Webcomic / The Bedfellows

The Bedfellows is a furry-oriented webcomic (exclusively on FurAffinity) later adapted to a YouTube series of comedy animated short films. It follows the crazy antics of two anthropomorphic roommates: Robert "Sheen" Hunter, a mean-spirited and ruthless green cat/dog cross; and Taylor "Fatigue" Stenson, a very dumb and happy-go-lucky purple Jackalope. Together, they do a lot of crazy stuff and get on each other's nerves.

It was announced in February 2013 that the webtoon series was picked up by Mondo Media (of Happy Tree Friends and Dick Figures fame) for distribution.

The comics are available to read at FurAffinity and the animated cartoons are watchable at YouTube. Be warned: They contain Not Safe for Work elements.

Tropes include

  • 419 Scam: Sheen prevents Fatigue from becoming a victim of this in one episode. Subverted, as there really was a prince after all.
  • Abusive Parents: As revealed in "Parents", Sheen's parents booed at him during a School Play along with other parents.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Considering Sheen's Hair-Trigger Temper, this is a very bad idea; the conversation below only proves it.
    Bauhaus: Now, Sheenie Beenie, tell me a little about how you have been feeling lately.
    Sheen: Wonderful, fabulous... I'm a ship sailing on calm seas... AND DON'T CALL ME THAT!!
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sheen's mother; Sheen goes as far to apologize to a waitress for her "traditional" behavior!
  • Ambiguous Gender: Fatigue exhibits masculine and feminine traits; other characters refer to Fatigue as a man or woman, Fatigue has a tampon in his purse, and in one episode, Fatigue appears to be peeing standing up in one episode when he's really pouring spoiled milk down a toilet. Additionally, Fatigue is shown to be the "woman of the house" compared to Sheen, and has Camp Gay tendencies.
  • Animated Adaptation
  • Animated Music Video: "Keys Keys Keys", a parody of "Get Low" by Lil Jon, and "Rap Song".
  • Armored Closet Gay: Sheen lives with, sleeps with, and rapes Fatigue, but is nevertheless abrasive to the point of borderline sociopathy.
  • Art Evolution: While the animation has always been rather stiff and limited, more recent episodes have had the occasional Animation Bump, full-body shots and more expressive Flash puppets.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sheen, always being abusive to Fatigue.
  • Bait and Switch:
    • The second "Mother's Day" episode has Fatigue sneaking out of the house to go visit his mother, doing everything possible to avoid Sheen finding out. It looks as though he's doing this to avoid Sheen's wrath for going somewhere without telling him, but he was really just afraid that if Sheen came along, he'd make Fatigue's mom strip for them. He was right.
    • Double-subverted in "Toni P." Sheen is ashamed to call the titular character until Fatigue tells him not to be ashamed of himself and accept that "this is simply who he is." Sheen enthusiastically calls up a pizza place called "Toni's Pizza," who laugh at him for wanting a pizza with anchovies.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't touch Sheen's stuff.
    • Don't ask Sheen about Fatigue's gender.
  • Black and Grey Morality: Fatigue is an air-headed Butt Monkey and Sheen is an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist.
  • Black Comedy
  • Black Comedy Rape: Frequently implied between Sheen and Fatigue.
  • Brick Joke: In "Next Door," Sheen wakes Fatigue up to "take care of a problem," which Fatigue takes to mean his Raging Stiffie. Sheen meant the noise next door, but he tells Fatigue to keep going. In the next scene, Fatigue knocks on the door with a hand covered in a dubious, white substance.
  • Butt Monkey: Both Sheen and Fatigue towards each other; Fatigue constantly annoys Sheen, and Sheen is physically abusive towards Fatigue.
  • Camp Gay: Ambiguous Gender aside, Fatigue shows multiple traits of being a camp gay man, such as feminine mannerisms and flamboyant vocal inflections.
  • Catch Phrase: DIS-LIKE! (From a episode with Sheen rating videos)
  • Christmas Episode: "The 12 Rapes of Christmas"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Fatigue is the more absent-minded of the duo, as well as the nicer one.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Sheen takes a break from working to touch himself in "Jacked Ass." Hilarity Ensues when he gets the "My Little Donkey" song stuck in his head.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Sheen is often seen sleeping with random women, and can also be seen with men, and is presumably in an (abusive) relationship with Fatigue.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • On Sheen's laundry list of flaws. The first episode has him coming home from work to punch Fatigue in the face for hanging up on him! After Sheen specifically told Fatigue to hang up!!
    • In "Aspergers," Sheen claims that he once threw water in a girls face and called her a whore when she asked if a dress looked good on her!
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: In "Aspergers," Sheen's erratic, anti-social behavior is diagnosed as the titular disease, which he immediately uses as an excuse to act out worse than ever, speeding through traffic, beating up strangers and eventually resisting arrest. Subverted in the end, when he's re-diagnosed as simply being a jerk.
  • Ear Worm: In-Universe in the "Jacked Ass" video. Sheen gets sick of Fatigue playing the "My Little Donkey" theme song loudly, so he yells at him to turn it down. Then he gets the song stuck in his head when he starts playing with his penis, causing him to sing it. He angrily struggles to get it out of his head, but he couldn't stop singing it, resulting in an Atomic F-Bomb he screams out in rage.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Be the idiocy in the form of an Ear Worm, or Being Touched, or who knows what else, you can count on Sheen to yell and curse and become violent on a hair trigger whenever it happens.
  • Expressive Ears: Sheen.
  • Fantastic Racism: Usually comes up when reptiles are used to specifically represent African-Americans.
  • Freudian Excuse: The episode where Sheen starts seeing a shrink reveals that his bad attitude can be traced back to when he was heckled out of a kindergarten play. The hecklers? His parents!
  • Funny Animal
  • Furry Comic: Started out as one.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • In the second "Mothers Day" episode:
    Sheen: "Take a seat, buddy. Let's have... dinner. (Maniacal laugh)
    (Cut to Sheen, Fatigue and Fatigue's mother quietly eating dinner.
    • In "Bubble Gum," Sheen attempts to create a viral video by swallowing as much bubble gum as possible and taping the results. We get a close up of his moaning stomach as he squeals in anticipation... before we cut to him in a hospital bed being told that the gum formed a large blockage in his lower intestine.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Sheen, as revealed in "Parents".
  • Hypocritical Humor: In "Next Door," Sheen's noisy neighbor apologies for his loud music as kindly and well-spoken as possible. Sheen tells him to "talk like a normal person and stop being an egotistical jerk!"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: "Next Door" features a vaguely canid-looking Andrew W.K., complete with an allusion to his infamous "I Get Wet" album cover.
  • Jerk Ass: Sheen. Very much so.
  • Karma Houdini: Sheen, though he does get comeuppance once in a while, usually when his actions affect someone other than Fatigue.
  • Kick the Dog: BIG. TIME.
  • Manly Tears: Sheen after Toni P laughs at him for wanting a pizza with anchovies.
  • Meaningful Name: Fatigue. He gets Sheen in trouble a lot.
  • Memetic Mutation: Parodied; one comic strip has Fatigue and a pal of his giving Sheen a cheeseburger only to mirror the "I Can Haz A Cheezburger" meme, much to Sheen's extreme irritation, who then yells at them to get out, resulting in Fatigue and his friend cooking spaghetti to mirror another meme.invoked
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Sheen is a cat/dog hybrid.
  • Mr Seahorse: In the Christmas Episode after 10 Contraceptives.
    Sheen to Fatigue hugging a bulging stomach: "WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE PREGNANT?!?"
  • No, You:
    • Played straight in "Hang Up" when Sheen and Fatigue argue over who should hang up.
    • Sheen and Fatigue call each other dumb in this manner in "Football".
  • Off Model: Sheen or Fatigue's limb patch colors switching between plain gray or their regular fur color.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The one time Fatigue actually stands up for himself is in "Board Meeting," when he calls out his bosses for doing nothing but patting themselves on the back (and other places) for their good work rather than make it even better.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Sheen's job at the post office doesn't come up after the first episode, and we don't even find out if Fatigue has a job until episode 29.
  • Poor Man's Porn: Fatigue's architectural blueprints are enough to send his bosses into an orgasmic frenzy.
  • Precision F-Strike: The lizard cook in "Dinner" who spits in Sheen's mom's salad.
    Lizard Cook: "Dinner is served.... muthafucka."
  • Pun-Based Title: Some of the episode titles.
  • Racist Grandma: Sheen's mom expresses hate speech towards lizards in "Dinner", to the chagrin of Sheen.
  • Retraux: The Frenzy video game in the "Two Friends Play Frenzy" cartoon resembles a game on NES.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: "Yolo," but only because Sheen is the kind of person who'd misinterpret it the way most people did.
  • Sadist Show: Boy howdy.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Single Mom Stripper: Amy Stenson, as Fatigue's dad has never been shown.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Sheen, who swears very often when he's angry, and that too is very often.
  • Slipping a Mickey: In the Christmas Episode "11 Drinks with Roofies"
  • Stealth Pun: In "Board Meeting," Fatigue's bosses get hot and bothered (and, eventually, kinky) as he explains his blueprints for a ballroom. It's "artistic masturbation."
  • Stylistic Suck: Fatigue's titular "show" on "Two Friends Play Frenzy".
  • Sudden Anatomy:
    • In the animations, the characters normally don't have toes on their feet, but in the "Don't Touch My Stuff" and "Gary" cartoons, they suddenly gain toes and soles in a few shots.
    • This early comic shows that Sheen has pads on his feet in a closeup, although they disappeared in others.
    • Sheen, Fatigue and Fatigue's Mom all have toes though out the Christmas Episode. The style has stuck on since then.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Sheen does it to his therapist for calling him "Sheenie Beenie".
  • Take That:
    • Suffice to say, "My Little Donkey" is not an Affectionate Parody of Bronies.
    • Subverted with "Yolo" in that it's a satire of the people who interpret "Don't let consequences rule you" as "I can do whatever I want and get away with it", which is exactly the kind of person Sheen is.