Follow TV Tropes

Following

Characters / Housepets!

Go To

The many characters of the Housepets! webcomic.

    open/close all folders 

    Cats 

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.
  • Interspecies Romance: After years of teasing, turns out to have one with Peanut.
  • 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.

Maxwell


  • Adorkable
    Grape: 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. However, it's eventually revealed to be that the kiss had an entirely different meaning: Maxwell was an injured, scared kitten in the rain with wild animals hunting for him and he was begging Rufus to stay with him. Considering how scared Maxwell was before his story was interrupted, it's reasonable to assume Rufus was trying to calm Maxwell down.
  • 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. It's also the same reason he didn't reply to Rufus's letters. He felt he couldn't come up with a good enough letter to write back to Rufus about and ended up being too late when Rufus passed away.
  • 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.
  • Faileda Spot Check: Poor Maxwell didn't notice that Peanut and Grape were lovers, despite dating Grape for years 'and' when he sang "Can you Feel the Love tonight" to them… while they were playing as Simba and Nala
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Medal of Dishonor: Maxwell's bell is one of these. He was so bad at catching mice when he was a kitten that the mice snuck a bell on him while he was sleeping.
  • 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...
  • Tragic Keepsake: Rufus's letters, though it becomes a memento after a visit from Rufus.
  • 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!

Sabrina D'Angelo


Res


  • 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.invoked
  • Secret Keeper: The identity of the real Pridelands author.
  • Shrinking Violet: A male example, though he's somewhat prone to outbursts.
  • Tough Act to Follow: How he felt about Rufus.

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.

Jasper


  • 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.

Mr. Bigglesworth

  • 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.

Marvin


  • Those Two Guys: Him and Tiger.
  • Straight Man: He's usually juxtaposed with Tiger as the "normal" one between them, and often states the obvious about whatever zany thing Tiger is doing.
Advertisement:

    Dogs 

Peanut Butter Sandwich (Canadian Pointer mix)


  • 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. Finally averted when it's revealed they were actually in love for a long time and have continuously been doing lover related stuff since then, including dating. Maxwell just thought it was 'super cute'
  • 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. He unintentionally was one to Maxwell when it was revealed Peanut and Grape were lovers due to Maxwell not taking their romantic jestures seriously enough.
  • 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 (Pembroke Welsh Corgi)/Joel Zechariah Robinson

A former human and member of PETA, who was transformed to fill a role in a game between godlike beings.
  • 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 and having children.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The tiny guy to Bailey's huge girl.
  • 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).

Tarot (Pomeranian)


  • 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. Unfortunately, it only got used once before the fight between her and Spirit Dragon over Peanut caused the link to break.
  • 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...

Bailey (Siberian Husky)


  • 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, and is now a mother of three.
  • Magical Girl Warrior: Is transformed into one in this comic (warning: spoilers).
  • Mama Bear: When she, King, and their children accompany the wolves on a camping trip, Gale attempts to ambush them in their sleep, only for Bailey to instantly awaken and grab the puma by the throat.
    Bailey: "Touch my pups and you'll be wearing your digestive tract like a Mardi Gras necklace."
    Gale: "Noted."
  • 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.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: The huge girl to King's tiny guy.
  • Unstoppable Rage: If she get mad, someone's gonna seriously get hurt. Not even Grape wants to risk making Bailey mad.

Bino (Mutt)


  • Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha: Biney, with a mix of Biney-Bun... and longer extensions of Biney-Bun.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He gets jealous over Sasha quite often. He also has a particularly evil-looking jealous stare. He 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.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Whenever he gets A Day in the Limelight.
  • Very Punchable Man: Conveniently serves as someone for Bailey to show how frustrated she is when the time comes.

Sasha Hartford (Mutt)


  • 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.
  • Brainwashed and 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. This has since gone away now that both her and Bino have moved on to see other people.
  • 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.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Has no problem seeking casual liaisons while maintaining an otherwise committed relationship with one dog. Bino didn't like that, but Kevin doesn't seem to care. For what it's worth, Sasha won't permit a casual fling to interfere with her actual relationship.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: As per the above trope, she genuinely doesn't see anything wrong at all with acting lovey-dovey with King after he's already married Bailey.
  • 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.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: She's since been removed from her abusive owner's influence and ownership, and she'll freely admit to how cruel and mean he was to her... but despite all this, she still misses him. Whether this is due to the brainwashing or just fond memories of the good times she had with him is unclear.

Joey (Mutt)


  • 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's actually one of the shorter dogs, but Squeak is a mouse.
  • 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.

Tiger Arbelt (Mutt)


  • 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!
    Both: Hahahahahahaha!
    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.
  • 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.
  • The Slacker: Tiger's always looking to do the least possible. At one point, he actually started saying "shrug" instead of shrugging.
  • 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.

Daisy (Newfoundland)


  • The Confidant: To Sasha.
  • Catchphrase: "Hi, I'm Daisy!" For a long time, it was the only thing she's ever said in the comic.
  • 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.
  • OOC 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.

Duchess (Saluki)


  • Ears as Hair: Her ears are permed.
  • 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.

Dallas (Dalmatian)


  • 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.

Rex (Bulldog)


  • 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:

Lester (Mutt)

  • Ascended Extra: Was Ret Named with his own tag after beginning life under the tag "Joey's Creepy Friends".
  • Killer Game Master: When Kitsune decides to join him in a game of D&D, he expresses a hope that he has a stack of replacement characters to use. He apparently considers any other DM behavior to be boring. Kitsune makes the game real and completely turns the tables on Lester.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass: Lester is best described as a "nerd version of Bino".

Devo

  • Ascended Extra: Appears at the very end of the "My Life as a Teenage Squirrel" arc, where it turns out that he's owned by Lois' family.
  • 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.

Griswald

  • 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.

Sten (Chihuahua)

  • 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."

Boris (Russian Wolfhound)

  • Dumb Muscle: Acts as hired muscle originally for the GODC, later for Duchess.

Yeltsin (Bull Terrier/originally Russian Wolfhound)

  • Funetik Aksent: A Brooklyn one.
  • Retcon: Yeltsin was originally paired with Boris. After the v3 re-design, his breed and personality were changed.

Olive, Ace, and Rook (Mutts)

The offspring of King and Bailey. Olive and Ace are girls, while Rook is a boy.

    The K9 Unit 

Fido Byron (Mutt)


  • Affectionate Nickname: From Sasha and Sabrina: Fidey
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Is skeptical that Marion turned into a squirrel, despite the fact that he is dating a witch.
  • 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.

Sergeant Ralph (German Shepherd)


Fox Lindberg (Siberian Husky)


  • 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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: As a pup, he believed he was destined to be the hero of a "summer action blockbuster", as has been lampshaded multiple times. But when he joined the K-9 unit, he resorted to this as a coping mechanism to deal with lingering bitter feelings over Fido's relationship with Sabrina.
  • 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.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Subverted, starts wearing one after Steward claws him across the eye, only for the vet to tell him he barely scratched the cornea and he won't even need glasses.
  • Eye Scream: Downplayed. He gets his eye scratched by Steward but the damage is minimal and it heals up fine.
  • Hammerspace: 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.
  • With Friends Like These...: Even he questions why he bothers being friends with someone like Bino rather than Peanut, who is much nicer and shares more interests with him.

Mungo (Great Dane)


  • Afraid of Needles: Big, strong, by-the-book... bolts right through the door when the vet prepares to give him his booster shot.
  • 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. And unlike his possible ancestor Satau he pulls it off with no discernible powers to speak of.
  • 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
  • Super Strength: Inexplicably so.

Kevin (Doberman Pinscher)


  • Donut Mess with a Cop: Averted, the only time we see Kevin with a donut, it's on Doctor's orders to gain weight. Though he later went on a date with Sasha to the donut shop.
  • 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 body fat 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.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: As it turns out, he's just as bad as his girlfriend about this.

Terrance (English Springer Spaniel)

    The Milton Ferrets 

As a whole

https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/housepets_ferrets.jpg
L-to-R: Keene, Pit, Duke, Breel, Rock, Lana, Simon
For info on Breel, see the Heaven section below
  • 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.
  • "Last Supper" Steal: The ferrets and Breel appeared like this during "Temple Crashers 2". Breel is in the Jesus position, and Keene has an Eye Take as he's in the Judas position.note 
  • Pet Heir: The ferrets were named in the will of Mr. Milton, the founder of Babylon Gardens.

Keene

The de facto leader of the Milton ferrets and the one with by far the most screen time. Also the only one who seems to care about their "dad's" dreams of animal-human equality, founding the "Equal Chance Program".

Duke


Lana

The most level-headed of the ferrets. When Keene considers retirement and a mundane life with Breel, she becomes the new Chair of the Milton enterprises.

Pit


Rock

The second most plot-significant ferret, after Keene. Amateur director and producer of whatever medium strikes his fancy.

Simon

    Other Pets 

Zach Arbelt (Rabbit)


  • 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.

Itsuki Kitamura (Raccoon dog)


  • 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 loincloth. When at work he also wears a uniform and while at school he wears a shirt and tie tucked into the fundoshi.
  • Hot Springs Episode: Itsuki took the fact that Keene made the portable onsen unisex very seriously, and kept to himself in a private bath.
  • Japanese Politeness: Is a stickler for Japanese social norms, which naturally leads to Culture Shock now that he's living in America.
  • 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 (which is cartoonishly tiny) is a thinly-veiled attempt to let them know how much he needs a job.
  • Tanuki: Itsuki's fundoshi is a nod to known tropes regarding the physical traits of raccoon dogs.

Spo (Mouse)


Squeak (Mouse)


  • 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.
  • Giant Foot of Stomping: Has somewhat of a fetish for this, as lampshaded by Spo and further mentioned on her Valentine card.
    WANTED: a toetal heartthrob not afraid to bare their sole, who wants to get their foot in the door with me
  • 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...

Jinx (Mouse)


    The Wolf-pack 

Miles & Lucretia

Miles 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.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Basically the alpha male and female of the Babylon Gardens pack, though portrayed more realistically.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Miles.

The Cubs

  • 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. In 2015 they underwent their coming-of-age and settled on North Star, Darth Vader Sanchez, and Rockstar Hawk
  • Precious Puppies: Initially, though they can be a bit rough.

Daryl & Daryl


Jack


  • 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.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Mated to Lucretia's sister Elaine, and had to elope and avoid the rest of the pack for a year to avoid her mother. He continues to test everyone's patience with his criminal antics.
  • Sticky Fingers: Is infamous among the pack for his tendency to employ his "four-finger discount".

Poncho


  • 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.

Uncle Deadeye


  • Badass Cape: The long piece of cloth worn around his neck has this effect, especially while billowing in the wind dramatically.
  • 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...
  • Cool Old Guy: 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.
  • Ear Ache: Almost all of his left ear appears to have been bitten off.
  • Handicapped Badass: His constant vacant stare, and Gale referring to him as “the blind one with the blue shawl” suggests he’s visually impaired. Doesn’t stop him from grabbing Jata’s fist and dislocating his shoulder.
  • 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.
Advertisement:

    Zoo Animals 

Bruce (Red kangaroo) & Roosevelt (Grey kangaroo)


  • 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.

Karishad (Fox)


  • Born Lucky: Apparently to borderline Reality Warper levels; at one point Rock Milton asks if he's some kind of Genius Ditz or if the universe itself just rearranges things so that everything he does works out. Evidence suggests the second one.
  • 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 Dumb to 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. And when he goes to buy building supplies from Cori (who'd been stealing them), he pays by giving him one of his spare credit cards, which gets Cori arrested when he tries using it.
  • 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.

Gambit & Tarmac (Otter)


    Forest Animals 

Cory "Cilantro" (Skunk)


  • Ambiguously Gay: Cory hits on Zach as part of a con, but how much of it was an act hasn't been expanded on and he hasn't shown any romantic interest in anyone of either sex since.
  • Con Man: Or perhaps more accurately Con Skunk; in their first appearance, he and Trinket trick Zach out of his tag and collar, leaving him sitting alone in the woods.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Cory is indeed a criminal, but he fails at it so much that it doesn't get held against him too often. Likewise, he may be a skunk but he's so unintimidating regardless that most people don't care, and it does little to protect him from Jessica.
  • Meaningful Name: "Cori" is likely short for "coriander", which is another word for "cilantro".
  • Mismatched Eyes: His left eye is yellow while his right one is green.
  • 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 
  • Stupid Crooks: He's decent at setting up schemes, but usually gets shot in the foot by his own lack of practical knowledge on how to get away with anything. At one point he successfully executes an elaborate plot to allow him to cash out on a stolen credit card, only to immediately get arrested because he doesn't actually know specific information is required to use a credit card.
  • Those Two Guys: Tends to be partners in crime with Trinket.

Trinket (Magpie)


  • 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.
  • Meaningful Background Event: With the revelation that she's become Steward's accomplice, it's conceivable that the distant bird in the sky when Lois was transformed was actually her.
  • The Bus Came Back: After roughly three and a half years since her last tagged appearance, Trinket pops up at the end of the "My Life as a Teenage Squirrel" arc to swipe Steward's cursed gold coin before the K-9 unit can lock up in a safe place, potentially being the badger's accomplice.
  • Those Two Guys: She usually hangs around Cory.

Falstaff and Truck (Raccoon)


  • 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.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Understandably, since they're not used to human behavior. They think "Allergy" means that if Marion eats nuts, an owl will be urged to eat her, and that "Babysitter" means that someone sat on her as a baby.
  • 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.

Jessica (Opossum)


Gale (Cougar)


  • I Surrender, Suckers: Happens when she got caught by Poncho. Luckily for Gale, she wooed him long enough for her son to cut her loose. Happens again later when Miles threatens to toss her into the pit where she's keeping his family prisoner so they can tear her apart; she responds by deliberately rocking back and forth to throw off his balance while he holds her above his head, calling his bluff since he's too nice to actually do it. His attempt to stop her from knocking herself in enables her to turn the tables and get him into a chokehold.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Subverted, she was only flirting with Poncho to distract him long enough to allow Pueblo to free her from a trap. Even so, he seems to have been left with a lasting impression since he still ends up with hearts in his eyes while watching her attempt to kill Miles.
  • Noodle Incident: The particulars of what went down between her and Miles years back are still not entirely certain. In particular, we still don't really know why she was stitching her own face up during her last conversation with Miles before he went off to read his book and had Lucretia sit down next to him to say, "Miles, our life sucks." Their falling-out was clearly a bitter one, though.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Gale despises Miles at least partly because she feels he went back on a promise to not start a family of his own after he advised her to abstain as well due to the limited resources of their area. She wouldn't listen to his attempt to justify it, and she won't settle for anything less than killing him in front of his family now that he's back. That is, until during the ensuing battle he mentions in passing that his pack live among humanity now, which immediately gives HER the idea to move herself and her son there as well. Miles successfully buries the hatchet with her after that.
  • This Means War!: She thought Miles bringing his family back into the area was an attempt at reclaiming territory he'd effectively ceded to her when they moved to civilization, and mobilized her son Pueblo to help her deal with them.

Pueblo (Cougar)

Gale's son.

Kix (Fox)

A former pet fox, who ran away from home after her owner bought a Fur Farm. She's the mother of Craig and Draig, raising them with assistance from Kitsune, but is unaware of her kits' past lives as demigods and just thinks they have an active imagination.
  • Divine Date: Kitsune claims to be the "daddy" of her kits, though this is partly (if not entirely) to irk the former two demigods.

    Humans 

Earl and Jill Sandwich

Peanut and Grape's parents.

Jeeves

The butler for the Milton ferrets.
  • 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'.

Stanley D'Angelo

Sabrina's father, a tenured archaeologist.
  • 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.

PETA

  • Animal Wrongs Group: In a world where animals are fully capable of saying they enjoy being owned, PETA is even more despised then ever.

The Host


    Transformed Humans 

Joel Zechariah Robinson

All information regarding Joel is currently under "King Milton", in the Dogs folder.

Thomas Milton

A nephew of Henry Milton, he was not written into his uncle's will. He would spend his time trying to take the Milton fortune for himself. Eventually, this led to him being turned into a camel when he tried to pilfer the cursed gold in Pete's temple.
  • 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.

Herman Steward

Originally was the executor of Henry's estate, but was in league with Thomas to divert the estate's assets. But when Thomas's invasion of the temple went awry, he ended up in possession of a single cursed gold coin, and was turned into a badger.
  • Arc Villain: He's the instigator of Marion and Lois' animal transformations in "My Life as a Teenage Squirrel", as part of a larger gambit to bankrupt the Milton Ferrets via an influx of potential ECP members.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Is turned into a badger when Thomas angrily spits the cursed coin into his hands.

Marion Ward

A senior in high school, he woke up one morning a week before graduation to find he had been turned into a squirrel.
  • Ambiguous Gender: As a human, he was male. When he texted his girlfriend with a picture of himself post-transformation, she thought the squirrel in the picture was female. This led him to a brief existential crisis, complete with a full comic of blushy awkwardness. Rick has stated Marion is still a guy, but that doesn't mean this won't become a Running Gag.
  • Baleful Polymorph: He woke up one morning to discover he was turned into a squirrel.
  • Ear Ache: Inflicts this on a formerly-human camel to get his cooperation. Those rodent-incisors would hurt.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Defied. Though others try to encourage him to go bottomless (that is, no pants), Marion insists he's used to wearing pants. So he is perhaps the only fully-dressed animal in the comic so far.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Devolves into ugly-crying when no one believes that he used to be a human, not even his girlfriend, despite him even pulling Something Only They Would Say.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Admits to Lois that one of the main reason he's still hung up over being a squirrel, even after a six-month Time Skip at the end of the "My Life as a Teenage Squirrel" arc, is that he feels inadequate for her, though she quickly states that she's not bothered by it at all.
  • Interspecies Romance: Has not expressed interest in breaking up with his girlfriend, Lois, aside from one quip while depressed about abandoning human life entirely to start a squirrel dynasty.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Likes energy drinks. This bites him in the tail as a squirrel when he cracks one open while trying to research a cause for his transformation.
    Marion: Okay, I have Yellow Pages, Google, and my secret weapon—CAFFEINE! LET'S SOLVE THIS SQUIRREL THING!
    (three hours later, his mother walks in to find a squirrel curled in a fetal position on the computer desk)
    Marion: I have nothing and my heart's about to explooooode...
  • Noodle Incident: It is not yet known how Marion got turned into a squirrel while sleeping in his own bed at home, save that it involved Steward, and potentially Trinket as well.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Deconstructed. When Marion's girlfriend understandably doesn't belive the squirrel girl (no pun intended) is Marion, she asks him to say something only they would know. He tells an embarassing story... And she still doesn't belive him, since Marion could've just as well told the story to a random squirrel.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: As a squirrel, he easily fits into the hood of his girlfriend Lois' hoodie.
  • Tragic Keepsake: He wears a bracelet as a necklace. It has small blocks with the initials of himself and his girlfriend, Lois.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: His transformation into a squirrel seems to have come with an instinctual fear of barking dogs. He finds himself up in a tree every time, looking utterly terrified.

Lois

Marion Ward's girlfriend. Went looking for him after he didn't show up for school after being turned into a squirrel. She's turned into a male bobcat while Marion was talking with Thomas at the Zoo.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Is transformed roughly midway through Marion's investigation concerning his own transformation, though the "Baleful" element is downplayed due to Marion panicking enough for the both of them.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: In the finale of the "My Life as a Teenage Squirrel" arc, she's wearing full winter attire aside from bare paws.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Shows shades of this.
  • Freaky Is Cool: Unlike Marion, who's quite intimidated by Kitsune's more god-like form when they come to him for advice, she's fascinated by it.
  • Gender Bender: Is "of the masculine persuasion" as a bobcat. Though considering everything else, Lois is taking it in stride.
  • Interspecies Romance: Despite what she and Marion go through, including Lois' own transformation, they still love each other.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted; she mentions that no longer having to worry about "that time of the month" is a possible advantage of her transformation, though it causes the now-female-bodied Marion to add yet another problem to his list.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Though most characters would be huge in comparison to squirrel-sized Marion.

Larry "Todd" Kravitz

A former, presumably teenage human, he's recently been transformed into a red panda. He winds up moving into the ECP's boarding house where he is introduced to the other residents.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: His mother shows up at the boarding house after being asked to wait in the car just to drop off some snacks shaped like red panda faces.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Describes being turned into an animal as "throwing off my game."
  • Casanova Wannabe: He's so bad at it, and lacks the self-awareness to acknowledge it, that he borders on parodying the trope. Lois flat-out asks if his goal is actually to get everyone to hate him by acting the way he does.
  • Cool Shades: Keeps a pair on him and is often seen wearing them.
  • Self-Applied Nickname: Insists his name is Todd, yet his mother's insistence proves it's only a nickname.

    Demigods 

Pete/Craig

One of the "Cosmic Nerds". As one of the denizens of Heaven, he takes the form of a griffin. He also had a human form based on a character from Chrono Trigger. After losing the Cosmic Chess Game, he was reincarnated as a fox kit.
  • 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.

Spirit Dragon/Draig

One of the "Cosmic Nerds", and Pete's sister. As one of the denizens of Heaven, she takes the form of a dragon. After losing the Cosmic Chess Game, she was reincarnated as a fox kit.
  • 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.

Great Kitsune

One of the "Cosmic Nerds". As one of the denizens of Heaven, he takes the form of a nine-tailed kitsune. He was the game master of the Cosmic Chess Game, and now uses a fox form on Earth to oversee Craig and Draig as their adoptive father.
  • 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.
  • The Gadfly: If his interactions with Pete and Lester in their respective roleplaying games are any indication, he likes to screw with uppity and/or snobbish players and put them in their place. Pete, being a fellow demigod, deals with this fairly competently most of the time... Lester doesn't last even 30 minutes in a basic game of D&D.
  • Game Master: To Dragon and Pete's game that they are playing.
  • Kitsune
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Learning that demons have infiltrated the mortal world on his watch is the first time in the entire comic where he completely loses his cool and acts serious without a shred of his usual persona.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: His god-like form features some very red, menacing-looking eyes. That said, it's still Kitsune so he's still as friendly as in his "nerd" form.
  • 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.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can switch between a god-like quadruped form and an anthro form resembling a nerd at will.

Cerberus

The current Grim Reaper. Ex-girlfriend(s?) of Pete.

Bahamut

The ruler of heaven.
  • The Comically Serious: He's always completely serious, which means that despite being The Omniscient he still manages to be Genre Blind about some things.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: Celestial beings are specifically forbidden from directly interfering with mortal affairs, which includes him.
  • The Judge
  • The Omniscient: To an even greater degree than other demigods.
  • One-Way Visor: Wears one in his "default" dragon form.
  • Space Whale: How he appears before King.
  • Your Size May Vary: Whether it's because of Art Shift or him taking a different form entirely, he can change his size at will, appearing the same size as the other Demigods during Pete's trial but later appearing so large he can hold Kitsune in his hand.

Eudoant

The caretaker of The Bad Place, which is essentially hell.
  • Affably Evil: For someone whose job it is to make people's lives miserable, he is surprisingly nice. He has something of a soft spot for Keene in particular.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occassionally gets a snarky line in but does it with the same flat expression he always has.
  • The Devil: While the specifics of The Bad Place and its structure/hierarchy haven't been expanded on as of yet, Eudoant seems to call the shots there before anyone else, and explicitly introduces himself to Keene as a devil at the very least.
  • Punny Name: Better the Devil You Know than the devil Eudoant.
  • Unusual Ears: Being a demon removed from any sort of earthly creature in design, he as two sets of ears.

Advertisement:

    Heaven 

Breel (Pine marten)

A pine marten that originally lived on Earth in the first half of the 1800s. He took a liking to Keene when he prematurely died. After trauma suffered in the Temple Crashers 2 mega-arc, he decided to incarnate so he could live with Keene on Earth.
  • Ambiguously Gay: He flirted with Keene upon their first meeting but it wasn't commented on one way or another, so initially he was this trope. Not anymore, though.
  • 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 Temporal 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.
  • Lethal Chef: His attempts at recreating the food he had in Heaven often lead to him and Keene ordering out, at one point he got to ordering before cooking. Though by "My Life as a Teenage Squirrel" he seems to have gotten the hang of baking.
  • Nice Guy: Easily one of the sweetest characters in the comic.
  • Noodle Incident: It has been implied that Breel died the first time when he was hit by a train.
  • 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. Though him standing in a pool of Mana when it happened might have helped.

Spring and Summer (Huskies)

A pair of huskies in Heaven. They take a liking to Fox when he's there temporarily with King while the latter sought an audience with Bahamut regarding his fate.
  • Love Transcends Spacetime: After Fox forgets about them, they figure out a way to remind him by sending a message back to Earth through Keene. Later, after they provide help during Temple Crashers 2, they promise Fox they'll see each other again real soon...and then clarify that they'll be visiting him, rather than him dying.

Keene's Mother (Ferret)

The unnamed birth mother of Keene. Briefly reunites with her son when he prematurely dies in the Four Animals You Meet In Heaven arc.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Played with. Keene clearly loves and misses her dearly going by his reaction to meeting her again in Heaven, but he also points out she was a store ferret and couldn't do things like cook for her children due to lack of knowledge.

Henry Milton (Formerly Human, currently Ferret)

The deceased multi-billionaire that owned the Milton Ferrets, and founder of Babylon Gardens, who strived to equalize relationships between humans and animals. His human form is unknown, as when finally making an appearance during Keene's premature death, he's seen as a ferret wearing spectacles.

Rufus (Border collie)

A dog who lived with Earl's brother, Reuben, on a farm, and pre-dated Reuben as resident of said farm. He died of old age before the Temple Crashers 2 mega-arc, and is now one of the denizens of Heaven.
  • 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.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Thanks to the way heaven works, he returns temporarily to give one to Maxwell before he passes on for good.
  • No Longer with Us: This is how him and Grape's first conversation went, in regards to his first owner. At first it was unintentional, then he did it deliberately, and now Grape seems to assume he's toying with her... when he has a glowing halo on his head.
  • Put on a Bus: For the longest time his only appearances were during the Sandwichs' trip to his farm.
    • The Bus Came Back: He finally shows up again in the second Temple Crashers arc.
    • Bus Crash: He's died from unknown circumstances and makes his reappearance as a denizen of Heaven who's visiting Earth. Though not without a lot of backstory.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His letters to Maxwell, though it looks like he's going to subvert this trope by giving Maxwell a second second chance.

    Past Characters 

Satau


  • 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.

Ptah


  • 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.
  • 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.

    Other Characters 

Jata (Leopard)


  • 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.

what chicken


'Breel'

A demon that attaches himself to Keene during his time in The Bad Place and eager to help him. Takes the form of a small dinosaur.
  • Deal with the Devil: Instigates one with Keene in order to get out of the bad place.
    • The beginning of the "Heckraiser" arc has him offer to make a different one with Steward.
  • No Name Given: 'Breel' is what he briefly calls himself. The tags on the site just list him as Demon.
  • So Long, Suckers!: Immediately hightails it when the temple start collapsing.
  • Super Spit: His saliva can melt glass, much to Keene's revulsion.

The Forgotten

Something that seemingly exist on the border between earth and The Bad Place.
  • Black Speech: Literally in that its text bubbles are black with red text.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Tarot just referred to it as an Abstract Concept With Ultimate Power and it looks like This.

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report