Not necessarily. If the Enforcers had the same missiles and gadgets the SWAT Kats do, they'd have a much higher success rate. Also, I think Mayor Feral would let the Enforcers "off the chain" so to speak. Remember Destructive Nature? One of the rare times Feral wanted to just go all-in, guns blazing, screw the property damage, and Manx held him back. This was enough to make Feral smash his probably very expensive mobile phone. So since it's obvious the commander of the Enforcers answers to the mayor and the mayor alone, and that the mayor has the power to restrain the commander (compare Feral's grudging obedience to Manx in that episode to his pretty much ignoring Callie in The Wrath of Dark Kat), I like to imagine Mayor Feral would give the Enforcers more freedom to act and not hold their leashes as often as Manx did. He'd also probably spearhead a concerted effort to capture and reverse engineer the SWAT Kats' weapons and technology, and put more funding in weapons and vehicle development to bring the Enforcers' arsenal more up to par. As Mayor, Feral would probably prefer to rely on the SWAT Kats as little as possible and make every effort to wean the city off of its dependence on them.
It's true but even Feral was unable to handle certain situations. In Night of the Dark Kat
, Feral considered arresting T-Bone and Razor in retaliation for cutting the city's power, but then when he realized they captured Hard Drive, he decided to not press charges as an award for 'aiding' the Enforcers in catching Hard Drive. Hard Drive almost escaped until the vigilante pair caught him. In The Giant Bacteria
, Feral did end up making things worse by firing thermal weapons at the bacteria creature which made it duplicate more. The SWAT Kats managed to cook the bacteria in the end. There are times when Feral is unable to handle a situation because of Manx and times when Feral is unable to handle a situation without Manx messing things up. But you're right, the Enforcers would've handled Dr. Viper in Destructive Nature
if they had a more competent mayor. I always thought Feral was beginning to respect the SWAT Kats because he almost thanked them in Unlikely Alloys
until T-Bone acted rude to him and after all, those two did save the world from Mutilor and Feral reluctantly agreed to let those two handle the situation. According to the wiki, he always allows the SWAT Kats to leave the scene. But you're right, the SWAT Kats wouldn't be around that much if Feral was mayor because Feral would be more competent than Manx.
Manx never seems like he answers to anyone. Though he might. Part of his frequent worries about the city may be that Megakat City is an extension of hos egotistical vanity (he calls it "his city," suggesting he views any attack against it as an attack against him by proxy), but another part may be does answer to a governor. But since the show isn't about Megakat City's politics except when it directly impacts the story, we never see this governor or anyone else Manx might answer to, such as, say, a city council.
I'm pretty sure Manx does to have to answer to his voters. Because after all, he decided not to throw a parade on behalf of the SWAT Kats because it would make him look bad for condoning vigilantes. I'm also certain that if there were more seasons, we would actually view Manx interacting with city officials.
And Feral, being way more professional than Manx despite his temper, would know precisely how to handle such people. Unless of course they're just as dumb and lazy as Manx is, which they might be considering how little, if at all, they ever interfere in Megakat City despite how badly Manx runs the place. In any event, nobody's saying Feral would get to do whatever he wanted as mayor.
I know Feral can handle those sort of people. He's had years of experience. He even knows how to handle that Steele.
And, utilizing the more advanced tech and weaponry, whether from reverse-engineering SWAT Kats stuff or by pouring more research funds into Puma-Dyne, he can presumably handle him. Again, you're assuming the Enforcers wouldn't change under Mayor Feral when in actuality he'd probably ensure they were revamped, restructured and refitted from top to bottom to better handle threats exactly like Big Purple.
I'm not criticizing Feral. I believe the Enforcers are needed, because when Dr. Viper flooded the city, the Enforcers were able to evacuate the neighborhood. I believe the Enforcers would be more effective if Feral was mayor. Unlike Manx and Commander Ashland, you character I believe, Feral has a deeper commitment to MegaKat City similar to Callie. The only difference is that he hates vigilantes. Feral would make the Enforcers more effective and allow them to do what they have to. But in Metal Urgency
, Hard Drive did hijack Feral's new tank and the SWAT Kats did put a stop to it. Nothing is perfect, but the Enforcers will be able to be more competent with Feral running the show.
Despite Lance Falk's original idea for Cry Turmoil, and in defiance of the press kit's dim opinion of him, I'm not sure Feral is capable of being corrupted. I mean, never say never, but he has one thing Manx lacks which is integrity. If anything, he'd root out corruption and cronyism from Megakat City's government.And, I mean, never say never. Feral could become corrupt. But why do you think he would? He isn't corrupt as Commander of the Enforcers, so why would be be corrupt as Mayor?
I was just stating a possibility. I doubt Feral would ever be corrupt, because he seems to be a play-by-the-rules type of enforcer. If the mob sent him a bribe in the mail, Feral would just report it and use the bribe money as evidence against them. Feral is more honorable than Manx.
I'm sensing a double standard here. Both in the show and by many fans, Manx's implied corruption (discussed elsewhere) is treated as a funny character quirk instead of a very serious problem, but the possibility of a corrupt Feral is met with calls for him to be "retaliated against," up to and including physically attacking him.
I know, but Felina would rebel against her uncle if Feral ever engaged in corruption. Again, I'm not implying Feral is dirty, he seems to a clean kat, I'm just stating that if Feral betrays everything he ever believed in, then Felina will be opposed to him.
T-Bone will want the pleasure in beating up Feral.
Yeah, T-Bone will get in trouble if he hits Feral. You're right about that. But Feral did treat him and Jake badly when they were in the Enforcers. He knocked their jet into the Enforcer building by accident. Still though, I wish we saw things through Feral's perspective that day. Perhaps he had some sort of personal grudge against Dark Kat that he wanted to settle.
Feral doesn't need anyone pressuring him to arrest the SWAT Kats. He wants to do that already. Even when he grudgingly works alongside them, it's clear he doesn't like them very much, and would much rather put them in jail. I don't see that changing if he becomes mayor. Why would he need to be pressured to arrest them, and why would he help Callie in stalling the feds?
Yeah, what i said before was a poor choice of words. Lyons always thought Feral was helping Callie protect the SWAT Kats since Feral would allow them to leave the scene rather than arrest them. In Arrow
, Team Arrow did save the day, but the SCPD still took them into custody because they were still operating outside the law. It's similar to your fanfic when General Boggs thought Feral had confidence in the SWAT Kats.
Your attitude towards Feral confuses me. First you talk about him being corrupt, and T-Bone beating him up as a result, but then you suggest he'd actively interfere in a federal investigation to protect the SWAT Kats. I get that people IRL can often be walking contradictions, but I'm not sure how "corrupt Feral" and "Feral who helps the SWAT Kats" gel, unless you're suggesting aiding and abetting vigilantes is part of Feral's corruption in your mind, meaning T-Bone will take pleasure in beating up the guy keeping him and Razor out of jail, which... makes no sense at all.
Yeah, I was struggling with what to say. I'm just saying that Lyons thought Feral was protecting the SWAT Kats since Lyons knew that Feral would allow them to leave the scene after saving the day and that they not only saved Feral multiple times, but Feral's niece Felina as well. That made Lyons suspect Feral had a working relationship with the SWAT Kats as well as Callie, who made her support to the vigilante duo no secret. I'm just saying that if Feral ever does become corrupt as mayor, Lyons will want to take him down.