''Les Nombrils'' ("The Bellybuttons") is an ongoing French-Canadian comic, following the misadventures of [[TheChewtoy long-suffering]] Karine and her high school classmates.


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!!This series contains examples of the following tropes:

* {{Adorkable}}: Karine in a nutshell.
* TheAlcoholic: Jenny's mom.
* AllMenArePerverts: All the guys who lust after Vicky and Jenny, but particularly Murphy. Dan, Albin and Hugo seem to avert this.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Jenny may have some kind of learning disability or she could just be stupid. She does occasionally make some clever observations.
* AmbiguouslyEvil: Albin is trying to get Karine to cut off contact with her friends, a classic sign of controlling behaviour, but then again her friends are Vicky and Jenny. Also it's left ambiguous whether Karine's changes in lifestyle since meeting him were really her choice or his.
** Is Melanie a bitch intentionally or is she [[TheSociopath a sociopath]] and can't help it? The fact that she was willing to [[spoiler:poison herself in order to frame Karine]] seems to point more toward psychological issues.
* BalloonBelly: Jenny gets one in volume 6, causing her to be MistakenForPregnant.
* BareYourMidriff: If the title hadn't clued you in...
* BatmanGambit: These start showing up in volume 3.
* BetweenMyLegs: The cover of volume 4.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: [[spoiler: Melanie. So very, very much.]]
* {{Buttmonkey}}: Karine, Karine, Karine. Also TheChewtoy.
* CerebusSyndrome: The comic started out as a series of gag strips and didn't start going into deep storylines until volume 3.
* ClosetKey: [[spoiler: After their kiss, Vicky realises she has feelings for Mégane.]]
* ComedicSociopathy: The main source of humor whenever Jenny and Vicky are around. Especially Vicky.
* TheDitz: Jenny. So very much.
* DramaticIrony: No one but the reader knows that Jenny's younger sister is also Vicky's half-sister.
* EngineeredPublicConfession
* EvilAlbino: [[spoiler: Possibly double-subverted with Albin.]]
** [[spoiler: Triple-subverted: Despite some KnightTemplar tendencies, Albin isn't evil as hinted.]]
* EvilVersusEvil: Much of volume 4 revolves around Vicky and Jenny's rivalry with [[spoiler:Melanie, with Karine siding with her "friends"]]. YMMV as to who is worse.
* ExtremeDoormat: Karine's primary character trait. At least for a while.
** There are implications that Karine is still a doormat. It's just that the only one walking over her is Albin, and he's such a master of manipulation she doesn't realise it.
* TheFaceless: John John never takes off his helmet. [[spoiler:For understandable reasons.]]
* FiveFingerDiscount: Jenny has a habit of doing this.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In volume 6, [[spoiler: Mégane sure is eager to get Vicky into her bedroom and gets noticeably jealous when Vicky shows interest in her brother.]]
* FormerlyFat: Vicky, according to her sister.
* FreudianExcuse: Vicky might be a pretty awful human being but realizing that her dad is a greedy jerk who raised her to believe that compassion is a hindrance and her older sister Roberta is ten times the AlphaBitch she is, it's not hard to see why she acts the way she does.
* GoldDigger: Vicky's mom is one, and considers it a proud family tradition that she intends to impart on her daughters, as her own mother did before her.
* HornedHairdo: Albin seems to deliberately cultivate his own satanic imagery. Possibly as part of his stage persona.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Karine is comically tall.
* IgnoranceIsBliss: Jenny's homelife is in a terrible state, but she's too stupid to realise it.
* InsultOfEndearment: Mégane continues to call Vicky "Barbie" teasingly even after [[spoiler: developing feelings for her]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Vicky and Jenny, [[ComedicSociopathy to a hilarious degree]]. Murphy, too.
** JerkassWoobie: ...Which makes it all the more impressive that the comic can still make you feel sorry for them every once in a while.
* KickTheDog: It's bad enough that Melanie stole Dan away from Karine, but she just had to needlessly rub it in her face too.
* KnightTemplar: Subverted [[spoiler:or double-subverted?]]
** [[spoiler: TRIPLE-subverted! Albin has some tendencies in this direction, but not to the murderous extent hinted in volume 5. His childhood friend, on the other hand, seems engaged on a personal crusade to eliminate the worst victimizers he knows.]]
* LoveEpiphany: Vicky has one in volume 6 [[spoiler: when she kisses James while she spots Mégane looking down at them from her bedroom. But she realises the one she loves is Mégane.]]
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: [[spoiler: Mégane for Vicky.]]
* ManipulativeBastard: [[spoiler: Melanie. Albin is a less villainous version.]]
* NiceGuy: Dan.
** [[NiceGuy Nice Girl]]: Karine herself.
* NoodlePeople
* NoRespectGuy: Karine, most of the time.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler:John John pretends being far more BookDumb than he really is to prolong high school.]]
** [[spoiler:In the climax of volume 4, Karine pretends to go along with Vicky and Jenny's not-so-brilliant plan in order. In so doing, and by letting Melanie discover it, she tricks her into lowering her guard and falling for Karine's ''real'' plan.]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: Jenny ''can'' be nice. A significant part of her ComedicSociopathy appears to be the result of obliviousness and Vicky's bad influence.
** Albin seems to genuinely believe his controlling behaviour over Karine is justified.
* OutOfFocus: Karine only plays a secondary role in volume 6.
* PoisonousFriend: It would be shorter to list the people around Karine who ''aren't'' this.
* PreciousPuppy: An absolutely adorable one gets introduced as Jenny's pet...only to die horribly within the next five minutes due to her sheer idiocy. Yeesh.
* ReallyGetsAround: Jenny... and to a lesser extent Vicky, though not for lack of trying.
* RightForTheWrongReasons: Vicky and Jenny (and possibly Dan) about [[spoiler:Albin being wrong for Karine]].
* SarcasticConfession: Albin loves giving these. It remains to be seen how much of them are actually true.
* [[spoiler:SheCleansUpNicely: Once Karine decides to stop being a victim, she changes her looks, this time without the sabotaging input of her "friends". The result is a net improvement.]]
* SherlockScan: Albin is ''good'' at figuring people out. [[spoiler: But not good enough to tell his best friend is a murderous KnightTemplar.]]
* TheSociopath: Melanie and Albin both show signs of being this. Unlike Vicky and Jenny, it's not played for laughs.
* StatuesqueStunner: Karine becomes this after she gets her makeover and stops slouching.
* TemporaryBulkChange: Happens to Jenny when Vicky takes her to an all-you-can-eat place in an effort to make Jenny fat so the guy they're fighting over will date her instead. When Jenny starts gaining mass unusually fast, Vicky can't believe it. [[RealityEnsues It turns out she was just having an allergic reaction]].
* ThrowTheDogABone: Not ''everything'' that happens to Karine is horribly depressing.
* TooMuchInformation: In Murphy's first scene in volume 6, he tells Vicky he was thinking about her last night [[ADateWithRosiePalms while finishing his box of Kleenex]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: Vicky, and to an extent Jenny towards Karine
* WrongNameOutburst: Near the end of volume 6 [[spoiler:when Karine is yelling at Vicky, telling her how in love she is with Albin, she accidentally says Dan instead of Albin]].
* YankTheDogsChain: In volume 6 [[spoiler: things finally seem to be going well for Vicky as she gains a boyfriend and her parents' respect, but toward the end not only is she almost murdered, she also realises she's trapped in a loveless relationship and the one she truly loves is her boyfriend's sister.]]