YMMV / Phoebe and Her Unicorn
aka: Heavenly Nostrils

  • Awesome Art: Dana Simpson's art work has come a long way since Ozy and Millie.
  • Author's Saving Throw: One comic involved Phoebe feeding bread to ducks while pointing out that they're more interested in the bread than the rainbow she's sitting on. Many readers pointed out that feeding ducks bread is bad for them, so three years later, Dana released a strip that acknowledges this.
  • Broken Base: The original "Heavenly Nostrils" title versus the current one. Some find the current one to be more indicative of what the strip is about, while others find the original to be more creative and less generic.
  • Counterpart Comparison: To Calvin and Hobbes, according to some comments on Go Comics.com. Personality-wise, Hobbes and Marigold share an endearing sense of kindness mixed with playfulness and a healthy appreciation of themselves, along with a dim view of humanity. That said, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils can allow herself to be seen and admired by humans, whereas Hobbes appears to be purely a figment of Calvin's imagination. And Phoebe isn't nearly as menacing or as bad in school as Calvin; neither does she have Calvin's ridiculous vocabulary. The strip itself also isn't quite as political as C&H. (You won't see Phoebe calling her parents communists, for starters.) And Dana Claire Simpson is not even close to being as reclusive or opposed to licensing as Bill Watterson is famous for.
    • Not as obvious as the above, but Dakota is comparable to Susie Derkins due to her and Phoebe's love/hate relationship being similar to Calvin and Susie's.
    • Incidentally, Dana has admitted that the strip has a unicorn because she was a fan of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sue, for being hilariously Cute and Psycho.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Fans of the strip get along quite well with the brony fandom, especially thanks to Dana slipping in references to the show in the strip.
    • Many fans are also Calvin and Hobbes fans due to the similarities between the titular characters of each comic, as mentioned above under Counterpart Comparison.
  • Squick: Todd the Candy Dragon is a dragon who produces candy (and later ice cream) from his mouth.
  • Technology Marches On: Done periodically for a gag, such as when Marigold offers to take Phoebe to a record store. "What's a record?"
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The first Christmas arc has Phoebe tearing up while releasing Marigold from her wish for her Christmas gift. Quickly into a heartwarming moment after Marigold still wants to be Phoebe's friend.
    • A September 2016 arc has Phoebe working on a history report, too busy to hang out with Marigold. Here, Marigold talks with Todd the Candy Dragon, and brings up this exchange that gets more heartwrenching the more you think about it.
    But there will be more reports. I fear that as Phoebe gets older, I will see her less and less.
  • Toy Ship: Phoebe and Max. Not surprising given their similarities to Millie and Ozy, respectively.
  • Ugly Cute: Goblins.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!: The August 2016 arc where Marigold plays a unicorn equivalent of Pokémon Go. Thankfully, it only lasted three strips.

Alternative Title(s): Heavenly Nostrils