Characters / Housepets!
The characters of the Housepets!
web comic. Everyone after the Sandwich family (Peanut, Grape, and their "parents") are in alphabetical order.
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Grape Jelly Sandwich
- Affectionate Nickname: From Maxwell: Kitty Whiskers
- Afraid of Doctors: As seen in this strip, Grape's first encounter with a veterinarian seemed like meeting Cthulhu. She still harbors a distrust of vets. Of note: animals in the Housepets! universe act much like furry children.
- Cats Are Snarkers: Certainly true of Grape.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Naturally, though not quite as often as you'd expect. Max seems to be rubbing off on her.
- The Chosen One: Averted twice. Pete initially had plans to make Grape his avatar, and claimed Spirit Dragon interfered by getting Tarot involved. Pete strongly suggested he still had ways to make Grape his avatar at his temple, but Zach ended up waking Pete up by accident. Since then, Pete said there was no point anymore and started switching his interest towards King.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Channeled this as a kitten. Once she acquired a broom, The kidnapper and the alligator didn't know what they were getting into afterwards.
- Extreme Omnivore: The type one variety. Dog food, mud, burritos, and whatever Maxwell put into her sandwich (Hint: It was green), she's unphased by it. When asked what the weirdest thing she ate was? Dolphin.
- Fangirl: Lampshaded in Pridelands. She talks about the series in a straight and intelligent manner, but even she gets caught offguard from something as distracting as lions in tribal gear. She's also been caught writing fanfiction more than once (self-insert on one occasion), and then there was her letter to one of the actors of the movie...
- Hates Baths: Alt-text of this comic strongly suggests she hates baths. However, it should be noted she's not afraid of going on water slides or getting wet in a shower (if only to see if Mr. Sandwich has thumbs on his feet). It's most likely she just hates the shampoo and her parents washing her.
- Heroic Bystander/Badass Bystander: To both Max and Fox when they were young. Even more awesome when you notice she was younger and smaller than both of them!
- Improbable Weapon User: Grape once threatened to stab Maxwell with a sharpened candy cane.
- Killer Rabbit: Although Grape can have a short temper at times (especially when her naps are interrupted), she always approaches acts of violence with a straight face.
- Like when she hit Bino over the head with a frying pan during one of his paranoid tirades.
- Or when she ate the leader of some revolutionary Communist mice.
- Or when she threatened King for flirting with Peanut's girlfriend, Tarot.
- Or as a kitten she shredded both Puppy Bino's face as well as the sign saying "No Cats Allowed" without even changing expressions.
- She's also threatened to "balance out" Maxwell's ears if he gets too fresh with her. If you've seen his ears, you can probably guess what that entails.
- And then she once threatened to shiv Maxwell with a candy cane.
- Even in another dimension, Grape is willing to punch Maxwell over food.
- Meaningful Name: Her fur color was part of Mr. Sandwich's motivation for wanting to adopt her, because it's the color of grape jelly.
- Secret Keeper: Of Joey's cat Cosplay until she found out the cats knew anyway, Fido and Sabrina's forbidden relationship, and Res's role in creating the Prideland series of books.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She maybe into stronger boys, but she would take a sweet and considerate boyfriend over jerkish hunks anyday.
- Tom Boy: To Lady Looks Like a Dude levels. The comic was a good few months old before anyone realized Grape was female, much to her annoyance. The revelation didn't change her interactions with anyone except Peanut and Max. Lampshaded and punned here.
- Tsundere: Best shown when she originally met Peanut, which comprised of her yelling at him to leave her alone, then getting sad when he had to go. She's mellowed out since, but it still shows up now and then.
- We Have Become Complacent: Grape believes humans are like this towards malls. Especially in regards to their UnlimitedWardrobe
- Women Prefer Strong Men: Grape is this for leopards due to how tall and muscular they are. Grape notes to Sabrina, however, that she is at least aware she doesn't have a serious shot at them. It turns out this not only stretches to cats, but to dogs as well
- In fact, her "type" when it comes to men, is generally hunky. If they look like a body-builder, they'll typically get a reaction out of her. Unless they are jerks. see SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Practically all pets have a natural fur color. But Grape's is purple.
Earl and Jill Sandwich
- The Faceless: As with many other humans, their eyes are never seen. Well, almost never.
- Happily Married: They're not shown together all that much, but when they are there's no sign of any significant conflicts or unhappiness between them.
- One of these days Earl will tell Jill why he snickers at her married name.
- Earl's name is based on the actual inventor of the sandwich, The 4th Earl of Sandwich.
- Troll: Earl has some subtle elements of this.
- Ascended Extra: Started life as "Fox's cousin".
- BFS: Gains one when she becomes Pete's "avatar" in the game.
- Bullying a Dragon: She threatens to cut off the wings of a being that, for all practical purposes, is a demigod to her.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: One of her first comments when meeting Pete? "I will play badminton with your scissored off wings, Beakie!"
- Happily Married: She gets married to King at the end of the "The King and I" story arc. She is now a mother of three.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Is transformed into one in this comic (warning: spoilers).
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Battle Aura included! Bino became collateral damage to this one.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: As usual, there was confusion with her re-introduction. But in her first appearances she had the eyelashes Rick Griffin usually gives female characters in the strip. Then again, the fluorescent pink hearts helped.
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha: Biney, with a mix of Biney-Bun... and longer extensions of Biney-Bun.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's fitting Bino has green eyes, because he gets jealous over Sasha quite often. He also has a particularly evil-looking jealous stare. He also is highly sensitive to any attempts to take over what is his regardless of logic or sanity stating otherwise. He's highly antagonistic towards his successful older brother, Fido, and even attacks King on Christmas for "Acting like he owned the place" simply because his name was "King".
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: It's "Bye-no", not "Beano".
- Iron Buttmonkey: Seriously, he's been through quite a bit of serious injuries that are realistic and dangerous from what we have seen in the comic, but he always manages to get better again by the following two arcs.
- Jerkass: Even with those who consider him friends he tends to be quite disagreeable, becoming downright hostile to those he's not friendly with. Fox openly wonders why he and Bino are friends on several occasions.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Stuck between Hero Fido and Lovable Goofball Joey.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Has a relentless need to target anyone he thinks is too full of themselves, seen with King and his brother.
Bruce & Roosevelt
Cilantro "Cory" and Trinket
- Con Man: Or perhaps more accurately 'Con Skunk'...in their first appearence, these two guys trick Zach out of his tag and collar, leaving him sitting alone in the woods.
- Feather Fingers: Although Trinket uses her beak to hold a ring and a paint brush, her wing does take on a distinctive hand shape as she ponders something.
- Smelly Skunk: Referenced, though we've yet to see whether he actually plays it straight or not. Bringing it up does seem to irk him a bit, though. note
- The Confidant: to Sasha.
- Catch Phrase: "Hi, I'm Daisy!" As of yet, it's the only thing she's ever said in the comic. Until now.
- Distracted By The Shiny: On the cover of the third book, she appears to be more interested in the tag on King's collar than in him table dancing while drunk.
- Living Prop: Pretty much. It gets turned Up to Eleven during the Wolfs' Christmas Party, when she's seen actually hanging from the ceiling with a bunch of party decorations.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the chips are on the table, Daisy drops her catchphrase to help with the K-9s.
- Stepford Smiler: Given the above, this may very well be in play with her "normal" look.
- Ascended Extra: Originally just one of "Joey's Creepy Friends", he got a name in the 2014 Halloween arc.
- Shout-Out: Averted. When he first appeared under the "Joey's Creepy Friends" title some readers thought his tag, somewhat shaped like a Star Trek uniform emblem, would lead to his being eventually named after the franchise. It's still possible that his owners are Trek fans, and intended it as such.
- Living Prop: Along with Griswald and Sten, his purpose is to portray dogs in the Good Ol' Dogs club who aren't in the main cast.
- Rich Bitch: Literally as well as figuratively, having no real sympathetic traits to go along with the apparently large bank account she has access to.
- The Scrooge: When Bino used his one phone call for bail, he called Duchess. she didn't even lift a finger for him.
- The Unfettered: Shows strong signs of this. Her Goal? To win contests by any means necessary, including sabotaging other contestants.
Falstaff and Truck
Fiddler and Keys
- Ambiguous Gender: Sort of. One's a boy and the other's a girl, but it's never specified which one is which.
- Cat Concerto: Invoked. Their owners wanted musical cats, hence their names and occupation.
- Creator Couple: Apparently their relationship is "strained", but they do date.
- Meaningful Name: Guess what instruments they play.
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha and Sabrina: Fidey
- Broken Pedestal: For Fox, after Fido reveals his relationship with Sabrina on live television. Though Fox is really more upset that he kept it a secret and has a hard time blaming him for it, especially given all the consequences it had already brought about at that point.
- Chick Magnet: Especially after he graduates from the K-9 police academy.
- Cool Shades: While all of the police dogs have visors, his are instead normal glasses that resemble Lennon Specs, and he wears them off duty as well.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: When on duty with his K-9 unit.
- Head Pet: Spo.
- Interspecies Romance: With Sabrina, secretly until the "Jungle Fever" arc.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Since a pup, Fido was always neutral towards cats, unlike the other cats and dogs. Then again, his girlfriend is a cat, so that might have contributed to it some.
- Secret Keeper: His relation with Sabrina. As of this, it's no longer a secret.
- Thicker Than Water: Despite how much of a jerk Bino is, he still hangs out with him and genuinely seems to enjoy it. This comes back to bite him, however, when King was shouting for Fido and Fox to stop Bino from breaking his watch. Fido stood outside the club within ears-length of the whole thing and was willing to let everything unfold, dismissing the event as petty. It took a threat from his girlfriend to stand up to Bino.
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha: Foxie, with a mix of Foxie-Bon.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a pretty nice guy on any given day, despite hanging out with Bino. However, he gets surprisingly violent when the PETA members kidnap him, even threatening to rip them apart if he gets free. Ironically enough, he eventually gets that opportunity in Heaven's Not Enough and almost takes it.
- Clear Their Name: Intends to do this to Sasha when she's accused of attempting to murder Keene Milton. And, boy, does he commit to that. So much so, that when she flat out admits she did it, he's utterly flabbergasted and desperately trying make it look like she's just being an idiot.
- Dramatic Drop: He dropped the T.V. Remote when he finds out about Fido being a cat lover.
- Hammer Space: Fox seems to at least be able to hold an entire wallet in his bandana.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Sometimes wears a Bombardier's jacket.
- Innocent Bystander: Back when Fox and Maxwell were both kidnapped.
- Nonindicative Name: He's a Siberian husky.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: He puts on this grin several times to portray his trickster side.
- The Chessmaster: The Universes & Unrealities game was all just a concealed ploy to get Pete and Dragon to acquire some humility. They got so engrossed in winning the game that they fell for it completely in the end.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone just calls him "Kitsune"; whether this is his actual name or not hasn't been clarified.
- Game Master: To Dragon and Pete's game that they are playing.
- Stealth Mentor: To Pete and Spirit Dragon, and somewhat to King/Joel as well. In the case of the former, he set up the events related to their game in order to teach them just how much they were influencing the lives of those involved, in hopes of convincing them to be more humble. In the case of the latter, all of drastic changes in King's/Joel's life culminate in a Secret Test of Character that allows King to accept which of his lives really brought more fulfillment to him.
- The Trickster: As would be expected from a kitsune. He's even explicitly referred to as such in the Alt Text of one comic Though he ultimately uses his abilities for good, putting Pete's manipulation of King to an end and letting King keep his (much happier) life as a dog.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can switch between a god-like quadruped form and an anthro form resembling a nerd at will.
- Living Prop: He, Devo, and Sten were created just so the Good Ol' Dogs club would have some members who weren't in the main or recurring cast.
- Cuteness Proximity: If the Alt Text is anything to go by, he sometimes has this effect on people, though it annoys him more than anything.
- Gratuitous Japanese: He sometimes uses it. Earl Sandwich even mentions the trope by name, saying that Itsuki can keep using it because it's cute.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: During his off-hours he is always seen wearing only a Rokushaku or Etchū fundoshi, a Japanese loin cloth. When at work he also wears a uniform and while at school he wears a shirt and tie tucked into the fundoshi.
- Mr. Fixit: Of the auto-mechanic variety.
- Starving Student: Mr. Sandwich theorizes that Itsuki's invitation for the Sandwich family to eat at his apartment is a thinly-veiled attempt to let them know how much he needs a job.
- Tanuki: Uh-huh.
- Affectionate Nickname: Out of Universe - Rick sometimes lists him as "Four Finger Discount" Jack ( his quotes ) in the tags.
- An Arm and a Leg: His entire right arm is gone, lost in the past in an unknown incident.
- Multiple-Choice Past: How he lost his arm. According to him, it involved fighting a moose, a bear, and a crocodile at the same time. According to Elaine, it involved trying to manually fix the kitchen's garbage disposal. Which one of them is the Lemony Narrator here (or if they both are) is up to you.
- Sticky Fingers: Is infamous among the pack for his tendency to employ his "four-finger discount".
- Expy: of Tom. He even shares his name with Tom's first incarnation.
- The Voiceless: As would befit an expy of Tom, he's only ever spoken in quotes from the Tom And Jerry cartoons.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pretty much the only unnaturally colored pet in the comic other than Grape.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Unlike pretty much all other animals that walk on two feet, other than nothing on his footpaws he wears human-style clothing.
- Battle Strip: He can obliterate any clothing on his torso just by flexing, a la Armstrong, and does so whenever he believes a fight is necessary (or occasionally just to show off).
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jata and Sabrina.
- Prince Charmless: While physically very attractive and very dedicated to his country's affairs, Jata is naive, stubborn, conceited, and quite aggressive when he's at his worst. His shortcomings culminate in him very nearly forcing Sabrina to marry him in spite of the countless egregious hints that she's not interested anymore, and he comes close to seriously hurting Fido and many of the wolves when they object.
- Shirtless Scene: In addition to his tendency to Battle Strip, sometimes he just doesn't even bother wearing a shirt to begin with.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Other than his father's banishment of Sabrina and her 'Dad' and closing of his country's borders, Jata appears to want to rule in his Father's pawsteps.
- The Jeeves: Classic Loyal human butler to the Milton Ferrets, always answering 'yessuh' to any task required of him - be it putting one of his employers in the corner so they can do their business or being told by Jata that 'you're a credit to your species'.
- And the Rest: "Joey's Creepy Friends".
- Furry Fandom: Joey (a dog) likes to cosplay as a cat. He also draws well enough that he charged Peanut $10 for drawing a panel of Peanut's comic Spot (Superdog) in a much more detailed style than it's normally drawn.
- Goggles Do Nothing: As of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Dog", he has a blue pair that appears to serve no purpose other than looking cool.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Joey and Squeak.
- Interspecies Romance: With Squeak (a mouse).
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
- Played straight at first with only Peanut and Grape finding out by being told, and then later averted when we're told that the cats all know he's a dog in a cat suit, and they're cool with it.
- Attempted and averted again when Bino makes him dress up like a ferret. The Miltons don't buy it at all.
- Secret Keeper: His cat Cosplay, although its not as much of a secret as he thinks it is.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Very much so.
- Immune to Drugs: In this strip we see him stuck with ten tranquilizer darts, and suggestions of having been hit with even more from similar darts being held by two of those present, with no apparent effect on him. He even made a game out of it just to see who is the last predator (A.K.A the wolves) standing.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Most of the time Karishad shows up, you can expect this reaction due to something he has been doing to follow-up the pun with.
- Too Dumbto Fool: He's dumb enough to not understand how a battery works (or electricity in-general), but when Falstaff attempts to get his trust, he immediately identifies what the raccoon is there to do.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Everything indicates that he's skipped the zoo and is now living in Babylon Gardens, apparently with Tarot. It's mostly subverted, though, because outside the usual invoked Lame Pun Reaction, no one, including Tarot, seems to mind him moving in. Tarot even uses him as a ladder, occasionally.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Averted, the only time we see Kevin with a donut, it's on Doctor's orders to gain weight.
- Dumb Jock: Exceptionally so. While not the brightest, Kevin performs extremely well in the physical department and treats even the simplest mandatory physical exam as if it were the Olympics (even the urinalysis portion). His BMI is actually low enough to where the vet forces him to go on a brief diet of foods that specifically contain excess calories. He also offers to give Sasha access to the police gym when they hook up.
- Dumb Muscle: Anything that doesn't involve tackling, or that he can't make involve tackling, is not likely to warrant his attention, although one time he did pick up a Smart Ball and save the police dogs from a bunch of archaeological artifact thieves.
King Milton/Joel Zechariah Robinson
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha: Kingy.
- Attractive Bent Species: King, who had been involuntarily changed from a human known as Joel to a Welsh Corgi, is said by Fox, to have the potential to "be a real ladykiller". Later, said changed character is seen hitting on several female canine characters, albeit under the influence of orange soda. Duchess refers to him as "mouth-frothingly adorable". Later he finds himself attracted to Fox's cousin Bailey, and needs to remind himself "Don't go native!"
- Chick Magnet: Fox has said King has potential to be such.
- Cosmic Plaything: After finding out about the astral D&D game, he can't help but feel like one.
- The Paladin: The role Pete intended for Joel/King in the celestials' game of Universes & Unrealities.
- Easy Amnesia: Averted and lampshaded in this comic, after King had taken a nasty tumble down the stairs while locked inside a dog carrier.
- Genre Savvy: An interesting case with King is that he's genre savvy enough to figure out the things Pete is going to do with him. He just doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.
- Going Native: Appears to gradually become more comfortable with his new form, to the point of marrying Bailey.
- Happily Married: Gets married to Bailey at the end of the "King and I" story arc. Eventually promoted to a father of three.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: King has let it slip a few times that he doesn't exactly think highly of himself. Even when he was still Joel, he fully recognized & acknowledged that PETA did many amoral things, and that kidnapping & trying to kill Fox was wrong. He mentally refers to himself as a loser at one point (also suggesting that he's thought this about himself for a while), and when he proposes to Bailey, he tearfully admits that he has several flaws and makes mistakes, and that he doesn't really think that she'll say yes. She does.
- Karmic Transformation: Joel, the guy from PETA, into King, a dog. With the way the initial plotline unfolds, it almost acts as a deconstruction of It's a Wonderful Plot. It's invoked by Pete for his own purposes.
- Secret Keeper: His human past, and Sabrina and Fido's forbidden relationship. Both of these become open by the time the arcs involving Universes and Unrealities came to the conclusion.
- Sir Swearsa Lot: The only character in the comic that gets the word "censored" on some of the things he says. Sometimes gets creative with it. In one comic, he even gets soap in his mouth for stepping on a toy. Despite this, he's not a casual swearer - He just can't find a better way to emphasize a situation other than being censored.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Joel had two dogs and a cat that he very much loved when he was a kid, but his parents were abusive towards them. Eventually they ran away and took him with them, but on the streets they quickly turned on him and ultimately abandoned him. Hence, his initial aversion to pets in general.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Temporary gains the ability to switch between his human form and his dog form at will within the Heaven's Not Enough arc simply by wearing his watch-like fate around his neck whether he wants to be a dog. (He only voluntary took it off once. To show Keene he was telling the truth).
Miles & Lucretia
Miles and Lucretia are your typical happily mated
couple trying to fit in to suburban human society; he working for a group of Millionaire ferrets, she trying to remember that most Babylon Gardens residents prefer their food cooked before it is served.
- Happily Married: The two are mated, not married, but they do seem to be a couple without any unhappiness or conflict between them.
- Mama Bear: Hinted at with Lucretia (she is a wolf, after all). In one strip when she's alone with King, she instinctively holds him close too her in a protective fashion. The Alt Text chalks it up to King invoking this kind of response from most people because of his size & appearance, and Lucretia is acting as she would if he were one of her pups.
- Meaningful Name: Intentionally. Miles states that the reason wolves wait until maturity to choose a real name is so that they can take time to learn about themselves and pick one that represents them well.
- Naked Apron: Lucretia wears a "Sniff the Cook" apron.
- No Name Given: Intentionally with the cubs, who won't receive permanent names until they reach a certain age. This hasn't stopped them from coming up with rather... interesting names for themselves for the time being.
- Precious Puppies: Their cubs.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Miles.
The Milton Ferrets
- Cloud Cuckoolander: They built a theme park based on theme parks. They were trying to come up with a theme, so they put tons of ideas on a board and threw a dart... and the dart hit the board's name: "Theme Park Ideas."
- Conspicuous Consumption: They've all been known to indulge in mindless hedonism, their pool is usually filled with some sort of edible product and they have a chocolate fondue jacuzzi for instance.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: While technically benevolent, they show signs of this when it comes to money, like hiring a corrupt judge so that potential lawsuits go out in their favor and hosting a fair just to avoid paying tax. They also apparently fear the IRS, if the fact that Cerberus' Intimidating Revenue Service being successful on one of them is of any indication.
- Pet Heir: The ferrets were named in the will of Mr. Milton, the founder of Babylon Gardens.
The de facto leader of the Milton ferrets and the one with by far the most screentime. Also the only one who seems to care about their "dad's" dreams of animal-human equality.
- Cool Shades: Keene.
- Drunk on Milk: Established the running gag of pets getting intoxicated on soda while drowning out his guilt over spending his inheritance flippantly with orange soda.
- Magnificent Bastard: In addition to the Corrupt Corporate Executive traits listed above he once got the neighborhood embroiled in a water war and tried to force Sabrina to marry an African monarch in order to advance his agenda.
- Only Sane Man: Certainly less of a Cloudcuckoolander than his "brothers", possibly on par with his sister Lana in the sanity department. And to make things worse he has to put up with Karishad's antics as well.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Keene wants to make his "father's" dream of equality between animals and humans a reality.
The second most plot-significant ferret, after Keene. Amateur director and producer of whatever medium strikes his fancy.
- Ambiguous Gender: Since they're all virtually identical, it's hard to tell which ones are male and female. Even they have trouble with it, leading to more than one Unsettling Gender Reveal.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Only some of the Bigglesworths are related, but they all look pretty much the same. Things get even weirder when they do things like give role call or go on dates.
- Planet of Steves: They are at least ten different cats, all named Mr. Bigglesworth (yes, even the girls). They blame it on their owner being a stereotypical Crazy Cat Lady, but occasionally they use it to mess with people.
- Big Guy: A former member of the SWAT team, he's both big, and very strong.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's big and heavily muscled, but he just about squees, complete with starry eyes when he meets his new partner and gives him a big, bone-crushing hug in his excitement
- By-the-Book Cop: He will not stand for hiding or disposing of evidence.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: This guy can lift up a limo with one hand, without showing any strain whatsoever.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Well, he actually does, but he tends to forget when he gets excited. Which is what leads to broken doors and Fox's spine nearly getting crushed.
- "Open!" Says Me: An accident example of the trope. He's pretty well-known for breaking down doors when he's excited or in a hurry. The police station had to get automatic, sliding doors to accommodate him; something the SWAT team was unwilling to pay for, and hence why he was handed (back) over to the police station. Furthermore, he accidentally forces open a locked car door, and he was even trying to be gentle there.
- Animal Wrongs Group: In a world where animals are fully capable of saying they enjoy being owned, PETA is even more despised then ever.
- Jerkass Gods: Pete may be godlike. Who knows other than Rick? But he's "sort of a jerk".
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His first appearance portrays him in a pretty decent light, but it doesn't last. Again, he's sort of a jerk. Towards the end of the "King and I" story arc, he appears to throw King a bone, figuratively speaking, by giving him the option to have his life as a human back immediately after King has become relatively comfortable as a dog, and is about to marry Bailey. Ouch.
- Sibling Rivalry: It was eventually revealed at the epilogue to the Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3 arc that he and the Spirit Dragon are siblings.
- The Unpronounceable: "Pete" is supposedly just a nickname given to him by Peanut, who couldn't pronounce his real name when he told it to him. This doesn't explain why everyone else calls him Pete, even other astral beings who've known him for who-knows-how-long.
- Would Hit a Girl: Here. It's his ex(es).
- Villainous Breakdown: Finding himself no longer able to control King/Joel and his friends at the end of Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3, he freaks out greatly, to the point of grabbing the fate King had on himnote and taunting him about it, only to collapse in grief due to it only causing King to taunt him back.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can switch between a god-like quadruped form and an anthro form resembling a nerd at will. He also appeared as an elderly Welshman while posing as King's owner.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or, in Pete's case, blue feathers. Justified in that he's an omniscient astral gryphon, so he can look pretty much however he wants.
- Meaningful Name: His only article of clothing is indeed a poncho.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Although his signature poncho covers more than most clothing seen on animals in the comic, it still only partly covers his body.
- Animal Jingoism: He's rivals with Satau and he expresses hesitance to host guests at Satau's suggestion.
- Cat Stereotype: Grey with dark stripes. He's not particularly dark, but he's still a jerk.
- Cats Are Magic: Thanks to Dragon, he has a magic hat that allows him to do a variety of things.
- Cats Are Mean: The fact that he's a stuck-up jerk gives Grape zero interest in him.
- Cats Are Superior: Him in particular in his opinion. He considers himself the pinnacle of cat-kind.
- Narcissist: Oh yes.
- Your Size May Vary: Thanks to the hat he wears (courtesy of Dragon), he can change how his body is built and he can make himself giant if he needs or wants to. He is normally the same size as anyone else.
- Adorkable: Here.
- Broken Pedestal: Played with and mostly subverted. While his owner does take credit for his work, Res wants it that way due to being very shy, and feeling indebted to her for taking him in when he was a stray.
- Creator Breakdown: A minor case. Part of the reason why he visits the Sandwiches is because he's tired of "eating and breathing Pridelands", and needs a break.
- Secret Keeper: The identity of the real Pridelands author.
- One of Us: In-universe, he may or may not have been writing "saucy fanfiction" when Grape first met him.
- Shrinking Violet: A male example, though he's somewhat prone to outbursts.
- Dumb Muscle: Not nearly in the same vein as Kevin, mind you, but judging by Peanut's and Grape's comments, he definitely has this kind of reputation. It may just be a reputation, though, as he's more simpleminded and reserved than downright stupid.
- Idiot Savant: According to Rick, he has an uncanny ability to taste minute differences in coffee blends.
- Real Men Wear Pink:
- One of the biggest and strongest dogs, he's seen baking cookies in a holiday arc.
- He also openly liked the new Pridelands novel mentioned here.
- Affectionate Nickname: According to Sabrina and Max when they were dating: Kitty Whiskers
- Ascended Extra: Sabrina used to appear very rarely, now she appears a LOT more. It's even lampshaded once.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Towards Jata. She didn't take it seriously, but to her defense, she was only six months old. It ends up being taken too literally by Jata, as he ignores the fact that Sabrina already tried brushing him off a few times with 'Concord' and Fido, and he still tries to marry her.
- Friend to All Living Things: She can't bring herself to kill the animals she manages to catch, so she tasks Fido with taking care of them instead. That's how Fido acquired his Head Pet, Spo.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Sabrina and Jata.
- Interspecies Romance: A secret one with Fido (though she isn't as uptight about keeping it a secret as he is). She used to be in one with Jata, a leopard.
- Long Lived: She remembers when cell phones weren't so commonplace, which is actually pretty old for a cat. But don't try to point that out to her, or she will get ugly.
- Magical Girlfriend: to Fido, and formerly one to Maxwell. She is capable of bold text on a Ouija board, and may be capable of (or has the connections to) have someone erased from existence. It's possible she was bluffing, but Fido took the threat very seriously.
- Secret Keeper: Her current relationship with Fido, her previous relationship with Jata and the connection between King and Joel Robinson. None of them are secrets anymore.
- Willing Channeler: In-Training. Word of God states that should something happen to Tarot, Sabrina can take over the role of Spirit Dragon's avatar. We eventually get to see what this would look like, complete with Dynamic Entry.
- Animal Jingoism: Back in his time-period, he has a rival (Ptah) who is (surprise, surprise) a cat. They dueled over who would get to be Dragon's avatar and get power from her. He also claims all cats are treacherous (he claims Grape clearly has the spirit of a dog) and keeps Ptah's fortifications surrounded as a precaution.
- Chick Magnet: The few female characters he had met, other than Tarot and Sabrina, that is, managed to develop a crush on him simply because of his manly build. This includes Grape (much to Max's chagrin) and Natalie.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: Played with in that while he is indeed marveled by developments in human technology, he just brushes them off as being similar to magic (to the point where he confused it for such until Peanut pointed out to him that they run on electricity). In fact, he didn't fall to the common reaction of time travelers when it comes to televisionnote and instead, instantly knew what it was: a device meant for telling stories.
- Time Travel: Manages to accidentally accomplish this (in spite of it being against the rules of the game) by convincing the Spirit Dragon to send him into the future briefly to get a glimpse at where Pete's temple could be, only to realize too late that time isn't "cyclical".
- Willing Channeler: Was the Spirit Dragon's second avatar.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Much like Kitsune, she's usually just referred to as "Dragon", even by Pete in a casual conversation. No word as of yet on if this is her real name.
- Interspecies Romance: It's heavily implied that she has a thing for Peanut, much to Pete's and Kitsune's enjoyment, and Tarot's annoyance. Later, she tries to invoke it fully by having Peanut choose between her and Tarot. She seems to have gotten over it now, at least for the time being.
- Hidden Depths:
- Initially, she was portrayed as the most sensible one of the trio, or at least the most friendly. The Trial in Heaven arc hint towards her towards having a child-like demeaner, and the Heaven's Not Enough arcs reveal she's as whiny as a small child when she doesn't get her way, meaning she's not entirely too pleasant to be with. It was this fact that caused Tarot to question her alliegance to the Spirit Dragon.
- She's also willing to cheat by messing with time travel, something that was stated to be against the rules, apparently for a reasonnote .
- One stripped portrayed her as attempting to "Min-Max" a "infinite range detection" spell so that it deals damage (something a Munchkin would do), only to be denied by the Great Kitsune who demonstrates through a (thankfully non-canon) visual what would happen if she got her way: Let's just say the results wouldn't be pretty for the planet itself.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Although able to appear separately, she normally shows up in the mortal realm with help from Tarot.
- Sibling Rivalry: It was eventually revealed at the epilogue to the Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3 arc that she and Pete are siblings.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can switch between a god-like Chinese dragon form and an anthro form resembling a nerd at will.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Spo's next youngest and oldest brothers are Spn, and Spp.
- Casanova Wannabe: He tries to hit on Squeak for a bit, though she rejects his advances due to being in a relationship with Joey. He gets turned off slightly when he inquires what she sees in him, and she promptly demonstrates...
- Claustrophobia: He's not particularly fond of staying in Fido's locker.
- Head Pet: Often he hitches a ride aboard Fido's head, after having been given to Fido by Sabrina.
- Hot-Blooded: See for yourself:
Spo: THIS IS EXCITING AND ALSO AWESOME
Are you gonna go all Cops
on him when you catch up? PLEASE TELL ME THERE WILL BE BLOOD Fido: THIS IS WHY I DON'T LET YOU TAG ALONG ON MY SHIFT
- Secret Keeper: Fido's relationship with Sabrina.
- Amusing Injuries: As long as it's anyone's foot, Squeak is perfectly happy to be stomped on.
- Interspecies Romance: With Joey (a dog).
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Considering that she will willingly get stomped on without being visibly injured at all, and that's a pretty good way to kill mice...
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Sabrina's Dad's occupation.
- The Unseen: Sabrina's Dad's adventures keep him from Babylon Gardens months at a time.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Mr D'Angelo shows signs of this, although he knows he can depend on Sabrina to handle emergencies, as his voice message directs people to contact his cat in such instances.
- Living Prop: Like Devo and Griswald, he really only exists to illustrate that there are dogs in the Good Ol' Dogs club other than some of the main characters. And to weird out Sasha.
- Too Much Information: "I have a urinary cyst."
- Magical Girlfriend: Tarot is a mystic who happens to be a dog. She's Peanut's girlfriend.
- Proper Lady: She doesn't appear to be much older than any of the other pets, but she acts notably wiser and more responsible than most. It may be do to her status as an all-knowing psychic, but even then, she's often Not So Above It All.
- Prophet Eyes: When she's channeling the source of her power (Spirit Dragon), or when she possesses her, her eyes turn from their normal amber to a bright green.
- Psychic Link: Tarot has imprinted on Peanut. May upgrade to Mindlink Mates in the future, but not quite yet.
- Secret Keeper: Of the connection between Joel and King being one and the same. Said secret eventually became open.
- Smart People Play Chess: Psychic chess, that is. And she wins, with "one eye tied behind her back", no less.
- Taking Up the Mantle: The "Housepets 5000BC" arc reveals Tarot was actually the 150th avatar of the dragon, implying the mantle of being the Dragon's avatar was passed down through the generations. The arc deals with the dragon's 2nd avatar having accidentally got stuck within the future.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She's capable of transforming into a much larger, more monstrous form with the help of Spirit Dragon's powers. Thus far it's only been used during the battle between Dragon's and Pete's avatars.
- Willing Channeler: Initial evidence points to the relationship between her and Spirit Dragon being mutually satisfactory. Other than quarreling over Peanut's affection, that is. Later, however, the "willing" aspect eventually comes into question.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Tarot's mental projection takes Peanut and Grape's usual pretend playing WAY over the top in this fashion note , though Peanut says that it sometimes gets "out of hand". And then Max and Grape decide it would be better to play Pridelands...
- Badass Cape: The long piece of cloth worn around his neck has this effect, especially while billowing in the wind dramatically.
- Badass Grandpa: As it comes with the territory, he is certainly no exception. Rodney's cub calls him "Grampa Deadeye" and he catches a full-on punch from Jata (who is also quite ripped) without reacting at all, then proceeds to totally own the leopard off-panel.
- Cassandra Truth: Soon after Jata's introduction, Deadeye non-verbally decides that he doesn't like him for some reason. He was more on-the-ball then anyone realized...
- Ear Ache: Almost all of his left ear appears to have been bitten off.
- The Stoic: He never speaks at all, and his expression is always the same stark, unwavering and onlooking stare, no matter what's happening around him or what the situation is. He does, however, crack a smirk once Jata makes the mistake of throwing a punch in his general direction.
- The Voiceless: He has yet to speak one line of dialogue.
- Breaking Out the Boss: Inadvertently releases Pete.
- Expressive Ears: Almost as much as the cats.
- Happily Adopted: Zigzagged. He was glad to get out of the pet store after spending most of his life there, but the combined weirdness of witnessing and/or getting involved with the antics of the neighborhood pets, being unwillingly worshiped by the local wildlife, living with Tiger, and receiving relatively little attention otherwise has all caused him to wonder if it's worth it.
- Only Sane Man: He thinks he's this. He's really Not So Above It All at some times.
- Only the Worthy May Pass: Poor Zach didn't know what he was getting into by being the only critter that pushed the button on the gate of the temple...
- Unwanted False Faith: Is worshiped by the various forest creatures as the "Opener of Ways" for accidentally opening the entrance to Pete's temple.