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->''"Humanity. What a wonderful puppet show! How could I get bored of it?"''
-->-- '''Fantômas'''

'''''Fantômas''''' is a French 1960s' film very loosely based on the [[Literature/{{Fantomas}} novels of the same name]]. It turned the title character (a criminal and anarchist in the books) into a [[Film/JamesBond Blofeld]]-esque [[DiabolicalMastermind supervillain]] and spawned two sequels, '''''Fantômas Unleashed''''' and '''''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'''''. While the films were not critically praised ([[{{Sequelitis}} the sequels especially]]) they achieved [[CriticalDissonance popular success]] in France, and had a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff quite huge impact in Latin America and the Soviet Union]].

Fantômas (played by Jean Marais and voiced by Raymond Pellegrin) is very angry with Fandor (also played by Jean Marais), a journalist who has written a fictive (and ridiculous) interview of him. After bombing the editorial offices, he kidnaps Fandor, threatens to kill him, but first goes about ruining the journalist's reputation by committing a sensational theft in Fandor's guise. He also kidnaps Fandor's fiancée Hélène (Mylène Demongeot). Hot on the trail is buffoonish police commissioner Juve (Creator/LouisDeFunes), so Fantômas commits robberies looking like him.
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!!The ''Fantômas'' film trilogy provides examples of the following tropes:

* ActingForTwo: Jean Marais plays both Fandor and Fantômas. In ''Fantômas Unleashed'' he's Acting for Three since he's also Pr. Lefèvre (whom both Fantômas and Fandor disguise at).
* ActionSurvivor: Fandor
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: ''Fantômas Unleashed''
* AntagonistTitle
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Fantômas kills Lord Rashley and manages to escape once more in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'']].
* BaldOfEvil: Fantômas, with his mask on.
* BedsheetGhost: Commissioner Juve is disguised like this in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''
* BerserkButton: Fantômas hates to be ridiculed in the public eye. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Fandor will learn it the hard way]].
* {{Blackmail}}: In ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'' (the third and final film of the trilogy), Fantômas imposes a [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord head tax]] on the richest men in the world, threatening to kill those who do not comply.
* BumblingSidekick
** Inspector Bertrand, for Commissioner Juve.
** Commissioner Juve for Fandor, most of the time.
* CallingCard: Fantômas regularly leaves one behind. The first theft in the first movie has him buying priceless jewelry with a check under a fake name. The writings on the check erase themselves soon after he leaves the jeweler and all is left is Fantômas' actual signature.
* CarSkiing
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Juve:''' I'll catch you, Fantômas, I'll catch you!
* ChaseScene
* TheChessmaster: Fantômas
* ClearMyName
** Inverted: Fantômas wants to be [[TheDreaded feared]], not to be mocked/considered as a myth by the medias, so he commits thefts, drive-by shootings and bombing attacks.
** Played straight by Fandor and Juve after Fantômas has impersonated them.
* CollapsingLair: In ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* CrazyPrepared:
-->'''Fantômas:''' I'm a very organized man.
* CreepyMonotone: Fantômas
* DaChief: Commissioner Juve
* DaEditor: Fandor's boss, played by Robert Dalban.
* DarkMistress: Lady Beltham
* DiabolicalMastermind: Fantômas
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: In ''Fantômas Unleashed'', Fantômas takes over the TV transmission during an interview of Commissioner Juve. When it gets back to normal, Juve and his interviewer are BoundAndGagged.
* EvilGenius: Fantômas
* EvilLaugh: Fantômas does at least one per film, at the end usually. Not really hammy but still sinister.
* EvilPlan
* EvilSoundsDeep: Fantômas was voiced by Raymond Pellegrin, whose voice was notably deeper than Jean Marais'.
* ExpressiveMask
* TheFaceless: Fantômas is always seen wearing an intimidating bluish latex mask.
* FlyingCar: A flying [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_DS Citroën DS]] in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* GentlemanThief: Fantômas
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* TheHero: Fandor
* [[HeroStoleMyBike Hero Stole My Car]]
* HotScoop: Hélène
* InstantDeathBullet: Juve's one-shot cigar-guns in the second movie.
* IntrepidReporter: Fandor
* ItWasHereISwear: Fantômas adores doing this to Juve, especially in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''.
* JokerImmunity: Fantômas
* {{Kidnapped Scientist}}s: Fantômas does this in order to build a MindControlDevice in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* KnockoutGas / InstantSedation
* LatexPerfection: Fantômas' masks when he wants to impersonate someone.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At the end of the first film, when TheEnd appears, Juve says: "This is not the end! We will meet again!"
* LighterAndSofter: When compared to the books and SilentFilms.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Just look at the page's picture.
* ManInAKilt: The third and last film is set in Scotland. Creator/LouisDeFunes obliged.
* MasterOfDisguise: Fantômas
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Commissioner Juve's coat in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Fantômas has a fully automatic organ in his lair in the first movie. As Fandor [[WakingUpElsewhere wakes up from his kidnapping]] in Fantômas' lair, it starts to play an ominous piece to announce Fantômas' arrival.
* PetTheDog: When Fantômas interacts with Hélène, he behaves like a gentleman.
* PhantomThief: Fantômas, [[MeaningfulName naturally]].
* PreviouslyOn: The AnimatedCreditsOpening of ''Fantômas Unleashed'' doubles as this, shortly retelling the first movie.
* PunchPunchPunchUhOh: As Fandor wakes up in Fantômas' lair, he gives a [[GoodOldFisticuffs good beating]] to some mooks. When he punches Fantômas in the face and the torso, nothing happens.
* SayMyName: Many a character will dramatically exclaim "Fantômas!" when confronted with the villain. Commissioner Juve's yells have reached memetic status.
* {{The Scapegoat}}s: Fandor and Juve in the first movie.
* ScareChord: Plays when Fandor is kidnapped in the first movie.
* SequelEscalation: The first film is mostly about Fantômas committing several important thefts and showing to the public eye that he can be a real threat (and avenging the journalistic insult in the process). He uses mostly believable means such as his MasterOfDisguise talents, drive-by shootings, grenade and bombing attacks. The first sequel has him planning to TakeOverTheWorld from his VolcanoLair using a MindControlDevice, with a goofier-than-ever commissioner Juve trying to stop him using Film/JamesBond-esque gadgets. And there's a FlyingCar.
* SettingUpdate: The story of the books and silent films takes place in the Belle Epoque (pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne France). This version adjusts to its decade, TheSixties.
* ShoutOut:
-->'''Juve:''' What would people think of you if Fantômas was caught by a vulgar [[Film/JamesBond 00-something? We are in an era of secret agents and gadgets!]]
* SoftGlass: Fantômas or Fandor have no trouble jumping through windows.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: The series is fondly remembered partly because Creator/LouisDeFunes starred in. And his role got increasingly important screentime as the series went on.
* SpyFiction: ''Fantômas Unleashed'' spoofs the use of gadgets, extravagant villain plans and lairs from Sean Connery's ''Film/JamesBond'' era (and even predates those of ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'').
* SupervillainLair: A French castle in the first movie, a VolcanoLair in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* SuperWindowJump: At the end of the third movie, Fandor jumps through a stained-glass ceiling for no particular reason.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Commissioner Juve. More like "sympathetic inspector protagonist", actually.
* TotemPoleTrench: In the second movie, Hélène's young brother and another kid disguise temselves as Fantômas this way.
* TrainEscape
* UnexplainedRecovery / YouLookFamiliar: A {{mook}} killed by one of Juve's cigars in ''Fantômas Unleashed'' is then seen alive in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'' (same actor in the same role) without explanation.
* VehicularSabotage
* VillainExitStageLeft / EscapeArtist / KarmaHoudini: Fantômas always manages to escape.
* TheVillainMakesThePlot
* VillainousCrush: Fantômas has one on Hélène.
* WickedCultured: Fantômas
* WigDressAccent: Juve's Italian ticket inspector disguise in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.

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