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is a webcomic drawn by Phillip M. Jackson about a group of unlikely anthropomorphic housemates.
Art is a chronically frustrated graphic designer (and the only human living in the house); Kat, a cat girl, is a fun loving photographer; Pip, a penguin, is a stereotypical geek who is obsessed with comics and computers, and Scarlet is a na´ve and energetic squirrel girl whose erratic behaviour and short attention span masks her true intellect.
After the arc covering Scarlet's
, the other members of a Think Tank also live with the foursome.
This webcomic provides examples of: A-Cup Angst: Surprisingly, Kat. She's not exactly an A-cup, but it does fit her. Aerosol Flamethrower: Pip's attempt to kill the shower spider. The Aesthetics of Technology: Pip makes the mistake of stealing tech from the Denizens based on appearance. A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Oz Aliens Steal Cattle: The Eldak designated "Gary" was assigned to harvest cow lips. All Men Are Perverts: Pip certainly is. Art nine times out of ten is more of an Accidental Pervert. All Up To You: Twice. Art even lampshades it. Alpha Bitch: Hilary, Kat's rival since grade school. And There Was Much Rejoicing: The general reaction when Kat accidentally gives her old Nearly everyone was singing Sadist Teacher a fatal heart attack. . Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead Arch-Enemy: Jack Art Evolution: Subtly Lampshaded. Ass Shove: "Where's your sword?" Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: Once the Eldak realize their weapons can't kill Art, the next logical step is to run away. Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Scarlet and her sisters fulfill this trope to a T. Attention Whore: Hillary. It's revealed that the reason why Hillary and Kat are having their feud is because Kat had the same lunchbox as Hillary, and Hillary thought that would take attention away from her. Aura Vision: Vanity Thorn can see auras as well as ghosts. Author Appeal: Busty anthro women with thin waists. And to some degree, large muscular women with disproportionally small heads. Author Avatar: Mr. Jackson appears as a hamster. Usually ◊. Barefoot Cartoon Animals: The animal characters. Bare Your Midriff: Kat's wardrobe consists of a sleeveless belly shirt and short shorts. At least she wears sweaters and such during the winter months. Batman Gambit: The Think Tank pulls one on Pip in their "Realm of Lorecraft" board game. Battle in the Rain: Kat Vs. Hilary Beach Episode: Sadly no. The Trope is just referenced and lampshaded here. Beam-O-War: A tiny one, but the effect is there. Berserk Button: Pip really doesn't like quick-time events. Big Eater: Scarlet Big "NO!": Pip, when the comic store is burning down. Big Ol' Eyebrows: Art Big Red Button: Admittedly, we can't tell what color it is, but it grabs Scarlet's attention in the same matter and thus Kat has to intervene to prevent potential disaster. Given it's an Emergency button, we can probably assume it's red. Bilingual Bonus: From a very foul-mouthed Roman legionnaire. Bland Name Product: Far Trek, EBuy, The Metrix, Temple Raider, Realm of Lorcraft, Nightlight, and the list goes on. Bleached Underpants: Referenced in-universe: Art draws such material for a commission in one strip. Also, Hilary, a former porn star. Averted in Real Life, since the artist is still drawing the naughty stuff- it's even advertised on his main site. The reason he's against his portfolios being shared is because they're the majority of his income, as he's ranted about several times. Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: Kat had these when she was in primary school. Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: OZBASIC mnemonics. Break the Haughty: Hilary, Kat's arch-nemesis from grade school, downgraded from high-powered advertising executive to sitting in the unemployment office. Next to Pip, who wants to talk about her previous "career". Brick Joke: After the Denizens storyline, Pip scavenges some of their technology from the basement of the house and sells it on eBuy, and as a result, on strip 344, a couple of collectors get transported to the Gobi desert due to one of the pieces of technology being still functional. On strip 765, Pip gets his eBuy account cancelled on account of an outlandish claiming about those very memorabilia collectors being stranded in the desert and supposedly one having to eat the other. Broken Record: Scarlet in this strip. Brown Note: An image that combines all known fetishes. Bullethole Door: Or at least a beamhole trapdoor. Call Back: The very first strip and this strip over five hundred strips later. And for a more literal Call Back, there's Crazy Boris, who may or may not also be Crazy Sven. And possibly the guy on the box of crackers. The spider from all the way back in strip 7 makes a re-appearance during Scarlet's flashback, as well as somewhat justifying how Pip managed to blow up the bathroom with a deodorant flamethrower. Another call back is in strip #765 regarding the Denizens' technology that Pip sold to the two nerds in strip #344. It teleported them to the middle of the Gobi desert in Mongolia, and one apparently had to eat the other. Cassandra Truth: Cat Fight: Usually involves Kat and Hilary. Latest example here. Cat Girl: The appropriately named Kat (short for Kathleen). Cats Are Mean: Generally averted. Sometimes invoked. Cat Smile: Kat in this strip while vacuuming up the Denizens. Also in this strip. Cerebus Syndrome: Downplayed. Twice the artist has taken a few months to do long arc stories involving the plucky characters combating dangerously powerful adversaries like the Denizens or Oz, only to have the conflict resolved and go right back to the "Gag-A-Day" Format. Cheek Copy: It's implied that Pip did this with Art's scanner Chekhov's Gun: Chew Bubblegum: Pip quotes the famous line before passing out weapons to rescue Kat. The Chew Toy: Poor Leonard. If anything non-lethal, but unpleasant can happen to him, it will. If it cannot, it happens anyway. Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The 'anti-tech energy' and the fake chip that counters it. Cloud Cuckoolander: Scarlet Cluster F-Bomb: Who says gamers are immature? Colourful Theme Naming: The Squirrel Girls: Amber , Scarlet note , Jade note and Violet note . note Companion Cube: The Buddy Brick. Cool and Unusual Punishment Cool, but Inefficient: Pip grabs a rather large gun because it looked dangerous. It actually is powerful as it was shown to blast off a door, but it's actually just a popcorn popper, and as such has a range measured in only a few centimeters. Cooldown Hug: Art gets one from Kat, when's he's understandably upset with Scarlet after she THREW HIM IN FRONT OF A DEATH RAY! Cosmic Plaything: Art's skill of collecting troubles and dangerous adventures is only outmatched by the Universe's eagerness to provide them. Covers Always Lie: Mr. Jackson really gets on his soapbox about this one. Covert Pervert: Kat This particular example is made extra funny by the fact that she wanted Art to draw a high fantasy version of her. Meaning she wanted to see how he was fantasizing about her. Crazy-Prepared: Pip's ready for the Zombie Apocalypse. Cross Over: Leonard gets zapped ◊ into sibling Dada Comics strip Spider and Scorpion during the Jack and the Denizens arc. Curse Cut Short: "YOU UTTER B--" BING-BONG! The Cutie: Scarlet (and her sisters, by association). Dark Is Not Evil: The Denizens are pretty sinister looking things but they're pretty much harmless... except for Jack Dark Secret: Art and Pip may have killed someone. Or maybe buried a sword. Deep Immersion Gaming Defrosting Ice Queen: Hilary, as of this strip, which also marks the first time she's seen with a smile of contentment rather than out of pleasure at someone's suffering. Delayed Reaction: Here. Department of Redundancy Department: "Prepare for deadly laser death time... with LASERS!" Detail Hogging Cover: See Covers Always Lie Disembodied Eyebrows: Pretty much everyone who has eyebrows has had them floating off their head at one point or another. Disproportionate Retribution: The root cause of the grudge between Kat and Hilary seems to be hinted at... , so she started bullying her. seems Hilary was jealous of Kat for having a "Pink Pony" lunchbox And sure enough, in the very next comic, we get to see that the 20+ year rivalry all started over having the same lunchbox, so Hilary felt less special. Double Edged Answer: A psychotic AI gasses all personnel in a government facility. As Art, Pip, and Scarlet are sneaking in, Pip uses a small mirror to see around a corner. Double Entendre: Kat claims that there's pee in her bag in this strip. Turns out to be the Wintendo Pee. Double Take: Art, when he hears that Kat killed her former teacher. Dream Sequence: 622 to 634 Droste Image: Pip meets the Author Avatar hamster in the strip itself. He gives Pip a copy of his latest strip (which at the time was that very strip.) Pip looks at the strip, which is about Pip looking at the strip, looking at the strip, looking at the strip and so on. Pip: Woah. Trippy. Dynamic Entry: Kat slams Hilary with a flying kick to the face for the above-mentioned lies she spread about Kat. Eldritch Abomination: Four live in the town's requisite Haunted House. Also: the Denizens, creatures that evolved from the shadow of a condemned criminal. Although the Denizens actually become rather cute after their leader was incapacitated, leaving them to mill around the house aimlessly, watching soap operas and assist with random chores. Epic Fail: The only way to describe this. Epunymous Title: It's a work of Sequential Art featuring a guy called Art. Everyone Can See It: Say "yes, Ms. Thorn"... Valentines sequence — pleasant surprise, blush, awkwardness, facepalm. Everything's Better with Penguins: Pip. Everything's Better With Platypi: Leonard. Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Scarlet. Evil Is Hammy: Jack. Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Sequential Art refers to comics. Even more so, it's the story of a guy called Art. An artist named Art, no less. Exploding Closet: Art gets buried by one in this strip. Explosive Overclocking: "For the love of God, man! Shut it down! SHUT IT DOW- Expy: Many, usually Bland Name Product-type expys, but special mention should go to the Eldaks, who are fairly obviously inspired by Doctor Who's Daleks. They even use the same Catch Phrase: EXTERMINATE!, and their name is an anagram of "Daleks." Eye Scream: Faux Affably Evil: Jack and Oz are both extremely evil, but they're just so funny at the same time. Flashback Twist: Twice. Art asks Scarlet if the washing machine broke. Kat asks Scarlet if anyone messed with the Christmas lights. Fluffy the Terrible: Pickles the Dragon. Looks like a cute puppy/dragon hybrid right? It unleashes its "beast" side by TURNING ITSELF INSIDE OUT! Funetik Aksent: Part of the writer's signature style is spelling random things phonetically. Furry Comic: Most of the major characters are anthropomorphic animals. Oddly enough, 99 percent of the minor background characters and crowd scenes are human. And the authorities tend to disbelieve in the existence of the anthropomorphic animals. Despite no one ever having a problem with them face-to-face. Furry Confusion: Leonard Gadgeteer Genius: Scarlet. Managed to use household tools to build a working Wave Motion Gun. Also her sisters managed to make a lawnmower escape the earth's atmosphere. Genius Ditz: Scarlet and her sisters. G.I.R.L.: Invoked and averted here. Girl on Girl Is Hot: Pip certainly seems to think so. Then there's this non-canon fanservice-y accident. There was plenty of times it could've happened during DeCerto storyline. A pity it didn't. Glasgow Grin: A variation. It's stated in Jack's official bio that his "mouth" is actually a crack in his face, meaning he's broken. This pretty much explains why he was the only Denizen who turned out to be evil. Going Commando: Strip 34 Hard Drinking Party Girl: Kat stays sober all year...until New Year's Eve, when she gets totally smashed. Her "New Year's Resolution" for several years now has been to "stop drinking so much alcohol during the holiday season". Hive Mind: Again, Scarlet and her sisters. The reason they're such ditzes most of the time is that each is one part out of a 4-part superintelligence. As seen when everyone plays the board version of Land of Lorecraft: everyone against Pip, the squirrel sisters manage to pull off a spectacular plan on Pip to allow Kat and Art to beat him unhindered. Which just goes to show, never challenge a bio-supercomputer to a strategy game The Denizens also seem to need a truly evil member of their species - such as Jack - to behave in any way malevolent. Hoist by His Own Petard: Jack. Homage: The " Quinten R&D" arc. Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Pip and Fern in this " Victory Pose" Hypocritical Humor: Art of all people cannot take characters with crazy eyebrows seriously. Also, Kat gets her hands on the Attacknoid's remote here. I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: here. Improbable Weapon User: Scarlet threatens Jack with Grievous Harm with a Body using Leonard Incendiary Exponent: Ezekiel Pretz doesn't stop trying to stab Kat and Vanity after he gets set on fire. At least until his arm falls off. Innocent Fanservice Girl: Scarlet and her sisters again. Even after the artist bleaches the comic's underpants, the most they ever wear are t-shirts, and they have no qualms about removing them. Innocent Innuendo: Ironic Echo Cut: seen here Karma Houdini: A number of the more dangerous situations that the protagonists find themselves in can be traced back to Scarlet in one way or another, as well as more destructive actions such as when she activates a Kill Sat. These are typically never brought up again, presumably due to a combination of her cuteness and her essentially being socially and developmentally retarded. Kids Are Cruel: To Art at least. Timmy talks to Kat nicely and normally while, at the same time, barraging the poor sod with snowballs. Killer Rabbit: Leonard the platypus, of all characters. Kill Sat: Jack's favorite toy. Large Ham: Jack. Let's Get Dangerous: When the Villains come out to play: You got to get dangerous. PIP DANGEROUS! Limited Wardrobe: Pip is by far the guiltiest, wearing his trademark sweater on the hottest day of the summer. At first, Scarlet is naked. When she finally gets a (singular) shirt, she never changes it. Lampshaded in one comic when Art suggests she wash it, so she does — without taking it off. Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My! Lisa Needs Braces: Poor Kat Living Crashpad: Art " landed on something soft" Living Shadow: The Denizens Lock and Load Montage Logic Bomb: Destroys WALL-E in the Director's Cut Look Behind You: It doesn't work. MacGyvering: Scarlet and her "sisters" worked in R&D. Thus, they used to build all sorts of crazy stuff they invent as Think Tank. One request stated too vaguely, one souvenir blaster, a handful of scavenged random parts — and Hilarity Ensues. Mad Scientist: Think Tank. Magic Skirt: Averted. Marshmallow Hell: Mini Mecha: 4mb3r pilots one starting here. Mission Control Is Off Its Meds: OZBASIC, as stated above, is an homage to GlaDOS and is to Kat what GlaDOS is to Chell. Mistaken For Pedophile: "He asked if I know what a floppy dick is." Ms. Fanservice: "Quickly, Helga! To the web-cam!" Mundane Made Awesome: Salad. Mundane Utility: Pip uses a TIE Interceptor to go grocery shopping. Nerd Glasses: Pip wears a pair of goggles. Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Demon-summoning zombie pirate Ezekiel Pretz. Nobody Poops: Discussed in regards to My Little Pony. No Celebrities Were Harmed: Mr. Funk Cho, Jimmy Dapp, Sean Connolly. Noodle Incident: "Do you think anyone will find her out here?" Not-So-Harmless Villain: In his initial appearances, Jack was a complete joke of a villain. Then he almost nukes the world. Yikes. Not-So-Innocent Whistle: Scarlet after she accidentally gives Jack the technology for a powerful ray gun. Number of the Beast: Lampshaded, or something, by the Author Avatar himself in the 666th strip. Bonus Points for the ZALGO reference. Oblivious to Love: Art and Kat to each other. Even being pincushioned with Cupid's arrows leaves no reaction. Oddly Visible Eyebrows: Art's eyebrows can be seen through his mage bandanna in these strips. Yet he feels Narm when he sees Sylar on TV... Only Sane Man: Art Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?: Art and Kat trapped in a closet. BROOM HANDLE! And in the next comic: "Well, then stop rubbing your arse against me!" Panty Shot: It doesn't matter what the author says Parental Substitute: Kat and Art could very well be this to the Think Tank. Also, Pip plays the part of being the resident Aloof Big Brother with a side of Jerk Ass Percussive Maintenance: Done to Scarlet in one of the Christmas lead up pages Jingle Bells indeed Perpetual Expression: Pip's face rarely changes thanks to his Opaque Lenses and unnoticeably small mouth. That definitely doesn't mean he doesn't emote. Perky Goth: Vanity Thorn, an old friend of Kat's. Pity Sex: Hilary's fall culminates in no less. With the worst person possible, naturally. Porn Stash: Art:
Have you been using my laptop again?
I like the way that folder is marked
Powered Armor: Scarlett and her sisters make a suit in this strip to fight a giant bug. Or rather were intending to make a Humongous Mecha, made a scaling error, then liked it and made more "Soopa Soots". Power Glows: "Why do these mystical tomes have to be so bright?!" Pre Explosion Glow: BOOM! Puppy-Dog Eyes: Despite being a cat girl, Kat does this pretty well. Reality Ensues: The Think Tank sends one of the girls to field-market Candy-Cane 2.0... which looks like this. Revenge by Proxy: Hilary. Sadist Teacher: Ms. Strinpit - possibly only towards Kat and the kids in her last school, judging by how she gave Hilary the easiest questions and assigned Kat with ones that couldn't be answered without research (research she would never allow). More like Evil Teacher, really. Sarcasm-Blind: Do not suggest to the Think Tank that they build something dangerous, even as a joke. Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Yoink! Say It with Hearts: Think Tank finally notices the Flying Trashcans: Scenery Censor: Scarlet originally ran around the house naked. Kat eventually got her a jumper. Her sisters wear shirts from their old science lab. They're still 1 awkward pose away from falling out of them. Scooby Stack: The squirrel girls express their fear of open spaces by hugging a doorway in a Stack. Screams Like a Little Girl: Art, as Kat finds out while watching a slasher with him and Pip. Sequential Artist: Considering the title, it's not a surprise that this is Art's occupation. Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Employed by Pip at one point to trick Scarlet into going through with one of his crazy schemes. He does it again, this time to sell "an exquisite example of early-nineties cult decoration" — which is a singing electric sunflower. She Is Not My Girlfriend: Vanity mistakes Art and Kat for couple. Kat says Art is just a friend. Sure... Shipper on Deck: Vanity for Art and Kat. Ship Tease: Sequential Art doesn't do it nearly as much as other webcomics but every so often the readers will be teased with a little moment between Art and Kat. Some of them are about as subtle as a brick to the head. From anonymous Valentine's Day cards to finding the perfect mattress. Shout Out: References turn up from time to time. Usually ranging from Charlie Brown and Dilbert and Wally watching an orbital cannon demolish a building with the Pv P logo and vaporize Gabe. And note the village sign in this strip. Can we get the reference made there please? Unless I'm mistaken, it's a reference to the village of Royston Vasey from The League of Gentlemen. The lab the squirrels are originally from, along with the AI that controls the whole thing, bear an uncanny resemblance to Portal. During a photo shoot, Kat and Vanity stay at the Overlook Hotel. "Tomb"? Combination Star Trek: The Next Generation and 1984 in this strip. And then there was Minecraft. The Martian Invasion story arc has one to Doctor Who. The Eldak are basically expies of the Daleks, their very name is an anagram of the infamous pepper-pots and they use the Dalek's Catch Phrase, "Exterminate!". Then another to Star Wars when Pip finds some TIE Interceptors to play with. Pip the penguin apparently has an Uncle Feathers who was a career criminal. Sure enough, his last name turns out to be McGraw. The storyline about DeCerto manor and immortal pirate. Skull serves as a Random Encounter in Realm of Lorcraft. It may just be Art Evolution (no pun intended) but Art's eyebrows get larger and squarer after awhile... On page 142, a Dalek can be found at the bottom of the fourth panel. And on page 808, the characters inadvertently send a bolt of lightning back in time to Hill Valley, CA on November 12, 1955. Comic 831 appears to start a story arc in vein of They Live. A subtle one in comic 834: the website address is a reference to Hudson's "ultimate badass" speech in , and who's on the webcam? James Cameron wearing the armor from said film. Aliens Sickeningly Sweethearts: , Pip and Hilary of all people. Kat: (seeing the two kiss) *urp*... Oh God... For the love of all that is good and holy, don't do that again. Side Story Bonus Art: The gallery on deviantART — enjoy fanservice, trolling, trollservice... Significant Anagram: Eldak —> Dalek Slap-Slap-Kiss: After around 600 comics of basically hating each other... Turns out to be All Just a Dream. Kat was Squicked afterwards. Smooch of Victory: Art saves Kat from the Denizens. She rewards him, but the conditions weren't quite ideal. Snowball Fight Speak In Unison: What the Think Tank do whenever they synchronize. Speech Bubbles Interruption Spooky Silent Library: Under the House. Squee: Kat's reaction to her first Royalty Check. Squirrelly Ears Lawyer: Scarlet and her sisters. Starfish Language: Unsurprisingly, the four Eldritch Abominations speak in Black Scribbles. Stealth Insult: Brilliantly inverted when Art gives Kat a Stealth Compliment. "Stop Having Fun" Guys: In-universe — Art gets very annoyed Kat's having fun with her new Wintendo system. He gets over it. We think. Straw Fan: Both in the comic and in the various Author Tract images and journals the writer posts. Usually stuffed with sawdust made from ugly sticks just so you don't miss who's supposed to be wrong. Stripperiffic: Lampshaded by Kat. Stuff Blowing Up: Most of the Think Tank's inventions lead to this. Subliminal Seduction: Played with here. Technically, this isn't subliminal. Super-Deformed: In Scarlet's imagination, anyway. Supervillain Lair: Again, Under the House in the form of an Elaborate Underground Base. Swallowed Whole: Scarlet and a couple trick-or-treaters got eaten by a giant bug, she used her suit's air tank to blow it up. Take That: Uwe Boll is ragged on in at least two comics; see below. Nightlight gets one as well, when Pip is disgusted with how the movie got Scarlet and her sisters to think that all vampires are hot, sparkly, and nonthreatening. He promptly treats them to Oldman's version of Dracula. Of course aside from a story arc in vein of They Live, this. Team Pet: Leonard Tears of Remorse Tender Tears There Are No Girls on the Internet: Art convinced Pip the girl he meets on "Realm of Lorecraft" is really a guy. Turns out she actually is a girl — and for extra fun, is every bit as bimbo-tastic as her character's design. This Explains So Much: Art's reaction when Pip reveals his uncle, who he admired and wanted to go into the same line of work, was a career criminal. This Is Unforgivable Throwing Your Gun Always Works: Well, it was a fake gun to begin with. Token Human: Art, though other humans do show up in small roles. Transplant: Kat and Vanity were characters from a superhero comic Jackson had done years prior. Unpleasable Fanbase: In-Universe example, Poor poor Art. Unsettling Gender Reveal: In the aforementioned Dream Sequence, Hillary convinces a guy that Kat is really a post-op named Kevin. The guy, who was interested in Kat, squicks hard. Hillary is doing that just to ruin Kat's evening. Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Pip, he once sold Scarlet on Ebuy just because he didn't want "negative feedback". Unresolved Sexual Tension: Whenever Art and Kat are together they're either Like an Old Married Couple or Ship Tease happens. Everyone Can See It. Lampshaded painfully here. Unsound Effect: 'Violate Violate', from Spider and Scorpion 83. Uwe Boll: Pip experiences it. Victoria's Secret Compartment: Helga In case you were wondering exactly why PMJ's Author Avatar is a hamster... Villainous Breakdown: When the Eldak's best attack simply reverts Art back to his normal, slim self, they instantly believe that he's invincible and panic. Walking Techbane: Art, and any other artists. At least until getting the chip. This became the focal point for on entire story arc... complete with a Dalek expy race out to kill him because of it. Weaksauce Weakness: Scarlet's sisters were brainwashed into having a crippling phobia of the outdoors to prevent them from ever running away like Scarlet did. Of course, this being Think Tank, the limitation was eventually circumvented by tinkering up opaque visors that show everything without depth perception. Weirdness Magnet: Lampshaded when the cast are inadvertently drawn into a plot involving alien infiltrators. Kat: WHY DO WE KEEP GETTING DRAGGED INTO STUFF LIKE THIS?! Wetware CPU: Amber, Jade, Violet, and Scarlet formed a four-part organic supercomputer at Quinten R&D. Wham Episode: For Pip, anyway. Holy crap. Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Your Head A Splode: Here. Your Vampires Suck: " I will NOT have one of cinema's greatest monsters belittled by hair-product-obsessed pretty boys. Zalgo: took over the Author Avatar during strip 666.