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Accidental Centaurs is a webcomic created and drawn by John Lotshaw. It debuted on January 15th, 2002.

The strip follows the ongoing adventures of Alex and Sam, two scientists from Earth who had been working on a teleportation system. During testing, the system explodes, opening a wormhole to an alternate universe. There, they find themselves transformed into centaurs (or, more accurately, transformed into something so strange that their minds perceive them as centaurs to protect their sanity). Their arrival is noted by the W!rxn, (The "!" is pronounced as a click of the tongue) a race of omniscient beings that watch over the parallel universe, who believe them to be fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. They are given a ring which contains Lenny, a djinn who is supposed to be their guide and protector (but usually ends up insulting them more often than not).

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The story has undergone several re-imaginings since its original launch. The most recent launch has rendered the original stories non-canon.

Sam and Alex's relationship is contentious, with each blaming the other for being stuck in this new world. They appear to have no romantic interest in each other at first and are quite hostile and sarcastic around each other. Lenny has shown a darker side as well on some occasions, and it's clear that his part of the prophecy is against his will as well.

Often goes through long periods of inactivity; as of 2021, the strip hasn't been updated in a year and the hosting site is having connection problems.


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Accidental Centaurs provides examples of:

  • Shout-Out: Several, mostly to Pop Culture, though there's the occasional webcomic reference.
    • Lenny refers to himself as "Brain the size of a planet" and makes various other The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy references, including the Great Zarquon. Alex buys a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster at one stage.
    • In his first appearance, Lenny is holding a copy of the 12th published volume of Kevin & Kell, "Yo Mama".
    • He later turned Sam and Alex into human-ish slime creatures based on "the maid of this wizard [he] met once in another dimension", aka Myrrh, slime maid servant to Lord Sykos of Melleck Xaos' dimension in The Wotch.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: hardly, Sam and Alex appear to genuinely dislike each other. Alex comments on Sam's *ahem* physique, comparing it favourably with her ..... attributes... in human form, which she doesn't appreciate at all

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