Left to right: Jacob Linkletter, Bud Oven, Autumn Pingo, and Tiffany Et.
"Where cognitive dissonance thrives! Cute furry little animal children will lead us into chaos!"Precocious
is a Furry Webcomic
by Christopher J. "Chrispy" Paulsen that stars a rather large group of "superintelligent" children who live in two separate neighborhoods, and who just happen to be anthropomorphic canines and felines
. The main characters are known for being completely insane in one way or another. Not very serious, but very funny, the comic is about those children/mad scientists
in their everyday lives.Read it here.
- Art Evolution:
- Compare Strip #1 to Strip #28. See a difference? Good. Now look at an even later strip, like #87. Big difference, eh?
- An even more dramatic comparison is at the bottom of this page.
- It later regresses, at least in detail. In chronological order: eliminating color strips altogether; eliminating almost all backgrounds or inanimate objects; positioning all characters at the same depth (with few exceptions). Color is back, for now, thanks to a fan contributor.
- However, now backgrounds seem not to be as much of an issue anymore, and there's even some varied perspective.
- Ascended Extra: Kaitlyn Hu was referred to by Chrispy as the central character of another strip. That other strip (Copper Road) , featuring her and the other side of the class, was eventually made.
- As You Know: Played for Laughs in a strip, aptly titled "Relive those memories".
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
- Autumn has huge binders full of blackmail material. For each and every person she knows.
- Ms. Monster has some too, apparently.
- Bob from Accounting: Few realize that in addition to his years of accounting expertise, Bob is also a talented movie critic.
- Body Paint: The comic has one of these somehow. Except that when the model, Sydney Oven, arrived, the painter, her future husband, used her as the BRUSH. Her opinion? 'How many other families are able to hang a nude portrait of the mother over the dinner table and get away with it?' Said to...the parents of her son's classmates.
- Brick Joke:
- Butt Monkey: Johnny Turringer. He's made it in-panel once, before his most notable trait is developed: somehow, Max (the only nice kid in the main cast!) ends up causing him some sort of injury. Every time Johnny's come by after was preceded by some sort of crunch sound, as if a bone was being broken ...
- The Calls Are Coming from Inside the House: Referenced.
- They call it "Suicide Kings", and it's complicated, so don't ask them to explain it. You wouldn't get it anyway.
- There's also this strip, the alt-text of which mentions the Trope Namer.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Most of the children who even play as the Super Villain Union, but a special mention goes to Dionne, who even freely admits her selfishness and evil intentions in a debate for class president.
- Cats Are Mean: Well, not particularly. Though it's probably no coincidence that the two nicest Gemstone kids are dogs (well, a dog and a wolf), while Dionne (said to have no soul) is a cheetah.
- Cat Smile:
- On occasion the feline kids will do a rather menacing one.
- Tiff, Bud, and Autumn (despite being a fox) here.
- The Chew Toy: Jacob. Pretty much everyone but Max picks on him at some point. It's pretty telling when your Catchphrase is "Augh!"
- Children Are Innocent: Averted. Most of the children in the main cast are each evil in their own special ways. Special mentions go to Autumn (who uses this trope to her advantage; she even wears a schoolgirl outfit in order to heighten people's perception of her innocence) and Dionne (who takes great pleasure in crushing the souls of others due to her lack of one).
- Perhaps even more telling is its treatment of the children who aren't evil. Jacob is a sweet, caring young boy who is so kind and selfless that his being selfish or mean for a change has been a punchline unto itself and there was even an arc about it. He's the strip's resident Butt Monkey, who is constantly hurt and never really treated with respect. Max is even nicer. He seems oblivious to the existence of bad or evil in the world. He's considered kind of strange by the rest of the kids, and although respected for his abilities, he's also frequently manipulated by the others or resented for the consequences of his Incorruptible Pure Pureness. The moral of the story? Children are evil, and those who aren't will end up used or mistreated by those who are.
- Jacob's become more and more like his friends as time's gone on. He's still rarely the instigator of the evil schemes, but he's proven more than happy to take part in the planning of the group's immoral activities. The newest member of the class, Ursula Xane is even more of a straight example than Max, having been raised in isolation by parents who have carefully controlled her knowledge of the outside world. She's so innocent that in one Copper Road strip, she actually believes FOX's claim of being "fair and balanced."
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Tiffany is known to do strange things such as randomly digging a hole or drawing continuing far past the canvas.
- Commuting on a Bus: Xander transferred to a private school, but still appears in the comic just about as often as he did before.
- Companion Cube: The On-Cue Ball, which is like a Magic 8-Ball...but talks! And makes fun of everyone! It even burps!
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Tiff's parents send her to the box o' shame after Kaitlyn's party. It back fires to some extent, though.
- Crappy Carnival: The comic has the kids putting one on for their school's "Fall Festival" fundraiser, being the way they are they naturally set it up to con the goers out of their money.
- Creator Career Self Deprecation: Kaitlyn wants to be a cartoonist. Everyone else tells her it's a terrible idea.
Wen: So I thought you were supposed to be smart.
- Curse Cut Short:
On-Cue Ball: All signs point to I don't give a—
Shii-An Hu: KAITLYN!!
- Deadpan Snarker: The On-Cue Ball is an oracle! ...Or, very possibly, prerecorded snark.
'''"I'm sorry, I wasn't paying atten—I MEAN REPLY HAZY, TRY AGAIN!"
- Deep Sleep:
- Deliberately Cute Child: Autumn uses a schoolgirl uniform to try to invoke this in others. Dionne is also said to do this when enrolled a beauty pageant; off the clock, she prefers her throne of bones.
- Determinator: Jacob's persona of Target Man, with the power to absorb all hits and keep getting up.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Autumn violently rebuffs Max when he attempts to turn his extravagant birthday party into an actual pity party for her.
- Donut Mess with a Cop: When the Sapphire kids start a coffee shop Bud starts freaking out when he sees a bunch of cops out in front.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: Muffins of doom, their inverse appears to be cupcakes of bliss.
- Drinking Game: In-universe. "With a little bit of creativity, anything can be turned into a drinking game!" so sayeth the On-Cue Ball.
- Especially Zoidberg: The comic has one about sharing information on Noodle Incidents:
Dad: Hey, Kids! Rule #17: "Always check with your parents before sharing any family stories!"
Kid: Even the Orlando one?
Dad: Especially Orlando!! ...And you shouldn't know about Orlando!
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Why Bud's plan to destroy the Turquoise Lake summer camp falls apart. It hinged on the campers acting like the Gemstone kids.
- Evil Lawyer Joke: Candy enjoys making these jokes about herself, in her second appearance alone she claimed she works best without a soul. Another time her wife (who was smoking something hand-rolled) claimed that she breaks more laws daily than she does.
- Exact Words:
- Autumn offers to wash the dishes. She did not say anything about washing pots, pans, silverware...
- Later, Bette orders the kids to run one mile(approximately), but forgets to specify they do it in the designated track. As the other kids dash away, Max notes that they are following directions... approximately.
- Expressive Accessory: Tiffany wears a smiley-face pin whose expression occasionally changes to match its wearer's mood.
- Expressive Ears: Many characters, but of the main characters Autumn's "mood ears" are the most versatile.
- Expressive Shirt: Tiffany wears a happy-face pin which will occasionally change its expression to match hers.
- Fantasy-Forbidding Father/My Beloved Smother: Ursula's parents, who basically raised her in an opaque, home-schooled bubble, and are still obsessive helicopter parents.
- Fearful Symmetry: A few strips' worth during the Gender War. Broken rather decisively, though.
- Flanderization: Inverted (sort of). Most of the minor characters are introduced pre-Flanderized. Played straight, however, for Shii Ann Hu. Mentioned by trope name in the alt-text for strip 237.
- For the Evulz: Dionne's impetus to do pretty much anything. Example. Not that the Gemstone Estates kids usually cite any other reason..
- Fourth Wall Portrait: Done in the name of caricature in this strip.
- Free-Range Children: The comic has the Sapphire Lake kids (and on occasion others) wandering around the neighbourhood, and in one arc they go downtown. Tiffany's thoughts? 'I was told lowlifes and villains hang out here [the corner of Cruelty Ave and Evil Rd]. But it's only us! Where are they?'
- Full Name Ultimatum: The comic has a full arc about full-name ultimatums: The names of several kids are revealed, then some try to invoke the trope to learn more middle names...
- Funny Background Event: In the "The Protest" story, Tiffany is found in both the "down with Jacob" and the "Team Jacob" groups.
- Furry Confusion:
- One of the many reasons Chrispy made all the characters either cats or dogs was to avert this.
- The comments for 'Normal Clothes' raises this point; when Principal Blessure decides to dress up as Cruella DeVil it was theorized that in the Precocious world that the movie is about a woman who kidnaps children (of a specific race) in order to skin them and wear their pelts. In the real world, family movie; In a furry world, horror movie.
- Gender Equals Breed: Inverted. Bud is a Scottish fold like his mother, while his older sister is a white American shorthair like their dad.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: Bud and Tiff during Autumn's paranoid delusion about their museum trip. Tiffany again after consuming an entire pot of coffee.
- Grade Skipper: Bud's older sister Casey likes to rub in his face that she skipped a grade, and claims that because his (elite) school has a combined fourth and fifth grade class it's like he was held back.
- Grounded Forever: The Sapphire Lake kids' antics usually get Autumn grounded for eternity, though after a few days or weeks they usually open to negotiations.
- Guest Strip:
- Hands-Off Parenting: Bud's parents. His dad spends all his time in the basement working on art and hydroponics, while his mom is always in the city managing the apartment complexes she owns. As a result Bud is a much better cook than either of them. It gets to the point where Autumn even forgets at one point that he even has parents.
- Hard Head: You must have a pretty hard head
- Has Two Mommies: Secondary character Yvette. As explained by Chrispy, Eva is her biological mother and Candy's brother was the sperm donor.
- Heavy Sleeper: When she is not causing destruction and chaos or finding an addiction, Tiffany can normally be seen sleeping in the background.
- Hero of Another Story: On the cast page, Kaitlyn is described as "the central character in another strip". She literally became the Hero of Another Story later, with the introduction of the Precocious spinoff strip, Copper Road.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen:
- In the main comic, Vincent was formerly given this treatment. He appears more often in voting incentives◊ and in the Copper Road strip.
- Also, the Rights, the Hus' neighbors (mentioned only as another Who's on First? gag).
- Home Sweet Home: Escaping appointments
- Hurricane of Puns: Occurs whenever Kaitlyn Hu (or anyone in her family) appears in the comic. Typically, Chrispy channels Abbott and Costello for these jokes. Lampshaded in this Copper Road strip.
- I Know You Know I Know: Autumn's plan.
- Incredibly Lame Pun: Autumn tosses a dictionary at someone. The victim says, "Your words have hurt me."
- Insane Troll Logic:
- Insult Backfire: The comic features the inevitable student council election, narrowing down to Roddy versus Dionne. Roddy starts describing Dionne as 'a soulless beast with malicious intentions!' Dionne's rebuttal? A happy "It's true!".
- In the Blood:
- The Pingos are often joked to reproduce by cloning. As they all look similar and are great at library science.
- Joseph, Casey, and Bud Oven are all dangerously creative scientists.
- Yvette's two moms are a Granola Girl and an Amoral Attorney. She has a lot more in common with her birth mother, the hippie.
- Is This Thing On?: Ursula manages to accidentally combine this trope with Quote Mining here.