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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Some have claimed Fisk uses his job as an excuse avoid the parts of parenting he doesn't enjoy or even outright be an absentee father.
    • The arc about Aron and Beth visiting a nudist colony received this reaction.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Audrey has become one, to an extent. She is generally seen as either a decent and likeable character, or as an unsuitable portrayal of transgender people. Naylor later described those who criticized her portrayal and design as suffering from ‘Audrey Derangement Syndrome’.
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  • Designated Villain: YMMV on Angela who exists in the strip as a Straw Character on occasion, but is considered a lot more reasonable than the protagonists by her fans.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Charlie. It’s gotten to the point where the Hatedom fears for Charlie every time she shows up in the strip because they don’t want to see ‘the last likeable character in the strip’ ruined.
    • Also, Angelica. Occasionally treated as a villain, the strip’s detractors look on her as something akin to a hero.
    • Despite her Base-Breaking Character status, Audrey. It helps that she’s legitimately cute and sweet, and she was part of one of the better story arcs.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The infamous ‘Muffin Arc’ goes into great detail about just what a hero is supposed to be, asserting that impulsive heroism rarely actually helps, and that a hero is not someone who whimsically supports whoever he or she finds most sympathetic at any given moment.
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  • Fridge Horror: One character is a doberman... with sheared ears.
  • Les Yay:
    • Charlie is very attracted to Janie and ultimately gets her chance to kiss her for real (while dressed as a boy). Janie lets her down easy, saying she would not want to hurt her as a friend, but she’s shown licking her lips appreciatively at the arc’s end.
    • While drunk, Trixie (somewhat humorously) tells Beth ‘If you were a man, I’d totally lick your pussy’. Later on, they have sex (naturally expanded on in one of Naylor’s adult comics, called ‘Straight Girls Kissing in the Shower’) and Beth promises to visit her when she returns.
    • Revisited again and invoked in the story arc where Aron attempts to get close to his latest crush Audrey, who is involved with a Butch Lesbian. To sneak into a lesbian convention the two are attending, Aron disguises himself as a woman, and Trixie pretends to be ‘her’ girlfriend. Aron manages to kiss Audrey...only for this to seemingly become Ho Yay when she gets a boner. However, Audrey is then confirmed to be transgender, and she and Aron develop a sweet relationship following the momentary awkwardness that ensues.
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  • Memetic Mutation: About as official as it can get, since Fisk now has his own Meme Generator template
  • Nightmare Fuel: ‘I want his hands.’
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped:
  • Toy Ship: Thomas and Miko hint at this in one strip when they practice kissing. Janie later teases Thomas when Miko’s Education Mama gets her a tutor and notes how she’s spending her time with him instead of Thomas. Of course, Thomas himself adds to it when he worriedly asks Abigail for something that would help make Miko uninterested in the other guy. Eventually, Miko admits that she's already attracted to Thomas, especially because her mother hates him.
  • What an Idiot!: Played for laughs. Fisk, Elizabeth, and some other adults end up stuck in a tree with a bear circling the ground below. Elizabeth gets one bar on her cell but ends up blowing any opportunity to call for help by fawning over pictures sent by Trixie of their kids.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Obviously, being the work of Jay Naylor should be enough of an indication that this isn’t a kids’ comic, but for those readers who ignored the ‘click here if you’re over 18’ disclaimer, the header and the pornfolio covers running up and down the page alongside the comic, note that despite the look of the comic, it features frequent cursing and scary material, as well as references to sex, infidelity, assassination, incest and an extended arc set at a nudist camp. (Although to be fair in that last case, the arc presented a more realistic example of one, complete with a comic explaining the concept’s origin.)


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