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''The Class Menagerie'' is a shortlived FurryComic by Creator/VinceSuzukawa taking place in a WackyCollege. The cast ranges from the relatively normal JerkJock lion to the AmbiguouslyGay ScheduleFanatic kangaroo. Much of the humor and appeal comes from the various characters' personalities interacting, whether it's them (reluctantly) working together or just rubbing the wrong way.

[[http://www.theclassm.com/ The comic can be found here]], though the archives are a bit... scrambled. Luckily, ''most'' of the plotting doesn't require certain arcs to be read in order, just that they be read.

!!This webcomic provides examples of:
* {{Adorkable}}: Tony, in spades. This is a large part of what Cindy finds attractive about him.
** Mikey is a lesser example.
* AintNoRule: During the "Incognito" arc, both sides of the Forrest Tech/[=DeMontfort=] school rivalry invoke this during the mascot competition. Forrest build a huge mecha mascot. playing on the fact that there are no limitations on the mascot's costume as long as it reasonably resembles the school mascot. [=DeMontfort=] blows it wide open by exploiting the fact that while only one costume is allowed, you can [[spoiler:have as many ''participants'' as you want as long as they only use one costume between them and still both look like the mascot. As [=DeMontfort's=] mascot is Gruff The Griffon, they can have two competitors on the field, with Brad wearing the mascot body but needing no mask, and Biff wearing the mask but not needing the body, with one wing each.]]
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Scott's parents, at least in his opinion.
* AnythingThatMoves: Implied with Kim Greenwald, the head cheerleader for the football team. She zeroes in on Tony just because he's a hunk, and seems to enjoy that she's making things difficult between him and Cindy.
* ArchEnemy: Brian Spottiswood to Mikey, due to Mikey almost causing him to flunk high school through his annoying demands as a lab partner.
* AuthorAppeal: You'd be hard pressed to find a male character in the strip that isn't a statuesque Hercules with impeccably toned muscles.
* BackStory: A few characters, such as Biff and Brad.
* BadassBookworm: In "Duet To Me", Mikey lays the smackdown on two guys that are twice his size. Evidently, all that exercise isn't just for show.
* BareYourMidriff: Lisa.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Biff borders on mentally challenged in some cases, and is kept from flunking out due to his wealthy family's contributions from the school, but he is THE best football player they have, and it's implied he's one of the better players on the college scene overall.
* CaliforniaUniversity: Fictional [=DeMontfort=] University. [[WordOfGod The author]] had to clarify that it's not at all inspired by the ''real'' institute of the same name in the UK.
* CasanovaWannabe: Scott. Ironically, he has no problem attracting women when he doesn't act like a chauvinistic jackass, but he seems to think that's how a playboy is supposed to act.
* CerebusRollercoaster: While some of the storylines go way overboard because RuleOfFunny, the comic does get unexpectedly dark at times, especially [[spoiler:towards the very end when Lisa overhears how Mikey really feels about her, which upsets her into running off downtown... only to get assaulted and nearly raped by two burly drunk dudes]]. This also applies in cases like [[spoiler:Brad revealing his self-loathing which stems from his ''very'' poor relationship with his father; what started out as Scott trying to get more comedic blackmail material on him ended with him being Brad's SecretKeeper]].
* ComingOutStory: [[spoiler:Mikey]] in "Duet to Me". He only comes out to Lisa though.
* {{Crossover}}: Twice, with ''Webcomic/FunnyFarm'' in the "Occupied" arc, and ''Webcomic/SuburbanJungle'' in "Biff-ore And After", which also explains what caused the damage to the third floor of the dorm.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:Brad. He's the son of a corrupt banker from Texas, and is studying law in the hopes of one day preventing others from abusing the legal system and the public trust like his father did. The reason he wears his cap everywhere is that both he and his father have a rooster comb, which is rare and makes him and his father look almost identical.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Dani is fond of these, she tends to resort to violence for even the most minor infractions.
** On a less humorous note, Spottiswood does this towards Mikey. Yes, Mikey was a real pain in the ass, but everything Brian does to get revenge on him borders on assault at best and attempted murder at worst.
* DoesNotLikeMen: Dani comes off as this on occasion due to her role as pretty much the sole authority in Richter Hall, and with the majority of the trouble being caused by the male characters. Most notable is her line about all men being creeps when Biff uses the mascot costume he's wearing as protection from getting slapped by the cheerleaders he tries to use sleazy pickup lines on.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Tony is a combination of this trope, owing to him only recently having gained a serious muscle bulk, and being extremely clumsy. It's caused quite a bit of damage.
* DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale: The comic adheres to the old ''{{Peanuts}}'' idea that girls hitting boys is funny, and it's mostly played straight. Dani especially is this trope all over, resorting to cartoonishly hitting the male characters for real or imagined slights. Female characters receiving any sort of physical injury that's played for laughs can be counted on one hand.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Kevin, getting a ride from him is a nerve-wracking endeavor, to the point where it becomes a RunningGag. Taken UpToEleven when he's the driver for a ski-trip he, Tony, Mikey, and Scott take over winter break sophomore year and they have to deal with his reckless driving hundreds of miles up a mountain.
* {{Dramedy}}
* EmbarrassingNickname: Scott's parents call him "Sprout". He ends up bribing Brad to keep it from being spread around campus.
* {{Expy}}:
** Brad looks like [[VideoGame/StarFox Falco Lombardi]] with the blue and red skin colors [[PaletteSwap swapped]].
** [=DeMontfort=] University is based on UC Berkeley, Suzukawa's alma mater.
* FanService: Mostly involving the male cast, though "Beach Blanket Bungle" and "Poker Strips" have something for everybody.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: Ryan and Michelle fake their deaths at the end of Duet To Me and run off to get married under new names]]
* {{Farce}}: "My Funny Valentine". Otherwise avoided.
* FatBastard: Molina, a law student and one of the top football players at [=DeMontfort=]. He's also a SmugSnake JerkAss who manipulates people for his own benefit.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Biff, due to his enormous ego and JerkAss tendencies, and Mikey, due to his moralizing and grating perfectionism.
* FriendlyEnemy: Algernon. He's the closest the series had to a BigBad, attacked the dorm with a giant mecha and almost demolished the football stadium, but outside of the ramped-up school rivalry that caused those events, he's a surprisingly genial person, even to his enemies.
* FurriesAreEasierToDraw: [[http://www.theclassm.com/faq/index.html The FAQ]] gives a detailed explanation of why the cast are all furry. The main point is that animal faces can be more expressive (ears can move, fur can bristle etc). Also, it creates a comfortable divide from the real world, and problems of racial balance or resemblance to persons living or dead. Vince Suzukawa also demonstrates that he can draw humans and make his characters work in human form. Not to say it's is fun to violate AnimalStereotypes. Like when a mouse [[IncrediblyLamePun bullies]] a bull.
* FurryComic
* {{Gayngst}}: [[spoiler:Mikey]] reveals that he suffers from some pretty heavy self-image issues due to his closeted homosexuality. [[spoiler:Part of his obsessive studying and working out is to distract himself from any possible free time that could lead to an attraction. His theatrical talents are due to him trying to get close to attractive female leads hoping it would change his mind, but he wasn't able to make it work. He's also afraid of proving anyone "right" that the high strung, effeminate guy turned out to be gay. It all adds up to him telling himself to StopBeingStereotypical, which doesn't end with his coming out to Lisa since while he may now fully accept that part of himself, he still doesn't seem any closer to changing anything else about how he handles it.]]
* GenderEqualsBreed
* GeniusBruiser:
** Scott, who is actually a ''Math Major'' and pretty much pulls out a square root of a large number ''on the spot''. He's just not very open about it because, after all, he ''is'' a playboy.
** Brad is also this--he's a law major.
* GenkiGirl: Lisa.
* GentleGiant: Tony.
* TheGlomp: How Lisa likes to greet Mikey. And any other male she finds cute. Some appreciate it more than others.
* GroinAttack: Sam from ''Webcomic/{{Newshounds}}'' is on the recieving end of one of these when he gives a sexist diatribe to a personal trainer at the college gym.
* IncompatibleOrientation: The real reason [[spoiler:Mikey won't reciprocate with Lisa.]]
* InterspeciesRomance:
** Cindy (horse) and Tony (bull), Lisa is a fox/dachshund hybrid who has a crush on a kangaroo [[spoiler:(until he [[SorryImGay comes out]]) and is dating a bulldog by the end of the strip]].
** If you count guest appearances in [[Webcomic/TheSuburbanJungle other comics]] the closest Mikey has had to a relationship was with a member of his [[http://suburbanjungleclassic.com/?p=1285 own species]] (for once).
** On the other side, [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/930010/ one piece of]] FanFic (SFW) that WordOfGod has described as definitely non-canon (but still liked enough to actually [[http://www.furaffinity.net/view/995507/ illustrate it]]) has Mikey hook up with an otter.
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Brad, Kevin, Biff and Dani all get portrayed as this, though Brad and Kevin had their nice moments, but Biff's father is arguably the biggest jerkass of the entire cast.
** Going into outright villainous territory we have Molina and Coach Carradine from the football team, both of whom makes Biff look like a boy scout. Carradine is a bullying JerkJock who basically pressgangs Tony into playing for [=DeMontfort=], while Molina is a SmugSnake who psychologically tortures Tony to get him stressed and aggressive enough to become violent and reckless on the field.
* JerkJock: Biff, Molina and Coach Carradine.
* LeftHanging: The strip was hurriedly wrapped up in its last storyline, leaving several plot threads hanging, such as the future of Tony and Cindy's relationship, and what would happen to the cast afterwards. It also ends with the dorm splitting up, with Tony, Cindy, Kevin and Lisa finding off-campus housing and Brad transferring back home to Texas. Keep in mind that the story concludes with Sophomore Year, leaving quite a bit of story potential unresolved.
* MadScientist: Algernon.
* MissingMom: In "Photo Finish", Brad reveals that his mother died when he was 4 and his father raised him by himself.
* MistakenForGay: Brad and Scott are mistaken for gay by Scott's parents.
* MoodWhiplash: "Duet To Me" goes from a lighthearted storyline about Mikey and Lisa playing the main characters in a ''Theatre/{{Grease}}'' parody, to a dramatic [[spoiler:coming out story for Mikey and Lisa almost getting raped by drunken fratboys]].
* TheMoorcockEffect: [[DoubleEntendre Quite literally]], with ''[[Webcomic/{{ISO}} i.s.o.]]'' and its CastFullOfGay, taking place not only at the same time and at the same university, but in the same dormitory building (albeit on a different floor).
* MrFanservice: Nearly every male cast member is this, but mainly Scott and Tony. In-universe both Tony and Mikey are considered to be this.
* {{MST}}: Done in-universe by Kevin to Mikey's puppet show. He even replaces one of the puppets with [[LampshadeHanging Tom Servo]].
* MustHaveCaffeine: Brad won't stay awake for long without a large dose of coffee or cola. He will literally fall asleep on the spot once the clock reaches zero.
* MyBelovedSmother: Scott thinks of his doting mother as this. She's actually only slightly overprotective, but nowhere near bad enough to actually qualify for this trope.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: When Tony accidentally injures an opposing player while making the winning score during a football match, he has a minor breakdown.
* NiceGuy: Tony.
* {{Perfumigation}}: A cologne Biff wears, that he was tricked into buying by a saleswoman who he had been treating like crap, turns out to be so noxious that it's capable of killing insects, which comes in handy during the ''Resid-Ant Evil'' arc when the dorm is overrun by flesh-eating devil ants.
* PunnyName: Nearly every major character's last name was a reference to their species. Some were more obvious than others.
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: Male version. A lifetime of mockery for being overweight until his late teens has led Tony to have serious body image issues, to the point where he's extremely reluctant to accept the attention his current Adonis-like looks give him. His crippling self-esteem issues caused by his controlling family don't help.
* TheReveal: Michelle's mystery fiancé who's mentioned during "No Pain No Gain"? [[spoiler: Ryan Spottiswood, the villain from the Bad Chemistry and Nemesis arcs]].
* RockBeatsLaser: Due to bad intel, Forrest Tech tailors their giant droid mascot to fend off another robotic opponent, such as EMP waves, water and magnetic weapons, giving Biff and Brad enough of an edge to outmaneuver a 50-foot robot armed with only their own athletic skill.
* RomanceArc: Tony and Cindy were paired as romantic interests, and spend most of the strip's run dancing around each other before finally becoming romantically involved in "My Funny Valentine". Also, [[spoiler:Lisa and Damon, who have an instant attraction when they first meet during "The Gridiron" three-parter, but don't officially hook up until the end of "Duet To Me" once Mikey ''finally'' spells it out for her that he's not the one for her. Finally, Kevin and Denise by the time the strip wraps up]].
* ScheduleFanatic: Mikey. Getting laid up with a bad cold for a week was enough to completely throw him off and send him into panic mode.
* SecretIdentity: [[spoiler: Brad is actually Eric Hawthorne Jr, son of Eric Hawthorne, a corrupt banker and politician from Texas.]]
* SecretKeeper:
** Only Scott knows [[spoiler:who Brad's father is and why Brad's struggled for so long to get away from him]].
** Only Lisa knows [[spoiler:Mikey isn't into girls]].
* ShesGotLegs: Several characters remarks that Cindy has really attractive legs.
* ShipTease: Brad and Scott are MistakenForGay with much hilarity. Also, Dani and Kevin in one VERY early strip, though this didn't lead anywhere.
* SorryImGay: [[spoiler:Mikey.]]
* SpicyLatina: Danielle Rosalina "Dani" Murrieta is an example of the confrontational, {{tomboy}}ish type.
* StopHavingFunGuys: InUniverse: Mikey writes a puppet show titled ''Fun Is a Waste of Time'' and pretty much devotes his entire life to either exercising or studying. [[spoiler:It all turns out to be his way of distracting himself from finding dudes attractive]].
* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Mikey]]. [[DownplayedTrope Kind of debatable]] since [[spoiler:he does also admit to fulfilling the more effeminate gay stereotypes, which is part of what made him fearful of embracing his homosexuality since he didn't want to prove homophobes right]].
* {{Stripperiffic}}:
** Earlier public drafts of ''[=TCM=]'' had some of the male characters regularly wearing considerably less, especially Brad in his shorts and tank top that left little to the imagination. But the final version of ''[=TCM=]'' has him wearing a full flannel shirt. This probably actually ''adds'' to his {{fanservice}} effect as the shirt leaves much more to the big tough guy image.
** Subverted, and pointed out by the creator of ''Webcomic/FunnyFarm'' in a guest strip, some characters actually worked in the reverse, with Scott's everyday clothing going from a button up shirt, to a black t shirt, to a tank top, as well as Biff ceasing to wear any shirts at all.
* TeamMom: As the dorm's RA, Dani sees herself as this. Her charges mostly find her annoying and unnecessarily obsessed with school activities.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Lisa for Mikey. [[spoiler:But it's [[SorryImGay not mutual]]]].
* WalkingTechbane: Brad. Every machine he touches that isn't related to making coffee will die in a spectacular manner. He doesn't even have to touch them. On one memorable occasion a microwave spontaneously exploded when he just mentioned it; it was [[DrivenToSuicide trying to protect itself.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: In the "No Thanks to You" arc, Brad gives Scott a reaming for his ungrateful behavior towards his family.
** Damon delivers one of these (along with a sucker punch to the gut) to Mikey when he's more concerned about continuing rehearsal than going after the despondent Lisa who just overheard Mikey say that he thinks she's overbearing and obsessive.
* WorthyOpponent: Kevin sees Brad as this. When he explains this to Brad, their relationship noticeably improves. [[spoiler: Kevin is also the only one who knows the truth about Brad's real identity and the reason for why he wears his trucker hat constantly]].
* YourMom: Tony tells Brad and Kevin to stop using "your mom" insults against each other because "neither of you like your mothers". They immediately switch to "your roomie" jokes targeted at Tony--their mutual roommate.