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''Cubitus'' (''Dommel'' in Dutch, ''Wowser'' in English) is a [[BelgianComics Belgian comic books series]], created by Dupa (1945-2000) in 1968. It's a surreal gag comic strip about a huge white and obese dog and his frequent run-ins with his AbsentMindedProfessor boss Sémaphore ("Semafoor" in Dutch, "Professor Dingy" in English) and cat neighbour, Sénéchal ("Balthasar" in Dutch, "Ratso Catso" in English).

The series debuted in the magazine "Tintin" near the end of the 1960s and quickly became one of their most popular features. Most episodes were gag comics consisting of one page. Some were much longer stories. Frequent [[RunningGag running gags]] had Sémaphore trying to make Cubitus behave more like a normal dog or get into the bath tub for a wash. The dog also tried to steal food on the sly, sometimes succeeding, often failing. The most frequent situation had Cubitus and Sénéchal trying to insult, fight or fool each other. As the series went on the gags often bordered to the surreal, with many [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment big lipped alligator moments]].

In the 1980s the comic strip series was adapted into in an anime series called Anime/{{Wowser}}. This increased the comic strip's notability and popularity and even inspired a short-lived magazine. The AnimatedAdaptation added two extra characters who didn't appear in the comic strip at all, Beatrice- an old woman with glasses- and Linda Lovely- an attractive young blonde. Compared to the original, however, the cartoon series was pretty much straightforward kids' entertainment, while the comic strip has a very peculiar eccentric and often surreal style that most younger kids wouldn't really understand at times.

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!!Tropes found in "Cubitus":

* AbsentMindedProfessor: Sémaphore (Professor Dingy, Semafoor).
* AmusingInjuries: Violent slapstick is a hallmark of the series.
* AnimalJingoism: With AnimalStereotypes. Cubitus and Sénéchal are rivals because they're a dog and a cat. Cubitus enjoys digging up and digging away bones.
* BadassMoustache: Sémaphore
* BigEater: Cubitus
* BiggerOnTheInside: Cubitus walks through several chambers of an opulent palace... and eventually emerges from his ordinary doghouse.
* BlindingBangs: In his earliest appearances, when he was still a dog walking around on all fours, Cubitus' eyes were hidden beneath his body hair.
* CartoonBugSprayer: In one gag Sémaphore's bug sprayer makes parts of the body invisible.
* CatsAreMean: Sénéchal is often depicted as mischievous, though Cubitus himself also enjoys beating the cat up for no particular reason than his own pleasure.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Cubitus' boss used to be a little boy, but he was PutOnABus at one point and replaced by Sémaphone.
* CreatorCameo: Dupa is often visited by the characters. Or sometimes appears to provide explanations to the story.
* DogsAreDumb: Cubitus is smart, though can be lured into traps by Sénéchal or Sémaphore too.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The early Cubitus comic strip depict Cubitus more like a real bobtail by having him walk around on all fours. Also, his hair hung in front of his eyes.
* ExposedAnimalBellyButton: Both Sémaphore and Sénéchal have them.
* FunnyAnimalAnatomy: Cubitus and Sénéchal walk on their hind feet. Cubitus has a fluffy yellow tail not seen on any bobtail.
* GagNose: Cubitus' nose is a frequent target.
* HumanlikeFootAnatomy: With HumanlikeHandAnatomy. Sénéchal and Cubitus both have no problems walking upright on two legs and they are also capable of using their front paws as hands.
* ImpossibleTask: In one gag Cubitus engages Sénéchal in a battle of knowledge. He asks him several increasingly difficult questions, but to his frustration Sénéchal knows the answer to each one of them. Finally Cubitus gets fed up with this and asks the cat whether he is able to count to five in three seconds? Sénéchal tries, but fails, to which Cubitus shouts: ''Too late!!'' and smashes his head in with a sledge hammer appearing out of nowhere. Then he says: ''He couldn't possibly know EVERYTHING!''.
* InterSpeciesFriendship: Cubitus the dog and Sémaphore, a human.
* MadScientist: Sémaphore
* MonaLisaSmile: One gag has Cubitus change a painting Sémaphore made of the Mona Lisa by drawing his own face on it.
* TheRival: Sénéchal and Cubitus.
* RunningGag: Sénéchal and Cubitus trying to trick each other or beat each other up.
* ShoutOut: Dupa enjoyed making shout-outs to history, comic strips, old movies,... and a lot of stuff his youtful target audience wouldn't get, including Music/TheBeatles, Creator/TheMarxBrothers, Franchise/{{Tintin}}, ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer, ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}, ComicStrip/{{Becassine}}, Creator/GeorgesMelies, Film/KingKong, history... the list goes on. For example, one gag features Cubitus in the role of Creator/MichelangeloBuonarroti, trying to think up new things to paint, and one of them is Tintin.
* TalkingAnimal: All animals talk and walk on two feet in this comic strip.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Cubitus, in his earliest appearances.
* ToonPhysics: Used often.
* TheYellowMShoutOut: In ''L'ami ne fait pas le moine'', pages 38 and 39 of the comic book were spoofed.

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