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Hunter takes things literally.

"... I was naive, Benni, just like you are right now. I didn't realize the danger I put myself into, nor did I understand the consequences of what I was doing, but that's a part of being young and growing up."

Started in January 2012, Forest Hill is a Slice of Life Dramedy written and drawn by Tim Rodriguez that follows the lives of three friends and their families as they deal with growing up, as well as a school bully who has been raised in less-than-ideal circumstances.

The cast includes Tanya, a spoiled fox who has her dad wrapped around her finger, Kaleb, a rabbit whose mother is struggling to get by, and Munch, a cat who pays more attention to the T.V. than anything else.

Plot arcs have included moving to the eponymous city, fitting in at school, a hospital stay, a sleepover, and the rescue of a bully from his abusive father, which leads to the uncovering of a child prostitution ring. It gets worse.

Most of the strips are in short-form Newspaper Comic format, with early strips in black and white or grayscale, and later strips in full color, although recent strips have switched back to black and white. Occasionally, a half-page Sunday Strip would be posted as well to keep with its newspaper feel.


The comic is notable for currently being one of the only comics to have a positive review on the Bad Web Comics Wiki.

WARNING: This comic discusses topics of child sexuality and abuse, and thus contains disturbing scenes of child sexual abuse and full-frontal nudity, including of underage characters. Viewer discretion advised.

The comic is hosted here.

Forest Hill contains the following tropes:

  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    • Kaleb mishears the statement that mankind loved the animals, sacrificed themselves for them, and provided their food as "Man sacrificed us for his food out of love." Well, considering real-life animal-human relations he's not precisely wrong...
    • He also mishears "rape kit" as "grape kit" and asks for one.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Benni does this here.
  • Breakout Character: Benni was originally not supposed to be one of the main characters of the comic.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Benni initially rejects Hunter's affection.
    • Happens to Hunter again when he is sexually assaulted by Talitha.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Munch will do anything to watch T.V.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Beth-Anne implies that her brother Jestan rapes her on a regular basis.
  • The Bully: Benni is considered the top bully at the school.
  • Bully Brutality: Benni almost kills Kaleb by performing a suplex on him. Tanya later becomes the victim of a different group of bullies who tie her up and stab her in the foot with a knife, and one of them even rapes her.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Tanya picks a fight with some older kids because they caused Kaleb to have a seizure and then ran away, thinking that she is tough enough to take them. She doesn't suspect that these older kids do not fight fairly or how far they will go in retaliation.
  • Camera Obscurer: As a child, Flora would often get a few photographs taken by a transient hippy named Whistlestop just to finish a roll of film. He would develop the film, only for the pictures he took to turn out so bad, they were often trashed. It turns out that he had obfuscated them on purpose to hide that he was making perfectly fine duplicate pictures to add to his Porn Stash of young children.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Flora is shown to be rather tipsy after only having a couple of glasses of wine on this page.
  • Cassandra Truth: According to Beth-Anne, her parents think she's making things up when she tells them that Jestan hits her and rapes her.
  • Cats Are Mean: Jestan when he shoves Kaleb off a bench and causes him to suffer a seizure. Later he proves he's worse than mean. Much, much worse.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: A variant; Flora catches Benni not during the act but after and knows what he's been doing because he apparently left some...evidence behind. She tells him it's fine as long as he keeps in his room.
  • Cheerful Child: Hunter seems to find the positive in everything. Talitha also seems to be a normal cheerful child, until she sexually assaults Hunter, and later is shown casually talking about porn with Benni. Her cheerful attitude only breaks when she tries to molest Hunter again and he fights back.
  • The Church: Kaleb and Flora's religion has many similarities to Catholicism.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror:
    • Benni thinks that it is normal for children to have sex with adults or even other children as a result of his father's abuse.
    • Talitha has been groomed by her pedophile father to enjoy sex and pornography despite her disturbingly young age.
  • Confessional: Flora is seen going to confessional on this page
  • Content Warnings: Due to the focus of the comic becoming more focused on the subject of child sexual abuse, including depictions of nudity and some disturbing imagery, the author has added a warning to the website that the comic should not be read by children without permission from a parent.
  • Convulsive Seizures: Kaleb suffers from seizures due to his head injury, although the first seizure he has is an absence seizure.
  • Corruption of a Minor: Benni and Talitha's Abusive Parents have raped them, forced them to have sex with each other and other kids, and done other horrible things to them. As a result, Benni is a bully with serious anger issues and possibly would have raped Tanya if Kaleb hadn't stopped him, and Talitha actually does rape Hunter, because she doesn’t understand that sexual assault is not an appropriate way to show affection to someone you like.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Hunter, and by extension, Tanya.
  • Daddy's Girl: Tanya is spoiled by her father.
  • Dad the Veteran: Flora's father is an Army veteran turned hippy farmer who is fiercely protective of his children when he needs to be.
  • Deep South: The story is set in the southern Appalachian mountains.
  • Dirty Kid:
    • Benni, due to his upbringing, is very open about sexual things and has sexual knowledge most kids his age wouldn't have. He even admits he likes sex, as long as it isn't rough or forced, and after offering himself to Colin note , he says he wouldn't have minded because he was starting to like Colin.
    • Talitha forces Hunter to have sex with her because she doesn't understand that this isn't the right way to show affection. She also enjoys watching porn and masturbating.
    • Flora fell in love with a pedophile when she was a child and didn't realize anything was wrong with this until she discovered that her lover was also abusing her brothers.
    • Jestan and Laroy are the worst of them, they tie up and torture Tanya with the intent to rape her.
    • Colin is also disturbed when he finds out that Tanya has tried fingering herself and is also worried about how Hunter enjoys being naked a little bit too much. Flora assures him that none of this is out of the ordinary.
  • Disappeared Dad: Kaleb's father was a soldier who died in combat.
  • Don't Make Me Take My Belt Off!: Benni's father takes his belt off to punish Benni on this page, although it is heavily implied that he actually did so to rape Benni.
  • Easily Forgiven: Flora becomes Benni's foster mother, and Kaleb is okay with this despite the fact that Benni almost killed him. Kaleb's friends, however, take longer to accept Benni.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Hunter talks like this. It's very cute.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: The comic took 189 strips over 7 chapters over 4 years to finish covering the events of a single day, starting with "Overheard" on September 26, 2016 and finally finishing with "Night Aware" on October 12, 2020.
  • Fictional Currency: The monetary system in the comic is represented by a triangle with two diagonal lines, as seen here. They are called Prims.
  • Fish Eyes: Hunter makes friends with a boy who has strabismus.
  • Fourth-Wall Mail Slot: Has a Q&A where readers can ask questions to the author or the characters.
  • Foster Kid: Flora agrees to take in the school bully, Benni.
  • Free-Range Children: Flora, growing up in the hippy commune.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: Ray is subjected to this by a pair of detectives who are trying to determine whether he is molesting Talitha.
  • Handicapped Badass: Having a broken arm in a cast doesn't dissuade Benni from coming to Kaleb and Tanya's rescue when they are ambushed by the sixth-graders.
  • Happily Adopted: Well, fostered in Benni's case. Being a part of Flora and Kaleb's family proves to be a stabilizing influence in his life and is slowly bringing out the best in him.
  • Harmful to Minors: Benni, Talitha, Hunter, Flora and her brothers when they were kids and Beth-Anne have all been exposed to sexuality at a young age.
  • Hate Sink: Benni and Talitha's sexually abusive fathers. Also, the big kids that Tanya made the mistake of provoking. These characters get a lot of hate in the comments.
  • Headbutt of Love: Flora shows affection to Colin with a headbutt. The author actually has pet rabbits and says that they do this sometimes.
  • Hippie Parents: Flora grew up in a hippy commune. Her parents let her run around naked and only made her wear shorts outside of the commune. They also let chose a new name for herself.
  • Home Nudist: Benni and Hunter both enjoy being naked. Flora gives Benni permission to be naked at home with Kaleb as long as he doesn't do anything sexual with him after he confesses to sleeping naked with Kaleb. Flora also advises Colin to let Hunter be naked at home since he prefers it. When Benni and Kaleb stay at Colin's house with Hunter and Colin, they all have dinner together naked.
  • Honest John's Dealership: Ray Verost works as a salesman at a suspiciously named car dealership.
  • Humanity's Wake: The story is implied to take place long after the fall of man.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In one comic, Kaleb asks his mother if he has to be gay when he grows up because he thinks that girls are gross. She makes the excuse that she needs to go get more coffee, but leaves her cup behind, so she can step out of the room to laugh.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Benni has this reaction when Munch tries to tell Kaleb that he and Benni can't live together because of what Benni did to him, while Benni is only a few feet away.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Tanya makes an oblivious comment when Flora says that they would be eating mac n cheese if Colin hadn't paid for dinner, saying that mac n cheese is what poor people eat.
  • Interspecies Romance: Several characters are attracted to characters outside of their species.
    • Flora becomes attracted to Colin. They eventually have sex after coming home from a night out with their kids.
    • Paz has an unrequited crush on Tanya, who has one on Kaleb.
    • Talitha has a crush on Hunter.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Munch's brother, Paz, is the best Wall-Ball player at school until Tanya comes along. He loses gracefully, and vows that the only way to get as good as she is, is to get to know her better, which leads to...
  • Kid-anova: Averted: Paz makes moves on Tanya, and fails miserably each time.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Tanya makes the mistake of picking a fight with some older kids - Jestan, Laroy and Beth-Anne, not realizing what they are capable of. They respond with torture, and Benni ends up being cruel right back at them.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The comic becomes much darker with Benni's first appearance as he nearly causes the death of a character when the comic had previously been relatively lighthearted. In his second appearance he is no longer a villain, but it begins a story arc that deals with very adult themes.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: And ironically Benni evolves into one for Kaleb when he deals with the bullies that assault him and Tanya, referring to him as his 'little brother' before throwing the first punch at Laroy.
  • Lean and Mean: Benni is a violent and destructive bully, despite being thin enough to have visible ribs.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Kaleb remains unaware that Benni has been sexually abused despite all the obvious clues, and later when he and Tanya are attacked and Tanya gets raped, he doesn't fully comprehend what has happened. None of the adults have explained either to him. It is likely that he doesn't even know what rape is.
  • Lost Technology: Humans in the distant past became technologically advanced enough to Uplift Animals, but since their disappearance all or most of their technology was lost and the world is currently back to about the level of technology of the 1990s.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: The comic used to avoid showing genitals but no longer does and has shown male characters including underage ones fully nude with visible genitals. This resulted in the author taking the comic off of Smackjeeves and moving it to a different host.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Tanya, the aggressive, sports-loving fox is attracted to Kaleb the kind pacifist rabbit since he rescued her from Benni. Kaleb however doesn't really like Tanya very much but is too nice to tell her that.
  • Meaningful Rename: Flora's legal name is actually Beetrice. Her parents allowed her and her siblings to choose new names for themselves and she chose the name 'Flora' because of her love for flowers.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: A school bully repeatedly running away from home, and what at first seems to be an unrelated incident of a 5-year-old girl sexually assaulting a boy lead to the uncovering of a conspiracy of pedophile parents.
  • Missed Him by That Much: When Ray Verost is driving to pick up Talitha, he drives right past her in another car going the other direction, and she sees him, but he doesn't see her.
  • Missing Mom: Tanya and Hunter's mother died of ovarian cancer.
  • Mistaken for Pedophile:
    • An unusual inversion happens when Flora has a chance encounter at the grocery store with a young raccoon named Talitha and her pedophile father, Ray, who mistakes Flora for being a pedophile as well since Benni, who is one of Ray's victims, was with her.
    • Benni has been raised to think that all adults are pedophiles and Flora and Colin have difficulty convincing him that this isn't true. Flora finds out just how badly Benni has been abused when Benni mistakenly thinks that she and Colin were having sex with Tanya. And when Colin gives the boys permission to be naked at his house, Benni thinks that Colin is going to have sex with them and tries to protect Kaleb and Hunter by offering himself to Colin.
  • Morality Chain: After being fostered, Benni sees Flora and Kaleb like family, especially Kaleb. And nobody messes with his little brother.
  • Naked People Are Funny: In one comic, Hunter answers the door with no clothes on before Colin can stop him.
  • Naked People Trapped Outside: Flora and Kaleb find Benni sleeping naked outside in a pile of garbage.
  • Near-Death Experience: Kaleb has one as a result of a serious head injury given to him by Benni.
  • Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: Benni makes a disturbing drawing while staying at Flora's, which she turns in as evidence that he is being abused.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Kaleb has a couple due to his head injury.
  • The '90s: The story is set in a similar time period. It actually takes place in the distant future.
  • Nothing but Skin and Bones: In one comic where Benni is seen naked he has visible ribs, likely from being starved by his abusive father.
  • Obliviously Evil: Talitha sexually assaults Hunter, and she has no idea that she did anything wrong, because she is being raised by a pedophile. She seems to think that forced sex is an appropriate way to show affection.
  • Offing the Offspring: It is implied that Benni's father was planning to do this after dealing with his son running away too many times when he picks up a shotgun. The police arrive to arrest him before he can go looking for Benni.
  • Oh, Crap!:
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: This happens twice to Flora. When she and Benni run into Mr. Verost, who is a paedophile in an incestuous relationship with his daughter, he assumes that she is in on the secret, and she doesn't realize what he is talking about. Later when she is talking with Benni, she does not immediately realize that Benni is actually talking about having sex with Mr. Verost and Talitha due to him using an Unusual Euphemism, until he makes it very obvious that he thinks Flora and Colin were having sex with Colin's daughter. This makes Flora suspicious of Benni's pedophilic relationship with all the men he knows.
  • Our Product Sucks: While driving to their new home, the Locket family stops at a fast food restaurant called Wurst's, and the guy at the register says, "Welcome to Wurst's, where our food is always the worst." Colin orders two Wurst kid's meals and a Wurst burger combo. Tanya mentions the terrible logic of the name while eating her food.
  • Out-of-Clothes Experience: Happens to Kaleb while in his coma where he finds himself naked on a brick road in the middle of a white void.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Flora is fairly permissive with Kaleb and Benni and seems unphased when discussing sexual issues with Benni and Tanya. It helps that she was raised by Hippie Parents.
  • Oven Logic: Tayna does this when attempting to make dinner on this page.
  • Pacifist: Kaleb, of the conditional variety. He doesn't like seeing anyone fighting, but will step in to help if he believes another to be in danger. He tries to prevent Tanya from taking revenge on a group of kids who pushed him off a table and then ran away when he started to have a seizure.
  • Pædo Hunt:
    • We find out just how bad Benni's father is when it is revealed that he has not only been sexually abusing him, but also prostituting him to other pedophiles. Benni's father finally gets arrested when Flora finds evidence of Benni's abuse, and another is caught after Benni starts talking. And there are likely more out there.
    • The hippy commune that Flora's family was part of ended up falling apart because the actions of a pedophile caused the neighbors in the commune to no longer trust each other.
  • Papa Wolf: When Flora's father found out that Flora and her brothers were being abused by a pedophile, he confronted the pedophile, beat him up, and dragged him unconscious to the local sheriff.
  • Parental Incest: Mr. Verost with his daughter, using Benni as a proxy, because he can't fit his privates into her. Benni has also been raped by his father. The most disturbing thing is that both Benni and Talitha think that all parents do this with their kids.
  • Parental Sexuality Squick: Flora is disturbed by her mother casually talking about sex.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: Tanya has one about her rape at Jestan's hands during her stay at Flora's.
  • The Place: Forest Hill is the title of the comic and where the story is set.
  • Playing Doctor: Talitha forces Hunter to "play house" with her, which involves forcing him to take off his clothes and touching his privates, leaving him mildly traumatized.
  • Playing Sick: Tanya tries this so that she can skip school and go with Kaleb to his therapy.
  • Plot Tumor: The character of Benni and the topic of child sexual abuse have taken over a large part of the comic. Benni first appears as an unsympathetic bully who sends Kaleb to the hospital, but he later reappears and it is revealed that he is being sexually abused by his father. This ends up taking over much of the comic as Benni becomes a main character and Flora decides to become his foster parent. And then Hunter gets sexually assaulted by a girl who is then revealed to be a friend of Benni's who is also being abused, and Benni reveals that there is a whole conspiracy of pedophiles in the town. The author of the comic has said that he never originally planned for the comic to go in this direction.
  • Privacy by Distraction: Colin uses a videotape of a Barney-like character to distract Hunter so that he can talk to Tanya about Hunter being molested at school.
  • Potty Dance: Hunter almost loses the battle because Benni is taking a shower until Flora tells Hunter it's okay to enter since Benni is also a boy.
  • Predator Turned Protector: Benni starts as The Bully and a potential rapist who attacks Tanya and severely injures Kaleb. When it is discovered that he is being abused by his father, Kaleb's mother takes him as a foster son and he becomes an extremely protective brother to Kaleb and friend of Tanya.
  • The Rant: Most of the recent comics have a rant of the form "In todays comic..." or "Today's comic..." that either explains what happens in the comic, or makes a pun about it.
  • Rape Discretion Shot: Happens when it is implied Benni's abusive father punishes Benni for running away by raping him. Happens again when Hunter is sexually assaulted by Talitha. Averted when Flora talks about her past with Benni.
  • Righteous Rabbit: Kaleb and Flora are both incredibly nice people. Kaleb heroically tries to protect Tanya from Benni even though she makes him uncomfortable and gets nearly killed by Benni. Neither Flora nor Kaleb show any real anger towards Benni for hurting Kaleb and Flora ends up helping to save Benni from his abusive father and agrees to become his foster parent. Kaleb is later willing to stand up for Benni against his own best friend.
  • The Runaway: Benni. Multiple times.
  • Sacred Scripture: Kaleb and Flora's religion has the Hominae.
  • Sex Slave: Benni is forced to have sex for money by his abusive father.
  • Skinny Dipping: Benni thinks about going skinny dipping in one comic.
  • Spit Take: So far, here, here, here and here.
  • Suck E. Cheese's: The Dingo Roo's restaurant has shades of this.
  • Suplex Finisher: Benni did this to Kaleb, which sent him to the hospital, and caused him to suffer from seizures afterwards.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: Kaleb overhears Flora having sex with Colin, and thinks they were just bouncing on the bed, which she does not deny. Benni is not fooled, but does not say anything, and it is a good thing he didn't, because he mistakenly believed that they were having sex with Tanya.
  • The Talk: After Hunter is molested at school, Colin has a discussion with Tanya to explain what molestation and rape are to her, and he is thankful, but annoyed, when he finds out that her aunt has already explained sex to her. Colin isn't able to give an answer when she asks how it is even possible for a penis to enter a vagina because it hurts when she tries to finger herself.
  • Thank the Maker: Humanity disappeared in the distant past. The creatures they created now worship humanity.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Benni decides to bully Munch when Munch keeps insisting that Benni is dangerous. He manages to restrain himself after Kaleb suffers another seizure.
  • Tomboy: Tanya is aggressive and loves to play sports, beating all the guys she plays against.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Benni is slowly becoming a better person after coming into Flora's care.
  • Triang Relations: Type 5. Paz wants Tanya who wants Kaleb. Tanya violently rejects Paz while Kaleb does not return Tanya's affections.
  • Troubled, but Cute: Benni from is a bully with serious anger issues, who possibly would have raped Tanya if Kaleb hadn't stopped him. It later turns out he has a very abusive father whom he is terrified of and that he is very protective of those he considers friends.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: As a result of his father's abuse, Benni thinks that it is normal for parents to have sex with their children. An even worse example is Talitha, who is even younger than Benni. She molests Hunter at school and also is implied to enjoy watching porn.
    • Talitha lifting up her skirt to Flora, unaware of how inappropriate this is, is a sign of how the sexual abuse she's been subjected to has warped her perception of sex and nudity.
    • The author of the comic has said that they did not originally plan for Benni to be an abuse victim, but decide to make him one after they realized that just being a big kid was not a sufficient explanation for his sudden temper and violent, possibly sexual, behavior. See the comment section on this page at the comic's old host.
    • Colin is also disturbed when he finds out that Tanya has tried fingering herself and is also worried about how Hunter enjoys being naked a little bit too much. Flora assures him that none of this is out of the ordinary.
  • Unequal Pairing:
    • Flora reveals to Benni that when she was a child she had a romantic and sexual relationship with an adult. She didn't think anything was wrong with this, thinking it was part of a normal hippy relationship, until she discovered that he had been deceiving her in order to make child pornography and have sex, and that he had also been similarly abusing other children, including her own brothers. Flora tells Benni this to help him understand why children should not have sexual relations with adults.
    • Benni expresses interest in having sex with Colin, who has to firmly refuses the offer.
  • Uplifted Animal: The world is populated by intelligent animals that were created by humans in the distant past.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Tanya takes revenge on anyone who hurts Kaleb, even if Kaleb doesn't want her to. This gets both of them into trouble when she provokes some older kids into fighting her for hurting Kaleb, not suspecting just how far they will go when provoked.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: An in-universe example -Tanya gets so caught up in her story about a witch who falls in love with a prince and turns into a queen that she forgets about the princess who was locked away by the witch.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Flora gives Colin one when he reveals that he not only allowed the boys to be naked but got naked himself. Colin, in turn, gives Flora one when he learns she allowed Tanya to masturbate whenever she wants if Tanya helps control Talitha.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: It is implied that Colin tends to be out of town on a somewhat consistent basis.
  • Wingding Eyes: Benni's eyes are replaced with spirals after Colin forces him to eat more food than he is used to having (concerned about Benni's weight) and gives him bellyache.
  • Working the Same Case: A social services worker named Karmen Defay learns from Flora that Benni was being forced to work as a prostitute by his abusive father and made to have sex with other children while she is also investigating Hunter being sexually assaulted by Talitha, who is one of the kids Benni was forced to rape, without being aware of the connection between Benni and Talitha.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Kaleb uses this when trying to convince Benni not to fight with Munch.