House Familiars

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The House Familiars can be fought in The Cake-Shaped Arena. For more information about combat mechanics, see the Arena page. The familiars available to fight vary from day to day.



  • "Au Lait" is a French phrase meaning "with milk." It's also a pun on the Spanish exclamation "Ole!"
  • "Baby's New Shoes" refers to "Baby needs a new pair of shoes," an expression of hope for luck at the gambling tables, often heard in Hollywood movies which depict casinos and other gambling houses.
  • "Belushi" refers to an old Saturday Night Live gag in which John Belushi dressed up as a gigantic bee.
  • "Captain Scapula" keeps to the skeleton theme: the Scapula is the shoulder blade.
  • "Captain Spalding" refers to both Captain Spaulding, the character played by Groucho Marx in the film Animal Crackers, and the sporting-goods manufacturer Spalding.
  • "Citrus Maximus" refers to the Circus Maximus in Rome.
  • "Cursed Asian" is a pun on crustacean.
  • "Deadbeard" refers to the famous real-life pirate Blackbeard, and is a pun on the fictional pirate Redbeard.
  • "Dirty Pair" refers to the anime series of the same name.
  • "Flathead" refers to a series of rulers in the Zork universe.
  • "Goodyear" is a reference to Charles Goodyear, who invented vulcanized rubber, and the tire company which was named after him. (Balloons, like tires, are made of rubber.)
  • "Grazhny Malchik" is nadsat for "dirty boy." Nadsat is the slang used in the book A Clockwork Orange.
  • "Hershey" refers to the Hershey chocolate company. ("Chocolate starfish" is a slang term for the anus.)
  • "Jokulhaups" is a card from the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. It depicts a flood of melted glacial water caused by a volcanic explosion. This is inspired by jökulhlaup, the Icelandic term for this type of flood.
  • "Kid Ichorous" refers to the video game Kid Icarus, and is also a pun on ichor.
  • "Mazel Tov Cocktail" refers both to the Yiddish expression "mazel tov," meaning "Congratulations," and the Molotov cocktail.
  • "Mini-Marshmallow" may refer to Peeps marshmallow chicks, or to the small marshmallows which are sometimes found in packets of instant hot chocolate.
  • "Mr. Badbar" is a pun on Mr. Goodbar, a candy bar with chocolate and peanuts made by Hershey.
  • "Mr. Joe Bangles" is an variation on the folk song "Mr. Bojangles," which was first recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker. Tap dancer Bill Robinson was nicknamed "Bojangles."
  • "Naranjas En La Cabeza" is Spanish for "oranges on the head." Bumblebee Man, a recurring character on The Simpsons, once exclaimed this when several dozen oranges fell on him after opening a cabinet in kitchen.
  • "Nurse Feratu" is a reference to the 1922 silent movie Nosferatu, which was about a vampire.
  • "Ol' Gned" is apparently a reference to the KoL player Old Ned, who participated in the first KoL wiki (a short-lived predecessor to this one).
  • "Optimus Pram" is a pun on the Transformer Optimus Prime.
  • "Par For The Corpse" is a play on the phrase "par for the course," which is derived from golf terminology and often alludes to appropriate behavior, expected performance, or habitual repetition.
  • "Pork Soda" refers to the 1993 album of the same name by Primus.
  • "Queso Ardilla" is Spanish for "Cheese squirrel" and is a pun on "quesadilla", a Mexican food.
  • "Radi O'Kol" is a play on Radio KoL.
  • "Ramathorn" refers to Arcot "Thorny" Ramathorn, a character in the movie Super Troopers.
  • "Robocadet" refers to the movie RoboCop.
  • "Rocky Horrorshow" refers to the cult classic play The Rocky Horror Show (or its more famous film adaptation, The Rocky Horror Picture Show) and the nadsat word "horrorshow," meaning "good" or "great."
  • "Scurvy Cur" is a traditional naval epithet. Scurvy is an ailment which results from vitamin C deficiency. This name is a pun; limes, which are rich in vitamin C, are thus a scurvy cure.
  • "Shroedinger's Bat" is a reference to Schrödinger's cat, a seemingly paradoxical thought experiment in quantum physics.
  • "Squeaky Fromage" is a reference to Lynnette "Squeaky" Fromme, who was a member of the Manson Family. She was later imprisoned for attempting to assassinate Gerald Ford.
  • "Supanover" refers to supernovas (the explosion of a star) and to the Oasis hit song "Champagne Supernova." The singer conspicuously pronounced the word "supernova" as "supanover".
  • "Terrible, Awful, Horrible Jim" is a play on one meaning of the word "suck" (As in, "Boy, that movie sucked!") Since barnacles "suck", they're terrible, awful, and/or horrible.
  • "Trip Trap" the Angry Goat is a reference to the "trip-trap" sounds made by the footsteps of the Three Billy Goats Gruff, from the famous fairy tale.
  • "The Gefiltenator" refers to the Jewish food Gefilte fish.
  • "Vampire Baseball" may seem like a Twilight reference, but since this familiar may have been named before the series really entered the public pop consciousness, it may just be a joke based on the fact that the word "bat" can follow both halves of the name.
  • "Vine Vidi Vici" refers to the Julius Caesar quote Veni, vidi, vici, which means "I came, I saw, I conquered."
  • "Whodaho" is a play on the US state Idaho, ("who the ho", "I the ho"), which is famous for its potatoes.
  • "Zorkmid" refers to the currency in the computer game Zork.