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* InterspeciesFriendship: Natch.
* InterspeciesRomance: One storyline had this between a bird and a bat.


* ClamshellMouth: The clam named Mussels Marinara trip is drawn in the top-bottom orientation, and often converses with Mooch, Earl and Crabby. Mussels also sports a pair of eyes on his upper shell, and speaks with such fervency that he levitates off the ground.


** [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-073105/ shows]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-080705/ up]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-081405/ quite]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101309/ a]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101409/ lot]]. He also appears in [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-112005/ this strip]] alongside several other comic strip characters such as [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]], [[ComicStrip/DickTracy]], [[ComicStrip/LittleNemo]], and [[ComicStrip/KrazyKat Ignatz the Mouse]].

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** [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}]] ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-073105/ shows]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-080705/ up]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-081405/ quite]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101309/ a]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101409/ lot]]. He also appears in [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-112005/ this strip]] alongside several other comic strip characters such as [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]], [[ComicStrip/DickTracy]], [[ComicStrip/LittleNemo]], ComicStrip/DickTracy, ComicStrip/LittleNemo, and [[ComicStrip/KrazyKat Ignatz the Mouse]].



** [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101509/ They've thrown an acorn at]] [[WesternAnimation/BettyBoop]] once as well. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-071015/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-052711/ more than once]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-070815/ And]] [[WesternAnimation/RichieRich]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-070715/ And]] [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenace]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-100210/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101709/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Zippy}}]].

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** [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101509/ They've thrown an acorn at]] [[WesternAnimation/BettyBoop]] WesternAnimation/BettyBoop once as well. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-071015/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-052711/ more than once]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-070815/ And]] [[WesternAnimation/RichieRich]].WesternAnimation/RichieRich. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-070715/ And]] [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenace]].ComicStrip/DennisTheMenace. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-100210/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}]].ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101709/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Zippy}}]].ComicStrip/{{Zippy}}.

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** [[ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-073105/ shows]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-080705/ up]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-081405/ quite]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101309/ a]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101409/ lot]]. He also appears in [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-112005/ this strip]] alongside several other comic strip characters such as [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Snoopy]], [[ComicStrip/DickTracy]], [[ComicStrip/LittleNemo]], and [[ComicStrip/KrazyKat Ignatz the Mouse]].
** [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-052513/ This strip]] has one of the squirrels hitting [[Magazine/{{MAD}} Alfred E. Neuman]] with an acorn and saying, "What, me worry?"
** [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101509/ They've thrown an acorn at]] [[WesternAnimation/BettyBoop]] once as well. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-071015/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Charlie Brown]] [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-052711/ more than once]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-070815/ And]] [[WesternAnimation/RichieRich]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-070715/ And]] [[ComicStrip/DennisTheMenace]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-100210/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Cathy}}]]. [[https://mutts.com/product/strip-101709/ And]] [[ComicStrip/{{Zippy}}]].


* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Clams and other bivalves are, like every other species in the series, sentient creatures-- their shells act as their jaws when they speak.


* ClamshellMouth: The clam named Mussels Marinara in Creator/PatrickMcDonnell's strip ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' is drawn in the top-bottom orientation, and often converses with Mooch, Earl and Crabby. Mussels also sports a pair of eyes on his upper shell, and speaks with such fervency that he levitates off the ground.

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* ClamshellMouth: The clam named Mussels Marinara in Creator/PatrickMcDonnell's strip ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' trip is drawn in the top-bottom orientation, and often converses with Mooch, Earl and Crabby. Mussels also sports a pair of eyes on his upper shell, and speaks with such fervency that he levitates off the ground.

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* ClamshellMouth: The clam named Mussels Marinara in Creator/PatrickMcDonnell's strip ''ComicStrip/{{Mutts}}'' is drawn in the top-bottom orientation, and often converses with Mooch, Earl and Crabby. Mussels also sports a pair of eyes on his upper shell, and speaks with such fervency that he levitates off the ground.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Clams and other bivalves are, like every other species in the series, sentient creatures-- their shells act as their jaws when they speak.


* PaintingTheMedium: In an October 2017 storyline, Mooch claims to have magic powers capable of transporting him and Earl into the future. When Earl asks how they'll know it worked, Mooch points to the copyright notice at the bottom of the strip, which reads "Mutts © 2020 Patrick [=McDonnell=]". In a subsequent strip, Mooch transports them into the past, reverting them from line ink art to pencil sketches.

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* PaintingTheMedium: In an October 2017 storyline, Mooch claims to have magic powers capable of transporting him and Earl into the future. When Earl asks how they'll know it worked, Mooch points to the copyright notice at the bottom of the strip, which reads "Mutts © 2020 2120 Patrick [=McDonnell=]". In a subsequent strip, Mooch transports them into the past, reverting them from line ink art to pencil sketches.


* TwiceToldTale: Mooch and Earl once venture to a house in a retelling of {{Goldilocks}}.

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* TwiceToldTale: Mooch and Earl once venture to a house in a retelling of {{Goldilocks}}.Literature/{{Goldilocks}}.


* ButterflyOfTransformation: Sequences about catepillars transforming to butterflies inspire talk about change.

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* ButterflyOfTransformation: Sequences about catepillars caterpillars transforming to butterflies inspire talk about change.



* CloudCuckooLander: Mooch
* CrossOver: When ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} celebrated the Bumsteads 60th Anniversay in 2005 Earl and Mooch could be seen with other King Features characters on Blodie and Dagwood's front lawn. In the ''Mutts'' comic for that day we see their owner getting an invite to the gala as Earl trips up the oddly familliar looking Mailman.

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* CloudCuckooLander: Mooch
Mooch, but that's probably just because he's a cat.
* CrossOver: When ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} celebrated the Bumsteads Blumsteads' 60th Anniversay Anniversary in 2005 Earl and Mooch could be seen with other King Features characters on Blodie Blondie and Dagwood's front lawn. In the ''Mutts'' comic for that day we see their owner getting an invite to the gala as Earl trips up the oddly familliar familiar looking Mailman.



* DeadpanSnarker: Mooch, occasionally. Like in this example, where he is served his dinner:
-->'''Mooch''': Din-din. Now don't tell me... (''sniffs food'') What a shurprize...shomething from a can. I hope you didn't go to ''too'' much trouble. And my...such a lovely presentation... (''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turns around dramatically and walks away]]'') ''Enjoy!''



* GreenAesop
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Shnelly's ears appear. No more. Despite persistent wooing from Mooch.

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* GreenAesop
GreenAesop: The main theme of the strip.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Shnelly's ears (and sometimes paws) appear. No more. Despite persistent wooing from Mooch.



* {{Jerkass}}: Sourpuss
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Crabby

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* {{Jerkass}}: Sourpuss
Sourpuss.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: CrabbyCrabby.


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-->'''Mooch''': (''plucks first leaf'') She loves me... (''plucks second leaf'') ...she loves me not. (''plucks final leaf'') SHE LOVES ME! Let's do it again!
-->'''[[StraightMan Earl]]''': There aren't any three-leaf clovers left.

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* PaintingTheMedium: In an October 2017 storyline, Mooch claims to have magic powers capable of transporting him and Earl into the future. When Earl asks how they'll know it worked, Mooch points to the copyright notice at the bottom of the strip, which reads "Mutts © 2020 Patrick [=McDonnell=]". In a subsequent strip, Mooch transports them into the past, reverting them from line ink art to pencil sketches.


** A RunningGag is Sourpuss's [[{{Garfield}} hatred of Mondays]].

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** A RunningGag is Sourpuss's [[{{Garfield}} [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} hatred of Mondays]].


* CrossOver: When {{Blondie}} celebrated the Bumsteads 60th Anniversay in 2005 Earl and Mooch could be seen with other King Features characters on Blodie and Dagwood's front lawn. In the ''Mutts'' comic for that day we see their owner getting an invite to the gala as Earl trips up the oddly familliar looking Mailman.

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* CrossOver: When {{Blondie}} ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} celebrated the Bumsteads 60th Anniversay in 2005 Earl and Mooch could be seen with other King Features characters on Blodie and Dagwood's front lawn. In the ''Mutts'' comic for that day we see their owner getting an invite to the gala as Earl trips up the oddly familliar looking Mailman.


* BigFriendlyDog: Woofy ''wuvs'' * insert thing here* !, normally following an instance of him frenziedly licking whatever he's talking about.

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* BigFriendlyDog: Woofy ''wuvs'' * insert *insert thing here* !, normally following an instance of him frenziedly licking whatever he's talking about.

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