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''Hop !''

'''''Achille Talon''''' is a Belgian comic created in 1963 by Michel Regnier a.k.a. Michel Greg in Pilote magazine. Originally one-page gags, it turned quickly to two-page gags before becoming complete 62-page adventures in 1974, and continued until [[AuthorExistenceFailure its creator died]] in 1999.

The character is an {{Homage}} to ''Monsieur Poche'', a pretentious bourgeois created by Alain Saint-Ogan who's reputed to have created the ''ligne claire'' style and whom Greg was such a big fan of that he remade his star characters ''Zig et Puce'' just to give some royalties to the poor old master.

Achille Talon, according his author, ''"knows everything and improvises the rest of it. Apart of this, he's generous, petty, pacifist, aggressive, progressist, bourgeois, selfless, jealous, intrepid and a bit of a coward. In sum, honest and brave just like you and me..."''

The comic book was translated for different markets in the 80's and published in English under the title ''Walter Melon'' with little success, as it was so specifically French by its main character and its language. Readers hardly understood Talon's favorite interjections, "hop !" and "bof..." which simply express positive/negative moods.

Received a short-lived AnimatedAdaptation where Talon operated as a "hero for hire," acting as a stand-in for parodies of famous film and television heroes when the real article was sorely needed but unavailable. As might be imagined, he's a pretty poor substitute.

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!!''Achille Talon'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheAlcoholic: Achille Talon's father is one, but this is strictly PlayedForLaughs. He's remarkably good at holding his liquor.
* AllCrimesAreEqual: In the end of ''l'Âge ingrat'', Grelot is arrested by [[TheLongtarin the cop]], just after his car exploded, for ''"scattering debris on the public way, unpleasant behavior, setting a bad example to the younger generation, and, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I'd almost forgotten]], kidnapping !"''
* TheAllegedCar: Achille Talon drives a sputtering old jalopy which, as it turns out, is a real car, the 1903 Achilles.
* ArtisticLicenseGeology: for fun. Tutanémipartou sand + [[BilingualPun Dontgo-Zisway]] volcano dust = [[ElementsDoNotWorkThatWay BOOM + madness smoke]].
* ArtShift: One page was drawn in a child-like style, the in-story explanation being that it was actually the work of the author's kid. On another occasion, Greg parodied the flamboyantly psychedelic style of Creator/PhilippeDruillet.
* AuthorTract: ''L'Archipel de Sanzunron'' was initially ordered to illustrate a bank's newsletter, and as such is a pamphlet about the wonders of capitalism in general and banking in particular.
* ArtisticLicenceBiology: Pétard (the duck) is always identified as some kind of bird, but never the right one. The prize goes to the guy who corrects his acolyte with "a toucan is not an amphibian but a cetacean".
* AskAStupidQuestion:
--> '''Lefuneste (on a stepladder, wearing paint-spattered-clothing, holding a paint roller)''': Yes, Talon! I am indeed painting my ceiling! Anyone other than you, on observing the pose I am in, would immediately have jumped to the conclusion that I was furiously engaged in shelling green peas!
* AstroTurfing: "Yes, thank you Lefuneste. I know you were hired to applaud vigorously during my conference, and, honest man that you are, want to earn your salary, but I'd like to begin the conference now!" (Lefuneste is ''the only guy in the audience.'')
* {{Balloonacy}}: Achille Talon's father escapes [[MeddlesomePatrolman annoying cops]] by blowing into a breathalyzer balloon until it becomes an improvised blimp and he takes off with it.
* BerserkButton: Papa Talon losing his beer.
* BigApplesauce: In the album ''L'appeau d'Ephèse'' (it's a pun; "ça coûte ''la peau des fesses''" (litterally "it costs the skin of the buttocks") means "it's hugely expensive" in French). Greg lived in the USA for a long time and even worked as writer for TV Shows such as ''TheLoveBoat''. Talon Sr. serves one of his most beautiful sentences in front of the "Megacash Museum" where he can't go in since it's the night: ''"I was once more forgetting that, in this retrograde country, clocks ignore that in good French it's actually tomorrow morning."''
* BigEater: Charlier, the other editor of Pilote magazine. Supposedly an actual trait, here flanderized as always having a three-foot-long sandwich in hand.
* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce: Achille Talon once forced himself to ingest a dish made from all the most potent spices in the world, just so he could belch out the lethal digestion gasses right in Lefuneste's face.
* {{Blueblood}}: The marquise Virgule de Guillemets, Achille's (platonic) fiancee.
* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: In order to fly to Polynesia on short notice and on a shoestring in ''Le Grain de la folie'', Lefuneste and Major Lafrime hire a veteran German UsefulNotes/WW1 pilot, who gets them there onboard his vintage triplane which keeps losing bits while in flight. Amazingly, the obsolete aircraft handily wins a dogfight against a modern jet fighter on the way.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Achille Talon is probably the most {{egregious}} offender in all French-Belgian comics. See MediumAwareness.
* ButtMonkey: Achille and Lefuneste. Usually to each other.
* TheCavalry: Shows up on time to save the day in ''La Main du serpent'', something the GenreSavvy Achille matter-of-factly hangs a lampshade on.
* CliffHanger: Copiously lampshaded at the end of many a page in the longer stories, and sometimes even played straight.
* DaEditor: Goscinny. Albeit one who is happy to use axes and sledgehammers to reprimand [[ScheduleSlip late authors.]]
* DarkestAfrica: Lampshaded in ''Le coquin de sort'' (and somehow parodies ''[[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Tintin in the Congo]]''). All inhabitants of Doduduba ("Fatinbottom") speak in absolutely perfect French and the primitive bush village where everybody walks around half-naked with spears has a big contract with a pet food canning plant in Chicago.
** Papa Talon, while in the [[PenalLegion African Disciplinary Battalions]], encountered some rain-making witch doctors, among others.
* DepravedDentist
* {{Eagleland}}
* EasyAmnesia: [[ShoutOut Colorado Jules]] in ''Le trésor de Virgule''. Got a TapOnTheHead that made him forget only a ''part'' of the information about the treasure. Immediately parodied by Virgule who argues him and tells him he's "of bad faith".
* EveryoneChasingYou: sometimes when Talon was too sure of himself.
* {{Expy}}: Saint-Ogan's ''[[http://www.bedetheque.com/Couvertures/MonsieurPoche2_17082005.jpg Monsieur Poche]]''.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Zôtrland is one to [[{{Kaiserreich}} Imperial Germany]] in the album ''Le Roi des Zôtres''
* FloweryInsults: Achille and Lefuneste often try to outdo one another in that regard.
* FrenchMaid: Subverted; Virgule's maid Hécatombe is a huge woman built like a professional wrestler and [[{{Popeye}} anchor arm tattoos]]... in the requisite maid outfit.
* FriendlyEnemy: Talon and his neighbour Hilarion Lefuneste. Always calls him ''cuistre'' (prig) but they're inseparable. Especially when they're fighting each other.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: It would be actually easier to list panels that ''don't'' have at least one funny event appearing in the background. Expect also any apparatus to contain overly complicated contraptions or unnecessary appendages, like faucets on brass instruments.
* GagNose: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Lefuneste making fun of Achille Talon's nose ends up having the latter hired to play the title character in ''Cyrano de Bergerac''.
** At one point, a crook wants to nail Achille in between the eyes with his gun. He aims, they have a silent faceoff... and he breaks down in tears.
-->I CAN'T DO IT! I CAN'T NAIL HIM BETWEEN TWO EYES HIDDEN BY A NOSE LIKE THAT!
* GargleBlaster: Tapasambal's cactus juice.
* GeneralRipper: Samuel Surrender, the commanding officer of the US garrison in ''Le Grain de la folie'' is obsessed by the YellowPeril.
** To the point where he chews out a subordinate for almost stepping on a butterfly ([[{{Eagleland}} as American soldiers are the protectors of the weak and the small]]), then chews them out again when he realizes the butterfly is yellow.
* GenreSavvy: In ''La Main du serpent'', Achille Talon correctly surmises that the other survivors of the submarine wreck were scattered by the storm. In fact, as another character observes, there was no storm. But Achille Talon replies that in adventure stories, there is ''always'' a storm--and so there was one.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Rue de Manconne" seems perfectly innocent until you read it out loud, at which point it translates to "(she's) fuckin' stupid".
** Naughty tentacles are invoked in a simile.
** "L'Etang Tacule" is a spoonerism for "The state screws you in the ass".
** A very subtle (and intranslatable) one in "La main du serpent", when a doctor mentions that the "main-soeur" obsession (''main-soeur'' means "sister hand", but also sounds like ''minceur'', or thinness) strikes fat people as well as [[ADateWithRosiePalms single people]].
* {{GIFT}}: A notable pre-internet version: Achille sets up a radio in his house, and is soon conversing with a lama somewhere in Tibet. He accidentally insults him, and the dialogue becomes increasingly heated, with the lama using AdHominem attacks he should have no way of knowing. Achille storms out, and suddenly hears the lama's coming from Lefuneste's house. Figuring he also had a radio setup and can overhear them, he goes in... and sees Lefuneste insulting him through the radio.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: Often.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Pétard the duck wears a black beret and nothing else.
* HazmatSuit: Poursan had one ready for the Snake's Hand radiations.
* HilarityEnsues: Every time Talon tries [[EpicFail to take an initiative]].
* {{Housewife}}: Maman Talon subverts this, in that she's quite happy with merely keeping the house running, but it quite able to go ActionGirl as needs be. In fact, her first appearance was of her fixing her motorcycle in the garage, a characterisation that didn't make it because of how hard it was to draw.
* HurricaneOfPuns: And it ''never'' stops. The title character himself is a pun (from Achilles' Heel).
* HypocriticalHumor: The aforementioned GeneralRipper gave us the little gem "if there's something I hate more than the Chinese, it's racism."
* ImpossibleThief: Toussaint Glainglin.
* InNameOnly: The obscure AnimatedAdaptation from the late '90s starred Achille (under his English name, Walter Melon) as a "hero for hire" who substituted for various action hero [[{{Expy}} expies]].
* IntimidatingRevenueService: The plot of ''Ne rêvons pas'' is set in motion by the visit at Achille's place of a persnickety tax assessor. In a subversion of the trope, Achille's father, acting as his tax advisor, turns the tables on the assessor and assails him with a mountain of paperwork.
* IntoxicationEnsues: Inverted. Lefuneste once claimed to have embraced the hippy counterculture and offered Achille Talon a spliff. Achille angrily turned it down at first, but smoked it when he thought nobody was looking, and had a [[MushroomSamba hallucinatory trip]]. At which point Lefuneste, back to his normal self, told him it was a joke and the "spliff" contained no mood-altering substance whatsoever--[[FakeHigh Achille's high was entirely self-induced.]]
** In another, Achille burns some old wood he found in the attic brought back by an ancestor who traveled to India. The entire neighborhood gets high on cannabis fumes.
* LatinLand: Platopabo ("Uglyplateau") in the album ''Le trésor de Virgule'' published in English as ''Magnesia's Treasure''.
* LethalChef: Talon almost assassinated Lefuneste with his "boyscout recipe" for breakfast: the bread soup aux morchella with chocolate. Including onions browned in orange juice and a bechamel sauce.
** Some of Papa Talon's recipes, brought back from his more exotic travels.
* LimitedWardrobe: Achille Talon and all other characters always dress in identical outfits.
* LongerThanLifeSentence: In ''Le Grain de la folie'' Achille Talon expects being sentenced to 745 years (with mitigating circumstances) for [[spoiler:breaking in Surrender's base]].
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Pétard, Achille Talon's pet duck. Originally given as an ill-thought-out thank-you present, Talon resented it as such, but he eventually warmed to it.
* MadScientist: Dr Grelot and his three 600-year-old guinea pigs for the longevity experiment. The gag is that the victims of the experience (involving the removal of a gland in their brains that makes them long-lived)... go mad.
* MamaBear: Don't cross Achille's mother. [[NeverMessWithGranny She may look like a sweet old lady, but she packs a mean punch]].
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Invoked in "La Main du Serpent", where it is never made clear whether the improbable actions of the titular hand were always due to the fakir's power of suggestion or to its cursed status. Achille chooses to believe the latter while the fakir confirms the former to Lefuneste.
* MeanBoss: Creator/ReneGoscinny (the creator of ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'') is depicted as a [[TheNapoleon perpetually angry, short and violence-prone]] [[DaEditor editor-in-chief]].
* MeddlesomePatrolman: Agent Dussiflet or his peers get to slap a fine on Achille Talon, or drag him in handcuffs to the local police precinct, on more than one occasion.
** They often try to catch Papa Talon driving or walking around drunk.
* MediumAwareness: Achille knows it often perfectly.
** Even giving conferences on the art of being a comic-book character.
* MoneyDearBoy: One story was commissioned by a bank, so the characters learn the importance of money and a banker saves the day.
* MultipleReferencePun: Greg was an absolute master of it. One of his best examples is when Major Lafrime mobilizes his friends to put Talon into the election run and orders ''"colonne par cinq pour l'information"'' for launching a campaign. It makes a triple sense:
** Soldiers are ordered to be ''"en colonne par cinq"'' (line up five abreast) in the army;
** ''Cinq colonnes à la une'' (headline splashed across the front page) was a famous French information TV show in the 60's;
** The "5th column" was the term for enemy spying during the [[UsefulNotes/WW2 war]].
* NightmareDreams: What if the [[BigBad bad guy]] can ''provoke'' them to manipulate his victims?
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: In ''Le Monstre de l'Etang Tacule'', a cartoonist draws [[Creator/AndreFranquin grotesque and nightmare-inducing cartoons]], but he claims that his drawings are a faithful representation of reality.
* NoMoreForMe: Papa Talon, once. Just once. Beer is a serious thing.
* TheNapoleon: A caricature of René Goscinny, portrayed as the irascible midget-boss of ''Polite (!) magazine'' where Achille Talon works. As for Napoleon, many fans thought then that Goscinny ''was'' tiny. It could be as well an {{Homage}} to Goscinny's character {{Iznogoud}}.
* OldSoldier: Major Hector Lafrime.
* OnlySaneMan: Fo-Pli.
* OurGargoylesRock: Gargouilla-la-gargouille in ''L'âge ingrat''.
* OverlyPolitePals: In one comic, both continuously insist the other go first, but here the stalemate goes on until they're both late, leading to a Big Ball of Violence. Amusingly, this came about after Achille read a book on etiquette, and it turns out the other guy was the author.
* PapaWolf: Papa Talon. Keeps an eye opened and a beer with the other.
* PerpetualPoverty: Several gags make Pilote out to be worse than struggling ("We've had two new subscribers this year, doubling our customer base").
* PoliceAreUseless: Greg didn't like them and projected a part of himself in Papa Talon who keeps a flag of the "Wild Anarchists Federation" in the attic.
--> "Of course they're here. The bad guy is defeated and we're not pressing charges. Being perfectly useless, it is only logical that the police show up."
* PunnyName: Does a character have a name? Then it's a pun: Achille Talon (Achilles Heel), Hilarion Lefuneste (hilarious the fatal/disastrous), Séraphin Dumonde (it's the end of the world), Hector Pedeau the auto mechanic (Torpedo, a kind of car), Doctor Fo-Pli (crease)... Talon even ''lives'' on the corner of the Rue Tilante (shiny) and l'Avenue Dumessie (the Coming of the Messiah).
** Séraphin Dumonde is another example of MultipleReferencePun. Lefuneste suggests that he [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Morris imitate]] this famous ape dressed for painting.
* RecycledINSPACE: In ''L'esprit d'Eloi'', Rheingard Van Daag's project is to shoot "{{Dracula}} [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: In Space ]]
", [[SpecialEffectsFailure in a forest]].
* RingRingCrunch: In ''La Traversée du Disert'', Achille Talon tries to get an annoying transistor radio to shut up by smashing it against a rock ([[PercussiveMaintenance all it does is change the station]]) and feeding the pieces to his pet duck. Unfortunately, the radio keeps working from inside the duck's belly. And at the beginning of ''Viva Papa!'', Lefuneste gets his alarm clock to stop by striking it with a hammer.
* RunningGag: A common gag is to have Achille spend nearly two pages explaining various dirty tricks comic book editors use to fill pages, such as large empty spaces, or consisting of single blocks of color (the lowest point of a mine at midnight, a polar bear blinking in a snowstorm, the Sahara, etc.), ending with a bloodthirtsy Goscinny running after Talon with every intention of removing his head.
* ScheduleSlip: a common gag in the Polite strips, involving the comic authors and the less-than-patient Goscinny.
** "This'll be the rarest photo since that of a comc artist sending in his strips on time!"
* ScoobyDooHoax: ''L'esprit d'Eloi'' (A pun on Montesquieu's "The spirit of the laws"), where the ghost is trying to scare off the owner of uranium-rich terrain.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The trademark of the comics. Lampshaded when an accountant complains to Achille Talon that the translation fees for his comics are double the usual rate.
* ShoutOut: Many, staring with Achille himself being a ShoutOut to Monsieur Poche. Greg was at least as cultured as Achille. There are also references to comics authors such as FloydGottfredson, Al Taliaferro, Hergé, Creator/{{Gotlib}}, Lee Fark...
* SimSimSalabim: Subverted with the Nayghorjo-ray ("Nosethroatear") in ''[[ArtifactOfDoom La main du serpent]]''. It's a modern country using submarines and a computer-selected crew for their operations... and a fakir.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Achille and Lefuneste.
* SlippingAMickey: In ''Le Grain de la folie''.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Achille, naturally. It's lampshaded multiple times, but building a giant statue of himself in his garden probably takes the cake.
* StealthPun
* StereotypesOfChinesePeople: Averted with Professor Fo-Pli ([[PunnyName "crease"]]). Speaks perfect French, huge [[TheProfessor specialist in chemistry and geology]], wears occidental outfit and quotes things such like ''"The wise man, and a few others before him, peremptorily told it: "better a little drawing than a long speech", and the television executives added: "and it doesn't cost any more"."''
* {{Spexico}}: Tapasambal (''"T'as pas cent balles ?"'' = "You got ten bucks ?") in the album ''Viva Papa''.
* StrawmanPolitical: The [[NoPartyGiven Communist-in-all-but-name]] leader of the opposition party in ''Viva Papa'', who speaks in hackneyed pseudo-Marxist cliches.
** Most politicians seen spring up and are all too ready to help at the mention of the word "voters".
* SwampsAreEvil: ''Le monstre de l'étang Tacule'' (which is ''both'' a wordplay and a spoonerism).
** GettingCrapPastTheRadar [[AssShove as well]].
* TakeThat: In ''Docteur Chacal et Mister Bide'' (a pastiche of ''TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', as the title suggests), Talon spends a whole page mocking a critic who said of every comic that it was not the best of the series.
** The police are represented as semicompetent thugs or bureaucrats. One cop finds a sidearm "reserved for the officers who passed the dictation test! A rarity!"
* TitleDrop: Lampshaded in ''Ne revons pas!''.
* TryToFitThatOnABusinessCard: Papa Talon actually ''can'': "Alambic-Dieudonné-Corydon Talon -°- [[DadTheVeteran Former]] [[BombThrowingAnarchists Living Witness]] of the Merits of the [[ArmyOfThievesAndWhores Disciplinary]] [[GaulsWithGrenades Batallions of Africa]] -°- [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness Patented Gustator in Distillated]] [[TheAlcoholic Hops]] -°- Man of Taste -°- Voter and Husband."
* UseYourHead
* VisibleBoomMic: In a strip where kids watch a western on the Talons TV, one of them mentions that an overhead branch is actually the mic perch.
* WallOfText
* WeSellEverything: Vincent Poursan, the [[WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs 1000-jobs]] [[HonestJohnsDealership storekeeper]]. He knows [[{{Greed}} the price of things]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The medieval henchmen in L'Age Ingrat have second thoughts about continuing the immortality treatment, having not much to do but play cards all day and taking the occasional bath ([[TheDungAges 14 in all]]).
* WhyDoYouKeepChangingJobs: Vincent Poursan works in/owns many different stores.
* WhyWontYouDie: The radio in La Traversée du Disert.
* WordPureeTitle: The name of the series is actually supposed to be spelled ''Ach!lle Talon''.
* YouFightLikeACow: Just about every fight has the participants make comments in a conversational tone, related to whatever weapon they're holding.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: In ''Le Roi des Zotres'', Achille is crowned king of [[{{Kaiserreich}} Zôtrland]], and in order to bring political stability back to the fractious country, he connives with his elderly predecessor to make himself so unpopular that the people will topple him and welcome as a savior the legitimate (and lazy) heir to the throne.
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