Suicide for Hire is a mature-rated Furry Comic by Rafael Medina about two teenagers, the extremely enthusiastic sex-obsessed fox Hunter Ravenwood, and the chain-smoking highly paranoid mouse Arcturus Winrock (who also has a homicidal split personality), who help other people kill themselves, often in a highly karmic way.A typical story arc follows a standard formula:
Someone who would like to kill himself for some insane reason finds Hunter and Arc.
Said someone tells them his story and why he wants to die.
Arc tries to talk him out of it until he says or does something that convinces Arc that he's beyond redemption.
Art Evolution: The author said in an interview that his drawing style changed so much that one of the earlier characters wasn't recognized when they returned later in the comic.
Art Shift: Crudely-drawn cartoons are used in a recent flashback sequence to demonstrate how feebly the character is lying.
Artistic License - Religion - Hunter (and therefore, presumably, the author) seems to be talking about the entire Christian faith during his rant against the religious right. Hunter later states that to be orthodox people need to follow the Bible to the letter... but forgets that the Bible acknowledges the Pope as the one who controls the Christian doctrine, and there are matters on which the Pope has permitted actions that would be forbidden if the Bible was followed perfectly. Once one acknowledges this, the whole argument collapses.
Arguably, this is exactly what Hunter wanted to demonstrate all along. That anything based on Bible can be a subject of amendment to suit the needs of now, and that "it`s written in Bible" does not absolve the followers of faith from the burden of moral choice.
Author Tract: He really hates lying. (Link is to part of the second arc IN A ROW to contain an anti-lying Author Tract.) Also the part with the pregnant woman they refuse to kill.
This actually induces a bit of Values Dissonance within the comic as well. For example, no one was especially upset when a girl claimed to have had sex on her grandmother's gravestone, but they were all absolutely scandalized to find out that the event never actually happened. Granted, this came out during a massive reveal of just how much she'd been lying to everyone, but the fact still holds that within the comic, dishonesty is apparently worse than desecration.
Awesome McCoolname: The two main characters, as well as Hunter's occasional girlfriend, Chryseis North, though most of their clients have more mundane names (if named at all).
Break Them by Talking: Hunter sometimes does this to people who piss him off, while he's inflicting serious pain.
Catch Phrase: Hunter likes using "quityerbitchen" on Arcturus whenever he starts complaining.
Carnivore Confusion: Lamp Shaded by the author in a side note for a comic where Hunter and Arc were discussing milk. "You know of any species of wild animals that not only nurse after infancy, but from a source not even of its own species?" note: "To anal-retentive assholes like myself: you know what I mean. STFU."
Confusing Multiple Negatives: Apparently when Hunter was 13, his father tried to ensure that he would be straight using porn: "By the way, I don't not want you not watching not channel 169 when we're out of the house."
Depraved Homosexual: A waiter who threatened to stalk and rape Hunter in one arc. Right after Hunter chews out a bunch of Westboro BaptistExpys. It should be noted that the writer tries to make sure that the "Depraved" part of this character is not linked to the "Homosexual" part; while beating him up, Hunter explained that he understood that most homosexuals were not like this. Within the comic's universe Hunter was probably wrong: keep in mind that most of the straight characters in this comic are just as bad if not worse.
Domestic Abuser: Tybalt Montlet is an absolutely classical textbook example.
Enemy Without: It's unclear what exactly Xero is, but it is clear that he was formed from Arc's dark side and is practically a separate person.
Even Evil Has Standards: The boys apparently don't like to harm women unless they're clients. Under the rules of SFH, they don't accept clients under 16 and don't plan suicides that result in the deaths of a third party (they reject a pregnant customer because of those rules). Hunter also has a self-enforced guideline of only killing people who come to him to be killed. Unless they REALLY piss him off.
Altair keeps several guns in his truck to clear traffic in order to make deliveries on time, but he's modded each one to be non-lethal.
High Turnover Rate: One time Arcturus quits Suicide for Hire and gets a job at a ball park concession stand where the customers are particularly idiotic. He lasts four days longer than most people before snapping and trying to strangle someone.
Human Resources: In one comic Hunter is doing a report on Utilitarianism and suggests that the penalty for offenses as minor as speeding should be to get ground up into protein shakes that are then fed to hobos who are then lured into a hospital so their organs can be harvested.
It Tastes Like Feet: Lamp Shaded in a non-food example. Hunter comments that a scorpion sting feels like someone put out a cigarette on his foot, and when Arc asks him how he knows what a cigarette burn feels like he uses Arc's cigarette to provide a comparison.
Karmic Death: Most of the deaths that Hunter and Arc arrange, such as a frat boy who felt responsible for his friend's death by alcohol poisoning drinking methanol and then being set on fire.
Moral Myopia: Xero points this out to Arcturus. To be specific he makes fun of the fact that he feels bad about helping a Terminal Cancer patient die but not feeling bad for killing a lot of stupid teenagers.
Mugging the Monster: At one point, a gay waiter keeps pestering Hunter and won't take no for an answer. This is a bad idea.
Murder, Inc.: Arc and Hunter are essentially a two person version of this who kill their clients.
My Death Is Just the Beginning: Used only in the Frat Boy arc so far, as after his suicide, a detailed record of all the threats and harassment heaped upon him surface (and result in a heap of lawsuits between the two warring factions).
Stalker with a Crush: Autumn came to Suicide for Hire after the guy she was stalking publicly discredited her, and the Depraved Homosexual waiter mentioned above threatens to stalk, rape and kill Hunter for rejecting his offer to hook up.
Strawman Political: The religous right tend to be depicted like this, such as in the "A Day in the Life" arc where Hunter tricked an anti-gay protest into admitting that not all of the bible applied to modern life, and this strip.
To the Pain: Hunter describes his plans for each client's death to them as they occur, usually in great detail.
Unfortunate Names: One of their clients was named "Jeremy Laramie" (that wasn't why he wanted to die actually), and another one was a reindeer they referred to as "Codename Rudolph" who later turned out to be actually named Rudy.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Hunter claims that "I draw the line at the unwarranted violent abuse of the fairer sex". But that doesn't stop him from accepting female clients, or from carrying out the most gruesome death seen so far on one of those clients. Evidently he doesn't consider his job "unwarranted".