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Ozy and Millie was a webcomic by Dana Simpson (then known as D.C. Simpson) that followed the daily lives of its two titular characters, who are children in an anthropomorphised-animal version of the Northwestern United States.

It was written in the style of a Newspaper Comic, with a four-panel format, writing reminiscent of Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, and an ensemble cast that seems inspired by Pogo. The story arcs meander through political commentary and philosophy while simultaneously dealing with the children's own problems such as fitting in at school.

Main Characters:

  • Ozymandias ("Ozy") Justin Llewellyn, a young Arctic fox. Tends towards excessive zen stoicism and Deadpan Snarker-dom.
  • Millicent ("Millie") Mehitabel Mudd, a red fox. Excitable and rebellious, prone to random acts of destruction, but has a good heart.
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  • Llewellyn, a dragon and Ozy's adoptive father. He appears to be slightly over a century old and is prone to Historical In Jokes, especially ones related to obscure presidents (e.g., he claims to be responsible for William Howard Taft getting stuck in the White House bathtub), as well as bad Zen jokes. He runs for president every four years, despite having seceded from the United States to form the nation of Greater Llewellynlland.
  • Ms. Mudd, Millie's mother. A lawyer and single mother. Although the most normal of the main four characters, she is implied to have been similar to Millie at her age. Also, her "hair" is blue for some reason. In October 2008, near the end of the strip's run, her full name was finally revealed as Mililani Minerva Mudd.
  • Avery, a raccoon child prone to mindless following of pop-cultural trends.
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  • Timulty, Avery's younger brother, who radiates Incorruptible Pure Pureness (it helps that he's four years old).
  • The dread pirate Locke, a fox who lives in a magical land inside Llewellyn's couch, is subject to Merlin Sickness, and is Millie's father.
  • Felicia, a sheep and the Alpha Bitch (who later started moving in the Defrosting Ice Queen direction).
  • Jeremy, a Jerk Jock rabbit who seems to live to stuff Ozy into trash cans. He's also attacked Millie a time or two.
  • Stephan, a truly epic geek. Also an aardvark.
  • Isolde, Llewellyn's niece, Ozy's cousin, and an aspiring reporter. Often helps Llewellyn with his plans and babysits Ozy and Millie.

Now has a character sheet. Sporadically being rerun on GoComics.


Tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless: Mrs. Sorkowitz and Principal Beau Vine. They often don`t do anything about reports of bullying no matter how many complaints are given against a student (most notably Jeremy) simply because they didn`t see the alleged offense themselves or because they think it's the victim's fault for not conforming to the status quo.
    • Subverted with the school psychiatrist Dr. Wahnsinnig, who is actually aware of the bullying problems and occasionally calls out Principal Vine on how he handles it in his school.
  • Adult Fear: After he gets humiliated and brutally rejected by Felicia Stephen ends up running away from home to California. Considering that Stephen is still a child and he hadn't told anyone where he went, it was lucky that Ozy's cousin Isolde spotted him while she was in the state herself. Stephen wasn't harmed in any way apart from getting humiliated by a CEO of a company he began to work for but who knows what could have happened had Isolde not found him right away — especially since his parents didn't even notice he was gone until he returned because they were too busy watching a TV show marathon.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Millie wags her tail when happy. Just like real life foxes.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Millie joins Locke's rebellion against Llewellyn when she finds out it's because Llewellyn wouldn't give him a pony. Word of God wonders just what exactly Millie would do with a pony. "Make it do her homework?"
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Stephan's love interest rejects him in favor of Jeremy.
  • All Just a Dream: Both leads get one. Ozy dreams of growing dragon wings and Mille dreams her homework comes to life and starts a revolution.
  • Calvinball: Ozy and Millie occasionally partake in House Rules Parcheesi. We never see much of the game itself, but we do see its aftermath: the room tends to look like a tornado hit it. Shout Out and Suspiciously Specific Denial here.
  • Cannot Talk to Women: Stephan shows this whenever he tries to talk to a girl he likes. It's most evident when he tries to ask Stephanie out. On his first attempt, he forgets to use vowels, his second:
    Stephan: Will I go out with me?
  • Cassandra Truth:
    • Millie attempts to invoke it on herself here by means of doing various overly silly things.
    • In another incedent also involving "What I did for summer vacation" Ozy gets sent to the psychiatrist, only this time it wasn't his plan.
  • Cat Smile: Millie has a bit of one when she finally manages to annoy the ambassador from the U.S.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Llewellyn, being a dragon, has been known to drink gasoline, lighter fluid and rocket fuel, and once claimed to have eaten Joe Mc Carthy's car. The buffet at the Llewellyn family reunion implies that motor vehicles are common draconic cuisine, as his Aunt Tulip ate a bus.
  • Fake Band: Mostly boy groups.
  • First Kiss: Millie's kiss to Ozy, delivered to convince Felicia she ''didn't'' like him.
    • Ozy's first, Millie's second. Her first was improvised by her school play co-star Avery. Millie was irate; her replies involved a wedgie and a punch in the face, at minimum. As Avery wasn't wearing pants at the time, that's quite a feat.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: The walrus ambassador to Greater Llewellynlland doesn't believe in dragons. When he meets Llewellyn, his reaction is to dismiss his words as the sound of the wind.
  • Flanderization: In-universe example, where Llewellyn's horns exaggerate character traits when worn. Ozy becomes so passive he goes a whole day without moving, Millie becomes so mischievous she tries to cut off Ozy's tail, and Avery does nothing but gush about how awesome he is after putting them on.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Timulty is given a lot of money just for mentioning that he knows something about the internet (the comic was parodying the dot com bubble before it burst). He immediately blows all of it on candy.
  • Foreigner for a Day: Greater Llewellynlland (notable in that it never had the snapback).
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Isolde and Captain Locke, as well as Ms. Mudd before she was redesigned as a Barefoot Cartoon Animal.
  • Fun with Homophones: Invoked poorly by Millie who spends quite a few strips trying to set up a situation where she asks Ozy "Do you want your palm read?", he says yes, and she gets to paint his palm with the bucket of red paint she's been carrying around. It never quite works out; Ozy figures out what's going on almost immediately but is perfectly willing to watch her continue to try.
  • Furry Confusion: A seagull of similar size to Mrs. Mudd was seen in a classy restaurant, but in the Beach Episode Millie has a conversation with a realistically sized seagull who is apparently wild.
  • Furry Denial: A probably accidental example, Ozy says "Oh, the humanity." In response to something stupid done by a Raccoon.
  • Furry Reminder: Occasionally. Both Ozy and Millie have been seen to sit down on their haunches like normal foxes, are inconvenienced by their lack of sweat glands, and scratch itches with their feet.
  • Genki Girl: The hyperactive, lovably eccentric Millie Mudd is a Genki Girl-in-training.
  • Genius Book Club: In the April Fools' Day gag panel, all of the characters are acting wildly out of character; Felicia is holding and enthusiastically praising a book by Proust.
  • Girl Posse: Felicia Laine, with her unnamed cat and squirrel. However, after Felicia decided to become a goth, this caused the other two members in her group to basically disown her, being turned off by her weirdness.
  • Girls Have Cooties: The "cool people" sometimes think so. Felicia's response to Millie touching her after being 'infested' by boy germs from Ozy? Runs away screaming for various cleaners, culminating with 'Heck, set me on fire!'
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Flying Couch.
    • Don't forget Pinkness Poisoning.
  • Goth: Lampshaded: Felicia has times when she'll break out the goth makeup in what everyone except the extremely gullible in the strip consider to be a very fake goth style.
  • Guest Strip: The first one was drawn by no-one less than Bill Holbrook of Kevin & Kell.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Ozy generally wears a vest and a top hat, but no pants, which is lampshaded at least once. (Speculation runs he's worn dresses more often than pants.) Ms. Sokowitz and Avery and eventually Llewellyn have outfits that lack pants as well. Millie and Felicia do not wear shirts, and Millie has plenty of scenes entirely unclothed. Timulty tends to be nude save for his fur. Note that whenever Ozy ends up bald, he does have to cover up; once this is done with pants, but usually he manages with either a long shirt or awkward camera angles.
    • Some fans have noted that Ozy generally seems to have a "two articles of clothing" rule, especially since some newer images of his older self show him wearing just a beret and scarf instead of his usual hat and vest.
    • This is something of an odd example — it regularly draws comment, suggesting that Ozy and Avery are expected to wear pants, yet nobody ever treats it as if their exceptional nudity is a problem. Other characters the same age also go around without a full complement of clothing with no comment. As is usually the case with this trope, calling attention to the fact is mostly based on the Rule of Funny.
  • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Ozy resorts to this whenever the Llewellyn hair curse hits him (i.e. here), at least until he finds some pants.
  • Hand Puppet: Millie's "Mister W" sock puppetnote , that she frequently used to mock George W. Bush.
  • Happily Adopted: Ozy is a fox raised by a dragon. He's quite happy with his dad, even if he is a bit... odd. And, at the very end of the strip, his dad and Millie's mom get married, giving him an adoptive-but-loving mother as well. He's been told of his biological parents, but as he reminded Millie once, he knows who his real father is. Even if he occasionally sits on him, or sets him on fire, or makes him scrub the moat as a chore.
  • Happy Dance: Llewellyn and Ozy do one to celebrate the impending failure of Llewellyn's Presidential campaign.
  • Historical In-Joke: Llewellyn loves these. So much.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Ozy, who doesn't wear pants, has lost all his fur, and Millie notes "You can tell his religion just by looking at him." She was actually referring to the fact that his lack of hair makes him look like a Buddha statue.
    Millie: What did you think I meant?
  • Irony: Avery tried so hard to be cool, when in fact he was cool all along if he just stopped trying to be cool. Because all that forced effort was actually doing the opposite.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Ozy (a fox) is the adopted son of Llewellyn (a dragon).
  • Innocent Prodigy: Nearly all the youngsters at some point.
  • Jerk Jock: Jeremy. Much like in Calvin and Hobbes, the titular characters never actually get back at him, and rarely manage to avoid him. Millie could initially avoid his more physical attention since he Wouldn't Hit a Girl, but when she demanded equal treatment, he complied. However, while the kids couldn't do much against him, the fact that Ozy's family consists entirely of dragons has occasionally brought some truly satisfying results.
  • Karma Houdini: Jeremy is almost never punished for his bullying. This could also apply to Felicia, though to a lesser extent.
    • May be a case of sorta subjective Truth in Television. To a kid who gets routinely bullied, it seems that the bully never truly gets what he deserves for it or they would have stopped a long time ago. There is an entire story arc about how Millie gets punished for hitting Jeremy back after he hit her, simply because the teacher didn't see the first offense. Many a bullied kid can tell you similar stories.
      • Though many cases in real life, bullies at some point wake up and realize what a monster they had been, though at that point the kids they tormented were long in the past and since moved away to who knows where? (So it seems like a Karma Houdini to the victims) while the bullies have to live with the torment of guilt for what they did for the rest of their lives. (Then of course there are those who will always be psychopaths/assholes forever) But knowing they'll never be able to apologize, nor get that forgiveness is the worst feeling in the world, and in many opinions rightfully deserved.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In "Dealing With the Press", Ozy springs a practice question on Millie about taking cookies from her mother's cookie jar, filling the role of a reporter on her presidential run. At first, Millie's excuses are reasonable enough, but it ends with "I had to wash my Styrofoam!"
  • Laugh Track: If anyone would invoke this trope in a medium that doesn't even have any audio, it's Millie, with a boombox that has a laugh track on it.
  • Least Rhymable Word: Llewellyn invents the "authentic Llewellyn-brand borange" just so that orange will have a rhyme. He's a bit unclear about what exactly it does.
    • Not to mention that the very first strip has Ozymandias relieved that the kids at school can't make childish bullying rhymes about him because nothing rhymes with his name.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ozy and Millie have this so much that in the final arc their parents get married.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Possible but never confirmed, as real-life celebrities like George Bush and John Lennon are mentioned, but it is never stated if they are their human selves or furry alternates. When asked about this Dana admitted she never even considered that. Although we once saw a painting of Albert Einstein as a human.
  • Lite Crème: Discussed in one strip while Ms. Mudd and Llewellyn are shopping for cereal and spot things like Froot-O's and Sinn-a-munn Crispies.
    Llewellyn: I had no idea there were so many synonyms for sugar.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs. Mudd. When her daughter has truly been wronged, she will do something about it, even when it's an uphill battle.
  • Master of Delusion: Millie here.
  • Mattress Tag Gag: Turned into a Gulliver's Travels-esque satire: Llewellyn legalizes this act in his tiny country. The U.S. takes serious offense at this.
    • Even earlier, Ozy implies that cutting tags off mattresses is a worse crime than music piracy.
  • Meaningful Name: Dr. Wahnsinnig, the school psychiatrist. Her name means "insane" in German.
  • Merlin Sickness: The dread pirate Locke. He has a normal memory. At the time of the comics, he's a child. He's also Millie's father, and remembers doing some "really icky things" about ten years ago. Interestingly, the subject of what happens when he reaches the youngest possible point is touched upon- it turns out that, rather than "turning into a zygote, then disappearing", he swings around and ages the other way. It was never clarified in-comic, but Word of God states that when he starts aging forward and becomes too old to live, he'll start aging backwards again, in an infinite loop, though the writer never stated he is actually immortal.
  • Must Have Caffiene: An early strip, from when the writer admits she was going for the newspaper comic audience.
    Millie: I don't care if it does stunt my growth. I. Need. COFFEE.
  • Name and Name
  • Nice Hat: Ozy wears a very, very large top hat, which he got from Llewellyn. He and his best friend lampshade both his specific example and the trope on an epic scale here.
  • No Intelligent Life Here: Parodied, as Millie pretends to be a space explorer on a search for unintelligent life, which turns out to be extremely easy.
  • No Name Given: Ms. Mudd, until October 2008.
  • Non-Humans Lack Attributes: Of the "fur covers everything" variant, judging by Ozy's awkward attempts to cover himself every time he's shaved.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: subtle but visible on Millie's mother.
  • Noodle Implements: Often combined with Historical In Jokes by Llewellyn for such masterpieces as "...that photo of me with Mrs. Calvin Coolidge and all the whipped cream." In fact, a number of Llewellyn's Historical In Jokes seem to involve whipped cream. Though knowing him (and this comic) there's no guarantee that he meant what you probably thought he meant.
    • Three words: House Rules Parcheezi.
    • Also on Take your Daughter to Work day, that conversation Ozy had with Llewellyn that got censored. No shortage of implements here.
  • Noodle Incident: Isolde accidentally sneeze-fried Ozy three times
  • Not So Different: Millie is this with Felicia, of all people. Millie herself admits that, aside from the surface personality, both she and Felicia are smart (though it's more of a book-smart sort of intelligence in Felicia's case), competitive, a bit short-tempered, and prone to taking a black-and-white view of the world.
  • Not So Stoic: Ozy looked like he was gonna cry after hearing about his birth mother.
  • Once a Season: There is a story arc that occurs once a year in which Ozy somehow loses all his fur. This is explained to be because of a family curse that only affects Ozy because he's the only member in the family to actually have fur. It is later explained that the whole curse story was a lie told to him by his father.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: Isolde and Locke. Also, Ms. Mudd, in the early comics, though they were phased out with the comic's Art Evolution.
  • Only One Name: Llewellyn, apparently — The evidence is this wedding invitation. His son Ozy inherits the name as a family name. Millie's mother has always been referred to as simply "Ms. Mudd", and her first name was never revealed to the readers until this strip came out.
    • Avery's last name is never revealed, but this doesn't seem to occur to most readers.
  • Orphaned Series: A followup series showing Ozy and Millie's later life was planned but never written. It seems with the popularity of Phoebe and Her Unicorn, Ozy & Millie seems practically abandoned.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Llewellyn is essentially a lovably eccentric Englishman — and a wise, kind-hearted adoptive father — in dragon form. Oh, and he's also Really 700 Years Old. "Lovably eccentric" is the dragons' hat — during a family reunion, Ozy won a game by being suitably Zen in his justification for not participating to begin with.
  • Our Slogan Is Terrible: The local grocery store Pay 'n Pay "Where freshness is a possibility."
  • Painting the Medium:
    • Llewellyn's font (and those of the other dragons, with the exception of the teenage Isolde). According to Word of God, the weird font represents the dragon accent, and Isolde lacks the accent because she has grown up in the US. Lampshaded here when a character says to Llewellyn "You also speak in a non-regulation font."
    • In addition, Jeremy, the dull-witted bully, speaks in all lowercase, in a cruder handwriting style.
    • Dana continues the "speaking in fonts" gag in Phoebe and Her Unicorn.
  • Parody Retcon: In-universe, Millie attempts this for a poorly-written essay here.
  • Perky Goth: Happens to Felicia near the end, as she becomes Goth, but the circle of Goths she tries to hang out with snubs her because she's "too happy" so she quickly abandons that.
  • Phrase Catcher: Anybody talking to Llewellyn for long will end up going "Wait. What?"
  • Pint-Sized Kid: All underage characters except for maybe Jeremy and the other bullies. Lampshaded several times:
    • When Ozy and Millie try to use the drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant because Millie can't look over the counter.
    • Or when Millie tries to play an electric guitar that's longer than herself, and she cannot even reach the strings with her right hand.
    • Or when Timulty needs a ladder to get onto a bike, and even then he can reach neither the handlebar nor the pedals.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: Captain Locke zigzags this. In his first appearance, he sails to a convenience store to buy gum. The next time he's seen, he does a Prince and Pauper switch with Millie and tries to raid the principals office. Later he mentions having battled a giant squid and attempts to overthrow the government of Greater Llewellynlland.
  • Playing Doctor: Subverted, as it's used to parody health insurance ('Thanks for sitting here by yourself for an hour. Here's a referral.'). They wonder why they're so concerned about playing doctor and conclude it's out of worry it'd make them cynical. Keep in mind that Ozy is normally a Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal anyhow.
  • Plot-Relevant Age-Up: After a couple of years, Simpson aged the characters about two years, appropriately, but they then remained that age.
  • Popular Is Dumb: Played with in an And I Must Scream-ish way. It's implied that Felicia actually has normal intelligence, but has to constantly play dumb because her friends would see her as a nerd if they found out she wasn't as shallow as them.
  • Potty Emergency: "So I bought this stuff. The ad on TV said it's guaranteed to make me 'regular'!"
  • Punny Name: Principal Beau Vine. Take a wild guess at his species.
  • Recycled In Space: Calvin and Hobbes... WITH FURRIES!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Millie is red and Ozy is blue.
  • Retcon: With regards to curses.
  • Revealing Cover-Up: One of Ozy's dragon relatives, Tiberius, managed to do this with the "U.F.O. cover-up conspiracy" he was in charge of. What makes this especially embarrassing is that U.F.O's genuinely don't exist in this universe.note 
  • Rule of Funny: The character sheet on Jeremy: "He's a rabbit because that seemed funny."
  • Running Gag: Ozy ends up bald at least once a year.
    • One time it happens to Millie instead.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Played With. Millie is just as smart and introspective as Ozy. She just doesn't see this as an obligation to act mature.
  • Scenery Censor: Done with a lollipop here.
  • Seattle: The setting for the comic...
  • Self-Deprecation: Dana also dabbles in songwriting, and had the lyrics to one of her songs appear in the strip. Felicia proceeds to mock the heavy use of overly emotional metaphors.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Actually a Self Fulfilling Wish.
  • Seven Minute Lull: Implied in an early strip. "Implied" because it didn't visually portray the lull.
  • Sgt. Pepper's Shout-Out: This unused cover for a trade paperback collection.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Most of Llewellyn's stories. At one point Ozy remarks, "Some kids look for Waldo. I look for Dad's point."
    • Felicia starts dyeing her wool black, which scares the school staff into prohibiting black wool. Millie, despite hating Felicia, gets indignant at this suppression of the right to freedom of expression, and covers herself with black cotton balls in protest, only to find that Felicia surrendered to the dress code without a fight and sheared herself.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Done twice: once by Millie (who can't quite pull it off), once by someone from the government (who can).
  • Shout Out:
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Captain Locke shows up at this point of the wedding. After confirming that Llewellyn loves the bride, he hits the groom in the face with a pie, starting a food fight. Of course, pie fights are a traditional part of dragon weddings, so it isn't as disruptive as you'd think.
  • Spit Take: In an early (1999-ish) strip, Millie discovers that she can make her mother do a spit-take by sneaking up behind her while she's reading the paper and saying "Lewinsky." Ozy then tries this on Llewellyn; he discovers that, since Llewellyn is Really 700 Years Old, saying "Lewinsky" doesn't get a reaction but saying "Teapot Dome" does. (Being a dragon, his version involves fire breath.) A couple years later, Millie discovers that she can now achieve the same effect again, by saying "dimpled chad."
  • Spoof Aesop: Several, including "Pirates are good at math."
  • Springtime for Hitler: In 2000, Llewellyn runs for president against Bush and Gore on a lark, as is clearly demonstrated by his running on the People With Nothing Better To Do ticket. He then chooses an inherently ridiculous platform to ensure that he doesn't actually get the job. Despite the fact that his running mate is a stack of pancakes and his campaign promises involve outlawing bread and selling Arizona and New Mexico to Mexico to get the money needed to buy British Columbia from Canada, he ends up inexplicably popular, and ends up neck and neck with the other two candidates thanks to some confusing ballots. He ultimately has to withdraw from the election in order to escape the risk of actually having to become president, which made him even more popular, as it proved that he was far more mature than either of the other two candidates.
  • Straight Man: Ozy is usually this to Millie. And his dad. And Avery. Millie is sometimes this to Felicia.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: Oddly enough, Millie and Mr. Larnblatt, the music teacher. When music classes are cancelled to make way for standardized test, Mr. Larnblatt, the music teacher, starts shouting about how important music is using increasingly crazier metaphors, eventually getting to "Music is the nucleus of the cell! The avocado of death!" Later, after the music class has been restored, Millie expresses her joy to Mr. Larnblatt using the exact same phrasing. He answers "Yes, well, I did tell them that."
  • Stuffed into a Trashcan: Jeremy's (most likely) daily hobby involving poor Ozy. This webcomic exemplifies and often abuses this trope.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: The Dread Pirate Locke ages in reverse, making him about the same age as his daughter Millie.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Captain Locke has a pirate crew that makes it seem more like he's running a daycare. Justified in that everyone in the alternate universe he hails from has Merlin Sickness.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The comic strip for 2001-06-13 has an instance of this. Actually plausible...
  • Symbol Swearing: Lampshaded in a 2003 strip. As it turns out, Timulty has just been memorizing characters off the keyboard.
  • The Tell: The tails of the fox charcters show their emotions. This is mentioned many times, including for Ozy and Ms. Mudd
  • Tied-Together-Shoelace Trip: Millie tried to do this to Ozy while he was contemplative, though he noticed before he tried to walk. It's still impressive since she had to put shoes on him first.
  • Tomboy: Millie doesn't always play with dolls, but when she does it's as part of a "space commander" game, or she's making them do political protests.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Isolde and Millie try this to get Ozy pants from some lobbyist in Washington, D.C., but the lobbyist targets see through it instantly.
  • Unicorn: Llewellyn the dragon once had a crush on a unicorn when he was younger. She was way out of his league, though.
  • Volleying Insults: Ozy and Millie had a friendly version of this in one strip, in one of their games: iambic pentameter slam.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: In the arc where Avery tries smoking, there's a strip where Millie stands outside the bathroom listening to him vomit.
  • Wacky Parent, Serious Child: With Ozy being more or less the Only Sane Man, Llewellyn arguably needs his adopted son just as much as Ozy needs Llewellyn.
  • Walking Spoiler: Locke, a fox kid who is the same age as Millie, was revealed to be Millie's backwards aging Dad from another dimension in one of the most compelling and dramatic arcs in the entire series. This is usually the story arc everyone mentions, though many fans respect the comic too much to spoil.
  • Webcomics Long-Runners: April 1998 to December 2008.
  • What Have We Ear?: Ozy does it here, to a fundamentalist homeschooled kid. She thinks it's witchcraft, leading poor Ozy to be tarred and feathered. (Don't worry, he's fine.)
  • Wily Walrus: The "ambassador" that Bush sent to Greater Llewellynlland was a walrus who refused to believe in dragons (the "ruler's" species) and mostly just laid about eating all the food.
  • Wingding Eyes: When the nerdy aardvark Stephan goes into über-geek mode, his glasses show things like dollar signs, clocks or whatever is appropriate in the situation.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Jeremy, because Millie accused him of being sexist when he said he wouldn't.
    • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: After that, Millie decided to take advantage of the fact that Jeremy (reluctantly) can't hit girls. Not that it helped her much, since Jeremy is good at Loophole Abuse.
  • Word-Salad Humor: Usually from Millie, like her attempt at creating a catchphrase for Avery, among other things. "Armadillo! Armadillo! The cheese from Zimbabwe has lugubriously flattened my popcorn!"
  • World of Funny Animals: Plays with this trope. The main characters are two fox children and their single parents, one of whom is a dragon. However, figures from actual history (such as several American presidents and John Lennon) are mentioned, although they're never shown.
  • You Are the New Trend: Happened to Millie once. She accidentally dyes her head black (don't ask), and for some reason that's never really explained (Millie is not remotely a trendsetter or popular), Felicia takes this as a cue that dying one's head is "the latest thing" and copies it. This eventually leads into her and her friends copying Millie's Limited Wardrobe and hanging out with her, before abandoning her again when she predictably fails to move on to the next new fad.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Ms. Mudd; it's a tribute to Marge Simpson. Judging from this brief glimpse of her as a child, it's her natural hair color. Her daughter, on the other hand, is a more "conventional" Fiery Redhead.

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