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Extinctioners is a comic book created, written and drawn by Shawntae Howard that features a superhero theme, but uses anthropomorphic animals as its main characters. With an ongoing run beginning in July 1998, the series has been published by Vision Comics, Shanda Fantasy Arts, and Angry Viking Press.

The comics follow hybrids, humanoid animals possessing special powers which augment some species characteristic. The humanoid animals on the planet Alden, or humanimals, were genetic constructs created for the purpose of avoiding having animals become extinct on an overpopulated Earth. During a global war, the humans discovered a new fresh planet though a wormhole that would be habitable for mankind. Thinking the idea risky, they sent a seeding of humanimals with human trainers to the planet to terraform it and build cities and set up social organizations. However, they lose contact with their humanimal constructs, leaving them alone on the planet.


This comic-book provides examples of:

  • Animal Superheroes
  • Ax-Crazy: Vague (due to outside interference.)
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the furry characters. Even when the heroes are wearing their uniforms, they start out as Fully Dressed Cartoon Animals but in later designs their toes are uncovered.
  • Brought Down to Normal: During the final showdown with Phionix (Phenix and Xenifs merged and dangerous form), Scarlet is hit by an attack that devolves her from an evolved bipedal fox to a regular real life fox, though she manages to keep her intelligence intact until she is brought back to her real form.
  • The Cameo: Shawntae Howard (the author of the series) has his panther fursona Ebony Leopard appear alongside several other anthro characters under the Angry Viking Press umbrella during a fight segment in the sixth comic.
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  • Card-Carrying Villain: Considering they call their group the Evil Cat Sisters (ECS), it`s safe to say the Andorozons main foes are these.
  • Captain Ersatz and the Uncanny Expy-Men: It's not hard to figure out which eXtinctioners are X-Men turned furry.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Stalker, one of the human handlers, has an uncanny resemblance to Kurt Cobain, except Stalker is heavily implied to be British.
  • Crossover: Some members of the Extinctioners meet up with the Andorozons (another super hero team) during the "Enter the Andorozons" arc and help them fight against their rivals, the Evil Cat Sisters. Issues 11-13 also feature a side story centering on the latter hero team.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: During the opening act in the sixth issue, all the hero`s (excluding Sly and Erica) partake in a mock hostage crisis/fight, with Pandora playing the role of the hostage and Warfare facing off against everyone else, posing as one of the human invaders. Despite the hero`s best efforts, Warfare ends up easily picking them off one by one via. their weaknesses and takes the win, making him show concern as to how the team will fare in an inevitable real conflict.
  • Differently Powered Individual: The term for powered individuals is "hybrid".
  • Earth All Along: During a side story in the 10th comic, Jacob and Radica Procyon, a raccoon Jacob caught breaking in and stealing food from the groups house, discover a prerecorded transmission from Noah Adam Mahn, explaining that the planet the humanimals live on is actually Earth, with the climate change and melted polar icecaps affecting the renamed land forms appearances.
  • Fanservice: Ebony Leopard's art pages across various media sites note  have plenty of sketches depicting the male characters (like Sly, Farsight and Maxwell) showing off their abs and female characters (like Catrina and Artica) in bikini`s striking a pose.
  • Forced into Evil: If a hybrid gets captured and refuses to willingly join the alien invasion force, they get their memories painfully erased via a mindswipe process and are then equip with a mind control collar that makes them unquestionably loyal to the Hunters. The only way to break out of the control is to tear off said collar.
  • Furry Confusion: Averted in that, on Alden at least, only mammals are anthro while reptiles and birds fill the "non-intelligent animal" roles (with the notable exception of Phenix).
  • Greater-Scope Villain: During the Forbidden Love arc, it`s revealed that by searching many dimensions and worlds for Phenix, Xenif and his powers indirectly helped lead the humans to Alden, putting all the species in harms way as a consequence.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: All of Aldens sentient population is made up of anthro animals whos ancestors were evolved with a syrum that gave them more human traits, such as being able to walk bipedal and having their own complex personalities.
  • Hate Sink: All the human invaders in the comic are worthy of this trope, considering they see any species outside their own as a lower life form that needs to be enslaved or used for their invasion plan at best to exterminated at worst. However, Noah Adam Mahn stands out above the rest of the invaders due to how many atrocities he committed before his team was even introduced to the story. Read about his actions towards the hero`s in the Complete Monster and The Woobie sections of this comics YMMV, and it quickly becomes clear why plenty of readers feel a special form of hatred and anger towards the human whenever the story focuses on him.
    • Out of all the hybrid characters, Bajer Blaquestrype is clearly the most despised animal villain in the comic. Unlike other hybrids working for the human invaders, Bajer isn`t forced to serve their cause out of fear or mind control. Rather, he`s a free agent who helps hunt down other hybrids in exchange for luxury/rewards, not caring about what will happen to all the other animals of his planet once the humans really get their invasion plan into full swing. The fact he also has a Smug Snake vibe to his personality further adds to the dislike.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Jacob, Walice, and Warfare officially defect from working with Mahn and the Hunters during the Countdown to Extinction arc, joining the titular team in the process.
  • Humans Are Bastards: The invaders in the first story arc; people wearing skull masks tend to not be very nice.
  • Last of His Kind: Umnus. During the Forbidden Love arc, it`s revealed that six other female Remalons survived the destruction of their planet caused by the Hunters, much to Umnus` surprise. However, one of them (Kyra) ends up dying from a fatal attack by Xenif, another (Onex) is revealed to be willingly working with a secondary antagonist and wouldn`t hesitate to kill all the others of her kind and the final four end up getting dragged through a portal at the end of the story arc when Xenif is defeated by an enraged Phenix, leaving Umnus alone once again.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: The comic is very notorious for having a quite huge cast, which is divided in many groups, and the titular group is quite big already.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters
  • Mixed Animal Species Team: The team include three cats (Alleycat, Vague, and Copycat), a fox (Starfox, no relation to the other one), weasel (Forcewave), mouse (Micro), panda (Pandamonium), ermine (Mindswipe), gorilla (Warfare), an alien (Shadowstalker), and a phoenix who poses as a rabbit (Phenix). Most other superhero teams in the setting are based around a single species or group of species like The Solar Foxes, MechaRoos, and L.A.P.D.O.G.S.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, as there are two characters named Pandora in the comic (Pandora Lee, the anthro panda and member of the Extinctioners, and Pandora Panovich, an anthro black panther and member of the Evil Cat Sisters).
  • Species Surname: A lot of animal characters have names that are strongly connected to the type of species they are, like Katherine and Catrina Fela (anthro cats), Walice Weazel (anthro weasel) and Pandora Lee (anthro panda).
  • Stealth Pun: The gorilla's name is "Warfare".
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Issue 15 has the human invaders and some hybrids team up into duos, mostly working together in the invasion plan (such as Ashen Msaka (a human) and Farsight (a giraffe) to name an example).
  • Waterfall Shower: Scarlett Ann Starfox takes a shower under a waterfall while wearing a swimsuit.


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