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YMMV: Housepets!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Joel was a fairly undeveloped character who seemed to just play the role of a PETA lackey. King, on the other hand, quickly gained a disproportionate number of fans. Part of that might come from his being absolutely adorable. The author has taken note of this; when he allowed members of the comic's forum to vote on the plot for the next major story arc following "Imaginate, Too!", he specifically excluded King from the running because he knew everyone would vote for him, and a future King arc was already forthcoming.
  • Epileptic Trees: Alvin and the Chipmunks somehow escaped from the Housepets world. Ironically, we now have expies of them. Alan and the Ground Squirrels.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Grape and Peanut, and to a lesser extent, Sasha/Fox and King.
  • Ho Yay Shipping: Again, King and Fox, although King's hitting on the women when he was drunk, in the Universes and Unrealities arc, can be used throw some doubt on his romantic interests. King falling in love with and getting engaged to Fox's cousin Bailey pretty much killed any canon basis for this. Probably won't stop the fanfic writers, though.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming
    • "King of Hearts" for the earlier King/Sasha ship
    • "Jessica Rabbit" for the Zach/Jessica ship (which is now an official couple)
  • Iron Woobie: Sasha manages to stay uppity and cheerful despite the fact that her owner is an absolute Jerkass. Look at her boyfriend. She has experience.
  • Jumping the Shark: Many people in comments proclaimed that this was happening with the introduction of the cosmic game, fearing that it spelt the end of the series' wacky hijinks. They were all wrong.
  • Memetic Sex God: Fox, somewhat ironically considering the enforced PG-rating, but in a series of fanfictions, even though he's supposed to be keeping his sexuality on the down low, he still screws about half the male cast...
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Adorable though King's new form is, when Pete informed him that Pete has no intention of changing him back into a human, there were plenty of horrified fans.
    • The three players (Pete, Spirit Dragon and the Kitsune) are pretty much good, neutral, and bad. Guess who the bad one is.
  • MST3K Mantra: You really don't need to bog yourself down with overanalysis on things such as biology and natural laws here.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • A number of commenters on this strip think that a many-tailed kitsune showing up means Rick has watched too much Naruto. Never mind, of course, that kitsunes show up in a lot of old Japanese folklore...
    • "Hi! I'm Daisy!" Was not originally from Housepets, as some seem to believe.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name
    • Grapenut for the Grape/Peanut ship
    • Kingley for King/Bailey
  • Shipping: Hoo, boy.
    • Just one example: The Alt Text for this comic reads: "This is what YOU wanted. You dirty, dirty people."
    • He does have his limits. See Ensemble Darkhorse, above.
  • Squick:
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Generally, the only way to tell if a character is female is if she has eyelashes. And there are some that don't even have those, like Grape, who is more a tomboy. Even then, some readers get confused. (see: Cerberus) It's gotten to the point that, in his latest style shift, Rick Griffin has started subtlely giving females more feminine features.
  • The Woobie:
    • All pets who are mistreated in this comic count as such, but King's shaping up to be the top dog for this trope. However, Sasha at Christmas is definitely a close second. Made worse when seen against the other Christmases.
    • Res is starting to seem this way, though owner mistreatment was quickly quashed as a possible reason.

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