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''Suske en Wiske'' (''Spike and Suzy'' in English) is a long-running (since 1945) Flemish comic book series. It was created by WillyVandersteen (1913-1990), and since his death, a dedicated team of writers and artists have continued publishing new stories. From the 1940s until the 1960s, the series was very popular in Belgium and the Netherlands thanks to the funny, engaging and suspenseful stories. Several books from this era have become classics, especially the stories Vandersteen drew for the youth magazine "Tintin".

The series started with a young girl named Louise (nicknamed "Wiske"), who lived with her brother Rikki and their aunt Sidonia. After their first adventure in the land of Chocowakije, Rikki [[BrotherChuck vanished from the series]], and Wiske was instead joined by the young boy Franciscus Antigoon of Amoras (nicknamed "Suske"), who was adopted into her family.

Other characters include:

* Lambik: Somewhat of a SmallNameBigEgo. Sidonia's [[WillTheyOrWontThey love interest]] when the plot calls for it.
* Jerom: A [[AllCavemenWereNeanderthals thawed-out caveman with super strength]], who quickly adapts to modern life. Lambik's best friend.
* Professor Barabas: Intelligent, but AbsentMindedProfessor whose inventions often steer the plot, especially his time machine.
* Schanulleke: Wiske's rag doll, who magically comes to life in a few issues.
* Sus Antigoon: Suske's ancestor, an OffTheWagon ghost powered by alcohol.
* Arthur: Lambik's [[LongLostRelative long lost twin]], who, thanks to the sap of a plant, can fly.
* Krimson: The main villain.

Many stories are inspired by fantasy elements and folkloric tales, but a lot of albums are also time travel or world travel stories. From the very start, "Suske and Wiske" had a strong moralistic undertone, which increased over the years.

A SoBadItsGood live-action film, ''De Duistere Diamant'', was made in 2004. A stage musical also toured in Flanders and the Netherlands in the 1990s.

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!!This series provides example of:

* AbnormalLimbRotationRange: Characters sometimes do impossible things with their arms and legs. Usually for one gag.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: One of the series' most iconic traits. A lot of "Suske and Wiske" titles have alliterative titles. Interestingly, this became prominent only after Vandersteen's influence on the comic started to fade. Most classic stories avert it completely. After Vandersteen retired, nearly every story got an alliterative title. These days it's being downplayed somewhat.
* AdventuresInTheBible: "De Kale Kapper" (''The Bald Barber'')
* AlienInvasion: The aliens in "De Gezanten Van Mars", "De Stervende Ster", "De Wolkeneters" (''The envoys of Mars, The Dying Star, The Cloud-Eaters'')
* AllJustADream: A hypnotist sends Suske, Wiske and Lambik into a dream adventure in "De Tartaarse Helm" (''The Tartan Helmet'') and they get so caught up in the adventure that they eventually forget that they are dreaming.
* AmusingInjuries: Usually Lambik, Jerom and the villains.
* AnimateInanimateObject: Vitamitje the living car.
** A chair comes alive in "De Geverniste Zeerovers" (''The Varnished Pirates'').
** Living trees in "De Koning Drinkt" (''The King Drinks'')
** Playing cards come alive in "De Kaartendans" (''The Dance of cards'')
** Objects come alive in "De Sputterende Spuiter" (''The Sputtering Gusher'')
** Characters from paintings come alive in "Het Spaanse Spook", "De Raap van Rubens", "De Dulle Griet", "Het Rijmende Paard" (''The Spanish Ghost, The Apprentice of Rubens, The Warrior Waif, The Rhyming Horse'')
* AnAesop: Nearly all stories have one, in varying degrees of [[{{Anvilicious}} anviliciousness]]. Vandersteen's comics promoted a fairly conservative, GoodOldWays-heavy message, while later stories switched to [[GreenAesop GreenAesops]] instead.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Many of the later albums end with a message to the readers, usually hoping that the world will change for the better.
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Lambik is saved from being killed by Native Americans in "Bibbergoud" (''Shivergold''), but has to marry an old hag who fancies him.
* AntiHero: Lambik and Wiske
* AntiquatedLinguistics: When the characters travel back in the time the people they encounter often use old fashioned words and expressions, typical of that time period.
* ArabianNightsDays: Used as plot basis for "Prinses Zagemeel". (''Princess Sawdust'')
* ArtEvolution: The oldest albums were very crudely drawn. When Vandersteen wanted to publish "Suske en Wiske" in Hergé's magazine "Tintin" he was asked to change his style completely because it was simply too ugly. Vandersteen agreed. Later many of his earlier work was completely redrawn, although some stories were kept in the style they were originally created in.
* ArtInitiatesLife: Characters from paintings are brought alive in "De Dulle Griet", "Het Rijmende Paard", "De Raap van Rubens". (''The Warrior Waif, The Rhyming Horse, The Apprentice of Rubens'')
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: Every time the characters travel to the Stone Age ("Wattman", "De Groene Splinter"[[note]]''The Green Shard''[[/note]], "De Malle Mergpijp"[[note]]''The Silly Marrowbone''[[/note]], "De Slimme Slapjanus" [[note]]''The smart Weakling''[[/note]],...) cavemen and dinosaurs live together in the same time period.
* ArtShift:
** In "Het Rijmende Paard" (''The Rhyming Horse'') Jerom flies into another comic strip by Vandersteen, namely the more realistically drawn "Karl May".
** "De Rode Ridder" (''The Red Knight''), the title character in a more realistically drawn comic strip of Vandersteen, passes by in the album "Wattman".
** Another Vandersteen character, the dog Bessy, makes a cameo in "De Zwarte Zwaan". (''The Black Swan'')
** Marcel Kiekeboe of DeKiekeboes has a cameo appearance in "De Speelgoedspiegel" (''The Toy Mirror'')
** Snowy from "{{Tintin}}" passes by in "De Kleurenkladder" (''The Colour Mess'')and Lambik sadly notes: "Poor animal. It's just as if I recognize you from somewhere, but I don't know from where. You've lost your owner too, huh?" (Hergé has died a few years before the publication of this album).
** At the end of "The Krimson Crisis" the characters from the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'' make a cameo appearance.
* AtopAMountainOfCorpses: Jerom singlehandedly defeats an entire army of (relatively) intelligent apes in "De Tamtamkloppers" (''The Tamtam Knockers'') and is later found by his friends on top of one of the piles. He informs them that "the fight was so monotonously easy that he fell asleep while fighting".
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Creator Willy Vandersteen died in 1990, but the comic strip is still continued to this day by other contributors.
* BattleButler: Achiel, the butler of Krimson.
* BedouinRescueService: Whenever the characters get lost in the desert and faint they will be rescued by bedouins passing by.
* BelatedHappyEnding / TheBusCameBack: Rikki ''eventually'' returns for one story.
* BerserkButton: When Lambik senses danger coming to their house he grabs his weaponry from WorldWarOne and digs some trenches.
* BigBad: Krimson
* BigEater: Jerom
* BilingualBonus
** Wiske speaks untranslated French in "De Apekermis" (''The Monkey Festival'') when she is about to be shot by a group of ape soldiers.
** An Indian who is hit on the head in "Twee Toffe Totems" (''Two Swell Totems'') also speaks untranslated French. A caption note to the reader advises them "to check a dictionary".
* BlackBeadEyes: Most characters, except when wearing glasses.
* BoomerangComeback: In "De Blinkende Boemerang" (''The Shining Boomerang'')
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens a few times
** In "De Schone Slaper" (''The Sleeping Beau'') Wiske dresses up her doll Schanulleke because the readers might see her unclothed.
** At the end of "De Briesende Bruid" (''The Braying Bride'') Vandersteen erases every scene and explains he doesn't want Sidonia to marry because it would mean the end of their adventures.
** Certain albums end with a moral explained to the readers and a message to change their behaviour.
** Wiske's wink at the audience at the end of each story
** During violent or painful scenes a piece of paper is used to cover the scene for sensitive readers.
* BreakOutCharacter: Lambik, who is generally the most popular character in the series.
* BulletCatch: Jerom is very good at this.
* ButtMonkey: Usually Lambik.
* TheCameo: Occasionally happens (See also "ArtShift" above)
** CharlesDeGaulle in "De Kaartendans" (''The Dance of Cards'')
** Illustrator AntonPieck in "De Belhamel Bende" (''The Rascal Gang'')
** Lots of well known Flemish entertainers make a cameo in "De Krimson Crisis"
** Creator/PeterPaulRubens makes an appearance in "De raap van Rubens" (''The Apprentice of Rubens'') and "De Krimson Crisis".
** Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder appears as a character in "Het Spaanse Spook" (''The Spanish Ghost'') and "De Krimson Crisis". Vandersteen was nicknamed "Bruegel of the comic strip".
** Creator/VincentVanGogh appears as a character in "De Kleurenkladder". (''The Colour Mess'')
** Soccer trainer Raymond Goethals and astronaut DirkFrimout in "De Stervende Ster" (''The Dying Star'')
** Cyclist EddyMerckx in "Het Kostbare Kader" (The Valuable Picture'')
** And WillyVandersteen himself, most notably in "De Briesende Bruid" (''The Raging Bride'') and "De Belhamel Bende" (''The Rascal Gang'')
* CashCowFranchise
* CatchPhrase
** "Miljaar!"[[note]]A mild swear, basically [[GoshDangItToHeck drat]][[/note]] - Lambik
** "Woeha!" - Typical scream of fear from all the characters
** "Achiel, mijn pillen!"[[note]]Achiel, my pills![[/note]] - Krimson
* CharacterDevelopment: often a big part of the plot, though it usually doesn't stick for any of the recurring characters.
* CharacterSignatureSong: Tante Sidonia often sings or hums the song ''"Ons Hutje Bij De Zee"'' (The Dutch translation of the song ''"Our Cottage By The Sea"'')
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Rikki disappears after the first issue.
** He was actually PutOnABus, but the flimsy reason for his disappearance was only mentioned in the preview panel that traditionally appears a day or two before the actual story begins serialisation. However, since these panels were never included in the paperbacks until much, much later, Rikki seems to just disappear for no reason when you read the series now.
* CliffHanger: Since "Suske and Wiske" was published in newspapers Vandersteen often made use of cliff hangers at the end of each episode to keep his readers in suspense until the next day. He was so good at this that readers even read the comics section first before moving on to the other articles.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Whenever Suske seems to have some success with other girls Wiske is instantly jealous.
* CloudCuckoolander: Mr. Van Zwollem is completely mad and is aided by his daughter Anne-Marie.
* ComicBookTime: The characters never age, although Suske and Wiske were originally a lot younger, almost toddlers with babylegs. DependingOnTheWriter, their estimated age would range from early teens to young adults.
* ContemporaryCaveman: Jerom was originally a frozen villain from the Stone Age, but later became part of the cast. In many of the early albums he was always dressed as a caveman. Later he changed his outfit and became more civilized, in a rare example of CharacterDevelopment for a main cast member.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: Wiske has no parents and is raised by her aunt, Sidonia. Suske too is an orphan and is adopted by Sidonia. Vandersteen often told interviewers that he gave Suske and Wiske an aunt because real parents would never allow them to go on adventure. Indeed, Suske and Wiske never go to school, though they'd sometimes mention homework.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Happens a few times
** At the end of "De Efteling Elfjes" (''Fairies of the Efteling'') Lambik tries to be the one to end the story instead of Wiske, but it turns out he is too early.
* CruellaToAnimals: Lambik hates Tobias the dog
* CrossingTheDesert: Suske and Wiske do this in "Prinses Zagemeel". (''Princess Sawdust'')
* CulturalTranslation: The comic strip is made in Flanders, but also hugely popular in the Netherlands. Unfortunately many concessions had to be made: since the 1960s the characters speak standard Dutch and use the Dutch airline KLM to travel instead of the Belgian one. Very specific references to Flanders were removed and replaced by more general references to Dutch society and culture. Like many tropes for this series, however, it's DependingOnTheWriter.
** One particular concession was the naming of Schanulleke, who originally was named Schalulleke, a snigger-worthy name at best in Dutch.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The new spin-off/reboot series. The first album entitled ''Amoras'' features partial nudity, swearing, blood, substance abuse and a mature theme. The series is written als a multi-album story. So far, critics like it. But old time fans expecting the milder tone of the original series will be in for a very unpleasant surprise.
** The new series was actually ''announced to the press as an obituary for Wiske'', making it very clear that she dies in the first album. In fact, her death scene is the first album's front cover.
* DesertedIsland: The island in ''"Het Mini-Mierennest"'' (''The Mini-Anthill'').
* DeusExMachina: Jerom, who could rival {{Superman}} when it comes to NewPowersAsThePlotDemands.
** DeusExitMachina: To make the stories a bit more exciting: Jerom has so far been poisoned, drugged, cursed, put asleep, sent on vacation, working a new job, etc. to keep his power away from solving the plot too quickly.
* DisappearedDad: In "De Tamtamkloppers" it turns out Lambik's father has been lost for years, somewhere in Africa. So he and his friends decide to go searching for him.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything?: Wiske's older brother Rikki was clearly modelled after {{Tintin}}.
* TheDoorSlamsYou: Sidonia once slams the door so violently that Lambik's head, hands and feet are sticking through from behind it.
* DramaticUnmask and TheReveal: Mysterious characters whose identity remains a secret until the end of the story are a regular plot device.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Wiske does this at the start of the album "De Bokkenrijders".
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: used on purpose in "De Schat van Beersel". After being trapped in the dungeons of an old castle by the villains, Priem, the same hypnotist that was responsible for the adventure in "De Tartaarse Helm", uses his power of hypnosis to make Lambik, Suske and Wiske dream of the castles glory days in medieval times so they can learn more of the secret passages and thus a way to escape the dungeon.
* DreamStealer: The entire concept of the album "De Dromendiefstal" ("The Dream Theft").
* DressingAsTheEnemy: An often used tactic
* DropInCharacter: Theofiel Boemerang, a vacuum cleaner salesman that the cast never seems to get rid off.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
** In the first album, "Rikki en Wiske in Chocowakije" Wiske is teamed up with a much older brother, Rikki. Vandersteen abandoned this character after only one album because he felt that Wiske needed a companion of her own age.
** Suske and Wiske are five year olds with chubby baby legs in the early albums. In later albums they could be ten to eleven years old, teenagers or perhaps even twenty-something, DependingOnTheWriter.
** Jerom was in a villain in his debut album "De Dolle Musketiers" (''The Mad Musketeers''). He also wore cave men clothing for several albums after his debut and only gradually, over the course of many albums, would start wearing modern suits.
** In "Het Eiland Amoras" (''Amoras Island'') Professor Barabas originally was very fat and had a stuttering problem. Vandersteen cured him from this speech impediment because parents complained that their children started copying this behaviour.
** Also in "Het Eiland Amoras", Suske had a BerserkButton in the form of the BattleCry 'Antigoon Vooruit'. Saying this in his presence was a perfect way to turn him from a mild mannered boy into TheBerserker.
* EasilyForgiven: Villains usually repent or are forgiven by the protagonists.
* EasyAmnesia: Used regularly.
* EatTheBomb: Jerom once swallowed a bomb and let it explode inside his body, without doing him any harm.
* {{Elseworld}}
** "Het Geheim van de Gladiatoren" (''The Secret of the Gladiators'') shows Suske, Wiske and Lambik as Gauls living in AncientRome rather than the present.
** "Het Gouden Paard" (''The Golden Horse'') also takes place in 16th century South America instead of the present.
* EpicRace: The race in "Het Sprekende Testament" (''The Speaking Testament'').
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Wiske winks at the audience, thus concluding the story.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: Used regularly
* EvilLaugh
* ExecutiveMeddling: The very first "Suske & Wiske" album "Rikki & Wiske in Chocowakije" (''"Rikki & Wiske in Chocovakia"'') didn't feature Suske at all. Wiske was paired with her older brother, Rikki, who resembled {{Tintin}}. Yet originally Rikki was to be named "Suske", but Vandersteen's publisher had changed the character's name in "Rikki" without consulting him about the action. Vandersteen got his revenge, though. He sent Rikki away at the start of the next album "Op Het Eiland Amoras" and then Wiske met a boy of her own age named Suske.
* ExplodingCloset: Wiske is GenreSavvy (or perhaps just knows the habits of the people she lives with): before opening a medicine cabinet, she places a basin before it and stands back, as the contents falls out of it.
* EyePop: Lambik's eyes do this in the SuskeEnWiske album "De Dolle Musketiers" (''The Mad Musketeers'') when he first sees Jerom.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The isle Amoras is an exact copy of the city Antwerp, where Vandersteen was born.
* FatAndSkinny: In the album "Het Eiland Amoras" all the obese people are villains and the skinny ones are part of the resistance.
* FatBastard: Jef Blaaskop in "Het Eiland Amoras".
* {{Fembot}}: Tedere Tronica in "Tedere Tronica" (''Tender Tronica'').
* FictionalCountry:
** Chocowakije in "Rikki en Wiske in Chocowakije"
** The isle Amoras in "Het Eiland Amoras", "De Stalen Bloempot" and "Amoris op Amoras". (''Amoras Island, The Steel Flowerpot, Amoris on Amoras'')
** Mocano in "De Bronzen Sleutel" (''The Bronze Key'')
** Frigoria in "Het Bevroren Vuur" (''The Frozen Fire'')
** Bazaria in "De Speelgoedzaaier" (''The Toy Sower'')
** Fantasia in "De Lieve Lilleham" (''The Sweet Lilleham'')
* FingerInABarrel: Jerom does this multiple times. Being MadeOfIron, he doesn't take any damage. Instead, the guns tend to explode in the bad guys' faces, giving them an AshFace.
* {{Flanderisation}}:
** Lambik was originally just a dumb, but good-natured buffoon. Later he became a vain and egotistical buffoon who sometimes has moments of pure genius.
** Jerom was originally an uncivilized caveman. Later he started dressing and behaving more like a 20th century everyman with superpowers.
** Tante Sidonia's neverending man hunt only became a defining trait of her character in later albums.
** Wiske's jealousy towards Suske and other girls who fall for his charms only became more prominent in later albums.
** Krimson originally did not need to take pills frequently to overcome his nervous breakdowns, and did not have his butler Achiel as his right-hand-man.
** The early albums were very Flemish, with references to typical 1940s and 1950s catholic Flanders. Later the stories became more oriented to the Dutch market to the point that the characters even flew with the Dutch airline KLM and used standard Dutch expressions and references.
* FlowerPotDrop
* TheGamblingAddict: Lambik in "De Gekke Gokker" (''The Crazed Gambler'')
* GameShowAppearance: Lambik enters a TV game show competition in "De Speelgoedzaaier" (''The Toy Sower'') and accidentally wins the first price.
* GeorgeLucasAlteredVersion: Many early Suske & Wiske albums of the 1940s and 1950s have been redrawn, updated and too dated references have been removed to appeal to modern audiences. The original unaltered stories are still available, but only in a special album series.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: In Wiske's case her stuffed doll, Schanulleke, whom she treats as if it was her own child.
* GladiatorRevolt: Grand finale of "Het Geheim van de Gladiatoren". (''The Secret of the Gladiators'')
* GoodIsBoring: The main problem with the very bland character Suske. He is so heroic, noble, gentle, brave, caring and uncorrupt that he is the least memorable of all the main cast members.
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: Vandersteen loved playing with language:
** Characters that speak in rhyme are often encountered ("De Koning Drinkt", "Sjeik El Rojenbiet", "De Wolkeneters", "De Tamtamkloppers", "Het Rijmende Paard",...) (''The King Drinks, The Cloud-Eaters, ''The Tamtam Knockers, ''The Rhyming Horse'')
** Characters that speak mangled Dutch with French loanwords (usually rich villains, as can be found in "De Zwarte Madam", "De Spokenjagers", "De Klankentapper",...) (''The Black Madam, The Ghost Hunters, The Sound Drainer'')
** Characters who use sdrawkcab... sorry, backwards language ("De [=IJ=]zeren Schelvis", "De Brullende Berg", "De Begeerde Berg",...) (''The Iron Haddock, The Roaring Mountain, The Coveted Mountain'')
** And Jerom always speak in telegram language.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: In "Het Eiland Amoras" (''Amoras Island'') and "Het Wondere Wolfje" (''The Miraculous Wolfy'') people only fall when they notice the ladder beneath them has disappeared.
* HarmlessElectrocution
* HarmlessFreezing
* HeelFaceTurn: several one-time villains have done this over the years. And in ''Amoris op Amoras'', even BigBad Krimson, of all people, undergoes a heel face turn. This one does not stick though, which is quite frustrating if you realize that Lambik almost made a HeroicSacrifice to help Krimson turn good.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lambik and Jerom both live in the same house, but since this a traditional comic nothing special is ever made of this. Both of them have a soft spot for women.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: A frequent plot device in the earlier, classic albums. Mysterious characters dressed in cloaks, hoods, masks, high collars, veils,... hide their identity for the characters and readers driving the suspense to the BerserkButton.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: When travelling back in time the characters will usually meet a historical domain character like Emperor Nero, Creator/PeterPaulRubens, Creator/PieterBruegelTheElder, the Duke of Alva, Louis XIV, Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart, Creator/VincentVanGogh, Creator/RembrandtVanRijn,...
* HouseWife: Tante Sidonia
* ImprobableHairStyle: Wiske's hair is very weird. She wears a ribbon on top of her head, which supposedly keeps her blond hair tied together. Whenever someone unties her ribbon her hair falls down in front of her eyes.
* InnerMonologueConversation
* InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Characters frequently travel to the past with a time machine and usually encounter various historical characters.
* InvisibleHoles: Played within "De Texas Rakkers"; Lambik enters a saloon and immediately, gunfire can be heard inside. Jerom then rushes in and askes Lambik if he has been hit. To check if he's okay, Lambik takes a glass of water and references this trope.
** A similar gag occurs in the album "De Tamtam Kloppers", where an ape claims they were unable to shoot him, only to take a sip from a jug and to discover his body is full of holes which now sprout water like a fountain.
* JapaneseRanguage: Chinese characters in the comics frequently pronounce the 'R' in words as an 'L'.
* JawsAttackParody: In the story "Het Kregelige Ketje" Manneken Pis falls in the sea and is attacked by a shark mimicking the "Jaws" poster. The animal even adds another wink by saying: "Maybe this will make me eligible for "the film"."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lambik
* LivingToys:
** In "Bibbergoud", "Het Vliegende Bed", "De Dulle Griet", "De Poppenpakker" Wiske's doll Schanulleke comes alive. (''Shivergold, The Flying Bed, The Warrior Waif, The Dolltaker'')
* LongNeck: Lambik's neck becomes longer in "De Stalen Bloempot". (''The Steel Flowerpot'')
* MagicMeteor: in "De Apekermis", a meteorite causes all apes to become intelligent, en all humans to become mindless puppets.
* MagicMirror: Appears in "De Koning Drinkt", "De Knokkersburcht" and "De Woelige Wadden" ('' The King Drinks, The Knokkersburcht, The Turbulent Mudflats'')
* {{Manchild}}: Van Zwollem, a mad middle aged man who enjoys playing outside like an infant.
** In the early albums Jerom also had an infantile personality, but as he became more civilized he lost this character trait.
* ManInTheIronMask: A main character and plot device in "De Dolle Musketiers". (''The Mad Musketeers'')
* MeaningfulRename:
** Wiske's doll Schalulleke was renamed into "Schanulleke" with an "n" instead of an "l", because to Flemish people a "schalul" is a dialect expression for an onion, but Dutch people associate the word "lul" as a BawdyName for a penis.
** Tante Sidonie changed her name into "Sidonia", again to appeal more to the Dutch audience.
** In some Dutch translations of the 1950s Jerom was called "Jeroen", because it sounded more Dutch. For matters of consistency they just named him Jerom in all publications.
** The album "Het Taterende Testament" was changed into "Het Sprekende Testament", again because "tateren" is Flemish dialect for "spreken" (to speak).
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: Used whenever time travel with the help of the time machine is used. If the characters spent several days in the past, several days go by in the present as well between their moment of departure and moment of their return.
* MissingEpisode: The album ''"De Gekalibreerde Kwibus"'' was never reprinted in color and doesn't exist in the official series. It is only available in the original black-and-white version in the ''"Suske And Wiske Classic"'' series.
* MoralDilemma: Characters often battle with it, but in the end they choose to do the right thing, though some might not agree exactly what 'the right thing' was.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Krimson has a doctorate, and is especially in the later albums frequently called "Dr. Krimson".
* NervousWreck: Both Tante Sidonia and Krimson often have mental breakdowns. In Sidonia's case her entire body bends over backwards and freezes still while she is shaking. Krimson simply gets mad and has to be fed with pills.
* NightmareSequence: The album ''"De Bokkenrijders"'' starts off with Wiske telling a nightmare she just had and Tante Sidonia explaining it's symbolic meanings. Of course, as the story progresses Wiske's nightmare turns out to she was DreamingOfThingsToCome.
* NinjaProp: Jerom uses a thought balloon as an actual balloon in "De Tamtamkloppers". (''The Tamtam Knockers'')
* NotBloodSiblings: Suske and Wiske are two orphans adopted by Tante Sidonia and therefore not brother and sister. Still, since Sidonia does raise them as siblings and their backstory is hardly ever brought up, it's not surprising many readers who are not familiar with the series history and have not read "Het Eiland Amoras" (the album in which Suske makes his debut) get the impression that they are brother and sister. This sometimes lead to confusing and disturbing scenes, especially when Wiske shows jealousy towards Suske's success with other girls.
* OldMaid: Tante Sidonia, still trying to find a husband after all those years.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Sus Antigoon is the ghost of Suske's deceased grandfather.
* OutOfOrder: "Suske & Wiske" is unique in the sense that the official available color albums don't start with number one, but with number 67! The 66 albums before that were all in black-and-white and aren't available anymore (except in a different series, the "Suske and Wiske Classics" where their original chronological order is respected.) However these older black-and-white stories were colorized and in some cases redrawn and then republished in the official available color series. Yet no effort was made to keep these titles chronological. Older and newer titles follow each other up in one big confusing mess.
** Even the original releases were occasionally out-of-order from their newspaper serialization, creating at least one major continuity issue: "De Sprietatoom," the story in which Lambik is introduced, was released after "De Vliegende Aap" where the title character is Lambik's brother.
* PeopleJars: People are shrunk and put into glass jars in "De Sprietatoom" and "De Texasrakkers".(''The Lignite Atom, The Texas Rascals'')
* PlayingCyrano: Lambik does this literally by dressing up as Cyrano in "De Jolige Joffer". (''The Jolly Maiden'')
* PoirotSpeak: All foreign characters mix Dutch with loan words from their own language.
* ProductPlacement: Some albums outside the regular series are in fact commercials for a certain product. Most of them are limited editions and only of interest to collectors.
** At the end of "De Zingende Zwammen" (''The Singing Mushrooms'') the characters promote the toy "Op-Jerommeke".
* PunnyName: Many characters have names that are puns on Flemish dialect expressions.
* PutOnABus: Wiske's brother Rikki, who disappeared afther just one issue and was never mentioned again. It took almost 50 years for the bus to come back and finally reveal Rikki's fate.
* RaceAgainstTheClock: In "De Gouden Cirkel" (''The Golden Circle'') the characters have to travel to various parts of the globe to collect stuff so they can save a very ill Professor Barabas.
* RelaxOVision: It employs a flowery curtain when Jerom becomes particularly violent (since Jerom [[GrievousHarmWithABody using enemies as melee weapons]] does show up, one does wonder what's behind this curtain...)
* RunningGag: Several.
* UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}}: The album "De Knokkersburcht"
* SdrawkcabName: Character speak backwards language in several albums("De IJzeren Schelvis", "De Brullende Berg", "De Begeerde Berg",...) (''The Iron Haddock, The Roaring Mountain, The Coveted Mountain'')
* SevenHeavenlyVirtues: A major plot device in "De Zeven Snaren". (''The Seven Strings'')
* ShouldnTWeBeInSchoolRightNow?: Suske and Wiske always have spare time to have adventures in different corners of the world or history. They never go to school: it's not even hinted.
* SingleEpisodeHandicap: Wiske is temporarily blind in "De Schone Slaper" (''The Sleeping Beau''). This happens after other characters question why the should help handicapped people by donating money. [[spoiler:Eventually she is cured rather simplistically with a magic spell.]]
* {{Slapstick}}: Many moments, usually with Lambik on the receiving end.
* SmartBall: Lambik, who carries the IdiotBall so often that he might as well be super-glued to it, occasionally has moments of pure brilliance.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Professor Barabas.
* SpinOff: Jerom ("Jerom de Gouden Stuntman"[[note]]Jerom the Golden Stuntman[[/note]]), Lambik ("De Grappen van Lambik"[[note]]The Jokes of Lambik[[/note]]), Schanulleke ("Schanulleke"), [[DarkerAndEdgier Amoras]]
** SpinOffBabies: The series "Klein Suske en Wiske"[[note]]Little Suske and Wiske''[[/note]]
* SquashedFlat: Jerom is squashed flat in "De IJzeren Schelvis"[[note]]The Iron Haddock[[/note]] due to the water pressure.
* StoryBreakerPower: Jerom has displayed enough SuperStrength to beat a dragon over the head with a tank (After which he proceeded to smash the tank [[GrievousHarmWithABody using the dragon]]), hold his breath long enough to make diving equipment obsolete, X-Ray vision, searchlights from his eyes, leaping over mountaintops, SuperSpeed, and a whole slew of other powers that appeared once or twice. He spends a lot of time being nowhere near the plot just so the other characters can have some trouble.
* SuperSpeed: Jerom can run faster than sound, as demonstrated in "De Knokkersburcht". Lambik once ran so quickly in "De Stalen Bloempot" that he ran past himself!
* TakeThat: Mostly general targets, such as "lying politicians", "thieving tax collectors", "tyrannic police officers", "lazy bureaucratics", "posh noblemen and women", "French-speaking Flemings", lazy and dirty hippies,...
* TalkingAnimal: Frequent plot device
* TalkingPlant: Plants are able to talk in "De Klankentapper"[[note]]The Sound Drainer[[/note]].
* TechnologyIsEvil: A frequent theme.
* TemporaryBlindness: Wiske in "De Schone Slaper"[[note]]The Sleeping Beau[[/note]]. [[spoiler:She is cured by a magic spell.]]
* ThatDidntHappen: At the end of "De Briesende Bruid"[[note]]The Raging Bride[[/note]] Tante Sidonia marries, but Willy Vandersteen erases the entire scene and tells the audience that, while he wanted to reward her with the greatest happiness after years of adventures, Sidonia's marriage would mean the end of the series. So the story ends as if nothing ever happened at all, with Sidonia [[AllJustADream waking up after a beautiful dream]].
* TheGlassesComeOff: Sidonia on occasion, when she gets [[BerserkButton REALLY mad]].
* TheToothHurts: Lambik suffers from a tooth ache in "De Stalen Bloempot".
* TimeMachine: Professor Barabas' "teletimemachine" is ''Time Cop''-type: the machine does not come with the time traveler, but an operator who stays behind can retrieve the time traveler at any moment, assuming he/she knows where and when the traveller is. This feature is often used for last second rescues.
** In earlier albums like "De Koning Drinkt"[[note]]The King Drinks[[/note]], "Lambiorix" and "De Ringelingschat"[[note]]The Ringeling Treasure[[/note]] characters also travelled back in time, but in different ways.
* TowerOfBabel: The villains want to build it in "De Stalen Bloempot"[[note]]The steel Flowerpot[[/note]].
* VanishingVillage: Plot of the album "Het Verdronken Land"[[note]]The Drowned Land[[/note]]
* VillainousBreakdown: Krimson often has nervous breakdowns and has to take his pills to calm down.
* WickedWitch: De Zwarte Madam in "De Zwarte Madam"[[note]]The Black Madam[[/note]], An Tanneke in "De Zeven Snaren"[[note]]The Seven Strings[[/note]]
* WildTake
* WholePlotReference:
** "De Apekermis"[[note]]The Ape Festival[[/note]] and "Film/JamesBond"
** "De Bevende Baobab"[[note]]The Shaking Baobab[[/note]] and "{{Tarzan}}"
** "De Dolle Musketiers"[[note]]The Mad Musketeers[[/note]] and "Literature/TheThreeMusketeers"
** "Het Dreigende Dinges"[[note]]the Threatening Something[[/note]] and "Literature/ADogOfFlanders"
** "Jeromba De Griek"[[note]]Jeromba The Greek[[/note]] and "Film/ZorbaTheGreek"
** "De Jolige Joffer"[[note]]The Jolly Maiden[[/note]] and "CyranoDeBergerac"
** "De Junglebloem"[[note]]The Jungle Flower[[/note]] and "Literature/TheJungleBook"
** "Robotkop"[[note]]Robot Head[[/note]] and "Franchise/RoboCop"
** "Big Mother" and "[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour Big Brother]]"
** "Wattman" and "Franchise/{{Batman}}"
** "De Rebelse Reynaert"[[note]]The Rebel Reynaert[[/note]] and "Van Den Vos Reynaerde"
** "De Ringelingschat"[[note]]The Ringeling Treasure[[/note]] and "Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung"
** "De Ruige Regen"[[note]]The Rugged Rain[[/note]] and "RobinHood"
** "De Schone Slaper"[[note]]The Sleeping Beau[[/note]] and several FairyTales
** "De Speelgoedzaaier"[[note]]The Toy Sower[[/note]] and "ThePrisonerOfZenda"
** "De Straatridder"[[note]]The Street Knight[[/note]] and "Literature/DonQuixote"
** "De Texasrakkers"[[note]]The Texas Rascals[[/note]] and "Tales of the Texas Rangers"
** "De Kale Kapper"[[note]]The Bald Barber[[/note]] and "Samson and Delilah"
* WilliamTelling: In "Lambiorix" Tante Sidonia has to aim her longbow (and not a crossbow, as you might think) at the apples on Suske and Wiske's heads. Trying to hit two apples with one arrow is a bit more complex than what William Tell had to accomplish, but she manages to pull it off by aiming at a pillar left from them, which causes the arrow to ricochet to the right splitting both apples in the process.
* WolfgangAmadeusMozart: The cast meets him as a child in "Het Wondere Wolfje"[[note]]The Miraculous Wolfy[[/note]].
* WorldOfSymbolism: Symbolism, bad omens, superstitions, DreamingOfThingsToCome,... are often used as plot devices.
* WorldsStrongestMan: Jerom.
* WriteWhoYouKnow:
** The name of the character Suske was inspired by Vandersteen's father, who was named "Sus"
** Krimson was based on a man who visited Vandersteens' daughters manège. Since Krimson is the villain in the story Vandersteen was forced to make him less recognizable.
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