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Grape Jelly Sandwich
- Affectionate Nickname: From Maxwell: Kitty Whiskers
- Afraid of Doctors: As seen in this strip, Grape's first encounter with a veterinarian seemed like meeting Cthulhu. She still harbors a distrust of vets. Of note: animals in the Housepets! universe act much like furry children.
- Broken Pedestal: Despite Peanut warning her this might happen, she ends up being severely disappointed when she finds out that Miss Auburn is the frontman for Res' stories and that she isn't the real author.
- Cats Are Snarkers: Certainly true of Grape.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Naturally, though not quite as often as you'd expect. Max seems to be rubbing off on her.
- The Chosen One: Averted twice. Pete initially had plans to make Grape his avatar, and claimed Spirit Dragon interfered by getting Tarot involved. Pete strongly suggested he still had ways to make Grape his avatar at his temple, but Zach ended up waking Pete up by accident. Since then, Pete said there was no point anymore and started switching his interest towards King.
- Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Channeled this as a kitten. Once she acquired a broom, The kidnapper and the alligator didn't know what they were getting into afterwards.
- Extreme Omnivore: The type one variety. Dog food, mud, burritos, and whatever Maxwell put into her sandwich (Hint: It was green), she's unphased by it. When asked what the weirdest thing she ate was? Dolphin.
- Fangirl: Lampshaded in Pridelands. She talks about the series in a straight and intelligent manner, but even she gets caught offguard from something as distracting as lions in tribal gear. She's also been caught writing fanfiction more than once (self-insert on one occasion), and then there was her letter to one of the actors of the movie...
- Hates Baths: Alt-text of this comic strongly suggests she hates baths. However, it should be noted she's not afraid of going on water slides or getting wet in a shower (if only to see if Mr. Sandwich has thumbs on his feet). It's most likely she just hates the shampoo and her parents washing her.
- Heroic Bystander/Badass Bystander: To both Max and Fox when they were young. Even more awesome when you notice she was younger and smaller than both of them!
- Improbable Weapon User: Grape once threatened to stab Maxwell with a sharpened candy cane.
- Killer Rabbit: Although Grape can have a short temper at times (especially when her naps are interrupted), she always approaches acts of violence with a straight face.
- Like when she hit Bino over the head with a frying pan during one of his paranoid tirades.
- Or when she ate the leader of some revolutionary Communist mice.
- Or when she threatened King for flirting with Peanut's girlfriend, Tarot.
- Or as a kitten she shredded both Puppy Bino's face as well as the sign saying "No Cats Allowed" without even changing expressions.
- She's also threatened to "balance out" Maxwell's ears if he gets too fresh with her. If you've seen his ears, you can probably guess what that entails.
- And then she once threatened to shiv Maxwell with a candy cane.
- Even in another dimension, Grape is willing to punch Maxwell over food.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Peanut's Feminine Boy.
- Meaningful Name: Her fur color was part of Mr. Sandwich's motivation for wanting to adopt her, because it's the color of grape jelly.
- Secret Keeper: Of Joey's cat Cosplay until she found out the cats knew anyway, Fido and Sabrina's forbidden relationship, and Res's role in creating the Prideland series of books.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She maybe into stronger boys, but she would take a sweet and considerate boyfriend over jerkish hunks anyday.
- Tom Boy: To Lady Looks Like a Dude levels. The comic was a good few months old before anyone realized Grape was female, much to her annoyance. The revelation didn't change her interactions with anyone except Peanut and Max. Lampshaded and punned here.
- Tsundere: Best shown when she originally met Peanut, which comprised of her yelling at him to leave her alone, then getting sad when he had to go. She's mellowed out since, but it still shows up now and then.
- We Have Become Complacent: Grape believes humans are like this towards malls. Especially in regards to their UnlimitedWardrobe
- Women Prefer Strong Men: Grape is this for leopards due to how tall and muscular they are. Grape notes to Sabrina, however, that she is at least aware she doesn't have a serious shot at them. It turns out this not only stretches to cats, but to dogs as well
- In fact, her "type" when it comes to men, is generally hunky. If they look like a body-builder, they'll typically get a reaction out of her. Whether she actually likes them or not depends on personality. see Single Woman Seeks Good Man.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Practically all pets have a natural fur color. But Grape's is purple.
- AdorkableGrape: Oh Maxie, I'd think you were pathetic if you weren't so adorable.
- Affectionate Nickname: From Grape and (at one time) Sabrina: Maxie.
- Awkward Kiss: from Rufus, of all people. Especially because Rufus is a dog, which Maxwell has been shown to be quite smug around. Also because Rufus lives on the sandwich farm, there's a question of how he met Rufus in the first place.
- Big Brother Instinct: This is shown to be one of the main reasons he went against a crocodile in the first place when he was clearly terrified. At the time, he didn't want a kitten to be hurt and decided to be a distraction for the crocodile while Grape and Fox got away. He also appears to have been attached to Grape before he found out she was a girl, giving her news of the stuff going on around Babylon Garden.
- Big Ego, Hidden Depths: His constant haughtiness is because of his inner insecurities over just getting people to like him. He's afraid that if he doesn't put forth the absolute best effort to impress those around him, he won't be good enough to warrant anyone's attention, especially Grape's.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: Implied.
- Caught in the Rain: I'M NOT CRYING IT'S THE RAIN!
- Cheshire Cat Grin: He loves to do this whenever he's trying to drive a point home. Which is a lot.
- Ear Ache: The bite mark on his right ear. It's currently unknown how he received it.
- Heroic Bystander: Was one back when him and Fox were kidnapped years back. This was, Ironically enough, also when he started to develop his insecurities towards Grape, since it wasn't Max that saved Fox and Grape, But Grape herself. And she only started to save them when Max got in trouble.
- High on Catnip: To the point of taking catnip from complete strangers.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Towards Grape.
- Insecure Love Interest
- Interspecies Romance: Played with at the moment. Rufus gives Maxwell a kiss on the cheek before he goes to heaven while also giving what could be translated as a flirty farewell as well. Maxwell, however, is more shocked from the realization that he knows this Rufus.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: It's been said in the cast page that Maxwell is known for getting kicks out of annoying people, and it's been shown on occasion he has done jerkish things in the past (Which Grape calls him out on), but it's shown that he also doesn't want to be considered malicious to some of his friends. Grape has strongly hinted that this is the reason she sticks with Maxwell.
- Muscle Angst: Decides to work out while Grape is busy fangirling on Jata, fearing that Jata will cause her to lose interest over Max. Turns out Grape likes him more for being adorable than muscular anyway, since she's well aware how bad he is at acting tough. It later gets averted when Maxwell points out that he learned this was part of Grape's character
- Secret Keeper: Res's role in creating the Pridelands series of books.
- Scare 'em Straight: This is what happens to Max after a night in a haunted house. Compared to the other things being done to scare the others that night...
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Just like Peanut, it was played Straight as well at first. Although Maxwell straight out tried asking her for a date once he found out.
- Unsound Effect: BOOT to the head!
- Affectionate Nickname: According to Sabrina and Max when they were dating: Kitty Whiskers
- Ascended Extra: Sabrina used to appear very rarely, now she appears a LOT more. It's even lampshaded once.Alt Text: *gasp* Sabrina said words.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Towards Jata. She didn't take it seriously, but to her defense, she was only six months old. It ends up being taken too literally by Jata, as he ignores the fact that Sabrina already tried brushing him off a few times with 'Concord' and Fido, and he still tries to marry her.
- Friend to All Living Things: She can't bring herself to kill the animals she manages to catch, so she tasks Fido with taking care of them instead. That's how Fido acquired his Head Pet, Spo.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Sabrina and Jata.
- Interspecies Romance: A secret one with Fido (though she isn't as uptight about keeping it a secret as he is). She used to be in one with Jata, a leopard.
- Long-Lived: She remembers when cell phones weren't so commonplace, which is actually pretty old for a cat. But don't try to point that out to her, or she will get ugly.
- Magical Girlfriend: to Fido, and formerly one to Maxwell. She is capable of bold text on a Ouija board, and may be capable of (or has the connections to) have someone erased from existence. It's possible she was bluffing, but Fido took the threat very seriously.
- Secret Keeper: Her current relationship with Fido, her previous relationship with Jata and the connection between King and Joel Robinson. None of them are secrets anymore.
- Willing Channeler: In-Training. Word of God states that should something happen to Tarot, Sabrina can take over the role of Spirit Dragon's avatar. We eventually get to see what this would look like, complete with Dynamic Entry.
- Adorkable: Here.
- Adrenaline Makeover: A rare gender-flipped example. Res is normally timid, nervous, and a Shrinking Violet, but gaining weretiger powers in the temple had made Res's fur noticeably more scruffy and rugged, something Grape notices as she expresses interest in staying near him to see if he has a burlier form.
- Badass Adorable: His weretiger form in the Temple Crashers 2 arc.
- Broken Pedestal: Played with and mostly subverted. While his owner does take credit for his work, Res wants it that way due to being very shy, and feeling indebted to her for taking him in when he was a stray.
- Canada, Eh?
- Creator Breakdown: A minor case. Part of the reason why he visits the Sandwiches is because he's tired of "eating and breathing Pridelands", and needs a break. Later on, he has another as a result of Writer's Block because he can't figure out how to end the Pridelands series to his satisfaction, and runs straight to the Sandwich family for help.
- Secret Keeper: The identity of the real Pridelands author.
- Shrinking Violet: A male example, though he's somewhat prone to outbursts.
Fiddler and Keys
- Ambiguous Gender: Sort of. One's a boy and the other's a girl, but it's never specified which one is which.
- Cat Concerto: Invoked. Their owners wanted musical cats, hence their names and occupation.
- Creator Couple: Apparently their relationship is "strained", but they do date.
- Meaningful Name: Guess what instruments they play.
- Expy: of Tom. He even shares his name with Tom's first incarnation.
- The Voiceless: As would befit an expy of Tom, he's only ever spoken in quotes from the Tom And Jerry cartoons.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Pretty much the only unnaturally colored pet in the comic other than Grape.
- Ambiguous Gender: Since they're all virtually identical, it's hard to tell which ones are male and female. Even they have trouble with it, leading to more than one Unsettling Gender Reveal.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Only some of the Bigglesworths are related, but they all look pretty much the same. Things get even weirder when they do things like give role call or go on dates.
- Planet of Steves: They are at least eleven different cats, all named Mr. Bigglesworth (yes, even the girls). They blame it on their owner being a stereotypical Crazy Cat Lady, but occasionally they use it to mess with people.
- Shout-Out: To Speed Racer. When they get into a go-cart race at the ferrets' theme park, one of the Bigglesworths dresses up in a Racer "B" costume. Parodied because the Mr. Bigglesworth announcing the race can't see through the Paper-Thin Disguise.
Peanut Butter Sandwich
- Adorkable :Peanut is a sweet-natured and adorable goofball, through and through.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Although he can focus on specific issues that he's interested in, it's not that difficult for something to come along that draws away his attention. He has also been known to get into Unusually Uninteresting Sight territory a few times because of it, being completely glued into whatever he has his attention on at the time, missing important key bits of information.
- Been There, Shaped History: A fact that Sabrina points out with his stories of Star Wars in 5000 B.C.
- The Cutie: Oh so very much.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Played With. He's definitely not as smart as Grape, but he's usually got pretty average intelligence. Unless he gets distracted.
- Genius Ditz: Apparently, he's a pretty fast freader.
- Keet: Often acts like one as he has a lot of energy.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Grape's Masculine Girl.
- Meaningful Name: Aside from Mr. Sandwich's affinity for Theme Naming, his fur color does resemble that of peanut butter.
- Interspecies Romance: What he wishes he could have with Grape. He's into cats as revealed very early on, but not so much that he can't also fall in love with Tarot.
- Real Men Dont Cry: Inverted. He even tells Grape that "crying is good for anxiety".
- Secret Keeper: Joey's cat Cosplay until he found out the cats already knew, Sabrina and Fido's forbidden relationship, and Res's role in creating the Pridelands books series.
- Super-Speed Reading: Although it goes against the typical usage of the trope in that in this case it doesn't suggest super intelligence but rather just a lovable quirk. He did mention having cleaned out the local library, though.
- Terrible Artist: Well not terrible, but his drawings of Spot (Superdog) are just a bunch of simple sketches.
- Weirdness Censor: He's surprisingly lax about having a psychic girlfriend, being friends with another psychic, subsequently discovering that All Myths Are True, and finally finding out that said girlfriend has some sort of partnership with a freakin' dragon who is ALSO in love with him.Sabrina: ...Nothing ever fazes you, does it?
King Milton/Joel Zechariah Robinson
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha: Kingy.
- Attractive Bent Species: King, who had been involuntarily changed from a human known as Joel to a Welsh Corgi, is said by Fox, to have the potential to "be a real ladykiller". Later, said changed character is seen hitting on several female canine characters, albeit under the influence of orange soda. Duchess refers to him as "mouth-frothingly adorable". Later he finds himself attracted to Fox's cousin Bailey, and needs to remind himself "Don't go native!"
- Berserk Button: Given how rough the cosmic game was for him, after it ends he reacts very negatively to any suggestion that he do anything involved with it again.Bailey: Then if we're so hard up (trying to find a babysitter)'', why not ask the kitsu-King: Don't say it don't even think it. He sees.Bailey: Hon, do you need a lie down?King: Yes, always.
- Can't Hold His Orange Soda: One drink has him dancing on the table, waving his collar around and calling for everyone to get naked.
- Chick Magnet: Fox has said King has potential to be such.
- Christianity Is Catholic: King seems to belive in purgatory which is almost exclusively Catholic belief. Though it could just be that he was Raised Catholic.
- Cosmic Plaything: After finding out about the astral D&D game, he can't help but feel like one.
- The Paladin: The role Pete intended for Joel/King in the celestials' game of Universes & Unrealities.
- Easy Amnesia: Averted and lampshaded in this comic, after King had taken a nasty tumble down the stairs while locked inside a dog carrier.
- The Eeyore: He's easily the most pessimistic dog out of the cast besides probably Tiger.
- Genre Savvy: An interesting case with King is that he's genre savvy enough to figure out the things Pete is going to do with him. He just doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut.
- Going Native: Appears to gradually become more comfortable with his new form, to the point of marrying Bailey.
- Happily Married: Gets married to Bailey at the end of the "King and I" story arc. Eventually promoted to a father of three.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: King has let it slip a few times that he doesn't exactly think highly of himself. Even when he was still Joel, he fully recognized & acknowledged that PETA did many amoral things, and that kidnapping & trying to kill Fox was wrong. He mentally refers to himself as a loser at one point (also suggesting that he's thought this about himself for a while), and when he proposes to Bailey, he tearfully admits that he has several flaws and makes mistakes, and that he doesn't really think that she'll say yes. She does.
- Karmic Transformation: Joel, the guy from PETA, into King, a dog. With the way the initial plotline unfolds, it almost acts as a deconstruction of It's a Wonderful Plot. It's invoked by Pete for his own purposes.
- The Napoleon: Subverted. He isn't a mean character but he gets irritated very easily. Bino even lampshades this in one comic.
- Secret Keeper: His human past, and Sabrina and Fido's forbidden relationship. Both of these become open by the time the arcs involving Universes and Unrealities came to the conclusion.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: The only character in the comic that gets the word "censored" on some of the things he says. Sometimes gets creative with it. In one comic, he even gets soap in his mouth for stepping on a toy. Despite this, he's not a casual swearer - He just can't find a better way to emphasize a situation other than being censored.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Joel had two dogs and a cat that he very much loved when he was a kid, but his parents were abusive towards them. Eventually they ran away and took him with them, but on the streets they quickly turned on him and ultimately abandoned him. Hence, his initial aversion to pets in general.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Temporary gains the ability to switch between his human form and his dog form at will within the Heaven's Not Enough arc simply by wearing his watch-like fate around his neck whether he wants to be a dog. (He only voluntary took it off once. To show Keene he was telling the truth).
- Magical Girlfriend: Tarot is a mystic who happens to be a dog. She's Peanut's girlfriend.
- Proper Lady: She doesn't appear to be much older than any of the other pets, but she acts notably wiser and more responsible than most. It may be do to her status as an all-knowing psychic, but even then, she's often Not So Above It All.
- Prophet Eyes: When she's channeling the source of her power (Spirit Dragon), or when she possesses her, her eyes turn from their normal amber to a bright green.
- Psychic Link: Tarot has imprinted on Peanut. May upgrade to Mindlink Mates in the future, but not quite yet.
- Rant-Inducing Slight: Gets into one when stuck back in 5000 B.C. Maxwell tries stating what seems like a simple solution to everyone That is, ask The Spirit Dragon for everyone that was mistakenly sent back in time that shouldn't be in 5000 B.C, but Tarot is tired of trying to answer simple time-travelling questions that should be simple to answer ~ However, due to her avatar powers being gone and that she really isn't sure herself what will happen, she goes into a rant how she's tired of answering simple questions and that she can't solve problems that are usually within her territory.
- Secret Keeper: Of the connection between Joel and King being one and the same. Said secret eventually became open.
- Smart People Play Chess: Psychic chess, that is. And she wins, with "one eye tied behind her back", no less.
- Taking Up the Mantle: The "Housepets 5000BC" arc reveals Tarot was actually the 150th avatar of the dragon, implying the mantle of being the Dragon's avatar was passed down through the generations. The arc deals with the dragon's 2nd avatar having accidentally got stuck within the future.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She's capable of transforming into a much larger, more monstrous form with the help of Spirit Dragon's powers. Thus far it's only been used during the battle between Dragon's and Pete's avatars.
- Willing Channeler: Initial evidence points to the relationship between her and Spirit Dragon being mutually satisfactory. Other than quarreling over Peanut's affection, that is. Later, however, the "willing" aspect eventually comes into question.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Tarot's mental projection takes Peanut and Grape's usual pretend playing WAY over the top in this fashion note , though Peanut says that it sometimes gets "out of hand". And then Max and Grape decide it would be better to play Pridelands...
- Ascended Extra: Started life as "Fox's cousin".
- BFS: Gains one when she becomes Pete's "avatar" in the game.
- Bullying a Dragon: She threatens to cut off the wings of a being that, for all practical purposes, is a demigod to her.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: One of her first comments when meeting Pete? "I will play badminton with your scissored off wings, Beakie!"
- Happily Married: She gets married to King at the end of the "The King and I" story arc. She is now a mother of three.
- Magical Girl Warrior: Is transformed into one in this comic (warning: spoilers).
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Battle Aura included! Bino became collateral damage to this one.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: As usual, there was confusion with her re-introduction. But in her first appearances she had the eyelashes Rick Griffin usually gives female characters in the strip. Then again, the fluorescent pink hearts helped.
- Unstoppable Rage: If she get mad, someone's gonna seriously get hurt. Not even Grape wants to risk making Bailey mad.
- Adorkable: Starts showing shades of this when he starts calling Duchess "Duchie Poo" while smiling adorably.
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha: Biney, with a mix of Biney-Bun... and longer extensions of Biney-Bun.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It's fitting Bino has green eyes, because he gets jealous over Sasha quite often. He also has a particularly evil-looking jealous stare. He also is highly sensitive to any attempts to take over what is his regardless of logic or sanity stating otherwise. He's highly antagonistic towards his successful older brother, Fido, and even attacks King on Christmas for "Acting like he owned the place" simply because his name was "King".
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": It's "Bye-no", not "Beano".
- Iron Butt-Monkey: Seriously, he's been through quite a bit of serious injuries that are realistic and dangerous from what we have seen in the comic, but he always manages to get better again by the following two arcs.
- Jerkass: Even with those who consider him friends he tends to be quite disagreeable, becoming downright hostile to those he's not friendly with. Fox openly wonders why he and Bino are friends on several occasions.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Stuck between Hero Fido and Lovable Goofball Joey.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: Has a relentless need to target anyone he thinks is too full of themselves, seen with King and his brother.
- Very Punchable Man: Conveniently serves as someone for Bailey to show how frustrated she is when the time comes.
- Affectionate Nickname/The Nicknamer: Sasha is usually the one you expect to give all the nicknames to the other pets, but she has at one time been called (really badly) by Bino: Sashy
- Abusive Parents: "Daddy" locks her out of the house pretty frequently, even in winter. The implications here are also grim when you think about it.
- Brainwashedand Crazy: Thanks to PETA, She's been trained at obedience school to take the fall for an attempted murder of Keene. The crazy side of the brainwashing kicks in when Fox knows she's innocent, but she begins willingly confessing and attempting to push Fox's buttons by flirting with him while he's on police duty. Thankfully, the brainwashing appears to be gone for good since the trainer was arrested.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While no way NEAR as bad as most examples, it IS said on her character sheet that she dumps Bino on things like his position in with the other dogs....
- And it got WORSE in 2016, where she fully admits to trying to KILL Keene Milton for reasons unknown. As Fox desperately tries to make her say she didn't do it, she just keeps reinforcing the fact with a smile on her face. Something's not right...
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Sasha has this personality at times. Though, this page suggests some may be an act.
- Genius Ditz: Either this, or she's practicing Obfuscating Stupidity, as she was able to compose a sonata in her head without ever sitting down at a piano, and knew all along that her boyfriend Bino was regifting her, after spending a good while acting like his presents were the best things ever.
- She also writes dog food scripts.
- Idiot Savant: If Sasha is as stupid as others say, she's this.
- Obfuscating Insanity/Obfuscating Stupidity: Evidence supporting both has been provided in various places
- Stepford Smiler: Shades of type A with a heavy helping of denial. She comes off as an airhead most of the time, but is cheerful and friendly with all the other pets and mainly serves as comic relief. Then on Christmas Eve, we get this:King: "Aren't you going to go home?"
Sasha: "No, Daddy locked me out again 'cause I didn't get him any babes at the party. I think he just forgets when he's mad."
- According to Daisy, she tries to keep up a smile, but there are days where she has trouble even doing that much, which is when she runs away.
- Your Cheating Heart: Sasha makes it no secret that she prefers Fido over Bino. Given her nature, Bino overlooks this since Fido has no interest in her.
- And the Rest: "Joey's Creepy Friends".
- Furry Fandom: Joey (a dog) likes to cosplay as a cat. He also draws well enough that he charged Peanut $10 for drawing a panel of Peanut's comic Spot (Superdog) in a much more detailed style than it's normally drawn.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic among his nerd group as he's usually the perfectionist of the group.
- Goggles Do Nothing: As of "The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Dog", he has a blue pair that appears to serve no purpose other than looking cool.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Joey and Squeak.
- Interspecies Romance: With Squeak (a mouse).
- Paper-Thin Disguise:
- Played straight at first with only Peanut and Grape finding out by being told, and then later averted when we're told that the cats all know he's a dog in a cat suit, and they're cool with it.
- Attempted and averted again when Bino makes him dress up like a ferret. The Miltons don't buy it at all.
- Secret Keeper: His cat Cosplay, although its not as much of a secret as he thinks it is.
- Took a Level in Badass: Compare this to this.
- Adorkable: In spite of being a mentally unstable jerk, he does have his moments.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He receives no small amount of ridicule because of his name.
- Ambiguous Disorder: Aside from his eating disorder, there's something else up with him, alright. No one can quite peg it, though. It's pointed out that his weight remains consistently the same despite the fact that he never exercises, and pretty much eats, sleeps, and watches TV... while consuming upward of 57,000 calories per week... which is scientifically impossible, according to Marvin.
- Ax-Crazy: Given his reactions in the "Tiger's Very Own Super Special Television Show!", he certainly qualifies as this.
- Berserk Button: As a dog, he's rather tired of the cat jokes directed at him.Tiger: Ha! I will never get tired of how you and the other dogs point out that my name is in fact that of a large cat, and that I hang out with a cat!
Tiger: I WILL KILL YOU I WILL KILL YOUR WHOLE FAMILY\\
- Big Eater: He's known for his pretty large appetite.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Oh, yes.
- Cuckoo Snarker: Has his moments of this.
- Comedic Sociopath: If the above quote wasn't indicative enough, this.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It doesn't take much to make Tiger mad.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's really not so bad once you get to know him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Played for Laughs. Hint: Tiger quoting Tony The Tiger = No sleep tonight.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Tiger's Freudian Excuse for his Berserk Button being making fun of his name.
- Nonindicative Name: He's a dog.
- Take That!: The basis for Tiger's whole character is a critical deconstruction of the characterization of Garfield. He hates Thursdays, loves pizza, hates cockroaches and likes his teddy bear Poom.
- Those Two Guys: Tiger and Marvin.
- The Confidant: to Sasha.
- Catch-Phrase: "Hi, I'm Daisy!" As of yet, it's the only thing she's ever said in the comic. Until now.
- Distracted by the Shiny: On the cover of the third book, she appears to be more interested in the tag on King's collar than in him table dancing while drunk.
- Living Prop: Pretty much. It gets turned Up to Eleven during the Wolfs' Christmas Party, when she's seen actually hanging from the ceiling with a bunch of party decorations.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the chips are on the table, Daisy drops her catchphrase to help with the K-9s.
- Stepford Smiler: Given the above, this may very well be in play with her "normal" look.
- Rich Bitch: Literally as well as figuratively, having no real sympathetic traits to go along with the apparently large bank account she has access to.
- The Scrooge: When Bino used his one phone call for bail, he called Duchess. she didn't even lift a finger for him.
- The Unfettered: Shows strong signs of this. Her Goal? To win contests by any means necessary, including sabotaging other contestants.
- Adorkable: Just look at his picture. HE IS SO CUTE!!!!
- Ascended Extra: Originally just one of "Joey's Creepy Friends", he got a name in the 2014 Halloween arc.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Has shades of this like when he mocked Peanut, Grape and Maxwell's Imaginate costumes, threatened to collapse Lester's wave function and when he graffitied a wall.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine among Joey's friends as he gives of an Extraverted Nerd vibe in the Valentine's Day comic.
- Keet: He generally seems more cheery and energetic than Joey or Lester.
- Shout-Out: Initially averted. When he first appeared under the "Joey's Creepy Friends" title some readers thought his tag, somewhat shaped like a Star Trek uniform emblem, would lead to his being eventually named after the franchise. Confirmed in "Temple Crashers" where he's dressed as Commander Data, despite that not fitting the theme.
- Dumb Muscle: Not nearly in the same vein as Kevin, mind you, but judging by Peanut's and Grape's comments, he definitely has this kind of reputation. It may just be a reputation, though, as he's more simpleminded and reserved than downright stupid.
- Idiot Savant: According to Rick, he has an uncanny ability to taste minute differences in coffee blends.
- Real Men Wear Pink:
- Ascended Extra: Was Ret Named with his own tag after beginning life under the tag "Joey's Creepy Friends".
- Fan Dumb: In-Universe, he's basically the poster boy for the trope, with Opinion Myopia being the least of his problems.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric among Joey's nerdy friends. Her's by far the most aggressive of the bunch.
- Jerk Ass: Lester is best described as a "nerd version of Bino".
- Living Prop: Along with Griswald and Sten, his purpose is to portray dogs in the Good Ol' Dogs club who aren't in the main cast.
- Living Prop: He, Devo, and Sten were created just so the Good Ol' Dogs club would have some members who weren't in the main or recurring cast.
- Living Prop: Like Devo and Griswald, he really only exists to illustrate that there are dogs in the Good Ol' Dogs club other than some of the main characters. And to weird out Sasha.
- Potty Failure: Implied here.
- Too Much Information: "I have a urinary cyst."
- Funetik Aksent: A Brooklyn one.
The K 9 Unit
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha and Sabrina: Fidey
- Broken Ace: He was The Ace for much of the beginning of the series, but went through this once his relationship with Sabrina was exposed. Bino Kangaroo Court'ed his tail out of the Good Ol' Dogs Club, and it led to a suspension from the K-9 unit—not because he was with Sabrina, which Ralph (at least professionally) didn't have issue with, but because of his antics in breaking up her arranged marriage with Jata.
- Broken Pedestal: For Fox, after Fido reveals his relationship with Sabrina on live television. Though Fox is really more upset that he kept it a secret and has a hard time blaming him for it, especially given all the consequences it had already brought about at that point.
- Chick Magnet: Especially after he graduates from the K-9 police academy.
- Cool Shades: While all of the police dogs have visors, his are instead normal glasses that resemble Lennon Specs, and he wears them off duty as well.
- Deadpan Snarker: Spo really brings out this side to him.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: When on duty with his K-9 unit.
- Head Pet: Spo.
- Interspecies Romance: With Sabrina, secretly until the "Jungle Fever" arc.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Since a pup, Fido was always neutral towards cats, unlike the other cats and dogs. Then again, his girlfriend is a cat, so that might have contributed to it some.
- Secret Keeper: His relation with Sabrina. As of this, it's no longer a secret.
- Thicker Than Water: Despite how much of a jerk Bino is, he still hangs out with him and genuinely seems to enjoy it. This comes back to bite him, however, when King was shouting for Fido and Fox to stop Bino from breaking his watch. Fido stood outside the club within ears-length of the whole thing and was willing to let everything unfold, dismissing the event as petty. It took a threat from his girlfriend to stand up to Bino.
- By-the-Book Cop: May even have shades of Da Chief, although he's actually a Sergeant.
- They Call Me Mister Tibbs: Always shown in the tags of the comic as "Sergeant Ralph", and for one time when he was younger as "Officer Ralph".
- Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha: Foxie, with a mix of Foxie-Bon.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a pretty nice guy on any given day, despite hanging out with Bino. However, he gets surprisingly violent when the PETA members kidnap him, even threatening to rip them apart if he gets free. Ironically enough, he eventually gets that opportunity in Heaven's Not Enough and almost takes it.
- Clear Their Name: Intends to do this to Sasha when she's accused of attempting to murder Keene Milton. And, boy, does he commit to that. So much so, that when she flat out admits she did it, he's utterly flabbergasted and desperately trying make it look like she's just being an idiot.
- Dramatic Drop: He dropped the T.V. Remote when he finds out about Fido being a cat lover.
- Hammer Space: Fox seems to at least be able to hold an entire wallet in his bandana.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Sometimes wears a Bombardier's jacket.
- Innocent Bystander: Back when Fox and Maxwell were both kidnapped.
- Nonindicative Name: He's a Siberian husky.
- Took a Level in Badass: Kind of after joining the K9. He has certainly become a lot physically stronger at least, even if the same can't really be said for his mental state.
- Big Guy: A former member of the SWAT team, he's both big, and very strong.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: He's big and heavily muscled, but he just about squees, complete with starry eyes when he meets his new partner and gives him a big, bone-crushing hug in excitement.
- By-the-Book Cop: He will not stand for hiding or disposing of evidence.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: This guy can lift up a limo with one hand, without showing any strain whatsoever.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Well, he actually does, but he tends to forget when he gets excited. Which is what leads to broken doors and Fox's spine nearly getting crushed.
- Genius Bruiser: Mungo's a certified therapy dog on top of being a K-9 officer (and living battering ram)
- "Open!" Says Me: An accident example of the trope. He's pretty well-known for breaking down doors when he's excited or in a hurry. The police station had to get automatic, sliding doors to accommodate him; something the SWAT team was unwilling to pay for, and hence why he was handed (back) over to the police station. Furthermore, he accidentally forces open a locked car door, and he was even trying to be gentle there.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With Satau. It's strongly hinted this is not a coincidence. Mungo's family is all over North Africa, which is where Satau's home was located around in 5500 B.C
- Donut Mess with a Cop: Averted, the only time we see Kevin with a donut, it's on Doctor's orders to gain weight.
- Dumb Jock: Exceptionally so. While not the brightest, Kevin performs extremely well in the physical department and treats even the simplest mandatory physical exam as if it were the Olympics (even the urinalysis portion). His BMI is actually low enough to where the vet forces him to go on a brief diet of foods that specifically contain excess calories. He also offers to give Sasha access to the police gym when they hook up.
- Dumb Muscle: Anything that doesn't involve tackling, or that he can't make involve tackling, is not likely to warrant his attention, although one time he did pick up a Smart Ball and save the police dogs from a bunch of archaeological artifact thieves.
The Milton Ferrets
As a whole
- Cloud Cuckoolander: They built a theme park based on theme parks. They were trying to come up with a theme, so they put tons of ideas on a board and threw a dart... and the dart hit the board's name: "Theme Park Ideas."
- Conspicuous Consumption: They've all been known to indulge in mindless hedonism, their pool is usually filled with some sort of edible product and they have a chocolate fondue jacuzzi for instance.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: While technically benevolent, they show signs of this when it comes to money, like hiring a corrupt judge so that potential lawsuits go out in their favor and hosting a fair just to avoid paying tax. They also apparently fear the IRS, if the fact that Cerberus' Intimidating Revenue Service being successful on one of them is of any indication.
- Pet Heir: The ferrets were named in the will of Mr. Milton, the founder of Babylon Gardens.
KeeneThe de facto leader of the Milton ferrets and the one with by far the most screentime. Also the only one who seems to care about their "dad's" dreams of animal-human equality.
- Closet Key: Breel. The Power of Love in the form of a deep kiss is what breaks Breel's chains in Pandemonium, and Keene likes it enough he wants to keep making out right there... much to his demon pal's irritation, since the little guy just wants to escape to Earth.
- Cool Shades:
- Drunk on Milk: Established the running gag of pets getting intoxicated on soda while drowning out his guilt over spending his inheritance flippantly with orange soda.
- Magnificent Bastard: In addition to the Corrupt Corporate Executive traits listed above he once got the neighborhood embroiled in a water war and tried to force Sabrina to marry an African monarch in order to advance his agenda.
- Only Sane Man: Certainly less of a Cloudcuckoolander than his "brothers", possibly on par with his sister Lana in the sanity department. And to make things worse he has to put up with Karishad's antics as well.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Keene wants to make his "father's" dream of equality between animals and humans a reality.
- Stealth Pun/Meaningful Name: Duke Milton. 'Dook' is the accepted term for describing a ferret's sound.
- Only Sane Man: Apparently the one who keeps the household running.
- Outnumbered Sibling: The only jill out of the six ferrets.
- Conspicuous Consumption: The most notable example among the ferrets, in his second appearance he's trying on a flashy silver jacket sequined with diamonds and the cast page claims he once bought an old missile silo and filled it with vanilla pudding.
- Cool Shades: Wears a variety of star-shaped sunglasses, or this one with lit sparklers attached.
- In Touch with His Feminine Side: In his later appearances has taken to wearing a hot pink sweater.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Pit, usually.
RockThe second most plot-significant ferret, after Keene. Amateur director and producer of whatever medium strikes his fancy.
- Expressive Hair: Rock, whose head fur flares up on occasion whenever he's excited.
- Prima Donna Director: His entire filmography is pretty much just to fuel his own ego.
- Breaking Out the Boss: Inadvertently releases Pete.
- Expressive Ears: Almost as much as the cats.
- Happily Adopted: Zigzagged. He was glad to get out of the pet store after spending most of his life there, but the combined weirdness of witnessing and/or getting involved with the antics of the neighborhood pets, being unwillingly worshiped by the local wildlife, living with Tiger, and receiving relatively little attention otherwise has all caused him to wonder if it's worth it.
- Only Sane Man: He thinks he's this. He's really Not So Above It All at some times.
- Only the Worthy May Pass: Poor Zach didn't know what he was getting into by being the only critter that pushed the button on the gate of the temple...
- Unwanted False Faith: Is worshiped by the various forest creatures as the "Opener of Ways" for accidentally opening the entrance to Pete's temple.
- Cuteness Proximity: If the Alt Text is anything to go by, he sometimes has this effect on people, though it annoys him more than anything.
- Gratuitous Japanese: He sometimes uses it. Earl Sandwich even mentions the trope by name, saying that Itsuki can keep using it because it's cute.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: During his off-hours he is always seen wearing only a Rokushaku or Etchū fundoshi, a Japanese loin cloth. When at work he also wears a uniform and while at school he wears a shirt and tie tucked into the fundoshi.
- Mr. Fixit: Of the auto-mechanic variety.
- Starving Student: Mr. Sandwich theorizes that Itsuki's invitation for the Sandwich family to eat at his apartment is a thinly-veiled attempt to let them know how much he needs a job.
- Tanuki: Uh-huh.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Spo's next youngest and oldest brothers are Spn, and Spp.
- Casanova Wannabe: He tries to hit on Squeak for a bit, though she rejects his advances due to being in a relationship with Joey. He gets turned off slightly when he inquires what she sees in him, and she promptly demonstrates...
- Claustrophobia: He's not particularly fond of staying in Fido's locker.
- Head Pet: Often he hitches a ride aboard Fido's head, after having been given to Fido by Sabrina.
- Hot-Blooded: See for yourself:Spo: THIS IS EXCITING AND ALSO AWESOME Are you gonna go all Cops on him when you catch up? PLEASE TELL ME THERE WILL BE BLOOD
Fido: THIS IS WHY I DON'T LET YOU TAG ALONG ON MY SHIFT
- Secret Keeper: Fido's relationship with Sabrina.
- Amusing Injuries: As long as it's anyone's foot, Squeak is perfectly happy to be stomped on.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic among Joey's nerd circle as she's the most laid back.
- Interspecies Romance: With Joey (a dog).
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Considering that she will willingly get stomped on without being visibly injured at all, and that's a pretty good way to kill mice...
- Expy: of Jerry. Like Jasper, his name is the same as Jerry's original name.
- The Unseen: He has one on-screen appearance during Grape and Max's date at Heathcliff's, setting Jasper's foot on fire as he flirts with a girl cat. The only other time he comes up is when others mention him, and he's off-screen.
Miles & LucretiaMiles and Lucretia are your typical happily mated couple trying to fit in to suburban human society; he working for a group of Millionaire ferrets, she trying to remember that most Babylon Gardens residents prefer their food cooked before it is served.
- Happily Married: The two are mated, not married, but they do seem to be a couple without any unhappiness or conflict between them.
- Mama Bear: Hinted at with Lucretia (she is a wolf, after all). In one strip when she's alone with King, she instinctively holds him close too her in a protective fashion. The Alt Text chalks it up to King invoking this kind of response from most people because of his size & appearance, and Lucretia is acting as she would if he were one of her pups.
- Meaningful Name: Intentionally. Miles states that the reason wolves wait until maturity to choose a real name is so that they can take time to learn about themselves and pick one that represents them well.
- Naked Apron: Lucretia wears a "Sniff the Cook" apron.
- No Name Given: Intentionally with the cubs, who won't receive permanent names until they reach a certain age. This hasn't stopped them from coming up with rather... interesting names for themselves for the time being.
- Precious Puppies: Their cubs.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: Miles.
- Big Eater: Overweight Daryl, definitely. It'd probably be easier to list the instances where he isn't eating something.
- Flat Character: Overweight Daryl exists solely to make fat jokes.
- Noble Wolf / Savage Wolves: Utterly averted in the "Temple Crashers" Arc. Sabrina recruits Yellow Hat Daryl expecting him to act as the "warrior" in their expedition, but he responds that he's a total coward. He also Screams Like a Little Girl when they're attacked by gargoyles inside the temple.
- Nice Hat: The Daryl-with-the-hat's defining feature being the yellow cap he always wears.
- Shout-Out: Miles' brother Daryl.....and his other brother Daryl
- Affectionate Nickname: Out of Universe - Rick sometimes lists him as "Four Finger Discount" Jack ( his quotes ) in the tags.
- An Arm and a Leg: His entire right arm is gone, lost in the past in an unknown incident.
- Multiple-Choice Past: How he lost his arm. According to him, it involved fighting a moose, a bear, and a crocodile at the same time. According to Elaine, it involved trying to manually fix the kitchen's garbage disposal. Which one of them is the Lemony Narrator here (or if they both are) is up to you.
- Sticky Fingers: Is infamous among the pack for his tendency to employ his "four-finger discount".
- Meaningful Name: His only article of clothing is indeed a poncho.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Although his signature poncho covers more than most clothing seen on animals in the comic, it still only partly covers his body.
- Badass Cape: The long piece of cloth worn around his neck has this effect, especially while billowing in the wind dramatically.
- Badass Grandpa: As it comes with the territory, he is certainly no exception. Rodney's cub calls him "Grampa Deadeye" and he catches a full-on punch from Jata (who is also quite ripped) without reacting at all, then proceeds to totally own the leopard off-panel.
- Cassandra Truth: Soon after Jata's introduction, Deadeye non-verbally decides that he doesn't like him for some reason. He was more on-the-ball then anyone realized...
- Ear Ache: Almost all of his left ear appears to have been bitten off.
- The Stoic: He never speaks at all, and his expression is always the same stark, unwavering and onlooking stare, no matter what's happening around him or what the situation is. He does, however, crack a smirk once Jata makes the mistake of throwing a punch in his general direction.
- The Voiceless: He has yet to speak one line of dialogue.
Bruce & Roosevelt
- Ambiguously Gay: At first. Until 2017, the comic never said anything definite about the nature of their relationship - they've been pictured in some pretty intimate situations, like cuddling together under a blanket while watching American football or sharing a hot tub with just each other, and their conversation on the flight to Australia is incomplete but has obvious implications. Now, however, there's nothing ambiguous about it.
- Kangaroos Represent Australia: Downplayed. They put on a very stereotypical Australian demeanor to entertain the zoo-goers, but in the presence of regulars like Peanut and Grape, they immediately drop the act (and seem to quite loathe it). They still exhibit some Australian habits every now and then.Roosevelt: OH THANK GOODNESS every single word feels like throwing up.Bruce: "Shrimp on the barbie?" We're HERBIVORES.
- Those Two Guys: They're almost never seen apart from each other, which did nothing to avert the ambiguously gay aspect of their relationship before it was all but confirmed.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Very much so.
- Immune to Drugs: In this strip we see him stuck with ten tranquilizer darts, and suggestions of having been hit with even more from similar darts being held by two of those present, with no apparent effect on him. He even made a game out of it just to see who is the last predator (A.K.A the wolves) standing.
- Lame Pun Reaction: Most of the time Karishad shows up, you can expect this reaction due to something he has been doing to follow-up the pun with.
- Too Dumbto Fool: He's dumb enough to not understand how a battery works (or electricity in-general), but when Falstaff attempts to get his trust, he immediately identifies what the raccoon is there to do.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Everything indicates that he's skipped the zoo and is now living in Babylon Gardens, apparently with Tarot. It's mostly subverted, though, because outside the usual invoked Lame Pun Reaction, no one, including Tarot, seems to mind him moving in. Tarot even uses him as a ladder, occasionally.
Cilantro "Cory" and Trinket
- Ambiguously Gay: Cory hits on Zach as part of a con.
- Con Man: Or perhaps more accurately Con Skunk; in their first appearence, these two guys trick Zach out of his tag and collar, leaving him sitting alone in the woods.
- Feather Fingers: Although Trinket uses her beak to hold a ring and a paint brush, her wing does take on a distinctive hand shape as she ponders something.
- Smelly Skunk: Referenced, though we've yet to see whether he actually plays it straight or not. Bringing it up does seem to irk him a bit, though. note
Falstaff and Truck
- Affectionate Nickname: Fals.
- Ascended Extra: Its implied that Fals was one of the unnamed raccoons that met up with Grape and her broom near the beginning of the comic.
- Big Eater: Truck certainly qualifies, though not to the same extent as the likes of Other Daryl.
- Expy: Falstaff and Truck act like a raccoon version of Abbott and Costello.
- Fat and Skinny: At least as fat as a feral raccoon can get.
- Fat Comic Relief: Truck.
- Meaningful Name: Truck got his name/nickname from the fact that he came from Oregon to Babylon Gardens on a truck. On the grill that is.
- Rascally Raccoon: Falstaff qualifys as the brains and schemer of the pair. Averted with Truck who just faithfully follows him.
- Secret Test of Character: Convinced Zach is giving them one.
- Those Two Guys: To the point that when Falstaff is seen at King and Bailey's wedding alone, some readers wondered where Truck was. Then Fridge Brilliance struck — he was most likely raiding the reception foods while Fals acted as lookout.
- Visual Pun: In this strip, Truck is shown laundering money raccoon style.
Earl and Jill Sandwich
- The Faceless: As with many other humans, their eyes are never seen. Well, almost never.
- Happily Married: They're not shown together all that much, but when they are there's no sign of any significant conflicts or unhappiness between them.
- Troll: Earl has some subtle elements of this.
- The Jeeves: Classic Loyal human butler to the Milton Ferrets, always answering 'yessuh' to any task required of him - be it putting one of his employers in the corner so they can do their business or being told by Jata that 'you're a credit to your species'.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Sabrina's Dad's occupation.
- The Unseen: Sabrina's Dad's adventures keep him from Babylon Gardens months at a time.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Mr D'Angelo shows signs of this, although he knows he can depend on Sabrina to handle emergencies, as his voice message directs people to contact his cat in such instances.
- Animal Wrongs Group: In a world where animals are fully capable of saying they enjoy being owned, PETA is even more despised then ever.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep"/No Name Given: Out of universe he's only listed in the tags as "Host" and twice in universe he begins a broadcast without mentioning his name.
- The Host: of a magazine show with the initials ET.
- Kent Brockman News: His specialty. So far he's brought us the hard hitting stories of a Royal Wedding, and the breakup of Allan and the Groundsquirrels.
- Stepford Smiler: Bordering on exceedingly creepy as would be normal for an Entertainment Tonight host.
- Asshole Victim: A thief who tries to steal the ferrets' fortune eventually gets turned into a camel by Pete.
- Baleful Polymorph: Another victim of Pete's who gets turned into a camel.
- Gentleman Thief: He looks the part with his mustache but he subverts it for two reasons. One he's kind of a jerk and, two, he's not a great thief.
- Gilligan Cut: Subverted hard. Thomas tells Celia that he will get the map and tempts fate by saying "nothing could possibly go wrong" verbatim. The very next panel, he has the map. While he does get caught, he gets a picture of it and sends it to himself via email. Once he gets out on bail, he flees the country with no issues. The comic's title "Huh" even lampshades it.
- Honor Among Thieves: Subverted. Celia backstabs him at an inopportune time and while it does get him caught, she screws up her chances at the treasure as Thomas manages to flee the country while on bail with a picture of the map. Fortunately for her, he's just incompetent enough to still need her help.
- Inadequate Inheritor: A relative of Mr. Milton, but, like Celia, he was given mostly worthless real estate. The ferrets were only given 40% of the inheritance so no one could sue under the premise that Mr. Milton had been irrational when he made his will. The catch was that he left a map to a third of his wealth in the ferrets' possession so as long as they could find it, they would get almost 3/4ths of his wealth.
- Karma Houdini: Got off on bail for breaking into the Ferrets' home, but got a picture of their map before he fled the country to head to Arabia and then to North Africa to get Mr. Milton's treasure. Subverted when he runs into Pete.
- Put on a Bus: Fell out of the story for 2 years before he came back wandering the desert for one comic strip. After that comic, he left again for 5 years before he became a regular again. That's better than Celia got though you do see him talking to her over the phone.
- Shady Real Estate Agent: Used his real estate to try to start up a company, but turned out to be a terrible investor (partly due to the ferrets pulling millions out of stocks and tanking them). He had to foreclose several orphanages. Unlike most landlord villains, he seems upset about this.
- Jerkass Gods: Pete may be godlike. Who knows other than Rick? But he's "sort of a jerk".
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: His first appearance portrays him in a pretty decent light, but it doesn't last. Again, he's sort of a jerk. Towards the end of the "King and I" story arc, he appears to throw King a bone, figuratively speaking, by giving him the option to have his life as a human back immediately after King has become relatively comfortable as a dog, and is about to marry Bailey. Ouch.
- Riddle for the Ages: An actual riddle in-universe... granted, it's a riddle created by Pete himself: What is Pete's actual name and how is it pronounced and spelled? While raiding the temple, they find this riddle set-up like the one from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Tarot simply bypasses it by flying everyone over the pit.
- Sibling Rivalry: It was eventually revealed at the epilogue to the Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3 arc that he and the Spirit Dragon are siblings.
- The Unpronounceable: "Pete" is supposedly just a nickname given to him by Peanut, who couldn't pronounce his real name when he told it to him. This doesn't explain why everyone else calls him Pete, even other astral beings who've known him for who-knows-how-long.
- Would Hit a Girl: Here. It's his ex(es).
- Villainous Breakdown: Finding himself no longer able to control King/Joel and his friends at the end of Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3, he freaks out greatly, to the point of grabbing the fate King had on himnote and taunting him about it, only to collapse in grief due to it only causing King to taunt him back.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can switch between a god-like quadruped form and an anthro form resembling a nerd at will. He also appeared as an elderly Welshman while posing as King's owner.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or, in Pete's case, blue feathers. Justified in that he's an omniscient astral gryphon, so he can look pretty much however he wants.
- Affectionate Nickname: In universe Ex-boyfriend Pete calls her Cerb. Out of universe the readers often call her Cerbs.
- Dark Is Not Evil: She might have dated Pete for a million (and one) years, but by now she's well aware of how much of a jerk he is and doesn't approve of his actions. There's also her job change to Grim Reaper, which she claims to have taken because it allowed her to work with children.
- Expressive Ears: Her third head in this strip.
- The Grim Reaper: She mostly serves in the benign guide to the afterlife version, with the reason that she never got to work with children given her previous job as one of heaven's guards.
- Middle Child Syndrome: Each of Cerberus's three heads has its own distinct personality. The middle head seems to exhibit a much more serious attitude than the other two.
- Pet the Dog: Almost literally, see Dark Is Not Evil.
- Interspecies Romance: Formerly in one with Pete, a griffon.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Much like Kitsune, she's usually just referred to as "Dragon", even by Pete in a casual conversation. No word as of yet on if this is her real name.
- Interspecies Romance: It's heavily implied that she has a thing for Peanut, much to Pete's and Kitsune's enjoyment, and Tarot's annoyance. Later, she tries to invoke it fully by having Peanut choose between her and Tarot. She seems to have gotten over it now, at least for the time being.
- Hidden Depths:
- Initially, she was portrayed as the most sensible one of the trio, or at least the most friendly. The Trial in Heaven arc hint towards her towards having a child-like demeaner, and the Heaven's Not Enough arcs reveal she's as whiny as a small child when she doesn't get her way, meaning she's not entirely too pleasant to be with. It was this fact that caused Tarot to question her alliegance to the Spirit Dragon.
- She's also willing to cheat by messing with time travel, something that was stated to be against the rules, apparently for a reasonnote .
- One stripped portrayed her as attempting to "Min-Max" a "infinite range detection" spell so that it deals damage (something a Munchkin would do), only to be denied by the Great Kitsune who demonstrates through a (thankfully non-canon) visual what would happen if she got her way: Let's just say the results wouldn't be pretty for the planet itself.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: Although able to appear separately, she normally shows up in the mortal realm with help from Tarot.
- Sibling Rivalry: It was eventually revealed at the epilogue to the Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3 arc that she and Pete are siblings.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can switch between a god-like Chinese dragon form and an anthro form resembling a nerd at will.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: He puts on this grin several times to portray his trickster side.
- The Chessmaster: The Universes & Unrealities game was all just a concealed ploy to get Pete and Dragon to acquire some humility. They got so engrossed in winning the game that they fell for it completely in the end.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone just calls him "Kitsune"; whether this is his actual name or not hasn't been clarified.
- Game Master: To Dragon and Pete's game that they are playing.
- Stealth Mentor: To Pete and Spirit Dragon, and somewhat to King/Joel as well. In the case of the former, he set up the events related to their game in order to teach them just how much they were influencing the lives of those involved, in hopes of convincing them to be more humble. In the case of the latter, all of drastic changes in King's/Joel's life culminate in a Secret Test of Character that allows King to accept which of his lives really brought more fulfillment to him.
- The Trickster: As would be expected from a kitsune. He's even explicitly referred to as such in the Alt Text of one comic Though he ultimately uses his abilities for good, putting Pete's manipulation of King to an end and letting King keep his (much happier) life as a dog.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can switch between a god-like quadruped form and an anthro form resembling a nerd at will.
- Ambiguously Gay: Not anymore.
- Back from the Dead: Is gifted to become mortal again and stay with Keene as a reward for his service assisting heaven keep the world safe.
- Closet Key: It seems he was one for Keene.
- Break the Cutie: Here.
- Fish out of Water: Has been residing in heaven for the past century and a half, so when he suddenly returns to the land of the living he's in shock and awe of his own heartbeat and need to breath.
- Nice Guy: Easily one of the sweetest characters in the comic.
- Official Couple: With Keene.
- Really 700 Years Old: Not quite that old, but when he passed on from Earth the Transcontinental Railroad was still being built (or had been built and he had not heard of it's completion yet), meaning he likely died sometime between 1863 and 1869. This makes Breel around 150 years old (unless you don't count years spent in the afterlife).
- Swiss Army Tears: Inverted. Apparently, his tears opened a portal to hell.
- Country Cousin: To Peanut and Grape, albeit not by blood.
- Interspecies Romance: Word of God says that he may have a thing for cats. And not necessarily female cats, either If him kissing Maxwell on the cheek is any indication.
- Never Say "Die": This is how him and Grape's first conversation went. At first it was unintentional, then he did it deliberately, and now Grape seems to assume he's toying with her... when he hasa glowing halo on his head.
- Put on a Bus: For the longest time his only appearances were during the Sandwichs' trip to his farm.
- Animal Jingoism: Back in his time-period, he has a rival (Ptah) who is (surprise, surprise) a cat. They dueled over who would get to be Dragon's avatar and get power from her. He also claims all cats are treacherous (he claims Grape clearly has the spirit of a dog) and keeps Ptah's fortifications surrounded as a precaution.
- Chick Magnet: The few female characters he had met, other than Tarot and Sabrina, that is, managed to develop a crush on him simply because of his manly build. This includes Grape (much to Max's chagrin) and Natalie.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Played with in that while he is indeed marveled by developments in human technology, he just brushes them off as being similar to magic (to the point where he confused it for such until Peanut pointed out to him that they run on electricity). In fact, he didn't fall to the common reaction of time travelers when it comes to televisionnote and instead, instantly knew what it was: a device meant for telling stories.
- Strong Family Resemblance: With Mungo. It's strongly hinted this is not a coincidence. Mungo's family is all over North Africa, which is where Satau's home was located around in 5500 B.C
- Time Travel: Manages to accidentally accomplish this (in spite of it being against the rules of the game) by convincing the Spirit Dragon to send him into the future briefly to get a glimpse at where Pete's temple could be, only to realize too late that time isn't "cyclical".
- Willing Channeler: Was the Spirit Dragon's second avatar.
- Animal Jingoism: He's rivals with Satau and he expresses hesitance to host guests at Satau's suggestion.
- Cat Stereotype: Grey with dark stripes. He's not particularly dark, but he's still a jerk.
- Cats Are Magic: Thanks to Dragon, he has a magic hat that allows him to do a variety of things.
- Cats Are Mean: The fact that he's a stuck-up jerk gives Grape zero interest in him.
- Cats Are Superior: Him in particular in his opinion. He considers himself the pinnacle of cat-kind.
- Narcissist: Oh yes.
- The Fighting Narcissist: He can go toe-to-toe with Satau.
- Your Size May Vary: Thanks to the hat he wears (courtesy of Dragon), he can change how his body is built and he can make himself giant if he needs or wants to. He is normally the same size as anyone else.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Unlike pretty much all other animals that walk on two feet, other than nothing on his footpaws he wears human-style clothing.
- Battle Strip: He can obliterate any clothing on his torso just by flexing, a la Armstrong, and does so whenever he believes a fight is necessary (or occasionally just to show off).
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Jata and Sabrina.
- Prince Charmless: While physically very attractive and very dedicated to his country's affairs, Jata is naive, stubborn, conceited, and quite aggressive when he's at his worst. His shortcomings culminate in him very nearly forcing Sabrina to marry him in spite of the countless egregious hints that she's not interested anymore, and he comes close to seriously hurting Fido and many of the wolves when they object.
- Shirtless Scene: In addition to his tendency to Battle Strip, sometimes he just doesn't even bother wearing a shirt to begin with.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Other than his father's banishment of Sabrina and her 'Dad' and closing of his country's borders, Jata appears to want to rule in his Father's pawsteps.
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