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The Bedfellows is a furry-oriented webcomic (exclusively on FurAffinity) by Kris Patrick of Cat Ghost fame, later adapted to a YouTube series of comedy animated short films. It follows the crazy antics of two anthropomorphic roommates: Robert "Sheen" Hunter, a mean-spirited and ruthless green cat/dog cross; and Taylor "Fatigue" Stenson, a very dumb and happy-go-lucky purple Jackalope of unknown gender. Together, they do a lot of crazy stuff and get on each other's nerves.

It was announced in February 2013 that the webtoon series was picked up by Mondo Media (of Happy Tree Friends and Dick Figures fame) for distribution.

The comics are available to read at FurAffinity and the animated cartoons are watchable at YouTube. Be warned: They contain Not Safe for Work elements.

In February 2017, a video game adaptation called Bedfellows: Frenzy was released on Steam. The plot is basically Sheen and/or Fatigue playing the in-universe Rampage homage, Frenzy, while dealing with the eccentricities of the rest of the Bedfellows cast.


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  • 419 Scam: Sheen prevents Fatigue from becoming a victim of this in one episode. Subverted, as there really was a prince after all.
  • Abusive Parents: As revealed in "Parents", Sheen's parents booed at him during a School Play along with other parents.
  • Accidental Misnaming: Considering Sheen's Hair-Trigger Temper, this is a very bad idea; the conversation below only proves it.
    Bauhaus: Now, Sheenie Beenie, tell me a little about how you have been feeling lately.
    Sheen: Wonderful, fabulous... I'm a ship sailing on calm seas... AND DON'T CALL ME THAT!!
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Sheen's mother; Sheen even goes as far to apologize to a waitress for her "traditional" behavior!
  • Ambiguous Gender: Fatigue exhibits masculine and feminine traits; other characters refer to Fatigue as a man or woman, Fatigue has a tampon in his purse, and in one episode, Fatigue appears to be peeing standing up in one episode when he's really pouring spoiled milk down a toilet. Additionally, Fatigue is shown to be the "woman of the house" compared to Sheen, and has Camp Gay tendencies.
    • Ever since the youtube series started Fatigue's gender was retconned to canonically unknown and the gender confusion was elevated to Running Gag status, but in the earliest comics, especially the NSFW ones, it was made graphically clear Fatigue was a male.
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  • Angry Guard Dog: Sheen is half-dog, and it shows.
  • Animated Adaptation
  • Animated Music Video: "Keys Keys Keys", a parody of "Get Low" by Lil Jon, and "Rap Song".
  • Armored Closet Gay: Sheen lives with, sleeps with, and rapes Fatigue, but is nevertheless abrasive to the point of borderline sociopathy.
  • Art Evolution: While the animation has always been rather stiff and limited, more recent episodes have had the occasional Animation Bump, full-body shots and more expressive Flash puppets.
  • Art Shift: Make a rather awkward transition to cel-shaded CGI when 2D Flash puppets apparently became too expensive and time-consuming for the artists.
  • As Himself: Andrew W.K. in "Next Door," complete with an allusion to his cover for I Get Wet when Sheen punches him in the nose, causing it to bleed profusely. Bonus points for the character he voices being his personal fursona.
  • Ax-Crazy: Sheen, always being abusive to Fatigue.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • The second "Mother's Day" episode has Fatigue sneaking out of the house to go visit his mother, doing everything possible to avoid Sheen finding out. It looks as though he's doing this to avoid Sheen's wrath for going somewhere without telling him, but he was really just afraid that if Sheen came along, he'd make Fatigue's mom strip for them. He was right.
    • Sheen is introduced in the episode "Drinking" obscured by the shadows, with a Slasher Smile and Blank White Eyes and is quickly revealed to be absolutely piss-drunk, with the sinister music and atmosphere making it look like he's going to start abusing Fatigue again, until he's then revealed to be an incredibly friendly and pleasant drunk. which still horrifies Fatigue.
    • Double-subverted in "Toni P." Sheen is ashamed to call the titular character until Fatigue tells him not to be ashamed of himself and accept that "this is simply who he is." Sheen enthusiastically calls up a pizza place called "Toni's Pizza," who laugh at him for wanting a pizza with anchovies.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't touch Sheen's stuff.
    • Don't ask Sheen about Fatigue's gender.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: Fatigue is an air-headed Butt-Monkey and Sheen is an Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist.
  • Black Comedy
  • Black Comedy Rape: Frequently implied between Sheen and Fatigue.
  • Brick Joke: In "Next Door," Sheen wakes Fatigue up to "take care of a problem," which Fatigue takes to mean his Raging Stiffie. Sheen meant the noise next door, but he tells Fatigue to keep going. In the next scene, Fatigue knocks on the door with a hand covered in a dubious, white substance.
  • Butt-Monkey: Both Sheen and Fatigue towards each other; Fatigue constantly annoys Sheen, and Sheen is physically abusive towards Fatigue.
  • Camp Gay: Ambiguous Gender aside, Fatigue shows multiple traits of being a camp gay man, such as feminine mannerisms and flamboyant vocal inflections.
  • Catchphrase: DIS-LIKE! (From a episode with Sheen rating videos)
  • Cats Are Mean: Well, Sheen is only half-cat, but still.
  • Christmas Episode: "The 12 Rapes of Christmas"
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Fatigue is the more absent-minded of the duo, as well as the nicer one.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Sheen takes a break from working to touch himself in "Jacked Ass." Hilarity Ensues when he gets the "My Little Donkey" song stuck in his head.
  • David Versus Goliath: In "Beach Bully", the titular bully - a tall, muscular Doberman anthro - shoves Sheen out of the way to flirt with Fatigue, when Sheen stands up to the bully and gets in a fighting stance, appearing ready to fight him. However, Sheen throws his punch at Fatigue instead, knocking them to the ground and calling them "a little slut" for accepting the bully's advances. He then leaves the bully in shock at what just happened.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Sheen is often seen sleeping with random women, and can also be seen with men, and is presumably in an (abusive) relationship with Fatigue.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • On Sheen's laundry list of flaws. The first episode has him coming home from work to punch Fatigue in the face for hanging up on him! After Sheen specifically told Fatigue to hang up!!
    • In "Aspergers," Sheen claims that he once threw water in a girls face and called her a whore when she asked if a dress looked good on her!
  • Disability as an Excuse for Jerkassery: In "Aspergers," Sheen's erratic, anti-social behavior is diagnosed as the titular disorder, which he immediately uses as an excuse to act out worse than ever, including speeding through traffic, beating up strangers, and eventually resisting arrest. Subverted at the end, when he's re-diagnosed as simply being a jerk.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Sheen's mother anti-lizard racism is clearly a stand-in for racism against black people.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Fatigue beats up and pepper-sprays Sheen in an episode, albeit on accident because Sheen came home completely bald and Fatigue thought that he was a stranger.
  • Domestic Abuse: Played for Laughs. Hell, one episode has Sheen drunk and acting compassionate to Fatigue, but Fatigue responds as if he's being abused.
  • Ear Worm: In the "Jacked Ass" video, Sheen gets sick of Fatigue playing the "My Little Donkey" theme song loudly, so he yells at him to turn it down. Then he gets the song stuck in his head when he starts playing with his penis, causing him to sing it. He angrily struggles to get it out of his head, but he couldn't stop singing it, resulting in an Atomic F-Bomb he screams out in rage.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: "Collect Call" heavily implies that Fatigue has finally summoned the courage to leave Sheen and the toxic relationship they had behind.
  • Enraged by Idiocy: Be the idiocy in the form of an Ear Worm, or Being Touched, or who knows what else, you can count on Sheen to yell and curse and become violent on a hair trigger whenever it happens.
  • Expressive Ears: Sheen. Justified considering that he's a hybrid between both a dog AND a cat, both of which have their ears as part of their body language.
  • Everyone Has Standards: A raging asshole Sheen may be, but even he can't tolerate his mother's Fantastic Racism against lizards to the point where he actually apologizes for her behavior.
  • Faux Horrific: Fatigue's reaction to a drunken Sheen, who is nothing but pleasant and friendly towards them in a stark contrast to his usual abrasive and outright abusive behavior.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: Sheen's parents consist of a female cat and a male dog.
  • Freudian Excuse: The episode where Sheen starts seeing a shrink reveals that his bad attitude can be traced back to when he was heckled out of a kindergarten play. The hecklers? His parents!
  • Funny Animal
  • Furry Comic: Started out as one.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    • In the second "Mothers Day" episode:
    Sheen: "Take a seat, buddy. Let's have... dinner. (Maniacal laugh)
    (Cut to Sheen, Fatigue and Fatigue's mother quietly eating dinner)
    • In "Bubble Gum," Sheen attempts to create a viral video by swallowing as much bubble gum as possible and taping the results. We get a close up of his moaning stomach as he squeals in anticipation... before we cut to him in a hospital bed being told that the gum formed a large blockage in his lower intestine.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Sheen could probably give Dan a run for his money.
  • Hates Being Touched:
    • One of Sheen's flaws.
    • In the Christmas Episode he allows Fatigue "9 Awkward Touches".
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Sheen, as revealed in "Parents".
  • Hypocritical Humor:
    • In "Next Door," Sheen's noisy neighbor apologies for his loud music as kindly and well-spoken as possible, with the only thing really offensive being just how well-spoken he is causes him to be mildly annoying. Sheen tells him to "talk like a normal person and stop being an egotistical jerk!"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Andrew W.K.'s character in "Next Door," which also happens to be his real-life fursona.
  • Jerkass: Sheen. Very much so.
  • Karma Houdini: Sheen, though he does get comeuppance once in a while, usually when his actions affect someone other than Fatigue.
  • Kick the Dog: BIG. TIME.
  • Manly Tears: Sheen after Toni P laughs at him for wanting a pizza with anchovies.
  • Meaningful Name: Fatigue. He gets Sheen in trouble a lot.
  • Memetic Mutation: Parodied; one comic strip has Fatigue and a pal of his giving Sheen a cheeseburger only to mirror the "I Can Haz A Cheezburger" meme, much to Sheen's extreme irritation, who then yells at them to get out, resulting in Fatigue and his friend cooking spaghetti to mirror another meme.invoked
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Sheen is a cat/dog hybrid.
  • Mister Seahorse: In the Christmas Episode after 10 Contraceptives.
    Sheen: (to Fatigue hugging a bulging stomach) WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU'RE PREGNANT?!?
  • No, You:
    • Played straight in "Hang Up" when Sheen and Fatigue argue over who should hang up.
    • Sheen and Fatigue call each other dumb in this manner in "Football".
  • Off-Model: Sheen or Fatigue's limb patch colors switching between plain gray or their regular fur color.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The one time Fatigue actually stands up for himself is in "Board Meeting," when he calls out his bosses for doing nothing but patting themselves on the back (and other places) for their good work rather than make it even better.
  • One-Hour Work Week: Sheen's job at the post office doesn't come up after the first episode, and we don't even find out if Fatigue has a job until episode 29.
  • Poor Man's Porn: Fatigue's architectural blueprints are enough to send his bosses into an orgasmic frenzy.
  • Precision F-Strike: The lizard cook in "Dinner" who spits in Sheen's mom's salad.
    Lizard Cook: "Dinner is served.... muthafucka."
  • Pun-Based Title: Some of the episode titles.
  • Racist Grandma: Sheen's mom expresses hate speech towards lizards in "Dinner", to the chagrin of Sheen.
  • Retraux: The Frenzy video game in the "Two Friends Play Frenzy" cartoon resembles a game on NES.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: "Yolo," but only because Sheen is the kind of person who'd misinterpret it the way most people did.
  • Sadist Show: Boy howdy.
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  • Single Mom Stripper: Amy Stenson, as Fatigue's dad has never been shown.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Sheen, who swears very often when he's angry, and that too is very often.
  • Slipping a Mickey: In the Christmas Episode "11 Drinks with Roofies"
  • Stealth Pun: In "Board Meeting," Fatigue's bosses get hot and bothered (and, eventually, kinky) as he explains his blueprints for a ballroom. It's "artistic masturbation."
  • Stylistic Suck: Fatigue's titular "show" on "Two Friends Play Frenzy".
  • Sudden Anatomy:
    • In the animations, the characters normally don't have toes on their feet, but in the "Don't Touch My Stuff" and "Gary" cartoons, they suddenly gain toes and soles in a few shots.
    • This early comic shows that Sheen has pads on his feet in a closeup, although they disappeared in others.
    • Sheen, Fatigue and Fatigue's Mom all have toes though out the Christmas Episode. The style has stuck on since then.
  • Suddenly Shouting: Sheen does it to his therapist for calling him "Sheenie Beenie".
  • Take That!:
    • Suffice to say, "My Little Donkey" is not an Affectionate Parody of Bronies.
    • Subverted with "Yolo" in that it's a satire of the people who interpret "Don't let consequences rule you" as "I can do whatever I want and get away with it", which is exactly the kind of person Sheen is.


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