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[[caption-width-right:350:Damn Frenchies!]]
''Grandville, [[LongTitle A Detective-Inspector [=LeBrock=] of Scotland Yard Scientific-Romance Thriller]]'', is the title of a series created by [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} British]] comic artist Creator/BryanTalbot. Inspired by [[http://tinyurl.com/n3vthfx Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard's]] work of FunnyAnimal sketches (whose stage name was ''J.J. Grandville'', the [[MeaningfulName basis of the graphic novel's title]]), he made the graphic novel, along with inspiration from works of Creator/ArthurConanDoyle, Creator/QuentinTarantino and ComicStrip/RupertBear.

''Grandville'' is set in a fictional SteamPunk Europe, where UsefulNotes/{{France}} won UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars. The setting is full of [[FunnyAnimal anthropomorphic animals]]... although there have been appearances of [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy humans]]. The series stars [[PrivateDetective Detective-Inspector]] Archie [=LeBrock=] of UsefulNotes/ScotlandYard, a huge, muscular badger, solving mysterious cases along with his sidekick Detective Roderick Ratzi, a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin rat]].

The series has three books so far. The first book is simply titled ''Grandville'' released in October 2009, while the second book is titled ''Grandville: Mon Amour'' (''My Love'' in French) that was released in December 2010. The third book, "Grandville: Bête Noire" ("Black Beast") was published in 2012. The first book focuses on solving a murder of a British diplomat, [[spoiler:which soon revealed to be a conspiracy of the French forces which could lead to a British-French war]]. The second book is Archie tracking down a mad, escaped convict named Edward "[[AxCrazy Mad Dog]]" Mastock. The third book is set in France, beginning when [=LeBrock=]'s French colleague Rocher asks for help solving a murder case, but [[TheConspiracy it quickly turns out to be more than it seems]]. A fourth album, ''Grandville: Noel'' was released at Christmas 2013, in which Archie investigates a cult led by a charismatic unicorn, and its connection to a sinister political movement.

All books have been released in America by Creator/DarkHorseComics. See ''ComicBook/{{Blacksad}}'' for another similar series (but with less fantasy).
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!!Tropes:

* ActionGirl: Billie the prostitute from ''Noel''. She knocks out Apollo's guards during the mission to rescue Bunty by elbowing and headbutting them.
* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler:Prime Minister Drummond]] in the second volume, who's a rather affable chap even after it's revealed [[spoiler:he conspired with Woolf to kill off all of the other resistance leaders at the Brick Lane Massacre]], claiming IDidWhatIHadToDo.
* AlternateHistory: The setting is Britain that had lost the Napoleonic War 200 years ago, and the royal family were executed. It had then been part of the French empire until twenty-three years previous when it was begrudgingly given independence after a prolonged campaign of civil disobedience and anarchist bombings. Now it's called ''The Socialist Republic of Britain'', a small and unimportant country connected to the French Empire by the Channel railway bridge.
** The fourth book reveals that the divergence occurred much before then, [[spoiler: sometime around the Biblical Flood. When Noah's Arc reached the dry land, the arc was somehow occupied by sapient animals instead of humans and animals]]. Exactly what happened there, nobody is sure. It also reveals that the Christianity in the Grandville universe posits [[spoiler: Noah]] as God and is ignorant to the notion of the Abrahamic God as we know it, though it does have Jesus as an unknown specie. Knowledge to the contrary has been systematically destroyed over the centuries [[spoiler: except for one copy of the gospels that state Jesus was a ''human'' and a single copy of Genesis in Hebrew that includes the first six chapters before Noah and the flood]].
** Strangely, although a newspaper in ''Mon Amour'' gives the year as 2010 (which fits with the timeline of the Napoleonic Wars), 19th-century figures such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustave_Courbet Gustave Courbet]] and, it's implied, UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud are alive.
* AncientConspiracy: The ''Knights of Lyon'', the cult responsible for the murder. It is even connected to UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar.
** [[spoiler:They were wrong though, that it was actually the ''Knights of the Lion'', with the lion being Emperor Napoleon [=XII=]. In fact, the ''Knights of the Lion'' equates to TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: weapons dealer and newspaper owner Madame Krupp, The Prime Minister Jean-Marie Lapine, Reinhardt the Minister of War, the Archbishop of Paris, and Hyen the Chief of Police.]]
* AnimalStereotypes and AnimalMotifs: Largely averted. For example, the cops aren't canines at all. On the other hand, the emperor is a lion. Archie himself fits the stereotype of a steadfast and doughty badger.
* AristocratsAreEvil: [[spoiler:The ''Knights of [[strike:Lyon]]The Lion'']].
* BadassInANiceSuit: [=LeBrock=] is always sharply dressed, even when he goes off to kill a lot of people.
* BadassInDistress: Not for long, though. [[spoiler: [=LeBrock=] and Chance in ''Noir'' are temporarily hypnotized by Apollo then knocked out and tied up. [=LeBrock=] just uses his teeth to bite the ropes binding them when no one's looking.]]
* BadassLongcoat: Ratzi also belongs to that. Chance from ''Noel'' also has a good-looking brown duster.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: Do ''not'' call Apollo "John"]].
* TheBigGuy and by virtue GeniusBruiser: [=LeBrock=].
* BulletproofVest: [=LeBrock=] wears one under his waistcoat, though it looks to be like some sort of super-strong chainmail.
* CarnivoreConfusion: There's a scene involving [=LeBrock=] asking for a full English breakfast, which included meat. This is weird as there are, in fact, non-carnivorous anthropomorphic characters. The fourth book also mentions that some anthropomorphic animals do deviate from the diets of their -non-anthro counterparts. See also FurryConfusion.
* ChristmasEpisode: ''Noel''. Notably, [[spoiler:aside from a MacGuffin,]] the idea of Christmas doesn't play a huge role in the main events of the plot besides the fact that it's winter and the final scene has [=LeBrock=] at a Christmas party.
* CoDragons: [[spoiler:The Knights of the Lion.]]
** DragonAscendant: [[spoiler:Reinhardt became one after Lapine was killed, since he is the Minister of War. He dies soon enough though.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Aristotle Krapaud in "Bête Noire" is this, with a hint of WickedCultured Bond villain.
* ConspiracyThriller
* CulturedBadass: Detective Ratzi. He may look like a pampered gentleman, what with the monocle and bow-tie, but he can kick ass.
* DirtyCommunists: Averted as a whole. "The Socialist Republic of Britain" shows nearly nothing that we associate with Communism or Socialism other than a brief, sarcastic mention of being a "classless society". It almost comes off as [[InformedAttribute Informed Socialism]].
** The French Revolutionary Council is closer to actual socialism. According to the industrialists meeting at Toad Hall in "Bête Noire" the Council's policies include wide ranging nationalizations and universal healthcare and education.
** We are told that the enemy in French Indo-China are the "Communards," however.
* DissonantSerenity: Twice in book four. Once when Chance is pointing his gun at [=LeBrock=] and all he expresses is mild surprise [[spoiler: and once when Chance and [=LeBrock=] try to capture Apollo in a dressing room before a speech and point ''four'' guns at him. Apollo weaponizes this, using his calmer speech to catch them off guard and momentarily hypnotize them]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Ground Zero. Just Ground Zero.
** For those who haven't read the first book, much of the story is a metaphor for TheWarOnTerror.
** There are even protesters that are against the French war in Indo-China rallying in the streets of Paris!
*** This applies pretty much to the entirety of the whole book really.
** In ''Noel'', humans are not just a despised minority, but the one targeted by the Nazi-equivalents, and the Christianity of this world tends not to mention that Jesus was from this group (albeit through a conspiracy of silence rather than just glossing over it). Hmm...
* FantasticRacism: The [[PettingZooPeople anthro characters]] aren't too fond of the humans, calling them with racist terms (see FantasticSlurs below) and giving them menial tasks. According to [=LeBrock=], they've not made it to Britain because they weren't allowed passports, as they were not granted citizens' rights. Some information from the fourth book suggests that the antis-human prejudice has ''much'' deeper and bloody roots.
** The Archbishop in the first book expresses disgust at interspecies mating. It is uncertain if that is because he believes in the separation of races (akin to prejudice against mixed-race relationships) or simply because he sees it as a sign of general deviancy. Mrs's Doyle's ([=LeBrock=]'s housekeeper) comments in ''Noel'' suggest the former is the case.
** In the second book, a badger prostitute attempts to proposition two ducks, who turn her down because she "isn't even waterfowl."
** The fourth book has some notions that the United States is a better off compared to France and England. According to Chance, since the U.S. won a war of independence against France, "doughface" is a slur and humans and animals are treated equally.
* {{Expy}}: Chance from ''Noel'' looks a little like Clint Eastwood's "The Man With No Name".
* FantasticSlurs: French animal people call the humans as "doughfaces".
* {{Foil}}: Chance Lucas in ''Noir'' is this to [=LeBrock=]. He's also an agent from an outside country in France, he's pretty genial after the initial encounter, fights to disarm rather than to kill, and has much more sympathy compared to SociopathicHero [=LeBrock=].
* FrenchJerk: Something shown a lot in the first book. There's even a chef who would rather slit his own wrists than to serve an English meal.
** Admittedly, in this world France and England have an EXTREMELY hostile relationship, so this may be justified.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the third book, Rocher mentions that a cult has recently moved in to Paris and a bunch of places got robbed. It essentially sets the stage for the fourth book.
** Similarly, the ending of the fourth book seemingly reveals a character that had already been mentioned in the past as a future villain.
** Within the fourth book itself: during a fight with some mooks, Chance shoots them in the gun or the hand, disarming while doing little actual damage, then snidely comments on [=LeBrock=] for using excessive force. [[spoiler: Despite chasing down Apollo for revenge for his daughter's death, he can't kill him even at point blank with Apollo knocked out. Subverted when he kills Elwis Yorkshire, who was behind Apollo's fanatic cult.]]
* FullyDressedCartoonAnimal: All the animal characters.
* FurryComic
* FurryConfusion: In Coco's room, we see a bear rug.
** And at least two minor characters (one of which is a waiter) are fish. Fish that breath air.
** Other characters have been seen walking dogs or owning other non-anthro pets.
* {{Glamour}}: Part of what makes Apollo so dangerous is that, according to Chance, unicorns have this by default. ''Anyone'' who looks at them directly will trust them completely. Apollo enhances it with his knowledge of hypnotism and cult processes.
** GlamourFailure: [[spoiler: In ''Noir'', the unicorn Apollo's magnetism, and even his physical state, is completely tarnished when the horn is cut off.]]
* GunsAkimbo: [=LeBrock=] wields guns in the comic like this. This is also apparent in the ''Grandville'' cover.
* HellBentForLeather: André Pegasus.
* TheHero and the {{Sidekick}}: Archie [=LeBrock=] and Roderick Ratzi. Chance Lucas the human Pinkerton agent temporarily takes this role in ''Noel''.
* HeroicBSOD: [=LeBrock=] undergoes one at the beginning of ''Grandville Mon Amour'', following [[spoiler:the death of Sarah.]]
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Billie from ''Noel''.
* HumanoidFemaleAnimal: Surprisingly averted, as the male and female animal people have the same level of anthropomorphism.
** Though most of the female animals have human-style head hair, which all but two males animals lack...and those are a lion (his mane) and a hyena (who may have just slicked down his fur, from the looks of things).
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: [[spoiler: Prime Minister Drummond]] claims this in the second volume
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler: Drummond]] shooting two police officers in wide view of public. [[JustifiedTrope He himself admits]] that it was stupid and that he panicked.
* ImmuneToMindControl: Billie looks directly at Apollo, defined as having extreme charisma or able to enact MoreThanMindControl by looking someone in the eye, and is hardly affected by it.
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: Chance Lucas, the Pinkerton agent from ''Noel'', is not following cult leader Apollo because of the Pinkertons, but because his daughter was killed in the mass suicide before he fled for France. He gets his revenge not by shooting Apollo, but by killing Elwis Yorkshire.]]
* LikeRealityUnlessNoted: Throughout the series, we saw plenty of Christian churches and clergy. What we ''didn't'' see was that [[spoiler: the deity worshiped in the Grandville universe isn't God as we know it. It's ''Noah''. As far as everyone believed, Noah's Arc was ''the'' beginning]]. [[spoiler: Though a single complete version of Genesis in Hebrew exists.]]
* [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy Lions And Tigers And Humans And Robots Oh My]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Quite a few villains throughout the series are revealed to work for or be patsies of someone else:
** [[spoiler:None of the Knights of the Lion are the main villains, as they were doing it for Napoleon.]]
** [[spoiler: Mastock's prison break in the second book was orchestrated by [=LeBrock=]'s boss, Brigadier Belier. Belier in turn, did that on behalf of Prime Minister Drummond who wanted to cover up his involvement in a massacre during the British rebellion]].
** [[spoiler: Charismatic cult leader Apollo from the fourth book is revealed to be a mere pawn for his {{Conman}} mentor, Elwis Yorkshire. While Elwis did not plan Apollo getting consumed by messiah complex or the movement turning political, he [[XanatosSpeedChess kept playing him to remain on top]] all the while [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass pretending to be a frail old drunken man]].]]
* MatureAnimalStory
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: The nature of Apollo's magnetism straddles the two lines. Yorkshire admits that he taught Apollo about hypnotism and manipulation techniques but suggests that this only complemented his innate powers as a unicorn. Many characters insist unicorns are innately magical and magnetic and Apollo's ability to compel crowds just by appearing before them seems to support that. [[spoiler: It's lost when [=LeBrock=] cuts off his horn with a hacksaw.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: Even after [[spoiler: Apollo's hold over the masses is broken and everyone can see him for what he really is]], Bunty admits that she is still in love with him. In the end, she is the only one at his side as he dies.
* MrExposition: Chance has two moments in ''Noir'', once while explaining Apollo's past and a second time explaining how cult indoctrination works.
* MundaneUtility: Woe to anyone who tries to bind [=LeBrock=] with ropes; he can chew his way out.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Popular Unity Party in ''Noel'', complete with swastikas.
* PermanentElectedOfficial: The founder of the Socialist Republic of Britain and it's first Prime Minister is due to become this during the second book. Despite his respect for the Prime Minister, [=LeBrock=] disapproves the move, believing that it is the first step to becoming a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny. [[spoiler: In the end, he doesn't make it, having been revealed to have collaborated with Britain's former French military governor to massacre all of the other resistance leaders, and subsequently thrown off a building by [=LeBrock=]]].
* PowderKegCrowd: Taking place in a period of political upheaval, the books have a protest as a setpiece at least OnceAnEpisode. Sometimes, they turn violent.
** In the third book, a pro-human rally is marching in central Paris when [[=LeBrock=]] and Ratzi bump into the killer they've been looking for. A firefight breaks out, leading to a stampede.
** In the fourth book, an anti-human rally happens across a group of human terrorists who were planning to bomb the rally but were interrupted before they could enact their plan. The crowd correctly deduces their intentions, the humans panic and open fire and things just get worse from there.
** [[spoiler: After [=LeBrock=] and Chance cut off his horn and prevent his hypnosis/magnetism, Apollo's followers who came to see him immediately see him as a liar and a fraud and turn on him. We don't see what they do, but it looks as gory as the other deaths in the series.]]
* PettingZooPeople: Moreso even than usual, as the "animals" turn out to have animal heads on 100% human, furless, tail-less bodies. They occasionally do their bestial reactions, but generally they belong to this category.
* LaResistance: The English Resistance came in [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified both]] [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized varieties]]. There was the more mainstream anarchist/socialist forces (of which both [=LeBrock=] and his father were members), and then there were the Angry Brigade, who were vicious anti-French terrorists. Both sides have a notable distaste for each other
* ShirtlessScene: [=LeBrock=] hides in a steam bath, going nude with only a towel covering him. Also with Coco.
* ShoutOut
** Snowy/Milou, of ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' fame -- [[TearJerker as a delusional opium addict.]] In addition, the dreams Snowy mutters about in the scene where Brock is questioning him are all references to various ''Tintin'' adventures.
** Then there's [[ComicBook/SpirouAndFantasio the human bellhop at LeBrock's hotel]].
** ComicStrip/{{Becassine}} shows up at the hotel too.
** Doughfaces being from Angouleme is probably a reference to the Angouleme International Comics Festival, the biggest comics convention in Europe.
** [[Film/TheTreasureOfTheSierraMadre We don't need no stinkin' badgers!]]
** Some background characters in a jail in the second book evoke of Disney Characters.
** [=LeBrock=]'s reminiscing of his times in LaResistance seems evocative of ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' ("Frenchies Go Home"). Especially how [[NoodleIncident he refuses to elaborate any further]].
** An anthropomorphic Franchise/{{Marsupilami}} can be seen in the background in book two.
** French Prime Minister Jean-Marie Lapin is a reference to real-life French politician Jean-Marie Le Pen, former leader of the far-right Front National party.
** ComicBook/OmahaTheCatDancer appears on a poster.
** The second volume gives us [[Franchise/TheMuppets Miss Piggy]] as a French prostitute, as well as WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck as a pervert who wrongly confessed to the murder of the prostitutes, and French comic book character ComicBook/GastonLagaffe as a street tough who tries to mug Ratzi.
** The second volume also includes an aardvark ranting about women being evil temptresses and men being superior. [[ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark Sounds familiar...]]
** Prime Minister Drummond, who is a bulldog, is probably a reference to the "Bulldog" Drummond series of detective stories.
** The town of Nutwood is a reference to ''ComicStrip/RupertBear''. (And WordOfGod is that Billie is named after Rupert's friend Bill the Badger.)
** Baron Krapaud's home of Toad Hall shares its name with the residence of [[Literature/TheWindInTheWillows another aristocratic toad who infuriated a no-nonsense badger]].
** {{Paddington}} is seen chugging down a bottle near the beginning of the third book.
** In the fourth book we got [[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and Obelix]] speaking at a rally for human rights, and [=LeBrock=] teams up with special agent [[ComicBook/LuckyLuke Chance Lucas]].
** Bunty's bedroom in the fourth book has a poster of a [[Music/JustinBieber handsome beaver with "Justin" written underneath]]. Bieber means beaver in German.
* TheSixthRanger: Billie and Rocher.
* TheSmartGuy: Ratzi.
* SocialistRealism: The mural commissioned by the French Revolutionary Council in "Bête Noire" is this.
* SociopathicHero: [=LeBrock=] is capable of horrific brutality, even if all his targets are {{Asshole Victim}}s. [[spoiler:Just ask the Archbishop.]]
* SpeciesSurname: Very common, though some are subtler than others;
** French Prime Minister Lapine has the bonus of having a name that relates to rabbits (which he is) and the French nationalist politician Jean-Marie Le Pen (which Lapine also is).
** "Brock" itself is an archaic English word for a badger.
** The name of the mob boss Tiberius Koenig is a truly masterful application of this trope. Tiberius comes from Roman Emperor Tiberius who was noted to be a tyrannical ruler by historians. Koenig means "king". And of course, he is a [[spoiler: Tyrannosaurus Rex (literally, "Tyrant King")]].
* StarvingArtist: The Artists at "The Agile Rabbit" in "Bête Noire" lament about being this. It's soon revealed that they are merely without comissions at the moment, hinting that they're not as badly off as they like to portray themselves being.
* SteamPunk
* StiffUpperLip: Both Ratzi and [=LeBrock=] have this in spades. In the second book, Ratzi is mugged by two human street toughs and is only mildly annoyed, even when they try to stab him in the back!
* SwordCane: Both. [=LeBrock=] uses the standard sword-in-cane while Ratzi uses the cane-that-shoots-bullets version. [[spoiler: Elwis Yorkshire nearly shoots [=LeBrock=] with one at the end of ''Noel''.]]
* [[spoiler:TemporaryLoveInterest: Sarah from the first book.]]
* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: [[spoiler: Christianity in ''Grandville'' believes that the world began with Noah and the flood, and the actual species of Jesus Christ is not known. [=LeBrock=] finds out over the course of ''Noel'' both that a single copy of the entire Bible including the first six chapters of Genesis exists and that Jesus Christ was a human "doughface". The nun who translates this for him doesn't even want it for posterity's sake because it could upset the already tenuous balance of religion in this universe and gives it to [=LeBrock=] effectively to dispose of it. [=LeBrock=] ends up burning it in a fireplace.]]
* TortureAlwaysWorks: Or at least usually works. Archie tortures everyone he captures in Book 1, and gets results based on how much they know. If they know a lot he gets complete, accurate information in minutes.
* TranslationConvention: As France had ruled England for a few hundred years in the history of this world, every character is actually speaking French (which leads to some French idioms being directly translated to English). Early on the first book Ratzi asks what the weird language some country folk are speaking in, only to be told they're speaking English.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: It receives a passing mention but otherwise, there is very little in the second book to indicate that mere three weeks ago [[spoiler: France suffered a revolution after the French Emperor and his Government were practically wiped out in a bloody attack]].
** These events are followed up on in "Bête Noire", just as [[spoiler: [[BigBadFriend Lebrock killing his superior is discussed]]]]
* YouDirtyRat: Inverted with Detective Ratzi.
* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: [[CaptainObvious Goes without saying really]].
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