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->''"Any problem can be solved with the correct application of pressure to a stupid person's face."''
-->-- '''Grape Jelly Sandwich''', ''Housepets''

We all love our pets, don't we? Now imagine this: your pets are sapient, anthropomorphised, and have the height of a small child. What would they be doing all day? ''Housepets'' portrays such a scenario. This comic by Rick Griffin portrays pets virtually as children who are almost human besides height and differences in clothing style.

The main characters are [[PunnyName Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly]], the beloved dog and cat of the Sandwich family. In a twist on the classic "smart cat, dumb dog" setup, Peanut and Grape are actually fairly similar in intellect with similar interests, and their subtle personality differences shine like a beacon. Peanut is the sensitive and slightly silly one. He's childlike and excitable and loves playing all kinds of games. Grape is the lazy and pragmatic one, though sometimes she is too sensible for her own good.

Initially, the story centered around the pets of Babylon Gardens and the [[HilarityEnsues wacky hijinks]] they found themselves in, but about a year into its run, Griffin started to include more mature themes. While never falling prey to CerebusSyndrome, much of the comic has dealt with the implications of a world where animals and humans are similarly intelligent, including but not limited to: [[PetHeir naming pets as heirs]], wild animals deciding to live a civilized life, InterspeciesRomance, an African micronation which humans never colonized and is run entirely by animals, and novels marketed towards animals and the associated subcultures that they give rise to.

However, life in Babylon Gardens is not exactly normal, as several members of the cast have become embroiled a great supernatural game played by a set of three demigods, the Great {{Kitsune}}, the Astral Dragon, and [[AerithAndBob Pete the Griffin]]. At the center of this story is King, a human turned into a dog to serve as Pete's avatar in the game. This side of the Housepets story will occasionally intersect with the pets' normal lives, and these days, it is often hard to tell which is the comic's central story.

[[WordOfGod According to the author]], the comic was initially inspired by childhood drawings made by Griffin of a dog named "Bino". Bino appears as a character in the comic, as the leader of Babylon Garden's "Good Ol' Dogs Club." Portrayed as an antagonist more often than not, he is the middle brother caught between his popular older brother, police dog Officer Fido, and his quirky younger brother, Joey.

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: How King sees the [[CosmicChessGame Universes & Unrealities]] game.
** Aparrently Bahamut is comfortable being in the [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/07/11/a-billion-points-of-light/ form of a]] [[TheLegendOfZelda Zelda]] ShoutOut.
* AbortedArc:
** The author decided to prematurely end a story arc which depicted catnip use as similar to smoking marijuana because it would break the self-imposed PG rating, although catnip itself is still available as seen in later strips.
** Two other arcs were aborted by acts of god. "The Arc Specifically About Being Naked" was killed by a broken computer, and "All Hallow's Ween" was ended by a medical emergency.
** InUniverse, Peanut realizes the ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'' Imaginate ShowWithinAShow is running long and ends it with a cardboard sign saying "Everyone Gets Married. The End.".
* AbusiveParents: Sasha's dad is a drunk who yells at her and (locks her outside all night in the snow.)
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: Pretty much all of the cats, dogs, and rabbits wear collars as their only attire.
* AllAnimalsAreDomesticated:
** Not exactly, as the wolves moving into the neighborhood caused quite a stir, but if they're friendly enough they seem to be able to integrate without too much trouble, and they're all sentient, so it works.
** There is also mention of a feral level of animals, most notably Joel's former pets.
* AllJustADream: Typical ending of any of the mortals' dealings with the celestial nerds. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/10/15/maybe-to-an-astral-plane/ Keene even called Pete out on it once.]]
-->'''Pete:''' Then I must ask something of you, mortal.\\
'''Keene:''' And that is?\\
'''Pete:''' Wake up. *snaps his fingers*\\
'''Keene''' (waking up in his bed)''':''' '''''DON'T YOU PULL THAT IT-WAS-ALL-A-DREAM THING ON'''''... ah crud
** Then in the end of the "Heaven's Not Enough" Great Kitsune surprises everyone by [[spoiler: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/09/15/fuzzy/ not doing that]], which also leaves all the mortals involved in the middle of Australia.]]
* AlternateRealityEpisode: THE GALLIFRAX PROTOCOL, in which Tarot, Peanut, Grape, and Max visit an alternate Earth where they resemble "normal" animals instead of their normal FunnyAnimal appearance.
* AlternativeNumberSystem: Spo came from a very large family. How large? The sibling born immediately after him [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/23/their-naming-conventions-had-a-cover-charge/ was named Spp.]]
* AltText: Especially in the later comics.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: For example, you have normally-colored Peanut alongside Grape, a purple cat.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Not quite her parent, but Bill is this to Bailey.
* AmbiguousGender: While the Biggelsworths also have this description, Fiddler and Keys. We know one is male and one is female, but no real indication of who's who to this day.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Bruce and Roosevelt, judging from [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/02/04/nachos-and-thou/ this strip]] where they're practically cuddling on the couch while watching football.
* AmicablyDivorced: Never married per se, but Sabrina used to date Maxwell, and they're still on fairly friendly terms with one another.
* AnchoredShip:
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/04/30/just-friends/ Just Friends]] arguably did this for Peanut and Grape
** Also a sort of RelationshipUpgrade, since mushiness has been approved.
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/09/17/where-history-comes-back-from-the-dead-oh-no/ Anchored?]]
* AnimalJingoism: Not outright hatred, per se, but the Good Ol' Dogs Club only admits dogs, and then there's the interspecies romance taboo...
* AnimalsNotToScale: Almost all dogs, cats, rabbits, and raccoons are the same size (about waist height on a human) while mice are about real life size, and ferrets (plus King and Tarot) are on a scale somewhere in between those, the wolves are huge and musclepacked, apparently from living in the wild, while real wolves are smaller than some dog breeds.
* AnimalStereotypes:
** Played with to a degree, but the cast act more like children then animals to the point where Rick sometimes adds in stereotypical animal behavior specificly for people who look for it.
** In the first Christmas strip, after Joey gives his girlfriend Squeak a block of cheese, she tells him straight out "the whole cheese thing's a stereotype".
* AnimationBump: Most notably, the switch to color, but the drawing style has been improving overall.
* AnimalWrongsGroup: [[TruthInTelevision PETA]], during the "A Sinister Shadow" arc.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Tarot, especially early on, tends to follow dire predictions with more mundane inconveniences, like [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/31/soul-scattering-will-do-that/ this one:]]
-->'''Tarot:''' The truth shall be brought to light, and I fear that day, for all who do not hold love in their hearts shall perish, and their souls will be broken into shards as countless as all the sand on the face of the earth. Plus it's terrible for your complexion.
* ArtEvolution: Compare [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/06/so-no-he-did-not-like-the-box/ this comic]] to [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/09/bzzt/ the next day's.]] A second evolution was implemented around October 2012, this one a conscious decision by the artist for a new art style.
* ArtifactTitle: Rick seems to be introducing more and more characters (the Milton Ferrets, the Wolf Pack, Itsuki, the Galactic Nerds, the Forest creatures, the zoo creatures, Karishad) who wouldn't exactly be considered 'house pets'.
* AsideGlance: Peanut in the fourth panel of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/13/well-thats-over-then/ this comic.]]
* AssKickingPose: Employed by Miles and his pack when coming to Fido's defense near the end of the [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/11/06/cake-and-punch-will-be-served/ "Jungle Fever" arc]].
* AsYouKnow:
-->'''Bahamut (Dragon Judge):''' Explain your actions in seizing the fate of a mortal.\\
'''Pete:''' You're omniscient...you tell me.\\
'''Bahamut:''' Technically, we all are, but [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall that sorta makes it hard to tell a story]].
* AuthorTract: InUniverse, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Grape in "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/02/the-boring-adventures-of-spot/ The Boring Adventures Of Spot]]":
--> '''Grape:''' Don't you think you're editorializing a bit much? \\
'''Peanut:''' A little, but that's why people ''make'' comics, right?
* BecomingTheMask:
** Heavily implied that this is happening with Spirit Dragon
** Provided things continue this way, this will probably happen to Joel. [[spoiler:[[BalefulPolymorph He didn't want it.]]]]
* BerserkButton:
** Parodied out of Universe. At one point, Rick left a comment stating he would "e-strangle" the next person to mention how much more buff Fido looked after a minor style revision. A few comics later Rick then commented himself how buff Fido was looking, leading readers to wonder if Rick would now e-strangle himself.
** In universe, don't tease Tiger about having the name of a big cat, wake Grape from a nap, or be a cat or cat-lover in the Good Ol' Dogs Club when Bino's around.
** For Fox, don't mention the name Joel, he's quick to get angry ever since he was kidnapped (or rather dognapped). Then there's [[WhamEpisode Heaven's Not Enough...]]
* BigBulkyBomb: Played with in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/06/29/the-bigger-one/ this]] strip, in "The Great Water Balloon War" story arc, in the form of an absolutely huge water balloon requiring much of the contents of a pool to fill it.
* BigRedButton: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/08/01/the-only-way-to-end/ Ferrets love 'em.]]
* BiggerOnTheInside: In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/09/19/atrium-actually/ this]] strip, even Zach, who's been in the temple in the back yard of Mr. Milton before, is absolutely stunned by how huge the place looks like from the inside, far in excess of the external dimensions.
* BilingualBonus: The line from the Japanese comedy show in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/03/05/cultural-appropriation/ this]] strip is, ‘[[IsThereADoctorInTheHouse Call a doctor!]]’
* [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Black Furred Dude Dies First]] Parodied as Max plays the first victim in the ''AndThenThereWereNone'' Imaginate.
* BlandNameProduct:
** One of the books Peanut uses to get caught up on the ''Pridelands'' series of books is ''[[TropesForDummies Pridelands for Imbeciles.]]''
** Nothing goes as well with a game of Universes and Unrealities as a fresh bag of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/06/25/hitting-below-the-belt/ Doritas]].
* BouquetToss: [[spoiler: Tarot]] caught the floral bouquet thrown after King's wedding, with the help of Karishad.
* BrainBleach: Evoked by King in response to Miles' Christmas party [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/11/30/byobs/ plans]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick:
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/24/related-to-killer-whales/ The Dolphin's thoughts.]]
** And then [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/08/30/the-age-of-aquarium/ two years later]] it suddenly shows up again.
* BrickJoke: They happen from time to time.
** When Peanut is done up as the ghost of Banquo in their Theatre/{{Macbeth}} imagination play, Maxwell screams like he did when he was freaked out by Sabrina and her spiritual connections.
** Most recently, the alt texts of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/10/05/the-writing-on-the-wall/ this]] and [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/10/15/maybe-to-an-astral-plane/ this.]]
** The comic of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/08/18/in-bed/ 8/18/2010]] and this one [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/11/08/i-just-love-weddings/ just over three years later]].
* CallBack:
** Remember how [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/16/ohh-diss/ Sabrina dumped Spo off on Fido?]] Nearly 3 years later, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/11/02/the-spirits-are-down/ turnabout is fair play.]]
** And Fox, when he was kidnapped in "A Sinister Shadow", [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/06/something-is-missing/ let on that it wasn't the first time.]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/01/27/the-first-time/ We arrived at "the first time"]] in a flashback story.
** "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/07/04/hungry-for-cheddar/ Didn't I eat your guys' leader, once?]]"
** "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/01/30/worlds-collide-and-have-dinner/ You look distressingly familiar.]]"
** "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/08/28/giving-an-earful/ Would you like to see my giant blue gryphon feather?]]"
** In "Theme Park World", Tarot says Sabrina, three years from then, would nearly drown. A bit over three years later, not only does it happen, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/11/11/marco/ but we find out why.]]
** In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/05/23/separation-anxiety/ "Separation Anxiety"]], Sabrina threatens Fido with a visit from [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/11/02/the-spirits-are-down/ this guy]], possibly a fate worse than being [[{{Retgone}} retgoned]].
* CarnivoreConfusion:
** Usually played straight. It's accepted as a fact of life that predator species kill and eat prey animals for sustenance (something that gets pointed out more than once and even [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/03/stop-the-revolution-i-want-to-get-off/ happens on-panel]]); however, it should be noted that like the predators, the prey species are also fully sentient, able to talk to and even hold lengthy conversations with the animals who want to eat them.
** Except for some, like the cows, which seem to be either non-sapient, or just don't care.
** Illustrated by the title and cover of the second book ''Housepets! Hope They Don't Get Eaten'' featuring a picture of the wolf cubs seasoning an understandably concerned looking Zach.
** One of the Bigglesworths attempts to eat Squeak and Spo, only to be foiled (and disturbed) by Squeak's foot ([[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever macro?]]) fetish.
* CassandraTruth: Grape was right that last time about Pete...
* CatchPhrase: For Peanut: "_______ is/are a thing, isn't it/aren't they?"
* CatConcerto: Fiddler and Keys
* CatsAreMean: By and large subverted, sometimes played straight for comedic effect.
* CatUpATree: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/06/27/i-said-no-escape/ Grape]] has been trapped up a tree by angry dogs at least once.
* CensorBox: Parodied with Bino during "The Arc Specifically About Being Naked".
* ChairReveal: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/07/27/make-profit-not-war/ Those ferrets sure love showmanship]], with a twirl of a tall-backed chair revealing the instiagtor of the big water balloon war.
* ChekhovsGun: The last panel of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/26/goodnight-everybody/ this]] just seems to be a throwaway gag, involving the reactions of Peanut and Grape to seeing what Fido is up to [[spoiler:with Sabrina]]. A year and a half later, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/04/28/also-stripe-i-mean-seriously/ it turns out it's not.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Sabrina is compelled to save any wayward animal she finds.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Throwaway character [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/20/better-in-my-head/ Delusional Steve]].
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Spo in WhamLine.
* ComicallySmallBribe: Max tries to bribe a pet store employee to sell him catnip (which pets aren't allowed to buy) with a quarter. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/06/11/oldie-but-goodies/ It works in an ironic way.]]
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: Peanut in particular happens to be prone to this, as shown in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/02/going-down/ this strip]] where he asks about a trivial issue instead of about the fantastical world he and Sabrina are descending into.
* CoolDownHug: Cerberus brought Pete down from a VillainousBreakdown [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/09/08/chaos-rains/ with a simple paw on his shoulder.]]
* CornerOfWoe: Grape plays this during the Imaginate play for ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone''. Adds in ShowerOfAngst for showing rain clouds over her.
* CosmicChessGame: Or rather [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/07/the-truth-the-whole-truth/ Universes & Unrealities.]]
-->'''Spirit Dragon:''' To compare the game to chess would be like comparing all of civilization to an amoeba!
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: After Fido's fight with Jata, Ralph says (at least professionally) [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/11/22/blue-lines-and-red-tape/ he had no issues with Fido being involved with Sabrina,]] and only wished he had known beforehand what Fido had planned, instead of dragging the K-9 force into a potential international incident.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable:
** Played with [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/18/cool-clean-and-refreshing/ in this comic]], when a police dog, Sgt. Ralph, douses an apparently non-breathing Fox with water [[spoiler:to revive him after being smothered by Joel's boss]].
** In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/11/18/wettest-fur-contest/ this comic]] it's [[AvertedTrope neither clean nor pretty]]: the moment Fido gives Sabrina a breath after her near-drowning, she barfs water in his face.
* CrazyCatLady: The owner of the Mr. Bigglesworth cat group.
* CrazyPrepared: Peanut brings a backup generator to the country to power his NintendoDS.
* CrossOver: Ponbon, a small yellow creature from another of Rick's works makes a number of appearances from time to time - [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/16/deliberations-over-ice-cream-2/ as a novelty ice cream pop]], [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/11/26/i-imagine-most-commercials-are-made-like-this/ as a Macy's balloon]], and in person [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/08/08/operators-are-standing-by/ in this arc.]]
* CurseCutShort
** Courtesy of Fido's HeadPet:
--->'''Spo''': [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/16/off-to-a-smooth-start/ IS FIDO GONNA HAVE TO CHOKE A-]]\\
'''Fido''': ''Not helping, Spo!''
** And again in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/29/fetch/ this strip]], with Pete's curse interrupted by nearly getting a set of sharp teeth clamped onto his backside.
* CutASliceTakeTheRest: "Four Finger Discount" Jack does a variation [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/04/10/freshly-squeezed/ here]].
* CutenessProximity: Let's be honest. King and Zachary in the same room could be used as a weapon. The ferrets have their moments too. In Itsuki's case however, it's just one more annoyance as his fellow students insist on hugging the fluffy tanuki.
* DancesAndBalls: The Yarn Ball, a new year's dance celebrated by cats.
* DearJohnLetter: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/02/13/swapping-gift/ Uh oh, Bino...]]
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: The theme park themed theme park.
* {{Diary}}: Zach keeps one, chronicling such things as his lack of ability to fit in with "brothers" Marvin and Tiger. His diary was also used as a framing device for the [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/43-the-great-water-balloon-war/ "Great Water Balloon War"]] arc.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: Dog Fido and cat Sabrina are heavily suggested to have done "something" [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/26/goodnight-everybody/ in this comic.]]
-->'''Grape''': [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain We never speak of this again.]]
* {{Dissimile}}: It ''is'' [[TheDitz Sasha]], [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/23/since-weve-no-place-to-go/ after all.]]
* DistractedByTheShiny: Daisy, looking at King's collar rather than King [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/housepets_book3_cover_8_5x11.jpg on the cover of the Third ''Housepets!'' book.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/15/things-fall-apart/ this]] strip, Bino responds with indignation to Fox's allegations that he has a small... neck. Keep in mind that the neck is the only area the pets seem to have any modesty about...
-->'''Fox''': *snrk* I was wondering, how does someone with such a big head get by with a neck so pencilly?\\
'''Bino''': ''It's comparable to the national average!''
* DonutMessWithACop: Averted here [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/08/17/a-winner-is-you/ with poor Kevin]].
** According to Sasha, Kevin took her to a donut shop for their first date. Unknown if Kevin ate any there.
* DontFearTheReaper: Cerberus [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/18/hereafter-thereafter/ assumes the mantle]] of the Grim Reaper for the sake of working with children, greeting a puppy who was thrown off a bridge by his owner and drowned with a giant cookie.
* DracoInLeatherPants: InUniverse example for Peanut: the ''Pridelands'' character Saso.
-->'''Grape''': So you lifted the entire plot of the eighth chapter and wedged Spot into it, just so you could rescue an unimportant minor villain you particularly liked?
* DramaticIrony: Of a sort, when Bailey is griping about King's behavior at [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/12/07/tooth-truth/ one point]].
--> '''Sasha:''' Sometimes I suspect he's a miniature [[BalefulPolymorph human in a dog suit.]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Played with literally. They [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/10/31/printers-are-tools-of-the-living/ nearly dropped a boat on CSI dog Terrance.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Keene Milton is prone to this. With orange soda.
* DrunkOnMilk: Orange soda. To pets at least.
* EldritchAbomination: How Grape [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/01/23/sweet-memories/ sees the vet when she was young.]]
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Grape's [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/01/21/havent-you-caused-enough-pain/ shelter name]], [[spoiler:Princess Periwinkle.]]
* EnforcedMethodActing: InUniverse: Peanut [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/08/29/avaunted-house/ playing the ghost of Banquo]] in their ''Theatre/MacBeth'' "Imgainate" play resulted in an unintended occurrence for Maxwell.
* EnhanceButton: Parodied [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/10/12/not-another-new-character/ here]], with a police dog calling for enhancing the actual scene of the crime.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Quoted in the comments by Rick when people started implying that the term [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/10/probably-taking-this-too-far/ "slow motion pillow fight"]] meant something that went beyond the PG rating.
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* ExpressiveEars: Cats, particularly.
* EyepatchOfPower:
** One of Miles' cubs [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/07/06/da-boss/ dons one]] during the water balloon war when acting as the 'leader' of the dog soldiers. [[WordOfGod According to Rick]] this is somehow the same eyepatch worn by Delusional Steve, a one time character seen in a flashback to Grape and Peanut's first meeting. Unfortunately for Steve, any signs of Power seem to be averted in his case.
** EyepatchOfPower vs Hungry Cat - [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/03/stop-the-revolution-i-want-to-get-off/ Hungry Cat wins.]]
* TheFaceless: "Parents" are never seen above the nose. Some non-parent humans, like Joel, do have faces exposed.
* FalseStart: Peanut goes to tell Grape how he feels about her, but before he can, he overhears her making a date with Maxwell.
* FanDumb: An {{in-universe}} example. Lester is practically [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/09/20/what-have-you-done-you-monsters/ the]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/09/22/shouting-in-a-movie-theater/ poster]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/09/24/the-end-result-of-being-cultured/ boy]] for several varieties of FanDumb. He even mentions the trope by name in his rant.
* FanFic: In-universe, Grape's ''Pridelands'' fanfic is a recurring theme. Complete with an AuthorInsert named "Gapre".
* FantasticRacism: African Prince Leopard Jata 'complements' Jeeves by saying "Thank you, pale human....you're a credit to your species."
* FantasyKitchenSink: According to Sabrina, "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/09/yggdrasil-root-beer-actually/ everything is a thing.]]" That would explain the presence of gryphons, dragons, Cerberus, and Norse frost giant Aurgelmir.
* FemaleFelineMaleMutt: Grape and Peanut, Fido and Sabrina.
* FictionalDocument: The Prideland Series. Its popularity, particularly among pets, is equivalent to that of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' or ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''.
* FootPopping:
** In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/12/25/is-you/ this]] strip, it's [[spoiler:King's]] foot that rises when going for the kiss with [[spoiler:Bailey]], instead of the usual gender roles for the trope.
** In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/06/dancing-in-the-dark/ this]] strip, Sasha's foot rises as she kisses [[spoiler:Fox's]] cheek, wishing him goodnight.
* FormallyNamedPet: at least ten cats called Mr Bigglesworth, due to their owner being a CrazyCatLady. They all look the same, though most are not related and some are female. They occasionally mess with other pets who don't know there's more than one.
* FourFingeredHands: The entire bipedal non-human cast fits this.
* [[FreeRangeChildren Free Range Animals]]: The housepets are allowed to roam Babylon Gardens for the most part unattended. When they go somewhere such as the mall or the zoo they sometimes are required to wear leashes, however are allowed to wander about freely if they hold on to their own leash.
* FromBadToWorse: King's choice of turning back into a human. At first if he turned back into a human he'd have to deal with being an escaped convict, but now if he turns back into a human he's more or less told that he is literally going to hell, and the only way he can have a pass is to stay a dog as they are judged less harshly by heaven than humans.
* FullBodyDisguise: Fox and Karishad in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/10/31/halloween-interlude/ a halloween strip.]]
-->'''Fox''' (as Karishad): This was his idea.\\
'''Karishad''' (as Fox): Oh no you don't, this was '''MY''' idea!
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Some readers would like a reverse comic telling what exactly is happening [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/03/07/witches-of-the-sand/ here]].
* FurryComic: [[CaptainObvious Gee, really?]]
* FurryConfusion: Subverted, for now.
* FurryReminder: Every once in a while. According to Rick: “I do this partly because people want to see them act like animals for some reason."
* GameShowAppearance: Great Kitsune as a typical GameShow Host stereotype [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/09/10/consultation-prize/ here.]]
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Literally in one strip that Rick edited after initially posting, turning the word 'crap' to carp'.
** He typically uses [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/02/03/see-ya-later/ "carp" in place of "crap"]], [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/02/15/snow-time-for-arguing/ "Dog" in place of "God"]], and [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/11/tossing-and-turning-and-rinsing/ "howl" in place of "hell"]].
** While [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/03/07/good-clean-wholesome-fun/ "snuggle"]] is what Duchess said, the pink whip and handcuffs she's holding suggest something rather less wholesome than a snuggle, without breaking the author's self-imposed PG rating.
** "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/04/28/chain-of-memories/ ...so I'm calling your bluff,]] '''''[[PrecisionFStrike MOTHER PHEASANT]].'''''"
* GlassesPull: Used [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/11/canine-scene-investigation/ here]] to punctuate an IncrediblyLamePun. [-([[CSIMiami YEEAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!]])-]
* GiantFootOfStomping: One of these is used to demonstrate [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/07/05/stamp-of-approval/ what Squeak sees in the 'Big Noses']].
* GratuitousJapanese: Lampshaded [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/09/21/the-staples/ here]] with Itsuke, a {{tanuki}} hired by the auto shop near Babylon Gardens.
* GrossUpCloseup: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/11/08/tastes-like-glue/ A bone chewtoy]] of Peanut's is given a close-up shot of the gnarled, chewed-up end.
* GrowlingGut: Truck manages to ''play music'' on his growling stomach on [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/01/07/stuff-em-in-yer-craw/ one strip]].
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal:
** The ferrets.
** The police dogs, when on duty, wear a vest onto which their badges are pinned.
** Fox has been known to sometimes wear a leather bomber jacket, such as when he first meets King.
** Itsuki, possibly to retain the PG rating given certain tanuki anatomy characteristics.
** When preparing food, Lucretia wears a "Sniff the Cook" apron.
** Played with and lampshaded in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/16/more-human-than-human/ this strip]] as well.
--->'''Miles:''' [after modeling several outfits to help him blend into human society] Is there any reason none of these configurations contain pants?
** Grape may need a [[{{Peanuts}} security blanket]] after the trauma she suffers in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/11/love-in-the-stitches/ this strip]].
* HappilyMarried: More than a few of the regular cast.
** Miles and Lucretia, although not married (as they're wolves), are official mates and are known to behave like a happy husband/wife.
** Mr. Earl Sandwich and Mrs. Sandwich are the only known human family in the series so far to be officially married, and by all available evidence it's a happy marriage.
** Another pair of wolves, Rodney (Miles' cousin) and Snow, are mates as well, without any signs of it being an unpleasant pairing.
** As of the finale for the fifth year of the strip, [[spoiler:King and Bailey]], although how happily the marriage will go on remains to be seen.
* HeroicBSOD: Peanut is prone to these. So far it has happened when [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/08/paralysis-of-the-mouth/ three cute barn cats ask him to have a slow-motion pillow fight with them]], [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/10/probably-taking-this-too-far/ when Grape herself is invited for it]], and once more when [[spoiler:[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/04/26/i-thought-you-knew/ Grape tells him she knows about his crush on her.]]]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Parodied by Max in the arc "The Great Water Balloon War", specifically in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/06/27/the-big-one/ this strip]] where he throws himself onto a water balloon to shield others.
%% * HilarityInZoos
%% * HoldingHands
* ICantBelieveItsNotHeroin:
** To pets, orange soda acts like alcohol.
** And to cats, catnip acts like cannabis, to the point where Rick chose to abort an arc - an example being when one character proclaimed another "blew through his stash like kibbles!"
* {{Hypocrite}}: Joel's boss to Fox.
* IAteWhat: Whatever Max fed Grape, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/03/07/witches-of-the-sand/ it's certainly wasn't salad.]]
* IgnoreTheDisability: Peanut puts his foot firmly in his mouth when accidentally using a bunch of cliche phrases about hands and arms [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/04/03/disarming-situation/ when talking with "Four Finger Discount" Jack, who is missing an arm.]] Jack looks angrily at Peanut over it but then lets up in the last panel, saying he was just messing with Peanut.
* IHaveThisFriend:
** In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/08/too-late-to-think/ this strip]] Fox asks his cousin Bailey about a hypothetical dog with a romance problem, but she in turn cuts straight to the chase and tells him to just go ahead and hook up with the object of his newly discovered affections.
** Bailey seems to get a lot of this kind of thing. In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/11/24/a-way-with-the-ladies/ this strip]] King attempted something similar, and Bailey was similarly direct in her response.
* IncrediblyLamePun: When King asks Fox what good a watch [[spoiler:representing Joel's fate]] is for a dog, Fox replies that King could be a watch dog. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/05/04/whats-in-a-name/ King was not amused.]]
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/05/this-is-my-tsk-tsk-face-2/ Great Dragon's reveal]] would be awesome, according to King, if he hadn't wet himself in fear.
* InterspeciesRomance:
** A sensitive issue; within the context of the comic, interspecies relationships are considered [[FantasticRacism taboo]]. Fido and Sabrina (a dog and a cat, respectively) are [[SecretRelationship romantically involved]]; Peanut thought his crush on Grape was a secret, but she [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/04/26/i-thought-you-knew knew it all along.]] Joey (a dog) is involved with Squeak (a mouse).
** Peanut's character Spot dates a "dog"[[note]]possibly a disguised cat[[/note]] named Stripe. A possible early precursor can be found [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/2008-07-21-sorry-no-comic.png here.]] Yes, that's why Bino gives Peanut trouble about being a cat-lover.
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/09/17/a-little-bit-of-class/ Apparently]] there's at least one coyote in the other Daryl's family tree.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Peanut helps Grape get ready for her date with Maxwell, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/14/paper-faces-on-parade/ even though Peanut is in love with Grape.]]
* {{Jerkass}}: Several, and not only just pets or just humans. Max gets explicitly called on it by Grape, with which he agrees readily.
* JerkassGods: Pete, definitely Pete. With all he's done to torment Joel/King in order to get a game piece. And Spirit Dragon's avatars have [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/08/29/asking-nicely/ a few complaints too]].
* JustFriends: Peanut and Grape. Subverted, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/04/30/just-friends/ here.]]
* KidsAreCruel: The dogs in general towards Tiger's name.
* KissOfLife: After giving mouth-to-mouth to Sabrina after she fell into a pool and nearly drowned, Fido gets water barfed into his face.
-->'''Fido:''' That wasn't very romantic.\\
'''Sabrina:''' Sorry to '''ruin it''' for you, hon. Now get me to the Vet before I die of pneumonia.
* LampshadeHanging: To the point that the characters are beginning to show MediumAwareness.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo:
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/58-taking-cover/ Alan, Simone, and Teddy D]], HP! stand-ins for TheChipmunks.
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/05/05/professor-spot-and-the-incredibly-geeky-joke/ Prof. Killbody.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall:
** Peanut is literally leaning against the back wall as he talks about not seeing CrossOver character Ponbon again in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/08/10/extra-long-distance/ this comic.]]
** Peanut does so [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/04/most-dangerous-variety/ here]] regarding a common fan reaction to the type of plot that was being lead into.
** Joey looks out at us as Peanut says he is glad there's no one out there watching the ''TenLittleIndians'' Imaginate.
* LetsJustSeeWhatWOULDHaveHappened: In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/07/02/locate-planet-bomb/ this strip]] Great Kitsume may or may not have let the Earth explode ( restoring it afterward ) in order to show Dragon what would happen if she were to modify an infinite-range detection spell to cause damage.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Grape's reaction when she and Peanut see [[spoiler:Sabrina and Fido kissing]].
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Grape and Peanut in most cases.
* LittleMissBadass: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/02/06/ten-gallons-of-tailwhipping-in-a-five-gallon-can/ Grape as a kitten]] shows a fully grown alligator who's who and what's what, with just a broom.
%% * LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: In the story arc "Show Business", King finds himself trapped in a tool shed when being chased by Duchess. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/03/19/the-optimal-solution/ This strip]] even mentions [=MacGyver=] by name. The ultimate solution to his dilemma is, however, somewhat more directly violent than most of [=MacGyver's=] solutions.
* LoopholeAbuse: Laws require that housepets be on a leash when out in public places, but it doesn't specify anything about who's holding the other end of the leash, which the pets exploit by going out holding their own leashes.
%% * LoveHurts
* LoveIsInTheAir: King is smitten on Fox's cousin Bailey after she jumped into a pond to save his MacGuffin stopwatch.
-->'''King''': Why does she smell even better now? [[note]] Hint - wet dog[[/note]]\\
'''Fox''': I think that's in your head, lover boy.
* LuminescentBlush: Apparently, in the ''Housepets!'' universe facial fur can change colors, given that blushes show on the faces of several characters when they're embarrassed.
* MacGuffin: Joel's "fate", which is now a stopwatch King is holding on to.
** In "Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3", it evolves into a MagneticPlotDevice. It now allows King to remain King. If he relinquishes the watch, he becomes Joel.
* MarshmallowDream: {{Inverted}} [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/07/stale-jokes-for-stale-mallows/ by Tiger]]:
-->'''Tiger:''' Okay so funny story, I had a dream I was eating my pillow
* MeaningfulName: Brown dog and purple cat? Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly.
** The mouse, often known to [[{{Squick}} squick]] people out, is named Squeak.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Although it's happened at least once before [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/18/things-come-together/ with Bino]], it's coming up a lot more frequently with the late-2012 art shift. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/15/butt-of-this-joke/ Fox]], [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/16/letting-bygones-be/ Fido]] and [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/25/show-some-respect/ Maxwell]] have all done it thus far.
* MoodWhiplash: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/10/27/house-of-a-thousand-nightmares/ For one comic Rick decides to be not funny.]]
* MundaneFantastic: Talking animals and telepathic dolphins. It also doesn't take much for people to believe in other PsychicPowers.
* [[MusicalEpisode Musical Strip]]:
** Fiddler and Keys' [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/09/01/to-the-tune-of-the-irish-washerwoman-or-whatever/ specialty!]]
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/06/10/sailing-songs/ And again.]]
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Played strictly for laughs two times, when female characters act out toward crushes:
** Sasha begs to have Fido's puppies [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/01/a-breed-apart/ when he returns]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/08/shes-not-the-best-one-to-ask/ from K-9 school.]]
** Grape writes a fan letter to one of the actors who played in an adaptation of ''[[FictionalDocument Pridelands]]'', and [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/25/dear-tabby/ begs to have his kittens.]]
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Oddly averted. While housepets are naked all the time, the fact is only occasionally pointed out, such as when Grape couldn't believe that Peanut didn't know she's a girl, or "The Arc Specifically About Being Naked" (aka losing one's collar).
* NeverSayDie: Parodied [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/03/pushing-up-daisies/ here]] by the dog on Uncle Reuben's farm, using all sorts of euphemisms for dying in their literal, non-euphemism sense.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Grape fears she may have pulled this herself [[spoiler: after accusing the "author" of the Pridelands series of exploiting the work of her cat (the actual author of the series).]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming She didn't.]]
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/10/04/where-did-he-come-from/ what]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/07/01/guess-what/ chicken]]?
* NoodleIncident: Mentioned by Peanut, about a previous, off-screen session using Tarot's psychic powers to make their imaginations tangible that resulted in an embarrassing moment for Grape.
** Also, the birth of Miles and Lucretia's cubs, as mentioned by Jack and Elaine referring specifically to Lucretia's mother being the midwife.
--->'''"Four Finger Discount" Jack:''' Funny, you'd think the woman would get '''weaker''' in her old age.\\
'''Elaine:''' At least that moss patch was fortuitous.
** And then there's the bet between [=Joel/King=]'s parents...
* NoOSHACompliance: The way to Heaven is apparently a giant golden staircase without any railings. Luckily there's an equally giant three headed dog-god standing by to catch you in her paw if you trip and fall.
* NotBloodSiblings: While Peanut and Grape treat each other as siblings, they aren't related; they're not even the same ''species''.
* NonSequiturThud: "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/23/king-knock-the-phone-over/ After King takes a tumble down the stairs, he greets Fox with "Oh, hello Mr. Elephant, let's take a walk down to the gumdrop lake" then drops to the floor.]]
* OcularGushers: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/01/eyes-like-faucets/ Sasha]] after a series of intentionally bad dates as a ploy by [[JerkAss Bino]] to get back into Sasha's good graces [[spoiler:after she dumped him on Valentine's Day.]]
* OhCrap:
** Although somewhat more subtle than many OhCrap faces, Sgt Ralph and Kevin [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/06/29/the-bigger-one/ get them when they see a stupendously large water balloon falling towards them]] in a water balloon war with the neighborhood cats.
** King gets one when Pete finds out he went to the party against Pete's orders.
** Fox does some SpontaneousChoreography [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/06/dancing-in-the-dark/ after a kiss from Sasha]], but his singing fits in with the song "Maria". When he realizes that...
--->'''Fox''': And I'm subconsciously projecting myself onto the lead of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' for a reason, aren't I?\\
[[spoiler:'''Alt-text of that comic''': Tony / I'll end up in a ditch just like Tony]]
** Jata in this [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/11/13/hand-to-hand/ comic]]. Also something of a BrickJoke after Jata dismissively regarded [[spoiler: Uncle Deadeye]] earlier.
* OnlySixFaces: This was particularly bad during the comic's first year, but has gotten better following the [[ArtEvolution style revision]]. It's not perfect, though; apart from a [[PaletteSwap color shift]] and some differences in clothing, Peanut is a dead ringer for Fido.
** In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/10/31/halloween-interlude/ the 2013 Halloween strip]] you need to look at Fox and Karishad's tails to get the joke.
* OneSteveLimit: Lampshaded and outright named in the comments [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/02/an-undigested-bit-of-beef/ here.]]
** Subverted with [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/07/home-for-christmas/ Grape's list of all the Petes in town]].
** Averted with the Biggleworths.
* OrWasItADream:
** Lampshaded, but Grape is still [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/26/maybe-there-was-an-emu/ surprised.]]
** [[spoiler: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/14/never-believe-its-not-so/ Great Kitsune]]]] has his fun with this as well
** And again, only by Dragon[=/=]Tarot, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/16/like-wheelchairs-at-hospitals/ here.]] More of a parody than anything as the supernatural beings in question don't even try to be subtle.
* {{Otaku}}: Joey has some signs of it. Of his group of friends, he may be the ''most'' normal.
* PaperThinDisguise:
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/01/14/identity-theft/ Where's Truck?]]
** Grape pretends to be Sabrina's boyfriend wearing a beard that some readers didn't even notice until it was pointed out to them.
* {{Pet Heir}}s: The six, now incredibly wealthy, ferrets inherited their fortune from the late Henry Milton.
* PlanetOfSteves: There lives on the block a woman who owns [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/03/yes-all-of-them/ at least eleven Siamese cats named Mr. Bigglesworth]] (yes, even the girls). They're not InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals, but even the Bigglesworths [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/19/increasingly-bizarre-implications/ can't always tell one another apart, or tell each other's genders.]]
* {{Poker}}: This [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/07/20/ one-off]], Rick's "obligatory" version of the famous dogs playing poker painting ''A Friend in Need''.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Played with [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/09/12/exeunt/ here]], with an added LuminescentBlush about Tarot's "imagination made real" ability combined with a suggestion of indecent exposure for Grape. [[NoodleIncident It's never clarified what actually happened.]]
* PrecisionFStrike: A censored version, during the [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/21/your-heart-is-full-of-unwashed-socks/ 2009 Christmas arc]]. Then a [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/23/king-knock-the-phone-over/ second one]]. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/05/09/how-low-can-you-go/ And a third]]. So far, King seems to be the only character allowed to swear on-screen.
* PrinceAndPauper: No Pauper involved, but Millionaire Ferret Keene Milton does four months as a ferret exhibit at the Zoo while everyone thought he was vacationing in Florida.
* PunnyName: Grape pretended to be Sabrina's boyfriend Concord.
* PuppyDogEyes: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/11/15/double-bubble-trouble/ Sabrina knows how to get what she wants]].
* QuirkyTown: Babylon Gardens is owned by ferrets (through a human estate trust), and has among other "oddball" characters two housepets who are servants of celestial beings playing a ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Universes and Unrealities]]'' with the subdivision.
* RailRoading: How Pete "convinces" Joel to be a part of the Game, making it sound as if there was no other option for Joel.
* ReadyForLovemaking: When King went to his room after a dog pageant, Duchess appeared on his bed, laying in a suggestive pose with a whip and a set of pink cuffs, asking for King to snuggle with her.
* RealAfterAll: Where did that big feather come from?
* RealityIsUnrealistic: Quoted by Rick in the comments section when someone complained that the feline fangs were too far forward in the new art style, and he responded with a Wikipedia link.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: A variant. After [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/03/21/naked-came-i/ the first comic in what looked to be an amusing plot arc]], the author's computer broke, triggering a two-week stretch of guest strips... after which [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/06/raiders-of-the-lost-arc/ the]] ''[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/06/raiders-of-the-lost-arc/ last]]'' [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/06/raiders-of-the-lost-arc/ comic in said plot arc appeared]] (as if the action had continued in the absence of the author). Except the characters [[BreakingTheFourthWall acknowledged that no one had actually seen any of it happen]] and determined to recreate it for their benefit (well, Bino did). [[WhatCouldHaveBeen If the author's computer hadn't broken, presumably the arc would have taken a very different course.]]
* RealityWarper: Tarot in the [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/03/01/threes-a-crowd/ Pridelands pretend arc.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Bailey gets them when Bino makes the mistake of interrupting an argument between her and King: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/12/10/something-off/ Though he doesn't have time to 'take warning'...]]
* RelationshipUpgrade:
** Only after Grape reveals she's a girl.
** Again later (sort of) when Grape says Peanut has earned the right to be "mushy" with her.
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/12/24/all-i-want-for-christmas/ Nobody saw what happened]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/12/25/is-you/ with King and Bailey coming.]]
** Recently [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/08/28/giving-an-earful/ teased with Peanut and Tarot]] in an odd fashion (which makes sense considering [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/06/03/year-five-epilogue/ what else recently happened]]):
--->'''Tarot:''' Guess who's sleeping in the doghouse for that "normal" jab, honey?\\
'''Peanut:''' We don't even live together!\\
'''Tarot:''' ''We'll see about that!''
* RetGone: Threatened.
-->'''Sabrina:''' ''Fido'', if you don't go in there and stop this ''right now'', I am going to make you never born.\\
'''Fido:''' D...don't you mean "Wish I was--"\\
'''Sabrina:''' ''No''.
* RunningGag:
** Peanut waking Grape from one of her naps when he needs her help on something.
** Also Bino getting thrashed when his {{jerkass}}ery goes too far.
--->'''Fox''': By the way, Bino, have you ever wondered why injuring you is not grounds for expulsion?
** "Right, I'm an idiot."
** It Was AllJustADream. [[OrWasItADream Or was it?]]
* SadisticChoice: Given to King by [[JerkassGods Pete]]. He must either become Pete's [[CosmicChessGame avatar]] or return to life as a human. The sadistic part comes from the day he chose to give this ultimatum: [[spoiler: King's wedding day.]]
* SamusIsAGirl: People often mistake Grape for a boy; she is, in fact, a girl. In fact, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/12/so-thats-a-no/ other]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/19/increasingly-bizarre-implications/ cats]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/27/tabled-discussion/ sometimes]] have problems telling.
* SapientSteed: Horses are on the list of sentient talking animals, so they become [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/03/pushing-up-daisies/ this.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The Milton ferrets tend to take this view, buying whatever catches their fancy even if the law or rules don't allow it:
** Having a swimming pool filled entirely with grape gelatin (or alternatively chocolate mousse).
** Keene has contemplated getting a waterfall installed in their mansion.
** [[spoiler:Keene also plunged the entire neighborhood into an extremely grandiose water balloon war just to test out a new line of water guns.]]
* SecretRelationship: Fido and Sabrina. Fido had to reveal it on live television to prevent an ArrangedMarriage from ending it. Fallout still ongoing...
* SelfDeprecation: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/04/most-dangerous-variety/ Rick takes a swing at himself]] over the occasional swings between SliceOfLife {{Romantic Comed|y}}ies and fantasy that the comic sometimes takes.
* SelfInsertFic:
** Grape writes one of these and is incredibly embarrassed when Peanut reads it.
** Peanut also lifted a chapter of ''Pridelands'' for his Spot (superdog) comic because he liked a particular minor character.
** Then things go a step further when Tarot uses her imagination...
* ShapeshiftingSquick: All the King [[ShipperOnDeck shippers]] seem to forget and/or ignore that he was originally a human.
* SharedFamilyQuirks: Fido, is dating a cat named Sabrina. His youngest brother Joey is in a relationship with Squeak... the mouse. Associating with mice is another thing the Byrons seem to have in common. Fido has grown rather attached to Spo, a mouse he was volunteered to care after, by none other than Sabrina. And we've come full circle.
* ShipTease: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/09/17/where-history-comes-back-from-the-dead-oh-no/ Peanut and Grape cuddling in a one-off]]
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/23/king-knock-the-phone-over/ here.]] The title and AltText give it away.
** The link on the [=Cloudcuckoolander=] reference may feature a shoutout to ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
** And [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/07/home-for-christmas/ this link]] features a callsign, KPET, that was also used by the webcomic ''{{Newshounds}}''.
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/01/not-good-with-children/ This link]] is an obvious shoutout to ''{{Garfield}}'' as Tiger tries to ship an annoying pup to the United Arab Emirates, [[DontExplainTheJoke which Abu Dhabi is part of.]]
** [[CourageTheCowardlyDog OOGAH BOOGAH BOOGAH!]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/10/29/and-then/ AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA]]
** ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' gets a few, including "Tish, You!", the word "nudule", [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/comics/2009-07-08-paralysis-of-the-mouth.png and a Peanut]] HeroicBSOD.
** [[VideoGame/MarioKart Hi I'm Daisy!]]
** The entire "Thematic Arc of Questionable Quality" is an homage to some of the better-known strips from ''CalvinAndHobbes''.
** Possibly to FiddlerOnTheRoof, since that's where we first see [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/31/night-at-the-ritz-2/ Fiddler.]]
** "[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/19/planted-the-family-tree/ And this]] [[Series/{{Newhart}} is my other brother Daryl.]]" (sic)
** Following up on the theme naming of the rest of the Sandwich family, Mrs. Sandwich's name [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/01/13/poetry-in-the-raw/ was revealed to be Jill]] in reference to the "Jill Sandwich" meme from VideoGame/ResidentEvil.
** Some ad buttons for the comic use the quote [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} "Dogs and cats, living together - Mass Hysteria"]]
** Bino [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/05/17/almost-fit-for-a-queen/ regifts Sasha]] with a number of presents, including a "tiny piano like the ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' guy". Later on he and Sasha take up positions similar to those of Lucy and Schroeder as he listens to her play.
** In one of the alt texts, Spo describes [[Film/ForrestGump all the ways one can prepare]] cheese.
** Kevin has a ''WesternAnimation/RoadRovers'' poster up in his gym.
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/10/04/blood-loss/ This strip]] makes a reference to Alex Armstrong from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''
** One of [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/10/16/call-waiting/ Stanley D'Angelo's voice mail messages]] is for a [[Franchise/IndianaJones Henry, Jr.]]
** Playing the Doctor in the Imaginate version of ''AndThenThereWereNone'', Marvin says both "[[ImADoctorNotAPlaceholder I'm a Doctor, not an Electrician]]'' , and "[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries He's dead, Jim]]".
** The first and last names of Joel Robinson [[spoiler:(AKA King)]] are a nod to a certain [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 janitor shot into space]].
** At the end of "Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3", [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/09/08/chaos-rains/ an apparently repentant Pete's shirt]] reads as a quote from ''Film/BladeRunner''.
* ShovelStrike: King finds himself [[LockingMacgyverInTheStoreCupboard trapped in a toolshed]] by Duchess, and uses a shovel found in the shed to knock her out, in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/03/19/the-optimal-solution/ this strip.]]
* ShowWithinAShow: ''Pridelands'', a fictional work of which Grape is fond. Also "The Adventures of Spot (Superdog)", which uses the following tropes exclusively.
** ClarkKenting: The only difference between Spot (Superdog) and his secret identity as Spot (Professor) is a cape and a pair of glasses. Even the name's the same!
** GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Attempted by [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/28/the-dark-age-of-spot/ Stripe.]]
** IntercontinuityCrossover: {{In-universe}}, Peanut is fond of crossing the ''Pridelands'' books with his SuperHero, Spot (Superdog).
** NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/11/30/picked-the-wrong-spot/ This comic]] and [[LampshadeHanging Spot's]] [[StatusQuoIsGod last line.]]
** TerribleArtist: Peanut's drawings are about on par with those of a stereotypical five year old.
** WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: Touched on [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/28/the-dark-age-of-spot/ here.]]
** WhyDontYaJustShootHim: Played with in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/14/the-uncanny-adventures-of-spot/ this comic.]]
* SleepCute: More than one snuggle scene in this comic.
%% * SliceOfLife
* SlidingScaleOfAnimalCommunication: Almost all animals can talk with one another and with humans, with no real issues with understanding one another.
* SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism: Of the CivilizedAnimal school.
* SpiderSense: When a hunky [[FunnyAnimal cheetah]] steps out of a taxi cab that brought him to Babylon Gardens, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/09/kitty-in-the-city-suburbs/ Grape comments]] that her "hunk sense" is tingling, to which Peanut replies "That's Franchise/SpiderMan's power, actually."
* SpitTake:
** Grape's reaction after finding out that Peanut had [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/18/back-to-reality/ e-mailed her Pridelands fanfic to Res.]]
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/10/30/le-gasp/ Max spews a sip of fruit juice]] when, on TV, Fido announces his true feelings [[spoiler:for Sabrina]].
* SpontaneousChoreography: Somewhat [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/08/no-excuses/ here]] (Neither one knows who "Uncle Reuben" is, yet they're dancing about going to see him.)
* {{Squee}}:
** Emitted by Max and Grape during the ''Imaginate Too!'' [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/03/22/getting-your-drama-face-on story arc.]]
** Fan reaction to Zachary, [[PreciousPuppies King]], and most recently Itsuki.
** Rick himself squeed to [[http://chochi.deviantart.com/art/Housepets-sketch-177490776 this fan art drawing of Peanut and Grape.
** Jata gets a full panel "Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!" from the feline cats in the neighborhood, in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/11/cats-out-of-the-bag this strip.]]
* StableTimeLoop: Apparently one is created in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/61-psycon2-psyconner/ this arc]] set during [[FanConvention PsyCon Infinity]].
* StarvingStudent: Implied in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/09/21/the-staples/ this strip]] as the reason Itsuki invites the Sandwich family to his apartment.
* StealthPun:
** The "father" of the Sandwich household is named "Earl". His full name has never been said in-comic.
** There's also an Uncle Reuben.
** The main two characters, also in the Sandwich family, are ingredients for a sandwich.
** And then there's the "mother", Jill.[[note]]Enough people aren't ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' fans that they didn't get that joke. Which is okay, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/01/13/poetry-in-the-raw/ since in the comic, neither does Jill.]][[/note]]
* StockAnimalName: The Messrs. and Misses Mr. Bigglesworth, a group of identical Siamese cats.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Peanut certainly did [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/11/delayed-reaction/ not see]] [[JerkAss Bino's]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/09/bzzt/ shock collar remote.]]
* TakeThat: Any page that has Tiger or Marvin "Arbelt" is almost certainly a parody of {{Garfield}}.
-->'''The cast page for Tiger''': I hate Thursdays. I like pizza. I hate cockroaches. I like my teddy bear Poom. That’s characterization, right?
* TarotTroubles: The common use of the Death card is lampshaded in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/01/06/the-real-culprit/ this strip]], then uses the trope straight with the next card being The Tower.
* TemptingFate: While looking out the window to his office, Keene claims in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/07/29/i-can-has-hubris/ this strip]] that the water war he started couldn't be stopped with all the water in the neighborhood. [[spoiler:The sky then opens up in a torrential downpour.]]
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics:
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/12/dear-you-just-look-fabulous/ this comic.]]
** It wasn't until ''two months'' after the comic started that Peanut (and 96% of the audience) even realized Grape was a girl.
* ThatWasNotADream: Standard celestial policy - after a mortal as a run-in with one of the Cosmic Nerds they are told to "wake up" and immediately do so in their bed. However an item is always left which tells the mortal it was not a dream.
* ThemeNaming: Earl Sandwich is clearly fond of this. It seems to be a common practice on his side of the family, but it's usually lost on his wife.
* ThiefBag: The Milton Ferrets award the contest prize [[spoiler:to Daisy]] in a traditional white sack with a dollar sign on it, which is lampshaded by Rick in the comic's title.
* [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers The Third Of These Is Not Like The Others]]: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/04/most-dangerous-variety/ Listen, learn, avoid being eaten by an eleven-headed grognak, and be polite.]]
* ThirdPersonPerson: Spot (Superdog) in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/07/18/ this comic]]
* ThisIsMyHuman: Many of the animals treat their owners more like parents, although this isn't universal.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: This ''is'' a FurryWebcomic, after all. In one comic, Peanut's ''entire face'' turned red from embarrassment.
* TooIncompetentToOperateABlanket: Parodied in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/07/16/return-of-the-television/ this strip,]] the ad selling a product aimed at people supposedly too stupid to operate a regular drinking glass.
* TooMuchInformation: Apparently, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/25/and-now-you-can-never-unsee-it/ All]] of Joey's personal life elicits this kind of reaction.
* TrialByCombat: Jata invokes this trope to the T twice for Sabrina. Not hard for him, seeing how built and well-trained he is.
* TrueMeaningOfChristmas: The pets sometimes try to debunk the idea behind Santa.
%% * TVNeverLies
* UncannyValley: Referenced in this strip with the [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/01/01/electric-word-life-it-means-forever/ CGI Dick Clark]].[[invoked]]
* UnflinchingWalk: Played with in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/08/01/the-only-way-to-end/ this]] strip with the characters doing this away from a massive water balloon explosion, in the story arc "The Great Water Balloon War".
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Happens with Grape, both to Peanut and Maxwell.
* UnsoundEffect:
** Played with [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/06/11/it-gets-worse/ here]] in the first "Imaginate!" story, with Grape and Peanut using a sign reading "[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: Explosion! ]]
".
** '''[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/02/11/thing-of-the-titans/ PAUNCH]]'''
** '''[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/01/25/red-red-wine/ SUPLEX]]'''
** '''[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/12/10/something-off/ FACE]]'''
** Poor Max gets '''[[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/07/26/to-the-market-to-the-market/ BOOT]]''' not once but [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/08/07/the-other-one-drops/ twice!]]
* UnwantedFalseFaith: The woodland critters following Zach as the "Opener of Ways".
* ValentinesDayEpisode: Every Valentine's Day brings a set of four paper valentines featuring characters from the strip. They're mostly meant as jokes, but they're also provided in a large printable format so you can give them out.
* WackyCravings: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/03/10/bedtime-snack/ Way to freak out your husband, Bailey.]][[note]]She claims a "pickle and cherry milkshake" is something her mother made for her when she was a pup.[[/note]]
* WallOfText: In [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/16/letting-bygones-be/ this strip]] Sabrina's explanation of her past produces a wall of text separating the second and third panels; {{lampshaded}} by the AltText.
-->'''Alt Text:''' Yes, it is literally a wall of text between panels 2 and 3. Get your tl;drs ready
* WaterGunsAndBalloons: ''Housepets'' had an entire story arc based on a water balloon war, "The Great Water Balloon War", between the titular creatures that was used to parody military and wartime tropes, starting [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/06/20/rabbit-duck-season/ here.]]
* WebcomicTime: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/25/especially-who-who/ here]][[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke It was the end of February. Fox hadn't appeared since Christmas.]][[/note]]
--> '''Fido''': --'''FOX!''' Er, when did you get back from Kansas?\\
'''Fox''': Uh, like the first week of January? I don't ask to be the center of your attention but '''come on'''
* WeddingDay: [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/05/27/here-come-da-bride/ King]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/05/29/what-bwings-us-togefah-today/ and]] [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/05/31/end-of-year-five/ Bailey]]. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/06/03/year-five-epilogue/ Plus a]] BouquetToss caught by [[spoiler:Tarot]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Grape]]''' (to [[spoiler:Maxwell]]): [[WhamLine Maybe we could get married sometime]].
* WhamEpisode: This series has several of them, each of them changing the comic forever, as more and more of the plot is revealed:
** The first is [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/08/04/curveball-outta-nowhere/ very early]], setting up the possibility for romance between Grape and Peanut, the two original protagonists of the comic. That entire arc sets up Peanut's "cat lover" status, as well as displaying the prejudices of the pet world.
** The second is [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/a-sinister-shadow/ A Sinister Shadow]], the first real darkness in the comic, where the status of pets as people is first seriously questioned, as well as showing the first human face in the form of Joel. While not obvious at the time, this arc kicked off the second major conflict of the comic, the status of pets in the human world.
** The third became evident with [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/18/everyones-new-favorite/ this comic]] from Oops I Arced. [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/26/maybe-there-was-an-emu/ A dream]] that had occurred earlier in the comic had Grape meeting a gryphon named Pete, and when she woke up, she had a gigantic feather from it despite it being (supposedly) a dream sequence. This was later followed up by [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/02/staying-in-the-closet/ the appearance of Tarot]], who confirmed that magic existed in-universe, but the girl seemed a bit crazy. However, the existence of Pete was confirmed by the aforementioned comic from Oops I Arced, setting off another central conflict to the comic as Pete is unleashed, and then turns Joel (from the A Sinister Shadow arc) into a dog and gives him the name of King. Rather than being an odd one-off event, King becomes the third major protagonist of the comic, with many arcs following his struggle of fitting into the world of pets as an ex-human.
** King's arc gained special significance a few arcs later, with [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/32-dog-days-of-summer/ dog days of summer]] revealing that Tarot is actually the avatar of a higher order being, a Dragon who is Pete's counterpart. She seems much more benevolent than Pete, but, along with the Great Kitsune, ultimately it is revealed that all three of the higher order beings - the gryphon, the dragon, and the kitsune - are ultimately playing games with the lives of mortals, and not only is King caught in the middle of it, but Tarot is shown to be not just a silly creature, but actually the avatar of a being of immense power. King rejects his role as a mere piece in a game run by bored demigods, and as such is set off on his own, stuck as a dog until the game is over, but given the promise of a reward at the end of the game, as all avatars receive. It is also implied that the dragon has an interest in Peanut beyond Tarot's interest, with the demigod herself wanting to be his girlfriend.
** The next lies in [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/04/26/i-thought-you-knew/ Imaginate, Too!]], when Grape reveals that she knew that Peanut had a crush on her all along, and the pair are forced to attempt to articulate what their relationship means to each of them. When Peanut eventually fesses up to the fact that he wants to be her boyfriend, Grape challenges him as to what more he could want - and declares that he is her best friend in the world, before [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/04/30/just-friends/ kissing him.]] This adds a great deal of ambiguity to their relationship, as from there on the pair are seen snuggling periodically, calling into question both of their extant relationships as well as the exclusivity of it. While it is obvious that Grape and Peanut are taking their boyfriend and girlfriend considerably more casually than humans do, other relationships in the comic range from being of similar seriousness (Bino and Sasha) to being much more serious (Fido and Sabrina), and it is not really clear that Maxwell understands the depth of their relationship - though Tarot said from the very beginning that Grape could take him if she was willing to reject Maxwell, something she didn't want to do.
** More than twenty arcs later, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/55-the-game-in-heaven/ the Trial in Heaven]] reveals that not all is what it seems with the game of the gods. While Pete had been shown time and again to be a jerk, self-concerned, conceited, and ultimately appearing to care little for mortals, this is all turned on its ear as it is revealed that not only [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/05/21/you-could-wait-a-lifetime/ does Pete care]], or at least has cared about mortals in the past, but it is revealed that [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/05/25/we-all-dream-for-sundering/ the Dragon]] is not the kind-hearted creature that she seems - it is heavily implied that not only has she been meddling in the affairs of mortals, but in their love lives, with two of her followers dating two creatures that Pete was interested in, and the ex-boyfriend of one of said followers dating a third - all conveniently ruining Pete's own plans, but implying that all of their relationships may be, to some extent, a sham set up by the Dragon to prevent Pete from winning. Worse still, it is implied that the goal of the game that Pete and the Dragon had disagreed upon hinged upon the equivalence of humans and the other animals which inhabit the world - and Pete, not the Dragon, was on the side of the equivocation of human and animalkind, with the Dragon opposed to it. Thus, rather than the black and white conflict as it had appeared before, both sides were painted in gray - Pete is a jerk, but the comic is meant to lead the readers to sympathize with the pets, and King's arc in particular shows the difficulty of the transisition between human to animal - as well as the fundamental difference between the mindset of many animals and many humans, though the wolves had also worked to blur that line in the other direction by living as people, and far more responsible people than the ferrets, their benefactors, do. It also sets up for Pete having some sort of backup plan, but because of the UnspokenPlanGuarantee, we still don't know whether it has come to fruition.
** Who can forget about [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/09/09/kitty-in-the-city-suburbs/ Jungle Fever?]] This Arc focuses on Fido who [[spoiler: finally confess his love of the cat name Sabrina in front of everyone in Babylon Gardens.]] Some are shocked while [[TheUnReveal some already knew that.]]
** And now, as of April 2014, [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/04/28/chain-of-memories/ Heaven's Not Enough]], King has finally figured out that Pete still has an ace up his sleeve, which in a condensed form means that Pete is not forfeiting the cosmic game he's playing. Furthermore, he doesn't actually need him to fight as his avatar. However, it doesn't stop Pete from continuing on with his contract to King, just to torture him some more. [[spoiler: Except, in a completely unexpected twist, Bailey takes the fall for King and signs Pete's contract, becoming his avatar. Now she has been whisked away to who-knows-where to duel against Spirit Dragon, where it is expected that she will be gone for a very long time from reality's point of view. Then Fox finds out who his best friend really is...]]
* WhamLine:
** '''Joel''': [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/27/im-never-going-to-understand-humans/ "I was kidnapped by my own pets once."]] Made more dramatic by the fact that this page is the first time that an entire human face is shown.
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/06/28/that-would-be-weird/ Later on]] [[spoiler: Joel's alter ego]] King gets one when Tarot tells him "[[spoiler: Sorry, I don't date humans.]]"
** [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/10/30/le-gasp/ Jungle Fever]] has this: "[[spoiler: READ MY LIPS YOU TACKY FUTURE TAXIDERMY! IM AM IN LOVE WITH SABRINA D'ANGELO!]]"
** Probably the last Arc of King has Heaven's Not Enough, has two Wham Lines:
*** "[[spoiler: O Pete who art in Heaven... I Have a great burden on my mind, and I cannot bear it any longer... ...So I'm calling your bluff, MOTHER PHEASANT.]]"
*** [[spoiler: Upon Fox finding out his best friend is Joel: "...King?"]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What a number of readers were asking after [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/07/11/wise-and-dolls/ this scene]] in the Imaginate version of ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Someone coughs over the name of the state during [[spoiler: King and Bailey's]] wedding ceremony.
* WouldHitAGirl: Rightly or wrongly, a number of readers were shocked that the FriendToAllLivingThings would pull the old [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2014/07/09/so-its-more-of-a-ceasefire/ Time Out-Time In]] gag on Bailey.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: When trying to prevent Peanut from answering the door before her, she hoisted him up and away in a German Suplex.
* XMeetsY: In universe, it seems that the Pridelands series is ''Disney/TheLionKing'' meets ''Literature/WarriorCats''.
* YourFavorite: In one of his intros to an early strip, Rick mentions that Bino's favorite food is pizza.

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