Web Comic: Precocious

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.

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  • 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!:
  • Blackmail:
    • Autumn has huge binders full of blackmail material. For each and every person she knows.
    • Ms. Monster has some too, apparently.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • Whatever the Sapphire kids did preceding their hiding out at Kaitlyn's birthday party. One by one, supporting characters learned the details in tiny whispers indecipherable by the audience.
    • Or how about the time they set the lake on fire?
    • Almost all of the children's unseen escapades are treated as Noodle Incidents unless the joke or plot specifically requires otherwise, as well as a wealth of Noodle Implements in play when their schemes have yet to come to fruition.
    • Subverted with Tiffany's aging. Strip 893 presents the accident that halted Tiff's aging as a Noodle Incident, but strip 896 provides an explanation.
    • The "Orlando Incident" showed that the adults are not free of this trope.
    • Heck, there are so many Noodle Incidents in the comic that it's even addressed in the FAQ!
    Question: Will we get to see what happened when _____?
    Answer: Probably not. I think some things are funnier when you have to imagine what crazy stuff went down yourself!