is a Belgian comic series
created by Raymond Macherot
in 1953 and published in the comic magazine Tintin
The hero Chlorophylle is a dormouse living in an European countryside and fighting his Arch-Nemesis
Anthracite the Black Rat
In the middle of the series Chlorophylle discovers Coquefredouille, a Mediterranean-style island with a Mouse World
full of Civilized Animals
. He deals with predators and evil nobles
before returning home.
The Coquefredouille arc would serve as a basis for an other Macherot (abrogate, then praised) series, Chaminou
The series continued after him with other authors, such as Greg
and Bob de Groot
Chlorophylle provides examples of the following tropes:
- The Alcatraz: Shark Island, where, despite being Tunnel King, it took more to Anthracite to manage Great Escape, like a subversion of a Sleeping Dummy where he was hidden in the dummy.
- Ambiguous Gender: It was unclear in the first issues if Torpille la Loutre (Torpedo the Otter) is male or female. As loutre is a feminine noun, Torpille is often referred as a "she" but lacks feminine characteristics such as eyelashes. From la Revanche d'Anthracite, Torpille is clearly female.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: From Val Tranquille to Coquefredouille.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Duke Bihoreau de Bellerente.
- Big Bad: Anthracite.
- The Big Guy: Torpille.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: So Zizanion seems to be... and Macherot himself for those who didn't really read the story.
- Carnivore Confusion
- Cats Are Mean: Célimène.
- Ear Notch: Anthracite.
- Furry Reminder: Predator animals are OK in nature. Their existence in a Civilized Animals world is a big hit.
- Good Angel, Bad Angel: Minimum's good angel appears sometimes. Anthracite's too... but obviously he's not in good form.
- Good Is Not Nice: Doctor Batrapoulos.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Anthracite tried to get rid of Chlorophylle by tiding him up to a firecracker rocket. But he got himself caught on the rocket and couldn't apparently jump before it explodes.
- Humans Are Bastards: they have this vicious tendency to create a lot of things dangerous to animals.
- Inspector Lestrade: Commissaire Bouclette.
- Intrepid Reporter: Chlorophylle and Minimum in Zizanion le terrible.
- Moral Guardians: Easy to meet in the 50's. They complained that Macherot depicted, in stories for children, terrorist attacks on a King, fun presumably made of labor unions, and a woman wearing hair curlers.
- Nice Mice
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: the viper is willing to trade Chlorophylle with Anthracite against ten other mice, knowing how much Anthracite values his enemy. Anthracite doesn't trust him.
- Sidekick: Minimum.
- Swarm of Rats: the black rats invade Val Tranquille (the Quiet Vale) after they've been chased away from an old mill.
- Those Two Guys: Escalope and Fricandeau. Chlorophylle and Minimum, as well.
- Villain Episode: Zizanion le Terrible has the eponymous villain hog all the screen time.
- Wham Episode: les Croquillards.
- You Have Failed Me: Anthracite to his X-8 spy.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The last way Escalope and Fricandeau can be useful to Anthracite is by being killed by him so he becomes the hero and savior.