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[[caption-width-right:350:[[DashingHispanic Don Lope]], [[HotGypsyWoman Doña Hermine]], [[CunningLikeAFox Armand de Maupertuis]], and [[RascallyRabbit Eusèbe]].]]

A 10-volume French comic series written by Alain Ayroles (also author of the FracturedFairyTale comic ''{{Garulfo}}'') and illustrated by Jean-Luc Masbou.

In Europe of the 17th century, two noblemen united by [[HeterosexualLifePartners an indestructible friendship]], Don Lope de Villalobos Y Sangrin, a rash and impulsive Spanish wolf, and Armand Raynal de Maupertuis, French Gascon fox poet, dash into an epic adventure in search of the treasure of the Tangerine islands. During their trip, which will lead them to the borders of the world, and even elsewhere, they will meet their companions of adventure: Eusèbe, a naïve but cunning rabbit, Raïs Kader, who hides a generous personality under surly airs, and promises Lope a duel to the death but becomes his friend, Doña Hermine, Don Lope's lover, who hides [[SlapSlapKiss a similar feeling]], Séléné, Cenile's adopted child, who lives an idyll with Armand, and Bombastus, learned German so cultivated as to be annoying. Besides this heterogeneous troupe, they will also meet Andreo, Séléné's brother and his servant, Plaisant, a troop of pirates without scruples, a ruthless ''capitàn'' and strange exiles from the moon...

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!!''De Cape et de Crocs'' provides examples of:

* ActualPacifist: Most of the selenite population (except the mimes).
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Spooneristic Smugglers (contrebandiers contrepeteurs).
* AnachronismStew: Hoooo boy, where to start... Let's just mention the Music/HeavyMetal concert onboard a pirate ship (with period instruments to boot) and leave it at that.
* AndTheAdventureContinues
* AristocratsAreEvil: Prince Jean and [[TheVamp his sister]].
* ArtEvolution: In the first book, Rais Kader looks like an Arabian [[SuperMarioBros Mario]], he nows looks more the {{Badass}} he's supposed to be.
* {{Atlantis}}: Mentioned (as being a myth). At one point, our heroes are stranded on a tiny patch of rock in the middle of the ocean, which is later shown to be the roof of a Greek-type building with statues, but nothing else is made of it.
** It is referenced later as having been in contact with the Selenites at some point.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis / CombatClairvoyance: How Armand wins against [[spoiler:Mendoza]] (though shutting up probably helped).
* BadassBandolier: The Rais carries four pistols like this during the YouShallNotPass moment.
* BambooTechnology: TWO friggin' MOON ROCKETS.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Plaisant to Andreo; also Cigognac to Cap'tain Boone.
* BigBad: Prince Jean for a good chunk of the story.
* BigDamnHeroes: Several times, one with ''pegasi'' even.
* BilingualBonus: Don Lope often slips back to Spanish when excited or angry.
* BlessedAreTheCheesemakers: The Moon has some fromage trees.
--> '''Cigognac:''' After all, there is such a thing as a breadfruit tree...
* BloodKnight: A very downplayed one: Colin is suffering from bellicism, very rare among the peaceful Selenites, and it makes him attempt to pick fights with everyone he meets.
* BrainsAndBrawn: The two main characters are both excellent swordsmen, but Don Lope is notably more hot-blooded and eager to go into a fight, when Armand is more intellectual and diplomatic.
** Lope has also proven to be physically stronger and a better fighter than Armand, he has been able to fight and even win against the Sword Master. It even becomes a plot point near the end of the series.
* BrutalHonesty: Don Lope has a moment of this when he begs Armand not to fight [[spoiler:the Maitre d'Armes]] and let him go in his stead, because he's simply the better swordsman. Armand, who's already dealing with [[spoiler:Selene possibly preferring the Maitre d'Armes to him]], does not take it well.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The series begins and ends with Don Lope and Raïs Kader duelling]].
* CallBack: In volume 8, the heroes sneak onto the ship in exactly the same way as the first book (down to the mimes making the exact same gestures as their Turkish counterparts).
* CannibalTribe: Subverted. [[TalkingAnimal Sort of...]]
* CardCarryingVillain: Mendoza. Especially obvious when he rants about how Eusebe's appareance, personnality and behaviour represent everything he hates.
* CarnivoreConfusion: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] several times for laughs.
* [[strike:The Cat]] [[TheCatCameBack The Squid Came Back]]
* TheCavalierYears: Set in the 17th century Mediterranean, Italy and Malta specifically.
* ChaseScene
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler: The pirates.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Mendoza
* CommediaDellArte: Hermine and the Pirates are forced to perform one of these in Volume 4 for the benefit of their Selenite captors. The performance is rather lackluster until Don Lope and friends burst on the scene to confront their rivals. Fortunately for all involved, the audience thinks it's AllPartOfTheShow.
** The entire series is written in this style as well.
* CunningLikeAFox: Armand de Maupertuis, of course.
* DarkestHour: End of volume [[spoiler:8]].
* DashingHispanic: Don Lope & [[EvilCounterpart Mendoza]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Armand.
* DeathByMaterialism: See TakenForGranite below.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The war at the end of volume 8, in red.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Everything [[MeaningfulName Aldrin de Redondie]] says only describes what he is doing and thinking at the moment.
* {{Determinator}}: All the heroes, to some extent, but the Rais gets a good one at the beginning: when it seems the map has been stolen (and so all hope of obtaining the treasure to raise his fleet), he declares it to have been written, and so will continue to scour the seas until they run red with blood.
* DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler:Mendoza]] would have never imagined that [[spoiler:Armand could counter his secret and fatal move]].
* DidNotGetTheGirl: [[spoiler:Armand and Andreo.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: When the Rais' men lose the map, he orders his ship's mast to be sharpened, so he can impale a dozen or so sailors as an example.
* TheDitz: Séléné
* DopeSlap: One pirate [[MinionWithAnFInEvil who doesn't realize they don't need to keep up the honest merchant act]] anymore gets one.
* DragonInChief: Mendoza
* DumbBlonde: Séléné and, especially, Andreo.
* EasilyForgiven: It seems the squid doesn't hold grudges for cutting off one of his tentacles and using him as a carrot.
** It seems to have regenerated, [[JustifiedTrope so...]]
* EnemyMine: In the first book, Spaniard ("and therefore bastion of Christianity") Don Lope has to team up with the Ottoman (and Muslim) Rais Kader. They get over it - [[VitriolicBestBuds mostly]].
** In a darker tone, Armand and Mendoza.
* EnemyMime: The Mimes are assumed to be ferocious savages.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Maître d'Armes, even though he's obviously (for the audience) [[spoiler:CyranoDeBergerac.]]
** Also the Rais Kader, which translates to Boss Kader.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The giant squid.
* ExpressiveHair: The Rais Kader's mustache. Droopy when depressed or confused, horizontal otherwise.
* EvilTwin: [[strike:Two]] Three sets, we have yet to see [[spoiler:Eusèbe's.]]
** [[spoiler:[[RiddleForTheAges And we never will]].]]
* {{Expy}}: Cap'n Boone is Blackbeard.
** Aldrin, Colin and Fort-à-Bras are [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers Aramis, Athos and Porthos respectively]] and also musketeers InSpace: Fort-à-Bras translates as Strong-of-Arm or [[ShoutOutThemeNaming Armstrong; Colin and Aldrin are for Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin]].
* FoodPorn
* ForScience: Bombastus' primary motivation.
* FunnyAnimal: Don Lope and Armand, obviously. Eusebe is rather a TalkingAnimal.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: All the time. One of the earliest examples is the living roots (?) escaping from the vats of the Kabbalist that Kader visits at the beginning in Venezia [[{{Lemmings}} and falling to their deaths]].
* FurryConfusion: Lampshaded several times.
* {{Galley Slave}}s: With the requisite [[AllDrummersAreAnimals lunatic drummer]], [[WhipItGood whip-toting guards]], and slave uprising when the ship is attacked. When the ship's crew is put on the lifeboat, the drummer is still banging away.
** Also, due to the RunningGag of referring to every ship as a galley, we get this exchange, as Don Lope and Armand have snuck onto the Rais Kader's ship:
--> '''Don Lope:''': Ola, amigos! We are Christians, like you! We've come to rescue you from the Barbary scum!\\
'''Armand:''' Once again, Don Lope, this is not a galley, but a zebec. A zebec is a sailboat...\\
'''Don Lope:''' So these people in the hold are not galley slaves?\\
'''Armand:''' No!\\
'''Don Lope:''' But Turkish sailors?\\
'''Sailors:''' YES!
* GeniusBruiser: One of the three recurring pirates comes up with the theory of gravitation. Note that he comes up with it after Bombastus hit him on the head with [[IsaacNewton an apple]]...
** The two guards in the Turkish ship are discussing philosophy when they get knocked unconscious.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: One scene (sadly untranslatable) has our heroes break free from the pirates and attack, the pirates loudly proclaiming what body parts were hit, using words containing those body parts (a possible translation would be: "My arm! I've been disarmed!"). So when it's the guy who got bit in the ass's turn, he just goes "What should I say?" (To continue with the same gag would have given something like [[AssShove "I've been buggered!"]])
** Also, ''everything'' the spooneristic smugglers say is astonishingly vulgar once decoded.
* GoldFever: Cénile.
* [[GoodCopBadCop Good Cop]] RabidCop
* {{Greed}}: Cenile is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Miser Harpagon]] turned UpToEleven.
* GrowsOnTrees: There is an island where cheese and eggs grow on trees. It's later revealed they come from the moon, where almost ''everything'', including precious gems and gold, grows on trees. Selenites think of gold as annoying weed. The only currency on the moon is ''poetry''.
* TheHeavy: Mendoza is the series' most iconic and recurring villain. Much like [[BlakeAndMortimer Olrik]], he usually works as the DragonWithAnAgenda / TheStarscream for other villains.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Eusebe's rock.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lope and Armand. Also, Andreo and Plaisant.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: The Selenites refer to someone being not quite right in the head as being terratic (where we would use lunatic).
* HorseOfADifferentColor: While there are horses and pegasi on the Moon, giant ducks are an alternate form of transportation.
* HotBlooded: Don Lope.
--> ''Armand'': You'll have to excuse him, it's in his nature to think with his arteries.
* HotGypsyWoman: Hermine
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: When Don Lope believes Kader to be lost at sea, his reaction to the loss of his [[VitriolicBestBuds enemy turned adventuring companion]] is to let out an angry scream: "We were supposed to have a duel!"
* HurlItIntoTheSun: [[spoiler:Prince Jean's]] fate. Though it's mentioned that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrano_de_Bergerac_(writer) the sun is an inhabited planet like the moon]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: Armand is particularly fond of this trope.
* HypocriticalHumor: Armand sees Don Lope barrel past on an amputee's cart waving his sword, chasing a sedan chair blinded by Eusebio, asking how one can engage in such farcical behavior. Then he points his sword at Plaisant, on which are skewered several vegetables and a squid.
** When the pirates threaten to eat the remaining captives, Lope says they wouldn't hesitate to feed on human flesh... [[SavageWolves while looking as realistically rabid wolf-like as you please.]]
* IAteWhat: Don Lope, learning he very likely just ate a dog.
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:Armand]] is about to jump from a cliff in despair from [[spoiler:losing Selene to the Maître d'Armes and being stranded on the Moon without his friends]] when [[spoiler: the Rock arrives to warn him that his friends have been captured by Mendoza]].
* ItsAllAboutMe: Prince Jean
* InsistentTerminology: Boney Boone wants to be called ''Captain'', but nobody seems to remember to call him that. Later inverted since he's trying to pass for a civilian, leading to: "Captain Boone!" "That's '''Mister''' Boone!"
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: Bombastus' flying machine and moon rockets fly because of the noise generated by explosions... at least, that's how he explains it.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: [[spoiler:Armand]].
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The panicky pirate, The Pebble, Mendoza.]]
* LaserGuidedKarma / KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Cenile]]
* LargeHam: Captain Boone, but the others show some signs as well, especially during the theater sequence.
** The resident MadScientist's name is [[LargeHam Bombastus]].
* LetsGetDangerous: Armand stops rhyming and starts fighting in the final battle. It works.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: With no explanation whatsoever.
* LongList:
** "... les cornemuses, mais aussi les luths, les violes, les violons, les harpes, les clavecins, les hautbois, les bombardes, les flageolets, les pipeaux, les binious..."
* MacrossMissileMassacre: The heroes' aerial escape route ends up taking them ''through'' Bombastus' extravagant fireworks show.
* MadBomber: Bombastus tends to put a little too much gunpowder in his fireworks.
* MadScientist: Bombastus
* ManHug: Between Lope and Armand, all the time. Fellow badasses Cap'n Boone and the Rais Kader share one.
* MeaningfulName: Everybody.
** Sometimes with a BilingualBonus: Spilorcio for instance, means ''miser''.
* MessageInABottle
* MediumAwareness: Sort of. The beginning of the third book has Armand and the Rais on an curtained elevated platform reading documents, then three sharp raps are heard. They look up, clear their throats, and then start talking, as if they were on a stage. (The raps coming from Don Lope hammering on a shell to crack it open).
* MilkingTheGiantCow: Many characters are seen gesticulating wildly in the background.
** The pirates with their panic attacks.
** When Armand gets a little too caught up in his poetry and starts ChewingTheScenery, Don Lope starts imitating him for a laugh.
* MightyWhitey: Inverted. The NobleSavage finds a tribe of primitive white-skinned men and is treated as a god before he convinces them otherwise.
* MoneyForNothing: On the Moon, gold, jewels and other precious objects grow on trees. They use poems as currency.
* MotivationOnAStick: How the Flying Dutchman is moved. It involves a giant octopus and a really big fish.
* NiceHat: Most everybody has one, but Bombastus keeps his the longest.
* NobleSavage: Double subverted; the members of the savage tribe are caucasian. The only black-skinned member of their village is very educated.
* NobleWolf: Don Lope is this in two ways. One, he greatly values friendship and he's part of the hero group; two, he's literally a noble wolf by virtue of his nobleman status.
* NoodleIncident: How Eusèbe was sent to the galleys in the first place. It apparently involves being framed for murder.
** It is supposed to be the subject of two upcoming prequel books by the same authors.
* NonHumanSidekick: Eusèbe (himself Non-Human Sidekick of two Non-Human Main Protagonists) has a pet animated rock.
* NotSoStoic: Don Lope, upon the Rais Kader's disappearance.
* ObliviousToLove: [[spoiler: Séléné]] to [[spoiler: Armand]]
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Bombastus and the Maître d'Armes.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Don Lope and Rais Kader to each other. When Don Lope believes the Rais Kader gone, he cries out that [[HowDareYouDieOnMe he didn't have the right]] to deny him their duel. Later, the Rais tells a badly-wounded Lope that they still have their duel to fight.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Séléné's necklace.
* OverlyLongName: Don Lope de Villalobos y Sangrin, Messire Armand Raynal de Maupertuis, but the award goes to Herr Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus von Ulm]].
* OverprotectiveDad: Rais Kader, once he gets his daughter back.
* {{Pirate}}
** And corsairs, and freebooters...
* PrecisionFStrike: Only once in the whole series, addressed to a fish, and [[BilingualBonus it's in Spanish]] ([[SonOfAWhore but not even hard to figure out]]).
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The pirates.
* RascallyRabbit: Eusèbe.
* RedOniBlueOni: See BrainsAndBrawn, above.
* ReferenceOverdosed: From literature, theater, tv shows, cinema, science, history...
* RegalRinglets: Séléné; [[TheVamp Mademoiselle]].
* RousingSpeech: Cigognac's speech, also a CMOA in its own right. Captain Boone does this repeatedly as a morale-inducing method.
** On the evil side, Mendoza is good at this.
* RunningGag: Don Lope de Villalobos y Sangrin never gets a chance to fully introduce himself. The closest he ever gets is "De Villalobos y". Also, variations on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Fourberies_de_Scapin "What the devil was he doing in that galley?"]]
* SandIsWater: The non-dark side of the moon.
* ScarsAreForever: Andrea keeps the one he got from his [[spoiler:very nearly]] suicidal attack on Mendoza.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Bombastus gets these a lot in the last book.
* ScheduleSlip: Up to two years between books. Lampshaded at one point when Armand, who was in a cooking pot at the end of the last book, notes "It feels like I've been cooking in here for a year!"
* SceneryPorn: Gorgeous views of the sea and the Moon landscapes.
* TheScrooge: Cenile
* SelectiveObliviousness: Captain Boone flat-out refuses to believe the chicken he carries on his shoulder is not, in fact, a parrot.
** "And the reason it doesn't speak is because it has a sore throat!"
** He also does not (or pretends not to) recognise an actual parrot when he encounter ones.
** Bombastus refuses to acknowledge the pirate's theory of "gravitation" over his own. With ScaryShinyGlasses no less.
* ShootTheRope: Subverted. [[spoiler: "Well, I was trying to shoot him in the head..."]]
* ShoutOut: Too many to count, including references to the ''Roman de Renart'', classical French theater and literature, but also Shakespeare, ''Literature/MobyDick'', the works of Creator/JulesVerne, and popular culture like ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', Creator/MontyPython, Disney, ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'', {{Rambo}}, Franchise/{{Batman}} and Robin...
** Cenile's gold scene is likely a ShoutOut to a similar scene in ''La Folie des Grandeurs''.
** A musical one: when [[spoiler: Séléné]] tells the Weapon Master that she would like to be called [[Theatre/CyranodeBergerac Roxane]], she stands under the glow from the Earth which is [[ThePolice red]] because of an eclipse.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming: See {{Expy}} above.
** Also, the last part of Don Lope's last name, "y Sangrin", refers to the wolf's name in the ''Roman de Renart'', Ysengrin (whose wife is called Hermine by the way). Similarly, the fox's estate in this tale is called Maupertuis.
** Bombastus Johannes Theophrastus Almagestus Wernher von Ulm calls out to Paracelsus (full name: Philippus Aureolus Paracelsus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim), the Greek astronomer Ptolemy (whose main work is the ''Almagest''), Wernher von Braun, and Monty Python. Also probably either to [[{{Faust}} Johann(es)]] [[Theatre/DoctorFaustus Faust]] or Johannes Gutenberg. Oh, and Ulm is home to the unlucky early flying/gliding pioneer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albrecht_Berblinger Albrecht Ludwig Berblinger ("the Tailor of Ulm", 1770-1829)]] and the birthplace of AlbertEinstein.
* SillyReasonForWar: When our heroes are stranded on a rooftop in the middle of nowhere, Don Lope and Kader are once again arguing, this time insulting their respective country's military ability. When Armand wearily asks what started it ''this'' time, Eusebe replies "A periwinkle".
* StaringThroughTheSword: How the pirates salute [[spoiler: Eusebe's rock being cast into space.]]
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Cenile's fate]], refusing to take cover in a gold forest results in him being coated in it.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler: Eusèbe's pet pebble.]] It is sadder than it sounds.
* TechnoBabble: Bombastus' theories.
* TheShowMustGoWrong
* TimmyInAWell: With a ''[[ExaggeratedTrope rock]]''.
* TitleDrop: Kind of, capes and fangs are mentioned in the same sentence.
* TooDumbToLive: Andreo is not able to see that the "honest merchants" he tries to hire on a treasure hunt are pirates.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Used on a living stone. It seems like a parody, but then they start using acid....
* TribalCarry: When captured by the savage tribe.
** "Degrading! This is degrading!"
* TrueCompanions: The main cast gradually becomes this [[FireForgedFriends through the story]].
* {{Understatement}}: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litotes Litotiens']] hat. The [[BigFancyHouse enormous palace]] of the no less gigantic [[TheBigGuy Fort-à-Bras]] on the other side of a mountain is described as "the scrawny guy's hut behind the hill".
** When everyone else is delivering {{Pre Ass Kicking One Liner}}s / {{Badass Boast}}s, he claims he's going to "[[CurseOfTheAncients scold these rascals]]" [[SlasherSmile with a great big smile]] and [[AnAxeToGrind an even huger haldberd.]]
* TheVamp: Mademoiselle
* ViewersAreGeniuses: You need a good knowledge of French literature and theater to spot all the references.
** And movies and music and comics and English literature and...
** Even before that, you need a very good vocabulary. The poetry battle and the encounter with the philosophers were especially bad.
* VillainExitStageLeft: At the end of Album 9.
* VillainSong: The pirates and the Prince.
* VisualPun: A court clerk is seen writing with a cat on his desk. In French, "greffier" refers to the job but it is also a cat in argot.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Don Lope and the Rais Kader grow into this.
* VolleyingInsults: The aforementioned rap battle.
* WalkThePlank: [[spoiler:Mendoza]] inflicts this to [[spoiler:Eusebe]].
** The pirates do this to Don Lope as well. When Armand sees blood and jumps off... [[{{Badass}} it turns out Lope had bitten one shark and was getting ready to stab another.]]
* WhamEpisode: The end of Volume 8. [[DarkestHour Dear God]], [[TearJerker the end of Volume 8]].
** To expand: [[spoiler:Mendoza successfully conquerred the Moon, the Weapon Master was overrun after a LastStand with Eusèbe at his side, and Don Lope has been shot unconscious, possibly dead. And some secondary characters have been killed during the battle]].
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: I love you... Maître d'Armes!]]
* WideEyedIdealist: Cigognac aspires to [[ThePiratesWhoDonTDoAnything the pirates who don't do anything]] lifestyle, so the repeated betrayings of that ideal come close to breaking him.
* WorldOfHam: Given how often they seem to be actual theatrical performers...
* WorthlessYellowRocks: On the moon, gold and gemstones grow on trees. The Selenite chamberlain gets confused when he hears Earthlings attribute any value to them.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Don Lope is afraid of rats.
** The pirates are afraid of rabbits, ghost ships, and even ''[[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking metaphysics]]''.
* YouFightLikeACow: Armand's first battle against Mendoza and against the Maitre d'Armes. In the other battles, it's mostly him monologuing (in rhyme no less).
* YouShallNotPass: "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fontenoy Messieurs les mimes, tirez les premiers!]]" "These dogs will know the fury of a janissary!" "''[[BadassCreed No pasaran!]]''"
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Plaisant, despite looking like he's in his forties, is actually the same age as Andreo and Selene.
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