History ComicBook / Diabolik

28th May '16 6:03:10 AM rafi
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* AdapationalHeroism: Diabolik animated version. He never kill and steal only to criminals.

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* AdapationalHeroism: AdaptationalHeroism: Diabolik animated version. He never kill and steal only to criminals.
28th May '16 6:02:38 AM rafi
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* AdapationalHeroism: Diabolik animated version. He never kill and steal only to criminals.



* BastardUnderstudy: Diabolik used to be one (and an extremely capable, if loyal, one).

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Diabolik used to be one (and an extremely capable, if loyal, one).



* BewareOfTheNiceOnes: Beware of Altea. She never fears Diabolik, failed to take down a terrorist organization only because Diabolik beat her to it, and when a CorruptCorporateExecutive put a hit on Ginko, she tricked ''Diabolik'' into swearing he'd kill him (two nights later, the CorruptCorporateExecutive was found knifed to death and robbed blind, and his criminal activities exposed as a bonus).
** Also, Gustavo Garian. Under most circumstances, he's a very nice guy, but if Diabolik is involved and Ginko isn't looking he'll resort to ''anything'' to try and kill him, including setting a small army of criminals on him and [[spoiler: ''hiring the world's best assassins'']].

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* BewareOfTheNiceOnes: BewareOfTheNiceOnes:
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Beware of Altea. She never fears Diabolik, failed to take down a terrorist organization only because Diabolik beat her to it, and when a CorruptCorporateExecutive put a hit on Ginko, she tricked ''Diabolik'' into swearing he'd kill him (two nights later, the CorruptCorporateExecutive was found knifed to death and robbed blind, and his criminal activities exposed as a bonus).
** Also, Gustavo Garian. Under most circumstances, he's a very nice guy, but if Diabolik is involved and Ginko isn't looking he'll resort to ''anything'' to try and kill him, including setting a small army of criminals on him and [[spoiler: ''hiring the world's best assassins'']].



* BreakTheCutie: Elisabeth Gay, Diabolik's lover in the first stories (before he met Eva Kant). A sweet girl who didn't know that her fiancee was Diabolik and accidentally exposed him as the King of Terror, getting him arrested and sentenced to death. After escaping the guillotine, Diabolik waited until she recovered from the near-madness the shock of his identity provoked and then drove her completely mad, even faking the murder of her doctor and new fiancee.

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Elisabeth Gay, Diabolik's lover in the first stories (before he met Eva Kant). A sweet girl who didn't know that her fiancee was Diabolik and accidentally exposed him as the King of Terror, getting him arrested and sentenced to death. After escaping the guillotine, Diabolik waited until she recovered from the near-madness the shock of his identity provoked and then drove her completely mad, even faking the murder of her doctor and new fiancee.



* BrokenBird: Eva Kant, of all people: her childhood was hellish. She recovered after getting back at the man responsible for her misfortune and meeting Diabolik.

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Eva Kant, of all people: her childhood was hellish. She recovered after getting back at the man responsible for her misfortune and meeting Diabolik.



* ButtMonkey: Poor old Ginko must get fed up with constantly being outwitted.
** He got it particularly bad in ''Crumbs for Persons Unknown'': not only did his attempt to arrest Diabolik by baiting him with a fake necklace fail miserably, but Diabolik stole the actual necklace from the bank vault it was kept in and the titular unknown persons (who originally aimed to steal the necklace and ''had'' fallen for Ginko's trap, resulting in the arrest of one of them) used Diabolik's hole in the vault to break in and steal "Diabolik's crumbs"--a crapload of money, jewels, and securities (and still ''less'' than the value of the necklace). Ginko never found out (Diabolik and Eva did by chance, and toasted at them ''in their own restaurant''), and they even shared the loot, with interest, with the arrested accomplice once he was released.

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* ButtMonkey: Poor old Ginko must get fed up with constantly being outwitted.
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outwitted. He got it particularly bad in ''Crumbs for Persons Unknown'': not only did his attempt to arrest Diabolik by baiting him with a fake necklace fail miserably, but Diabolik stole the actual necklace from the bank vault it was kept in and the titular unknown persons (who originally aimed to steal the necklace and ''had'' fallen for Ginko's trap, resulting in the arrest of one of them) used Diabolik's hole in the vault to break in and steal "Diabolik's crumbs"--a crapload of money, jewels, and securities (and still ''less'' than the value of the necklace). Ginko never found out (Diabolik and Eva did by chance, and toasted at them ''in their own restaurant''), and they even shared the loot, with interest, with the arrested accomplice once he was released.



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* LighterAndSofter: The animated series.

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* LighterAndSofter: The animated series.series is more kid-friendly with a younger and more heroic Diabolik.
8th Jan '16 7:42:46 AM Greenygal
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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Clerville has them, [[UpToEleven connected to an extensive net of underground tunnels that span under the whole city]] inhabitated by hundreds of dispossessed and homeless people. Upon learning of the tunnels, Diabolik (who uses the sewers rather often) {{Lampshaded}} this trope.
* AlternateContinuity: As of the end of April 2013, Diabolik has officially an alternate continuity, currently including a single story, ''I Don't Know Who I Am'', whose alternate Diabolik is known as Dk to differentiate him from the original. Said continuity has been described by WordOfGod as what the series would be had the authors been influenced by American comic books instead than Fantomas.

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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Clerville has them, [[UpToEleven connected to an extensive net of underground tunnels that span under the whole city]] inhabitated inhabited by hundreds of dispossessed and homeless people. Upon learning of the tunnels, Diabolik (who uses the sewers rather often) {{Lampshaded}} this trope.
* AlternateContinuity: As of the end of April 2013, Diabolik has officially an official alternate continuity, currently including a single story, ''I Don't Know Who I Am'', whose alternate Diabolik is known as Dk to differentiate him from the original. Said continuity has been described by WordOfGod as what the series would be had the authors been influenced by American comic books instead than Fantomas.



** The Grey Ravens deserve special mention. Diabolik hates them with passion since that time they managed to capture him and decided to torture him believing he had stolen something they wanted, and will strike them whenever he has an excuse (in their three encounters Diabolik has killed many of them, robbed them blind and decapitated their organization ''twice''). They are WesternTerrorists who have committed a large number of massacres and aim to take over Benglait and install a fascist government, and are always trying to start a civil war to justify it.

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** The Grey Ravens deserve special mention. Diabolik hates them with a passion since that time they managed to capture him and decided to torture him believing he had stolen something they wanted, and will strike them whenever he has an excuse (in their three encounters Diabolik has killed many of them, robbed them blind blind, and decapitated their organization ''twice''). They are WesternTerrorists who have committed a large number of massacres and aim to take over Benglait and install a fascist government, and are always trying to start a civil war to justify it.



* BadassBystander: Once in a while Diabolik runs into random people who, knowing perfectly [[TheDreaded who he is]], will try and arrest/kill him because he's a criminal:

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* BadassBystander: Once in a while Diabolik runs into random people who, knowing perfectly well [[TheDreaded who he is]], will try and arrest/kill him because he's a criminal:



** At the start of "The King's Ballad" Diabolik was escaping on a stolen car, and the police signaled on which road he was using a borrowed radio (theirs had been destroyed by Diabolik) on an open frequence. Two truckers who were on the road took their vehicles, occupied the whole road and tried to run Diabolik over, forcing him to crash his car. Then, believing Diabolik was wounded or dead, they left their trucks with the intention of checking and, if necessary ''killing Diabolik with a wrench to the head''. Diabolik of course knocked them out, ran away... And when they recovered they called the police on him.
* BankRobbery: Very rare: due Diabolik's own presence, banks in Clerville have extremely tight security and layered alarms, checks (including the obligatory pinch on the face for LatexPerfection) and defenses that not even a borderline ImpossibleThief like Diabolik can defeat outside of special circumstances, so most of the time Diabolik will try and get the owner to take the jewels or money out of the bank before attempting the heist.

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** At the start of "The King's Ballad" Diabolik was escaping on a stolen car, and the police signaled on which road he was using a borrowed radio (theirs had been destroyed by Diabolik) on an open frequence.frequency. Two truckers who were on the road took their vehicles, occupied the whole road and tried to run Diabolik over, forcing him to crash his car. Then, believing Diabolik was wounded or dead, they left their trucks with the intention of checking and, if necessary ''killing Diabolik with a wrench to the head''. Diabolik of course knocked them out, ran away... And when they recovered they called the police on him.
* BankRobbery: Very rare: due to Diabolik's own presence, banks in Clerville have extremely tight security and layered alarms, checks (including the obligatory pinch on the face for LatexPerfection) and defenses that not even a borderline ImpossibleThief like Diabolik can defeat outside of special circumstances, so most of the time Diabolik will try and get the owner to take the jewels or money out of the bank before attempting the heist.



* BountyHunter: Once in a while, someone puts a bounty on Diabolik's head, and both professionals and amateurs try and capture/kill Diabolik (depending on whoever put the bounty being an honest corporation or a criminal). Give ''who'' has the bounty on his head, it ''always'' ends with Diabolik stealing the bounty and killing whoever put a price on his head, and will usually (but not always) involve the death of the bounty hunters as well.

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* BountyHunter: Once in a while, someone puts a bounty on Diabolik's head, and both professionals and amateurs try and capture/kill Diabolik (depending on whoever put the bounty being an honest corporation or a criminal). Give Given ''who'' has the bounty on his head, it ''always'' ends with Diabolik stealing the bounty and killing whoever put a price on his head, and will usually (but not always) involve the death of the bounty hunters as well.



** Also, it's pretty much impossible keeping Eva imprisoned. The first time they did a good enough job at surveilling her they managed to give her a trial and sentence her to thirty years of jail and Diabolik had to resort to ''cause a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoid_fever typhoid fever]] outbreak'' to break her out, but by now she'll be out in a week at most.

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** Also, it's pretty much impossible keeping Eva imprisoned. The first time they did a good enough job at surveilling her they managed to give her a trial and sentence her to thirty years of jail and Diabolik had to resort to ''cause ''causing a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoid_fever typhoid fever]] outbreak'' to break her out, but by now she'll be out in a week at most.



** Also, Eva sometimes drive a Range Rover Evoque. And not any Evoque, but one of the first produced, before it was even available for purchase, that Diabolik stole as a present in a special issue.

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** Also, Eva sometimes drive drives a Range Rover Evoque. And not any Evoque, but one of the first produced, before it was even available for purchase, that Diabolik stole as a present in a special issue.



* CosmicPlaything: The Grey Ravens, [[CallItKarma who deserve it]]. So far they lost many men to Diabolik (and, in one occasion, Ginko in a murderous mood), had Diabolik steal the Benglait's Crown Jewels they were trying to steal ''and'' sell them back to the Benglait government, got robbed blind (both of the Crown Jewels when they finally managed to steal and a treasure they had put together in years of thefts and donations), ''and'' had their organization beheaded ''twice''. [[LaserGuidedKarma All of this but the first theft of the Crown Jewels come from them torturing Diabolik when they believed he had stolen the Jewels]].

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* CosmicPlaything: The Grey Ravens, [[CallItKarma who deserve it]]. So far they have lost many men to Diabolik (and, in one occasion, Ginko in a murderous mood), had Diabolik steal the Benglait's Crown Jewels they were trying to steal ''and'' sell them back to the Benglait government, got been robbed blind (both of the Crown Jewels when they finally managed to steal and a treasure they had put together in years of thefts and donations), ''and'' had their organization beheaded ''twice''. [[LaserGuidedKarma All of this but the first theft of the Crown Jewels come from them torturing Diabolik when they believed he had stolen the Jewels]].



* CrazyJealousGuy: Diabolik is obsessively jealous of any other man who appears to have caught Eva's eye, even if not at [[ClingyJealousGirl Eva]]'s own level (he stated that if Eva actually fell in love for another man he'd stand aside, after making sure she's not being coerced, drugged or anything). Still deadly, anyway.

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* CrazyJealousGuy: Diabolik is obsessively jealous of any other man who appears to have caught Eva's eye, even if not at [[ClingyJealousGirl Eva]]'s own level (he stated that if Eva actually fell in love for with another man he'd stand aside, after making sure she's not being coerced, drugged or anything). Still deadly, anyway.though.



* CrooksAreBetterArmed: [[{{Subverted}} Surprisingly, no]]: the two most featured police forces, those of Clerville and Benglait, routinely carry [[MoreDakka submachine guns]] in their patrol cars and are prone to call for reinforcements that may carry heavier weapons. [[{{Justified}} This has good reasons]]: even without Diabolik, Clerville's criminals are rather violent, prone to shootouts and often able to procure submachine guns themselves and Benglait's political instability had turned violent in multiple occasions, hence why the police carry so much firepower.

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* CrooksAreBetterArmed: [[{{Subverted}} Surprisingly, no]]: the two most featured police forces, those of Clerville and Benglait, routinely carry [[MoreDakka submachine guns]] in their patrol cars and are prone to call for reinforcements that may carry heavier weapons. [[{{Justified}} This has good reasons]]: even without Diabolik, Clerville's criminals are rather violent, prone to shootouts shootouts, and often able to procure submachine guns themselves and Benglait's political instability had has turned violent in on multiple occasions, hence why the police carry so much firepower.



* CruelMercy: Diabolik does it once in a while. Sometimes it's because the people he wants revenge against did him a favour and had a good reason, so he'll limit himself to give them a good scare with a temporary death threat (most of those who robbed his treasure were let go without Diabolik doing nothing more than making sure they were crapping themselves in fear of Diabolik's revenge), and sometimes it's because [[AFateWorseThanDeath death isn't enough]] (a guy who [[BerserkButton kidnapped and harmed Eva]] was robbed blind and left living in terror believing one day Diabolik would return to kill him. Diabolik never returned).

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* CruelMercy: Diabolik does it once in a while. Sometimes it's because the people he wants revenge against did him a favour and had a good reason, so he'll limit himself to give them a good scare with a temporary death threat (most of those who robbed his treasure were let go without with Diabolik doing nothing more than making sure they were crapping themselves in fear of Diabolik's revenge), and sometimes it's because [[AFateWorseThanDeath death isn't enough]] (a guy who [[BerserkButton kidnapped and harmed Eva]] was robbed blind and left living in terror believing one day Diabolik would return to kill him. Diabolik never returned).



** Case in point: as part of a heist he designed, built and sold to his victim a ''Diabolik-proof safe''. Granted, the safe had an hidden gizmo that would reveal Diabolik the combination, allowing him to open it and steal the jewels the victim had placed inside, but after that was removed the victim had a fully Diabolik-proof safe certified by Diabolik doing his damned best to make sure even ''he'' wouldn't be able to open it...
** In an inversion, Ginko could be an excellent thief rivaling Diabolik, if he got tired of his job. The story ''Ginko: Prima di Diabolik'' (''Ginko: Before Diabolik''), where we discover his OriginStory, actually shows Ginko learning how to steal as part of his training to become the capable cop we know, and in order to recover evidence against the VillainOfTheWeek (made of the plans for a sophisticated laser and a necklace with an incredibly pure ruby needed to actually build it) he later proceeds to pull a very complex theft, ultimately failing and getting caught only because ''Diabolik had stolen plans and necklace a few minutes before'' and didn't bother reactivating the alarms, with Ginko reactivating them when he went to deactivate them.

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** Case in point: as part of a heist he designed, built and sold to his victim a ''Diabolik-proof safe''. Granted, the safe had an hidden gizmo that would reveal Diabolik the combination, combination to Diabolik, allowing him to open it and steal the jewels the victim had placed inside, but after that was removed the victim had a fully Diabolik-proof safe certified by Diabolik doing his damned best to make sure even ''he'' wouldn't be able to open it...
** In an inversion, Ginko could be an excellent thief rivaling Diabolik, if he got tired of his job. The story ''Ginko: Prima di Diabolik'' (''Ginko: Before Diabolik''), where we discover his OriginStory, actually shows Ginko learning how to steal as part of his training to become the capable cop we know, and in order to recover evidence against the VillainOfTheWeek (made of the plans for a sophisticated laser and a necklace with an incredibly pure ruby needed to actually build it) he later proceeds to pull a very complex theft, ultimately failing and getting caught only because ''Diabolik had stolen the plans and necklace a few minutes before'' and didn't bother reactivating the alarms, with Ginko reactivating them when he went to deactivate them.



** Diabolik himself is no slouch. The above-mentioned story ''Earthquake'' give a good example, as he quickly freed himself from the rubble of the home ''twice'': first after the home collapsed and then after Ginko caused the already mentioned collapse to keep him in.
* DeusExMachina: Happen once in a while. For example, in one issue Ginko had trapped Diabolik and had enough cops to thwart Eva's attempts at freeing him when... Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the story was titled]] ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Earthquake]]'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for a reason]], and when that happened Diabolik managed to escape.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Diabolik may be CrazyPrepared and ProperlyParanoid, but sometimes he gets in trouble for things he couldn't have expected, like a group of children realizing he had replaced an old man because he had been polite (Eva actually cried "It's impossible!" when that was shown in TV), or an amateur radio operator accidentally finding out the radio frequency he used to keep contact with Eva during his heist ''because his pet cat played with the radio'':
** The recent story ''Il Ritorno di Gustavo Garian'' (''The Return of Gustavo Garian'') has an unidentified person hiring [[MurderInc three very capable killers]] and set them on Diabolik. After surviving their first two attempts by sheer luck, Diabolik manages to kill them and discovers their employer: [[spoiler: the always honest Gustavo Garian, who, being terminally ill, decided to hire them to kill Diabolik first and then himself]]. Diabolik's FlatWhat when the culprit confessed expressed both his surprise and the one of the reader;
** In ''The Returned Enemy'' Diabolik couldn't have possibly known that Gustavo Garian ([[TheBusCameBack the namesake character of the story]]) was there and had seen through [[ItMakesSenseInContext the zombie scare accidentally caused by Diabolik]], with the end result being ''Gustavo setting the local mob on him with Ginko providing advice'';

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** Diabolik himself is no slouch. The above-mentioned story ''Earthquake'' give gives a good example, as he quickly freed himself from the rubble of the home ''twice'': first after the home collapsed and then after Ginko caused the already mentioned collapse to keep him in.
* DeusExMachina: Happen Happens once in a while. For example, in one issue Ginko had trapped Diabolik and had enough cops to thwart Eva's attempts at freeing him when... Well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin the story was titled]] ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Earthquake]]'' [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin for a reason]], and when that happened Diabolik managed to escape.
* DidntSeeThatComing: Diabolik may be CrazyPrepared and ProperlyParanoid, but sometimes he gets in trouble for things he couldn't have expected, like a group of children realizing he had replaced an old man because he had been polite (Eva actually cried "It's impossible!" when that was shown in TV), or an amateur radio operator accidentally finding out the radio frequency he used to keep contact with Eva during his heist ''because his pet cat played with the radio'':
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** The recent story ''Il Ritorno di Gustavo Garian'' (''The Return of Gustavo Garian'') has an unidentified person hiring [[MurderInc three very capable killers]] and set setting them on Diabolik. After surviving their first two attempts by sheer luck, Diabolik manages to kill them and discovers their employer: [[spoiler: the always honest Gustavo Garian, who, being terminally ill, decided to hire them to kill Diabolik first and then himself]]. Diabolik's FlatWhat when the culprit confessed expressed both his surprise and the one that of the reader;
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** In ''The Returned Enemy'' Diabolik couldn't have possibly known that Gustavo Garian ([[TheBusCameBack the namesake character of the story]]) was there and had seen through [[ItMakesSenseInContext the zombie scare accidentally caused by Diabolik]], with the end result being ''Gustavo setting the local mob on him with Ginko providing advice'';advice''.



** In another story, the media discovered about Diabolik and Eva's affection for a little girl called Bettina, and a gang decided to kidnap her in order to blackmail Diabolik. After [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge finding the corpses of the gang members who had not been blown up]], Ginko casually stated that next time people will think twice before trying anything with Bettina.

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** In another story, the media discovered about Diabolik and Eva's affection for a little girl called Bettina, and a gang decided to kidnap her in order to blackmail Diabolik. After [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge finding the corpses of the gang members who had not been blown up]], Ginko casually stated that next time people will think twice before trying anything with Bettina.



** In ''No Mercy for Scum'', one-shot character Gianfranco Forles was arrested for killing his father with a paper knife. When Diabolik broke him out, as it had been Diabolik to [[spoiler: apparently]] kill his father and he had been in the wrong place at the wrong moment, what did Gianfranco do? Why, using the time Diabolik was busy distracting the police to bash Eva on the head, call the police and then run with the jewels (both his father's and the loot of some of Diabolik's previous heists). And it's made even worse when the autopsy showed that Diabolik had ''not'' killed Gianfranco's father, but had been Gianfranco himself pushing the knife deeper in the wound (and being caught as he took it out claiming he was trying to save him). Ginko's face as he found out was an unspoken invocation of the trope, and, just as he anticipated, the issue ended with Diabolik killing him with a TitleDrop and then calling the police to confess so they'll find the body faster.

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** In ''No Mercy for Scum'', one-shot character Gianfranco Forles was arrested for killing his father with a paper knife. When Diabolik broke him out, as it had been Diabolik to who [[spoiler: apparently]] kill killed his father and he had been in the wrong place at the wrong moment, what did Gianfranco do? Why, using use the time Diabolik was busy distracting the police to bash Eva on the head, call the police police, and then run with the jewels (both his father's and the loot of some of Diabolik's previous heists). And it's made even worse when the autopsy showed that Diabolik had ''not'' killed Gianfranco's father, but had been Gianfranco himself pushing the knife deeper in the wound (and being caught as he took it out claiming he was trying to save him). Ginko's face as he found out was an unspoken invocation of the trope, and, just as he anticipated, the issue ended with Diabolik killing him with a TitleDrop and then calling the police to confess so they'll they'd find the body faster.



* TheDreaded: Diabolik is called the King of Terror because he's already terrifying when he's not actively trying to scare you, and makes good use of his fame. He has even driven to madness at least two people...

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* TheDreaded: Diabolik is called the King of Terror because he's already terrifying when he's not actively trying to scare you, and makes good use of his fame. He has even driven to madness at least two people...people to madness...



** Ginko subverts it: he ''likes'' to gloat about his rare victories against Diabolik, but limits himself to talk about it to Altea or Gustavo Garian because he may need to recycle the trick one day.

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** Ginko subverts it: he ''likes'' to gloat about his rare victories against Diabolik, but limits himself to talk talking about it to Altea or Gustavo Garian because he may need to recycle the trick one day.



* FramingTheGuiltyParty: once in a while, somebody tries to frame Diabolik for their own thefts. Ginko will usually find their corpse, evidence proving Diabolik didn't do it and, sometimes, that Diabolik, after proving he didn't commit the thefts, still took the stolen goods (sometimes he was trying to steal it to begin with but the framer beat him to it).
** In a story, three mooks at their first heist named Gastone, Elietta, and Filippo, tried to steal a golden necklace during a party, with Gastone wearing a Diabolik-like suit to frame Diabolik. They failed, as not only the necklace was a fake (the real one still being in a bank vault) but Gastone walked in a trap intended for the actual Diabolik (who was stealing the necklace from the safe after bombing the party's site with fireworks to distract the police). It's probably the only time attempting to frame Diabolik ended well: Gastone didn't rat out his accomplices, who, due sheer luck, managed to follow Diabolik and steal money and jewels from the now-open vault (the story title was ''Crumbs for Unknown Persons'', with the stolen goods being called 'Diabolik's crumbs' in-story) and divided the loot (with interest) with Gastone once he served his sentence. The only ones who could prove their crime are Diabolik and Eva... who ended the story ''toasting'' at their success.
** Even ''Ginko'', of all people, did it once. The bodies of an elderly and a child were found in the basement of one of Diabolik's refugees (one that Diabolik preferred not to use), and Ginko, while knowing that Diabolik couldn't be their murderer, publicily accused him of killing them to have Eva break with him and get Diabolik, desperate to prove Eva he didn't do it, lead him to the real culprit, at which point he'd arrest Diabolik (and the culprit, assuming he survived) without Eva interfering until too late. It worked to near perfection: Eva left Diabolik and the King of Terror did lead him to the murderer (who didn't survive the encounter after confessing), but Eva realized the ruse and saved Diabolik at the last moment.

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* FramingTheGuiltyParty: once in a while, somebody tries to frame Diabolik for their own thefts. Ginko will usually find their corpse, evidence proving Diabolik didn't do it it, and, sometimes, that Diabolik, after proving he didn't commit the thefts, still took the stolen goods (sometimes he was trying to steal it to begin with but the framer beat him to it).
** In a story, three mooks at their first heist named Gastone, Elietta, and Filippo, tried to steal a golden necklace during a party, with Gastone wearing a Diabolik-like suit to frame Diabolik. They failed, as not only the necklace was a fake (the real one still being in a bank vault) but Gastone walked in a trap intended for the actual Diabolik (who was stealing the necklace from the safe after bombing the party's site with fireworks to distract the police). It's probably the only time attempting to frame Diabolik ended well: Gastone didn't rat out his accomplices, who, due to sheer luck, managed to follow Diabolik and steal money and jewels from the now-open vault (the story title was ''Crumbs for Unknown Persons'', with the stolen goods being called 'Diabolik's crumbs' in-story) and divided the loot (with interest) with Gastone once he served his sentence. The only ones who could prove their crime are Diabolik and Eva... who ended the story ''toasting'' at their success.
** Even ''Ginko'', of all people, did it once. The bodies of an elderly and a child were found in the basement of one of Diabolik's refugees refuges (one that Diabolik preferred not to use), and Ginko, while knowing that Diabolik couldn't be their murderer, publicily publicly accused him of killing them to have Eva break with him and get Diabolik, desperate to prove to Eva he didn't do it, lead him to the real culprit, at which point he'd arrest Diabolik (and the culprit, assuming he survived) without Eva interfering until too late. It worked to near perfection: Eva left Diabolik and the King of Terror did lead him to the murderer (who didn't survive the encounter after confessing), but Eva realized the ruse and saved Diabolik at the last moment.



*** Museum guards regularly check the museums' armours in the off-chance they have thieves hidden inside. [[OvershadowedByAwesome It does little against Diabolik, aside forcing him to play ninja and hide on the ceiling]], but points for foiling lesser crooks.
** Other characters with Genre Savvyness are jewelers and other rich men in good relations with Ginko: they ''will'' ask for his help at the first chance Diabolik may or may not be around, and sometimes even before that in the off-chance Diabolik will target them before they can expect to be targeted.

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*** Museum guards regularly check the museums' armours in on the off-chance they have thieves hidden inside. [[OvershadowedByAwesome It does little against Diabolik, aside from forcing him to play ninja and hide on the ceiling]], but points for foiling lesser crooks.
** Other characters with Genre Savvyness are jewelers and other rich men in good relations with Ginko: they ''will'' ask for his help at the first chance Diabolik may or may not be around, and sometimes even before that in on the off-chance Diabolik will target them before they can expect to be targeted.
7th Jan '16 11:41:18 AM Greenygal
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*** The most glorious example comes from "To Save a Hideout": the mob wants to kill a judge that is going to pass through a certain mountain road, so two gangster break in a house that is in a perfect position to snipe the judge's car from to take it over for the sniper... Without knowing it's ''one of Diabolik's hideouts''. While Eva's inside it and Diabolik's going to come there in a matter of minutes: [[HumiliationConga one of the gangsters gets beat up by the disguised Eva before the other pulls a gun on her to force her to surrender, when the sniper shows up they die before finding out it's actually Diabolik, who had heard them talking about his signal and that they didn't know his face through Eva's radio-watch, and when the real sniper finally arrives he's captured and drugged with]] TruthSerum, and [[TheBadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Diabolik's now out to kill the other snipers so the police's investigation on the judge's murder won't ruin the heist he's planning in the area]].

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*** The most glorious example comes from "To Save a Hideout": the mob wants to kill a judge that is going to pass through a certain mountain road, so two gangster break in a house that is in a perfect position to snipe the judge's car from to take it over for the sniper... Without knowing it's ''one of Diabolik's hideouts''. While Eva's inside it and Diabolik's going to come there in a matter of minutes: [[HumiliationConga one of the gangsters gets beat up by the disguised Eva before the other pulls a gun on her to force her to surrender, when the sniper shows up they die before finding out it's actually Diabolik, who had heard them talking about his signal and that they didn't know his face through Eva's radio-watch, and when the real sniper finally arrives he's captured and drugged with]] TruthSerum, and [[TheBadGuysDoTheDirtyWork [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Diabolik's now out to kill the other snipers so the police's investigation on the judge's murder won't ruin the heist he's planning in the area]].



*** In "The Arrest of Diabolik-The Remake" (set before Eva became a wanted criminal) a random guy tries and steals Eva's purse and gets immediately dropped on his ass. He then qualifies for StupidCrook when he ''tries again'' and gets slapped down again ''twice'', the third for good. Eva just wanted to keep her favourite purse, but the guy insisted in trying to steal it and she ''had'' to slap him down and give him to Ginko (he got lucky that Ginko actually was a disguised Diabolik, or he would have even got arrested).

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*** In "The Arrest of Diabolik-The Remake" (set before Eva became a wanted criminal) a random guy tries and steals Eva's purse and gets immediately dropped on his ass. He then qualifies for StupidCrook [[StupidCrooks Stupid Crook]] when he ''tries again'' and gets slapped down again ''twice'', the third for good. Eva just wanted to keep her favourite purse, but the guy insisted in trying to steal it and she ''had'' to slap him down and give him to Ginko (he got lucky that Ginko actually was a disguised Diabolik, or he would have even got arrested).
9th Nov '15 10:47:46 AM TheHeroHartmut
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'''Note''': Diabolik served as a major inspiration of Paperinik, the Italy-created superhero alter-ego for [[Main/Disney Donald Duck]], who originallywas only a slightly LighterAndSofter version of Diabolik that still didn't care about law and morals, but due to ExecutiveMeddling became a real superhero and became a Diabolik {{Expy}} "InNameOnly".

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'''Note''': Diabolik served as a major inspiration of Paperinik, [[Comicbook/PaperinikNewAdventures Paperinik]], the Italy-created superhero alter-ego for [[Main/Disney Donald Duck]], Franchise/DonaldDuck, who originallywas originally was only a slightly LighterAndSofter version of Diabolik that still didn't care about law and morals, but due to ExecutiveMeddling became a real superhero and became a Diabolik {{Expy}} "InNameOnly".
31st Oct '15 12:55:30 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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'''Note''': Diabolik served as a major inspiration of Paperinik, the Italy-created superhero alter-ego for [[Main/Disney Donald Duck]], who originallywas only a slightly LighterAndSofter version of Diabolik that still didn't care about law and morals, but due to ExecutiveMeddling became a real superhero and became a Diabolik {{Expy}} "InNameOnly".
23rd Sep '15 4:32:19 AM tenryufan
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* LifeImitatesArt: Once in a while, one of Diabolik's gadgets is invented in RealLife. For example, Diabolik used an automotive navigation system (not linked with a satellite and limited to a single road, but still working) in the story "The Heart of Fire" published in ''1967''.
10th Sep '15 10:44:18 AM EDP
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*** The most glorious example comes from "To Save a Hideout": the mob wants to kill a judge that is going to pass through a certain mountain road, so two gangster break in a house that is in a perfect position to snipe the judge's car from to take it over for the sniper... Without knowing it's ''one of Diabolik's hideouts''. While Eva's inside it and Diabolik's going to come there in a matter of minutes: [[HumiliationConga one of the gangsters gets beat up by the disguised Eva before the other pulls a gun on her to force her to surrender, when the sniper shows up they die before finding out it's actually Diabolik, who had heard them talking about his signal and that they didn't know his face through Eva's radio-watch, and when the real sniper finally arrives he's captured and drugged, and Diabolik's now out to kill the other snipers to protect his hideout]].

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*** The most glorious example comes from "To Save a Hideout": the mob wants to kill a judge that is going to pass through a certain mountain road, so two gangster break in a house that is in a perfect position to snipe the judge's car from to take it over for the sniper... Without knowing it's ''one of Diabolik's hideouts''. While Eva's inside it and Diabolik's going to come there in a matter of minutes: [[HumiliationConga one of the gangsters gets beat up by the disguised Eva before the other pulls a gun on her to force her to surrender, when the sniper shows up they die before finding out it's actually Diabolik, who had heard them talking about his signal and that they didn't know his face through Eva's radio-watch, and when the real sniper finally arrives he's captured and drugged, drugged with]] TruthSerum, and [[TheBadGuysDoTheDirtyWork Diabolik's now out to kill the other snipers to protect his hideout]].so the police's investigation on the judge's murder won't ruin the heist he's planning in the area]].
10th Sep '15 10:41:50 AM EDP
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* MuggingTheMonster: Once in a while, a thug will mug Diabolik and Eva Kant, get the crap beaten out of him and have a massive freak out when he discovers ''who'' he tried to mug.
** In ''L'Arresto di Diabolik-Il Remake'' (a remake of the stories ''L'Arresto di Diabolik'' ('The Arrest of Diabolik') and ''Atroce Vendetta'' ('Atrocious Revenge')), a garden-variety thug tried to mug a beautiful but apparently harmless blonde woman who had just left the airport. Eva Kant (who still had to meet Diabolik) dropped him like a potato sack, scaring the crap out of the witnesses (and impressing Diabolik himself, who was there [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised as Ginko]]). And then she jokingly told the fake Ginko she supposed that Diabolik was a bit more dangerous than that idiot...
*** The best part? Eva was trying to let him go after the first strike, she just wanted to keep her purse (not because of what was inside, but because she liked it). But the thug didn't get the message, so she had to drop him (and called him an idiot for not running). Lightly, as she was still trying to let him go. But [[WhatAnIdiot the thug still tried to take the purse]], at which point she had enough and knocked him out.

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* MuggingTheMonster: Once in a while, a thug will mug Diabolik and Eva Kant, get the crap beaten out of him and have a massive freak out when he discovers Happens depressingly often, as people not always know ''who'' he tried they're attacking:
** The typical example is someone messing with Diabolik, either when he's alone or with Eva, thus getting at the receiving end of a sleeping needle or a quick beatdown-if they're lucky.
*** The most glorious example comes from "To Save a Hideout": the mob wants
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** In ''L'Arresto di Diabolik-Il Remake'' (a remake
kill a judge that is going to pass through a certain mountain road, so two gangster break in a house that is in a perfect position to snipe the judge's car from to take it over for the sniper... Without knowing it's ''one of Diabolik's hideouts''. While Eva's inside it and Diabolik's going to come there in a matter of minutes: [[HumiliationConga one of the stories ''L'Arresto di Diabolik'' ('The Arrest of Diabolik') and ''Atroce Vendetta'' ('Atrocious Revenge')), a garden-variety thug tried to mug a beautiful but apparently harmless blonde woman who had just left gangsters gets beat up by the airport. Eva Kant (who still had to meet Diabolik) dropped him like a potato sack, scaring the crap out of the witnesses (and impressing Diabolik himself, who was there [[DressingAsTheEnemy disguised as Ginko]]). And then she jokingly told Eva before the fake Ginko she supposed other pulls a gun on her to force her to surrender, when the sniper shows up they die before finding out it's actually Diabolik, who had heard them talking about his signal and that Diabolik was a bit more dangerous than that idiot...
*** The best part? Eva was trying to let him go after the first strike, she just wanted to keep her purse (not because of what was inside, but because she liked it). But the thug
they didn't get know his face through Eva's radio-watch, and when the message, so she had real sniper finally arrives he's captured and drugged, and Diabolik's now out to drop him (and called him an idiot for not running). Lightly, as she was still trying to let him go. But [[WhatAnIdiot kill the thug still tried other snipers to take the purse]], at which point she had enough and knocked him out.protect his hideout]].
30th Aug '15 7:34:04 AM EDP
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* WesternTerrorists: Two examples so far:
** The Grey Ravens, terrorizing the Republic of Benglait since before the revolution, are a recurring threat... Who were stupid enough to capture and torture Diabolik. So far Diabolik has murdered over fifty of their members and beheaded the organization ''twice'' (it's unknown if they will recover from the latest encounter). They appear to have some kind of fascist ideology, aiming to terrify Benglait to the point the people will demand to be ruled by a strong man... That, of course, they will provide.
** "Inside Clerville's Underground", set in Diabolik's early days in Clerville, has Fire of Ice, bombing Clerville for no apparent reason until judge Benson and accidentally ending on Diabolik's shit list got the leader to disband the organization. Their lack of ideology is {{Justified}}: they were {{Unwitting Pawn}}s of their leader, who planned to capitalize on the fear to get elected. [[spoiler: Their leader tried again years later, running for Clerville's mayor on a platform to clean the roads from beggars, dispossessed and other so-called parasites... Forgetting that the so-called parasites are friends with Diabolik, resulting in [[EngineeredPublicConfession getting tricked into exposing his true motives and past as a terrorist on the radio]].
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