The original vigilante hero of Megakat city who fell from grace and became its most depraved villain, something deep and devastating in his past is supposed to have driven him to his actions but no one can place what, and his career seems to have gradually slid into violence and corruption upon reflection. His powers are a combination of his old vigilante gadgets, retrofitted to be dangerous weapons and the Swat Kats would be the first to admit that he may be older but his skills as a pilot and martial artist effortlessly trump their own. Oddly his interests seem less on accumulating wealth and power, but more to distort good things and people, showing the inner darkness of his victims by elaborately prepared capers that mirror their failings.