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''Freaks' Squeele'' is an ongoing French series of comic books created by Florent Maudoux and published by Ankama. The series is unique in its graphic style, mixing {{manga}}, American comics and classic {{Franco-Belgian comics}} style.

The story follows the adventures of three students in a university for Heroes (the F.E.A.H.), specializing in Bad Guys and {{Villains}}. It is fair to say they may not be the brightest element of the classes. The team consists of Chance, an [[CuteMonsterGirl adorable clumsy demon-girl]]; Ombre de Loup (Wolfshade), a big-hearted [[WolfMan lycanthrope]] stuck in his animal form, and Xiong Mao, who has [[BadassNormal no superpower whatsoever]] apart from being a relentless worker.

Expect slices of college life, sadistic professors and epic brawls. The references to pop culture are pervasive explaining the large number of tropes referenced here.
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This book provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Primarily Xiong Mao, although Chance might also qualify.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Poor [[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]]!
* AlphaBitch: Amanite
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: Xiong Mao's sister ambushes her with along with a few friends from China, but several of them would rather not fight her.]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The "life expectancy hourglass" handled by Funerailles, is used to "send back demons to the inferior planes".
* BadassNormal: Xiong Mao got admitted to a hero academy despite having no supernatural abilities whatsoever. She only goes up from there.
* BearsAreBadNews: One has an epic fight with Ombre for territory control.
* {{BFS}}: The one found in the Library, an obvious ShoutOut to {{Berserk}}.
* BishieSparkle: Fei Long in his first appearance.
* TheCameo: Lots of them. Creator/HughLaurie as a sadistic professor, Creator/SeanConnery as a school director, Creator/QuentinTarantino as a pervert homeowner ...
* {{Catfight}}: The pool outing turns this way, [[AllMenArePerverts much to the pleasure of the male onlookers]].
* CastOfSnowflakes: All major and minor characters and many of one-shot characters are unique.
* CatGirl: There's one in the protagonists' class named Felicia, as well as another one with two heads.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: averted, sort of, with Xiong Mao; her practice of martial arts makes her a competent fighter and stronger than average girl, but according to the test, her strenght are still on human level.
* TheChessMaster: [[spoiler: Apparently the president of FEAH has a larger plan than just ratings and money, considering one of the illustrations shows the main trio defending him and Funeralles later agrees with his plan.]]
* ChineseGirl: Xiong Mao [[spoiler: Actually half-Chinese. Her full-blooded relatives never let her forget.]]
* ClarkKenting: "The Law of Kent" (how a well-placed accessory can disguise you completely) is actually taught at F.E.A.H. Apparently it's the reason that no one realizes Ombre is a huge wolf-man when he's wearing a hat.
* ClothingDamage: The PowerTrio's costumes get torn up pretty badly during the monster hunting assignment.
** ''All'' of Ombre's clothes are always in tatters (even his ''underwear'') due to spending so much time tromping through the woods. [[spoiler:His Care Bear costume also gets sliced up a bit during the battle with St. Ange's students.]]
* CoolSword: Xiong Mao sure can forge pretty cool ones.
** And Claidheamor turns into one!
* CuteMonsterGirl: Chance
* DanceBattler: Xiong Mao using Flamendo. Chance learns fencing tango.
* DefeatByModesty: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] in the strategy exam, where the students are eliminated once they lose their sarongs.
* {{Dhampyr}}: Alucrade.
* {{Dominatrix}}: Amanite to [[spoiler: Changelin after discovering his/her real, skinny male form. Actually has him on a leash, blindfolded, with a ball-gag and his arms tied behind his back for their villain project presentation. "Call me Hermione!"]]
* DoorstopBaby: [[spoiler: Chance, apparently. Her new parents were quite happy to have her, horns and all.]]
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: Wong Fei Long's [[PowerTattoo magic tattoo]].
* DreamSequence: Ombre and the animals of the forest hold meetings through these.
* DynamicEntry: Fei Long literally explodes onto the scene when he first appears at the pool. Everyone's ears are ringing afterward.
* EatingLunchAlone: Ombre, in the first book.
** Not just alone, but under the table!
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: The F.E.A.H. and the surrounding campus.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Xiong Mao. She takes great care to conceal that her name actually means "Little Panda".
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Xiong Mao and Ombre both have different hairstyles after [[spoiler:spending time in the underground forge]].
* FanGirl: [[spoiler: Amanite is apparently one for ''Literature/HarryPotter'', seeing as she forces Changlin to stay in his skinny male form, wear round glasses, and call her Hermione.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Lampshaded. The university even gives classes of Fanservice for heroines.
* FastballSpecial: Used by Chance and Ombre during the tactics exam.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero -- Xiong Mao
** TheLancer -- Chance
** TheBigGuy -- Ombre/Valkyrie
** TheSmartGuy -- Sablon
** TheChick -- Valkyrie/Ombre
** TheSixthRanger -- Fei Long
* GagPenis: Fei Long has an oversized CensorBox when he loses his sarong.
** Another student has an ability similar to Goku's Super Saiyan mode. During the pool episode, when he transforms another student notices that the transformation happens "down there" as well.
* GenderBender: Changelin
* GentleGiant: Ombre is a tall, strong wolf-man who's been in the commandos... and collects stuffed animals.
* "Literature/TheGingerbreadMan": A whole army of those is created by the team in order to take control of the world (which is merely a school exercise).
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Subverted, since Ombre is the one who collects and make plushies (and he's pretty [[RealMenWearPink embarassed when the girls find out]]). Nevertheless, also played straight as the girls seems to love them too.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Xiong Mao and her sister. They even attend rival schools. [[spoiler: Actually half-sisters; it seems Xiong's mother wasn't Chinese. When the "heroes" of St. Ange ambush the FEAH students Xiong Mao's convinced she's being attacked personally.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted with Funerailles as despite his nasty scars he is a much better person than [[spoiler: his older brother, the president of F.E.A.H.]]
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: Complete with a colossal underground quarry of unclassified files and books. Also, [[Literature/{{Discworld}} the librarian seems to be an orangutan]]...
* TheGrimReaper: Appears in person in the second book.
* HammerSpace: Where Val gets her clothes from.
* HandicappedBadass: Funerailles
* HitPoints / LifeMeter: Subverted in Chance and "Archangel"'s fight -- they can't hurt each other, but they're judged by how popular they are with the spectators. Because this is being televised, there's a mass of suits whose job it is to equalize to score so neither of them "die" too quickly.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: FEAH itself thanks to scheming between its headmaster and St. Ange's. It doesn't help that their students are skeletons, mafia heirs, werewolves, demons, spider-women, and Amanite.]]
* HeroicTrio: TwoGuysAndAGirl is perfect, as are three guys or three girls. TwoGirlsAndAGuy (like our protagonists) will ding your grade, and [[FourIsDeath adding another teammate]] is right out (unless you're going for a Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse theme).
* HotTeacher: One of the transformations of Valkyrie.
** NaughtyNurseOutfit: Another transformation.
* IJustWantToBeYou: [[spoiler: Changelin to Chance.]]
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler: Actually, it's important when Xiong Mao decides NOT to cut her hair. She had previously kept it short due to being ashamed of how her curly hair exposed her mixed parentage. Once she accepts it, she wears her hair long.]]
* ImprovisedGolems: Amanite can summon very nice ones out of paper sheets or tennis balls.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: [[spoiler: Wong Fei Long's been posing as one to keep an eye on Xiong Mao. After she defeats him and he learns about St. Ange's plot he goes to train with an actual NinjaWarrior on a fishing boat.]]
** There's also Sablon, an Arabian K/Night-themed guy who never takes his mask off.
*** Except when he does [[spoiler: as a part of his ''disguise'']]
* KillTheCutie: Ombre's bunny. Once released, he tastes the joy of freedom but gets eaten by a bird of prey.
* TheKlutz: Chance. Ombre might also qualify, as the objects are sometimes unsteady in his gigantic hands/paws.
* KnifeNut: Xiong Mao, though she only makes knives and doesn't use them.
** Sablon gets starry-eyed whenever he sees a finely-crafted blade.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Or rather, the armor itself, who has come to life after its owner has died inside.
* TheLostWoods: The nature park where Ombre lives draws many of its characteristics, which is quite ironic since the university itself is firmly settled in a french suburban setting.
* MacGuffin: A tapestry which contains secret indications on the way to bring a gingerbread man to life.
* [[spoiler: MafiaPrincess: Xiong Mao is basically the next leader of her family but she'd rather be a heroic weapons-smith.]]
* MagicalGirl: The dream profession of Valkyrie.
* MaskPower: One of Sablon's teammates is a girl named Venise who always wears masks, though we've yet to see her do anything particularly powerful.
** That said, Sablon himself, with his face-concealing turban, qualifies. (Chance claims to have seen his face.)
* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: Chance and Funerailles, complete with a shout-out to Remus Lupin and Tonks ("Too old, too ugly, and too dangerous").]]
* MeaningfulName: Everyone. Most notably Chance whose full name is Chance D'Estaing (Name of an ancient family of Central France, used because it sounds like the French word for "Destiny").
* {{Meganekko}}: Xiong Mao, in various occasions.
* MessyHair: [[spoiler: Xiong Mao has wavy/bushy hair, a sign she's not 100% Chinese.]]
* ModestyTowel: Everyone (including the camera crew) wears stylized sarongs at the pool that serve this purpose. Then the students are given an assignment to steal each others' sarongs. Chaos (and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]) ensues.
** According to WordOfGod, early storyboards used regular towels, but they looked like they would fall off too easily and weren't sexy enough, so the sarongs were invented.
* TheMole: ? [[spoiler: Ombre was apparently sent to the human world to prepare them for something by the forest animals.]]
* MrExposition: Sablon explains Flamendo to the reporter.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The Bathhouse battle. On a less savory note, [[spoiler: Chance loves walking around nude in her apartment and leaves hair all over. ''They're not the ones from her head''.]]
** Chance also tends to suggest "everybody get naked" as the solution to a lot of problems. Sometimes, she's partially right!
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Funerailles[[spoiler:, who is actually a pretty nice guy.]]
* OldMediaAreEvil
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: St. Ange's is a self-righteous jerkass. "I'm a hero, I'm always right!"
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Despite his impressive height and strength, Ombre is most lovable guy in the campus.
* OvenLogic: Chance tries the equivalent with two combined pasta dishes. It's not exactly disastrous, but only [[BigEater Ombre]] is willing to finish his portion.
* [[BeachEpisode Pool Episode]]: The last chapters of the first book.
* ThePowerOfLove: Literally used as a magic ingredient to bring the gingerbread men to life.
* PowerTrio: Xiong Mao (Ego), Chance (Id), and Ombre (Superego). Later expanded into a FiveManBand (plus one).
* RealPlaceBackground: Some stealth clues (license plates, tramway numbers, maps...) suggests the school is located in Villeurbanne, a university suburb of Lyon, France.
* SealedArmyInACan: In order to conquer the world (which is a "science project" for the School), the group create an army of gingerbread soldiers. [[GoneHorriblyRight A little bit rebellious, still...]]
* SceneryPorn: Various very detailed environment and ambiances.
* SettlersOfCatan: Played by the students in the second book.
* ShoutOut: Loads and loads...
* SiblingYinYang: [[spoiler: The handsome but scheming head of FEAH and his disfigured but straight-talking brother Praetorius (or as we know him, Funeraillis).]]
* SpeakingSimlish: The Gingerbread Warriors say [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "Ni!"]] except for [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Rosebud]] who says "Nou!".
* SplitPersonality: St. Ange student Requiem AKA [[spoiler: ''PSYCHOPORN!!!'' He just wants more personal freedom.]]
* SpyCatsuit: Worn against their will by the female members of the team.
* StopHelpingMe: The students cheer Xiong Mao by chanting her name -- first the embarrassing translation, then a mangled pronunciation.
* SunglassesAtNight: St. Ange's "Archangel".
* SuperheroSchool: The F.E.A.H. [Faculty of Heroïc Academical Studies]
** St. Ange, a top-tier superhero university with more money and connections.
* {{Supernatural|Martial Arts}} MartialArtsAndCrafts: The Flamendo.
* ThemeNaming: The superhero teams' code names will match their theme.
** Brothers Scipio and Praetorius, aka [[spoiler: the head of FEAH and Funerailles.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Xiong Mao, Ombre, Chance, and Fei Long all take one in the months leading up to the duel with Ange, albeit in different ways.
* TransformationTrinket: Valkyrie can use the ring on her forehead as one.
* [[spoiler: TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Xiong Mao's family.]]
* TrumanShowPlot: [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to them, all the students of the school are part of a reality TV show.]]
* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler: Xiong Mao]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Xiong Mao and Ombre.
** [[TheyDo Resolved Sexual Tension]]: [[spoiler: Chance and Funerailles]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Ombre can walk around in public just fine so long as he wears a hat. Only dogs, or perhaps animals in general, can see past the hat and realize what he is.
* {{Valkyries}}: Valkyrie (but you can call her Val).
* WickedWitch: Amanite
* [[YearInsideHourOutside Year Inside Month Outside]]
* YouFailLogicForever: The cooking of pasta seems a very challenging problem for the demon-girl.
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[[caption-width-right:298:Meet TheTeam]]

''Freaks' Squeele'' is an ongoing French series of comic books created by Florent Maudoux and published by Ankama. The series is unique in its graphic style, mixing {{manga}}, American comics and classic {{Franco-Belgian comics}} style.

The story follows the adventures of three students in a university for Heroes (the F.E.A.H.), specializing in Bad Guys and {{Villains}}. It is fair to say they may not be the brightest element of the classes. The team consists of Chance, an [[CuteMonsterGirl adorable clumsy demon-girl]]; Ombre de Loup (Wolfshade), a big-hearted [[WolfMan lycanthrope]] stuck in his animal form, and Xiong Mao, who has [[BadassNormal no superpower whatsoever]] apart from being a relentless worker.

Expect slices of college life, sadistic professors and epic brawls. The references to pop culture are pervasive explaining the large number of tropes referenced here.
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This book provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Primarily Xiong Mao, although Chance might also qualify.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Poor [[Film/CitizenKane Rosebud]]!
* AlphaBitch: Amanite
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler: Xiong Mao's sister ambushes her with along with a few friends from China, but several of them would rather not fight her.]]
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The "life expectancy hourglass" handled by Funerailles, is used to "send back demons to the inferior planes".
* BadassNormal: Xiong Mao got admitted to a hero academy despite having no supernatural abilities whatsoever. She only goes up from there.
* BearsAreBadNews: One has an epic fight with Ombre for territory control.
* {{BFS}}: The one found in the Library, an obvious ShoutOut to {{Berserk}}.
* BishieSparkle: Fei Long in his first appearance.
* TheCameo: Lots of them. Creator/HughLaurie as a sadistic professor, Creator/SeanConnery as a school director, Creator/QuentinTarantino as a pervert homeowner ...
* {{Catfight}}: The pool outing turns this way, [[AllMenArePerverts much to the pleasure of the male onlookers]].
* CastOfSnowflakes: All major and minor characters and many of one-shot characters are unique.
* CatGirl: There's one in the protagonists' class named Felicia, as well as another one with two heads.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: averted, sort of, with Xiong Mao; her practice of martial arts makes her a competent fighter and stronger than average girl, but according to the test, her strenght are still on human level.
* TheChessMaster: [[spoiler: Apparently the president of FEAH has a larger plan than just ratings and money, considering one of the illustrations shows the main trio defending him and Funeralles later agrees with his plan.]]
* ChineseGirl: Xiong Mao [[spoiler: Actually half-Chinese. Her full-blooded relatives never let her forget.]]
* ClarkKenting: "The Law of Kent" (how a well-placed accessory can disguise you completely) is actually taught at F.E.A.H. Apparently it's the reason that no one realizes Ombre is a huge wolf-man when he's wearing a hat.
* ClothingDamage: The PowerTrio's costumes get torn up pretty badly during the monster hunting assignment.
** ''All'' of Ombre's clothes are always in tatters (even his ''underwear'') due to spending so much time tromping through the woods. [[spoiler:His Care Bear costume also gets sliced up a bit during the battle with St. Ange's students.]]
* CoolSword: Xiong Mao sure can forge pretty cool ones.
** And Claidheamor turns into one!
* CuteMonsterGirl: Chance
* DanceBattler: Xiong Mao using Flamendo. Chance learns fencing tango.
* DefeatByModesty: [[EnforcedTrope Enforced]] in the strategy exam, where the students are eliminated once they lose their sarongs.
* {{Dhampyr}}: Alucrade.
* {{Dominatrix}}: Amanite to [[spoiler: Changelin after discovering his/her real, skinny male form. Actually has him on a leash, blindfolded, with a ball-gag and his arms tied behind his back for their villain project presentation. "Call me Hermione!"]]
* DoorstopBaby: [[spoiler: Chance, apparently. Her new parents were quite happy to have her, horns and all.]]
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: Wong Fei Long's [[PowerTattoo magic tattoo]].
* DreamSequence: Ombre and the animals of the forest hold meetings through these.
* DynamicEntry: Fei Long literally explodes onto the scene when he first appears at the pool. Everyone's ears are ringing afterward.
* EatingLunchAlone: Ombre, in the first book.
** Not just alone, but under the table!
* ElaborateUniversityHigh: The F.E.A.H. and the surrounding campus.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Xiong Mao. She takes great care to conceal that her name actually means "Little Panda".
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Xiong Mao and Ombre both have different hairstyles after [[spoiler:spending time in the underground forge]].
* FanGirl: [[spoiler: Amanite is apparently one for ''Literature/HarryPotter'', seeing as she forces Changlin to stay in his skinny male form, wear round glasses, and call her Hermione.]]
* {{Fanservice}}: Lampshaded. The university even gives classes of Fanservice for heroines.
* FastballSpecial: Used by Chance and Ombre during the tactics exam.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero -- Xiong Mao
** TheLancer -- Chance
** TheBigGuy -- Ombre/Valkyrie
** TheSmartGuy -- Sablon
** TheChick -- Valkyrie/Ombre
** TheSixthRanger -- Fei Long
* GagPenis: Fei Long has an oversized CensorBox when he loses his sarong.
** Another student has an ability similar to Goku's Super Saiyan mode. During the pool episode, when he transforms another student notices that the transformation happens "down there" as well.
* GenderBender: Changelin
* GentleGiant: Ombre is a tall, strong wolf-man who's been in the commandos... and collects stuffed animals.
* "Literature/TheGingerbreadMan": A whole army of those is created by the team in order to take control of the world (which is merely a school exercise).
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Subverted, since Ombre is the one who collects and make plushies (and he's pretty [[RealMenWearPink embarassed when the girls find out]]). Nevertheless, also played straight as the girls seems to love them too.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Xiong Mao and her sister. They even attend rival schools. [[spoiler: Actually half-sisters; it seems Xiong's mother wasn't Chinese. When the "heroes" of St. Ange ambush the FEAH students Xiong Mao's convinced she's being attacked personally.]]
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted with Funerailles as despite his nasty scars he is a much better person than [[spoiler: his older brother, the president of F.E.A.H.]]
* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: Complete with a colossal underground quarry of unclassified files and books. Also, [[Literature/{{Discworld}} the librarian seems to be an orangutan]]...
* TheGrimReaper: Appears in person in the second book.
* HammerSpace: Where Val gets her clothes from.
* HandicappedBadass: Funerailles
* HitPoints / LifeMeter: Subverted in Chance and "Archangel"'s fight -- they can't hurt each other, but they're judged by how popular they are with the spectators. Because this is being televised, there's a mass of suits whose job it is to equalize to score so neither of them "die" too quickly.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: [[spoiler: FEAH itself thanks to scheming between its headmaster and St. Ange's. It doesn't help that their students are skeletons, mafia heirs, werewolves, demons, spider-women, and Amanite.]]
* HeroicTrio: TwoGuysAndAGirl is perfect, as are three guys or three girls. TwoGirlsAndAGuy (like our protagonists) will ding your grade, and [[FourIsDeath adding another teammate]] is right out (unless you're going for a Four HorsemenOfTheApocalypse theme).
* HotTeacher: One of the transformations of Valkyrie.
** NaughtyNurseOutfit: Another transformation.
* IJustWantToBeYou: [[spoiler: Changelin to Chance.]]
* ImportantHaircut: [[spoiler: Actually, it's important when Xiong Mao decides NOT to cut her hair. She had previously kept it short due to being ashamed of how her curly hair exposed her mixed parentage. Once she accepts it, she wears her hair long.]]
* ImprovisedGolems: Amanite can summon very nice ones out of paper sheets or tennis balls.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja: [[spoiler: Wong Fei Long's been posing as one to keep an eye on Xiong Mao. After she defeats him and he learns about St. Ange's plot he goes to train with an actual NinjaWarrior on a fishing boat.]]
** There's also Sablon, an Arabian K/Night-themed guy who never takes his mask off.
*** Except when he does [[spoiler: as a part of his ''disguise'']]
* KillTheCutie: Ombre's bunny. Once released, he tastes the joy of freedom but gets eaten by a bird of prey.
* TheKlutz: Chance. Ombre might also qualify, as the objects are sometimes unsteady in his gigantic hands/paws.
* KnifeNut: Xiong Mao, though she only makes knives and doesn't use them.
** Sablon gets starry-eyed whenever he sees a finely-crafted blade.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Or rather, the armor itself, who has come to life after its owner has died inside.
* TheLostWoods: The nature park where Ombre lives draws many of its characteristics, which is quite ironic since the university itself is firmly settled in a french suburban setting.
* MacGuffin: A tapestry which contains secret indications on the way to bring a gingerbread man to life.
* [[spoiler: MafiaPrincess: Xiong Mao is basically the next leader of her family but she'd rather be a heroic weapons-smith.]]
* MagicalGirl: The dream profession of Valkyrie.
* MaskPower: One of Sablon's teammates is a girl named Venise who always wears masks, though we've yet to see her do anything particularly powerful.
** That said, Sablon himself, with his face-concealing turban, qualifies. (Chance claims to have seen his face.)
* MayDecemberRomance: [[spoiler: Chance and Funerailles, complete with a shout-out to Remus Lupin and Tonks ("Too old, too ugly, and too dangerous").]]
* MeaningfulName: Everyone. Most notably Chance whose full name is Chance D'Estaing (Name of an ancient family of Central France, used because it sounds like the French word for "Destiny").
* {{Meganekko}}: Xiong Mao, in various occasions.
* MessyHair: [[spoiler: Xiong Mao has wavy/bushy hair, a sign she's not 100% Chinese.]]
* ModestyTowel: Everyone (including the camera crew) wears stylized sarongs at the pool that serve this purpose. Then the students are given an assignment to steal each others' sarongs. Chaos (and [[HilarityEnsues hilarity]]) ensues.
** According to WordOfGod, early storyboards used regular towels, but they looked like they would fall off too easily and weren't sexy enough, so the sarongs were invented.
* TheMole: ? [[spoiler: Ombre was apparently sent to the human world to prepare them for something by the forest animals.]]
* MrExposition: Sablon explains Flamendo to the reporter.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: The Bathhouse battle. On a less savory note, [[spoiler: Chance loves walking around nude in her apartment and leaves hair all over. ''They're not the ones from her head''.]]
** Chance also tends to suggest "everybody get naked" as the solution to a lot of problems. Sometimes, she's partially right!
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Funerailles[[spoiler:, who is actually a pretty nice guy.]]
* OldMediaAreEvil
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: St. Ange's is a self-righteous jerkass. "I'm a hero, I'm always right!"
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Despite his impressive height and strength, Ombre is most lovable guy in the campus.
* OvenLogic: Chance tries the equivalent with two combined pasta dishes. It's not exactly disastrous, but only [[BigEater Ombre]] is willing to finish his portion.
* [[BeachEpisode Pool Episode]]: The last chapters of the first book.
* ThePowerOfLove: Literally used as a magic ingredient to bring the gingerbread men to life.
* PowerTrio: Xiong Mao (Ego), Chance (Id), and Ombre (Superego). Later expanded into a FiveManBand (plus one).
* RealPlaceBackground: Some stealth clues (license plates, tramway numbers, maps...) suggests the school is located in Villeurbanne, a university suburb of Lyon, France.
* SealedArmyInACan: In order to conquer the world (which is a "science project" for the School), the group create an army of gingerbread soldiers. [[GoneHorriblyRight A little bit rebellious, still...]]
* SceneryPorn: Various very detailed environment and ambiances.
* SettlersOfCatan: Played by the students in the second book.
* ShoutOut: Loads and loads...
* SiblingYinYang: [[spoiler: The handsome but scheming head of FEAH and his disfigured but straight-talking brother Praetorius (or as we know him, Funeraillis).]]
* SpeakingSimlish: The Gingerbread Warriors say [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail "Ni!"]] except for [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer Rosebud]] who says "Nou!".
* SplitPersonality: St. Ange student Requiem AKA [[spoiler: ''PSYCHOPORN!!!'' He just wants more personal freedom.]]
* SpyCatsuit: Worn against their will by the female members of the team.
* StopHelpingMe: The students cheer Xiong Mao by chanting her name -- first the embarrassing translation, then a mangled pronunciation.
* SunglassesAtNight: St. Ange's "Archangel".
* SuperheroSchool: The F.E.A.H. [Faculty of Heroïc Academical Studies]
** St. Ange, a top-tier superhero university with more money and connections.
* {{Supernatural|Martial Arts}} MartialArtsAndCrafts: The Flamendo.
* ThemeNaming: The superhero teams' code names will match their theme.
** Brothers Scipio and Praetorius, aka [[spoiler: the head of FEAH and Funerailles.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: Xiong Mao, Ombre, Chance, and Fei Long all take one in the months leading up to the duel with Ange, albeit in different ways.
* TransformationTrinket: Valkyrie can use the ring on her forehead as one.
* [[spoiler: TheTriadsAndTheTongs: Xiong Mao's family.]]
* TrumanShowPlot: [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to them, all the students of the school are part of a reality TV show.]]
* TheUnfavorite: [[spoiler: Xiong Mao]]
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Xiong Mao and Ombre.
** [[TheyDo Resolved Sexual Tension]]: [[spoiler: Chance and Funerailles]]
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Ombre can walk around in public just fine so long as he wears a hat. Only dogs, or perhaps animals in general, can see past the hat and realize what he is.
* {{Valkyries}}: Valkyrie (but you can call her Val).
* WickedWitch: Amanite
* [[YearInsideHourOutside Year Inside Month Outside]]
* YouFailLogicForever: The cooking of pasta seems a very challenging problem for the demon-girl.
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[[redirect:ComicBook/FreaksSqueele]]
10th Feb '14 9:42:57 AM ChaoticNovelist
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[[caption-width-right:298:Meet the Team]]

''Freaks' Squeele'' is an ongoing French series of comic books created by Florent Maudoux and published by Ankama. The series is notable for its graphic style, mixing {{manga}}, American comics and classic {{Franco-Belgian comics}} style.

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[[caption-width-right:298:Meet the Team]]

TheTeam]]

''Freaks' Squeele'' is an ongoing French series of comic books created by Florent Maudoux and published by Ankama. The series is notable for unique in its graphic style, mixing {{manga}}, American comics and classic {{Franco-Belgian comics}} style.



Expect slices of college life, sadistic professors and epic brawls.

Despite the premise, the parodic aspects are in fact quite slight and subtle, the story focusing on the dynamic, intelligent characters, a catching and humorous story and remarkable art.

However, the references to pop culture are pervasive explaining the large number of tropes referenced here.

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Expect slices of college life, sadistic professors and epic brawls.

Despite the premise, the parodic aspects are in fact quite slight and subtle, the story focusing on the dynamic, intelligent characters, a catching and humorous story and remarkable art.

However, the
brawls. The references to pop culture are pervasive explaining the large number of tropes referenced here.



* BigBadassWolf: Ombre certainly has his moments.
3rd Jan '14 4:26:04 PM LongLiveHumour
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* TheCameo: Lots of them. HughLaurie as a sadistic professor, SeanConnery as a school director, QuentinTarantino as a pervert homeowner ...

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* TheCameo: Lots of them. HughLaurie Creator/HughLaurie as a sadistic professor, SeanConnery Creator/SeanConnery as a school director, QuentinTarantino Creator/QuentinTarantino as a pervert homeowner ...
20th Nov '13 9:04:05 PM JIKTV
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* GagPenis: Fei Long has an oversized CensorBar when he loses his sarong.

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* GagPenis: Fei Long has an oversized CensorBar CensorBox when he loses his sarong.
9th Sep '13 5:43:14 AM Estel
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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted with Funerailles as despite his nasty scars he is a much better person than [[spoiler: his younger brother, the president of F.E.A.H.]]

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* GoodScarsEvilScars: Subverted with Funerailles as despite his nasty scars he is a much better person than [[spoiler: his younger older brother, the president of F.E.A.H.]]
17th Aug '13 4:13:51 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FootFocus: In order to appease her homeowner (modeled after QuentinTarantino), Chance tries to bribe him with pictures of Xiong Mao's feet.
2nd Jun '13 1:47:20 PM Lophotrochozoa
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* FanGirl: [[spoiler: Amanite is apparently one for ''HarryPotter'', seeing as she forces Changlin to stay in his skinny male form, wear round glasses, and call her Hermione.]]

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* FanGirl: [[spoiler: Amanite is apparently one for ''HarryPotter'', ''Literature/HarryPotter'', seeing as she forces Changlin to stay in his skinny male form, wear round glasses, and call her Hermione.]]
28th Mar '13 8:48:45 AM MacronNotes
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* GreatBigLibraryOfEverything: Complete with a colossal underground quarry of unclassified files and books. Also, [[Literature/{{Discworld}} the librarian seems to be an orangutan]]...



* TheLibraryOfBabel: Complete with a colossal underground quarry of unclassified files and books. Also, [[Literature/{{Discworld}} the librarian seems to be an orangutan]]...
22nd Mar '13 7:25:15 PM VPhantom
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* BearsAreBadNews: One has an epic fight with Ombre for territory control.



* EverythingsWorseWithBears: One has an epic fight with Ombre for territory control.
4th Feb '13 2:35:11 PM Kaxbe
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