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'''''[[http://www.docrat.com.au/ Doc Rat]]''''' is a [[FurryComic Furry]] WebComic 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 SliceOfLife 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, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin 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 [[TheNineties 1990s]] and drew one-offs in various Australian medical journals as requested. He created the organized web comic in 2006.

!!'''NOTE:''' The comic's website was recently rebuilt, and currently the archives are MIA. Many of the links in this trope page will be broken. A team is prepared to [[NeedsWikiMagicLove administer needed Wiki Magic Love]] the moment the archives return.

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!!This webcomic contains examples of:
* AllAPartOfTheJob: [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=721 CPR, rescheduling patients. . . .]]
* AndroclesLion: They don't try it on Charmane, despite the thorn in the paw.
* BadDreams: Pippie.
* BadLiar: Ben's whiskers twitch when he lies. The bigger the lie, the more his whiskers twitch, as demonstrated [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1193 here]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The paramedics solemnly invoke this over a heart attack.
* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch: A rabbit {{expy}} of him is pulled up when Jarrad and a friend [[http://www.docrat.com.au/comic/jarrads-detective-hat-greatest/ look up "the greatest detective".]] Makes sense, since he stars in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''.
* BilingualBonus: Flopsy the wolf's surname is Jaegermond, German for 'hunter's moon'.
** Boss alpha Blutenstein's name means "bloodstone". Could be a MeaningfulName, referring to how his plan to [[spoiler:stop the hunting of intelligent beings]] takes a lot of effort, i.e. "like trying to get blood from a stone".
* CallBack: Wilbur Fuzz's haemorrhoids, which caused his near-fatal heart attack long before, [[http://www.docrat.com.au/comic/wilburs-end-a-pain-in-the-seat/ come back.]] At least he saw Doc Rat immediately this time.
-->'''Doc Rat:''' And you didn't want to sit it out?\\
'''Wilbur:''' Doc, [[JustForPun I couldn't sit it out!]]
* CallingTheOldManOut: 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:
--> [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=1746 "Jeez, mom, I don't know who my father was, but I'll bet he was a whole lot smarter than you. He just had to be."]]
* CampGay: 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 ManlyGay [[CoolBike Ducati]]-racing tiger. And florist.
* CaptainSuperhero: Captain Kerpow.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Not central but present on a few strips. Follows a less brutal variation of ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' rules.
** Also, [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=230 this strip]].
** Apparently it's [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1234 a cultural tradition]].
** And this in a world in which there are apparently "tame" animals that are non-intelligent.
* TheChessmaster: 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 [[SmartPeoplePlayChess play chess]] and uses [[ChessMotifs chess metaphors]] a few times.
* CerebusSyndrome: Remember when the strip was just puns about medical conditions? That was quite a while ago.
** CerebusRollercoaster: It periodically has a new batch of pun-based "gag of the day" strips between story arcs.
* CoolCar[=/=]CoolBike: Pat the Dog and Pat the Tiger share a love for fast conveyances. And Ben has experienced both.
* CoolOldLady: Mavis the Koala and Lily Dryandra have their moments, but the overall prize goes to Lorna Lappin. Sassy, doesn't take any crap from ''anybody'', rabbit Elder...[[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=1645 and rather nasty]] [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1456 with that cane of hers.]]
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: According to Jenner, the appearance and mannerisms of Boss Alpha Blutenstein are at least somewhat based on Creator/BrianBlessed.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: In one arc in 2009, one of his patients, bear Wilbur Fuzz, has a heart attack in his office.
** "Reliable" part is {{averted}}: Ben and Mary do CPR on him for eight minutes until paramedics arrive to defibrillate him.
* CrapsackWorld: Where ''WebComic/KevinAndKell'' plays the concept of predating other sentient furries for laughs, this one plays it for drama. And it's become a major unfunny plot point.
* CrushBlush: Once while flirting with Danielle.
* CryingWolf: Wilbur Fuzz feigned heart attacks to get emergency attention. Eventually he does. The paramedics who take him to the hospital--[[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=720 who happen to actually be wolves]]--even {{lampshade}} it.
* DarkSecret: Keeping from your girlfriend [[spoiler:that you're married.]][[labelnote: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.[[/labelnote]]
* DepravedDentist: 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 [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=739 here]]
* DirtyBusiness: When Allan the security guard [[spoiler:hits, and kills, the poisonous snake.]]
* DoctorsOrders: About travelsocks.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Even packaging
* TheExtremistWasRight: [[spoiler: [[http://www.docrat.com.au/comic/and-it-worked/ Lockley's]] justification for manipulating everyone and risking innocent lives in the process.]]
* ExtremeOmniGoat: Nichaud the baby goat - [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=1246 but not her mom]].
* FurIsClothing, FurIsSkin: Averted. Fur is just hair. [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=807 In every way.]]
* FurryReminder: The source of much of the strip's humour.
* HeartWarmingOrphan: [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=734 Pippie]]
* HighClassGlass: Lord Lockley wears one. Comes with being ''very'' high up in the rabbit hierarchy and living in a huge mansion.
* HopeIsScary: [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1674 Hope hurts!]]
* TheInsomniac: See ZombieApocalypse
* InterspeciesRomance: Flopsy (wolf) and Jazmyn (rabbit), something of a big deal considering wolves normally eat rabbits [[spoiler: and Flopsy ate Jaz's ex-husband]].
* InterruptedSuicide: After Flopsy's big secret comes to light ([[spoiler: He and his pack ate Jaz' first husband]]) he tries to throw himself off a cliff. [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=1307 Ben isn't having any of that.]]
* LamePunReaction: With several cast regulars (particularly Ben himself and recurring patient Mr. Fuzz) being notable [[PungeonMaster Pungeon Masters]], every now and then you get one so bad even the other characters acknowledge its lameness.
* LoveHurts: So do martial arts.
* LudicrousGibs: When watching a {{Horror}} film, Ben quips, "Huh. Nobody's got an artery there."
* MagicGenetics: Largely averted, until a rabbit and wolf apparently conceive. They regard it a miracle.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Rabbits. Rats. Other creatures. And yet, they've got ''nothing'' on [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=1160 flies]]. (Has a tragic side, too.)
* MistakenForAfterlife: Doc himself, in the dojo.
* MoralMyopia: Carnivores.
* NeverTrustAHairTonic: 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".
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted by Julian.
* NobodyPoops: Averted [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1124 here.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The real name of "Pat the Tiger" is Ravi Patel. Jenner later disclaimed that there is no connection to the American actor of the same name.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: They haunt orphans.
* PapaWolf: Flopsy, literally. [[spoiler: Two of his stepkids got eaten by a fox. He broke the offending vulpine's legs and then paid for his medical treatment]].
* PungeonMaster: A common trait among the cast. Just about anybody, from main characters to one-scene extras, will launch into a HurricaneOfPuns if given the opportunity, but the most egregious example has to be waiting room regular Mr. Fuzz. His constant punning is [[LamePunReaction so awful even Ben, no slouch in the pun department himself, can't take it.]]
* PunnyName: Many. Some even get commented-on in-universe, such as recurring extras Pat the Dog and Pat the Tiger.
** According to [[http://www.docrat.com.au/about/the-characters/ the cast page]], Pat's real name is "Pat O'Kake".
** Ben's receptionist is a Thompson's gazelle named Gizelle Thompson.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: When the Black Saturday bushfires occurred in 2009, Jenner incorporated them into the plot with one of his patients adopting an orphaned niece.
* SecondSuperIdentity: [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=841 Captain Kerpow's secret identity is Awesome Possum, another crimefigher.]]
* SeriousBusiness: 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 [[SubvertedTrope actually be very, very serious business indeed]] that ties strongly into several of the strip's more dramatic storylines.
* SexyDiscretionShot: 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.
* ShoutOut:
** To ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1143 here]], as part of the MagicGenetics incident.
** Julian Sands's name may be a ShoutOut to [[Radio/RoundTheHorne Julian & Sandy]], making it a MeaningfulName.
*** Readers have thought that it could be to the [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mIyJQ2P-al8/Tg221Dih6OI/AAAAAAAAAeM/4LOp6IuHN-Q/s1600/julian-sands-headshot1.jpg actor]], but the author says he hadn't heard of the actor when naming the character.
** To ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Astérix]]'' in [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=1309 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 Music/TheBeatles: Before they settled on their final band name, they were known for a while as first "The ''Quarry''men" and then "Johnny and the Moon''dogs''". It gets a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade hung on it]] by Simon himself who notes that "it sounds like a rock group".
* SpeciesSurname: In some cases (e.g., Doc himself) but not all.
* Spit take: [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=1606 Here]].
* StraightGay: Julian Sands, a camel. When it's discovered he is gay, however, it causes all sorts of issues for him and for Ben.
* TattooedCrook: An elephant.
* TearsOfJoy: At the wedding.
* TemptingFate: A rabbit talking about how many of her babies are still alive.
* TextileWorkIsFeminine: A fly knitting for her maggots.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Ben and Danni's conversation at a restaurant [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=860 here]]. HilarityEnsues.
** Also [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1743 this]]. "He's a very sick man[[note]]from a snakebite[[/note]] and they had to take him away[[note]]to a hospital[[/note]]."
** [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisItem=917 This exchange between Ben and Pat]] when they're racing to stop the release of Julian's attackers:
-->'''Pat:''' It's the lawyer in me.\\
'''Ben:''' Yes, I think we've all had a lawyer in us, at one stage or another.\\
'''Pat:''' *DeathGlare*\\
'''Ben:''' Oops... Sorry.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: "Just doing my job."
* UngratefulBitch: Even after Julian saves her son's life, Shirl hopes he dies.
* WhoopiEpiphanySpeech: An orphan gets over her nightmares through drawing a picture, and seeing a boy draw one.
* WorldOfPun: Most of the strips that aren't part of a storyline (and even some that are) are nothing ''but'' high-speed punning.
* ZombieApocalypse: Fought on a video game -- to turn into a walking dead the next day.
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