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

''Fantômas'' is a French 1960s' film [[AdaptationDecay 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''.

Fantômas (played by Creator/JeanMarais 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). Fantômas then starts committing robberies with a mask imitating Juve's face to get rid of him.

!!The ''Fantômas'' movies provides examples of:

* AntagonistTitle
* BaldOfEvil: Fantômas, with his mask on.
* BumblingSidekick:
** Commissioner Juve for Fandor, most of the time.
** Inspector Bertrand, for Commissioner Juve.
* CatchPhrase:
-->'''Juve:''' I'll catch you, Fantômas, I'll catch you!
* TheChessmaster: Fantômas.
* DaChief: Commissioner Juve.
* CreepyMonotone: Fantômas
* {{Determinator}}: Commissioner Juve. It doesn't matter how many obstacles Fantômas throws at him; he stays in hot pursuit whatever the cost, sometimes at great risk to himself, and comes ''very close'' to catching the evil mastermind several times.
-->'''Juve:''' I'll catch you, Fantômas, I'll catch you!
* DiabolicalMastermind: Fantômas
* DaEditor: Fandor's boss, played by Robert Dalban.
* 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.
* FauxAffablyEvil: Fantômas is always very polite even when he explains you that he plans to remove your brain from your body to create a new kind of slave.
* GentlemanThief: Fantômas
* TheHero: Fandor
* IntrepidReporter: Fandor
* JokerImmunity: Fantômas
* LatexPerfection:
** Fantômas' masks when he wants to impersonate someone. This also includes gloves reproducing exactly the fingerprints. In the first film, both Jean Marais's and Louis de Funés's facial features are slightly exaggerated (larger eyebrows or ears) when Fantômas impersonates them. Played straight in later movies.
** In ''Fantômas Unleashed'', Fandor also uses a perfect disguise.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Both Fantômas and Juve have their own. Fantômas uses the ominous main theme of the movies. Juve has a much more comedic one. Used to great effect during chase scenes by alternating the two.
* LighterAndSofter: When compared to the books and SilentFilms.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Just look at the page's picture.
* MasterOfDisguise: Fantômas
* PhantomThief: Fantômas, [[MeaningfulName naturally]].
* SayMyName: Many a character will dramatically exclaim "Fantômas!" when confronted with the villain. Commissioner Juve's yells have reached memetic status.
* SettingUpdate: The story of the books and silent films takes place in the Belle Epoque (pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarI France). This version adjusts to its decade, TheSixties.
* 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.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: Commissioner Juve. More like "sympathetic inspector protagonist", actually.
* VillainExitStageLeft: Fantômas always manages to escape.
* WickedCultured: Fantômas

* BerserkButton: Fantômas hates to be ridiculed in the public eye. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu Fandor will learn it the hard way]].
* 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: It happens when Fandor tries to control the car sabotaged by Lady Beltham.
* ChaseScene: In the last part of the film, Fantômas is chased by Juve, Fandor and the police.
* 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.
* CrazyPrepared:
-->'''Fantômas:''' I'm a very organized man.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Fantômas plans to use Fandor's brain (and later Juve's) to create a new kind of slave.
* DarkMistress: Lady Beltham.
* EngineeredPublicConfession: When Fantômas explains that he will charm Hélène, Fandor discreetly makes a phone call to Lady Beltham, who can hear everything about Fantômas's plan to cheat on her. Consequently, Lady Beltham decides to release Fandor and Hélène.
* HighHeelFaceTurn: Subverted. After Fantômas' consort learns that he's planning to replace her with Helene, she breaks her and Fandor out of captivity and provides them with a get-away car. Without breaks.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At the end of the first film, when TheEnd appears, Juve says: "This is not the end! We will meet again!"
* MagicBrakes: Happens in the car given to Fandor and Hélène by Lady Beltham. Partly {{Justified|Trope}}, because Fandor says that the brakes and the gear box are sabotaged and because the car is in a mountain road.
* 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.
* OrWasItADream: At first, when Fandor wakes up in his flat, he thinks his vision of Fantômas was a dream. Then Hélène notices that he has a bump on his head, and he notices the "F" that Fantômas tattooed on his chest, so he realizes that it was not a dream.
* PerpSweating: Juve's method for making perps sweat is to eat before one while denying him food. Fandor stays rather unfazed.
* PetTheDog: When Fantômas interacts with Hélène, he behaves like a gentleman.
* 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, [[NoSell nothing happens]].
* TheScapegoat: Fandor and Juve in the first movie.
* ScareChord: Plays when Fandor is kidnapped in the first movie.
* SlaveBrand: On their first encounter, Fantômas brands Fandor with an "F" on the chest to remind him that "From now on, you belongs to me."
* SupervillainLair: A French castle.
* TrainEscape: During the final ChaseScene, Fantômas jumps on a moving train, followed by Fandor and Juve. Fantômas then unhooks the wagons to escape from them.
* VehicularSabotage: Lady Beltham sabotages the brakes and the gear box of the car that she gives to Fandor and Hélène to escape.
* VillainousCrush: Fantômas has one on Hélène.

[[folder:''Fantômas Unleashed'']]
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: ''Fantômas Unleashed''
* CollapsingLair: The VolcanoLair in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Commissioner Juve. His role might be purely comedic most of the time, but in ''Fantômas Unleashed'' he guns down several Mooks and gets to save all the protagonists from captivity thanks to his gadgets.
* 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.
* FlyingCar: A flying [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citro%C3%ABn_DS Citroën DS]] in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* InstantDeathBullet: Juve's one-shot cigar-guns in the second movie.
* {{Kidnapped Scientist}}s: Fantômas does this in order to build a MindControlDevice in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Commissioner Juve's coat in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.
* PreviouslyOn: The AnimatedCreditsOpening of ''Fantômas Unleashed'' doubles as this, shortly retelling 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.
* 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!]]
* 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 VolcanoLair.
* TotemPoleTrench: In the second movie, Hélène's young brother and another kid disguise temselves as Fantômas this way.
* WigDressAccent: Juve's Italian ticket inspector disguise in ''Fantômas Unleashed''.

[[folder:''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'']]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Fantômas kills Lord Rashley and manages to escape once more in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard'']].
* BedsheetGhost: Commissioner Juve is disguised like this in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''
* {{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.
* ItWasHereISwear: Fantômas adores doing this to Juve, especially in ''Fantômas Against Scotland Yard''.
* ManInAKilt: The third and last film is set in Scotland. Creator/LouisDeFunes obliged.
* SuperWindowJump: At the end of the third movie, Fandor jumps through a stained-glass ceiling for no particular reason.
* UnexplainedRecovery: 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.