Ozy and Millie was a webcomic by DC Simpson that followed the daily lives of its two titular characters, who are children in an anthropomorphised-animal version of the Northwestern United States.It was written in the style of a Newspaper Comic, with a four-panel format, writing reminiscent of Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, and an ensemble cast that seems inspired by Pogo. The story arcs meander through political commentary and philosophy while simultaneously dealing with the children's own problems such as fitting in at school. Characters:
Ozymandias ("Ozy") Justin Llewellyn, a young Arctic fox. Tends towards excessive zen stoicism and Deadpan Snarker-dom.
Millicent ("Millie") Mehitabel Mudd, a red fox. Excitable and rebellious, prone to random acts of destruction, but has a good heart.
Llewellyn, a dragon and Ozy's adoptive father. He appears to be slightly over a century old and is prone to Historical In Jokes, especially ones related to obscure presidents (e.g., he claims to be responsible for William Howard Taft getting stuck in the White House bathtub), as well as bad Zen jokes. He runs for president every four years, despite having seceded from the United States to form the nation of Greater Llewellynlland.
Ms. Mudd, Millie's mother. A lawyer and single mother. Although the most normal of the main four characters, she is implied to have been similar to Millie at her age. Also, her "hair" is blue for some reason. In October 2008, near the end of the strip's run, her full name was finally revealed as Mililani Minerva Mudd.
Avery, a raccoon child prone to mindless following of pop-cultural trends.
Crime of Self-Defense: Jeremy keeps pushing Millie into a pool of mud, knocking her over every time she tries to get up. Finally, she snaps and socks him in the face... at which point a teacher immediately spots her, and hauls her into the principal's office for starting a fight.
Cute Little Fangs: Cute little vulpine fangs. Despite the cast being comprised of several carnivorous animals (some of which are mythological) most often their teeth are downplayed. The art usually only highlights Millie's fangs, whenever she's saying something particularly crazy.
Ozy's first, Millie's second. Her first was improvised by her school play co-star Avery. Millie was irate; her replies involved a wedgie and a punch in the face, at minimum. As Avery wasn't wearing pants at the time, that's quite a feat.
Flanderization: In-universe example, where Llewellyn's horns exaggerate character traits when worn. Ozy becomes so passive he goes a whole day without moving, Millie becomes so mischievous she tries to cut off Ozy's tail, and Avery does nothing but gush about how awesome he is after putting them on.
Follow the Leader: Not a proper version of this trope, but deserves mention: Avery. Avery, Avery, Avery. So desperate is he to be a part of the "in" crowd that he will suffer literally any indignity you'd care to throw his way, provided that you tell him, or imply, or otherwise obliquely hint that it's what the cool kids are doing these days.
Avery is almost more of a parody of this personality type most of the time; while other people buy brand-name products to try to be trendy, Avery imitates their ad campaigns.
Furry Reminder: Occasionally. Both Ozy and Millie have been seen to sit down on their haunches like normal foxes and then this strip
Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Ozy by far, lampshaded at least once. Speculation runs he's worn dresses more often than pants. Timulty tends to be nude save for his fur. Llewellyn and Millie get their own nude scenes as well. Note that whenever Ozy ends up bald, he does have to cover up; once this is done with pants, but usually he manages with either a long shirt or awkward camera angles.
Some fans have noted that Ozy generally seems to have a "two articles of clothing" rule, especially since some newer images of his older self show him wearing just a beret and scarf instead of his usual hat and vest.
Also, Avery and Ms. Sorkowitz.
Llewellyn starts out fully clothed, but eventually stops wearing pants (used for a joke once and then never commented on again).
Happily Adopted: Ozy quite likes having Llewellyn for a father, even if he is a dragon. Though as far as Ozy's concerned Llewellyn is his TRUE father. As he was the one who raised and cared for him and loved him. As opposed to some complete stranger who ditched his wife when she was pregnant and never even bothered to try and contact his son.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Millie certainly seems to qualify. More than once she's participated in dancing naked in the rain in front of Ozy. She also attended class picture day sans her overalls, from the bus stop all the way to school.
May be a case of sorta subjective Truth in Television. To a kid who gets routinely bullied, it seems that the bully never truly gets what he deserves for it or they would have stopped a long time ago. There is an entire story arc about how Millie gets punished for hitting Jeremy back after he hit her, simply because the teacher didn't see the first offense. Many a bullied kid can tell you similar stories.
Though many cases in real life, bullies at some point wake up and realize what a monster they had been, though at that point the kids they tormented were long in the past and since moved away to who knows where? (So it seems like a Karma Houdini to the victims) while the bullies have to live with the torment of guilt for what they did for the rest of their lives. (Then of course there are those who will always be psychopaths/assholes forever) But knowing they'll never be able to apologize, nor get that forgiveness is the worst feeling in the world, and in many opinions rightfully deserved.
Least Rhymable Word: Llewellyn invents the "authentic Llewellyn-brand borange" just so that orange will have a rhyme. He's a bit unclear about what exactly it does.
Not to mention that the very first strip has Ozymandias relieved that the kids at school can't make childish bullying rhymes about him because nothing rhymes with his name.
Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Possible but never confirmed, as real-life celebrities like George Bush and John Lennon are mentioned, but it is never stated if they are their human selves or furry alternates. When asked about this Dana admitted she never even considered that.
Llewellyn's font (and those of the other dragons, with the exception of the teenage Isolde). According to Word of God, the weird font represents the dragon accent, and Isolde lacks the accent because she has grown up in the US. Lampshaded here when a character says to Llewellyn "You also speak in a non-regulation font."
In addition, Jeremy, the dull-witted bully, speaks in all lowercase, in a cruder handwriting style.
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Captain Locke shows up at this point of the wedding. After confirming that Llewellyn loves the bride, he hits the groom in the face with a pie, starting a food fight. Of course, pie fights are a traditional part of dragon weddings, so it isn't as disruptive as you'd think.
Spoof Aesop: Several, including "Pirates are good at math."
Springtime for Hitler: In 2000, Llewellyn runs for president against Bush and Gore on a lark, as is clearly demonstrated by his running on the People With Nothing Better To Do ticket. He then chooses an inherently ridiculous platform to ensure that he doesn't actually get the job. Despite the fact that his running mate is a stack of pancakes and his campaign promises involve outlawing bread and selling Arizona and New Mexico to Mexico to get the money needed to buy British Columbia from Canada, he ends up inexplicably popular, and ends up neck and neck with the other two candidates thanks to some confusing ballots. He ultimately has to withdraw from the election in order to escape the risk of actually having to become president, which made him even more popular, as it proved that he was far more mature than either of the other two candidates.
Not So Stoic: Ozy looked like he was gonna cry after hearing about his birth mother.
Strange Minds Think Alike: Oddly enough, Millie and Mr. Larnblatt. When the school is defunding music, they both do the same "Music is the nucleus of the cell! The avocado of death!" rant independently of one another.
Stuffed into a Trashcan: Jeremy's (most likely) daily hobby involving poor Ozy. This webcomic exemplifies and often abuses this trope.
You Are the New Trend: Happened to Millie once. Strangely, it starts out with Felicia mistaking something Millie did for "the latest thing" even though Millie has never been a setter or follower of trends.