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

A 12-volume French comic series (the last two volumes are a prequel focusing on one character) written by Alain Ayroles (also author of the FracturedFairyTale comic ''ComicBook/{{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:

* ActionGirl: Hermine. She does not fight often, due to lacking in combat skills (at least compared to the other main characters), but never hesitates to jump into the action, and manages for instance to steer a large galleon to safety in the middle of a storm, and on the Moon becomes quite skilled at driving a house. In a FunnyBackgroundEvent, she forces Don Lope to ''sew'' in her stead while she replaces him... at cutting logs with an axe.
* ActualPacifist: Most of the selenite population (except the mimes).
* AccidentalAimingSkills: The pirate Captain shoots the rope Don Lope was dangling from, then comments to one of his subordinates who compliments him on the shot that he was actually aiming for Don Lope.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Spooneristic Smugglers (contrebandiers contrepeteurs).
* TheAdventureContinues: The last page of the main series ends up with Armand, Don Lope and Eusèbe [[spoiler: observing a Venitian parade with a beautiful masked woman pursued by sinister masked figures. The trio goes to her rescue but the story ends here]].
* AnachronismStew: Among many other things, the HeavyMetal concert onboard a pirate ship (with period instruments to boot).
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The main series ends with Armand, Don Lope and Eusèbe about to interfere with what seems to be a kidnapping attempt in Venice, which was how the whole story began in the first place.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Eusebe's backstory takes place in Paris under Louis XIII, so naturally we encounter lots of them.
%%** 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 drowned Greek-type building with statues. It is later referenced as having been in contact with the Selenites at some point in the past.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: How Armand wins against [[spoiler:Mendoza]] (though shutting up probably helped).
* BadassBandolier: The Rais carries four pistols like this during the YouShallNotPass moment.
* BaitAndSwitch: Armand finds "absurd" Prince Jean's order to his musicians to play a minuet while the heroes are fighting the mimes guards - he thinks another dance would have been more appropriate.
* BambooTechnology: Anything Bombastus builds. The guy managed to build a multi-storey tree-house, including an observatory and a winch-powered lift chair, using parts from shipwrecks. He eventually builds with TWO friggin' MOON ROCKETS.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Plaisant to Andreo; also Cigognac to Cap'tain Boone.
* BilingualBonus: Downplayed. Other than a few foreign words here and there (some of the Rais Kader's exclamations, Captain Boone's attempted mannerisms), the work is entirely in French.
* BigBad: Prince Jean for a good chunk of the story.
* BigBadWannabe: Prince Jean fancies himself the conqueror of the Moon, but he's a pampered noble who poses little threat by himself. The only reason his forces are a credible threat is because Mademoiselle does all the thinking for him and Mendoza leads his army.
%%* BigDamnHeroes: Several times, one with ''pegasi'' even.
* BittersweetEnding: The prequel books about Eusèbe's past, as expected, since they recount how he ended up being sent to the galleys. In addition, they feature a rather sad HeelFaceDoorSlam and [[spoiler:the meaningless murder of a harmless poet, Lisière]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Eusèbe and his brother Fulgence]] part on rather good terms, [[spoiler:Fagotin]] eventually turns away from his murderous grudge, and [[spoiler:Lisière's works will be published under his name]].
* 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.
* BrainyBrunette: Hermine (in stark contrast with [[DumbBlonde Séléné]]), as a HotGypsyWoman, is a brunette, and one of the most clever characters in the cast. Among other things, she successfully [[GuileHero manipulates the pirates captain]] and is the first to guess that [[spoiler:Séléné is the daughter of the king of the Moon]]. She is also shown to be able to perfectly operate the Selenite equivalent of a television, which Armand had failed to do.
* BreakingSpeech: The philosophers on the Moon bring the pirate crew into a metaphysical ground, leading them to question their own being.
* 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.
* BullyingADragon: Invoked. Colin insults the first people he sees carrying swords, because he really does want to fight them.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The series begins and ends with Don Lope and Raïs Kader duelling]].
** Also, the first and last pages of the series involve [[spoiler:the heroes attending a play in Venice and stumble upon a shady plot.]]
* 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).
* CallForward: Many in volumes 11 and 12, which are a prequel focusing on Eusèbe.
** Eusèbe learning to squeak like a rat.
** While selling hats, he stumbles under a pile containing not only Bombastus' hat but Armand and Don Lope's.
** A gypsy fortune teller manages to predict events happening to Eusèbe in the first three books, although in a way that makes the prediction more or less useless.
* CampfireCharacterExploration: While Armand and the rais Kader are held prisoner, Armand starts lamenting that he'll never see his beloved again. Kader tells Armand that once they break out and they get the treasure, Armand will get part of it, as Armand had previously stated that he'll help Kader find the treasure and rescue his daughter. This helps Armand wake up and start plotting escape.
* CannibalTribe: Subverted. The tribesmen do not eat other humans, they are simply fond of dog meat. On the other hand, they don't seem to mind that [[FunnyAnimal their food is clearly sentient]]...
* 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.
%%* TheCatCameBack
* TheCavalierYears: Set in the 17th century Mediterranean, Italy and Malta, and France for the Eusèbe-centered books.
* CharacterDevelopment: Don Lope manages to overcome his fear of rats when [[spoiler:a giant rat is about to eat Eusèbe]]. This is illustrated later where he imitates a rat while sneaking on board a ship: in the exact same circumstances, at the beginning of the series, he had imitated a cat instead, and Armand had mocked him for it.
* ChaseScene: The most memorable one occurs in book 2 when they are in Malta, and involves Armand chasing Plaisant for the map, then being chased along with Kader by the pirates, Don Lope chasing Andréo for Hermine, and Mendoza and the guards chasing them all. It ends in a gigantic collision involving a religious procession that had the misfortune of passing by.
* ClockPunk: Most of the Senelites' technology is based on this.
%%* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: [[spoiler: The pirates.]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Musketeers wear blue, guards wear red.
%%* 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, although he rarely displays actual cunning, but he is one of the most clever, quick-witted and cultured member of the cast.
* DarkActionGirl: Mademoiselle, who learned swordsmanship with the Maître D'Armes and is skillful enough to push Don Lope to fight seriously.
* DarkestHour: End of volume [[spoiler:8]]. [[spoiler:Mendoza conquered the Moon, the Moon Cadets are dead, the Maître d'Armes is captured, and Don Lope has been shot.]]
* DashingHispanic: Don Lope & [[EvilCounterpart Mendoza]].
%%* DeadpanSnarker: Armand.
%%* DeathByMaterialism
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The war at the end of volume 8, in red.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Bombastus claims that the white-skinned savages are obviously more open to discussion than their copper or ebony-skinned brethren.
* DefeatMeansFriendship:
** Averted when Eusèbe meets the musketeers. Leading the Cardinal's guards, Eusebe attempts to arrest them, but the new BigBad de Limon arrests them all. The musketeers declare him a WorthyOpponent in prison and cease all hostilities.
** It is the backstory for Armand's and Lope's friendship.
** As well as for Don Lope's father and [[spoiler:the Maître d'Armes]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Everything [[MeaningfulName Aldrin de Redondie]] says only describes what he is doing and thinking at the moment. Including when [[spoiler:he dies]].
* {{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 sadly doesn't get together with Séléné at the end. Séléné always mistook him for a loyal friend and not a romantic pretender and ends up falling in love with the Maître D'Armes, to Armand's sorrow.]]
* 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.
** Mendoza is ready to execute a bench of rowers for talking back to him.
* TheDitz: Séléné, especially in the last books. She is shown to enjoy watching mindless soap operas on the Sélénite equivalent of a television, and complains at being unable to understand poetry.
* 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. The "wild" ones are a FantasyCounterpartCulture of Amazonian natives.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
** The Maître d'Armes, even though he's obviously (for the audience) [[spoiler:Theatre/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.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Subverted with Fagotin, an intensely creepy-looking chimpanzee who's gone from street artist to hired killer.
* EvilTwin: Prince Jean to the King of the Moon, and Fulgence to Eusèbe.
* {{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]].
** Colvert and Souchet, while both ducks, are based on Colbert and Fouquet.
** Several characters are inspired by famous character from French plays.
*** Cénile is an Expy of Harpagon from Molière's The Miser.
*** The Maître D'Armes is a clear lift of Cyrano de Bergerac's character.
*** Séléné is at first an Expy of every Classical French play's young maiden character, but she then becomes an Expy of Roxane, a character from Cyrano de Bergerac.
* FeedItABomb: Don Lope defeats the giant rat by throwing a barrel of powder in its mouth and shooting it.
* FlyingDutchman: The eponymous Ship makes an appearance but unlike most depictions, it's an ordinary GhostShip who only periodically resurfaces because the horned fish it is impaled on also resurfaces.
* FoodPorn: The scenes where the characters are eating will feature at least one panel focusing on the food with minute detail. There is also a whole page dedicated to the feast Armand, Don Lope and Kader are having while barricaded in the pirate's ship larder.
* ForegoneConclusion: Montmorency was mentioned in a single line in the first book as having been killed by Don Lope in a duel, which caused their expulsion from France. Eusebe runs into him and rubs him the wrong way. [[spoiler:Montmorency ends up being killed off screen right before his appointed duel with Eusèbe, which would probably have turned badly for him]]
* ForScience: Bombastus' primary motivation. Which leads to problems since he'll work for Prince Jean as easily as the heroes.
* FunnyAnimal: * FunnyAnimals: The world of De Capes et De Crocs is sparsely populated by talking sentient animals who dress and speak like humans, and no difference is being made. The most prominent examples are Armand de Maupertuis and Don Lope Villalobos Y Sangrin, a fox and wolf who are part of the nobility, dress like humans and speak like humans despite identifying themselves as animals. 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 [[GullibleLemmings and falling to their deaths]].
** A lot of these occur when they are on the savage island, including a dog resisting attempts to being slaughtered for food and Hermine asking Don Lope to sew a sail while she cuts logs in his stead.
** Eusebe doesn't watch where he's going while carrying a large spit, to the chagrin of a cook's backside.
%%* FurryConfusion: Lampshaded several times.
* FurryReminder:
** When very pissed off, Montmorency (a dog) gets on all fours with teeth bared.
** Armand has no problem swallowing a live rat, and occasionally yelps when hurt. He also has difficulties controlling himself in the proximity of hens.
** Don Lope scratching his ear like a dog scraching a flea.
* GagNose: The Maître D'Armes proboscis is quite comparable to a bird's beak. Mentioning it within earful of him is also his BerserkButton.
* GambitPileup: Eusebe's story has multiple plots centering around the duc de Limon, a potential successor to Richelieu as Prime Minister. Eusèbe manages to get on both de Limon and Montmorency (who's opposed to Limon)'s bad sides.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton an apple]]...
** The two guards in the Turkish ship are discussing philosophy when they get knocked unconscious.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** One scene (not easily translatable) 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', he just goes "What should I say?" [[note]](To continue with the same gag would have given something like [[AssShove "I've been buggered!"]])[[/note]]
** Also, ''everything'' the spooneristic smugglers say is astonishingly vulgar once decoded.
%%* GoldFever: * GoldFever: Cénile, an Expy of Harpagon, is obsessed with gold and riches. It eventually leads to his doom when, playing among the golden leaves of the Moon, is covered in them and becomes a statue.
* GoodCopBadCop: The pair get a spy to talk by having Armand pretend to hold Don Lope, who is playing RabidCop, back so he doesn't stab him.
* {{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''.
* GuileHero: Hermine. While prisoner of the pirates, she manages to drive a wedge between the Captain and his crew and ends up freeing herself, along with Andreo and Plaisant (too bad they get soon [[spoiler:captured by the Selenites]] afterwards).
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Zigzagged. Eusèbe goes completely naked without attracting comment, while Armand and Don Lope go half dressed, not wearing pants.
* TheHeavy: Mendoza is the series' most iconic and recurring villain. Much like [[ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer Olrik]], he usually works as the DragonWithAnAgenda / TheStarscream for other villains.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: [[spoiler: De Limon]] in the prequel books. Just after Eusèbe's constant optimism, honesty and trusting nature managed to convince him to try amending his ways, [[spoiler:Fagotin shoots him]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Eusebe's pet pebble]] [[TakingTheBullet jumping in front of Mendoza's gun]] to save [[spoiler:Eusèbe]]. It is sadder than it sounds [[spoiler:as the pebble is actually "killed" by the bullet]].
* 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. Dark hair, hot temper, spends the first half of the series barefoot, and does not hesitate to use her charms to get her ways. She is quite chaste, though, and deeply in love with Don Lope.
* 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.]]
** Bombastus is introduced as overjoyed that finally has listeners who can critique his theories (the island only has parrots otherwise). However, when someone contradicts his theory he ignores it completely.
* IAmSpartacus: Subverted when the musketeers and the Cardinal's guards are facing the police:
--> '''Limon:''' Who are the leaders here?
--> '''Musketeers (StaringThroughTheSword):''' Us!
--> '''Guards (pointing at Eusebe):''' Him!
* 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
* InsigniaRipOffRitual: Done to Eusèbe after he gets arrested for participating in a duel (in fact trying to prevent it).
* 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!"
* InterserviceRivalry: A three-way version. While the musketeers and Cardinal's guards [[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers is well known]], the actual police force harasses both of them, leading to the musketeers making friends with Eusebe.
* InterspeciesRomance: Don Lope and Hermine, Armand and Séléné ([[spoiler:at least from Armand's part]]). Nobody seems to see anything wrong with them, so they must be rather frequent in this universe.
* IslandOfMystery: The Tangerine Isles, a mysterious archipelago said to harbor a great treasure and from which mysterious messages written in all languages invite adventurers to come take it.
* IsleOfGiantHorrors: The Tangerine Isles harbour giants crustaceans.
* 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 Moon Cadets, the Pebble, Mendoza.]]
** In the prequel, [[spoiler: Lisière and De Limon.]]
* LameComeback: Subverted. Eusèbe, unaware as always that he's being insulted, replies that Montmorency's ears are very large as well. This is considered a devastating comeback by the present company. Also counts as one of the multiple shout-outs to the play Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac.
%%* LaserGuidedKarma: [[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..."
* LoveTriangle: There are two main ones set in the story.
** First there's the love triangle between Armand, Séléné and Cénile, the latter of which is replaced by the Maître D'Armes.
** Secondly the love triangle between Don Lope, Hermine and Andreo.
* 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.
* ManlyTears: Don Lope breaks down when he think the Rais Kader is dead. Later, Don Lope starts telling Armand about his first marriage and the death of his beloved wife. Armand is welling up by the middle.
* MeaningfulName: Everybody. Sometimes with a BilingualBonus: Spilorcio for instance, means ''miser''.
* MessageInABottle: In French, English, Latin, Cannanean...
* 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 and 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.
* TheMillstone: Eusèbe, the rabbit. A small frail rabbit is hardly useful in an adventure story, but because Eusèbe is also naive and gentle, every bad guy play him like a fiddle against the heroes.
* MoneyForNothing: On the Moon, gold, jewels and other precious objects grow on trees. They use poems as currency.
* MoralityPet: Eusèbe comes close of becoming this for [[spoiler: Limon and his brother Fulgence]] in the prequel book. Sadly, [[spoiler: Limon is murdered and Fulgence decides to flee, though not before trying to help his brother escape prison]]
* MotivationOnAStick: How the Flying Dutchman is moved. It involves a giant octopus and a really big fish.
* MultinationalTeam: On the heroes' side, we have the French Armand, Eusebe, the Spanish Don Lope, the German Bombastus, the Turkish Rais Kader, the Venitians Andreo and Plaisant, and the gypsy Hermine. The villains are Venitian (Cénile), Spanish (Mendoza), and English ([[strike:Mister]] Captain Boone).
* MyInstinctsAreShowing:
** Armand has some trouble refraining from chasing chickens, and has nightmares involving hens.
** When feverish, Don Lope sits with his tongue hanging out like a dog would. He also mentions later having behaved like a normal (feral) wolf for some time after his wife died out of despair.
* NiceGuy: Eusebe, bordering on ThePollyanna in the prequel. The most scathing criticism he can find about an enemy is to say that he is "not nice" or "mean". He actually feels sorry for [[spoiler:[[BigBad Mendoza]] after his death]].
* 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. He is happy to slip into SavageWolf mode when required, and says he was one after his first wife died.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: [[http://www.kicswila.com/article-3706986.html Capitan Mendoza is the French actor Guy Delorme,]] who wrote the foreword to book 6 confirming it.
* NoodleIncident: In the main story, how Eusèbe was sent to the galleys in the first place: he always gets interrupted when he is about to explain it. The two prequel books cover this in detail (and, amusingly enough, end with Eusèbe endlessly recounting his whole story to his fellow galley slaves, to their utter boredom).
* NonHumanSidekick: Eusèbe (himself Non-Human Sidekick of two Non-Human Main Protagonists) has a pet animated rock.
* NonIndicativeName: Colvert and Souchet's respective right-hand-men are named Lesecq (the dried-up one) and Legros (the fat one), the first is obese and the other skinny.
* 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.
* OperationJealousy: Hermine, seeking to get Don Lope to act on his feelings, flirts with Andreo in front of him. It backfires spectacularly as Andreo is madly in love with her, and instantly grabs her and hauls ass for the church to get married.
* OrphansPlotTrinket: Séléné's pendant is embedded with a Moon Gem who proves that she is a Selenite but also the Selenite King's daughter.
* 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 to Hermine, making sure she's safe for when Lope gets back and telling Colin to stop flirting with her. [[spoiler:Appropriately enough, Hermine is his long-lost daughter Yasmina.]]
* {{Pirate}}
* PirateParrot: Averted with Captain Boone's... chicken, which he bought for three pieces of eight at St-Domingue, thinking it's a hoarse parrot. On the Moon he acquires what is essentially a mechanical parrot, which the Selenite call... a chicken[[note]]"Poulet" in French. In archaic French, a "poulet" meant a love note people would send each other.[[/note]].
** 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]]).
** Later, the (other) Porthos {{expy}} demands food in a Gascon accent, and just as easy to read.
* PlanetOfHats: Every region of the Moon has a different manner of speaking based on a figure of speech (Palindromians dress symmetrically and say the same thing backwards and forwards, Litotians understate everything, Redondians rephrase what was just said or state what they're doing out loud, etc.).
%%* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The pirates.
%%* RascallyRabbit: Eusèbe.
* RedFilterOfDoom: Tome 8's battle sequence is colored only in bright red and white to accentuate the drama and violence of the battle.
%%* RedOniBlueOni
* ReferenceOverdosed: From literature, theater, tv shows, cinema, comics, science, history...
* RenaissanceMan: The Maître D'Armes, as described by the Selenite:
-->'''Selenite Senators''': An exceptional being! At the same time a poet... a philosopher... an erudite... a scholar... brilliant... valiant... gallant...
-->'''Colin''': And what a schwashbuckler!
* RegalRinglets: Séléné; [[TheVamp Mademoiselle]].
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: When facing chimeras (Lunar creatures that turn into your worst fear), the ship's rats coalesce into a single giant rat the [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Skaven]] would be proud of.
* RousingSpeech:
** Captain Boone does this repeatedly as a morale-inducing method.
** Cigognac's speech, also a CMOA in its own right, especially since his previous attempt to emulate Captain Boone failed miserably.
** 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".
*** Turned on its head when Sabado introduces himself as "Sabado. That's all.", Lope calls him "Señor Thatsall".
** Also, variations on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Fourberies_de_Scapin "What the devil was he doing in that galley?"]]
** Bombastus missing each opportunity to travel to the Moon. [[spoiler:When he finally gets there, he ends up accidentally boarding the ship bringing our heroes back to Earth.]]
* SandIsWater: The non-dark side of the moon.
* ScarsAreForever: Andrea keeps the one he got from his [[spoiler:very nearly]] suicidal attack on Mendoza. Mendoza himself gets one courtesy of Armand in their first battle.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Bombastus gets these a lot in the last book.
* SceneryCensor: Briefly, when Hermine is bathing naked near the island.
* SceneryPorn:
** Gorgeous views of the sea and the Moon landscapes.
** In the prequel books, 17th century Paris is lovingly rendered as well.
%%* TheScrooge: Cenile
* SelectiveObliviousness:
** Captain Boone flat-out refuses to believe the chicken he carries on his shoulder is not, in fact, a parrot.
--> This is a parrot! I bought it for three pieces of eight in Saint-Domingue, 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 Creator/WilliamShakespeare, ''Literature/MobyDick'', the works of Creator/JulesVerne, and popular culture like ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', Creator/MontyPython, Creator/WaltDisney, ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'', Franchise/{{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 [[Music/ThePolice red]] because of an eclipse.
** While they have different names, the three Musketeers met by Eusebe are the usual caricatures of Athos, Porthos and Aramis. The name of the book? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_Years_After Twenty Months Earlier]].
** In the prequel, while Eusèbe is on trial for the murder of [[spoiler:de Limon]], one of the attendees comments that they did not follow the theory of [[WhoShotJFK the second rabbit]]. Amusingly enough, [[spoiler:the actual murderer is not a rabbit]].
* 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 Creator/MontyPython. Also probably either to [[{{Faust}} Johann(es)]] [[Theatre/DoctorFaustus Faust]] or UsefulNotes/JohannesGutenberg. 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 UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein.
* TheShowMustGoWrong: Hermine, Andreo and some of the pirates are forced to act in a play for the Senelites' benefits. It gets interrupted by Armand and Don Lope barging in fighting mimes, and the play soon degenerates in utter chaos. Fortunately, the Senelites think everything is AllPartOfTheShow and like it (the whole scene is also a CrowningMomentOfFunny for the reader).
* 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".
** Armand and Don Lope themselves met when they were fighting over a flag.
* SlaveGalley: 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!
* TheSpeechless: The Mimes, and indigenous people of the Moon, are mute, befitting their names. They communicate through gestures and instead of writing and reciting poetry, they use music instruments and pantomimes. Funnily enough, miming shouting somehow enables Mimes to communicate from a distance.
* StaringThroughTheSword: How the pirates salute [[spoiler: Eusebe's rock being cast into space.]]
** The musketeers proudly claiming responsibility for the duel in front of the authorities.
* TheStoic: Lunar duels are fought by each duellist grabbing the other's chin and reciting a sing-song, the loser being the first to crack up. [[spoiler:When Don Lope and Kader agree to resolve their duel this way, they're at it all day without flinching, leading to Armand, Eusebe and Hermine making ridiculous faces, ending in a mutual loss.]]
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: Used on a living stone. It seems like a parody, but then they start using acid....
* SuddenlyShouting: It doesn't take much to set Cenile off.
--> '''Cenile:''' You come to account for your mission's failure, having found no prisoner on the Turkish ship.\\
'''Don Lope:''' Even so. How came you to learn of it?\\
'''Cenile:''' I learned of it... BY DISCOVERING THE ABOMINABLE CONSPIRACY PLOTTED AGAINST ME BY MY QUASI-PARRICIDE OF A SON AND HIS DEMONIC SERVANT! THEY NEVER SET A SINGLE FOOT ON THAT STUPID GALLEY!\\
'''Armand:''' [[RunningGag Xebec.]]\\
'''Cenile:''' It was a plot to steal money from me! [[Theater/LAvare My money! My dearest money!]] They wanted to bankrupt me! They wanted to backstab the heart of a man on his knees!
* Swashbuckler: The serie's main genre, following two adventurous swordsmen who rescue women, fight bad guys, and generally have exciting adventures.
* SwordFight: Set around the 17th Century, people still mainly fight a sword at hand although regular soldiers and pirates may have guns.
* TakenForGranite: [[spoiler:Cenile's fate]], refusing to take cover in a gold forest results in him being coated in it during a storm.
%%* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler: Eusèbe's pet pebble.]] It is sadder than it sounds.
* TechnoBabble: Bombastus' theories.
* 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.
* TreasureMap: Prince Jean and his court, exiled on Earth, hides in the Tangerine Isles and has launched many treasure maps in all Terrian languages insisting that any wannabe-looter brings a Moonstone so he can one day return to the Moon.
* TribalCarry: When captured by the savage tribe.
--> '''Armand:''' 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 bigger haldberd.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Eusebe repeatedly does this, often without realizing it later, such as bringing a lit candle in a powder room, or a discussing the fearsome rats in a ship's hold while next to Don Lope (who has a crippling fear of rats) and surrounded by mist that turns into a person's worst fears, resulting in a bus-sized rat made of normal rats.
%%* 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 get one.
* 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... it turns out Lope had bitten one shark and was getting ready to stab another.
* WarriorPoet: Armand and the Maître D'Armes are good (in the Maître D'Armes' case, excellent) swordsmen who also appreciate poetry and arts, and can compose verses as they fight.
* WhamEpisode: The end of Volume 8. [[DarkestHour Dear God]], [[TearJerker the end of Volume 8]].
** To expand: [[spoiler:Mendoza successfully conquered 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]]''.
* WretchedHive: Paris, which it pretty much TruthInTelevision when hygiene was limited to emptying the chamberpot out the window.
* 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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