History ComicBook / Iznogoud

16th Jun '17 12:09:44 PM mlsmithca
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* NotNowKiddo:
** This trope proves to be Iznogoud's downfall in "The Mysterious Billposter". In attempting to trap the Caliph in a magic poster advertising holidays on a tropical island, Iznogoud has got himself trapped in the poster as well, and he keeps sending the Caliph away on walks so that he can escape unnoticed. As each escape plan fails, the Caliph keeps returning to tell Iznogoud about the strange things he has seen, and the increasingly angry Iznogoud keeps dismissing him. Eventually, the Caliph takes the hint and leaves, surprised that Iznogoud doesn't want to hear that he's found another person in the poster world: the billposter who created the magic poster to begin with, and who is now putting up a second poster of the Caliph's bedroom which he tries out on the Caliph. Sure enough, the Caliph re-appears in his own world, while Iznogoud is reduced to ordering Wa'at Alahf to shove him backwards repeatedly in the hope that he'll fall out of the poster again.

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* NotNowKiddo:
** This trope proves to be
NotNowKiddo: Several stories see Iznogoud's downfall in resulting from his decision to ignore someone (usually the Caliph) who is trying to tell him something important while he tries to carry out his latest scheme to become Caliph instead of the Caliph.
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"The Mysterious Billposter". In Billposter", in attempting to trap the Caliph in a magic poster advertising holidays on a tropical island, Iznogoud has got himself trapped in the poster as well, and he keeps sending the Caliph away on walks so that he can escape unnoticed. As each escape plan fails, the Caliph keeps returning to tell Iznogoud about the strange things he has seen, and the increasingly angry Iznogoud keeps dismissing him. Eventually, the Caliph takes the hint and leaves, surprised that Iznogoud doesn't want to hear that he's found another person in the poster world: the billposter who created the magic poster to begin with, and who is now putting up a second poster of the Caliph's bedroom which he tries out on the Caliph. Sure enough, the Caliph re-appears in his own world, while Iznogoud is reduced to ordering Wa'at Alahf to shove him backwards repeatedly in the hope that he'll fall out of the poster again.



** In "The Merchant of Forgetfulness", when Iznogoud tries to spray an amnesia scent on the Caliph, he ignores the latter's complaints about the open window. A gust of wind blows the potion on Iznogoud's face.

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** In "The Merchant of Forgetfulness", when Iznogoud tries to spray an amnesia scent on the Caliph, he ignores the latter's complaints about the open window. A gust of wind blows the potion on Iznogoud's face.face, wiping his mind and memory completely.



* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Tahbari Al Tardi is described as the best artist in the Caliphate. It's also stated he's the only artist in the Caliphate.

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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Tahbari Al Tardi al-Tardi is described as the best artist in the Caliphate. It's also stated he's the only artist in the Caliphate.



* StatusQuoIsGod: Whatever happens to Iznogoud -- even being blasted into orbit -- he's back safe and sound in the next story. There was made a "The Returns of Iznogoud" album, which adds via Retcon epilogues to many of the "bad endings" of past stories, explaining how Iznogoud each time manages to return to normal status quo. With some exceptions. Some of these epilogues have him trying to escape the bad situation and ending in a worse situation. For example Iznogoud escapes the complex maze to end up in the inescapable dungeons. Iznogoud has been there before (in a much older story) but doesn't remember any way out. While there he meets an older incarnation of himself, still searching for the way out after all these years.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When Iznogoud decides to learn to draw, Wa'at Alaf says "it's a difficult art for beginners to master. Many try, but few succeed, and the standards required of young people these days are...". Later on, Iznogoud's atr instructor Tahbari Al Tardi says the same thing word by word. The narrator later says the same thing.

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* StatusQuoIsGod: Whatever happens to Iznogoud -- even being blasted into orbit -- he's back safe and sound in the next story. There was made a The album "The Returns of Iznogoud" album, which adds via Retcon epilogues to many of the "bad endings" of past stories, explaining how Iznogoud each time manages to return to the normal status quo. With quo, with some exceptions. Some exceptions; some of these epilogues have him trying to escape the bad situation and ending in a worse situation. For example example, Iznogoud escapes the complex maze only to end up in the inescapable dungeons. Iznogoud has been there before (in a much older story) but doesn't remember any the way out. While there he meets an older incarnation of himself, still searching for the way out after all these years.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When Iznogoud decides to learn to draw, Wa'at Alaf Alahf says "it's a difficult art for beginners to master. Many try, but few succeed, and the standards required of young people these days are...". Later on, Iznogoud's atr art instructor Tahbari Al Tardi al-Tardi says the same thing word by word. The narrator later says the same thing.
15th Jun '17 7:26:57 PM Anddrix
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* GenreSavvy:
** Wa'at Alahf, Iznogoud's henchman, has long since realised that Iznogoud will be HoistByHisOwnPetard, and is more likely to prepare for the plans' inevitable failures than he is to work toward their success.
*** "Golden Handshake" has him going on a quest for an unknown item as soon as Iznogoud devises a plan for turning the Caliph into a statue with the golden touch of King Midas' descendant, Ghoudas Gho'ld; the item is revealed at the end to be a commemorative plaque in Iznogoud's memory that Wa'at applies under the statue his master has become.
*** His genre savviness is subverted in "Tried and Tse-tsed" (and its animated version, "Watch Out, There's a Fly About!") when he is convinced Iznogoud will be stung by the tsetse fly he plans to use on the Caliph and starts making his bed in preparation (to Iznogoud's fury), only for the fly to be sedated by the Caliph's herbal tea and adopted by the genial sovereign as a pet, reducing Iznogoud to a gibbering wreck and forcing Wa'at Alahf to have him committed.
** Even Iznogoud starts to notice the pattern in which he falls into the traps he has set for the Caliph. In "The Send-away Bed", after the Caliph comes down with insomnia and so is uninterested in a bed that, unbeknownst to him, sends all who lie on it to another dimension, Iznogoud turns to the reader and says he's sure they expect him to lie on the bed when he gets tired, but no such luck: he returned it to the seller (who had another interested buyer for the bed) and is spending the night out of town just to be sure. He checks into a hotel and lies down on the bed in his room, not noticing that it's... well, you can probably guess the rest.



* HypercompetentSidekick: Wa'at Alahf, Iznogoud's henchman. While he acts and looks dumb most of the time, he tends to have sudden LetsGetDangerous moments where he reveals he can be very competent when needed. He's also [[GenreSavvy far more lucid than his master about the fact they can't win]].

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* HypercompetentSidekick: Wa'at Alahf, Iznogoud's henchman. While he acts and looks dumb most of the time, he tends to have sudden LetsGetDangerous moments where he reveals he can be very competent when needed. He's also [[GenreSavvy far more lucid than his master about the fact they can't win]].win.
5th Jun '17 1:46:39 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* ArbitraryScepticism: Played for laughs with Wa'at, who outright says in "Iznogoud on Thin Ice" that while flying carpets and magicians are perfectly acceptable facts to him, a woman able to freeze people with her face is ridiculous.

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* ArbitraryScepticism: ArbitrarySkepticism: Played for laughs with Wa'at, who outright says in "Iznogoud on Thin Ice" that while flying carpets and magicians are perfectly acceptable facts to him, a woman able to freeze people with her face is ridiculous.
6th May '17 8:28:12 AM luiz4200
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* NotNowKiddo: This trope proves to be Iznogoud's downfall in "The Mysterious Billposter". In attempting to trap the Caliph in a magic poster advertising holidays on a tropical island, Iznogoud has got himself trapped in the poster as well, and he keeps sending the Caliph away on walks so that he can escape unnoticed. As each escape plan fails, the Caliph keeps returning to tell Iznogoud about the strange things he has seen, and the increasingly angry Iznogoud keeps dismissing him. Eventually, the Caliph takes the hint and leaves, surprised that Iznogoud doesn't want to hear that he's found another person in the poster world: the billposter who created the magic poster to begin with, and who is now putting up a second poster of the Caliph's bedroom which he tries out on the Caliph. Sure enough, the Caliph re-appears in his own world, while Iznogoud is reduced to ordering Wa'at Alahf to shove him backwards repeatedly in the hope that he'll fall out of the poster again.

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* NotNowKiddo: NotNowKiddo:
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This trope proves to be Iznogoud's downfall in "The Mysterious Billposter". In attempting to trap the Caliph in a magic poster advertising holidays on a tropical island, Iznogoud has got himself trapped in the poster as well, and he keeps sending the Caliph away on walks so that he can escape unnoticed. As each escape plan fails, the Caliph keeps returning to tell Iznogoud about the strange things he has seen, and the increasingly angry Iznogoud keeps dismissing him. Eventually, the Caliph takes the hint and leaves, surprised that Iznogoud doesn't want to hear that he's found another person in the poster world: the billposter who created the magic poster to begin with, and who is now putting up a second poster of the Caliph's bedroom which he tries out on the Caliph. Sure enough, the Caliph re-appears in his own world, while Iznogoud is reduced to ordering Wa'at Alahf to shove him backwards repeatedly in the hope that he'll fall out of the poster again.again.
** In "The Strong-Arm Men", Iznogoud hires two men to take the Caliph away but it takes a long time before they have a chance to do it without any witnesses around. When the time arrives, the Caliph tries to tell Iznogoud something but is completely ignored. It turns out the Caliph borrowed Iznogoud's money for a fundraiser and Iznogoud can't pay the strong-arm men. In retaliation, they take ''him'' instead of the Caliph away.
** In "The Merchant of Forgetfulness", when Iznogoud tries to spray an amnesia scent on the Caliph, he ignores the latter's complaints about the open window. A gust of wind blows the potion on Iznogoud's face.


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* RuleOfThree: Iznogoud once bought a magic catalogue that allows him to obtain items from the future but cannot use it more than three times.
5th May '17 7:09:58 PM luiz4200
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* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: Tahbari Al Tardi is described as the best artist in the Caliphate. It's also stated he's the only artist in the Caliphate.


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* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: When Iznogoud decides to learn to draw, Wa'at Alaf says "it's a difficult art for beginners to master. Many try, but few succeed, and the standards required of young people these days are...". Later on, Iznogoud's atr instructor Tahbari Al Tardi says the same thing word by word. The narrator later says the same thing.
5th May '17 6:59:32 PM luiz4200
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* RegentForLife: In "The Malefic Hopscotch Grid", Iznogoud plans to use the titular grid to turn the Caliph into a kid so he can rule Baghdad as a regent.
5th May '17 11:07:29 AM mlsmithca
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** As part of a plan to become Caliph instead of the Caliph, Iznogoud tricks a porter whose role as Iznogoud's UnwittingPawn will get him decapitated if the plan works. The porter turns out to be a Sultan Pullmankar's long-lost daughter under a spell cast by a magician she refused to marry. Sultan Pullmankar changes from being amused at the idea of decapitating someone to wanting to behead Iznogoud for trying to do it to his daughter.

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** As part of a plan to become Caliph instead of the Caliph, Iznogoud tricks a porter whose role as Iznogoud's UnwittingPawn will get him decapitated if the plan works. The porter turns out to be a Sultan Pullmankar's long-lost daughter under a spell cast by a magician she refused to marry. Sultan Pullmankar changes from being amused at the idea of decapitating someone to wanting to behead Iznogoud for trying to do it to his daughter.
3rd May '17 6:54:06 PM luiz4200
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* HowWeGotHere: The story "Iznogoud Rockets to Stardom" starts with Iznogoud being a "strange satellite in orbit". Then the readers get to see how it happened.
29th Apr '17 8:07:58 PM mlsmithca
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-->'''Iznogoud:''' [[LampshadeHanging If there's a pun there somewhere, I don't get it.]]

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-->'''Iznogoud:''' --->'''Iznogoud:''' [[LampshadeHanging If there's a pun there somewhere, I don't get it.]]



** In the animated version of "The Labyrinth", Iznogoud is about to paint a sign on the magic labyrinth in which he plans to permanently trap the sultan (who keeps getting distracted by other games and activities) when a policeman walks up and fines him for vandalism. Iznogoud tries to explain to the policeman that he is the grand vizier, and so outranks the policeman; the unimpressed policeman retorts, "And I'm the Queen of Sheba!"



** Even Iznogoud starts to notice the pattern in which he falls into the traps he has set for the Caliph. In "The Send-away Bed", after the Caliph comes down with insomnia and so is uninterested in a bed that, unbeknownst to him, sends all who lie on it to another dimension, Iznogoud turns to the reader and says he's sure they expect him to lie on the bed when he gets tired, but no such luck: he returned it to the seller and is spending the night out of town just to be sure. He checks into a hotel and lies down on the bed in his room, not noticing that it's... well, you can probably guess the rest.

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** Even Iznogoud starts to notice the pattern in which he falls into the traps he has set for the Caliph. In "The Send-away Bed", after the Caliph comes down with insomnia and so is uninterested in a bed that, unbeknownst to him, sends all who lie on it to another dimension, Iznogoud turns to the reader and says he's sure they expect him to lie on the bed when he gets tired, but no such luck: he returned it to the seller (who had another interested buyer for the bed) and is spending the night out of town just to be sure. He checks into a hotel and lies down on the bed in his room, not noticing that it's... well, you can probably guess the rest.



* LiteralMetaphor: In "Incognito", Iznogoud is said to be "cold and calculating". He mentally calculates that 5,763,257*312,418=1,800,545,225,426 .

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* LiteralMetaphor: In "Incognito", Iznogoud is said to be "cold and calculating". He mentally calculates that 5,763,257*312,418=1,800,545,225,426 .5,763,257*312,418=1,800,545,225,426.


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* OhCrap: Iznogoud gets this look in several stories when he realises the scheme he has concocted to get rid of the Caliph is about to backfire on him, and he has no way to stop it. For example, in "The Jigsaw Turk", joke shop owner Dokodah Bey sells Iznogoud a magic jigsaw puzzle which, when the last piece is put in, causes the object of the puzzler's thoughts to disintegrate into 10,000 pieces. However, there is a piece missing, and Iznogoud has to retrieve a new one from the factory; several further misunderstandings lead the replacement to be thrown away as rubbish. While the vizier is rooting through the palace dustbins, Dokodah Bey delivers the missing piece, which he found in his shop, to the Caliph. Iznogoud finds the replacement missing piece and returns triumphant to his bedroom - where he finds the Caliph, about to put in the original missing piece and benevolently remarking that he's always thinking of Iznogoud. The vizier can only stare in panicked horror as the Caliph completes the puzzle and causes Iznogoud to disintegrate into a pile of jigsaw puzzle pieces.
28th Apr '17 11:42:48 AM luiz4200
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** In a [[BeachEpisode beach story]], Iznogoud falls into a hole covered by a towel and sprains an ankle. The hole turns out to be a prank pulled by a boy whose father berates Iznogoud for not liking "childish pranks". Inspired by the prank, Iznogoud tries to get rid of the Caliph with a similar role but instead gets the boy's father, who angrily shouts [="I'LL TEACH YOU TO PLAY STUPID PRACTICAL JOKES!"=].

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** In a [[BeachEpisode beach story]], Iznogoud falls into a hole covered by a towel and sprains an ankle. The hole turns out to be a prank pulled by a boy whose father berates Iznogoud for not liking "childish pranks". Inspired by the prank, Iznogoud tries to get rid of the Caliph with a similar role hole but instead gets the boy's father, who angrily shouts [="I'LL TEACH YOU TO PLAY STUPID PRACTICAL JOKES!"=].
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