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''"Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber"'' was a Belgian/Flemish comic strip series drawn by Jozef Van Hove (1919) under the pseudonym ''"Pom"''. It ran from 1950 until 1995 and featured the adventures of two good friends, Piet Pienter and Bert Bibber.

Piet is the clever one, as his name indicates (''"pienter"'' is a Dutch synonym for being smart). He often smokes a pipe and is generally a normal human being. Bert is the AntiHero. He is clumsy, na´ve, impulsive, not very bright, frequently overestimates his own powers and often bad-tempered when his luck runs out. But in general he has a good heart and sometimes shows moments of pure genius or craftiness. Other important main characters are:

* '''Susan''': the young and pretty daughter of an American millionaire. She often comes to aid when Piet and Bert have financial troubles or need stuff that regular folks cannot afford. Bert has a secret crush on her.

* '''Theo Flitser''': a young and enthusiastic photographer who works for a news paper and always searchs for a sensational scoop. Susan admires his professionalism and therefore Bert Bibber envies Theo.

* '''Professor Kumulus''' and '''Professor Snuffel''': two very smart and absent-minded professors.

* '''Commissaris Knobbel''': The unsympathetic and useless head of the police whose actions only make things worse. Still, whenever Piet and Bert solve a case, he pretends he solved them solely by himself.

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!!This trope provides examples of:

* AbsentMindedProfessor: The series even has two: professor Kumulus and professor Snuffel.
** Professor Warwinkel can be considered a third.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Piet Pienter and Bert Bibber
* AntiHero: Bert Bibber
* AuthorExistenceFailure: Pom ended the series in 1995, but in 2010 he allowed a one-off special tribute album to be drawn by other Flemish comic strip artists for charity.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Many people that behave friendly or nicely at first turn out to be villains who cannot be trusted.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Happens ALL the time. Small captions or notes often give ironic comments about the plot developments.
* ButtMonkey: Bert Bibber
* ComicBookTime: A very strange example. The characters themselves don't age, but [[FrozenInTime the backgrounds, fashions and expressions always kept a 1950s look]]. This is even more astonishing considering this comic strip was published until 1995.
* CrapsackWorld
* CreatorBacklash: Pom refuses to this day to be interviewed about his comic strip. He despises that period of his life and can not be humoured about it.
* CreatorCameo: Pom sometimes gives himself a cameo.
** The character Theo Flitser is a young version of himself.
* CulturalTranslation: The comic strip always remained a Flemish phenomenon.
* DefectorFromCommieLand: The Eastern Bloc is often visited and usually full with Cold War stereotypes.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: For many years albums were published in black-and-white, because author Pom refused to publish in color!
* DeusExMachina: Susan, the rich and attractive young woman, who always helps out Bert and Piet when they have financial troubles.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: See below.
* FictionalCountry: San Doremi, Buldarije,...
* FrozenInTime: The characters always seemed to remain in TheFifties.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent
* TheFifties: Originated in the decade and remained FrozenInTime until the very last album in 1995.
* GratuitousIambicPentameter: Many names are Flemish dialect expressions.
* GravityScrew: In ''"De Anti-Zwaartekracht Generator"'' professor Kumulus invents a device that makes people float in the air when you aim it at them.
* GreenEyedMonster: Bert is very jealous of Theo Flitser who frequently impresses his love interest Susan.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Piet and Bert share the same house together, but are definitely not gay since Bert has a secret crush on Susan. Near the end of the series Susan moves in with Piet and Bert.
* IdeaBulb
* LemonyNarrator: Pom enjoyed giving ironic commentary on the plot developments in his stories.
* LimitedWardrobe
* MaddenIntoMisanthropy: Author Pom, who is reluctant to meet the press and refuses to talk about his comic strip career. He prefers to be left alone.
* MeaningfulName:
** Piet Pienter ("pienter" is Dutch for "smart". Piet is clever.)
** Bert Bibber ("bibber" means "shiver". Bert is a coward)
** Professor Kumulus
* PoliceAreUseless: Commissaris Knobbel is the local head of the police who doesn't like the fact that Piet and Bert always solve his cases. He always makes wrong decisions that cause the villains to escape. Knobbel only appears on the scene when a case is closed and STILL has the nerve to take all the credit.
* PrintLongRunners: From 1950 until 1995.
* PunnyName: Many characters have names that are puns of Flemish dialect expressions
* {{Slapstick}}: Several moments.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Both professor Kumulus and Snuffel wear glasses.
* SmokingIsCool: Pom himself smoked pipe and thus Piet Pienter shares the same habit.
* TimeMachine: Plot element in the album ''"De Tijdmachine"''.