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Tara and John is a now-defunct comic strip by TV Troper Nate Spidgewood that debuted on June 19, 2009. It followed the adventures of a first grader named Tara Joy Sullivan who set out to a jungle to catch a talking snake, named him John, and brought him home. Hilarity Ensued afterward.
- Tara Joy Sullivan, an optimistic six year old.
- John, a talking cobra.
- David, Tara's dad.
- Olivia, Tara's mom.
- Abigail, Tara's older sister.
- Sherman, Tara's older brother.
- Grey, the Sullivan family's clumsy dog.
- Jim Rankin, Abigail's friend.
- Goldie Rankin, a six year old Alpha Bitch and Tara's nemesis.
- Arry, a Funny Animal armadillo from Texas.
- A Girl and Her X: A girl and her talking snake.
- Alpha Bitch: Goldie.
- Art Evolution: Started out as a bit crude, but gets better soon after.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Abigail.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sherman.
- Exposed Animal Bellybutton: Arry.
- Fat Idiot: Sherman.
- Four-Fingered Hands
- Funny Animal: Arry.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Lampshaded when Arry tells Tara that he doesn't wear pants.
- Humanlike Foot Anatomy: Arry.
- The Klutz: Grey is a rare (non-talking) animal example.
- Name and Name
- Nervous Wreck: Arry, at times.
- Nice Girl: Tara.
- The Rival: Goldie, to Tara.
- Schedule Slip: Sometimes.
- Sibling Rivalry: Abigail and Sherman.
- Snakes Are Sexy: John.
- Sphere Eyes
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Arry, much lately. Fortunately, he got a recent Spin-Off comic in April 2012 called "In a Common Shell".
- Talking Animal: John and Arry.
- Wacky Guy: Arry.
- What Could Have Been: It was developed as a newspaper comic at first, but after Nate Spidgewood got bullied on the internet, it got killed off and was later ReTooled as a webcomic.