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''[[http://ozfoxes.com/fauxpas.htm Faux Pas]]'' (pronounced ''Fox Paws'') is a webcomic about the adventures of [[FurryComic the red fox Randy and the other Green Mountain Studio Animals]]. Most of the animals have been trained by humans; Randy himself is an actor who has appeared in ads, TV shows and movies.

Many {{story arc}}s deal with the result of Randy's sheltered upbringing; he's innocent and gullible, can't avoid traps or track scents, doesn't eat his fellow animals, and has no idea how to treat Cindy, the wild vixen he has a crush on -- or Dusk, the less scrupulous wild vixen who has a crush on him.

The webcomic has a strong continuity, so reading through the archives will help you understand the current story lines. A new comic appears every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Most of the cast has picked up a lot of human characteristics, even though they are portrayed at least semi-realistically.
* Myrtle, a hen who can write in English (in chicken-scratch, natch), can't type (though she can hunt and peck) and is addicted to television, particularly soap operas
* Arthur, an intellectual horse who wears glasses and panics when anyone gets on his back
* Stu and Edie (rabbits) plus all of their offspring -- the humans didn't know Edie was a doe
* Mighty Thor, a wild mouse who comes to the barn for recompense after someone (Dusk?) eats a member of his family
* Kira, Toast and the other barn cats and kittens. They love to play with Randy, which usually involves tying him up or turning him into a giant ball of yarn.
* Cocky, a cockatiel who can [[TalkingAnimal speak Human]]. Unfortunately it's mostly [[FunWithForeignLanguages in French]].

Then there are the animals outside the studio:
* Cindy, the wild vixen Randy has a crush on; she's [[FishOutOfWater slowly adapting]] to living in a human-made environment.
* Dusk, another vixen; Cindy's cousin and rival.
* Ricky and Al, two raccoons who were former residents of an animal center and once paid a visit to GMSA. Ricky has dreams of a career in musical theater; Al is more grounded.
* Birdy, a bluebird friend from Cindy's childhood.
* April, Randy's sister recently arrived from Australia (with kits Amber, Ember, and Leaf). The fallout of confusion from her arrival has yet to settle.
* Rudy and Bruce: two Wolves at a Zoo. Rudy is a friendly red wolf. Bruce is a timber wolf who likes ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'' and isn't as tough as he looks [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1576 (or sounds)]].

Humans leave the animals mostly alone, although Randy has been doing some acting jobs for them. The animals can't communicate with the humans beyond Myrtle's very bad handwriting and Cocky's very bad translations, although everyone except Cindy understands English.

Being produced by two professional writers and illustrators, the webcomic and artwork are of great quality. It is suitable for all ages, and contains occasional references and quotes from TV shows. As of early 2013, [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp2.cgi?1 the archive]] contains [[ArchiveBinge about 1500 comics]].

Not to be confused with, well, a ''[[FeeFiFauxPas faux pas]]''.
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!!''Faux Pas'' provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Cindy and Dusk.
** ActionMom: April, who at one point punches a Timber Wolf two or three times her size when he threatens Randy.
* AmbiguousGender: Often. Justified since most of the main cast are animals without strong sexual dimorphism.
** Randy was Miss April on a wildlife calendar.
** Edie (female rabbit) was originally "Eddie." When she and Stu started a family (as of Week 201, they have 53 kids) the secret was out, but 'outside' animals still mistake her for male.
** Played straight and averted with Cindy's brief modeling career.
* AnimalTalk
* AreWeThereYet: Amber, when she was woken up at the zoo.
* ArtEvolution: The earliest strips didn't usually have backgrounds, unless they were important to the plot. Instead you'd see a wall of white and another color. Or just white. Or maybe a colored circle.
* AscendedExtra: Toast starts off as a nameless member of the "cat herd", but eventually becomes integral to the storyline. He actually makes quite a few appearances before his name is revealed, 20 weeks or so after his debut.
** Fluffy, the oldest child of Stu and Edie.
** Penny began as a nameless child of Stu and Edie, who became a semi-regular thanks in no small part to the fact that she's got a future mate, Jon. (Penny is the oldest daughter).
* AssShove: Off-camera, but Cindy is ''very'' surprised when the vet takes her temperature.
* BettyAndVeronica: Cindy is Betty and Dusk is Veronica.
** The bunnies and the cats use "Mary Ann" and "Ginger" in coded reference to the two vixens. Randy does too, confiding once in Stu that "Ginger" is way too scary.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Played straight on the one or two occasions we can see Cindy is a wild vixen. Subverted on one memorable occasion with Randy, who showed up to chase Dusk off ''with a rifle''. (He was sleepwalking at the time.) Played straighter [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?145 here]].
* BigEater: Myrtle, when she and Randy go on a trip away from home to find Cindy. She has a tendency to pause every 20 minutes or so for lunch, even though (since she's riding Randy) the fox is doing all the work.
--> '''Myrtle:''' With the sandwiches all gone, at least the load is lighter, eh?
--> '''Randy:''' All that food went out the pack, and into you! You didn't lighten the load -- you just raised the center of gravity.
* BigNo: It's Toast's turn to "play" with Randy, but he wouldn't dare do so with Cindy around. When he's told Cindy is heading to the woods, he gets excited because he's been waiting forever, but he lets out a big "NOOO!" when told that Randy's going with her.
* BucketBoobyTrap: With painful results.
* ButtMonkey: Randy, so very much.
* CaffeineBulletTime: Happens to Cindy after Myrtle doses her with some "triple s press o".
* CarnivoreConfusion: One of the driving tropes of the comic. Wild vixen Cindy has to learn to live among critters she would normally think of as food, while human-raised Randy has no predatory instinct at all and thinks eating a mouse roughly equivalent to murder.
* CatsAreMean: The barn cats think Randy is a [[ComedicSociopathy fantastic source of entertainment]], though Kira and Toast are more sympathetic than otherwise.
* ChasteHero: Randy ''personifies'' this trope. He knows he's attracted to Cindy, and that the feeling's mutual, but is completely clueless in the ways of courtship-- he still believes babies come from storks.
* CloudCuckooLander: Myrtle, and ''how.''
** Ricky, the raccoon mime, who debuted in Week 54.
** Actually, pretty much every bird in the series, from the FunnyForeigner Cocky, ProudWarriorRaceGuy "Slayer" (a rather strange hawk), and Birdy, who is just kind of nuts.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Randy, to some extent.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint:
--> ''[[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1240 "By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes..."]]''
--> "Is he going on about thumbs '''''again??!'''''" "Looks like..."
* CunningLikeAFox: Definitely Dusk, probably Cindy, ''utterly'' averted by Randy.
* DescriptionCut: So, ''so'' many times. A character will frequently say something like, "I can't believe [x] would do something like that," and then we cut to [x] doing exactly that. Or, "I wonder what so-and-so is thinking."
* DoubleAgent: Toast is an unwilling double agent of Dusk for a period of time.
* DoubleSubversion: [[spoiler: After meeting Thor, Randy expects the next thundering voice to belong to something small and harmless. It's a timber wolf.]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Fluffy, the eldest rabbit of Stu and Eddie's first clutch, would much rather be called Vlad, Attila or Thundarr.
** Hubert. At least, he wishes he had a much cooler name.
* EvilIsSexy: The in-universe reaction of some of the young male bunnies to Dusk.
* TheFaceless: We've never seen a human face in the comic.
* FeatherFingers: Myrtle.
* FishOutOfWater: Cindy concerning the life of humans, and Randy concerning the life of the wild.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: The other animals tend to think either "Eat her," "Destroy her," or "Accept her; she means well" of Myrtle.
* FurriesAreEasierToDraw: Humans are rarely seen and are in a low quality.
* FurryFemaleMane: The female foxes have longer fur on their necks to suggest hair.
* {{Glomp}}: Cindy does this to Randy in the final strip of Week 190, after Randy's pain drugs have (finally) worn off.
* GloryDays: Averted for the most part; none of the animals seem to miss their showbiz days.
* GreenEyedMonster: Myrtle toward Cindy, at first.
* HavingAHeart: At one point the animals watch a horror B-movie with the "lend me your ears" and "may I lend you a hand?" gags.
-->'''Penny''': Eww..! I ''hate'' zombie movies!
* HeelFaceTurn: Toast, eventually.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The humans who own the farm are rarely seen, and when they are their faces are never shown.
* HonoraryUncle: It's when the little bunnies call her "Aunt Cindy" that Cindy yields on the food matter. Even Dusk gets a pang of conscience when something she considers food greets her like one of the family.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Myrtle. Randy's sister April appeared to be leaning this way, thinking Dusk would be a better mate for Randy than Cindy, though she later revealed she had Dusk's number a long time ago and was just playing along.
* HumiliationConga: After taking Myrtle's advice on how to snare Randy, Dusk winds up dyed purple and green, reeking of perfume, and suffering (at the very least) a massive headache from being startled whilst under a desk. She [[VillainExitStageLeft beats a strategic retreat]] shortly afterward.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The goat. Dear God the goat at the zoo. He's mostly referring to Myrtle.
* [[IThinkYouBrokeHim I Think You Broke Her]]: When Myrtle's television is taken away, she stands staring at where it used to be, in a catatonic state. When a remote control is put in her hands, she mindlessly clicks it, repeatedly. Eventually, the cats start using her to play Living Statues.
* TheIllegible: Myrtle is this to the other animals; she does the record-keeping because no one else can read her chicken scratches. The humans can read it, somewhat, even though they mistake "Myrtle Dehen" for "Meghan Dalton." Eventually they find her a typewriter.
--> '''Myrtle:''' Hey -- that's just my unique penmanship!
* IncrediblyLamePun: When Myrtle asks Kira where Randy is, she replies that he's doing quite ''well.'' It turns out the cats tossed him down a well.
** When Myrtle finds Randy after looking for him for hours, Randy says, "I was tied up all morning." Myrtle is furious, saying that Randy had promised he'd be helping ''her,'' when they overhear a cat telling Kira that her fox got loose -- yes, Randy was ''literally'' tied up all morning.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] later when Randy overhears the cats overusing the words "well", and decides to make a last-minute trip away from the farm.
** [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?766 "I'm th'orry! Can I get you an ath'pirin?"]]
* INeverSaidItWasPoison: Cindy didn't tell Randy what happened. [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1260 But Myrtle just did!]]
* IntellectualAnimal: Primarily Cindy, Dusk, and the cats. The less feral Green Mountain Studio Animals cast think more like humans.
* IsItSomethingYouEat: Cindy's response to most human things, especially at first.
* KangarooCourt: Randy is afraid that the cats will subject Cindy to this.
* KangarooPouchRide: April, at some point in her life in Australia. Her kits ask the Brisbane the wallaroo for a ride, but April clarifies that only females have pouches.
* LiteralMetaphor: "A little birdie told me."
* LoveAtFirstSight: Randy is immediately tongue-tied around Cindy. It takes him a ''long'' time to admit his feelings, though.
* LoveTriangle: TriangRelations Type 4. Not everyone sees this as a bad thing...
--> '''April''' ''[to Randy]:'' It looks like you have ''two'' healthy, willing vixens to choose from as a mate. Way to go, brother mine!
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Stu was a magician's rabbit and is implied to have some magic of his own, but we're not sure how much.
* MyLifeFlashedBeforeMyEyes: Played with by one of the cats who hadn't yet learned of Cindy's presence, and thus thought Randy was the only fox around. Focused on dumping a bucket of green paint on Randy, Cindy inadvertently snuck up on him, causing him to dump the paint on himself.
--> '''Cat:''' Criminy! Three of my lives flashed before my eyes!
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Averted.
* NoodleIncident
** When Randy is in the barn recovering from being doped up, and Cindy and Toast go out to try and find Stu, the cats see it as an opportunity to play with Randy, and such opportunities have been hard to come by now that Cindy's living in the barn. When next we see Randy, he's inside a giant ball of string. We don't see how he got there.
** Whatever happened the last time Randy and Myrtle visited the zoo, the zoo animals were ready to murder Randy on the off chance Myrtle was with him.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Cindy takes the brunt of these, particularly when Dusk is around to 'help.'
* OddNameOut: Some of the names of the bunnies. Betty, Barbie, Barney, Bitsy... and Frank.
* OldShame: In-universe. Retired horse Arthur panics whenever a human tries to ride him, and in his acting career he was always "Runaway Horse #2".
* OverprotectiveDad: Stu.
* PaperThinDisguise: Arthur dons one of these when one of his new human owners tries to ride him, he panics, and she ends up colliding with a covered bridge.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Stu repeatedly kicks a computer monitor to demonstrate that the humans sometimes use it for exercise.
* PoorCommunicationKills: As befitting the title of the comic, the majority of the animals' misadventures is the result of characters misinterpreting or misunderstanding key pieces of information. [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?267 Lampshaded here]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Frequently. Weaponized [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?959 here]].
* RunningGag: Randy getting tossed down the well by the cats.
** "Talking about the weather". See below under "Unusual Euphemism".
* SchmuckBait: Which Randy falls into nevertheless.
--> '''Kira:''' It's amazing you lived so long to be so trusting!
* SelectiveObliviousness: Randy's innocence about sex. At first he seems completely ignorant about the facts of life. Then he seems actively resistant to learning. But ultimately it is revealed that Randy ''does'' know about "the birds and the bees," but all of his knowledge comes from human entertainment, so he's not so much "completely ignorant" as [[WrongGenreSavvy "completely wrong."]]
* ShoutOut: [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1284 Here]] by the cats, of all characters to StarWars, of all things.
** There is a very subtle one during the second car commercial shoot; the crew are shown wearing outfits resembling some of the Scooby Doo cast.
** Cocky quotes ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' and ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp2.cgi?158 while drunk]].
** While Ricky's practicing his acting, [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1336 he holds a head prop of Skeletor from He-Man]].
** After Dusk, still brightly colored from her HumiliationConga, returns to the farm, one of the bunnies remarks that the new colors make her look [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1398 "twenty percent cooler"]], quoting [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] almost word for word. Dusk herself imitates Fluttershy's FlatJoy "yay."
* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: A pair of raccoons have progressed to [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1523 "even more"]] and the inevitable "That's when I killed him."
* AStormIsComing: At least one plot arc has featured part of the cast caught or about to be caught outside in bad weather.
* StylisticSuck: When we finally get a sample of Myrtle's storywriting...
* TakeThat: Myrtle places the completed supply order forms under a rock, deep in the mud, because she heard that's how [[TakeThat Microsoft handles its customer support]].
* TalkAboutTheWeather: Something of a RunningGag. When humans talk about sex, Randy lies in his translation to Cindy, which gives her the impression that the topic of weather somehow bothers him.
* TalkingAnimal: Only Cocky can talk to humans, but the rest can all talk to each other.
* TemptingFate: Myrtle with this internal monologue:
--> '''Myrtle:''' This is just great. Randy's terrified of the cats, we have a new set of owners... what else can go wrong here?
--> [One of the human owners tries to ride Arthur, who gallops by in a panic.]
--> '''Myrtle:''' I give up!
** [[http://ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1209 This strip]] also provides an example.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Female characters have long eyelashes. Justified since they're animals and there's no sexual dimorphism in the species (rabbits, cats, foxes) which the major characters are.
** Aside from the aforementioned eyelashes, the vixens also have a little mop of extra fur on their necks, making it look a bit like they have human hair. In addition, Dusk's fur pattern makes her look like she's wearing eyeshadow.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: Myrtle claims to like knitting.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Thor, the field mouse. "Thor demands atonement!"
* TooDumbToLive: Randy, sometimes.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Cindy loves ice cream and anything with ice cream in it. It's one of the few ways to circumvent her common sense.
* TraumaCongaLine: When Cindy first comes to live in the barn, she is bashed on the head with a bucket of water from a doorsill trap, frightened away by the "cannons" section of the 1812 Overture played at full blast, catches cold from a miserable night in unfamiliar territory, and finally is overdosed with cold medicine in a misguided attempt by Myrtle to make her feel better.
* {{Tsundere}}: Eddie plays Type B for all it's worth. Made worse when she's pregnant, naturally.
--> '''Eddie:''' Kids? One thing. We're ''all'' worried about your father. He may need your help getting home. If he's hurt, then help him get back, any way you can. ''However''-- if you find he's having fun while ''I'm'' home worrying, I authorize you to subdue him and ''drag'' his fuzzy tail ''home!'' '''Is that clear??!'''
* UnusualEuphemism: When Randy takes Cindy to see his human owners so he can translate what they're saying, the humans start wondering out loud whether Randy and Cindy will mate and raise a family, which embarrasses Randy no end. He translates it for Cindy as "talking about the weather" -- which soon becomes code, among the guys, for sex.
--> '''Cindy:''' I don't understand ''any'' of this, Kira.
--> '''Kira:''' Must be a guy thing.
* VirginityMakesYouStupid: Randy has no idea about non-human sex. He thinks sex and romance work the same with with animals as with humans, and his "knowledge" of human sex comes from soap operas. No one has the heart to sit him down and set him straight.
* WebcomicTime: The March 2014 strips seem to take place in January, of the second year that Cindy and Randy have known each other, [[spoiler: and the first mating season they've spent together.]]
* WeirdnessCensor: Cocky is a bird who can speak ''conversational'' English and French, and it's been proven that he can translate what Randy is saying. And the humans let it pass without a whole lot of commenting!
* WeirdnessMagnet: Raccoons Ricky and Al lampshade this quality of Randy's when he asks how they found him at the farm:
--> '''Al:''' Well, first we saw a rainbow-colored, grumbling vixen...
--> '''Ricky:''' And a cat covered in feathers, running for its life...
--> '''Al:''' ...then we tailed a fat chicken crawl-jogging by midnight... it seemed like your kind of crowd!
--> '''Ricky:''' Plus, [[CaptainObvious there's the sign out front.]]
* WhatsAHenway: [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?1507 This strip]].
* WhosOnFirst: Confusion caused by Hubert's new nickname, Hue.
* WhyWasteAWedding: [[spoiler: Penny and Jon]] appear headed this direction, after [[spoiler: Cindy and Randy]] decide to wait, since [[spoiler: foxes only mate in the winter.]] Myrtle needs ''someone'' to get married, after all her preparations.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Randy and Cindy. Everyone knows that TheyDo -- eventually. But since the comic's about miscommunication and the slow advancement of Randy and Cindy's relationship, there's no incentive to hurry things up.
* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: A variation of this was used by Dusk when a rabbit asks her what she likes to eat. "Kid... never ask a question if you won't like the answer."
* YourUniverseOrMine: Downplayed version -- Cindy is willing to stay at the barn to keep Randy, but she has some moments of depression and angst at the thought of raising her kits among human weirdness.

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