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''Spirou et Fantasio'' (''Spirou and Fantasio'') is one of the most successful [[FrancoBelgianComics Belgian comic book]] adventure series, spawning various spin-off series and two {{Animated Adaptation}}s (one in 1992-1995, the other in 2006-2009).

Spirou is an intrepid hotel groom/reporter. With his sidekick Fantasio and his pet squirrel Spip, he has many adventures over the globe, fighting {{Mad Scientist}}s and evil dictators, but also doing a fair bit of actual reporting on the side.

This series has the distinction of being one the few "work for hire" franchises of Franco-Belgian comics (most of them are owned by their initial creators or their estate). As such, various authors worked on the main series over the years:

* Robert "Rob-Vel" Velter was commissionned to create the Spirou character to headline the new eponymous weekly "Le Journal de Spirou" magazine. He wrote and drew Spirou's adventures from 1938 to 1943, after which the war prevented him from continuing; his publisher bought the rights to the series and has had various creative teams work on it ever since. These adventures have never been reprinted and are mainly known for the introduction of Spirou's pet squirrel Spip.
* Joseph "Jijé" Gillain (already a well-known veteran, now mostly remembered for drawing the Western series ''Jerry Spring'') then took over the series (as well as a lot of publisher Dupuis's strips). He introduced Fantasio, whose garish costumes and gaffes made the perfect wacky [[SideKick Sidekick]]. Overwhelmed by having to handle too many series at once, he gave most of them to the care of various young artists he had groomed for that purpose.
* Creator/AndreFranquin took over ''Spirou et Fantasio'' around 1948 (though Jijé did a few stories after the formal switchover). [[MyRealDaddy He is credited for creating the most well-known parts of the Spirou universe]], including Champignac, the Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}, Zorglub and ComicBook/GastonLagaffe. At the end of Franquin's run, the series received the input of Michel "Greg" Regnier for plots, grounding Spirou's adventures in a more realistic geopolitical context. By the beginning of the '70s, Franquin grew bored of the character and left the series (though he kept the rights of a few of his creations, including the Marsupilami and Gaston Lagaffe).
* Young artist Jean-Claude Fournier then took over the series, updating slightly the look of the characters and giving the characters a more [[AuthorTract militant]] outlook.
* In the 1980s, publisher Dupuis found Fournier too slow and started looking into other creative teams, with three of them working at the same time. Nicolas Broca & Raoul Cauvin's contribution (three albums) were quickly abandoned], as well as Yves Chaland's retro take, in favor of Philippe "Tome" Vandevelde & Jean-Richard "Janry" Geurts. They reached a commercial and critical success by updating Franquin's tradition, often with a slightly DarkerAndEdgier mood. They also launched the [[SpinoffBabies spin-off series]] ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'' (about Spirou's youth), which took a lot of their time: after a failed "realistic" relaunch, they left the main series.
* In the 2000s, Dupuis gave care of the main series to Jean-David Morvan and José-Luis Munuera, who tried including elements from each of the previous authors' runs; the lackluster sales meant they were given the boot after only four albums. Then Fabien Vehlmann and Yoann Chivard (credited simply as Yoann) took over the series and have been releasing new albums since 2009.
* A series of out of continuity one-shots written and drawn by different artists (''Le Spirou de...'') started in 2006. Five have been published as of 2009, the more notable being ''Spirou, journal d'un ingénu'', an alternative origin story by Émile Bravo in which Spirou is a young hotel groom in 1939.
* A spin-off focusing exclusively on Zorglub, ''La fille du Z''[[note]]Daughter of Z[[/note]], written by Munuera, was released in 2017.

The magazine for which this series was created, now titled ''Magazine/{{Spirou}}'', is [[PrintLongRunners still being published nowadays]]. It is now a [[AnthologyComic weekly anthology]] of various comedy series, as well as serializing various adventure series of Dupuis's catalogue. Throughout the '90s and 2000s, its eponymous series barely appeared in it (due to frequent ScheduleSlip), though ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'' remained a regular presence. This changed with the one-shots, which have been published at thrice the rhythm of the main series so far.

Creator/{{Cinebook}} had been translating the books in English since 2009, [[OutOfOrder alternating stories from the Franquin and Tome/Janry era]].

A LiveActionAdaptation, originally scheduled for early 2017, was released in February 2018.
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!!''Spirou and Fantasio'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: Spirou becomes a highly popular movie star in ''La Grosse Tête''. [[SmallNameBigEgo This inflates his ego tenfold]] and he starts to treat Fantasio like dirt. This ends when the movie producer disown him after [[ItMakesSenseInContext the film set was trashed by revolutionary soldiers]].
* TheAlcoholic: Dupilon.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Cyanure
* AliensInCardiff: The Ksorien aliens from ''Du cidre pour les étoiles'' land in the rural area near Champignac [[spoiler:in order to study with the Count of Champignac]].
* AlternateContinuity: Lampshaded in ''Alerte aux Zorkons'', in which Fantasio mentions a character from a past adventure whom Spirou has no recollection of, and adds "Well, that was in a different space-time continuum." Fans interpret this as a sign that Fantasio went back, after all the time-travel shenanigans in ''Aux Sources du Z'', and [[CanonDiscontinuity erased]] the Morvan & Munuera adventures from continuity. A [[BreakingTheFourthWall Fourth Wall-breaking]] one-pager with Spirou [[AuthorGuestSpot and the new artist]] Yoann having wacky adventures through time until Fantasio and the new writer Vehlmann put a stop to it and pledge to put everything back in order lends some credence to this theory, but the fan dislike of the Morvan & Munuera era also [[FanonDiscontinuity seems to be a factor]].
* {{Ambiguous Robot|s}}: The "clone" or "android" in ''Machine qui rêve''.
* AnimalTalk: Extremely inconsistently handled with Spip; in some early stories Spirou and Fantasio were able to understand him, but later on it was established that while Spip understood humans perfectly well, humans did not understand him. Whether other animals understood him seemed to vary depending on the story, but it is notable that while he was good friends with the Marsupilami, the two were never depicted as having anything resembling a conversation. The rule of thumb seems to be that only the reader understands Spip's comments, but there have been several exceptions.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Two of them.
* {{Animesque}}: ''Spirou à Tokyo'', with [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] aplenty.
* AntiVillain: Zorglub, Ankou and Luna Cortizone.
* AppliedPhlebotinum
** Almost all of the Count's inventions are based on mushrooms as a main ingredient or an energy source.
** Also, the Zorglonde, a form of energy designed by Zorglub which can be used to paralyze living things (only the Marsupilami is immune) or to [[HypnoRay control people's minds]].
* ApocalypticLog: in ''La Vallée des Bannis'', Spirou finds a [[AllThereInTheManual very helpful]] notebook from a previous explorer. [[spoiler:Subverted: the guy has actually survived all these years and helps our heroes escape from afar.]]
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In ''L'Ankou'', Fantasio stubbornly refuses to believe that he's dealing with a supernatural creature.
* ArchEnemy:
** Zantafio to Spirou and Fantasio.
** Zorglub is a weird mix of this and FriendlyEnemy with Champignac, at least until he pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* TheArtifact: Spirou still wears a variation of his trademark hotel groom costume, even though [[CostumeInertia he left that job decades ago]].
** Lampshaded in ''Des Haricots Partout'', when a UN delegate assumes he's the Count's personal bellboy.
** Spoofed in ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'', where he wears it as a little kid and even his parents own the same outfit.
** Also lampshaded in the short story ''Back to the Redac'', where Spirou is forced to go back to wearing his bellhop uniform (he had more or less discarded it by the end of Tome & Janry's run, and Morvan & Munuera only had him wear it in flashbacks). Why? Because his contract with Dupuis, the publisher of the comic, obliges him to wear it since he's the face of the company and it is so iconic. The next album, ''Alerte aux Zorkons'' features him in full uniform again.
** The latest books turn this into a RunningGag, each of them having him being forced to wear the uniform for the majority of the story for a reason of another (publicity stunt, losing his other clothes, having a well-meaning host provide him with nothing but those). He comments each time that he hates it.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: ''Le Voyageur du Mésozoique'' features a dinosaur with pink and yellow spots.
* AuthorTract: Whenever currents events are alluded to, but especially ''L'Ankou'', an {{Anvilicious}} attack against civilian nuclear power production "defiling" the folklorish lands of Brittany.
** Most of Fournier's run had a strong ecological vibe.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Zorglub, of course[[note]]Some theorize his name is actually a parody of this trope, being a fusion of it and the word "Arglub" that is often used in classic Franco-Belgian comic to render choking noises.[[/note]]. In a downplayed examples, other villains created by Franquin (such as Zantafio or Zabaglione) also tend to have "Z" somewhere in their name.
* AwesomeAnachronisticApparel: The Count's frock coat and cravat, over which he occasionally wears a caped greatcoat and a deerstalker.
* BadassMoustache: The Count de Champignac.
* BadlyBatteredBabysitter: Spirou and Fantasio in ''Panade à Champignac'', while babysitting Zorglub.
* BananaRepublic: Palombia
* BeardnessProtectionProgram: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] briefly in ''Machine qui rêve''. The comic opens with a bearded man being pursued by the authories, who shaves his beard off in a bar's bathroom because his image is being broadcasted on the news channels. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a movie that Spirou and Fantasio are watching.]]
* BerserkButton: The easiest way to make Spirou drop his level-headed hero shtick is to harm Fantasio or Spip.
* BigFancyHouse: In ''La fille du Z'', Zorglub and Zandra live on a private island with a big modern house, a swimming pool and robots for servants.
* BittersweetEnding:
** In ''Le journal d'un ingénu'', [[spoiler:WWII has erupted and Spirou is crushed to learn that the girl he loved, Kassandra, is killed in [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin Stalin's purges]]. On a lighter note, Spirou becomes friend with Fantasio for the first time.]]
** In ''Le Groom vert-de-gris'' Spirou is saved from [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi guards]] by a Jewish girl named Audrey. Later, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII has ended and he decides to ask her out. However, he learns that [[FinalSolution guards had put her on a train and nobody knows where she is or why they took her.]] [[spoiler:She is revealed to have survived some books later, but not before Spirou turned to alcoholism for a while because of this.]]
* BlackLikeMe: Played anviliciously straight in ''Le Rayon noir'', when Spirou is turned black by some of the count's phlebotinium (in the album, in addition to darkening his skin and hair, it turns the latter curly and makes his lips thicker; the animated version only keeps the palette swap). Though pretty hilariously, after half of the town's been turned black and back, people comment how the milkman is ''still'' black. His answer: "But I've always been!"
* BodyDouble: [[spoiler:Lenin's body as displayed in his mausoleum]] is one, the real one being too fragile.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Spip would occasionally do this in Fournier's stories, acknowledging that he was a comic book character, lamenting his lot as an animal sidekick and even occasionally going into rants on how Spirou and Fantasio were lousy comic book heroes.
* BreakoutCharacter: Franchise/{{Marsupilami}} later had his own comic book and cartoon series.
* BreakoutVillain: Cyanure is a bizarre case. In the comics, she was a one-shot villain, but in the earlier animated series, she became one of the most recurring villains, to the point of gaining JokerImmunity.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Audrey, the Jewish girl who saved Spirou in ''Le Groom vert-de-gris '' was last heard being deported in [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust Nazi's death camps]]. In later albums, Spirou found her alive much to his relief. Unfortunately, the poor girl has PTSD and say she isn't ready to go out on a date with Spirou yet.]]
* BrickJoke: Spip being gagged in ''Spirou à Moscou''
* BumblingDad: After having an argument with his daughter, Zorglub accidentally activated the Z-Ray, causing him to panic. When Zandra asks him what it does, he replies that he doesn't know, because it's still experimental. We find out moments later that it's a WaveMotionGun and it's firing on a populated city.
* TheBusCameBack: In 2013, Dupuis purchased the company Marsu Productions, which had the rights to Franquin's creations like Gaston and the Marsupilami. Since then, they have started re-appearing together with Spirou and Fantasio in promo images and suchlike. Most notably, in the 75th-anniversary issue of ''Spirou'', Marsupilami made a surprise appearance in a four-page story named ''[[http://spiroureporter.net/2014/12/02/scanlation-sunday-the-account-of-chompignac/#more-3719 Le Conte de Champignap]].'' He reappears in the series proper in book #55, ''Wrath of the Marsupilami'', with an explanation to where he's been all this time, and, more importantly, why nobody commented on his absence. [[spoiler:Turns out Zantafio used the Zorg-Ray to make the main characters forget about him. The Marsupilami is rather pissed about it.]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Vito Cortizone, whose bad luck reaches abysmal levels. Justified by the fact that [[spoiler:he's been cursed by his Chinese mafia rival.]]
** Charles Atan and Renaldo in ''L'Abbaye truquée''.
* CallBack: Plenty of those during the Tome & Janry run, mostly to the Franquin era.
* TheCameo: ''Le Groom vert-de-gris'' is full of them. From old Spirou characters to [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Tintin, Snowie, Müller]], [[ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer Captain Francis Blake]] and [[FrancoBelgianComics other early 20th century Franco-Belgian characters]].
* CanonDisContinuity: Facilitated by the various creative teams working on the series with their own directions, often ignoring their predecessors' work. Due to the lack of reprints, most people think the series started with Franquin's run (Rob-Vel and Jijé's contributions are rarely acknowledged).
** Because of a strange [[ExecutiveMeddling editorial edict]], Nic & Cauvin could not use Franquin's supporting cast, making their short run very easy to ignore.
** In ''Alerte aux Zorkons'' it's implied that Fantasio went back in time and prevented the events of Morvan & Munuera's ''Aux Sources du Z'' from happening.
* CanonForeigner: The second AnimatedAdaptation features a character named Zaoki, an AmbiguouslyBrown WrenchWench who was [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter the daughter of Zorglub]] (who was the BigBad of the series, despite his HeelFaceTurn in the comics). She was probably added due to there only being one recurring female character in the comic proper.
* CaptainCrash: Madflying, the Australian pilot-for-hire in ''Kodo le Tyran'' and ''Des haricots partout''.
* CaptainErsatz: Batguy
* CatFight: Between [[HelloNurse Ursula]] and [[{{Meganekko}} Glu-Glu]].
* CensorBox: In ''Le gri-gri du Nikolo-Koba'', the diamond of Koli can make people disappear (they come back when it is placed in its special sheath), but it [[InvisibleStreaker doesn't affect clothes]]. When a male villain is returned, the frame includes a narrator box with a pointless line (which reads "this is a white square"), conveniently waist-height. This may be an allusion to the ''carré blanc'' that was used for 30 years on French TV to signal programs that may feature content inappropriate for children.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Early in Franquin's run, Fantasio shifted from a total goofball to TheComicallySerious. With the obvious irony of later having to handle total goofball Gaston Lagaffe.
* CharacterTics: Franquin-era Spirou had a tendency to [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/18c19aba99cc79e93f4d4cf4b0f6bae3/tumblr_inline_mydke0iBkZ1rkcgsl.png chew on things]] and [[https://31.media.tumblr.com/733b45d35633546cc898cd9bccad708a/tumblr_inline_mydkehSTjC1rkcgsl.png fidget with his foot]] when agitated or anxious.
* TheChewToy:
** Fantasio in several of the Tome & Janry stories. If a leg needs to be broken, you can bet it'll be his. Also in many Franquin stories. The premise of several of them are based on "Bad shit happens to Fantasio" or feature a huge element of this in the story. A recurring plot is to have Fantasio be the victim of events outside his control. See ''La Mauvaise Tête''[[note]]He's framed for theft. Its Dutch title translates to "beware, Fantasio".[[/note]], ''Les Héritiers''[[note]]He is set to inherit a fortune, needs to take part in challenges to get it vs his evil cousin. And the inheritance isn't what he thinks it is.[[/note]], ''Z comme Zorglub''[[note]]He breaks his foot, gets kidnapped and then gets brainwashed[[/note]]... That makes him turn [[GenreSavvy Genre Savvy]] when submitted to madness by the mosquito of ''La Vallée des Bannis''.
** Also Vito Cortizone, who has literally been cursed with bad luck.
* ChickMagnet: Spirou in the recent stories.
** Fantasio in the ''Panique en Atlantique'' one-shot.
* ChronicVillainy:
** A minor case, but Zantafio actually gave up on his uncle's legacy at the end of ''Spirou et les Héritiers'', and left Spirou and Fantasio on good terms, having decided to make his own life in Palombia. Comes ''Le Dictateur et le Champignon'', it turns out he ended up becoming a ruthless dictator in Palombia about to cause a WarForFunAndProfit, putting him into a villainous role again. Since then, all his following appearances have despicted him as one of the vilest antagonists in the whole franchise.
** Notably subverted with Zorglub in the comic; he exactly turned back to evil only ''once'' after his initial appearance, but was rather quick to turn good again, and after that his HeelFaceTurn sticked.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome:
** The Marsupilami was a major character during Franquin's run, but when Franquin left the series he kept the rights to the Marsupilami and decided not to allow him to continue appearing in ''Spirou et Fantasio.'' Marsupilami appeared for the last time in Fournier's first story, but after that he vanished without any sort of in-universe explanation. The same happened with Gaston, who had been a minor recurring character in the comic (and Fantasio had been Gaston's main foil in Gaston's own comic, with Spirou making sporadic appearances) but now remained exclusively in his own comics.
** Seccotine disappear during Fournier's run with the series only to reappear in one of Tome and Janry's story.
* ClearMyName: Fantasio in ''La Mauvaise Tête''.
* CloningBlues: TheReveal in ''Machine qui rêve''. [[spoiler:The Spirou we've been following is actually a clone of the original, and proceeds to angst over whether he's a real human being or not.]]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Fantasio in his early appearances.
* CoatCape: Zorglub likes this style. Until Spip decides to chew on the fur-lined leather coat he wore out that way, that is.
* ComboPlatterPowers: The Marsupilami is an extremely versatile animal. He is not only quite clever (while still having a somewhat normal animal intelligence), extremely strong and with a perfectly prehensile 7 metres-long (25 feet) tail, but he is also revealed over the course of the series to be amphibious, able to home on Spirou and Fantasio across a whole country, capable of speech like a parrot, able to burrow underground, immune to the Zorg-Ray... And its [[ComicBook/{{Marsupilami}} spin-off]] turns this UpToEleven.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: [[spoiler:[[RoboticReveal Zandra is shocked]] and doesn't understand how she could [[EyeBeams fire beams from her eyes]]. Her father Zorglub says she probably blew up a fuse because she got angry. [[DeathGlare That was definitely not the proper answer to give her]].]]
* ComicBookTime: Sure since it's a long runner.
* ContinuityPorn: ''Aux Sources du Z''.
* CoolCar: The Turbotraction (which somehow disappeared just after Franquin left). Pénélope in the AnimatedAdaptation. The first model was crashed by Ibd-Mah-Zoud in ''Vacances sans histoires'' to be replaced by the second model; in ''Panade à Champignac'', Franquin replaced it altogether with a small Honda coupé. Fournier, who took over, kept the same small car. After that, Spirou and Fantasio would always drive small, cheap cars -- Franquin said it first in ''Vacances sans histoires'' and Tome & Janry hammered in that Spirou and Fantasio are far from being rich in ''Spirou à New York''. That makes the Turbotraction border {{Improbably Cool Car}}, except from the fact that it's actually the first road-worthy pre-series prototype given to them by the auto maker as thanks (first model, the Turbo-Rhino). The disappearance of the second model is never explained in-universe, though.
** Noemie in the Fournier books. A pre-war car belonging to the Count (but far classier than what he drove in his first appearance) that has been modified to run on sugar thanks to a special mushroom, allowing it to reach comfortable speeds with a single lump.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive:
** [[PunnyName Basile de Koch]], CEO of Farmarm in ''Virus''.
** And the Viper from ''Dans les griffes de la Vipère''.
** [[spoiler:Mrs. Gallantine in ''Fantasio se marie''. She's willing to use dirty tactics to get what she wants.]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: [[spoiler:The cover of ''Fantasio is getting married'' shows Fantasio fawning over a beautiful model, making readers think he's going to marry her. The model does appear in the story and Fantasio does finds her attractive, but she is not Fantasio' bride.]]
* CowboyCop: The undercover policewoman in ''Fantasio se marie''. She's trigger happy and violently pursue her quarry. [[spoiler:We later find out she's working for Mrs. Gallantine and isn't a real cop.]]
* CrapsackWorld:
** ''La Vallée des Bannis'' features a LostWorld with EverythingTryingToKillYou (including liberal amounts of SchmuckBait). If you manage to survive the initial confusion, the madness mosquitoes will turn most of you into raving maniacs all killing each other.
** Also demonstrated to be true for the rest of the world in ''Dans les griffes de la Vipère'', where a clique of extremely powerful people is revealed who can launch and win frivolous lawsuits, rewrite laws, force people into contracts that essentially equate to slavery, and set the CIA on random people; all to serve shallow whims.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Luna, Vito Cortizone's daughter. [[spoiler:She disapproves of some of her father's methods but still ends up on his side in the end.]]
** Completely averted with Zandra, the daughter of Zorglub. She's isn't evil, but she still care for her father.
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** A general trend for the series as a whole, and inside nearly each creative run. ''Machine qui rêve'', Tome & Janry's last album, tried reinventing the series as an ultra-serious (and decompressed) techno-thriller. It didn't work.
** The early episodes drawn by Franquin were actually quite dark at times, with violent deaths, doomsday devices, and borderline horrific scenes (lightened with absurd resolutions), up to and including [[spoiler:torture scenes in ''QRN sur Bretzelburg'' complete edition]].
** Some of the out-of-continuity stories have been this, especially those happening during World War 2. One of their subplots involve a young Jewish girl, possibly Spirou's first love, [[spoiler:being deported]] and Spirou [[spoiler:turning into alcoholism]] because of this. [[spoiler:She's revealed to have survived, but a few books later.]]
** The ''Un Cadavre Exquis'' comic jam also counts. The opening is already very serious, showing that Spirou had to fake his death without being able to tell anyone, not even Fantasio or Spip. While the comic eventually becomes less serious, in the first half there's some really dark moments, including [[spoiler: a baby transforming into a violent ape-like creature before its mother's eyes and then mauling her to death]], and even [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide Fantasio trying to take his own life when unable to cope with Spirou's apparent death]]]].
* DarkestAfrica : Spirou and Fantasio go to Congo in ''Master of the Black Hosts''. At the time, the country is still a colony of Belgium, but it has a [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi-like rebellion]], [[HollywoodVoodoo a voodoo sorcerer]] and a hostile tribe of leopardwomen.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Spip is the most consistent example of this, but notably in Tome & Janry's early run of the series (he stopped speaking altogether in their later albums).
** DependingOnTheWriter, Fantasio indulges a little snarking now and then as well.
* DeathOfAThousandCuts: It took him two days of constant hitting on its head with a tree trunk, which was a mere stick to the beast, but Marsupilami managed to knock a dinosaur out.
* DefaceOfTheMoon: Zorglub's pet project was to demonstrate his genius by writing a brand name in giant letters on the Moon. It worked, but not quite the way he expected.
* DependingOnTheWriter: The tone, plotlines and settings have varied wildly with the rotating creative teams.
** For some reason, Fantasio's sexuality is also one of the things that gets editorialized. He's been everything from straight (Yoann & Vehlmann) to [[CampStraight effeminate but interested in women]] (Morvan & Munuera) to gay and blatantly pining for Spirou (Yann & Tarrin) to straight-leaning-on-bisexual (Tome & Janry).
*** Though, in their defense, a child won't necessarily pick up on those kind of hints... And it can be argued that some of it is played for laughs.
** Spip's intelligence, speech (see AnimalTalk) and overall helpfulness, varies a lot between creative teams. In an out-of-continuity story, he actually plots to [[spoiler:extinguish the human race by starting World War 2]].
* DismantledMacGuffin: The magical necklace in ''Fantasio se marie'' is broken in three parts and various parties are trying to get it back together for their own benefits.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Defied. [[ModestyTowel When Seccotine comes out of the bathroom wearing just a towel]], Spirou is stunned and tries avoid staring at her.
* DownerBeginning: ''Le Groom vert-de-gris'' begins in the middle of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII with Belgium being occupied by [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazi]]. Spirou works as a groom in a hotel used by the Gestapo as their HQ. Because of this, Fantasio has disowned his friend, not knowing he is secretly a member of [[LaResistance the Belgium Resistance]].
* DystopiaIsHard: The Kingdom of Bretzelburg under the dictatorship of General Schmetterling, who rules through the puppet king Ladislas. As a result of Bretzelburg's arms race with Maquebasta, the country's economy has all but collapsed, with long lines of people outside grocery stores due to the lack of food in the shops, bus passengers forced to pedal to move the bus due to fuel restrictions, people wearing newspapers as clothes and beer being replaced with tap water. The secret police is everywhere, with even the slightest expression of dissent meriting arrest and "re-education." Meanwhile, the copious amounts of weapons acquired as a result of the arms race are themselves shown to be useless: oil barrels are stuck together to appear like rockets and grenades are made from food tins... with the contents still inside.
* DrivesLikeCrazy
** Seccotine is the classic terrible woman driver. In the second animated series she's best called "reckless", dodging through traffic and leaving cars behind her slamming the brakes.
** Also the oil sheik Ibn Mah-zout, who turned Spirou and Fantasio's car into scattered pieces of scrap metal in just a few minutes of driving it.
* EasyAmnesia: Zorglub in ''Panade à Champignac''. [[spoiler:He gets hit over the head and all his memories come back. Then he gets hit over the head another time and they all disappear. And let's not forget the fact that he's acting like an 8-month-old in the first place.]]
* ElixirOfLife: The "spilling from the Fountain of Youth" variety is the macguffin in ''The Man Who Did Not Want to Die''. The titular Man is Fantasio's old adventurer uncle Zantafio, who found the Fountain of Youth and brought back copious amounts of its waters (the Elixir) in large bottles. Decades later what remained of his supplies is accidentally lost and he has to return to the Fountain in time before ever-fastening RapidAging gets him...
* EscapedAnimalRampage: In the story "Le Voyageur du Mésozoïque" a dinosaur escapes from the Count of Rommelgem's laboratory and causes havoc in the city.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Poildur says that he may be a thug and a thief, but he wont betray his country to the Nazis.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Spoofed in ''La Jeunesse de Spirou'' (which has a drunk UnreliableNarrator), averted in ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou'' (which has none of the other regular characters).
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: In ''Bravo les Brothers'', Gaston gives Fantasio three circus-trained chimpanzees as a birthday present.
* EvilAlbino: [[spoiler:The big secret of the Master of the Black Hosts. Beneath his mask and exterior is an African albino. He has a huge FreudianExcuse for being evil and using sorcery, as he had a horrible existence since childhood.]]
* EvilChancellor: General Schmetterling, the commander of Bretzelburg's military and the ''de facto'' ruler of the small kingdom. He keeps King Ladislas docile by regularly giving him medication to "calm his nerves," thereby enabling him to run the country and escalate the ruinous arms race with Bretzelburg's neighbor Maquebasta, which he uses to embezzle copious amounts of government funds.
* EvilDetectingDog: The Marsupilami usually gets suspicious of bad guys even before they are known as such. This usually means he seems to attack a random stranger without provocation.
* EvilTwin: Zantafio to Fantasio, although he's actually Fantasio's cousin.
* ExtremeOmnivore: The Marsupilami will try to eat anything that smells good, and is usually able to digest it without too much trouble. Spirou and Fantasio were able to capture him in the first place because he got drunk after drinking their entire supply of methylated spirit and suffered only from a hangover from it. In anther book he eats Fantasio's tobacco. And a wild Marsupilami's diet is mainly composed of live piranhas (and the occasional whole coconut).
* TheFaceless: Number 2 in ''Du glucose pour Noémie'' and the BigBad in Cauvin's stories.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Used by Spirou on Ursula in ''Le Groom vert-de-gris'' to avoid a patrol of Nazis.
* TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily
** Don Vito Cortizone and his family, of course.
** Also, the Triangle.
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: In ''La Corne du Rhinocéros'', the censorship commission made Franquin remove most of the bad guys' guns, which meant they were now [[GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger pointing their finger at everything]].
* FemmeFatale: Luna, Vito Cortizone's daugther.
* FightingYourFriend: Spirou is forced to do this after Fantasio becomes infected by a HatePlague in ''Vallée des Bannis''.
* FoodAsBribe: During WWII, Fantasio hasn't paid his rent for six months and the landlord threaten him to throw him out. Fantasio then give her a large piece of meat and she allows him stay for another month.
* FountainOfYouth: ''L'homme qui ne voulait pas mourir''.
* FreudianExcuse:
** [[spoiler:It's hard not to feel sorry for the Master of the Black Hosts. Being an African albino, he was abandoned in the jungle by his mother. An elderly Belgium nun found him and harshly raised him as a catholic. After her death, he lived on the streets and was ostracized by everyone. He tried to enroll as a priest, but the church rejected him. In the end, he was found by a sorcerer who made him his pupil. With his new found powers, he went on a vengeful crusade against Belgians and Africans-alike.]]
** Zorglub revealed that he was mocked during his early life and led a lonely existence. So turned he to [[MadScientist science and villainy]] to gain respect.
* GadgeteerGenius: Fantasio in his early appearances. Including the mostly forgotten Fanta-Copter: a functional one-person helicopter backpack! Fantasio remains a gadgeteer all along, sometimes giving Champignac a hand in building his inventions (he's seen working on the submarine). Champignac eclipsed him as a real genius, but Fantasio sure knows his way around a toolbox : in ''Aventure en Australie'', he's seen fixing a train with a plane's engine.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In ''Les Petits Formats'', a photograph lives Coutufon street, which could be translated as [[{{Spoonerism}} MuckingForon]] street
** The titular Zorkons in ''Alerte aux Zorkons'' have evolved to lack a brain stem to resist the Zorg Ray. Fantasio instantly concludes that Zorg-kon is a fitting name for them ("con", meaning "moron", is a moderately strong swearword that is otherwise censored in the Spirou comics).
** When Seccotine becomes Spirou new roommate, she says she wants to have an adventure with him, which in French could be interpreted as having an affair with him.
** In ''La fille du Z'', Zorglub let out a big [[OhCrap Oh, shit!]] when he accidentally activated the Z-Ray.
* GraveClouds: The graveyard scenes in ''Un Cadavre Exquis'' all take place in the pouring rain. Spip lampshades this at one point, wondering: [[GenreSavvy 'how come it's always raining in graveyards?']]
* GrimReaper: In ''L'Ankou'', Spirou and Fantasio get to meet the eponymous collector of souls. Because of their unfamiliarity with Breton folklore, they aren't nearly as scared as they ought to be.
* HackTheTrafficLights: Fantasio equips an old car with a device allowing him to remotely control the traffic lights so they are always green for him. He later gives it to an oil magnate who, being colourblind, misuses it and turns all lights red for him.
* HairTriggerTemper: Fantasio, so much so that at the end of ''La Vallée des Bannis'', the hospital staff did not realize he was no longer [[HatePlague violently insane]].
* HarmlessVillain: Zorglub
* HatePlague: Fantasio becomes infected by one of these in ''La Vallée des Bannis'' and spends the volume trying to murder Spirou.
* HeadsTailsEdge: ''Luna Fatale''
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: The latest books and the one-shots make Zorglub this. Lampshaded at one point by Fantasio, who comments that he can't remember if he's supposed to be with them or against them.
* HeelFaceTurn: Zorglub and John Helena.
* HeroStoleMyBike: When trying to chase Zantafio's car, Spirou take a motorist's motorcycle. Later, he return it to the owner and tell him to write any complaint to ''Le Journal de Spirou''.
* HeroicBSOD: Although we never see him in this state, Spirou tells Seccotine in ''La Grosse Tête'' that Fantasio has been ill with depression after his book only sold twenty-something copies [[note]]What he doesn't know is that Spirou and Seccotine bought most of these copies[[/note]]. It's not mentioned again after that, but when Fantasio shows up again he appears to have recovered from it.
* HeterosexualLifePartners
** Spirou and Fantasio.
** Also Champignac and Zorglub after the HeelFaceTurn.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Zorglub's [[SlaveMooks Zorgmen]].
* HomeBase: Champignac.
* HowTheMightyHaveFallen:
** [[BananaRepublic Zantafio was once the dictator of Palombia]], only to be forced to live as a vagrant after being thwarted by Spirou and Fantasio.
** Kodo the Tyrant. He's the undisputed dictator of [[HolidayInCambodia a fictional country in Asia named Catung]]. Fantasio and Spirou ruin him by destroying his opium fields and replacing his weapons shipments with agricultural vehicles. A year later, our heroes find him selling vegetables in a open market in Europe.
** [[spoiler:The revolutionary leader and his general in ''The Master of the Black Hosts''. They both fail at overthrowing the Belgium colonists and were forced to hide in the jungle. A Catholic missionary take them in and they are forced to make slapstick movies for the rest of their days.]]
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: a particular tragic variant where the people of Champignac are forced to hunt their friend Spirou by the Viper.
* HypnoRay: The Zorglonde.
* IconicOutfit: Spirou's outfit, of course. His hat in particular has been used as a logo of sorts for representing the series.
* IdenticalGrandson: sort of:
** Aurélien de Champignac looks exactly the same as his uncle the Count of Champignac, except his moustache points up instead of down.
** Zorglub's descendant from ''Le Réveil du Z'' looks exactly the same as his ancestor, except he's a dwarf.
** [[spoiler:Fantasio and Spirou also have identical family members in ''Le Réveil du Z'', and much to their ancestors' shock, they are Zorglub's descendant's EliteMooks.]]
* IdiotHair: Fantasio has the eight strands of hair that pop up on top of his head.
* IHaveManyNames: Zantafio uses many names:
** General Zantas while being the dictator of [[BananaRepublic Palombia]].
** Papa Pop while working for [[NebulousEvilOrganisation the Triangle]].
** [[SignificantAnagram Tanaziof]], while working with the TheMafiya.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Zandra wished she has a normal life like all the other teenagers. She mention that she lives on a private island with his dad, a bunch of robots and she's the only who goes to school in a UFO.
* InconsistentColoring: Fantasio's coat suddenly changes from black to green halfway through ''Un Cadavre Exquis''.
* InterruptedSuicide: In ''Un Cadavre Exquis'', [[spoiler: Fantasio tries to do this after believing Spirou has died]]. Thankfully Spip manages to stop him just in time.
* IntimidationDemonstration: One of the early stories has the Marsupilami meet a gorilla, who starts engaging in threatening behavior (chestbeating, ripping trees out of the ground...). Subverted, however, in that it is quickly too tired to actually fight, and the Marsupilami goes by unharmed - and actually looks worried by the gorilla's state of exhaustion.
* IntrepidReporter
** Spirou and Fantasio themselves, of course.
** Seccotine is a cross between this and {{Paparazzi}}.
** It also applies to Ororea from the Fournier books.
** Fantasio leans more towards being a paparazzo in some stories, like ''Panique En Atlantique'' and ''Le journal d'un ingénu''
* {{Irony}}: Zandra points out the irony of that his [[PapaWolf dad, Zorglub, overprotecting her]], while [[MadScientist he invents some of the most dangerous weapons in the world]].
* JobMindsetInertia: The town drunk was apparently a vetenarian before he took to drinking and is the ClosestThingWeGot to a doctor. When giving Spirou a checkup, he gives his opinion as if Spirou were a horse.
* KillAllHumans: Who would have believed this of [[spoiler: Spip the squirrel]]? But that's what is shown in the shocking epilogue to ''Le journal d'un ingénu''.
* KingOfTheHomeless: Two pre-teen kids fill this function for a group of Tokio homeless in ''Spirou et Fantasio à Tokyo''
* LatexPerfection: Played with in the story [[spoiler:''La mauvaise tête'']] to frame Fantasio. While the mask is good enough to fool people watching him on TV or from afar, it always keeps the same, smiling expression, and the guy under the mask was specifically chosen to for his similar frame. He also never meets a close relative of Fantasio's while masked.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Tome & Janry present the duo this way.
* MadnessMantra: After Fantasio goes insane in ''La Vallée des Bannis'' he develops a tendency to say or yell, "FANTASIO MAGAZIIIIIIIIIINE!" due to the fact that the HatePlague had made him fixate on the fact that despite them being lifelong partners, their book was still called ''Spirou Magazine''. This part was left out of the animated adaptation of this album.
* MadScientist
** The Count of Champignac, although he gets saner after his debut episode and becomes TheProfessor. ''La peur au bout du fil'' Makes him REALLY mad though.
** Zorglub, complete with the TheyCalledMeMad speech.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Zandra, the daughter of Zorglub in ''La fille du Z''.
* ManchurianAgent: Luna in the second animated series.
* MassHypnosis: One of the possible uses of the Zorg-Ray. Entire villages are evacuated that way.
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A lot of this in the Fournier series, especially with the magician Itoh Kata. Some of what he does can be explained by sleight of hand (although at an ImpossibleThief level), but later on this can only be described as magical, such as when his hat is revealed to be a functional HammerSpace containing doves, rabbits, and everything else he puts there. In ''L'Ankou'', he can actually make things disappear or teleport without explanation.
* MissingMom: Zandra never met or remember her mother. [[spoiler:For good reason, Zandra eventually discover that she's a robot.]]
* MistakenForGay
** Seccotine thinks that Spirou is in love with Fantasio and teases him about it in ''Le Tombeau des Champignac''.
-->'''Seccotine:''' Your little Fantasio is well, that's what counts right?\\
'''Spirou:''' What are you trying to say?\\
'''Seccotine:''' Nothing, you're free to love whoever you want...
** A street-vendor in an old Franquin volume mistakes them for a couple as well.
* MixAndMatchCritters
** The Marsupilamis.
** Everything in the Valley of the Banished.
** The Snouffelaire.
* ModestyTowel: In the OneShot, ''[[ExactlywhatItSaysOnTheTin Fantasio is getting Married]]'', Seccotine becomes Spirou's new roommate, much to the latter's annoyance. At some point, she comes out of the bathroom wearing nothing but a towel and left quite an impression on Spirou.
* MundaneSolution: Zorglub struggles to deactivate the [[WaveMotionGun Z-Ray]]. Zandra simply unplug the power cord. Unfortunately, this cause their ship to plummet on the ground.
* MysteriousAntarctica
** In ''Le Voyageur du Mésozoïque'', Champignac finds a dinosaur egg in the ices of Antarctica.
** In ''Virus'', a sinister corporation has a germ warfare research facility located in Antarctica.
* NationalGeographicNudity: The tribe of Leopardwomen are all topless. Yes, even [[{{Fandisservice}} the great old priestess]].
* NearlyNormalAnimal: Spip and the Marsupilami, on different levels.
** Spip's intelligence varies a lot DependingOnTheWriter. At his most clever, he's shown to be of nearly human intelligence with ThoughtBubbleSpeech and perfectly understands human speech, but he still loves to eat nuts and climb on trees. Other writers have depicted him as behaving like a realistic squirrel.
** The Marsupilami usually behaves like an extremely clever animal: he frequently misunderstands the humans, has no thought bubbles and particularly enjoys eating, sleeping and playing. However, in the PoorlyDisguisedPilot ''Le Nid de Marsupilamis'' (Marsupilamis' nest), focusing on a family of Marsupilamis living in the jungle, their courtship behaviour is particularly human-like, especially where the female Marsupilami is concerned.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The Marsupilami regularly displays new abilities that end up being helpful to the heroes (being amphibious, capable of finding Spirou and Fantasio across a country, burrowing, being immune to the Zorg-Ray, ...), but just as regularly the source of gags. Lampshaded by Spirou or Fantasio, who regularly note that he is full of surprises.
* NiceGuy: André, Zandra's boyfriend, is rather friendly and doesn't do anything that would provoke others around him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Le Journal d'un ingénu'', Spirou's suggestion settles peace between the Polish and [[ThoseWackyNazis the Nazis]], therefore averting war. However, Fantasio was looking for a big story and angered the Nazi negotiator. This prompted him to retaliate by calling off the peace proposal. Congratulations Fantasio, you just caused UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** In Fantasio's defense, the Nazi negotiator was total dick and deserved to be [[MegatonPunch punched]] for hitting Spirou (who was just a young teenager during that time).
** There's also hints that UsefulNotes/NaziGermany wanted to push for war, regardless of the negotiations' outcome.
* NintendoHard: The UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis game.
* NitroExpress: One episode of the animated ''Spirou and Fantasio'' has the protagonists unwittingly transporting a truckload of "nitrotonic".
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Zorglub mentions that he keeps a backup of everything he invents, [[spoiler:except for her android daughter Zandra. He wanted her to be unique.]]
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Champignac. Would be a sleepy rural town, but wait, there's the Count... And Caténaire qualifies, too.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: In ''Vito la Déveine''. Vito Cortizone is still a ButtMonkey, but he also shows he can be dangerous. He almost successfully killed Spirou; after that failed, he neutralized him with a homemade drug.
* TheNounWhoVerbed: ''L'homme qui ne voulait pas mourir'' (The man who did not want to die).
* NumberOfTheBeast: Ursula invites Fantasio to come by her hotel room, which is number 666.
* OffscreenVillainDarkMatter: In ''La fille du Z'', the story explain that Zorglub receives his funds from the military in exchange for weapons and inventions. The military also protects his identity from the media and keep the location of his island a secret.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Zorglub and Champignac (although the latter is a mushroom specialist, he can also build submarines or counter-mind control devices when needed).
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Seccotine ([[MeaningfulName the name of a brand of glue]]). Her real name is Sophie. "Spirou" is apparently is a nickname too.
* OnlyOneName: Most characters are known only by one name (including in situation where the use of a nickname would not make sense, such as in court): Spirou, Fantasio, Zantafio, Zorglub, etc. Averted with the Count (see OverlyLongName).
* OnlySaneEmployee: Fantasio in ''Bravo les Brothers''.
* OnOneCondition: ''Spirou et les Héritiers'' has Fantasio and Zantafio face off in three trials mandated by their uncle's will.
* OutdatedOutfit: Even in the 1970s, Spirou's Bell-boy Elevator Operator uniform was ''painfully'' out of place. Since the '90s, authors have finally decided to do away with it.
** Well, you know, until "Alerte aux Zorkons" in 2010...
* OverlyLongName: The count's full name is Pacôme Hégésippe Adélard Ladislas, count of Champignac. When boxing, his title of count isn't up for the taking.
* PapaWolf: Zorglub is very overprotective of his daughter to the point of exaggeration. When Zandra kissed a boy, he swooped down in his ship and sent robots to retrieve her, causing collateral damage and a panic on the streets.
* TheParalyzer: Another possible use for the Zorg Ray. People remain frozen but are sometimes [[AndIMustScream aware of their surroundings]].
* PastRightNow: The theme park recreating Edo.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: ''Le Nid des Marsupilamis'', though the spin-off series would not be created until two decades later.
* PostKissCatatonia: When a time-traveling Spirou couldn't get rid of Seccotine, he resorts to kiss her which left her pretty stunted.
* PowerPerversionPotential: Fantasio uses the Count's own version of the Zorglonde to get some kisses (on the forehead) from a cute air hostess, to the bafflement of Spirou and the Count, and the envy of Spip.
* ProfessorGuineaPig: The Count tests his intelligence enhancing SuperSerum on himself, after some experiments on a chicken. Ditto for his cold resistance drug.
* PunnyName: Frequently the case in the Franquin and Fournier books, sometimes with along with a BilingualBonus.
* PuttingOnTheReich: At times.
** [[http://www.spirou.com/boutique/client/cache/produit/500_____SPIROU07-FC-9782800100098-X_19.jpg Uniforms]] worn in Zantafio's Palumbia, as shown in ''Le dictateur et le champignon'', resemble those of Fascist Spain.
*** Interestingly, in "Aux sources du Z", Spirou complains that the uniforms resemble Nazi uniforms...
** All Bretzelburg troops in ''QRN sur Bretzelburg'', whose appearance invokes UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Imperial Germany.
*** Bretzelburg as a whole is very reminiscent of either Eastern Germany and occupied France or Belgium during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
** Later on, ''Kodo le Tyran'' not only incorporates uniforms, but also [[http://www.dupuis.com/Couvertures/G/9782800106441-G.JPG a flag]] that fits well into NoSwastikas.
* RapidAging: The X3 serum from the Count of Champignac ages the subject from 70 years in an hour. Thankfully, the only creature to whom this was fatal was a cow.
* RapidFireNo: When Zandra is abducted by his father with his ship, she utters a series of "No!" in rapid succession.
* RecognizableBySound: {{Averted|Trope}} in one story: Spirou, while lost in the jungle, overhears the very distinctive cry of the Franchise/{{Marsupilami}} (despite being continents apart), [[HopeSpot but discovers it's an entirely different creature]].
* RecursiveCanon: Spirou and particularly Fantasio work for Dupuis, the publishing company that produces the ''Spirou'' comic. Sometimes they are freelance reporters for ''Le Moustique'', Dupuis' real-life entertainment magazine, and sometimes they work on the staff of the ''Spirou'' magazine itself, having to meet deadlines and doing publicity for the comic! In the comic stories, Spirou occasionally meets characters who read the comic and recognize him from it:
** Jijé had him interact with members of his own fan-club (run by the magazine), ''Amis de Spirou'' ("Friends of Spirou"), in the story ''L'enlèvement de Spip''.
** In ''Spirou and the Heirs'' (''Spirou et les héritiers''), Spirou rescues a boy who is reading his earlier adventure, ''The Wizard of Culdesac'' (''Il y a un sorcier à Champignac''), and who [[{{Spoiler}} asks him how it ends]].
** In ''Z is for Zorglub'' (''Z comme Zorglub''), a kid helps Spirou when he's looking for Fantasio, having recognized them both from the comic.
** In ''Alerte aux Zorkons'', a sniper refuses to fire on a Spirou-shaped advertising balloon the heroes are using to cross a military roadblock, because he used to read the comic as a child.
** In ''Machine qui rêve'', Spirou and Seccotine get out of getting a ticket for riding a motorcycle without helmets because the policeman has kids who read the comics. (He mentions he thought it was ‘just comics' and is surprised to find out Spirou really exists.)
* RedEyesTakeWarning: In ''La Vallée des Bannis'', red eyes are a sign that someone has been infected with the book's version of the HatePlague
* ReformedCriminal: [[spoiler:La Murène]] in ''Virus''
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Most of the more serious plots.
* TheRival: Seccotine is a rival journalist to the main characters, hence Fantasio's dislike of her.
* RobotGirl: Cyanure in ''Qui arrêtera Cyanure?''
* RoboticReveal: [[spoiler:Much to her shock, Zandra discovers that she's an android created by her father Zorglub.]]
* RoguesGallery: Not so much the comic -- which had a greater variety of plots and more one-off villains -- but the 1992 animated series was fond of recurring antagonists, particularly Vito Cortizone and Cyanure.
* {{Ruritania}}: Bretzelburg is a typical Ruritanian country, with added [[{{Kaiserreich}} Germanic]] trappings.
* SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes: Zandra thinks that "Starbattle XI" is just a recycling of the old movies from the franchise. Still, she says that it wasn't so bad and she'll be watching it again, at least 7 times instead of the usual 10.
* ScrewballSerum: The Count has invented a superintellicence booster drug, the "X4", that had the unfortunate side-effect of causing some psychedelic episodes. In ''La Peur au Bout du Fil'', the Count conducted a successful experiment to "purify" X4, but was distracted by phone and unwittingly drank the residue, which turned him into a psychopatic prankster.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Aniota decides to stay in her tribe and succeeds her grandmother as the new grand priestess. When she finds out the gruesome and disgusting rituals that she has to endure, she hastily decides to return to Belgium with Spirou and Fantasio.]]
* SecurityCling: Fantasio jumps into Spirou's arms on the cover of ''Qui arrêtera Cyanure?''
** Spirou does the same thing to Fantasio at one point in ''Le Prisonnier Du Bouddha''
* SenselessViolins: Seen many times in ''Luna fatale''. Mostly the cases though (used to dissimulate tommyguns, which made the one time when a violin was actually required have it replaced with a comb and paper).
* SequelHook: Yoann and Vehlman have turned this into a habit, often presented as TheStinger.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The mayor of Champignac is fond of speaking in convoluted sentences replete with mixed metaphors.
* SexyDiscretionShot
** In ''Le Groom vert-de-gris'', which take place during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]] era, Fantasio wakes up in bed with Wehrmacht officer Ursula Chickengrüber getting dressed for work.
** In ''Le Tombeau des Champignac'', Spirou and Seccotine are freezing to death in a Tibetan mountain as their anti-cold drugs are wearing off. As they hold each other to warm themselves, Seccotine notices a mushroom that Spirou is holding just changed color. She correctly guesses it's tied to emotions and teases him by asking if he has ever kissed a girl, as she always thought he and Fantasio were gay. Cut to a scene outside the mountain with Seccotine saying: "But?! Spirou, what are you doing?" Later, Fantasio comes to the rescue and has very shocked expression on his face when he enters the cave.
* ShoutOut:
** In the album ''Le Groom Vert-de-Gris'', a re-imagination of ''Spirou'' set during the Nazi occupation of 1942, several references are made to other BelgianComics from this time period, including ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'', ''Blondin et Cirage'', ''ComicBook/SuskeEnWiske'', ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'', ''ComicStrip/QuickAndFlupke'' and ''ComicBook/JoZetteAndJocko''.
** Spirou et Fantasio in UsefulNotes/NewYork has what is obviously ComicBook/{{Soda}} as one of the cops.
** In ''Tora-Torapa'', ComicBook/{{Natacha}} and ComicBook/BenoitBrisefer can be glimpsed in an airport.
** Spirou is dressed like ''ComicBook/{{Tintin}}'' in ''Le Journal d'un ingénu''.
** In ''La femme léopard'', Nazi scientists are captured and put on a ship to Africa. The captain of the ship isn't named, but is clearly Allan from ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}''. Even the goons that are accompanied him are from ''The Crab with the Golden Claws''.
** Zandra went to the movies and watched "Starbattle XI: Son of Evil" and "Montana Bob and the Gold Baby", which are not so subtle nods to ''[[Film/TheForceAwakens Star Wars XII]]'' and ''[[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull Indiana Jones 4]]'' respectively.
* ShowWithinAShow: some adventures show the heroes' documentary films. ''Le nid des Marsupilamis'' is mainly such a documentary with the title heroes as a GreekChorus.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Seccotine to Fantasio, with the former regularly stealing the spotlight or the theme of an article the latter wanted to write. At least in the second animated series, he often grumbles when she gets involved in their adventures.
* SmashTheSymbol: Well, technically it's steal the symbol, but Tanaziof's stealing of Lenin's body is intended to be this.
* SmugSnake: Zantafio
* SpeechImpairedAnimal
** Spip, though he does get thought balloons quite often.
** Strangely, while Spip has a quasi-human intelligence (and the cynicism that comes with it), the Marsupilami, who ''can'' utter human words like a parrot does, only has animal-level intelligence. He ''is'' clever for an animal, though.
* SpinOff: Quite a few of them:
** ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe''
** ''Le Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}''
** ''Le Petit Noël'' (which never really took off)
** There's also a ''Manga Spirou'' project stuck in DevelopmentHell.[[invoked]]
* SpinoffBabies: ''ComicBook/LePetitSpirou''
* SpoilerCover: Although subtle, the cover of ''L'ombre du Z'' contains a big clue as to who the BigBad really is: the shadow behind Zorglub is shaped like [[spoiler:Zantafio's emblem when he was ruling Palumbia]].
* StealthHiBye: The Ankou does it all the time, making the heroes rather jumpy.
* SuperSerum: A lot of these, all courtesy of the Count, and always extracted from some mushroom:
** One of his first inventions is the "X1", a serum that when injected grants superhuman strength for a time.
** A further one is the "X4", which incredibly enhances intelligence. The Count uses it on himself to invent a revolutionary diving equipment and submarine in the space of a few hours, while having no knowledge of the subject beforehand.
** Another of his inventions allows to become immune to cold.
* {{Technopath}}: The android Cyanure can take control of machines.
* TechnoWizard: The Count of Champignac. Most of his {{Phlebotinum}} involves mushrooms in some form, including [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs in the design stage]].
* TemporalParadox: Dear God. The last Morvan & Munuera album made, ''Aux Sources du Z'', the ''entire series'' was erased with one of these.
* ThatPoorPlant
** The Count once experimented a serum on a mushroom, causing it to turn into an ugly, misshapen thing.
** In ''QRN sur Bretzelburg'', Spirou convinces the king to stop taking the "medicine" his advisors use to keep him docile. He pours it out on a plant, which immediately wilts.
* ThemeMobile: Whatever Zorglub invents is invariably named as Zorg-something, which gives us the zorglumobile and the zorgcopter (and the zorgwave, zorgspeak, the Zorgmen...).
* ThemeNaming: Fantasio's relatives include his cousin Zantafio and his uncle Tanzafio. They somehow manage to be serious characters despite the silly names.
* TheTalk: Zorglub's robot majordomo thinks it's time he has the talk with his daughter Zandra. [[spoiler:It's actually about revealing to her that she is an android.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: In ''Le groom de Sniper Alley'', the dictator of Aswana is killed in a missile barrage while he was hidding in his shack.
* TheyCalledMeMad: Zorglub's backstory. People laughed at his theories in school so he decided to [[WhosLaughingNow create an army of mind-controlled soldiers]].
* TimeTravel: In ''L'Horloger de la comète'', ''Le Réveil du Z'' and ''Aux Sources du Z''.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Spirou]] in ''Machine qui rêve''. He spends the entire comic being pursued by TheMenInBlack who want to kill him, before he realizes that he's actually a clone of [[spoiler:the real Spirou]]. The original sacrifices himself and allows his duplicate to live out the rest of his life.
* TorchesAndPitchforks: Whenever something unusual happens in Champignac, the townspeople will blame it on the count and the mayor will organize a march to the chateau, sometimes with the express purpose to smash up the count's scientific equipment. They tend to end up making fools of themselves, but when they realize that they quicly fix all damages and leave, feeling sorry for their foolishness.
* TortureTechnician: Subverted with Herr Doktor Kilikil in ''QRN sur Bretzelburg'': his methods involve scraping chalk on a blackboard, or [[DeniedFoodAsPunishment cooking a lavish and fragrant meal in front of a hungry prisoner]]. He's so good at it, in fact, that he eventually becomes a restaurant cook.
* TractorBeam: Zorglub's ship is equipped with a tractor beam, although it's called it a "raptzorg" beam.
* TradingBarsForStripes: Zantafio proposes it to Spirou and Fantasio. First they nearly lynch him, then they accept so they can plot against him more easily.
* TragicKeepsake: In a one-shot, ''Le Journal d'un ingénu'', Kassandra Stahl says that Spirou looks great in his red groom costume. After [[ThePurge her]] [[UsefulNotes/JosefStalin tragic death]], Spirou decides to keep wearing his costume as a reminder of her.
* UnderTheSea: Much of ''Le Repère de la Murène'' takes place underwater.
* UnderwaterBase: The villains of ''Le Repère de la Murène''.
* UnderwaterCity: [[spoiler:''Spirou et les Hommes-Bulles'']].
* UnderwaterRuins: ''Les géants pétrifiés''
* VillainExitStageLeft: Most of the time.
* AVillainNamedZrg: Spoofed. Zorglub's name is a portmanteau of this and "Arglub", which is a standard WrittenSoundEffect for accidental strangling or drowning in Franco-Belgian comics.
* UsefulNotes/VladimirLenin: his embalmed body plays a major role in ''Spirou à Moscou''
* WarIsHell: Invoked by the sniper who is tasked with shooting down the Spirou-shaped balloon in Alerte aux Zorkons. He breaks down and cries because he loves the comic and cannot bring himself to shoot at the balloon.
* WeaponizedLandmark: In ''Spirou et Fantasio à Tokyo'', a live-sized statue of Hachikō (a famous japanese dog) is animated by telekinesis.
* WeaselMascot: Spip the squirrel.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: There has been a lot of ambiguity on where Spirou and Fantasio live, with conflicting hints pointing towards the suburbs of either Paris or Bruxelles. Meanwhile, the location of the quaint small town of Champignac is deliberately ambiguous.
** The town's full title is Champignac-en-Cambrousse, which roughly translates as Champignac-in-the-Sticks or Champignac-in-the-Middle-of-Nowhere.
* WindbagPolitician: The mayor of Champignac is widely feared for his entirely improvised and metaphor-breaking digressions.
* TheWorstSeatInTheHouse: In ''Spirou à New York'' the title characters are supposed to attend a "car ball" (like soccer, but the players are all in cars, and the ball is also a car) finals match to write an article about it. They are late (since they spend the entire comic on wacky mafia hijinx), but a shady guy sells them the last set of seats. Which are inside the "ball".
* WouldHitAGirl: In ''Paris-Sous-Seine'' Spirou punches Miss Flanners in the face for being the cause of Spip's death. [[SubvertedTrope However]], after discovering that Spip is actually safe and sound, he is mortified by his actions even though Flanners had still done enough to deserve the punishment - and advises him to not ask forgiveness for doling punishment to those that deserve it.
** Later in Aux Sources du Z it's possibly subverted again as[[spoiler: Aged!Spirou reveals he originally hit Miss Flanners because when he saw her, he immediately had "strange feelings" that he'd never felt before and it scared him, causing him to lash out... At Miss Flanners.]]
* WritingForTheTrade: Mostly averted, as most creative teams made a point of ending nearly every page with a gag or CliffHanger because the prepublication schedule could be reduced to as little as one or two pages per week.
* YouAreNumberSix: Members of the Triangle refer themselves by number according to their rank in their hierarchy.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Zandra's hair is pink.
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