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Transmission is a furry webcomic created by Mark Alexander Smith about red squirrels Russell and Reggie, who are identical twins. They are English car mechanics living in Southern California.

Most of the comic's story arcs revolve around British and American cultural divisions, but also around the characters' love of motoring and exploration. The comic was inspired by the author's own trips to America.

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  • The Alleged Car: The Plymouth GTX was quite literally falling apart when Russell bought it, he largely managed to restore it though, gas mileage notwithstanding.
  • Altar the Speed: The twins' parents conceived them during a one-night stand, and they had to hold a small wedding ceremony to keep things as low key as possible.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: During "British Vacation", the twins' mother attempts to show off her sons' baby photographs, much to their horror.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Reggie finds himself oddly attracted to a muscular male surf instructor...
  • Amusing Injuries:
    • Nick often breaks his hand when he is teaching more risky stunts in martial arts.
    • Averted in the story arc Jason first appears in, where the injuries he sustains at the hands of his uncle are painfully real indeed.
  • Animal Stereotypes: One of the strips has a non-anthro squirrel collecting nuts and stashing them. As it does, the author comments on it. In the second panel, he says 'Some squirrels evolved, but stereotypes remain at large...' The last panel shows a dog attempting to pay for Reggie's services in nuts.
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  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Trevor.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • The homicidal truck driver in 'Duel'.
    • Linda's kidnappers get tortured by the twins (one of whom they had earlier stolen a car from) after they defeat them, forcing them to listen to Jedward. The kidnappers are later killed off in the 'Randall's Ransom' story arc.
    • The kid who knocks his competitor out by crushing his boat in a model boat race only to have his boat sunk by Russell and Linda, who fired on the boat using cannons hidden in their model of the USS Iowa.
    • Jason's uncle's henchdogs return after a several-arc absence in 'Geraldine' to get revenge on the Harveys, only to get killed by the titular car in a manner not dissimilar to what happened to Buddy Repperton and his gang in Christine - after having vandalized the car, no less. Zigzagged with Jason's uncle himself.
    • 'Randall's Ransom' has Randall and his father attempt to rescue Randall's daughter after she is kidnapped by ruthless property developer Lyle Hudson in retribution for Randall chasing the panther's goons out of his store. The end result is that Lyle is killed in his own home and his son Brett is Chained to a Railway. In an earlier arc, Brett had been picking on Jason while the latter was at college, ultimately leaving the twins to arrange for Randall to abduct Brett and leave him in the desert wearing only his underpants.
    • Blanco Zapka, the tiger antagonist of 'Enter the Vulpine', ends up getting fat and has to be rescued from his house by the Los Angeles County Fire Department - including Jason, no less. Played with that he shows up again slimmed down competing in a surf tournament against Howard and wins, only to be told he's not wearing trunks.
  • Balloon Belly: After a few months of American fast food the twins have some trouble fitting into their seats. Whereas Linda's waistline busts after her first time trying fish and chips.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Downplayed. When Reggie and Randall go hiking in Washington State, the guidebook mentions grizzly bears in the woods, which worries Reggie. After the duo actually get there, they are startled to find a bear roaring at them while ripping their tent and run, but it quickly turns out the bear is one of the anthropomorphic kinds and just wanted a word with them about them camping in 'his yard'. The bear later tracks them down to Puget Sound and returns their gear (minus Randall's last Honey-Nut bar).
  • Britain Is Only London: Averted. The twins, who are Midlanders, take offence to the staff in a British themed Las Vegas casino who are putting on fake posh accents.
  • Brits Love Tea: The twins offer Tim's family some "good old English tea", which Becky (and her mom) think tastes like pee.
  • The Cameo: Various characters from other furry webcomics have made cameo appearances in some of the comic strips.
  • Canada, Eh?: Tim
  • Carnivore Confusion: Randall tries to shoot a sentient deer for food while hiking with Reggie, Reggie tries to stop him only to notice a pig filming them, and the last panel shows them eating fresh pork. Though later on it turns out they forced him to steal a non-anthro pig from a farm and ate that.
  • The Casanova: Reggie manages to get quite a few one-nighters. Multiple girls at a music festival, some random lady every now and then, a 41-year-old rockstar...
  • Cats Are Mean: Imelda, one half of the villian duo of the 'The Rusty Chef' arc.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Randall rarely fights fair: for example, shooting an enemy in what was meant to be a knife fight.
  • Cool Car:
    • The red Plymouth Belvedere GTX muscle car that Russell drives.
    • Reggie has owned several cars. His current car is a black Mitsubishi Evo X, in the past he has also owned a grey Subaru Impreza and a blue BMW 3-Series convertible.
    • The imported Ford Escort Mexico the twins use in the Mexican Rallycross.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Averted; most notably in that Russell usually wears green and Reg usually wears orange. Though the twins wear the same colour of trousers, their shoes are also different.
  • Covered in Gunge: When the twins have to clear the LA drains as part of community service, Reggie is reminded of having taken part in Run the Risk back in the UK when he was young. Russell says that this time they 'can't throw Peter Simon in the gunge'.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
  • Creator Cameo: The author himself appears in the background on occasion. Particularly this strip where he and Thom Alun Jones take up the entire last panel.
  • Crippling Castration: Randall did this to a gym instructor after catching him having sex with his wife.
  • Damsel in Distress: Linda in 'Kidnapped', Randall's daughter in 'Randall's Ransom'
  • Darker and Edgier: The 'Kidnapped' and 'Jason' storylines are darker and more brutal compared to the otherwise Lighter And Softer approach of the majority of the series. They are presented in more of a dramatic graphic novel format rather than the usual witty punchlines.
  • Disappeared Dad/Missing Mom: Jason's parents were killed in a mall shooting when he was four.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Anti-mixed-species-marriage sentiments exist in some inhabitants of the Transmission world, as Linda's mother demonstrates. At least one commentator on that particatular strip's comments section compared it to the controversies about same-sex marriage.
  • Domestic Abuse: Jason was brought up by an uncle who physically abused him.
  • Drugs Are Bad: One story arc sees the twins attempt to get rid of half a ton of cannabis (marijuana) that had been cultivating in their cupboard (courtsey of Trevor), lest they get arrested for possession of drugs. This ultimately leads to a trip to the incinerator and the production of smoke that leaves Russell and Nick (plus a couple of crows) stoned.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Though Charley and Sasha are keen to win the Mexican Rallycross by cheating and causing car accidents to achieve this, they do not want to kill anybody on purpose either because "It's nicer to win races that don't kill people!".
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: "Why did the car explode?"
  • Fake Band:
    • Trevor's group Zombie Korma, who occasionally get A Day in the Limelight when they become the focus of the strip.
    • In the 'Zombie Invasion' arc, the above mentioned Zombie Korma find out their slot for their LA gig was double-booked with a 'rock and pop band from the 1990s' called RR Rapture, lead by vixen Zoey McCluskey. Zoey's daughter Zara later ends up in Zombie Korma as a guitarist.
    • One of the recent strips revealed that the boys' father Tony was the bassist in an Adam and the Ants Expy in the 80's.
  • Fantastic Racism: Implied in the third arc. When Russell attempts to start a minicab service in Los Angeles, he gets a customer who asks for his service. When Russell asks the customer for their species, he is told the customer is a grey squirrel. The next panel shows Russell telling Reggie he didn't get any fares.
  • Feather Fingers: Lampshaded here.
  • Football Hooligans: The twins are Stoke City fans, but have been subjected to random assaults by fans of local rivals Port Vale as one strip pointed out.
  • Freudian Excuse:
    • Charley and Sasha Slater had bad mouselinghoods, which Sasha uses to justify their 'win at any cost' behavior in the Mexican rallycross:
      • Their father turned to alcoholism and became sexually abusive later on.
      • Their mother turned to durgs and got arrested, before ending up in a battered women's shelter, 'and after that, Florida'.
      • Their older brother Adam was killed fighting in Afghanistan.
      • Their sister Ivy abandoned the family, and has since married twice.
      • The final straw that saw them become what they are now came when their father started sexually abusing Sasha. When Charley discovered it, he beat the father up.
    • Randall's experience of his wife's adultery and the cheater's subsequent Crippling Castration from Randall leads to some bad memories for the coyote when cooking outside because it took place at a barbeque, according to one strip.
    • 'Enter the Vulpine' reveals it was the grief from the death of Jason's father that turned his brother into the monster he was when the Harvey twins encountered him. Jason's uncle was unable to stop the mall shooting that killed them despite working there because he was on his lunch break.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: Practically the entire cast.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • In two Tempting Fate strips, the frame after the Tempting Fate moments has a sign reading 'WANNA BET'?
    • After Russell proposes to Linda, the next strip after the event has a frame with a banner reading 'Congratulations - Now Get Lost!'
    • In the arc where Linda flies a quadcopter drone, her first appearance in the arc has her showing the drone to Russell. Russell makes a comment about robots replacing animals as mechanics and technicians, and both laugh - not hearing an electronic voice coming out of the drone saying the day of machines will come.
  • Furry Confusion: Despite the cast being anthropomorphic animals, it does happen:
    • When the twins move house, the panel showing their arrival has an anthro deer walking no anthro dogs.
    • In one strip, Randall's truck has a Rainbow Dash doll hanging from the front mirror, but Rainbow is in her standard four-legged pony shape rather than a Transmission-ified anthropomorphic one, implying non-anthropomorphic horses exist in the Transmission world.
    • In a later strip, Russell and Linda accidentally kill a non-anthropomorphic parrot with their quadcopter drone. Despite having interacted with anthropomorphic parrots during their double date with Tim and Willow.
  • Furry Reminder:
    • The association between squirrels and nuts (and pine cones) have been brought up on occassion.
    • Instead of 'arms', bird forelimbs are apparentely referred to as 'wings'.
    • In 'The Slater Connection', instead of screaming, Sasha wakes up from a nightmare while making a squeaking noise.
  • Global Ignorance:
    • Randall seems to think a hiking site he's headed to with Reggie is east of the Mississippi. As Reggie points out, California (where they originated from), Oregon (which they pass through) and Washington State (where they are heading) are west of the Mississippi. Randall seems to have mixed up Washington State and Washington DC - you'd think an American wouldn't make this mistake.
      • Randall was right on one thing, though - the natural range of the grizzly bear does not extend beyond the Mississippi.
    • When Zombie Korma's first album was released, a review of the album misidentified their hometown as 'Stoke Newington' (a London district) rather than Stoke-on-Trent. Trevor was not amused.
  • Identical Twin ID Tag: Reggie wears orange, Russell green
  • I Know Karate: Nick, who is a black belt who trains students at the local dojo.
  • I'm a Carnivore: Randall
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Russ, Eurasian red squirrel, and Linda, a ferret. Prior to this Russ had romanced a grey timberwolf named Tiffany.
    • Reg seems to have a lot of one-night stands with several different girls, all different species.
  • Kicked Out of Heaven: Reg achieved Nirvana after inventing the perfect chip (that's "fries" for Americans) recipe, a few strips later they threw him back out
  • Kids Are Cruel: Played with in one strip. In that strip, Reggie has restored a Ford Gran Torino and is delivering it to the customer when he finds himself behind a school bus dropping off children. Some of the children begin Produce Pelting the car, and Reggie responds by driving the car straight through the group of kids. The last frame shows Reggie in court (presumably after being arrested for his actions), trying to explain what he did to a judge.
  • Last-Name Basis: Randall's first name is Jack, but this was never revealed until 'D-Fense'. Even then, several characters still refer to him by his last name.
  • Lethal Chef: Jason's "experiments" have given a culinary arts tutor food poisoning, produced a rock cake that broke a fork, and something undisclosed that used liquid nitrogen.
  • Long-Lost Relative: How the twins procured their business in Los Angeles in the first place.
  • Los Angeles: The primary setting of the comic.
  • The Midlands: The twins and their family are natives of Stoke-On-Trent.
  • Naked People Are Funny:
    • While on honeymoon in Hawaii, Russell and Linda lose their clothes to the tides and try to hide it, only to get their pictures taken in a car and end up on the news. This happens again when they go on a cruise, only this time their bathing costumes are blown across the ship by a gust of wind, leading to them being chasing from the pool area by security and end up at a nudist gathering.
    • Jason loses his shirt and shorts after sinking in quicksand while hiking with Howard and the twins.
    • Howard and Jeanette (Linda's sister) slide head first down the water slide (rather than feet first) and lose their bathing costumes on the way down.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Gun Fight: Or a baseball bat, as Reggie found out after his car was stolen.
    • Randall is perfectly willing to bring a gun to a knife fight.
  • Official Couple: Russell proposes to Linda in "British Vacation". She accepts. They get married in "Hitched".
  • Oop North: Though Stoke-On-Trent is technically in the Midlands, it arguably has more in common with the North than the South of England.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The author revealed that dragons exist in the world of Transmisson through the introduction of Leeroy, a Welsh dragon who takes the role of Zombie Korma's drummer after the original is let go. The dragons are depicted as favoring anything built of stone or other fire-resistant material (castles included), they can outgrow other animals - and yes, Dragon Hoards do exist.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: Again, averted.
  • Rank Up: When Tim first appeared in comic he was a traffic cop. As of "D-Fence" he's a detective sergeant.
  • Roadside Wave: Russell and Linda get splashed by a bus while holidaying in the UK - right after discussing how the rain had cleared up.
  • Rule of Pool: During the second panel of a strip set during Zombie Korma's first tour of America, the band are shown near a swimming pool at a hotel in Cincinnati. A caption says that rock bands 'have a history with swimming pools' (a reference to a story about Keith Moon driving a car into a swimming pool). The next panel has the guitarist, Graham, trying to explain to hotel management why his bandmates drove a Lincoln Town Car into the pool - while apparently paying damages at the same time.
  • Separated by a Common Language: The twins have difficulty adjusting to American dialects at first, as shown here and here.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Occasionally the comic refers to real life music groups and other webcomics and other forms of media.
    • One story arc prominently parodies Duel, right down to the mean Peterbilt Tanker chasing the twins.
  • Sniper Rifle: Randall packs a PSG 1 when taking Reggie out hiking in the Mount Rainier National Park so he can shoot animals to eat - fellow anthropomorphic animals!
  • Speech Impediment: Simon, Trevor's friend and fellow musician, is a stutterer.
  • The Stoner: Trevor and Nick, but for entirely different reasons.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: Regular ladies' squirrel Reggie gets a tad distracted by surf coach Howard's shapely, tail.
  • Tomboy: Russ' girlfriend (later wife) Linda, to an extent, she's a computer engineer and wanted to build Battlebots when she was a kid. Tim's wife, Willow, is an even bigger one, they met when he pulled her over for street racing. Sasha, one of the antagonists, also qualifies.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Randall more or less fills this role for the main cast. A fair amount of his actions are morally questionable, but he's a loyal friend to The Twins and can be relied upon in situations where violence is deemed necessary.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jason, ultimately against his abusive uncle.
  • Torches and Pitchforks: Zombie Korma get chased by Christian rock fans after Trevor said he owed his music to Buddha of all people. While riding what looks like a golf cart. Bonus points for the panel actually including torches and pitchforks.
  • Trickster Twins: Russ and Reg, of course.
  • Twin Switch: This happens occasionally. Such as the time Russ stole a hooker Reg hired in Vegas.
  • The Voiceless: Jason, owing to his abusive upbringing. In most strips which he does speak, he rarely utters more than one line of dialogue.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The 'Duel', 'Geraldine' and 'D-Fense' story arcs reference Duel, Christine and Falling Down, respectively. Lampshaded in 'Geraldine', which references the book's author.
  • Who Shot JFK?: Randall's first appearance in 'D-Fense' sees him claiming to have been 'behind the Grassy Knoll', a reference to several JFK conspiracy theories concerning that location.

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