Callie Briggs

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Callie summons the SWAT Kats with her communicator

Callico (Callie) Briggs is a character in SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron. Callie is the Deputy Mayor of Megakat City, a highly technologically advanced society populated by anthropomorphic cats (Kats). Callie assists Mayor Manx with running the city, although she actually does most, if not all, of the paperwork involved in running the city. As she once told the Metallikats, "Mayor Manx hasn't done an ounce of paperwork here in years!"[1] It was at that time that she admitted to having denied the Metallikats' paroles. That resulted in the Metallikats having a personal vendetta against Briggs, because her denying their paroles had ultimately led to their escape attempt from Alkatraz Island, being nearly killed, and becoming the Metallikats.

While Callie is normally seen in her business suit, she wore a sweatsuit in two episodes, "Mutation City"[2] and "The Origin of Dr. Viper"[3]. "Bride of the Pastmaster"[4] revealed that in the medieval era, Callie's lookalike ancestor, Queen Callista, was the wise and courageous ruler of what was then known as Megalith City. By contrast, "The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats"[5], in which the SWAT Kats accidentally traveled to a parallel dimension, showed that the local equivalent of Callie was evil; she plotted with Dark Kat and the SWAT Kats' evil equivalents to take over Megakat City.

Callie is sweet on both T-Bone and Razor, although it's hard to tell which of the two, if either, she favors. T-Bone tends to think Callie has the hots for him, but she has also shown her affection for Razor. Callie is also one of the SWAT Kats' biggest supporters; she even once gave them the benefit of a doubt[6] when she told them to take her hostage to prevent Commander Feral from unmasking the pair.

In one episode, Callie even agreed to marry the Pastmaster[7] to save the SWAT Kats. Fortunately, they were able to rescue her before that happened. When T-Bone asked her if she would have really gone through with the marriage just to save them, she responded, "Let's just say I'm glad I didn't have to make good on my offer."

Callie has a hotline to call the SWAT Kats if needed, in the form of a triangular-shaped device with a button in the center. It's unclear whether she really knows who the SWAT Kats really are, but she may know more than she lets on. For example, when T-Bone and Razor once take her hostage (at her urging)[8], and escape in Callie's car, T-Bone says, "This baby's pretty darn fast for a street machine." Callie's response: "Yeah, I have a couple of mechanics who keep her tuned up."

[edit] References

  1. The Metallikats (1993)
  2. Mutation City (1994)
  3. The Origin of Dr. Viper (1994)
  4. Bride of the Pastmaster (1993)
  5. The Dark Side of the SWAT Kats (1994)
  6. Night of the Dark Kat (1993)
  7. The Deadly Pyramid (1994)
  8. Night of the Dark Kat (1993)
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