Ralph Hayes, Jr. is a writer and artist with a predilection for Funny Animals, but who works in a number of genres within the Furry Comic. He is also known for his strong and potentially controversial political opinions, although his actual strips display a varying amount of overt preachiness.
As of late 2012, he has switched to a business model where a particular strip gets an update only when he receives enough monetary donations. In 2014 he made a Patreon account and the rate of updates has increased.
Works that have their own pages on TV Tropes:
- Goblin Hollow: Life of a married couple and a group of goblins.
- Nip and Tuck: Life in the Deep South.
- Tales of the Questor: Epic fantasy.
- Quentyn Quinn, Space Ranger: Space Opera Spin-Off of Questor.
- The Probability Bomb: A crossover comic between ToTQ and QQSR.
- Tally Ho: Talking Animals.
- Camp Calomine : a comedy series about summer camp adventures.
- The Sanguine Chronicles: The story of a werewolf/vampire hybrid.
- Parting Words and The Great Alicorn Hunt: A series of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Alternate Universe fanfics that diverge from canon beginning in Season Three. As well as several others that don't have pages yet.
- Fanfic Is Crapsack: A satire of terrible pony fanfiction.
- RealityCheck's Nyxverse: A series of Recursive Fanfictions of Past Sins.
- Shorn: A one-shot fanfiction concerning the real-life issue of torturing or humiliating haircuts.
- The Audience: A human in Equestria story starring a brony that is One of Us.
- The Rise of Darth Vulcan: A human in Equestria story like above, except the human in question is pretty much the opposite of a brony. As well as possessing the Alicorn Amulet.
- The Warcrafter: A crossover between Worm and World of Warcraft.
- Ladybird: A crossover between Worm and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
Tropes common to works by Ralph Hayes Jr.:
- Art Evolution: Going from the early days of Nip and Tuck to the more recent strips shows a significant change in art style, to say nothing of looking at the earlier days of his other strips. Sadly, the exigencies of real life keep him from producing the most detailed version of his artwork on anything like a regular basis.
- Author Tract: Ralph has extremely strong Conservative Christian views, and is not shy about using his comics to loudly broadcast his views and his certainty in their correctness. He usually manages to avoid Author Filibuster territory, and as he's aged has managed to focus more on telling stories rather than just hammering about his beliefs, but it can be problematic.
- Values Dissonance: As an unabashed Bible Belt Conservative who is firmly convinced of the correctness of his views, a common problem that readers have is disagreement with some of his values, especially when he goes into the strip comments to hammer home his beliefs about, for example, homosexuality being a sin and transsexuality being a mental disease that should be forcibly corrected. Those fans who like his works and don't agree with his views often liken it to having to occasionally brush off the discomforting moments and focusing on the things about his works they actually like.
- What Could Have Been: Among the strips that didn't continue long enough to get some Wiki Love were Fellowship of Heroes (a deconstruction of the superhero genre), Hard Onions (a well-written Author Tract), Undefined (a deconstruction of comic strips), The West Pole (Funny Animals) and Witch Hunter (a Christian take on the monster-hunter genre). Some fans hope to eventually see more in these strips (especially Fellowship of Heroes), but there are only so many hours in a day.
- Writer on Board: He still manages to keep it funny, though — most of the time.