Safe Havens is a fantasy comic strip by Bill Holbrook, launched in 1988 and initially set in a daycare center. In 1993 the preschool children began aging in real time, and the strip has followed them as they've moved through K-12, college and now young adulthood. The main character is Samantha Argus, a personable and enthusiastic young woman with the skills of a MadScientist who has unlocked the secrets of genetic manipulation.

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!!This comic contains examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Rupert and Rosalind are great geneticists but keep making trouble for themselves. Even more so when separate.
* AcrophobicBird: An unusual variation. The dodos drink a potion to grow eagle wings for a distant travel, but to no avail.
* ArtifactTitle: For a while, anyway. Originally focusing on Safe Havens Daycare, it moved on to other schools with "Havens" in their names, and the main characters even started a band called Safe Havens. The band wasn't very central, and the "Safe" part still looked somewhat out of place. Nowadays, Samantha teaches at Havens University, and some of her friends' kids have enrolled in the daycare center.
* TheBechdelTest: Passed on many occasions thanks to a strong female lineup and a female lead.
* BreakoutCharacter: Samantha used to be a supporting character, but she turned out more interesting than Matt.
* CatsAreSnarkers: Palmtop. Then again, snark is pretty well distributed in this comic.
* CharacterBlog: Roger has a weekly blog.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Plenty over the years. For instance, the dodos just happen to have a natural song -- with English lyrics -- that works perfectly with one of Bambi's hits....
* DeggansRule: Followed! Samantha and her family are Black, as is Don. Luis is Latino, and Ming is Asian-American. Race is rarely if ever touched upon.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: As much as Samantha and (to a lesser extent) Dave used to protest that they were JustFriends, '''nobody''' bought it.
* TheFaceless: The extremely tall Don and Rosalind were portrayed as being so tall their heads were always off-frame. Averted with Rosalind when, thanks to some mad science, she shrank an entire foot and decided she liked being of normal height.
* FreakLabAccident: Happens all the time, especially with Rosalind and Rupert.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Variant: Samantha and Dave, thanks to accidental lab potion ingestion, are turned into each other (Samantha's body turns into a duplicate of Dave's, and vice versa). [[spoiler:On their WeddingDay, no less.]]
* GratuitousItalian: Mild examples thanks to Dave playing basketball in Italy.
* GretzkyHasTheBall: RuleOfFunny is the only consistently portrayed rule in any sports action.
* IgnoreTheDisability: A key demand from Luis, which is why he loves self-centered Jenny instead of the ever-helpful Samantha.
* InterspeciesRomance: Pretty common among the animals. Also Thomas and Remora, though Thomas sometimes becomes a merman.
* JerkAss: Jenny, though she sometimes borders on JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* LegoGenetics: Leads to both VoluntaryShapeshifting and InvoluntaryShapeshifting.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Ming, though she's slowed down a bit after becoming a wife and mother.
* MeaningfulName: Everyone has at least one.
* MisterSeahorse: [[spoiler: Thomas, thanks to the nature of merfolk]].
* MyNewGiftIsLame: Averted and then subverted. Despite the expectations of relatives, Samantha didn't mind inheriting only a ring from her grandma. Especially when she discovered that it acted as a sort of VideoPhone to her grandma in {{Heaven}}.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Happens sometimes with InvoluntaryShapeshifting.
* OmniDisciplinaryScientist: Samantha. She's practically rewritten the book on genetics and is such a pro at computer security that her dad's boss has a standing offer of employment for her.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Remora reveals many qualities not found in most other works. For example, she can shapeshift into fully human or fully fish forms only up to 12 hours at a time, after which she transforms into the opposite form [[InvoluntaryShapeshifter whether she wants to or not]]. It is also said that if a human saves a mermaid's life three times, they become a mermaid themselves, although exactly ''what'' qualifies as saving their life is PlayedForLaughs: Samantha found herself turned into a mermaid after something as simple as giving Remora a flotation ring for swimming practice. Remora's also [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld more than 400 years old despite looking the same age as her classmates]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Laptop makes these work even in late-middle-aged human form.
* TheRival: Pretty much right from conception, Clay and Candide have always competed against each other in any way they can devise.
* [[SecretRelationship Secret Marriage]]: [[spoiler: Jenny and Luis.]]
* SharedUniverse: With ''OnTheFastrack''. Samantha's dad works for Fastrack, Samantha sometimes works there, she used to babysit Patina and Rusty, and now she's Patina's RA.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: See EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: Several characters can speak with animals, but only so long as they mentally retain some aspect of their childhood; those who "grow up" lose the ability and eventually forget they ever had it.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Averted. Characters keep aging and situations keep changing.
* TheMole: Temporarily became a literal mole thanks to KarmicTransformation.
* TheyDo: [[spoiler:After more than a decade of buildup, Samantha and Dave got married.]]
* ThisIsReality: "So... [[MagicAIsMagicA there are restrictions even on time travelers]]?" "[[GratuitousItalian Si]]. This isn't some {{fantasy}}, you know."
** Also, [[http://safehavenscomic.com/?webcomic1=december-4-2012 "This isn't fiction, Rosalind. It's real life."]]
* TimeTravel: Has happened a few times of late. [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble In a manner of speaking.]]
* TooDumbToLive: The dodos have no instinct for self-preservation, so they mustn't be left alone for long. Oddly enough, they don't seem all that dumb most of the time.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Luis is a Latino in a wheelchair.
* UpToEleven: Laptop the border collie can herd anything, even on a microscopic level.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Compared to most of her friends, Samantha is downright normal. [[http://safehavenscomic.com/?p=1069 She even calls herself by this trope.]]