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Left to right: Izabell, Kyle, Dallas, Sora, Jake, and Adam.

''Forestdale' is a Furry Webcomic co-created by Nauyaco and Rated R Ponystar which updates every Wednesday and Sunday.

Taking place in a world of anthropomorphic animals, Forestdale focuses on six lifelong friends navigating their childhoods together, each with their own unique personality:

  • Kyle Kendricks: A fox with a love for classic rock and the straight man of the cast, someone you can always trust and rely on. Very much an average, everyday kid.
  • Dallas Burnside: A Dalmatian who can be a bit of a jokester at times, always wanting to make everyone else around him smile and feel happy. He has dreams of being a firefighter like his parents.
  • Izabell "Izzy" or "Iz" Carroll: A laid back and lazy cat who grew up with modern pop culture and technology, maintaining a sarcastic and mischievous streak that often lands her in hot water.
  • Adam Summers: A rabbit jock that's one year older than the rest of his friends and always looking to prove himself athletically, his biggest flaw being his hatred for losing.
  • Jake Noel: A wolf/deer hybrid that came from a troubled past and was adopted at age eight into a loving family of lizards. Despite his rough childhood, Jake is one of the kindest members of the main cast if a bit quiet.
  • Sora Jeon: A sparrow (originally she was a hawk but the creators decided to change her species of bird to one less commonly used in anthro comics) and the most mature member of the group, possessing remarkable intelligence and a drive to succeed that often puts her at odds with the lazy and childish antics of her friends. She still loves spending time with them though.

Currently the comic is doing isolated 'one-shot' strips containing humorous and heartwarming snapshots of the lives of our favorite Forestdale residents, although the creators have said that they may start doing overarching storylines if the audience grows large enough.

The comic can be read on DeviantART, Twitter, Tumblr or Webtoons.

Tropes in Forestdale:

  • Abusive Parents: Jake's biological mother was a drug addict who is implied to have severely neglected him AT BEST. It's no wonder he dropped his old family name when he was adopted.
  • The Ace: Susan Summers, Adam's older sister, is an absolute beast when it comes to basketball. The girl is able to complete a half court shot, hitting nothing but net, while sitting in a WHEELCHAIR. For context, most basketball players need to use their legs in order to elevate their shot and make more precise throws when attempting to sink a basket; the fact that Susan can accomplish such a difficult shot without even standing up speaks volumes for her skill.
  • Adoptive Name Change: After being adopted by a family of lizards, Jake quickly took their last names as his own and became a 'Noel'. Given who his biological parents were, it's easy to see why he wouldn't want to keep his old last name.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Thanks to losing her mother to cancer at a young age, Sora wound up becoming a bit more mature and self-reliant than her peers. Dedicating herself to intellectual pursuits and being more mature than her peers, even being paid to tutor many of them in school. Of course she still is a kid at heart and has plenty of moments where she acts her own age, being in no rush to reach adulthood.
  • All for Nothing: Dallas, Victoria, and their parents spent four hours trying to find the perfect Chistmas tree. But when they get home with it, they discover that Antonio had bought an artifical tree and had already decorated it. The Burnside family are not happy about it.
  • All There in the Manual: While the comic itself can give you a solid picture of the cast's names and personalities, the character bios of the main cast along with the names of their family members needs some digging through the author's account.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • Kyle Kendrics.
    • Katie Kiel.
  • Almighty Mom: The matriarch of the Summers family is the undisputed ruler of the household. Not only is she able to administer a Soap Punishment to her husband as easily as her son; but when she comes home to find the house a mess and the rest of her family slacking off because they don't expect her to be back yet, Judy single handedly forces them to clean the house from top to bottom with nothing more than a thinly veiled threat and a stern look.
  • Alpha Bitch: Katie Kiel, Izabell's bully, falls closer to the 'aggressive' end of the spectrum by putting on a diva persona for her social media followers while using her platform to mock Izabell for her appearance and lack of hygiene.
  • AM/FM Characterization: Kyle Kendricks has a deep interest in classic rock such as The Beatsters and HISS. The fox even dreams of one day becoming a rock star and has taken up guitar in pursuit of said dream.
  • Animal Occupation Stereotypes: The Burnside Family, made up entirely of Dalmatians, are all firefighters with both parents and the eldest child of the family being employed as firefighters while their youngest son dreams of following in their footsteps. Embodying the Firehouse Dalmatian trope.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Kyle's little sister, Rachael, frequently comes off as a major pain in the eyes of her brother Kyle. Be it sneaking into his room to change his song lyrics to blackmailing him to have a tea party with her, Rachael can be a real brat at times.
    • Victoria also regards Dallas as an annoying little twerp, and between the water gun ambushes or him using Puppy eyes to get her to do what he wants it isn't an entirely unfair assessment.
  • Art Evolution: Inverted and Downplayed, overlapping slightly with Early-Installment Weirdness. When the comic was first starting out, the artist behind it liked to do a gimmick where every tenth strip would be drawn in a more detailed design with complex shading and textures to emulate the practice of Sunday newspaper comics being printed in color while leaving the characteristic style intact. However, this gimmick was phased out after the 50th strip as the artist found it to be too time consuming and was having difficulties keeping up with their other projects as a direct result.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: After being denied her all-day video game marathon due to an inconvenient power outage, Izabell drops an F-bomb loud enough to be heard by the entire neighborhood.
  • The B Grade: Played with, not only does Sora wind up with several Bs on her usually A ladened report card but several Cs and even a D minus so her furious reaction is somewhat understandable. Then again she's not actually looking at her own report card.
  • Babysitter's Nightmare: A classroom variant. Substitute teachers who are unfortunate enough to have Izabell in their class rarely make it through the day with their sanity intact. IF they make it through the day at all.
    Adam: So, how long did this substitute teacher last before Iz drove them out?
    Jake: Till sixth period.
    Adam: Huh, Iz must be off her game today.
  • Bad Hair Day: Izabell suffers a bad fur day at the hands of Sora as a consequence of her prank on the sparrow. Being shaven completely bare from head to toe.
  • Bad Influencer: Katie Kiel is a solid fit for the obnoxious, prima donna style influencer; the cat using her social media platforms to take shots at the Forestdale crew for their fashion choices.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: When encountering her friends Kyle and Dallas arguing over pokemon ships, Izabell immediately calls them idiots...because clearly Ash/Latias is the best ship.
    Izabell: Aeon above, you two are fighting over shipping in pokemon? You're both idiots... because everyone knows Ash and Latias are totally the best couple ever.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The entire cast of Forestdale, including the adults, abstains from any sort of footwear. Save for special occasions such as work or cold weather.
  • Battle Cry: Kyle assumes the leadership role amongst his squadron of friends for the snowball war and spearheads the offensive charge onto the battle field with a classic one word battle cry:
    Kyle: Are you guys ready?
    Everyone: YEAH!
    Kyle: Then charge!
  • Best Friend:
    • Dallas and Kyle are the closest members of the Forestdale crew, having known each other since they were infants.
      • Apparently those two take after their fathers, who also share an equally strong bond with each other.
    • Sora and Adam are also besties, surprisingly enough. The two of them having known each other since they were five if a carving in a tree is anything to go by.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Adam Summers acts as a pseudo big brother figure to the rest of his friends, stepping in whenever someone tries to give them trouble and beating the snot out of any would be bullies.
    • Despite their frequent bickering, Kyle won't hesitate to step in and protect his little sister Rachael when she's getting picked on.
    • Victoria shows off some of her big sister instincts when a terrified Dallas sneaks into her bed during a thunderstorm, wordlessly comforting him.
    • Inverted with Dallas being the little brother looking out for his older sibling. After finding out about his sister's signifcant other, Dallas challenges them to a duel to prove that they're worthy of dating Victoria. and promptly gets his tail handed to him.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Sora lets out a shocked 'what' in Japanese when she sees 'her' report card filled with Bs, Cs, and Ds.
  • Bilingual Bonus: After being fooled into thinking she got bad grades on her report card, Sora lets out a long winded rant in Japanese with the narrator being no help in translating. Leaving the true meaning of what she said a mystery to anyone who doesn't speak the language.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Anime-esque sparkles surround Jake when he tries(and fails) to be fierce at Izabell's insistence.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Because he had been raised by Lizards for the last two years, Jake has developed a taste for insects such as crickets; much to the disgust of his friends.
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • a WcDonalds variant appears in one strip in the form of 'McDuckies'. Although Rachael really pushes the limit of copyright law by referring to it as 'Micky-D's', a common nickname for the restaurant in real life.
    • During the 99th strip, 'Unus Madness', Adam is seen playing a game of UNUS with Sora, Jake, and Izabell. Based upon the card designs, UNUS is obviously Forestdale's version of UNO (and the word Unus means "one" in Latin)
  • Brick Joke: In Forestdale 123, Izabell lets out an Atomic F-Bomb so loud that Judy Summers hears it several blocks away and instinctively pulls out a bar of soap. About four strips later, when Adam invites Izabell over to play video games, guess who's there to meet Iz at the door with a bar of soap in hand?
  • Broken Glass Penalty: Adam causes the type A version of a broken glass penalty during a casual baseball game with Kyle, both boys running for the hills immediately after they hear the sound of shattering glass followed by alarms.
  • Bully Hunter: If anyone tries to pick on his friends, you can bet that Adam will be there to stand up for them and kick whatever jerk is giving them trouble to the curb.
  • Carnivore Confusion: In the world of Forestdale, meat eaters are accommodated through the advent of synthetic meat that's supposed to taste like the real thing.
  • Cats Are Lazy: Izabelle Carroll is a tabby cat and by far the laziest member of her friend group, spending much of her free time taking naps and lazing the day away.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: Izabell Carroll, a tabby cat with a sarcastic streak a mile long.
  • Cats Hate Water: If Izabell's horrified expression adorning her face as Dallas forcefully drags her into the local lake is anything to go by, the lazy feline isn't a fan of swimming.
  • Ceiling Cling: Izabell ends up getting stuck to the celling, hanging from the surface by her claws, after Dallas and Kyle interrupt her nap with a jump scare prank. The two boys even make bets on how long it'll take her to get back down.
  • Childhood Friends: The entire plot of Forestdale revolves around a group of six childhood friends going on adventures in their small, suburban town.
    • Kyle and Dallas are especially close as they've known each other since they were babies.
    • Adam and Sora also take their friendship a step further, having been friends long before they met the rest of the group.
  • Child Prodigy: Apparently Sora is so intelligent that her friend's parents will pay her to tutor their kids in school despite them all being around the same age.
  • Children Are Innocent: During the holiday season, Jake accidentally stumbles upon a set of lingerie his father bought for his mother. Oblivious to it's true nature, the hybrid presented it to his adopted mother and older brother remarking on how it seems ill suited for cold weather. Needless to say Jake's mom is mortified.
    Jordan: Oh, I think Dad will certainly think mom will be hot wearing it.
    Jasmine: Quiet you.
    Jake: ?
    • Also Discussed between Judy and Victor Summers:
    Victor: Remember when we were kids and didn't have to worry about adult issues and world problems?
    Judy: Yeah. Which is why we should make sure our children keep that innocence for as long as possible.
  • Circling Birdies: After running into each other at full speed, Dallas and Adam are left with a ring of stars circling around their heads of this with a side of spiral eyes.
  • Closet Gay: Victoria Burnside was revealed to be a lesbian in the 105th strip, secretly dating her friend Jessica without anyone else in her family knowing about it.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Sora Jeon is essentially Izabelle's underpaid babysitter, being the only one who can handle the cat's lazy and irresponsible tendencies.
  • Clueless Chick-Magnet: Dallas' older brother Antonio is both attractive enough to catch the attention of several girls and a few guys when running errands around town while also being dense enough for all their flirtations to go right over his head. Unlike Victoria who is more than aware of the the effect her older brother has on others.
    Antonio: It's amazing how many nice folks we got in our town.
    Victoria: It's amazing how oblivious you can be.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Invoked by Dallas when the boys are pretending to be Jedi and Sith:
    Dallas: Honkey bathroom clothing and wooden sticks are no match for a super soaker.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Dallas and Kyle have this golden exchange during one of their 'log talks':
    Kyle: You think they are right when they say the internet was a mistake?
    Dallas: I don't know. Let's ask Jeeves.
  • The Confidant: Dallas to his sister Victoria. Despite the shock of discovering that his sister is dating another girl, he chooses to keep their relationship a secret on her behalf and abstains from telling their parents about it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Adam Summers really looks up to his older sister Susan, viewing her as his personal hero.
  • Cool Old Lady: Considering her signature mode of transportation is a freakin' MONSTER TRUCK, Kyle's grandmother is heavily implied to be a bad ass old lady almost to the point of absurdity. Later confirmed when said grandmother decides to arrive at her grandson's birthday party via parachute after a bit of skydiving.
  • Crush Blush: Jordan Noel and Susan Summers immediately go red in the face whenever they encounter each other, complete with cute stuttering.
  • Cute Bruiser: Downplayed with Adam Summers, while he isn't superhumanly strong he is definitely the toughest member of his friends and will not hesitate to beat the snot out of anyone trying to harm them. The cute aspect of this trope, however, is pretty much played straight with him.
    • Jessica, Victoria's girlfriend.. On the surface she seems like a cute and slightly tomboyish poodle girl. But as it turns out, she's also a skilled MMA fighter who is more than capable of getting her opponent into a devastating leg lock.
  • Cuteness Overload: Izabell's heart nearly bursts when Jake's attempt to be an intimidating wolf only comes across as extremely adorable.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Jake figured out a way to weaponize his innate cuteness for the town snowball war, not only stopping members of the enemy team in their tracks with an adorable look but also leave them totally vulnerable to a surprise attack as they're melting over how cute he is.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: After a badger kid makes a rather unkind remark about Jake's species, Adam responds with this gem:
    Adam: You better not say stuff like that again to me or my friend here or I will tan your hide and wear you like a pair of boots!
  • Cyberbullying: Downplayed in that while the mockery takes place in person, Katie is still using social media to pick on Izabell by making fun of her appearance during a livestream.
  • Daddy's Girl: Sora and her father, given that he's raised her for most of her life after her mother died from cancer it only makes sense that the two are close. They're the only family they have left after all.
  • Dads Can't Cook: Victor Summers, Adam's father, makes an attempt to take over cooking duties on behalf of his wife when she's late getting home. Unfortunately the result is a trashed kitchen, an inedible meal, and a VERY angry Judy Summers.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Jake Noel is sporting a serious chip on his shoulder as a result of growing up with an abusive, drug addicted mother for the first ten years of his life. He REALLY doesn't like to talk about it.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Downplayed in that Izabell and Sora are still main characters who get plenty of focus, but they do take over Kyle and Dallas' Log Talk strip as well as their spot on the classic philosophy log in the 130th strip.
  • Deadpan Door Shut: Upon seeing Izabell in a full blown rampage due a power outage on a planned game night, Kyle and Dallas are so frightened that the only thing they can do is slowly close the door on the scene and walk away as quickly as possible.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Izabell is as snarky as they come.
    Sora: And that's another A+ for me!
    Izabell: Wow, what a surprise. Sora got an A+. This will trend online for sure.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Intentionally invoked by Dallas and Kyle, the former of the two pulling off an overdramatic death scene where he passes away in Kyle's arms after taking a snowball to the chest purely for the fun of it.
  • Death Glare: Some rude bigoted honey badger ends up on the receiving end of a murderous look from Adam after insulting Jake's hybrid status.
  • Disapproving Look: Izabell's lazy antics often garner several looks of exasperation from the people around her.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Kyle outright states that his distain for guns is why he has no interest in becoming a police officer.
    Dallas: You know, both our families have been cops and firefighters for generations. Have you ever thought of following your family's tradition like I plan to do with mine?
    Kyle: Nah, not really.
    Dallas: Why not?
    Kyle: I don't like guns.
  • The Dreaded: The entire Summers family is terrified of Judy Summers' wrath, the mere idea of invoking it is enough to scare each and every one of them into submission.
  • The Dreaded Pretend Tea-Party: Rachael Kendricks blackmails her older brother Kyle into keeping his promise to having a tea party with her, even forcing him to wear and dress and wig during it for added humiliation.
  • A Dog Ate My Homework: Izabelle tries and fails to get out of gym class by claiming Dallas ate her gym clothes, something the Dalmatian takes offense to.
  • Don't Ask: Upon inquiring as to how Sora managed to shave Izabell from head to toe, Izabell replies that she'd rather not get into the details:
    Kyle: Sora's revenge for the report card prank?
    Izabell: Yeah.
    Kyle: So how did she-
    Izabell: I don't want to talk about it.
  • Doting Grandparent: Kyle Kendricks' grandma is implied to be quite close to her grandson, inspiring much of his taste in music and even taking him to a music festival during spring break where she introduced him to her hippie friends and let him play music with them.
  • Drugs Are Bad: A major part of Jake's character enforces an anti-drug message, demonstrating the negative effects drug addiction can have on one's family members and their home life.
    • Additionally, there's also an instance of Forestdale's elementary school holding an anti drug assembly featuring a cringe-worthy dance troupe rapping about the dangers of drugs. While most of the students are bored out of their minds, Jake feels that the message is important:
    Adam: Ugh, these anti-drug events are so boring. I mean, we're not stupid. We know drugs are bad for us.
    Izabell: Yeah, the only thing this benefits us is that we get to skip more class time. Otherwise, this is just pointless.
    Jake: No, this is something that should be addressed more.
    Izabell: Really? Why?
    Jake: Trust me. just needs to be.
  • Dumb Jock: Adam is the Book Dumb variety of jock, often having to ask Sora to tutor him in order to avoid being kicked off his school sports teams for failing grades.
  • Embarrassing Hobby:
    • According to Dallas, one of Victoria's favorite shows that she still partakes in is 'The Samurai Puppy Power Hour'; which is not something the teenage dalmatian is particularly proud of.
    • Based on one of Rachael's blackmail threats, Kyle not only has a fanfiction account but likely writes fanfics of his own and the young fox would rather have that information kept under wraps.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: Izabell uses a picture of a much younger and chubbier version of Katie Kiel gorging herself on Halloween candy to get back at the influencer for making fun of her. Iz pulling out the photo during Katie's livestream and even offering to sell copies of said picture to Katie's followers on social media. Katie wound up being so embarrassed that she cut the feed prematurely.
  • Endearingly Dorky: Jake. The Wolf/Deer hybrid is a solid fit for the shy and dorky member of the group, but he's such a sweetheart to everyone he meets you can't help but love him.
  • Ensemble Cast: The spotlight is pretty much split six ways between the main members of the cast, each one of them getting an equal amount of focus across the various comic pages and sketches.
  • Entertainment Below Their Age: Victoria Burnside is an avid enjoyer of 'The Samurai Puppy Power Hour' (implied to be an in-universe kids show) even though she considers herself to be a mature teenager. Of course she argues that the series itself is NOT this trope when Dallas teases her about it in an effort to save face.
    Victoria: With age comes maturity
    Dallas: Does maturity mean still being a fan of The Samurai Puppy Power Hour show?
  • Evil Laugh: Sora throws out a huge maniacal laugh during a D&D campaign when reading out the big bad's monologue, getting so into the role that her friends find it VERY off putting.
  • Exact Words: Izabell sets up a small stand in her neighborhood promising refreshing water for only $2 a pop. Unfortunately for her first customer, Sora's father, she didn't specify HOW that water would be delivered and immediately throws a water balloon in his face.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: After having an 'exhausting' weekend, Izabell winds up with a pair of heavy bags beneath her eyes. Ironic because she had actually spent the majority of said weekend NAPPING.
  • Facepalm:
    • Kyle's mother performs a facepalm when her son and his best friend shake themselves dry after coming in from a rainstorm rather than use a towel, making a huge mess in the process.
    • Sora puts a hand on her face in response to her friends' nonsensical takes on Romeo and Juliet.
  • Family Theme Naming: Every member of the Burnside family is named after a Texas City. (Dallas, Austin, Christi, Antonio, and Victoria.)
  • Fantastic Racism: There are hints of species based bigotry existing in the world of Forestdale sprinkled through out the series, such as Dallas accidentally making an insensitive joke about fox hunting in Kyle's presence and the creator confirmed there was some level of species discrimination between foxes and dogs in the past in the Forestdale universe. But Jake Noel has to be the most significant example of such discrimination, interspecies romance is often frowned upon in the world of Forestdale and his hybrid status means Jake is subjected to plenty of prejudice. Luckily he's got plenty of friends who couldn't care less about his species and are more than willing to stand up for him.
    • It's also been seen that there's a significant amount of hatred towards cold-blooded creatures.
  • The Fashionista: Katie Kiel is a modernized version of the fashionista. Her introduction has her putting on a social media livestream to show her followers the finer points of fashion and personal care with the classic trope of wearing outfits that are 'in season'.
  • Fear of Thunder: Dallas Burnside suffers from a severe case of astraphobia (fear of thunder). Fitting given his species being a domesticated dog, who are known for being afraid of thunder.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The main group includes one female feline (Iz) and two-and-half male canids (Dallas, Kyle, and Jake).
  • Firehouse Dalmatian: Dallas' parents fall into the anthro version of a firehouse dalmatian as both of them are employed as firefighters with their youngest son Dallas aspiring to follow in their footsteps.
  • Flat "What": Upon hearing his little brother rant about how he is to stay away from Sora and Izabell at all costs, Antonio can only respond with a flat what in confusion.
  • Flowery Insults: In retaliation to Izabell calling her a nerd during a game of Scrabble, Sora hits the cat with a particularly unique verbal jab in the form of the word 'Zounderkite' which is a Victorian era term for 'idiot'.
    Sora: Zounderkite. What Iz is all the time.
    Izabell: WHAT? That is so not a word! You made that up!
    Jake: "Zounderkite: a word from the Victorian era that means idiot."
  • Following in Relative's Footsteps: Dallas Burnside's dream is to one day become a firefighter, just like his parents are.
  • Foreign Cuss Word: Implied, when Sora freaks out over getting bad grades she utters a long series of Japanese phrases. Based upon the fact that the narrator says we're better off not knowing what she said, one can easily assume there were more than a few swears in there.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The series draws much of it's inspiration from early 2000s webcomics so naturally it would adhere to a cartoonish style of four fingers on each hand, the only exceptions appear to be hooved animals who have claw-like hands with only two digits.
  • Fright-Induced Bunkmate: Victoria earns a terrified bedmate after a thunderstorm scares the living daylights out her little brother, Dallas. Despite him annoying her on a regular basis, she lets him stay without another word.
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: Izabell buys herself a ninja kit and tries to use its smoke bombs to get out of gym class, but they don't work. It then cuts to Izabell talking to Jake's father Lucas, who's a lawyer, about wanting to sue the company who made the kit for false advertising.
  • Funny Animal: Every character in Forestdale falls onto the funny animal end of the spectrum with bipedal posture, four fingered hands, and a distain for footwear under normal circumstances while still maintaining a bestial look.
  • Furry Reminder: There are plenty of references to each character's species that occur throughout the series:
    • Dallas and Kyle shaking themselves dry after coming out of a rainstorm.
    • Dallas chasing his tail for three hours.
    • Dallas catching a frisbee in his mouth.
    • Jake's lizard family attempting to catch flies with their tongues at the dinner table.
    • Adam using a laser pointer to motivate Izabell during gym class.
    • After ringing the doorbell at Dallas' home, Kyle is treated to a symphony of barking courtesy of the Burnside family who are all dogs. Apparently this happens so often Kyle can tell who is and isn't home just by the sound of the barking.
    • One of the father-son bonding activities that Dallas and Austin get up to is howling at the moon, Jake often coming to join them alongside his own father Lucas. Although Lucas Noel got a little TOO into it during his first go around.
    • The Noel family regularly shed their skin, much to Adam's disgust.
  • The Gadfly: Izabell gets a big kick out of annoying Sora whenever possible.
  • Gag Haircut: In order to get revenge for tricking her into thinking she got bad grades, Sora not only shaves the cat's head but HER ENTIRE BODY and leaving Izabell barren of fur from head to toe.
  • Gayngst: Downplayed. While Victoria has a a lot more going on in her life than her secret girlfriend, she makes it pretty clear when speaking to Dallas about it that she's terrified of being rejected by her parents for being a lesbian and stays in the closet as a result. A lighter shade of gayngst but gayngst nonetheless.
  • Gilligan Cut: Utilized during Forestdale 121. When Judy Summers is late getting home, Victor assumes that he can easily whip up dinner for the family in her stead. Outright saying "How hard can it be?". Cut to the next panel where Adam and Victor are standing in the burning ruins of what was once their kitchen.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite the resentment being clearly shown on his face, Kyle takes his sister's betrayal in the great snowball war that resulted in his entire team's loss quite well. He admits that it was probably the best spy play he had ever seen in the game and Racheal was clever for pulling it off.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Being half-deer and half-wolf, Jake often becomes the victim of species based prejudice.
  • Halloween Costume Characterization: The first Halloween sketch has personality themed costumes in spades:
    • Jake Noel goes as the grim reaper, referencing his dark and grim past.
    • Izabell Carroll goes as Jason Voorhees, stemming from her love for pop culture (ironically one of her dislikes is 'horror movies' so this may be a slight subversion).
    • Adam Summers goes as a baseball player, fitting in perfectly with his sports obsession.
    • Kyle Kendrics goes as a hippie, a reflection of his music tastes.
    • Sora Jeon goes as a doctor, touching on both her intellectual nature and desire for success in life.
    • and Dallas Burnside goes as a firefighter, which is essentially his dream job.
  • Handicapped Badass: Susan Summers, Adam's older sister is more than handicapable. Despite being confined to a wheelchair as a result of a car accident, Susan is still capable of shooting a half court shot in basketball with little difficulty.
  • Happily Adopted: Jake is quite happy with his new lizard family and they consider him a Noel through and through.
    • Really hammered home when we get to see the first time Jake met his adopted father Lucas, the lizard welcoming him into the Noel family with open arms.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Bothered by her parents' arguments, Izabell puts on a pair of headphones to try and drown out the shouting.
  • Henpecked Husband: During an Imagine Spot of him marrying either Izabella or Sora, Jake pictures himself as one of two flavors of a subservient husband. He isn't particularly thrilled about the idea.
    Jake: anyone know if the priesthood is taking in members?
  • Hidden Depths: As it turns out, Izabell is fluent in Mandarin Chinese thanks to being in contact with various online bootleggers who live in Shanghai.
    • It turns out that Victoria's girlfriend, Jessica, is a former MMA fighter. Poor Dallas found that out the hard way.
  • Hiding Behind Your Bangs: Jake Noel's signature hairstyle consists of a set of bangs, half of which typically hangs over one of his eyes to reflect his bashful nature.
  • Housewife: Judy Summers, Adam's mom, is explicitly stated to be a stay at home mom. But she is ANYTHING but the Extreme Doormat version, acting as the highest authority in the household who keeps the entire family in line.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Downplayed in that Dallas only pretends to die after taking a snowball to the chest with Kyle playing into the bit by telling him they were supposed to go home together and begging the dalmatian not to leave him, the two of them being as overdramatic as possible.
  • Hulk Speak: Sora ends up devolving into less than intelligent syntax when falling into a Belver's Gate 3, especially when her friends try to get her to stop playing...
    Sora: Let me go! Must make perfect character! Need to decide charisma or wisdom! It could be life or death! Must decide backstory for perfect skill and roleplaying! Must make my hair look the right shade of red! Cannot play until character is perfect!
  • Human Mail: Dallas' older sister attempts to get back at him for ambushing her with a water gun right before she went out on a date by leaving him bound and gagged in tape and various packing supplies on the doorstep with the send to address being Abu Dhabi. If the exchange with his older brother is anything to go by, this isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened.
  • Hunk: In the world of Forestdale, Sora's father Jun-Yeong is as hunky as they come with muscles that would be right at home amongst the members of a Greek pantheon.
  • If I Do Not Return: As part of his overdramatic death scene, Dallas instructs Kyle to tell his family he loves them just before he pretends to go limp in the fox's arms.
  • Innocent Innuendo: In one strip, Jake and Kyle are seen practically drooling over a magazine the former found under his older brother's bed and took without him noticing, making rather suggestive remarks about the contents within. Turns out it was just a catalogue for plastic models with the boys focusing on a model of a fighting robot.
  • Instant Humiliation: Just Add YouTube!: Inverted. After Jake explains why his hoodie means so much to him during one of Katie Kiel's live streams, the footage goes viral and he ends up starting an entire internet trend consisting of other adopted kids telling stories about their first gift with their families. It doesn't stop him from being embarrassed by all the attention.
  • Interspecies Friendship: A friend group consisting of a fox, a Dalmatian, a rabbit, a sparrow, a cat, and a wolf/deer hybrid.
  • Interspecies Romance: Jake is implied to have been the product of a cross species union, being a half-deer and half-wolf hybrid. Unfortunately the poor kid tends to catch a lot of flack for this.
    • for a less tragic example, we have Jake and Adam's older siblings Jordan and Susan who are a lizard and a rabbit respectively and head over heels for each other.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: After being eliminated from the snowball war, Dallas begs Kyle to go on without him in the most overly dramatic way possible.
  • I Will Tear Your Arms Off: Izabell threatens to rip off Dallas' and Kyle's tails after they ruin her nap and leave her stuck to the ceiling.
    Izabell: What you bozos can bet is that when I get down from here I'm going to claw your tails off!
  • Jerkass: Katie Kiel is a stuck up, arrogant fashionista who's only hobby outside of personal grooming and updating her wardrobe seems to be picking on the Forestdale crew for their (in her opinion) sub-par looks. Thankfully the universe ensures she always ends up suffering for her uppity tendencies one way or another.
  • Karmic Butt-Monkey: Getting embarrassing baby pictures shown on a live stream after teasing Izabell; getting upstaged by Jake after attempting to mock him; getting pelted with snowballs while needlessly showing off; getting lice after picking on Dallas, Jake, and Adam for being all muddied up; having her locker filled up with manure after mocking everyone's clothes at school. There's no end to Katie's suffering and it's likely due to karma not thinking too highly of her jerkish attitude.
  • Klatchian Coffee: Downplayed in that the Forestdale gang only consume regular coffee in lieu of hot chocolate, assuming it would make for a proper substitute. Of course with them being kids it still sends all six of them into a caffeine fueled frenzy.
  • Laborious Laziness: In order to avoid doing a homework assignment she was supposed to complete over winter break, Izabell filled the entire school with snow and water then turned the air conditioning up to the maximum setting in order to freeze the entire building in ice.
  • Lap Pillow: Izabell ends up clinging to Kyle during one of her infamous naps, resting right in his lap as she snoozes the day away. The only problem is that Kyle is not a fan of such close contact and can't seem to get her off; his mother proving to be no help in freeing him.
  • Large Ham:
    • Whenever Sora roleplays one of the villains in her friends' D&D campaign, she really goes all out in making them as overdramatic as possible. Much to her embarrassment.
    • Kyle and Dallas gets a hammy little moment together after the former watches the latter get pegged by a snowball in the chest. Dallas collapses in Kyle's arms and begs his best friend to go on without him while the fox is screaming in anguish over his fallen friend. They're both fine of course, the two of them simply having a bit of fun putting on a scene for the game.
    Racheal: Are you two done or are you going to kiss next to make it more overdramatic?
    Kyle: Oh come on. Appreciate a little drama, will you?
    • Dallas goes full ham when giving a presentation on the 2nd amendment of the US constitution (the right to keep and bear arms), embodying the spirit of 'Merica The Boorish:
    Dallas: "I am the second amendment! I am the right to shoot things and blow s#!t up! Don't tread on me, motherf&@%#rs! Wooohoooo!"
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Katie's attempted put-downs of her classmates on social media usually end with her suffering some cosmic comeuppance. Lampshaded in strip 102, when Dallas tries to discourage her, and she gets lice.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Invoked by Kyle's father during the father's day strip, much to his childrens' exasperation:
    Kyle and Racheal both stare in disapproval
    Mark: Oh come on! That's a classic!
    Kyle: No, that was cringe, Dad. You're cringe.
  • Lethal Chef: Despite approaching the situation with confidence, the only thing Victor Summers can create in the kitchen is a big mess.
  • Lemonade Stand Plot: Played with. Forestdale 118 has Izabell operating a stand that sells refreshing water as opposed to lemonade...which is also distributed via water balloon to the face.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Izabell Carroll is a master of sass.
  • Limited Social Circle: We really only see the main six hanging out with each other in all contexts, the only time this is subverted is when their siblings or parents make an appearance but even then that's a rare occurance.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Apart from one-time gags, adverse weather conditions like rain and snow, and special holidays; the cast never really change up their outfits that much. Slightly downplayed due to the fact that the comic is in black and white and thus we don't know if they're wearing different colored outfits in the same style.
  • Locker Mail: In the 141st strip, Jake finds a letter from a secret admirer in his locker asking him to meet them behind the bleachers after school. Except it turns out she put it in the wrong locker and intended it for someone else entirely.
  • Lovable Jock: Adam Summers is a prime example of a kindhearted jock, being the designated sports fanatic out of his friend group who's cherishes his friends and will always step in to defend them.
  • Love Letter: Jake Noel recieves a letter from his secret admirer via Locker Mail, asking to hold a meet up between the two of them.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: as it turns out, the love letter that Jake received from his 'secret admirer' was given to him by mistake. The author of the note, Jake's classmate Samantha, got his locker mixed up with the one that actually belonged to her crush.
  • Makeover Torment: As a prank on their younger sibling, Victoria and Antonio apply a full set of makeup to Dallas' face including lipstick and eyeliner in the dalmatian's sleep. Leaving him to discover their handiwork when he wakes up the following morning.
  • Meaningful Gift: Jake's hoodie. According to Jake, it was given to him by his older brother Lucas when he officially moved into his new family's home; Lucas wore a similar one and wanted them to match, so the hoodie serves as a reminder of that bond which is why Jake wears it all the time.
  • The Mole: According to the official rules of the Forestdale Snowball War, there are three spies on each team secretly working against them to capture the flag for the opposing side. Turns out Racheal was one of said spies and used her proximity to Kyle to steal his team's flag, winning the war for her side.
  • Moment Killer: Victoria is in the throes of having an intimate moment with her secret girlfriend, when suddenly Dallas returns to obtain his water bottle and stumbles straight into the scene. Needless to say the romantic vibe died pretty much instantly.
  • More Dakka: Sora's basic approach to snowball fights is to overwhelm her opponents with sheer fire power, or rather ice power. While her friends take the old fashioned approach of scooping up snowballs and throwing them with their hands, Sora rolls up with military grade equipment such as snow tanks and snow machine guns to bombard anyone unfortunate enough to cross her.
  • Missing Mom: Sora Jeon's mother is no longer in the picture thanks to cancer taking her life years before the events of the series.
  • Mr. Fanservice: While it may not be readily apparent due to his infrequent appearances, Jun-Yeong is pretty much the sole provider of male fanservice in the webcomic. Which is best demonstrated in the 95th strip here
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: Played for comedy with Mark Kendricks, Kyle's dad, when Kyle and all of his friends try coffee for the first time and go on a rampage; causing Mark to sense the disturbance.
    Mark Kendricks: Uh-Oh.
    Background police officer: What?
    Mark Kendricks: My-wife-is-gonna-make-me-sleep-on-the-couch-because-I-F'd-up senses are tingling.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: inverted, the minute Dallas learns that Izabell and Sora find his older brother attractive he immediately tries to make sure Antonio doesn't go anywhere near them because having his best friends wind up as his 'sisters in law' would be weird; of course Antonio has no idea what he's talking about.
    Dallas: Okay! You need to stop acting hot and cool! Do something with your hair! I will not have my friends end up being my sister-in-laws because that would be awkward! You are to stay twenty feet away from them at all times! And if any of them ask if you are single you will answer you've got a girlfriend! No, wait! Better idea! Say you're gay and have a boyfriend!
    Antonio: ...What?
  • Nice Guy: Despite his dark past, Jake is one of the nicest kids of the main cast. Examples include him lending Racheal some money so she can buy an ice cream, and giving the brownies in his lunch to a homeless veteran.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: Despite being a sparrow, Sora Jeon is able to grow a long and healthy head of hair.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Jake's mother has obvious breasts, even though she's a reptile
  • Noodle Incident:
    • According to Kyle and Dallas, the former's grandmother caused an incident involving a monster truck and burning oil fields that left the aforementioned vehicle temporarily out of commission.
    • According to Kyle's mom, Rita Kendricks, the greatest spy play ever performed occurred in the 1954 snowball war. Apparently it involved The Red Scare, The FBI, and lots of people accusing others of being communists.
  • Not So Above It All: Despite being the most mature member of her friend group, Sora is still prone to bouts of childish behavior now and then. Such as getting hooked on Belver's Gate 3 for three days straight because she was obsessed with creating the perfect character build. Adam and Izabell have to physically drag her away from the computer to stop her from playing.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: In response to Dallas wondering if being dead is like an endless slumber where you dream eternally, Kyle states that he hopes it isn't like that because he does not want to spend the rest of his afterlife walking around class naked.
    Dallas: Do you think being dead is like sleeping? Do we dream in our eternal sleep?
    Kyle: I hope not. I don't want my afterlife to be seeing myself naked in the classroom again like last night.
  • Odd Friendship: Every member of the Forestdale cast has somewhat of a strange comradery with one another, but the uptight and responsible Sora and the laid back and mischievous Izabell are the most prominent examples of such a relationship.
  • Offerings to the Gods: Izabell performs a ritualistic sacrifice using a steak in order to gain favor with Thor so that she can have enough electricity to carry out her all day video game, I'm not making this up.
  • Off the Rails: Jake completely derails the plot of a Dungeons & Dragons session with his friends in the first ten minutes, rolling a natural twenty when attempting to convince the main bad guy to turn over a new leaf and effectively ruining six hours of work on Sora's part in a fraction of the time. Needless to say the sparrow wasn't happy about it.
  • Oh, Crap!: Kyle immediately panics when he overhears some classmates talking about a cop who got shot while trying to stop a robbery downtown...who just so happened to be a FOX. (For context: Kyle's dad is a police officer)
  • Only Sane Man: Sora is usually the only level headed member of the group. As best demonstrated in her attempt to start a book club with her friends.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Christi and Austin Burnside. The dalmatians are not only aware of their daughter's sexuality and secret girlfriend, but that fact hasn't stopped them from loving Victoria in the slightest.
  • Overly-Nervous Flop Sweat: The moment Sora sees her bad report card, she starts sweating buckets.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: During a game of Scrabble, Sora uses the word 'Zounderkite' during the game and states that it's a word that applies to Izabell. The cat naturally disputes the words existance but after looking up the definition, it's revealed to be a fancy way of calling someone an idiot. Naturally Izabell isn't happy about it.
  • Pet the Dog: Victoria is frequently exacerbated and annoyed by her younger brother's constant pranks and antics. But when Dallas seeks her out in the middle of the night for comfort, the thunder and lightning outside leaving him scared out of his mind, she is more than willing to be there for him.
  • The Philosopher: Zig Zagged by Kyle and Dallas in the 'Log Talk' strips as a running gag. The standard setup is this: one of the two boys poses a somewhat deep and philosophical question (well, deep for kids anyways) and the other gives a weighty response that makes you think or a comedic response that misses the point entirely.
  • Playing Possum: In a ploy to avoid going to school, Izabell plays dead and even sets up a funeral wreath above her bed to try and sell the act.
  • Playing Sick: Izabelle takes faking illness to the extreme one morning, pretending she's dead rather than merely sick.
  • Please Wake Up: One of the flashbacks to Jake's past shows him trying to rouse his mother who's 'sleeping' on the couch. But she doesn't seem to be waking up...or even breathing for that matter.
  • Positive Friend Influence: Jake's entire circle of friends has been nothing short of a ray of sunshine for the hybrid, their presence in his life likely playing a big role in helping him recover from much of his past trauma and cope with his fears and anxieties.
  • Precocious Crush:
    • Downplayed. While Sora and Izabell admit that they do find Dallas' older brother attractive, neither of them have an outright crush on him. It's more akin to 'if I had to date a guy I know' rather than any infatuation, that or they're just messing with Dallas.
    • Played straight between Jake and Kyle's little sister, Racheal, who has a massive crush on the wolf/deer hybrid.
  • Prehensile Tail: Kyle uses his tail to cheat at a poker game with his friends.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Dallas has mastered the puppy dog eye technique, it helps that he literally is a puppy.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: When pondering why English is a class at school when they already speak it, Kyle and Dallas come to the conclusion that the class is actually about 'British English' and they need to start thinking like British kids. As a result they both show up to school in fancy suits and fake mustaches, talking in faux British accents.
  • Rage Quit: During a particularly brutal game of UNUS (AKA UNO), Adam ends up drawing one too many cards in a row and getting more frustrated with each bad draw. Eventually his competitive side gets the better of him and the rabbit lets out a scream of pure rage accompanied by him throwing all of his cards into the air.
  • Really Fond of Sleeping: Napping is by far Izabell's favorite hobby, often sleeping away entire weekends.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Izabell was given an assignment that was to be finished over winter break but the cat never got around to it until the end of winter break, where she proceeded to practically destroy her school just so she'd have some extra get started on the assignment.
  • Say My Name: Upon losing Dallas to a snowball to the chest, Kyle can only scream his best friend's name as he 'perishes' right in his arms.
  • Scrabble Babble: The fiftieth Forestdale strip has Jake, Sora, and Izabell playing a game of scrabble together.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Played for comedy. A blackout hits the neighborhood where the Forestdale crew resides, right as Izabell was about to begin a video game marathon, and despite hearing Izabell's screams of rage from several houses away Kyle and Dallas decide to try an invite her out anyways. Then they take one look at their rampaging feline friend and decide to leave her be.
    Kyle: Maybe we should check up on her in an hour?
    Dallas: Or tomorrow?
    Kyle: Or next week?
    Dallas: Or at the end of summer?
  • Secret Relationship: Victoria and her friend Jessica are romantically involved, but only behind closed doors as they maintain a facade of friendship in public. Unfortunately Dallas stumbles upon them while they're locking lips and discovers that the two are A LOT more than friends.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: both of Victoria's parents are well aware of their daughter's sexuality and have zero qualms about it. They're simply waiting for her to come out of the closet to them before they openly show their support.
  • Serious Business: The annual Forestdale snowball fight is taken quite seriously by the town residents. Nearly every kid in town participates and many of them treat it like an actual war, calling in water balloon air strikes and even having a list of WAR CRIMES that are forbidden on the battlefield. Dallas and Victoria summarize it the best:
    Victoria: I still think it's stupid that we have to go through all this trouble for a snowball fight.
    Dallas: Hey, snowball wars without proper followed conduct is pure un-american. We might as well be like the Canadians without them. Savages.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: the only glimpse we get of Izabell's temper tantrum during a poorly timed power outage is her monstrous silhouette trashing the living room.
  • Shipper on Deck: Jake and Adam frequently try to set up their older siblings Jordan and Susan with each other, not only manipulating events in order to get the teens together but often taking advantage of the attraction for their own ends; such as when they tricked both Jordan and Susan into taking them out for pizza by promising the other would be there with them.
    • Dallas also can slip into shipping tendencies, such as when he believed that Jake's classmate Samantha had a crush on him.
    Dallas: Ah how romantic. The secret lover in the same class who watches you in the shadows. Nervously admiring you as her heart wishes to unleash the truth deep inside.
    Kyle: Okay. Dude. We get it. You're a hopeless romantic who wants a girlfriend. Stop being weird.
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Occurs in universe when Kyle, Dallas, and Izabell argue over who the best ship for Ash Ketchum in the pokemon world is; each of them falling into the Serena, Dawn, and Latias camps respectively.
  • Shirtless Scene: The 95th strip is basically devoted to showing how muscular Jun-Yeong, Sora's dad, is with half the comic depicting him flexing his body without any form of clothing on his torso.
  • Shotgun Wedding: The 182th strip gives us a look at what happened to Izzy’s parents through a series of framed pictures. In the picture of their wedding, Iz’s mom Katie is shown to have a swollen stomach, implying that she was pregnant at the time and that her marrying Alexander due to this.
  • Shout-Out:
    Adam: I love the smell of h2o in the morning.
  • Silly Prayer: The prayers Kyle, Adam, and Dallas make to Aeon (the god of the Forestdale universe) come in three different flavors of comedy:
    Kyle: Almighty Aeon? If you please let this mass end quickly so I can go outside and play, I promise to actually say my night prayers going foward! I won't forget them again like I did last time! Also I'll be...somewhat nicer to my sister and stop sneaking into the kitchen for ice cream at night. Good? Great! Amen!
    Adam: Hey, Aeon? What gives?! I prayed really hard for the Diamond Heads to win last week and they got slaughtered by the Owls! Whose prayers are you answering here? Mine or some other guy?! So let's try and do this again! Please let the Diamond Heads win or I'm not praying to you for another month! Got it?! Amen!
    Dallas: Um? All powerful and everliving Aeon? I am so so so so SO sorry for farting during the readings! Please don't send me to Hell! I really don't want to have my butt burned by hellfire and get poked by pitchforks in that one cartoon! How about I make it up to you by actually listening to the priest's speech? Even if it's really boring? Sound good? Amen.
  • The Slacker: Izabell Carroll is a hardcore slacker, through and through. The girl will go so far as to FAKE HER OWN DEATH to avoid school.
  • Slasher Smile: After having a cup of coffee for the first time, Jake is bouncing around the house with an utterly psychotic smile stretched across his face.
  • Snowball Fight: Apparently the entire town of Forestdale has been holding an annual 'Snowball War' for the last one-hundred and twenty eight years, even Kyle's parents participated in it when they were kids.
  • Soap Punishment: Adam's mother Judy forces the young rabbit to munch on a soap bar after catching him swearing at a baseball game. When she realizes he learned the words from his father, she gives him the same treatment.
    • Upon hearing Izabell's Atomic F-Bomb, Judy Summers reflexively pulls out a bar of soap.
      • Judy later follows through with this punishment when Izabell comes over to play video games with Adam
  • Social Media Before Reason: Despite being in the middle of a literal battlefield, Katie Kay can't resist the opportunity hold one of her social media live streams to boast about her skills and give fashion tips. Naturally, this lack of situational awareness bites her in the rear almost immediately and she gets pelted with snowballs from every direction.
  • Sports Dad: Victor Summers, Adam's father, is a positive portrayal of a jock dad. With both of his kids being sports fanatics just like him, they all have a very good relationship with each other and frequently bond over watching televised games; Victor even coaches Adam's little league team and does a darn good job being supportive even when the team loses.
  • Stab the Salad: One comic opens with a very unhinged looking Racheal holding a knife and hacking away at...something. A look of psychotic glee on her face. Turns out she was only carving a pumpkin
  • Stalker with a Crush: Racheal Kendricks is VERY infatuated with Jake Noel. Downplayed in that while she hasn't done anything that would be considered stalking (at least not yet), there are definitely strokes of stalkerish tendencies in the younger fox.
    Racheal: I'll make you cookies everyday when we get married my deerie wolfie.
  • Stronger Than They Look: Jessica is a fifteen year old poodle gal who seems like just a normal teenager. But when Dallas challenges her to a fight, he learns quite painfully that she's a skilled MMA fighter.
  • Stunned Silence: When Jake returns from his foray into the ladies room with a unknown item retrieved from a machine within, Kyle decides to simply look up the logo to try an identify it...leaving the boys in a state of wide eyed shock when they learn what a tampon is.
  • Surprise Jump: Izabell leaps ten feet into the air after Dallas and Kyle startle her awake. The cat launching herself several feet off the couch into the ceiling, where she was stuck hanging there by her claws.
  • Sweetie Graffiti: Adam and Sora have a platonic version of a couple's tree carving, having carved their names into a tree when they were five to signify their friendship.
  • Symbol Swearing: Dallas drops an S-bomb and a MF-bomb during a school presentation, both of which are censored with traditional %&$#?@! symbols.
  • T-Word Euphemism: Izabell sneaks in a subtle swear word euphuism after Sora spells out a rather creative insult directed at her during a game of scrabble.
    Izabell: If I had a "b" I'd describe you as something else...
  • Talk to the Fist: Katie learns rather painfully that talking isn't a free action in a snowball war, getting her livestream interrupted mid sentence by a flurry of snowballs hand delivered by the Forestdale crew.
  • Tantrum Throwing: Video game disks, food, and furniture are just a few of the items that go flying during Izabell's meltdown after being denied her all day video game marathon.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: When Katie decides to mock Izabell during one of her social media livestreams, the tabby cat decides to turn the tables on the influencer by showing off a rather unflattering photo of Katie as a toddler that leaves Katie utterly humiliated and screaming to end the livestream
  • Team Mom: Sora Jeon is by far the most responsible member of the main cast, often becoming frustrated at her friend's more childish antics. Although she can act her age from time to time.
  • Teasing the Substitute Teacher: Izabell is infamous for driving away substitute teachers with her antics. Most don't even last until sixth period before they're sent running for the hills.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: At one point, Izabell and Adam attempt to ambush Sora with a couple of snowballs; the bird's response is to bombard them with massive barrage of snowballs fired from machine guns mounted onto a literal TANK with her face on it, leaving both would be attackers buried in piles of snow.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: The horrors of paintball prove to be too much for Dallas and Kyle to handle, leaving them with the classic shell shocked stare as a result of such experiences.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Given that the world of Forestdale falls upon the Funny Animal end of the scale of anthropomorphism, it only makes sense that every member of the cast can be seen blushing at one point or another even through layers of fur and feathers.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After being put through a poorly timed power outage, hours of pleading to Aeon for help, and being grounded from video games for the rest of the summer as punishment for trashing the house; Izabell finally gets a break when Adam invites her over to play video games at his house to cheer her up.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Downplayed. Izabell is a solid fit for the tomboy persona for the most part, holding distain for traditionally girly things. But every now and then she's willing to get in touch with her more feminine side, especially if it means cheering up her friends.
  • Tongue on the Flagpole: Kyle and Dallas both end up getting their tongues simultaneously stuck on the exact same pole. Needless to say their mothers aren't exactly impressed.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: After learning that nigri sushi is supposed to be eaten with your hands, Izabell proceeds to violently scarf down her meal and send bits of food flying everywhere. Sora is begging her to use a fork at the end of it all.
  • Tsundere: the webcomic creators have outright stated that Sora Jeon is somewhat of a tsundere amongst her friends.
  • Twice Shy: Jordan Noel and Susan Summers are both clearly in love with one another but neither one of them are able to spit out their true feelings.
  • Two Girls to a Team: Sora and Izabell are the only female members of the main cast, not counting female family members of course.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Sora is both female and Asian— her family name of Jeon is Korean and her given name is Japanese for "sky".
  • Under the Mistletoe: Rachael attempts to invoke a mistletoe kiss with Jake by ambushing him with the festive plant in hand, unfortunately Rachael's school bully is the one who ends up under it with her by mistake. She opts to punch him in the kisser rather than kiss him.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Izabell and Sora bicker more than anyone else in the series yet are still close friends.
  • Watch Where You're Going!: Dallas and Adam suffer the natural consequences of failing to maintain awareness of their surroundings during a baseball game and run full speed into each other.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Downplayed with Adam and Sora, while they are still very much friends they aren't nearly as close as they once were. Sora having drifted towards Izabelle and Adam towards Jake, resulting in both of them hanging out with each other much less than they did when they were younger. But they both vow to change that and start spending time together like they used to.
  • Wedgie: Kyle gives an atomic wedgie to a younger bully named Tommy who was picking on his little sister Rachael, yanking the underwear straight over the poor lizard's head.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Sora's father appears to be too busy for his daughter initially, but ends up being subverting the trope when it's shown he's more than willing to put his daughter before his work and make time for them to spend together.
  • White Flag: After getting his butt thoroughly kicked by Jessica, Dallas is left face down, waving the flag of surrender in the air.
  • Wondrous Ladies Room: Subverted. Out of curiosity, Adam and Kyle convince their friend Jake to sneak into a women's restroom in the park to see what it's like in there. Jake returns with nothing to report other than a lack of urinals, a slightly nicer smell, and a strange machine dispensing little white sponges with a string attached...
  • World of Funny Animals: Forestdale has nearly every type of anthropomorphic animal one can think of: Mammals, Reptiles, Avians, and so on and so forth. The only exception are aquatic creatures such as fish.
  • Worth It: When Kyle points out that Sora is most likely going to get Izabell back for the report card prank she pulled, the feline responds that it's worth anything Sora can do to her.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: After spending an entire day trashing the house and praying to every single deity she could for help, the electricity to Izabell's house is finally restored and just as it seems as though the cat can finally enjoy her plans for the day... her parents walk in the door and see the mess she's made, grounding her on the spot.
    Izzy: You know, this is the reason why people become atheists, when you do things like this!
  • You Do Not Want To Know: When Sora asks how Izabell knows Chinese bootleggers, the cat responds that she's better off not asking in the first place.
  • You Had Us Worried There: When Kyle's dad picks up the phone, revealing that he's alive and well after being involved in a shootout with some bank robbers, Kyle is more than a little relieved.