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''Sherman's Lagoon'' is a newspaper comic strip by Jim Toomey. Starting in 1991, it is about the adventures of a cast of sea animals in the eponymous lagoon. Sherman is a dimwitted shark who is also a {{Big Eater}} of epic proportions, and he has a control-freak wife named Megan. They have a son named Herman. There is Sherman's friend Fillmore, an intelligent but socially awkward turtle who can't seem to find a mate, and his adoptive son Clayton.

Other denizens include Hawthorne, an easily-angered hermit crab who wears a beer can, and Ernest, a bespectacled teenage fish who is also a computer geek. Up on shore, there's a polar bear named Thornton who hibernates down on the beach. They are ruled over by a deific Moai statue named Kahuna, who occasionally transforms the characters into other things.

Human characters include Captain Quigley, who has it out for Sherman, and an assortment of "hairless beach apes" who often get eaten by Sherman or pinched by Hawthorne.

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!!This comic shows examples of:

* BearsAreBadNews: Averted with Thornton as all he ever does is sleep and lounge on the beach while drinking martinis.
* BigEater: Sherman
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Once, Sherman tries to tag along on a trip Hawthorne is taking because "the readers expect it." Hawthorne replies, "Ha! What have the readers ever done for me?"
** Sherman also once referred to himself as a cartoon character, specifically "A roly-poly cartoon shark suitable for plush toys!"
* ButtMonkey: Fillmore.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Averted, big time. Sherman and Megan have no qualms eating other talking fish. They don't eat friends, but that's not to say they haven't been tempted...
* CasanovaWannabe: Fillmore
* {{The Cracker}}: Ernest uses his computer skills to launch a Mars rover, steal underwear from Baby Gap, and start an 86-minute war between Vermont and Canada.
* {{Chuck Cunningham Syndrome}}: In the beginning, there was a seahorse character named Broderick. Now...there isn't. Another example is Jean-Claude the pirate ghost.
* EenieMeenieMinyMoai: Kahuna.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Sherman has eaten hundreds of fish, hundreds of humans, lots of human food (some of it rotten), a pizza box, a chili pepper that killed 1000 vegetarian piranhas, a bomb, [[{{ArsonMurderAndJaywalking}} and even a Twinkie!]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Sherman
** TheLancer: Either Hawthorne or Fillmore
** TheBigGuy: Thornton
** TheSmartGuy: Ernest
** TheHeart: Megan
** TheMentor: Kahuna
* [[FeatherFingers Flipper Fingers]]: All of the characters who have flippers or fins, most prominently Fillmore.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Sherman goes here after being hit with a speedboat.
* GadgeteerGenius: Ernest
* {{Gasshole}}: In one storyline where Sherman is making a lagoon militia, Bob the Bottom Dweller tries to sign up. When asked what sort of ability he has, Bob responds with a large belch. Sherman comments "Wow! Weapons grade!"
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: A strip in the early 2000s had Sherman say "slut".
* GreenAesop: Many story arcs involve the conservation of marine life.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Parodied when Megan's necklace was stolen. She screamed about she was now naked, and the others obliged by not looking at her. Megan responded "[[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe You could at least act like you want to peek]]."
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy: Thornton.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Hawthorne may be rude and self-centered, but when the chips are down, he is always there for Sherman.
* KidsPreferBoxes: One Sunday strip has Sherman give his son Herman an expensive robot toy, and goes on about how 'Santa' waited hours in line to get one. When he sees Herman playing with the box, he's understandably upset.
* KitchenSinkIncluded: In a battle between Kahuna and fellow deity Apu-Ko-Hai, Apu-Ko-Hai throws a kitchen sink at Kahuna.
* AMindIsATerribleThingToRead: One arc where Hawthorne gets a pair of mind-reading antennae.
* MisplacedWildlife: Thornton the polar bear, oh so very much. Freshwater animals often pop up in the lagoon, and the characters sometimes swim in freshwater.
* ParentalAbandonment: Ernest doesn't have parents anywhere. This gets lampshaded once by Fillmore.
* PettingZooPerson: Thornton.
* PinchingPain: Happened very often to the hairless beach apes by Hawthorne.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The strip ran a three week story arc where the gang visits the Gulf of Mexico to aid their fellow animals in the Oil Distaster. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2010/07/02/2010-07-02_bp_oil_spill_shermans_lagoon_comic_strip_visits_gulf_of_mexico_for_different_kin.html]]
* SeldomSeenSpecies: Several obscure animals such as manatees and box jellyfish appear in the series.
* SewerGator: A strip had Sherman and Megan lost in New York while on vacation. They get directions from an alligator in the sewer and comment that New York gets a bad rap since [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the alligator was very polite.]]
* ShownTheirWork: Many facts about marine life gets thrown in. For example, in one arc Filmore deals with a box jellyfish by cooking it in a casserole and isn't poisoned upon eating it since sea turtles are natural predators of the jellyfish and immune to the effects of the venom.
* SphereEyes
* TalkingAnimal
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Megan's pearl necklace.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: In one strip, Sherman has Kahuna turn him into a rabbit.
** [[HairRaisingHare ...who then bites someone...]]
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