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[[caption-width-right:350:Notable [[AnyoneCanDie remaining]] BPRD staff and logo.[[note]]From left to right: Ted Howards, Carla Giarocco, Johann Kraus, Andrew Devon, Fenix Espejo, Panya, Tian, Kate Corrigan, Nichols, Ashley Strode, Liz Sherman, and Vaughn[[/note]]]]

A spinoff series of comics set in the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' universe, which picks up after Hellboy leaves the titular [[WhoYouGonnaCall Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense]]. The series follows the remaining agents as they continue trying to prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, fighting the rapidly multiplying frog monsters and confronting several particularly nasty villains. Long story short... [[HolyShitQuotient it didn't work]].

The book was scripted by John Arcudi from 2003 to 2015, from plots co-written by Mike Mignola and himself. It was at first illustrated by Guy Davis, whose artwork set a very different tone from the original series. Beginning in 2011, the second story-cycle started, ''BPRD: Hell On Earth'' (the first being retroactively dubbed ''BPRD: Plague Of Frogs''.) Davis left shortly after, and was replaced by a number of artists, Tyler Crook and James Harren being the most prevalent.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* ADayInTheLimelight: Several miniseries focus on the adventures of a specific character.
** The "War On Frogs" series consists of individual stories centred for different characters.
** "The Universal Machine" is this for Kate Corrigan. "Garden Of Souls" is almost completely devoted to Abe Sapien, with some supporting action for Ben Daimio.
** Several miniseries focus on the adventures of regular BPRD field agents--the [[RedShirt redshirts]] of ''Hellboy''. [[MauveShirt Agent Giarocco]] has been prevalent in two series now. [[spoiler:This becomes increasingly common as the organization begins to lose the superpowered agents in one way or another.]]
* AlternateContinuity: Averted. It's still occurring along the same timeline as ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, but despite the scale of events in both series, they virtually never overlap.
* AmplifierArtifact: [[spoiler: The strange plug-thing Liz uses on the mountain-sized Ogdru Hem.]]
* ApocalypseHow:
** [[spoiler:By ''King of Fear'', Regional Class 1s are occurring all over the world. Munich is destroyed by ancient Hyperborean robots, Nebraska gets ravaged by Katha-Hem, Houston is obliterated by a supervolcano, a gigantic crustacean creature is sitting in the Salton Sea and breathing toxic vapors into the atmosphere, and half the Indonesian archipelago's just ''disappeared''. England is also devastated by Hellboy's battle against the Ogdru Jahad.]]
** [[spoiler:And as of ''The Return of the Master'' the ante is upped further with an earthquake that is seemingly felt ''everywhere on Earth'', resulting in dozens of Ogdru Hem popping up all over the world, from New York to Vladivostok. As if that weren't bad enough, the Salton Sea monster has finally started moving, and it's leaving behind ''eggs'']].
** [[spoiler:One of the Ogdru Jahad - the progenitors of the 369 Ogdru Hem wreaking havoc around the world - breaks free from its crystal prison and falls to Earth in the beginning of ''End of Days'']].
* ApocalypseMaiden: In ''King of Fear''', it's been revealed [[spoiler:that Abe will also have a role in the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt end of the world]]]].
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Vril. ''Flamma Reconditus''. '''The Secret Fire'''. The power of God Himself. Apparently a force of creation, but also of destruction when necessary. Mostly seen in modern times to make things that have crossed the GodzillaThreshold go BOOM.
* AscendedExtra: Agent Devon goes from being a MauveShirt to a vital member of the central team. Giarrocco and Nichols also made their first appearances as corpses in a vision of the (possible) future, before later becoming main characters.
* BackFromTheDead:
** [[spoiler:Subverted with Roger. They even spend an entire story arc letting you think it's gonna happen.]]
** [[spoiler:More or less the plot of ''Return of the Master''. Hellboy's BigBad Rasputin seems to have finally, successfully been resurrected. As he is repelling an attack from the BPRD, Zinco Corporation, unaware Rasputin is alive, try to resurrect him themselves, but inadvertently bring back the Black Flame instead. The ensuing worldwide chaos destroys the real Rasputin's fortress, leaving his fate ambiguous.]]
** [[spoiler: Karl Ruprecht Kroenen and Leopold Kurtz, the Nazi scientists who died in ''Wake the Devil'', have somehow been brought back to life and are working for Mr. Marsten, Pope's successor as CEO of Zinco, in the latest arcs of ''Hell on Earth''. In their effort to bring back Rasputin, they inadvertently brought back the Black Flame and caused even further global destruction.]]
* BadassNormal: Many of the BPRD agents, especially Carla Giarocco.
* TheBeastmaster: Panya can telepathically control non-sentient creatures. This also includes humans who are severely mentally disabled.
* TheBerserker: Agent Howards, after being awoken from his coma, forgoes the BPRD's armor and firearms, and runs screaming into battle with nothing but a broken Hyperborean sword. [[BadassAbnormal He is devastatingly effective]].
* BigBad: The Black Flame, Memnan Saa.
* BloodierAndGorier: Moreso than Hellboy, for sure. Guy Davis doesn't make much use of [[GoryDiscretionShot gory discretion shots]]. ''Killing Ground'' is especially violent.
* BrainMonster: The short comic that introduced Lobster Johnson involves a scientist who gained psychic powers in an experiment, then used those powers to kill his colleagues. When the Lobster shoots the psychic in the head, his brain crawls out of the bullet hole, grows several times larger, then flies around the room. The Lobster barely kills the mutant brain before it strangles him with its spinal cord.
* BrokenAngel: The "Seraphim" in B.P.R.D. The Dead. It's not made clear if it's a 'real' angel, or a Nazi approximation of one.
* ClueFromEd: Used very sparsely, generally to point you out which prior stories a referenced event occurred in. They are not attributed to an editor.
* ComicBookTime: Averted in the sense that the series does not employ a sliding timescale, and most events are dated around the time the arc is published, with, for instance Hellboy quitting the Bureau in 2001, and not being heard from for nearly ten years. The characters are more ambiguous. Tom Manning and Kate Corrigan seem to have aged in real time, but that may be due to Guy Davis's different art style. Liz Sherman looks older than she did in 1994, but she was canonically born in 1962, making her over 50 at present. This was mentioned by a fan in a letter to the editor, who responded with [[HandWave "They look pretty good for their ages, but they're pseudomilitary. They work out."]] Though in Liz's case her pyrokinesis, hinted to be the living embodiment of Vril power, may have also slowed down her physical aging.
* CosmicHorrorStory / LovecraftLite: Although the "Lite" is becoming debatable, especially with the ''Hell on Earth'' arc.
* CrossoverCosmology: Deities and monsters of classical mythology make regular appearances, while {{God}} was responsible for the creation of the (originally non-evil) lovecraft elements mentioned above.
* CrystalPrison: The Ogru'Jahad's prison.
* DemonSlaying: But boy is it getting more and more difficult.
* DeusExNukina: In ''1948'', the BPRD is sent to investigate the appearance of bizarre monsters immediately after a nuclear test. [[spoiler:It's hinted that the nuke somehow opened a portal to an alternate Earth and let the creatures through.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: Numerous characters were seeded early in the BPRD title. Perhaps most notably, the helmet of the VES suit from ''Sledgehammer '44'' is visible in the Colorado facility basement in "The Dead". Giarocco and Nichols also make background appearances in Liz's vision of the future, some time before becoming main characters in the present.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The tone (and the art) of the some of the earliest BPRD standalone stories are quite distinct from that of the series proper after Arcudi and Davis became the regular creative team.
* EldritchAbomination: Ogdru Jahad and their 369 offspring Ogdru Hem, which are Sadu-Hem and Katha-Hem, among others. Creator/HPLovecraft's influence here is no surprise.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: And there's ''no'' escaping it. The B.P.R.D. is fighting a desperate battle to ensure something of humanity's spirit and legacy will survive after the end. But the Ogdru Hem are rising, the FourHorsemen have been unleashed, cities are swallowed in war with monsters and natural disasters, the world's biggest hope [[spoiler:is dead]], and WordOfGod has said things that are broken aren't getting fixed.
* ExtranormalInstitute: The BRPD's offices.
* FantasyKitchenSink: The size of an Olympic swimming pool.
* FetusTerrible: [[spoiler:Mrs. Kihnl's babies in ''New World'', revealed to be more Ogdru Hem.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: It's becoming more and more apparent that the writers are willing to play the long game with their big reveals. The ancient shaman Shonchin, for instance, seems to be tied up in Agent Howards' fate and first appeared in ''The King Of Fear''. However, he was namedropped back in John Arcudi's ''very first story.'' Mignola admits he's had the broad sweep of the entire mythos planned out since around 2001.
* GodzillaThreshold: Starting with Black Flame, the B.P.R.D. is at war with the various demonspawn spilling out all over the globe. Collateral damage is barely a concern. Half of Indonesia has been obliterated along with Munich, California, Houston, Seattle, London, New York and a zombie plague is devastating Russia. The nuclear option has come up several times... The Bureau and its allies are desperately trying to HoldTheLine... and it's not working.
* {{Grimmification}}
* TheHedonist: Johann in ''Killing Ground'', when he (temporarily) finds a new body, spends as much time as he can working out, masturbating, and eating huge amounts of food (so much that the custodial staff complained he was ''single-handedly'' raising their monthly garbage tonnage). Many of the issue's problems could have been solved, and innocent people saved, if he hadn't snuck off-base to carouse with pretty ladies and booze.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Agent Simon Anders' fate in ''BPRD: Vampire''.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Thanks to the vampiric Brezina sisters, Simon Anders has now become a super-vampire determined to wipe out all other vampires from the face of the earth. Even the vampire lords are ''terrified''. ]]
* HollowWorld: The miniseries ''Hollow Earth''.
* HumongousMecha: The Hyperborean war machines.
* InitialismTitle
* {{Kaiju}}: Many of the Ogdru Hem are such, skyscraper-sized or larger, burrowing up through the ground and crawling from the ocean to lay waste to many major cities.
* KillItWithFire: Liz uses this a lot, obviously. Also, the BPRD usually sends one "flame-thrower guy" with field teams when they expect contact. Most of the abominations can be killed with fire, though not all.
* LevitatingLotusPosition: Liz talks to a Shangri La monk while he's in the LotusPosition three feet off the ground. She engages in it herself during ''The Black Goddess''.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Since the start of ''Hell On Earth'', with a vastly expanded BPRD, the addition of the Russian characters, and a new supporting cast for Abe in his SpinOff.
* LoveTriangle: A damn weird one in Johann Kraus' past. He fell in love with the ghost of a man's wife he was hired to contact as a spirit medium. Naturally, this did not end well.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: Used and inverted by the protagonists and the antagonists in "The Black Goddess." Lampshaded by Johann during the "Hell on Earth" story, when he explains to Liz that agents of the B.P.R.D. couldn't care as much for the millions of people who die on their watch as they do their friends as part of the human condition.
* MysteriousPast: Oh, yeah. The exact amount of mystery varies between characters. Several have even gotten enough plot attention to not be mysterious anymore.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Frequently, especially the hybrid animals in ''Garden of Souls''.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Given the nature of the series, this is to be expected. In ''1946'', Bruttenholm and his team have to deal with Vampire-Human hybrids made from injecting the mentally and physically disabled, gay, and other prisoners that the Nazis had rounded up with vampire blood.
** [[spoiler:The leading vampires have concocted a plan for taking over the world, which basically amounts to vampires hiding themselves long enough for mankind to forget how to fight them.]]
* PutOnABus: What the series did to Hellboy. This also happens to Abe in an awesome way in ''The Dead''.
* RedShirt: Just about any regular BPRD agent who has the gall to tag along with the main characters on their missions isn't coming back.
** Certain agents may be {{MauveShirt}}s, however, with Agent Devon being one of the more notable examples.
** RedshirtArmy ([[InvokedTrope Invoking]] FacelessGoons as well).
* ShowWithinAShow: After his death in 1939, [[TwoFistedTales two-fisted]] adventure hero The Lobster became the subject of a number of these: PulpMagazine stories, [[ComicBookAdaptation comic books]], {{Film Serial}}s, and finally Mexican movies with The Lobster (or, rather, "Lobster Johnson," the last name taken from the SecretIdentity he was given in the pulps) as a MaskedLuchador. Compared to his RealLife, they all make for ''massive'' cases of AdaptationDecay, and [[StylisticSuck are all considered atrociously terrible]], although some people (including Hellboy himself) [[CultClassic enjoy them anyway]]. The existence of these adaptations allow the ''Hellboy''-verse's US government to cover up the existence of the real Lobster (and the fact that he was a spy for them in WWII), and as a further side-effect, the character is more readily known, on both sides of the FourthWall, as "Lobster Johnson."
* SilentSceneryPanel: Lots of close-ups of thematically-important artwork and statuary.
* SixthRanger: While sorting the various agents into roles is a bit tricky, Captain Daimio seems to be a SixthRanger. Johann may also qualify.
* SoleSurvivingScientist: When the Bureau gets its new headquarters, a disaffected nuclear-proof bunker in the mountains, they find an old scientist whose been living there since its was shut down, writing down notes on a typewriter for so long the keys wore out and it punched holes in the paper, he was so far gone he didn't notice. [[spoiler: He later releases an EldritchAbomination into the base thinking it some kind of angelic creature.]]
* {{Spinoff}}: To Comicbook/{{Hellboy}}, obviously. Later gained its own in the form of the ''1946-47-48'' subseries and its continuations ''BPRD: Vampire'', a showcase book for artists [[Comicbook/{{Daytripper}} Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon,]] and ''Hellboy And The BPRD'', telling Hellboy-centric stories from his early days with the ''1940s'' cast.
* SteamPunk: The robots [[spoiler:encasing Langdon Everett Caul's former colleagues]] in ''Garden of Souls''.
* StylisticSuck: See ShowWithinAShow, above.
* TechnologyPorn: One word: [[spoiler:Helicarrier]].
* TheUnmasquedWorld: Technically since (at least) the Fifties, when Hellboy was on the cover of Life Magazine, but it doesn't seem to affect the lives of average people in any way, supernatural incidents being pretty rare. This was torn to shreds in ''The Black Flame'' though, [[spoiler:in which a mountain-sized EldritchAbomination rampages through the central United States and crushes several cities to rubble]] before TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* VillainsNeverLie: During his efforts to win Liz's trust, Memnan Saa points out that nothing he has told her before was untrue.
* VillainTeamUp: The frogs (via the Zinco Corporation and the Black Flame) and the ancient Hyperborean slaves under the King Of Fear.
* TheVirus: One of the more horrific, and common, fates in the series is being transformed into horrible demon-spawn frog monsters. No race, gender or age group is spared. It gets upgraded in ''King of Fear'': [[spoiler:The Frogmen are being replaced by hideous four-legged crablike "hammerheads", and the infecting agent is now [[OhCrap airborne]]]].
* WhamLine: Near the end of ''Hell on Earth: Return of the Master''.
-->'''Leopold''': What is happening?!
-->[[spoiler:'''The Black Flame''']]: ''Everything''.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman:
** The BPRD comes down on the wrong side of this question when it [[spoiler:fits Roger the Homunculus with a self-destruct]].
** And this comes up in ''The Black Goddess'' a bit with Johann.
* ZombieApocalypse: Large swaths of the American countryside are under the effect of an Ogdru Hem's toxic vapor, which turns people into mutant undead. ''No One's Safe in the Wasteland'', where Johann's team has to cross rural Illinois on foot, almost feels like an issue of ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead''.
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