[[caption-width-right:350:Caulfield, Miss Plainwell, and Frazz]]
A daily comic strip by Jef Mallett about Edwin Frazier, nicknamed "Frazz" by the kids at Bryson Elementary School. He works there as a janitor, but is also very wealthy due to having written several hit songs. Most strips feature the day-to-day interactions between Frazz, the students, the teachers and the staff, though some will focus on Frazz's off-hours activities, particularly his triathalon training. Frazz is a well-read Renaissance Man, so strips will often include references to books, music, history, art, and pop culture, among other things.

Regular characters include:

* Frazz - the star of the strip, a successful songwriter who works as a janitor to get further inspiration. He is respected by the kids and the school's staff, and regularly dates Miss Plainwell.
* Caulfield - an eight-year-old kid who regularly challenges Frazz and Mrs. Olsen with his literary insights. He's smart, but tends to get detention because it doesn't challenge him. Caulfield chooses a literature-themed costume every Halloween and regularly stumps the teachers.
* Jane Plainwell - a first-grade teacher and Frazz's romantic interest. Outside of school, the two frequently run in marathons together.
* Mrs. Olsen - a third grade teacher and a regular foil for Caulfield, who distracts her with insightful questions and comments in class.
* Mr. Spaetzle - the principal of Bryson Elementary. He is a kind-hearted man who enjoys the admiration Frazz gets, and strives to be like him.
* Coach Hacker - the physical education teacher, interested only in team sports. A former star athlete, he is now horribly out-of shape; he likes to compete with Frazz by comparing his favorite sports (football and hockey) against Frazz's (running and cycling).

!!Tropes Include:

* AlmightyJanitor: Frazz.
* ApatheticTeacher: Mrs. Olsen, at times.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: In [[http://i43.tinypic.com/sb0e4y.gif one strip]], Frazz claims to have "Attention Defi-Hey-Look-A-Squirrel."
* AuthorAvatar: Some readers see Frazz as one for Jef Mallett.
* AuthorFilibuster: Frazz is so fanatical about bicycling, swimming, and running that he (and by extension, the cartoonist) sometimes seems contemptuous of any adult who ''doesn't'' regularly participate in triathlons and the like.
* BlackAndNerdy: Caulfield.
* BookAndSwitch: One strip has Caulfield hiding Shakespeare inside his primary reader book... on read-aloud day.
* BrilliantButLazy: Caulfield.
* {{Calvinball}}: One week of strips was devoted to "Bedlamball".
* CanNotSpitItOut: Frazz and Ms. Plainwell to each other, for quite a long time, and despite the fact that EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* ChildProdigy: Caulfield again.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Why do you think he calls himself "Frazz" instead of "Edwin"?
* FunnyAnsweringMachine: A Sunday strip has Frazz and the kids recording a song with some nonsense instructions for the caller.
* HalloweenEpisode: Every year there's a week of Halloween-themed strips in which Caulfield dresses up as a character from literature, challenging the teachers to guess his identity.
* IJustLikeSayingTheWord: This is why Frazz eats kumquats.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Frazz is FriendToAllChildren, but especially to Caulfield.
* JerkJock: Coach Hacker.
* LittleProfessorDialog
* LoveFloats: When Frazz and Miss Plainwell finally get together for a (running) date. Lampshaded:
--> You know, the traction's terrible up here.
--> I hadn't noticed.
* MediumAwareness
* ObjectCeilingCling: Done [[http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2001/06/10 here]] with pickles.
* OfficialCouple: Frazz and Ms. Plainwell, once Frazz gets the courage to ask her out.
* PaintingTheMedium: [[http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2011/08/14 This]] strip, where Frazz ''literally'' paints the medium.
* {{Picture Day}}: One story arc where Caulfield draws a goatee on himself in permanent marker the day before picture day. Resolved when [[spoiler: the photographer uses a computer program to cover the goatee]].
* RenaissanceMan: Frazz is described as a modern version of this trope.
* RosesAreRedVioletsAreBlue
-->Roses are red\\
And violets are blue\\
Take care of that sciata\\
Down by your (wazoo) [[note]]The author is looking for a word that rhymes but is less "trite"[[/note]]
* ShoutOut: Countless references to literature, art and music. Not mention that Bryson Elementary is named after author Bill Bryson. Then there's [[Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye Caulfield's name]].
** More than one strip has mentioned Giantway, a mid-Michigan grocery chain which went under in 1992.
** The first [[http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2001/04/08 Sunday strip]] has Frazz painting the cafeteria in kid-friendly parodies of ''[[NighthawksShot Nighthawks]]'', ''[[Creator/AndyWarhol Campbell's Soup Cans]]'', ''[[SistineSteal Creation of Adam]]'', ''[[Creator/SalvadorDali Persistence of Memory]]'', and ''[[LastSupperSteal The Last Supper]]'', with the title panel (not shown in the linked page) featuring Frazz as the [[LeonardoDaVinci Vitruvian Man]] for a bonus.
* SistineSteal: An early Sunday comic had Frazz painting the cafeteria in kid-oriented versions of various famous paintings, including the ''Creation of Adam'' featuring a cafeteria lunch lady spooning food onto a student's plate.
* SpiritualSequel: MANY people have noted the physical similarities between Frazz and [[CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]], the [[BrilliantButLazy similar personalities]], the general feel of the comic, and (most importantly) Mallet's art style being nearly indistinguishable from that of BillWatterson. Though every theory has been {{Jossed}} to death - that Mallet IS Watterson, that Mallet intended for Frazz to be a sequel/alt-continuity to CalvinAndHobbes - most fans, regardless, consider it a very-fitting, even if accidental, spiritual successor to Watterson's MagnumOpus.
* SpoiledByTheFormat: Frazz intends to [[http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2004/12/18 avert this]] for his first novel. [[invoked]]
* SternTeacher: Mrs. Olsen is this underneath her general meanness.
* StrawLoser: Coach Hacker exists solely to magnify Frazz's virtues through his own flaws.
* SturgeonsLaw: [[http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2004/10/10 Featuring a real sturgeon!]]
* TooDumbToLive: Coach Hacker, on [[http://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2010/05/20 at least one occasion]].
* UnitConfusion: Parodied when Caulfield points out loudly that light-years are a measure of distance, whereupon Mrs. Olsen tells him to quiet down because he's "making a ton of noise."
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Jef Mallett has stated that he believes his readers to be among the smartest in the world.
* VolumetricMouth: The kids especially, but sometimes the older characters too.
* XCalledTheyWantTheirYBack: Frazz once took a long bike ride on a chilly day, ending up with only the lower half of his legs windburned.
-->'''Caulfield:''' ''(pointing to Frazz's white-and-red legs)'' Poland called. They want their flag back.