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Doc Rat is a FurryWeb Comic produced on weekdays by Jenner (a pseudonym of a practicing doctor in Australia).The comic follows Dr. Benjamin "Ben" Rat and his family practice, with largely a Slice of Life theme. Events in the comic suggests it is located in the vicinity of Melbourne. It shows his interaction with his various patients. Since they are also different species of animals, this can be a source for much of its comedic fodder. There is also plenty of Australian humor, doctor humor, and dealings with Australia's Medicare universal healthcare system.The main character is, obviously, a rat. The other main characters are Mary Scamper, his rabbit nurse, and Gizelle Thompson, his gazelle receptionist. There is also a rogue's gallery of regular patients which include koalas, numbats, kangaroos and a camel. Recently he married Danielle Hood, also a rat, who was previously his dentist and taekwondo instructor. Also listed is the local pharmacist, gorilla Phil Krubnuckle, though he's not featured as often.Jenner created Doc Rat in the 1990s and drew one-offs in various Australian medical journals as requested. He created the organized web comic in 2006.
Bilingual Bonus: Flopsy the wolf's surname is Jaegermond, German for 'hunter's moon'.
Boss alpha Blutenstein's name means "bloodstone". Could be a Meaningful Name, referring to how his plan to stop the hunting of intelligent beings takes a lot of effort, i.e. "like trying to get blood from a stone".
Calling the Old Man Out: Jarrad, age 7, to his mother after she finally goes too far with her homophobic attacks on Julian, the man who just saved Jarrad's life:
Camp Gay: Pat, a dog, one of his patients. Not only pretty flamboyant, but also very nosy. Julian's boyfriend is more than a little campy as well. Pat's partner (also named Pat) on the other hand is a rather Manly GayDucati-racing tiger. And florist.
And this in a world in which there are apparently "tame" animals that are non-intelligent.
The Chessmaster: Lord Lockley is one of the rare (more or less) heroic examples. He expertly manipulates a whole lot of characters into doing exactly what he wants without apparent effort on his part. And to really drive the point home, he does play chess and uses chess metaphors a few times.
Cerebus Syndrome: Remember when the strip was just puns about medical conditions? That was quite a while ago.
Cerebus Rollercoaster: It periodically has a new batch of pun-based "gag of the day" strips between story arcs.
Dark Secret: Keeping from your girlfriend that you're married.details Ben had married someone when he was young, but she left him and moved to America. After she left, she found out she was pregnant, to boot. He was apparently having problems getting a divorce, while being extorted for child support even though his wife had a lover.
Depraved Dentist: After Ben and Danni are in a relationship, Danni is forced to stop being Ben's Dentist. So she sends him to her associate, Doctor Bell - who happens to be an Anglerfish! See here
Dirty Business: When Allan the security guard hits, and kills, the poisonous snake.
Lame Pun Reaction: With several cast regulars (particularly Ben himself and recurring patient Mr. Fuzz) being notable Pungeon Masters, every now and then you get one so bad even the other characters acknowledge its lameness.
Never Trust a Hair Tonic: Mr Pigg complains to the chemist that the tonic he'd purchased which promised to "add body to your hair" caused him to sprout hair everywhere. Turned out he'd read the label upside down; it actually said "adds hair to your body".
Serious Business: Played with. "Secret Bunny Business" is initially set up as a running joke following this trope (with Ben thinking it's all about rabbits taking their sex lives way too seriously) but turns out to actually be very, very serious business indeed that ties strongly into several of the strip's more dramatic storylines.
Sexy Discretion Shot: Repeatedly, since the strip often deals with adult themes but tries very hard to remain safe-for-work.
Doc and Danielle's first time together. After Danielle makes her intentions clear, the next strip shows nothing but two rat tails forming a heart shape.
On their honeymoon, the scene switches from the couple drinking Nettlefrisk Tea (implied to be a very strong aphrodisiac) to them lying next to each other, utterly exhausted.
Readers have thought that it could be to the actor◊, but the author says he hadn't heard of the actor when naming the character.
To Astérix in this scene. Not only is the brawl very reminiscent of the gauls' usual amusements, two of the characters are clearly channeling Fulliautomatix and Cacofonix there.
Simon the teenage wolf's new Pack Name is "Quarrydog"...a double reference to The Beatles: Before they settled on their final band name, they were known for a while as first "The Quarrymen" and then "Johnny and the Moondogs". It gets a lampshade hung on it by Simon himself who notes that "it sounds like a rock group".