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[[caption-width-right:300:[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Let's see :]] a [[CrazyAwesome psychopath]], a MadScientist, a DarkActionGirl... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a therapist]] ]]

->''Nous servons le mal, et nous le servons bien.''

''Flander's Company'' is a French amateur series, airing on the [[http://www.nolife-tv.com/ Nolife]] broadcast and edited for DVD in 2009 by [[http://www.kaze.fr/ Kaze]] (recently acquired by Viz Media).

The title company aims at providing heroes worthy foes, and as such recruits, trains and supports {{Supervillain}}s. The series follows its [[PunchClockVillain employees]] in their daily routine.

The main characters are:
* Hippolyte Kurtzmann, the human resources manager, who spends most of his time receiving wannabe supervillains in his office. Sadistic and short-tempered. [[spoiler: Was known as "Sadoman" when he was an active Villain.]]
* Caleb, the resident BrilliantButLazy GadgeteerGenius who's supposed to run the research department, but spends most of his office hours next to the coffee machine. [[spoiler: Was known as "Dr.Chaos" whan he was an active Villain.]]
* Mr Trueman, the AffablyEvil CEO, who inherited the company from his father. Hates slackers, and thus Caleb.
* Cindy, Mr Trueman's niece, a 16-year-old [[CuteBruiser barbarian with an axe]]. [[spoiler: Known as "Freya" when she is an active Villain.]]
* Dr Parker, a [[AntiVillain friendly]] psychiatrist who runs the psychological assistance department, helping Supervillains with their issues.[[spoiler: Well, when he isn't in Damien mode. Then, he's a psychopatic killer with insane powers that just wants to make YourHeadASplode]]
* Carla Burnelle, co-CEO of C.C Corporation, who masters [[ShockAndAwe electric powers]].

The first season is centered around Hippolyte and his job, and features a lot of Application of the Week episodes, but starting with the second, it becomes a lot less repetitive, with genuine story arcs, and other regulars are featured more prominently, even if Hyppolite is still the main character.

Budget is non-existent, so there is no set and almost everything is shot during weekends in the offices of French Animation magazine ''[[http://www.animeland.com/ Animeland]]'', hence the anime [=DVDs=] and posters in the background. The show's creator and co-writer, Ruddy Pomarede, also directs, acts (as Caleb), edits and does the visual effects. All this on his free time, which explains the slow production (twenty short episodes a year).

The overall style is very cartoonish, so the fact that everybody overacts does not ruin the show, but participates to the general mood.

Unlike {{Flanderization}} and StupidSexyFlanders, has nothing to do with [[TheSimpsons Ned Flanders]].
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This show provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: [[AuthorAvatar Caleb]], when given the choice between working for C.C. Corp and leaving his job : "What would I do ? Teach physics to middle schoolers ?". Which is, of course, the actor's job.
* AddictionPowered: Caleb got himself some short-range teleportation capabilities after drinking an average of 8-liters of coffee ''a day''. Eventually he got drank enough to [[spoiler: teleport a whole building]].
* AnAxeToGrind: Cindy's weapon of choice
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Trueman is implied to be responsible for [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Magneto's return]], the Morlocks Massacre and Temptation Island.
** Three things are a big no-no in the FC universe: messing with the timeline, manufacturing [[{{Superman}} Kryptonite]] and producing albums from [[CelineDion North Canadian]] [[TakeThat divas]].
* AscendedExtra: the serie is known to use this trope ''a lot'':
** Carla Brunelle was initially introduced as one of Hippolyte's several candidates and a parody of french president's wife Carla Bruni. She was later ascended to the protagonists ArchEnemy [[spoiler:and later again [[HeelFaceTurn became a protagonist herself]].]]
** similarly, Kevin was first seen as this then ascended to a member of the CC. [[spoiler:He is one of the only three survivors of the CC by now.]]
** Igor initially appeared as Elisabeth Barthory as a cameo character. He later comes back and becomes Caleb's personnal assistant. Even more in season 4, where he serves as the main scientist due to Caleb missing.
** Though not specifically ascended as character, several actors appeared first as candidates to Hippolyte to later return playing major characters.
* AssShove: Sadoman's final move involves [[spoiler:ripping his enemies' heart by the anus. This is how he defeats Kevin.]]
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: in [[spoiler:second half of season 4; more precisely, attack of the Killer [[{{Ringu}} Sadako]]-{{Expy}} [[StringyHairedGhostgirl Stringy-Haired zombie girls]] [[MakeMeWannaShout with psycho-ultrasonic powers]] [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie and born from mutated singers]].]]
* BadassNormal: Trueman possesses no power of his own, but he makes up by his intelligence, charisma and crazyness. Too bad for him, it clearly doesn't satisfy him.
* BerserkButton: Do. Not. Mess. With. Caleb's coffee. Do not. Really. Bad idea. ''Very'' bad idea. '''Cataclysmic''' idea.
** Also count for Hippolyte:
--> ''Hippolyte'': "Il m'a fallu des mois pour trouver un torrefacteur potable dans cet univers !" "It took me months to find a decent roaster in this universe !"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't mess with Parker [[spoiler:when he's in Damien mode.]]
** Georges is an incredibly nice fellow... Just don't mess with him too much, or he will send his [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment younger daughter after you]].
* BigBad: Carla in season 2, AEGIS in season 3;
** [[spoiler:BigBadEnsemble: Damien and Alternate George Trueman in season 4]]
* ButtMonkey: Gilbert the accountant. Also Kevin in season 3.
* CallingYourAttacks: Averted most of the time, with some notable exceptions in season 3 finale by Hippolyte, Caleb and [[spoiler:Hitomi]].
* CardCarryingVillain: The whole organization.
* CaffeineBulletTime: Caleb's powers - [[spoiler:short-range time and space warping]] - awakened as a side effect of coffee abuse.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Villain]]: Cindy clearly has no interest in dating anybody; she rejected Truicidator's advances, and expressed disgust when her father suggested she might find somebody one day. Granted, considering the kind of relationship her parents have, her reluctance is understandable...
* CerebusSyndrome: season 1 was mostly a Gag of the Week series with no specific plot; season 2 had an actual plot and got more serious toward the end; finally, seasons 3 and 4 mostly have a plot, and are significantly darker than the previous ones.
* ChekhovsGunman: Carla (the BigBad of season 2) is introduced as a one-episode character in Season One. Kevin and especially [[spoiler:Lose-man]] also qualify.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Nico, Carla's husband, appears with her in their first episode. She appears again without him and he's never mentionned again. According to WordOfGod, Nico wasn't her real husband but a secret agent, and came as a cover for that scouting mission.
* CombatSadomasochist: Hippolyte [[spoiler:as Sadoman...]]
* CombinationAttack: Cindy and Gladys initiate one against [[spoiler:Liam, creating a tornado in the process. It doesn't work]], Later, Hippolyte and Caleb do one against [[spoiler:Mello. It works perfectly.]]
** Don't forget in season 2, when Cindy and Gladys used the [[spoiler:tornado trick against Maxence and the henchmen]] with amazing effect.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: How Hippolyte saw Caleb's plan to use Loseman against Carla in the season 2 finale.
* CrossOver: With ''Noob'' and "Visitor of the future", two series of the same network.
* DadaAd: One was made InUniverse as an extra video during the fourth season (as a commercial from [[spoiler:the alternate universe]]). [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpidmt_flander-s-company-s4-extra-schmurtz_fun Here]].
* DaddysLittleVillain: Cindy.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Hippolyte and Carla in the season 2 finale. See also JustBetweenYouAndMe below.
* DeathGlare : A pretty scary one from [[spoiler:Silver]] to [[spoiler:[[JokeCharacter Hitomi]]]] during the season 3 finale.
** It's almost [[spoiler:Damien's]] signature move ! Seriously, he gives one to almost everyone he fight...
* DefaceOfTheMoon
* DroppedABridgeOnHim : [[spoiler:Maxence]], shot by Trueman in the season 3 finale. They were on the same team... Kinda.
** [[spoiler:Well, you must remember that Maxence was a member of the CC Corp., and their cooperation was tied by their fear of Aegis. Once [[GameBreaker Caleb's potion]] was ready, they didn't have any reason NOT to kill him. Plus, he wanted the potion...]]
* EasterEgg: Reals eggs! Lay down by the cast turned into rabbits! There's a Easter special...
* EnemyMine: On season 3, CC corporation has to work with Flanders Company to defeat Aegis. Truman even quotes: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".[[[spoiler: he'll be the one that acts as an UngratefulBastard in the end, sending the CC corp. survivors to North Pole.]]
* EpicFail: Invoked by Hippolyte when he and Caleb [[spoiler:blow up their cover during season 4.]]
* EvilLaugh: Damien lets one out just after he [[spoiler:explodes Silver's head. It wasn't pretty.]]
* FallenHero: [[SaintSeiya Seiya]] applies for a job in season one.
* FemmeFatale: Andromalia combines this with HornyDevil, being a succubus.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Aegis heroes group:
** Sanguine: Isis Pyro
** Choleric: Liam Campbell
** Melancholic: Mello
** Phlegmatic: Dana Campbell aka Silverfox
* FullNameUltimatum: Georges gives two to his daughter, Cindy, during the series:
** The first one was during the 9th episode of the 3rd season, after Trucidator exhausts his patience : "CINDY '''PRISCILLA''' TRUEMAN GO AND GET ME MY RIFLE !"
** The second one was during [[spoiler:the final episode of season 4, in which he scolds his mind-controlled daughter in a (successful) attempt to snap her out of it.]]
* GenreSavvy: all villains are perfectly aware that they shouldn't mess with the timeline, as Dr Doom points out :
---> '''Doom''' : ''Of course'' we must not use TimeTravel! It always mess up everything...
* GoryDiscretionShot: Cindy only uses her axe offscreen. Averted when Damien uses his powers against someone's head.
* GratuitousEnglish: Except one (which is GratuitousJapanese), any episode title of the fourth season is this.
* GratuitousGerman: Hitomi Kurtzmann. Also used by Hippolyte during his HeroicBSOD against his sister.
* GratuitousJapanese: The infamous [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpidmt_flander-s-company-s4-extra-schmurtz_fun "Schmurtz!"]] ad and the title episode "Karma Tsunami", both from the fourth season.
* IntangibleMan: Nadège
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Truman, the only "Muggle".
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Averted twice in the same episode. First, wannabe-villain Kevin starts monologuing ; Hyppolite hits him and yells "Rule number one of a long-living villain, no fucking monologue!" Later, Carla : "Now I could talk for a long time, in order to let you have time to find something to save your butts, but I'll go straight to the part where I explode you one after the other !"
* JokeCharacter: Nearly every villain who wants to join the Flanders Company may qualify. And then we have [[spoiler:Hitomi]], who is the embodiment of this trope.
** Kevin takes this trope and ''runs with it''.
* KnightOfCerebus: the CC Corporation, to a minor extent. When they show up, the serie started having an actual plot and go from pure comedy to action comedy.
** Aegis, on the other hand, plays this trope pretty much straight.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: A lot of them, but only as minor characters. Usually their name is an untranslatable pun about a French slang variation of their name. There were cameos of :
** [[StarWars Darth Vader]]
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards and Susan Storm]]
** DoctorDoom
** {{Magneto}}
** LexLuthor
** {{Superman}}
** CaptainAmerica
** GreenLantern
** [[SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]]
** Franchise/HarryPotter
** {{Naruto}}
** [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Elizabeth Bathory]]
** [[InspectorGadget Dr Claw]]
** {{Batman}}
** {{Spiderman}}
** [[ComicBook/VForVendetta V]]
** Super-Dupont
** Nightrunner
* MakeMeWannaShout: One of [[spoiler:Kevin's]] powers, which he used against Hippolyte. [[spoiler:It backfired spectacularly.]]
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Considering all the LawyerFriendlyCameo and some occasional references in dialogs, ''Flander's Company'' is set in an universe which mixes the {{Marvel}}, {{DC}}, ''Franchise/MenInBlack'', ''StarWars'', and {{Mario}} franchises. There are some cross-over with ''Noob'' and ''LeVisiteurDuFutur'' (two other French webseries), too.
* McLeaned: [[spoiler:Dr Parker/Damien]] was killed in the beginning of season 4. WordOfGod was pretty clear : he ''won't'' come back, wishing the actor "''Bon vent''" (which is a polite way to say "''Good riddance''").
* MesACrowd : Caleb's power of duplication went from "I can duplicate myself a little" to Naruto-esque proportions...
** Which leads to one of the most ridiculous fights in the show, with Caleb fighting against [[strike:Naruto]] Narugros
* MistakenForGay: The vilain Trucidator ("Slayator") shortly suffers this from Dr Parker. Trucidator came to Dr Parker because he was bullied because he is black, but before the explaination was finished, Parker first thought Trucidator was victim pf homophobia. Note that Trucidator general appearance (hairy bared chest and iron chains) makes this mistake understandable.
* {{Mooks}}: Cindy's role is to train them. They even have a training camp.
* MusicalEpisode: Once More With Evil, the season 3 opener.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Caleb, who spends almost his entire office time next to the coffee machine [[spoiler:and having it removed prompted his resignation, as hoped by C.C. company - what they hadn't planned was the going berserk part]]. And to a slightly lesser extent, Hippolyte.
** Well, in Caleb's case, it may be because of [[spoiler: his caffeine-induced teleport powers]]. Anyway, that does NOT explain [[spoiler: his worship for GeorgeClooney, who is more-or-less his GOD]]
*** [[spoiler: In France, George Clooney plays in an series of ads for the Nespresso coffe machine, which is the model used by Caleb. Thus his cult for the actor.]]
* NotWearingTights: Subverted with Aegis. They wear costumes, but no masks.
** Nobody in the company has a costume to begin with. Then in season 2 (Cindy, Hyppolite, Damien, Caleb) and 3 (Hitomi, Carla, Truman) more and more characters decide to get (or to wear again) a super costume for fights. Handwaved by Carla at the end of season 3 :
---> '''Carla''': "I will not fight in a Chanel suit!"
---> '''Cindy''': [[ContinuityNod "Didn't stop you when you fought us last year!"]]
* OhCrap: A literal one said in the Season 3 Finale by [[spoiler: Mello who is exploded in mid-air by Hippolyte and Caleb's final attack "Combo Gothic Tits on Fire !"]]
** Earlier in the same episode, [[spoiler:Mello, stuck in the ground with only his head surfacing, has a OhCrap moment when Pyro clearly says that she doesn't give a damn about him, as she's ready to unleash a miniature sun on the protagonists and Mello nearby.]]
* PowerIncontinence: Happens to everyone in a season 2 episode. HilarityEnsues...
* PunchClockVillain: Pretty much all the recurring characters. Except they're not exactly nice guys to begin with.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Nadège]], at the end of season 3, where she is caught by a [[spoiler:black hole created by Mello]]. WordOfGod mentions that she's on a trip to Japan, hence her nonavailability as an actress for the next season, scheluded in late 2010. Still, chances of seeing her return seem pretty high.
** [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack: in season 4.]]
* PyroManiac: Pyro...
* RetiredBadass: Before taking desk jobs, Hippolyte and [[MadScientist Caleb]] were quite efficient supervillains.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Carla against [[spoiler:Pyro]] during the season 3 finale.
** [[spoiler:She does it again against Trueman in season 4 after learning he lost his new powers and lack most of his forces. She is however quickly defeated by Über-Caleb]]
* ShockAndAwe: Carla Burnelle.
* ShoutOut: Too many to list, but notably :
** ''SailorMoon'', by [[spoiler:Hitomi Kurtzmann: "In the name of the sow's constellation, I will punish you ! ''GRUIIIIIII'' !"]]
** SaintSeiya, specifically Shun, once again by [[spoiler:Hitomi with one of her attacks : "Nebula Knacki !"]]
*** Done earlier with Seiya choosing to became a Villain.
** During season 4, Caleb and Hippolyte [[spoiler:ends up in an alternate reality, in which Superman's spaceship has landed in North Korea instead of America. It's easy to see here a ShoutOut to Superman: RedSon, a DCUniverse {{Elseworlds}} story in which Superman's spaceship landed in Soviet Union.]]
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Season one is entirely this (except [[SaintSeiya Seiya's]] interview). In season two the episode [[spoiler: where Hippolyte resign]] and the one in season 4 [[spoiler: where the two Hippolyte unsuccessfully try to handle each other's job]] are more classical montages.
* TheSpartanWay: This is how the {{Mooks}} are trained, according to the episode when Cindy runs a mooks training camp.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Parker]] has one.
* TakeOurWordForIt: The Christmas episode during season 2. We hear a lot about the children, but actually never see them.
** Season 3 shows us that most of the personnel are [[spoiler:living deads, including Sadako from ''{{Ringu}}'', so how do they have children?]]
*** This Troper has a theory about that: [[spoiler:those employees may have been fully alive until said Christmas episode, when Cindy slaughtered everyone in the room. They were then brought back to life, more or less, because the workforce was needed]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Heavily subverted, on top of the fact that Dr Parker is very good at his job.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Cindy is the only female character in the company before the introduction of Gladys. Subverted with the CC corporation which has more female than male characters. And only Carla and Nadege are competent in the team. Subverted again with AEGIS.
* TheScream: A big one by [[spoiler:Silver]] when [[spoiler:Hitomi "milked" her]] in the season 3 finale. The character, who until then was shown to be TheStoic, proceeds to literally [[NoHoldsBarredBeatDown obliterate her]].
** Followed, in the same episode, by [[spoiler:Liam's when he discovers his girlfriend, Pyro, has burnt down to ashes]].
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch!: Damien delivers one to [[spoiler:Pyro]] just before she's annihilated by Carla : "Hasta la vista, ''bitch''!"
* TorchesAndPitchforks: vampire Countess Von Bathory, expect it was from a angry mob, after she stole babies to feed her vampire puppies.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Sadoman, of course;
** Alternate Carla turns out to be this [[spoiler:when Hippolyte attempts it on her.]]
* VillainProtagonist: The whole cast.
** Parker and [[spoiler: Georges, to an extent]] may be a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. He works for and with Villains, but he's a friendly and naive man. Most of the time...
* WeirdTradeUnion: The company kinda works this way.
* WellIntentionedExtremist : Aegis. They killed dozens of supervillains during 3 months, despite the fact that they were abiding by contracts and thus, not a danger to the general population.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Most of the time, the candidates Hippolyte receives have the most useless and ridiculous superpowers the writers could imagine.
** A little example may be needed: In an episode of the third season, Hippolyte '''must''' engage a man saying that he can cause a deluge by dancing wearing a duck rubber ring and a tutu on a techno/space opera remix of ''the Lake of Swans''. Seriously. (Poor Hippolyte lost it...)
* WorldOfHam: Played for laugh.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler:Damien's]] signature move.
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[RagtagBunchOfMisfits Let's see :]] a [[CrazyAwesome psychopath]], a MadScientist, a DarkActionGirl... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and a therapist]] ]]

->''Nous servons le mal, et nous le servons bien.''

''Flander's Company'' is a French amateur series, airing on the [[http://www.nolife-tv.com/ Nolife]] broadcast and edited for DVD in 2009 by [[http://www.kaze.fr/ Kaze]] (recently acquired by Viz Media).

The title company aims at providing heroes worthy foes, and as such recruits, trains and supports {{Supervillain}}s. The series follows its [[PunchClockVillain employees]] in their daily routine.

The main characters are:
* Hippolyte Kurtzmann, the human resources manager, who spends most of his time receiving wannabe supervillains in his office. Sadistic and short-tempered. [[spoiler: Was known as "Sadoman" when he was an active Villain.]]
* Caleb, the resident BrilliantButLazy GadgeteerGenius who's supposed to run the research department, but spends most of his office hours next to the coffee machine. [[spoiler: Was known as "Dr.Chaos" whan he was an active Villain.]]
* Mr Trueman, the AffablyEvil CEO, who inherited the company from his father. Hates slackers, and thus Caleb.
* Cindy, Mr Trueman's niece, a 16-year-old [[CuteBruiser barbarian with an axe]]. [[spoiler: Known as "Freya" when she is an active Villain.]]
* Dr Parker, a [[AntiVillain friendly]] psychiatrist who runs the psychological assistance department, helping Supervillains with their issues.[[spoiler: Well, when he isn't in Damien mode. Then, he's a psychopatic killer with insane powers that just wants to make YourHeadASplode]]
* Carla Burnelle, co-CEO of C.C Corporation, who masters [[ShockAndAwe electric powers]].

The first season is centered around Hippolyte and his job, and features a lot of Application of the Week episodes, but starting with the second, it becomes a lot less repetitive, with genuine story arcs, and other regulars are featured more prominently, even if Hyppolite is still the main character.

Budget is non-existent, so there is no set and almost everything is shot during weekends in the offices of French Animation magazine ''[[http://www.animeland.com/ Animeland]]'', hence the anime [=DVDs=] and posters in the background. The show's creator and co-writer, Ruddy Pomarede, also directs, acts (as Caleb), edits and does the visual effects. All this on his free time, which explains the slow production (twenty short episodes a year).

The overall style is very cartoonish, so the fact that everybody overacts does not ruin the show, but participates to the general mood.

Unlike {{Flanderization}} and StupidSexyFlanders, has nothing to do with [[TheSimpsons Ned Flanders]].
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This show provides examples of:
* ActorAllusion: [[AuthorAvatar Caleb]], when given the choice between working for C.C. Corp and leaving his job : "What would I do ? Teach physics to middle schoolers ?". Which is, of course, the actor's job.
* AddictionPowered: Caleb got himself some short-range teleportation capabilities after drinking an average of 8-liters of coffee ''a day''. Eventually he got drank enough to [[spoiler: teleport a whole building]].
* AnAxeToGrind: Cindy's weapon of choice
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Trueman is implied to be responsible for [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Magneto's return]], the Morlocks Massacre and Temptation Island.
** Three things are a big no-no in the FC universe: messing with the timeline, manufacturing [[{{Superman}} Kryptonite]] and producing albums from [[CelineDion North Canadian]] [[TakeThat divas]].
* AscendedExtra: the serie is known to use this trope ''a lot'':
** Carla Brunelle was initially introduced as one of Hippolyte's several candidates and a parody of french president's wife Carla Bruni. She was later ascended to the protagonists ArchEnemy [[spoiler:and later again [[HeelFaceTurn became a protagonist herself]].]]
** similarly, Kevin was first seen as this then ascended to a member of the CC. [[spoiler:He is one of the only three survivors of the CC by now.]]
** Igor initially appeared as Elisabeth Barthory as a cameo character. He later comes back and becomes Caleb's personnal assistant. Even more in season 4, where he serves as the main scientist due to Caleb missing.
** Though not specifically ascended as character, several actors appeared first as candidates to Hippolyte to later return playing major characters.
* AssShove: Sadoman's final move involves [[spoiler:ripping his enemies' heart by the anus. This is how he defeats Kevin.]]
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: in [[spoiler:second half of season 4; more precisely, attack of the Killer [[{{Ringu}} Sadako]]-{{Expy}} [[StringyHairedGhostgirl Stringy-Haired zombie girls]] [[MakeMeWannaShout with psycho-ultrasonic powers]] [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie and born from mutated singers]].]]
* BadassNormal: Trueman possesses no power of his own, but he makes up by his intelligence, charisma and crazyness. Too bad for him, it clearly doesn't satisfy him.
* BerserkButton: Do. Not. Mess. With. Caleb's coffee. Do not. Really. Bad idea. ''Very'' bad idea. '''Cataclysmic''' idea.
** Also count for Hippolyte:
--> ''Hippolyte'': "Il m'a fallu des mois pour trouver un torrefacteur potable dans cet univers !" "It took me months to find a decent roaster in this universe !"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Don't mess with Parker [[spoiler:when he's in Damien mode.]]
** Georges is an incredibly nice fellow... Just don't mess with him too much, or he will send his [[TheNotSoHarmlessPunishment younger daughter after you]].
* BigBad: Carla in season 2, AEGIS in season 3;
** [[spoiler:BigBadEnsemble: Damien and Alternate George Trueman in season 4]]
* ButtMonkey: Gilbert the accountant. Also Kevin in season 3.
* CallingYourAttacks: Averted most of the time, with some notable exceptions in season 3 finale by Hippolyte, Caleb and [[spoiler:Hitomi]].
* CardCarryingVillain: The whole organization.
* CaffeineBulletTime: Caleb's powers - [[spoiler:short-range time and space warping]] - awakened as a side effect of coffee abuse.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Villain]]: Cindy clearly has no interest in dating anybody; she rejected Truicidator's advances, and expressed disgust when her father suggested she might find somebody one day. Granted, considering the kind of relationship her parents have, her reluctance is understandable...
* CerebusSyndrome: season 1 was mostly a Gag of the Week series with no specific plot; season 2 had an actual plot and got more serious toward the end; finally, seasons 3 and 4 mostly have a plot, and are significantly darker than the previous ones.
* ChekhovsGunman: Carla (the BigBad of season 2) is introduced as a one-episode character in Season One. Kevin and especially [[spoiler:Lose-man]] also qualify.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Nico, Carla's husband, appears with her in their first episode. She appears again without him and he's never mentionned again. According to WordOfGod, Nico wasn't her real husband but a secret agent, and came as a cover for that scouting mission.
* CombatSadomasochist: Hippolyte [[spoiler:as Sadoman...]]
* CombinationAttack: Cindy and Gladys initiate one against [[spoiler:Liam, creating a tornado in the process. It doesn't work]], Later, Hippolyte and Caleb do one against [[spoiler:Mello. It works perfectly.]]
** Don't forget in season 2, when Cindy and Gladys used the [[spoiler:tornado trick against Maxence and the henchmen]] with amazing effect.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: How Hippolyte saw Caleb's plan to use Loseman against Carla in the season 2 finale.
* CrossOver: With ''Noob'' and "Visitor of the future", two series of the same network.
* DadaAd: One was made InUniverse as an extra video during the fourth season (as a commercial from [[spoiler:the alternate universe]]). [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpidmt_flander-s-company-s4-extra-schmurtz_fun Here]].
* DaddysLittleVillain: Cindy.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Hippolyte and Carla in the season 2 finale. See also JustBetweenYouAndMe below.
* DeathGlare : A pretty scary one from [[spoiler:Silver]] to [[spoiler:[[JokeCharacter Hitomi]]]] during the season 3 finale.
** It's almost [[spoiler:Damien's]] signature move ! Seriously, he gives one to almost everyone he fight...
* DefaceOfTheMoon
* DroppedABridgeOnHim : [[spoiler:Maxence]], shot by Trueman in the season 3 finale. They were on the same team... Kinda.
** [[spoiler:Well, you must remember that Maxence was a member of the CC Corp., and their cooperation was tied by their fear of Aegis. Once [[GameBreaker Caleb's potion]] was ready, they didn't have any reason NOT to kill him. Plus, he wanted the potion...]]
* EasterEgg: Reals eggs! Lay down by the cast turned into rabbits! There's a Easter special...
* EnemyMine: On season 3, CC corporation has to work with Flanders Company to defeat Aegis. Truman even quotes: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".[[[spoiler: he'll be the one that acts as an UngratefulBastard in the end, sending the CC corp. survivors to North Pole.]]
* EpicFail: Invoked by Hippolyte when he and Caleb [[spoiler:blow up their cover during season 4.]]
* EvilLaugh: Damien lets one out just after he [[spoiler:explodes Silver's head. It wasn't pretty.]]
* FallenHero: [[SaintSeiya Seiya]] applies for a job in season one.
* FemmeFatale: Andromalia combines this with HornyDevil, being a succubus.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Aegis heroes group:
** Sanguine: Isis Pyro
** Choleric: Liam Campbell
** Melancholic: Mello
** Phlegmatic: Dana Campbell aka Silverfox
* FullNameUltimatum: Georges gives two to his daughter, Cindy, during the series:
** The first one was during the 9th episode of the 3rd season, after Trucidator exhausts his patience : "CINDY '''PRISCILLA''' TRUEMAN GO AND GET ME MY RIFLE !"
** The second one was during [[spoiler:the final episode of season 4, in which he scolds his mind-controlled daughter in a (successful) attempt to snap her out of it.]]
* GenreSavvy: all villains are perfectly aware that they shouldn't mess with the timeline, as Dr Doom points out :
---> '''Doom''' : ''Of course'' we must not use TimeTravel! It always mess up everything...
* GoryDiscretionShot: Cindy only uses her axe offscreen. Averted when Damien uses his powers against someone's head.
* GratuitousEnglish: Except one (which is GratuitousJapanese), any episode title of the fourth season is this.
* GratuitousGerman: Hitomi Kurtzmann. Also used by Hippolyte during his HeroicBSOD against his sister.
* GratuitousJapanese: The infamous [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpidmt_flander-s-company-s4-extra-schmurtz_fun "Schmurtz!"]] ad and the title episode "Karma Tsunami", both from the fourth season.
* IntangibleMan: Nadège
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Truman, the only "Muggle".
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Averted twice in the same episode. First, wannabe-villain Kevin starts monologuing ; Hyppolite hits him and yells "Rule number one of a long-living villain, no fucking monologue!" Later, Carla : "Now I could talk for a long time, in order to let you have time to find something to save your butts, but I'll go straight to the part where I explode you one after the other !"
* JokeCharacter: Nearly every villain who wants to join the Flanders Company may qualify. And then we have [[spoiler:Hitomi]], who is the embodiment of this trope.
** Kevin takes this trope and ''runs with it''.
* KnightOfCerebus: the CC Corporation, to a minor extent. When they show up, the serie started having an actual plot and go from pure comedy to action comedy.
** Aegis, on the other hand, plays this trope pretty much straight.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: A lot of them, but only as minor characters. Usually their name is an untranslatable pun about a French slang variation of their name. There were cameos of :
** [[StarWars Darth Vader]]
** [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards and Susan Storm]]
** DoctorDoom
** {{Magneto}}
** LexLuthor
** {{Superman}}
** CaptainAmerica
** GreenLantern
** [[SuperMarioBros Mario and Luigi]]
** Franchise/HarryPotter
** {{Naruto}}
** [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Elizabeth Bathory]]
** [[InspectorGadget Dr Claw]]
** {{Batman}}
** {{Spiderman}}
** [[ComicBook/VForVendetta V]]
** Super-Dupont
** Nightrunner
* MakeMeWannaShout: One of [[spoiler:Kevin's]] powers, which he used against Hippolyte. [[spoiler:It backfired spectacularly.]]
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: Considering all the LawyerFriendlyCameo and some occasional references in dialogs, ''Flander's Company'' is set in an universe which mixes the {{Marvel}}, {{DC}}, ''Franchise/MenInBlack'', ''StarWars'', and {{Mario}} franchises. There are some cross-over with ''Noob'' and ''LeVisiteurDuFutur'' (two other French webseries), too.
* McLeaned: [[spoiler:Dr Parker/Damien]] was killed in the beginning of season 4. WordOfGod was pretty clear : he ''won't'' come back, wishing the actor "''Bon vent''" (which is a polite way to say "''Good riddance''").
* MesACrowd : Caleb's power of duplication went from "I can duplicate myself a little" to Naruto-esque proportions...
** Which leads to one of the most ridiculous fights in the show, with Caleb fighting against [[strike:Naruto]] Narugros
* MistakenForGay: The vilain Trucidator ("Slayator") shortly suffers this from Dr Parker. Trucidator came to Dr Parker because he was bullied because he is black, but before the explaination was finished, Parker first thought Trucidator was victim pf homophobia. Note that Trucidator general appearance (hairy bared chest and iron chains) makes this mistake understandable.
* {{Mooks}}: Cindy's role is to train them. They even have a training camp.
* MusicalEpisode: Once More With Evil, the season 3 opener.
* MustHaveCaffeine: Caleb, who spends almost his entire office time next to the coffee machine [[spoiler:and having it removed prompted his resignation, as hoped by C.C. company - what they hadn't planned was the going berserk part]]. And to a slightly lesser extent, Hippolyte.
** Well, in Caleb's case, it may be because of [[spoiler: his caffeine-induced teleport powers]]. Anyway, that does NOT explain [[spoiler: his worship for GeorgeClooney, who is more-or-less his GOD]]
*** [[spoiler: In France, George Clooney plays in an series of ads for the Nespresso coffe machine, which is the model used by Caleb. Thus his cult for the actor.]]
* NotWearingTights: Subverted with Aegis. They wear costumes, but no masks.
** Nobody in the company has a costume to begin with. Then in season 2 (Cindy, Hyppolite, Damien, Caleb) and 3 (Hitomi, Carla, Truman) more and more characters decide to get (or to wear again) a super costume for fights. Handwaved by Carla at the end of season 3 :
---> '''Carla''': "I will not fight in a Chanel suit!"
---> '''Cindy''': [[ContinuityNod "Didn't stop you when you fought us last year!"]]
* OhCrap: A literal one said in the Season 3 Finale by [[spoiler: Mello who is exploded in mid-air by Hippolyte and Caleb's final attack "Combo Gothic Tits on Fire !"]]
** Earlier in the same episode, [[spoiler:Mello, stuck in the ground with only his head surfacing, has a OhCrap moment when Pyro clearly says that she doesn't give a damn about him, as she's ready to unleash a miniature sun on the protagonists and Mello nearby.]]
* PowerIncontinence: Happens to everyone in a season 2 episode. HilarityEnsues...
* PunchClockVillain: Pretty much all the recurring characters. Except they're not exactly nice guys to begin with.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Nadège]], at the end of season 3, where she is caught by a [[spoiler:black hole created by Mello]]. WordOfGod mentions that she's on a trip to Japan, hence her nonavailability as an actress for the next season, scheluded in late 2010. Still, chances of seeing her return seem pretty high.
** [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack: in season 4.]]
* PyroManiac: Pyro...
* RetiredBadass: Before taking desk jobs, Hippolyte and [[MadScientist Caleb]] were quite efficient supervillains.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Carla against [[spoiler:Pyro]] during the season 3 finale.
** [[spoiler:She does it again against Trueman in season 4 after learning he lost his new powers and lack most of his forces. She is however quickly defeated by Über-Caleb]]
* ShockAndAwe: Carla Burnelle.
* ShoutOut: Too many to list, but notably :
** ''SailorMoon'', by [[spoiler:Hitomi Kurtzmann: "In the name of the sow's constellation, I will punish you ! ''GRUIIIIIII'' !"]]
** SaintSeiya, specifically Shun, once again by [[spoiler:Hitomi with one of her attacks : "Nebula Knacki !"]]
*** Done earlier with Seiya choosing to became a Villain.
** During season 4, Caleb and Hippolyte [[spoiler:ends up in an alternate reality, in which Superman's spaceship has landed in North Korea instead of America. It's easy to see here a ShoutOut to Superman: RedSon, a DCUniverse {{Elseworlds}} story in which Superman's spaceship landed in Soviet Union.]]
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Season one is entirely this (except [[SaintSeiya Seiya's]] interview). In season two the episode [[spoiler: where Hippolyte resign]] and the one in season 4 [[spoiler: where the two Hippolyte unsuccessfully try to handle each other's job]] are more classical montages.
* TheSpartanWay: This is how the {{Mooks}} are trained, according to the episode when Cindy runs a mooks training camp.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Parker]] has one.
* TakeOurWordForIt: The Christmas episode during season 2. We hear a lot about the children, but actually never see them.
** Season 3 shows us that most of the personnel are [[spoiler:living deads, including Sadako from ''{{Ringu}}'', so how do they have children?]]
*** This Troper has a theory about that: [[spoiler:those employees may have been fully alive until said Christmas episode, when Cindy slaughtered everyone in the room. They were then brought back to life, more or less, because the workforce was needed]].
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Heavily subverted, on top of the fact that Dr Parker is very good at his job.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Cindy is the only female character in the company before the introduction of Gladys. Subverted with the CC corporation which has more female than male characters. And only Carla and Nadege are competent in the team. Subverted again with AEGIS.
* TheScream: A big one by [[spoiler:Silver]] when [[spoiler:Hitomi "milked" her]] in the season 3 finale. The character, who until then was shown to be TheStoic, proceeds to literally [[NoHoldsBarredBeatDown obliterate her]].
** Followed, in the same episode, by [[spoiler:Liam's when he discovers his girlfriend, Pyro, has burnt down to ashes]].
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch!: Damien delivers one to [[spoiler:Pyro]] just before she's annihilated by Carla : "Hasta la vista, ''bitch''!"
* TorchesAndPitchforks: vampire Countess Von Bathory, expect it was from a angry mob, after she stole babies to feed her vampire puppies.
* TooKinkyToTorture: Sadoman, of course;
** Alternate Carla turns out to be this [[spoiler:when Hippolyte attempts it on her.]]
* VillainProtagonist: The whole cast.
** Parker and [[spoiler: Georges, to an extent]] may be a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. He works for and with Villains, but he's a friendly and naive man. Most of the time...
* WeirdTradeUnion: The company kinda works this way.
* WellIntentionedExtremist : Aegis. They killed dozens of supervillains during 3 months, despite the fact that they were abiding by contracts and thus, not a danger to the general population.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Most of the time, the candidates Hippolyte receives have the most useless and ridiculous superpowers the writers could imagine.
** A little example may be needed: In an episode of the third season, Hippolyte '''must''' engage a man saying that he can cause a deluge by dancing wearing a duck rubber ring and a tutu on a techno/space opera remix of ''the Lake of Swans''. Seriously. (Poor Hippolyte lost it...)
* WorldOfHam: Played for laugh.
* YourHeadASplode: [[spoiler:Damien's]] signature move.
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* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Season one is entirely this (except [[SaintSeiya Seiya's]] interview). In season two the episode [[spoiler: where Hippolyte resign]] and in the one in season 4 [[spoiler: where the two Hippolyte unsuccessfully try to handle each other's job]] are more classical montages.

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* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Season one is entirely this (except [[SaintSeiya Seiya's]] interview). In season two the episode [[spoiler: where Hippolyte resign]] and in the one in season 4 [[spoiler: where the two Hippolyte unsuccessfully try to handle each other's job]] are more classical montages.
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* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: Season one is entirely this. In season two the episode [[spoiler: where Hippolyte resign]] and in the one in season 4 [[where the two Hippolyte unsuccessfully try to handle each other's job]] are more classical montages.

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* CrazyEnoughToWork: How Hippolyte saw Caleb's plan to use Loseman against Carla in the season 2 finale.
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** [[VForVendetta V]]

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* WorldOfHam: Played for laugh.
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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Trueman is implied to be responsible for [[{{X-Men}} Magneto's return]], the Morlocks Massacre and Temptation Island.

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* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Trueman is implied to be responsible for [[{{X-Men}} [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Magneto's return]], the Morlocks Massacre and Temptation Island.
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* AssShove: Sadoman's final move involves [[spoiler:ripping his enemies' heart by the anus. This is how he defeats Kevin.]]
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