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'''''Spirou et Fantasio''''' ('''''Spirou and Fantasio''''') is one of the most successful Belgian comic book adventure series, spawning various spin-off series and an AnimatedAdaptation.

Spirou is an intrepid hotel groom/reporter working for Le Moustique/Le Journal de Spirou/freelance. With his wacky/ComicallySerious/now wacky again 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 (TakeThat, Franchise/{{Tintin}}!).

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 80s, 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 spin-off series ''[[SpinoffBabies Le Petit Spirou]]'' (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.
* 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.

The magazine this series was created for, now titled ''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 ''Le Petit Spirou'' remained a regular presence. This changed with the one-shots, which have been published at thrice the rhythm of the main series so far.

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!!''Spirou and Fantasion'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* 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]].
* ArbitrarySkepticism: In ''L'Ankou'', Fantasio stubbornly refuses to believe that he's dealing with a supernatural creature.
* 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 ''Le Petit Spirou'', 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.
* 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.]]
* ArchEnemy: Zantafio
* 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.
* 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.
* BlackLikeMe: Played anviliciously straight in ''Le Rayon noir'', when Spirou is turned black by some of the count's phlebotinium. Though pretty hilariously, after half of the town's been turned black and back, people comments 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 became a lead characters of his own series.
* BrickJoke: Spip's being gagged in ''Spirou à Moscou''
* 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''.
* TheCameo: ''Le Groom vert-de-gris'' is full of them. From old Spirou characters to [[{{Tintin}} Tintin, Milou, Müller]], [[BlakeAndMortimer Captain Francis Blake]] and 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
* 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 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.
* CharacterDevelopment[=/=]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 by bad luck.
* ChickMagnet: Spirou in the recent stories.
* ClearMyName: Fantasio in ''La Mauvaise Tête''.
* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:''Machine qui rêve'']]
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Fantasio in his early appearances.
* 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''.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: [[PunnyName Basile de Koch]], CEO of Farmarm in ''Virus''.
** And the Viper from ''Dans les griffes de la Viper''.
* 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 Viper'', 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.
* CreatorBreakdown: Franquin in the middle of ''QRN sur Bretzelburg''. His "last" album, ''Panade à Champignac'', can either be seen as an affective goodbye to the series... or as a big "Fuck you, I'm going to work on ComicBook/GastonLagaffe instead".
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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).
* DrivesLikeCrazy
** Seccotine is the classic terrible woman driver.
** 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.]]
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Spoofed in ''La Jeunesse de Spirou'' (which has a drunk UnreliableNarrator), averted in ''Le Petit Spirou'' (which has none of the other regular characters).
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: In ''Bravo les Brothers'', Gaston gives Fantasio three circus-trained chimpanzees as a birthday present.
* EvilTwin: Zantafio, although he's actually Fantasio's cousin.
* 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
* FightingYourFriend: Spirou is forced to do this after Fantasio becomes infected by a HatePlague in ''Vallée des Bannis''.
* FountainOfYouth: L'homme qui ne voulait pas mourir.
* GadgeteerGenius: Fantasio in his early appearances. Including the mostly forgotten Fanta-Copter: a functional jetpack!
* 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.
* 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''
* HeelFaceTurn: Zorglub and John Helena.
* HeterosexualLifePartners
** Spirou and Fantasio.
** Also Champignac and Zorglub after the HeelFaceTurn.
* HighlyConspicuousUniform: Zorglub's [[SlaveMooks Zorgmen]].
* 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.
* 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.
* IntrepidReporter
** Spirou and Fantasio themselves, of course.
** Seccotine is a cross between this and {{Paparazzi}}.
** It also applies to Ororea from the Fournier books.
* KingOfTheHomeless: two pre-teen kids fill this function for a group of Tokio homeless in ''Spirou et Fantasio à Tokyo''
* LatexPerfection
* 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''.
* MadScientist
** The Count of Champignac, although he gets saner after his debut episode and becomes TheProfessor.
** Zorglub
* ManchurianAgent: Luna in the animated series.
* 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.
* 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.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In ''Le Journal d'un ingénu'', Spirou's suggestion settle 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/{{WWII}}.
** In Fantasio's defense, the Nazi negotiator was total dick and deserve 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 SegaGenesis game.
* NitroExpress: One episode of the animated ''Spirou and Fantasio'' has the protagonists unwittingly transporting a truckload of "nitrotonic".
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: Champignac. Would be a sleepy rural town, but wait, there's the Count...
* 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.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Zorglub and Champignac (although the latter is a mushroom specialist, he can also build submarines or counter-mind control devices when needed).
* 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.
* PastRightNow: The theme park recreating Edo.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: ''Le Nid des Marsupilamis'', though the spin-off series would not be created until two decades later.
* 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.
** All Bretzelburg troops in ''QRN sur Bretzelburg'', whose appearance invokes UsefulNotes/WorldWarI Imperial Germany.
** 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.
* 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.
* ReformedCriminal: [[spoiler:La Murène]] in ''Virus''
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Most of the more serious plots
* RobotGirl: Cyanure in ''Qui arrêtera Cyanure?''
* {{Ruritania}}: Bretzelburg is a typical Ruritanian country, with added [[{{Kaiserreich}} Germanic]] trappings.
* ScheduleSlip: Nearly all the major runs at their end (hence the changes of creative team), but Tome & Janry's was particularly egregious (up to three years between their last two albums).
* ScrewballSerum: The Count once unwittingly drank a toxic drug of his own design, which turned him into a super-intelligent psychopath.
* SenselessViolins: Seen many times in ''Luna fatale''.
* 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 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.
* ShowWithinAShow: some adventures show the heroes' documentary films. ''Le nid des Marsupilamis'' is mainly such a documentary with the title heroes as a GreekChorus.
* SmashTheSymbol: Well, technically it's steal the symbol, but Tanaziof's stealing of Lenin's body is intended to be this.
* SmugSnake: Zantafio
* SomewhereAPalaeontologistIsCrying: ''Le Voyageur du Mésozoique'' features a dinosaur with pink and yellow spots.
* 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:
** SpinoffBabies: ''Le Petit Spirou''
** ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe''
** ''Le Franchise/{{Marsupilami}}''
** ''Le Petit Noël'' (which never really took off)
** There's also a ''Manga Spirou'' project stuck in DevelopmentHell.
* SuperSerum: One of the Count's first inventions is a serum that, when injected, grants superhuman strength for a time.
* 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.
* ThemeNaming: Fantasio's relatives include his cousin Zantafio and his uncle Tanzafio. They somehow manage to be serious characters despite the silly names.
* 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''.]]
* 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.
* 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]] [[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.
* VladimirLenin: his embalmed body plays a major role in ''Spirou à Moscou''
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
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