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

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

Main Characters:

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

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


Tropes:

  • Adults Are Useless: Mrs. Sorkowitz and Principal Beau Vine. They often don`t do anything about reports of bullying no matter how many complaints are given against a student (most notably Jeremy) simply because they didn`t see the alleged offense themselves or because they think it`s the victim's fault for not conforming to the status quo.
    • Subverted with the school psychiatrist Dr. Wahnsinnig, who is actually aware of the bullying problems and occasionally calls out Principal Vine on how he handles it in his school.
  • Adult Fear: After he gets humiliated and brutally rejected by Felicia Stephen ends up running away from home to California. Considering that Stephen is still a child and he hadn't told anyone where he went, it was lucky that Ozy's cousin Isolde spotted him while she was in the state herself. Stephen wasn`t harmed in any way apart from getting humiliated by a CEO of a company he began to work for but who knows what could have happened had Isolde not found him right away - especially since his parents didn't even notice he was gone until he returned because they were too busy watching a TV show marathon.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Millie wags her tail when happy. Just like real life foxes.
  • All Girls Like Ponies: Millie joins Locke's rebellion against Llewellyn when she finds out it's because Llewellyn wouldn't give him a pony.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Stephan's love interest rejects him in favor of Jeremy.
  • All Just a Dream: Both leads get one. Ozy dreams of growing dragon wings and Mille dreams her homework comes to life and starts a revolution.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Lampshaded.
  • Alliterative Name: Millicent Mehitabel and Mililani Minerva Mudd.
  • Alternate Universe: The world under Llewellyn's couch cushions.
  • Alpha Bitch: Felicia.
  • Ancient Conspiracy: Lots, played for laughs. Most of them have been organized, perpetrated, and extended by dragons. For the Lulz.
  • Arranged Marriage: While attending a family reunion, Ozy discovers that he and his fourth cousin Isolde are engaged, courtesy of his great Aunt Tulip. He finds a way to get out of the planned marriage before the end of the reunion however.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Many jokes throughout the series
  • Art Evolution: Lampshaded at one point.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The fate of Ozy's biological mother. She invented the perfect flavor of ice cream, you see...
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!:
    • Millie Mudd here. And that was just the latest example.
    • Practically by name here
  • Author Appeal: A look at some of the author's other art reveals that she has, of all things, a shaving fetish. This was worked into the comic as a Running Gag.
  • Author Filibuster: Simpson was known to work her liberal views into some of the strips. She created another comic, I Drew This, specifically so she'd have another outlet for political statements, which mostly worked.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Most of the cast, with the exceptions noted below in Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal and The One Who Wears Shoes.
  • Beach Episode: Happens in one arc.
  • Beat Panel: Usually after Llewellyn or Millie says something off-the-wall. Often followed by a Flat "What".
  • Big, Stupid Doodoo-Head: Millie's preferred type of insult.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Dr. Wahnsinnig, the school psychiatrist. Her name means "insane" in German. Which is ironic, considering she's something of an Only Sane Lemur compared to the rest of the staff.
  • Bland-Name Product: Names like Gathering: The Obsession pop up all the time unless Avery is involved.
  • Brand X: Kablammo Soda, Frooty-Os...
  • Bullying a Dragon: Jeremy's rich father literally tries to do that to Llewellyn, a fire-breathing dragon almost twice his size. This ends up with his Porsche ablaze. Llewellyn claims he had to sneeze due to the cloud of cologne that surrounded Jeremy's dad.
  • Butt-Monkey: Ozy.
  • Calvinball: House Rules Parcheesi.
  • Cassandra Truth: When Ozy recounts his summer vacation, he gets sent to the psychiatrist's office.
  • Cat Smile: Millie has a bit of one when she finally manages to annoy the ambassador from the U.S.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Millie and Llewellyn.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Lampshaded here.
  • Cool Shades: Invoked in this strip.
    • Avery has some pretty awesome ones here
    • Jeremy's father wears them even indoors.
  • Crime of Self-Defense: Jeremy keeps pushing Millie into a pool of mud, knocking her over every time she tries to get up. Finally, she snaps and socks him in the face... at which point a teacher immediately spots her, and hauls her into the principal's office for starting a fight.
  • Cue the Flying Pigs: Millie draws designs for a pig catapult in an attempt to reverse-invoke this. She also acquires a ten-foot pole for her mom to touch a silly lawsuit with.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Cute little vulpine fangs. Despite the cast being comprised of several carnivorous animals (some of which are mythological) most often their teeth are downplayed. The art usually only highlights Millie's fangs, whenever she's saying something particularly crazy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ozy.
  • Dinner Order Flub: Llewellyn goes to a Chinese restaurant and tries to place his order in Chinese. The waiter brings him a shoe and a bowling ball.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Avery
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Llewellyn legalizes cutting tags off mattresses, leading to a lot of trouble with the U.S. government "across the border".
  • Draconic Humanoid: Llewellyn, Isolde and most of the other dragons in the strip.
  • Dragged into Drag/Wholesome Crossdresser: It is speculated that Ozy has worn dresses/skirts as much as he has pants. He once admitted that he prefers them.
  • Dreadful Musician: Millie's attempts at songwriting usually feature lyrics that are nearly impossible to come up with actual music for.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: An early strip had Millie attempting to petition her parents. Later it was established that her father left before she was born.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Llewellyn.
  • Fake Band: Mostly boy groups.
  • First Kiss: Millie's kiss to Ozy, delivered to convince Felicia she ''didn't'' like him.
    • Ozy's first, Millie's second. Her first was improvised by her school play co-star Avery. Millie was irate; her replies involved a wedgie and a punch in the face, at minimum. As Avery wasn't wearing pants at the time, that's quite a feat.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: The walrus ambassador to Greater Llewellynlland doesn't believe in dragons. When he meets Llewellyn, his reaction is to dismiss his words as the sound of the wind.
  • Flanderization: In-universe example, where Llewellyn's horns exaggerate character traits when worn. Ozy becomes so passive he goes a whole day without moving, Millie becomes so mischievous she tries to cut off Ozy's tail, and Avery does nothing but gush about how awesome he is after putting them on.
  • A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: Timulty is given a lot of money just for mentioning that he knows something about the internet (the comic was parodying the dot com bubble before it burst). He immediately blows all of it on candy.
  • Foreigner for a Day: Greater Llewellynlland (notable in that it never had the snapback)
  • Fun with Homophones: Invoked poorly by Millie who tries several times to get Ozy to say he wants his palm read, so she can paint his palm red. Ozy just tells her to try it again.
  • Furry Confusion: A seagull of similar size to Mrs. Mudd was seen in a classy restaurant, but in the Beach Episode Millie has a conversation with a realistically sized seagull who is apparently wild.
  • Furry Reminder: Occasionally. Both Ozy and Millie have been seen to sit down on their haunches like normal foxes and then this strip
  • Genki Girl: Millie.
  • Genius Book Club: In the April Fools' Day gag panel, all of the characters are acting wildly out of character; Felicia is holding and enthusiastically praising a book by Proust.
  • Girls Have Cooties: The "cool people" sometimes think so.
  • A Good Name for a Rock Band: Flying Couch.
    • Don't forget Pinkness Poisoning.
  • Guest Strip: The first one was drawn by no-one less than Bill Holbrook of Kevin & Kell.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Ozy by far, lampshaded at least once. Speculation runs he's worn dresses more often than pants. Timulty tends to be nude save for his fur. Llewellyn and Millie get their own nude scenes as well. Note that whenever Ozy ends up bald, he does have to cover up; once this is done with pants, but usually he manages with either a long shirt or awkward camera angles.
    • Some fans have noted that Ozy generally seems to have a "two articles of clothing" rule, especially since some newer images of his older self show him wearing just a beret and scarf instead of his usual hat and vest.
    • Also, Avery, Ms. Sorkowitz, and Felicia (a rare topless example).
    • Llewellyn starts out as a Barefoot Cartoon Animal, but eventually stops wearing pants (used for a joke once and then never commented on again).
  • Hand Puppet: Millie's "Mister W" sock puppet, that she frequently used to mock George W. Bush.
  • Happily Adopted: Ozy quite likes having Llewellyn for a father, even if he is a dragon. Though as far as Ozy's concerned Llewellyn is his TRUE father. As he was the one who raised and cared for him and loved him, as opposed to some complete stranger who ditched his wife when she was pregnant and never even bothered to try and contact his son.
  • Happy Dance: Llewellyn and Ozy do one to celebrate the impending failure of Llewellyn's Presidential campaign.
  • Historical In-Joke: Llewellyn loves these. So much.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Stephan.
  • Hurricane of Excuses: When Millie decides to practice running for president. She ends with "I had to wash my Styrofoam!"
  • Hurt Foot Hop: Millie steps on a bee and does the hop with an accompanying "YEEOWCH!!!"
  • Hypocritical Humor: The news report on Millie and Isolde's thermometer theft shifts between describing Greater Llewellynlland as hostile and peaceful within the same sentence.
  • Ice-Cream Koan: Sometimes literally. Simpson seems to be of the "All koans are ice cream koans and that's the whole point" school of thought.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun:
  • Inexplicably Awesome: Llewellyn. And, in fact, dragons in general.
  • The Ingenue: Timulty.
  • Irony: Avery tried so hard to be cool, when in fact he was cool all along if he just stopped trying to be cool. Because all that forced effort was actually doing the opposite.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Ozy (a fox) is the adopted son of Llewellyn (a dragon).
  • Innocent Prodigy: Nearly all the youngsters at some point.
  • Jerk Jock: Jeremy.
  • Karma Houdini: Jeremy is almost never punished for his bullying. This could also apply to Felicia, though to a lesser extent.
    • May be a case of sorta subjective Truth in Television. To a kid who gets routinely bullied, it seems that the bully never truly gets what he deserves for it or they would have stopped a long time ago. There is an entire story arc about how Millie gets punished for hitting Jeremy back after he hit her, simply because the teacher didn't see the first offense. Many a bullied kid can tell you similar stories.
      • Though many cases in real life, bullies at some point wake up and realize what a monster they had been, though at that point the kids they tormented were long in the past and since moved away to who knows where? (So it seems like a Karma Houdini to the victims) while the bullies have to live with the torment of guilt for what they did for the rest of their lives. (Then of course there are those who will always be psychopaths/assholes forever) But knowing they'll never be able to apologize, nor get that forgiveness is the worst feeling in the world, and in many opinions rightfully deserved.
  • Laugh Track: If anyone would invoke this trope in a medium that doesn't even have any audio, it's Millie.
  • Least Rhymable Word: Llewellyn invents the "authentic Llewellyn-brand borange" just so that orange will have a rhyme. He's a bit unclear about what exactly it does.
    • Not to mention that the very first strip has Ozymandias relieved that the kids at school can't make childish bullying rhymes about him because nothing rhymes with his name.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Ozy and Millie. Especially now that their parents are married.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Possible but never confirmed, as real-life celebrities like George Bush and John Lennon are mentioned, but it is never stated if they are their human selves or furry alternates. When asked about this Dana admitted she never even considered that. Although we once saw a painting of Albert Einstein as a human.
  • Lite Crème: Discussed in one strip while Ms. Mudd and Llewellyn are shopping for cereal and spot things like Froot-O's and Sinn-a-munn Crispies.
    Llewellyn: I had no idea there were so many synonyms for sugar.

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