Would Never Hit A Girls?
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  1. Fuzzypaws

    Haha, women.

    • Leitrean

      Alt text: a guy forgets ONE anniversary…

    • darkgloomie

      Can’t stand them, can’t live without ‘em…

      • netherwolf

        so true..dames..who can figure them..

        • Anubis

          Can’t bury them in the backyard.

          Although that didn’t work so well with Bastet. WHOO boy was she mad.

          • darkgloomie

            That’s exactly the reason you can’t bury them in the backyard!

            That, and some of them could screw over your poor coltures with their venomous tongues.

          • Frank

            Isn’t there some ordinance against burying anything in your backyard?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I think they frown on burying ordnance in your backyard.

        • Foxstar

          Let’s chill with the implied misogyny, please.

          • Lenn

            Yeah, seriously.

          • darkgloomie

            Hey! I resent that. Mine isn’t mysoginy, I despise every gender equally, from male (vanity fair personified, always trying to one-up each other and raise their wheels) to female to amoebas (think they’re so good cuz they don’t need gender for reproduction) to the african marshes’ toad (what? You can change gender at will? So what?)

            It’s just that the strip lent itself to these type of comments..

          • MSR

            I don’t really see how it’s “implied” other than “blatant.” Hahaha isn’t perpetuating hurtful stereotypes hilarious, you guys?

            Tip: If you’re backpedaling to explain how your “joke” wasn’t misogynistic – yes it was, stop talking.

          • darkgloomie

            Oh, I know it was mysoginist, I was just making a further joke about my implied mysoginy.

            Meh… I can see how people can find these harmless jokes irritating, but… c’mon, it’s the internet. There’s people who thrive on making you shocked or annoyed or hurt by their remarks, taking everything seriously isn’t really gonna help your liver in the long run.

          • Foxstar

            ENOUGH.

          • Darkfur

            ☮ Why cant we be friends? ☮

        • JokkePokke

          What the… Cerberus is a girl(s)???
          Nvm, you go girl, kick his butt, he deserves it :D !!!

          • Darkfur

            that is exactly what i thought

      • Blaze

        And you can’t kill em…

        Darn immortal beings…

      • wolfsangel

        heh, cant stand them and CAN live without them X3

        • Dissension

          Let’s cut this off here.

        • Celysus

          I agree with wolfsangel.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      what about women >_>?

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        that’s what the three heads are. I’m sure that’s all Fuzzypaws meant. ;)

      • Tha Housedog

        If you find the right one, you can live with them. :3

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          hehehe X3 *huggles snoopdog*

          • Tha Housedog

            *Hugs back* And I just might have found the right one. :3

          • Logan

            @id sonic furreh, is that a picture of iratu for your avatar thingy

        • RegularBird

          True dat.

    • Lax

      I thought she was a he. Aside from the earrings… there were no other hints :D

      • Ziel

        The Eyelashes. Subtle, but they are there…
        Just like with Grape! No lashes; it’s a he! Lashes; it’s a she!

    • Hoheh

      Cerberus seems like my kind of women. Talk down to her if you want to…

      • Tenebraearum

        AMEN. I like a women that isn’t afraid to pound my face into the ground if I say something I shouldn’t have said. :D Although, I’d prefer her to have ONE head… I’d also prefer her to be human… >.>

  2. Ryufire

    Now this is EPIC!!!:D

    • lolparty

      he somehow managed to hit two faces at once

      • Occoris

        i think that he hit one head, and then that head hit the next head.

        • Tha Housedog

          It’s like dominos! X3

          • Naylorfan90

            And…now I’m hungry for pizza. D:

    • darklink

      i have a feeling that the city will be reducesed to a parking lot before too long

  3. Leitrean

    Well this wasn’t what i had expected

  4. IceKitsune

    Heheh I called them having dated yay! Also Yes kick his butt Cerberus!

  5. FerreTrip

    I’ve been waiting a LONG time to see this happen to Pete. EXCELLENT job, Rick!! (Though I love how he’s taking it. X3; )

    • FerreTrip

      Oh, and alt-text for those who need it: “A guy forgets ONE anniversary . . . “

      • Leitrean

        already beat you to it :3

        • FerreTrip

          Crap. Oh, well, I’m in the first five comments for once, I’m pretty happy. Now to go to bed to rest up for my Computer Science final…

          • FerreTrip

            Ike! I swore!! And I can’t edit my comments! (Otherwise there’d be a lot less here.) Sorry, Rick!! ==^^==;;

    • Leitrean

      well he is a jerk….

    • FerreTrip

      …Okay, to actually make myself sound like more than a rabid fan: I like the long-awaited action sequence (that neck crush looks painful in particular), the punchline, the background, and the general layout of the scene. And I just noticed the broken glass left on Pete–nice detail.

      My only wonder is how Pete isn’t sliding already when he hits the ground, but they’re sliding a fair ways when Cerberus hits him. I know there’s some momentum there, but…mrf. I should shut up. :X

      • Foxstar

        It’s a comic. Settle down.

      • darkgloomie

        It is a creative, metaphysical rapresentation of what Heaven should be like. I don’t think the laws of physics are as important as, let’s say, Rule of Drama and Rule of Funny

        • Naylorfan90

          Don’t forget Rule of Cool.

          • FerreTrip

            Tropes Alive!

            But yes, all of those are true.

      • Nohbody

        If you look carefully in the 4th panel, you can see Cerb’s feet coming down, presumably from her having jumped after Pete.

        • FerreTrip

          I see that. I just think she’d need a bit more forward momentum than that…

          • Nohbody

            a) toon physics
            b) we’re not given a full view of the area, so he could be farther away from the building he was tossed out of than it seems at first
            c) because Rick Griffin said so

            Take your pick. :P

      • Tenebraearum

        How dare you bringeth logic into the internet, thou shall be burnt at the stake.

  6. Elwood Blutarsky

    Heaven nor Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

    • Leitrean

      Very nice! i love that saying XD

    • netherwolf

      Hah,nice one ;3

    • Cerveny

      I have scars that prove that is true

      • RegularBird

        Ouch.

    • Tha Housedog

      Especially when it’s technically three women. *shudders*

      • BlueAnubis

        That brings up so many questions, such as; Does each head have it’s own personality? And if so, was he dating one of them or all three of them? What if he was dating one and the other two had boyfriends as well? (That would make for some very odd date nights). If it was all three, would he have to give each one a good night kiss?

        I don’t know what it is, but I have a feeling I may be overthinking this…

        • Thoth

          No, no… I assure you; all things worth actually thinking about are worth over-analyzing. Soon you shall be adding to the walls of text.

          Still, if it was classic symbolism, three heads might indicate one consciousness but with multiple aspects. If it works for Greek and Indian myths, why not for Housepets higher-order entities?

    • silverfang16

      Nor whatever this place is.

    • Tenebraearum

      Agreed. When I make my girlfriend mad, the whole house shakes, her eyes roll to the back of her head and he starts screaming in Latin.

  7. FerreTrip

    …Okay, I can’t help it:

    I hope Cerberus makes it so that we’re gonna be hearing a dirge for Pete…*ducks*

    • FerreTrip

      (Not that I want him to outright die, natch. Just making a bad joke. ;) )

  8. CalaverX11

    Again with the sou*CRASH*nd effec*BAM*ts.

    • Frank

      I thought they were quite well done, actually

  9. Rojoninja

    42 THE MEANING OF EVERYTHING EVER.

    • Shuma Jindivi

      just noticed……ok now I see why Rick make this arc.

    • darkgloomie

      So this arc is gonna be the answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything?

      Uh. Sounds like my kind of entertainment!

      • leffy

        No, 42 was actually the answer to the ultimate question. The ultimate question being determined by which one was asked the most throughout the universe;
        What is half of 84?

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Well this is arc #42.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          The ultimate question was “What do you get when you multiply six by nine”.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            that would be 54, not 42.

          • darkgloomie

            nobody ever said the answer had to be right

          • Argent Stonecutter

            @Brent – As Arthur Dent said “I always knew there was something wrong with the universe”.

          • natranr

            Ack wrong email.

        • natranr

          How many miles must a man walk to find out if she is the one.

    • Mr. Random

      No. The meaning to life and everything isn’t 42. As I researched, there are 2 answers: Chuck Norris is answer 1 and Pie is answer 2. Unless ur Chuck Norris, in which both answers are Violence. With Chuck, violence is the answer to everything.
      AND THAT’S THE REALLY POORLY THOUGHT OUT PUNCHLINE!!! (dissensions gonna kill me. Rick too.)

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        don’t worry. Diss would never kill Rick.

        • Leinad

          nonono, violence is the question. and the answer is yes. ^.^

        • Mr. Random

          No, I mean they’re both gonna kill ME. But I’m not dead yet, so…

          They don’t call me Mr. Random for nothing :P

      • Argent Stonecutter

        What kind of pie does Chuck Norris eat?

        • Mr. Random

          He eats the only pie that’s made specifically for chuck Norris: Chuck Norris Pie. No other pie can match the awesomeness of Chuck Norris Pie. And I dare not abbreviate Chuck Norris Pie, for chuck Norris is always watching…

          They don’t call me Mr. Random for nothing :P

  10. loomCAT

    I’m genuinely worried about where that sphere will end up.

    Also, alt text is epic.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Me too. That’s more important than whatever happens to Pete.

      *tink*

      *tink-a-tink* … doink … doink … doink …

      “Oh look! A sparkly! I found a sparkly!”

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Bit of a nonsequiter, wot?

        • Frank

          Responding to the wrong comment, apparently

          • Frank

            …and it looks like the comments are broken again
            (been a while, hasn’t it?)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Now they’re fixed, in even more confusing ways!

      • Frank

        I’ve always wanted a sparkly of my very own!

      • Pogiforce

        IN the previous strip she did though. Those were distinctly feminine hips she’s sporting. As for the lack of certain forms upon her chest, none of the female animals in this comic have those. c.c

        • darkgloomie

          it’s the definite masculine muscolature that gets me though :/ oh well ^^

    • silverfang16

      I was sure it broke when Pete fell…..if it does will King’s life end?

      • Inu

        Well, seeing as it was under the “Fate” section, perhaps if it breaks he just gets true free will?

  11. Snowmon

    Kind of saw that coming. Somehow I just knew that this cerberus was female.
    Figures that she’d keep up with the petty details of her personal life, but she seems to have forgotten that her job was to protect that orb that’s now bouncing down the cosmos, towards the edge of the floating island.
    Joel is so slipping out of existence.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      a couple things: 1) rick said in the forums and Dissension repeated in the comments that she was female and 2) fate has no bearing on Joel’s existence, just his future.

      • Snowmon

        1) not everyone reads the forums.
        2) if “Joel’s” fate is broken then what happens to Joel/King?
        3) I like listing in threes.

        • Shuma Jindivi

          Given that the orb dorpping from that high without broken, I guess fates are generally UNBREAKABLE.

          Also now I know why someone knows Cerb is female before. Thanks.

          • Snowmon

            I guess you’re right. But dropping off a building is one thing (Both Pete and Cerberus also survived a fall from that height). But falling down from an Island in the heavens is another story.

            :( I’m just worrying over nothing for the fun of it.

          • Tenebraearum

            I just thought of something… if the orb breaks then Joel has no fate, because he has no fate that means Joel’s fate is having no fate, but if he has no fate then how can his fate be having no fate if… *bizzzzt* fate… Joel… having… no… fate… fatefatefaTEFATEFATEFATEFATE– KDJKFDFASK;KSADFFKFWOH……… daaaisy, daaaaisyyyyy……

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          1) as I said, Dissension repeated what Rick said in the forums in a comment on the last page.
          2) I don’t know
          3)why is that?
          4) objection, the third point in each of these lists are irrelevant to the case at hand.

          • Snowmon

            1) I don’t know why you’re arguing with me.
            z) I’m just having fun here.
            3) listing in threes makes it an actual list
            4) there is no # 2.
            :) Ha! :)

  12. Pokeblue

    Pete forgot one anniversary during the years he apparently dated her, and he just punched two out of her three heads…yep, sympathy isn’t gonna get him anywhere in this situation.

    Aside from that, didn’t see that coming.

    • Snowmon

      He said “Like a million years”. The human equilavant might me something along the lines of:

      Pete: We dated for like 4 years. (punches two heads)

      Cerberus: (gags Pete) It was 4 years 2 months 8 days 3 hours 7 minutes and 45 seconds. Jerk!

      Pete:(passes out) ……

      Cerberus:……Petey?

  13. Oren Otter

    I like Rick’s interpretation of Heaven, as a place with real buildings where real people live rather than a bunch of fluffy white clouds.

    • Foldo

      “Ugh, you mortals take everything you see so LITERALLY.”
      “You CAN’T comprehend things on our level, so [Rick has] created a complex metaphor to handle it.” :P

      http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/07/07/the-truth-the-whole-truth/

      • gaboris

        Yeah I learned to keep my mouth shut untill I think about the metaphors of the given thing from that strip… So mostly I just stay silent cuz I’m not good at these stuff. XD

    • Rick Griffin

      On that note, while I was coloring the background I was thinking: the doors aren’t actual physical empty spaces, but you can walk through them sort of like the paintings from Mario 64.

      • Frank

        Okay, now you’ve got to show that happening!

      • Leitrean

        very interesting, where did you get your inspiration from for this cityscape?

      • RegularBird

        Definitely need to show that happen.

      • Snowmon

        I third that you need to show that happening.

      • silverfang16

        That sounds fun!

      • Koran

        lets hope the orb of fate doesn’t roll into someones “personal space”!

        *ba-dum-TISH!*

        • Frank

          This is Just in: Myspace.com has seen a strange circle appearing on all of its pages. Nobody can tell what it represents nor who put it there

      • Mr. Random

        Love Super Mario 64, I always played a game in the first painting, the
        Bob-OMB one, where I would try to destroy the chain chomp. (major geek, right here *points to self*)

        They don’t call me Mr. Random for nothing :P

  14. SilverZeo

    I am happy know, Pete got his awkward moment… but that quota is still rather low…

  15. Kondog

    Its safe to say Pete got knocked, the what out. I just hope Cerberus recovers the stolen orb before it falls in the wrong hands(Pete’s). On a side note the ground texture & color are great, and its Nice to see some action on the HP Universe- Nice going Rick

  16. Treobearn

    If Cerberus is a girl then it should technically be Cerbera since that would make the name feminine in nature instead of having a masculine ending…. but I think I’m the only that cares about something like that…..

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Rick doesn’t do latin plurals, so he probably doesn’t do latin endings.

    • Foxstar

      I’d say you are.

  17. Roadrunner23

    LOL!! It’s Action!
    and Pete in 4th Panel is epic

  18. kuisbright

    Wow, this gotta be one of my favorite strips!
    I love the actions.

  19. IceKitsune

    I bet Pete gets arrested and thrown in Jail for this.

    • loomCAT

      That makes me wonder what kind of legal system exists in this corner of the cosmos…

      • Frank

        Hopefully a very underused one

    • netherwolf

      imagine how many years would he get for this xD

      • Zarvain

        The way they measure time? Long enough that unless he VERY quickly stages a clever breakout we’d never see him again in this strip.

        So most likely if it DOES come down to that he’s got a bud/relative/ect who can knock it down to community service. Wonder what the cosmic equivalence to spending your weekend in an orange jumpsuit cleaning the side of the highway is?

        • IceKitsune

          Ok well It might not exactly be prison time but I really don’t see him getting away with out some sort of punishment. Unless he can bribe a Judge or something or as you said has someone that can get him out of it.

    • Thoth

      Well, if he actually is representing chaos, whether that’s his job or his nature, I’d bet that attempting to break the rules is pretty much expected of him.

      Of course, if it’s just a personal desire to cheat, that’s another matter.

      • IceKitsune

        Rick said and I quote “Hmm, not quite; they’re inhabitants of the cosmos but don’t have those sorts of roles” In response to the question of if the Cosmic Nerds where Angels or Gods so I really doubt that they represent any sort of thing like Chaos,Order ect.

        • IceKitsune

          So basically as far as I can tell (and what I’ve been saying for a while now) they are just a bunch of Nerds who decided to play a game of U&U with the Housepets Universe because they were bored.

          • Thoth

            But what we don’t know is if the rules against “smash and grab” of fates is part of the U&U rules or of some wider system of rules applying to all “Higher Beings”.

            If individuals within your society can create universes, making rules about the manipulation of individual fates within those universes and how they interact with them is micromanagement with a vengeance. On the other hand, the “High Order” entities are capable of keeping track of rules so complex that they couldn’t be written down and fit into a lower-order universe.

            On the other hand, if the rules of “Heaven” are part of the U&U game, than this level of reality is presumably involved somehow – and Cerberus is presumably an interested party for some reason.

          • IceKitsune

            If it was a rule of the Game I think Kitsune would have reprimanded Pete right then and there so I think that the rules of Heaven are separate from that of the U&U game.

            Also Pete said that Cerberus had gotten a Promotion there for what she was there for was a job (obviously as some sort of guard) making it unlikely that she know or even cares about there game and implying even further that Heaven has nothing to do with the U&U game.

          • Thoth

            Yep – but then we have the dialogue from the previous strip:

            “What are you doing, Pete?”
            “I’ll let you know if you don’t tell Dragon.”
            “Come on. I’m bound to be impartial; it’s not any fun otherwise.”

            That seems to imply involvement in the game at some level; otherwise why would Cerberus be “bound to be impartial” with respect to Pete and Dragon? If you’re not involved in a game, you may be impartial about it – but you’re not bound to be.

            As far as a “promotion” goes, that too could be within the rules of the game – being promoted from, say, playing a few minor supporting characters to assistant game master.

            For a real-world example, the (Wild) “Filch” card in Cosmic Encounters allows the possessor to steal extra cards and tokens from the board – until he or she gets caught, at which point whatever he or she was caught stealing must be returned, but the tokens and card stacks are moved next to the player with the Filch card for easier stealing. The other players just have to watch the player to make sure that he or she doesn’t get away with it.

            Given that U&U is supposed to have more rules than can fit into a low-order universe it’s hard to say how many levels of reality a given game covers.

            Now that’s not necessarily what these strips are representing, but at this point we have no way of knowing that – just as we have no way of knowing what the players represent (if anything) in the game, or whether not being “angels or gods” means that they can’t be aligned with some sort of principles, be spawned from them, or choose to play particular roles which may come with their own rules – such as many social roles come with in the real world.

          • IceKitsune

            Thoth that was Kitsune that was talking about being impartial in the last Strip not Cerberus. As for the Promotion we know its a job because Rick said she was employed on the forums here: http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=241929#p241929

            She is employed by Heaven to protect the Fate Balls and most likely everything else up there. The promotion was most likely going from guarding Hell to guarding Heaven. So again that makes it very unlikely that she has anything to do with the game.

          • Thoth

            Ah, I fear I mixed up who has which colors in the speech bubbles. That does shift things – but takes us back to the micromanagement problem.

          • IceKitsune

            If I am understanding what your talking about correctly (which I may not be so correct me if I’m wrong) you are saying that it doesn’t make sense that if a being created a universe that there would be rules stopping them from doing what ever they want with that universe and its inhabitants because that would be Micromanagement?

          • Thoth

            No. Because a lower-order universe can contain infinite numbers of beings – and we have been informed that there are an infinity of low-order universes and more can be created at whim.

            Yet the number of higher-order beings concerned with any given suite of universes appears to be finite – and they don’t seem to be omniscient or even capable of perceiving and processing infinite amounts of information.

            Thus the amount of attention which can – on the average – be paid to a lower-order being is apparently (some finite quantity) divided amongst an infinite number of such beings.

            Yet we have seen that there is a non-zero chance of Pete being caught meddling with individual beings.

            Ergo, either some fairly extreme micro-management is going on with respect to Pete or some selection principle is in action, or both – and the only selection principle apparent so far is “involvement in the current U&U game”.

            Thus either Cerberus is likely to be involved in the game somehow, or there’s some other reason to pay attention to it. It could easily be more important than we’re aware of – the equivalent of setting some notable dispute with a coin toss or formal contest – or it could be that “heaven” is concerned with U&U games (perhaps its the equivalent of a local hobby store and Pete, the Spirit Dragon, and the Great Kitsune are playing in the back room), or there could be some other reason that we don’t have any information on yet.

  20. Shake

    So Pete has the ability to turn from lying on his stomach to lying on his back INSTANTLY. Quite impressive.

    • SamBlob

      A cosmic being is even more unlimited than T-1000 :nod:

    • Mr. Random

      If you’re pummeling someone, would you leave them on their stomach or turn them over and expose their face? That’s what I thought.

      They don’t call me Mr. Random for nothing :P

  21. Argent Stonecutter

    *tink*

    “Baby, we gotta get over this, it’s fate…”
    *GROWL*
    “No, really, his geas will be cooked, we gotta…”
    *THUMP*
    “You don’t want him to have a karma crash…”
    *POW*
    “I’m serious, this isn’t a wild geas chase…”
    *SOCKO*

    • Alphonse

      You and your geas, Argent.

    • Frank

      Where’s the guy that says “the puns, they burn”?

      • Leitrean

        The puns, they burn!

        • Leinad

          ^ THERE he is! we missed ewe.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          If you’re gonna complain, I’m stopping this karma right now and you can walk home.

  22. The Wolf Kin

    Ouch.

    • The Wolf Kin

      He deserves it, though.

    • Frank

      I thought you were speaking for Cerberus. Hit on two faces, that’s gotta hurt.

      • Zarvain

        Looked like one face may have been hit into the other, so that’d be 1st face getting hit on both sides and 2nd getting headbutted.
        Still, she’s kinda p’d off at moment so may even not notice a tooth missing till all is said and done. As for Pete, looks like he’ll enjoy every second of the pain as it happens, so my only question atm is, does he black out or cry “unkle” 1st?

  23. Jennifer the Dark

    Pete’s going to get his butt kicked :D

    • FuRrY321

      “going” to…?
      Then what’s happening to him now??

      • Zarvain

        Warm up for main event.

  24. Argent Stonecutter

    Meanwhile, back in Babylon Gardens…

    King: “Oh man, Fox, alla sudden I got a heck of a headache…”

    • silverfang16

      I doubt baby aspirin would fix this.

      • Zarvain

        Maybe Frank would be willing to share some of his Tylenol with him?

  25. WingedWolfGirl

    And now for a game of “chase the little orb of fate down the streets.” XD

  26. Bamith

    Shouldnt “She” be in the Gluttony ring of hell? Or did the promotion get her out?
    Back in that ring of hell I would assume workers get free snacks ._.

    • darkgloomie

      We answered that in yesterday’s strip comments. Go read there before we spark another mythology discussion (though, to be honest, it’s been fun while it lasted, but I don’t think Frank is ready for another headache-inducing one so soon)

      • Frank

        Not a problem. I got Tylenol for my birthday!

        • Leitrean

          haha! references!

  27. T-Squared

    *hears “Burly Brawl” from “The Matrix Reloaded” start up*

  28. Clairvoyant Legacy

    Naaaaw~

    What an adorable lover’s quarrel.

  29. Corodan

    I really have no idea what to say.

    About the incoming arc, I mean. This fight, I approve.

  30. netherwolf

    quadruple dates rock x3

  31. netherwolf

    His face reminds me of me seeing the new arc xD

  32. Alphonse

    (A) (Girls).
    Hmm, wonder what Pete saw in hers.
    Ha, I can be funny too…

  33. Retinq

    Fate? :S I kinda hoped the orb was something else… against all odds.
    The story is still funny, though.

  34. leaffly

    Well this is unexpected. ITS a woman who has one year problem o-o

  35. FurryNerd

    Guess if you live that long, it would only take time before you want a guy. Lol They’re still so fit and young. I’m envious (Whoops, that would be if this was real lol)

  36. Kamon

    I though Cerebrus was a guy and that the two headed dog in greek myth was female

    • Tom Flapwell

      Traditionally, Cerberus is male, but Rick is entitled to change that in his world. I don’t know of any two-headed dog, tho.

    • darkgloomie

      Orthros, Cerberus’ little brother, a twoheaded dog with a snake tail who ended up as the bloodhound of Eurytion, a demigod working for a giant. They both were eventually slain by Heracles, who much like Pete was a bit of a jerk.

      Anyway, as far as I know, Orthros was male as well, and as Tom said this is Rick’s comic, his own canon, so he can do as he pleases with characters.

      Heck, if SMeyer dared call… those vampires, then Rick can darn well decide to make his Cerberus a girl.

      • Leinad

        darkgloomie, you know FAR too much about mythology. and i mean that in the best way possible.

        • silverfang16

          Mythology is fun!

        • darkgloomie

          What I don’t know, a quick Wikipedia search fixes.

          I’m not all that knowledgeable, all in all, it’s just that I like to find out.

      • Nohbody

        Heracles, who much like Pete was a bit of a jerk.

        “A bit of a jerk” covers a lot of territory, in Greek mythology. :P

  37. FenixWong951

    Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa , it was a promotion…that explain it all…no , seriusly , that was a good twist XD

    BTW: I love the 7 panel , the 3°cerberus face is like ”HEY , DONT PUNCH MY HEAD’S” X3

  38. Tendo

    Would it be considered impossible to date her without cheating on her since technically you would be dating three women at once? :P

    • Zarvain

      Hmm, if all 3 head share the same personality and mental functions; and with only one speech bubble from Cerb that seems likely; then I would guess not…but then again I’m not a chick and in the end like almost every other male out there have yet to figure them out so maybe one of the girls in the audience could comment?

  39. Argent Stonecutter

    Oh, and Pete’s got BSOD eyes for the WHOLE strip!

    • darkgloomie

      His “New plan: piddle self!” face in Panel1 is totally awesome

    • Z24

      They both (technically, all four) do

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Cerb’s got “UAC eyes”. That’s the po-ed “thou shalt not pass” look. Not that shocked “what do I do now” look.

  40. Sonic Fox

    LoL, I had a feeling she had a promotion from the Underworld, and this does not look good at all for Pete now that we know she’s an ex…with three head! Wonder how that worked out; guessing poorly from her reaction.

  41. Rocket Knight boy

    sooooooo……..which one did he date?

    • darkgloomie

      From the looks of it, all three. But it’s not really evident yet if the three heads are separate people or not.

    • Leitrean

      All 3!

    • FenixWong951

      I always think that there is only ONE cerberus , just that whit 3 heads…

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Now I’m thinking the three heads are a metaphor too. Like the can of soda.

        • darkgloomie

          What, a three-faces-of-eve kind of deal? Wouldn’t that make dating interesting

          • Leitrean

            but which one do you make out with?

          • Aenbr

            Exactly what I was wondering…

          • darkgloomie

            Probably the middle one, which would be representing the “woman” aspect of her personality. The left one would be the naive, pure “child” while the right one would be the nasty “crone”

          • Dissension

            Let’s not take this too far.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Especially since that’s not what I meant.

          • darkgloomie

            I think my first comment covered what you meant, but then I got carried away-

            basically, the three faces of eve is an expression to describe three basic aspects of the woman: the child (innocent and pure), the mother (sensible and capable) and the seductress (speaks for itself)

            Think of it as a Freudian Trio (Ego, Superego, Id) applied to women, specifically

          • Argent Stonecutter

            The can of soda represents I’m thirsty now shut up.

        • FenixWong951

          Or maybe is just one cerberus and the 3 heads act like one…

  42. Carwyn

    Wow I can already tell this story arc is going to be REALLY good. Enjoying it so far, keep it up!

  43. gaboris

    WOOO-HOOO! FINALLY! Pete got what he deserves! :”3 This is my new favorite strip. X)

  44. Pogiforce

    So Joel’s orb of fate has been lost down the street of heaven.

    I don’t know if this is better or worse for King. c.c

    • darkgloomie

      … That sentence sounds like something out of a trippy ’60s song… Not that there’s anything wrong with that

  45. Pogiforce

    Cerberus is not off screen though. Look in the upper right corner of the panel. You see her feet just before she lands on him.

  46. Frank

    I don’t know but I’ve been told … the streets of heaven are paved with gold!

  47. GameCobra

    Window in Panel 2!

  48. D.Z.

    Thank goodness Housepets fate-balls don’t smash as easily as the ones in Harry Potter.

  49. darkgloomie

    Rick said it’s a girl. What Rick says is the law.

    ALL HAIL THE RICK GRIFFIN!

    • Leitrean

      and then rick spoketh unto his viewers: LET THERE BE FIGHT SCENES!

      • Zarvain

        And thous didst the awesomeness become unleashed from the Heavens on High to bask this thine readers with such Spartacus revelries.

  50. Thoth

    Hm. So; if you have someone’s fate in your metaphorical “hands”, you gain one or more options that are otherwise unavailable, since otherwise there’s no point in going to get it.

    At the simplest, it might be good for gaining information about the subjects past, present, future, or likely responses to various situations. At the most benign, this would help in manipulating or monitoring Joel/King. This, however, seems unlikely; Pete can apparently already do those things to some extent – and seems unlikely to be interested in what Joel/King actually wants. Besides, if Pete was inclined to genuinely subtle manipulations and plans he probably wouldn’t be getting beaten on at the moment.

    It might be to destroy it or to threaten to destroy it. This does seem likely to be a gross violation of the Great Kitsune’s directives however, and if he was willing to do that directly, he could just possess Joel/King anyway. In any case, the threat of destroying it may or may not be valid. Would doing so be a problem for Joel/King or would it just put him “outside of fate” and make him a completely free agent? For all we know at this point, being outside of fate is what makes you a cosmic being (which might be a way for Pete to “win” if his victory conditions for the current game are something that Joel/King wants).

    It might be to manipulate the subjects actions, but this would seem to go against the prior mentions of “free will” – and would just be an indirect method of possession in any case.

    That pretty much leaves the manipulation of the subjects environment. That would seem consistent with Petes apparent tendency to try to force people to do what he wants and provides a great many possibilities for absurdly comic situations depending on who fiddles with his fate – and how often it gets passed around and to who.

    Of course, there’s always the possibility that Cerberus will kick Pete out and spiritually superglue Joel/Kings fate back in place to prevent further meddling, in which case the arc could be over in a strip or two – enough to show that and to show something absurd happening to Joel/King before his fate settles down again.

    And yes, the dread wall-of-text has returned.

    • Frank

      Hooray for wall-of-texting!

      Though if being “outside of fate” is what makes you a cosmic being, destroying King’s fate would make him a cosmic being, and would, thus, put him out of the game’s arena. We have nothing implying that Pete would lose the power he already has over King, therefore he’d be able to manipulate him at will without violating Great Kitsune’s rules, and if no one can prove he’s doing it, would allow him to use King to sabotage the Spirit Dragon’s “game” as a third party.

      The question then is, how does this help him in the game, if at all, if he basically has a “skip” card on him until further notice?

      • Thoth

        Yes indeed… Turning Joel/King into a cosmic being would make him an external party – but one with a valid reason to be acting in Babylon Gardens and the rest of the Housepets physical world. Thus, if what Joel/King actually wanted to do was somehow good for Pete, or if (as you note) Pete could still influence Joel/King, that could be a shortcut to winning.

        Now, one of my older speculations was that Pete could still turn out to be a decent enough fellow (if still a bit of a jerk) IF this was both a route to giving Joel/King what he truly wanted as well as winning the game.

        Thus, if Pete’s “win condition” is to cause chaos by getting animals rights in the Housepets universe, while the Spirit Dragon’s is to maintain the status quo – and Joel/Kings major motivation was “animal rights” (now been reinforced by his experiences in being an animal) Pete could still turn out to be a good guy at heart. Getting the animals a local cosmic being “of their own” to enforce animal rights would be a definite win.

        Of course, that scenario involves several major assumptions for which there’s really no evidence at all, so it’s purely speculative.

        Still, the “outside of fate” notion does open up an interesting path to ascension as a cosmic being – become skilled and powerful enough to shatter the bounds of your own fate by internal pressure and thus become a greater spiritual entity, unbound by the forces of the physical world. That fits in nicely with D&D – and possibly with U&U.

        • Frank

          As far as we know, what Joel/King actually “wants” is to be human again (cue Beauty and the Beast song). Him becoming a cosmic being would presumably give him the power to take on any form he feels like, just like Pete, including his human form. However, who says that once he gets what he wants he’ll participate (or be coax-able into participating) in the game anymore at all? This could, in fact, be a “lose condition” for Pete.

          As for a-dog-who-knows-a-little-too-much-about-humans, fighting for animal rights… Let’s just say Dana Simpson tried that / is trying that; and deleted it last week.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            She rebooted it, but all the old stuff is still there.

          • Thoth

            The trick there is that Joel’s initial arc indicated that he’d been a member of the ASPCA but had been involved in some sort of incident that showed up on background checks and presumably involved pets.

            He then joined PETA without checking on the organization in any way because they were the only animal rights organization that would let him join without a background check.

            He has had bad experiences with animals, and has difficulty in dealing with them – but places a very high value on their rights anyway.

            Ergo, he apparently had a strong animal-rights motivation that predated his transformation – and one that Pete might be attempting to exploit so that Joel / King winds up in a situation where Joel / King gets what he originally wanted and his free-and-independent actions result in Pete winning. Of course, that involves several unsupported speculations – but I’m having a hard time coming up with too many “Pete is a decent fellow after all, and his treatment of everyone is a benign Xanatos gambit” scenarios at this point that DON’T involve a lot of speculations. Pete’s done some fairly rotten things that he could apparently have avoided pretty easily.

            Personally I suspect that Pete’s actual intent in meddling with Joel’s fate was to manipulate Joel / Kings situation so that he wound up pretty much being forced into becoming Pete’s avatar – but it could be misdirection, or something benign, or involve some factor that’s still completely unrevealed.

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            Who says King’s goal is dog rights. Maybe it’s just self improvement. Or helping the Wolves he lives with adjust to living in human society.

            Of course the real purpose for King is to make us laugh via his misadventures from being a human in a Corgi’s body and/or his inability to catch a break. He’s pretty good at that.

          • silverfang16

            Well it is clear that Pete still wants King as his avatar from his disappointment when he lost him. It’s not clear though on whether he still has an interest in that or whether he just wants revenge for thwarting him.

            I don’t think Joel cares about self improvement, just look at his attitude towards it earlier! Unless being with Fox has triggered some sort of personality change.

          • Thoth

            “Who says King’s goal is dog rights” – Elwood Blutarsky.

            Pets rights might not be one of his goals any longer – but it was indicated as a strong motive in Joel / Kings first arc and he now has strong practical and personal-experience motives for wanting pets rights.

            Now the real purpose of the characters is indeed to be fun – but Rick’s more than a good enough storyteller to give his characters consistent motives and personalities. Otherwise they wouldn’t provoke speculation and analysis in the first place.

            Silverfang16 – I really can’t say what Pete is up to (thus all the possibility-trees), but I suspect that revenge is a bit petty (and seems, at least to me. to have a “torture the helpless small creature” quality that doesn’t really fit into Housepets very well).

          • silverfang16

            Yea you’re probably right. It is safe to say that his plans will go further than just revenge, which is all the more terrifying.

      • darkgloomie

        let’s analyze the rules he’s currently bound to:
        - he can’t enter the arena (ie, the HP! Reality) unless he has an avatar
        - he can’t force King to accept to be his avatar.

        Now, how can he start playing if he can’t get a new piece and King doesn’t seem to want to give him his body? There’s a few ways, actually.

        -a “desperate measures for desperate times” kind of deal: manipulating King so that to save something or someone he’ll agree to be Pete’s avatar in exchange of power. While this counts as coercition, Pete could just as easily make up an outlandish course of events which can achieve the same goal, but with less personal satisfaction for King (possibly taunting King about it to nudge him towards the desired outcome)
        -simply making his life hell until he just gives up “voluntarily”. Still coercition, but they’d have little proof;
        -using King as his agent until he can get a different avatar, ie manipulating his fate to make him do stuff such as starting a cult, introducing someone to the Mysteries of the Griffin or somesuch. Since they’d count as enemy pieces, SD couldn’t deal with them directly, and Pete wouldn’t be breaking the rules;

        Possibly, making King a cosmic being would nullify any power he has over him, as they would be on the same metaphysical level… or maybe not, I can’t explain my thought process about this. Anywho, that’s probably not what Pete’s aiming for, but we really can’t know until this is over.

        incidentally, I’m on mobile now,s o I likely won’t reply in a timely fashion, and I was writing this before Troth’s new comment so Ii may stand corrected

        • FenixWong951

          Yea , of course…

        • Chaplin, A PERSON WHO COMMENTS

          Oh my god that was the biggest wall of text I’ve seen in a long time.

        • Thoth

          Well, to be precise, it was:

          “Dragon’s favor. You’re forbidden from doing anything more to King or entering the arena until you have a full avatar like hers.”

          What constitutes “the arena” is open to doubt; the map in an earlier strip might imply that the arena is limited to Babylon Gardens, but the universe is possible.

          Still, given the “or” in that ruling, evidently there are a variety of things Pete can do – over and above simple communication – without “entering the arena”. That must include getting a new avatar. Otherwise, since an avatar is apparently required, this amounts to a ruling that “you can’t play any longer. Dragon wins”

          I suspect that the “arena” is far more strictly limited though; if Pete could pick an avatar from anywhere in the world, why pick twice from Babylon Gardens? With the whole world to draw on, surely he could find a suitable cat or dog that would say “Yes!” to a proposal like “Let me work through you for the next year, and I’ll guarantee that you’ll come out of it all right and grant you three wishes”.

          For that matter, transforming a human might not require “entering the arena” (and could probably be done through any cat or dog who would consent to being an avatar for five minutes) since Dragon offered to transform Joel / King back. The issue wasn’t that Pete had transformed Joel, it was that he’d done it without Joel’s agreement and not (apparently) for his “own good”.

          Now, why Pete has not simply resorted to bribery is not readily apparent. Ergo the speculation that he may be wanting to manipulate King into some third-party intervention that would tip the game in his favor.

          Sadly, the “Cosmic Being” hypothesis lies well out along one branch of the possibility-tree, and so is pretty unlikely – but it is one of the more entertaining speculations in the selection.

          • darkgloomie

            For what matters, why didn’t he ask Bino, if he had to pick someone from Babylons Garden? Given his inferiority complexes, Bino would’ve jumped at the chance to one-up everyone.

            Maybe other than the arena, the choices for a suitable avatar are limited- his first choice was Grape, and when he couldn’t get to her he turned to Joel. Off the top of my head, the only similiarity between the two is that they tend to be snarky.

            Back to why he didn’t take Grape though. Pete probably intended all along to make her his Avatar (the dream about him ending with the giant feather, showing himself as nice, etc) but when he was freed he didn’t try to possess her or interact with her anymore. That probably means that she had to free him and when she didn’t (because Zach did) he simply couldn’t take her without breaking the rules.

            So why didn’t he take Zach as his avatar? He was there and- more or less willingly- was the one to break the seal, so that accounts for the facts we know. Which probably means only certain people are fit to be avatar, following a criteria we don’t know about. Or he just doesn’t like rabbits, who knows.

            Back on Pete, he went as far as transforming Joel to make him a suitable avatar (one of the criterias being to be a cat or a dog, which is somewhat silly but meh) when, as you said, there’s a lot of dogs or cats who would agree (Bino is one in Babylon Gardens, nevermind the rest of the world)

            If the arena is reduced to Babylon Gardens, then that means he could take over a denizien of the place when he or she is traveling outside of the boundaries of the arena (which could be the reason he was after Joel’s fate)

            … And now I find myself missing a decent ending to this comment.

          • Thoth

            Yes indeed…

            If anyone will do, finding an avatar shouldn’t be hard. Ergo, some special quality is either required or advantageous.

            The selectivity, the initial attempt to take Grape as an avatar, and the fact that the Spirit Dragon opted to interfere with that particular choice, indicate that some avatars are better than others and that Pete is presumably attempting to get the best one possible for his purposes.

            Thus earlier speculation on Grape revolved around her known unusual qualities – higher than usual intelligence, a strong aptitude for violence, and a lack of any hesitation in resorting to violence. She keeps getting into physical confrontations and winning easily.

            In the D&D analogy, she’d have a few levels of some fighting-type class already.

            Joel’s known unusual qualities include being an animal-rights activist, being very easily led, and (as a canine) having access to basic human skills and background information.

            In the D&D analogy, he’d have a bunch of bonus skills – but so would any human, including some who’d be more than willing to be an avatar; hence his desirability as an avatar likely comes from one of his other two unusual qualities or some combination of the three – and “easily led” is another common one. Ergo, it seems reasonably likely that “animal rights activist” has some bearing.

            Tarot’s known unusual qualities evidently include being psychic even before becoming an Avatar and being associated with Sabrina (also psychic).

            To go back to the D&D analogy, she has a few levels as some sort of psion already.

            Zach is not qualified to be an Avatar in the current game however; as you note, the agreed-on conditions specified cats and dogs only, thus the need to transform Joel into King. Of course, Pete could presumably have changed Zach into a dog or cat too.

            From that, evidently opening the temple is not required – although it may be useful in the process.

            Just taking someone over will not do though, regardless of where they travel. The Great Kitsune and the Spirit Dragon are likely to be on guard now, and there are those free will and free agency clauses to deal with.

          • Frank

            I thought he couldn’t use Grape because Tarot had told Peanut to tell Grape that Pete “…had tricked her into believing that his freedom is what she wants. Pete is neither kind nor good”

          • Chaplin, A PERSON WHO COMMENTS

            Oh god. That was so epic. Walls of text here never cease to amaze me.

          • darkgloomie

            heh, I was gonna contribute to the wall-o-text some more, but my ultra big comment was in need of moderating and got deleted.

            So either I accidentally put foor-in-my-mouth with english and used naughty words or I stumbled onto THE TRUTH (but I doubt Rick’d put up a filter for that) and he didn’t want anybody else to know.

            Thinking of it, I’m surprised there hasn’t been a hit on me yet. Huh. Guess that fuels the “i accidentally said something naughty” idea.

        • silverfang16

          Well the question becomes how on guard is King? He can’t have forgotten Pete, but I don’t think he is exactly watching for manipulation either.

  51. nukedude51

    thought cerberus was part of the underworld?but of course its only my oppinion

    • Frank

      Isn’t that why Pete says she got promoted?

      • nukedude51

        good point but i do play alot of fantasy games so i think thats what i got it from

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Who says this is the same Cerberus? That name could be a unisex version of John for three-headed dogs.

      • nukedude51

        like i told frank(before your comment) its a good point but still i play alot of fantasy games (kingdom hearts,final fantasy,soul calibur,etc)

        • darkgloomie

          Fantasy games aren’t a good way to determine your knowledge of mythology.

          You say you played KH- which means your knowledge of Cerberus comes from Disney’s Hercules world, in which the Underworld is equated to Hell and Hades is a bad guy. For the Greek, the Underworld was where ALL the dead go, and was divided in zones depending on how you lived your life: Tartaros was for the unworthy, the Elysian Fields for the virtuous, and the Elysian Islands for Heroes.

          Meanwhile, Hades was actually one of the nicest gods of the pantheon- especially after marrying Proserpina. He preferred to keep to himself and rarely if ever messed with humans, unless they were trying to take his stuff without permission (for example, he lends Cerberus to Hercules for his tenth(iirc) labor, and gives Orpheus the chance to bring his wife back from the dead after his plea)

          As for Cerberus, he is the son of Echidna (mother of monsters) and the titan Typhoon, and was simply tasked with guarding the gates of the Underworld to keep anyone from leaving (he was easily bribed, but then again dogs are like that).

          Anyway, we answered this questions in the previous strip. Could’ve read that before we spark another discussion of the same type.

          • nukedude51

            yes i get what your saying but i cant get anything other than these fantasy games im my house so i will never know about more mythology

          • nukedude51

            sorry *in*

          • darkgloomie

            There’s Wikipedia for a quick fix.

            Books on Mythology are a dime a dozen (ok not really, but they’re common enough). Finding stories that portray myths faithfully shouldn’t be so hard.

            Many tv shows (that I know of) make an at least token effort to name a few common and vastly known artifact or monsters from mythology- for example, “The Librarian” series of movies varies wildly on how it portrays known artefacts but gets most basic facts straight (the Lance of Longinus is said to be the lance that struck Christ on the cross, Excalibur is an enchanted sword, so on), “Warehouse 13″ is a rather sci-fi/fantasy tv show portraying various stuff, from monkey paws to Tesla goggles, cartoons such as “Huntik: Secret&Seekers”, which transforms various artefacts and monsters into Titans for the main characters to use, to name a few off the top of my head.

            When all else fails, there’s also tvtropes.org: sorta like wikipedia, only funnier and when you start reading you may find yourself never stopping.

            My point is: having a single source isn’t the best way to determine your knowledge in something. Sources are many and vary differently, from free to payable, visual and written. Using it as excuse for not following in on a conversation we’ve been having since last strip (I’ve written the same facts twice in the comment because the same exact question got asked multiple times) isn’t condonable to me.

            And frankly, I’m getting ahead of myself. -.- Sorry. I tend to go on rant mode once in a while. Don’t take it at heart. I get easily annoyed at repeated comments, whether they are a question asked multiple time or the same complaint over and over or a tired joke or somesuch.

          • nukedude51

            does “The Seeker” series count as mythology? also dont worry your not the only that gets annoyed with repeated questions. and i didnt comment (or atleast dont think i did) i dont even read comments that ive started or joined.

          • Frank

            Getting ahead of one’s self is a characteristic specific to me?

            “Mythology” generally refers to things that are part of a culture’s traditions or folklore. A good rule of thumb could be “if it was published after 1800, it probably isn’t mythology.” Using mythological characters, however, is done by many people; just like the use of fairy tale characters

    • Hera Ledro

      In Hellenic mythology, Hades was the only afterlife there really was. Whether regarded as a form of Heaven (highly unlikely) or Underworld (more appropriate, but not necessarily), Hades was the essential world of life-after-death. Cerberus was the guardian of the realm of Hades.

      Assuming that Rick is taking this ‘afterlife’ vision of heaven and transferring the Hellenic mythos as such, there’s no reason why Cerberus cannot guard heaven.

      I doubt this, however, and think that Rick is simply transferring the role of the guardian, and giving it an appropriate and well-known mythical persona. Besides, this is a web-comic; regardless of whether or not the original Cerberus was the guardian of Hades, Rick can do as he pleases with the role. It could be the flying spaghetti monster, but Cerberus is a more well-known mythical icon: the epitome of “You ain’t gettin’ past me!”

  52. xhunterko

    Note to self: Write down good comments before you foreget them.

    Otherwise, so far, this is going exactly where I’m thinking it’s going. Hence, to not spoil the fun, I’ll keep my mouth shut.

    • xhunterko

      Oh yeah! It was: I’m pretty sure that heaven has a strict policy against smash and grab?

  53. Z24

    Never expected that. I was like http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/08/04/curveball-outta-nowhere/

    Now Joel/King’s fate is randomly rolling around…

  54. KnightPuppy

    FINALLY! Someone giving pete the butt-kiocking he so-rightly DESERVES!

    Also, I didn’t know cerberus was a girl. YAYS! *Tosses the three headed puppy three biscuits*

  55. SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

    I just love seeing peat fear for his life. It’s a nice change from his usual smugness.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      *Pete*

  56. CaptainPea

    That BAM was so powerful that it transcended the panel border!!!

    • silverfang16

      And everyone got a headache!

  57. huntersunday

    I must say I love the action scenes if I am correct there really hasn’t been a lot except for Fido and Joel and Spirit Dragon and the ice guy so yay action!

  58. Insigma

    Dude… Pete got all muscly all of a sudden. That’s hot.

    • Frank

      Pete can turn into a human, into a quadrupedal griffin, and into a bipedal griffin. Why whouldn’t he be able to turn into a buffed-up griffin?

  59. Dogs Rule27

    CERBERUS IS A GIRL!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    This reminds of the one where Peanut found out Grape is girl.

    • darkgloomie

      Peanut always knew Grape is a girl.

      I think you’re confusing him with Maxwell, which offered to present Grape some lady-cats before finding out she’s a femcat

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        no, there was a comic where Peanut found out. Grape wondered how he could have not known seeing as how they’re naked all the time.

        • darkgloomie

          yeah, I just went and reread one of the first strips. Totally forgot about the time Housepets wasn’t in color xP

      • Dissension

        Peanut did not always know that Grape is female. For more information, I refer you to “Curveball Outta Nowhere” from the “Cat Tail” arc.

  60. Mr. Random

    Serves you right, Pete. Next time, REMEMBER that extra year.

    They don’t call me Mr. Random for nothing :P

  61. Faokryn

    Epic.

  62. KnightPuppy

    Pete: Girl, comer on! You and I both know it was a million…..ACK!

    Cerberus: No, it was a MILLION AND ONE! Also, to get back on topic, you are DEAD for breaking in for a smash-and-grab from my watch!

    • Frank

      “But honey, I never gave you your watch back! The clockmaker never found a spare second hand!”

      • Lenn

        “So THAT’S where my watch has been!!! JERK!!” *PUNCH*

  63. scarletwolf

    Cerberus, the hound of Hades vs. Pete the jerk griffin, this should be an interesting fight.

  64. flintfang

    he DID say “like” though. It’s an approximation!

  65. Shaex

    I like how in the sixth panel, the third head looks like she wants to just strangle Pete until his eyes pop out.

    • Shaex

      woops seventh panel

  66. WyldKAT

    Holy action scenes, batman!

  67. Icharus

    I’m lovin’ the action scenes

  68. Gabu

    Still pretty cute. Also, is Cerberus female or is Pete just…? Anyways, it appears we have somebody able to put Pete in his place.

    • Dissension

      It’s been mentioned in several places that Cerberus is female. The title of this comic itself is “Would Never Hit A Girls?”

    • darkgloomie

      I like to think that when you’re a cosmic being with the power to create low-order universes, gender kinda becomes a non-issue, especially taking into account shapeshifting.

      • Authur

        Don’t forget omnipresence.

        • Frank

          Omnipresence = the power to be everywhere at once. As far as we know, they don’t even have Omniscience (the power to know what’s going on everywhere)

          I think what you mean is omnipotence: the power to do absolutely anything

          • darkgloomie

            Maybe they have limited omnipresence- the Kitsune was nowhere to be seen in last strip, yet he/she/it was talking away with Pete while perfectly knowing of the situation.

          • Leitrean

            limited omnipresence is kinda an oxymoron don’tcha think?

          • Alphonse

            Limited Omnipresence: The power to be in some places at some times.

          • Thoth

            Ah, Multipresence. Allowing you to be hit more times at the same time than would otherwise be possible!

  69. RegularBird

    Pete hitting a girl? He’s in trouble now. D:

    • RegularBird

      Girls I mean.

  70. FIrewolf

    Well, I’m okay with Rick’s version of Cerberus now XD as long as Cerberus is tougher than all the rest =)

  71. silverfang16

    There will be a hidden message in this somewhere….

  72. Authur

    …that is the most masculine female I have ever seen.

    • Foxstar

      You’ve never seen women with muscle on them then.

      • Ian

        Rick draws fantastically muscled women. :}

      • Lenn

        I always thought that female swimmers are awesome that way.

  73. theabsolutelyterriblewriter

    Pete’s expression in the fourth panel is hilarious.
    Also, what would happen if Joel/King picked up his own fate?
    “Hey look, a ball.”
    Excuse me if this has been mentioned before. I only half-read the walls of text, and I don’t visit the forums often.

    • Thoth

      “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”. – Henley

      Well, it might be quite dramatic if it literally meant that you controlled your own fate – or it might just be comedic or ineffectual if Joel / King lacked the ability to actually use it for anything purposefully.

      And the walls of text are mostly for those of us who think that over-analyzing is half the fun.

      • nukedude51

        but you do control your own fate because its caused by your actions.

        • Thoth

          So if a gamma-ray burst that went off a hundred years ago a hundred light years away kills off all life on earth tomorrow – and I die with everyone else – I caused it?

          The existence of the “fate orb” is a good indication that there are external influences for which the individual is not responsible in the Housepets universe too (although there is, as yet, not much we can say about the local astronomy beyond the sun and moon)

          • theabsolutelyterriblewriter

            GAH! Now I want to explain it with science!

          • theabsolutelyterriblewriter

            Alright, so, I’m just going to roll with the assumption that the Fate-balls create a sort of butterfly effect, but , more often than not in such a way that they only affect the person whose fate is being decided. an example being: Rick, according to his fate, must become an artist. He has no interest in doing so.
            The fate-ball gradually changes an area Rick will see in the future to make him appreciate it’s value, causing him to start working on his drawing skills or something similar.
            Eventually, he starts to earn money of off his work, whether by advertisement, donations, actual art deals, etc.
            And thus, Housepets! was born.

          • Thoth

            Sounds reasonable to me. Also a good explanation for how precognition can be accurate over several years (as in when Sabrina will nearly drown and such) and yet still allow for free will; some future events are being actively promoted by the forces of “fate”, while many others are indeterminate.

          • nukedude51

            no it wouldnt if your not the one who started the gamma ray

          • theabsolutelyterriblewriter

            Yay! Science explained gaze.
            Now to get working on some new laws of physics to explain how the fate orb does this kind of stuff.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Perhaps they use Randall Garret’s “Laws of Magic” instead?

  74. nukedude51

    so far the orb does nothing so i wil state: do nothing orb does nothing. derp.

  75. Z24

    “No, I’m sure it was a million”

    “So when you said it’s over to the middle one, you really meant it for all?”

    “Yes”

    “Idiot!” *punches*

  76. Blaze

    I think Joel/King is going to have quite a headache tomorrow morning…

  77. Sarcastic Spoon

    I’m going to laugh so hard if it turns out Cerberus is a guy and all your misogyny lines are then rendered moot.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      pay attention, people. Rock says she’s a girl, so she’s definitely a girl.

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        i meant Rick.

        • CaptainPea

          Rock might say it too.

    • Foxstar

      It’s a girl. PAY ATTENTION.

  78. Bob

    My thoughts on this fight are the same as my thoughts were when I saw Grape hit Bino with that frying pan…

    He totally deserves it…

  79. FuRrY321

    Gee, I’d love to sit here and read all the comments, guys, but unfortunately, that time is reserved for History homework…
    which reminds me, why am I on here again?
    Meh, anyway, here’s my two cents:
    The fights scenes are awesome.
    This strip is awesome.
    Rick is awesome.
    That is all.

  80. FuRrY321

    The comments will likely be fixed by next update…
    hopefully, as comments posted approx. 4-6 hrs before mine are below me… :S

  81. CaptainPea

    Pete is a total wimp- Cerberus’ actions all resonate with loud, capital letter sound effects. Even the tiny little glass ball makes a sound when it hits the ground.

    Pete’s fist makes absolutely no sound while punching Cerberus in the faces.

    As I was writing this I laughed out loud because I realized that Pete was trying to reason with Cerberus while punching her.

  82. JokkePokke

    What exactly is Peanut and Grape’s role in this “war”, since Pete appeared in Grape’s dream, and Peanut was taken to one of the Spirit Worlds?

    And what about King? He’s just a perfectly normal human transformed into a dog, why does he have anything to do with this? And why is Pete such a JERK?!?!

    • FerreTrip

      Because the best villains are the ones we love to hate. And EVERYONE hates jerks, and loves to hate them, since they exist in real life oh, so too often.

    • Frank

      As far as we know, thre is no war. The frost giant was doing his own thing, and so is Pete. Peanut and Grape are kind of main background characters.

    • Hera Ledro

      It’s not a war, it’s a game of Universes and Unrealities (467,000,000,000 edition). Just don’t get into the metaphors…oh god, the metaphors!

      • JokkePokke

        Sooo…it’s a game? What are the rules then, what allows you to bring someone to the Spirit Worlds and turn people into animals? It’s sick! Screw Pete and his ever so confusing game!

        • Hera Ledro

          We haven’t been exposed enough to the game itself to deduce or induce its rules. It effectively plays out like a D&D game insofar as I can tell, but with much more specific and specialized rulesets that apply to realities beyond our own. Besides, suffice to say that Pete and the Spirit Dragon have been established as semi-omnipotent entities that are able to at least inject/remove themselves to/from different realities, and are even (it seems) able to inhabit a plane of existence where all realities are accessible from (a.k.a. a ‘nexus’).

          But, on a less intellectual note, it is simply a game which is used as a sub-plot (or metaplot, if we decide to take the interpretations that far) for Pete, the Spirit Dragon, Tarot, and King. We’re not meant to necessarily understand it so much as we are meant to accept it. Besides, it seems Pete has few compunctions to bending the rules or even breaking them.

  83. Kobrag

    Cerb has always been a guy in mythology. :/

    And the ear-rings imply more too. =p

    • Hera Ledro

      Well, Cerberus has generally been -assumed- to be a guy, but do you know anybody besides Heracles who actually got close enough to check?

      And…what do ear-rings have to do with it D=

    • Foxstar

      This is Housepets, not mythology.

      And just -what- do the earrings imply, person who clearly reads too much into things? Tell me.

      • Hera Ledro

        It’s funny, when we think about it, because earrings have been worn on men at least as long as on women, and over many different cultures. So the assumption that Kobrag implies effectively backfires on those that read that far into the whole earring thing ;D

      • Alphonse

        You know, Foxstar, sometimes I wonder…

    • Rick Griffin

      Hoop earrings are stylish. Very pirate.

      • Hera Ledro

        I think Captain Jack Sparrow would agree ;D

  84. Hera Ledro

    Actually, I kind of like the thicker outlines. With exception to the background, which I don’t think look as good with this specific style, they add a firmer and edgier feel to the characters. Strangely, they also add dynamics to the comic itself. What takes away from this is, I feel, the use of this style in the background. It tends to draw attention away from the main action of the panel (e.g. King’s ‘will’ ball or w/e rolling down the street is drowned out by the prominence of the background).

    Interesting style, and I hope to see it refined.

    • Rick Griffin

      I’m not sure it works for the background because it comes off too thick in most places; ideally the background lines would be thinner than character lines but I don’t have the time or work at the resolution where that’s feasible.

      • FuRrY321

        I can’t remember; do you use a laptop to work on the comic (obviously +tablet) or a desktop? B/c if you have a desktop… you could get a higher resolution screen. Mind you, that costs money, just like almost everything else these days… and if you have no job, like me…
        ahem.
        I was lucky to get both a computer (albeit an older one) and a monitor for free. The monitor is at a resolution of 1440×900, so no problems viewing thinner vs thicker lines there! ;D

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          he has a laptop.

      • Mr. Random

        Hmm, if you use a tablet to draw these comics, they sell pressure-sensitive ones so you can make thinner and thicker lines depending on the pressure you put

        • Dissension

          It’s a tablet PC. It does all those fancy things.

  85. Hoheh

    Angry ex-girlfriend is angry.

  86. Nmestel

    Well, catching up kept me busy for a good few hours
    But now I want more…

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Just wait a few days, good things come to those who wait.

  87. Hera Ledro

    Something I rather enjoy, but can’t remember anybody commenting on during or after the revelation of Pete as more of a bad guy, is that there is a role reversal in the nature of the Dragon and Gryphon in Western tradition. If I recall correctly, the Gryphon was actually a symbol of benevolence and courage; conversely the Dragon was a symbol of fear and tyrannical power. I didn’t -just- notice this, I noticed it the minute Pete was exposed as a jerk, but I don’t remember anybody commenting on it.

    The comic itself has taken an interesting turn with these stereotype reversals, and I like how Rick has perpetuated this.

    I’d also like to say something that nobody else has said yet, and has become more apparent with the thicker lines: PETE HAS MUSCLES!

    That is all ;D

    • Hera Ledro

      Countdown to Rick-splosion, please?

      • Foxstar

        Relax. When the new comic’s up, you’ll know.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I think Hera’s talking about Rick’s reaction to how every time a buff character is drawn there’s all these “OMG XXX has muscles” posts.

          • Hera Ledro

            Mes oui, mon amis. It was a bit of a joke, but methinks it went over the heads of some of the HP! fans D:

  88. Honorable Captain Pea IX

    Cerberus would be a fantastic Three Headed Broadway Star.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      but one of the heads said more than one word.

      • Captain LePea

        AND TAKE ME ON A

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          TRIP SO BEAUTIFUL

  89. Rayne

    Fighting? I just fell in love with this comic all over again

  90. Tenebraearum

    People here don’t seem to understand Cerberus is a girl. Maybe Rick should just put “Guys! Cerberus is a girl!” Similar to what he did on this comic: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/04/08/housepets-gets-political/

  91. CuteyFox

    haha now thats funny pete forgets his and cerbs anivesary so cerb shoves him out the window and beats him up , females what are you going to do

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      you’re going to love them anyway.

    • Foxstar

      What people will be doing if they want to keep commenting rights is to stop with the misogyny. There will be no more warnings past this for this or future arcs.

  92. Argent Stonecutter

    In other news, the Milton ferrets have just purchased the TVA nuclear plant at Browns Ferry. When asked about the acquisition, the ferret’s spokesman, Rock, responded “Are you kidding, look at all the tubes in this place!”

    • Foxstar

      I don’t think a ferret with a rad count is a good idea.