History ComicBook / Grandville

16th May '17 10:24:56 PM RevenantWings
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* {{Expy}}: Chance from ''Noel'' looks a little like Clint Eastwood's "The Man With No Name".


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* ImmuneToMindControl: Billie looks directly at Apollo, defined as having extreme charisma or able to enact MoreThanMindControl by looking someone in the eye, and is hardly affected by it.


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* MrExposition: Chance has two moments in ''Noir'', once while explaining Apollo's past and a second time explaining how cult indoctrination works.
16th May '17 10:16:00 PM RevenantWings
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* DissonantSerenity: Twice in book four. Once when Chance is pointing his gun at [=LeBrock=] and all he expresses is mild surprise [[spoiler: and once when Chance and [=LeBrock=] try to capture Apollo in a dressing room before a speech and point ''four'' guns at him. Apollo weaponizes this, using his calmer speech to catch them off guard and momentarily hypnotize them]].
16th May '17 10:10:15 PM RevenantWings
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* BadassInDistress: Not for long, though. [[spoiler: [=LeBrock=] and Chance in ''Noir'' are temporarily hypnotized by Apollo then knocked out and tied up. [=LeBrock=] just uses his teeth to bite the ropes binding them when no one's looking.]]



* GlamorFailure: [[spoiler: In ''Noir'', the unicorn Apollo's magnetism, and even his physical state, is completely tarnished when the horn is cut off.]]

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* GlamorFailure: {{Glamour}}: Part of what makes Apollo so dangerous is that, according to Chance, unicorns have this by default. ''Anyone'' who looks at them directly will trust them completely. Apollo enhances it with his knowledge of hypnotism and cult processes.
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[[spoiler: In ''Noir'', the unicorn Apollo's magnetism, and even his physical state, is completely tarnished when the horn is cut off.]]
16th May '17 9:59:21 PM RevenantWings
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** Within the fourth book itself: during a fight with some mooks, Chance shoots them in the gun or the hand, disarming while doing little actual damage, then snidely comments on [=LeBrock=] for using excessive force. [[spoiler: Despite chasing down Apollo for revenge for his daughter's death, he can't kill him even at point blank with Apollo knocked out. Subverted when he kills Elwis Yorkshire, who was behind Apollo's fanatic cult.]]
16th May '17 9:56:41 PM RevenantWings
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** The fourth book has some notions that the United States is a little better off compared to France and England.

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** The fourth book has some notions that the United States is a little better off compared to France and England.England. According to Chance, since the U.S. won a war of independence against France, "doughface" is a slur and humans and animals are treated equally.



* {Foil}: Chance Lucas in ''Noir'' is this to [=LeBrock=]. He's also an agent from an outside country in France, he's pretty genial after the initial encounter, fights to disarm rather than to kill, and has much more sympathy compared to SociopathicHero [=LeBrock=].

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* {Foil}: {{Foil}}: Chance Lucas in ''Noir'' is this to [=LeBrock=]. He's also an agent from an outside country in France, he's pretty genial after the initial encounter, fights to disarm rather than to kill, and has much more sympathy compared to SociopathicHero [=LeBrock=].
16th May '17 9:52:29 PM RevenantWings
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* ActionGirl: Billie the prostitute from ''Noel''. She knocks out Apollo's guards during the mission to rescue Bunty by elbowing and headbutting them.



* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: Do ''not'' call Apollo "John"]].



* {Foil}: Chance Lucas in ''Noir'' is this to [=LeBrock=]. He's also an agent from an outside country in France, he's pretty genial after the initial encounter, fights to disarm rather than to kill, and has much more sympathy compared to SociopathicHero [=LeBrock=].



* GlamorFailure: [[spoiler: In ''Noir'', the unicorn Apollo's magnetism, and even his physical state, is completely tarnished when the horn is cut off.]]



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Billie from ''Noel''.



* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: Chance Lucas, the Pinkerton agent from ''Noel'', is not following cult leader Apollo because of the Pinkertons, but because his daughter was killed in the mass suicide before he fled for France. He gets his revenge not by shooting Apollo, but by killing Elwis Yorkshire.]]



** [[spoiler: Charismatic cult leader Apollo from the fourth book is revealed to be a mere pawn for his {{Conman}} mentor, Elwis Yorkshire. While Elwis did not plan Apollo getting consumed by messiah complex or the movement turning political, he [[XanatosSpeedChess kept playing him to remain on top]] all the while [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass pretending to be a frail old man]].]]

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** [[spoiler: Charismatic cult leader Apollo from the fourth book is revealed to be a mere pawn for his {{Conman}} mentor, Elwis Yorkshire. While Elwis did not plan Apollo getting consumed by messiah complex or the movement turning political, he [[XanatosSpeedChess kept playing him to remain on top]] all the while [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass pretending to be a frail old drunken man]].]]


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* MundaneUtility: Woe to anyone who tries to bind [=LeBrock=] with ropes; he can chew his way out.


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** [[spoiler: After [=LeBrock=] and Chance cut off his horn and prevent his hypnosis/magnetism, Apollo's followers who came to see him immediately see him as a liar and a fraud and turn on him. We don't see what they do, but it looks as gory as the other deaths in the series.]]
16th May '17 9:37:54 PM RevenantWings
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* BadassLongcoat: Ratzi also belongs to that.

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* BadassLongcoat: Ratzi also belongs to that. Chance from ''Noel'' also has a good-looking brown duster.



** The fourth book has some notions that the United States is a little better off compared to France and England.



* TheHero and the {{Sidekick}}: Archie [=LeBrock=] and Roderick Ratzi.

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* TheHero and the {{Sidekick}}: Archie [=LeBrock=] and Roderick Ratzi. Chance Lucas the human Pinkerton agent temporarily takes this role in ''Noel''.



* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: Throughout the series, we saw plenty of Christian churches and clergy. What we ''didn't'' see was that [[spoiler: the deity worshiped in the Grandville universe isn't God as we know it. It's ''Noah''. As far as everyone believed, Noah's Arc was ''the'' beginning]].

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* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: Throughout the series, we saw plenty of Christian churches and clergy. What we ''didn't'' see was that [[spoiler: the deity worshiped in the Grandville universe isn't God as we know it. It's ''Noah''. As far as everyone believed, Noah's Arc was ''the'' beginning]]. [[spoiler: Though a single complete version of Genesis in Hebrew exists.]]



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The nature of Apollo's magnetism straddles the two lines. Yorkshire admits that he taught Apollo about hypnotism and manipulation techniques but suggests that this only complemented his innate powers as a unicorn. Many characters insist unicorns are innately magical and magnetic and Apollo's ability to compel crowds just by appearing before them seems to support that.

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The nature of Apollo's magnetism straddles the two lines. Yorkshire admits that he taught Apollo about hypnotism and manipulation techniques but suggests that this only complemented his innate powers as a unicorn. Many characters insist unicorns are innately magical and magnetic and Apollo's ability to compel crowds just by appearing before them seems to support that. [[spoiler: It's lost when [=LeBrock=] cuts off his horn with a hacksaw.]]



* SwordCane: Both. [=LeBrock=] uses the standard sword-in-cane while Ratzi uses the cane-that-shoots-bullets version.

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* SwordCane: Both. [=LeBrock=] uses the standard sword-in-cane while Ratzi uses the cane-that-shoots-bullets version. [[spoiler: Elwis Yorkshire nearly shoots [=LeBrock=] with one at the end of ''Noel''.]]
16th May '17 9:28:47 PM RevenantWings
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** The fourth book reveals that the divergence occurred much before then, [[spoiler: sometime around the Biblical Flood. When Noah's Arc reached the dry land, the arc was somehow occupied by sapient animals instead of humans and animals]]. Exactly what happened there, nobody is sure. It also reveals that the Christianity in the Grandville universe posits [[spoiler: Noah]] as God and is ignorant to the notion of the Abrahamic God as we know it. Knowledge to the contrary has been systematically destroyed over the centuries.

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** The fourth book reveals that the divergence occurred much before then, [[spoiler: sometime around the Biblical Flood. When Noah's Arc reached the dry land, the arc was somehow occupied by sapient animals instead of humans and animals]]. Exactly what happened there, nobody is sure. It also reveals that the Christianity in the Grandville universe posits [[spoiler: Noah]] as God and is ignorant to the notion of the Abrahamic God as we know it. it, though it does have Jesus as an unknown specie. Knowledge to the contrary has been systematically destroyed over the centuries.centuries [[spoiler: except for one copy of the gospels that state Jesus was a ''human'' and a single copy of Genesis in Hebrew that includes the first six chapters before Noah and the flood]].
23rd Nov '16 2:40:21 PM DaibhidC
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* AnimalStereotypes and AnimalMotifs: Largely averted. For example, the cops aren't canines at all. On the other hand, the emperor is a lion.

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* AnimalStereotypes and AnimalMotifs: Largely averted. For example, the cops aren't canines at all. On the other hand, the emperor is a lion. Archie himself fits the stereotype of a steadfast and doughty badger.
20th Jul '16 3:34:47 PM Neakal
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* SpeciesSurname: Very common, though some are subtler than others. French Prime Minister Lapine has the bonus of having a name that relates to rabbits (which he is) and the French nationalist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen (which Lapine also is). "Brock" itself is an archaic English word for a badger.

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* SpeciesSurname: Very common, though some are subtler than others. others;
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French Prime Minister Lapine has the bonus of having a name that relates to rabbits (which he is) and the French nationalist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen (which Lapine also is). is).
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"Brock" itself is an archaic English word for a badger.badger.
** The name of the mob boss Tiberius Koenig is a truly masterful application of this trope. Tiberius comes from Roman Emperor Tiberius who was noted to be a tyrannical ruler by historians. Koenig means "king". And of course, he is a [[spoiler: Tyrannosaurus Rex (literally, "Tyrant King")]].
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