Web Comic / Ozy and Millie

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.

Main 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.
  • Timulty, Avery's younger brother, who radiates Incorruptible Pure Pureness (it helps that he's four years old).
  • The dread pirate Locke, a fox who lives in a magical land inside Llewellyn's couch, is subject to Merlin Sickness, and is Millie's father.
  • Felicia, a sheep and the Alpha Bitch (who later started moving in the Defrosting Ice Queen direction).
  • Jeremy, a Jerk Jock rabbit who seems to live to stuff Ozy into trash cans. He's also attacked Millie a time or two.
  • Stephan, a truly epic geek. Also an aardvark.
  • Isolde, Llewellyn's niece, Ozy's cousin, and an aspiring reporter. Often helps Llewellyn with his plans and babysits Ozy and Millie.

Now has a Character Sheet.

Tropes:

  • All Animals Are Dogs: Millie wags her tail when happy.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Millie joins Locke's rebellion against Llewellyn when she finds out it's because Llewellyn wouldn't give him a pony.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Stephan's love interest rejects him in favor of Jeremy.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Lampshaded.
  • Alliterative Name: Millicent Mehitabel and Mililani Minerva Mudd.
  • Alternate Universe: The world under Llewellyn's couch cushions.
  • Alpha Bitch: Felicia.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Lots, played for laughs. Most of them have been organized, perpetrated, and extended by dragons. For the Lulz.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Many jokes throughout the series
  • Art Evolution: Lampshaded at one point.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The fate of Ozy's biological mother. She invented the perfect flavor of ice cream, you see...
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    • Millie Mudd here. And that was just the latest example.
    • Practically by name here
  • Author Appeal: A look at some of the author's other art reveals that she has, of all things, a shaving fetish. This was worked into the comic as a Running Gag.
  • Author Filibuster: Simpson was known to work her liberal views into some of the strips. She created another comic, I Drew This, specifically so she'd have another outlet for political statements, which mostly worked.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the cast, with the exceptions noted below in Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal and The One Who Wears Shoes.
  • Beach Episode: Happens in one arc.
  • Beat Panel: Usually after Llewellyn or Millie says something off-the-wall. Often followed by a Flat "What.".
  • Bilingual Bonus: Dr. Wahnsinnig, the school psychiatrist. Her name means "insane" in German. Which is ironic, considering she's something of an Only Sane Lemur compared to the rest of the staff.
  • Butt Monkey: Ozy.
  • Calvinball: House Rules Parcheesi.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Ozy recounts his summer vacation, he gets sent to the psychiatrist's office.
  • Cat Smile: Millie has a bit of one when she finally manages to annoy the ambassador from the U.S.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Millie and Llewellyn.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Lampshaded here.
  • Cool Shades: Invoked in this strip.
    • Avery has some pretty awesome ones here
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ozy.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Avery
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Llewellyn legalizes cutting tags off mattresses, leading to a lot of trouble with the U.S. government "across the border".
  • Draconic Humanoid: Llewellyn, Isolde and most of the other dragons in the strip.
  • Dragged into Drag/Wholesome Crossdresser: It is speculated that Ozy has worn dresses/skirts as much as he has pants. He once admitted that he prefers them.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Llewellyn.
  • First Kiss: Millie's kiss to Ozy, delivered to convince Felicia she ''didn't'' like him.
    • 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
  • Genki Girl: Millie.
  • Girls Have Cooties: The "cool people" sometimes think so.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Flying Couch.
    • Don't forget Pinkness Poisoning.
  • 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.
  • Happy Dance: Llewellyn and Ozy do one to celebrate the impending failure of Llewellyn's Presidential campaign.
  • Historical In-Joke: Llewellyn loves these. So much.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Stephan.
  • Hurricane of Excuses: When Millie decides to practice running for president. She ends with "I had to wash my styrofoam!"
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Sometimes literally. Simpson seems to be of the "All koans are ice cream koans and that's the whole point" school of thought.
  • The Ingenue: Timulty.
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Llewellyn. And, in fact, dragons in general.
  • Irony: Avery tried so hard to be cool, when in fact he was cool all along if he just stopped trying to be cool. Because all that forced effort was actually doing the opposite.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Ozy (a fox) is the adopted son of Llewellyn (a dragon).
  • 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.
  • Innocent Prodigy: Nearly all the youngsters at some point.
  • Jerk Jock: Jeremy.
  • Karma Houdini: Jeremy is almost never punished for his bullying.
    • 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.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ozy and Millie. Especially now that their parents are married.
  • 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. Although we once saw a painting of Albert Einstein as a human.
  • Lite Crème: Discussed in one strip while Ms. Mudd and Llwellyn are shopping for cereal and spot things like Froot-O's and Sinn-a-munn Crispies.
  • Long Runners
  • The Man Is Sticking It to the Man: Parodied.
  • Master of Delusion: Millie here.
  • Mattress Tag Gag: See Does This Remind You of Anything?, above.
  • Meaningful Name: Dr. Wahnsinnig, the school psychiatrist. Her name means "insane" in German.
    • Mildly ironic because she's the Only Sane Man of the school faculty.
  • Merlin Sickness: Locke.
  • Name and Name
  • Nice Hat: Ozy's top hat, which he got from Llewellyn.
  • No Name Given: Ms. Mudd, until October 2008.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: subtle but visible on Millie's mother.
  • Noodle Implements: Often combined with Historical In Jokes by Llewellyn for such masterpieces as "...that photo of me with Mrs. Calvin Coolidge and all the whipped cream."
  • Noodle Incident: Isolde accidentally sneeze-fried Ozy three times
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Isolde and Locke. Also, Ms. Mudd, in the early comics, though they were phased out with the comic's Art Evolution.
  • Only One Name: Llewellyn, apparently. The evidence is this wedding invitation.
  • Orphaned Series: A followup series showing Ozy and Millie's later life was planned but never written. It seems with the popularity of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Ozy & Millie seems practically abandoned.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In this case, they're a Brotherhood of Hats whose Hat is "benignly eccentric".
  • Painting the Medium:
    • 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.
    • Dana continues the "speaking in fonts" gag in Phoebe and Her Unicorn.
  • Parody Retcon: In-universe, Millie attempts this for a poorly-written essay here.
  • Phrase Catcher: Anybody talking to Llewellyn for long will end up going "Wait. What?"
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: After a couple of years, Simpson aged the characters about two years, appropriately, but they then remained that age.
  • Recycled In Space: Calvin And Hobbes... WITH FURRIES!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Millie is red and Ozy is blue.
    • But only in regards to personalities. Ozy is actually grey. Although his hatband, the only non-neutral color in his design, is blue.
  • Retcon: With regards to curses.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: One of Ozy's dragon relatives, Tiberius, managed to do this with the "U.F.O. cover-up conspiracy" he was in charge of. What makes this especially embarrassing is that U.F.O's genuinely don't exist in this universe.
  • Rule of Funny: The character sheet on Jeremy: "He's a rabbit because that seemed funny."
  • Running Gag: Ozy ends up bald at least once a year.
    • One time it happens to Millie instead.
  • Seattle: The setting for the comic...
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Actually a Self Fulfilling Wish.
  • Seven Minute Lull: Implied in an early strip. "Implied" because it didn't visually portray the lull.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Most of Llewellyn's stories. At one point Ozy remarks, "Some kids look for Waldo. I look for Dad's point."
  • Shout-Out: Along with Added Alliterative Appeal. Millie's middle name is "Mehitabel", as in archy and mehitabel by Don Marquis.
  • 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.
  • Spit Take: "Lewinsky"
  • 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.
  • The Stoic: Ozy.
    • 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.
  • Such A Lovely Noun: Done twice: once by Millie, once by someone from the government.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Here. Actually plausible...
  • The Tell: the tail of foxes shows their emotions. This is mentioned many times, including for Ozy and Ms. Mudd
  • Tomboy: Millie defines the trope and manages to be cute at the same time.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Isolde and Millie try this to get Ozy pants from some lobbyist in Washington, DC, but the lobbyist targets see through it instantly.
  • Volleying Insults: Ozy and Millie had a friendly version of this in one strip, in one of their games: iambic pentameter slam.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Jeremy, because Millie accused him of being sexist when he said he wouldn't.
    • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: After that, Millie decided to take advantage of the fact that Jeremy (reluctantly) can't hit girls. Not that it helped her much, since Jeremy is good at Loophole Abuse.
  • Word Salad Humor: Millie's attempt at creating a catchphrase for Avery, among other things.
  • World of Funny Animals
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ms. Mudd. It's a tribute to Marge Simpson.