''Barbe Rouge'' ("Red Beard") was an action-adventure French comic set in the 18th century. It followed the adventures of the adopted son of the eponymous {{pirate}}, Eric, as he progressively quit the criminal life of his adopted family and instead became a French corsair. He was usually accompanied by his trusty acolytes, the strong Baba and the wise Triple-Pattes; Barbe-Rouge himself is often absent from the stories.

The series was created by writer Creator/JeanMichelCharlier and artist Victor Hubinon (of ''ComicBook/BuckDanny'' fame) for the launch of the ''Pilote'' magazine; it survived that series by decades. When Hubinon died after the 18th album, Joseph "Jijé" Gillain (a noted comics veteran) and his son took over the art, until Jijé's death a few years later. The series then alternated between artists Christian Gaty and Patrice Pellerin, until Gaty definitely took over. When Charlier himself died, he was succeeded by Jean Ollivier, and then by Christian Perrissin. The series is currently on hiatus.

In France, this series is widely heralded as an adventure classic, with intricate plots and impressive historical [[ShownTheirWork research]]. Abroad, the characters are [[WeirdAlEffect mainly known for their spoof cameos in]] ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' (its writer, Creator/ReneGoscinny, was a friend of Charlier's, and they co-founded ''Pilote'' together).


* ArtShift: The transition from the clean style of Victor Hubinon to the messier style of Jijé and then Gary) was rather striking. And then there were the completely-different-looking adventures drawn by Pellerin...
* CoolShip: the various iterations of the ''Faucon Noir'' ("Black Falcon"), Barbe-Rouge's ship, are described with detailed diagrams to show how awesome they are.
* CorruptChurch: Most of the priest characters are associated with the Spanish, who are invariably bad guys. Some of the the later ones are full-blown {{Smug Snake}}s, and/or belong to the Inquisition. Their motives are always money- or power-related.
* CrazyPrepared: Triple-Pattes hides an incredible amount of stuff in his cane and peg leg.
* DamselInDistress: Several.
* DressingAsTheEnemy: a common tactic.
* TheDulcineaEffect: Eric. To the point that it sometimes exploited by the villains.
* GreatEscape: a common plot, our protagonists being mostly criminals (or at least wanted in several countries, without counting the rival pirates).
* MoralityPet: Eric acts as this for Barbe Rouge, who was much more blood thirsty and implacable before the start of the comic. Eric rejecting his adoptive father lifestyle led Barbe Rouge to partly giving up piracy and most of his murderous ways.
* PapaWolf: Barbe Rouge is known in-universe to be ready to get through Hell to save his adopted son Eric. Some villains use this to trap him. On the other hand, Barbe Rouge ''is'' one of the most fearsome pirate alive.
* {{Pirate}}: Duh.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Averted: Barbe-Rouge's crew do lots of real pirating, hence his nickname of "Demon of the Caraibes". On the other hand, Eric has chosen the slightly more legal job of corsair.
* PluckyMiddie: The cabin boy in some of the early stories.
* TheProfessor: Triple-Pattes
* RapePillageAndBurn: Barbe-Rouge's modus operandi. Minus the "rape" part, because he's (mostly) a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold gentleman]] and there was no way to get this past the censors anyway.
* RatedMForManly
* RedShirtArmy: the pirate/corsair crews often get reduced to only the main characters at the plot progresses.
* RenaissanceMan: Triple-Pattes knows a dozen languages, is an accomplished physician, and has at least cursory knowledge in most sciences
* RightUnderTheirNoses: A very common tactic of our heroes. Sometimes suicidal, often very, very effective.
* ScaryBlackMan: Baba (though mostly a GentleGiant, at least towards Eric)
* SecondaryCharacterTitle: the actual protagonist of the series is Eric, Barbe-Rouge's adopted son. Barbe-Rouge himself is absent from half the stories.
* SkeletonCrew: the ''Flying Dutchman''.
* SlaveGalley: happens to both Eric and Baba in the same adventure.
* SociopathicHero: Barbe-Rouge
* StormingTheCastle: Half the stories revolve around this plot. A few of them inverted it by having our heroes as the defenders.
* TreasureMap: A few stories revolve around either those or PirateBooty.
* WalkThePlank: mostly in early stories.
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen: the setting.