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Ratfist is a webcomic by Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel, about a superhero who begins to find his name a little more appropriate than he would like.

The comic starts with the eponymous superhero going on "one last mission" with his sidekick Milt, who is an actual rat. He investigates a lab, wherein he finds a Tiki key that he's sure is important. Also, a rat bites him and disappears into his hand. One short altercation with a (literally) dog-faced security guard later, he absconds with the key and rushes off to his dinner date with his girlfriend Gina, to whom he plans to propose.

The dinner does not go as planned. He undergoes a physical transformation into a human/rat hybrid, which is very unfortunate considering Gina is deathly afraid of rats. He shoves a menu in her face and spills wine on her blouse, then leaves without a trace.

Thus is the origin of Ratfist.

The comic is professionally drawn, and the creator's trademark oddball humor is in full force. It ended at 150 strips on August 5, 2011.

This webcomic contains the following tropes:

  • Adult Child: Judging by some of the things the tail has to say about Ricky's subconscious.
  • Affably Evil: Space Tiki. So much so that you don't even realize it until he reveals that he invented cancer.
  • Anti-Hero: Judging by some of the other things the tail has to say about Ricky's subconscious.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The dog-faced security guard does this:

 "You're trespassing, under arrest, and speak with an effeminate demeanor."

  • Author Tract: A space-time warp causes Ratfist to end up in Doug Tennapel's home. This leads to Ratfist and Doug's daughter getting into a minor argument over religion. Considering the little girl gets the better argument, it could either be seen as Doug taking a shot at atheism or mocking the idea of an atheist starring in a fantasy comic.
    • The Fairness Council is a tyrannical, oppressive leftist organization. Doug Ten Napel is Republican. Make of that what you will.
  • Bad Future: Space Tiki-enabled time travel drops Rick off in a future where an oppressive government rules over the city, Gina has cancer, and everyone Rick respects is either a member of the oppressive government or is no longer an atheist.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: The Space Tiki gets Ratfist out of a bad situation by swapping places with Ratfist's "pagan creator". Ratfist and the Tiki vanish, and a tall cartoonist appears in their place...
  • Cats Have Nine Lives: Mr. Black certainly does.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Ratfist himself is a bit of one, but he doesn't compare to Senator Ferrar, who wears a tutu over his suit. In later strips though, Ratfist's severed tail is the biggest CCL of them all.
  • Contrived Clumsiness: In the first few pages, Ricky throws his wine all over Gina so she won't notice that he's turning into a rat.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: Rick's friends' reaction to his transformation.

 Rick: Look at my face!

Tad: Did you do something to your hair?

Sheldon: ...Like put it all over your face?

 Caleb: Let me show you what dog dexterity adds to the human body!

Ratfist: Let me show you what human dexterity adds to your face! [punches Caleb]

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