Here Come Da Judge

Discussion (149) ¬

  1. Dissension

    Bahamut must be obeyed. Also, I like that Great Kitsune appears to be the sole spectator. = P

    • The face

      Oh, huh. Well, this could be because nobody else cares what Pete does.

    • RootsofOrigin

      And sole commentator.
      Just enjoying the show looks like it.

      Does Pete look thinner?

      • T-Squared

        Probably because he slimmed down while in prison. :P

      • I like your hat

        hes not the sole spectator there’s Cerberus too even if Cerberus is as girl xD

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Kitsune’s grinning like a shot fox.

    • Valerio

      ‘Witness’ is more like it. Since GK didn’t exactly do much to prevent the theft, and in fact could even be considered an accomplice of Pete.

      • IceKitsune

        Its possible they both get in trouble for this since its true he did kind of let him do it.

      • Zaitsev

        But who says Heaven counts assisting a criminal as a crime?

      • Lanny

        Standing by and letting something happen though doesn’t make you an accessory to a crime. The rules of the game they played were also clear, GK isn’t responsible for what happened to king. How ever, once the rule was broken he did not decide to do any thing about it, despite being the mediator of the game.

        • Jayrith

          _technically_ if they are all omniscient, or nearly so, then they all knew Pete was going to do it. Thus, they are all accessories, knowing he was going to steal the soul. And even Pete knew he was going to get caught. _IF_ any of them bothered to peek at the future. But where’s the fun in that?

  2. Ryufire

    Pete sure looks snazzy that jerk!!! :3

  3. T-Squared

    Hey, isn’t Q supposed to be here?

    YOU FORGOT Q!!!!!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      He couldn’t make, he’s busy watching his kid or he got turned to stone or something.

      • T-Squared

        Is it bad that I knew exactly what you meant by both of those situations? :P

      • Penwrite

        Ya know, for now on I’ll be imagining Pete voiced by John de Lancie. XD

        • T-Squared

          NOOOOOOO!!!! XD What is it with John deLancie and Supernatural themes?! (In addition to his well-known roles, he also voiced Dr. Benton Quest on The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest.)

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I was already imagining Pete voiced by Jonathan Harris.

    • Q

      You rang?

  4. Zaitsev

    That dragon just ate part of the fourth wall.

    • Zaitsev

      Also, hasn’t every mythical creature shown so far been part of DnD at some point?

      • darastrixen

        That’s not exactly that spectacular a thing to notice considering that:
        A) Rick seems to have an in-depth knowledge of the game and
        B) Pretty much every mythical creature ever has found it’s way into DnD at some point or another.

    • Zenaku

      Speaking of, where’s the spirit dragon?

      • TheWolfKin

        She’s busy being in love with a low-order being.

      • Scruff

        I bet she’s the Prosecution :)

    • Frank

      I think it’s more a “for the record” thing. It wouldn’t look too good if the record said “Court is now in session.
      “Long pause.
      “Court adjourned. Defendant found guilty.”

  5. Cristian100n

    Pete is awesome as charged!

    • Valerio


  6. IceKitsune

    Bahamut looks pretty cool I have to say. and lol nice to see Kitsune back there

  7. T-Squared


    aw never mind. You already did the joke.

  8. RootsofOrigin

    Bahamut, you just stole my heart.
    Kinda looks like a digimon.

    • TheWolfKin

      Though the design is slightly, at least the wheel is confirmed as being, based on Final Fantasy X’s Bahamut summon, I can see what you mean by looking like a Digimon.

  9. Xane

    Pete’s definitely looking cuter than usual. Of course Mr. Griffin would give the griffin special consideration outside the 4th wall. ;)

    Guilty until proven guilty? So it was okay for Pete to torment King until he went up to steal his Fate?

    • Valerio

      Pete is such fanservice :D
      And no, giving a hard time to King was part of the Game, apparently, as long as King retained his free will and his actions were not coerced.

  10. Cm4F

    Oh Pete, so observant you are.

  11. SilverZeo

    Wait… how can they not see him pulling that card if they’re omni?

    • T-Squared


    • RootsofOrigin

      You should stop before you pop a vessel.

    • darastrixen

      Frankly, it is a widely accepted view among those who consider such things that there can be no such thing as more than one truly omniscient being, because it leads to all sorts of absurdities. For the sake of *all* of our sanity, it would be best to let that comment pass ;)

      • Aerion Snowpaw

        Well, there’s always just the ‘divine powers are special’ clause, where things that are otherwise all-whatever do not affect other deities.
        In this case, omniscient refers to being all-knowing regarding everything that isn’t inherently on the same ‘plane’ of power as themselves.
        So, they can know everything that has or will happened, yet not know what Pete will do at any point.
        Heck, they can even know what the consequences of his actions will be and still not know what he’ll do – for example, a different group of beyond-mortal beings (Pete hardly seems a god, after all, but they’re clearly beyond the realm of mortality, so I don’t know what to call them) might know that the major of a city will decide to stay home with his wife on such and such a date, yet not know it is the trickster of the group who convinced him to do so until they actually observe the event – it is generally accepted that divine beings cannot bring such observational knowledge backwards in time, even if thye are normally exempt from ordinary spacetime.

    • Keldor

      They may already know whether Pete’s guilty without having to go through any sort of trial, but appearences are important!

    • Frank

      “You can see everything before it happens?”
      “Yeeees! Everything!”
      “Ah-ah-ah-ah! Everything, Merlin?”
      “Uh… no, not everything

  12. spencershot4

    Woh heven judge looks epic!

  13. Yehoshua

    Looks to me that Rick made a slight change in Pete’s appearance but I suppose he has to be drawn smaller as to match all the other giant semi-existant beings.

    • efhosci

      I noticed that too. He looks a little lankier, and I think his beak is smaller.

      • Valerio

        shapeshifters’ advantages ;)

  14. Cm4F

    Is the Judge a dragon?

    • Cm4F

      Nevermind, I figured it out.

  15. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    I wanna see some Objections going about! xD

    • efhosci

      Present > Evidence > Pete’s Testimony

      TAKE THAT!

      • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

        This ought to be fun! xD

        • efhosci

          I just realized – the judge is wearing a futuristic goggle-thing! Is he a coffee lover, too?

          • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

            I looks like a Star Trek visor.

          • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)


    • Camtheman16
      • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

        Very nicely put. ^^

  16. LupisLight

    Lol! Every court trial should have a kitsune in the peanuts gallery..

  17. SleepySandMan

    lol, love how kitsune is just sitting back and enjoying all of this. :3

  18. TheWolfKin

    Well, I read the comic, enjoyed it quite nicely (Nice one, Kitsune!), and then looked back at the dragon to try and figure out who it was.

    Looked at him for a few minutes, looked behind him, saw the wheel, said “Is that Bahamut?”, looked at the tags, felt stupid for not looking in the first place, then felt excited for being right.

    Thank goodness for Final Fantasy X.

    • TheWolfKin

      Whooo! And Rick confirms the FFX inspiration! My recognition was correct!

    • Akai

      For me, it was more, “Dragon. Heaven dragon. We’ve had well known mystical creatures before and since it’s a big kahuna dragon, it’s got to be Bahamut or Tiamat, I can’t tell its gender. Since it’s Heaven (i.e. good), that’s got to be Bahamut. Can’t wait next comic to see if I’m right!” I later look down in the tags and squeal! I was RIGHT!

  19. Snowmon

    Wait… if they already know if someone is guilty or not (omniscient), then what’s the point of a trial, let alone a Judge? My brain hurts again…

    • IceKitsune

      So we can hear the story that’s why.

    • TheWolfKin

      Way to ruin the drama, man!

    • Keldor

      It’s for the benefit of all those mortals. They may be non-omnescient, but they seem to think otherwise. Hence, Heaven has to set a role model if there’s to be any hope of fair justice in the mortal world.

    • Frank

      Procedure. It’s always about procedure.

  20. Maxwell

    I am curious to what happens next now.

    • mr.muchy

      i kinda am to

    • Ryufire

      Me three! ^^

      • kingisawsome

        me 18,900,365

  21. emerald

    i want to see more of the cerberus

    • mr.muchy

      there might be more of Cerberus in the future

      • mr.muchy

        say how did you guys get your pictures?

        • RedDwarfIV

          It’s explained by the link next to ‘NAME’ on the comments where it says ‘Get an avatar’.

  22. leaffly

    What drama? I mean come on King is happy with his girlfriend, living a life he never had, and lives with a pack of wolfs! What can be better then that!?

    • An ordinary black cat

      And a love whip + a pink handcuffs.

      • leaffly

        omg I completely forgot about that lol!!!

  23. lightwolf21

    Smug Kitsune looks smug.

  24. Firewolf

    Who’s Bahamut?

    • Rick Griffin

      That’s Bahamut

      • RootsofOrigin

        Aren’t you clever.

    • Ryufire

      He’s the dragon boss from Final Fantasy X Rick decided to make him look even more epic with some changes of course! :)

      • TheWolfKin

        Not just FFX, every numbered FF game except 2. He’s also not a boss in X, except in the International version. Though, the wheel design did come from X.

      • darastrixen

        Bahamut actually has roots that extend to long before Final Fantasy X, but he only really got dragonized (that’s definitely a word) in recent history. It does appear that FFX was an influence for this incarnation, however.

        • Shuma Jindivi

          I like the word “dragonize”……it’s a valid describtoin and happened a lot recently……

    • GameCobra
    • Indagare

      According to Wikipedia: “Bahamut (/bəˈhɑːmuːt/ bə-HAH-moot; Arabic: بهموت‎ Bahamūt) is a vast fish that supports the earth in Arabian mythology. In some sources, Bahamut is described as having a head resembling a hippopotamus or elephant.”

      It may or may not be related to Behemoth.

  25. Draco_2k

    I would just like to note that “God”’s design is [approving non-PG expletive] amazing.

  26. Sonic Fox

    Hey makes a good point.

  27. adambluewolf

    oh pete you witty guy

  28. blitzfolfy

    well, this will be interesting :3

  29. Tendo

    I hope the defendant’s lawyer isn’t a Phoenix…

    • T-Squared

      Ooooh! That’d be awesome to see!

  30. Shuma Jindivi

    No Pete avatar yet?

    …And my Gravatar just refuses to work.

    • Shuma Jindivi

      Oh it works now! Em let’s see……

  31. Draven

    I’ve heard the name Bahamut before, but I don’t remember where.

    • darkgloomie

      The Bible?


      Final Fantasy?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Bahamut/Behemoth is a giant fish, later depicted as a sea serpent and then Garry [expletive deleted] Gygax decided to turn that into some kind of dragon thing. Which I never knew until I tried to figure out why a dragon was being called “bahamut” in this strip and googled it. (My D&D group used their own bestiary, not the silly TSR monsters)

      • Aerion Snowpaw

        Well, to be fair, Gygax’ talent lay in game-creation, not so much story-creation…
        Thank him for having one of the more easy-to-use role-playing games, and one that while hardly ‘balanced’ is at least close enough to be fun.
        Take his story-telling, module-making, and bestiary with a grain of salt <.<
        Especially the modules.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Easy to use? Maybe compared to Chivalry and Sorcery or Empire of the Petal Throne. If you wanted “easy” you played Tunnels and Trolls. If you wanted clean and straightforward you played Runequest.

          I’m still bitter about The Fantasy Trip. That was clean _and_ easy, and it got eaten in the Steve Jackson – Metagaming breakup.

          Now where did I put my copy of OGRE?

      • darkgloomie

        For some reason I always thought that a Behemot was some kind of land monster that God cursed with heavy horns so that it may never look up to Him.

        Or something.

        I don’t even know where I heard this o0

  32. Salenstormwing

    And for the Prosecution… Mr. Doom Train!

  33. *White Fang*

    I like the way he walks up to the stand and says” whats up”

  34. Valerio

    How can anyone stay mad at Pete? he’s such a cutie!

  35. Shuma Jindivi

    As part of punishment, Pete will be turned into a housecat for indefinite time and send to Babylon Gardens to live with…….eh……Fox? One of Joel’s D&D friends (their table can have another)? Daisy?

    So much promise…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Joel? You mean Joey?

      • Shuma Jindivi

        Oh yes, that’s a typo; thanks.

    • Keldor

      I vote that Pete should be sent out to perform random acts of goodwill. He’d HATE that, methinks.

      • Frank

        “Your first task is to make Tiger stop being neurotic without using magic!
        “What? That’s impossible!”

  36. Whitekitsune

    Hahah Bahamut! That visor’s lookin’ pretty sweet, and it must be pretty awkward having a trial when you already know everything. Cerby got a lip piercing, and it’s looking nice too. Kitsune’s looking so smug, this comic really made my morning! Who else wants to see Pete take a Mega Flare to the face? Just me?

  37. Grip the Wolf

    Pete is too genre savvy for his own good.

  38. Tom Flapwell

    Funny how one Cerberus neck has a collar and another doesn’t. For now, we have to wonder about the third.

    • Valerio

      methinks that neck are would become really awkward with three spiked collars on it. (and i bet those other two heads bit hard enough to compensate!)

  39. Tailz

    I sense a Pheniox Wright reference coming up…

    • Xuncu


      *shakes head*
      *beeps while speaking*

      While the Judge has a visor made of silver, reminsicent of certain character— such as Cylons–
      *slams desk, dramatic point*
      He clearly does not have a smug attitude nor a coffee mug!

  40. cesarinthewhitedragon

    the great kitsune is surely enjoying the show lol

    • legendario13

      I agree with him, I hate when people ruin the drama with such observations

  41. illeatyourself

    I love how the Kitsune is acting completely relaxed with a big “Told ya so” grin in Panel 2. It’s as if he knew all this would happen! XD

  42. D-Rock

    Bahamut has a good point.

  43. illeatyourself

    Lol now that I think about it I keep reading the red talk bubble with the same voice as that hippie guy from Cars. XD

    • legendario13


  44. 1boredcanadian

    Why is Pete so likable? Also “What’s up?” is a great way to greet a judge isn’t it?

    • Frank

      There’s this film where the defendant greets Your Honor with “Hey there! How are the kids?”

  45. nyathetexascat

    so, King are we going to be seeing King related arc?

  46. cookiesGOOD4u

    Does anyone else notice this weird thing happening in panel 2?
    I seem to be seeing Pete’s arm sticking too far out. The lining of his chest suggests that he is angled towards a position that is only slightly tilted from being just looking straight ahead. The way that the Cerberus (sorry if I don’t know or forgot her name :P ) is holding is arm seems to be that she has either dislocated it or perhaps Pete is just that flexible.
    Is this some sort of error or am I just out of my mind?
    Don’t get me wrong, I love this art style. Sure there isn’t much shading compared to other web comics I read, but I love these vivid and pleasant colors. Even when the mood is clearly trying to portray sorrow or pain, the colors give a sort of childish feeling that minimizes the feeling of distress in order to…be great. Yeah, I kind of ran out of words there.

    • legendario13

      It may be on a uncomfortable position but i dont think is out of limits.

  47. Vladimir Zharkov

    This arc really seems to lower pete from the all powerfull evil being that he once was.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Almost-all powerful and a bit of a jerk.

      • Frank

        “semi-phenomenal, nearly cosmic powers”?

    • Frank

      So all rick had to do to make him not seem powerful was find someone more powerful than him?

  48. Stryde

    I can only hear Bahamut in the voice of Kevin Michael Richardson… seconds, anyone? >>;

    • Argent Stonecutter

      James Earl Jones.

      • 1boredcanadian


      • Stryde

        Regardless, the voice of a deep-voiced black man. (>.> No racial insults intended – I’ve never heard a white man with a voice like either of theirs.)

  49. Web_MST3K

    Crow: What’s with this omniscient thing? Would that come under the “Only-When-It’s-Funny” trope?

    Servo: Maybe if you “know everything” you know not only what will happen, but everything that can possibility happen. Throw in free will and you have omniscient beings changing their minds about the future. Like Terry Pratchett’s Mrs. Cake, if you answer a question that has not yet been asked, you end up with a blinding headache if the other guy decides he no longer needs to ask the question. Therefore it is polite to act as if you are not omniscient.

    Joel: I was thinking along the lines of the oracle in some other web comic who knew everything, but not all at once.

  50. Zeekthelion

    Like how chill Kitsune is in the back

  51. I like your hat

    i JUST notice kitsune (i think thats his name was i right?) back there after looking at this to figure who was the red bubble for like 20 minutes o.O

  52. I like your hat

    I dunno you guys but i think the judge looks too awesome to be a judge xD

  53. I like your hat

    trying to get ma avatar to work…..