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->''"I'm always searching all over the world for works of beauty to make them mine. And whatever I want, I get. It's my personal policy."''
-->-- '''Dorian'''

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''From Eroica With Love'' is, as the title implies, a ''Film/JamesBond'' spoof. It's one of the longest running manga in Japanese history, having been going strong since 1976. It stands out for never having been animated, despite being quite popular (the creator dislikes animation), and for using ComicBookTime, despite being largely realistic.

The series begins in the ColdWar Era, with the introduction of the flamboyantly gay art thief (and [[Music/LedZeppelin Robert Plant]] lookalike) Earl Dorian Red Gloria, also known as Eroica. Together with his hapless assistants ([[Music/LedZeppelin James, Bonham]], and several others), he aspires to steal gorgeous art, wear gorgeous clothes and spout gorgeous poetry. Soon, however, he meets his match in the German Major "Iron" Klaus Heinz von dem Eberbach of NATO Intelligence, who swears to catch Eroica with the help of his terrified subordinates.

The chemistry between these two characters has kept the series going for over 30 years. Neither Klaus nor Dorian will let go of their target: Klaus, being practically asexual, stubbornly refuses to acknowledge Dorian's obsession with him, and Dorian, who sees Klaus as a "work of beauty" truly worth stealing, refuses to believe that Klaus doesn't want him.

Basically, it's RoadRunnerVsCoyote set in Europe. [[DisSimile And the roadrunner wants to screw the coyote]].
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* AgentPeacock: Dorian.
* {{Asexuality}}: Possibly Klaus.
* ArtEvolution: Being such a [[LongRunner long runner]], it's understandable. Compare this illustration from [[http://mangafox.me/manga/eroica_yori_ai_wo_komete/v01/c002.1/4.html 1977]] to this one from [[http://mangafox.me/manga/eroica_yori_ai_wo_komete/v21/c001/8.html thirty years later]].
* {{Bishonen}}: Dorian, and Klaus
* BerserkButton: Klaus' dad was a German tank commander in WWII. Do ''not'' mention the Nazis. In this instance, however, it might be ''Dorian'' you've got to worry about (see ''Hallelujah Express'').
--> Klaus: "The fate of the world hangs on the underwear he's wearing!"
* BlueBlood: both Klaus and Dorian, although if you go back far enough you hit PIRATES.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Half the cast, but especially Dorian. He poses as an UpperClassTwit at parties, then steals the host's art collection.
* ButtMonkey: No, not like ''that.'' Poor, earnest Agent A tries his best, but his overbearing boss and incompetent colleagues generally ensure that everything goes wrong and ''he'' gets the blame.
* CampGay: Dorian.
* CatchPhrase: Dorian: "[[TitleDrop From Eroica With Love]]"
* ChaseScene: The first Chase Scene is a classic moment: [[spoiler:Klaus chases Dorian down the [[GermanPeculiarities Autobahn]] in a tank. It should be noted that Dorian's driving a Lamborghini, and the [[TankGoodness tank]] has [[MultiTrackDrifting no trouble keeping up.]]]]
* ClassReunion: The Chief forces [[spoiler:Klaus]] to go to his class reunion as part of a plan to [[spoiler:marry him off]]. There we learn that [[spoiler:Klaus has actually mellowed out since those days.]]
* CelibateHero: Klaus. ''Certainly not'' Dorian (well, [[UrbanLegendLoveLife we assume so]], anyway).
* [[ClingyJealousGirl Clingy Jealous Guy]]: James, for Dorian, and to a lesser extent, Agent G, for Klaus.
* ClosetKey: Dorian Red, for [[spoiler:Gabriel]].
* ColdWar: The series begins in this era.
* ContrivedCoincidence: How Dorian and Klaus keep meeting up.
* DaChief: The Chief, Klaus's boss.
* DartboardOfHate: Dorian tried a version of this, but kept missing.
* DirtyOldMan: The Chief, who shows a ''personal'' interest in WholesomeCrossdresser G.
* FiringOneHanded: Klaus can fire a Magnum single-handedly. It's a trait that people use to identify him and a bit of a party trick (if you don't mind your venue being blasted).
* {{Flanderization}}: James the accountant starts off merely fiscally responsible, but quickly becomes such a penny-pinching tightwad that he gets a refurbished butterfly for his cast page. Fandom holds that this actually happens to Dorian himself in post-hiatus stories; he goes from being a capable foil for Klaus to the comic relief that the Major constantly has to bail out of trouble.
* GentlemanSnarker: some of Dorian's victims don't even realise he's insulted them, which just makes him decide they're even stupider than he thought.
* GentlemanThief: Dorian -- the title of the series is what he leaves on his {{Calling Card}}s.
* GenerationXerox: Al Halcon
* GermanicDepressives: Klaus. Interestingly, the other Germans do ''not'' conform to the stereotype.
* TheGunslinger: Klaus
* TheHedonist: Dorian comes across as one initially, and Klaus certainly thinks "the fop" meets the requirements, but the thief's a bit too soft-hearted to fully embrace this trope.
* HiddenDepths: [[spoiler:Klaus]] can sing! Also, [[spoiler:he does appreciate beauty; it's just that he prefers tanks to works of art.]]
* HonorAmongThieves: Dorian views his crew as more [[TrueCompanions family]] than anything else. They even have team t-shirts. The collection of rogues who attend his convention are also pretty civil and protective of each other.
* IdenticalGrandson: Klaus and his ancestor Tyrian (The Man in Purple) look almost exactly alike. Same with Dorian and his ancestor Bendict. Tyrian and Bendict are from Al Halcon.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Dorian's naturally sneaky, but on several occasions he is genuinely trying to help the Major out, or at least, stick to his end of a bargain. Interestingly, his double-crosses generally work while his acts of kindness and/or love backfire.
* LoveHurts: Dorian ''would'' fall for the guy who not only refuses to fall for his charms, but violently rebuffs them.
* LongRunner: From 1976 onwards.
* MacGuffin: "The Man In Purple," a painting owned by Klaus' family that Dorian has been chasing since he first set eyes on it.
* ManipulativeBastard: Dorian's a semi-benign version of this. Klaus isn't afraid to pull a few emotional strings either.
* MementoMacGuffin: Klaus' tank, which Dorian acquires and retains -- presumably as a memento of their first meeting.
* MiserAdvisor: James the accountant, although his ''primary'' motivation for hanging out with Dorian is unrequited love.
** Which, by the way, ''doesn't'' mean he doesn't get any action from Dorian. In fact, Dorian's quite happy to share a snog or two with James, or possibly more than that, if he feels like it or if it advances the plot.
* MistakenForGay: Eventually, Eroica and Klaus end up working together so much they're considered a team by the espionage community. The CIA puts their constant fighting down to [[SlapSlapKiss lover's quarrels]]. Doesn't Dorian wish that were the case.
* MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong: the KGB agents (even the women), and especially Mischa.
* NationalStereotypes: Klaus is a [[GermanicDepressives Germanic Depressive]]. Dorian is far from the picture of BritishStuffiness, but he is an OscarWilde-type Englishman. The KGB live and breathe their national stereotype.
* NaiveNewcomer: Z, the youngest of the Alphabets.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Dorian, as you can read [[http://shaenon.livejournal.com/14312.html#cutid1 here]], is based on Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. His gang is the rest of the band, with James most obviously being Jimmy Page.
* NoFourthWall: Dorian complains about his diminished role in some stories, James is seen commenting sarcastically on conversations happening miles away just by looking over the panel, and Klaus is reprimanded for using large text when he's angry.
* NoNameGiven: The Alphabets. They are called that because the 26 agents correspond to the 26 letters in the Alphabet.
* OnlyOneName: An interrogation with the FBI reveals that James only has a first name.
* OppositesAttract: Klaus and Dorian.
* ParentalFavoritism: Dorian was his father's favourite, his "ally in a house full of women." Klaus shows a professional variant, favouring competent [[NaiveNewcomer rookie]] Agent Z over the other alphabet agents, even Agent A, who's technically second-in-command and fairly reliable, if extremely unlucky.
* PeekABangs: James.
* PetTheDog: Usually for Klaus. There's a brief scene that shows him sharing his lunch with a horse that he's commandeered, and on occasion he'll show a certain level of affection/respect for Dorian (usually after insulting him for the best part of four chapters). Mischa, a KGB agent with no qualms about murder, is a doting daddy and loving husband whose main concern when exiled to Siberia is how his family is doing.\\
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Klaus is always polite and friendly to nuns. And he dislikes disturbing civilians.
* PowerTrio: Sugar, Leopard and Gabriel. [[spoiler: They disappear after the second chapter when the author realises that she has a much better thing going with Klaus.]]
* {{Pirates}}: Bendict Red, Dorian's ancestor.
* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: Sugar, Leopard and Gabriel]], who disappear after the second chapter never to be seen again.
* ReassignedToAntarctica: Alaska (the frontline of the Cold War) is a constant threat for the Alphabet, even if, when they finally ''do'' get sent there, they end up much healthier and more relaxed than they were in Germany.
* TheSeventies: The hair! The clothes! The decor! The ''hair''!
* ShoePhone: Mocked thoroughly.
* ShowerOfAngst: In 'Seven Days In September, Part 2', Klaus has one after having a drunken fight with Mischa the Cub, because he thinks he's done something that a man of his rank and reputation should never have done.
* SmokingIsCool: Both Klaus and Dorian's lungs must be in tatters by now.
* SpyCatsuit: Klaus only appears in one of these once, since it's normally Dorian's thing.
* StarCrossedLovers: Subverted
* SubordinateExcuse: James, Dorian's accountant, is blatantly infatuated with him.
* SuckMyRose: Roses are associated with Dorian, and it's not unusual to see him holding one.
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist: There was a [[Franchise/LupinIII Zenigata]] {{expy}} in the first two chapters. Not Klaus because it's not his job to catch Eroica, he's much more interested in foiling the plans of the KGB.
* SympatheticPOV: The plot usues this to keep the reader's relationship to the main characters roughly equal; it alternates between Klaus and Dorian's points of view, preventing Klaus from coming across as a violent maniac and Dorian being viewed as an incompetent nuisance (for example, Klaus may not see the method in Dorian's madness, but the reader will).
* TakeOffYourClothes: Dorian ends up wearing a pair of underpants that has a top-secret microfilm hidden in the trim (he doesn't know about this). Klaus hunts him down and demands he strip and hand over the undies, leading to a "why Klaus, I didn't know you cared" scene before Klaus puts him straight.
* TechnicalPacifist: Dorian; it's not that he hasn't tried to use a gun, it's just that he's horrible at it.
* TrueLoveIsExceptional: Dorian is shown to prefer effeminate men. Klaus is anything but.
* UpperClassTwit: What Dorian pretends to be.
* UrbanLegendLoveLife: If Dorian's TheCasanova, then where on earth is he hiding all his conquests?
* TheVonTropeFamily: Klaus Heinz von dem Eberbach.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: G dressed up as a woman for a mission, and liked it so much that we rarely see him dressed otherwise. Dorian also does this once or twice, to [[AttractiveBentGender general approval.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: The series has been running for more than thirty years with Klaus now only hating Dorian slightly less than Lawrence. Odds are against it.
* ZanyScheme: Oh, those wacky espionage plots.

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