''Yps'' was a German magazine for kids which published a number of syndicated comics (both [[USAndCanadianComics American]] and [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian]] ones) plus some homebrewed ones (see below). During the earlier years, they also brought articles about science and technics. The real reason the magazine became famous was a different one: The gimmick (not TheGimmick), some toy readers could build by themselves, or something similar.

* Yps & co: Four {{Funny Animal}}s living together in a house: The mouse Kaspar, the frog Patsch, the canary Willy and the eponymous checkered kangaroo Yps. Not to the joy of their square neighbor Waldig. Each magazine contains a one-pager where they present the gimmick of the week.
* Yinni & Yan aka The Yps-Team: Four young journalists making TV reportages and getting involved in adventures and other hijinks. Consists of Yinni at the microphone, her boyfriend cameraman Yan, Yorick who's responsible for the sound, and their coworker Yack, who mostly stays in the studio.
* Gespenster [=GmbH=] ("ghosts inc."): A family of ghosts spooking on a castle. The realtor owning the castle wants to get rid of them, while the old gardener is at their side.
* Professor Ypsus: Ranging between AbsentMindedProfessor and MadScientist. Then, there are also his colleagues Schwyps and Gryps.
* Bens Bande (Ben's gang): A group of four kids (and a raven) around Ben, who's really the son of a noble family, in a small German city.
* Mister Melone: A short Italian guy in Chicago and his big grandma versus [[TheFamilyForTheWholeFamily the mafia]].
* Gries, Gram & Grimm: Three grumpy old men in the StoneAge.
* Various historical comics, like Thomas der Trommler (a count's son during the ThirtyYearsWar is forced to join the army of general Tilly - who is responsible for the death of his parents).

!!!Syndicated comics:

* Pif und Herkules (Pif le chien / Spiff and Hercules), from the French magazine ''Pif Gadget''. Pif (a dog) and Herkules (a stray cat) are buddies who stay together even if they often have a fight.
* Piffi (Pifou), also from ''Pif Gadget''. Piffi is a small dog living together with the bulldog Brutus, who is the StraightMan (and sometimes ButtMonkey) in their short, gag-based strips.
* RobinDubois, a RobinHoodParody
* several adaptations of famous stories as comics, like Baron Münchhausen, ''Literature/{{Aladdin}}'', TomSawyer, drawn by Chiqui
* ''LuckyLuke''
* {{Asterix}}
* {{Iznogoud}}
* Marsupilami
* ComicStrip/AnimalCrackers (towards the beginning)
* ComicStrip/DennisTheMenaceUS (towards the end)
* ''{{Garfield}}'' (towards the end)
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!!Examples:

!!!The magazine itself:
* CultClassic
* LongRunner: Once a week (towards the end once in two weeks), for over 1250 numbers. Do the math.
* OnlyOneName: Everyone in Yps & co, AND in the Yps-Team.
* PeripheryDemographic: Originally made for kids, Yps found that many fans stayed with it over the decades.
** The 2012 restart stopped caring for the kids and was intentionally made for folks who had grown up with YPS when they were young.
* SevenYearRule: The articles about science, technics, history etc. Many gimmicks were also repeated, not that fans would mind.

!!!Yps & co:
* BunglingInventor: Kaspar, often.
* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Kaspar only wears long pants, including one big suspender. Patsch wears trunks for swimming and flippers (for swimming, you know)
* NotTheirBirthday: In one strip with Yps.
* StockAnimalDiet: Kaspar likes cheese.
* UnmovingPlaid: Yps the kangaroo.

!!!Yinni & Yan:
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: The Yps-Team
* ArtShift: The style especially of Yinni & Yan changed radically several times through the decades, as you can see [[http://www.ypsfanpage.de/comics/yinni.php here]]. Strangely, the artist stayed the same all the time.
* BigEater: Yorick
* {{Blackface}}: When Idi Amok has Yinni and Yan arrested, Yorick and Yack disguise as Africans to liberate their colleagues.
* BlindWithoutEm: Yan
* BoomerangComeback: When the Yps team went to Australia
* TheDitz: Yorick
* FatBastard: Idi Amok
* [[TheSixthRanger The fourth ranger]]: Yack, who often doesn't appear in the stories at all - he didn't fulfill a role necessary for character or story dynamics.
* GotVolunteered: Happens to a runt cop when a film team needs a policeman who gets knocked down by bank robbers. And then, the actors get mugged and their clothes stolen by ''real'' gangsters.
* TheKlutz: Yorick
* MeanBoss: Herr Knüllmüller. More realistic than other examples - he's old, grumpy, constantly criticizes their work and doesn't make their life any easier, but doesn't resort to criminal means. Not that we know of.
* MotorMouth: Yinni, occasionally
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Idi Amok reminds of Idi Amin (natch), but also of Bokassa (he wants to become emperor of his country).
* OutdatedOutfit: Yan was still wearing huge 70s' style glasses in 2000.
* ShoutOut: In one story, a singer in cowgirl attire named [[LuckyLuke Lucky Lucy]] appears.
* StickEmUp: Yan did this once with his camera, when the plane they were on was hijacked. It didn't work for more than a few seconds, though.
* SuperstitionEpisode: Yack is very superstitious. And then, the day came when they had to take [[ThirteenIsUnlucky flight 1313 from gate 13 at 13:13 on a friday the thirteenth]], where he got place 13, [[ExaggeratedTrope to top it off]].
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: A rare good example. To get rid of Idi Amok, they mix [[LaxativePrank laxatives]] in his food.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Yorick
* TranslationYes: When they meet African dictator Idi Amok.
--> Idi Amok: "Guh!"
--> Translator: "We, Idi Amok, the monocrat..."
::And later we see that he speaks perfect English - [[TranslationConvention or German]] - anyway. Maybe he was talking gibberish.
* TraumaticHaircut: Happens to Yorick when he becomes a lama in Tibet (ItMakesSenseInContext)

!!!Gespenster Gmbh:
* BedsheetGhost:
* MeaningfulName: The realtor Wucher (=usury / extortion)
* OldRetainer: Grabegrün
* OnlyOneName: Gardener Grabegrün, realtor Wucher, and in fact all the ghosts.
* ShellShockedVeteran: The ghost Ojammer is one from the ThirtyYearWar. It's PlayedForLaughs. "The Swedes are attacking!"

!!!Piffi:
* AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal: Piffi wears a bowtie.
* CatchPhrase: "glop-glop" for Piffi. Or "nix glop" if things don't run well.
* FurryConfusion: In one Piffi story, he is sent to school because Brutus is fed up with Piffi's catchphrase. A dog (four-legged and all) seeing this comments, ComicallyMissingThePoint: "Good thing that I'm a dog!"
* StandInPortrait: Piffi does it once. Brutus feels pissed off having to look at Piffi's smug face and starts making faces at the pic. When Piffi returns the favor, Brutus is so shocked he goes KO.

!!!Bens Bande:
* BigEater: Saul, of the fat kind
* CleverCrows: Nathan
* CoolOldGuy: Butler Jean-Johann
* PerkyGoth: Tim is the son of a coffin-maker and often helps with the work. That's why he always wears black. This was before there was a real Goth movement (especially in small German cities), but otherwise he fits.
* QuicksandSucks: Saul thinks he fell into quicksand in one story, but it's just mud. And only hip-deep.
* TeamPet: Nathan the raven
* ThemeNaming: Almost - Ben, Mirjam, Saul and Nathan are biblical names, and Tim (Timotheus?) is borderline.
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