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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: While a lot of her behavior could be dismissed as just her being a kid, Abagail shows disturbing signs of a budding sociopathic side. This isn't exactly helped by how she is rather manipulative, demonstrates amorality in her approaches to science, effectively acted as a drug dealer with no remorse and a Never My Fault attitude, and has generally gotten off rather lightly.
    • The arc about Aron and Beth visiting a nudist colony received this reaction. As did the arc that should have been at most two or three jokes about government overregulation and the drug market. It seems the webcomic will inevitably undergo this every now and then.
  • Base Breaker: Audrey has become one, to an extent. She is generally seen as either a decent and likeable character, or as a faulty and problematic portrayal of transgendered people. Naylor later described those who criticized her portrayal as suffering from "Audrey Syndrome".
  • Designated Villain: Of a sort with Angela who exists in the strip as a Straw Character, but often is a lot more reasonable than the protagonists.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Charlie. It's gotten to the point where the Hatedom fears for Charlie every time she shows up in the strip because they don't want to see "the last likeable character in the strip" get ruined.
    • Also, Angelica. Usually treated as the villain of the piece, the strip's detractors look on her as something akin to a hero as she's one of the few characters that isn't a complete asshole.
    • Despite her Base Breaker status, Audrey. It helps that she's legitimately cute and sweet, and she was part of one of the better story arcs.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The infamous "muffin arc" goes into great detail about just what a hero is supposed to be. The comic asserts that a hero is someone who does a job for money, and does not do more than is required of them by that job or their pay, and that in fact trying to help people out of a sense of moral obligation or selflessness is unheroic, bordering on villainous. Not to mention the moral that if someone tries to be a hero for entirely selfless reasons, people will instantly take advantage of him or her and use them. (It's basically, Atlas Shrugged as applied to furry superheroes.) Of course, this all ties in with Naylor's Objectivist views.
  • Fridge Horror: One character is a doberman...with sheared ears.
  • Les Yay: Charlie is very attracted to Janie and ultimately gets her chance to kiss Janie for real (while dressed as a boy). Janie lets her down easy, saying she would not want to hurt Charlie as a friend. Although Janie is shown licking her lips appreciatively at the arc's end.
    • While drunk, Trixie (somewhat humorously) tells Beth "If you were a man, I'd totally lick your pussy". Later on, they have sex (naturally expanded on in one of Naylor's adult comics, called "Straight Girls Kissing in the Shower") and Beth promises to visit her when she returns.
    • Revisited again and invoked in the story arc where Aron attempts to get close to his latest crush Audrey, who is involved with a Butch Lesbian. To sneak into a lesbian convention the two are attending, Aron disguises himself as a woman, and Trixie pretends to be "her" girlfriend. Aron manages to kiss Audrey...only for this to seemingly become Ho Yay when "she" gets a boner. However, Audrey is then confirmed to be transgender, and she and Aron develop a sweet relationship following the obligatory awkward humor that ensues.
  • Memetic Mutation: About as official as it can get, since Fisk now has his own Meme Generator template
  • Nightmare Fuel: "I want his hands."
  • Strawman Has a Point: The small girl Angelica was created as a strawman into which Naylor stuffed everything he hated, from politics to spirituality to musical taste. She's also widely considered the most likeable and sympathetic character in the strip since she seems to be one of the few characters that doesn't act like a complete Jerkass to everyone around her. For five months, she's been waging a campaign against the strip's Objectivist protagonists, and most reader reaction is rooting for her.
  • Toy Ship: Thomas and Miko hint at this in one strip when they practice kissing. Janie later teases Thomas when Miko's Education Mama gets her a tutor and notes how she's spending her time with him instead of Thomas. Of course, Thomas himself adds to it when he worriedly asks Abigail for something that would help make Miko uninterested in the other guy. Eventually, Miko admits that she's already attracted to Thomas, especially because her mother hates him.
  • What an Idiot: Fisk, Elizabeth, and some other adults end up stuck in a tree with a bear circling the ground below. Elizabeth gets one bar on her cell but ends up blowing any opportunity to call for help by fawning over pictures sent by Trixie of their kids.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Obviously, being the work of Jay Naylor should be enough of an indication that this isn't a kids' comic, but for those readers who ignored the header and the pornfolio covers running alongside the comic, note that despite the look of the comic, it features frequent cursing and scary material, as well as references to sex, infidelity, assassination, incest (again), murder, and an extended arc set at a nudist camp. (Although to be fair in that last case, the arc presented a more realistic example of one, complete with a comic explaining the concept's origin.)

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