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'''Blake and Mortimer''' (1946-) is a Belgian comic created by Edgar P. Jacobs, a friend and collaborator of Hergé (the creator of ''{{Tintin}}''). The comic, which mixes traditional mystery and UsefulNotes/ColdWar espionage stories with ScienceFiction elements, stars two middle-aged brits: Captain Francis Blake, head of the MI5; and Professor Philip Mortimer. Another important character is the duo's ArchEnemy, the devious Colonel Olrik, whose appearance was based on Jacobs in his younger years.

After the death of Jacobs in 1987, the comic has been continued by other authors and artists, including Jean Van Hamme, the creator of ''{{Thorgal}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'', Yves Sente and André Juillard.

In the BelgianComics and FrancoBelgianComics world Blake and Mortimer are still considered to be the pinnacle of exquisite artwork and storytelling. Their best known comic book album is "The Yellow "M"" ("La Marque Jaune") which has perhaps one of the most iconic comic book album covers in the entire history of comic books.

[[folder:List of albums so far, chronological order]]
!Edgar P. Jacobs albums
* ''The Secret of the Swordfish Volume 1: Ruthless Pursuit'', 1950[[note]]depending on the edition, the album also exists in a 2-volumes version (which is the original)[[/note]]
* ''The Secret of the Swordfish Volume 2: Mortimer's Escape'', 1953
* ''The Secret of the Swordfish Volume 3: SX1 Counterattacks'', 1953
* ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid, Volume 1: Manetho's Papyrus'', 1954
* ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid Volume 2: The Chamber of Horus'', 1955
* ''The Yellow "M"'', 1956
* ''Atlantis Mystery'', 1957
* ''S.O.S. Meteors: Mortimer in Paris'', 1959
* ''The Time Trap'', 1962
* ''The Necklace Affair'', 1967
* ''Professor Sató's Three Formulae, Volume 1: Mortimer in Tokyo'', 1977

!Sequels released after Jacobs death in 1987
* ''Professor Sató's Three Formulae, Volume 2: Mortimer vs. Mortimer'', 1990[[note]]this one has actually been written by Jacobs but the drawings have been finished after his death[[/note]]
* ''The Francis Blake Affair'', 1996
* ''The Voronov Plot'', 2000
* ''The Strange Encounter'', 2001
* ''The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent, Volume 1: The Universal Threat'', 2003
* ''The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent, Volume 2: Battle of the Minds'', 2004
* ''The Gondwana Shrine'', 2008
* ''The Curse of the Thirty Denarii, Volume 1: The manuscript of Nicodemus'', 2009
* ''The Curse of the Thirty Denarii, Volume 2: The gate of Orpheus'', 2010
* ''The Oath of the Five Lords'', 2012
* ''The Septimus Wave'', 2013[[/folder]]

!!Tropes named by Blake and Mortimer
* TheYellowMShoutOut

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Jessie Wingo in ''The Strange Encounter''
** Interestingly, women were almost entirely absent from the series while the original author was alive, and those few there were ''never'' had action-oriented parts. It was a man's world, and then some.
** Jacobs had included female characters in ''Le Rayon U''. The reason he did not do the same for ''Blake And Mortimer'' was that publication laws for youth-oriented series had become stricter after World War II: it was implicitely forbidden to draw attractive women in comics for kids.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Atlantis.
* AdaptationDistillation: The animated series.
* AffablyEvil
* AffectionateParody: ''The Adventures of Phillip and Francis'' by Pierre Veys and Nicolas Barral, published by Dargaud, the same publisher as the original books. Published albums include ''The Empire Under Threat'', ''The Machiavellian Trap'' and the (supposedly) upcoming ''The Yellow "M" vs. Godzilla''.
* TheAllegedCar: the German archeologist's vehicle called a survivor of automobile's heroic age, in ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid''.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Made during TheNineties, each of the story published so far (from ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' to ''The Francis Blake Affair'', included). The four last stories ("The Viking's Bequest", "The Secret of Easter Island", "The Alchemist's Will", "The Druid") are entirely original ones. The series counts 26 episodes, for nine original stories and four new ones, each of one being divided in a two-parts episode. NB: in this series, the stories covering more than one album (''The Secret of the Swordfish'', ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid'', ''Professor Sató's Three Formulae'') are no longer than the shorter ones.
* AnonymousRinger: It's obvious that the hostile superpower in ''SOS Meteors'' is the Soviet Union, but the country is never mentioned by name.
* AncientEgypt: ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid'', obviously.
* ArchEnemy: Olrik (Incidentally, his look was based on Jacobs himself).
* {{Atlantis}}: Is accessible through caverns in South America, is at war with an Inca-descended underground empire, and is responsible for sightings of flying saucers.
* AuthorAvatar: In appearance only, Olrik looks like Jacobs, down to the mustache.
* AuthorExistenceFailure:
** Averted, since the series continued after the original author's death.
** There was an other aversions with the first part of ''The Curse of the Thirty Denarii'', because of the death of the drawer. The drawings have been finished by his widow.
* AuthorPhobia: When author Edgar P. Jacobs was two or three years old he fell down a seven metres deep old well. It took half an hour before he was able to be brought back up. This lead to a lot of stories where Blake & Mortimer are lost inside underground locations.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Basam Damdu, via TimeTravel.]]
* BadassBookworm: Mortimer.
* BadassMustache: Blake.
* BadFuture: In "The Time Trap", our hero gets sent to the far future after a great war where everything lies in ruins and huge war machines litter the landscape.
* BaldOfEvil: Basam Damdu.
* BeardOfEvil:
** Averted with Mortimer
** Played straight in ''The Atlantis Enigma'' with the BigBad (Jacobs's beard of evil is black and pointy).
** Both the feudal lord and the traitor (during the futuristic part) in ''The Time Trap'' (who also sports a pointy black beard).
* BestServedCold:
** [[spoiler: It takes Septimus decades to take his revenge.]]
** [[spoiler: And Acoka even longer.]]
* BigBad:
** ''The Secret of the Swordfish'': Basam Damdu.
** ''The Yellow M'': [[spoiler: Dr Septimus]].
** ''Atlantis Mystery'': Magon.
** ''SOS Meteors'': Professor Miloch Georgevitj as well as [[NoNameGiven the general]].
** ''The Time Trap'': Miloch again, even though [[ThanatosGambit he was already dead at that point]].
** ''The Francis Blake Affair'': [[spoiler: Deloraine]].
** ''The Voronov Plot'': Dr Voronov.
** ''The Strange Encounter'': [[spoiler: Basam Damdu]] and Dr Z'Ong.
** ''The Sarcophagi from the Sixth Continent'': Acoka.
** ''The Curse of The Thirty Denarii'': Reiner von Stahl / Belos Beloukian
** ''The Septimus Wave'': [[spoiler:An alien which took Septimus shape and mind]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Olrik]] in ''The Yellow M''.
* BrandishmentBluff: There is a scene in ''SOS Meteors'' where Blake threatens a suspect [[spoiler:who is then revealed to be a disguised Olrik]] with his pipe in his in a pocket of his coat, brandished as it were an handgun.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In ''The Time Trap'', the rebels of the 51st century have armed themselves with ancient weapons from the 20th and 21st centuries found in underground stockpiles.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Dr. Ramirez]] in ''The Strange Encounter''.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Olrik is quite prepared to betray the Yellow Empire.
* ClearMyName:
** Blake in ''The Francis Blake Affair''.
** One that's been waiting for two centuries in ''Strange Encounter'': an ancestor of Mortimer's was kidnapped by the [[spoiler:not]] aliens. He was said to be AWOL and ended up disgracied by the british army. When he comes back however three centuries later to warn of the impending [[spoiler: not]] alien invasion, his name is cleared.
* ComicBookTime: Not as flagrant as other cases since none of the stories happen past TheSixties.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Completely averted with the Swordfish: One is enough to near-completely outgun several battleships and an aircraft carrier (while it gets shot down, the heroes had another that was being fixed and finished the job), and when a dozen show up they wipe the floor that much faster.
* CoolPlane: The Swordfish.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]:
** The cover of ''[[spoiler:The Curse Of The Thirty Denarii (Volume 1)]]'' is the last panel of the book.
** Averted with ''The Necklace Affair'': the cover shows Olrik gloatingly holding up the necklace, but [[spoiler: in the actual scene the jeweller is the one doing so in the exact same pose.]]
* CurseOfTheAncients: "By Jove!"
* CrapsackWorld: The future in both ''The Time Trap'' and ''The Strange Encounter'' is not a nice place.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Miloch in ''The Time Trap'': just in case Mortimer managed to not only avoid being sent to oblivion by the sabotaged time machine and somehow repair it, he also installed a bomb set to go off if the machine ever returned to the present. Mortimer only survived by sheer luck.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: the series after Jacob's death, which contain unveiled references to the Soviet bloc, escaped Nazis, and now Blake [[spoiler: unkowingly taking part in the murder of his childhood hero, LawrenceOfArabia.]]
* DeadManWriting: Miloch sends Mortimer a letter like this.
* DiminishingVillainThreat:
** Olrik is practically the Patron-Saint of this trope.
** Lampshaded in the aforementioned AffectionateParody: when Olrik makes his first appearance, the narrator comments on his previous attempts to take over the world (with home appliances), adding that [[RuleOfFunny he lives with his parents and is still single]], stopping only when [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Olrik shoots the text box]] a DeathGlare.
* DirtyCommunists:
** Voronov.
** Arguably, Miloch as well. It's [[AnonymousRinger not said in so many words]], but he's obviously on the payroll of the Soviet Bloc.
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: Mortimer discreetly pours on the floor a cup of sake that he (rightly) suspects of being drugged in ''Professor Sato's Three Formulae''.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Both heroes.
* DistressedDamsel: Agnès in ''The Time Trap'' is a quintessential damsel in distress--a medieval maiden in need of rescue from rampaging peasants.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: the entire ''Secret of the Swordfish'' saga is one big expy of World War Two, set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* DownerEnding: Discussed. Jacobs wanted to end the series with Olrik ultimate victory, but he died before reaching the conclusion of the series.
* TheDragon:
** Olrik, when he's not working alone.
** Olrik himself often has a dragon of his own - [[TheBrute Sharkey]] is the most notable.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The British military base in which is set most of the late part of ''The Secret of the Swordfish''. Not just underground, but underwater as well, having three separate docks for each of its full-sized submarines, an electric train, and a natural bridge over a pit of spider crabs.
* TheEmpire: The Yellow Empire in ''The Secret of the Swordfish''.
* TheEmperor: Basam Damdu, Acoka as well.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sharkey, while watching Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs comments that he'd sure like to give the Queen a good slap or two.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Benzedjas", though he does give his name once (Razul).
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Of a sort. Weapons could not be drawn on covers, so on the cover of ''The Yellow M'' (the page image), Mortimer is shown reaching into his pocket to (presumably) get one.
* FanonDisContinuity: Some fans refuse to acknowledge the stories written after Jacob's death, some just chose to ignore the Sente / Juillard productions.
* TheFifties: Most of the series is set in this era. ''The Voronov Plot'' is explicitely set in 1957.
* FunetikAksent:
** "Condouisez ploutôt aoune brouette" ("you'd better drive a wheelbarrow" - without trying to reproduce the phonetic American accent), by an American soldier yelling on a French taxi driver in ''S.O.S. Meteors''.
** Also, Herr Doctor Grossgrabenstein in ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid''.
** One of Mortimer's first hints that he's in the BadFuture is when he sees the station names written like this. The rebel leader tells him that it was one of the reasons for the civil war.
* GeniusBruiser: Mortimer.
* GentlemanThief: Olrik in ''The Necklace Affair''.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The heroes smoke pipes, Olrik uses a cigarette holder.
* GunshipRescue: As Basam Damdu is about to unleash his entire nuclear arsenal on the world, an entire squadron of Swordfish show up and destroy all of them.
* GratuitousEnglish
* [[AmericaSavesTheDay Great Britain Saves The Day]]: How ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' ends.
* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection: in ''SOS Meteors'', where the bad guys are obviously the Soviets, yet they're never specifically named.
* HeteroSexualLifePartners: Philip Mortimer and Francis Blake share a house and go on holiday together.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Ashoka that Mortimer encountered as a teenager may qualify for this trope.
* HighClassGlass: Olrik is very fond of his monocles.
* HijackedByGanon: Kind of. Olrik turns up working with almost every villain Blake & Mortimer face, but he's more often TheDragon than TheManBehindTheMan.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** [[MahatmaGandhi Gandhi]] has a cameo appearance during the long Indian flashback in the ''The Sarcophagi from the Sixth Continent''.
** Lawrence of Arabia has an important role in ''The Oath of the Five Lords''.
** There is a scene involving UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill in ''The Septimus Wave''.
* HistoricalInJoke: ''The Oath of the Five Lords'' includes an explaination for the motorbike accident which killed Lawrence of Arabia. [[spoiler:It was a false accident triggered by the MI5 to eliminate him because he joined Oswald Mosley's party. Blake was one of the agent who contribute to his death. Lawrence actually joined the British fascists as a MI6 mole. His murder was a rogue operation organized by a MI5 officer to accomplish a revenge.]]
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Damdu uses vaguely Chinese-sounding threats like "the twin wu-t'chang await only my orders to drag you before the ten che-tien-yen-wang!"
* HumanSubspecies: The LittleGreenMen are actually humanity's post-nuclear apocalypse descendants.
* IdiotBall: Mortimer at the beginning of ''The Time Trap''.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: The Swordfish.
* ImmortalityThroughLegacy: [[spoiler: Ashoka]].
* InfantImmortality: Averted in ''The Sanctuary of Gondwana'', the child-character dies a pretty horrifying death.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: The Yellow Empire is a Tibetan expy of Imperial Japan, with soldiers wearing Japanese-like uniforms and using [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons World War 2 era German weapons]]. They even manage to conquer most of the world in the beginning of the story with a massive surprise attack on all major world cities (including sinking the U.S.' Pacific fleet).
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Blake is murdered during the plot of ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid''. His eventual survival could have been a surprise at this moment, but he then reappears in each of the following albums.
** SpoilerTitle: Blake's name is in the serie's title, so...
* LesserStar:
** Although the series is called ''Blake and Mortimer'', most stories involve Mortimer as the main protagonist, with Blake sometimes barely even showing up at all. This was deliberately corrected years after Edgar P. Jacob's death by ''The Francis Blake Affair'', which makes him the main protagonist for a change.
** Curiously enough, ''SOS Meteors'', where Mortimer is captured early in the book and Blake does most of the actions, was subtitled "Mortimer in Paris" in some editions.
* MadScientist: [[spoiler: Septimus]], Miloch, Voronov and Z'Ong all qualify.
* MasterOfDisguise: Olrik is an expert of this trope. Blake is pretty good at it as well.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** [[spoiler:Ashoka]] in ''The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent'': [[spoiler:while we learn that the "present" Ashoka is the daughter of her predecessor, we never learn who said predecessor was. Plus, the giant albino monkeys (which apparently have survived for 30+ years and can be summoned with a puff of smoke) are never explained.]]
** Nothing of what [[spoiler:Sheikh Abdel Razek]] does in ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid'' is ever explained either.
* {{Metatwist}}: Sort of, in ''The Oath of the Five Lords''. [[spoiler:Although the real identity of the actual villain is a twist by itself, said twist is ''not'' "Olrik is actually involved is the plot". Olrik himself doesn't appear at all in this story.]]
* MindControlDevice: The Mega Wave in ''The Yellow M'' and ''The Septimus Wave''.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Doyle-Smith]] in ''The Francis Blake Affair''.
* MonumentalDamage: The Eiffel Tower, the Basilica of Saint Peter and Big Ben are all seen in flames in ''The Secret of the Swordfish''.
* MoreDakka: The very first page of the entire series shows a tank that can fire five hundred rockets a minute.
* MultinationalTeam: the scientists rescued by the resistance in ''The Secret of The Swordfish''.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: ''The Voronov Plot'' begins when a Soviet rocket fall on Earth with an alien bacterium which carries a disease incurable for humans.
* NoExportForYou: There were English translations of all published Jacobs stories, but nowadays [[CrackIsCheaper they're quite expensive]]. Creator/{{Cinebook}} has put out a number of both Jacobs and post-Jacobs stories, although for some reason they've put the Jacobs stories out of order, and have yet to publish ''The Secret of The Swordfish'', even though some stories reference it quite heavily. Then again, at three volumes, can you blame them?
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: In ''The Francis Blake Affair'', there is a scene during which Mortimer jumps from a high cliff down to to see, to escape his pursuers. One of them invokes the trope.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Averted in ''The Secret of The Swordfish''. Mortimer being captured does not prevent the Swordfish to be built once the plans are recovered (though it was still Mortimer who knew where they were, but he was able to communicate their location before being freed).
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: The dinner-scene between Olrik and Blake in ''The Francis Blake Affair''.
* NotMyDriver: Happens to Duranton in ''The Necklace Affair''.
** DangerTakesABackseat
* ObviouslyEvil: One of the generals in ''Secret of the Swordfish'' has a Hitler mustache.
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Olrik's career could be summed up as "regularly has his ass handed to him by B&M". Why do evil governments and shady organizations keep hiring him? Why doesn't Sharkey look for a different employer? It simply makes no sense... unless Olrik has ''other'' succesful operations going on in the background, which are successful for the simple reason that B&M never come across them.
* OmniDisciplinaryScientist: Mortimer. Archeology (technically it's a hobby of his), aeronautics, nuclear physics, you name it.
* OnlyFatalToAdults: The alien virus in ''The Voronov Plot''.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[spoiler:Mr. Henry]] in ''S.O.S. Meteors'' because of anger after being threatened by Blake. [[spoiler:This is how he is revealed to be Olrik in disguise.]]
* [[RealMenLoveJesus Real Men Love Allah]]: Ahmed Nasir, the main duo's manservant/bodyguard.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Literally in ''The Sarcophagi from the Sixth Continent''; it is revealed that Major Varitch (a KGB officer) has been reassigned to a Russian embassy in India, as punishment for his intervention during the meeting between Blake and the Russian ambassador in London during ''The Voronov Plot''.
* RedHeadedHero: Philip Mortimer.
* LaResistance:
** In the futuristic part of ''The Time Trap'', the insurgents against the totalitarian rule of the Supreme Guide.
** The Free World Resistance in ''The Secret of the Swordfish''. Their main secret base is situated underwater, in the strait of Hormuz.
* ScienceMarchesOn
** SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying: ''The Time Trap''. The scene was an homage to one of Jacobs's favorite movies, a stop motion dinosaur flick of the beginning of the 20th century...
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler: Capitaine Ilkor]].
* ShoutOut:
** In the second "Thirty Denarii", Olrik is wearing the distinctive [[{{Tintin}} Captain Haddock]] sweater.
** Sharkey asks his boss for permission to watch Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs while guarding the lab.
** In ''The Voronov Plot'', there is a two panels scene with the mole entering in a restaurant to phone. Said restaurant is a copy of the [[{{Ruritania}} Syldavian]] restaurant from Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s adventure ''[[Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre King Ottokar's Sceptre]]'', except it is set in Moscow instead of Brussels.
*** It seems to be an obscure MythologyGag, as several ''Tintin'' adventures have been made with the collaboration of Edgar P. Jacobs. In fact, Tintin's author Hergé and Jacobs appeared as background characters in some Tintin books.
** In ''The Septimus Wave'', when Nasir is attacked by [[spoiler:a Septimus clone]], the panel shows his shadow, shaped like [[http://i55.servimg.com/u/f55/11/35/67/80/nosfer10.jpg a famous picture]] from ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
*** The same book has Tintin appear in the background at Heathrow Airport.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Septimus Wave'' has a short scene in which a play adapted from ''The Yellow M'' events is performed in London. [[spoiler:All the audience turns into Septimus clones.]]
* ShownTheirWork
* SlippingAMickey: Mortimer is served a drugged cup of coffee in ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid''.
* SovietSuperScience: The weather control technology in ''SOS Meteors''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Blake and Mortimer'' is one to ''Le Rayon U''. Although the latter is set in a totally fictional Sci-Fi setting instead of TheFifties, it tells the adventure of a scientist, a military friend of him, and his servant looking for GreenRocks, while a spy from another country is the antagonist. They are respectively the ancestors of Mortimer, Nasir, Blake, and Olrik, who also have roughly the same appearance.
* StiffUpperLip
* TakingYouWithMe: Basam Damdu's contigency plan is to fire his entire nuclear arsenal at the world should he fall. He almost succeeds, too.
* ThrowAwayGuns: In ''The Yellow M'', Mortimer fires 4 shots at the intruder, realises that they have no effect, and throws the gun at him.
* TimeTravel: ''The Time Trap'' and ''The Strange Encounter''.
** Which leads to TimeTravelersAreSpies : happens in the Middle Ages and in the far future for Mortimer.
* TheyCalledMeMad: [[spoiler: Septimus. And boy, were they right.]]
* ThoseWackyNazis: in ''Thirty Denarii''. We even learn that there was a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything secret pact]] between them and the Yellow Empire.
* TruthInTelevision: British forces did have a secret base almost as cool as the one in ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, only it wasn't located in quite the same place: it was the Rock of [[MonkeysLionsAndAnnoyedSpaniards Gibraltar]].
* VideoPhone: Their adventure "The Time Trap" depicts a dystopian far future in which communication takes place via camera-equipped wrist phones, for those who can afford them anyway.
* VillainOpeningScene: In ''The Secret of The Swordfish'', Olrik is the first character to appear on stage.
* VillainousBreakdown: Basam Damdu goes from InscrutableOriental to ranting against his enemies and the troops who failed him, comparable to the Hitler rant from Film/{{Downfall}}.
* ViralTransformation: In ''The Septimus Wave'', [[spoiler:the alien being which is mimicking Septimus]] is able to convert people in copies of itself from contact.
* WeatherControlMachine: The secret weapon of that totally-not-the-USSR hostile superpower to the East in ''SOS Meteors''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In order to prevent the BadFuture caused by global nuclear warfare, the future humans decide to [[spoiler: unite the Earth under the man closest to acheiving world domination: Basam Damdu.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: [[spoiler: Septimus]] turned evil after his theories were ridiculed by other scientists. Then he brainwashed them into believing he was their god.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Miloch's posthumous revenge plan against Mortimer in ''The Time Trap'' is as follows: Step 1: Build ''working time machine''. Step 2: Sabotage it so that it's borderline uncontrollable and anyone taken by surprise who uses it will go beyond the beginning of time and be RetGone or something. Step 3: Just in case, [[spoiler:add a bomb set to go off in case the machine returns to the present]]. Step 4: Hope Mortimer is stupid enough to get in a machine built by a guy with an obvious grudge against him. You know Miloch, if you think about it, Steps 1 and 2 are kind of superfluous...
* WorldWarIII: ''The Secret of The Swordfish''.
* YellowPeril:
** The Yellow Empire of Basam Damdu, whose capital is in Lhasa.
** The survivors of the final world war who conquered the Earth in ''The Time Trap'' were in China. When Focas is summoned before the world government, the text tells you he's in Beijing ("Peking.")
* YouHaveFailedMe: Damdu to Olrik. "Guards! Seize this traitor and tie him to the first rocket to launch!"
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: A teenage John Lennon appear in a panel of ''The Voronov Plot''.
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[[caption-width-right:285:Mortimer, left, and Blake, right.]]

'''Blake and Mortimer''' (1946-) is a Belgian comic created by Edgar P. Jacobs, a friend and collaborator of Hergé (the creator of ''{{Tintin}}''). The comic, which mixes traditional mystery and UsefulNotes/ColdWar espionage stories with ScienceFiction elements, stars two middle-aged brits: Captain Francis Blake, head of the MI5; and Professor Philip Mortimer. Another important character is the duo's ArchEnemy, the devious Colonel Olrik, whose appearance was based on Jacobs in his younger years.

After the death of Jacobs in 1987, the comic has been continued by other authors and artists, including Jean Van Hamme, the creator of ''{{Thorgal}}'' and ''ComicBook/{{XIII}}'', Yves Sente and André Juillard.

In the BelgianComics and FrancoBelgianComics world Blake and Mortimer are still considered to be the pinnacle of exquisite artwork and storytelling. Their best known comic book album is "The Yellow "M"" ("La Marque Jaune") which has perhaps one of the most iconic comic book album covers in the entire history of comic books.

[[folder:List of albums so far, chronological order]]
!Edgar P. Jacobs albums
* ''The Secret of the Swordfish Volume 1: Ruthless Pursuit'', 1950[[note]]depending on the edition, the album also exists in a 2-volumes version (which is the original)[[/note]]
* ''The Secret of the Swordfish Volume 2: Mortimer's Escape'', 1953
* ''The Secret of the Swordfish Volume 3: SX1 Counterattacks'', 1953
* ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid, Volume 1: Manetho's Papyrus'', 1954
* ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid Volume 2: The Chamber of Horus'', 1955
* ''The Yellow "M"'', 1956
* ''Atlantis Mystery'', 1957
* ''S.O.S. Meteors: Mortimer in Paris'', 1959
* ''The Time Trap'', 1962
* ''The Necklace Affair'', 1967
* ''Professor Sató's Three Formulae, Volume 1: Mortimer in Tokyo'', 1977

!Sequels released after Jacobs death in 1987
* ''Professor Sató's Three Formulae, Volume 2: Mortimer vs. Mortimer'', 1990[[note]]this one has actually been written by Jacobs but the drawings have been finished after his death[[/note]]
* ''The Francis Blake Affair'', 1996
* ''The Voronov Plot'', 2000
* ''The Strange Encounter'', 2001
* ''The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent, Volume 1: The Universal Threat'', 2003
* ''The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent, Volume 2: Battle of the Minds'', 2004
* ''The Gondwana Shrine'', 2008
* ''The Curse of the Thirty Denarii, Volume 1: The manuscript of Nicodemus'', 2009
* ''The Curse of the Thirty Denarii, Volume 2: The gate of Orpheus'', 2010
* ''The Oath of the Five Lords'', 2012
* ''The Septimus Wave'', 2013[[/folder]]

!!Tropes named by Blake and Mortimer
* TheYellowMShoutOut

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Jessie Wingo in ''The Strange Encounter''
** Interestingly, women were almost entirely absent from the series while the original author was alive, and those few there were ''never'' had action-oriented parts. It was a man's world, and then some.
** Jacobs had included female characters in ''Le Rayon U''. The reason he did not do the same for ''Blake And Mortimer'' was that publication laws for youth-oriented series had become stricter after World War II: it was implicitely forbidden to draw attractive women in comics for kids.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Atlantis.
* AdaptationDistillation: The animated series.
* AffablyEvil
* AffectionateParody: ''The Adventures of Phillip and Francis'' by Pierre Veys and Nicolas Barral, published by Dargaud, the same publisher as the original books. Published albums include ''The Empire Under Threat'', ''The Machiavellian Trap'' and the (supposedly) upcoming ''The Yellow "M" vs. Godzilla''.
* TheAllegedCar: the German archeologist's vehicle called a survivor of automobile's heroic age, in ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid''.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Made during TheNineties, each of the story published so far (from ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' to ''The Francis Blake Affair'', included). The four last stories ("The Viking's Bequest", "The Secret of Easter Island", "The Alchemist's Will", "The Druid") are entirely original ones. The series counts 26 episodes, for nine original stories and four new ones, each of one being divided in a two-parts episode. NB: in this series, the stories covering more than one album (''The Secret of the Swordfish'', ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid'', ''Professor Sató's Three Formulae'') are no longer than the shorter ones.
* AnonymousRinger: It's obvious that the hostile superpower in ''SOS Meteors'' is the Soviet Union, but the country is never mentioned by name.
* AncientEgypt: ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid'', obviously.
* ArchEnemy: Olrik (Incidentally, his look was based on Jacobs himself).
* {{Atlantis}}: Is accessible through caverns in South America, is at war with an Inca-descended underground empire, and is responsible for sightings of flying saucers.
* AuthorAvatar: In appearance only, Olrik looks like Jacobs, down to the mustache.
* AuthorExistenceFailure:
** Averted, since the series continued after the original author's death.
** There was an other aversions with the first part of ''The Curse of the Thirty Denarii'', because of the death of the drawer. The drawings have been finished by his widow.
* AuthorPhobia: When author Edgar P. Jacobs was two or three years old he fell down a seven metres deep old well. It took half an hour before he was able to be brought back up. This lead to a lot of stories where Blake & Mortimer are lost inside underground locations.
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Basam Damdu, via TimeTravel.]]
* BadassBookworm: Mortimer.
* BadassMustache: Blake.
* BadFuture: In "The Time Trap", our hero gets sent to the far future after a great war where everything lies in ruins and huge war machines litter the landscape.
* BaldOfEvil: Basam Damdu.
* BeardOfEvil:
** Averted with Mortimer
** Played straight in ''The Atlantis Enigma'' with the BigBad (Jacobs's beard of evil is black and pointy).
** Both the feudal lord and the traitor (during the futuristic part) in ''The Time Trap'' (who also sports a pointy black beard).
* BestServedCold:
** [[spoiler: It takes Septimus decades to take his revenge.]]
** [[spoiler: And Acoka even longer.]]
* BigBad:
** ''The Secret of the Swordfish'': Basam Damdu.
** ''The Yellow M'': [[spoiler: Dr Septimus]].
** ''Atlantis Mystery'': Magon.
** ''SOS Meteors'': Professor Miloch Georgevitj as well as [[NoNameGiven the general]].
** ''The Time Trap'': Miloch again, even though [[ThanatosGambit he was already dead at that point]].
** ''The Francis Blake Affair'': [[spoiler: Deloraine]].
** ''The Voronov Plot'': Dr Voronov.
** ''The Strange Encounter'': [[spoiler: Basam Damdu]] and Dr Z'Ong.
** ''The Sarcophagi from the Sixth Continent'': Acoka.
** ''The Curse of The Thirty Denarii'': Reiner von Stahl / Belos Beloukian
** ''The Septimus Wave'': [[spoiler:An alien which took Septimus shape and mind]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Olrik]] in ''The Yellow M''.
* BrandishmentBluff: There is a scene in ''SOS Meteors'' where Blake threatens a suspect [[spoiler:who is then revealed to be a disguised Olrik]] with his pipe in his in a pocket of his coat, brandished as it were an handgun.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In ''The Time Trap'', the rebels of the 51st century have armed themselves with ancient weapons from the 20th and 21st centuries found in underground stockpiles.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Dr. Ramirez]] in ''The Strange Encounter''.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Olrik is quite prepared to betray the Yellow Empire.
* ClearMyName:
** Blake in ''The Francis Blake Affair''.
** One that's been waiting for two centuries in ''Strange Encounter'': an ancestor of Mortimer's was kidnapped by the [[spoiler:not]] aliens. He was said to be AWOL and ended up disgracied by the british army. When he comes back however three centuries later to warn of the impending [[spoiler: not]] alien invasion, his name is cleared.
* ComicBookTime: Not as flagrant as other cases since none of the stories happen past TheSixties.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Completely averted with the Swordfish: One is enough to near-completely outgun several battleships and an aircraft carrier (while it gets shot down, the heroes had another that was being fixed and finished the job), and when a dozen show up they wipe the floor that much faster.
* CoolPlane: The Swordfish.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]:
** The cover of ''[[spoiler:The Curse Of The Thirty Denarii (Volume 1)]]'' is the last panel of the book.
** Averted with ''The Necklace Affair'': the cover shows Olrik gloatingly holding up the necklace, but [[spoiler: in the actual scene the jeweller is the one doing so in the exact same pose.]]
* CurseOfTheAncients: "By Jove!"
* CrapsackWorld: The future in both ''The Time Trap'' and ''The Strange Encounter'' is not a nice place.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Miloch in ''The Time Trap'': just in case Mortimer managed to not only avoid being sent to oblivion by the sabotaged time machine and somehow repair it, he also installed a bomb set to go off if the machine ever returned to the present. Mortimer only survived by sheer luck.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: the series after Jacob's death, which contain unveiled references to the Soviet bloc, escaped Nazis, and now Blake [[spoiler: unkowingly taking part in the murder of his childhood hero, LawrenceOfArabia.]]
* DeadManWriting: Miloch sends Mortimer a letter like this.
* DiminishingVillainThreat:
** Olrik is practically the Patron-Saint of this trope.
** Lampshaded in the aforementioned AffectionateParody: when Olrik makes his first appearance, the narrator comments on his previous attempts to take over the world (with home appliances), adding that [[RuleOfFunny he lives with his parents and is still single]], stopping only when [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall Olrik shoots the text box]] a DeathGlare.
* DirtyCommunists:
** Voronov.
** Arguably, Miloch as well. It's [[AnonymousRinger not said in so many words]], but he's obviously on the payroll of the Soviet Bloc.
* DiscreetDrinkDisposal: Mortimer discreetly pours on the floor a cup of sake that he (rightly) suspects of being drugged in ''Professor Sato's Three Formulae''.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Both heroes.
* DistressedDamsel: Agnès in ''The Time Trap'' is a quintessential damsel in distress--a medieval maiden in need of rescue from rampaging peasants.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: the entire ''Secret of the Swordfish'' saga is one big expy of World War Two, set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture.
* DownerEnding: Discussed. Jacobs wanted to end the series with Olrik ultimate victory, but he died before reaching the conclusion of the series.
* TheDragon:
** Olrik, when he's not working alone.
** Olrik himself often has a dragon of his own - [[TheBrute Sharkey]] is the most notable.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The British military base in which is set most of the late part of ''The Secret of the Swordfish''. Not just underground, but underwater as well, having three separate docks for each of its full-sized submarines, an electric train, and a natural bridge over a pit of spider crabs.
* TheEmpire: The Yellow Empire in ''The Secret of the Swordfish''.
* TheEmperor: Basam Damdu, Acoka as well.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Sharkey, while watching Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs comments that he'd sure like to give the Queen a good slap or two.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Benzedjas", though he does give his name once (Razul).
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Of a sort. Weapons could not be drawn on covers, so on the cover of ''The Yellow M'' (the page image), Mortimer is shown reaching into his pocket to (presumably) get one.
* FanonDisContinuity: Some fans refuse to acknowledge the stories written after Jacob's death, some just chose to ignore the Sente / Juillard productions.
* TheFifties: Most of the series is set in this era. ''The Voronov Plot'' is explicitely set in 1957.
* FunetikAksent:
** "Condouisez ploutôt aoune brouette" ("you'd better drive a wheelbarrow" - without trying to reproduce the phonetic American accent), by an American soldier yelling on a French taxi driver in ''S.O.S. Meteors''.
** Also, Herr Doctor Grossgrabenstein in ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid''.
** One of Mortimer's first hints that he's in the BadFuture is when he sees the station names written like this. The rebel leader tells him that it was one of the reasons for the civil war.
* GeniusBruiser: Mortimer.
* GentlemanThief: Olrik in ''The Necklace Affair''.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen
* GoodSmokingEvilSmoking: The heroes smoke pipes, Olrik uses a cigarette holder.
* GunshipRescue: As Basam Damdu is about to unleash his entire nuclear arsenal on the world, an entire squadron of Swordfish show up and destroy all of them.
* GratuitousEnglish
* [[AmericaSavesTheDay Great Britain Saves The Day]]: How ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' ends.
* HammerAndSickleRemovedForYourProtection: in ''SOS Meteors'', where the bad guys are obviously the Soviets, yet they're never specifically named.
* HeteroSexualLifePartners: Philip Mortimer and Francis Blake share a house and go on holiday together.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: The Ashoka that Mortimer encountered as a teenager may qualify for this trope.
* HighClassGlass: Olrik is very fond of his monocles.
* HijackedByGanon: Kind of. Olrik turns up working with almost every villain Blake & Mortimer face, but he's more often TheDragon than TheManBehindTheMan.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** [[MahatmaGandhi Gandhi]] has a cameo appearance during the long Indian flashback in the ''The Sarcophagi from the Sixth Continent''.
** Lawrence of Arabia has an important role in ''The Oath of the Five Lords''.
** There is a scene involving UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill in ''The Septimus Wave''.
* HistoricalInJoke: ''The Oath of the Five Lords'' includes an explaination for the motorbike accident which killed Lawrence of Arabia. [[spoiler:It was a false accident triggered by the MI5 to eliminate him because he joined Oswald Mosley's party. Blake was one of the agent who contribute to his death. Lawrence actually joined the British fascists as a MI6 mole. His murder was a rogue operation organized by a MI5 officer to accomplish a revenge.]]
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Damdu uses vaguely Chinese-sounding threats like "the twin wu-t'chang await only my orders to drag you before the ten che-tien-yen-wang!"
* HumanSubspecies: The LittleGreenMen are actually humanity's post-nuclear apocalypse descendants.
* IdiotBall: Mortimer at the beginning of ''The Time Trap''.
* IfItSwimsItFlies: The Swordfish.
* ImmortalityThroughLegacy: [[spoiler: Ashoka]].
* InfantImmortality: Averted in ''The Sanctuary of Gondwana'', the child-character dies a pretty horrifying death.
* JapanTakesOverTheWorld: The Yellow Empire is a Tibetan expy of Imperial Japan, with soldiers wearing Japanese-like uniforms and using [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons World War 2 era German weapons]]. They even manage to conquer most of the world in the beginning of the story with a massive surprise attack on all major world cities (including sinking the U.S.' Pacific fleet).
* LateArrivalSpoiler: Blake is murdered during the plot of ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid''. His eventual survival could have been a surprise at this moment, but he then reappears in each of the following albums.
** SpoilerTitle: Blake's name is in the serie's title, so...
* LesserStar:
** Although the series is called ''Blake and Mortimer'', most stories involve Mortimer as the main protagonist, with Blake sometimes barely even showing up at all. This was deliberately corrected years after Edgar P. Jacob's death by ''The Francis Blake Affair'', which makes him the main protagonist for a change.
** Curiously enough, ''SOS Meteors'', where Mortimer is captured early in the book and Blake does most of the actions, was subtitled "Mortimer in Paris" in some editions.
* MadScientist: [[spoiler: Septimus]], Miloch, Voronov and Z'Ong all qualify.
* MasterOfDisguise: Olrik is an expert of this trope. Blake is pretty good at it as well.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane:
** [[spoiler:Ashoka]] in ''The Sarcophagi of the Sixth Continent'': [[spoiler:while we learn that the "present" Ashoka is the daughter of her predecessor, we never learn who said predecessor was. Plus, the giant albino monkeys (which apparently have survived for 30+ years and can be summoned with a puff of smoke) are never explained.]]
** Nothing of what [[spoiler:Sheikh Abdel Razek]] does in ''The Mystery of the Great Pyramid'' is ever explained either.
* {{Metatwist}}: Sort of, in ''The Oath of the Five Lords''. [[spoiler:Although the real identity of the actual villain is a twist by itself, said twist is ''not'' "Olrik is actually involved is the plot". Olrik himself doesn't appear at all in this story.]]
* MindControlDevice: The Mega Wave in ''The Yellow M'' and ''The Septimus Wave''.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Doyle-Smith]] in ''The Francis Blake Affair''.
* MonumentalDamage: The Eiffel Tower, the Basilica of Saint Peter and Big Ben are all seen in flames in ''The Secret of the Swordfish''.
* MoreDakka: The very first page of the entire series shows a tank that can fire five hundred rockets a minute.
* MultinationalTeam: the scientists rescued by the resistance in ''The Secret of The Swordfish''.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: ''The Voronov Plot'' begins when a Soviet rocket fall on Earth with an alien bacterium which carries a disease incurable for humans.
* NoExportForYou: There were English translations of all published Jacobs stories, but nowadays [[CrackIsCheaper they're quite expensive]]. Creator/{{Cinebook}} has put out a number of both Jacobs and post-Jacobs stories, although for some reason they've put the Jacobs stories out of order, and have yet to publish ''The Secret of The Swordfish'', even though some stories reference it quite heavily. Then again, at three volumes, can you blame them?
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: In ''The Francis Blake Affair'', there is a scene during which Mortimer jumps from a high cliff down to to see, to escape his pursuers. One of them invokes the trope.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Averted in ''The Secret of The Swordfish''. Mortimer being captured does not prevent the Swordfish to be built once the plans are recovered (though it was still Mortimer who knew where they were, but he was able to communicate their location before being freed).
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: The dinner-scene between Olrik and Blake in ''The Francis Blake Affair''.
* NotMyDriver: Happens to Duranton in ''The Necklace Affair''.
** DangerTakesABackseat
* ObviouslyEvil: One of the generals in ''Secret of the Swordfish'' has a Hitler mustache.
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: Olrik's career could be summed up as "regularly has his ass handed to him by B&M". Why do evil governments and shady organizations keep hiring him? Why doesn't Sharkey look for a different employer? It simply makes no sense... unless Olrik has ''other'' succesful operations going on in the background, which are successful for the simple reason that B&M never come across them.
* OmniDisciplinaryScientist: Mortimer. Archeology (technically it's a hobby of his), aeronautics, nuclear physics, you name it.
* OnlyFatalToAdults: The alien virus in ''The Voronov Plot''.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: [[spoiler:Mr. Henry]] in ''S.O.S. Meteors'' because of anger after being threatened by Blake. [[spoiler:This is how he is revealed to be Olrik in disguise.]]
* [[RealMenLoveJesus Real Men Love Allah]]: Ahmed Nasir, the main duo's manservant/bodyguard.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Literally in ''The Sarcophagi from the Sixth Continent''; it is revealed that Major Varitch (a KGB officer) has been reassigned to a Russian embassy in India, as punishment for his intervention during the meeting between Blake and the Russian ambassador in London during ''The Voronov Plot''.
* RedHeadedHero: Philip Mortimer.
* LaResistance:
** In the futuristic part of ''The Time Trap'', the insurgents against the totalitarian rule of the Supreme Guide.
** The Free World Resistance in ''The Secret of the Swordfish''. Their main secret base is situated underwater, in the strait of Hormuz.
* ScienceMarchesOn
** SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying: ''The Time Trap''. The scene was an homage to one of Jacobs's favorite movies, a stop motion dinosaur flick of the beginning of the 20th century...
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler: Capitaine Ilkor]].
* ShoutOut:
** In the second "Thirty Denarii", Olrik is wearing the distinctive [[{{Tintin}} Captain Haddock]] sweater.
** Sharkey asks his boss for permission to watch Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs while guarding the lab.
** In ''The Voronov Plot'', there is a two panels scene with the mole entering in a restaurant to phone. Said restaurant is a copy of the [[{{Ruritania}} Syldavian]] restaurant from Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s adventure ''[[Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre King Ottokar's Sceptre]]'', except it is set in Moscow instead of Brussels.
*** It seems to be an obscure MythologyGag, as several ''Tintin'' adventures have been made with the collaboration of Edgar P. Jacobs. In fact, Tintin's author Hergé and Jacobs appeared as background characters in some Tintin books.
** In ''The Septimus Wave'', when Nasir is attacked by [[spoiler:a Septimus clone]], the panel shows his shadow, shaped like [[http://i55.servimg.com/u/f55/11/35/67/80/nosfer10.jpg a famous picture]] from ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
*** The same book has Tintin appear in the background at Heathrow Airport.
* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Septimus Wave'' has a short scene in which a play adapted from ''The Yellow M'' events is performed in London. [[spoiler:All the audience turns into Septimus clones.]]
* ShownTheirWork
* SlippingAMickey: Mortimer is served a drugged cup of coffee in ''Mystery of the Great Pyramid''.
* SovietSuperScience: The weather control technology in ''SOS Meteors''.
* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Blake and Mortimer'' is one to ''Le Rayon U''. Although the latter is set in a totally fictional Sci-Fi setting instead of TheFifties, it tells the adventure of a scientist, a military friend of him, and his servant looking for GreenRocks, while a spy from another country is the antagonist. They are respectively the ancestors of Mortimer, Nasir, Blake, and Olrik, who also have roughly the same appearance.
* StiffUpperLip
* TakingYouWithMe: Basam Damdu's contigency plan is to fire his entire nuclear arsenal at the world should he fall. He almost succeeds, too.
* ThrowAwayGuns: In ''The Yellow M'', Mortimer fires 4 shots at the intruder, realises that they have no effect, and throws the gun at him.
* TimeTravel: ''The Time Trap'' and ''The Strange Encounter''.
** Which leads to TimeTravelersAreSpies : happens in the Middle Ages and in the far future for Mortimer.
* TheyCalledMeMad: [[spoiler: Septimus. And boy, were they right.]]
* ThoseWackyNazis: in ''Thirty Denarii''. We even learn that there was a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything secret pact]] between them and the Yellow Empire.
* TruthInTelevision: British forces did have a secret base almost as cool as the one in ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, only it wasn't located in quite the same place: it was the Rock of [[MonkeysLionsAndAnnoyedSpaniards Gibraltar]].
* VideoPhone: Their adventure "The Time Trap" depicts a dystopian far future in which communication takes place via camera-equipped wrist phones, for those who can afford them anyway.
* VillainOpeningScene: In ''The Secret of The Swordfish'', Olrik is the first character to appear on stage.
* VillainousBreakdown: Basam Damdu goes from InscrutableOriental to ranting against his enemies and the troops who failed him, comparable to the Hitler rant from Film/{{Downfall}}.
* ViralTransformation: In ''The Septimus Wave'', [[spoiler:the alien being which is mimicking Septimus]] is able to convert people in copies of itself from contact.
* WeatherControlMachine: The secret weapon of that totally-not-the-USSR hostile superpower to the East in ''SOS Meteors''.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: In order to prevent the BadFuture caused by global nuclear warfare, the future humans decide to [[spoiler: unite the Earth under the man closest to acheiving world domination: Basam Damdu.]]
* WhosLaughingNow: [[spoiler: Septimus]] turned evil after his theories were ridiculed by other scientists. Then he brainwashed them into believing he was their god.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Miloch's posthumous revenge plan against Mortimer in ''The Time Trap'' is as follows: Step 1: Build ''working time machine''. Step 2: Sabotage it so that it's borderline uncontrollable and anyone taken by surprise who uses it will go beyond the beginning of time and be RetGone or something. Step 3: Just in case, [[spoiler:add a bomb set to go off in case the machine returns to the present]]. Step 4: Hope Mortimer is stupid enough to get in a machine built by a guy with an obvious grudge against him. You know Miloch, if you think about it, Steps 1 and 2 are kind of superfluous...
* WorldWarIII: ''The Secret of The Swordfish''.
* YellowPeril:
** The Yellow Empire of Basam Damdu, whose capital is in Lhasa.
** The survivors of the final world war who conquered the Earth in ''The Time Trap'' were in China. When Focas is summoned before the world government, the text tells you he's in Beijing ("Peking.")
* YouHaveFailedMe: Damdu to Olrik. "Guards! Seize this traitor and tie him to the first rocket to launch!"
* YoungFutureFamousPeople: A teenage John Lennon appear in a panel of ''The Voronov Plot''.
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'''Blake and Mortimer''' (1946-) is a Belgian comic created by Edgar P. Jacobs, a friend and collaborator of Hergé (the creator of ''{{Tintin}}''). The comic, which mixes traditional mystery and ColdWar espionage stories with ScienceFiction elements, stars two middle-aged brits: Captain Francis Blake, head of the MI5; and Professor Philip Mortimer. Another important character is the duo's ArchEnemy, the devious Colonel Olrik, whose appearance was based on Jacobs in his younger years.

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'''Blake and Mortimer''' (1946-) is a Belgian comic created by Edgar P. Jacobs, a friend and collaborator of Hergé (the creator of ''{{Tintin}}''). The comic, which mixes traditional mystery and ColdWar UsefulNotes/ColdWar espionage stories with ScienceFiction elements, stars two middle-aged brits: Captain Francis Blake, head of the MI5; and Professor Philip Mortimer. Another important character is the duo's ArchEnemy, the devious Colonel Olrik, whose appearance was based on Jacobs in his younger years.



* TruthInTelevision: British forces did have a secret base almost as cool as the one in ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' during WorldWarII, only it wasn't located in quite the same place: it was the Rock of [[MonkeysLionsAndAnnoyedSpaniards Gibraltar]].

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* TruthInTelevision: British forces did have a secret base almost as cool as the one in ''The Secret of the Swordfish'' during WorldWarII, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, only it wasn't located in quite the same place: it was the Rock of [[MonkeysLionsAndAnnoyedSpaniards Gibraltar]].
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* ShowWithinAShow: ''The Septimus Wave'' has a short scene in which a play adapted from ''The Yellow M'' events is performed in London. [[spoiler:All the audience turns into Septimus clones.]]
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*** It seems to be an obscure MythologyGag, as several ''Tintin'' adventures have been made with the collaboration of Edgar P. Jacobs.

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*** It seems to be an obscure MythologyGag, as several ''Tintin'' adventures have been made with the collaboration of Edgar P. Jacobs. In fact, Tintin's author Hergé and Jacobs appeared as background characters in some Tintin books.


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*** The same book has Tintin appear in the background at Heathrow Airport.
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Averted, since the series continued after the original author's death.

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** There was an other aversions with the first part of ''The Curse of the Thirty Denarii'', because of the death of the drawer. The drawings have been finished by his widow.
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*** It seems to be an obscure MythologyGag, as several ''Tintin'' adventures have been made with the collaboration of Edgar P. Jacobs.
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** In ''The Voronov Plot'', there is a two panels scene with the mole entering in a restaurant to phone. Said restaurant is a copy [[Ruritania Syldavian]] restaurant from Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s adventure ''[[Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre King Ottokar's Sceptre]]'', except it is set in Moscow instead of Brussels.

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** In ''The Voronov Plot'', there is a two panels scene with the mole entering in a restaurant to phone. Said restaurant is a copy [[Ruritania of the [[{{Ruritania}} Syldavian]] restaurant from Franchise/{{Tintin}}'s adventure ''[[Recap/TintinKingOttokarsSceptre King Ottokar's Sceptre]]'', except it is set in Moscow instead of Brussels.
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* MindControlDevice: The Mega Wave in ''The Yellow M''.

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* MindControlDevice: The Mega Wave in ''The Yellow M''.M'' and ''The Septimus Wave''.


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* ViralTransformation: In ''The Septimus Wave'', [[spoiler:the alien being which is mimicking Septimus]] is able to convert people in copies of itself from contact.
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** [[spoiler: It takes Septimus decades to take his revenge]].

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** ''The Septimus Wave'': [[spoiler:An alien which took Septimus shape and mind]]


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** There is a scene involving UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill in ''The Septimus Wave''.


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** In ''The Septimus Wave'', when Nasir is attacked by [[spoiler:a Septimus clone]], the panel shows his shadow, shaped like [[http://i55.servimg.com/u/f55/11/35/67/80/nosfer10.jpg a famous picture]] from ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: ''The Voronov Plot'' begins when a Soviet rocket fall on Earth with an alien bacterium which carries a disease incurable for humans.
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