Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
Mascot or Menace, you decide...

Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures is a light-hearted Animesque Furry Comic originally based on characters on an early MMO (Furcadia) of which the author, Amber M. Williams, was a regular member.

It is a well-written and consistently funny series with a surprisingly detailed Backstory (much of it only given in an extended world description presented as a set of separate webpages). However, it's probably best to start with Chapter 6 or 7, or even 12, which leads into a Retool.

Check it out.

Tropes used in Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures include:

"I offer this advice to you two: If you're going to destroy something... do it mid-dialogue. They always expect you to finish talking first."

Abel: Oh crap...Middle name used. This only means bad!

  • Furry Comic
  • Furry Fandom: Inverted with Wildy: She likes humans.
  • Gag Boobs: Fa'Lina. It's a rather subtle progression, but Fa'Lina's breasts gain a noticeable size increase between her first appearance and present day.
  • Gag Penis: Implied that this is how Dan once took out a horde of Ice-Orcs with one slip of his loin cloth. (Also the implied reason for Dan's Brown Note effect.) Mind, this can also be interpreted as "no one wants to see Dan's junk, period".
  • Gambit Pileup: Several factions—most of them with nebulous motives—are known to be making plots involving the main cast, including Destania and Biggs, the Creature Council, Fa'Lina, Mab and possibly Kria and Pyroduck. And Dark Pegasus, while he's alive anyway...
  • Gender Bender
    • A few times, most importantly when Dan was pretending to be his sister. The characters treat it no differently from crossdressing, even though the art makes it clear it's..."total".
    • Not to mention Abel a couple times.
  • Genius Loci: The SAIA Librarian is bound to Library in all possible ways...
  • Giant Spider: And they quote poetry and Shakespeare!
  • Gilligan Cut: Comic 597, Abel: "I don't want to go. And I know you won't force me, so unless you have a trick up your gloves, this matter is closed." Cut to Abel walking down the hall with his luggage.
  • Glamour Failure: Fae and Cubi can both shapeshift, sometimes imperfectly. Jyrras has tried to synthesize it with his Patches, with varying success.
    • Cubi can't hide their clan markings by shapeshifting, although clothes and makeup work.
    • Nutmeg screws up her impersonation of Albanion, and Mab catches it.
    • Invoked by Destania when she impersonates Biggs. He calls her out for using his old hairstyle and she mentions she meant to give Dan at least ONE clue he wasn't talking to the real Biggs.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel
  • Gory Discretion Shot
    • Hennya's death in Abel's Story. The carnage is far more heavily implied than shown.
    • This scene is repeated (in a dream) here.
    • It wasn't exactly discrete. the comic here It was shown, but it was a silhouette.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress
    • This is a problem when the scientific-minded Jyrras ends up in an Alternate Dimension that runs on Clap Your Hands If You Believe. As soon as he thinks that he should by all rights fall, he does.
    • Averted—briefly—by Dan, only to have the levitating Fi "discover" gravity here.
  • Great Gazoo: The Fae are an entire race of them.
  • Groin Attack
    • Narrowly averted, several times, here..
    • Inverted (thankfully off-panel) by a SAIA combat student. Judging by the instructor's reaction, this isn't even the first time it's happened.
  • Hair Wings: 'Cubi have miniature “headwings” (as well as a regular pair) in their default form. Dan discovered he was one by having them grow in. Instantaneously.

“Miss, you have a bat in your hair!”

  • Hand in the Hole
  • Hannibal Lecture
    • Abel receives one here, from Dream!Pip.
    • And again in his side-story here, from Destania.
  • Hard Head: Dan; just as well, really.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Pip, and, to a slightly lesser degree, Wildy.
  • Hidden Agenda Villain: Fa'Lina's agenda is so well hidden we can't even be sure if she's a good guy or not. Of course, that all depends of whether you consider her actually evil or not.
  • Horny Devils: Largely averted with the Cubi race despite the name—they're not really demons, and while they feed on emotions their (clan-dependent) affinities for specific ones range all over the map. It's explained that the clan Nact'larn, who fit the trope much better, have a tendency to hog the spotlight. Kria Soulstealer on the other hand definitely plays with the trope every now and again, though mostly for laughs. Aaryana, who was introduced before the rules for Cubi were really developed, also plays it more-or-less straight.
  • Hot Amazon: Dan's favorite type of person. Gets a bit disturbing in light of his half-sister being one.
  • Humanity Ensues: Dan's brief stint with one of Jyrras's patches.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: Dan can hide BFS in his clothes. Alexis hides a giant mallet in hers. Though somewhat justified by their preferences for loose, baggy clothing (though usually a robe in Dan's case).
  • Hyperspace Mallet: Alexi has one, she sometimes uses it on patrons who try to skip out on their bill.
  • I Am a Monster
    • Dan is afraid his developing 'Cubi powers may turn him into one.
    • Interestingly, it's that same fear that keeps Abel going.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The title of each strip is a humorous commentary on its events, of the type that certain other webcomics reserve for Alt Text punchlines.
  • Idiot Hero: Dan, so very much.
  • If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Before leaving for SAIA, Dan makes it clear that if anything happens to Alexsi, Pyroduck and Abel will die; he's not worried that they will do anything to Alexsi—Pyroduck and her are already dating—it's that Dan is very protective of his sister, and with him gone for a month, is passing responsibility for her safety to them.
  • I'm a Humanitarian
    • One of the reasons Beings and Creatures don't get on so well is that Creatures are often quite willing to eat Beings. Lorenda and Kria Soulstealer both eat a number of Beings in the series. At least, during the early strips.
    • The last time someone killed a member of Piflak's clan, she killed them, turned their bones into a pipe organ that to this day hasn't needed tuning, and the rest were baked into pies.

Mink: They were the most delicious pies ever created...

  • Immortality Begins At Twenty
    • They're not actually immortal, but pretty much every species of creature seems to stop aging in their mid to late twenties.
    • Fa'Lina seems to be a bit older.
    • Cubi can shapeshift. Cyra explicitly shapeshifted to fit Dan's expectation of his grandmother, even though she first appeared around Fa'Lina's age and hundreds of feet tall.
  • Immortal Procreation Clause
    • Cubi Clan leaders, while not truly immortal, are unable to have children of their own.
    • The Fae have their own version: no Fae can have children unless auctioned/given the soul of a voluntarily deceased Fae to "recycle" for their own child, keeping their population at a constant number at all times. It's not that the Fae can't have children without the donation of another Fae's soul. It's that they choose not to, since without said donation, the kid is... well... soul-less. The result is not pretty. Or, at least, it's horribly depressing: without a soul, the kid has no emotions and no magic -- and no motivation to do anything. They're termed Hollows, and the only one shown so far shows up in Demonology 101, in what looks like a padded room. To quote Demonology 101, "they're more or less, empty husks". Also motivating the prohibition of Fae/anything relations that would lead to kids being born is the fact that Hollows always die on the 21st hour of their 21st birthday... as if having a kid who is magically null, and also void of all emotion weren't depressing enough.
  • Impossible Shadow Puppets: Is it cheating to use Cubi wings?
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Seen here.
  • Informed Ability: Dan's pre-'Cubi powers badassery. (Well, he did take out Dark Pegasus on-page once.)
  • Ironic Echo: A favorite of Fa'Lina who enhances her performance with puppets.
  • Ironic Echo Cut: Lampshaded and parodied.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: A good example from Wildy-San's book:

Dan: At least I don't have four stomachs, little cow!
Lorenda: I'm not little!

Dan: If it isn't too bold of me, perhaps I can suggest you three make your plans include you three getting off my spine?

Abel: What. Did. You. Call. Me?

Abel: You! Beeped! My! Nose!

Amber: I will not rest until I kill a diabetic with this website.

Macy: Initiating response three. But Daaaaaaad!

Dan: I don't think I can kill him... or want to anymore...

  • You Never Asked: During the all All Hail Queen Mab story arc, it is revealed Mab has a daughter. When questioned about it by Jyrras, she simply responds "No one ever asked."
  • Your Soul Is Mine: Cubi have a reputation for killing people and eating their souls. It's somewhat deserved.
  • Your Vampires Suck: ...As this strip illustrates. And There Was Much Rejoicing.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The Big Bad Dark Pegasus tried to trigger one in the Backstory, but the zombies turned out to be just too nice to work for him. Even the method of transmission is Lighter and Softer: bites and scratches infect you with The Virus, but it stays in remission unless you die before it wears off, which it does quickly, and the bites and scratches aren't any more likely to be fatal than any other injury. The zombies show up once in a while, although they mostly keep to themselves. They do have a representative on the Creature council though. And nonetheless there's Fantastic Racism towards them for fear of this, and from the aforementioned Big Bad, for the exact opposite reason. Plus they keep trying to turn him into an undead to take his place as their leader. He's not too thrilled at the idea, unsurprisingly.
  1. "I am Daniel Ti'Fiona: warrior for hire, slayer of the Doom Knights, bringer of peace, friend of beer-wenches! And I am here to save H-Ann from evil!"
  2. Polearms are probably not even a class weapon for Fae.