History ComicBook / DeCapeEtDeCrocs

28th May '17 3:03:51 PM nombretomado
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* RodentsOfUnusualSize: When facing chimeras (Lunar creatures that turn into your worst fear), the ship's rats coalesce into a single giant rat the [[{{Warhammer}} Skaven]] would be proud of.

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* RodentsOfUnusualSize: When facing chimeras (Lunar creatures that turn into your worst fear), the ship's rats coalesce into a single giant rat the [[{{Warhammer}} [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Skaven]] would be proud of.
5th May '17 4:40:29 AM nabu-san
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*TheAdventureContinues: The last plank of the main series ends up with Armand, Don Lope and Eusèbe [[spoiler: observing a Venitian parade with a beautiful masked woman pursued by sinister masked figures. The trio goes to her rescue but the story ends here]].



* BigBadWannabe: Prince Jean fancies himself the conqueror of the Moon, but he's a pampered noble who poses little threat by himself. The only reason his forces are a credible threat is because Mademoiselle does all the thinking for him and Mendoza leads his army.



*BreakingSpeech: The philosophers on the Moon bring the pirate crew into a metaphysical ground, leading them to question their own being.



* DarkActionGirl: Mademoiselle, who learned swordsmanship with the Maître D'Armes and is skillful enough to push Don Lope to fight seriously.



* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Armand and Andreo.]]

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* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Armand [[spoiler: Armand sadly doesn't get together with Séléné at the end. Séléné always mistook him for a loyal friend and Andreo.not a romantic pretender and ends up falling in love with the Maître D'Armes, to Armand's sorrow.]]



* Expy: Several characters are inspired by famous character from French plays.
** Cénile is an Expy of Harpagon from Molière's The Miser.
** The Maître D'Armes is a clear lift of Cyrano de Bergerac's character.
** Séléné is at first an Expy of every Classical French play's young maiden character, but she then becomes an Expy of Roxane, a character from Cyrano de Bergerac.



* FlyingDutchman: The eponymous Ship makes an appearance but unlike most depictions, it's an ordinary GhostShip who only periodically resurfaces because the horned fish it is impaled on also resurfaces.



* FunnyAnimal: Don Lope and Armand, obviously. Eusebe is rather a TalkingAnimal.

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* FunnyAnimal: * FunnyAnimals: The world of De Capes et De Crocs is sparsely populated by talking sentient animals who dress and speak like humans, and no difference is being made. The most prominent examples are Armand de Maupertuis and Don Lope Villalobos Y Sangrin, a fox and Armand, obviously.wolf who are part of the nobility, dress like humans and speak like humans despite identifying themselves as animals. Eusebe is rather a TalkingAnimal.



* GagNose: The Maître D'Armes proboscis is quite comparable to a bird's beak. Mentioning it within earful of him is also his BerserkButton.



%%* GoldFever: Cénile.

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%%* GoldFever: Cénile.* GoldFever: Cénile, an Expy of Harpagon, is obsessed with gold and riches. It eventually leads to his doom when, playing among the golden leaves of the Moon, is covered in them and becomes a statue.



* IslandOfMystery: The Tangerine Isles, a mysterious archipelago said to harbor a great treasure and from which mysterious messages written in all languages invite adventurers to come take it.
* IsleOfGiantHorrors: The Tangerine Isles harbour giants crustaceans.



* LoveTriangle: There are two main ones set in the story.
** First there's the love triangle between Armand, Séléné and Cénile, the latter of which is replaced by the Maître D'Armes.
** Secondly the love triangle between Don Lope, Hermine and Andreo.



* TheMillstone: Eusèbe, the rabbit. A small frail rabbit is hardly useful in an adventure story, but because Eusèbe is also naive and gentle, every bad guy play him like a fiddle against the heroes.



* OrphansPlotTrinket: Séléné's necklace.

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* OrphansPlotTrinket: Séléné's necklace.pendant is embedded with a Moon Gem who proves that she is a Selenite but also the Selenite King's daughter.


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* PirateParrot: Averted with Captain Boone's... chicken, which he bought for three pieces of eight at St-Domingue, thinking it's a hoarse parrot. On the Moon he acquires what is essentially a mechanical parrot, which the Selenite call... a chicken[[note]]"Poulet" in French. In archaic French, a "poulet" meant a love note people would send each other.[[/note]].


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* RedFilterOfDoom: Tome 8's battle sequence is colored only in bright red and white to accentuate the drama and violence of the battle.


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* RenaissanceMan: The Maître D'Armes, as described by the Selenite:
-->'''Selenite Senators''': An exceptional being! At the same time a poet... a philosopher... an erudite... a scholar... brilliant... valiant... gallant...
-->'''Colin''': And what a schwashbuckler!


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* TheSpeechless: The Mimes, and indigenous people of the Moon, are mute, befitting their names. They communicate through gestures and instead of writing and reciting poetry, they use music instruments and pantomimes. Funnily enough, miming shouting somehow enables Mimes to communicate from a distance.


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* Swashbuckler: The serie's main genre, following two adventurous swordsmen who rescue women, fight bad guys, and generally have exciting adventures.
* SwordFight: Set around the 17th Century, people still mainly fight a sword at hand although regular soldiers and pirates may have guns.


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* TreasureMap: Prince Jean and his court, exiled on Earth, hides in the Tangerine Isles and has launched many treasure maps in all Terrian languages insisting that any wannabe-looter brings a Moonstone so he can one day return to the Moon.


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* WarriorPoet: Armand and the Maître D'Armes are good (in the Maître D'Armes' case, excellent) swordsmen who also appreciate poetry and arts, and can compose verses as they fight.
22nd Apr '17 6:28:40 AM Chabal2
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* TheShowMustGoWrong: Hermine, Andreo and some of the pirates are forced to act in a play for the Senelites' benefits. It gets interrupted by Armand and Don Lope barging in fighting mimes, and the play soon degenerates in utter chaos. Fortunately, the Senelites think everything is AllPartOfTheShow and like it (the whole scene is also a CrowningMomentOfFunny for the reader).



* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Used on a living stone. It seems like a parody, but then they start using acid....
* SuddenlyShouting: It doesn't take much to set Cenile off.
--> '''Cenile:''' You come to account for your mission's failure, having found no prisoner on the Turkish ship.\\
'''Don Lope:''' Even so. How came you to learn of it?\\
'''Cenile:''' I learned of it... BY DISCOVERING THE ABOMINABLE CONSPIRACY PLOTTED AGAINST ME BY MY QUASI-PARRICIDE OF A SON AND HIS DEMONIC SERVANT! THEY NEVER SET A SINGLE FOOT ON THAT STUPID GALLEY!\\
'''Armand:''' [[RunningGag Xebec.]]\\
'''Cenile:''' It was a plot to steal money from me! [[Theater/LAvare My money! My dearest money!]] They wanted to bankrupt me! They wanted to backstab the heart of a man on his knees!



* TheShowMustGoWrong: Hermine, Andreo and some of the pirates are forced to act in a play for the Senelites' benefits. It gets interrupted by Armand and Don Lope barging in fighting mimes, and the play soon degenerates in utter chaos. Fortunately, the Senelites think everything is AllPartOfTheShow and like it (the whole scene is also a CrowningMomentOfFunny for the reader).



* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Used on a living stone. It seems like a parody, but then they start using acid....
31st Mar '17 3:44:37 PM TheomanZero
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* AristocratsAreEvil:

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* AristocratsAreEvil: AristocratsAreEvil: Eusebe's backstory takes place in Paris under Louis XIII, so naturally we encounter lots of them.



** Eusebe's backstory takes place in Paris under Louis XIII, so naturally we encounter lots of them.



%* TheDitz: Séléné, especially in the last books. She is shown to enjoy watching mindless soap operas on the Sélénite equivalent of a television, and complains at being unable to understand poetry.

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%* * TheDitz: Séléné, especially in the last books. She is shown to enjoy watching mindless soap operas on the Sélénite equivalent of a television, and complains at being unable to understand poetry.
12th Mar '17 12:43:29 PM nombretomado
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** Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher von Ulm calls out to Paracelsus (full name: Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), the Greek astronomer Ptolemy (whose main work is the ''Almagest''), Wernher von Braun, and MontyPython. Also probably either to [[{{Faust}} Johann(es)]] [[Theatre/DoctorFaustus Faust]] or UsefulNotes/JohannesGutenberg. Oh, and Ulm is home to the unlucky early flying/gliding pioneer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_Berblinger Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger ("the Tailor of Ulm", 1770-1829)]] and the birthplace of UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein.

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** Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher von Ulm calls out to Paracelsus (full name: Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), the Greek astronomer Ptolemy (whose main work is the ''Almagest''), Wernher von Braun, and MontyPython.Creator/MontyPython. Also probably either to [[{{Faust}} Johann(es)]] [[Theatre/DoctorFaustus Faust]] or UsefulNotes/JohannesGutenberg. Oh, and Ulm is home to the unlucky early flying/gliding pioneer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_Berblinger Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger ("the Tailor of Ulm", 1770-1829)]] and the birthplace of UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein.
8th Feb '17 5:14:16 AM C105
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* CunningLikeAFox: Armand de Maupertuis, of course.
* DarkestHour: End of volume [[spoiler:8]].

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* CunningLikeAFox: Armand de Maupertuis, of course.
course, although he rarely displays actual cunning, but he is one of the most clever, quick-witted and cultured member of the cast.
* DarkestHour: End of volume [[spoiler:8]]. [[spoiler:Mendoza conquered the Moon, the Moon Cadets are dead, the Maître d'Armes is captured, and Don Lope has been shot.]]



* DefeatMeansFriendship: Averted when Eusèbe meets the musketeers. Leading the Cardinal's guards, Eusebe attempts to arrest them, but the new BigBad de Limon arrests them all. The musketeers declare him a WorthyOpponent in prison and cease all hostilities.
** It is the backstory for Armand's and Lope's friendship.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Everything [[MeaningfulName Aldrin de Redondie]] says only describes what he is doing and thinking at the moment.

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: DefeatMeansFriendship:
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Averted when Eusèbe meets the musketeers. Leading the Cardinal's guards, Eusebe attempts to arrest them, but the new BigBad de Limon arrests them all. The musketeers declare him a WorthyOpponent in prison and cease all hostilities.
** It is the backstory for Armand's and Lope's friendship.
friendship.
** As well as for Don Lope's father and [[spoiler:the Maître d'Armes]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Everything [[MeaningfulName Aldrin de Redondie]] says only describes what he is doing and thinking at the moment. Including when [[spoiler:he dies]].



* DisproportionateRetribution: When the Rais' men lose the map, he orders his ship's mast to be sharpened, so he can impale a dozen or so sailors as an example.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: DisproportionateRetribution:
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When the Rais' men lose the map, he orders his ship's mast to be sharpened, so he can impale a dozen or so sailors as an example.



%%* TheDitz: Séléné

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%%* %* TheDitz: SélénéSéléné, especially in the last books. She is shown to enjoy watching mindless soap operas on the Sélénite equivalent of a television, and complains at being unable to understand poetry.



* EvilTwin: Three sets, we have yet to see [[spoiler:Eusèbe's.]]

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* EvilTwin: Three sets, we have yet Prince Jean to see [[spoiler:Eusèbe's.]]the King of the Moon, and Fulgence to Eusèbe.


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** A lot of these occur when they are on the savage island, including a dog resisting attempts to being slaughtered for food and Hermine asking Don Lope to sew a sail while she cuts logs in his stead.
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* BaitAndSwitch: Armand finds "absurd" Prince Jean's order to his musicians to play a minuet while the heroes are fighting the mimes guards - he thinks another dance would have been more appropriate.
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* AccidentalAimingSkills: The pirate Captain shoots the rope Armand was dangling from, then comments to one of his subordinates who compliments him on the shot that he was actually aiming for Armand.

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* AccidentalAimingSkills: The pirate Captain shoots the rope Armand Don Lope was dangling from, then comments to one of his subordinates who compliments him on the shot that he was actually aiming for Armand.Don Lope.



* AndTheAdventureContinues: The main series ends with Armand, Don Lope and Eusèbe about to interfere with what seems to be a kidnapping attempt, which was how the whole story began in the first place.

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: The main series ends with Armand, Don Lope and Eusèbe about to interfere with what seems to be a kidnapping attempt, attempt in Venice, which was how the whole story began in the first place.



* {{Atlantis}}: Mentioned (as being a myth). At one point, our heroes are stranded on a tiny patch of rock in the middle of the ocean, which is later shown to be the roof of a Greek-type building with statues. It is later referenced as having been in contact with the Selenites at some point in the past.

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* {{Atlantis}}: Mentioned (as being a myth). At one point, our heroes are stranded on a tiny patch of rock in the middle of the ocean, which is later shown to be the roof of a drowned Greek-type building with statues. It is later referenced as having been in contact with the Selenites at some point in the past.



** A gypsy fortune teller manages to predict events happening to Eusèbe in the first three books, although in a way that makes the prediction more or less useless.



* TheCavalierYears: Set in the 17th century Mediterranean, Italy and Malta, and France for the Eusebe-centered books.
* CharacterDevelopment: Don Lope manages to overcome his fear of rats when [[spoiler:a giant rat is about to eat Eusèbe]]. This is illustrated later where he imitates a rat while sneaking on board a ship: in the exact same circumstances, at the beginning of the series, he had imitated a cat, and Armand had mocked him for it.
* ChaseScene: The most memorable one occurs in book 2 when they are in Malta, and involves Armand chasing Plaisant for the map, then being chased along with Kader by the pirates, Don Lope chasing Andréo for Hermine, and Mendoza and the guards chasing them all. It ends in a gigantic collision involving a religious procession that had the bad luck of passing by.

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* TheCavalierYears: Set in the 17th century Mediterranean, Italy and Malta, and France for the Eusebe-centered Eusèbe-centered books.
* CharacterDevelopment: Don Lope manages to overcome his fear of rats when [[spoiler:a giant rat is about to eat Eusèbe]]. This is illustrated later where he imitates a rat while sneaking on board a ship: in the exact same circumstances, at the beginning of the series, he had imitated a cat, cat instead, and Armand had mocked him for it.
* ChaseScene: The most memorable one occurs in book 2 when they are in Malta, and involves Armand chasing Plaisant for the map, then being chased along with Kader by the pirates, Don Lope chasing Andréo for Hermine, and Mendoza and the guards chasing them all. It ends in a gigantic collision involving a religious procession that had the bad luck misfortune of passing by.



* GambitPileup: Eusebe's story has multiple plots centering around the duc de Limon, a potential successor to Richelieu as Prime Minister. Eusebe manages to get on both de Limon and Montmorency (who's opposed to Limon)'s bad sides.

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* GambitPileup: Eusebe's story has multiple plots centering around the duc de Limon, a potential successor to Richelieu as Prime Minister. Eusebe Eusèbe manages to get on both de Limon and Montmorency (who's opposed to Limon)'s bad sides.



* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Zigzagged. Eusebe goes completely naked without attracting comment, while Armand and Don Lope go half dressed, not wearing pants.

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* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Zigzagged. Eusebe Eusèbe goes completely naked without attracting comment, while Armand and Don Lope go half dressed, not wearing pants.



* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: De Limon]] in the prequel books. Just after Eusèbe's constant optimism and good nature managed to convince him to try amending his ways, [[spoiler:Fagotin shoots him]].

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* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: De Limon]] in the prequel books. Just after Eusèbe's constant optimism optimism, honesty and good trusting nature managed to convince him to try amending his ways, [[spoiler:Fagotin shoots him]].



* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Done to Eusebe after he gets arrested for participating in a duel (in fact trying to prevent it).

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* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Done to Eusebe Eusèbe after he gets arrested for participating in a duel (in fact trying to prevent it).



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The panicky pirate, The Pebble, Mendoza.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The panicky pirate, The the Moon Cadets, the Pebble, Mendoza.]]



* LameComeback: Subverted. Eusebe, unaware as always that he's being insulted, replies that Montmorency's ears are very large as well. This is considered a devastating comeback by the present company.

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* LameComeback: Subverted. Eusebe, Eusèbe, unaware as always that he's being insulted, replies that Montmorency's ears are very large as well. This is considered a devastating comeback by the present company. Also counts as one of the multiple shout-outs to the play Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac.
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* BrainyBrunette: Hermine (in stark contrast with [[DumbBlonde Séléné]]), as a HotGypsyWoman, is a brunette, and one of the most clever characters in the cast. Among other things, she successfully [[GuileHero manipulates the pirates captain]] and is the first to guess that [[spoiler:Séléné is the daughter of the king of the Moon]]. She is also shown to be able to perfectly operate the Selenite equivalent of a television, which Armand had failed to do.



%%* HotGypsyWoman: Hermine

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%%* * HotGypsyWoman: HermineHermine. Dark hair, hot temper, spends the first half of the series barefoot, and does not hesitate to use her charms to get her ways. She is quite chaste, though, and deeply in love with Don Lope.


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* SceneryCensor: Briefly, when Hermine is bathing naked near the island.
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* ActionGirl: Hermine. She does not fight often, due to lacking in combat skills (at least compared to the other main characters), but never hesitates to jump into the action, and manages for instance to steer a large galleon to safety in the middle of a storm, and on the Moon becomes quite skilled at driving a house (ItMakesSenseInContest). In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, she forces Don Lope to ''sew'' in her stead while she replaces him... at cutting logs with an axe.

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* ActionGirl: Hermine. She does not fight often, due to lacking in combat skills (at least compared to the other main characters), but never hesitates to jump into the action, and manages for instance to steer a large galleon to safety in the middle of a storm, and on the Moon becomes quite skilled at driving a house (ItMakesSenseInContest).house. In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, she forces Don Lope to ''sew'' in her stead while she replaces him... at cutting logs with an axe.
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