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->''"The British Empire has always encountered difficulty in distinguishing between its heroes and its monsters."''
-->-- '''[[OriginalGeneration Campion]] [[Franchise/JamesBond Bond]]'''

''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'' is a GenreBusting serial comic series by writer Creator/AlanMoore and artist Kevin O'Neill. It was originally published under Moore's now-defunct Creator/AmericasBestComics imprint at Wildstorm. After a [[HistoryRepeats re-occurrence of creative disputes]] between Moore and DC (who had purchased Wildstorm in the middle of the run), Moore and O'Neill who owned the series, took the label to Top Shelf and Knockabout Comics, which has published the series from Volume III onwards.

The League was originally envisioned as a Victorian Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, specifically as a CrisisCrossover of several iconic characters in Victorian-Era English literature teaming up to combat equally iconic villains from the popular fiction of the same era. While initially reading like a {{Steampunk}} high adventure story, the later volumes expanded in scope considerably. As Moore clarified in later interviews, the League became less about telling sophisticated adventure stories and became more interested in {{Deconstruction}} as a means and an end. The League is set in a Parallel Universe comprised entirely of characters from different works of fiction, across genres and authors of different styles. It asserts that [[AllMythsAreTrue All Fiction is True]] from the very beginnings of human writing to the future visions dreamed up by science fiction visionaries. It applies ArcWelding to the whole of human literature, theatre, opera, popular music, cinema and television, and of course some odd mentions to comics for good measure.

!! Published Volumes:

* Volume 1 -- The OriginsEpisode where Campion Bond of MI6 puts together the Team - Mina Murray (formerly Mina Harker from Bram Stoker's ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''), [[GreatWhiteHunter Allan Quatermain]] from ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'', Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, 20 years after the events of [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Robert Louis Stevenson's book]], Hawley Griffin, the title character of ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' by Creator/HGWells; and the only character outside of English literature, Captain Nemo, from Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' and ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland''[[note]]the less renowned sequel where Nemo is revealed to be a Sikh Prince, Dakkar of Bundelkhand[[/note]] to combat "[[Literature/FuManchu The Doctor]]" of Limehouse. The supplementary story(in the backpages of each issue in the Volume) "Alan and the Sundered Veil" serves as a prequel to the story, following on Quatermain's activities before his encounter with Mina.
* Volume 2 -- The gang is still working, and still unhappy about working, with MI6 under the new M - [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Mycroft Holmes]]. Their new threat is the Martian Invasion from Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds''. The supplementary story is ''The New Traveller's Almanac'' which serves as a sequel-and-postscript to the story and goes ReferenceOverdosed like never before, all of literature from ''Literature/{{Goldfinger}}'' to ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' is located here.
* Volume 3: Century -- The first Volume published by Moore and O'Neill for Top Shelf. This changed the format from monthly releases to a trilogy of extended issues published annually. It set up an elaborate EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt arc spanning the 20th and early 21st century. Recurring motifs include Creator/BertoltBrecht's ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' and Iain Sinclair's Andrew Norton, a time traveler who can visit any part of London's history but ''only'' in London. Songs from Brecht and Weill lead to on-panel [[TheMusical musical numbers.]] The supplementary story ''Minions of the Moons'' is set in TheSixties [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]
** ''Chapter 1. What Keeps Mankind Alive?'' takes place in 1910, where the League investigates a doomsday cult led by magician Oliver Haddo, while simultaneously dealing with a madman killing prostitutes on the waterfront. Meanwhile Janni Dakkar, daughter of Captain Nemo, sets out to pursue a life away from her father's shadow.
** ''Chapter 2. Paint It Black'' goes to TheSixties, and features characters from popular music, TV and cinema of the era, as the League pursue Haddo's current scheme and pick up trails from the earlier era. SexDrugsAndRockAndRoll clash against LondonGangster and the Occult.
** ''Chapter 3. Let It Come Down'' goes to 2010 and the 21st Century. [[NewMediaAreEvil Millennial culture]] looks very strange to our heroes who have SeenItAll, the AntiChrist promised by Haddo is all set to make his mark on the world stage.
* Volume 4: The Tempest -- The purported GrandFinale of the entire series. It will be a six issue series released in 2018. A multi-century arc that ties together all the plotlines from the earlier stories and settings, mixed with ''Literature/{{We}}''. Has the distinction of being the last comic Creator/AlanMoore will ever write (at least according to him).

!! Spin-Offs, Companion Media and Adaptations

* ''The Black Dossier'' -- This idiosyncratic book is one part comic, another part ExpandedUniverse appendix, and an {{Interquel}} between Volume 2 and Volume 3. The action shifts from the Victorian Era to the 50s landscape of spy fiction, making references to famous films and TV Shows. The likes of [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]], [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]], Campion Bond's descendant "[[Franchise/JamesBond Jimmy]]" and other figures from that era make an apperance. The plot concerns an elaborate side-story, which features the titular Dossier as a FramingDevice for [[ScrapbookStory the history]] of [[AllThereInTheManual all the different iterations of the League]], from the one in Shakespeare's time through to World War II and brings the references to a [[ReferenceOverdosed truly ridiculous level]]. There's plenty of GenreShift within the volumes, including an excerpt from a Beatnik novel, 18th Century pornography and a finale rendered in 3D. Disagreements about the release of this comic led to Moore and O'Neill shifting to Top Shelf.
* In March 2013, Moore and O'Neill set-off on a SpinOff trilogy, revolving around Captain Janni Dakkar, the second Nemo, published in the style of Volume 3, three graphic novels published across three years. Supplementary story involves an interview between Janni and [[Film/HisGirlFriday Hildy Johnson]], talking about all kinds of adventures in her career as a ScienceHero:
** ''Nemo: Heart of Ice'' -- Set in 1925, this story features Janni in a race against a team of former {{Teen Genius}}es from the "Edisonades" to a South Pole based on ''Literature/TheNarrativeOfArthurGordonPymOfNantucket'' and ''Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness''.
** ''Nemo: Roses of Berlin'', published in February-March 2014, Janni and her family to the Berlin of ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' ruled by [[Film/TheGreatDictator the dictator of Tomania, Adenoid Hynkel]]. Recurring villains include Ayesha from H. Rider Haggard's ''She''.
** ''Nemo : River of Ghosts'', published in March 2015, features a 80 year old Janni going on her final adventure in the Amazon River Basin, to fight the possible resurgence of Ayesha [[Literature/TheStepfordWives via android duplicates]], [[Film/TheBoysFromBrazil Hynkel clones]] and [[Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS Nazi She-Wolves]].
* In addition, there's a film adaption, ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' or ''LXG'' based on the first volume. The film recieved a mixed reception, proved to be the final appearance of Creator/SeanConnery and played a major role in discouraging Creator/AlanMoore from all further film adaptations of his works.

The sheer number of sly references to Victoriana that are found in the pages of ''League'''s first two volumes astound many scholars; each page includes subtle and overt {{Continuity Nod}}s to British literary tradition and culture, everything from ComicStrip/RupertBear and other classic TalkingAnimal characters as Moreau's hybrid monsters, to a Cottingley Fairy in a jar of alcohol at the British Museum. However the League isn't simple adaptations of the original characters and stories. As Moore insists, he is "stealing" these characters, bringing them into fresh contexts and new situations beyond the confines of the original stories, often subject to a DeconstructiveParody and featuring heavy doses of AlternativeCharacterInterpretation. Later volumes often feature controversial depictions and portrayal of famous characters.

Not to be confused with ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'', which is something entirely different. (Although they might [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters be in here]] ''[[LawyerFriendlyCameo somewhere]]''...)

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* AcousticLicense: A flashback sequence actually shows the confrontation between [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Sherlock Holmes]] and Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls, something the original story by Arthur Conan Doyle that it's taken from, "The Final Problem", never bothered with (Watson just finds a letter and signs of a struggle and assumes what happened). Doyle thus sidestepped any problems of two men engaging in dialogue right next to a plunging, roaring waterfall, while Moore forges right through with [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness sesquipedalian]] flair.
* AdaptationalBadass: Several characters have gone up from how they were in their original source material. Some from specific adaptations count as well.
** Hyde. In the original book, Hyde is a "dwarfish" man who is sometimes comical to look at and whose personality swings between bold and timid. In the comic, he's a towering juggernaut with SuperStrength and SuperSenses as well as a powerful personality. Jekyll admits in the comic that Hyde used to be smaller than him, but that Hyde grew as that personality gained dominance. Both these changes can be somewhat justified based on an interpretation from the original book It is mentioned Hyde grew in "stature" but that can be interpreted in literal size which could make him grow to the comics proportions or just in terms of becoming the more heartier persona. (At first Jekyll was a hearty man, Hyde the sicker smaller man) After the first transformation Stevenson writes: "There was something strange in my sensations, something indescribably new and, from its very novelty, incredibly sweet." This could be interpreted as Hyde having somewhat different senses from an ordinary person.
** Apparently Don Quixote was this, as he became a member of the original incarnation of the League headed by Prospero, and must have been a fairly accomplished adventurer, rather than the delusional old man he was in his own novel. Although this interpretation was not orignated here either.his old verve, he's never quite the bold and confident adventurer he is in the original.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Quite a few characters who are HeroOfAnotherStory are presented in a decidedly darker light in the League books. As per Moore's quote in that section for GenreDeconstruction purposes we see elements of how these characters may be interpreted with SocietyMarchesOn and ValuesDissonance added to them.
** In general, spies, whether good or bad, are regarded as [[GreyAndGrayMorality inherently shifty characters]] with M, the leader of MI6 and the creator of the league, revealed in ''Volume 1'' to be [[spoiler:James Moriarty]] and his successor, the nominally good Mycroft Holmes shown to be if possible, more ruthless. ''The Black Dossier'' takes this even further with a very negative portrayal of Cold War era spy fiction, MI6 pulling TheCoup and installing Big Brother from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and being led by [[spoiler:[[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]]]] with characters like [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]] shown as little more than an UnwittingPawn and Franchise/JamesBond a misogynist scumbag [[spoiler:who is a traitor to England and working for the CIA and becomes a KarmaHoudini VillainWithGoodPublicity.]]
** Boys Adventure Heroes from Charles Hamilton's Literature/{{Greyfriars}} School stories has the Famous Five's leader Harry Wharton becoming Big Brother with other members of the gang forming the party of Ingsoc, and Billy Bunter shown as a pathetic ManChild who also [[spoiler:rats out Mina and Allan Quatermain]]. Other adventure heroes who are shown as less than noble is Literature/TomSwift or [[WritingAroundTrademarks Tom Swyfte]] who is a racist and DirtyCoward who cares more [[ItsAllAboutMe about his own life]] than that of his team and whose inventions revolve around [[ArmsDealer developing weapons]] because he's OnlyInItForTheMoney rather than ForScience. In ''Volume III: Century'', Moore builds his climax to a prolonged TakeThat on [[spoiler:Literature/HarryPotter, showing the main character as a whiny SpoiledBrat who is also an EldritchAbomination who murdered the entire supporting cast of his series. In the same process name dropping some other magical school boy characters as having been monitored as well.]] In their own works these characters were generally the heroes and stars. In Moore's League they grew up to be just as villainous as those they fought.
** Nyctalope appears as a member of the French version of the League, in his own source material he was a genuine hero, but here he is among a team that were genuine villains in their sources or at the very least morally questionable.
** A whole ''world'' is implied to have gotten this treatment. Among the Vril-ya, the word for "evil" or "sin" is [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia "Nania"]].
* AdaptationalWimp: Quatermain is imagined here is a timid, strung-out old junkie who is often ashamed of himself. Even when he regains some of his old verve, he's never quite the bold and confident adventurer he is in the original. It was true Quatermain became more vulnerable throught his original stories he never sunk to the levels he is here.
** [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]] who was a really over the top level spy in her tv series is presented as more an unknowing pawn in her appearance. Although she may have averted this by the time 2009 came along.
* AllMythsAreTrue: Or perhaps more accurately, all ''fiction'' is true. Or is at least partially true in some cases, like that there was [[Film/DrNo no doctor]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Knowledge of the books of the period (all of them) is very helpful to understanding the subtle goings-on, if not the main plot.
** ''The Black Dossier'' offers a mountain of information on the previous leagues, their activities are chronicled in supplementary stories. You can seriously read a [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare Shakespearean]]-style play about Prospero and Caliban and their ilk forming the first League, complete with Shakespearean` jokes like guards named Mr. Shytte and Mr. Pysse.
** There are also [[TheAnnotatedEdition books of annotations by Jess Nevins]] which point out some of the really obscure references, though even Nevins can sometimes get overwhelmed. When cataloguing one of the back-up "world tour" sections from the second volume, he subtitled it [[InWhichATropeIsDescribed "In Which Alan Moore Tries To Kill Me"]]. Said sections have one obscure Victorian reference ''per sentence''.
** Each Volume ends with a text-only supplement that actually provides clues and InfoDump on the ExpandedUniverse. In the SpinOff ''Nemo'' trilogy, it takes the form of an interview between Janni Dakkar and Hildy Johnson from Creator/HowardHawks' ''Film/HisGirlFriday''.
* AlternateHistory: Several real-life [[NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed historical]] and [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed celebrity]] figures are replaced by fictional counterparts. The presence of various fictional characters and elements results in accelerated technology, such as SteamPunk and RaygunGothic, and space travel is a lot more advanced and widespread. Extraterrestrials exist elsewhere in the Solar System, and many come or are brought to Earth starting with the [[Literature/WarOfTheWorlds Martian invasion]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: [[invoked]] Moore shows most of the characters he uses here in a different light than their original works.
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: In the League's universe, Elohim are the Angels, and the Great Old Ones function as both the Devils and the Squid.
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:By the end of Volume 3 of ''Century'', Mina is the only original member of the league who's still alive.]]
* AnythingThatMoves:
** Fanny Hill is shown in ''Black Dossier'' to not be choosy when it comes to who or what she has intercourse with.
** As a side effect of his/her immortality, Orlando has become VERY well versed in human sexuality. If his own accounts are true, he's been involved with, among others, Ramses II (though not exactly by choice), Aeneas of Troy, Romulus (and Remus, there was a bit of a mixup there), Sindbad the Sailor, Merlin, and many many ''many'' more.
** Hyde in his crazier moments.
* AristocratsAreEvil: These appear with a regularity you'd expect in a universe like this. Of special note is King Jacob, whose puritanical tyranny led to the death of magic in England, and the [[Literature/The120DaysOfSodom twisted, degenerate nobles from Silling Castle]], whose evil was so horrendous that Literature/TheScarletPimpernel states that he regrets having ever saved them during the French Revolution.
* ArtifactTitle: The League was officially disbanded between the events of ''Century: 1910'' and ''The Black Dossier'', whittling the cast of characters down to a '''Trio''' of Extraordinary Gentlemen by the final act. Not to mention that the book's original Victorian setting, which the title is meant to evoke, has been out the window since ''The Black Dossier'' (which took place in the 1950s), with the last two volumes taking place in the 1960s and the 2000s, respectively.
** In conventional terms of a group, probably, but Moore has always insisted that the League was more of a metaphorical crossover than a literal superhero story. So the ArtifactTitle here is a JustifiedTrope.
* AssholeVictim:
** [[spoiler:The second volume has Griffin beaten and raped to death by Hyde. Given that Griffin was a sadistic and sociopathic rapist and had beaten up Mina before Hyde subjected him to this ghastly fate, he really deserved it.]]
** Tom Swyfte in the ''Nemo'' trilogy ends up irrecoverably driven to madness after encountering an EldritchAbomination. He is established as being self-centered, misogynist, and racist, so it's really hard to feel sorry for him.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Christian disappears into the Blazing World at the end of his affiliation with Prospero's Men, and from there, presumably finds a way to return to his own shining country, as he is never seen again.
* AuthorAppeal:
** [[spoiler:The ménage à trois between Quatermain, Mina and Orlando.]]
** Alan Moore's fondness for old-time forms of pornography also tends to come through, to the point where later volumes can focus just as much, if not more at times, on the sexual exploits of the characters as much as their adventures. In particular, the first volume features characters and settings from Victorian pornographic journal ''The Pearl'', and ''Black Dossier'' gives us, among others, a ''Jane''-style Tijuana Bible from the world of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and the various exploits (in more than one way) of the eighteenth-century League courtesy of Fanny Hill.
** Between Mina and Quatermain in the main books and Jenny Nemo and Broad-Arrow Jack in "Heart of Ice", younger women have a tendency to end up with much older men in this series.
** On a less sexual note, his deep love of Victoriana is prominent throughout the first two volumes, and his enjoyment of punk and the hippie movements of the 1960s in the third. Of course, this comes with a certain ugly dark side, see NostalgiaFilter.
* AuthorAvatar: Quatermain in the first two volumes (and Vol 3. Part 3), The Duke Of Milan in the third.
* AuthorTract: Despite Moore's really impressive reading acumen on witness in this series even he is not immune to having his combined world here clearly show off some of his own beliefs.
** Allan Quatermain makes one think that Moore views Britain much as Creator/GarthEnnis does America; a skilled, principled GentlemanAdventurer who keeps degenerating into a babbling drug addict when he lacks a clear enemy to fight, only to drag himself to his feet and fight once more whenever his country needs him. [[spoiler:Though he claims to be unwilling to fight the Antichrist, he [[ChangedMyMindKid shows up anyway]], [[HeroicSacrifice dies heroically]], and [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in Mina Harker's arms]] while she calls him her hero. Every woman who has loved him over his long life then bear him back to Africa, where he is honorably buried. The final panel of Volume 3 is a respectful shot of his grave as the sun sets.]]
** Moore '''hates''' spy characters.
*** His depiction of Literature/JamesBond (at least, the literary version) isn't exactly flattering either, although it is more faithful to Fleming's original depiction in comparison to his film counterpart. Book Bond orginally displayed quite a bit of mysogyny but did soften as the series went on, but here Moore took it UpToEleven and kept it there.
*** President Palmer casts all blame for millennial economic and environmental crises on the "[[Series/TheWestWing Bartlet administration]]", claiming its Counter Terrorism Unit will end the recession in just Series/TwentyFour hours.
*** Perhaps in that vein, the one spy he gives a [[PetTheDog pat]] is a "disillusioned CIA operative" named [[Series/BurnNotice Westen]], who reveals that the modern League's problems with the British government were caused by American double agents - one of which killed the modern M's father and witch-hunted Murray.
** In ''Century: 2009'', his portrayal of Literature/HarryPotter is generally quite mean-spirited and satirical, making fun of its WorldBuilding and cast of characters with the single exception of [[spoiler:Severus Snape]], who gets a FacingTheBulletsOneLiner, and whose in-universe dismissal of Harry as [[spoiler:the Antichrist]]; an EntitledBastard celebrity coasting off better wizards is Moore's own view of the character and its series and influence, an opinion made particularly transparent when he has [[spoiler:God appear and destroy him - in the form of Mary Poppins, self-proclaimed guardian of the world's children and their imaginations]]. Moore elaborated that even with this he doesn't think ALL of modern literature is as bleak but it is also clear this is an attitude he shares on other modern works that contributed to how he wrote the League world in 2009.
* BadassGrandpa: Literature/CAugusteDupin is Mina and Allan's liaison in Paris, and despite being in his late ''90s'' if not early ''100s'', he looks Mr. Hyde straight in the face and blasts his ear off with his pepperbox pistol. Mina is impressed.
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler:Literature/MaryPoppins AKA '''God''']] - gives out a string of these as she's facing off with the Antichrist:
** On their meeting:
-->'''The Antichirst:''' Who the fuck are you?\\
'''[[spoiler:Mary Poppins]]:''' I have a great many responsibilities. Foremost among these, however, is my concern for the children. I am concerned regarding their wellbeing, and the healthy development of their imaginations. I am concerned regarding their behavior... And I'm afraid, young man, that I don't care for you at all.\\
'''The Antichirst:''' I'm '''well''' famous, actually. I'm in a book of the '''[[Literature/TheBible Bible]]'''!\\
'''[[spoiler:Mary Poppins]]:''' Tsk. Just one book? I'm on every page. [[{{God}} Who]] did you think you were talking to?\\
I rocked the fretful baby gods to sleep before time started... and I am companion to the women who paste up the stars. The quarters of the world bound unto my compass. I have taken tea with earthquakes. I know what the bee knows... and you really are a dreadful little boy.
* BadassNormal: The majority of the pre-Victorian League count as this, as well as most of those succeeding it, but Mina Murray stands out - a dainty, slightly-built ''music teacher'' rubbing shoulders with the likes of Captain Nemo and Edward Hyde! Other noteable ones include ClassyCatBurglar AJ Raffles who was able to along with Mina go toe to toe with Fantomas and the Nyctalope, and Nathaniel Bumpo and The Scarecrow/Dr Syn/Captain Clegg from the 17th century League.
* BadassSanta: In the ''League'' universe, Santa is an elderly shaman who lives alone in a hut at the North Pole, uses astral projection to travel around the world spreading good cheer every Christmas, and commands an army of malicious sprites (his "little helpers") as his {{familiar}}s. He also apparently murdered a few employees of the Coca-Cola company when they tried to buy the rights to his image.
* BelatedHappyEnding: This happens to Frankenstein's monster. While searching for the North Pole to comitt suicide after his creators death, he instead stumbles across Toyland and its artificial inhabitants, who accept him as one of their own. He even finds love there, with Queen Olympia, a humanoid automaton who sees him as a kindred spirit, if made from flesh rather than machinery.
* BeneathTheEarth: Several places in the League's world are this, such as the Vril-ya kingdom, Coal City, and Grande Euscare.
* BigBad: The only book that doesn't have a specific antagonistic ringleader is ''Volume II'', which features the Martian hordes. In ''Volume I'', the main antagonist is Fu Manchu ([[spoiler:only not really, it's Moriarty]]), in ''Black Dossier'', it's Harry Lime, and in ''Volume III: Century'', it's Oliver Haddo ([[spoiler:up until the last book, where he becomes the GreaterScopeVillain to the Antichrist - ''Harry Potter'']]).
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Sinbad, according to Orlando. Orlando claims in ''Century: 1910'' that he had a "pego like a stallion's".
* BigGuyRodeo: Quatermain attempts this against Mr Hyde. It doesn't work, so he feeds him a mouthful of laudanum.
* BilingualBonus: Frequently enough that some of what you read will completely go over your head if you don't speak Arabic or Chinese. For example, in Fu Manchu's lair, Allen sees the titular YellowPeril torturing a man by writing on him with paint-stripper gel. The Chinese script translates as, "A man who does not know pain is like a book whose pages have not been written."
--> '''Peg''': Wij hebben ons vrijwillig aangeboden. Zijn geslacht is kolossaal. [[note]]"We have volunteered. His sex is colossal."[[/note]]
--> '''Mina''': She, um, she says they volunteered because of his personality.
* BiologicalWeaponsSolveEverything: It is revealed that the bacteria which killed the martians during the events of ''Literature/WarOfTheWorlds'' was in fact a hybrid of Anthrax and Streptococcus developed by Dr. Moreau while working for the British Military.
* BiTheWay: In ''Century: 1969'', Mina "tortures" a woman for information regarding a cult, and Quatermain and Orlando tend to share a bed regardless of Orlando's current gender.
* BizarreAlienSenses: Edward Hyde can see people's body heat [[spoiler:- including Griffin's]].
* BloodKnight: Orlando really enjoys fighting, with a bit of CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass for good measure.
* BodyHorror:
** Plenty of it to go around, but most notable is probably the true form of the Antichrist, as well as the still living severed head of Oliver Haddo in the third chapter of ''Century'' and the remains of the victims from the massacre at the Invisible College.
** Dr Moreau's hybrids, which are presented not as graceful humanoids, but as twisted, half-insane beastmen whose very existence is a mockery of nature.
** In the New Traveler's Almanac, this is the fate of [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderLand the girl who fell into a mirror into a world were the regular laws of physics and logic are not applied]] [[NightmareFuel and her organs were reversed as well as having the inability to eat our world's food.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: The dinner scene in volume two, in which Hyde reveals some of his origins. And that he'd (Disturbing spoiler, highlight to read:) [[spoiler:brutally beat and sodomized Griffin to near-death a few minutes previous. (The blood on his clothes, hands, and teeth becomes visible as Griffin finally dies in another room. Which happens to be above them, so that the blood is revealed to be dripping through the ceiling as well.)]]
* BreakTheCutie: Nemo's daughter Janni, oh so much. Ironically her gang rape by her employer and the customers of the bar she works in makes her willing to accept the role of Nemo, the very thing she ran away from home to avoid, in order to have her revenge. And she does. By the end of the volume Ishmael reckons she's more of a monster than her father. "Ain't it bleeding wonderful?"
* BroadStrokes: Moore takes this approach to much of the fiction he incorporates, which is understandable because of how nigh-impossible it would be to fit so much fiction into one world without needing to adjust somethings.
* CanonWelding: Moore, has done this with the comic, making vague references to the source material for ''Ozymandias'' and ''The Black Freighter''. Oh, sure, it's only references to the inspirations for them, and Moore would probably rather have his skin boiled than actually go further than that, but this is Creator/AlanMoore, ''there are no coincidences''. As an aside, Moore is a close friend to Moorcock, close enough that Moorcock has allowed Moore to put in some Moorcock characters into the ''League'' series free of charge.
* CelebrityParadox: Averted, see LiteraryAgentHypothesis
* CharacterExaggeration: A lot of characters portrayed in a negative light have certain flaws taken to their logical extreme.
** Literature/{{Pollyanna}} to the same extent we use ThePollyanna trope. She's still glad even after a near rape, which she was not that oblivious in her source.
** Literature/BulldogDrummond's racism ([[ValuesDissonance the reason]] the original stories haven't aged well) is turned up to eleven.
** As is Franchise/JamesBond's misogyny from the original Ian Fleming stories.
** In the Nemo spin-off Literature/TomSwift can also be called this. In his original stories he was fairly up-to-date for his age. Whether he'd have grown up to be that callous for now questionable activities is a bit of an exageration.
** [[invoked]]The Moonchild's teenage {{Wangst}} and obsession with fame and coping with celebrity is likewise an exaggeration of the source character's flaws, in addition to a pastiche of millennial culture in general. [[spoiler: Sure, Harry Potter could whine a lot, but he never resorted to a school shooting to solve his problems.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: Hyde's thermal vision. This being Hyde, he's smart enough not to tell Griffin about it, knowing that it might come in handy sometime. It is actually revealed to the reader in a single panel of a Hyde & Griffin in volume 1 showing Griffin in infrared. It isn't revealed that this was through Hyde's vision until the climax of volume 2.
--> 'I've always been able to see you'
* ChekhovsClassroom: Very subtly done. In ''Century: 1969'', Norton mentions Helter Skelter and Holden Caulfield - both fictions that inspired real-life killings. [[spoiler:By ''Century: 2009'', Harry Potter has become one, too, inspiring school massacres in America.]]
* {{Chickification}}: Mina is a lot more vulnerable in ''Century: 1969'' than we've seen her before. Explained as a result of the strain of being immortal finally starting to catch up with her. It's true she was a DamselInDistress in her source material, but that situation wasn't entirely on her own fault.
* CluelessAesop: Several reviewers and commentators (such as some members of the discussion panel [[http://mindlessones.com/2012/06/26/league-of-extraordinary-gentlemen-century-2009-thoughts/#more-25723 here]]) argued that Moore's argument that twenty-first century culture in ''Century: 2009'' is decadent and inferior compared to the culture produced by the generations that came before is weakened by Moore's obvious lack of familiarity with twenty-first century fiction and culture. The issue contained fewer overall references to contemporary fiction than previous volumes had[[note]]There is an argument that there are limitations to mediums such as films or acted out theatre that do not exist for the literature and written down versions. Some would argue it should be the modern fiction to the previous that should be compared for being on the same level. Moore's versions seem to generally think fiction as a whole has declined not really calling this point to attention.[[/note]], and several of these references were themselves questionable, inaccurate or somewhat outdated. For these critics, this had the effect less of the intended searing indictment of modern culture and more of Moore coming across as a bit of a GrumpyOldMan complaining about things he barely understood.
** In an interview with Padraig O'Mealoid, [[http://www.comicsbeat.com/interview-with-alan-moore-part-1/ Moore acknowledged]] this criticism but defended his viewpoint:
--> '''Alan Moore''': I would say, that if youíre talking about a line of progress, if it can be called progress, that runs from Creator/BertoltBrecht’s Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera, to Donald Cammellís Film/{{Performance}}, to Franchise/HarryPotter, I donít think you can really see that as anything but a decline.
* CompositeCharacter
** Orlando is pretty much every fictional character with that name ever, up to and including Orlando the Marmalade Cat (he claims to have been turned into a cat because of a curse at one point).
** The Famous Five of Literature/{{Greyfriars}} get this in ''Black Dossier'': Harry Wharton has become [[Literature/{{NineteenEightyFour}} Big Brother]], and Robert Cherry is [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]] (with a dose of [[Series/TheAvengers Mother]] and James Bond's M). John Bull's real last name is revealed as "Night" and he apparently makes spy gadgets like cars, so it's possible he's meant to be the founder of [[Series/KnightRider Knight Industries]].
** Janni Nemo is a combination of Low-Dive Jenny from ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' and a child of Captain Nemo from ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea''. In Leagues we don't really learn that much of Nemo's family other than that they had existed, so it's fair to count Janni here in that sense.
** The Antichrist is a combination of Aleister Crowley's Moon Child and [[spoiler:Harry Potter]]. He also spouts a line from Harry Enfield's Kevin the Teenager.
* ContinuityNod: To a lot of continuity; its BackStory is a distilled mixture of every book written ''ever'', from Dickens to erotica.
** As time as gone on the comic has engulfed all of fiction, not just written books or written books based on other mediums. For characters that have both a literature and other incarnation it can vary on the character. Moore defied the changing of Nemo from an Indian prince to an Englishmen staying true to the book. On the same token Jack Carter is clearly modeled more after the ''Film/GetCarter'' than his literary version. This has been met with both fandom rejoicing and major criticism on Moore's world building.
* CrackPairing: [[invoked]] Since the series deals with the relationships between various fictional characters, this happens quite a bit within the series. Most visibly with Quartermain and Murray, but it happens with minor characters as well. Frankenstein's monster and his wife Olympia from Tales of Hoffman come to mind.
* CrapsackWorld: Particularly by Volume II. Even moreso at the end of Volume 3 where the characters state that 21st Century Anglo-American society is NotSoDifferent from the Victorian era.
* CrossoverCosmology: The world of the League has [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos the Great Old Ones]], Elohim from Literature/TheBible, the various gods from Greek, Norse, Celtic and other mythologies, and a {{God}} who happens to be [[spoiler:Literature/MaryPoppins]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Everything is portrayed a lot grittier and darker than the source material. The [[spoiler:Nautilus]] gains a new, darker look and a ''lot'' MoreDakka [[spoiler: but a lot less Dakkar]] in volume three.
* DeadpanSnarker: Griffin tends to make cutting remarks.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Most of the main characters, see below.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Initially it began as a straightforward Victorian Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}, extracting the literary precursors of popular superhero characters, but Moore gradually realized he had created something ambitious, a history of the world as reflected in the literature. As such the books deconstruct the relationship of literature, storytelling and culture to the given society it portrays, where several characters of fiction tend to be {{Expy}} and CaptainErsatz of real historical figures.
** Moore typically foregrounds the subtext of a given story, emphasizing aspects that have been forgotten or often adapted out, which is why the characters that he [[InsistentTerminology steals]] from famous works of literature are not consistent from how they are popularly known. In a lot of cases this takes the form of the character in the comic being more engulfed by their own worst habits. Most of which are taken up to high levels for the sake of deconstruction. This is particularly emphasized in the Victorian League:
*** Mina Harker is the heroine of {{Dracula}}, a work where she is the DamselInDistress, here she is a divorced ex-Music Teacher, a depiction in contrast to the loving marriage we see in the narrative of the book but follows on the more feminist interpretations of the book, as seen in Creator/FrancisFordCoppola's adaptation. It also heavily subverts AngstWhatAngst with her, while she acts cool and collected, she is secretly scarred (mentally as well as physically) and traumatized by what happened to her.
*** Likewise, Allan Quatermain, rather than the stereotypical GreatWhiteHunter, is initially TheLoad of the League because of his crippling opium addiction, rather than the sure hero of popular imagination and he constantly relapses into his old behavior.
*** Perhaps the biggest stretch is Captain Nemo or Prince Dakkar of Bundelkhand working with UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire, when in Creator/JulesVerne's stories he is a NGOSuperpower anti-colonialist rebel. Though the idea of an old imperialist and a colonialist rebel on the same team is a nice touch.
*** Mr. Hyde is essentially The Hulk, which Moore notes is the literary origin of the Marvel character. This is partially justified since it is noted that Hyde did grow through Stevenson's original story and he could conceivably have achieved Hulk proportions if he and Dr Jekyll lived long enough. Even Hyde being able to see and smell Griffin could be justified, because Dr Jekyll's account in Stevenson's book speaks of new sensations and how the world seemed different when he changed into Hyde. That Mina finds Mr Hyde terrifying but far from the worst she has seen is also justified. Stevenson points out that Hyde is natural, though representing the very worst in nature. Bram Stoker points out that his Dracula is utterly unnatural. There is, though, no hint in the Stevenson's book that Hyde was particularly xenophobic, like Moore's version. Also, while Dr Jekyll says the the sins which embarrassed him terribly were no worse than what some men might have boasted about, it was probably a little bit more than not returning a borrowed book and occasionally masturbating over homosexual fantasies, as Moore's Hyde claims.
*** Griffin has gotten so used to the freedom {{Invisibility}} allows that he now considers himself completely immune to consequences. He kills a constable to wear his coat, not caring that it makes him very noticeable, and when Hyde reveals that [[spoiler:he's always been able to see Griffin]], Griffin can only stand there in shock and protest that it "isn't fair".
** In Volume II, InternalDeconstruction sets in. The various members' vices, flaws, and prejudices lead to the team falling apart, with [[spoiler:Griffin's]] treachery, [[spoiler:Hyde]] getting himself killed attacking the Martians, and [[spoiler:Nemo]] abandoning the remaining members when England's actions once again prove to be too much for him to tolerate.
** The hybrids created by [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Doctor Moreau]] seen in Volume II deconstruct [[FunnyAnimal Funny Animals]] and PettingZooPeople by showing what combinations of humans and animals would really be like: BodyHorror, UncannyValley, BestialityIsDepraved, CarnivoreConfusion, and NightmareFuel all ensue.
** A running theme in the first two books is that "The British Empire has always had difficulty separating its monsters from its heroes." Blurring the lines between hero and villain, with M revealed to be James Moriarty, and his, and SherlockHolmes' death, used to extend his cover. Later Ms include morally ambiguous characters like Mycroft Holmes and subsequently, Harry Lime of Film/TheThirdMan.
** The concepts of {{Expy}} and SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute are deconstructed with the Warralson League, a group of individuals similar to the members of the Murray League brought together by MI6 to replicate them. Being different people, they fail to relate and work together in the same way that the Victorian League did, which ends up causing them to horribly botch their first and only mission before disbanding.
** As told in ''The Black Dossier'', totalitarian governments such as the one in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' are deconstructed. Ingsoc's methods of brutality and limited freedoms turn out to be self-destructive, and it ends up falling to pieces after only about a couple decades.
** Galley-wag was originally the Golliwog, an arguably racist caricature, so grotesque and stylized that it really only barely resembled an actual human at all. Moore ran with this and put the character in a realistic context, making him a completely inhuman alien being made out of dark matter.
** Orlando eventually deconstructs LivingForeverIsAwesome. He/she embraces {{Immortality}} and accepts everything about it... including the occasional bouts of AxCrazy bloodlust that result from the apathy living forever brings. To enjoy immortality, Orlando has to overlook all the violence he/she causes because of it.
** The idea of [[LongRunner long running stories]] [[SequelHook with open endings for sequels]] to make a franchise get [[http://comicsalliance.com/four-micro-essays-on-league-of-extraordinary-gentlemen-2009-re/ torn a new one in ''2009''. The heroes realise how awful fighting forever can be and are physically and mentally exhausted of fighting and just want their stories to end.]]
--> Allan Quatermain: "I could have just been a traveller. You could have taught music. But no. We always have to be the heroes, donít we?"
* DeconstructionCrossover: One of the most typical examples. Probably, even the TropeCodifier. The series shows many different fictional characters coexisting for the purpose of showing the downsides and flaws of what their stories would be like in a more realistic and less idealistic light.
* DeconstructiveParody: Moore freely admits that characters he doesn't like will not be treated very kindly. See the above about worst qualities taken to high levels, these characters get the worst of this treatment.
** Literature/{{Pollyanna}}'s ceaseless happiness and cheeriness is taken to extremes when, after being nearly raped by Griffin, she is still happy and smiling.
** Franchise/JamesBond is shown as a rapist thug, who [[spoiler: murders Emma Peel's father and is a traitor to England, secretly a CIA agent]]. Moore believes that [[http://io9.com/5086230/5-things-i-learned-about-women-from-the-james-bond-books the unsavory]] [[http://www.papermag.com/2015/09/anti-idris_tracing_the_james_b.php aspects of Bond]] in the original Creator/IanFleming stories were made LighterAndSofter in the movies with Creator/SeanConnery giving him AdaptationalAttractiveness.
** Franchise/HarryPotter [[spoiler: is TheAntichrist appointed by Oliver Haddo/Tom Riddle/Voldemort to bring the new aeon, whose adventures in Hogwarts was all a ruse to keep him diverted from his real path]].[[note]]He has an epic FreakOut and goes KillEmAll on Hogwarts, murdering Ron, Hermione, Draco, [=McGonagall=], Ginny, Dumbledore, Hagrid and Snape(who gives a DefiantToTheEnd speech) before settling at Grimmauld Place for ten years taking anti-depressant pills and procrastinating on self pity[[/note]]. His portrayal as a whiny SpoiledBrat is Moore's TakeThat on the milennial culture's obsession with celebrity, riffing on the implications of Harry as TheHero being famous for doing nothing, content to be an UnwittingPawn while remaining essentially mediocre in skill and knowledge and yet receive unmerited fame and praise, a CharacterExaggeration of Harry's original portrayal, the sentiments of which are voiced by [[spoiler:Severus Snape]].
** In general, this is part of the parody the "British Adventure Hero". Allan Quatermain gets a PretenderDiss from [[spoiler:Moriarty for being a poor replacement for Sherlock Holmes. James Bond is passed the baton of the "diss" from Allan Quatermain and likewise Harry Potter gets clobbered by Mary Poppins, but not before, literally, pissing Quatermain to death. It's a meta-commentary on how the idea of TheHero and what made them heroic has changed -- Holmes, Quatermain, Bond and Potter being at various times the most famous heroes of British culture and indeed representative of Englishness as a whole. In the Victorian era, being heroic meant being smart and being an ActionSurvivor, while later on it involved working as government hitman or being an entitled celebrity who was an UnwittingPawn all his life]].
** A brief example in the ''Black Dossier'': It is mentioned that in a small U.S. town in the 1950s, Galley-Wag was accused of pimping his Dutch dolls and imprisoned, implied to be because he was seen as "a Negro". The town in question? [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Mayberry]]. Yes, Moore quite subtly shows the downside of the idyllic small-town attitudes of TheFifties.
* DeconstructorFleet: Moore takes full advantage of a world containing all of fiction to deconstruct almost any characters and tropes he can work in.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: As Moore states in the Quotes page, the comics tackle the fact that if characters like Quatermain, Invisible Man, James Bond and others were to be created in the 21st Century, they would not be as well liked as they were in their own time.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Janni is the ''Queen'' of this trope. Do ''not'' mess with her unless you want your city itself attacked, the harbour burnt, looted and pillaged, hundreds of people murdered, on top of which [[LaserGuidedKarma you too will get ass-raped]] along the way.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Janni is always barefoot.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In ''Century: 2009'', the Invisible College school massacre is framed and discussed as if it were Columbine-style school massacre [[FromBadToWorse where the student doing the massacring has magic powers.]] In addition, the panels in which the massacre is actually portrayed resemble a first-person shooter video game. Fitting, since video games were blamed for Columbine in real life.
* TheDragon:
** "Jimmy" serves as the main flunky of M in ''The Black Dossier''.
** [[Film/GetCarter "Jackie Boy"]] for Vic Dakin in ''Century:1969''
* DysfunctionJunction: Maybe this is what happens when you mash characters from writers in different styles and genres but the League never coheres and performs the function that it was created for. Their biggest success was in Vol. 1 whereas Vol. 2 is filled with betrayal and ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and Vol 3. shows the 20th Century as a relentless TraumaCongaLine for all and at the end, the League is unrecognizable in its modern form. Though considering that Alan Moore wanted to narrate a MythArc of cultural decline, this seems a deliberate action on his part.
* DystopiaIsHard: It's specifically shown that not only did the Ingsoc government only cover Britain itself, like some interpretations of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' speculates, it also didn't last more than a few years, from the end of [=WW2=] to the early 50s. [[spoiler:With Big Brother being assassinated in secret by James Bond]].
* EldritchAbomination: This series has its fair share of unfathomably hideous and weird creatures.
** H.G. Wells' Martians.
** Lovecraft's own make an appearance... [[spoiler:in a Jeeves and Wooster story.]] Quatermain and Mina also comes across one of them when they're investigating the bizarre occurrences in New England, alongside Randolph Carter.
*** They also show up in a prequel story concerning Quatermaine's activities just after he faked his death, where his body is possessed by a nameless Elder Thing while his spirit encounters the [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Time Traveller]], [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars John Carter]] and Randolph Carter on the astral plane.
*** Nyarlathotep itself makes an appearance as a "''respected diplomat''" from Yuggoth to the Blazing World.
*** Nyarlathotep and pals also feature in a William Burroughs style novelette, in which they masquerade as Burrough's Nova Mob (a kind of MindVirus/ interplanetary crime group/ linguistic terrorist organization. MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext)
** And let's not forget the Antichrist.
* EldritchLocation: The Mountains Of Madness, Present Land, and Arkham, all obvious examples of this trope, are all included or mentioned.
** Mina also describes the Phantoms tunnels beneath the Paris Opera House as this, describing them as "an abysmal place, where the walls still echoed with grief and rage".
** Castle Dracula in Romania. Mina and Allan explore it in the early 1900's, with Mina half-hoping, half-dreading that Dracula might wait for her there. The castle turns out to be long-abandoned and in ruins, but there is one unsettling find left: ''someone'' has left several letters written in blood behind, reminiscing about atrocities committed in the castle when the Count was still living there.
** The Blazing World is a more positive example of this trope.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** Fu Manchu is introduced writing on a man's bare skin with acid. Nice guy.
** The first time Oliver Haddo appears on panel in ''Century: 1910'', he blasts Orlando across the room with a magic wand before a word has been uttered.
** The first time the Anti-Christ appears as an actual character in ''Century: 2009'', it is a first person perspective of him committing a school massacre. With magic powers. [[spoiler:And the school happens to be Hogwarts...]]
** When Griffin (the Invisible Man) is introduced, he's taking advantage of his invisibility to rape schoolgirls, including {{Literature/Pollyanna}}
* EvenEvilHasStandards: While Nemo is a ruthless terrorist vocally committed to killing as many Englishmen as creatively as possible, he draws the line at using [[spoiler:poison gas. Or bioweapons.]]
** In a 'sort of' example, Hyde does ''not'' appreciate what Griffin the Invisible Man has done regarding either Mina or selling everyone out to the Martians... but his response is even ''worse''. Here, it's less because Hyde would never do such a thing (it's suggested he already has, many times), it's because he has some kind of regard for Mina personally.
** Less 'evil' more 'amoral', but while Mycroft Holmes usually acts aloof and impartial towards the quite morally questionable things he and the League get up to, he is visibly disgusted and angered [[spoiler:when the real UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper gets out of a well-deserved hanging when someone else who couldn't have done his crimes confesses to them solely to get the attention.]]
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: To the point where later volumes can at times act more as a chronicle of the sex lives of various fictional characters than their adventures. ''The Black Dossier'', which features a lengthy excerpt from the memoirs of a certain Miss Literature/FannyHill, particularly reflects this.
* EveryoneIsBi: Chances are, if a character's sex life is mentioned at all, they will have had at least one or two encounters with both sexes.
* EvilCounterpart: ...sort of. The League has counterpart organizations working on behalf of the French (Les Hommes Mysterieux) and German (Der Zweilicht Helden) governments. While The League tends to include at least a few traditional heroes, Quatermain and Mina Murray, the closest thing the French have to a hero is ''Literature/RoburTheConqueror and Literature/ArseneLupin. The Germans are strictly villains, with such monsters as Film/DrMabuse, [[Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari Dr Caligari]] and his somnambulist assassin, and Dr Rotwang from Film/{{Metropolis}} and his Robot Maria.[[note]] Though Creator/FritzLang admitted that this was TruthInTelevision, he noted that German audiences in the 20s believed in supervillains more readily than superheroes.[[/note]]
* TheFaceless: Fantomas, to the point where none of the League members can seem to give a matching physical description at ALL, save for his black mask.
* FanDisservice: Plenty in volume 2. [[spoiler:Griffin brutally attacks and humiliates Mina]], which is followed by [[spoiler:Hyde raping Griffin before killing him]], and on the side there's [[spoiler:Mina's sex scene. With Allan]]. Then it got worse. [[spoiler:Allan likes Mina's scars. ''A lot'']].
* FantasyKitchenSink: The first volume has vampires, invisible men, Mr. Hyde, and steampunk technology. The second adds aliens and [[FunnyAnimal (Not So) Funny Animals]]. From there on, the series includes an insane amount of all kinds of imaginary creatures.
* FantasyWorldMap: ''The New Traveller's Almanack'' isn't actually a visual map, rather a textual travel-guide, but it fulfills much the same purpose for the League's world. Understandable, as no map could include all the places Moore lists in the ''Almanack''.
** The Black Dossier has a more traditional map for the Blazing World.
* FatBastard: Campion Bond, Mycroft Holmes, Billy Bunter... There are a lot of fat and unpleasant people.
* FauxActionGirl: Mina Murray is introduced as an iron-willed LadyOfWar. By the end of the first book, she's begging Allan to save her. In the second book, she's nearly raped and serves as little more than Allan's love interest. Any strength she may have had is gone.
* {{Feghoot}}: Some of the references are nothing but elaborate set-ups for truly awful puns. The suicide of 1950s superhero Jack Flash is probably the most cringe-inducing ([[Music/TheRollingStones he jumped off an apartment building after trying & failing to do the deed with stove gas three times]]).
* FictionalCounterpart: Not just to places and things but fictional representations of people even come into play as well. Most notably [[Film/TheGreatDictator Adenoid Hynkel]] taking UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's place in WWII. Also, ''Music/TheRutles'' were the biggest band of TheSixties. Instead of Mick Jagger and Music/TheRollingStones, we have Terner from ''The Purple Orchestra''[[note]]Based on the film ''Film/{{Performance}}'' which had Mick Jagger in the leading role[[/note]] complete with AlternateUniverse ''Sympathy for the Devil''. Other notable ones include HoratioHornblower taking Nelson's place in British military history, and the identity of UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper being [[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera Mack The Knife]]. Finally, the BigBad of ''Century'', Oliver Haddo, is an expy of real-life mystic Creator/AleisterCrowley.
* FishOutOfWater: Christian, the protagonist from ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', who finds himself stranded in 17th Century London after getting lost in the City Of Destruction.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: An important tidbit is dropped in Volume 1 and only picked up on later, in Volume 2: [[spoiler: Hyde lies about being able to see Griffin; While he can't see his normal form, he ''can'' see the little bugger's body heat, which is how he corners Griffin in Volume 2 and eventually kills him]].
** AJ Raffles mentions that if a war in Europe does break out, such as Carnacki's visions seem to indicate, he would feel obligated to enlist to make up for his life of crime. The Black Dossier reveals that Raffles is killed during a charge into no-mans land.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Victor Frankenstein's creature is shown to have survived the events of [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} the novel]], and is currently ruling over other automatons in Toyland. And he's married to E.T.A. Hoffman's Olympia, one of the first robots in fiction.
* FreakinessShame: Mina is ashamed of her scars from her encounter with Dracula and always keeps them covered with her iconic scarf, even while otherwise nude.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: The Famous Five from Greyfriars school were in their days decent for their school notoriety but afterwards would have probably been rich nobodies at best. All the ones we see here became involved with spy organizations. [[spoiler:Harry Wharton became Big Brother, Bob Cherry became Harry Lime (who's also [[Franchise/JamesBond M]] and [[Series/TheAvengers Mother]]), and it's implied that Johnny Bull was Emma Knight's father who designed [[Series/KnightRider super spy cars]] and masterminded [[Series/ThePrisoner The Island]]]].
* GagBoobs: Rosa Coote's got a pair of enormous breasts, complete with permanently erect nipples.
* GenderBender: Orlando periodically changes gender.
* GenreShift: ''The Black Dossier'' brings out of the world of Victorian adventure novels into a mid-20th-century spy caper.
** Also happens internally at least once per volume, between the main comic narrative and the supplementary materials. These are usually prose of some sort, whether intelligence report, travelogue, or pulp sci-fi, but they can get... bizarre. ''The Black Dossier'', for example, includes sections done in the style of an 18th-century satirical broadsheet, an Elizabethan drama, a [[Creator/TheBeatGeneration Beat Novel]], and [[RuleThirtyFour a Tijuana bible]] [[RefugeInAudacity based on]] Literature/NineteenEightyFour, among others; Volume Two includes a ''[[BoardGames board game]]''.
* GentlemanThief: Two of the originals, AJ Raffles and Literature/ArseneLupin.
* GenreDeconstruction: The Nemo Trilogy with Janni Dakkar is intended to spoof 20th century pulp science fiction and also discuss the overall development of science fiction from the 19th to the 20th Century.
** Building on an essay he had written for Dodgem Logic, Moore notes how the Victorian optimism in utopian science, represented by Creator/HGWells and Creator/JulesVerne was replaced by 20th Century science being far more uncertain and dystopian, starting from Lovecraft's ideas of discoveries making observers GoMadFromTheRevelation to beings like King Kong and Godzilla regarded as freaks and monstrosities, rather than wonders.
** Likewise, scientific discoveries are used to serve less than noble aims, with Tom Swyfte wanting to become a weapons manufacturer, German geniuses building machinery for the state of Tomania. Robots likewise become a tool to create consumerist visions of the ideal female body programmed to serve men (as in Film/{{Metropolis}} and ''Literature/TheStepfordWives''), twisting the progressive ethos of science to perpetuate patriarchy and dominance.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In-universe; ''Black Dossier'' features several communications between Mina and Allan and the British authorities during their service. In one of them, Mina writes that the 'Fountain of Youth' the characters were seeking didn't work, Allan has died and that she is currently 'racked with grief', explaining the jerky handwriting on the postcard. Since she ''also'' mentions that she has [[BlatantLies quite by coincidence]] happened to meet a 'long-lost son of Allan's' which is 'some consolation', and since the volume has made it explicitly clear that Allan and Mina are now forever young and virile, the clear implication behind the rather delicate language is that Mina is actually wracked by Allan and her celebrating their newfound youthfulness together rather ... vigorously.
* {{God}}: Revealed to be [[spoiler:Literature/MaryPoppins]] in the third and final installment of ''Century''.
* GrandTheftMe: This is how Oliver Haddo has been keeping himself alive throughout the 20th century as his original body and subsequent ones aged and died. Among his more notable victims were Cosmo Gallion, the villain from ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Warlock", and [[spoiler: Tom Riddle AKA Voldemort]]. He planned to take over the body of Turner from ''{{Performance}}'' but was stopped when Johnny Dean killed Cosmo's body mid-transit, forcing him to improvise.
* GratuitousGerman: "Der Zweilicht Helden" is complete bullshit in German. Later, whole sections in ''Nemo:Heart of Berlin'' are conducted in untranslated German.
* GreatWhiteHunter: Quatermain is a Caucasian hunter of amazing prowess.
* GreaterScopeVillain: Above [[spoiler:Moriarty]], above the Moluscs, above Oliver Haddo, and above the Antrichrist are the [[Lietrature/CthulhuMythos Lovecraftian horrors]] that lurk in the cosmos of the League universe. ''Alan and the Sundered Veil'' reveal that such creatures are currently invading their universe through a hole in space-time, with seemingly nobody save the [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Time Traveller]] and anybody who is willing to help him to stop it.
* GuideDangIt: One of the few comics to have (and actually need) a guide. Jess Nevins's incredible guidebooks are essential to understanding all the references for anyone who isn't a professor of Victorian literature.
* HellishPupils: The "Chinese Doctor" has semi-rectangular goat-like eyes.
* HereThereWereDragons: All of the magic and sorcery that populate fairy tales and folklore was real in the ''League'' world in one way or another but that magic has been pushed further and further into the background by various forces, essentially disappearing completely due to the puritanical King Jacobs purge of magical creature's after Queen Glorianas death, which caused the Fairy Realm to seal itself off from Earth. The governments of the world have taken it upon themselves to not only keep a tight lid on this fact but also relegate the amazing things that happen in their own time as fiction.
* HeroicSacrifice: Two characters give their lives to safe others.
** [[spoiler:Mr. Hyde dies when defending London from the Martians. After climbing the leg, ripping the carapace off the machine, then ''eating the Martian inside''.]]
** [[spoiler: Alan dies saving Mina and Orlando from the Moonchild]]
* HumanoidAbomination: Several of these. The true form of the Antichrist ([[spoiler:Harry Potter]]) in ''Century'', which resembles a giant, bald man, covered in eyeballs is definitely one. Dracula is also implied to have been this, in line with the original novel. The Galley-Wag is a benevolent version of this trope.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: The main trait of Christian, a member of Prospero's League. Justified in that he is the main protagonist from the allegorical christian novel ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', and hails from a spiritual realm described in the book.
* InvisibleStreaker: Griffin, as in [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan the source material]], has to undress to be truly invisible. Not that it helps against Hyde. The second Invisible Man was also this, but his chain smoking and coughing fits made him almost useless as an operative.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Griffin suffers this. He pisses off Hyde, who as it turns out, can see him despite his invisibility. He then beats and rapes Griffin to death.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Arguably, the point of joining the League is to become one via the reward of amnesty (ex. Hyde, Griffin, Jekyll, Raffles, Nemo). [[spoiler:Most don't make it though.]] [[spoiler:Mack the Knife]] of Volume Three is a far more straight example. He even sings about it near the end.
** Also, the kids at the festival in 1969? Well, FridgeLogic dictates that they'd be the right age to have lost parents to Big Brother's CulturePolice, and a few must have denounced their parents...
* KarmicRape: [[spoiler:the Invisible Man]]'s rape by [[spoiler:Mr. Hyde]] is treated as a fitting punishment, given that he himself was a rapist and it was done in retaliation to harming Mina. May overlap with PayEvilUntoEvil depending on whether you consider [[spoiler:Hyde]] an AntiHero or just another villain.
* KickTheDog: Nemo's crew is initially introduced as a group of loyal subordinates who simply follow the man's orders, no matter the morality behind them. In the third book, they not only reveal to have a taste for piracy and murder, but [[spoiler:brutally attack London's docks in maniacal glee.]]
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Normally, [[spoiler:beating and raping someone to death is a MoralEventHorizon, but when the victim is Griffin...]]
* KingArthur: Orlando knew him personally, having known Merlin since a teenager, and became part of Camelot, fighting for it as one of the Knights Of the Round Table. When Arthur died at Salsbury Plane, Orlando took Excalibur with him, and still carries it to this day.
* LadyOfWar:
** Mina will go into battle when she needs to.
** Janni Nemo as well. Even bruised after being brutally assaulted and even surrounded by the dead and dying as vicious pirates go about the business of an honest day's slaughter, she still looks graceful and beautiful.
* LampshadeHanging: The New Traveler's Almanac does this in regards to the shocking amount of shipwrecked Englishmen involved in discovering previously uncharted isles.
* LargeAndInCharge: Mycroft Holmes as [[Franchise/JamesBond M]]. (This follows common [[WMG/SherlockHolmes theories]] about the character and his "Diogenes Club".)
* LaserGuidedKarma: Griffin pisses off the one member of the team who has no qualms about killing him and who can detect him despite his invisibility. It... doesn't end well for Griffin at all.
** Don't worry, [[IncrediblyLamePun "His end was quite comfortable."]]
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Some copyrighted characters appear in the series, many of them given slightly altered names or only referred to by [[FirstNameBasis their given name]] or [[LastNameBasis their surname]] to avoid lawsuits.
** "The Chinese Doctor" (Literature/FuManchu) in Volume 1.
** "Jimmy" (Franchise/JamesBond), Miss Night ([[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel, née Knight]]), and Uncle Hugo ([[Literature/BulldogDrummond Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond]]) in ''The Black Dossier''.
** The map of "The Blazing World" in ''The Black Dossier'' had a familiar [[Series/DoctorWho phone box]] symbol (positioned [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday over Norway]]), and the Second Doctor appears in a brief walk-on cameo in ''Century: 1969''. The First and Eleventh Doctors show up in ''Century: 2009''.
** The Almanacs have several more, including Coca-Cola's polar bears, ''Franchise/TheWitchesOfEastwick'', Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian, and ''Series/GilligansIsland''.
** [[Franchise/HarryPotter Tom]] in ''Century: 1969'' and in ''Century 2009'' has an occult school that can only be accessed by taking a train from a hidden platform at Kings Cross Station, never referred to as anything besides "the Invisible College." The Antichrist was raised there with a certain distinctive mark on his forehead from Tom.
* LegacyCharacter: With a bit of GenerationXerox: Macheath from ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' is apparently descended from the Macheath of ''The Beggar's Opera''. Its also revealed in ''Century'' that [[spoiler:James Bond]] is a title assigned to different agents of British Intelligence, with two specific agents refered to as J3 and J6 looking an awful lot like [[spoiler:Creator/RogerMoore and Creator/DanielCraig]].
* LegionOfDoom: One composed of [[Film/DrMabuseTheGambler Dr.Mabuse]], [[Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari Dr.Caligari, Cesare]], [[Film/{{Metropolis}} Rotwang, and Fake Maria]] is shown in the Black Dossier.[[note]]And then they turn up in person in ''Roses Of Berlin'', aiding [[Film/TheGreatDictator Adenoid Hynkel]].[[/note]]
* LighterAndSofter: Perhaps surprisingly, this is the case with some of the adapted works, such as Ingsoc from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' not being as big or lasting as long as they claimed in the novel, and FrankensteinsMonster getting a happier ending.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: All stories are true, we just know them as stories because someone else wrote them down and the truth became distorted. In ''The Black Dossier'' we learn that the Big Brother government had a fiction department set up to turn a lot of their cases and biographies into entertainment in order to discredit them.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Orlando seems to have few hang-ups or complaints about being immortal. Deconstructed slightly, however; particularly [[GenderBender when male]], he can instead go to the other extreme from WhoWantsToLiveForever and come off as unfeeling and even sociopathic.
* TheLoad: Randolph Carter to his teammates in the story ''Allan and the Sundered Veil'', much to his great-uncle John's dismay.
** Allan Quatermain starts off as this for the League and sometimes slips back into it.
* LostInImitation: Moore contends that many elements from the original works he uses have been forgotten. He uses deconstruction in this series to try and return some of these elements back to characters he feel have been made LighterAndSofter in adaptations. You can see many of these and their counterpoints on the YMMV page.
* MadScientist: Eccentric scientists of questionable sanity in this series include Nemo, Moriarty, Fu Manchu, Moreau. ''The Black Dossier'' throws in [[Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari Caligari]] and C.R. [[Film/{{Metropolis}} Rotwang]].
* MagicCarpet: Gullivar Jones has a flying carpet.
* TheMagicGoesAway: This happens when King Jacob succeeds the throne from Queen Gloriana, and purges almost all magical beings from the British empire.
* MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: There are quite a lot of characters from literature and other fiction who are at least referenced in this comic.
* MetaOrigin: Has two major ones:
** [[Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau Moreau]]'s experiements with man/animal hybridsleads to the creation of several FunnyAnimal characters, such as [[Literature/TheWindInTheWillows Mr. Toad]], ComicStrip/RupertBear, Literature/PussInBoots, Literature/TheTaleOfPeterRabbit, and more.
** The Great Old Ones from the Franchise/CthulhuMythos are said to have come to Earth from another dimension and clashed with the native pantheon, the [[UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}} Eloim]]. Their clashes and struggles eventually gave birth to the various gods, monsters and magical beings of human myth over the course of millions of years.
** Additionally, it's implied that Hugo Hercules's "sewing wild oats" is responsible for America's disproportionate amount of metahumans.
* MindScrew: It starts with the back-up story in Volume One, but the series really gets trippy with ''The Black Dossier'' and ''Century: 1969''.
** The journey in ''Nemo: Heart of Ice'' has pretty trippy elements [[spoiler:which is justified since the crew of the Nautilus are heading towards the [[Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness Mountains of Madness]] ]]though it's also much more straightforward than ''Century.''
* MirrorChemistry: In a text feature in Vol. 2, it is revealed that Alice emerged from the Looking Glass world with her entire body mirror-reversed. As a result, she was unable to eat normal food, and ultimately starved to death.
* MixAndMatchCreatures: Dr Moreau's creation H-142 is a hybrid bacterium of anthrax and streptococcus.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Griffin allied with the Martians during their invasion in Volume II]].
* MonsterMash: [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Mister Hyde]] and Literature/TheInvisibleMan are main characters, while [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} Frankenstein's Monster]], Literature/Dracula, [[Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon Gill-men]], Franchise/ThePhantomOfTheOpera, various {{Kaiju}}, and many other monsters are referenced as minor characters.
* MoodWhiplash: The Boy's Own Adventure tone of the narrator's text boxes is hilarious, but within two pages of a Gorn scene of [[spoiler:a semi-likeable female character being beaten to the point of passing out with a splat in a pool of her own vomit]], the whiplash [[DudeNotFunny spoils the humor]].
* MusicalEpisode: Volume III: Century has a running motif of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'' as reflection of changes in music style and on-panel numbers to illustrate the volume a la Brecht and Weill. Vol 1, features variations of "Mack the Knife", has a WholePlotReference to "Music/PirateJenny" and ends with a rendition of "What Keeps Mankind Alive?"(also the [[TitleDrop title]] of the Vol 3, Part 1). Part 2, ends with a Punk version of "The Ballad of Immoral Earnings" and Part 3 features a rap version of the Canon Song.
** ''Century: 1969'' features an AlternateUniverse version of "SympathyForTheDevil" as performed by Terner, a character played by Mick Jagger in ''Film/{{Performance}}'' and his [[Music/TheRollingStones Purple Orchestra]] with replacement lyrics that scan in perfect alignment to the original.
** Of course, the mostly non-musical Vol 2, ends with Mr. Hyde facing the Tripods while singing "Did You See Me Dance the Polka?" a reference to Victor Fleming's adaptation starring Spencer Tracy, which uses it as a recurring motif.
* MusicalWorldHypothesis: Briefly touched on in one section of "The New Traveller's Almanac", where we learn that the events of Creator/LewisCarroll's poem ''Literature/TheHuntingOfTheSnark'' were just an extended hallucination by Dr. Eric Bellman, a psychiatrist who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went insane]] after trying to lead an expedition to [[Literature/AliceInWonderland Wonderland]]. The dialogue in that poem (arranged in verse) is said to be a side-effect of Bellman's madness, which left him incapable of speaking in coherent prose.
* MyGrandsonMyself: [[spoiler:Allan Quartermain, Junior]]. Mycroft Holmes sees right through it, naturally.
** Humorously, virtually everyone else who caught wind of both "[[spoiler:Allan Quartermain, Jr.]]" and the search for Ayesha's Fire of Eternal Life failed to make the connection spectacularly despite the transparency of the lie.
* MyNaymeIs: A few copyrighted characters have their names subtly altered (when they would be too hard to recognize [[NoNameGiven without names]]) to make them {{Lawyer Friendly Cameo}}s. A pre-marriage [[Series/TheAvengers Emma Peel]] is named "Emma '''N'''ight" instead of "Emma '''Kn'''ight", Literature/TomSwift is renamed "Tom Sw'''y'''ft'''e'''", and Amber St. Cla'''re''' (a member of Prospero's Men) is renamed Amber St. Cla'''ir'''.
* MythArc : Applies one to the whole of literature but there are specific ones in the issues.
** Volumes I and II, have the CentralTheme of the British Empire finding it difficult to separate its heroes and monsters, exploring famous Victorian creations in the political context of Imperialism, with [[GrayAndGrayMorality little difference between Heroes and Villains]].
** ''Century'' is a trilogy focusing on the 20th Century, the proliferation of mediums, movies, TV and RockAndRoll music and by 2009, dealing with what Moore feels is an overall decadence of culture.
** The ''Nemo'' trilogy starring Janni Dakkar has its own myth arc about Janni's career of continuing her father's legacy and her battles with her enemy Ayesha.
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[[folder:Tropes N to Z]]
* NailedToTheWagon: Allan was locked in his cabin to purge the opium from his system, though his addiction would last another issue. Cruelly, his cabin was ''aboard the Nautilus'', so only '''half''' of what he saw were hallucinations.
* NewMediaAreEvil: Anything post-1970 is shown as decadent, idiotic, or stealing from older, better literature. Oh, and Harry Potter is literally the antichrist.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Happens at least once in every volume, but especially ''Century'' where Carnacki's visions of the apocalypse [[spoiler:inspire the instigator of Apocalypse to plan accordingly. Carnackis visions of a war in Europe leads to the League fighting their French counterparts in Paris, not realizing that BOTH sides are being played, and that the fight ensures that the German Twilight Heroes are free to plot the war with no one the wiser]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Terner and The Purple Orchestra are quite obviously Music/MickJagger and Music/TheRollingStones.
* NoHistoricalFiguresWereHarmed: As a {{Deconstruction}} and {{Pastiche}} of literary fiction, it portrays many fictional characters in the past as substitutes for historical figures:
** ''Black Dossier'' argues that John Dee, the Elizabethan Occultist, was the inspiration for both Prospero from Theatre/TheTempest and Johannes Subtil in Ben Jonson's ''The Alchemist''.
** Moore also argues that Harry Lime from ''Film/TheThirdMan'' was based on Kim Philby, the leader of the Cambridge Soviet spies, while Literature/HoratioHornblower replaces Admiral Nelson on the Column on Trafalgar Square.
** Likewise the third volume explores the many versions of Creator/AleisterCrowley: Oliver Haddo, Macato, Karswell, Cosmo Gallion, many of them being occultists interested in sex and drugs as a means to access the higher mysteries.
* NoNameGiven: Nemo is Latin for "no one", his true name is never revealed. In [[Creator/JulesVerne Verne's]] ''The Mysterious Island,'' his name was given as Dakkar (Anglicized version of Thakkoor), which was used as a title by some rulers of princely states. It could be a last name, a first name, or just a title.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Griffin's blood becomes visible on Hyde after he dies.
* NostalgiaFilter: The third volume drips with the sentiment that things in general and fiction in particular were better back in YeGoodeOldeDays even ''when'' they weren't so great, and consistently depicts the modern world as a grey and gloomy hell of delusion and misery.
--> '''Mina Harker''': "People were desperately poor in 1910, but at least they felt things had a purpose. How did culture fall apart in barely a hundred years?"
--> '''Orlando''': "By becoming irrelevant, same as always."
** This trope is also described when describing the Counterculture of TheSixties which Moore was very much a part of and doesn't spare from criticism either. Mina Murray notes that the young 60s children were modern and advanced and creating something new, Orlando being as long lived as he is, retorts:
--> "No, they're just nostalgic for their childhood."
** As a result Moore appears to construct that each generation slowly longs back to how it was before brining in the continual decline of fiction Moore believes in today.
* NothingButSkulls: in the story "Minions of the Moon", Mina and the Galley-Wag find a field full of human skulls, belonging to the male Lunites that have died from a plague.
* OccultDetective: Carnacki is a detective of the occult.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: We never get to see the full exploits of the Second League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen, and their very-much-indeed awesome-sounding encounter with Les Hommes Mysterieux is only described in text on the Black Dossier. Also sideway referenced in text are the missions of Prospero's Men, The Third League of the Extraordinary Gentlemen, Der Zwielicht-helden and Les Hommes Mysterieux themselves.
** We also see far too little of the League of the 1780s, featuring Lemuel Gulliver, the Scarlet Pimpernel and wife, the Scarecrow, Fanny Hill, and Natty Bumpo. Most of what we do see when they appear is when they've largely retired from adventuring and are touring the world indulging their more hedonistic tendencies.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted. When Lieutenant Gullivar Jones appeared at the beginning of Volume 2 as Literature/{{John Carter| Of Mars}}'s ally, a few readers were confused by his name and assumed that he was supposed to be [[Literature/GulliversTravels Lemuel Gulliver]]. In fact, Lemuel Gulliver actually ''is'' an important (albeit unseen) character in the ''League'' universe [[note]] He was the leader of a previous incarnation of the League that formed in the 1700s[[/note]], and Gullivar Jones is another character from a fairly obscure book called ''Lieutenant Gullivar Jones: His Vacation''.
* OnlyYouCanRepopulateMyRace: a main plot in the "Minions of the Moon" story; the Lunar Amazons need a man since all the men in their colony were killed off by some disease, threatening their race with extinction. Who ends up supplying the necessary genetic material? [[spoiler:The frozen body of Professor James Moriarty, still in orbit around the moon where the Cavorite carried him. Mina herself ponders just what future incidents the progeny of Moriarty might bring about]]
* OpiumDen: Quatermain starts the comic in an opium den.
* OriginalGeneration: Campion Bond and William Samson Senior are a partial example, as they were created by Alan Moore but are relatives of other characters, the former being the grandfather of Franchise/JamesBond ([[LegacyCharacter the first one, anyway]]) and the latter being the father of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_of_Kabul World of Kabul]], a character from several adventure stories serialized in ''The Wizard'' and ''The Hotspur'' magazines.
** Janni, Moore's daughter of Captain Nemo, could also possibly be seen as this.
* OutWithABang: A gruesome example in the second volume: Hyde rapes the InvisibleMan Griffin to death.
* PapaWolf: Bulldog Drummond is fiercely protective of his goddaughter, Emma Night.
* ParodyCommercial: As extras in each issue, along the lines of "Our cigarettes will cure asthma!"
* {{Pastiche}}: Made much use of throughout the series. The first two volumes imitate Victoria pulp serials and periodicals, and with ''The Black Dossier'' many more styles are pastiched.
* PetTheDog: Hyde, otherwise portrayed as a [[AffablyEvil cheerful]] villain, receives one in Volume Two when he has a heart-to-heart with Mina. As with most things in the series, comes complete with a literary allusion.
--> '''Hyde:''' I believe you do not ''hate'' me. I believe you have perhaps met someone ''worse'' than me. Would that be right?
--> '''Mina''' ''(softly):'' [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Yes.]]
** Nemo rescuing a young Jimmy Grey during the invasion of London after his parents are killed when the Martians attacks the railway bridge. He even tries to comfort him, apparently even Nemo cant quite hate English children, no matter how much he despises the nation itself. Grey would eventually build his own underwater vessel as an adult, which was part of the abysmally failed 1950's version of the League, though he had more success on his own.
* PimpedOutDress: Mina has worn a few, given what was expected of high ladies at the time.
* PirateGirl: Janni, a.k.a. "Music/PirateJenny", ends up leading her father's crew and pillages cities.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Various members of the League aren't exactly PC. Hyde refers to Captain Nemo as "darkie", Captain Nemo has a strong hatred of the English, and Raffles and Carnacki express contempt toward Orlando for being a "he-she".
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Most of the villains of the series have some sort of un-PC behaviour played up, especially misogyny, which is shared by several.
** Except for the Martians who are far too busy commiting genocide to bother with such things.
* PosthumousCharacter: Dracula is already dead by the time the story takes place, but his influence has far-reaching effects on Mina, decades and even centuries after the events of the novel. [[spoiler: In the Travellers Almanack, Mina and Quatermain return to his castle in Romania. It is abandoned, but someone has left a few letters written in blood there]]
* ProtoSuperhero: Several of them appear, and it was partially this trope that gave Alan Moore the idea in the first place.
* PsychoForHire: Hyde, Griffin, and to an extent Nemo. The entirety of Les Hommes Mysterieux, as well, save perhaps Lupin. And then there's Die Zweilichthelden...
* PsychoSidekick: ''Everyone'' except Mina and Allan, as well as possibly AJ Raffles and Carnacki, is an ally of questionable sanity.
* ThePsychoRangers: Les Hommes Mysterieux, the French government's answer to the League, form a 1-1 match with its counterpart organization.
* PublicDomainCharacter: Just about every character featured in this comic is in the public domain, save for those mentioned under LawyerFriendlyCameo above.
* PunkRock: The epilogue of ''Century: 1969'' sees Allan and Orlando hip-deep in the scene, as their underground club has kept up with the times in the eight years since [[spoiler:Mina disappeared.]] It features a Punk cover of a Brecht-Weill song, ''The Ballad of Immoral Earnings''.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: It's a miracle any of the members of the League manage to function as a group.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Janni's personality reversal from rebelling against her father's ideals to eagerly embracing them after being gang-raped contains more than a hint of this trope.]]
* RaygunGothic: The prominent {{Steampunk}} aesthetic of the first two volumes is largely replaced by this in ''The Black Dossier'', which shifts the action from the late 1800s to the 1950s.
* RealityHasNoSubtitles: Used in early issues, where Chinese people were given dialog in Chinese with no translation for this reason and the arabian in the very first issue not being translated. This is extended to Captain Nemo speaking Bundeli without subtitles and large sections of ''Nemo: Roses of Berlin'' features dialogue in German.
* ReferenceOverdosed: There are quite a lot of references to various works of fiction.
* RelatedInTheAdaptation: Given the nature of the series this has cropped up for some characters from wholly seperate works now being related. Low-dive Jenny of ''Theatre/TheThreePennyOpera'' is now the daughter of Captain Nemo. Emma Peel of ''Series/TheAvengers'' is the daughter of Johnny Bull of Greyfriars. Also, Jack Kerouac's characters Doctor Sax and [[Literature/OnTheRoad Dean Moriarty]] are the descendants of Fu Manchu and Prof. James Moriarty respectively.
* ReplacementScrappy: In-universe, even. The government tries at one point to form a League with a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for every member of the Murray Group. They end up disbanded after one unsuccessful mission.
* RoboticReveal: In ''River Of Ghosts'', it turns out that the feared resurrected Ayesha are actually just android copies of the original.
* RuleThirtyFour: PlayedForLaughs with the Ingsoc Tijuana Bible in ''Black Dossier'', which does this to Orwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''. Yes, really.
* ScrapbookStory: The Black Dossier has Quatermain and Mina read several documents detailing the history of the League and British intelligence.
* SexIsInteresting: Later volumes of the series often focus just as much, if not more, on the sex lives of the characters as on their adventures. ''Black Dossier'' in particular devotes a lot of space to the unrecorded sexual exploits of Fanny Hill.
* ShaggyDogStory: This becomes a general theme of the overall quest narrative after Vol. 1. In Vol.2, The Martian Invasion is ultimately stopped by [[spoiler:biological warfare]] with the heroes essentially sent by the government to collect package for use and hold of invaders until it can be deployed. ''Century'' makes this a recurring theme since the attempt to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is halted because of [[EntertaininglyWrong wrong conclusions]], SelfFulfillingProphecy and ultimately [[spoiler:occurs regardless only for the villain to realize that VictoryIsBoring and that his EvilPlan was a stupid idea anyway.]]
* [[SheIsAllGrownUp She/He/It/They Are All Grown Up]]: The following child characters are shown as adults. The Artful Dodger in V2, Billy Bunter in ''Black Dossier'', Baz Thomas in ''Century''. Rather more disturbingly, there's the revelation that Robert Cherry and Harry Wharton of [[Literature/{{Greyfriars}} the Famous Five]] grew up to be [[spoiler:[[Film/TheThirdMan Harry Lime]] and [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]], respectively]].
* ShoutOut: They may as well have called it Shout Out: The Comic Book, since the series is chock full of references to various works of fiction.
* SkinnyDipping: Captain Nemo's daughter Janni Dakkar is first seen swimming naked in ''Century: 1910''.
* SkyPirate: Robur and Captain Mors are pirates who take to the skies.
* SociopathicHero: Hyde and Griffin both have no problems hurting and killing people to accomplish their goals.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Before ''The Black Dossier'' and ''Century'' moved the LOEG world into the 20th century, there was ''Albion'' by Moore, his daughter Leah and her husband John Reppon, which was basically ''League'' for 1970s UK comics.
* TheSpymaster: Every character who assumes the identity of 'M' is the head of British intelligence and pulls several strings throughout the series.
* StarfishAliens: The Martians.
** StarfishRobots: The Martins' tripod vehicles.
* StealthPun: The Reverend Dr. Syn is described as "a mild-mannered clergyman from Kent". "Clark" is regional slang for clergy. That's right, he's a [[Franchise/{{Superman}} mild-mannered Clark from Kent]].
** In ''Black Dossier'', the XL series of rockets are named for the fate suffered by the previous incarnation; the one used by Allan and Mina is named "Pancake". At the end of their adventure, it explodes. Its successor, naturally, is the ''Series/FireballXL5''.
* SteamPunk: Fancy whiz-bang devices everywhere! -- in the first two volumes and ''Century: 1910'' at least.
** The ''Black Dossier'' has several segments that could probably be better labeled RaygunGothic.
* StupidJetpackHitler: The Nazi-run Berlin Metropolis is full of advanced technology and machinery.
* SubmarinePirates: Captain Nemo and his crew run a submarine. Janni and her crew follow suit in ''Heart of Ice''.
* SubStory: Much of the first two volumes takes place in the ''Nautilus''.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Mina recounts her nearly fatal encounter with Fantomas deep in the caverns below the Paris Opera House, where he uttered only a single line, in a deep, terrifying voice. "I win". He then detonates several charges of explosives he had wired throughout the caverns, causing the entire Opera House to cave in, killing hundreds of people and trapping Mina underneath.
* SuperTeam: Arguably, every version of the League is this, but the most traditional one is the Seven Stars, a team of superheroes from TheSixties.
* TakeThat: ''The Black Dossier'' has several. The [[Series/FireballXL5 X-L]] series of spacecraft are named for an abbreviation of extra-large and it's noted by Mina they could only ever be American because "who else would think that 'extra' starts with an 'X'?" This is in all likelihood a partial dig at the movie, which abbreviated its title as "LXG".
** Also, James Bond's grandpa was a perverted little coward. Bond himself appears in ''The Black Dossier'', and he seems to have retained his ancestor's qualities as, two pages into his appearance, he [[spoiler:tries to rape Mina. She beats him up]], and when Allan shows up, he knocks Bond's pansy ass to the ground, kicks him in the 'nads and mocks him. Further, the Bond in this version is specifically stated to be one who defeated Dr. No - the version played by Sean Connery, who also portrayed Quatermain's character in the movie. And then Moore proceeds to take this UpToEleven in the climax, in which it is revealed that [[spoiler:there never even ''was'' a Dr. No in the first place, Bond had betrayed England to the U.S, and [[MoralEventHorizon murdered one of MI5's own agents]]]]. By ''Century: 2009'', while "James Bond" has become a LegacyCharacter handed down to different agents in succession (all the Bond actors from Connery to Craig appear), the original Bond is bedridden and ravaged by syphilis and other diseases.
** A slightly gentler one is directed at "a maker of phosphate drinks" (Coca Cola). The polar bears from their commercials show up in one of the Almanacs, as well as Santa Claus who accidentally killed a representative from the company.
** In ''Century: 2009'', Moore's portrayal of [[spoiler:the ''Harry Potter'' world]] is less than flattering. Of the [[spoiler:Hogwarts Express]], he has Andrew Norton declare: [[spoiler:"it runs on sloppily-defined magic principles", and refers to it as the "franchise express"]].
* ThatManIsDead in ''The Black Dossier'':
--> '''M''': "Jim, you can call me M. Behind my back, you can even call me [[Series/TheAvengers Mother]]. But [[Film/TheThirdMan Harry]]... Harry died a long time ago in the sewers under Vienna. Let's leave it like that, shall we?
* TheFantasticTropeOfWonderousTitles: It's in the series' title, ''The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen''.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Inverted -- Ishmael prefers Nemo to call him by his first name, rather than "Mr. Mate". [[spoiler:On his deathbed, he does.]] Janni calls him "Mr. Mate", but he lets it slide.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Acording to ''The Black Dossier'', in the[= LOEG=] universe, Hitler is replaced by Adenoid Hynkel from (get ready for this)... the 1940 anti-Nazi film ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' starring Creator/CharlieChaplin; thus ensuring that the same type of facial hair is hated in both worlds.
* TotallyRadical: Mina's efforts to keep up with the times in ''Century: 1969'' take on this edge, as is noted (and made fun of) by Allan and Orlando; deconstructed, as it's her way of trying to cope with the [[WhoWantsToLiveForever crushing psychological implications of being forever young and immortal]].
* TripodTerror: Lampshaded by Hyde in Volume II as he brings down one of the Tripods by tearing out a leg.
--> '''Hyde''': God made a lot of stupid, useless creatures on this planet too, but he didnt see fit to make any of them three legged. Can you guess why?
* TruerToTheText: Part of Moore's focus is how fiction gets adapted and regurgitated far away from the darker and harsher context of the originals, is to restore elements that more famous versions have neglected.
** Mina Murray is celebrated and commemorated for her part as the protagonist of ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' rather than the Count, Van Helsing and other elements which have supplied the cottage industry of vampire films, who by contrast are barely referred to and alluded to. Likewise, unlike more modern neo-victorian takes like ''Series/PennyDreadful'' or the film adaptation, Moore makes it clear that Mina did not retain any powers from Dracula's bites after his death. In the original source she wasn't turned into a full vampire and was cured completly of it by Dracula's death. Moore also portrays [[spoiler:a much grizzlier look at what a bite from a being with teeth of a vampire bat would look like]].
** Captain Nemo's background as a Sikh Prince and a NGOSuperpower ruler of his own island nation gets restored from ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', in a sharp departure from the European and White Captain Nemo played by Creator/JamesMason which was previously the most influential take on the character.
** Even his take on the Antichrist[=/=]Moonchild is a lot more accurate to the books in some details than the movies. For instance, the character has GreenEyes which the movies removed, because the actor complained about the contacts. Like [[spoiler:where the movies made Ron Weasley into an AdaptationalWimp, his brief on-panel appearance in ''Century:2009, shows him alongside Severus Snape, to be the only one to be brave enough to talk to Harry and reason with him where everyone else is cowering in fear or crying in anguish. Likewise Harry Potter's more angsty appearance here reflects his arc in [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Book 5]] which also had sections where he was worried he would be possessed by the BigBad and felt resentment at his mentor for manipulating him, much of which was removed in the movies]].
** Likewise, "God" as in [[spoiler:''Literature/MaryPoppins'' is much closer to the book character by P. L. Travers than the Disney version. The book version of Mary Poppins was a woman who was strange and otherworldly and had adventures in multiple dimensions, and her harsh, unsentimental, and even cold demeanor in her appearance at the end of ''Century:2009'' was closer to the book character, and was the true source as to why she disliked the Disney version]].
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Invoked with Christian, who is ''literally'' too good for this Earth, as he is the allegorical pilgrim from ''Literature/ThePilgrimsProgress'', and hails from a highly symbolical spiritual realm. He eventually disappears into the Blazing World and is never seen again.
* TuxedoAndMartini: The basis of the mockery around James Bond is to lampoon and mock every aspect of the franchise.
* UncannyValley: In-universe, [[spoiler:the frozen corpse of ComicBook/StardustTheSuperWizard. Both Moore's text and O'Neill's illustration for the piece emphasize [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KVAvuR0Cpjw/TgmFW64bizI/AAAAAAAAFmc/S6qweQbB46A/s1600/superwizard.jpg just how warped a Fletcher Hanks creation would look in real life]], with its enormous stature, tiny head, and compacted rippling muscles.]]
* TheUnfettered: Mr. Hyde, increasingly, doesn't let any moral concerns deter him from his actions.
* UnreliableNarrator: Orlando, mainly because s/he has been around so long s/he can't remember which historical battles s/he was and wasn't present at.
** WordOfGod also says that s/he is a pathological liar.
* {{Utopia}}: The ''Literature/{{Utopia}}'' original one is mentioned in the ''Alkmanack''.
* VerbalTic: Griffin has a memorable low chuckle, typically spelled out "Aheheh", with which he punctuates his sentences. It is often also used to inform the reader that Griffin is in a panel (as he is invisible).
* ViewersAreGeniuses: So...many...obscure literary references...
* VillainSong: Jack the Ripper himself gets two in the third volume, one about how little things have changed since his killing spree, the other deriding the ruling class and the law for creating a world where people like him exist. He may be a nutter but he can carry a tune.
** Of course he can, ''he's [[spoiler:[[Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera Jack Macheath.]]]]''
* VillainTeamUp: At the end of the 1969 installment, [[spoiler:Haddo possesses Tom Riddle before he becomes Voldemort]].
** Queen Ayesha and Adenoid Hynkel also team up in ''Nemo: Roses of Berlin''.
** See also the entry for Legion of Doom above.
* WardrobeFlawOfCharacterization: Mina continues to keep her neck heavily wrapped, even as her fashion sense evolves to fit with the times, in order to cover up the many scars that she got from Dracula.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The [[AuthorAppeal real]] [[NewMediaAreEvil reason]] is obvious, but from a Watsonian perspective, what happened to almost every major literary character since the middle of the twentieth century? Indeed, it is worth noting that in the older volumes Moore dove deep into many literary sources in building the world of the league, from the major players to the background characters. But by the time of ''1969'' and ''2009'', the number of literary sources takes a severe nosedive, and indeed references are made to generally obscure cult films like ''Film/{{Performance}}'' or ''Film/GetCarter''[[note]]Which did have a literary version but this version paid more attention to the film version[[/note]] and the main cultural symbol of TheOughties that Moore focuses on is [[Literature/HarryPotter You-Know-Who]]. As a result it can be jarring, regardless how any of us feel about the individual characters, that a lot of popular literary characters aren't referenced at all.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Mina and Allan set alongside the original Victorian League are underwhelming, as they are normal people in comparison. Much of Mina's second League suffer from having no remarkable abilities and are relegated to defending themselves with pistols and swords.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Initally averted; while the consequences of Orlando's immortality are delved into, it's never a cause for {{Wangst}} and s/he certainly has fun. Likewise, [[spoiler:Mina and Allan]]'s biggest problem with immortality so far is ''keeping sex interesting''. But Mina has more difficulties in ''Century'' and Alan eventually loses his grip on his drug addiction and becomes a homeless vagrant again. Its implied that Orlando also suffers from thsi to some degree, since 5000 years of war and bloodshed occasionally drives him into a killing frenzy.
* WholePlotReference: Some of the stories are retellings of specific works: Volume 2 is a DarkerAndEdgier (if the original wasn't grim enough) retelling of ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', ''Century:1910'' is heavily based on elements of ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'', and ''Century:1969'' is a joint {{Prequel}} to ''Film/GetCarter'' and ''FIlm/{{Performance}}''.
* WomenAreWiser: Mina is generally the calm, sane, rational one in contrast to the messed-up {{Jerkass}} male heroes. Embodied with Orlando, a GenderBender, who is depicted as a lot less of a {{Jerkass}} when a woman than when a man.
* WorldBuilding: Moore does this extensively as as time goes on, using elements and pieces from a good bit of all fiction to create the world the League inhabits. This is particularly evident in backup material to Volume II, ''The New Traveller's Almanack'', which details the locales of the League's world.
* WorldOfWeirdness: How could a world containing all of fiction be anything else?
* WritingAroundTrademarks: For characters that are not yet in the public domain, Moore resorts to cunning disguises while leaving essential clues.
** "Jimmy" is never addressed as James Bond by any character on-page or in the background. He's referred to be a grandson of Campion Bond, he looks and dresses like James Bond does, but he remains OnlyKnownByTheirNickname.
** For the Harry Potter characters, Voldemort and Harry Potter are never referred to by name. The former introduces himself to Mina at the Hyde Park 60s concert by stating, "Well, [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets my first nameís Tom, my middle nameís a marvel, and my last nameís a conundrum]]" echoing a famous palindrome that alludes to Voldemort.
** Harry is never quite portrayed directly since his overall look is too distinct and overexposed so [[spoiler:Moore introduces him in First person as he mows down his supporting cast with doubles of Draco, Neville, Ginny, Ron, Hermione, [=McGonagall=], Snape and Dumbledore, after which he breaks his glasses and shaves his head and puts a bandage across his forehead where the scar was, with only his GreenEyes left from his original visual cue]].
** And sometimes, when the characters are too obscure to be recognizable any other way, Moore puts in the names, but spells them differently. For instance, there's Tom Sw'''yfte''' instead of Literature/TomSwift and T'''e'''rner instead of [[Film/{{Performance}} Turner]].
* YellowPeril: Fu Manchu is a Chinese villain.
* YouAreACreditToYourRace: Invoked in one of the letter columns in regards to Nemo.
* YouCantFightFate: Done with Janni in Volume Three, wherein fighting fate apparently leads to getting [[spoiler:gangraped]] for your defiance.
* YouShallNotPass: In ''Nemo: Heart of Ice'', Ishmael stays behind to delay the pursuit of Janni and the others. He takes one of the ice schooners into the crevasse with him in a HeroicSacrifice.
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